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PM chairs Health Task Force meeting

Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday chaired a meeting of the Task Force on Health wherein he discussed the matters pertaining to the health sector, a PM Office statement said.

Inquiry commission on loans can summon anybody: Dr Firdous

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Saturday said the proposed inquiry commission on loans could summon anybody to answer regarding his/her corru

FM Qureshi in UK to hold bilateral meetings with British leadership

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has arrived United Kingdom on a three-day official visit. He was received by the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Nafees Zakarya at the Manchester Airport.

ADB to provide $3.4 billion to Pakistan for budgetary support

Federal Minister for Planning and Development Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar says Finance Ministry has entered into an agreement worth 3.4 billion dollars with Asian Development Bank for budgetary support.

Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan agree to upgrade cooperation, connectivity

Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan Thursday agreed to comprehensively upgrade mutual cooperation in diverse fields and strengthen the land and air connectivity between the two countries.

PM once again offers India to resolve all issues through dialogue

Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again offered India to resolve all differences through dialogue, which is the only way to sort out issues.

PM holds ‘informal discussion’ with Russian President Putin

Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday held an ‘informal discussion’ with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital.

Govt to formulate new media policy: Dr Firdous

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that Chairman of the high-powered Inquiry Commission announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan...

Creating awareness about celiac diseases social responsibility: Shafqat Mahmood

Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood Thursday said that creating awareness about celiac diseases was their social responsibility, which would benefit...

Record amount of Rs 150 bln allocated in new federal budget for tribal districts: NA Speaker

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser says a record amount of one hundred and fifty billion rupees have been allocated in the new federal budget for development of tribal districts. Addressing a funct

Effective use of human capital lead to better knowledgeable economy: President

President Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday stressing the importance of quality education said effective use of human intellect could lead to building better knowledgeable economy.

Govt alive to problems being faced by Sindh people: PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday said the government was fully alive to the problems being faced by the people of Sindh and he would soon visit the province.

PM discusses draft ToRs for Commission of Inquiry with aides

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting here at the Prime Minister’s Office regarding the Commission of Inquiry where the draft Terms of Reference (ToRs)...

PM determined to make Pakistan more stable, strong: Dr Firdous

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan says the government has taken several measures for the uplift and well-being of the people.

Pakistan to continue reconciliatory role in Afghan peace process: FM

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to hold peaceful relations with all neighboring countries on equal basis.

Govt committed to achieve 4% GDP growth target: Minister

Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar Wednesday said the government had set the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth target of 4%...

President stresses need for multi-dimensional strategic partnership between Pakistan, Russia

President Dr Arif Alvi says Pakistan and Russia enjoy close friendly and cooperative relations based on mutual respect, commonality of interests for peace and stability in the region and beyond.

PM announces high-powered commission to probe wealth stolen from Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced to constitute a high powered commission to probe the wealth stolen from Pakistan. In a nationwide address, he said the commission will include representatives.

Federal Budget with total outlay of Rs7022bn announced

Federal Budget with a total outlay of 7022 billion rupees for the next fiscal year, containing relief for the poor and measures for economic stabilization and fiscal discipline, has been announced.

Govt committed to welfare of journalists: Dr Firous

Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan says the government is committed to the welfare of journalists and protection of their rights.

Govt provided enabling environment to institutions for accountability: Fawad

Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary says government has fulfilled the promise of laying the strong foundation of accountability in the country.

Courts, institutions free in Naya Pakistan: SAPM on Information

Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan says courts and institutions are free in Naya Pakistan and no one is in above law.

PM stresses setting example of austerity from top level

Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday said the country’s financial situation required exercising austerity at all levels and stressed setting an example from the top.

Firdous asks industrialists, traders & public to become part of tax reforms agenda

Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Monday asked industrialists, traders and general public to respond positively to the Prime Minister’s appeal to the nat

FM reaffirms Pakistan’s commitment for peace in Afghanistan

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan commitment to play its role for the Afghan peace process including maintaining peace in the region.

Hafeez reaffirms govt’s resolve to address drawn-out economic issues for sustainable growth

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh Monday expressed the government’s resolve to address long drawn- out basic issues to put the...

Federal Budget for fiscal year 2019-20 being presented in NA today

Federal Budget for the next financial year is being announced today. The budgetary proposals will be presented in the National Assembly which has been convened at 5.00 pm.

