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Dr Asad Majeed appointed foreign secretary, notification issued

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  • Asad Majeed is BS-22 officer of Foreign Service. 
  • He is Pakistan’s Ambassador to Belgium, European Union, Luxembourg.
  • Jauhar Saleem was working as acting Foreign Secretary.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Belgium Dr Asad Majeed Khan has been appointed as the Foreign Secretary, Geo News reported on Friday.

Asad Majeed, who was Pakistan’s ambassador to the US during the PTI government when former PM Imran Khan blamed Washington for hatching conspiracy against his government, is a BS-22 officer of the Foreign Service. He is also the ambassador to European Union and Luxembourg.

A notification issued by the Establishment Division said that Majeed should be notified as the foreign secretary with immediate effect and until further orders.

“Dr. Asad Majeed Khan. a BS-22 officer of the Foreign Service of Pakistan, presently posted as Ambassador in the Embassy of Pakistan to Belgium, the European Union, and Luxembourg is transferred and posted as Secretary, Foreign Affairs Division with immediate effect and until further orders,” stated the notification. 

Ambassador to Italy Jauhar Saleem was posted as the acting foreign secretary at a time when the Foreign Office could not finalise and agree on a name for a permanent foreign secretary.

He was chosen by former foreign secretary Sohail Mehmood in his last official act. 

Who is Ambassador Asad Majeed

Majeed is a career Foreign Service Officer and has been appointed as the 31st foreign secretary of Pakistan.

During his diplomatic career spanning over 34 years, the ambassador has held several key diplomatic assignments. He served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Japan, additional foreign secretary (Americas), director general (Americas), director general (West Asia), Pakistan’s charge d’ affaires ad interim to the United States, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington DC, additional secretary (Foreign Affairs) at the President’s Secretariat, director general (United Nations), and minister-counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations.

Majeed holds a doctorate in International Economic and Business Law (LLD) from Kyushu University, Japan and has been a resource person at a number of academic institutions.

He is married and has two children.

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Maryam Nawaz honours ASP Shehr Bano For His Extraordinary Courage

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Maryam Nawaz, the PML-N’s nominee for chief minister of Punjab, honours young police officer Shehr Bano for displaying extraordinary bravery, insight, and courage.

According to Maryam Nawaz, if the female police officer hadn’t arrived in time, a catastrophe may have happened.

The country is proud of you, she said as she praised Shehr Bano.

According to Maryam Nawaz, Shehr Bano maintained humanity and the law in the face of pressure, numbers, and circumstances.

She stated that it is required of every police officer to contribute to the defence of individuals’ lives and property.

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The BISP WhatsApp channel has been launched.

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In order to assist both its recipients and regular residents, the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) has opened a WhatsApp channel where it posts information about all of its programmes and dispels false statements.

To acquire all the information about the scheme, the BISP advised current and potential beneficiaries to follow the official WhatsApp channel.

The following web URL allows individuals to follow the BISP WhatsApp channel.

The channel number on WhatsApp is 0029VaL06DJ9Bb602I388U2l.

Earlier, the National Telecommunication Corporation and the BISP established a state-of-the-art call centre to offer genuine information about the plan and the issues.

The individuals can contact the call centre at 080026477 to register complaints or seek information about the programme.

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Bushra Bibi challenges the Nikah case’s verdict in court.

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According to specifics, Bushra Bibi’s attorney, Khalid Yousaf Chaudhry, entered a plea on her behalf, requesting that the trial court’s decision from February 3 be deemed invalid.

Salman Akram Raja, Salman Safdar, and other individuals will also be parties in this action, while Bushra Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka and the federal government have been named respondents in the plea.

According to the plea, the former first lady went to her mother’s house in August 2017 after divorcing in April.

Furthermore, the ruling is unlawful, immoral, and un-Islamic because the matter pertaining to Bushra Bibi and Khan’s nikah was outside the court’s jurisdiction.

In a case concerning their marriage during the latter’s Iddat era, a court in Islamabad earlier this year condemned former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi to seven years in prison apiece.

The decision on the lawsuit submitted by Bushra’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka in a temporary court at Adiala jail was announced by senior civil judge Qudratullah. The pair was also fined Rs 500,000 apiece by the court.

Bushra Bibi and Imran Khan’s marriage
In February 2018, the former prime minister married Bushra Bibi in Lahore.

Only the bride’s mother and other close relatives and friends were present for the ceremony. The sisters of the PTI founder, however, were not present.

Former SAPM Zulfi Bukhari and Awn Chaudhary, leaders of the Pakitan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), were present when Mufti Saeed conducted the nikah.

Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka had petitioned the court last year, arguing that the marriage was unlawful and in violation of Sharia law.

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