KARACHI, Aug 22 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari has complimented Interior Minister Senator A. Rehman Malik, all the law enforcing personnel of the four provinces and that of Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK for their efforts to maintain peace on the occasion of Eid.
In his felicitation message, the President said that it was a matter of satisfaction that no major untoward incident of law and order happened in the country during Eid days and people were able to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones in a peaceful atmosphere.
He said that this was made possible by the concerted efforts, vigilance and coordination among the law enforcing authorities in all the provinces.The President especially complimented the Interior Minister for coordinating the security arrangements during Eid.
ISLAMABAD, Aug 22 (APP): Interior Minister Rehman Malik Wednesday announced to constitute a seven member Interfaith Council to create religious tolerance and harmony among different sects and to ensue durable peace in the country.
Talking to media after meeting a delegation of Ulema belonging to different schools of thoughts, he said the Interfaith Council has already been constituted in the federal capital while such councils would be constituted soon in the provinces soon.
The councils will have the representation of Ulema from all schools of thought while chairman would also be selected from them. Rehman Malik condemned killing of innocent people at Babu Ser near Gilgit and said such people have no religion. He said there is no clash between Shia and Sunni while third force is involved in the pitting different sects against each other in order to destabilize and weaken the country.
LALAMUSA, Aug 22 (APP): Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira has said democracy, democratic attitude and institutions should be strengthened in the country.
Talking to the media and various delegations here, he said when the PPP government came to power, it struggled for holding fair, free and transparent elections in the country, therefore, an appointment of a chief election commissioner was made unanimously first time in the history of Pakistan after legislation.
The information minister said a constitutional office for members of the Election Commission was established and its members had time frame, designation and an oath. He said all these constitutional steps were taken for free, fair and transparent elections. He added the formation of transparent voter lists was also the need of the hour and work on these lists was going on with the help of NADRA.
GUJAR KHAN, Aug 21 (APP): Rejecting the talk of despondency, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Tuesday said being a brave, courageous and striving nation, Pakistanis know how to defend every inch of their country and even can sacrifice their lives for this purpose.
“There is no need of any despondency. No nation is more brave, tolerant, courageous and struggling than Pakistanis. Each one from the brave Pakistani nation knows how to defend every inch of their country and sacrifice their lives for this purpose,” Ashraf said while addressing a large public meeting here in his hometown. The Prime Minister said, “no power in the world can frighten us, as we are brave people and know how to defend our soil and its integrity.
This is also evident from the past.” He referred to the recent terrorist attack at Minhas airbase in Kamra and paid rich tribute to the country’s brave soldiers for eliminating the attacking terrorists.
Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah says the PPP will try to contest general elections in alliance with the coalition partners.
In an interview‚ he said general elections will be held on time and propaganda of delay in this regard is false.
The minister said local bodies elections cannot be held before general elections as the country cannot afford two elections simulatenously.
Source: Radio Pakistan