Margalla Hills’ 1500 Acres Forest Land Recovered Worth More Than $200M

PKONWEB Report (Islamabad) — Over 1,500 acres of illegally occupied forest land in the prestigious Margalla Hills that have been recovered so far is worth more than $200 million (Rs28 billion). Speaking to PKonweb, a cost appraiser said the 12,000 kanal prized land if considered as 40 percent timberland plus wetlands, and 60 percent good […]

Pakistan, US Taking Afghan Peace Process Forward As Shared Responsibility

PKONWEB Report (Islamabad) — US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is in Islamabad with an interagency delegation representing departments of defense, state and the National Security Council, as part of his fifth tour to the regional countries for Afghan peace talks. The US seeks Pakistan’s help for coaxing Taliban back into talks. Khalilzad on […]

PM Khan’s Govt to Launch National Youth Development Index

“If the youth are not handled properly and not provided with meaningful engagement in society, it will be a disaster for the country,” says Japanese Ambassador Takashi Hurai. PKONWEB Report (Islamabad) — Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister on Youth Affairs, Usman Dar has said that for the first time in the country’s history, the […]

A Peek Into Next Chief Justice Of Pakistan’s Judicial Mind

PKONWEB Report (ISLAMABAD)– Pakistan’s next Chief Justice — Asif Saeed Khosa is seen as one of the top jurists on criminal law. During his career, spanning over a period of more than nineteen and a half years so far, he has decided about 55,000 cases including several high-profile ones such as the Panama Papers. The […]

Supreme Court Rejects Bahria Town’s $1.8Bln Offer to Avoid NAB Reference

PKONWEB Report (ISLAMABAD) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Bahria Town’s offer to deposit Rs250 billion as restitution to avoid legal proceedings for illegally acquiring lands for its projects in Karachi, Islamabad and Murree. At the outset of today’s hearing, a counsel on behalf of Bahria Town offered to submit Rs200 billion to waive […]

Governor of Tabuk, Pak Army Chief Discuss Regional Security

PKONWEB Report (ISLAMABAD) — Governor of Tabuk of Saudi Arabia Prince Fahad bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Monday. During the meeting, the two discussed matters of mutual […]

Govt Funds For Media and Freedom Of Press Don’t Gel: Info Minister

PKONWEB Report (ISLAMABAD) — It is not in the interest of Pakistan to subsidize the news media, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Sunday. “They must have a vested interest in the Pakistan economy”. The Info Minister said “News channels across the world don’t build their models on the basis of the government.” Addressing the […]

Meet Ashraf Habiullah Who Says Human Engineering Leads, Influences, Inspires Everything

PKONWEB Report (Karachi): NED University of Engineering & Technology convocation on Friday hosted an insightful speech laced with humor by renowned Pakistani engineer billionaire Ashraf Habibullah. The California based genius  is famed with launching the Finite Element method to analyze new and existing structures. The technique which was later converted by him to an engineering […]

US National Pays Rs.13 Million Fee To Hunt Markhor In Chitral

Tourism industry if harnessed effectively can contribute $10 billion to Pakistan’s GDP and enhance the country’s soft image. PKONWEB Report: A US citizen paid $100,000 (Rs13 million) permit fee to hunt a Kashmir markhor in Toshi game reserve near Chitral, officials said on Saturday. An official of the Wildlife Department told media that Christopher purchased […]

Missiles On New Chinese Frigates For Pakistan Could Dent India’s BrahMos

PKONWEB Report (Islamabad) — China has started building for its “all-weather friend” and ally Pakistan four high performance warships that can carry out air-defense, anti-ship and anti-submarine tasks in the Arabian Sea and its landing into the Indian Ocean. China State Shipbuilding Corp — one of the largest state-owned defense contractors, is building the warship […]

Challenges, Opportunities For Pakistan’s New Ambassador to US

PKONWEB Report (Washington) — Dr Asad Majeed, until recently Pakistan’s ambassador in Tokyo, replaces Ali Jehangir Siddiqui as envoy to US amid series of challenges laced with opportunities for resetting the relationship between the two countries which had parked itself on a cul-de-sac after President Donald Trump’s 2018 New Year eve caustic tweet. First and […]

Prime Minister Khan in the Driving Seat, Literally

Years of fiscal brinkmanship being replaced by a new strategy that’s showing some silver linings in the cloud. IRSHAD SALIM (PKONWEB Report, Islamabad) — Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived in the capital here on a one-day visit on Sunday. The crown prince was accorded warm welcome by Prime Minister […]

UAE Matches Saudi $6.2 Billion Assistance To Imran Khan’s Govt.

PKONWEB/BE2C2 Report: The United Arab Emirates (UAE)and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia–Middle East’s two biggest economic powerhouse and close allies of Pakistan have thrown a combined $12.4 billion lifeline to PM Imran Khan’s newly formed government to shore up the country’s fiscal conditions. UAE has finalized the terms and conditions of its financial assistance package of […]

Multibillion Investment In Pakistan By Saudi Aramco For Refinery, Acwa Power in Renewables

PKONWEB/BE2C2 Report — Pakistan expects approx $40 billion investment by three countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, and China) in the next three to five years, officials said on Thursday. According to these officials, Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have finalized the Memorandum of Understand (MoU) for the construction of multi-billion dollar Saudi Aramco oil […]

Uptick in Pak-US Relations: President Trump Looks Forward to Meeting PM Khan

PKONWEB Report (WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD) — Weeks after US President wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking Pakistan’s help for Afghan peace process, Trump said he wants a good relationship with Pakistan and is looking forward to meeting the new leadership of the country, its non-Nato ally, with which he had been overly tough and […]

Indian Spy Drones Dispatched Across LoC On New Year Face Deadly Ending

PKONWEB Report (Islamabad) — Pakistan Army shot down another Indian spy drone on Wednesday, said Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). DG of the military’s media wing Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted, “Pakistan Army troops shot down another Indian spy quadcopter today in Satwal Sector on the Line of Control” that divides the Pakistani and Indian-controlled […]

China Building High Performance Multirole Warships For Pakistan

Pakistan’s fleet of Made in China advanced frigates would grow to four by 2021. PKONWEB Report (Islamabad) — China has started building first of the four high performance warships for Pakistan that can carry out all of the air-defense, anti-ship and anti-submarine tasks in the Arabian Sea and its landing into the Indian Ocean. China […]

PTI’s Exuberance In Wooing Sindh Nationalists Against PPP Emit Conflicting Signals

PKONWEB Report (Karachi) — Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is making political moves to seek a democratic path for the replacement of Pakistan Peoples Party’s Chief Minister in Sindh for being named in the JIT Report submitted to the Supreme Court last week on the Rs.54 billion mega money laundering scam. Since PTI does not have enough […]

Fencing At Pak-Afghan Border, a $550 Million Unilateral Undertaking, Is a Reality Now

ISLAMABAD: The year 2018 has been a complete success story of Pakistan’s security forces as through the ongoing countrywide Operation Raddul Fasaad they have not only been able to cleanse the society of the menace of terrorism to a great extent but have also broken the myth that fencing at the 2,611-kilometer long and zigzag […]

How Overseas Pakistanis Living In West Can Fund the Dams, Take Tax Writeoff

IRSHAD SALIM (Islamabad) — The Supreme Court and the Prime Minister of Pakistan have joined hands to raise funds for building two dams in the country on war-footings. Water crisis has taken an almost emergency-like situation, and power issue is undermining socio-economic growth despite progress made so far. Since dams–though takes longer to build–creates massive […]