Govt Allocates Rs 1tr For Development Projects For Next Fiscal Year

Govt Allocates Rs 1tr For Development Projects For Next Fiscal Year

The government on Friday unveiled a Rs1.001 trillion allocation for its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for fiscal year 2017-18.

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It’s A Balanced Budget, Says Industry

It’s A Balanced Budget, Says Industry

KARACHI: The trade and industry described the next year’s budget as ‘balanced’, but expressed concerns over the Federal Board of Revenue’s collection target which has been increased by Rs500 billionto Rs4.01 trillion. Talking to the media after the budget speech on Friday, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry...

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PTI Lawmaker, Supporters Storm Grid Stations In Peshawar

PTI Lawmaker, Supporters Storm Grid Stations In Peshawar

Later in the evening, Yakatoot police registered an FIR against MPA Fazal Elahi for attacking and illegally occupying government property.

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Defense Budget Set At Rs 920.2bn For FY 2017-18

Defense Budget Set At Rs 920.2bn For FY 2017-18

Pakistan’s defence expenditure in the next financial year will be around 7 per cent higher than it was in the outgoing year to Rs920.2 billion, the government announced in Friday’s Budget 2017-18 speech. The PML-N government’s total budget outlay for 2017-18, possibly its last year in power, was Rs4.75tr, out...

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PML-N Government Unveils Federal Budget 2017-18 With Rs 4.75tr Outlay

PML-N Government Unveils Federal Budget 2017-18 With Rs 4.75tr Outlay

Lawmakers had gathered on Friday in the National Assembly in Islamabad ahead of the government’s announcement of the Federal Budget 2017-18.

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Waiting For Govt Nod For Pakistan Ties: BCCI

Waiting For Govt Nod For Pakistan Ties: BCCI

NEW DELHI: The BCCI on Thursday said it had reminded the government a fortnight ago about the contentious issue of resuming bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan. The Indian Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board are scheduled to meet in Dubai later this month to resolve the prevailing bilateral issues. Like...

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Attempts To Smuggle Drugs On PIA A Conspiracy Against PM, Govt

Attempts To Smuggle Drugs On PIA A Conspiracy Against PM, Govt

RAWALPINDI: The security agency investigating the discovery of heroin on Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) planes, which are often used for VVIP flights, has said the incident was a “conspiracy” against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his government and has suggested a Joint Investigation Team probe the incidents. According to a...

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ANF Recovers 1kg Heroin From Abu Dhabi-Bound Passenger At Islamabad Airport

ANF Recovers 1kg Heroin From Abu Dhabi-Bound Passenger At Islamabad Airport

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) recovered one kilogramme of heroin from a passenger at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, officials said Friday. ANF officials said the passenger, Irfan Masih, was set to board an Airblue flight for Abu Dhabi on Thursday night when the drug was recovered from his handbag during...

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Peshawar High Court Stays Execution Of Taliban Leader

Peshawar High Court Stays Execution Of Taliban Leader

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday stayed the execution of former spokesman for the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s Swat chapter, Muslim Khan, who was sentenced to death last year by a military court on multiple charges of terrorism. The PHC bench comprising Chief Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Ijaz Anwer...

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Police Fire Water Cannon To Disperse Protesting Farmers In Islamabad

Police Fire Water Cannon To Disperse Protesting Farmers In Islamabad

Police on Friday fired water cannon and resorted to baton charge to gain control over a protest of the Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) held at Islamabad’s D-Chowk. Police also used tear-gas shelling to disperse the protesters who had gathered at D-Chowk, a roundabout just outside Islamabad’s Red Zone, to demand...

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Govt Announces 5.28pc GDP Growth; Dar Optimistic Despite Missed Target

Govt Announces 5.28pc GDP Growth; Dar Optimistic Despite Missed Target

“Total investment has reached Rs5.03 trillion as compared to Rs4.53tr last year, showing growth of 11.05pc in FY 2017,”

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Journalist To Face FIA Counterterrorism Wing

Journalist To Face FIA Counterterrorism Wing

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has issued a notice to journalist Taha Siddiqui, asking him to appear before its counterterrorism wing. The undated notice directs the journalist “to appear before the at police station FIA counterterrorism wing” on May 26. It says that non-compliance would be punishable...

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Saudi King Apologises To Nawaz For Snub At US-Arab-Islamic Summit

Saudi King Apologises To Nawaz For Snub At US-Arab-Islamic Summit

The monarch of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, King Salman, has apologised to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other leaders of Muslim countries for not presenting them with a chance to address the US-Arab-Islamic Summit, said the Foreign Office (FO). The leaders of the Muslim world could not address the summit...

