Pakistan refuses to accept IMF’s demand of increase tax rate

ISLAMABAD: According to sources, Pakistan refused to accept demands of an increase in tax rate and electricity prices by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the first round of talks for a financial bailout that ended today, Finance Minister Asad Umar said. Umar said that disagreements with the IMF continue on certain issues, which include an increase in electricity prices...

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PM forwards request for regularisation of Bani Gala

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday forwarded a request to regularize  his illegal Bani Gala property in Islamabad. According to sources, the prime minister submitted papers to Capital Development Authority (CDA) pertaining to his 250 kanal residence and an adjoining property in the Bani Gala suburbs of the federal capital. “The premier submitted ownership papers, maps and other related...

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Taliban confirms talks with US officials on Afghan conflict

KABUL: The Taliban held talks with US officials in Qatar on ending the Afghan conflict last week, the militants confirmed Monday, but said no agreement was reached on "any issue". The statement comes a day after US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad expressed hopes in Kabul that a peace deal could be struck before the Afghan presidential election, scheduled for April 20...

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Katas Raj Case: SC orders cement company to donate Rs100m to dam fund

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Monday wrapped up a case pertaining to the depleted Katas Raj pond in Chakwal and ordered a cement company to donate Rs100 million to the dam fund. A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry heard the case pertaining to the depleted Katas Raj...

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PakvNZ: Mercurial Pakistan snatches defeat from the jaws of victory

ABU DHABI: Pakistan were wobbling with only one wicket in hand, as New Zealand spinners shook up the hosts' batting lineup and turned the Abu Dhabi Test into a tricky affair. Pakistan were just 8 runs away from winning the first Test on Monday but had only one wicket in hand, after a clatter of early wickets. Azhar Ali, who...

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DG ISPR informs journalists of Indian ceasefire violations at LoC at meetup

RAWALPINDI: A delegation of journalists from Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and Hazara Division visited the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and interacted with Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, a statement from the military’s media wing said on Monday. The journalists shared their feedback on the security situation and development work undertaken by Pakistan Army. DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor...

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Trump’s statement a harsh reminder against appeasement policy: Mazari

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari responded to US President Donald Trump’s recent statement that Pakistan does not do “a damn thing” for the US. In a tweet, Mazari said Trump's statement should be a lesson for those Pakistani leaders who kept appeasing the US especially after September 11. Mazari went on to give examples of the appeasement such as the loss...

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