ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the government to complete the investigation into Bahria Icon Tower case, and submit a copy of the final reference by July 6. He also asked about the chief minister, who had approved allocation of land for Bahria Icon Tower in Karachi. The NAB prosecutor said the land of Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim was allotted for Bahria Icon Tower. Advocate Mian Rauf, counsel for Dr Dinshah, said that his client became Advisor to the Chief Minister in September 2008 while the land for Bahria Icon Tower was allotted in April 2008. Justice Qazi Amin said there was no need to look into the documents for such things as everything was written on the wall.

June 04, 2020 14:26 UTC

ISLAMABAD: Emirates will resume scheduled passenger flights from Pakistan to Dubai on Monday, the airlines said in a statement on Thursday. The Dubai-based world’s largest international carrier will operate flights to three cities Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. “From June 8, Emirates will resume 14 weekly scheduled passenger flights from Pakistan to Dubai, including a daily from Karachi, five from Lahore and two from Islamabad. On the flights from Dubai to Pakistan, the airline will only carry cargo,” the spokesperson said in a statement. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 and grounding of operations, Emirates has previously operated only special flights to Pakistan to repatriate stranded people from the UAE.

June 04, 2020 14:03 UTC

Among other indices, the KMI-30 Index dropped 589.77 points to end at 54,646.32, while the KSE All Share Index lost 207.56 points, closing at 24,469.55. The overall market volumes increased from 129.95 million shares in the previous session to 143.59 million shares (+10pc). TRG Pakistan Limited (TRG -2.93pc), Unity Foods Limited (UNITY -1.61pc) and Hascol Petroleum Limited (HASCOL -1.51pc) topped the volume chart, exchanging 11.32 million, 11.31 million and 8.11 million shares, respectively. Sectors that drove the benchmark index south included banking (-91.10 points), oil & gas exploration (-79.45 points) and power generation & distribution (-33.04 points). Among the companies, Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDC -35.99 points), MCB Bank Limited (MCB -33.99 points) and Hub Power Company Limited (HUBC -30.34 points) dented the index the most.

June 04, 2020 13:09 UTC

At a weekly news briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui also accused India of “distorting” the UN report on terrorism to “slander” Pakistan and create “complications” for the Afghan peace process. She added that there was no reference to “safe havens” in Pakistan in the Monitoring Team (MT) report. “The Report is based on briefings provided in Afghanistan to the MT by certain quarters who have long expressed scepticism about the Afghan peace process. “The MT report endorses Pakistan’s stance that Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is operating from Afghanistan and with Indian support threatens Pakistan and other countries in the region,” she pointed out. “Security Council resolutions require India to prevent the travel of terrorists to Afghanistan to join ISIL-K,” she added.

June 04, 2020 08:37 UTC

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday again pointed to what he termed “mixed signals” as the reason behind the drastic surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country. Addressing newsmen in Karachi, Murad said that he does not blame the public for violation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) as “mixed messages” have created confusion regarding the seriousness of the crisis. The chief minister demanded that a “unified message” be given to people so that they can obey SOPs set by governments. The pressers he held were to clarify the “mixed messages” being conveyed to people. It is a part of Pakistan,” the chief minister added.

June 04, 2020 07:30 UTC

According to experts, hand sanitisers are regulated as over-the-counter (non-prescription) drugs under DRAP Rules, 2012, and relevant regulatory authorities across the world. For using alcohol-based hand sanitisers, it is important to read and follow the drug facts label, particularly the warnings section. Noteworthy among all these guidelines is that it is not recommended that cosmetic companies and general public without expertise manufacture their own sanitisers. It is important to note here that recently the Young Doctors Association also expressed serious concerns about substandard production of hand sanitisers because of the risk they pose to public health. According to an official of DRAP, hand sanitisers undoubtedly fall under the domain of the authority.

June 03, 2020 19:41 UTC

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has reported that the government raised Rs146.5 billion through T-bills, against the auction target of Rs325 billion. The SBP conducted the auction for the sale of 3-month, 6-month and 12-month Government of Pakistan Market Treasury Bills (MTBs) and received bids amounting to over Rs772.8 billion. Bids worth Rs268.7 billion were received for 3-month T-bills, Rs143 billion for 6-month T-bills, while 12-month government papers fetched bids amounting to Rs361.1 billion. The yield for 6-month bids was at 7.9pc, up from 7.8pc, while the yield for 12-month bids stood at 7.71pc, down from 7.74pc. This is opposed to the trend that defined most of last year and the beginning of this year, of investing in short term 3-month T-bills.

