newsdailyMarch 3, 2021


  قومی اسمبلی سمیت سندھ ، بلوچستان اور خیبر پختونخوا کی صوبائی اسمبلیوں میں سینیٹ کی 37 نشستوں کے لیے پولنگ کا عمل جاری ہے۔

پنجاب کی تمام 11 نشستوں پر امیدوار بلا مقابلہ منتخب ہوچکے ہیں جب کہ آج اسلام آباد کی 2، سندھ کی 11 ، خیبر پختونخوا اور بلوچستان کی بارہ بارہ نشستوں پر ووٹ ڈالے جارہے ہیں۔ اس سلسلے میں  قومی اسمبلی سمیت تمام صوبائی اسمبلیوں کے ہال کو پولنگ اسٹیشن کا درجہ حاصل ہے۔

سہ پہر ڈھائی بجے کے قریب ہی ایوان کے 341 میں سے 340 ارکان نے ووٹ کاسٹ کرلئے تھے تاہم جماعت اسلامی کے عبدالاکبر چترالی پارٹی پالیسی کے تحت ووٹنگ میں حصہ نہیں لیا۔ جس پر قانونو کے مطابق ریٹرننگ افسر مقرہ وقت تک ان کا انتظار کررہے ہیں۔

ووٹنگ کے دوران تحریک انصاف کے رہنما شہریار آفریدی نے بیلٹ پیئپر پر دستخط کردیئے، جس سے شہریار آفریدی کا ووٹ ضائع ہونے کا امکان پیداہوگیا۔

پولنگ کے دوران قومی اسمبلی میں اراکین کے موبائل اندر لے جانے پر عائد پابندی پر سختی سے عملدرآمد کرایا جارہا ہے، اس حوالے سے پیپلز پارٹی کے ایم این اے عبدالقادر پٹیل اور سکیورٹی عملے کے درمیان تکرار بھی ہوئی، عبدالقادر پٹیل نے تکرار کے بعد اپنا موبائل فون جمع کرادیا اور کہا کہ اگر حکومتی رکن میں سے کوئی موبائل فون اندر لایا تو ذمہ دار سیکیورٹی عملہ ہوگا۔

newsdailyFebruary 24, 2021


COLOMBO: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena on Wednesday underscored the need to expand Pakistan-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to realize the full potential of bilateral trade.

In a meeting held in Colombo, the two Foreign Ministers reviewed the whole gamut of bilateral relations and agreed to work closely to further strengthen ties and enhance cooperation in diverse fields.

Qureshi stressed the importance Pakistan attached to its relations with Sri Lanka in further strengthening the multifaceted cooperation. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Sri Lanka was reflective of the priority accorded to this relationship.

Underscoring the need to enhance bilateral trade and investment, Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed satisfaction at the progress made during the recently held meetings of the 12th Joint Economic Commission (JEC) and 7th Commerce Secretary Level talks.

He welcomed the convening of the “Trade and Investment Conference” jointly chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. In the context of economic connectivity, Foreign Minister Qureshi highlighted that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), could be a game changer for the entire region.

The Foreign Minister also highlighted the mutual benefit that linking of Gwadar Port in Pakistan to the Sri Lankan Ports could bring to both the countries. He invited Sri Lanka to benefit from Gwadar Port for an easy access to the Central Asian markets. Foreign Minister Qureshi, noting the close traditional and cultural ties between the two countries, proposed on promoting religious tourism.

He welcomed the reconstitution of Sri Lanka-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group in Sri Lankan Parliament and underscored the importance of regular parliamentary exchanges to reinforce bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

Foreign Minister Qureshi stated that Pakistan was a key partner of Sri Lanka in human resource development. In this regard, he highlighted the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Higher Education Cooperation Programme (PSLHECP). He also appreciated the Sri Lankan cricket team’s visit that led to the return of international cricket to Pakistan.

Qureshi shared Pakistan’s perspective on major issues of regional and international importance. The two Foreign Ministers re-affirmed the commitment for close cooperation at the regional and international fora, including the UN and SAARC.–APP

newsdailyFebruary 24, 2021


COLOMBO: Pakistan on Wednesday offered $50 million new credit line to Sri Lanka for cooperation in the field of defence and security.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Imran Khan who concluded his two-day official visit to the island nation, said the Joint Communique issued by the foreign ministries of the two countries from Colombo and Islamabad.

“The two sides stressed the need for stronger partnership for supporting and coordinating with each other in dealing with matters related to security, terrorism, organized crime and drug and narcotic trafficking as well as intelligence-sharing,” the Communique read.

