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Terrorism cost USD 57 billion to economy in last five years: Minister  

ISLAMABAD, 20 MAY (DNA) – Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has told the Senate on Friday that country’s economy bore losses of around USD 57 billion in the last five years over terrorism. While filing a written reply in the House, the federal minister stated that the country rendered losses of USD 57 billion in the last five years while tax worth Rs 8,000 billion was collected in three years. In 2010-11, economy lost USD 23.77 billion due to terrorism, USD 11.98 billion in 2011-12, USD 9.63 billion in 2012-13, USDRead More

PM inaugurates Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital in Swat

SWAT, 20 MAY (DNA) – Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif introduced a kidney hospital by his name in the Singhota area of Mingora on Friday.  He inquired about the health of the patients undergoing treatment there and prayed for their quick recovery. The patients showed their gratitude towards the PM for establishing a hospital having latest medical equipment. He also inaugurated the Shehbaz Sharif Operation Theater in the hospital as well.  The hospital comprises of 110 beds, 14 dialysis machines, two operation theaters, one Computer Topography (CT) scan machine, anRead More

PCB submits application for Amir’s UK visa

LAHORE, 20 MAY (DNA) – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said on Friday that the board has submitted British visa application for Mohammad Amir at the UK embassy in Islamabad. According to the spokesman, PCB has completed all formalities and process for Amir’s visa for next month’s tour to England. He is part of Pakistan’s 35-men squad. His visit still shrouds in doubts and its being anticipated that the left-arm bowler, who is making comeback after being sentenced in spot fixing case, might be denied the UK visa. ButRead More

Hasil Bizenjo, Sheikh Aftab take oath as Federal Ministers

ISLAMABAD, 20 MAY (DNA) – Mir Hasil Bizenjo and Sheikh Aftab took oath as federal ministers on Friday. President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to both of the newly appointed federal ministers. The oath-taking ceremony took place at the President House in Islamabad and was attended by members of Parliament, Secretary cabinet division and other higher officials. The entire oath-taking process was held in Urdu.  President Mamnoon congratulated both ministers over their appointment and expressed his hope that they shall serve in the greater interest of the country by usingRead More

Diplomats, politicians bid farewell to Philipp Kauppert

ISLAMABAD, 20 May, (DNA) – A German political foundation Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung with more than 100 offices worldwide who have been working in Pakistan marked its 25 years of successful work in Pakistan on promoting democracy, social justice, strengthening the social dimension of economic development and international dialogue on peace. It was also the day when the current country representative Philipp Kauppert was leaving the country and the new director Rolf Paasch was welcomed by the civil society organizations in Islamabad. German ambassador Ina Lepel was also present on the occasion whoRead More

Chinese leadership felicitates Pakistan on 65th anniversary of Sino- Pak ties

ISLAMABAD, 20 MAY (DNA) – Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on Friday extended felicitations to Pakistani government and people on the 65th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan, terming Pakistan a “good neighbour, close friend, trusted partner and dear brother of China”. In their separate messages addressed to President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on the 65th anniversary falling on May 21, the Chinese leadership said China- Pakistan relations had stood the tests of changes of international and domestic situations andRead More