June 03, 2020 19:18 UTC

ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Wednesday approved seven projects worth Rs24 billion and recommended one project worth Rs11.35 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for consideration. According to ministry officials, projects related to energy, environment, governance and Islamabad Capital Territory were tabled before the particpants of the meeting. Meanwhile, a governance-related project titled ‘Pakistan Single Window’, worth Rs11.07 billion, was referred to ECNEC for further deliberations. Moreover, the CDWP approved a project related to ICT titled ‘Blended Virtual Education Project for Knowledge Economy’ at Rs5,990.26 million. Lastly, the working party approved a climate change ministry’s project titled ‘Capacity Building on Water Quality Monitoring [SDG-6]’ (Rs1.27 billion).

June 03, 2020 18:33 UTC

The US imposed its very first sanction (military) on Pakistan in 1965 when Pakistan used US-manufactured military equipment against India. Again in 1971 the USA imposed another executive military sanction on Pakistan for violating human rights in East Pakistan. This was a legislative sanction and banned both economic and military assistance in response to Pakistan’s unabated pursuit of the French uranium-reprocessing plant deal. Although despite the sanctions Pakistan continued to receive $50 million annually coupled with the food aid programme. But fortunately for Pakistan, the USSR invaded Afghanistan and all sanctions on Pakistan were lifted beginning a decade-long alliance between unequal partners.

June 03, 2020 18:33 UTC

KARACHI: At least three people, including a woman, were killed and over 15 others injured in various parts of Karachi on Wednesday after strong winds coupled with dust storm, slight rain and lightning, hit the city, plunging it into darkness. According to Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz, various parts of the city witnessed dust storm caused due to strong western winds. “This weather system of strong winds coupled with dust storm will last in the city for some hours,” he said. K-Electric spokesman confirmed that electric supply in parts of the city remained suspended amid incidents of electric poles and wires coming to the ground. Electric supply in parts of the city remained suspended keeping in view the preventives measures, the spokesperson said.

June 03, 2020 18:11 UTC

LARKANA: A private company engaged by the Larkana Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) has not paid monthly salaries to its daily wage employees appointed to work at 53 RO Plants installed throughout the district since the last 15 months. The affected employees held a protest demonstration against, what they called, the highhandedness of the PHED and company officials, demanding immediate payment and stern action against them. They were holding placards in their hands and were shouting slogans in favour of their just demand. They said that 53 RO plants are installed in the entire Larkana district out of which 33 alone are in Larkana city. They said that a private company is managing these plants and each daily wager employee is given Rs 10,000 salary per month.

June 03, 2020 16:18 UTC

KARACHI: Intra-city public transport and ride hailing services on Wednesday resumed in Karachi and other parts of Sindh on the condition of standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the provincial government. The new development came as the Sindh government on Tuesday allowed the transport services to resume operation from today. These services were closed from March 24 due to lockdown to control coronavirus spread. All the buses will run from designated stations and only two people will be allowed to sit in a ride-hailing service. However, in case of emergency, three passengers will be allowed to sit.

June 03, 2020 16:07 UTC

LAHORE: A Karachi-based businessman, Tarek Moinuddin Khan, Chairman of AGP Pharmaceuticals, in his personal capacity, chartered a private jet to import Remdesivir — the anti-viral drug that has shown promising results in treating critical Covid-19 — from Dhaka, Bangladesh. A local Bangladesh-based pharmaceutical company, Beximco, agreed to sell 48 vials at a cost of USD 65/vial of Bemsivir IV Infusion (Remdesivir) to Tarek Khan. The injectable vials were procured for the treatment of four patients who were suffering from coronavirus and had entered a critical stage of the lethal infection. According to supporting documents, DRAP approved the import of the drug within 24-hours of Mr Khan’s request to DRAP CEO Dr Asim Rauf. Remdesivir was originally developed to help treat hepatitis-C but has since shown considerable promise in helping to treat a wide variety of other viral conditions.

June 03, 2020 13:10 UTC

Dr Phag Chand, a resident of Swabi and a member of the Sikh fraternity of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), was one such doctor who dedicated his whole life to his profession. Sadly, however, he succumbed to the deadly disease and lost his life in the line of duty on May 13 at the age of 65. “We first took him to the Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) from where he was shifted to the North West Hospital in Peshawar where he passed away,” Dr Jatan said. Dr Phag, who was a general physician at the time of his death, obtained an MBBS degree from the Khyber Medical College in 1978. Nonetheless, 70% of his patients, who were mostly poor, would be treated without any fee, Dr Jatan said.

June 03, 2020 13:07 UTC

He also acknowledged the students’ perseverance during their stay in Wuhan amid the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 280 students would be repatriated from Wuhan city of China through a special flight, said an official from Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development ministry. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to send a special flight for the repatriation of students from China on June 5. It is pertinent to mention that the students have been stranded in Wuhan for the past five months due to coronavirus and restrictions on international travel world-wide. Over 250 Pakistani students were evacuated last month from China through a special flight of Pakistan International Airlines with the government deciding to offer subsidised tickets to the students.

June 03, 2020 12:45 UTC