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Japanese ambassador calls on Finance Minister ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar said on Tuesday that Pakistan is working on a model where private sector takes the lead and it is high time for our friendly countries like Japan to get benefit from investor-friendly atmosphere of Pakistan.The Finance Minister stated this while talking to Hiroshi Inomata Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan who called him here at Finance Ministry.Dar further said that there is huge potential in Pakistan's energy and communications sectors for foreign investment.The Minister informed the Ambassador that Karachi Circular Railway Project is one of the top priorities of the country.Hiroshi Inomata on the occasion congratulated the Finance Minister on the successful roadshows and the launch of Eurobonds worth US $ 2 billion in the international financial market which is the result of hard work and confidence building measures adopted by the present government.The Ambassador also appreciated that all the economic indicators of ...

SC stays ECP notification declaring Ludhianvi as winner from NA-89 ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday suspended the notification of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) declaring Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianvi of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) as winner from Jhang NA-89.The three-member bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Sheikh Muhammad Akram.He had challenged the notification issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), declaring Ludhianvi as the winner after he (Akram) was ...
Asad Qaiser calls on Ayaz Sadiq ISLAMABAD: Speaker of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Assembly Asad Qaiser Tuesday called on National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and discussed various issues of mutual interest, besides strengthening of cooperation between national and provincial legislatures. Asad Qaiser appreciated the holding of 17th Speakers' Conference in Islamabad and suggested that it should be held on regular basis. He regretted his non-participation in the conference since he was holding the Charge of Acting Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa during those ...
CM condemns Charsadda blast, attack on police PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak Tuesday strongly condemned bomb attack on police van in Charsadda district and killing of policemen in Badabair on Monday night. He expressed profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in these inhuman incidents. The Chief Minister directed Provincial Minister for Health Shahram Tarkai, elected representatives of the area besides Police high ups to immediately rush to hospitals to enquire about health of victims and directed ...
3 SC judges names approved for judicial commission ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has approved the names of three Supreme Court judges for the judicial commission to probe the attack on anchorperson Hamid Mir.The three judges, whose names have been to the Ministry of Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs for notification, are Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rahman and Justice Ejaz Afzal.It may be mentioned that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday decided to form a judicial commission ...
ECSP directed to complete Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital by June 30 ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar has directed the Engineering Consultancy Services Punjab (Pvt) Limited to complete the Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital, Swat by the end of this fiscal year.He was chairing Technical & Financial Committee meeting at Lahore regarding the construction of Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital Swat.The minister directed the ECSP to take all measures to install the equipment at the hospital by June 30.It was decided in the meeting that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ...
Federal govt to fully cooperate in probing Hamid Mir attack: Pervaiz KARACHI: Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid Sunday assured the Sindh government of full cooperation in probing the attack on senior journalist and anchorperson Hamid Mir.Talking to the media after enquiring about health of Hamid Mir at a private hospital, he said it was the responsibility of provincial government to probe the incident.The minister assured that the Federal Government would provide all out support in this regard.Hamid Mir was injured in ...


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