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Dar urges Germany to fulfill Vienna Conventions obligations

Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with the German government

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Islamabad: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar on Sunday urged German government to fulfill its responsibilities under the Vienna Conventions and ensure the security of the diplomatic missions and staff of Pakistan in Germany.

He wrote a post on social media platform X and condemned the yesterday's incident in which a gang of extremists breached the premises of Pakistan's consulate in Frankfurt, Germany endangering the lives of its consular staff.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with the German government.

Ishaq Dar said that we have also pressed them for taking immediate measures to arrest and prosecute those involved in yesterday's incident and hold to account those responsible for the lapses in the security.

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Information Minister accuses PTI of doing politics of incitement, chaos, violence

Attaullah Tarar says from the day one, PTI has been pursuing an agenda of creating uncertainty in the country to derail economy

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Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar on Sunday accused the PTI of doing politics of incitement, chaos, and violence to disturb economic stability in the country.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad this afternoon, he said from the day one, the PTI has been pursuing an agenda of creating uncertainty in the country to derail economy.

The Minister said creating instability in the country is PTI's manifesto, which is evident from the fact when its workers attacked the Pakistan Television building in Islamabad in 2014. He said it has always preached the politics of violence and using abusive language against political opponents.

Attaullah Tarar said they always look for dead bodies to unleash propaganda against the government, police and security forces. He said the incidents of May 9 last year were orchestrated in search of 50 to 60 dead bodies with an aim to derail the entire system and spread anarchy in the country. He said you are not a political party but a terrorist organization.

Referring to an unfortunate incident occurred in Bannu on 15th of this month, the Minister said miscreants attacked the boundary wall of Bannu Garrison, which led to the martyrdom of eight security officials. He said the PTI intended to blame that direct fire was opened at civilians. He said PTI trolls spread a negative propaganda on social media by uploading video clips of children from other countries by dubbing them as these incidents were happened in Bannu.

Attaullah Tarar said traders of Bannu had organized a peace march and some political parties, including the PTI, secretively inserted their armed goons to sabotage the event. He said those armed people opened fire, killing a citizen and injuring 22 others. He said this incident of firing took place one kilometer away from the cant.

The Minister said now the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government intends to conduct an inquiry of its own choice into the incident, which we reject. He questioned how you can conduct an inquiry when your own people are involved in the Bannu incident.

Responding to an article that appeared in an international publication, Attaullah Tarar said the PTI founder is enjoying all modern facilities, including an exercise bicycle, a walking gallery, a kitchen, and a lavish dining menu, in the jail.

He said the PTI founder is facilitated to hold three meetings weekly with his lawyers, family, friends, and party leaders. He said we do not believe in political victimization. He said it was the PTI founder, who used to put his political opponents, including women, into death cells, when he was in power. He said the government has given no instructions for torturing the PTI founder in prison.

Regarding the attack on the Pakistani consulate in Frankfort, Germany, the Minister said the Foreign Office has recorded a strong protest with the German authorities concerned. He said the Foreign Office has further demanded that the security of the Pakistan Mission should be ensured and action should be taken against those responsible for security lapse.

He said Chairman NADRA has been requested to analyze the video of ransacking the consulate to ascertain whether there were any Pakistani citizens involved in this incident. He said strict action would be taken against Pakistani citizens if found involved in the Frankfurt incident. He said the identity cards and passports of such people will be blocked.

Attaullah Tarar said the government will continue working to achieve economic stability, despite all odds. 

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Pakistan Railways collects over Rs76mln from ticketless passengers

The sources in Railways Ministry say the amount was recovered from over fifty-nine thousand passengers travelling without tickets

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Islamabad: Pakistan Railways on Sunday collected an amount of over 76 million rupees from ticket-less passengers in a crackdown during the last six months.

According to sources in Railways Ministry, the amount was recovered from over fifty-nine thousand passengers travelling without tickets.

They said that Railways Police arrested a total of 4384 accused due to their involvement in various violations in Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan, Sukkur, Karachi, and Quetta. 

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