It may be mentioned here that Prime Minister Imran Khan has already asked Balochistan Governor Amanullah Yasinzai to resign. However, Yasinzai has not resigned despite a formal letter sent by Prime Minister Imran to him asking for his resignation. The sources said that rebellion efforts have reached its peak and even members of BAP are supporting the rebellion. In a bid to quell the rebellion, CM Kamal has removed Saleh Bhotani from his cabinet, but this removal has further intensified the rebellion. He also has failed to resolve the issues of the PTI lawmakers and has no urge to address our concerns,” the source asserted.
May 03, 2021 17:03 UTC
KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said that his party has been working on election reforms and he did not want the rigging that took place in 2018 and earlier to happen again. The PPP chief said that no one takes the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) regime’s position seriously and sitting with the swindlers to stop the rigging seems strange. Responding to another question, the PPP chairman said that if the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had evidence of any rigging, it should approach the ECP and not to appeal to the army. Replying to yet another question, Bilawal said that the PPP had proved to the opposition parties that the no-confidence motion could work. PPP chairman said that his party’s ideology and manifesto was that if the workers were prosperous then the industry and economy would also prosper.
May 03, 2021 16:56 UTC
In response to a resolution passed by the European Parliament, Prime Minister Imran Khan has insisted that the country would not compromise on the laws pertaining to Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), it emerged on Monday. Pakistan on Friday had said it was disappointed with the adoption of a resolution at the European Parliament on blasphemy laws in the country. Separately, Prime Minister Imran met the Islamabad-based ambassadors of countries belonging to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday. Noting that Islamophobic acts fan inter-religious hatred and disharmony among civilisations, the prime minister called for addressing the underlying reasons for the rise in such incidents worldwide. The prime minister urged the OIC to work together for making the international community understand the deep-rooted love and reverence of all Muslims for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the Holy Quran.
May 03, 2021 16:43 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Minister of State on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan on Monday announced to begin domestic production of the single-dose Chinese CanSino jabs following which he said Pakistan will become self-reliant in meeting its Covid-19 vaccine needs. He said that the government had planned to vaccinate 70 million population by the end of this year. He added during the first half of the present year, from January to June, the government had received, as it had expected, 19.82 million doses. The minister said that it is erroneous to compare Pakistan with countries like the US and India who are self-sufficient in vaccine production. So, Pakistan has vaccinated five times as many people as Bhutan actually and, in fact, three times the whole population of Bhutan,” Dr Faisal said.
May 03, 2021 08:26 UTC
Amongst those affected was also Media Times, the publicly listed Taseer family’s media conglomerate that had at one point under its umbrella the English daily newspaper Daily Times, the Urdu daily, Aaj Kal, a cooking channel called Zaiqa, a kids channel called Wikkid and Pakistan’s first business and economics oriented news channel called Business Plus. The media group’s misfortunes are made worse by the fact that things were not always so, in fact, Daily Times, and its parent group ‘Media Times,’ started off strong. The company’s net revenue stands at Rs81 million, significantly lower than the Rs126 million from the same period the year before. If one analyzes that data, the results are not pretty: for the year 2021, the net revenue stands at Rs111 million. And the net loss stands at Rs127 million, which is greater in value than last year’s loss of Rs110 million.
May 03, 2021 04:38 UTC
In October 2020 Merit Packaging was suffering, and nobody seemed to care. You see Merit is a packaging and printing company based in Karachi and a subsidiary of the Lakson Group. Its total assets exceed $1 billion (Rs 153 billion), and as an employer they have more than 17,000 people. If the executives at Lakson are getting their profits overall, a small subsidiary like Merit Packaging does not warrant a big shake up. And while dealing with the problems at Merit might be an inconvenience for their parent group, Merit Packaging does have shareholders, and those shareholders were not happy at the company’s performance.
May 03, 2021 04:32 UTC
By now, anyone who has been observing the Pakistani banking sector has had the same lament for the past 10 years: why do they not lend to the private sector? There are good reasons why the banks in Pakistan have seen superior risk-adjusted returns on government bonds compared to private sector lending, some of which has been covered by Profit in previous editions. This story, however, is not about why they find government lending attractive, but rather why they find private sector lending unattractive. And even when the banks do lend to the private sector, it tends to not end very well for the banks. Article continues after this advertisementIn other words, Pakistan is unusually bad at private sector defaults, even by emerging markets standards.