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Allegations From Opposition Hampering Progress: PM

Allegations From Opposition Hampering Progress: PM

Prime Minis­ter Nawaz Sharif on Thursday expressed happiness over completion of installation of the first unit of the Sahiwal coal-fired power project.

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Pakistan’s ‘War On Terror’ Cost Down 40pc To $3.9bn

Pakistan’s ‘War On Terror’ Cost Down 40pc To $3.9bn

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has cut direct and indirect losses to its economy on account of terrorism by slightly above 40 per cent to $3.88 billion (Rs407.21bn) in the first nine months of this fiscal year. Economic Survey 2016-17 attributes this to an improving security condition in the wake of ongoing military-led...

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PAF Jet Crashes While On Routine Training Near Mianwali

PAF Jet Crashes While On Routine Training Near Mianwali

A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jet crashed near Mianwali while on routine operational training on Thursday, a press release issued by PAF said. “PAF reports with regret that a PAF F-7PG aircraft, while on a routine operational training mission, crashed near Mianwali. The pilot of the aircraft ejected safely,” the...

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Dr Shakil’s Petition Against Conviction Adjourned

Dr Shakil’s Petition Against Conviction Adjourned

PESHAWAR: The Federally Administered Tribal Areas Tribunal on Wednesday adjourned to July 27 the hearing into Dr Shakil Afridi’s petition against the upholding of his conviction by an appellate forum for having links with militant outfits. The hearing into the case had assumed importance over rumours about the possible shifting...

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Pope Risks Joke About Trump’s Size

Pope Risks Joke About Trump’s Size

VATICAN CITY: It could have caused a diplomatic incident but a culinary quip from Pope Francis seemed to have gone down well with Donald Trump and his wife Melania. In one of the lighter moments of his meeting with the US president at the Vatican on Wednesday, Francis made an...

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Bahrain, Egypt Block Al-Jazeera Websites Amid Qatar Dispute

Bahrain, Egypt Block Al-Jazeera Websites Amid Qatar Dispute

Bahrain and Egypt on Thursday apparently joined Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in blocking access to websites run by the pan-Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera, part of a growing regional dispute with Qatar after an alleged hack of its state-run news agency. The alleged hack and a purported fake...

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Facebook Signs BuzzFeed, Vox, Others For Original Video Shows

Facebook Signs BuzzFeed, Vox, Others For Original Video Shows

Facebook Inc has signed deals with millennial-focused news and entertainment creators Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to make shows for its upcoming video service, which will feature long and short-form content with ad breaks, according to several sources familiar with the situation. Facebook is planning two...

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Imran Blames Cash Crisis On Rulers’ Loot

Imran Blames Cash Crisis On Rulers’ Loot

Pakistan is facing an acute cash crunch because rulers habitually steal money and send it abroad, PTI chief Imran Khan told a public gathering in Kandhkot on Wednesday. He said that ultimately people paid the price of this pilferage of national resources. Without naming either the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)...

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PML-N Slams Institutions For ‘Not Acting Against Imran’

PML-N Slams Institutions For ‘Not Acting Against Imran’

ISLAMABAD: The ongoing war of words between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) took another turn on Wednesday when ruling party lawmakers accused state institutions and courts of being “soft” on Imran Khan. But the PTI, which has been battling foreign funding allegations in the Supreme...

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FBR Goes After Bitcoin Traders

FBR Goes After Bitcoin Traders

ISLAMABAD: The top intelligence department of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is investigating cases where investors trade digital currencies probably to evade taxes or launder money. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) does not recognise cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin. These digital currencies are also traded as commodities. A senior...

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JIT Sends Questionnaires To PM, His Sons

JIT Sends Questionnaires To PM, His Sons

ISLAMABAD: The joint investigation team (JIT) investigating the Panama Papers revelations has sent questionnaires to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hassan Nawaz, sources privy to the investigation told Dawn. The team, headed by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Additional Director General Wajid Zia, had also written to...

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India May Launch Aggressive Actions In Pakistan: US Spies

India May Launch Aggressive Actions In Pakistan: US Spies

WASHINGTON: US intelligence chiefs have warned Congress that India may launch aggressive actions inside Pakistan on the pretext of stopping “cross-border attacks” and that the ongoing exchange of artillery shells across the Line of Control (LoC) may lead to a direct conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbors. The warning given at...

