Meanwhile, Shaikh said he would present the Budget Strategy Paper for the next fiscal year in the federal cabinet on April 30. Tax measuresThe sources said Pakistan stood ready to make additional efforts equal to 1.7% of the GDP aimed at ensuring primary balance on the budget. Finance Ministry sources were of the view that without additional tax efforts equal to 1.7% of the GDP, it would not be possible to ensure a primary balance. Most of it will come from the tax efforts, they added. He wants to present his budget strategy paper in the federal cabinet on April 30.
April 21, 2019 03:22 UTC
Could have waitedPM Imran Khan has left on a two-day visit to Iran. Relations with neighbouring Iran have seen their fair share of ups and downs over the years owing to problems both old and new. Iran has never minced its words while expressing its reservations over Pakistan’s closeness to Saudi Arabia and the recent visit by Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman was not well-received either. Our Foreign Office has since lodged a serious complaint with Iran for its inaction against the group behind the killings, claiming that they came from across the Pak-Iran border and returned to the same area after the attack. Considering the sensitivity of the issue, the seriousness of the incident and the fact that the PM was due to visit Iran in a few days, it would have been better to wait and make the complaint in person.
Ensconced with his close advisors the prime minister expressed his annoyance with his finance minister. Last Monday in my TV talk show on 92 News, I had specifically said that the finance minister would be made to quit even before the IMF bailout package was sealed. He had served as finance minister in Sindh and minister for privatisation during Musharraf’s regime. The excuse proffered by the finance minister downwards for the delay was that with ostensibly better relations with Washington, IMF conditionalities would be somehow less stringent. Most ministers in their respective comfort zones tell the prime minister that the government is doing quite well but its public relations team is not properly projecting the its achievements.
Speaking generally of the people of this world, Tennessee Williams said, “We live in a perpetually burning building.”Yes, we do. The scaffolding of the burning building, composed of millions of people, can be seen through the hole in the roof, and the falling embers make it a precarious place to live. And the fire keeps burning because the smoke is useful to shield mainly those who claim to help but aim to hurt. Help is provided indiscriminately by the Edhi Foundation to whoever needs it. The Edhi Foundation and Edhi sahib himself have also often been targeted by Pakistan’s extremist groups.
The last eight months indicate that competence is in short supply in the Punjab PTI leadership. CM Usman Buzdar miserably failed to control widespread violence during the TLP protests in November. It took the Punjab cabinet eight months to prepare the Punjab Local Government Bill 2019 for the Assembly to debate. The Buzdar government is ruling Punjab with a thin majority. Can the PTI government in Punjab deliver under the prevailing constraints?
Turin side’s 28th win in 33 league games this season left them with 87 pointsTURIN: Juventus overcame their European blues when they fought back to beat Fiorentina 2-1 at home on Saturday and claim the Serie A title for a remarkable eighth season in a row. Juve’s 28th win in 33 league games this season left them with 87 points, 20 more than second-placed Napoli who have six games to play. We didn’t do so well in the Champions League but there is always next year.”However, it still had the air of the consolation prize after their failure to progress in the Champions League which they had high hopes of winning following the signing of Ronaldo in July. Juventus have won Europe’s premier club competition twice, compared to seven times for AC Milan and Inter Milan’s three. Juve look to bury Champions League misery with another Serie A crownJuventus had another escape before halftime as Chiesa rattled the underside of the crossbar with a rasping drive.
April 20, 2019 19:41 UTC
An unknown suspect broke into a Mosque in Karachi’s Steel Town area and tainted “holy books, religious symbols and names of revered personalities”, said police on Saturday. According to a local media outlet, an unknown suspect broke the door of the Hazrat Salman Farsi mosque, managed by the Shia community, early Friday morning. The issue was brought into police’s notice when the muezzin entered the mosque to give call for the Fajr prayer. “Terror charges were invoked because the police believe the suspect through these acts had tried to trigger violence,” police said, adding that nothing was reported stolen from the mosque. According to the primary investigation, police officials believe that only one person was involved in this unholy act and it has collected finger prints from the site.
April 20, 2019 19:30 UTC
LAHORE: The Punjab Bar Council on Saturday demanded the removal of a Supreme Court judge, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, for criticising the army and premier spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, in a verdict on Faizabad sit-in. The resolution demanded that Justice Qazi Faez Isa should be removed from the post and that an action should be taken against him under Article 209 (V). The council claimed that the said judge violated laws by “targeting intelligence agencies” in Faizabad sit-in case. It also lauded the decision to remove former Islamabad High Court judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, terming it a “correct measure”. The resolution said the Karachi Bar Association’s challenging the decision of removal of Shaukat Aziz was beyond understanding.
