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Pakistan and regional countries pledge to upgrade sister-cities relationship


KUNMING, JUNE 13 (DNA) – Pakistan and other countries from South and Southeast Asia on Tuesday pledged that they would make greater efforts to promote sister-cities relationship, pushing forward the objectives of Belt and Road’s initiative. At an international forum of governments and business community’s representatives held at Chinese city of Kunming, they underlined the need of promoting connectivity and people-to-people contacts, through sister-city relationship for their shared development and prosperity. Kunming’s senior official told the Forum that Pakistan is their top priority for giving boost to the bilateral partnershipRead More

ADB extends $86.41 mln for irrigation project in KP

ADB extends $86.41 mln for irrigation project in KP

ISLAMABAD, JUN 13 (DNA) –  Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Pakistan Friday signed a loan agreement of $86.41 million for the extension of the Pehur High Level Canal in the Swabi and Nowshehra districts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar witnessed signing by Xiaohong Yang, ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan, and Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD) Tariq Mahmood Pasha for the government of Pakistan. Tariq Rashid, KP’s Irrigation Department Secretary, signed the project agreement. The project would be completed by 2023 at aRead More

Students demand HEC reduce attestation fee


ISLAMABAD, JUN 13 (DNA) – University students on Tuesday demanded Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Mukhtar Ahmad for reducing degree attestation fee. the students said they already paid heavy tuition fees at universities and then subsequently had to pay high charges to obtain attested degrees from the commission which they called an outright injustice. They further claimed that despite charging these heavy fees, the HEC officials prolonged the process of attestation, adding that their behaviour was not appropriate with the students. It is pertinent to note that HEC isRead More

PM asks party workers to refrain from gathering at JIT secretariat on Thursday


ISLAMABAD, JUN 13 (DNA) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s passionate supporters to refrain from assembling at the Federal Judicial Academy on Thursday, when the premier will make his appearance in front of the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT). In a special message to party workers across the country, prime minister said you [PML-N workers] are our strength. The prime minister also asked them to remember him in their prayers, relayed the prime minister’s special secretary Asif Kirmani on Tuesday. Kirmani explained that theRead More

China denies rumours of rift with Pakistan


BEIJING, JUN 13 (DNA) – Beijing has denied ‘nonsense’ rumours of a rift with Islamabad after reports of Chinese President Xi Jinping ignoring Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Kazakhstan emerged following the murder of two Chinese nationals in Balochistan. Lee Zing Yang, 24, and Meng Li Si, 26, were abducted from Jinnah Town of Quetta on May 24. Two weeks after their abduction, the Islamic State terrorist group claimed that it had killed the abductees. “I can tell you that during the 17thRead More

China offers to mediate between Pakistan, Afghanistan


JUN 13 (DNA) – China has expressed a desire to take on a role as mediator between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office said in statement on Monday. “China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to visit Kabul soon where he will meet Afghan officials to discuss ways to improve Afghanistan-Pakistan relations,” the statement said. It added that the Chinese foreign minister would work to discuss the possibility of setting up a meeting between the four members of the Quadrilateral Coordination Committee ─ Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United StatesRead More