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Bailout talks with IMF hit last-minute snag Bailout talks with IMF hit last-minute snag
In a last minute hitch, talks between Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have reached a deadlock due to change in goalpost by the fund and the prime minister’s reservations over heavy taxation, resulting into extension in parleys. There were at least three main sticking points that led to inconclusive talks till the last day of the IMF visit, said sources in the Ministry of Fina...
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China to support Pakistan in crackdown against human traffickers China to support Pakistan in crackdown against human traffickers
Beijing on Friday said that if any organisation or individual commits a crime in Pakistan under the guise of cross-border marriage, China will support Pakistani authorities in cracking down on such activities in accordance with Pakistani law. In a statement – days after incidents of human smuggling involving Chinese gangs emerged – a spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan said, “We hav...
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Asad Umar to head NA finance committee Asad Umar to head NA finance committee
The federal government has decided to appoint Asad Umar as the chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance. The decision was taken after Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held separate meetings with the former finance minister to convince him to rejoin the federal cabinet. While Umar refused their request to become a part of the cabinet...
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PM champions LG system in Punjab as harbinger of change PM champions LG system in Punjab as harbinger of change
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Monday road map for two-tier local government elections in Punjab to introduce new municipal system in the province, replacing the ‘Dehat’ system with ‘Panchayat’ system. Talking to senior journalists in Islamabad days after the Punjab Local Government Act 2013 was replaced the Punjab Local Government Act 2019, Khan said direct elections will ...
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Nawaz Sharif to turn himself in to jail authorities on May 7 Nawaz Sharif to turn himself in to jail authorities on May 7
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif would turn himself in to jail authorities on May 7, his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party leaders said on Saturday, a day after his permanent bail plea rejected by the Supreme Court. The apex court had dismissed Nawaz’s review petition seeking permanent bail on medical grounds and the permission to go abroad for treatment. The former premier, who h...
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SBP governor quits, FBR chairman removed SBP governor quits, FBR chairman removed
The Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government has fired the governor of the central bank and the chairman of the tax collection body, two senior government officials told Reuters on Friday, in another setback to efforts to tackle economic turmoil. “The government has decided to remove the governor of the State Bank and the chairman of FBR,” a Finance Ministry source said, referring to State Bank...
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Army generals didn't help PTI come to power: PM Imran Army generals didn't help PTI come to power: PM Imran
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday hit out at the opposition saying that his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), came into power through its own performance rather than help from any army general. “No general Jilani brought the PTI up,” he said, while addressing a convention to mark 22nd anniversary of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the federal capital. The PTI chief said it was sham...
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Govt defers up to 15% increase in petroleum prices ahead of Ramazan Govt defers up to 15% increase in petroleum prices ahead of Ramazan
ISLAMABAD: A day after regulatory authority had proposed a whopping increase of Rs14.38 per litre in petrol price, the government on Tuesday deferred the decision to increase prices of petroleum products by up to 15 per cent ahead of Ramazan. The decision comes after the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) had recommended the hike in prices on April 29 to the federal government. The i...
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Legal course to be pursued against PTM, says Pakistan’s military Legal course to be pursued against PTM, says Pakistan’s military
The Pakistan Army on Monday said the state will pursue legal action against the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) while accusing the group of receiving funding from Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies. Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor, while addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi, said he had personally met the movement’s leadership and li...
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China pledges 'unwavering support to Pakistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity' China pledges 'unwavering support to Pakistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity'
Prime Minister Imran Khan held meetings with China’s top leadership in Beijing on Sunday morning. The premier and the visiting Pakistani delegation met President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital. The two sides engaged in delegation-level talks. PM Imran was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Adviser on Finance Hafeez Shaikh, Adviser on Comm...
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