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PM Shehbaz to receive UAE president in Rahim Yar Khan

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PM Shehbaz to receive UAE president in Rahim Yar Khan

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will receive United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his arrival in Rahim Yar Khan today (Wednesday).

The prime minister, during his day-long visit to Rahim Yar Khan, will welcome the UAE president at the Chandana Airport.
“The two leaders will discuss further promotion of brotherly ties between Pakistan and the UAE and other matters of bilateral interest,” the PM Office said.

The UAE president arrived in the South Asian country days after he was invited by the PM Shehbaz during his official visit to the Gulf country.

During his visit, the prime minister held a meeting with the UAE president when matters of mutual interest were discussed. The Gulf country also agreed to roll over the existing $2 billion debt in much-needed financial help. In addition to announcing the rollover, the Gulf country announced a loan of $1 billion for Pakistan.

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The prime minister had thanked the UAE president for inviting him to the brotherly country. The two leaders discussed the fraternal relations between Pakistan and the UAE; explored ways and means to further strengthen these ties, especially in the fields of trade, investment and energy.

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Election date will alleviate uncertainty: Kaira

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Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira emphasised that providing a specific date by the Election Commission for general elections would help alleviate the prevailing uncertainty.

Kaira reiterated that the PPP firmly upholds its constitutional mandate to hold elections and believes it is essential for stability.

Furthermore, he clarified that the issue of a level playing field is distinct from this matter and should be addressed separately. 

It is to be recalled that PPP co-chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had earlier requested the Election Commission (ECP) to announce a date for polls in the country.

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Solangi for eliminating extremism, prejudices from society

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Federal Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi said Thursday that the elimination of extremism and all types of prejudices was not only part of Islamic religious norms and Islamic history, but it was also a cornerstone of the Pakistan ideology.

In his speech at a peace festival here, the minister said that the National Counter-Terrorism Authority had taken important steps to eliminate extremism and terrorism from society.

Solangi said that extremism was one of the elements that destroyed peace and violence which bred terrorism.

The minister said that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had highlighted the rights of minorities in his speech of August 11, 1947. He said that Islam also taught kindness to humanity, irrespective of caste and creed.

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Solangi said that anti-peace forces wanted to weaken the power of Pakistan by targeting minorities as diversity was Pakistan’s strength. “All the people of the state of Pakistan enjoyed equal rights.”

The minister said the promotion and protection of minorities’ rights on the principle of equality was a major weapon against extremism. He said that time had come to eliminate all types of prejudices from society, as it was one aspect of the ideology of the creation of Pakistan.

The minister also recalled that 22 years ago in 2001, the United Nations had announced to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 every year. In 2023, he added, 75 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights would also be marked which was an important milestone in itself.

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Captain Safdar acquitted of sedition, MPO violation charges

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A district court on Thursday acquitted Captain (r) Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in two cases involving charges of sedition, criminal intimidation and violation of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).

Judicial Magistrate Bilal Muneer Warraich pronounced the judgment which had been reserved on the previous hearing.

Advocates Farhad Ali Shah and Haroon Bhutta appeared before the court on behalf of their client Captain (r) Safdar.

Two FIRs had been registered with the Islampura police station against Safdar under different charges, including the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) and 124-A & 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

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