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The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday joined the Sindh government after months of backdoor negotiations. Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan on Tuesday administered oath to two ministers - Abdul Rauf Siddiqui and Dr Sagheer Ahmed - from Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) here at the Governor's House. On this occasion, it was also announced that Muhammad Adil Siddiqui and Faisal Sabzwari have been appointed as Advisors to the Sindh Chief Minister while Abdul Haseeb Khan as his Special Assistant, who were present at the oath-taking ceremony.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday lauded the services of the Inter-Servi-ces Intelligence (ISI) for countering internal and external threats. General Sharif visited Directorate-General ISI where he was given a detailed briefing on internal and external security situation by ISI chief Lieutenant General Zahirul Islam. The ISPR stated that on arrival at Headquarters, DG ISI received General Raheel.
Federal Interior Min-ister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan termed the attack on journalist Hamid Mir highly condemnable, saying it was not only a tragic incident for his family but for the entire journalist community and the nation as a whole. In a statement on Tuesday, the Interior Minister Chaudhry while taking a serious notice of undue criticism against defence institutions said it provided a chance to enemies to exploit the situation.
The government is all set to go for the long-awaited 3G/4G spectrum auction today to generate over $1.3 billion non-tax revenue, besides introducing latest technology, official sources said. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has finalized all the arrangements for the auction where a total of 50MHz is being offered for this purpose, of which 30MHz has been offered in 2100 band and 20MHz has been offered in the 1800 band.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar's claim of around 17 per cent growth in revenue collections was challenged by Senators who maintained that it was achieved by blocking sales tax refunds of Rs 415 billion. The Senate Standing Committee on Finance chaired by Chairman Nasreen Jalil requested tax authorities to appear before the committee today (Wednesday) to explain why sales tax refunds have not been paid.
The Federal Board of Revenue is required to collect Rs 674.11 billion during the last quarter (April-June) of 2013-14 to reach the downward revised tax collection target of Rs 2,345 billion. Sources told Business Recorder on Tuesday that the FBR has provisionally collected Rs 1,670.89 billion during July-April 22 against Rs 1,449.79 billion in the same period last fiscal year, reflecting an increase of 15.3 percent.
The Privatisation Commission on Tuesday appointed three consortia as Financial Advisors (FAs) for divestment of government shares in Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDCL), Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) and United Bank Limited (UBL). The decision has been taken in the 4th meeting of the PC Board under the chairmanship of Muhammad Zubair.
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