ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said rule of law is the only solution to resolving the problems faced by the country. He said this while meeting a delegation of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) headed by President SCBA Kamran Murtaza at the Prime Minister's House on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister said that the government is whole-heartedly committed to upholding the rule-of-law and is fully committed to the cause of independent judiciary. "Pakistan can only develop if equal rights are provided to its citizens without any difference of cast, creed and religion," said the PM. He further said that the lawyers' community has struggled for a noble cause, however, it is high time to work for the marginalized and poor segments of the society for ensuring justice. The Prime Minister appreciated the sacrifices rendered by lawyers in their struggle for independent judiciary, which they started in 2007. The SCBA delegation reiterated their commitment and resolve for upholding the rule-of law . The SCBA delegation apprised the Prime Minister regarding problems faced by the lawyer's community. Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Special Assistant to PM Khawaja Zaheer Ahmad and Secretary Law Division Zafarullah Khan were also present during the meeting.
POSSIBILITIES EXAMINED TO DEEPEN PAK-NORWAY TIES: The eighth round of bilateral political consultations between Pakistan and Norway was held here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.
The Pakistan side was led by Nadeem Riyaz, Additional Secretary (Europe). Tore Hattrem, Director General, Department for Regional Affairs and Development at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed the Norwegian side.
During the consultations the two sides reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations. They also looked into the possibilities to further deepen the existing ties in various areas including trade, commerce, investment, education, energy and cultural cooperation. Discussions also focused on global and regional issues including India, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran.  It was also agreed that the next round of political consultations would be held in Oslo next year at mutually convenient dates.