The two sides expressed satisfaction over the existing bilateral cooperation in the field of defence and noted that the elevation of staff-level talks to Defence Dialogue had provided an opportunity to expand security sector relations. To strengthen sports diplomacy, Pakistan will provide Rs 52 million for promotion of sports in Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Imran Khan at an interactive session with the sports community of Sri Lanka announced the commissioning of the ‘Imran Khan High Performance Sports Centre’ in Colombo. Pakistan also announced to establish Asian Civilization and Culture Centre at University of Peradeniya at the Sri Lankan resort Kandy.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have agreed on a broad consensus on ways and means to further strengthen cooperation in diverse fields and promote high-level and delegation-level exchanges.

This was the first visit by the Prime Minister of Pakistan to Sri Lanka since the formation of the new governments in both the countries, clearly reflecting the warmth and goodwill between the governments and peoples of the two countries.

During the visit, Prime Minister Imran Khan held delegation-level meetings with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka. Both sides comprehensively reviewed the multifaceted bilateral relationship in diverse fields of cooperation.

“The talks were held in a warm and cordial atmosphere, marked by mutual trust and respect. The visit afforded a timely opportunity to both sides to further build upon their close and regular consultations, particularly in the areas identified during the recently held Foreign Secretary-level Bilateral Political Consultations, Joint Economic Commission session, and the Commerce Secretaries-level Talks,” the Joint Communique said.

Pakistan announced 100 scholarships in the field of medicines (MBBS and BDS) as part of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Higher Education Cooperation Programme (PSLHECP). Both sides reached broad consensus on ways and means to further strengthen cooperation in a comprehensive manner and agreed to hold frequent meetings, promote high-level and delegation-level exchanges and enhance the process of consultations.

Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated Pakistan’s support for the socio-economic development of Sri Lanka in line with the vision of a “peaceful neighborhood”. The two sides reviewed the extensive engagement that exists between the two countries in promoting cultural linkages, human resource development, and capacity building in diverse areas as well as educational and technical cooperation.

Realizing the existence of great potential of religious tourism to Buddhist archeological sites and noting the close ancient and cultural ties dating back to Gandhara civilization, the two sides underscored the importance of enhancing cooperation in the field of tourism and highlighted the benefits of sharing expertise in the hospitality industry, including training and capacity building.

At the high-level Pakistan-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Conference held in Colombo, the two countries stressed the importance of realizing the goal of achieving US$1 billion bilateral trade target and also agreed to work towards broadening and deepening of Pakistan Sri Lank Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The Memoranda of Understanding signed during the visit include i) MoU on Cooperation in Tourism, ii) MoU between the Boards of Investment, iii)MoU between Industrial Technology Institute (ITI), Sri Lanka and International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi Islamic Republic of Pakistan, iv) Intent of Cooperation between Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka and COMSATS University Islamabad and v) MoU between University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Lahore School of Economics, Pakistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa jointly acknowledged the reconstitution of the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Association. Both sides underlined the importance of inter-religious dialogue and harmony as a key to promote cultural diversity, peaceful co-existence and mutual empathy.

The two sides noted the close cooperation between the two countries at regional and international fora on issues of mutual interest, and agreed to further strengthen a coordinated approach on such matters. Both sides stressed the need to convene the Charter Based bodies and agreed to take forward the SAARC process for further strengthening regional cooperation to achieve prosperity in the region.

Discussing the developments in regional and global environment the two sides reaffirmed their joint commitment to regional peace, security and stability. Prime Minister Imran Khan underscored the need for peaceful resolution of outstanding disputes through constructive dialogue in accordance with international legitimacy.

In the context of regional connectivity, Prime Minister Imran Khan highlighted the opportunities presented by China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of BRI, for regional economic growth and prosperity.

Discussing the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, the two sides underscored the need for collective efforts to deal with the pandemic. Sri Lanka thanked Pakistan for the tremendous assistance extended to the repatriation of stranded Sri Lankans in Pakistan since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Reiterating the commitment of the new government to further strengthen the bilateral relations, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka thanked the government, and people of Pakistan for the constant support extended by Pakistan to safeguard the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Imran Khan extended an invitation to the President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to visit Pakistan at their earliest convenience and thanked them for the warm hospitality extended to him and his delegation.—APP

newsdailyFebruary 23, 2021


LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Tuesday chaired a joint meeting of PTI and PML-Q candidates for holding consultations for the upcoming Senate elections.

Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Barrister Ali Zafar, Dr Zarqa Taimoor, Aon Abbas Pabbi and Kamil Ali Agha of PML-Q attended the meeting while Saif Ullah Khan Niazi participated through video link.

Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan, Law Minister Raja Basharat, SACM Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Chief Whip in Punjab Assembly Syed Abbas Ali Shah and special coordinator to CM for political affairs Aun Chaudhry also attended the meeting. The meeting held a detailed deliberation about the strategy for the success of candidates and various proposals came under discussion.

The CM stated the PTI and PML-Q candidates would succeed and a strategy had been devised in this regard. The government alliance would achieve success as the opposition was unconcerned about the public and it was only interested in making hue and cry, concluded the CM.–AP

newsdailyFebruary 23, 2021


COLOMBO: Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations in diverse areas including trade, investment, science and technology and culture through enhanced connectivity.

“My visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral relationship [with Sri Lanka] specially trade and economic ties through enhanced connectivity…,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing a joint press conference with his Sri Lanka counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa here after holding one-on-one and delegation talks.

Imran Khan since Pakistan was part of the Chinese President’s Belt and Road Initiative through its flagship China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, Sri Lanka can benefit from the project through enhanced connectivity up to the Central Asian States.

The Prime Minister, who was in Sri Lnaka on a two-day visit, said that he had asked his delegation to find ways and means to enhance trade and economic relations between the two countries through increased connectivity.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that with Pakistan having faced the worst kind of terrorism for 10 years which took the lives of over 70,000 people and Sri Lanka also facing the menace for 30 years, the two countries shared the common problem.
He mentioned the role played by Pakistan in addressing the problem of terrorism in Sri Lanka that was hindering progress and development.
The Prime Minister said that with 10 years of terrorism, there hardly came any investment in Pakistan and Sri Lanka also faced similar problems.
 He said that now Pakistan and Sri Lanka like other countries of world faced the situation of coronavirus. The poor and developing nations were badly hit by COVID-19 in terms of economy, he remarked.
The Prime Minister said that during the talks with Sri Lankan counterpart, the two sides discussed how the poor and developing countries could get debt relief from the developed world as well as the international financial institutions.
Highlighting the gravity of economic situation faced by the developing countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Imran Khan said that Pakistan had provided a stimulus package of US $ 8 billion as compared to US $ 3000 billion provided by the United States to its people.
The Prime Minister said that with the situation of this discrepancy of resource allocation found between the developed and developing world to COVID-19, the United Nations and other international institutions should step in to help the poor and developing nations.
Coming back to bilateral relations, Imran Khan said Pakistan having various heritage sites was home to ancient civilizations of Gandhara and Budhism. Pakistan has also recently discovered a biggest Budha in the country, he added.
The Prime Minister, who extended an invitation to his Sri Lankan counterpart visit Pakistan, also stressed for enhanced cooperation between the two countries in the field of cultural tourism. Imran Khan said he was not stranger in Sri Lanka as he has been visiting the country from his cricketing period and played matches. The Prime Minister recalled how Sri Lankan cricket revolutionized and became the world class team.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told the media-persons that they discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest, besides ways and means to strengthen bilateral ties.
He said during the meeting, the two sides agreed to enhance cooperation between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in diverse areas, including trade, investment, science and technology, education and culture.
Imran Khan and his Sri Lankan counterpart on the occasion also witnessed the signing of five memorandums of understanding (MOUs) for enhanced bilateral cooperation in the fields of investment, science and technology, and industrial technology.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is the first head of government to visit Sri Lanka after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed office last year, which was reflective of the importance both the countries attach to their important relationship.
Imran Khan is visiting Sri Lanka on the invitation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.—APP

newsdailyFebruary 22, 2021


Prime Minister Imran Khan will embark on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow (Tuesday). The Prime Minister is visiting Sri Lanka on the invitation of his counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa and he will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including members of the Cabinet and senior officials.

According to Radio Pakistan, The Prime Minister’s engagements include meetings with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. He will also lead the delegation-level talks, covering all areas of cooperation between the two countries including trade,investment, health, education, agriculture, science & technology, defence and culture tourism. Besides bilateral matters, views will be exchanged on key regional and international issues.

