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October 19, 2018 1:32 PM Pakistan still awaiting decision by Saudi govt on Umrah tax exemption: Religious affairs ministry

The Ministry of Religious Affairs on Friday issued a statement of clarification regarding an exemption from additional tax for Pakistanis performing more than one Umrah within two years, saying that a reply from the Saudi government in this regard was still awaited. The ministry's spokesperson said that the Saudi government had imposed a tax of 2,000 riyals 1 1

October 18, 2018 12:00 AM Mani urges Aussies to tour Pakistan

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board Ehsan Mani on Wednesday urged Australia to consider a return to the country for the first time in two decades. Australia are slated to play five one-day internationals against Pakistan in March with no venues currently locked in to host the series, but Cricket Australia are understood to be cautious about a return to the Asian

October 17, 2018 7:03 AM Saudi Arabia agrees to abolish Umrah tax on PM Imran Khan's request

ISLAMABAD: The Saudi government has agreed to waive 2,000 riyals tax imposed on Pakistanis performing Umrah every year on the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan. According to a media report, the PM, during his visit to the Kingdom, had requested Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud to abolish the fee. The development was shared by the Religious

October 17, 2018 12:00 AM ‘Around $15bn’ to be sought from IMF

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to obtain around $15 billion from International Monetary Fund for a period of three years, sources informed Geo News Tuesday, amid a deepening balance-of-payments crisis, reports Geo News citing sources. Pakistani authorities will request an IMF delegation, which will be visiting the country next month, for providing 1

October 16, 2018 1:54 AM China endorses Pakistan’s aid request to IMF

ISLAMABAD: China on Monday endorsed Pakis­tan’s request to Interna­tional Monetary Fund (IMF) for financial assistance for addressing its economic challenges, but cautioned that the facility should not affect economic cooperation between Islamabad and Beijing. “As a member of the IMF, China supports the organisation in making an objective evaluation 4 1

October 16, 2018 12:00 AM FBR seeks govt employees’ details

KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) asked all the government departments to provide it with a list of officers in grade-17 and above to enforce mandatory requirement of income tax returns filings by them, sources said on Monday. The sources in Regional Tax Office Karachi said the matter of non-compliance of returns filing by the government servants 1

October 15, 2018 12:00 AM U-turns on Peshawar Ring Road demanded

PESHAWAR: The villagers on both sides of Ring Road and motorists have expressed concern over frequent accidents on the busy route and demanded the authorities to introduce 'fish bellies' in U-turns to avoid traffic mishaps. Road accidents happen frequently on the Ring Road from Hayatabad up to Grand Trunk Road and further towards Charsadda Road and Pajjagi 2

October 13, 2018 12:00 AM Saad Rafique, Salman Rafique put on blacklist

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry on the request of the National Accountability Bureau has placed the name of Ex-Federal Minister and senior leader of the PML-N Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique on blacklist with regard to investigations carried out by the National Accountability Bureau in Paragon Housing scam. Besides Khawaja 4

October 12, 2018 9:29 PM Saad Rafique, brother Salman Rafique blacklisted

ISLAMABAD: Immigration authorities have blacklisted former minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders were blacklisted following the request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). A notification has been issued by Directorate General, Immigration and Passports 2

October 12, 2018 12:00 AM ‘The Donkey King’ unique effort of its kind: showbiz stars

ISLAMABAD: Many showbiz personalities praising the animated movie ‘The Donkey King’ have said that it is the best effort of its own kind in Pakistan, film will encourage the producers for making more animated movies for children. They said that content of the movie is good and children would like it very much as its songs and graphics are very beautiful