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Some lobbies not happy with CPEC: Ahsan Iqbal

KARACHI: Pakistan will become a hub of economic development with the help of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, said Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Monday. Addressing the inaugural session of a two-day CPEC summit, being hosted by Dawn Media Group in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Development at Bagh-i-Jinnah, he said the present era…

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Judiciary won’t influence outcome of Pakistan’s general election: interior minister

LONDON: Pressure from Pakistan’s judiciary won’t influence the outcome of upcoming general elections this year, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday, adding he hoped the election would be free and fair. Earlier this month, Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party from holding…

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Pakistan looked after 3.5m refugees without anyone’s help: Ahsan Iqbal

Pakistan has taken care of 3.5 million refugees without anyone’s help for three decades, said Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal He was addressing an international conference on terrorism in Islamabad Tuesday. Talking about the problem of terrorism and the presence of Afghan refugees in the country, Iqbal said the international community needs to work with Pakistan…

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Election will prove Pakistanis are not tenants: Ahsan Iqbal

By Shahid Hussain LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says his party doesn’t believe in any ‘NRO’, (National Reconciliation Order), any secret deal, as it had an NRO with the people of Pakistan to transform the country into an economic tiger. “The next general elections will prove that 200 million Pakistanis are not tenants but owners…

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CPEC to be completed till 2030: Ahsan

LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be completed in three phases till 2030. Addressing a ceremony in Lahore today, he said in first phase of CPEC, energy and physical infrastructure will be developed by 2020 in the country. Interior Minister said government is taking concrete measures to overcome energy…

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Pakistan to become South Asia’s industrial hub after CPEC completion: Ahsan

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday said Pakistan would become an industrial hub of South Asia after the completion of CPEC. Talking to State-TV, the minister said the mega project is a game changer for Pakistan as it would bring improvement in social infrastructure, energy, industrial cooperation, agriculture and many other sectors, besides…

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Transport corridors imperative to connect nations, promote trade: Ahsan

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday said future of Asian countries depends on promotion of trade and commerce and connectivity through transport corridors. Transport corridors help connect the countries and play pivotal role in economic integration, trade development and regional connectivity across the globe. At a launching ceremony of…

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Aamir Liaquat met Nawaz Sharif in Karachi: Interior Minister

KARACHI: TV personality Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain met ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Karachi and called him a true leader of Pakistan, said Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Monday. This came shortly after Hussain met Imran Khan in Karachi and announced his decision to join the PTI. “I am joining PTI to fight the…

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Musharraf should appear in court as he is healthy: Iqbal

LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that former president Pervez Musharraf should appear in court for case hearings as he is healthy. “The ex-army chief’s lawyer had said that his client would return to Pakistan, ” Iqbal said. The minister said that Musharraf is leader of a political party, not a military chief. “Musharraf should…

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Ahsan Iqbal announces Rs 1 billion fund for young entrepreneurs

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal announced on Friday that a Rs 1 billion fund would be provided by the government to encourage young entrepreneurs. Ahsan Iqbal made the announcement on social media in which he shared pictures of a meeting he chaired to review the launch of Start Up Pakistan Venture Capital Fund to promote…

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Govt working to promote knowledge based economy: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development Ahsan Iqbal said the government is working on vision 2025 to address the long term challenges and for the promotion of Knowledge based economy. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of National Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Islamabad on Friday, he said that we are witnessing paradigm shift as pen literacy…

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Dar being targeted according to agenda, says Iqbal

By: Fakhar-ul-Rehman ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that PML-N Senator Ishaq Dar is being targeted according to a political agenda. He was speaking in a joint news conference with PML-N leaders Miftah Ismail and Rana Afzal Khan in Islamabad. The interior minister said that Dar used to work 18 to 20 hours a day for…

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Is judiciary a political party, asks Ahsan Iqbal in response to CJ’s comments

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal criticised Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar’s comments on Punjab government, asking him whether the judiciary was a political party.  The interior minister wondered how the chief justice could make such remark before elections. “Imran Khan or Asif Zardari can make such remarks. Politicization of judiciary will be our collective loss,”…

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Ahsan Iqbal rebukes PPP on FATF’s criticism

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday called for a national response to deal with the issue of placing Pakistan on a grey list of Financial Action Task Force (FATA) combating terror financing. His comments came in response to PPP’s criticism on the ruling PML-N government following reports that Pakistan would be placed on the FATF’s…

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Harmony in Pak-US ties vital for defeating terrorism in region: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says harmony in Pak-US relationship is vital for defeating terrorism in the region. According to Radio Pakistan, the Interior Minister said this while talking to a delegation of United States National Security Council headed by Senior Director and Special Assistant to US President Lisa Curtis in Islamabad. Ahsan Iqbal said…

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FATF dissatisfied with India over anti-Pakistan report: Ahsan Iqbal

LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that FATF expressed its dissatisfaction over Indian reports regarding placement of Pakistan in the list of terror-financing countries. Speaking on Saturday, Iqbal said that that Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will announce its decision by June this year. “It’s not right to comment on the situation at the moment,”…

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FATF watchlist: Interior Minister warns against speculations

ISLAMABAD: As reports surface that Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money-laundering watchdog, has placed Pakistan back on its terrorist financing watchlist, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal cautioned against speculations on the matter. “No official intimation of #FATF decision yet. We should not speculate till official statement is released,” Iqbal said on Twitter. No official…

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Nawaz Sharif, PML-N cannot be separated: Ahsan Iqbal

By SAMAA staff ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that Nawaz Sharif could not be separated from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Speaking to media persons, Ahsan Iqbal said “our enemy is making threats of surgical strikes whereas inside the country, surgical strikes are being carried out on the parliament and government to spread a…

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PML-N acting president to be elected in 7 days : Ahsan Iqbal

LAHORE: Minister for Interior, Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal Friday said acting party president will be elected within seven days, while a permanent president will be chosen in the next 45 days. He said Central Working Committee (CWC) of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was authorized to elect party president in the wake of apex…

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Eastern neighbor using Afghan soil to destabilize Pakistan: Ahsan

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said Eastern neighbor of Pakistan was constantly utilizing Afghan soil to destabilize Pakistan, thus hampering its endeavors to fight against terrorism. “The establishment of peace and security in Pakistan is directly linked with peace and stability in Afghanistan, therefore the international community should realize that whose stake is involved…

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Energy projects under CPEC included in active list: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD:Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday said that under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) the energy projects are included in the active list with power capacity of 11110 MW. Speaking in the Senate during question hour, the minister said that Pakistan and China has agreed in May 2017 to adjust…

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