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August 16, 2018 5:11 AM KP, Sindh chief ministers elected; Punjab Assembly elects Elahi as speaker

It is a busy day for democracy today, with the newly sworn-in assemblies of Punjab and Balochistan electing their speakers and deputy speakers, while the assemblies of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are electing their chief ministers for the next five years. In the KP Assembly, where the PTI had grabbed the speaker and deputy speaker's slots a day earlier 2

August 15, 2018 9:26 AM PTI lawmaker submits resolution for south Punjab in provincial assembly

In an apparent attempt to fulfill the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)'s promise for the creation of a new province comprising the southern part of Punjab, a PTI lawmaker newly elected to the Punjab Assembly has submitted a resolution seeking the House recommend that the federal government initiate the process for the creation of a Southern Punjab province

August 14, 2018 1:55 AM By-polls on 11 NA seats to be held within two months

ISLAMABAD: By-elections on 11 general seats of the National Assembly will be held within the next two months, a senior official of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) told Dawn on Monday. He said that while nine vacancies had been created by resignations of those who had won more than one seat, elections in NA-60 (Rawalpindi) had been put off due to disqualification

August 13, 2018 1:07 AM PTI insists IMF is a ‘fallback’

ASAD Umar, the man expected to get the most important job of bringing the faltering economy back on its feet in the incoming Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government, views an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout as a “fallback option”. He does not rule out the possibility of knocking at the door of the lender for its dollars to prop up the depleting 2

July 22, 2018 1:58 PM HRCP slams attacks on Jibran Nasir

Lahore: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said it was gravely concerned at the escalating threat to independent candidate Jibran Nasir in Karachi. Nasir and his supporters – who have been canvassing on rights-based issues such as access to water, housing and education – have been targeted consistently by right-wing elements, especially over the last week. ‘No member 13

July 21, 2018 12:00 AM Food imports increase to $6.185 billion in 2017/18

KARACHI: Food imports caused capital flight of $6.185 billion from the country during the last fiscal year of 2017/18, weighing down fragile external account in the agriculture country. Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) data on Friday showed that food imports marginally rose 0.68 percent from $6.143 billion in the previous fiscal year of 2016/17. Analysts 4

July 19, 2018 12:00 AM LSM growth clocks in at 2.76 percent in May

KARACHI: Large scale manufacturing (LSM) grew 2.76 percent in May as compared to the corresponding month a year earlier as retail sector thrived on growing consumer demand, while construction boom kept fuelling steel production, official data showed on Wednesday. Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) data showed that food, beverages and tobacco production 3

July 17, 2018 12:00 AM MMCL launches Yutong buses

KARACHI: Master Motors Corp. Ltd. (MMCL) in collaboration with Yutong, the largest manufacturer of buses in the world, has launched new 8.5m Grand Saloon Buses for the emerging Pakistani market, an announcement said on Monday. “The assembling of 8.5 meter long bus has been started along with their standard 12 meter model at the company’s state-of-the-art

July 13, 2018 12:00 AM SC directs media campaign for dams fund

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday directed the Information Ministry and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to ensure an efficient media campaign for the fund announced by Supreme Court of Pakistan for Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dams for raising public awareness. A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) 4

July 12, 2018 12:00 AM Auto sales surge 21pc to 258,632 units in FY2018

KARACHI: Auto sales surged 21 percent to 258,632 units during the last fiscal year of 2017/18 as low-cost financing boosted demand of cars, light commercial vehicles, vans and jeeps, brokerage reported on Wednesday. Brokerages, citing industry data, said auto sales stood at 213,118 units during the previous fiscal year of 2016/17. Daniyal Adil, an analyst 22