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  • President Mamnoon Hussain while talking to President AJK Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob reiterated Pakistan’s continued diplomatic‚ moral and political support to Kashmiris’ struggle for right to self-determination
  • Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will undertake a 3-day official visit to turkey from September 16. (The Express Tribune)
  • Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production Mushahid Hussain Syed termed visit to Kabul a success; said, US forces will remain in Afghanistan after draw-down as a result of bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington; Afghan President Karzai endorses APC decision to hold talks with Taliban. (Majority of papers)
  • Foreign Ministry informed the Senate Standing Committee on Interior that around 7912 Pakistani prisoners were imprisoned in different foreign countries. (Daily Times, Business Recorder)
  • Advisor to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz held meeting with Indian External Affairs minister Salman Khursheed in Bishkek; discussed bilateral issues‚ ways to defuse tension on LoC
  • Minister for Planning and Development Dr. Ahsan Iqbal said, government assigned highest priority to Bhasha Dam because a serious water crisis is looming in next five to ten years which will be much bigger than electricity crisis. (Majority of papers)
  • ECNEC approves 10 projects worth Rs. 51.79 billion, including purchase and rehabilitation of locomotives for Pakistan Railways. (Majority of papers)
  • Succumbing to SC pressure, the government withdraws transfer of Aviation Secretary. (Majority of papers)
  • Government is mulling options to deal with over 8000 government employees, sacked by the PML-N’s previous government but reinstated by the previous government through an act of parliament. (Dawn)
  • Former President Asif Ali Zardari has strictly restrained the party leaders from criticizing the government. (Express, Khabrain)
  • AML Chief Shaikh Rashid said, Chairman NAB would not be appointed till the departure of CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. (Khbarain)
  • SC after rejecting Attorney General Munir A Malik’s argument seeking one week time for the appointment of Chairman NAB, directs the government to immediately appoint Chairman NAB. (Majority of papers)
  • DG ISI in a reply filed in the IHC has alleged that civilian ISI officials are compromising national security by taking plea against promotion policy of the organization. (Dawn)
  • SC seeks affidavits from army in Masood Ahmad Janjuan’s disappearance case. (Majority of papers)
  • Anti-terrorism court extends former Chairman OGRA Tauqir Sadiq’s remand for 14 days. (Majority of papers)
  • US Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson vowed to continue cooperation with Pakistan in various hydro power projects for overcoming long standing energy crisis in Pakistan; said that a road was also constructed with the cooperation of USAID and FWO that would help to increase trade and commerce activities in South Waziristan. (Daily Times)
  • New York Times in a detailed report by Declan Walsh has expressed fears that Altaf Hussain’s MQM network of influence and intimidation that stretches for North America to South Africa may now be fraying. (News, Nation, Express)
  • Indian opposition party BJP nominates Narendra Modi as candidate for the Prime Minister for next elections. (Dawn, The Express Tribune, News)
  • Pak-Afghan parliamentary dialogue on security and defence institutionalized for sorting out differences. (Majority of papers)
  • 8 NATO containers, oil tankers torched in Kalat; 85 Afghan nationals arrested in Quetta; miscreants fire rockets at a cement factory in Lakki Marwat; 190 suspects arrested during raids by Rangers and Police in Karachi. (Majority of papers)
  • Deserter Pak Army Doctors in US and UK in trouble for not completing foreign training courses; Surgeon General of the Pakistan Army asks PMDC to denotify their degrees. (News, Jang)
  • Dawn: “Ray of hope: PIA turnaround” The seemingly impossible may become a reality after all. Already some noises of dissent have been heard. Then there is the bureaucracy, which inevitably wants to steer, or at least have a say in, the restructuring and privatization
  • Express: “IMF ki report lamha-e-fikria” IMF has warned in its report that Pakistan is in severe economic crisis. The report has predicted a dismal growth in GDP. The report is eye opener for our rulers in which there is no good news about the economy of Pakistan.
  • Express Tribune: “Oil firms and social development” The Director General, Petroleum told the court the amount was still lying with the oil companies and had not been handed over by them. The Court was also told each company was bound to spend $30,000 annually on development. It is true the areas they work in desperately need development and the money that should have come in for this has been held back for far too long. This important petition should have been moved a long time ago. The fact that it has happened now and that the SC has acted is something to be welcomed.
  • Express Tribune: “Drones and terror sanctuaries” What is bound to further complicate and already complex issue is the government’s plan to talk peace with the Taliban because that is likely to send a signal to the militants ensconced in the sanctuaries

 

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