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Growing use of drones in law enforcement may violate human rights, warns UN expert -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 (APP): The increasing use of armed drones within domestic law enforcement risks depersonalizing the use of force and infringing upon the rights of individual citizens, a United Nations human rights expert warned Thursday.

At General Assembly, UN experts urge global action on enforced disappearances -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 (APP): The heads of two United Nations expert bodies Thursday urged States to take full responsibility to solve all aspects of the issue of enforced disappearances -- prevention, search for the disappeared, punishment of the perpetrators and reparation for the victims.

Pakistan calls for ban on autonomous weapons that would select and attack targets without human cont -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 (APP): Pakistan has called for pre-emptive ban on the development of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS), known as killer robots, that are capable of making their own combat decisions without human intervention, saying such devices would undermine world peace.

Obama reaffirms support for Afghan unity government -
WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (APP): President Barack Obama on Wednesday spoke with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai by video conference, along with his Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and reaffirmed support for their unity government.

PTI should follow suit, pack up like PAT: Pervaiz -
ROTTERDAM (The Netherlands), Oct 22 (APP): Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Wednesday said that the decision of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri to end the sit-in in Islamabad was very good and welcoming.

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PCB extends remedial work on Saeed Ajmal
KARACHI, Oct 22 (APP): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB has decided to extend Saeed Ajmal’s remedial work under Saqlain Mushtaq’s watch by another 15 days.
National Hockey camp for Indian Tour from Oct 28 at Karachi: PHF
PESHAWAR, Oct 22 (APP): The training camp of national senior probables preparing for participation in the Hero-Honda Champions Trophy to be played at Bhubaneswar, India from December 6-14, 2014, will be organized at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium, Karachi on October 28, 2014.
Fund raising match brings joys and fun for IDPs of Baka Khel camp in FR Bannu
BANNU, Oct 22 (APP): Shahid Khan Afridi’s 16 balls 45 runs knock enable Boom Boom Afridi XI to 31 runs victory against DG ISPR XI in a friendly cricket fund raising match played at Baka Khel IDPs camp for the IDPs of North Waziristan Agency here.
Shahbaz bestows Rs 2 lakh each on hockey team
LAHORE, Oct 21 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif gave away cash award of Rs 200,000 each amongst the members and officials of the national hockey team for their brilliant performance in the recently concluded Asian Gmaes.
Omar Abdel Meguid, Aamir Atlas reach final of CAS Squash championship
ISLAMABAD, Oct 22 (APP): Omar Abdel Meguid of Egypt and Aamir Atlas reached the  final of  Serena Hotels Chief of Air Staff International Squash Championship being played at Mushaf Squash Complex, Islamabad.
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ECP orders re-poll in 43 polling stations of NA-250 on May 19 PDF Print E-mail
Election_2013 - Elections 2013 News
KARACHI, May 14 (APP);  The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday announced that re-polling in National Assembly constituency NA-250, Karachi will be held on May 19. According to Provincial Election Commission (PEC) sources here, the polling will be held in 43 polling stations where the results were withheld on complaints of rigging and other irregularities, by the ECP. According to the announcement, the re-polling will be held in polling stations Nos. 4, 7, 11, 48, 52, 56, 57, 58, 60, 62, 78, 97, 98, 100, 101, 104, 106, 109, 110, 113, 114, 115, 117, 122, 123, 131, 133, 136, 137, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 148, 157, 165, 168, 175, 177 and 179.
Unofficial results of 256 national, 552 provincial assembly seats PDF Print E-mail
Election_2013 - Elections 2013 News
ISLAMABAD, May 14 (APP): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has so far announced the unofficial results of 256 constituencies of National Assembly and 552 provincial assembly. Out of total 272 general seats, following is the party position on the basis of results received from 256 constituencies:
ECP asks winning candidates to submit return of election expenses till May 21 PDF Print E-mail
Election_2013 - Elections 2013 News
ISLAMABAD, May 13 (APP): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday asked the winning candidates of national and provincial assemblies  to submit their returns of election expenses with returning officers till May 21. “Section 42(3A) of the Representation of the People Act, 1976, read  with Section 50 and Rule 30 of the Representation of the People (Conduct  of Election) Rule, 1977, requires every candidate returned to the National Assembly and provincial assemblies to submit to the returning officer concerned, a return of election expenses within 10 days from the poll of an election”, said the ECP in a statement here. 
Pak elections extraordinary vote against violence: European Observers PDF Print E-mail
Election_2013 - Elections 2013 News
ISLAMABAD, May 13 (APP): Leader of the European Observer Delegation to Pakistan elections, Richard Howitt, Member of European Parliament (MEP) on Monday called them ‘an extraordinary vote for democracy and against violence.’ The British Labour Euro MP made the comment in helping to launch the European Union’s preliminary assessment of elections which concludes that elections represented “a competitive and improved election process despite militant violence and procedural shortcomings.”
Women voter actively participated in 2013 elections: GEM Report PDF Print E-mail
Election_2013 - Elections 2013 News
ISLAMABAD, May 13 (APP): Gender Election Monitoring Mission issues preliminary report here on Monday reported huge women voter turnout in General Election 2013 who remained standing in queues since morning till the closing time. “Despite pre-election times threats and attacks, female voters turned out in big numbers often present from the beginning, very enthusiastic, including old age, middle age, youth, mothers with babies and children, disabled women, women carers coming along with their families, neighbours, relatives or friends” said Sabra Bano, Head of the Mission.
No chances of manipulating results: ECP PDF Print E-mail
Election_2013 - Elections 2013 News
ISLAMABAD, May 12 (APP): Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Sunday assured the political parties that it had made a fool-proof system to check any kind of manipulation and tempering in the election results. Addressing a press conference, Secretary ECP Ishtiaq Ahmed said that the apprehensions regarding delay in results, as expressed by a section of people, were not based on the facts as the commission had made proper mechanism to ensure free and fair polls. He said the delay in announcing results was due to first-time introduction of Result Management System (RMS) that was provided to all the 425 returning officers for sharing the exact vote count of candidates from each polling station all over the country soon after the counting process was completed.
World adds its voice with Malala- silver lining for girls’ education PDF Print E-mail
Articles & Editorials - Articales-Features
By Ishtiaq Rao/Rehan Khattak

