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Opponents not to use Mumbai attack remarks for political goals, urges PM Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday categorically stated that former premier Nawaz Sharif’s statement about Pakistan’s alleged role in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks was misreported by the Indian media to achieve its ends.  Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, the premier said: “The Indian media misreported the interview and blew up a certain portion to serve its interests, but unfortunately we fanned its propaganda.” He dispelled an impression that those who were involved in the…

Abbasi says country won’t progress until politicians are respected

SIALKOT:  Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday reiterated that the country will not progress unless politicians, who serve the country, are given due respect. Addressing groundbreaking ceremony of dualization of Pasrur-Sialkot road, he said vote and politicos should be respected if they desire development of the country. "Politicians should be accorded same respect as generals and judges," he added. Abbasi said only politicians are held accountable here and regretted that those who served the country were…

Abbasi says will agree on opposition’s name for caretaker PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that the government will agree on any name proposed by the opposition for a caretaker prime minister for the upcoming general elections. He said this while speaking to journalists after a farewell dinner hosted by Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for members of the assembly nearing the end of its tenure. The premier said that the government and opposition should reach consensus over a caretaker setup to avoid any disagreement thereof so that the…

Abbasi, Nawaz discuss political situation in Jati Umra meet

LAHORE: Ousted prime minister and PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif on Sunday held a meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, ARY News reported. The meeting took place at the former premier’s Jati Umra residence in Lahore. The top PML-N leadership discussed a wide range of issues including prevailing political situation in the country, the upcoming general elections, corruption trial and mass-contact campaign. Earlier, Shehbaz Sharif said his party will emerge victorious in the…

New Islamabad airport to be inaugurated on Tuesday

ISLAMABAD: The newly-constructed Islamabad International Airport will formally be inaugurated on Tuesday. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is expected to inaugurate the new airport, according to a report of the state-owned Radio Pakistan. The first flight of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) from Karachi will touch down at the airport at 11:00 am on the same day, while first flight of the national flag carrier will depart for Karachi at 12.30 pm, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).…

Cabinet gives go-ahead to budget 2018-19

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair on Friday discussed and approved the budget for the financial year 2018-19.   Finance Minister Miftah Ismail briefed the cabinet about the federal budget, which afterwards unanimously approved the budget. It also approved the Finance Bill 2018-19. The National Assembly has been summoned to meet at 4:30 pm for presentation of the federal budget. The incumbent PML-N government is going to set a precedent for presenting six consecutive…

PM directs SSGC to restore gas supply to K-Electric to curb power cuts

KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday directed K-Electric and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) to resolve within 15 days their dispute over non-payment of outstanding dues by the former to ensure supply of electricity to residents of the city. He chaired here today a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy on the power crisis that has hit residents of the city hard in the sweltering weather for the last few weeks. Speaking to the media, Abbasi said SSGC has been directed to supply adequate gas to the…

Abbasi in London to attend Commonwealth meeting

LONDON: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has arrived in London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM-2018).  The prime minister landed at London's Heathrow Airport, where he was welcomed by senior officials of the Britain government and Pakistan High Commissioner to United Kingdom Syed Ibne Abbas. The conference, which kicks off today, will continue for two days. It provides an opportunity to highlight the progress made by Pakistan including its transition to a modern and dynamic emerging…

PM, army chief in Saudi Arabia to witness joint drills closing

DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has arrived here to witness the closing ceremony of the 24-country joint military exercise. Accompanied by Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir Khan and Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, the premier landed at the King Abdulaziz Air Force Base at Al Khobar, where Governor Dammam Prince Saud bin Nayef received them. Pakistan’s ambassador Khan Hasham bin Saddique and Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf al-Maliki were also present. The premier arrived…

PM calls for consensus to create new provinces

BAHAWALPUR: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday stressed the need for evolving political consensus to create new provinces in the country. He was addressing public gathering after inauguration of forty-five kilometer Jalalpur Pirwala-Uch Sharif section of National Highway near Bahawalpur. Highlighting the PML-N government’s performance, the premier said the government under the leadership of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif carried out more development work than any other government over the last 70…