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IMF deal, a self-evaluation moment for Pakistan to focus on financial self-reliance: PM

DNA MULTAN: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday said the deal inked with International Monetary Fund (IMF) was a moment for Pakistan to reevaluate its policies towards attaining the goals of financial self-reliance. “The IMF agreement is not a moment of rejoice, but to assess the state of affairs as to how the country has become dependent on loans and foreign grants,” he said in his address at the PM Youth Loan and Laptop Scheme event here at the Bahauddin Zakariya University. The IMF’s executive board on Wednesday approved theRead More

Ambassador of Czech Republic inaugurates human rights training for rural women

DNA Islamabad: “Building the capacity of women to promote and protect human rights at village level is essential for a sustainable culture of peace and democracy in the society”, said Sameena Nazir, executive director of PODA, a women’s rights NGO in Pakistan that organized the training. Mr. Tomas Smetanka, Ambassador Czech Republic to Pakistan in his inaugural remarks said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic is pleased to support this Training of Trainers on Capacity Building of Women Rights Defenders to Protect Rights. Advocate Jehangir Jadoon,Advocate General,Read More

Rival tribes in Parachinar agree on ceasefire as clashes claim 13 lives

DNA Kurram administration informed on Thursday that the initial outbreak of armed clashes occurred last Friday afternoon when armed tribesmen positioned themselves and engaged in fighting, resulting in five fatalities with at least 23 injured Shamim Shahid PESHAWAR, The death toll from clashes in Kurram tribal district over a disputed land reached 13 the other day, however, finally the rival tribes have reached a ceasefire agreement following extensive negotiations with a 30-member peace jirga since confrontations started on July 7, last in the Upper Kurram area. Kurram administration informed onRead More

Is there a nexus between Israel and PTI ?

Qamar Bashir During the review of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Universal Periodic Report (UPR), which was finally adopted on July 10, 2023, Israel submitted various recommendations criticizing Pakistan’s human rights record. It objected to Pakistan’s reluctance to adopt comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation that addresses discrimination, demanded the end of widespread use of the death penalty, particularly against children and people with disabilities, urged Pakistan to take all appropriate steps to prevent arbitrary arrest, torture, and other ill-treatment, and bring those responsible for such acts to justice. On JulyRead More

Philippines ambassador presents credentials to President

DNA ISLAMABAD: The Ambassador-designate of the Republic of the Philippines, Ms Maria Agnes M. Cervantes, presenting her diplomatic credentials to President Dr Arif Alvi, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad.- Ms Maria Agnes M. Cervantes had been serving as the Charge d Affaires of the Embassy of Philippines. She has now been promoted as Ambassador.

IMF transfers $1.2 bln to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Jul 13 (DNA): The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday transferred US$1.2 billion to State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) out of total $3 billion under the Stand-By Agreement (SBA) that was approved by the IMF board the previous day. Talking to media persons, Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar said that the balance amount of $1.8 billion would be provided after two reviews that would be held in November 2023 and February 2024. The finance minister said that the IMF funds would help improve foreignRead More