Accountability process being carried out without discrimination: Firdous

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Monday said that accountability process was being carried out by National Accountability Bureau...

Karachi needs desalination plant to meet water requirement

President Arif Alvi here on Sunday said a desalination plant with the capacity to treat 1100 to 1400 million gallons of water per day was a viable option to meet the challenge of water scarcity in Kar

PM urges people to declare benami assets by June 30

Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again appealed the nation to fully avail the asset declaration scheme in order to help the country stand on its own feet and lift the people out of poverty.

PM chairs meeting to consider budget proposals

Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday chaired a meeting for preparing the upcoming fiscal budget 2019-20. The meeting considered proposals for the budget, the PM Office media wing in...

Kashmir solution imperative for peace in South Asia: FM

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday said the resolution of the Kashmir dispute was imperative for peace in South Asia.

Uplift of downtrodden segments top priority of PTI govt in its first budget: Firdous

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Sunday said uplift of downtrodden segments of the society was top priority of Pakistan...

Economic Survey for current fiscal year being launched today

Economic Survey of Pakistan for the current financial year is being launched today. The survey will provide an overview of the national economy, highlighting performance and achievements...

Pakistan-India relations heading towards improvement: FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi says relations between Pakistan and India are heading towards improvement.

First flight of British Airways lands at Islamabad Int'l Airport after a long gap

British Airways has resumed its flight operation to Pakistan after a long gap. The first flight has arrived Islamabad International Airport this morning from Heathrow, London with 240 passengers on bo

Imran Khan truly represented sentiments of Muslims at OIC: Dr Firdous

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Sunday said Prime Minister Imran Khan made a historic address at the summit meeting of the Organization...

Amount for social protection to be doubled in next budget under Ehsas program: SAPM

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Welfare Sania Nishtar says Ehsaas program is important to bring the marginalized areas into mainstream.

Two-day Pak-US talks on bilateral matters, regional situation began in Islamabad on Sunday

The two-way delegation level consultative meeting between Pakistan and the US started at Foreign Office in Islamabad today.

PM inherited broken system, trying his best to rebuild it: Fawad

Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said in clear terms that there is no disagreement within the party.

NEC approves Rs 1.837 trillion development budget, macroeconomic framework

The National Economic Council (NEC) on Wednesday approved National Development Outlay 2019-20 amounting to Rs 1.837 trillion including Federal Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP)...

Vibrant media vital for strong Pakistan: Firdous

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Wednesday highlighted importance of media in national development, and said...

Rs 102 billion released for mega development in FATA; says Shehryar Afridi

Minister of State for States and Frontier Regions Shehryar Afridi Wednesday said the federal government had released an unprecedented Rs.102 billion for the development of tribal regions...

Pakistan, Egypt stresses for finding peaceful solution to development in Middle East, Gulf region

The foreign ministers of Pakistan and Egypt on Wednesday exchanged views on important developments in the Middle East and Gulf region and emphasized on the importance of finding peaceful solutions...

Muslim Umah should come forward for consensus over Al- Quds issue: Shireen

Minister for Human rights Dr. Shireen M. Mazari says it is a dire call of the time that all Muslim Umah should come forward to play their decisive role and to develop a consensus over Al- Quds issue.

Pakistan, Indonesia decide to reactivate Joint Economic Commission

Pakistan and Indonesia has decided to reactivate the Joint Economic Commission established in 2003. This was initiated during a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his...

President asks NAVTEC, HEC to furnish curriculum on hospitality services to tap tourist potential

Citing Pakistan’s serene landscape and diverse culture, President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday said ensuring quality hospitality services was important to fully exploit the country’s tourism potential.

PM to launch Ehsaas Qarz-e-Hasna, Asset Transfer Scheme next month

Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch the Ehsaas Qarz-i-Hasna Scheme and the Asset Transfer Scheme next month under the umbrella of “Ehsaas” Programme.

PM, Uzbek deputy prime minister discuss bilateral ties

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Uzbekistan’s deputy prime minister Elyor Ganiev met here Monday and discussed matters of bilateral and regional importance.

Govt to extend all possible assistance to erstwhile FATA: Hafeez Shaikh

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has expressed the government's commitment to extend all possible assistance to erstwhile FATA to fulfill its needs.