Afzal Bajwa

  • TISLAMABAD - The government on Tuesday offered sizeable one-time tax exemption on import of environment-friendly renewable technology as it approved withdrawal of customs and regulatory duties as well as sales and commercial taxes on solar panels. The Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - A sort of deadlock on economic issues continued between the parliamentary parties of the PPP and the PML-N, however, they made progress in the joint agenda of evolving consensus on, inter alia, Accountability Bill. The two committees primarily working together on 10-point agenda of the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - United States of America and Pakistan on Thursday once again exchanged the same old mantras of 'do more and 'give more, respectively, as the Obama Administrations economic wizard visiting here called on President and Prime Minister separately. Contrary to the tall claims of deepening ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Agreeing on appointing a one-person judicial commission to investigate into unjustifiable sugar price hike, the PPP and PML-N committees on Wednesday decided to put two critical issues of corruption and apex courts verdicts implementation on second priority. Since the two committees had ...

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  • TTuesday was the second consecutive day in the National Assembly when the galleries witnessed members losing patience while taunting, blaming, and alleging each other as if the lower House was reflecting Pakistan's societal portrayal at present. When the elected representatives of the people, ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari is most likely to visit Bahrain as King Hamad Bin Isa Bin Salman Al- Khalifa has invited him. To further strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries Commander National Guards of Bahrain Lt Gen Sheikh Mohammad Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa ...

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  • TConstant failure of law and order in Karachi, the financial capital of the country, is forcing people at the grassroots level to lose confidence in manageability and capacity to govern on part of the political forces in the country. Since all the parties involved in the so-called infighting were in ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Avoiding to pin any hope on, most of the political stakeholders in Sindh, in general, and Karachi, in particular, have welcomed the PPP's call for all parties' conference on the deteriorating law and order situation in the financial capital of the country. The only voice against the APC ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Joint effort of the PPP and PML-N to face economic challenges and resolve conflicting political issues registered progress on Thursday as the two parties committees set directions and timeline for key points ranging from energy outages to accountability bill. Major opposition party ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Leader of the PPP-led ruling coalition on Tuesday practically launched its initiative to evolve a national consensus across political divide on tough economic reforms required under standby loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Initially the five-member ministerial ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - In a bid to make it more tangible that the Government has been responding to opposition party PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharifs proposals called 45-day agenda, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Thursday constituted a five-member committee. According to an official handout, The Prime ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The government Thursday allowed the loss-ridden and corruption-plagued Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) to raise Rs 20 billion for Diamer Bhasha Dam Project under the sovereign guarantee. The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet with Federal Minister for ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Before leaving for Washington, President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday made phone calls to almost entire political leadership in order to take them into confidence on likely meeting with his American counterpart Barack Obama. There is no meeting officially scheduled between the two ...

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  • TPakistan's capital market maintained its bullish posture during the first week of the new year while rising deficit was plaguing the economy and domestic politics had experienced parties' bizarre somersaults jolting the ruling coalition led by PPP. To start with the market sentiment had a minor ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - It could be a final showdown between two major political forces the PPP and the PML-N. But insiders believe the two parties are heading to political confrontation even if merely to denounce the impression of their covert alliance. Well-placed political sources underlined the fact that ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The Government is actively contemplating to narrow revenue gap from increased oil and electricity prices in order to contain the deficit that, central bank chief now has alarmed, would go beyond six per cent. Governor State Bank of Pakistan Shahid Hafeiz Kardar told Senators the other ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The Presidency though termed the question of next Punjab Governor after alarming murder of incumbent Salman Taseer in red security zone here as premature, well-placed sources believe the Governorship could figure in the ongoing political give and take. It is too early to say anything on ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The Government on Monday notified top-level changes in Information Services as the Information Secretary was transferred to the Secretariat of Wafaqi Mohtasib (Federal Ombudsman) and the Presidents Press Secretary got elevation to his place. According to a notification of the ...

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  • TThe so-called opposition despite gaining apparent majority in the National Assembly after the MQM, though not on the same page, has joined it, started hoodwinking the masses by shifting the focus from political imbroglio to the energy crisis. Even the parties poles apart like the PML-N and the MQM ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi would visit India in response to his Indian counterpart SM Krishna's July last invitation only if Islamabad and New Delhi agree on a comprehensive and meaningful agenda of bilateral talks. "We cannot ignore Kashmir while talking with India and we ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Central Selection Board (CSB) under Federal Public Service Commission Justice (R) Rana Bhagwandas, Friday, recommended promotions of over 70 civil servants in grade 21 and would convene meeting again today (Saturday) to consider another 50. Following promotions in the second highest ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday summoned the economic team to Karachi for crucial economic decisions, as the rising deficit is set to challenge the Governments commitments with International Monetary Fund (IMF) ahead of Reform General Sales Tax (RGST). A senior government ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - Contrary to the predictions of change, in-house or otherwise, after withdrawal of JUI-F from the ruling coalition, parliamentarians view current political heat as forehand manoeuvring for local bodies polls ahead if not for the next general elections. In these alignments and ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - At length, the government has paid attention to the apathetic state of the countrys corporate watchdog, courtesy the new Finance Secretary Waqar Masood, as it appointed, Friday, four commissioners including Chairman Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). Lack of ...

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  • TThe Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms in its report on the 19th Constitutional Amendment Bill has stated it decided that it will not reopen settled issues, but the National Assembly proceedings on Tuesday underlined a variety of unsettled ones. Leaving apart the voices from the ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The leadership of ruling PPP has pulled up its socks to fulfil its commitments with the International Monetary Fund as it reshuffled its economic team to gear up imposition of Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST). President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani met here on ...

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  • TLegendary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz was once asked about his prediction on Pakistan in wake of some break-up fears during his times, he responded by saying, I dont know about break-up but for me worrisome is that it might not continue with as it is. Faiz perhaps wanted to underline that continuum of ...

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  • TDeparture of JUI-F from the ruling coalition has not only hinted at yet another political divorce likely during the days to come but also indicates that another marriage of convenience is in the offing. Political pundits have dubbed this development as a beginning of the end for the PPP-led ruling ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - United States has released $4 million under the KLB Act for a 3-year project worth $9 million that would engage two countries scientists focusing on interactive development of Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) resistant crop. While briefing media on the project, Dr Brian Scheffler and Rey ...

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  • TISLAMABAD - The Government is in a fix while choosing from tough choices of an extension in International Monetary Funds existing standby loan already conditioned with imposition of Reform General Sales Tax or seeking a new programme. Faced with staunch resistance to the RGST ranging from major ...

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