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The government has signed loan and grant agreements worth $284 million with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in order to "improve Pakistan's power transmission network", states a press release issued by ADB. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "The project will help provide a more stable and secure electricity supply, so people and businesses can continue their productivity and contribution to the economy," Yang has said, adding: "ADB has been working with the government as well as private sector to further develop Pakistan’s power supply chain, including expanding the power transmission network". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
The Supreme Court has ordered a 20 per cent decrease in fees charged by upscale private schools, and has ordered them to return fees they had charged for summer vacations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The audit reports for Lahore Grammar School (LGS) and Beaconhouse School System (BSS), which were submitted in court today, say that the directors and top officials of the schools had received Rs62 million in salaries in 2017. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The chief justice, commenting on the large amounts, wondered, "Have these schools bought uranium mines or gold mines?" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has announced in the National Assembly that PM Imran Khan has decided to not stand in Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif's way if he wants to head the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "In the larger interest of democracy and in order to make the parliament functional, we concede to the opposition's demand," the foreign minister has said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
The Supreme Court has ordered Aleema Khanum, PM Imran Khan's sister, to pay Rs29.4 million in taxes and fine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The SC bench has remarked that failure on Khanum's part to oblige to court orders will result in confiscation of her properties. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
The Supreme Court has formed a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe allegations of the illegal allotment of Waqf property attached to a Pakpattan shrine against former pm Nawaz Sharif. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The PML-N supremo is facing a charge that as the chief minister of Punjab in 1986 he had ordered withdrawal of a notification of Dec 17, 1969 and allegedly allotted huge lands of Auqaf around Pakpattan to Dewan Ghulam Qutab in violation of a high court order. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sharif, in the last hearing, had expressed his reservations over being probed by a JIT but his counsel has told CJP Mian Saqib Nisar today that his client "has agreed for the formation of a JIT". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
"The leader of the Western world #DonaldTrump stands up and openly says 'I am getting too much business from #SaudiArabia for me to worry about what happened to #Khashoggi '", the finance minister has mentioned while being interviewed by Stephen Sackur on BBC News programme Hard Talk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He has asserted that surveys show that "a very clear majority of Pakistanis think the country is moving in the right direction and heading towards a better place than where it was before" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has said that CM’s Inception Team has identified over 600 development schemes which are found only on papers and do not exist anywhere in the province. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Speaking at a ceremony organised by the NAB Balochistan, to hand over looted money recovered by NAB from corrupt government officials, the chief minister has said that these development schemes had been prepared by the previous government. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Director General of NAB, Balochistan, Muhammad Abid Javed, has handed over a cheque for Rs600 million to the chief minister, recovered by NAB from different corrupt government officials. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Estimating about $18bn annual loss to Pakistan economy due to inefficient power sector, the World Bank has warned the government against increasing power rates as a tool to address fiscal challenges in the sector. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pakistan’s power sector suffers from inefficiencies that cost the economy $18bn or 6.5 per cent of GDP in the fiscal year 2015, says a new World Bank report. When asked about the use of 2015 data about economic losses, a World Bank official has said the situation had not changed much since then. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, has been sentenced to a total of three years in prison for his role in making illegal hush-money payments to women to help Trump’s 2016 election campaign and lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The sentencing caps the stunning about-face of a lawyer who once said he would “take a bullet” for Trump but has now directly implicated the president in criminal conduct. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Finance Minister Asad Umar has said that an incoming investment package from Saudi Arabia promises to be "the biggest foreign investment in Pakistan history". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "The ball is in our court. It is going to the cabinet for approval next week, after which the announcement will be made," he has said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He has added that he keeps getting messages from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman "through other people to hurry up". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa attends the Pak-China International Air Exercise Shaheen-VII at an operational airbase of the #Pakistan Air Force. #DawnToday
A crisis in the gas sector has proliferated across the country as gas shortages are forcing industry closures across Punjab and Karachi, and even domestic consumers in many parts faced outages. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last night, PM Imran Khan took personal notice of the situation and summoned Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar, who blamed the management of two gas companies — SSGC and SNGPL — following which the premier ordered an inquiry into “specific allegations against the managing directors”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The inquiry is to be conducted by a committee headed by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) chairperson Uzma Adil Khan. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
