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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has been informed by the Sindh Education Minister Syed Sardar Shah that here are 9600 shelterless schools currently operating in Sindh. Among the schools, 71 of them have more than 100 students enrolled in them. The Chief Minister has decided to shift students from schools with less than 40 students to the closest government schools.
While replying to questions from the local media in Multan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that he has absolutely no desire to be the Prime Minister. He further said that the protest by the opposition would damage the country and hamper democracy and must be avoided.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has served a Rs. 2 billion defamation notice to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Rana Sanaullah. She has accused Mr. Sanaullah of making ‘false, malicious and defamatory statements’ against her. She has further threatened him with legal proceedings if he does not comply to the notice.
The provincial Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has failed to fully utilise its development funds. Of a total of Rs. 189.35 billion laid out by the federal government for the fiscal year 2018-19 for development projects in the province, only Rs. 81.99 billion has been spent in the first 11 months of the year.
The Sindh government has paid more than Rs. 330 million in Diyat, Daman or Arsh and other kinds of compensation for prisoners who had completed their sentences but had been stuck in jails because of an inability to pay. This has been the first initiative of its kind in Pakistan and has secured the freedom of 37 prisoners.
The Philippine government has slammed United Nations human rights experts by saying that committed unpardonable intrusion into the country's sovereignty. The rights experts called for an independent investigation into a large number of police-related killings that took place during the country's crackdown on drugs. The government has denied the existence of these deaths.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an international conference to tackle the threat of terrorism in the region and around the world. He intends to have meaningful result-oriented discussions to plug loopholes that terrorists exploit. India has been focusing heavily on its relations with its neighbors but it is unlikely its relations with Pakistan will get any better.
At least half a million people are expected to come out and protest on Sunday in order to pressure the government into not passing the new extradition bill. The law would allow for suspects in Hong Kong to be sent to China to face trial, where the protestors say, a fair trial cannot be guaranteed.
Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has said that suspending Parliament is an option that may be used if necessary in order to ensure Brexit. He has rejected criticism from conservative party leaders and has said that he cannot allow lawmakers to stop a no-deal Brexit. Although he did mention that the option was very unlikely.
Iran has complained about the new sanctions that have been placed on it by the US, saying that they show that Trump is not sincere when he says he wants to negotiate. The sanctions target the country's petrochemical industry and have been called economic terrorism by a spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry.