Jun 182017

President Mamnoon Hussain called on Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Makkah on Sunday. Both the leaders discussed matter pertaining to bilateral relations and mutual interests with a special emphasis on the emerging situation in the Middle East and South Asia, according to Radio Pakistan. The president lauded efforts of the Saudi government for excellent arrangements for the Umrah pilgrims during Ramazan. Pakistan’s role in the GCC conflict President Mamnoon also held meetings with his Yemeni counterpart Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and Kuwait’s national assembly speaker Marzouq bin Ali Al-Ghanim during his visit to Saudi Arabia. Later, the president left for home after performing Umrah. Jeddah Governor Mishaal bin Majid bin Abdulaziz saw him off at the airport. The post President Mamnoon meets Saudi King Salman in Makkah appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

May 272017

ISLAMABAD: The president, the prime minister and the army chief on Saturday expressed felicitations for the people of Pakistan and Muslims all over the world on the beginning of the holy month of Ramazan President Mamnoon Hussain, in his message, said, “Besides bringing the believers closer to Allah, fasting is a sources of social reformation as well as social development.” The president hoped that the believers would be able to appease Allah Almighty during this month of blessings. “Every act of worship in Islam causes the spiritual purification but prayers, fasting, Hajj and Zakat are also beneficial for people’s training as well as the welfare of society,” he said. Ramazan moon not sighted, fasting month to commence from Sunday  “However, fasting is the only worship that has no external aspect as it is the matter only between Allah and the worshipper,” he said. “We should pass this holy month of Ramazan with the passion by taking care of the poor by making them self-reliant.” The president also called for special prayers for the protection and betterment of the soldiers fighting the forces spreading anarchy and lawlessness in the country. And Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his message, extended his greetings to the countrymen and urged them to inculcate in them the characteristics of unity, tolerance, sincerity and human respect to fight the negative mindset. How Imran Khan stays fit during Ramazan The prime minister said, “Fasting is not merely meant to stay hungry or thirsty rather it is all about inner [Read More…]

May 082017
Mamnoon urges teachers to build character of students

Islamabad: While emphasising that educational institutions play a key role in human resource and economic development, President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday asked teachers to focus their attention on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Apr 152017
Book festival

“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything”. Unfortunately, in our society book reading habits are dying down slowly. This situation does not only drastically affect the thought process of people, but it affects society as a whole. It is commonly believed that ‘readers are leaders’. Many prominent personalities have common habit of reading. Developed, advanced and enlightened societies and countries proudly consider it their prime responsibility to persuade people to read. Such societies explore all possible avenues to promulgate the reading culture in every segment of society without any discrimination. It is unfortunate that different factors in our society are discouraging the culture of reading and replacing it with other fallacious and preposterous activities. The government of Pakistan has taken several initiatives to revive reading culture in the country. One of them is holding literature festivals in various cities. The Islamabad Literary Festival is all set to held on April 22, 2017. According to President Mamnoon Hussain, the promotion of literary and educational activities can help wipe out extremism and anarchy from society. The purpose of this book festival is to promote and revive the book reading culture among the young generation. This will be a three-days event in which top publishers and booksellers will participate. Kiran Fatima Islamabad Click for detailed story

Apr 082017

President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned Senate session on April 10, reported Radio Pakistan on Saturday. According to details, the president has also convened a National Assembly (NA) session on April 12th. Besides the legislative business, the upper and lower houses of Parliament are expected to discuss the overall political and security situation in the country in their respective sessions. Senate waves through military courts bill On March 28th, the Senate during its session approved the 28th Constitutional Amendment Bill, consummating the parliamentary process to revive military courts for another two years. The NA had earlier passed the legislation and sent it to the Senate for approbation. President Hussain on March 31st gave his assent to an amendment in the Constitution granting legal cover to military courts for two years. The post President summons Senate, NA sessions on April 10 appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jan 282017
Promoting research

This refers to the news report, ‘President calls for promotion of research in higher education’ (Jan 27). An institution sans research programmes cannot be regarded as a perfect learning forum. The same was emphasised by President Mamnoon Hussain during the inauguration of a research centre at Air University in Islamabad. Pakistan needs to promote research in all fields – agriculture, human resource, medicines, aviation, etc. Education institutions have to play a major role in promoting research in the country. Proper planning is required before conducting research in any field. Experts should identify the area which needs research work. Universities should have enough resources to help students in their research. Relevant authorities should provide enough funds to universities so that there is no unfinished research work. Students often cannot carry research work because of the lack of funds. The country has a large number of talented people who can do wonders if given a chance. Engr Riaz Akbar Wah Cantt Click for detailed story