April 20, 2019 19:18 UTC
–Dr Hafeez Sheikh says budget to be announced not earlier than May 24Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday met newly-appointed Finance Adviser Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh. “Pakistan wants the process of talks with IMF to proceed and the international lender has committed to sending a mission to the country soon,” the finance adviser added. He will serve as the de facto finance minister after Asad Umar was asked to step down from the position. He last served as the finance minister from 2010 to 2013 during the PPP government’s rule. It’s pertinent to mention that newly-appointed Prime Minister’s Adviser on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh took charge of his post on Saturday.
April 20, 2019 19:18 UTC
–Delhi Capitals 166 for 5 (Iyer 58*, Dhawan 56, Viljoen 2-39) beat Kings XI Punjab 163 for 7 (Gayle 69, Lamichhane 3-40, Axar 2-22) by five wicketsMeasured half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer helped Delhi Capitals to a five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab at Feroz Shah Kotla. As a result, Kings XI raced to 92 at the halfway mark despite losing three wickets. DHAWAN, IYER LAY THE FOUNDATION:Capitals lost Prithvi Shaw early in their chase, courtesy a direct-hit from Mandeep, but Dhawan and Iyer got together and took control of the chase. And the fact that Kings XI had three spinners in their attack didn’t help either. With not too much to defend, dew made the Kings XI bowlers’ task even more challenging.
April 20, 2019 18:56 UTC
–PM seeks list of ministers with poor performance in PunjabJust a few days after sackings and reshuffling in the federal cabinet, Prime Minister Imran Khan has sought a list of ministers with poor performance in Punjab from Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, according to reports. Reportedly, a roadmap was given to the chief minister to assess the performance of his cabinet and the prime minister told him that no compromises would be made on performance. PM Imran told him that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) does not want to shatter the massive expectations and hopes of the people of Punjab. The prime minister also directed the chief minister to submit a list of civil servants who were not performing well. He also received a briefing from him over the proposed police reforms.
April 20, 2019 18:45 UTC
Security forces find euros, dollars and Sudanese pounds totalling more than $130mA large hoard of cash was found at the home of Sudan’s deposed president Omar al-Bashir, who is being investigated for money laundering. According to the BBC, Security services found euros, dollars and Sudanese pounds totalling more than $130million. A source in Sudan’s judiciary told the BBC that suitcases loaded with more than $351,000, €6 million and five billion Sudanese pounds were found at his home. Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir in key datesThe source also confirmed Bashir was under investigation, saying prosecutors would “question the former president in Kobar prison”. The money, which Radio Dabanga said was shown to reporters, was stuffed in bags designed to contain 50kg of grain.
April 20, 2019 18:33 UTC
RAWALPINDI: Injured in operation against suspected terrorists in Hayatabad Peshawar last week, Lance Naik Zafar Iqbal succumbed to injuries and embraced martyrdom. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the funeral prayer of the martyred soldier was offered at Peshawar Garrison. Besides Peshawar corps commander, a large number of military and civil officials attended the funeral prayers of Lance Naik Zafar Iqbal. The body will be taken to his native town Khushab where he will be laid to rest with full military honour.
April 20, 2019 18:22 UTC
“We demand that fresh elections should be held in the country,” the JUI-F chief told reporters after a meeting of the Muttahida Majlis–e–Amal (MMA), an alliance of religious parties. Fazl, who is also the president of the MMA, said all opposition parties were on the same page on holding fresh elections. He added that the country was stuck in economic and political crises for the last eight months. “The country is being run by a few selected technocrats and the minister [Asad Umar] failed to present the annual budget,” Fazl maintained. The JUI-F chief noted that the presidential form of government was a symbol of dictatorship and such measures should be avoided.
April 20, 2019 17:48 UTC
Exposure to shows such as 'Empire', 'Sex Education' and '13 Reasons Why' make teens see these behaviours positivelyA recent study suggests that television shows like Empire, Sex Education and 13 Reasons Why could be encouraging teenagers to drink alcohol, have sex and smoke. According to Mail Online, youngsters exposed to combinations of “risky” behaviour in the media that they watch are more likely to engage in similar behaviour themselves. Combinations of a number of risky behaviours – such as drinking leading to sex – were found to lead to teenagers viewing these behaviours more positively, however. This included scenes featuring either alcohol and sex, sex only, alcohol only, and those showing no risky behaviours. Exposure to multiple risky behaviours was also found to make teens more likely to engage in other risky behaviours they hadn’t seen – such as smoking.
April 20, 2019 17:37 UTC