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Minister defends oil price hike

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt General (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch Wednesday informed the Senate that petrol prices in Pakistan was less as compared to India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. He said this while responding to a calling attention notice moved by Senator Sherry Rehman regarding a recent increase in…

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US urged for plan of repatriation of Afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: Minister for SAFRON, Abdul Qadir Baloch has urged the United States to chalk out a framework for successful repatriation of Afghan refugees keeping in view the security and economic situation. Talking to US Deputy Secretary of State Nancy Izzo Jackson in Islamabad, he said Pakistan has been facing multiple and complex problems due to…

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Ahsan Iqbal reiterates government will complete its term

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that holding of transparent and on time general elections is the top priority of the government. Talking to a private news channel, he said the parliament would complete its constitutional term second time in the country’s history and we want to strengthen democratic system in Pakistan. The Minister said…

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No proposal under consideration for renaming Islamabad Airport

ISLAMABAD: Minister for SAFRON Abdul Qadir Baloch on Wednesday informed the Upper House of Parliament that no proposal is under consideration for renaming Islamabad Airport. He was responding to a Calling attention notice moved by PPPP Senator Taj Haider regarding proposal to change the name of Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad. He said that no…

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PML-N picks Senator Yaqub Nasir as president

ISLAMABAD: Following the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has picked up Senator Yaqub Khan Nasir as its next president on Thursday. Several PML-N leaders including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan attended the crunch meeting of the party’s Central Executive Committee today. The PML-N…

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PML-N CEC meeting: Chaudhry Nisar, leaders arrive at Punjab House

ISLAMABAD: Several leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) including former federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan arrived at Punjab House for a crunch meeting of the party. The PML-N leaders who arrived at Punjab House for Central Executive Committee meeting include Chaudhry Jaffer Iqbal, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Raja Farooq Haider, Abdul Qadir Baloch,…

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Army wants mainstreaming of FATA: Senate told

ISLAMABAD: Minister of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch on Thursday clarified that army was not against the FATA Reforms rather called for expediting the reforms in the tribal regions. Winding up debate on a motion regarding the inaction on the FATA Reforms Project approved by the Cabinet on March…

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Pakistan committed to Afghanistan peace: Qadir Baloch

ISLAMABAD: Minister of States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch said Pakistan will extend its full cooperation for peace and stability in Afghanistan.    In an interview, he asked all parliamentarians to support the government on this issue. The Minister urged all political parties to evolve a joint strategy on national security. Abdul Qadir Baloch…

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SAFRON minister refutes news item about delay in FATA reforms

ISLAMABAD: Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch Thursday refuted a news item appeared in a section of media regarding directions of the prime minister for delaying Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) reforms. In a statement issued here, the minister denied categorically in terms to contact the prime minister, adding no instructions…

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Pakistan, Italy ink deal on clean water projects

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Italy have signed an agreement on wash projects for provision of clean and quality drinking water for southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The agreement was signed by Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch and Italian Ambassador in Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo in Islamabad. Under the “Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas”…

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Relations with Afghanistan on Indian priorities unacceptable: Qadir Baloch

ISLAMABAD: Minister for State and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch on Tuesday said Pakistan desires cordial relations with Afghanistan but any such relations must be bilateral and not in pursuit of Indian priorities. “Pakistan fully recognizes that peace in region cannot be achieved without constructive bilateral ties. But, if Afghanistan would follow Indian priorities for…

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Sindh governor, federal minister discuss law and order situation, foreign investment

KARACHI: Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), Lt-Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch and Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair discussed law and order situation, foreign investment and other matters of mutual interest on Sunday. During the meeting at the Governor House here, the Governor said that in the wake of operation Zarb-i-Azb, law and order…

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Pakistan, Afghanistan to work together for return of Afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: Minister SAFRON Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Abdul Quadir Baloch had a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan, Mr. Abdullah Abdullah, who arrived in Geneva to participate in the quadripartite meeting on Afghan refugees. They discussed the return of Afghan refugees, both registered and unregistered, in dignity and honour to Afghanistan. The Quadripartite Steering…

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Qadir Baloch asks Sindh to extend Rangers powers

ISLAMABAD: Minister for SAFRON Lt Gen (rted.) Abdul Qadir Baloch Wednesday said the Sindh government should extend powers to Rangers for maintaining peace in country’s economic hub. Talking to a private news channel, he said law and order situation has improved due to Rangers operation in the metropolitan city. Karachi operation is being conducted against…

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Pakistan wants honorable repatriation of Afghan refugees: Qadir

ISLAMABAD: Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt General (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch has said Pakistan wanted honorable repatriation of Afghan refugees to their country as per its international commitment. Pakistan, he said, had the commitment in 2009 that the Afghan refugees would be sent back to their country with honor and dignity, and…

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No link of PM with Panama Leaks: Baloch

ISLAMABAD: Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt. General (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch said that there was no link or concern of the Prime Minister with Panama Leaks. Talking to the state television, the minister said that national interests were supreme, adding that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had always declared his assets and…

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ET on irregularities of ECP staff de-seated Ayaz Sadiq: Abdul Qadir

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch Tuesday said, Election Tribunal on irregularities of Election Commission staff de-seated Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. Talking to a news channel, the minister said, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would challenge the decision of Election Tribunal regarding repolling in NA-122, in the apex court. He said…

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