May 03, 2021 04:29 UTC
This writer is the former editor of The Express Tribune and can be reached @TribunianAs we commemorate World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the state of the media in Pakistan once again comes up for discussion. To mark this day, media watchdog Freedom Network released its annual State of Pakistan’s Press Freedom report for 2021. Sindh was the second worst with 26% of the violations (38 cases) and Punjab the third most dangerous with 20% (29 cases). The record registration of 27 legal cases against journalists has proven a growing threat to media freedom in the past year as different actors moved to adopt sophistication in silencing dissenting voices. This is an average of over 12 cases of violations a month — one every third day.
Source:The Express Tribune
May 03, 2021 04:18 UTC
Days after being declared a banned outfit, the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) on Sunday denied the charges levelled against it and accused the PTI-led government of “deceit” while dealing with it throughout the negotiations between the two sides. The allegations have emerged on the heels of a resolution passed by the European Parliament seeking a review of the GSP Plus status granted to Pakistan. “The government while dealing with the party [TLP] throughout acted with deceit, deception and chicanery,” Iftikhar Ahmed Malik and Ihsan Ali Arif, the lawyers representing the hardline group, stated in a review application. The plea was filed with the interior secretary against the ban imposed on the TLP by the federal cabinet under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 for countrywide rioting. “The party has a right to assemble peacefully on the issues of Namoos-e-Risalat, its charter, Islam, Ummah and ideology of Pakistan,” the review plea read.
Source:The Express Tribune
May 02, 2021 19:04 UTC
Miftah, in his plea, sought emergency action by CEC to seize sealed ballot papers and other election material used in NA-249 by-polls. He stated that the election material should be kept at a secure location until the emergence of the final results of the by-polls. He demanded the CEC to keep the election material at a safe location under the supervision of Rangers or Pakistan Army. He added that suspicions are prevailing for changes in the ballot papers, counter files, ballot paper accounts and stamped copies of electoral lists. “Why a party which always came to power through conspiracies would want electoral reforms,” he remarked.
May 02, 2021 18:33 UTC
Online education system and the contemporanous Pakistani social setup, compatible or incompatible ? Can we see the preconditions and prerequisites of such a scheme in Pakistan at present ? Obviously for an overwhelmingly small yet immensly privelleged class, linked with high budgeted academic institutions (even international ones) it is suitable . The second apt option is to promote the students to the next stage on the basis of ther past(intermediate) result percentage . We are lagging far behind in terms of resources , skills and experience when it comes to online examination.
May 02, 2021 17:15 UTC
The government has refused to do what is apparent to the layman, and impose a strict lockdown. It has insisted that such a lockdown would bring about economic ruin for daily wagers, ignoring two salient facts. - Advertisement -The government should realize that if divine intervention saves lives, failure to take advantage of the consequent reprieve is punished as severely. The only thing preventing a strict lockdown being imposed is a false pride, and a failure to realize that economic disaster is very painful, but even more painful is death. Sticking to economics, if people (who are, after all, economic actors) are dying in large numbers, there will be no economy left to protect.
May 02, 2021 16:52 UTC
This was a pyrrhic victory for Vawda and PTI as this decision exposed the so-called myth of PTI’s support base in Karachi. This domino effect will not just end here in NA 249 but this wave will shatter PTI in all the districts of Karachi. The other major factor for the PTI’s defeat was the rising inflation and poor governance of the PTI and Prime Minister Khan’s negligence towards Karachi. Today Karachi is engaging and trusting a national party like the PPP so that they can get their due share and legitimate ownership from the centre. This domino effect will not just end here in NA 249 but this wave will shatter PTI in all the districts of Karachi.
May 02, 2021 16:23 UTC
“Prime Minister Imran Khan drove himself to public places in Islamabad without any security and protocol. The prime minister himself drove the car in the city to observe the arrangements of local administration for the holy month of Ramadan. Senator Faisal Javed and Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Amer Ahmed Ali also accompanied the prime minister. Without creating any interruption in the traffic flow, the prime minister drove through the crowded streets of the city and also stopped at the traffic signal. The people expressed pleasure and happiness on seeing their prime minister among them without any protocol.
May 02, 2021 16:08 UTC
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has decided to appear before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) with regard to a petition challenging NA-249 by-poll results. Divulging details on the matter, the PPP candidate who won from NA-249, Mandokhel said that he would be leaving for Islamabad from Karachi tomorrow to appear before the ECP. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a stay order on NA-249 by-poll results on Saturday after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Miftah Ismail challenged the results. Not a word of protest was said when the PML-N candidate was in the lead and when the voting process was underway,” he said. ELECTION STOLEN FROM PML-N, ALLEGES MARYAM NAWAZ:After the PPP candidate emerged victorious in the NA-249 by-poll, PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz said the election had been “stolen” from the PML-N.
May 02, 2021 12:28 UTC