Hamza Shehbaz says PTI has no goal or destinationLAHORE: It was another fiery session in the Punjab Assembly as opposition leader Hamza Shehbaz said the debt of US$6 billion to the IMF is an attack on the country’s sovereignty. As Hamza Shehbaz kicked off his speech, the treasury lawmakers started chanting slogans of “liar liar”. The opposition leader claimed an additional Rs180 million had been spent on the chief minister’s protocol, while there was a huge hike in expenditures related to helicopter use. The opposition leader added foreign investment has fallen to 52%. The opposition leader stated that education, agriculture and other sectors were given “nothing” in this budget.
June 18, 2019 05:33 UTC
He directed DPO Khushab to submit an initial report immediately in this regard. According to the initial report, a fight arose between two partiers namely Sanaullah and Habibullah in the area of Ganjiyal North Dera Theethiya Quaidabad over cutting of trees in which batons, sticks, bricks and inflammatory weapons were used. Three persons from plaintiff’s side died on the spot whereas one person of the other party died at the hospital. The IGP directed the DPO to take strict and legal action against the persons who assaulted the victims in this fight. The DPO has constituted a team consisting of Mitha Tiwana SDPO, Mitha Tiwana SHO and Quaidabad SHO and Investigation Officer Inspector Ghulam Shabbir to investigate the matter without any negligence or delay.
June 18, 2019 05:26 UTC
Convicted sex offender has irked many with his Father's Day postLOS ANGELES: Convicted sex offender Bill Cosby’s Instagram post identifying himself as “America’s Dad” in a Father’s Day message touched off online reaction from admiration to outrage. A spokesman for the once-beloved star of The Cosby Show, Andrew Wyatt on Monday said Cosby called after the talk with instructions to post the message. The Instagram posting touched off a wave of reactions from more than 200 Instagram followers, ranging from admiration to outrage. “You were my TV dad for many years, thanks for being an inspiration in my life,” a fan posted on Instagram. “Y’all will look the other way on drugging and raping women for years just because the man guilty of it supports your political agenda… You’re not America’s favorite dad.
However, post-9/11, the US, as compared to Pakistan, drew closer to India, through different defence agreements and pacts, to subvert China’s rising influence. Earlier, to erode CPEC’s influence and to damper Afghanistan’s dependence on Pakistan for its trade, India has invested in the Chabahar port in Iran. Previously, India had unilaterally made ineffective the South Asian Association of Regional Corporation (Saarc). That was when India had not figured in the US list of candidates for the trade war. It remains to be seen whether India has the wherewithal to become a regional power, leave alone global power, sans the US backing; and whether this new shift in the US-India relation will have an effect on India’s posturing — an archrival vying for power — towards China.
The war in Yemen has taken a darker twist in the recent past. Those who agreed to send these merchants of death for petrodollars have now turned their guns towards their own people. The weapons of choice by the Sudanese military are not just foreign-made weapons and bullets, but they are all too eager to use one of the most traumatising weapons of all: rape. Some may say that neither Yemen nor Sudan is our problem, and we have plenty of our own problems to sort. The real beauty of our existence comes from our shared humanity, and that humanity is worth preserving.
155,000 fake CNICs seized in NADRA crackdownHe said the business community can neither force unregistered persons to get them registered nor can it collect CNICs on behalf of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). Although the government’s intentions are positive to bring non-taxpayers into the tax net, it is burdening legitimate businessmen a lot. These disproportionate restrictions on legitimate businesses, along with the taxes the government has proposed in this budget, will result in adverse effects, the KCCI president remarked. But this alone cannot stop smuggling, if the government is not ready to rationalise taxes in the country, he added. Like Business on Facebook, follow @TribuneBiz on Twitter to stay informed and join in the conversation.
June 18, 2019 05:03 UTC
“In every speech, the PPP ministers and MPAs are criticising the PTI government for not releasing funds. Please let us present a progress report in this House about your own funds, which you failed to spend,” he said. Referring to the budget book, Rahimoon said that the provincial government had victimised political opponents by not allocating funds in their constituencies. After the speeches on budget, Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani adjourned the session till today [Tuesday]. “Declaring the Sindh Assembly a ‘sub-prison’ is a disgrace to the assembly,” said the resolution.
