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PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s cabinet takes oath

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s 43-member cabinet was sworn-in by President Mamnoon Hussain at a ceremony on Friday morning.

The new cabinet includes eight members from South Punjab, five each from Balochistan and Sindh, three from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one each from FATA and Islamabad.

Sources said party MNAs Daniyal Aziz, Mir Dostain Domki, Ayaz Sherazi and Mumtaz Tarar did not attend the ceremony despite being on the list of new ministers.

Aziz is said to have reservations regarding his appointment as a state minister, according to sources. But Aziz rubbished such claims in a tweet, saying he stands with Nawaz Sharif.

A new ministry of ‘power’ has also been formed after combining the ministries of petroleum and electricity, sources added. A separate ministry of water will be formed as well. The prime minister, who held the portfolio of petroleum and natural resources ministry in the previous cabinet, will head the new power ministry.

The oath-taking ceremony took place at the Presidency and was attended by PML-N members and senior government officials, as well as people from other walks of life.

The members of the cabinet, speaking after the president, repeated their oath of office submitted the signed oaths to the president.

Following the oath-taking, the prime minister chaired the first session of his cabinet. The premier gave directions to the ministers to complete their designated tasks in the stipulated time period.

In the meeting, it was also decided that the cabinet will meet weekly so the ministries’ weekly progress can be gauged.

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Afghan president calls Nawaz, condemns attack on PAF camp in Peshawar

ISLAMABAD: The president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday evening and condemned the recent terrorist attack on PAF base near Peshawar, said a statement issued by PM House.

According to details provided in the statement, the Afghan president denounced the attack on Badaber Airforce base and extended his “heartfelt condolences on the demise of civilians and military personnel in the incident”.

Ghani reiterated his government’s stance that “Afghanistan will never allow its land to be used against Pakistan by anyone”.

Earlier this week, the government of Afghanistan had strongly rejected the claims as baseless that the attack on PAF camp in Peshawar was planned and controlled from Afghanistan.

In a statement issued by the office of Afghan president, it was mentioned that the Afghan government has never, nor will it ever allow its territory to be used against other countries.

However, the military and government of Pakistan claims that the attack on PAF Badaber camp was planned and controlled from Afghanistan.

Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Sunday that initial investigation into the attack on a PAF camp had proved terrorists’ contacts within Afghanistan.

The announcement came two days after over a dozen armed men stormed a PAF camp in Peshawar, killing 29 people including a captain of the Pakistan Army and officials of the Pakistan Air Force.

“There are evidences that terrorists had telephonic contacts within Afghanistan. Since Tehreek-i-Taliban Pak­istan leadership is in Afghanistan, the possibility of terrorists’ contacts within Afghanistan cannot be ruled out,” he said while speaking to a private TV channel.

“It is not the first incident that terrorists had links within Afghanistan. The December 16 attack on Army Public School was also planned in Afghanistan and its information was passed to Afghan authorities,” he recalled.

Mr Aziz said when Pakistan’s army chief went to Kabul, the Afghan government’s response was positive, an action was taken and many outlaws were apprehended.

“Now again, there is evidence that terrorists had received phone calls from Afghanistan. Further investigation is under way and will be shared with Afghan authorities on completion,” he said.

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