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President Trump called off a secret meeting at David camp with Taliban and cancelled peace talks. He tweeted that “Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to...

Despite the fact that the Amnesty International (AI) has reiterated its call to the New Delhi to act in accordance with international human rights law and standards in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, including arrests and detentions of political opponents, and the rights to liberty and freedom of movement, the Indian authorities have further tightened curfew and...

PCB makes changes

September 7, 2019

After not giving further nod to Mickey Arthur to continue as head coach of national team, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named former Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq as the head coach and chief selector of the Men in Green.  A cricket committee formed by PCB reviewed the performance of team and decided not to extend contract of coaching staff. Interestingly, Misbah...

Dengue outbreak

September 5, 2019

Within the last about 24 hours, 138 dengue patients were admitted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) and three government hospitals in Rawalpindi. With the new arrival of 70 dengue patients, the total number of positive cases reported to Pims since Aug 1 reached 200. Moreover, 68 dengue patients arrived in three government hospitals of Rawalpindi, raising...

Saudi Arabia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on a one-day visit today. As per reports the Saudi minister will hold meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Matters related to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia’s bilateral...

Ban on plastic bags

September 1, 2019

After Islamabad, Punjab government on the way to ban plastic bags in the province, while Sindh government has also announced plans to make the province a plastic bag-free by October 2019. There is no doubt that the ban is a positive move and no amount of pressure from the business community should deter the state from protecting citizens and the earth from the catastrophe...

Increasing tax net

August 23, 2019

To bring more people under the tax net is a mammoth target. It is good that the issue of expanding the tax net is now actively under consideration as a major source of tax revenue and is being prioritized. The potential number of tax payers in the country is very high. At present, only an insignificant percentage is paying taxes. The tax-GDP ratio points to the health...

Indian troops martyred seven more youth in Indian occupied Kashmir in a fresh incident of state terrorism in Kupwara district. The youth were killed in Keran area of the district. Meanwhile, with the recovery of two more dead bodies in the debris of a house after the 40-hour-long cordon and search operation at Pandoshan village in Shopian, the toll has risen. An Indian...

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa while interacting with the youth undergoing an annual internship program at Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), advised them to have confidence in themselves, adhere to merit, and follow the rule of law and not to look for shortcuts in life for success. He said Pakistan is blessed with dynamic and talented youth...

Increasing inflation

August 20, 2019

It is true that the government desperately needs money, which comes from taxes, and wants to curb spending to fight the twin deficits i.e. trade and budgetary losses that steered the economy towards a default. Simply put, people are looking at another difficult year because of several new taxes and policy measures that have not only created inflationary pressures but...

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