Pakistan resumes fortnightly review meeting on CPEC projects to expedite work

Gwadar Pro Islamabad: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal said this week that the fortnightly review meeting on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects was being resumed to expedite work on CPEC ventures. Speaking to journalists here, he maintained that the CPEC projects will be completed within the time frame for the […]

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CPEC’s Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway to be completed on priority basis: Communications Minister

Gwadar Pro Islamabad: Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Asad Mahmood said this week that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)’s Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway (M-6) would be completed on priority basis. The minister stated this in a meeting with Federal Minister for Water Resources Syed Khursheed Shah during his visit to National Highways Authority (NHA) headquarters. Mahmood […]

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PM sets National Task Force to tackle severe heatwave, GLOFs: Sherry

Staff Writer Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman said this week that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had formulated a National Task Force to stir disaster management efforts to tackle severe heatwave and GLOF events. Addressing a joint news conference flanked by Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lieutenant General Akhter Nawaz Satti […]

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Masses fully aware Imran Khan responsible for current economic situation: Marriyum

Staff Writer Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said this week that the people of Pakistan were fully aware of the fact that former prime minister Imran Khan was responsible for the present economic situation and unemployment in the country. In a tweet, sharing the economic data issued by the government she said […]

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Nine ex-federal ministers still residing in state residence

Newswire Islamabad: At least nine former federal ministers from the ousted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, including Fawad Chaudhry and Pervaiz Khattak, have yet to vacate their state residence, over a month after leaving office. PTI chief Imran Khan was removed from the prime minister’s chair on April 10 following a successful no-confidence motion. The vote […]

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Pakistani activist receives Commonwealth Points of Light Award

Staff Writer Islamabad: Pakistani lawyer and activist Tahera Hasan received the Commonwealth Points of Light Award for her efforts promoting the wellbeing of orphaned, abandoned and stateless children this week. Points of Light Awards are given to outstanding individual volunteers who are making a positive change in their community. Having been a strong supporter of […]

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Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri felicitates Abdul Joshi on scaling Mount Everest

Newswire Canberra: Pakistani High Commissioner to Australia Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri this week congratulated Pakistani mountaineer Abdul Joshi on scaling Mount Everest. “Abdul Joshi successfully scaled Mount Everest (8,848 metres). He is the eighth Pakistani to successfully scale the world’s highest Mountain,” the envoy tweeted. Mountaineers say that Joshi is skilled climber but he mainly focuses […]

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Pakistan should focus on value addition to its products, Italy ready to help: Ambassador Andreas Ferrarese

Newswire Islamabad: Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese said this week that Pakistan should focus on value addition to its products and Italy could help it with its advanced technology in various fields including marble manufacturing and tourism. He said that business environment in Pakistan is much better now and his country wants to further […]

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Bilawal Bhutto, Blinken reiterate desire to strengthen multifaceted Pak-US relations

Staff Writer New York: Pakistan and the United States this week reiterated their desire to strengthen bilateral ties in the fields of economy, investment, and regional security. The expression of the desire was made by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken as they met on the sidelines […]

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Pakistan to fast-track key CPEC projects: FM Bilawal Bhutto

Newswire Islamabad: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari this week underlined that Pakistan was committed to high quality development of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and looked forward to fast-tracking key projects and accelerating industrial relocation to Pakistan, especially in CPEC Special Economic Zones. The foreign minister underscored his determination to inject fresh momentum in Pakistan-China […]

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ECP dismisses PTI’s reference against 20 rebel MPs

Staff Writer Islamabad: In a detailed judgment, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) this week dismissed the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf’s (PTI) reference against its 20 defecting members of the National Assembly for disqualification on grounds of defection under Article 63A (1) (a) of the constitution. A three-member panel of the ECP headed by Chief Election Commission […]

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Friendship with China a key component of Pakistan’s foreign policy, PM Shehbaz Sharif tells top editors

Gwadar Pro Lahore: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif this week told the country’s top editors that friendship with China was a key component of Pakistan’s foreign policy. Speaking to a delegation of the Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE), the Prime Minister also assured that journalists would be provided with all possible protection against unwarranted actions. […]

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PM Shehbaz Sharif vows to work closely with Huawei to enhance IT exports to $ 15 billion

Gwadar Pro Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif this week vowed to work closely with Chinese giant Huawei to enhance Pakistan’s Information Technology (IT) exports to US $ 15 billion. He was talking to Senior Vice President of Huawei and President of the Middle East and Africa Region of Huawei Yi Xiang, who called on him […]

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NAB launched inquiry into Billion Trees Tsunami Programme: Sherry Rehman

