Riyadh to Release $3Bln Aid For Pakistan in Next Few Days; Saudi Envoy Meets PM Khan

The envoy also met Prime Minister Imran Khan today. During the meeting, PM Khan renewed Pakistan’s appreciation of the Saudi economic support package for the Pakistani economy. ISLAMABAD (Nov 14, 2018): Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Al-Malki on Wednesday said that Pakistan would have the first installment of Saudi aid amounting to $3 billion […]

Poverty Gap Between Rural, Urban Pakistan is Double, Remains Unchanged: Report

80 per cent of Pakistan’s poor continue to live in rural areas ISLAMABAD (Nov 14, 2018): The poverty headcount rate in rural Pakistan is twice that in urban areas (36 per cent versus 18 per cent), and the gap has remained virtually unchanged since 2001. However, on overall basis, headcount poverty decreased from 64% to […]

Jang, The News Misreport CJP’s Remarks, Notice Issued By Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD (Nov 14, 2018): Jang Group’s two major media outlets Jan (Urdu) and The News (English) were issued notices by the country’s top court Wednesday for misreporting proceedings of a court hearing, in which the top judiciary had appeared to criticize the government. The two publications, in their lead stories today, had reported that the […]

Qatar Announces Opening Visa Support Centers in Islamabad, Karachi

ISLAMABAD, (Nov 13, 2018):The government of Qatar will open its visa support centers in Islamabad and Karachi next month, for bringing ease in obtaining every kind of visas, specially work visas for Pakistanis. Qatar announced this move aimed at facilitating and providing ease in the visa issuance operations for Pakistani skilled workforce seeking employment in […]

‘Iqamas, Fake Accounts Used to Conceal Looted Money Abroad’

Assets recovery unit was currently going after ‘big fishes’ only, rest of offenders “will be taken care of on a later stage” ISLAMABAD (Nov 13, 2018): The government has identified more than 5,000 fake accounts which were allegedly used for laundering US$1 billion. “More than $1 billion have been laundered abroad through these fake accounts […]

Military Reiterates Support to Ensure State’s Writ, Rule of Law

ISLAMABAD (Nov 13, 2018): Pakistan’s top military leadership has expressed its resolve for continued support to all state institutions for ensuring writ of the state and rule of law in which lies peace, stability and prosperity of the country. According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Tuesday, the 215th Corps […]

Only 14 Out Of 100 Use Social Media in Pakistan, 50Pct ‘Don’t Know’ To Trust Their News

ISLAMABAD 9 (Nov 12, 2018): Only two percent Pakistanis aged 15-65 own a computer and only 17% use it. Two-thirds don’t know of/or never heard of the Internet, says a report. When asked the following 2 questions by LirneAsia, a Sri Lankan Think Tank to members of the stated age group in 2002 households in […]

Pakistan Invites Turkey to Join CPEC

ISLAMABAD (Nov 11, 2018): Pakistan has invited Turkey to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) program, which would benefit both countries, official media said Thursday. “Pakistan highly values its relations with Turkey, and the new government desires to further strengthen relations between Islamabad and Ankara, said Asad Qaiser, speaker of the National Assembly, while speaking […]

Post-China Visit: PM Khan Handles Square Balls With a Round Bat…

IRSHAD SALIM, Islamabad (Nov 11, 2018): Days after returning from China, Prime Minister Imran Khan was reflective of his first visit to Pakistan’s all-weather friend north and batted with some of the most difficult balls he’s faced with: Rule of law, poverty alleviation and governance in Punjab. “Another Wasim Akram will emerge from Punjab’, the […]

‘Shelters For the Homeless’ Launched in Punjab, With Plans Countrywide

UN estimates that around 20 million people in Pakistan are homeless, and need social housing ISLAMABAD (Nov 10, 2018): The newly-elected government at the Center and in Punjab on Saturday laid foundation of ‘shelter for the homeless’ initiative with plans to spread the social welfare scheme to major cities countrywide. “Today I laid the foundation […]

Cash Worth Rs330 Million Recovered By NAB From a Former Govt Officer’s Residence

NAB has a formula of rewarding informants (4 to 20 percent of the recovered amount), who provide prosecutable information to the bureau, according to an earlier report by Dawn. ISLAMABAD (Nov 9, 2018): The country’s premier anti-graft body has recovered nearly Rs330 million from the residence of a former government officer, a statement issued by […]

Why ‘Almost All’ Pakistani Banks Were Hacked

Most Pakistani banks maintain only minimum security for its website transactions–the compromise was detected only after it was breached and transactions made successful Returns of Pakistani banks have been around eight percentage higher than regional peers over the last five years KARACHI (Nov 7, 2018): The head of Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Mohammad Shoaib cyber […]

PM Khan Gets a $12Bln Bailout From China, Saudi Arabia –With IMF Card Still On the Table

Observers expect an uptick in the stock market index which after a straight 9-day climb up of 4290 points lost nearly 1000 points in the last two days amid some media reports that China bailout was not a done deal. ISLAMABAD (Nov 6, 2018): In less than a month, the country’s two most trusted friends […]

Lahore is Losing its Green Cover Fast, Contributing to Warming, Pollution and Smog

BE2C2 Report (Nov 6, 2018): Uncontrolled and unplanned urban expansion has taken its toll on Lahore’s historic tree line and contributing to warming of temperature, pollution and smog. A very business oriented approach to urban planning which is based not on a long-term plan but rather a project based approach was and is being taken, […]

US Diplomat On Islamabad Visit; Russia Announces Afghan Peace Talks On Nov 9 in Moscow

ISLAMABAD, Nov 5, 2018: US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Ambassador Alice Wells will visit Islamabad on November 6. She will hold meeting with senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), said spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal on the social media. The aim would be to follow up […]

Pakistan Expected to Receive $6Bln From ‘All-Weather Friend’ China; CPEC May Expand

Pakistan is expected to receive $6 billion economic package from China including investments under CPEC (BE2C2 Report) ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is in Beijing on four-day official visit, called on Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. On Friday, PM Khan held a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People. […]

Premier Khan Meets Xi Jinping, President of Pakistan’s All-Weather Friend China

ISLAMABAD (Nov 2, 2018): Prime Minister Imran Khan reached China Thursday night on a four-day official visit– his first after forming his party’s government in August–in a first both at the Center and in majority of provinces. Carrying a heavy agenda which also includes seeking aid, grant and loans from the country’s “all weather friend”, […]

State, Not Individual or Mobs Can Punish Blasphemy Accused: Supreme Court

“We are ready to sacrifice ourselves for the Prophet’s (PBUH) honor. But we are not judges only for Muslims” Two-thirds Pakistanis approve of Chief Justice Saqib Nisar’s performance during the past one year: Poll ISLAMABAD (Nov 1, 2018): The country’s top court on Wednesday made it clear that it’s not for individuals, or a gathering […]

Aasia Bibi Verdict: PM Khan Leads From the Front, Warns Agents of Chaos: ‘Don’t Clash With the State’

“Whoever is found involved in instigating a chaos in the name of Islam will be dealt with the law of the land”: PM Khan “We cannot run the country from the streets. We can [only] run this country according to the Constitution and law”: PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto ISLAMABAD, Oct 31, 2018: A day before […]

School principal in Peshawar handed 105 years in prison for child abuse, rape

ISLAMABAD; Oct 30, 2018: A lower court in Peshawar on Tuesday handed a total of 105 years in prison to a private school principal on charges of child abuse, pornography, rape, blackmail and maintaining illicit relations. The convict, Attaullah Marwat, was also slapped with Rs1.4 million fine in addition to the jail terms. The accused, […]