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Speaking to the participants of Saarc finance ministers' moot, prime minister Nawaz Sharif has underscored the need for greater cohesion among member states. He has reportedly said that the interdependence calls for a greater cohesion amongst the Saarc member states for working together for economic prosperity in the region to eradicate poverty, illiteracy and other social evils.
This is apropos a Business Recorder op-ed "Criminal breach of trust, my lords" carried by the newspaper on Thursday. The former finance minister, Salman Shah, has lamented the exit of Wapda chairman Zafar Mahmood.
The story began on August 26, 2015, on a bright sunshine day in Karachi, but the darkest day of my life when I was picked up at 10 am without any warrant from my office (Sindh Higher Education Commission) by the LEAs. My family had no clue whatsoever that who picked me and they were not informed about my whereabouts.
This is apropos a Business Recorder op-ed "The minister without wings" carried by the newspaper yesterday. That Shabir Ahmed writes with facility is a strong reality that has found its best expression in his last op-ed.
This is apropos a Business Recorder editorial "A well-merited censure" carried by the newspaper yesterday.
This is apropos a Business Recorder op-ed "Three years of Dastgir" carried by the newspaper yesterday. The writer seems to have taken a charitable view of commerce minister's performance in her op-ed. For example, she has averred, "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reportedly held Dastgir responsible for the decline in exports during a Cabinet meeting held in Murree on 31st July wherein he was told in no uncertain terms that he needs to improve performance if he wants to keep his portfolio. While such an ultimatum may be justified on account of a negative 9 percent decline in exports of goods and services - from 29.969 billion dollars in 2015 to 27.469 billion dollars in 2016 - a decline far outpacing the decline in imports by 3.5 percent - from 50.123 billion dollars in 2015 to 48.343 billion dollars in 2016 - fuelling the trade deficit by 693 million dollars during the two years yet there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that the commerce ministry is largely redundant given that all major relevant decisions are taken in the Ministry of Finance."
The news of seeing off Chairman and an independent director of Interstate Gas Systems (Pvt.) Ltd goes to suggest that size of the Board was reduced to get rid of them. This was a day after they alleged fudging of the Board's proceedings and decisions regarding critical projects. When questioned to throw light on this the Federal Minister Incharge is reported to have said: "Not that I know of," the press report goes on.