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PM Imran Khan to officially inaugurate Road to Makkah project today

Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to formally inaugurate the Road to Makkah project today at the Islamabad International Airport (IIA), reported Radio Pakistan, on the occasion of the departure of first PIA Haj flight. On Thursday, for the first time, Saudi immigration staff conducted immigration process of 368 Pakistani pilgrims at IIA as the Haj flight operation from Pakistan started. The first flight of Saudi Airlines (SV-3719) with the 368 pilgrims on board took off for Madina at 11am. Before going through the [...]

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Polio eradication: Our culture is the biggest impediment

On, Oct 15, 2018, after eight long years, I walked out of the Pakistan Polio Programme and took up a political office. I had been appointed the prime minister’s focal person on polio eradication. The question — why do we continue to have so many un-vaccinated children (referred to as ‘missed children’) despite successive years of ambitious vaccination campaigns across the country — had challenged me since my days in the eradication programme. It came back to haunt me. When I took [...]

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US government staff told to treat Huawei as blacklisted

A senior US official told the Commerce Department’s enforcement staff this week that China’s Huawei should still be treated as blacklisted, days after US President Donald Trump sowed confusion with a vow to ease a ban on sales to the firm. Trump surprised markets on Saturday by promising Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan that he would allow US companies to sell products to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. In May, the company was added [...]

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MQM-P again seeks Centre’s intervention in Sindh’s affairs

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan has once again sought federal government’s intervention in Sindh, saying that the prime minister can exercise his authority under Article 149 of the Constitution if a province deliberately targets a segment of society in violation of the Constitution. Senior MQM-P leaders made this demand while speaking at a demonstration organised by the party outside the Karachi Press Club on Monday in protest over a severe water crisis in the metropolis. One of the speakers went [...]

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PM Imran hints at extension in June 30 deadline for Asset Declaration Scheme

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday hinted at an extension in the Asset Declaration Scheme in order to avoid inconvenience caused to citizens by the June 30 deadline. The prime minister made the remark while interacting with members of the business community on a special PTV News telethon via video link.. Tycoon Aqeel Karim Dedhi asked the premier whether he would consider an extension in the deadline. “I think the number of people interested in the scheme could be much larger if there [...]

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Automated system for sales tax registration to be effective from July 1: FBR

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Monday announced that an automated system for sales tax registration will be effective starting July 1. A press release issued by the FBR stated that the procedure has been proposed to replace the existing system under sub-rules (2) to (8) of Rule 5 of the Sales Tax Act, 1990. An applicant with a National Tax Number (NTN) or income tax registration will be able to login to the online system and upload the following [...]

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Taliban delegation holds talks in China as part of peace push

China recently played host to a Taliban delegation as part of efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday. Representatives of the Taliban, who have been fighting for years to expel foreign forces and defeat the US-backed government in Kabul, have been holding talks with US diplomats for months. The focus has been the Taliban demand for the withdrawal of US and other foreign forces, in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan will not be used [...]

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Trade deficit shrinks amid stagnant exports

ISLAMABAD: The country’s trade deficit during first 11 months of the current fiscal year fell by 13.62 per cent to $29.207 billion compared to $33.812bn during the same period last year. The decline in deficit comes on the back of significant fall in the country’s imports as the exports have shown no improvement from the previous fiscal year despite massive devaluation of the rupee and a range of ­subsidies and incentives offered by the government to the export-oriented sectors. The $4.605bn [...]

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Emir of Qatar to visit Pakistan on June 23

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will visit Pakistan on June 23, it was announced via Prime Minister Imran Khan’s official Instagram account. According to the post on Sunday night, Qatar has announced an investment worth $22 billion in various sectors of Pakistan. This is the second major investment to come to Pakistan this year; earlier in February, Saudi Arabia had agreed to invest $21 billion in Pakistan in a three-phase investment plan. In October last year, Prime Minister Imran invited invited Qatari investment in all [...]

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SC rejects Mukhtar Mai’s 2011 review petition on technical grounds

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a review petitionfiled against the acquittal of the accused in the Mukhtar Mai case. A three-member bench of the apex court, under Justice Gulzar Ahmed’s stewardship, heard the review petition which the defendant, through her counsel Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, had filed against the suspects’ acquittal in May 2011. According to the court order, the points raised in the application could not form the basis of a review petition. “Only a mistake [or mistakes] in a ruling can [...]

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