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That a major breakthrough has taken place in the realm of the Afghan peace process is a fact; this development has certainly brightened the prospects of peace in the region.
This is apropos a Business Recorder news item "Data show PSM employees getting salaries but showing no performance". According to it, the management of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) has submitted details of contract employees and daily wagers to the federal government who are getting salaries without performance, well informed sources told Business Recorder. It adds that on January 29, 2016, Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet approved payment of two-month salaries to employees of PSM subject to verification of the monthly claim of Pakistan Steel on account of salaries to be carried out by Privatisation Division, Finance Division and PSM.
This is apropos a letter "Peace in Karachi" carried by Business Recorder yesterday. The writer has argued, among other things, "the interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who seems to be on a war path against Pakistan People's Party or Sindh government, is required to soften his stance in relation to the Zardari-led party in the greater interest of Karachi. His unwarranted "belligerence" has the potential to adversely affect the gains made by Sindh Rangers in Karachi in recent months."
It is highly encouraging to note that DG Rangers Sindh Major General Bilal Akbar has timely and effectively dispelled the impression that the ongoing Karachi operation is losing its pace. According to him, "If there are fewer terrorists, there will be less action from Rangers. We are trying our level best to secure the future of our children in Sindh particularly in Karachi."
This is apropos 'Key Corridor motorway inaugurated' carried by Business Recorder yesterday. According to it, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has inaugurated the Rs 13 billion Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab Road (M-8) that would link Gwadar Port with Quetta and serve as a vital part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The 193km long highway would connect the western, central and eastern routes of the CPEC with the Gwadar Port.
This is apropos 'Privatisation checkmated' carried by Business Recorder yesterday. The writer has highlighted a very profound aspect of government's privatisation plan by arguing that "time has run out for Pakistan to sell its stakes in about 40 public sector loss-making entities to meet the conditions for a $6.6 billion loan package it received from the IMF when PML-N government took over country's reins in mid-2013. With the PML-N government is nearing three years in power, its privatisation process is still struggling."
This is apropos 'Implementation of NAP: PM, CoAS, others take stock of post-Charsadda situation' carried by Business Recorder yesterday. According to it, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting to review the progress on the implementation of National Action Plan all over the country.