Inquiry report issued, not leaked to media, govt insists

The PTI government on Saturday released the much-awaited inquiry report into the sugar price hike and wheat shortage in the country earlier this year, 'fulfilling' a key promise made by Prime Minister Imran Khan. However, it soon became a matter of debate on social media whether the government had issued the report voluntarily or whether its hand was forced after...

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PM Khan reshuffles cabinet; Khusro Bakhtiar, Fakhar Imam, Aminul Haq, Hammad Azhar given new portfolios

Prime Minister Imran Khan reshuffled the federal cabinet on Monday, a few days after an FIA investigation report identified top PTI leaders as being responsible for the sugar and wheat crisis. Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Khusro Bakhtiar resigned from the ministry and has now been appointed as minister for economic affairs, replacing Hammad Azhar. Cabinet changes:...

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Two PIA pilots confirmed to have contracted coronavirus, suspends flight operations from KHI

LAHORE: Two pilots of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) that recently flew back from Canada have been confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus and shifted to a private in Lahore for treatment, according to Punjab Minister for Health Yasmin Rashid. "The coronavirus tests of two PIA pilots and three other members of the crew on a flight that recently...

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Thousands of stranded Pakistanis in UAE seek to return home amid coronavirus crisis

DUBAI: More than 20,000 Pakistani workers stuck in the United Arab Emirates are seeking to return home, as the Gulf Arab state tightens restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak. The UAE, which has reported 1,799 coronavirus cases and 10 deaths, has gradually increased curbs, including imposing a nationwide curfew, suspending passenger flights and putting Dubai in a lockdown. A densely...

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Pakistan’s forex reserves slump 12% in just weeks amid coronavirus pandemic

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's foreign exchanges reserves plunged more than 12% or $1.6 billion over just three weeks in March as the coronavirus outbreak roiled global financial markets, the latest data from the central bank showed. As on March 27, forex reserves totalled $11.2 billion, down from $12.8 billion as on March 6. Pakistan last year had entered into a programme with...

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Coronavirus: Punjab govt extends lockdown till April 14

The Punjab government on Monday announced it was extending the existing restrictions in the province till April 14. “Public is requested to follow the guidelines issued by the government and ensure that they don't leave home unless necessary,” the government spokesperson said. https://twitter.com/MusarratCheema/status/1247038746937171968 Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar on Monday announced that the provincial government had decided that it will...

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SC expresses reservations over govt’s coronavirus plan, questions Dr Zafar Mirza’s qualification

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday expressed concerns over the government’s plan to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus as more cases were reported in the country. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed questioned the state's preparedness in dealing with the crisis while hearing the petition pertaining to the release of under-trail prisoners amidst the coronavirus pandemic...

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Nausheen Javed Amjad appointed FBR head

Nausheen Javed Amjad was on Monday appointed as the chairperson of the Federal Board of Revenue. In the absence of the former FBR chief Shabbar Zaidi, the officer had taken charge as acting chair of the revenue body back in February. According to sources, Zaidi had gone on an indefinite leave due to health issues. Zaidi in February rejected speculation...

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