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‘Victory’ For US Astronauts On Critical Spacewalk To Replace Power Box

‘Victory’ For US Astronauts On Critical Spacewalk To Replace Power Box

MIAMI: Two US astronauts successfully embarked on Tuesday on what Nasa described as a “critical” spacewalk to repair a failed piece of equipment that helps power the International Space Station. “We have declared victory,” Nasa commentator Rob Navias said about two hours into the emergency spacewalk by space station commander...

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Roger Moore, Star Of 7 James Bond Films, Dies At 89

Roger Moore, Star Of 7 James Bond Films, Dies At 89

Roger Moore, the suavely insouciant star of seven James Bond films, has died in Switzerland. He was 89. The British actor died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer, according to a family statement posted on Moore’s official Twitter account. “We know our own love and admiration will be magnified...

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PCB, BCCI Officials To Meet In Dubai

PCB, BCCI Officials To Meet In Dubai

LAHORE: Top officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are set to meet in Dubai on May 29 and begin negotiations over the financial loss suffered by the former due to India’s constant refusal to resume bilateral series with Pakistan,...

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Britain Defiant As IS Claims Manchester Massacre

Britain Defiant As IS Claims Manchester Massacre

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed on Tuesday that “terrorists will not prevail” hours after 22 people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed at a packed pop concert in a suicide bombing claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group. Britain’s worst terrorist bloodshed for more than a decade...

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Can’t Shy Away From Kashmir, Says Basit

Can’t Shy Away From Kashmir, Says Basit

ABDUL Basit, who has been Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India since 2014, spoke about the challenges of his job and the future of bilateral relations in an interview with Junaid Kathju and Zulkarnain Banday of the Indian newspaper Statesman. Excerpts: Q: Considering the new low in relations India and Pakistan...

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7 PIA Staffers Being Probed Over Drug Bust

7 PIA Staffers Being Probed Over Drug Bust

RAWALPINDI: Seven PIA staff members were on Tuesday taken into custody in connection with an investigation into the recovery of heroin from a London-bound flight at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Monday. The airline management has also started profiling of its staff to unearth the culprits. However, 19 individuals,...

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IHC Accepts Indian National’s Request To Return Home

IHC Accepts Indian National’s Request To Return Home

The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday gave permission to Uzma, an Indian national, to return to her home country. Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani was hearing petitions filed by Uzma and her husband, Tahir Ali. While the former had requested to be repatriated to India, Ali had asked to be allowed...

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Woman Throws Acid On Husband For Contracting Second Marriage

Woman Throws Acid On Husband For Contracting Second Marriage

VEHARI: A woman allegedly threw acid on her husband for contracting second marriage on Tuesday at Banglow Fazal Wah in Luddan police precincts, some 25-km from here. Reports said 35-year-old Imran, a labourer, contracted second marriage with Asma of Gujranwala a few days back without getting permission from his first...

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Govt Plans To Draw ‘Red Lines’ For Social Media In Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: As the controversy over the crackdown against online anti-army campaigners heats up, the government on Tuesday revealed its plan to draw red lines for the social media service providers for operating in Pakistan. “There will be no restrictions on social media. But, yes, there will be red lines in...

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Realignments In Asia A Challenge For Pakistan, Says Aizaz

Realignments In Asia A Challenge For Pakistan, Says Aizaz

HOUSTON: Realign¬ments in Asia are posing new challenges to Pakistan, says Ambassador Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, adding the country has dealt with such challenges in the past and will overcome the existing ones, too. This was an obvious reference to India’s growing influence in South Asia, where it is seen as...

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Supreme Court Hears Suo Motu Case Regarding Illegal Organ Trade

Supreme Court Hears Suo Motu Case Regarding Illegal Organ Trade

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday termed the illegal trade of organs an affliction in society and said those selling their kidneys were “victims of exploitation”. Justice Nisar made the remarks during a suo motu hearing of a case pertaining to the illegal trade of organs in the country....

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ECP Turns Down Imran Khan’s Request For Adjournment Of Disqualification Case

ECP Turns Down Imran Khan’s Request For Adjournment Of Disqualification Case

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday turned down Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s request to adjournsine die a petition seeking his disqualification over the collection of party funds through ‘prohibited’ means. A four-member bench of the ECP, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza, has taken up...

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Sohail Anwar Siyal Re-Appointed Home Minister Of Sindh

Sohail Anwar Siyal Re-Appointed Home Minister Of Sindh

The Sindh government on Tuesday issued a notification for the reshuffling of portfolios in the provincial cabinet, announcing Sohail Anwar Siyal’s appointment as the new provincial interior minister. Siyal will retain the portfolios of the Agriculture and Supply and Prices ministries in addition to his recently allocated portfolio, the notification...

