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Cyril Almeida admits his story was based on assumptions: FO

Pakistan rejects blame of involvement in Uri attack

ISLAMABAD, 14 OCT (DNA) – The spokesperson for the Foreign Office, Nafees Zakaria, on Friday defended the government decision to place a travel ban on a prominent journalist over an article he wrote about an alleged rift between the military and the centre by saying Cyril Almeida himself admitted that the October 6 story was based on assumptions. Speaking to media in the federal capital, Zakaria said that the government has already denied the story of Cyril Almeida since in a bid to eliminate terrorism from the country; all state institutions were working together inRead More

Reconciliation and dialogue key to region peace: Sartaj Aziz

Aziz says unaware any Afghan Taliban delegation came to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, OCT 14 (DNA) – India is trying to score political points and divert attention from the Kashmir issue, National Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz said. He said the fact of the matter is that Pakistan has made remarkable progress in the last few years against the menace of terrorism. The armed forces have destroyed infrastructure, and decimated the enemy hideouts.  A clean-up operation is being coordinated by through various intelligence-led operations across the country. Sartaj Aziz made these remarks while speaking to a Chinese delegation from the China Association forRead More

IMF report endorses improved power supply, DISCOs performance

DISCOs performance

ISLAMABAD, 14 OCT (DNA) – The International Monitory Fund (IMF) in its report on Pakistan economy endorsed Ministry of Water and Power and DISCOs efforts in improving power supply, reducing outages, decrease in line losses and containment of circular debt by efficient payments backed by improved recoveries. According to IMF report “concerted efforts to further strengthen DISCOs’ performance have continued to contain the accumulation of new arrears in the power sector. The end-June 2016 Indication Target (IT) on the accumulation of power sector arrears was met with a large margin, reflectingRead More

Sindh CM opens NICH New Born Unit at NICH

CM Sindh directs departments to ensure quality of uplift works

KARACHI, 14 OCT (DNA) – Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he was giving special attention to improve health services in the province. “This is the main objective that I have declared emergency in the health sector so that it start functioning to its full capacity.” This he said just after inaugurated New Born Unit at 6th floor of National Institute of Child Health (NICH) on Friday. Minister Health Dr Sikandar Mendhro was accompanied by him. Briefing the chief minister Director NICH Professor Syed Jamal RazaRead More

Afghanistan desires role in CPEC, says Afghan envoy Dr Zakhilwal

Ambassador of Afghanistan Dr. Zakhilwal

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Zakhilwal on Friday said Kabul absolutely supports China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and wants to become a part of the project. Dr Omer Zakhilwal, while talking to media in Islamabad, said “the CPEC was a great project that was equally relevant to Afghanistan like Pakistan, and anything that will be good for Pakistan will be good for the entire region.” The Afghan envoy asserted that the people of Afghanistan were “thirsty for development” and wanted to see their homeland prosper. “I think CPEC is not limited to Pakistan,Read More

TAPI gas pipeline consortium plans investor roadshows in November

TAPI gas pipeline consortium plans investor roadshows in November

TAPI, a long-delayed pipeline project from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India via Afghanistan is in the final stages of financing, and investor roadshows are due to be held next month, a Pakistani official said on Friday. Head of Pakistan’s state-owned Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS) Mobin Saulat told media there was “significant progress” with the TAPI project and that investor roadshows to raise funds are planned for November. “There will be roadshows soon in all the major financial hubs and the project’s planned commissioning is 2020 and I think we areRead More