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Difficult days to end soon, assures Hafeez Shaikh

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ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh gave a road map of his economic reforms on Saturday that will stabilize the economy this year.

Pointing out that the decline in Rupee against USD started back in 2017, he stressed on setting aside differences for Pakistan and assured that decisions taken for the betterment of the country will render economic stability soon.

Addressing a press conference, along with government economic team including Minister for Planning Khusro Bakhtiyar, Power Minister Omar Ayub, Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar, FBR Chairman Shabbar Zaidi and Special Assistant to PM on Information Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Hafeez Shaikh announced to increase the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) and bring the circular debt to zero by 2020.

He announced to cut down govt expenses in the budget, adding that the volume of the budget to be presented will be 5550b.

 

 

 

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‘Strikes and match are two different things, don’t compare them’: DG ISPR tells India

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ISLAMABAD: Major General Asif Ghafoor, while responding to Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s congratulatory message to Kohli XI after their win over Pakistan in the World Cup clash has said that comparing cricket and strikes was not a ‘good thing’.

Shah, in his message to the India cricket team, said: “Another strike on Pakistan by Team India and the result is same. Congratulations to the entire team for this superb performance. Every Indian is feeling proud and celebrating this impressive win.”

Shah was referring to the aerial combat between India and Pakistan in February, which happened after Indian aircraft on Feb 26 carried out an airstrike on what it alleged was a “terrorist training camp” in Pakistan.

“Dear Amit Shah, yes your team won a match. Well played. Two things with different denominators can’t be compared, so are strikes and match,” responded Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor via his personal Twitter account.

DG ISPR went on to add: “If in doubt please see results of our Nowshera counter strikes and response to IAF [Indian Air Force] violation on 27 Feb 19 downing two Indian jets. Stay Surprised.”

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PM takes notice of journalist Sami Ibrahim, Fawad Chaudhry altercation

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ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister House has said that PM Imran Khan today took notice of the altercation between journalist Sami Ibrahim and Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry.

Last week, Ibrahim had filed a complaint in which he accused the minister of slapping him at a wedding. Subsequently, the Ministry of Science and Technology had issued a response, saying that the “incident” should not be treated as a “clash between two institutions but as a conflict between two individuals”.

According to the PM office statement, the premier has taken notice of the matter and spoke to the journalist over a telephone call.

“The leadership of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf [PTI] does not support any personal action that hurts another person’s sentiments and self-respect,” the press release quoted the prime minister as saying.

“Government and the media are two essential parts of the democratic process,” said the premier in the statement.

 

 

 

 

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will today announce the chairman of the commission set up to find out facts behind soaring of loans in the last 10 years.

The premier chaired a high-level meeting of the government spokespersons here to take them into confidence over the name of the high-powered probe commission chief.

During the meeting matters related to soaring loans in the last 10 years worth Rs24, 000 billion and other matters came into consideration.

Talking to media, after attending the meeting, Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Ali Zaidi said who plunged country into the burden of heavy loans, who looted national exchequer will be revealed soon.

The commission will be comprised of officials from Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), he had said.

 

 

 

 

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