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More Information Still Possible From Ehsan, Senate Panel Told

More Information Still Possible From Ehsan, Senate Panel Told

ISLAMABAD: A senior official of the defence ministry told a Senate committee on Monday that more information could be extracted from the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) former spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan. Additional Secretary retired Rear Admiral Faisal Lodhi, while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, referred to the revelation made...

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PTI To Launch Protests Against ‘Harassment’ Of Activists By FIA

PTI To Launch Protests Against ‘Harassment’ Of Activists By FIA

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has decided to launch protests in different cities against the alleged harassment of its party workers. On Sunday, the party had claimed that Owais Khan, another member of PTI’s social media team, was taken into custody by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) over alleged violations of Pakistan’s cybercrime...

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Five Killed In Bomb Blast In Khyber Agency’s Tirah Valley

Five Killed In Bomb Blast In Khyber Agency’s Tirah Valley

Five people, including a levies personnel, were killed on Monday in a bomb blast in Khyber Agency’s Tirah valley, security sources said. The remote-controlled bomb went off near a vehicle of a peace committee killing five in Tirah valley’s Akakhel area, security sources added. Head of the peace committee, Zarwali...

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Mardan University Reopens After Mashal Murder; Weapons Recovered During Hostel

Mardan University Reopens After Mashal Murder; Weapons Recovered During Hostel

Weapons were recovered from the the Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan on Monday, as the university’s campuses reopened for the first time since Mashal Khan, a student at the university, was lynched by a mob on accusations of blasphemy, DawnNews reported. Police conducted a search operation at the university’s...

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Chinese Enjoy Seafood From Pakistan Transported Over New Trade Routes

Chinese Enjoy Seafood From Pakistan Transported Over New Trade Routes

Two tonnes of seafood originating from the coast of Pakistan arrived in the city of Karamay, in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang Uyghur, from routes that are part of the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a report by Global Times. Global Times said the seafood — which travelled more...

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MNA Mussarat Ahmadzeb Alleges Attack On Malala Was ‘Scripted’

MNA Mussarat Ahmadzeb Alleges Attack On Malala Was ‘Scripted’

Member of National Assembly (MNA) Mussarat Ahmadzeb, in an interview to right-wing Urdu-language daily Ummat, has alleged that the attack on Malala Yousufzai was “scripted”. In the interview, available online, Ahmadzeb — who was elected to the Assembly on a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) ticket — said, “The attack on Malala...

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Pakistan More Prosperous Under Nawaz, Says Shehbaz

Pakistan More Prosperous Under Nawaz, Says Shehbaz

LAHORE: Contemporary Pakistan is far more prosperous, developed and safe than any time in the past and every sector has improved considerably over the past four years under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday. He was speaking with Minister of State for Information and...

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Despite Tax-Free System, Renewable Energy Tariffs Are High In Pakistan

Despite Tax-Free System, Renewable Energy Tariffs Are High In Pakistan

If anything, the solar and even wind power prices should be lower in Pakistan since interest rates here are far below those in India.

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US-Arab-Islamic Summit: Trump Urges Muslim Leaders To Confront Extremism

US-Arab-Islamic Summit: Trump Urges Muslim Leaders To Confront Extremism

S President Donald Trump called on Arab leaders to do their fair share to “drive out” terrorism from their countries on Sunday in a speech.

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Political Parties Call For Exemplary Punishment To Mashal’s Killers

Political Parties Call For Exemplary Punishment To Mashal’s Killers

SWABI: Leaders of various political and religious parties and members of civil society here on Sunday unanimously called for giving exemplary punishment to the killers of Mashal Khan and demanded adequate security for his two sisters they could continue their education. They were speaking at a gathering held to observe...

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FIA Launches Crackdown Against ‘Anti-Army And Blasphemy Campaigners’

FIA Launches Crackdown Against ‘Anti-Army And Blasphemy Campaigners’

(FIA) has identified dozens of suspects involved in what it calls an “organised” campaign against the country’s armed forces.

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Ramazan Moon Likely To Be Sighted On May 27: Met Office

Ramazan Moon Likely To Be Sighted On May 27: Met Office

ISLAMABAD:  The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted that the Ramazan moon is likely to be sighted on May 27 (Saturday) and the first day of the holy month will begin on May 28 (Sunday). The Central Reut–e-Hilal Committee meeting is scheduled to be held on May 26 (Friday) in...

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