President Alvi will confer Nishan-e-Pakistan on the Saudi crown prince in a ceremony at Aiwan-e-SadrISLAMABAD: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is scheduled to hold one-on-one meetings with President Arif Alvi and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Islamabad on the second day of the royal visit. Saudi crown prince sees Pakistan as ‘very important country in future’The president will also confer the Nishan-e-Pakistan, the highest civilian award, on Mohammad bin Salman at a ceremony. A meeting between the president and the crown prince will be held at the Presidency. MBS in PakistanSaudi crown prince pledges $20b investmentSaudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was accorded a royal welcome as he landed Sunday evening at the Nur Khan airbase. The prime minister then personally drove the crown prince to federal capital and on to the PM House.
February 18, 2019 05:48 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday is expected to meet President Dr Arif Alvi and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Jawed Bajwa. Following this, a Saudi delegation led by MBS will meet National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and the MNAs. A luncheon has been scheduled at the President House in honour of the crown prince. Earlier, the Saudi crown prince landed on the red carpet in Pakistan on Sunday amid much fanfare and strict security for his two-day visit to the country. Big portraits of the Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Arif Alvi, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince MBS along with banners celebrating Pak-Saudi friendship have been put on display on the Constitution Avenue.
February 18, 2019 04:41 UTC
Our youth only need proper guidance and motivation to succeedKARACHI: The selection of a 12-year-old Pakistani female student for one-week internship at the NASA space center shows how immensely talented young Pakistani girls are. This also shows that now girls are choosing to make their career in the field of space science. Our youth only need proper guidance and motivation. Zain AliPublished in The Express Tribune, February 18th, 2019. Like Opinion & Editorial on Facebook, follow @ETOpEd on Twitter to receive all updates on all our daily pieces.
February 18, 2019 04:41 UTC
Illogical to believe that one can get rid of the circular debt by simply increasing the consumer tariffThe rising circular debt already having soared to Rs1.4 trillion ($10.1 bn) has further widened Pakistan’s yawning fiscal deficit. The term ‘circular debt’ is widely understood as representing an issue whose solution has eluded policymakers for the last 10 years. One component of what constitutes circular debt is the lower rate at which electricity is being charged to the consumer than the cost of its generation and distribution. By failing to foot this subsidy bill the government builds up the circular debt. In view of the above, it is illogical to believe that one can in due course of time get rid of the circular debt by simply increasing the consumer tariff at regular intervals.
February 18, 2019 04:30 UTC
Dr Tajamul said that a special medical board has been constituted, which held a detailed checkup of Nawaz. He said Jinnah Hospital had most of the test facilities required for Nawaz’s checkup but additional arrangements could be made if the need arose. Shehbaz reiterated that his brother needed proper medical treatment and hoped that he would get all required facilities. The former premier was moved to Jinnah Hospital on the recommendation of a special medical board of the Services Hospital and request of his personal physician. He was taken to Kot Lakhpat Jail on February 7 after staying at Services Hospital for five days.
February 18, 2019 04:07 UTC
On one hand, there is an absence of raw material while on the other, working in double shift is inevitable but the employees are not being paid overtime. Deputy Superintendent of Railways Amir Nisar has directed the authorities to ensure provision of quality food products at all railway stations at prices approved by the government. In addition, railway authorities have also started a crackdown against passengers travelling without tickets. Talking to media after an inspection visit, the DS said staff is deployed at all railway stations, including Lahore, to guide and assist the passengers. “The railway authorities have set up several teams to check that passengers are sold quality products at reasonable prices,” he said, adding that raids are being conducted to penalise passengers boarding the trains without tickets.
February 18, 2019 03:56 UTC
Under the programme, 4,630 villages in South Punjab will be certified open defecation freeLAHORE: The Punjab government is going to initiate Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programme soon under stunting reduction programme in 11 districts of South Punjab, The Express Tribune learnt on Sunday. Official documents show the WASH programme will be rolled out in Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Multan, Khanewal, Vehari, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Layyah, and Rajanpur. Drinking water facility will be provided to each of the model villages through ongoing initiatives of the Punjab Saaf Pani Company. Initially, this project was reflected in the Annual Development Programme 2017-18 under Water Supply and Sanitation sector with an estimated cost of Rs1 billion. “So not to lose government funds, we suggest that an equal amount of government funds may also be assigned to model villages.
