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ECC approves measures for revival of cotton crop

ISLAMABAD (DNA) – Economic Coordination Committee on Tuesday approved measures for revival of cotton crop in the country.The decision was taken during its meeting in Islamabad with Finance Minister Asad Umar in chair.During the meeting, Secretary Ministry of National food Security & Research gave the meeting a detailed presentation on issues and challenges in the cotton sector. Experts in the field of cotton growing who were specially invited to the meeting also gave their input for developing the cotton crop.The ECC decided that ministry of national food security & research will present, within 30 days, a plan for strengthening research and development services for different crops with particular focus on cotton. The ministry will also submit plan for revitalization of federal institutions tasked with the responsibility of developing the cotton sector.

Hundreds flee US-backed Syria battle for last IS holdout

NEAR BAGHOUZ (DNA) – Exhausted families trudged out of the Islamic State group s last bastion in eastern Syria Tuesday, as Kurdish-led forces boxed holdout jihadists into an ever-shrinking pocket.Hundreds fled at night but hundreds more during the day as plumes of grey smoke billowed into the sky over Baghouz, where diehard IS fighters are making their last stand.The extremist group declared a cross-border “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq in 2014, but various military campaigns have chipped it down to a fragment on the Iraqi border.After a pause of more than a week to allow out civilians, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared a last push to retake the pocket from the extremists on Saturday.Aided by the warplanes and artillery of a US-led coalition, the Kurdish-led alliance has pressed into a patch of less than four square kilometres (one square mile)

Pak- Afghan Parliamentary diplomacy to strengthen relations: Asad Qaiser

ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (DNA): Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has saidparliamentary diplomacy between Pakistan and Afghanistan will helpstrengthen relations and remove misunderstandings between the twoneighboring countries.He was talking to Afghan Ambassador Designate to Pakistan ShukrullahAtif Mashal who called on him in Islamabad.He said parliamentarians of both the countries can play a pivotal rolein bringing the two nations close to each other. He said Pak-Afghantrade will benefit both the countries.

Gen Raheel Sharif calls on PM Imran Khan

General Raheel Sharif (Retired), Commander-In-Chief of Islamic Alliance against Terrorism, KSA called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at PM Office.

New Japanese ambassador-designate pledges to cement bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD, FEB 12 (DNA)- Kuninori Matsuda, Ambassador Designate of Japan to Pakistan, has said that Pakistan and Japan have enjoyed friendly relations and his job is to further strengthen the strong bilateral as well as people-to-people relations.He expressed these views in his message on Tuesday.Kuninori MATSUDA is a career diplomat. He was born in April  1959 Born in  Fukui, Japan.His CV is as under:= Education: 1982 March:   Graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo,  1984 June:          Graduated from Defense Language Institute, USA.Mr. Kuninori jointed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982.

Arrest warrant of Shaukat Yousafzai KPK Minister issued

ISLAMABAD, The anti terrorist court on Tuesday issued arrest warrant of kPK minister Shaukat Yousafzai.His warrant were issued in PTV attack case.He did not attend the court despite repeated notices.

Kyrgyz ambassador meets Chairman Senate

ISLAMABAD (DNA) – Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Eric Beishembiev met with the Chairman of the Pakistan Senate Mr.Sadiq Sanjrani.
During conversation, the parties discussed issues of inter-parliamentary cooperation, exchanges of visits and the revitalization of the Pakistan-Kyrgyzstan parliamentary friendship groups, the development of trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian ties between the two countries.