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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016


APTMA concerned over failure of cotton crop in Punjab

ISLAMABAD, 19 JAN, (DNA) – The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA)-Chairman Tariq Saud has expressed concerns over the one-third drop in cotton crop i.e. five million bales in quantity terms, and said that it has hit hard both the agriculture sector and textile industry by and large. He further concerned over the fact that 96 percent of countrywide crop shortage took place in the province of Punjab. As of 15th Jan 2016, the cotton arrival has registered a shortage of five million bales to 9.47 million against 14.25 millionRead More

FATA reforms to be introduced with consultation of tribesmen: President

  ISLAMABAD, 19 JAN, (DNA) – President Mamnoon Hussain has said FATA reforms will be introduced with the consultation of the tribesmen. Talking to a delegation of tribal elders in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said reforms will bring real change in the tribal areas. The President said that terrorists’ backbone has been broken in the country and lauded the immense sacrifices rendered by the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies and the people of FATA in elimination of terrorism. The President said that the government is endeavoring to resolve the problemsRead More

Ex-Pak ambassador campaigning with India to block F-16s delivery: Asif

ISLAMABAD, 19 JAN, (DNA) – Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif on Tuesday revealed a former Pakistani ambassador to the United States (US) is campaigning along with India to malign Pakistan and to block delivery of F-16 fighter jets. Asif made the startling revelation during his briefing to the National Assembly. He told Pakistan is trying to acquire eight F-16 fighter jets from the US on lease but the former ambassador is trying to block the delivery. Confirming anti-Pakistan lobbies on the US, he said India is also actively lobbyingRead More

Twelve killed, 25 injured in Khyber Agency blast

PESHAWAR, 19 JAN, (DNA) – At least twelve people were killed and 25 others injured in a bomb blast near a security Kharkhano check-post of Khasadar Force in Khyber Agency on Tuesday. According to rescue sources, the incident took place at 10:20 a.m. when the blast hit the Levies check post in the Karkhano Market area located at the border of Peshawar district and Jamrud town of the country’s restive northwestern Khyber Agency. Most of the killed were security personnel including an officer, however several civilians including a child wereRead More

Change in MCL dates, venue poses new challenge for PSL: Najam Sethi

LAHORE: Pakistan Super League (PSL) chairman Najam Sethi on Monday sounded unhappy about the recent change in the dates and venue of the Masters Champions League (MCL) that will now directly coincide with the PSL for at least a week, but added that he is taking this fresh development as a new challenge and is confident of meeting it head on.“MCL has been rescheduled now from Jan 28 to Feb 13 which clashes with our PSL and that period is a challenging one for us and obviously we are notRead More

Saudi-Iran row: PM Nawaz and Gen Sharif arrive in Tehran

RIYADH: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif have arrived in Tehran to meet Iranian leadership, as part of efforts to diffuse rising tensions between Saudia Arabia and Iran.The Pakistani leadership is slated to meet with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and are also expected to call upon Iranian grand spiritual leader Ayatollah Khamenei.During the visit to the kingdom, the premier met with King Salman, and the prime minister is expected to deliver the king’s message to the Iranian leadership.