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Pakistan closely following unfolding situation in Afghanistan, pledges to support efforts for political settlement

Pakistan Foreign Office on Sunday said that the country is closely following the unfolding situation in Afghanistan and vows to support the efforts for a political settlement.

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Pakistan closely following unfolding situation in Afghanistan, pledges to support efforts for political settlement
Pakistan closely following unfolding situation in Afghanistan, pledges to support efforts for political settlement

“We hope all Afghan sides will work together to resolve this internal political crisis.”

Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri in a statement said that the Pakistani mission is extending necessary assistance to Pakistanis, Afghan nationals and the diplomatic and international community for consular work and coordination of PIA flights.

A special inter-ministerial cell has been established in the Ministry of Interior to facilitate visa/arrival matters for diplomatic personnel, UN agencies, international organisations, media and others, he added.

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Polling of NA 133 by-election concludes, vote counting underway

NA-133 seat fell vacant after the death of PML-N MNA Pervaiz Malik who died of heart complications on October 11.

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Polling of NA 133 by-election concludes, vote counting underway

Lahore: Polling of NA-133 Lahore by-election has concluded and the counting of votes has begun across the 254 polling stations in the constituency, considered a "stronghold" of the PML-N.

According to details, the polling started at 8am this morning and continued till 5pm without any break after which the gates to the polling stations were closed off to any more voters.

The seat had fallen vacant after the death of PML-N leader Pervaiz Malik who died of heart complications on October 11. His wife, Shaista Pervaiz Malik is the PML-N candidate, whereas the PPP fielded Aslam Gill for the election.

Moreover, ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates Jamshed Iqbal Cheema has been disqualified from contesting the election on technical grounds and his appeal has been earlier rejected by the election tribunal and later by the high court.

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23 killed after bus plunges into river

Twenty three people drowned when a bus travelling to a wedding in central Kenya was swept off a bridge into a flooded river.

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Nairobi: In an unfortunate incident, at least 23 people were killed after a bus travelling to a wedding plunged into the Enziu River in the eastern Kitui town.

Twenty three people drowned when a bus travelling to a wedding in central Kenya was swept off a bridge into a flooded river.

Reportedly, 12 people had been rescued, including four children. It remains unclear how many passengers were aboard the bus.

Reports added that all the passengers, were choir members of Mwingi Catholic Church and had been travelling for their male colleague’s wedding when the accident occurred in Kitui County. 

Reports further added that the driver was trying to cross fast-flowing waters passing over the bridge but the force was too strong, sweeping the bus beneath the churning currents. 

“We have this terrible, terrible accident that happened here this morning,” Kitui governor Charity Ngilu told reporters on Saturday. 

“The bodies that have already been retrieved right now are over 23. We have more bodies in the bus,” she said, adding efforts to recover the corpses would resume on Sunday morning.  

Officials, however, have started an investigation into the incident.

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PM Imran Khan to inaugurate Karachi’s Green Line BRT on Dec 10

Commercial operation of the Green Line bus project will begin from December 25

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PM Imran Khan to inaugurate Karachi’s Green Line BRT on Dec 10

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Sunday has announced that the multi-billion Green Line bus project will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan on December 10.

Asad Umar took to his official Twitter handle and made the announcement.

Umar said in his tweet that the premier will inaugurate Karachi’s first modern transport system, Green Line BRT, on the 10th of December.

The minister earlier in the day announced that the commercial operation of the Green Line bus project will begin from December 25

Karachi’s Green Line BRT project with intersections is 24 km long which includes 12.7 km elevated, 10.9 km at grade, and 422 meters underground, and has 25 stations.

The phase-II common corridor from Gurumandir up to Municipal Park with a length of 2.5 km has two underpasses at M.A Jinnah Road.

The state-of-art subversive bus terminal with a parking facility and the commercial mezzanine floor was being also being constructed at Numaish. The construction work on Phase-I was started in 2016.

 

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