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PM lauds Gates Foundation's support for Govt’s initiatives

The both sides have agreed to continue working together to not only eradicate polio, but to strengthen health systems across the provinces, and ensure prosperity for all Pakistanis, especially women and girls

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Islamabad: Chair of the Gates Foundation, Bill Gates called on Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday.

During the meeting, they agreed to continue working together to not only eradicate polio, but to strengthen health systems across the provinces, and ensure prosperity for all Pakistanis, especially women and girls.                       

The Prime Minister updated Bill Gates about the government's efforts to achieve economic stability and key advances in digital financial services, increased health coverage, climate change adaptation and efforts to eradicate polio.

Thanking the Gates Foundation for being the largest donor for the polio eradication programme, the Prime Minister outlined a robust and focused strategy to counter threats of increased wild poliovirus infections and actions needed to overcome the challenge to completely wipe out the disease in Pakistan.

He reiterated the commitment to eradicate polio as it remains the highest priority for the government and emphasized that all resources will be employed to provide security to polio workers.   

He said he will personally monitor national efforts until the crippling disease is wiped-out from the country.

The Prime Minister deeply appreciated Gates Foundation's valuable support for government's initiatives to digitize economy.        

A digitized eco-system of the entire government structure will result in enhanced revenues that will help improve governance.

Shehbaz Sharif underlined that Pakistan and Gates Foundation share the goals of closing the gender gap, increasing health coverage, improving food security, climate change adaptation, and financial inclusion.    

Bill Gates thanked the Prime Minister for his continued dedication and personal interest in eradicating wild polio from the country.

He expressed confidence that with a sustained vaccination campaign and firm commitment of the Government, polio eradication drive would get back on track to end polio following the recent surge in environmental detections.         

Bill Gates underscored that Pakistan's deployment of data science tools and digital technology are important resources is improving lives of Pakistanis across the country. 

 

 

 

 

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JI emir expresses surprise over announcement of Azm-e-Istehkam Operation

Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman says country needs political stability rather than military interventions, highlighting the failure of past operations to achieve desired results

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Lahore: Jamaat-e-Islami Emir Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman on Monday expressed surprise over the announcement of Operation Azm-e-Istehkam in the apex committee meeting of the National Action Plan (NAP) without consulting the parliament and political leadership.

In a statement issued from Mansoorah on Monday, Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman emphasized that the people of Pakistan, especially those in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, can no longer afford military operations. The country, he argued, needs political stability rather than military interventions, highlighting the failure of past operations to achieve desired results.

Rehman stressed the urgent need for establishing peace, ending terrorism, and stopping foreign interference. He asserted that these objectives can only be met through the formation of a government with a genuine public mandate. Additionally, he stated that it is the collective responsibility of the Pakistani people to protect citizens and investors from China and other friendly countries working on development projects. He called for unified efforts to create an investor-friendly and peaceful environment in Pakistan.

Rehman criticized the military operations initiated under General (retired) Pervez Musharraf, stating that they only created a gulf between the people and security agencies, leading to increased instability and significant civilian and security personnel casualties. He maintained that any further operations would not succeed without the confidence of the people.

The JI Emir affirmed that Jamaat-e-Islami seeks peace and the eradication of all forms of religious, political, and social terrorism. He suggested that an agreement could be reached for operations targeting specific terrorist threats. To combat terrorism effectively, he emphasized the necessity of activating and enhancing the work of intelligence agencies and the police, as well as strengthening the judicial system.

He pointed out that the region is paying the price for the so-called war on terror led by the United States for its own interests. He called for Pakistan and its friendly countries to establish peace in the region through dialogue.

 

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ICC T20 World Cup 2024: Australia opt to bowl first against India

Both Australia and India are quite thrilled to take on each other in today’s clash at Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium

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Gros Islet:  Australia on Monday won the toss and decided to field against India in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8 stage match.

Australian captain Pat Cummins won the toss and invited Indian captain Rohit Sharma to bat first.

The crucial Super 8 stage match of the T20 World Cup is being held at Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium.

India had remained unbeaten in this tournament while Australia must win this match to reach the semi-finals after their loss to Afghanistan.

ICC T20 WORLD CUP 2024

TEAMS:

Australia: 1 Travis Head, 2 David Warner, 3 Mitchell Marsh (capt), 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Tim David, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood.

India: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Virat Kohli, 3 Rishabh Pant (wk), 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Shivam Dube, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Arshdeep Singh, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.

 

 

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