Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bilawal Bhutto condemns insulting misbehavior of PTI Minister towards PPP Woman MPA Nighat Orakzai

Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has condemned the insulting misbehavior of PTI Minister towards PPP Woman MPA Nighat Orakzai on the floor of Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa Assembly.
In a statement issued here, the PPP Chairman made it clear that his Party won’t tolerate insult or abusive language towards womenfolk whether in Assembly or outside.
He said that attitude of Provincial Ministers in the KPK Assembly was very sad and Imran Khan should bridle such people in his party.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that PPP stands as guarantor for the protection of women and their rights.


Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto message on World Press Freedom Day

Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that any attempt for gagging freedom of the press would be tantamount to weaken democracy and encourage discrimination and disparity in the society.
In his message on the World Press Freedom Day, PPP Chairman said that PPP was the pioneer of the struggle for press freedom and protection of journalist fraternity in Pakistan. “PPP and journalists have fought together against the dictatorships who ousted democracies and gagged the press through ruthless regimes,” he added.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said PPP leadership had undergone world’s worst media trial in the history at the hands of tin-pot dictators and other opponents but it always stood for freedom of press because our Party’s ideology was to build a society based on tolerance and proactive progress.
PPP Chairman further expressed concern that Pakistan’s ranking on the World Press Freedom Index has come down to 139th position in 180 countries, which is very poor and needs to be improved to create better image of our nation in the world.
He criticized the bottlenecks being created by the PML-N government against the passage of right of access to information legislation and pledged that PPP legislators will support such laws at every elected forum.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held out assurance to the media persons in Pakistan of every effort to lay foundations of model press freedom environment and promoting media literacy among the masses.


Pakistani, Afghan Spymasters Hold Rare Talks

The Spy chiefs of Pakistan and Afghanistan have held official talks in Kabul on bilateral security and counterterrorism cooperation.
Director General of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, ISI, Lt. General Naveed Mukhtar, traveled to the Afghan capital Tuesday in a bid to ease tensions between security establishments of the two countries, Pakistani and Afghan security sources confirmed to VOA.
There were no immediate details available from the meeting General Mukhtar held with his Afghan counterpart, Masoom Stanekzai, who heads the National Directorate of Security, or NDS.
The ISI chief’s visit came as Afghanistan and Pakistan consistently accused each other’s intelligence agencies of sheltering and supporting anti-state militants, who plot deadly terrorist attacks in both the countries.
General Mukhtar is also scheduled to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. The two intelligence agencies had signed an initial agreement of cooperation shortly after Ghani assumed office in 2014 to help address mutual concerns, but news of the deal was leaked to Afghan media prematurely, preventing the cooperation from taking root, according to Pakistani officials.
The Taliban has announced its so-called “spring offensive” in Afghanistan. The Afghan government claims sanctuaries on Pakistani soil have enabled the insurgents to prolong the conflict in the country.
Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah reiterated Monday the Islamist insurgency announced and planned its “spring offensive in a neighboring country”, though he did not name Pakistan
Pakistani authorities reject the charges and say they are making all possible efforts to strengthen security along a 2,600 kilometer border with Afghanistan to prevent terrorist infiltration in both directions.
On Tuesday, the Pakistan military said it repelled an attack on two security outposts by militants from across the border in Afghanistan. It said three assailants were killed and several were wounded while others were forced to retreat. The militant assault took place in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal district of South Waziristan. A high-powered Pakistani parliamentary delegation also visited Afghanistan this week for talks with counterparts and the Afghan leadership. Ayaz Sadiq, speaker of the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, led the 15-member delegation to Kabul, which returned to Islamabad on Monday.
Sadiq described the meetings as highly successful and productive.
On Tuesday, the speaker briefed Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif about the visit, officials said.
“The prime minister stated that exchanges of parliamentary delegations between the two countries would further strengthen bilateral relations and will go a long way in realizing the shared objective of regional peace and stability,” an official statement quoted Sharif as saying.