The Prime Minister will also participate in a joint ‘Trade and Investment Conference’ aimed at promoting trade and investment between the two countries. A number of MoUs to enhance bilateral cooperation will be signed during the visit. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relations and the two countries share commonality of views on a wide range of international and regional issues.

newsdailyFebruary 22, 2021


Karachi: The picturesque Gwadar Cricket Stadium is likely to host a friendly match between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators clash after the conclusion of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six. The announcement was made by singer-cum presenter Fakhr-e-Azal who recently organized an exhibition match at the same venue.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has officially informed Balochistan government that they will organize Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators clash at Gwadar on March 25,” Fakhr-e-Alam said in a video on Twitter. Fakhr is now hopeful that Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan will assure full help to successfully hold this encounter.

newsdailyFebruary 18, 2021


Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (WKF) Secretary Rana Mohammad Sarwar on Wednesday announced that the country will host the Kabaddi World Cup in 2024 and Asia Kabaddi Cup in 2022, The News reported. “We have been given the right to host the World Cup in 2024 and the Asia Cup in 2022. This is indeed a great news for Pakistan and for kabaddi fans in the country,” Sarwar said.

He added that the country’s win in the 2020 World Cup was key to attaining hosting rights. “Now Pakistan is a big power in the kabaddi world and that is evident from our successful bid for both the major events to be hosted in the country within the next three years,” Sarwar said.

The PKF official also announced to hold international matches between Pakistan and India near Kartarpur Corridor in coming years. “It is also a big development for Pakistan and Indian Punjab kabaddi fans,” he said. “We are planning to host international matches between the two countries on the premises of Kartarpur Corridor for the sake of fans emerging from both sides.”

According to Geo news, Sarwar acknowledged PKF President Ch. Shafay Hussain’s efforts in making these events a big success. “Our president is making all-out efforts to make these events worth remembering. He has already started his efforts in this regard.”

While appreciating Pakistan Olympic Association and Pakistan Sports Board for their support in recent times, the PKF secretary said that without them, organising such big events was not possible.

newsdailyFebruary 17, 2021


ISLAMABAD:  Special Assistant to PM on Revenue Dr. Waqar Masood on Wednesday said that with the effort of PTI-led government the tax net collection has been increased by bringing reforms in the FBR (Federal Board of Revenue) and country’ economy was putting back on fast track.

Talking to a private news channel, he appreciated the efforts of FBR for expanding the tax net and facilitating the tax payers, adding, FBR would achieve the revenue target set for the current year and the economic activities would further improve in coming four months.

He also mentioned that in the month of January almost 13% increase in tax collections was witnessed, adding that the fruits of improvement in the economy would reach the common man soon.

He further explained that during the current period, significant improvement was made in increasing foreign direct investments, tax revenue; improving debt management, and ensuring financial economy discipline.

Replying to a question, he said PTI-led government has no plan to bring mini-budget and government would not impose any new taxes in the upcoming budget for the fiscal year to facilitate the industry and help check contraction of economy.

Talking about tax theft in sugar mills, he said that FBR has decided to install internet protocol cameras at different manufacturing sectors including Sugar mills to undertake real-time monitoring of production process in a bid to curb tax evasion.

“We have given special focus on the IT tools for expanding the tax net, he said, adding, reforms in FBR and revenue collection are targets besides expanding tax network across the country”.

To another Question about doubtful transaction of money, he replied that Federal Board of Revenue has already notified provisions making it mandatory for ordinary citizens to show computerized Identity Card in case of purchase over Rs50,000 from a registered sales tax seller.

Citizens should utilize their CNIC cards while transaction of heavy mount, he said, adding, this condition will help avoid, unverifiable and fictitious business buyers which results in huge sales tax losses in the value chain.–APP

newsdailyNovember 16, 2020


Karachi: The final match of PSL 5 will be played between Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars tomorrow at National Stadium Karachi. These two cities have the biggest fanbases and cultural rivalry will lock horns for a chance to lift the prestigious trophy for the first time. Before the start of the tournament, no one was hoping that Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars will face each other in the end.

Mainly Qalandars, who lost their first three matches and the fans were again wondering if they would again finish last just like the previous four seasons.

On the other hand, Kings’ journey has been a roller-coaster ride till the final bowl of their qualifier against Multan Sultans. Kings had a stigma on not going through as they qualified every time for the playoffs in the last four seasons but couldn’t reach the final, however, on the other hand, Qalandars finished at the last and couldn’t taste the flavor of knockouts. Ary sports reported.

That’s all past and both these teams have played a good amount of cricket to reach this stage. Kings claiming a win against Sultans in a super-over thriller while Qalandars outclassing both Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans in Eliminators.

The rest of the tournament is over. Both teams begin anew, knowing they only need 40 good overs. And maybe a Super Over.

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