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Disqualified PM negates his son-in-law’s anti minority stance

Disqualified PM negates his son-in-law's anti minority stance

Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif Sunday said all minorities living in Pakistan enjoyed complete fundamental rights, including protection to their lives and property, under the constitution and in accordance with the Islamic teachings. “Any negative expression in this regard has nothing to do with the ideology and policy of the PML-N,” he clarified in …

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UK prepares for rising inflation

UK prepares for rising inflation

UK inflation is expected to hit a five-year high this week, outstripping growth in pay packets and putting renewed pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates. City economists forecast that the consumer price index (CPI) will be shown to have risen to 3% in September, up from 2.9% a month earlier, its highest level since 2012. The Office for …

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Pakistan’s banking for environment related projects

The State Bank of Pakistan has introduced Green Banking Guidelines (GBGs) and has given banks and development finance institutions a year to implement them. The guidelines cover every aspect of banking. “We’re being encouraged to lend generously to environment-friendly projects. We’re expected to ensure that even our overall general financing goes to the projects and borrowers that meet provincial, national …

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The notorious Karachi knife attacker caught

Almost three weeks since the first stabbing incident in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, police have finally claimed to have arrested the prime suspect behind the series of knife attacks. In a major breakthrough in the case of 13 women being stabbed by a knife-wielding motorcyclist, the police say they arrested a suspect, Muhammad Waseem, who was allegedly involved in several stabbing cases in …

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USA’s issues with CPEC

Why is US against CPEC? Pak-US relations have been marred by mistrust and suspicions. However, this bilateral relationship is witnessing another downward tendency since Donald Trump became US President. The latest developments including that of US refusing to pay $350 million in military aid to Pakistan in July this year on the grounds that the South Asian country is not …

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Is Taj Mahal going to be replaced with a Hindu temple?

Is Taj Mahal going to be replace with a Hindu temple?

Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, a cabinet minister in Uttar Pradesh, has said that the Taj Mahal was “rightly kept out” of the tourism booklet recently released the Yogi Adityanath government, and the 17th century monument “should instead be replaced with the Guru Gorakhnath peeth.” Speaking on the controversial omission, Chaudhary said that the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttar Pradesh was “rashtravadi (nationalist)” and runs on …

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Afghanistan Contact Group meetings in Moscow, Beijing

SCO Afghanistan Contact group meets in Moscow, next session in Beijing After a seven-year pause, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) resumed its Afghanistan Contact Group meeting, which was hosted by Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by the SCO member-states at the deputy foreign ministerial level. As SCO observer-state, the Afghan delegation was led by …

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USA, Pakistan start rebuilding their damaged ties

USA, Pakistan start rebuilding their damaged ties

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry said on Wednesday Pakistan and the United States have started to engage at various levels to overcome the stalemate in ties caused by the new South Asia strategy, and hoped the two countries would be able to clear misgivings between them. “No doubt, the relationship has seen many ups and downs in …

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Most yearly economic targets missed by Pakistan

Pakistan’s economy missed all the targets set by the government for fiscal year 2016-17 (FY!&), barring inflation, while several economic indicators worsened during the year, according to the Annual Review of the Economy 2016-17 issued by the Institute for Policy Reforms (IPR) on Tuesday. Fiscal consolidation gains of recent years also took a major retreat, the report said, placing the …

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Pakistan Army Chief’s speech on Security and Economy

“Bismillah IrRahman NirRaheem” Ladies and Gentlemen Assalam-o-Alaikum, I am really honored to be here today amongst the most learned and vibrant community of Pakistan I commend efforts of the organizers for organizing this seminar on such an important topic. I must appreciate the quality of papers presented here and hope that their conclusions will resonate through all the concerned quarters …

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