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PPP, PML-N nexus to die in a couple of days 

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SIALKOT: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq  Awan has said that Iftar dinner of PPPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in honor of different political parties was actually a renewal of the nexus between the PPPP and the PML-N.
It was also a renewal of their pledge to protect each other’s corruption and personal political gains. They
gathered to find out back doors to escape from the country by putting pressure on the National
Accountability Bureau (NAB), she added.
Talking to the newsmen at Oora Chowk here, she said that a gang of plundrers had again gathered to protect each other’s corruption and personal gains as politically mature masses had already rejected such corrupt politicians.
“This unnatural political nexus between a gang of plundrers will die within the next couple of days as these corrupt and dead horses are mere active to keep them alive in the political scenario”, she said.

 

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KP cabinet approves Rs 900 bln budget 2019-20 with no new tax: Info Minister

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PESHAWAR: The Provincial Cabinet here Tuesday with Chief Minister Mehmood Khan in the chair approved budgetary proposals for 2019-20 amounting to Rs900bn showing 41% rise over the outgoing fiscal 2018-19 with no new tax levied.

The development programme 2019-20 comprising Rs319bn with more focus on completion of ongoing projects, said Information Minister, Shaukat Yousufzai while dilating upon the decisions of the special cabinet meeting.

The Chief Minister has termed the upcoming budget as historic which for the first time also contained allocations for the merged districts as the development outlay is three times more than the previous budget.

He said the new budget would usher in era of progress and prosperity in the province saying the Chief Minister has held the budget as balanced and poor people-friendly. Despite tough economic conditions the KP government avoided levying new taxes in order to avoid putting burden on poor segment of the society.

He said that backward areas have been more focused in the budget 2019-20 to bring it at par with the developed districts. The Chief Minister lauded the officials of P&D departments for preparation of a balanced budget.

The reduction in the salaries of the ministers indicated the government’s resolve of initiating reforms process from the government benches.

The Chief Minister told the cabinet members that over 41000 jobs would be provided to the jobless in the public sector.

The Information Minister informed that Rs 98 bln have been allocated for 163 projects in education sector. A raise of 10 percent in salaries of provincial government employees and minimum labor wage Rs 17,000 have been proposed in the provincial budget.

 

 

 

 

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Those rejecting budget harmed economy in past: Dr Firdous

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ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that the opposition harmed the economy in past and were now criticising the budget.

In a tweet, Dr Firdous said that opposition is doing politics on budget and hindering the path of constitution.

“Budget is prepared for Pakistan and its people,” she added.

She said that proceedings in parliament and opposition leaders’ salaries can also be ensured after approval of the budget. Those who have destroyed economy now want to harm people, she continued.

 

 

 

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SC upholds ban on recruitment in PIA

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has ordered the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to submit a petition seeking withdrawal of another SC decision on regularisation of contract employees in Karachi.

The move by apex court came after PIA counsel Naeem Bukhari sought permission for recruitment in the airline in today’s hearing. On March 31, 2018, the apex court had placed a ban on new recruitment in the airline.

The counsel argued that the SC’s Karachi registry had ordered the PIA administration to regularise all the airline’s contract employees in Karachi. He contended that the SC’s earlier order on ban on recruitment refrained the airline from executing its latter order to regularise the employees.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked that the PIA had already inducted much more employees than it requires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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