Jan 172017
Reviewing laws: Govt says NAB laws to be amended with consensus

ISLAMABAD: Claiming that multiple accountability bodies create hurdles in ensuring rule of law in the country, the opposition members in a parliamentary panel have recommended a uniform legal accountability system. This recommendation was made on Tuesday during the second in-camera meeting of a 20-member parliamentary committee held under the chair of Law Minister Zahid Hamid. The panel – comprising 13 MNAs and seven Senators – was formed by the Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq after various quarters criticised use of voluntary return and plea bargain provisions by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and called for a review of the National Accountability Ordinance. Interestingly unlike its first meeting, no lawmaker from opposition parties protested against the ordinance issued by President Mamnoon Hussain on January 7. The ordinance slaps a lifetime ban on public office-holders and government servants who enter into plea bargain and voluntary return deals. After the meeting, Hamid told reporters that the committee would review every accountability law and NAB laws would be amended with consensus. “The committee will also review Khyber-Pakhtunkwa’s (K-P) accountability laws,” he said. The PTI’s parliamentary leader in the National Assembly Shah Mehmood Qureshi later told The Express Tribune that the PTI and opposition members had also asked about scope of the committee. “We have no idea whether we are going to bring amendment to the NAB laws or a new law will be proposed,” he said, adding that the existing law had totally failed. He said the government had agreed with their demand about reviewing [Read More…]

Dec 212016
I have never gone to school, says President Mamnoon

President Mamnoon Hussain inspects a guard of honour at Cadet College Hassanabdal on Wednesday. TAXILA: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said he has never attended school and has missed out on the joys of school.The president was speaking at a parents’ day function at the Cadet College Hassanabdal where he urged students to follow in the footsteps of the Quaid-i-Azam in order to better meet the challenges that the country is facing.When asked about the president’s comment regarding his own education, alumni relations officer at the cadet college Syed Mohammad Ali said the president was home schooled due to various reasons.In his address, the president said that the future of the country will be safe in the hands of the younger generation, which is stable academically and physically. He urged students to pursue higher education for the growth and development of Pakistan and not be influenced by internal and external propaganda.He said the nation has many expectations from the younger generation and said he was confident they were being given ideal training in the cadet college.He added that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be a game changer for the whole region and said students should be prepared to benefit from the opportunities that will emerge from it.The president said the nation was indebted to the victims of the attack on Army Public School Peshawar and paid tribute to their bravery and courage and said the nation should resolve to never let a similar situation arise in the future.The president [Read More…]

Nov 262016

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday urged the youth to keep themselves fully abreast with the fast-paced changes in a technology-savvy world so that they can play an effective role in the progress and development of the country. Addressing the convocation of Ripah University, the President said that it was also equally important to understand the factors which have pushed this region into unrest and instability, promoted extremism and caused unprecedented bloodshed, which has not only affected Pakistan but the entire region he added. The President said education was essential to move ahead with the world, but the objectives of education could not be achieved if its moral aspect were ignored and a society weakens if it loses its moral values due to corruption and debauchery. He noted that the women made up more than half of Pakistan’s population. This proportion of population indicated that until our women must strive to enter the mainstream, the dream of national development would not be realised. Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2016. The post Ripah University convocation: President urges women to enter mainstream appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

May 212016

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s cabinet inducted two new federal ministers on Friday. President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, the chief of the National Party (NP), and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Sheikh Aftab Ahmed. The oath-taking ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr was attended by political leaders and senior officials. Sheikh Aftab was previously working as minister of state for parliamentary affairs. He retains the portfolio as federal minister. Senator Bizenjo, meanwhile, replaced Kamran Michael as the federal minister for ports and shipping. Michael has now been assigned the human rights portfolio. The Express Tribune had earlier reported that Baloch insurgents and locals of Gwadar were pressing the federal government to appoint a Baloch minister for ports and shipping if it wants to make Gwadar port functional. In response, the militant groups have agreed to desist from insurgency in areas of Gwadar. Sources had said that in view of the demand, the government asked Senator Bizenjo to either join the federal cabinet or to nominate anyone from his party for this slot. Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2016. The post Bizenjo, Sheikh Aftab sworn in as ministers appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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