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October 18, 2017 5:15 PM US vice president calls PM, thanks government for safe recovery of hostages

ISLAMABAD: The US Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday telephoned Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to thank him for the safe recovery of the US national Caitlin Coleman, her husband Joshua Boyle, and their three children. Pence thanked the government of Pakistan and praised the professionalism of the army and intelligence agencies for the swift

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 5:57 AM PM chairs meeting to apprise COAS about economic situation in country

National7 hours ago BY Monitoring Report ISLAMABAD: A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was held on Tuesday to brief the Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa regarding the current economic state in the country. During the high-level meeting, military’s concerns over “sky-high debts” and “growing external 1

October 18, 2017 4:27 AM Karachi knife attacks: Dysfunctional CCTV cameras blamed for inaction

KARACHI: The Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights was informed on Tuesday that the police were unable to find any evidence of Mohammad Wasim, the man arrested from Sialkot for his alleged involvement in stabbing of women in Karachi. “Since we don’t have concrete evidence, Mohammad Wasim, the prime suspect arrested from Mandi Bahauddin, may be released 1

October 18, 2017 4:18 AM Import duty on eatables, luxury items raised by up to 50pc

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to contain the ballooning bill of imported goods, the federal government has enhanced by up to 350% the regulatory duties on 356 essential and luxury items. However, there are slim chances that the move will have any meaningful impact on the import bill. For the first time in last many years, government has also imposed regulatory 1

October 18, 2017 4:18 AM PM, his top men meet COAS to allay concerns on economy

ISLAMABAD: The civilian top brass on Tuesday briefed Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on the state of the economy to address the military’s concerns over “sky-high debts” and “growing external imbalances”. The army chief was also given a briefing on the “real picture” of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its intended benefits 1 1

October 18, 2017 4:17 AM Pakistan, China to treat all investors equally

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China on Tuesday agreed to treat equally all investors that will pour capital into the planned nine Special Economic Zones (SEZs) – an understanding that will address concerns of local businesses about preferential treatment of the Chinese. “It has been agreed that everyone will be treated equally,” said Chinese Charge d’Affaires 1

October 18, 2017 2:30 AM Govt promises early work on circular railway project

PESHAWAR: While announcing that work on the circular railway project will begin soon, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Tuesday asked the relevant Chinese company to open its offices in the provincial capital for the purpose. After the meeting of necessary requirements, the land acquisition for the initiative will begin. The announcement was made during

October 18, 2017 2:30 AM Import duty on eatable, luxury items raised by up to 50pc

ISLAMABAD: The government has imposed regulatory duty on import of 36 new products and raised its rates on the existing 240 items in a fresh move to curtail rising trade deficit of the country. The import of these eatable and luxury items — on which the duty has been raised by up to 50 per cent — saw approximately 40pc growth in the first three months 1

October 18, 2017 2:10 AM Bajwa back home after ‘quiet’ visit to Saudi Arabia, UAE

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa returned from a three-day visit to the Middle East on Tuesday, military sources told Dawn. The army chief’s ‘quiet’ visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia coincided with a meeting of representatives from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the US in Muscat to revive the stalled Quadrilateral 1