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Mainstreaming GB youth a government priority, says PM Kakar

Mainstreaming GB youth a government priority, says PM Kakar

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Mainstreaming GB youth a government priority, says PM Kakar

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Wednesday said the government of Pakistan would continue to play its role in ensuring progress, peace and prosperity of Gilgit-Baltistan.

In his message on the 76th anniversary of the freedom of Gilgit-Baltistan from the Dogra rule, the prime minister said mainstreaming the youth of Gilgit-Baltistan was a priority for Pakistan.

He noted that Gilgit-Baltistan was rich in minerals and natural resources and offered huge potential to become a hub of economic growth and tourism.

The PM stressed the need for unity, religious harmony and mutual affinity to ensure a prosperous and bright future for Pakistan, including Gilgit Baltistan.

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Kakar felicitated the people of GB, saying the day was significant in history when the brave people of Gilgit Baltistan under the leadership of Captain Mirza Hassan Khan and Subedar Major Babar had resisted the Dogra rule.

Their courage had forced the puppet governor Ghasara Singh to surrender before the would of the local people for their accession with Pakistan on November 1, 1947, he said.

Kakar said Pakistan deeply valued the patriotism of the people of GB who had proved their unconditional and selfless love for Pakistan.

“These brave people showed the enemy that GB was part of Pakistan and would remain so forever,” he added.

Kakar said the people of GB were fortunate to be blessed with freedom, while the Muslims in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) still suffered the tyranny of Indian authorities.

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The PM mentioned several resolutions passed by the United Nations for the resolution of the conflict of Jammu and Kashmir which, according to him, had faced the status quo due to the unwillingness of India and the apathy of the international community.

Kakar reiterated Pakistan’s solidarity with the oppressed people of IIOJK, and vowed to continue the country’s political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris till they got their right to self-determination in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

He said Pakistan wanted a peaceful resolution of both the Palestine conflict and the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and strongly condemned Israel’s unabated violence in the land of the first Qibla for Muslims.

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Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

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 YouTuber and anchorperson Imran Riaz has been released following a court order that discharged him from charges of interference in official duties.

Imran Riaz’s lawyer, Mian Ali Ashfaq, confirmed the news on his official X (formerly Twitter) account.

Media reports indicate that on May 29, Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court, Justice Aamer Farooq, allowed Imran Riaz to perform Hajj. However, despite the court’s permission, he was barred from travelling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj on June 3 and had to return home, stating his intent to seek court intervention again.

On June 12, the Islamabad High Court once more permitted Imran Riaz to proceed with Hajj. Yet, on the same day, he was arrested at Lahore Airport, clad in ihram, just as he was about to depart.

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A case under Section 406 for breach of trust was filed against him, but the Model Town Court in Lahore dismissed these charges on June 13. Nonetheless, he was rearrested in connection with another case.

This time, Imran Riaz was accused in a case registered at Sarwar Road Police Station in Lahore for allegedly interfering with official duties by forcibly driving his vehicle through an airport checkpoint, damaging a barrier.

However, on June 14, the Cantt Court in Lahore discharged Imran Riaz from the interference charges, leading to his release as per the court’s order.

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Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

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Federal Information Minister Atta Tarar announced that health insurance for 5,000 journalists will be ensured in the first phase.

While addressing the media at the press club, Tarar stated that the government is committed to the welfare of journalists. He underlined the need to work together to serve the country. He also asserted the government’s belief in freedom of expression while stopping misinformation.

Also read: PPP standing with journalists over defamation law: Hassan Murtaza

Tarar highlighted that everyone must play a part in ending fake. He mentioned that a long meeting with journalists will be held soon saying that his doors are always open for them.

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Furthermore, Atta Tarar said that the government will ensure a minimum wage of Rs 37,000

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Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

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Political parties must prioritise country's progress: President Zardari

 President Asif Ali Zardari has emphasised that political parties must prioritise the country’s progress and prosperity by fulfilling their democratic and constitutional responsibility.

He was talking to Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi, who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.

The president said we must only think about Pakistan and put aside personal differences.

He stressed the need to take Pakistan forward and everyone has to play his role in this regard.

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Speaking on the occasion, the Interior Minister said any challenge can be tackled through the power of unity and solidarity.

Besides, matters of mutual interest and country’s overall situation were discussed in the meeting.

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