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October 18, 2017 12:00 PM Nawaz Sharif will return very soon: Ayaz Sadiq

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday said the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will return to the country soon. "Nawaz Sharif will return to the country very soon, as soon as Begum's [Kulsoom Nawaz] health stabilises a bit," said Sadiq. When asked regarding the recent meeting between Maryam Nawaz, Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz 1

October 18, 2017 8:32 AM If Pakistan does not want to be pushed to ‘do more’, then its economy should not be so vulnerable

Nothing remains constant in Pakistan, not even perceptions. Such is the sad state of affairs of Pakistan’s geo-politics and economy. It was only a few months ago, in May, that Pakistan had been upgraded to the MSCI Emerging Markets status, opening door to global investors and economic analysts. Since then, however, the situation has changed drastically

October 18, 2017 1:30 AM Dar appreciates ADB support for uplift programmes

ISLAMABAD - Asian Development Bank (ADB) Executive Director Sami Saeed on Tuesday called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at the Ministry of Finance and discussed matters related to ADB’s various projects and programmes in Pakistan. The minister was informed that due to the improved credit ratings of Pakistan and the economic reforms carried out by the government 1

October 17, 2017 7:28 AM 84 lawmakers barred from entering Punjab Assembly after ECP suspension

Eighty-four lawmakers were barred from attending the session of Punjab Assembly on Tuesday, a day after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) suspended their membership for not submitting their statements of assets and liabilities. A total of 74 MPAs belonging to the ruling PML-N were barred from entering the House after their suspension by ECP. The barred

October 16, 2017 9:32 PM Pakistan elected member of HR Council for fourth time

Pakistan on Monday won a key election by securing a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council when the General Assembly elected 15 countries to serve on the 47-member body. “This victory is a ringing endorsement of Pakistan’s strong commitment to human rights,” Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said in a post-election 2

October 16, 2017 8:53 PM Disqualification case: Imran takes new position over offshore wealth

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has finally provided a bank statement regarding his Niazi Services Limited (NSL) to the Supreme Court which is seized with a petition for his disqualification over non-disclosure of assets and existence of offshore wealth. The bank statement reveals that the account for NSL, an offshore company 1 1

October 16, 2017 5:14 PM Pakistan elected to UN Human Rights Council

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term 2018-20 on Monday. The elections were held in New York at the UN General Assembly, the Foreign Office said. Pakistan secured more than two-third majority votes. There were five candidates from the Asia Pacific region against four seats. Since its establishment in 2006, this is for the fourth 2

October 16, 2017 12:03 PM Capt Safdar, Ayesha Gulalai among 261 lawmakers suspended by ECP

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) suspended on Monday the membership of 261 lawmakers of the national and provincial assemblies and Senate for not submitting statements of assets and liabilities. The suspended parliamentarians include Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) Captain Safdar, estranged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Ayesha Gulalai

October 16, 2017 9:43 AM Apple slams attempt to ban iPhone in China

Apple has rejected as “meritless” a legal move by Qualcomm to ban iPhone sales in China, the latest salvo in a bitter patent battle between the two US tech giants. Bloomberg News reported on Saturday that Qualcomm had filed a lawsuit in Beijing seeking a ban on the assembly and sale of iPhones in China — a vital Apple manufacturing base and sales market 4

October 16, 2017 1:44 AM MQM-P demands by-polls on seats left vacant by deserters

KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Convener Dr Farooq Sattar on Sunday demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Sindh Assembly speaker hold by-elections on those provincial assembly seats, which had fallen vacant after lawmakers of one party switched over to other parties. He claimed that MQM-P would emerge victorious in these 1