Pakistan will soon overcome its political crisis: Defence Minister

Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says Pakistan will soon overcome its political crisis.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, he said PTI’s armed groups attacked military installations during violent incidents in Rawalpindi, Mianwali and Lahore on 9th May.

He said PML-N’s leaders despite their arrests in past did not opt for violence. He said our party did not attack on army’s installations.

The Minister said people who have attacked the military installations are enemies of the country. He said such action is tantamount to war against Pakistan.

Khawaja Muhammad Asif said trials of people involved in attacking military installations, military bases and residences of military personnel, will be under the Army Act as per the Constitution.

He said general elections will be held on its due time in October this year.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Hina for efforts to enhance export of labour to Europe

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar has urged making efforts to enhance export of labour to European countries while curbing illegal migration.

She was chairing a multi-stakeholder meeting on migration and mobility with Pakistan’s envoys in the European Union’s capitals.

Hina Rabbani Khar stressed investing in skills development to meet specific needs of the region.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PM directs to pass on benefits of reduced petroleum prices to masses immediately

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has directed to transfer the impacts of the reduction in petrol and diesel prices to the masses immediately.

Presiding over the Federal Cabinet meeting held in Islamabad on Friday, he further directed the Interior Ministry and the districts administration across the country to ensure reduction in the prices of other commodities as well and to take stern action against the profiteers.

The Federal Cabinet endorsed the decisions taken in the National Security Committee meeting held on Tuesday last.

The Cabinet approved the establishment of Insurance Tribunal in Rawalpindi. Under the approval, no additional expenses will be incurred on this new tribunal and the existing Accountability Court number 4 will be converted into the Insurance Tribunal.

The Prime Minister briefing the Cabinet about the details of his yesterday’s visit to the Pak-Iran border said that due to the personal interest of the Iranian President and his personal supervision, the project of importing 100 megawatts of cheap electricity from Iran was completed in a very short period of time, which was pending for a long time.

He said with this project, electricity supply has been ensured in South Balochistan, especially Gwadar.

The Prime Minister said this project will usher in a new era of development and prosperity in the backward areas of Balochistan.

Shehbaz Sharif said Mand-Pishin Border Market was also inaugurated which will provide business and employment opportunities to the residents on both sides of Pak-Iran border and a new era of development will begin.

He said the Iranian President also expressed keen interest in the bilateral promotion of Pakistan-Iran trade, while fruitful discussion was also held on cooperation in the fields of agriculture, science and technology and solar energy.

The Prime Minister said that a high level delegation headed by Foreign Minister will visit Iran to have progress on these issues.

He informed the Cabinet that both Pakistan and Iran agreed to further strengthen border security mechanism along the Pakistan-Iran frontier to make it a symbol of peace, brotherhood, development and prosperity.

The Prime Minister also briefed the Cabinet members on the details of the agreement on “Route to Makkah” signed with Saudi Arabia on last Tuesday, which will benefit a large number of Pakistani pilgrims.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that with the support of the Saudi government, this facility will also be provided to the intending pilgrims at Lahore and Karachi airports from next year.

Source: Radio Pakistan

NAB decides to investigate allegations of irregularities in Punjab free flour scheme

The National Accountability Bureau has decided to investigate the allegations of corruption and irregularities in the Punjab Free Flour Scheme.

The decision was taken at the request of Caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab Mohsin Naqvi.

The Caretaker Chief Minister, through a letter addressed to the Chairman of NAB, had requested the anti-corruption watchdog to probe the allegations of corruption and irregularities in the scheme.

The NAB Chairman directed the bureau’s Lahore office to ensure a transparent inquiry into the matter.

Source: Radio Pakistan

flydubai and Air Canada Partnership Unlocks Multiple Travel Options Including Karachi

flydubai and Air Canada have joined forces in a code-sharing partnership, bringing a significant expansion of travel options between Canada and Middle East, East Africa, Indian Subcontinent, and Southern Asia.

This collaboration will introduce a minimum of 30 new destinations that are not currently served by Air Canada or its partner airlines.

Pending the necessary regulatory approval, Air Canada’s marketing code will be applied to nine routes operated by flydubai from Dubai. It means that passengers be able to book a single ticket to travel to these destinations.

The nine routes covered by this agreement include Bahrain, Karachi, Dammam, Jeddah, Madinah, Muscat, and Colombo.

flydubai and Air Canada have established an interline arrangement, allowing customers to connect in Dubai to over 60 destinations served by flydubai. This includes popular locations such as Djibouti, Kathmandu, and Maldives.

Additionally, the airlines have future plans to enhance the connection experience in Dubai. They are actively working on introducing additional features and benefits for members of each other’s loyalty programs, with details expected to be disclosed later this year.

Source: Pro Pakistani