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman this week apprised the National Assembly that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has already launched inquiry into Billion Trees Tsunami Programme of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. During a Question Hour, she said various complaints of corruption in the Billion Tree Tsunami Programme have been received and investigation has already been […]

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PEMRA has effective monitoring mechanism to control objectionable content on TV channels: NA told

Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb this week informed the National Assembly that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) had an effective monitoring mechanism based on indecent dressing, caressing, bad scenes and gestures to control airing of objectionable content / dramas by television channels. Replying to a question in the House, the […]

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GLOFs, heat waves & droughts to get worse sans climate action: Sherry Rehman

Newswire Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman this week warned that Pakistan was in the grip of recurring heat waves as a result of global climate inaction and lack of commitments to pledges made to reduce greenhouse gasses. “Policies need to be prioritized and benchmarked transparently and equitably. We are clearly in […]

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China-Pakistan friendship: We must not let our vision be blocked by floating clouds

Wang Xu Pakistan is the only all-weather strategic cooperative partner of China. The political instability in Pakistan is always a cause for concern. However, with the time-honored history and solid foundation of friendship, and having just celebrated the 70th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic ties, the two countries are confident enough to maintain […]

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Ambassador Andreas Ferrarese speaks of ways Pakistan can attract tourists

Newswire Islamabad: Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese this week he spoke of the ways Pakistan can attract tourists. Speaking from his experience as the person who used to write the official travel advisory of Italy, he said: “Pakistan is not for the middle man. Keeping in mind certain behaviours that may offend local sensibilities, […]

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Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo happy to contribute towards Pakistani Olive revolution

Newswire Rome: Senior Italian diplomat Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo said this week that he was happy to contribute towards Pakistani Olive revolution. “Happy to have done my bit. Pakistani farmers and entrepreneurs did the rest, with a very good plan by the Pakistani authorities. The result is impressive growth in the olive sector. Proud to have […]

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“existential crisis” Heatwaves are more frequent, more intense and starting earlier: Sherry Rehman

Staff Writer Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s minister for climate, said that the country was facing an “existential crisis” as climate emergencies were being felt from the north to south of the country. Rehman warned that the heatwave was causing the glaciers in the north of the country to melt at an unprecedented rate, and that thousands […]

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Don’t believe in revenge, character assassination: Maryam Nawaz

Staff Writer LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz said on Tuesday that she doesn’t believe in character assassination and personal revenge. Reacting to a Tweet from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on social networking site Twitter, Maryam Nawaz wrote, “I don t know why you are doing this drama, even though Imran […]

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Antony Blinken greets Bilawal Bhutto, vows to work together

Staff Writer ISLAMABAD: Secretary of State Antony Blinken Friday invited newly appointed Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to visit the US this month to attend the Global Food Security meeting, the Foreign Office said. In his maiden telephone call, Secretary Blinken congratulated his Pakistani counterpart on the assumption of his office and expressed the desire to […]

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‘Threat letter’: Imran Khan’s contradictory claims expose his lie: Maryam Nawaz

Staff Writer Attock: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz said on Friday that Imran Khan’s “contradictory claims regarding the purported foreign conspiracy had exposed him as a liar who is now concocting stories to blame his ouster on others.” Maryam Nawaz said that Imran was more upset over Shehbaz Sharif becoming the prime minister […]

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Italy can extend its cooperation to equip and train Pakistani youth with modern skills: Ambassador Andreas Ferrarese

Staff Writer Islamabad: Ambassador of Italy to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese said this week that Italy can extend its cooperation to equip and train the Pakistani youth with modern skills and technology for enhance their contribution in the local economy. The envoy said Italy wanted to start a new era of economic and trade cooperation with […]

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Polls impossible without electoral reforms: Bilawal Bhutto

Staff Writer Karachi: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has appreciated the efforts of party workers in ‘getting rid of the Imran Khan-led government’ and said that electoral reforms were imperative before holding free and transparent general elections in the country. “Electoral reforms are necessary for free and fair elections and to stop […]

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‘Acting Like A Dark Messiah’ Sherry Rehman Blames Imran Khan For Ruining Economy

Covert Report Senator Sherry Rehman, a senior Pakistani politician, said this week the country needed “stabilization” and “healing” after the departure of former prime minister Imran Khan’s government that was driven out of power in a no-confidence vote earlier this month. Rehman, who was recently appointed Pakistan’s new climate change minister, issued the statement during […]

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Names of disqualified BISP beneficiaries to be reviewed: Marri

Staff Writer Islamabad: Federal Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Security Shazia Marri said this week that beneficiaries of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), who were disqualified during the previous government’s tenure, would be reviewed for inclusion. “The names of those BISP beneficiaries who were declared ineligible to receive cash assistance on the basis […]

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