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Thursday, October 27th, 2016


ADB refuses to fund mega dam project

ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday declined to commit funds for the $14 billion Diamer-Bhasha dam project and called for governance reforms to encourage private investment and equitable growth for all Pakistanis. “We did not really make any commitment. This is a very big project,” ADB president Takehiko Nakao said on Wednesday at a joint news conference with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on the conclusion of the 15th ministerial meeting of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) programme. He said the United States Agency for International DevelopmentRead More

PM Nawaz warns India of befitting response if ceasefire violations continue

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said Pakistan would give a befitting response if Indian ceasefire violations at the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary continued. The prime minister condemned unprovoked firing by Indian forces, stating that precious lives were lost and civilians had been injured. Prime Minister Sharif said Pakistan was showing restraint to every possible extent, but attempts for peace should not be considered weakness.  The prime minister added that Pakistan was a peace loving country and believed in solving conflicts through talks. Indian ceasefire violationsRead More

India to expel Pakistan HC official, Pakistan also expels Indian official

India will expel a Pakistani high commission staff member for “espionage activities”, a foreign ministry official said Thursday, as local media reported that New Delhi police had detained him. The Indian foreign secretary summoned Pakistani ambassador to India Abdul Basit to inform him that a Pakistan High Commission staffer has been declared persona non grata for espionage activities, Spokesperson of Indian Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarap said in a tweet. MEANWHILE, The Foreign Secretary OF Pakistan summoned the Indian High Commissioner today (27 October 2016) and conveyed the decisionRead More

Government releases Rs20 billion for uplift projects

The federal government on Thursday released Rs20 billion for parliamentarians to be used for uplift projects as recommended by lawmakers. The amount been released under the Public Sector Development Programme (2016-17). The funds were released in their entirety by the Ministry of Finance, after instructions were conveyed by the prime minister. The funds can be approved by certain lawmakers which include MNA Hamza Shahbaz, MNA Captain (r) Safdar, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shiekh Aftab and the Prime Minister’s Office, sources in the Planning Commission said. During the last government’s tenure,Read More

Sherry tells India to stop diverting attention from Kashmir by shelling Pakistan

Islamabad, October 27, 2016: Addressing a seminar on ‘Humanitarian Crisis in Indian Occupied Kashmir and International Response’ organized by Kashmir Institute of International Relations, Vice-President PPPP Senator Sherry Rehman called the international community a “silent observer” on Kashmir. “Today, Kashmiris all around the world are observing black day to mark 69 years of unlawful Indian occupation and the atrocities committed against them,” she said. The Senator added, “The Pakistan Peoples Party expresses solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir and demands the international community to contribute its positive role in theRead More

PTI rally lathi-charged in Islamabad; Imran announces mass protest

ISLAMABAD (DNA) – PTI rally held in E 11 was lathi charged on Thursday and a number of PTI workers were taken into custody. Imran Khan condemned the incident. Police say PTI workers violated section 144 under which they could not hold any rally. PTI workers on the other hand said they were having an indoor rally and section 144 does not apply  on indoor rallies. PTI leader Asad Umar while talking to media said that these tactics would not deter PTI  workers and November 2 dharna will take place atRead More