ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the PM on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan says opposition parties are confused on the call of a sit-in, reported on Saturday. She said the government accepts the right of peaceful protest, but no one would be allowed to create chaos with help of militia.”The law will take due course of action in this regard”, added, the SAPM.

LAHORE: PML-Q leader and Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervez Elahi on Saturday skipped the first meeting of a high-powered committee formed by the government to hold talks with opposition parties to persuade them not to go ahead with their plan of marching on Islamabad later this month.

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has chaired a high-level meeting which was also attended by Interior Minister Brigadier (Retd.) Ijaz Shah to review the overall law and order situation of the province The participants of the meeting reviewed the steps being taken to ensure the law and order situation in Punjab. The provincial authorities and the federation agreed over the establishment of integrated coordination.

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi on Saturday pleaded the chief justice of Lahore High Court to either transfer Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah’s case to Rawalpindi or the trial be conducted in the prison for ensuring the protection of the witnesses.

HYDERABAD: Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail has said efforts are underway to destabilize the country, reported on Saturday. Talking to the newsmen in Hyderabad, here today, the Sindh governor asked Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman to reconsider his call of his Azadi March. “Sit in will harm Pakistan”, he added.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned the session of the federal cabinet on October 22 (Tuesday) to discuss the 12-point agenda, reported on Saturday. The cabinet members will hold consultations over the current political and economic situation of the country.

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said that the national economy is put on the path of stability following the effective steps of the federal government, a press release said Saturday. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh made the statement while holding a meeting with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao in Washington.

THATTA: Strict security measures have been put in place in Sindh with regard to Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A.), said Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh Kaleem Imam on Saturday. The Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A.) will be observed tomorrow (Sunday) across the country, including Sindh.

Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, who has been appointed by the government to spearhead talks with opposition parties, on Saturday said that the opposition's refusal to come to the table points towards "a hidden agenda". Khattak was referring to the opposition parties' decision to answer JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman's call to band together and march against the government on October 31.

A Mushshak trainer aircraft belonging to the Army Aviation crash-landed in a paddy field near Wazirabad in Punjab's Gujranwala district on Saturday, security and rescue sources said. Both the pilots remained safe in the incident. The plane developed a technical fault while flying over Dilawar Cheema. According to sources, the two-seater aircraft had taken off from Rahwali Cantt for a training mission, with Capt Ahmad and an instructor on board.