Nasir Iqbal wins Tasmanian Open Squash Championship

Pakistan’s squash star Nasir Iqbal won the Tasmanian Open Squash Championship, which took place in Australia.

Nasir Iqbal, who has been in an impressive form recently, defeated Switzerland’s David Barnett 3-1 with the scores of 11-8, 12-10, 6-11 and …

Pakistan's squash star Nasir Iqbal won the Tasmanian Open Squash Championship, which took place in Australia. Nasir Iqbal, who has been in an impressive form recently, defeated Switzerland's David Barnett 3-1 with the scores of 11-8, 12-10, 6-11 and 11-5. This was Iqbal's third title on Australian soil as this year, he previously claimed titles at the Bendigo International and Shepparton Open and reached the semi-final of the Victoria Open. In the semi-final, Iqbal demonstrated impressive form and defeated France's Melvil Ciani-Menko 3-0 with a decisive score of 4-11, 5-11, and 5-11. Source: Radio Pakistan

Govt determined to provide free healthcare facilities: PM

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has expressed government’s determination to provide state of the art free health care facilities to the deserving patients.

Addressing a groundbreaking ceremony of Jinnah Medical Complex in Islamabad, the Prime …

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has expressed government's determination to provide state of the art free health care facilities to the deserving patients. Addressing a groundbreaking ceremony of Jinnah Medical Complex in Islamabad, the Prime Minister said the Complex will be the region's one of the best medical centers where the deserving people would get 100 percent free medical treatment. He said this is the gift of the coalition government not only for the residents of the Rawalpindi and Islamabad but also for the people from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. He said once completed, the medical facility would offer the world's best healthcare facilities with various diseases related to heart, kidneys, lungs, cancer and others. Furthermore, he said a modern first aid emergency section would also be established at the hospital with facility of air ambulance service for patients belonging to hard areas. Shehbaz Sharif said a nursing school and laboratories would als o be established in the hospital and the deserving patients would avail 100 percent lab tests facility. He specifically thanked Chairman Sultan Ali Allana and Prince Rahim Agha Khan for providing technical consultancy support free of cost for the project. He directed the authorities concerned to complete the project in one year. He also issued directives to continue work on the project round the clock to meet the deadline. He assured that there would be no funding problems from the government side. As regards compensation to the land affected people, the prime minister directed to provide one window facility to resolve their problems without any delay. Source: Radio Pakistan

Information Minister condemns PTI’s disruptive politics

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar has condemned the PTI’s politics of incitement, chaos, and violence to disturb economic stability in the country.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad this afternoon, he said from the day…

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar has condemned the PTI's politics of incitement, chaos, and violence to disturb economic stability in the country. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad this afternoon, he said from the day one, the PTI has been pursuing an agenda of creating uncertainty in the country to derail economy. The Minister said creating instability in the country is PTI's manifesto, which is evident from the fact when its workers attacked the Pakistan Television building in Islamabad in 2014. He said it has always preached the politics of violence and using abusive language against political opponents. Attaullah Tarar said they always look for dead bodies to unleash propaganda against the government, police and security forces. He said the incidents of May 9 last year were orchestrated in search of 50 to 60 dead bodies with an aim to derail the entire system and spread anarchy in the country. He said you are not a political party but a terrorist organization. Referrin g to an unfortunate incident occurred in Bannu on 15th of this month, the Minister said miscreants attacked the boundary wall of Bannu Garrison, which led to the martyrdom of eight security officials. He said the PTI intended to blame that direct fire was opened at civilians. He said PTI trolls spread a negative propaganda on social media by uploading video clips of children from other countries by dubbing them as these incidents were happened in Bannu. Attaullah Tarar said traders of Bannu had organized a peace march and some political parties, including the PTI, secretively inserted their armed goons to sabotage the event. He said those armed people opened fire, killing a citizen and injuring 22 others. He said this incident of firing took place one kilometer away from the cant. The Minister said now the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government intends to conduct an inquiry of its own choice into the incident, which we reject. He questioned how you can conduct an inquiry when your own people are involved in the Bannu incident. Responding to an article that appeared in an international publication, Attaullah Tarar said the PTI founder is enjoying all modern facilities, including an exercise bicycle, a walking gallery, a kitchen, and a lavish dining menu, in the jail. He said the PTI founder is facilitated to hold three meetings weekly with his lawyers, family, friends, and party leaders. He said we do not believe in political victimization. He said it was the PTI founder, who used to put his political opponents, including women, into death cells, when he was in power. He said the government has given no instructions for torturing the PTI founder in prison. Regarding the attack on the Pakistani consulate in Frankfort, Germany, the Minister said the Foreign Office has recorded a strong protest with the German authorities concerned. He said the Foreign Office has further demanded that the security of the Pakistan Mission should be ensured and action should be taken against those responsible for security lapse. H e said Chairman NADRA has been requested to analyze the video of ransacking the consulate to ascertain whether there were any Pakistani citizens involved in this incident. He said strict action would be taken against Pakistani citizens if found involved in the Frankfurt incident. He said the identity cards and passports of such people will be blocked. Attaullah Tarar said the government will continue working to achieve economic stability, despite all odds. Source: Radio Pakistan

