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Erdogan acknowledges some problems with Turkiye’s quake response

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Erdogan acknowledges some problems with Turkiye's quake response

President Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged on Wednesday some problems with Turkiye’s initial response to the earthquake that rocked the south but said normal operations have resumed, adding that the death toll in the country rose to 11,000.

Erdogan made his first visit to the devastated region since the Monday, when two massive quakes hit within hours, just as confirmed deaths in Turkey and neighbouring Syria shot beyond 11,000.

Speaking to reporters in the Kahramanmaras province near the epicentre, with constant ambulance sirens in the background, Erdogan said there had been problems with roads and airports but that everything would get better by the day.

“On the first day we experienced some issues but then on the second day and today the situation is under control,” he said.

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The government aims to build housing within one year for those left without a home in the 10 provinces affected, he added.

The most destructive in decades, the initial tremor wrought havoc on hospitals, airports and roads, and knocked down more than 6,400 buildings in Turkey. Many residents have since complained about insufficient resources and slow emergency response.

“We had some problems in airports and roads but we are better today. We will be better tomorrow and later. We still have some issues with fuel…but we will overcome those too,” Erdogan said after visiting tents set up by the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

He also said citizens should only heed communication from authorities and ignore “provocateurs”.

Turkish authorities say some 13.5 million people were affected in an area spanning roughly 450 km (280 miles) from Adana in the west to Diyarbakir in the east.

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Corps Commander Peshawar meets Utmanzai tribe elders

Corps Commander Peshawar meets Utmanzai tribe elders

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Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Hasan Azhar Hayat on Wednesday met Utmanzai tribal elders from North Waziristan and thanked them for fighting alongside the Pakistan Army in the war against terror.

According to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Utmanzai tribal elders, while appreciating the unwavering spirit of the Pakistan Army, said that the tribal people valued its sacrifices in the war against terrorism.

On the occasion, the Corps Commander said, “The Pakistan Army is using all its resources for the welfare of the people in the tribal areas. It is taking concrete steps along with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to ensure the representation of the youth in minerals and other sectors, including better provision of education, besides the gradual return of other tribes to their respective areas.”

The tribal elders expressed the commitment that the tribal people would always stand beside the Pakistan Army and other law enforcement agencies for the solidarity and integrity of the country.

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Shehbaz claims party’s number in National Assembly reaches 104 as independents join

Shehbaz claims party’s number in National Assembly reaches 104 as independents join

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Shehbaz claims party's number in National Assembly reaches 104 as independents join

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and nominated Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif claimed that with independent candidates their number in the National Assembly reached 104.

Addressing the meeting of the parliamentary party, Shehbaz Sharif congratulated the successful members of the parliament.

The prime minister-designate said that the members of the assembly had won without doubt. He said that the party achieved success across the country.

He said that the party chief Nawaz Sharif had controlled load-shedding in 2017, brought CPEC projects into the country, connected the four provinces through a motorway, and got land for the Diamer Bhasha Dam.

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Shehbaz Sharif said that the terrorists were eliminated under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, and the people of Karachi gave prayers to Nawaz Sharif who established peace in Karachi.

The nominated prime minister further said that Benazir was martyred but no one looked at GHQ. He questioned the language used when Nawaz Sharif fell ill and was jailed along with Maryam Nawaz.

Shehbaz Sharif said people questioned about the performance of the 16 months. “I would say we saved Pakistan from bankruptcy,” he said. , and once again I congratulate all the elected members.

On this occasion, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif presented a resolution to pay tribute to Nawaz Sharif as well as his sacrifices for democracy. 

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National Assembly’s inaugural session to take place on Feb 29

National Assembly’s inaugural session to take place on Feb 29

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National Assembly's inaugural session to take place on Feb 29

The inaugural session of the National Assembly will take place tomorrow (Thursday) at 10am.

The Assembly secretariat issued a notification in this regard.

“National Assembly session to begin at 10am tomorrow [Thursday],” the notification read.

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