Social media users lauded the two leaders as the new faces behind the two biggest opposition parties in the country, with some even saying that they had now taken the mantle from former premiers Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto. PPP Senator Sherry Rehman spoke out saying that”Why such a storm in a teacup over our Iftar? Dinner has barely been served and the government representatives are already losing sleep?”Why such a storm in a teacup over our iftar? Dinner has barely been served and Govt reps are losing sleep? #IftarDiaries — SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) May 19, 2019While PPP MNA Nafisa Shah tweeted that it is difficult to understand how a simple Iftar has caused such a storm amongst the Imran Khan-led Paksitan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

May 19, 2019 17:48 UTC

Unfortunately, the latest exports data show virtually no growth in exports. The lack of potential reaching situation of this sector could be highlighted from the fact that in overall world textile exports, Pakistan’s share is a paltry five per cent; with annual growth of the textile industry hovering around only three per cent on average since 1990. Thirdly, the spinning phase, that is instrumental in determining the textile quality, needs to be improved, including enhancing the capacity, which is currently only five per cent of the world capacity. For this to materialise, among other things, the textile policy should envision a way forward to move to artificial staple and synthetic fibres. The textile policy needs to make effort to increase both the number of units, but more importantly to gear the garments units to produce modern lines for enhancing the value-addition of this sub-sector.

May 19, 2019 17:26 UTC

The occasion may be a question from a curious non-Muslim theist, a fellow Muslim who doesn’t quite understand something, or an atheist who challenges you to come up with a rational answer regarding Islam. There are explicit instructions in the Quran about how to communicate Islam. The health benefits of fasts, often accompanied by much pseudo-medical science, are also offered as the rationale behind fasting. However, even if, for the sake of argument, one grants that there are demonstrable health benefits of fasting, is that why Islam prescribes it? I am not for a moment arguing that material benefits like health and prosperity never accompany the spiritual benefits– they may or may not appear as by-products.

May 19, 2019 17:26 UTC

Despite tensions for years, the two countries have never actually come into a potential conflict situation. It is unlikely that the USA will engage Iran in a full-scale military conflict. Not only a potential conflict would be disastrous for Iran, it would be catastrophic for the entire region. The war which has the potential to bringing about an end the world as we know it. A potential conflict, on the other hand, would risk the very stability that we ourselves have sought after for the past so many years.

May 19, 2019 17:26 UTC

The opposition leaders went to Islamabad on the invitation of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari who invited them to Iftar at Zardari House. Awami National Party (ANP) leaders, National Party (NP) chief Mir Hasil Bizenjo and PPP leaders, including former opposition leaders Syed Khursheed Shah and former premier Yousuf Raza Gillani, also reached the venue before Iftar. Bilawal welcomed the opposition leaders upon their arrival and embraced and shook hands with Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Assembly Hamza. During the meeting, opposition leaders expressed concerns over the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) being allegedly used for ‘political victimisation’ of the opposition leaders. The opposition leaders also decided to join hands to give a tough time to the government inside and outside the parliament after Eid instead of leading separate movements.

May 19, 2019 17:26 UTC





Mr Qureshi’s statement comes at a time when the Pak-US relationship has been at one of its lowest points. Does this have anything to do with the fact that the US-Taliban talks in Doha have been floundering? The US has a tendency to view its relations with Pakistan through the prism only of Afghanistan, but it should remember that there are multiple dimensions. The symbolism of our Prime Minister meeting the US President may be gratifying, but it should rest on a foundation of truth if it is indeed to symbolise an improvement in the relationship. While the US will obviously have to take steps to restore honesty to the relationship, Pakistan must do its own share as well.

May 19, 2019 17:15 UTC

The discovery that never wasThe announcement that much was expected from oil explorations off the Karachi coast was made by Prime Minister Imran Khan himself. Those who remembered the first PPP era were irresistibly reminded of then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s announcement of the discovery of oil at Dhodak in Dera Ghazi Khan district, and how that discovery petered into nothing. At least the Dhodak hullaballoo left behind a small gas processing plant there; Kekra-1 has been capped after costing about $100 million. The discovery of sudden oil wealth is the stuff of poor pulp fiction, and even a screenplay based on the idea would be laughed out of any self-respecting studio. It should be forward-looking rather than trying to make Dhodak come right.

May 19, 2019 17:15 UTC

Dutee Chand says she is in a relati­onship with a woman from her villag­e in easter­n Odisha stateNEW DELHI: Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has revealed she is in a same-sex relationship, becoming the first openly gay athlete in the socially conservative country, according to an interview published on Sunday. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with,” Chand said in the interview. Chand said nobody had the right to judge her as an athlete because of her sexual orientation, which was a personal decision that should be respected. Like South African Olympic athlete Caster Semenya, Chand has hyperandrogenism – a condition that naturally produces high testosterone levels. Chand told local media the ruling made her “very sad.”Read full story

May 19, 2019 17:12 UTC

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that the country was going through times of “unprecedented difficulty”, but the government was working tirelessly to steer the country out of the crisis. He was speaking at a fundraising ceremony for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH). The prime minister said that the current government had inherited [from the past government] worst debts and deficits. PM Khan said that SKMCH Lahore had received international certification, whereas the SKMCH Peshawar was also due to receive international certification next month. Responding to the opposition’s Iftar dinner hosted by Pakistan Peoples’ Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the prime minister said that they [opposition] were the people due to which Pakistan hadn’t progressed.