The United States has said it has added Pakistan to its blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom, ramping up pressure over the treatment of minorities in the country. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he has designated Pakistan among “countries of particular concern”, meaning the US government is obliged to exert pressure to end freedom violations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Gilgit-Baltistan police has announced the arrest of a 'commander' allegedly involved in the torching of schools in Diamer earlier this year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The suspected arsonist, identified as Qari Hidayatullah, has been arrested along with three 'accomplices' in an operation in Darel last night, a police spokesman has said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered the removal of prime minister's aide Syed Zulfi Bukhari's name from the Exit Control List (ECL). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The interior ministry had placed Bukhari's name on the ECL after he was accused of owning off-shore companies in the British Virgin Islands, and of owning assets beyond his known sources of income. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The PTI leader is facing another case in the Supreme Court, where his appointment as premier's aide is being challenged on account of his holding dual nationality. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
"NAB is being used to pressurise and coerce the opposition," claims former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. #DawnToday
A shooting simulation system was inaugurated at Saeedabad Police Training Centre in Karachi today. #DawnToday
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has presented PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique before an accountability court in Lahore to secure their 15-day physical remand. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Roads around the accountability court have been closed for normal traffic, while police has also placed barbed wires on roads leading to the judicial complex, in order to keep PML-N workers at bay. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suffered an embarrassing defeat in three state elections in its stronghold just months before national elections. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to results announced today by the Election Commission, the opposition Congress party is a clear winner in Chhattisgarh state, and fell one seat short of a majority in both Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With a regional party offering support, the Congress party is set to rule all three states. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
As Washington announced last night that Islamabad had been added to a list of violators of religious freedoms, Pakistan has rejected the "unilateral and politically motivated pronouncement", and suggested the US introspect over the "exponential rise" of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in America. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Pakistan does not need counsel by any individual country how to protect the rights of its minorities," a Foreign Office (FO) statement issued today asserts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
CJP Mian Saqib Nisar, while resuming hearing of a case pertaining to the removal of encroachments in Karachi, has said that authorities should issue eviction notices to residents with houses built on amenity plots 45 days prior to operations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A joint framework on relocation of affectees has been submitted in court today, which lists locations where the government plans to relocate the shops and stalls that were demolished during the drive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The proposed locations include the Parking Plaza in Lines area, Frere Market, KMC, Vegetable section at Ranchore Line, KMC, empty plot opposite Parking Plaza in Lines area among others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has announced that it’s stopping supply of gas to the compressed natural gas (CNG) sector and captive power plants. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The SSGC has said it’s not getting the required pressure and amount of gas for distribution due to a technical fault being experienced at some gas fields. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has said Pakistan will continue its efforts for peace in its neighbourhood despite New Delhi’s negative attitude and called upon world powers to support Islamabad’s posture in this regard. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Referring to India’s approach on ties with Pakistan, Ms Janjua has said New Delhi is “spinning hatred” and perpetuating “dynamic rivalry”, which is stopping South Asia from making progress and attaining peace. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
The United States has said it has added Pakistan to its blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom, ramping up pressure over the treatment of minorities in the country. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he has designated Pakistan among “countries of particular concern”, meaning the US government is obliged to exert pressure to end freedom violations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
The Supreme Court has retracted its earlier decision to ban the construction of buildings with more than six storeys in Karachi, and has ordered that new high rises can be erected in accordance with the law. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz was prevented from boarding a flight to Doha last night as his name has been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hamza's name has been placed on the no-fly list amid fears that he may flee abroad during the investigation over possession of assets beyond known sources of income by NAB in the manner of his brother Salman, who was successful in leaving the country, the FIA sources have said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique have been taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for their alleged involvement in the Paragon Housing Society scam case. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "The Khawaja brothers have admitted that they took millions of rupees as commission," the NAB prosecutor has said, adding that Saad's brother-in-law is also a partner in the society. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "If money is earned through illegal means and still mention in tax returns, it doesn't make it legitimate," he has contended. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
An anti-encroachment drive to clear the land earmarked for the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) has begun today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Heavy contingents of police are accompanying the railways administration and the city administration as they began the operation in Liaquatabad, Gharibabad and furniture market. The operation has not started in Gulberg. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Review­ing the performance of first 100 days in office, PM Imran Khan has asked his cabinet colleagues to show ‘extraordinary performance’ to come up to his expectations and get out of the prevailing ‘extraordinary situation’ in the country. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “The circumstances are not normal. We are passing through an extraordinary situation and I expect all the ministers to show extraordinary performance,” the pm was quoted as saying during a nine-hour special meeting of the cabinet that reviewed the performances of 26 of the 34 ministries. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We have to take every step for the betterment of the people. People are at the centre of our government policies,” he was quoted as saying. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
