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NA continues discussion on budget for next fiscal year

Poor fishermen of the coastal belt should be made part of Benazir Income Support Program

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Islamabad: The National Assembly (NA) is continuing discussion on the budget for next fiscal year.

Participating in the debate, Rasheed Ahmad Khan said the previous government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is responsible for current inflation in the country. 

He expressed the confidence that the coalition government will steer the country out of crises and take it on the path of development.

Agha Rafiullah said poor fishermen of the coastal belt should be made part of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP). He also proposed to increase the Employees' Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) pension. 

“Minimum wage of twenty-five thousand rupees should be implemented in all departments,” he added.

Dr Darshan welcomed the government’s decision to constitute a task force for protection of rights of minorities. He said funds should be enhanced for the welfare of minorities. 

Dr Mukhtar Ahmad said political stability is a must to ensure sustainable economic growth. He said the governance structure needs to be improved to take the country in the right direction. He said judicial reforms should be top priority to provide speedy justice to the common man.                                 

Fehmida Mirza said the tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio should be enhanced by bringing more people into the tax net.  

She said those who are already paying taxes should not be overburdened. She said all the political parties will have to sit together in the national interest to tackle the current economic challenge.

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CJCSC, Iranian President discuss matters of strategic interest, regional security

Both sides displayed desire to initiate meaningful and long-lasting security and defence cooperation between the two countries.

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Tehran: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Nadeem Raza who is on official visit to Iran, called on President of Iran Sayyid Ebrahim Raisol-Sadati.

Matters of bilateral strategic interest and regional security environment including strengthening of bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two countries were brought into discussion.

Both sides displayed desire to initiate meaningful and long-lasting security and defence cooperation between the two countries.

Chairman JCSC also held separate meetings with Defence Minister Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Gharaei Ashtiani, Chief of General Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Commander-in-Chief Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Major General Hossein Salami, Commander of Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Shahram Irani and Commander of Air Force Brigadier General Hamid Vahedi.

The dignitaries discussed measures to enhance the level and scope of military engagements between both countries and pledged to continue to forge deeper ties. Both sides highlighted that common borders should be "Borders of Peace and Friendship".

The Iranian military leadership lauded the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces and acknowledged their sacrifices in fight against terrorism.

Earlier, upon arrival at General Staff Headquarters a smartly turned-out contingent presented 'Guard of Honour' to the Chairman Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

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Marriyum expresses commitment to protect journalists

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the amendment bill will be finalized after further consultation with the journalists and media organizations.

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Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says a special committee has been formed to finalize the Journalist and Media Professionals Protection (Amendment) Bill 2022.

Talking to a delegation of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist (Dastoor) in Islamabad, she said the committee comprises of representatives from the ministries and media organizations concerned.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the amendment bill will be finalized after further consultation with the journalists and media organizations.

She said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, soon after coming into power, initiated the process of abolishing all the anti-media laws and regulations.

She said it is the foremost priority of the coalition government to protect journalists and ensure provision of conducive working environment for them.

The Information Minister urged media organizations and journalists to play a proactive role in curbing fake news and propaganda.

The delegation apprised the minister of the problems and professional issues faced by the journalists.

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Strong earthquake jolts southern Iran; kills five, injures several

There were more than a dozen aftershocks.

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Tehran: At least five people have been killed while 44 others sustained injuries after a magnitude-6.3 earthquake jolted southern Iran on Saturday, state media reported. 

At least five people were killed by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake, with the area also hit by two later strong quakes of up to 6.3 magnitudes. 

There were more than a dozen aftershocks.

The quake was relatively shallow at a depth of roughly 10 kilometers and its epicenter was in a comparatively sparsely populated area.

Rescue teams were deployed near the epicenter, Sayeh Khosh village, which is home to around 300 people in Hormozgan province. 

People went into the streets as aftershocks continued to jolt the area after the early morning quake, which also damaged buildings and infrastructure. 

Iran's deadliest quake was a 7.4-magnitude tremor that struck in 1990, killing 40,000 people in the north of the country. 

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