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PCB set to launch PSL-like tournament

LAHORE: After the successful two editions of Pakistan Super League (PSL), Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set to launch 2017 Pakistan Cup, Samaa reported. A drafting ceremony of the players taking part in the one-day tournament was held on Tuesday. The management and captains of five teams namely Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)…

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March 21, 2017


Framework being formed for security of media houses: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday met security expert Ikram Sehgal and reviewed the progress on matters agreed to ensure security of media houses, during past visit of Interior Minister to Karachi. The Interior Minister said a framework is being formed regarding security of media houses in Karachi…

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September 7, 2016


SC summons officials over non-payment of salaries to LHWs

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to federal and the four provincial governments for not finalising service structure and non-payment of salaries to Lady Health Workers (LHWs). The two-member bench comprising Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Gulzar ahmed resumed the hearing of the case and asked all the four provincial advocate generals …

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September 18, 2015


PPP admonishes federal government over PSM controversy

ISLAMABAD: PPP leader Senator Sherry Rehman has expressed deep concern over the SSGC’s announcement of unilaterally stopping all gas inputs to Pakistan Steel mills, without any stakeholder consultation. In a statement, the PPPP Vice President said, “This one-sided and high handed behavior of SSGC towards Pakistan Steel Mills clearly reflects the federal government’s myopia and…

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July 26, 2015


Federal Flood Commission to review flood situation on Monday

ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Disaster Management Authority has reported that the flow of water has started receeding at the Chashma and Kalabagh in the River Indus. The concerned District Coordination Officers have been directed to conduct monitoring of the river situation round-the-clock and take precautionary measures. He said that the meeting of the Federal Flood Commission…

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July 19, 2015


Authorities ready for artificial rain in Karachi

KARACHI: Ministry of Ports and Shipping, Meteorology Department, Plants Protection Department (PPD) of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), Civil and Army aviations along with civic agencies in metropolitan city, have finalised arrangements for generating artificial rain in Karachi. The Met office has started monitoring clouds entering Sindh from Rajisthan (India) and whenever the clouds with…

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June 23, 2015


Dar begins budget speech

ISLAMABAD: Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said on Friday said that the country’s economy is now stable. Dar made these remarks while unveiling the Federal Budget 2015-16 at the floor of the National Assembly. “We proved economic pundits wrong, who were saying Pakistan will default at a time when our government took charge,” he said,…

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June 5, 2015


Mexico ambush kills 11, including 5 federal police

MEXICO CITY: A gang ambush on federal police in western Mexico killed five officers, three suspects and three bystanders in the deadliest day for the country's new gendarmerie. The attack took place late Thursday as seven vehicles carrying the paramilitary gendarmerie officers were on patrol in Ocotlan, Jalisco state, federal police said. Eight other officers…

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March 21, 2015


Mushahidullah Khan appointed federal minister

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday approved the advice of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for appointment of Senator Mushahidullah Khan as Federal Minister. The President approved the PM's advice in terms of Article 92 (1) of the Constitution. Khan is likely to be appointed as head of Benazir Income Support Program.- SAMAA

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January 5, 2015


KPK to get Rs26 bln from federal govt: Pervaiz

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said on Monday that Rs 30 billion had been spent on temporary displaced persons (TDPs). In a statement, the information minister said more resources would be provided to address Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s reservations. Rashid stated that the federal government would provide Rs 26 billion to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa…

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December 22, 2014


Sindh seeks due share in federal jobs

KARACHI: Sindh has urged the federal government to give due representation to Sindh-based government employees in the federal jobs. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has written a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seeking implementation of quota fixed for Sindh-based employees. Shah in his letter observed that there is hardly any representation of…

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November 24, 2014


Matter of IDPs is federal government’s subject: Khan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Saturday said that the matter of North Waziristan’s internally displaced persons (IDPs) is federal government’s subject. Talking to media at Bani Gala Saturday, Khan said FATA is federally administered region, so, he added the matter of IDPs from the area is not Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s issue. He said that…

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November 15, 2014


Federal, Punjab cabinets likely to be extended

LAHORE: Federal and Punjab governments are deliberating to further extend their respective cabinets, sources said on Sunday. According to the sources, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif held a meeting in which they examined several names to extend the federal and the Punjab cabinets. The sources further said that Sharif brothers…

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October 19, 2014


Model Town tragedy: LHC rejects federal ministers plea

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has upheld the order of a lower court regarding registration of an FIR against prime minister, Punjab chief minister and other federal and provincial ministers on a complaint of Minhajul Quran in Model Town shooting case. The sessions court in Lahore had issued a verdict on the petition filed…

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August 26, 2014


Federal cabinet approves National Interior Security Policy

ISLAMABAD: The government has urged Taliban to renounce terror activates without pre-conditions announce unilateral ceasefire, SAMAA reported Tuesday. It was demanded by the Federal Cabinet which met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in chair. The  cabinet approved National Policy of Internal Security in the meeting held in Islamabad. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will…

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February 25, 2014


Asfandyar slams federal, KP govts

Staff Report CHARSADDA: Awami National Party (ANP) head Asfandyar Wali Khan called for the federal government to restore peace in the country by negotiation or operation. “We need peace whether government achieves it through negotiations or by launching a military operation,” Khan said while addressing a public gathering in Charsadda on the death anniversary of…

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January 26, 2014


PTI will compel federal govt to halt NATO supply routes: Hashmi

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Javed Hashmi insists that his party has decided to cut NATO supply lines in the province. In a chat with journalists here on Sunday, Hashmi said that PTI would force the federal government to support the blockage of trucks carrying supplies of coalition forces into Afghanistan. Earlier, Prime Minister…

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November 3, 2013


PUC asks federal govt to start peace talks

Staff ReportMULTAN: Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Chairman Allama Tahir Mahmud Ashrafi on Sunday urged the federal government to start peace negotiations with Taliban. But he said that talks should not be held at Pakistan’s price.This he said while issuing a joint statement at Istehkam Pakistan Conference held in Multan. Allama Ashrafi said that government should…

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October 27, 2013


PM tells federal law ministry to respect court rulings

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif on Saturday urged officials of the law ministry to respect verdicts of courts. “We respect the judiciary and believe in functional and independent judicial system,” Prime Minister Sharif asserted during a meeting with the Secretary Ministry of Law Barristar Zafarullah.“Our party was part of the movement for restoration…

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October 26, 2013


Federal judge in New York asked to appoint lawyer for al-Liby

NEW YORK: Federal defenders in New York have asked a judge to appoint a lawyer for a senior al Qaeda figure captured in Libya last weekend, the latest indication that he may eventually be brought to New York City for trial in a civilian court.A U.S. official familiar with the situation, however, warned on Thursday…

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October 10, 2013


Federal govt announces 3-day Eid holidays

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: The federal government on Thursday announced three-day holidays on the account of Eidul Azha, SAMAA reported.A notification issued by the Interior Ministry here said the holidays would be observed from 15 to 17 October (Tue, Wed, Thu) across the country.Earlier, four-day holiday was recommended for Eid which will be celebrated in Pakistan on…

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October 10, 2013