With tight fiscal position and revenue shortfall, the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) continues to shrink during the current fiscal year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the first five months (July-November) of the current year, total PSDP releases by the Planning Commission amount to Rs182 billion against Rs305bn of the same period last year, showing a reduction of 40.3 per cent. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Peo­ple from different walks of life held a protest demonstration in Muzaffarabad yesterday to draw the international community’s attention to human rights violations in India-held Kashmir (IHK). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Participants, who included students and civil society activists, marched through the Muzaffarabad-Islamabad highway near the Ambore refugee camp, amid downpour, while chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
The National Assembly has been informed that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s medical treatment in the United Kingdom cost $327,927.45 to the national exchequer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mr Sharif stayed in the UK from May 22 to July 9, 2016, and returned after his heart surgery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During the question-hour, FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi has told the house that the former prime minister had gone to London by a special aircraft. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
The Balochistan cabinet have been left shell-shocked at the end of a briefing on the progress of CPEC projects in the province when revealed that no progress has been made in any projects outside Gwadar and the meagre share of the province in the overall portfolio of CPEC projects. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The major finding of the cell was that all projects connected with the western route have seen no progress whatsoever, and the overall size of the portfolio of CPEC projects in Balochistan is miniscule. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The cabinet members described the CPEC spending thus far as “a joke” and blasted the previous government for its inaction. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
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PM Imran Khan has stressed the need to tackle the exploitation and marginalisation of vulnerable groups in society. He is speaking on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PM Khan has further said that his government will ensure that its vision of leading marginalised groups to lives of dignity and equality becomes a reality. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
The drive was scheduled to start from today but authorities have granted the people occupying the KCR land an additional day to vacate their shops and homes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has vowed to end the rampant street crime in Karachi, for which he claims legal reforms are being considered. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As part of amendments to the law the cases of streets crimes will be heard by special magistrates, and those convicted will be handed prison sentences ranging from three to seven years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Dispelling the impression of any change in the federal and provincial cabinets, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar has said such “rumours” are only limited to the media. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Speaking to the media persons yesterday, Mr Sarwar has regretted that there is no privacy left in these times of social media. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “It does not happen only in Pakistan, politicians gossip and criticise each other but such talk never make headlines in print and electronic media in Britain,” he has said while referring to his experience of politics in the UK. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has inaugurated the building of the Supreme Court's registry in Quetta, and had expressed hope that the structure will play its role in delivering justice to people. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The chief justice has also noted that institutions are not defined by buildings but by the people that work there. He has emphasised the importance of justice for the development of a society. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
PM Imran Khan has said that no injustice would be done with anyone in the name of operation against encroachments. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The federal government wants to provide homes to the homeless and if injustice has been done to anyone during the anti-encroachment drive, it will stand by the victims, he has said during his visit to Karachi yesterday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi says there are chances of restoration of a dialogue with the US government for the restoration of American financial assistance to Pakistan. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The minister says the government is making efforts to bring foreign investment to the country to improve economy. He also says foreign missions abroad have been asked to make efforts to bring investment to Pakistan. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Arab countries are in talks with the United States for a new security agreement to protect the Middle East from “external aggression”, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir has said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When asked about reports of talks on the creation of an Arab-American military alliance against Iran, he has said: “Talks are continuing between the United States and the Gulf states around this question and ideas are being drawn up.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has closed an investigation into the curtailment of natural gas supply to Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) that led to closure of the country’s largest industrial unit in June 2015. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The reference sought investigation into why the gas supply was cut to the mill, forcing it to shut down, or no intervention was made by the PML-N government when both the PSM and the gas utility, Sui Southern Gas Company, were owned by the government. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “No incriminating evidence necessitating further inquiry was available, hence the matter merits closure,” states a recent NAB letter to the PSM. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Overseas Pakistanis have so far contributed around Rs1 billion while local individuals as well as institutions have donated Rs7.47bn to the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams fund, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfikar Bukhari has hailed the contribution from Pakistanis working abroad and has said they always came forward to support the country in difficult times. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Around $14bn is required for the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha dam. