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NSC briefs participants on latest developments in Afghanistan, possible impact on Pakistan and region

Islamabad: A meeting of the National Security Committee was convened on Monday, the 16th of August, 2021 to deliberate on the emerging situation in Afghanistan.

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NSC briefs participants on latest developments in Afghanistan, possible impact on Pakistan and region
NSC briefs participants on latest developments in Afghanistan, possible impact on Pakistan and region

The NSC meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by senior cabinet members and services chiefs.

Participants were briefed on the latest developments in Afghanistan and their possible impact on Pakistan and the region. The overall security situation in the region was also discussed.

The NSC noted that Pakistan was a victim of the decades-long conflict in Afghanistan and therefore desired peace and stability in the neighbourhood. It was emphasized that the world must recognize the sacrifices made by Pakistan over four decades.

Participants reiterated that Pakistan remains committed to an inclusive political settlement as the way forward representing all Afghan ethnic groups. It was reaffirmed that Pakistan would continue to work with the international community and all Afghan stakeholders to facilitate an inclusive political settlement in the country. It was stressed that the principle of non-interference in Afghanistan must be adhered to.

The NSC noted positively that major violence had been averted thus far and called on all parties in Afghanistan to respect the rule of law, protect the fundamental human rights of all Afghans, and ensure that Afghan soil is not used by any terrorist organization/group against any country.

Prime Minister Imran Khan directed that all possible facilities be made available to repatriate Pakistanis, diplomats, journalists and staff of international organizations seeking to leave Afghanistan. The Prime Minister lauded the ongoing efforts of the Pakistan embassy in Kabul and the state machinery in this regard.

The NSC reiterated Pakistan’s stance that the conflict in Afghanistan never had a military solution. The ideal time to end the conflict through negotiations might have been when the US/NATO troops were at maximum military strength in Afghanistan.

Continuation of foreign military presence for a longer duration now would not have yielded a different outcome. Therefore, endorsement by the Biden administration of the previous US administration’s decision of troops withdrawal is indeed a logical conclusion to this conflict.

 

It is now time for the international community to work together to ensure an inclusive political settlement for the long term peace, security and development of Afghanistan/ the region.

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NA-133 by-polls: PML-N retains seat for fourth time 

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Shaista Pervaiz Malik won the NA-133 constituency—for the fourth time since 2008 although by a smaller margin as compared to when they won it in 2018 elections.  

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NA-133 by-polls: PML-N retains seat for fourth time 

Lahore: As per unofficial results, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate emerged victorious in the NA-133 by-election after securing 46,811 votes and trounced the Pakistan Peoples Party.   

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Shaista Pervaiz Malik won the NA-133 constituency—for the fourth time since 2008 although by a smaller margin as compared to when they won it in the 2018 elections.  

PML-N's Shaista Pervaiz Malik— the widow of late Pervez Malik, emerged victorious after retaining the seat in a constituency that has long been the party's stronghold.  

Unofficial, preliminary results showed Malik defeated PPP opponent Aslam Gill by a margin of 14,498 votes, according to the unofficial results, 

PML-N secured 46,811 votes, while PPP candidate remained runner up by securing 32,313 votes.

However, PPP's Gill, got 26,728 more votes now as compared to the 2018 polls, when he obtained only 5,585. 

According to forum 47, the results of 254 were calculated. Out of 440485 votes in the constituency, 80997 votes were casted. 

The voters turn-out remained 18.59%, including 50936 males and 30959 females, whereas, 898 votes were wasted. 

Following the victory, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) President Shahbaz Sharif and Vice-president Maryam Nawaz extended their congratulations on party’s victory in NA-133 by-elections

Eleven candidates were contesting in NA-133 election. However, a tough contest was already expected between PML-N and PPP.

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Kamyab Jawan Sports Drive to be launch on Dec. 6

Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the drive at Jinnah Stadium Sports Complex, Islamabad.

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Kamyab Jawan Sports Drive to be launch on Dec. 6

Islamabad: The government is launching ‘Kamyab Jawan Sports Drive’ in Islamabad on Monday (December 6), in a bid to revive sports culture for producing national heroes.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the drive at Jinnah Stadium Sports Complex, Islamabad.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar said this would be the biggest sports programme in the country’s history that would enable active participation of the youth in healthy physical activities.

He said under its first phase, twelve different games for male and ten for female would be arranged across 25 regions under the talent hunt programme. The age bracket for the both would be 11-25 years.

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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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