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Country needs strong, independent judiciary as institution: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Friday said the country needed a strong and independent judiciary as an institution. Addressing a law conference in Islamabad, he said the rule of law was imperative for a successful democratic system. The information minister said the government believed in strengthening of institutions. He urged the superior judiciary and the Law Commission to evaluate ideas to improve judicial system in Pakistan. Read More: CJP Saqib Nisar says judiciary ‘guardian of…

Strong Pak-US partnership essential to deal with challenges confronting region: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that a sustained and strong Pak-US partnership is essential to deal with various challenges confronting the region and beyond. He was talking to a five member US Senate delegation led by Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in Islamabad on Monday. The prime minister reiterated his government's commitment to improve relations with Afghanistan and India. He expressed serious concern over the gross human rights violations and…

PML-N govt working to make Pakistan digitally, economically strong: Dar

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday said the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) government was working to make Pakistan digitally and economically strong. “The PML-N government is leading Pakistan to the path of development according to its charter,” he said while addressing a contract signing ceremony between Ministry of Information Technology and private mobile companies for the provision of 3G services in Dera Bugti, Kharan and Washuk districts of Balochistan and establishment of National Incubation Centers…

ICJ issued no order to provide Jhadav consular access, says Sartaj

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaz Aziz on Saturday said that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has not issued any order with regard to consular access to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jhadav. "New Delhi will not succeed in its nefarious designs to hide subversive activities of its spy Kulbhushan Jhadav," talking to editors and senior anchors in Islamabad. He said that Pakistan has strong position regarding merit over the case of Indian spy.  No pronouncement has yet been made on merit and…

6.4-magnitude quake shakes central Chile: Officials

SANTIAGO, Chile: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake of "great intensity" struck central Chile on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage, officials said. The quake, which struck in the early afternoon, shook buildings in the capital Santiago and caused panic among residents, AFP correspondents said. The quake hit 41 miles (66 km) from the city at a depth of 72.1 miles (116 km), the USGS said.