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RGANISATION of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Youssef bin Al-Ottaimeeenon Monday said Kashmir issue was on top of its agenda as Pakistan was an important member of it. “We will continue to work with

Pakistan on all major issues,” he said while addressing a joint press briefing along with Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz here. “Pakistan is the home to all Muslims,” he said, thanking the leadership of Pakistan. He said that a range of issues were discussed with Sartaj Aziz. “We are in full agreement with each other on all issues being faced by the Muslim world,” he said. Condemning terrorist acts all over the world, Ottaimeeen said that the terrorists have no race, no religion and no country. “Islam is the religion of peace and peaceful coexistence, and terrorists are not the reflection of Islam,” he said. Replying to question, he said that the

Summary for Rangers special powers extension sent to CM KARACHI: The Sindh Home Department on Monday submitted a summary to the provincial chief minister's office proposing a 90-day extension in the policing powers granted to the Rangers in Karachi division. The special policing powers granted to Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, by the Sindh government under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997 to carry out raids and arrest suspects are set to expire on April 15. The summary seeks a threemonth extension in the Ranger's powers in accordance with a Sindh Assembly resolution that allows the deployment of the paramilitary force in the city. If approved by the chief minister, the summary will be forwarded to the federal government. If an extension is granted, the Rangers will be granted powers till July 13. In January, the Sindh government approved a 90-day extension in the special powers of the Pakistan Rangers for 90 days in Karachi. The Rangers ‘operation’ against criminal elements in Pakistan’s commercial hub was initiated back in September 2013 when the federal cabinet empowered the paramilitary force to lead a targeted advance against criminals already identified by federal military and civilian agencies for their alleged involvement in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism in Karachi. STAFF REPORT

OIC as an organisation expresses the wishes of the Muslims and this was also one of their basic functions.” He said the OIC works both on political and humanitarian sides. He said that there should be a political solution to the issue of Syria. Sartaj said that the matters related to Islamophobia and discriminatory policies of different countries towards Muslims living in minority came under discussion with the OIC secretary general. He demanded of the OIC to take notice of human rights violation in disputed Kashmiri state. He thanked OIC and the Muslim countries for their consistent support on the issue of Jammu Kashmir and other

various issues. Toa question, Othaimeensaid that OIC has been urging India to provide access to the disputed state but unfortunately that country has turned down the request. “Despite denial by India, we should continue exerting pressure on New Delhi on the issue of human rights violations in disputed Kashmiristate and peaceful resolution of the dispute,” he added. He said that the OIC also wants to initiate dialogue with European countries on issues pertaining to Muslims living there as the organisationwas in a unique position to play the role of a bridge between Muslims and the Western governments.


Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, while talking to the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Assistant Secretary-General and Coordinator Gerda Verburg here Monday, said that the government of Pakistan was striving hard for a healthy Pakistan through addressing the problem of malnutrition, which it considered absolutely necessary for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The setting up of a task force and special cell in the National Assembly—and similar entities in the provinces and departments concerned—amply demonstrated the commitment with which the government was pursuing that objective, she added. The minister felt that proactive collaboration and coordination be-

tween SDGs and SUN secretariat was critical for the realisation of Pakistan’s Vision 2025, adding that Pakistan was keen to adopt best practices and learn from the expertise of other countries to achieve the goal of a healthy Pakistan. Marriyum Aurangzeb said nutrition was the key to achieving SDGs and acknowledged that it was a multi-faceted issue, which was prevalent among infants, children, mothers and adolescents. To reduce stunting, it is imperative to focus on maternal nutrition and nutrition among children, she stressed. The minister informed Gerda that Pakistan was the first country, which had established its first secretariat of SDGs where thematic sessions were conducted to provide data and information to representatives of the people, so that they could be able to address the issues in their respective

constituencies. She said that regular debates were also held on the issue of malnutrition with a view to deliberate on any further legislation that might be required to facilitate efforts of the government and other agencies in addressing the problem of malnutrition. She also emphasised the need for a coherent communication strategy for mass awareness about the issue of malnutrition and its dissemination to the masses through different arms of the mass media. She said she would utilise different media outlets and employ all available resources to promote this cause in her capacity as the minister for information and broadcasting and also as convener of SGDs. She further told the delegation that a robust and comprehensive training programme had been launched for parliamentary reporters to promote understanding and importance of the SDGs in order for them to become better equipped to report on the subject. She said that under the prime minister’s educational programme, the curriculum of 422 schools was being revised in which topics pertaining to malnutrition would also be incorporated.