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Prime Minister #ImranKhan arrived in Karachi for a day-long visit during which he met with various members of the business community to seek their advice and assured them of the government's commitment to "promote and protect investment in the country". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Khan was received at the airport by Sindh Governor Imran Ismail. The two held a one-on-one meeting, during which they discussed matters related to the political situation and ongoing development projects, Radio Pakistan reported. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A Pakistan Stock Exchange delegation led by PSX Chairman Sulaiman Mehdi also called on the prime minister today and discussed matters related to the economy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Two Chinese nationals were arrested by police after a raid at an illegal alcohol factory in Islamabad's sector F-10/4 area, a police spokesperson said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Large quantities of beer of various brands, as well as machinery to brew the alcohol were recovered from the house where the manufacturing unit had been established. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A first information report (FIR) was registered against the duo under Section 3/4 of Prohibition (Enforcement of Hudood) Ordinance 1979 at the Shalimar police station. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Veteran cricketer #MohammadHafeez will be leading the #LahoreQalandars in the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hafeez thanked Qalandars owner Rana Fawad and the team's management, adding that he was hopeful that together they would get the desired results this season. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
President Arif Alvi in a message on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day on Sunday called upon all citizens to contribute towards eliminating corruption and paving the way for economic growth and prosperity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He expressed a resolve to strengthen NAB in order to better check corruption while addressing a seminar held on International Anti-Corruption Day in Islamabad, Radio Pakistan reported. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While addressing the event at Aiwan-i-Sadar, President Alvi called corruption "an assault on humanity". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He added that corruption cases should be taken to their logical conclusion by strengthening prosecution. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
International public policy and gender reforms specialist Salman Sufi announced that he has been chosen as an inaugural member of the international Vital Voices Solidarity Council (VVSC). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The VVSC "is a unique endeavour bringing together men who are allies in the fight to raise global awareness on behalf of women and girls around the world." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sufi, the former director general of the Punjab Chief Minister’s Strategic Reforms Unit and a former member of the Special Monitoring Unit (SMU), tweeted the news, saying that he was honoured to have been chosen as one of 12 men from around the world who will work to end violence against women. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
For the first time in the country’s history, President House on Saturday opened its doors to the public as part of the government’s plans to allow the people to access state-owned buildings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Speaking to reporters after meeting the visitors at President House, Mr Alvi said: “We have made efforts to fully facilitate public visits to Aiwan-i-Sadr.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He said he would open President House to the public twice a month and would also direct the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to open the adjacent park to President House. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
In June this year, the Supreme Court of Pakistan suspended deduction of taxes on the top-up of prepaid cards by mobile phone service providers. “We have witnessed Rs16bn shortfall from the telecom sector in the first five months of the current fiscal year owing to the suspension of taxes on prepaid cards,” sources in FBR told Dawn. FBR has proposed that the federal government should approach the Supreme Court to find a way to restore these taxes. The annual revenue collection alone from these taxes on prepaid cards is around Rs80bn. In another proposal, the FBR urged the federal government to fix sales tax on every litre of the petroleum products from January instead of charging sales tax on price, since the price fluctuates and throws off all revenue projections. Due to the government’s reduction in the sales tax rates on petroleum products, FBR has recorded Rs35bn shortfall in the first five months of the year. #DawnToday
In an interesting turn of events, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry offered to voluntarily step down from his post in favour of Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid after the latter was 'overheard' claiming that Prime Minister Imran Khan had discussed a portfolio "reshuffle" with him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sheikh Rashid’s ‘controversial’ comments were aired by a section of private media channels. Seemingly unconscious of an open mic, he was talking to a person before the start of a press conference in Lahore when he made the remark. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As soon as news about these comments started making rounds on social media, Chaudhry took to Twitter saying he will be “more than happy to vacate [his] position for Sheikh Rasheed and serve as MNA”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We all use trust [and] powers bestowed by [the] people of Pakistan, and [the] PM decides who is best fit in the role,” the information minister said. He, however, made it clear that until he is a minister he will "not bow to blackmailing of advertisement lobby”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
A blast has occurred in Karachi's Gulistan-i-Jauhar area late tonight. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The nature of the blast could not be ascertained but according to initial reports, 6 people have been injured. The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital for emergency medical treatment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Witnesses report that the blast took place near a milad gathering in the Perfume Chowk area of the neighbourhood. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi has indicted city mayor Waseem Akhtar and others in two more cases pertaining to the May 12, 2007 riots. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Of the total accused in the cases, 21, including Akhtar, appeared before the court today to be indicted. All 21 have pleaded 'not guilty' to the charges, which include clauses related to attempted murder, creating unrest and spreading terror. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Around 50 people were killed and over 100 wounded in attacks on rallies by different political parties and the legal fraternity who had attempted to receive the then deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry at the Karachi airport ahead of a lawyers’ gathering on May 12, 2007. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Chaudhry was forced to fly back to Islamabad after nine hours of being restricted to the airport. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Akhtar was the provincial home adviser to the chief minister at the time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