June 18, 2019 05:01 UTC
Tobacco growers urged the government to fulfil its promise of eliminating Rs300 taxISLAMABAD: Tobacco growers and industrial workers condemned Rs300 tax levy imposed on farmers by the government for the fiscal year 2019-20. Growers from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and tobacco industrial workers, in a press briefing on Monday, urged the government to fulfil its promise of eliminating Rs300 tax on growers of tobacco and impose the levy on multinational tobacco companies instead. Sardo Provincial President Haji Abdul Ghani stated that the government had imposed Rs300 per kg tax on tobacco growers which would result in severe financial burden on the growers and labourers. “The decision will affect 1.134 million tobacco growers and 15,000 industrial workers only in K-P,” he said. Multinational tobacco companies provide loan to growers for the raw material on 36% interest rate and compels farmers to sell tobacco to the companies on a lower rate, he alleged.
June 18, 2019 04:52 UTC
Officials forced to utilise water for Kharif crops instead of conserving itLAHORE: In a bid to meet the irrigation needs of the Kharif season, the lower than normal water flow has forced water manager saway from conserving water for the lean period of upcoming Rabi season, which is a very risky move. The water availability situation for crops has turned bleak due to faltering inflows in all main rivers as the water level has fallen below the average flows of the past 10 years. During the current Kharif crop season the water demand is on rise as temperatures continue to soar. If irrigation requirements of the Kharif crops are not met, it will cause damage to the plants and output. High floods in the coming days remain the sole hope for filling Mangla Dam up to its water holding capacity.
June 18, 2019 04:52 UTC
In a follow-up to the recent accountability wave which witnessed the incarceration of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, the respective parties have reportedly joined hands to remove the incumbent Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. Section 11 of rules of procedure and conduct of business in the Senate-2012 explains the procedure as to how the chairman and the deputy chairman can be removed from their office. The chairman or, as the case may be, the deputy chairman shall not preside over a sitting of the Senate in which a resolution for his removal from office is fixed for consideration. Voting on the resolution shall be by secret ballot which shall be held in such manner as the presiding officer may direct. It is pertinent to mention here that during a presser on January 12, Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla, a PPP stalwart, confirmed that efforts were underway to remove Sanjrani from his office.
June 18, 2019 04:52 UTC
PTV chairman hopes institution will soon regain its lost imageISLAMABAD: Newly-appointed PTV Chairman Arshad Khan while thanking the board of directors for expressing their trust in him, said his priorities as the institution’s new head include the development and stability of the national television. He also vowed to take steps for the welfare of employees adding that he had twice proved his competency through his performance as MD PTV. The PTV chairman further expressed hope that the institution will soon regain its lost image. “The PTV employees and administration are two arms of the same institute and both are necessary for each other,” he said. The case was heard by Justice Mohsin Kiyani while notices have been issued to secretary information, cabinet division, chairman board of directors PTV, the new chairman PTV and chairman SECP.
June 18, 2019 04:41 UTC
Shehbaz calls PTI’s budget an anti-people budgetISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to not let the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government get its budget passed in parliament, calling it an ‘anti-people- budget’. The decision was made during a meeting of the joint parliamentary party presided over by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and Raja Zafarul Haq. The meeting discussed strategy for the two houses so that the budget does not get through. NA session adjourned amidst ruckus by treasury benchesAddressing the meeting, PML-N chief and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz said PTI’s budget is an anti-people budget. Shehbaz informed that he meet the PML-N supremo who was is high spirits, but he was concerned about the current situation of the country.
June 18, 2019 04:18 UTC
“The nation has given mandate to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to break status quo and fight against corrupt elements. The Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leader Osama Qadri told the prime minister that some leaders are misguiding him and that the agreement the PTI signed with the MQM must be honoured. “When lawmakers become voice of the nation then the nation moves forward,” he said. During the meeting with the PM, a strategy to deal with the possible protest by the opposition was devised. Soon our country will move towards development and prosperity,” a source quoted the premier as saying.
June 18, 2019 04:18 UTC
He also spoke about the steps that Pakistan has been taking for compliance with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) action plan. Breaking the stalemate in Afghan peace talksThe two sides also discussed the reconciliation process in Afghanistan and expressed commitment to work towards bringing lasting peace in the region. Qureshi underscored the importance of a peaceful Afghanistan as vital for regional peace and stability. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s firm resolve to play its positive role in this process and to support an intra-Afghan dialogue. He also highlighted the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) as a mechanism for strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries and to have constructive engagement.
June 18, 2019 04:07 UTC
WASHINGTON D.C.: Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were defensive purposes, citing concerns about a threat from Iran. “The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behaviour by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” Shanahan said in a statement. The new US deployment to the Middle East is in addition to a 1,500-troop increase announced last month in response to tanker attacks in May. The nuclear deal seeks to head off any pathway to an Iranian nuclear bomb in return for the removal of most international sanctions. That is far below the 90 percent needed for weapons-grade uranium and also below the 20 percent level to which Iran enriched uranium before the deal.
June 17, 2019 23:37 UTC