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PM Abbasi condemns attack on army vehicle in North Waziristan

ISLAMABAD (APP): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a vehicle of
Pakistan Army in North Waziristan leading to martyrdom of 2nd Lieutenant Abdul Moeed and Sepoy
The Prime Minister extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prayed to
Almighty Allah to blessing the departed souls with eternal peace.
The Prime Minister said the matchless sacrifices of precious human lives, in the war against
terrorism, will always be remembered as they form the most important aspect of Pakistan’s national history.
“They sacrificed their most valuable asset for our homeland. There is nothing material to match up to
their sacrifices. As a nation, we will never forget the greatest contributions of our valiant Armed Forces in the
war against the enemies of our country,” said the PM.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan, by the grace of Almighty Allah, has defeated terrorism by breaking the
backbone of terrorists’ network across the country, and would continue till it’s elimination.

PM Abbasi to make final attempt to agree PPP on delimitation bill

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbas will make its final attempt to develop consensus with Pakistan Peoples Party on delimitation bill.

“National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and other PML-N members have been in constant contact with the PPP leadership on the bill, but the party is not budging from its stance. The PPP had voted for the delimitation bill in the National Assembly but is refraining from doing the same in the Senate. It appears that they are doing so at the behest of someone else,” Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said.

Ahsan Iqbal said if the delimitation bill was not passed forthwith, there were chances that the country would have a caretaker set-up “for a longer period”, which would not be acceptable to the PML-N. “A caretaker set-up that goes beyond its constitutional limit of 90 days will be a recipe for rigging and interference in the election,” the minister added.

He said that if the bill did not pass on time, the matter would have to be deferred till April for a final notification on the census, which meant that the Election Commission of Pakistan would need another five to six months to conduct delimitations. “Zardari sahib wants to scuttle the process to have a caretaker set-up for a longer period at someone else’s behest. Therefore, it is imperative that all parliamentary parties should support the bill in the Senate so that 2018 elections could be held on time,” he said.