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Pakistan flag to fly at half-mast today in memory of New Zealand martyrs

ISLAMABAD: The national flag will fly at half-mast today (Monday) across the country in reverence of the martyred and injured in the New Zealand mosque attacks.
The government and people of Pakistan stand united and extend solidarity to the grieved families, the notification read.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also tweeted and said, “As New Zealand prepares to bury mosque victims, Pakistan flag half-mast today.””Dialogue among civilisations is only way forward.Rise of hate mongers on the world stage is making world unsafe. Liberalism needs evolution,its academia’s responsibility to think of solution,” he added.
Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he had spoken to New Zealand foreign minister on phone on length, after 50 people, including nine Pakistanis, were shot dead by a 28-year-old right-wing extremist who attacked two mosques in Christchurch: the Al Noor Mosque, and another mosque in the suburb of Linwood. Nine Pakistanis martyred in New Zealand mosque attacks 50 people lost their lives in terror attack on two New Zealand mosques in Christchurch on Friday The process of handing over bodies of victims to their respective families would begin today, Qureshi had quoted the New Zealand foreign minister as saying.
The New Zealand foreign minister said the identification of bodies has been completed.Qureshi said the New Zealand foreign minister had informed him that an investigation into the gunman’s motives is under way.“The Pakistan High Commission in New Zealand is making all efforts for the affected Pakistani families. The families of six of the martyred want to bury their dead in New Zealand, while three have expressed wish to bury their dead in Pakistan,” he further said.

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ECC accords conditional approval for setting up new LNG terminal

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on Tuesday directed authorities concerned to ensure supply of LNG without interruption due to war or any other contingency, while according conditional approval for setting up new LNG terminal.
The ECC of the Cabinet in its meeting chaired by Finance Minister Asad Umar on Tuesday considered proposals from different ministries/divisions.The minister made it clear that all pre-requisites and codal formalities should be fulfilled before making this new terminal operational ahead of upcoming winter season. Without fulfilling the pre-requisites this project cannot be completed, he said.The ECC also granted approval for supplementary grants of Rs1,813.755 million for the Ministry of Interior against total demands of Rs2,877.017 million. The supplementary grants were meant for Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration, Directorate of Immigration and Passports and for Pakistan Rangers.
The Ministry of Maritimes tabled a summary before the ECC that the ministry was cognizant of the traffic congestion at Port Qasim due to issues arising out of incurring LNG vessels, and the issue was taken up with the ECC in recent months.The ministry decided that the main channel of Port Qasim should not house the LNG terminal any more to ensure that the port remained functional for other cargo.The ECC was apprised that there was no scientific study identifying a specific a LNG zone, however, Port Qasim Authority Board through resolution dated May 7, 2011 had identified Jharri Creek/Chann Wadoo as potential LNG zone for future.The Ministry directed PQA in December 2018 for undertaking a scientific study through third party.
Ideally the process of setting up LNG terminal should be initiated after the scientific study.But, in view of the projected demand of LNG in near future, the ECC in its decision dated 12-2-2019 directed the Ministry of Maritimes Affairs to expeditiously finalise the proposal for setting up of an additional LNG terminal and submit the same to the ECC.In view of the urgency, the Jhari Creek/Chann Wadoo might be the most appropriate area for establishing an additional LNG terminal owing to certain advantages. Those advantages include no negative impact on normal traffic, as the site was on the alternate channel away from the main port, which would be connected through a pipe network of about 25 kilometres.
The existing two LNG terminals at PQA have been contracted on take or leave basis costing government more than 0.5 million dollar per day which places undue financial burden on the government.There was need to ensure that the supply of LNG was not interrupted due to war/ any other contingency.In view of all, the ECC might consider the proposal to fast track the additional LNG terminal in the vicinity of Jharri Creek/Chann Wadoo within 20 months, with the direction to PQA and Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority to expedite process of grant of license.The future LNG terminal would await result of the scientific study undertaken by PQA or all future LNG terminals could be contracted without any guaranteed payment by the government on BOT basis. The minister directed to meet all pre-requisites before moving ahead.
According to official statement issued by the Ministry of Finance after the ECC, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs briefed the ECC on matters relating to establishment of new LNG terminals at Port Qasim.The committee was informed that the Port Qasim Authority was looking at various choices with a view to find the most viable option.The committee gave instructions to expedite the matter and directed for completion of all formalities for setting up the new terminal expeditiously keeping in view the growing energy needs of the country.ECC approved proposal of Ministry of Energy based on request by Pakistan Petroleum Ltd for allocation of up to 9mmcfd gas from Fazl X-1 field in Matiari district to M/S Sui Southern Gas Company.The committee also considered and approved various proposals relating to supplementary grants.It should be recalled that such grants were previously approved by the Ministry of Finance, however in order to make the process more transparent, these were now considered and approved at the ECC/ Cabinet level.

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Government committed to implement NAP in letter and spirit: Fawad

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has reiterated the government’s commitment to implement the National Action Plan.
In a statement, he said the National Security Committee (NSC) has taken a decision in this regard and the Plan is being implemented with consent of all political parties.The Information Minister told that India is leveling baseless allegation regarding a Madrassa in Bahawalpur by terming it as headquarters of Jaesh-e-Mohammad which has no reality.He confirmed that Punjab government has taken over the administrative charge of the Madrassa and would take a delegation of journalists to it so they can analyze the facts themselves.Fawad Chaudhry notified that more than 700 students are studying at the Madrassa and it has nothing to do with the activities in Occupied Kashmir. Punjab government takes charge Punjab government on Friday took charge of Madressatul Sabir and Jama-e-Masjid Subhanallah in Bahawalpur.
A Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior has said that the government of Punjab has taken over the control of a campus comprising Madressatul Sabir and Jama-e-Masjid Subhanallah in Bahawalpur, reportedly the Headquarters of Jaesh-e-Mohammad and appointed an administrator to manage its affairs, says Press Information Department (PID).The Spokesman said that the action was taken in line with the decision of the National Security Committee meeting held yesterday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan.He maintained that the campus has a faculty of 70 teachers and currently 600 students were studying in it.The Punjab police is providing security and protection to the campus, he added.
Groups bannedThe government on Thursday also gave approval to ban two groups during the NSC meeting.Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation were designated proscribed organisations, the interior ministry said in a statement, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan had ordered officials to accelerate action against banned groups.
FATF advises further actionThe meetings of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) at OECD, Paris reviewed the compliance of a number of countries with the international standards on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism (AML-CFT).Pakistan was earlier placed by FATF in its Ongoing Compliance Document in view of an Action Plan undertaken by it to strengthen its CFT Regime.
The FATF reviewed the progress made by Pakistani authorities concerned with CFT role, based upon an analysis carried out by Asia-Pacific Joint Group.The FATF noted that Pakistan took several steps to implement the Action Plan including by undertaking Risk Assessment of Terrorism Financing and Cash Smuggling in the country.FATF advised Pakistan to take further actions that include detailed assessment of TF Risk, strengthening of AML/CFT supervisory measures by the regulatory authorities, financial inquiries and investigations into terrorist funding activities and promotion of awareness among the citizens on CFT measures and controls.

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Ministry's purported letter on sects: PM takes notice, secretary interior directed to launch inquiry

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry Saturday said Prime Minister Imran Khan had taken a serious notice of contents of a notification purportedly issued by the Ministry of Interior referring to certain sects and classes.

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