Women’s Asia Cup: Pakistan defeat Nepal by 9 wickets

Pakistan defeated Nepal by nine wickets in Women’s Asia Cup at Dambulla tonight.

Batting first, Nepal scored 108 runs for the loss of six wickets in allotted twenty overs.

In reply, Pakistan achieved the target in just 11.5 overs for the loss of one…

Pakistan defeated Nepal by nine wickets in Women's Asia Cup at Dambulla tonight. Batting first, Nepal scored 108 runs for the loss of six wickets in allotted twenty overs. In reply, Pakistan achieved the target in just 11.5 overs for the loss of one wicket. Source: Radio Pakistan

Training camp starts in Islamabad for Pakistan Street Child Football team

A five-day training camp started in Islamabad today for Pakistan Street Child Football team which is visiting Norway for the world cup.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the training camp in Islamabad today, Chairman Prime Minister Youth Program Ran…

A five-day training camp started in Islamabad today for Pakistan Street Child Football team which is visiting Norway for the world cup. Addressing the opening ceremony of the training camp in Islamabad today, Chairman Prime Minister Youth Program Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan said our street child football team which remained runner up in the Street child Football World Cup last time will return champions this time. He said the camp has been jointly organized by Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination and the Prime Minister's Youth Program and will help field a tuned-up team for the world cup. He said the government will establish sports endowment fund for youth to enable them realize their potential and Prime Minister has accorded approval to it. The Chairman also informed that ten sports academies for basic sports like cricket, hockey, and football will be established across the country this year as per vision of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. He said a state of the art biomechanical lab will also be esta blished to provide students with physical nurturing and world class fitness facilities. Rana Mashhood said there is no lack of talent in our country but the need is only to support and sponsor it. Source: Radio Pakistan

Water-Energy-Food conference begins on Monday

A three-day conference on Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus for the Security of OIC Countries will begin in Islamabad on Monday.

Senate Chairman Yousaf Raza Gilani and Senator Sherry Rehman will jointly inaugurate the conference at Pakistan Academy o…

A three-day conference on Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus for the Security of OIC Countries will begin in Islamabad on Monday. Senate Chairman Yousaf Raza Gilani and Senator Sherry Rehman will jointly inaugurate the conference at Pakistan Academy of Sciences. Over one hundred and forty scientists, academicians, and scholars, industrialists and policy makers from Pakistan and thirteen delegates from OIC countries including Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Palestine, South Africa, Sudan, as well as Uzbekistan will participate in the event. The event will focus on the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus for the Security of the OIC countries. Source: Radio Pakistan

All Pakistani students in Dhaka are safe: MoFA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has said that all Pakistani students in Dhaka are safe and have been shifted to safe locations.

In a statement, it said Pakistani mission in Dhaka is in contact with all students and the Deputy Head of Mission has v…

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has said that all Pakistani students in Dhaka are safe and have been shifted to safe locations. In a statement, it said Pakistani mission in Dhaka is in contact with all students and the Deputy Head of Mission has visited Chittagong to meet the students there. Source: Radio Pakistan

‘Efforts afoot to set up mountaineering school in Skardu’

Coordinator to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Romina Khurshid Alam says efforts are being made to set up a mountaineering school in Skardu.

She was chairing a second review meeting in Islamabad regarding Prime Minister’s Committee to Establish…

Coordinator to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Romina Khurshid Alam says efforts are being made to set up a mountaineering school in Skardu. She was chairing a second review meeting in Islamabad regarding Prime Minister's Committee to Establish Mountaineering School in Gilgit-Baltistan. She said the school will have structured training and educational facilities including mountaineering, Sherpa training and sustainable tourism practices to promote environmental-friendly mountaineering, climbing and mountain tourism. Prime Minister's climate aid said establishing such facilities would help equip aspirant mountaineers and mountain climbers with the knowledge, while respecting the local environment, values and cultures. Source: Radio Pakistan