PML-N senior leader Khawaja Saad Rafique has spilled the beans on his party’s strategy to “go soft” on the ruling PTI and “mysterious silence” of former prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We fear that if political temperature is raised, democracy may be derailed and that is why we are not going for agitation,” Mr Rafique has said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “At present there is a civil martial law in Pakistan in the name of democracy. We see a terrible political future of PM Imran Khan the way things are going. It is very much likely that Mr Khan will not be able to complete his term,” he has said, adding that the country could not be run through “puppet rulers”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Other than implementing laws, there is a need to change the society’s mindset to combat harassment, Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari has said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Our ministry is working on creating awareness about the laws, especially for people who are differently abled,” she has said at a seminar on Harassment Faced by Women with Disabilities in Pakistan. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Our laws provide equal access to women and we need to tackle the real issue of priority which women, especially those with disabilities, have been facing from society and families,” she said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
PM Imran Khan has categorically said Pakistan will no longer fight others’ war and those who had been asking Pakistan to “do more” now want us to mediate between the Afghan warlords and the US-backed Afghan government. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We need peace in Afghanistan but Pakistan will not fight others’ war [in the neighbouring country],” the prime minister has said, addressing a group of students hailing from Balochistan. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
Exactly a week after the currency devaluation and interest rate hike that tumbled markets and stirred a political debate, the government has asked the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to work out a mechanism of consultations with the Centre on the exchange rate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The issue came under discussion at a meeting of the Monetary and Fiscal Policies Coordination Board (MFPCB) presided over by Finance Minister Asad Umar. According to sources, the minister has expressed reservations over the timing of the recent monetary policy and told SBP Governor Tariq Bajwa that the government fully supports the central bank’s independent role but it should be taken on board on such issues. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
The Sindh government has moved the Supreme Court with a plea to review its orders regarding removal of encroachments from amenity spaces and a request to stop the ongoing demolition exercise by the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) till a workable solution is prepared to address the issue of rehabilitation of affected people. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “This state of affairs has created a sense of dismay amongst the residents of Karachi who, as a result of the demolition, are being deprived of their sources of livelihood and, in some areas, of their dwelling spaces,” the application said, adding that while there had been a number of violent protests, the most significant protest took place in Mehran Town (under the KDA’s control) last week which resulted in destruction of public property by the protesters, arson and injuries to at least three officials of the KDA. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
“A few days ago NAB was criticised that its conviction rate is 7pc. I do not know why he [PM] skipped a zero [at the end], because the actual conviction rate of NAB is above 70pc. I am saying it with conviction,” chairman NAB retired justice Javed Iqbal said at a event in Rawalpindi. Retired Justice Iqbal criticised the government for not releasing outstanding funds of NAB, putting the organisation under a severe financial crunch. “No matter if you criticise me, I will not respond, but if you criticise NAB without any reason I will not sit idle and being the head of the organisation I will come up to defend it,” he asserted. #DawnToday
End to Prevention of Thalassaemia Major Project has been put on the back burner and cases of the blood-borne disease have been increasing across the province, according to sources. Launched in 2005, the project was the first-ever initiative in the country to do away with the childhood ailments through raising public awareness to put brakes on the commonest genetic hemoglobin disorder but it was stopped by health department in 2012 putting an end to the long efforts to bring down the disease. According to paediatricians, eight per cent population of KP is vulnerable to the disease. #DawnToday
In memory of #JunaidJamshed , who passed away 2 years ago. 48 people lost their lives on December 7, 2016 when a PIA aircraft crashed on its way to Islamabad from Chitral. #DawnToday
#PTI leader Usman Dar met Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri to discuss measures the government plans to implement in order to bring seminary students into the mainstream. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dar said that the government aims to provide interest-free loans, medical facilities, vocational training and jobs to pupils of religious seminaries so they can compete with students who have been educated in mainstream schools. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The initiative is in line with the #PTI government's goal to bring madressahs into mainstream and eradicate class-based education. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday
"I would never want to have a relationship where #Pakistan is treated like a hired gun — given money to fight someone else’s war,” said Prime Minister #ImranKhan in an exclusive interview with The Washington Post. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “It not only cost us human lives, devastation of our tribal areas, but it also cost us our dignity." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The prime minister rejected the notion that he is "anti-US", saying that disagreeing with Washington's policies did not make him "anti-American". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When asked if he wanted relations between Pakistan and the #US to "warm up", the prime minister responded: "Who would not want to be friends with a superpower?" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DawnToday ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸: PTI official
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