Muqam mocks PTI for drive against mice, investment in donkey export PESHAWAR: Advisor to Prime Minister Engineer Amir Muqam on Monday said that PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government’s operation against mice and agreement on export of donkeys to China would be remembered in history. Talking to various delegations here at his residence, Muqam said the tall claims of change by the Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf had turned out to be hollow slogans. He said the PTI government had miserably failed to deliver in the province during the past four years, adding that Imran Khan and Pervez Khattak were mocking the people in the name of change. Muqam said that for the past one-and-a-half years the PTI government could not appoint director general of the Ehtesab Commission, while taking loans from the GP funds of government employees to initiate small projects. Muqam said people had seen the so-called change of PTI in KP and the party would hardly get mandate in the upcoming general elections. APP

Indian troops martyr four more youth in IoK SRInAgAR: In India-occupied Kashmir (IoK), Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred four more Kashmiri youth Monday. Indian troops this morning killed the youth during a violent military operation in Keran area of Kupwara district. It is worth mentioning here that Indian forces had killed at least eight youth, including two teenage boys, and injured around 200 when they opened fire on demonstrators protesting against the holding of sham Indian parliamentary elections in Badgam, Srinagar and Gandarbal districts. However, the poll drama totally flopped with turnout remaining below six as official figures stated. Meanwhile, internet services will continue to remain suspended in the entire Kashmir valley until April 12, officials told media. ONlINE

Iran hands over 102 deportees to Pakistan QUETTA: Iranian security forces handed over 102 Pakistani nationals to Levies force on Pak-Iran border in Taftan area of Chaghi district. Levies sources said on Monday that these Pakistani labourers were apprehended from different parts of Iran by Iranian security forces as they were living there without traveling documents. The Levies sources said that these deportees would be handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for further interrogation after completing initial investigation. APP

Neil Gorsuch sworn in as US Supreme Court's 9th justice WASHINGTON AGENCIES

Neil Gorsuch was sworn in on Monday as the US Supreme Court’s ninth justice, retilting the bench to the right as he filled the seat left vacant by last year’s death of conservative icon Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch took his oath from his mentor Justice Anthony Kennedy in a White House Rose Garden ceremony as a beaming President Donald Trump looked on, his political fortunes brightened by a choice that will help shape the top US court for a generation. “I am humbled by the trust placed in me today. I will never forget that to whom much is given, much will be expected,” Gorsuch said.

“And I promise you that I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation,” he added. With that, he joined for life the panel of justices that is the ultimate arbiter of many of the most contentious issues in American life. It came only after a bitter month-long fight in Congress that culminated last week with Republican leader Mitch McConnell sweeping aside long-standing Senate rules to win Gorsuch’s confirmation by a 54-45 vote. Trump, who pointedly thanked McConnell, hailed the appointment as “a truly momentous occasion in our democracy.” “A new optimism is sweeping across our land and a new faith in America is filling our hearts and lifting our sights,”

he said. In Gorsuch, Trump picked a respected federal appeals court judge who is seen as a fervent disciple of both Scalia and a brand of conservative jurisprudence that calls for the strict interpretation of the US Constitution as its writers intended. No one seemed more pleased with the outcome than Trump, whose presidency has gotten off to a rocky start. “And I got it done in the first 100 days. That’s even nice. You think that’s easy?” he boasted to the White House crowd, which included family members, Republican lawmakers and the high court’s other justices. Gorsuch had already taken an oath from Chief Justice John Roberts earlier in the day at the Supreme Court.


Trump called Gorsuch a “man of great and unquestioned integrity,” and said Americans were “blessed” to have him join the high court. “They see a man of unmatched qualifications. And, most of all, and most importantly, they see a man who is deeply faithful to the Constitution of the United States,” the president said. “He will decide cases based not on his personal preferences, but based on a fair and objective reading of the law,” the president added. Democrats angrily fought the nomination to the end because McConnell had blocked former president Barack Obama’s nominee for the seat, Merrick Garland, after Scalia’s sudden death in February 2016. Since then, the court has been evenly

divided between liberal and conservative wings, though Kennedy, a conservative, is looked to as a sometime swing voter. A silver-haired, square-jawed jurist with a folksy manner, the 49-year-old Gorsuch was a federal appeals court judge in Colorado when Trump picked him for the top court. He began his legal career as a clerk to the late Byron White, a Democrat from Colorado who was appointed to the Supreme Court by John F. Kennedy, and Anthony Kennedy. Trump noted that Gorsuch’s elevation marked the first time in US history that a sitting justice and his former clerk were serving on the bench at the same time. Gorsuch’s credentials include degrees from Columbia, Harvard Law and Oxford.

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