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Saudi Arabia agrees to invest in new oil refinery in Pakistan's Gwadar Saudi Arabia agrees to invest in new oil refinery in Pakistan's Gwadar
Saudi Arabia has agreed in principle to invest in a new oil refinery in Pakistan’s deep-water port of Gwadar, the petroleum minister said on Thursday. The state-owned Pakistan State Oil (PSO) will partner with Saudi state oil giant Aramco on the project, Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan told reporters. “They showed an interest to immediately invest in the refinery,” Khan said, describin...
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Govt retains restrictions on non-filers as NA passes mini-budget Govt retains restrictions on non-filers as NA passes mini-budget
The National Assembly on Wednesday passed with a majority vote the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government’s first mini-budget, as the government conceded to demand to retain a ban on purchase of vehicles and property by non-filers of income tax returns except for certain categories. While winding up the debate on the budget, Finance Minister Asad Umar also announced to impose penalties o...
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King Abdullah awards Gen Qamar with Jordan's top military honour King Abdullah awards Gen Qamar with Jordan's top military honour
The king of Jordan Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussainon has awarded Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa with ‘Order of the Military Merit’ in recognition of his services for improving bilateral defence and security relations. “General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reached Jordan on a three-day visit,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Tuesday. “Regional security situation and bi...
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Pakistan hints willingness to bridge gap on ‘traitor’ Shakil Afridi Pakistan hints willingness to bridge gap on ‘traitor’ Shakil Afridi
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi hinted that Islamabad may be willing to discuss the contentious issue of Dr Shakil Afridi which has plagued bilateral relation between the two countries. “Openings are always there,” said the foreign minister in an interview with Fox News. Afridi, hailed as a ‘hero’ by the US security establishment for his role in the raid by US special forces that kille...
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FM exposes India as state sponsor of terror FM exposes India as state sponsor of terror
Reacting strongly to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s verbal attack on Pakistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday said that the neighbouring country rejected the Pakistani offer of resuming peace talks on ‘flimsy grounds’. Addressing the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York, Qureshi also blamed India for exporting terrorism to Pakistan...
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Govt to go after 100 tax dodgers Govt to go after 100 tax dodgers
The federal cabinet on Thursday decided to mount a robust campaign to pursue big tax defaulters in order to net the much-need cash for the kitty. In another major decision, the cabinet decided to formulate a comprehensive policy for a permanent solution of the issue of nearly 2.5 million registered and illegal Afghan refugees living in Pakistan till June 2019. While discussing the ongoing re...
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PM intervenes to save $4.3b Dasu dam project PM intervenes to save $4.3b Dasu dam project
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday directed the authorities concerned to resolve the lingering issue of land acquisition for the Dasu hydroelectric dam at the earliest. This intervention was made after the World Bank warned about possible delays and cost escalation in the $4.3 billion project. Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif had performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the 2,160 mega...
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Ex-CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry’s son-in-law arrested from Dubai in Eden Housing scam Ex-CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry’s son-in-law arrested from Dubai in Eden Housing scam
The son-in-law of former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was arrested from Dubai for his alleged involvement in the Eden Housing Society scam, confirmed Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday. Chaudhry, terming the arrest a major breakthrough, said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) apprehended Dr Murtaza Amjad. The case also involves former CJP’s son Arsalan Iftikhar. The arre...
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Dialogue not war is course to peace: DG ISPR Dialogue not war is course to peace: DG ISPR
Responding to Indian army chief’s provocative statement, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Saturday Pakistan is a nuclear power and its desire for peace should not be misconstrued as weakness. “If someone tests our patience, we will give a befitting reply to it and not disappoint the nation,” he said, while talking to a private TV channel. T...
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Modi govt calls off Pakistan-India foreign ministers' UNGA meet Modi govt calls off Pakistan-India foreign ministers' UNGA meet
In a surprising development, India called off on Friday a meeting scheduled for next week between its foreign minister with the Pakistani counterpart, Hindustan Times reported. The meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was to take place in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. The Indian foreign minis...
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