Sindh govt once again orders early market closure

KARACHI: The Sindh government has once again ordered all markets to close at 9 PM as the number of coronavirus cases gradually spike across the country. A notification has been issued in this regard directing all markets to close down

Govt releases Rs105.42 billion for development projects

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has authorized the release of Rs105.24 billion for various ongoing and new social sector uplift projects under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2020-21 against the total allocation of Rs650 billion. Under its development programme, the government

Federal govt unveils two-year performance report

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Tuesday unveiled its two-year performance report highlighting successes on the internal and external fronts as it completes its second parliamentary year. Cabinet members including Information Minister Shibli Faraz, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Adviser on

GB to resume tourism-related activities from tomorrow

GILGIT: The government of Gilgit-Baltistan has announced to resume tourism-related activities from tomorrow with the implementation of standard operating procedures (SOP)s. In this regard, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister’s spokesperson Mir Afzal Khan issued instructions to open the tourism sector in the

Two years of U-turns

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s government has concluded its second year with shamelessly insane two attempts after uncountable U-turns in the last two years.  The first shameless attempt of the regime is to come all out to extend the tenure of Justice (Retd)

Is the oil price hike result of an incompetent government?

Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved a summary of recommendations to hike up the prices of petroleum products. The news came and went into effect overnight without giving people the chance to even react and sent shockwaves through the economy.

Govt to start refunding Hajj dues from July 2

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to refund dues to all Hajj applicants from Thursday 2nd July after the annual pilgrimage was limited this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a spokesperson of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the

Pakistan, IMF agree to raise govt employees salaries in budget

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have finally reached consensus over increase in salaries of government employees in the upcoming 2020-21 fiscal year budget. The third round of budget talks between Pakistan and the global financial institution was

Govt starts campaign to ensure compliance of SOPs

LAHORE: The government has started a campaign to ensure compliance of the Standard Operating Procedures and safety precautions at markets and public places to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Special committees have been established in all provinces to ensure

Budget amid pandemic

The government will present the federal budget for the fiscal year 2020-21 in parliament on June 12. This budget will be different this year as it is being prepared under the shadow of a global pandemic that has wrecked the

Sindh departments issuing development contracts despite lockdown

KARACHI: While there is a province-wide lockdown across Sindh, various government organisations and departments are continuing to release tenders and contracts for development projects behind closed offices. Sources revealed that the Executive Engineer (XEN) at Works and Services Department Sukkur

Civic responsibility amid lockdown

The federal and provincial governments are taking effective measures to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus which has claimed fifteen lives so far. The government has unveiled economic and financial stimulus packages to prevent the adverse economic effects amid

Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia suspends government work

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended government work and ordered public sector workers to stay home for 16 days in the latest measures against the spread of coronavirus. According to Arab News and Saudi media, only those working in health,

Social media regulation

The government is under fire over its new social media policy which opponents claim is an attempt to suppress dissident and the freedom of speech and expression. The fact that a democratic government is resorting to dictatorial tendencies and implementing

All allied parties stand by government: CM Usman Buzdar

LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar has claimed that all the allied parties stand by the government. In a statement, CM Buzdar said that there was nothing to worry about as all the allies were supporting the government. Usman

PM turning towards Sindh

Prime Minister Imran Khan seems to be changing his guns towards Sindh with a scathing attack on the provincial government, who are only not faltering but rather have completely failed. It seems there is a renewed bid to dislodge the

Govt releases Rs297.64 bn for development projects

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has released Rs297.643 billion for various ongoing and new social sector uplift projects under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2019-20 from the total allocated budget of Rs701 billion. Under its development programme, the government has

Punjab govt announced to close schools in 3 districts due to smog

LAHORE: The Punjab government has announced to close all public and private schools in Lahore, Gujranwala, and Faisalabad due to extreme smog.  The decision has been taken keeping in view the worst smog as the Air Quality Index (AQI) in

Will NAB shift focus to govt?

The fallout continues after a controversial decision to allow former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for medical treatment. The former premier seemed to appear healthy as he boarded a luxurious air ambulance unaided to London. As state institutions

Govt not to appeal court verdict allowing Nawaz to travel abroad

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided not to appeal a court verdict that allowed former premier Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad on medical grounds. Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem announced it during a press

Goodbye, Nawaz Sharif

Nearly a month after he was released on bail, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has finally left for London in an air ambulance to seek medical treatment. Even his departure faced several roadblocks, political melodrama, and wrangling in the courts.

Govt respects decision of the court, says Firdous Awan

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said the Nawaz Sharif’s health is a humanitarian matter and should not be made a political and legal issue. Addressing a news conference along with Attorney

We want to bring people out of poverty, PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that the government wants to bring people out of poverty and has been working in this regard despite financial challenges. According to reports, the Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony where

Sindh govt announces holiday for Hindu community on Diwali

KARACHI: The government of Sindh has announced that Monday October 28 would be a holiday on account of the festival of Diwali for the Hindu community in all provincial government offices. A notification in this regard has been issued by

PM stops PTI leaders from commenting on Nawaz’s health

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has stopped leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf from commenting or making statements on the health condition of Nawaz Sharif, on Thursday. According to sources, this instruction from incumbent premier came after insensitive statements were made by

Govt isn’t capable of running country: Bilawal

ISLAMKOT: The Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was not capable of running the country. While addressing a rally in Islamkot, the PPP Chairman said that the PTI government was

Azadi March: JUI-F cancels today’s meeting with govt

ISLAMABAD: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has canceled meeting with the government committee which was scheduled for today. According to sources, the meeting was due today to initiate discussion on the anti-government march. However, it has been canceled and reason is

PM Imran Khan to visit Karachi on October 21

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Karachi on 21st October (Monday) to hold discussion on city’s grave condition. Sources said Prime Minister is scheduled to meet Governor of Sindh along with senior officials in the metropolis. PM Imran Khan

PTI to hold talks with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman

ISLAMABAD: The government has formed a committee under Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattack to hold talks with opposition parties over ‘Azadi March.’ According to sources, the committee will initiate talks with the Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-FazL (JUI-F), Maulana Fazlur Rehman along

FO calls Indian diplomat over ceasefire violations

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office on Wednesday once again summoned the Indian envoy to lodge a strong protest and condemnation of the recent violations by Indian forces along the Line of Control. According to a statement, Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal summoned