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New permanent seats in UNSC won’t make it more representative: Pakistan

NEW YORK: Reiterating its firm opposition to expanding the United Nations Security Council’s permanent members, Pakistan has questioned how adding new permanent seats to the 15-member body could enhance its representativeness and effectiveness. Speaking in the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform, Pakistan’s Permanent to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said no cogent answer has ever been given to how the move would make the Security Council more representative. Adding new permanent members would in fact have the opposite effect, the Pakistani envoy said.

Haj corruption case: Former federal minister sentenced to 16 years in prison

ISLAMABAD: Former federal minister for religious affairs, Hamid Saeed Kazmi, was sentenced to 16 years in jail in the Haj corruption case on Friday. Judge Malik Nazir Ahmad from special court central, a lower court, also sentenced Director General (DG) Haj Rao Shakeel to 40 years in prison. Joint secretary for religious affairs Aftab Aslam was also sentenced to 16 years. Kazmi and Aftab were arrested from the court premises after the sentence was pronounced and escorted to Adiala Jail by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials. Shakeel is already inRead More

Dar presents Rs4.42 trillion budget, vows to keep inflation rate at single digit

Dar chairs meeting on money laundering

ISLAMABAD, June 03 (DNA): Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Friday presented in the National Assembly Rs4.42 trillion budget for 2016-17 and promised to keep the inflation rate at single digit. The Finance Minister fiscal deficit would be brought down from the existing 4.3 to 3.8% next year and investment to GDP ratio will be enhanced to 21 percent.He said that fiscal deficit will be brought down to 3.5 percent while tax to GDP ratio will be enhanced to 14 percent.

ICC team conducts dope tests on Misbah, Azhar and Junaid

ISLAMABAD,June 03 (DNA):The International Cricket Council (ICC) medical team has taken the urine samples of both Pakistan Test and ODI captains Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali, along with that of medium fast bowler Junaid Khan for dope tests. The samples were collected during the on-going training camp of Pakistan probables at the Gaddafi Stadium here on Thursday. After the training camp is over, a final Pakistan squad is to be announced for the four-Test series against England commencing in July. While the reports of the samples will come later, the timingRead More