May 19, 2019 16:52 UTC

“How and why has such an organisation has been left at the mercy of corrupt officials and interests’ group. Whenever we go after a case, more such cases surface in the organisation,” said Sikandar Mandhro. The committee heard cases of Import/Exports and Finance Director Nazir Hussain, Media Advisor Rehmatullah Memon and PSQCA Examiner Lal Muhammad Rajar. Interestingly, a large number of other cases related to corruption, illegal appointments and promotions also surfaced during the meeting which the PSQCA officials could not defend. Last year NAB had started an inquiry into the illegal appointments and promotions in PSQCA.

May 19, 2019 16:41 UTC

Afghanistan’s parliament descended into chaos on Sunday when lawmakers brawled over the appointment of a new speaker, an inauspicious start to the assembly which was sitting for the first time since chaotic elections last year. Results of last October’s parliamentary election were only finalised earlier this month after repeated technical and organisational problems and widespread accusations of fraud. “We will never accept the new speaker and there must be a re-election with new candidates,” said Mariam Sama, a lawmaker from Kabul. Video footage widely shared on social media showed a brawl among lawmakers, with members of parliament seen blocking the speaker’s seat and calling for a re-run of the vote. The repeatedly delayed parliamentary vote on Oct. 20 was marred by widespread allegations of fraud, vote rigging, inaccurate voter lists and technical problems with biometric verification equipment.

May 19, 2019 16:41 UTC

Rs3,000 per day will be charge­d for rest houses; Inform­ation could be obtain­ed throug­h Pakist­an Post's appISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Post announced on Sunday that it had opened 41 rest houses at different destinations across the country to cater to domestic and foreign tourists. Pakistan Post adopts modern technologyThe rest houses from Karachi to Murree, he said, were upgraded on the instructions of Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed. The rest houses were being used by officials of Pakistan Post but now the general public can also access them. According to an official notification, tourists will now be able to stay in its rest houses at economical rates. Information regarding the rest houses could be obtained through Pakistan Post’s app.

May 19, 2019 16:30 UTC

🔊 Listen to ArticleBEIJING: Former finance minister Asad Umar told the Chinese media that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has a rich potential of Pakistan’s economic growth and it meets the common aspirations of the people. CPEC has delivered benefits to both China and Pakistan, a Pakistani official said, questioning the double standards of certain countries on investment and rebutting the “debt trap” allegations. Umar said that early projects of the CPEC have been completed, but there are still projects under construction such as port infrastructure, power plants and road networks. The CPEC with more potential to be tapped will help boost economic development in Pakistan in the future, he said. “China is assisting Pakistan in building basic infrastructure,” Umar said.

May 19, 2019 16:30 UTC

Trout villages in Malakand and Hazara divisions would be setup due to their better climate conditions and abundance of water resources for trout and endangered masher fish. Similarly, six mega projects have been proposed for ADP-2019-20 including strengthening of fisheries department in erstwhile FATA costing Rs 50 million, development of trout fisheries costing Rs 20 million and completion of remaining work of farm fisheries in Khyber district costing Rs 25 million and Bannu costing Rs 25 million. A total of Rs 102 million would be spent including Rs 71.421 million for three ongoing and Rs 30.579 million in ADP 2018-19 against which Rs 40.851 million were released with total expenditure of Rs 18.777 million till April 2019, the official said. Fishing stocking in tribal districts’ dams would be made from where fish nurseries would be supplied to farmers on affordable prices. He said an inclusive plan has been evolved for determination of fish biodiversity, establishment fish markets linkages and research wing in Fisheries Department KP.

May 19, 2019 16:13 UTC

🔊 Listen to ArticleISLAMABAD: Board of Investment (BoI) Chairman Haroon Sharif on Sunday said that Rashakai, Special Economic Zones (SEZs) had a strategic significance as it was closer to Afghanistan and resources rich Central Asian Republics (CARs). Replying to a question regarding Rashakai Economic Zone, he said recently, a delegation of CRBC, led by Director Shi Xiaobo, had visited BoI to discuss the time lines to make the economic zone operational. He said during the meeting, the CRBC delegation discussed the incentive packages for Rashakai Economic Zone including the provision of modern and hi-tech facilities to the investors. Discussing the importance of Rashakai, Sharif said that the Chinese had termed it as a role model project for other SEZs. Haroon said the BOI was committed to completing four special economic zones (SEZs) related to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) within six months.

May 19, 2019 16:07 UTC