Increased salaries of doctors will be disbursed after the approval by provincial cabinet, says WahabKARACHI: Young Doctors Association (YDA) Sindh announced to end their strike on Sunday following successful negotiations with the Sindh government. He added the demands would be approved by the provincial cabinet and the salaries of the doctors will be issued after the approval. Young doctors’ strike in Sindh enters fourth dayThe OPDs remained closed on Sunday as it was the weekend and the OTs were also boycotted. It had instructed the hospitals’ administration to make a list of the protesting doctors. The doctors’ demanded that their salaries and pensions be increased to that of their counterparts in Punjab and more than 2,000 doctors from BS-18 be promoted to BS-20 posts.
India yet to explain why Jadhav was issued a passport with a Muslim nameISLAMABAD: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will take up the case of serving Indian spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav today (Monday). It says that Commander Jadhav had resigned from the Indian Navy; however, the reason for his resignation was not revealed. India declined to respond why Commander Jadhav was issued an Indian passport on an impersonated Muslim identity — Hussain Mubarak. The Indian spy was arrested on March 3, 2016, from Balochistan on allegations of espionage and terrorism. The confession of the Indian spy is also present in the form of a video message.
Both Islamabad and Washington officially never confirmed the talks after Taliban last week announced that their team would be visiting Pakistan on February 18. “It should be reminded that the delay was not related to the Islamic Emirate because the Islamic Emirate had held complete preparations for the meeting. Former Afghan president Hamid Karazai publically opposed the idea of Pakistan hosting the next round of talks between US and Taliban. Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, is part of the Taliban negotiating team. With postponement of talks in Islamabad, Taliban and US officials are now expected to meet in Doha on February 25.
Pakistan Air Force Fighter aircraft escorting the VVIP aircraft of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The prime minister, welcoming the Saudi Crown Prince, said it was a great day for the Pakistani people. He said about two million Pakistanis were living in Saudi Arabia and requested the Crown Prince to look into their issues. The crown prince, in response, assured the prime minister that Saudi Arabia would do whatever it could to address those issues. He referred to his conversation with the Saudi Crown Prince as he drove him from the Nur Khan Air Base to the PM House and said Prince Mohammed had a passion for tourism.
February 18, 2019 03:28 UTC
“With the latest increase in FBR valuations, the cost of property transfer has doubled,” he claimed. FBR increases property valuation by average 20%There are around a dozen federal and provincial taxes on the transfer of property from one owner to another. “So, the increase of more than 100% in FBR’s property valuations since December 2016 has simply doubled the cost of property transfer as well,” he said. The trend is growing and it has killed one of the two objectives of the revised FBR valuations. He, however, underlined the need for devising a strategy to bring property prices in line with purchasing power of the common man.
February 18, 2019 03:11 UTC
India’s National Investigating Agency questions suspectsSRINAGAR: Indian forces have detained 23 men suspected of links to the militant group that masterminded the bombing of an Indian security convoy that killed 44 paramilitary police, a top police official said on Sunday. The 23 men included members and sympathizers of Jaish-e-Mohammad, the militant group which has reportedly claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack, the deadliest on Indian security forces in decades. Representatives of India’s National Investigating Agency (NIA) questioned the suspects about the bombing on Sunday, two security officials said. The officials say Umair had “radicalised and motivated” the Kashmiri school dropout who rammed a car laden with explosives into the convoy on Thursday. Indian officials say Umair is a nephew of the chief of the Jaish, Masood Azhar.
February 17, 2019 18:56 UTC
Hasan Ali ripped through Lahore Qalandars’ much-vaunted top order, while fellow quick Wahab Riaz tore through the tail to dismiss the PSL’s most beleaguered franchise for 78, setting up a straightforward win for Peshawar Zalmi. Lahore were also responsible for the lowest score – 59 – with that too coming against Peshawar in 2017, reported ESPNcricinfo. VIDEO:The game’s never truly done while AB de Villiers is at the crease, so what did Hasan Ali do? Not content with three wickets, he removed Brendan Taylor two balls later in almost identical fashion when Lahore were 39 for four. You’ll hear much about Hasan Ali and Wahab, and deservedly so, but just for aesthetics’ sake, why not give Amin a mention.
February 17, 2019 18:56 UTC
PANJGUR: Four FC men were martyred when armed men attacked a security check post here on Sunday. According to details, unknown miscreants stormed a security check post in Gawargo area of district Panjgur of Balochistan. Four FC personnel including Lance Naek Abdul Rehman, Naseebullah, Noman and Haq Nawaz were martyred in the attack. The FC and Levies cordoned off the area launched search operation. Jam Kamal said that our security forces have rendered matchless sacrifices in the war on terror and no one would be allowed to sabotage the peace of the country.
February 17, 2019 17:48 UTC