ISLAMABAD, Nov 10 (APP): With UN declaration for observing Malala Day today (Saturday), the world has added its voice with the internationally recognized icon and child activist from Swat (Pakistan) whose dynamic vision finally wrested unprecedented support across the globe towards fight for education to the girls. No one would have imagined that a 15-year Malala Yousafzai from a terror-hit Swat Valley would earn a nonpareil recognition of a global day in her name and worldwide support for Nobel Peace Prize in honour of becoming a symbol of resistance against Taliban and proponent of girls’ education.
Over Rs. 49.59 bln tax-free AJK budget 2012-13 announced PDF Print E-mail
Budget 2012 - 2013 - A.J.K Budget
MIRPUR (AJK), Jun 20 (APP): The Azad Jammu Kashmir government Wednesday announced a total of Rs. 49.59 billion revenue-oriented tax free budget for next fiscal 2012-13, with revenue expenditures totaled to be around Rs. 40,050.00 million and deficit of Rs. 5100.0 million. The budget was announced by AJK Finance minister Chaudry Pervaiz Ashraf in AJK Legislative Assembly which met in Muzaffarabad. “An amount of Rs. 9547.036 million has been allocated for development sector with Rs. 40,050.00 million recurrent budget for the next fiscal year,” he informed the House. The AJK assembly was told that the development budget has been increased to 15 percent, compared to the financial year 2011-12.
Sindh Finance Minister presents Rs 577.08 bln Sindh budget PDF Print E-mail
Budget 2012 - 2013 - Sindh Budget
KARACHI, June 11 (APP):  Annual budget of Sindh for the year 2012-13, having total estimated outlay of Rs 577.98 billion for the year, was announced on Monday evening by the Provincial Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in the  Sindh Assembly. Acting Speaker of the Assembly Syeda Shehla Raza chaired the session. Besides Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, a large number of MPAs and Ministers from Pakistan People’s Party and from other coalition parties were present in the House. They listened to the budget speech very peacefully and appreciated the budget in general.
Balochistan assembly presents Rs 179.93 bln tax-free Budget PDF Print E-mail
Budget 2012 - 2013 - Balochistan Budget
QUETTA, June 11 (APP): The Balochistan coalition government has presented Rs 179.93 billion Budget for financial year 2012-13 during the provincial assembly session here on Monday. The 20 percent increase in salaries and pension of government employees announced while 6530 new vacancies have been created in the next financial budget for 2012-13. No deficit was shown in the budget. Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani presided over the assembly sitting. Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani and Senior Minister Maulana Abdul Wasey were also present in the house. Provincial Minister for Finance Mir Asim Kurd presented the Rs 179.93 billion tax-free budget for next fiscal year 2012-13 which includes Rs 35.81 billion of annual development program and Rs 144.11 billion of non-development expenditures.
Rs 782.86b Punjab budget unveiled PDF Print E-mail
Budget 2012 - 2013 - Punjab Budget
LAHORE, June 9 (APP)- The Punjab government on Saturday presented a  balanced and tax-free budget with a total outlay of Rs 782.86 billion for fiscal year 2012-13 allocating Rs 250 billion for Annual Development Programme (ADP). Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, who was given the charge of finance minister just a day before the budget day, presented the budget in the Punjab Assembly. Giving break-up of the budget receipts and expenditures, he said, the provincial government would receive a total of Rs 650.5 billion from federal divisible pool, while Rs 131.4 billion from provincial own tax and non-tax revenues.
Punjab Budget-Salient features PDF Print E-mail
Budget 2012 - 2013 - Punjab Budget
LAHORE, June 9 (APP) - Provincial Minister Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman presented a public-friendly, balanced, developmental and tax free budget worth Rs 782. 85 billion in Punjab Assembly on Saturday here. 
Following are the salient features of the budget;
Microeconomic stability main focus of budget: Hafeez PDF Print E-mail
Budget 2012 - 2013 - Federal budget 2012-2013
ISLAMABAD, June 2 (APP): Federal Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said on Friday that the main focus of the Federal Budget 2012-13 was to sustain continuity of microeconomic stability and ensure relief to the vulnerable segments of society. Addressing a post-budget press conference here, the Finance Minister said that the tax collections had increased and the government had enhanced development allocations to maintain the pace. He said that the country’s economy was picking up momentum and setting a required base for future accelaration. The government also took care of the vulnerable segments of society and announced relief measures to provide financial assistance and targetted subsidies, he added.
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