Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.15 : Pakistan's Board of Investment (PBOI) has identified 41 sites for establishing special economic zones (SEZs) to give a boost to the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.
According to the Dawn, the Board of Investment (BOI) gave this information to the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform on Tuesday.
The committee was informed that the 41 sites had been selected after consultations with the provincial, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan governments and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas secretariat.
The emphasis of the meeting was to look for ways to give a fillip to export-oriented businesses and to reap the full benefits of the CPEC.
Karachi [Pakistan], Feb. 2 : Indian films could now return to Pakistani theatres as Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given thumbs up to the information, broadcasting and heritage ministry to uplift the ban.
According to an official handout issued by the information ministry, the government is "pleased to continue the existing open policy to display all international movies (including Indian films) in Pakistani cinemas", reports Pakistan's Express Tribune.
The newspaper reported that the final approval for the directive was given by Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif following a report by a special committee for the clearance of Indian films.
Islamabad [Pakistan], Jan. 13 : The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) findings from the black box data of crashed Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 has revealed that only one of the plane's engines was working when it crashed.
Flight PK-661, carrying 48 passengers and crew, had crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on December 7, 2016. There were no survivors from the ill-fated flight.
CAA Secretary Irfan Elahi shared the authority's findings with the Senate Standing Committee on Rules of Procedures and Privileges, reports the Dawn.
According to the secretary, both engines of the aircraft were running "100 percent" fine when the plane took off from Chitral. But only one of the plane's engines was working when the plane crashed.
Islamabad [Pakistan], Jan.12 : Heads of various business chambers in Pakistan have expressed concern over reports that China is planning to set up or establish industrial units and warehouses under the ongoing over 50 billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Media reports and sources have quoted representatives of the chambers of commerce and industry of Gujarat, Gujranwala and Sialkot, as saying that Pakistan runs the risk of turning into a purely consumer-driven market if clearance is given for such planning.
Karachi [Pakistan], Jan.11 : Despite being whitewashed in the recently-concluded three-match Test series against Australia, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has insisted that the resilience of his players can never be questioned, adding that the experience of playing down under will put them in good stead.
Arthur said that although the team was disappointed with the way the series panned out, they played extremely competitive cricket at various stages of the tour.
"Albeit we are all extremely disappointed with the way the series panned out, I really felt that we were competitive [at various stages] in this series and the players' resilience can never be questioned," the Dawn quoted Arthur as saying.
Islamabad [Pakistan], Jan. 10 : The Pakistan government has begun consultations for a constitutional amendment to reinstate military courts for a period which will be decided by political parties in Parliament.
The announcement, which came during a high-level government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday, came a day after the special military courts ceased to function upon expiration of its mandated period, reports the Express Tribune
The meeting emphasised that military courts had played an important role at a crucial juncture against terrorism and extremism, said a statement issued by the Prime Minister's House.
The courts translated actions under operation Zarb-e-Azab to meaningful and tangible national gains, it added.
Rawalpindi [Pakistan], Dec.6 : Activists and political leaders of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) held a protest rally in Rawalpindi and chanted slogans against Pakistan Army for allegedly supporting extremists and terrorists in their territory.
They chanted "Yeh jo dehshat gardi hai, isle piche vardi hai" (The people in uniform are behind these terrorist activities).
The protesters accused Islamabad of providing shelter to terrorists in PoK who are misleading the youth towards `Jihad'.
The event was organised by the National Action Front, a coalition of several nationalist parties from PoK, including the United Kashmir People's National Party.
The protesters raised their voices against the use of religion as a tool to mislead the youth of Kashmir.
Karachi [Pakistan], Dec.2 : Legendary Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram, who has recently been roped in as Sri Lanka's bowling consultant, has insisted that although the Angelo Mathews-led side did not lack in raw pace, there is a need to develop the ability to swing the ball.
Akram's comments came after spending several hours with the national team's main established strike bowlers and promising youngsters in a day-long coaching session at the Sinhalese Sports Club ( SSC) Ground in Colombo.
Following the session, the 50-year-old admitted that Sri Lanka consist of some of the promising crop of fast bowlers despite their traditional reliance on spin.
Karachi [Pakistan], Dec.1 : Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has brushed aside the impression that he will take retirement from international cricket after the upcoming Australia tour, saying he is still fit and will continue to play for the country until his side needs him.
"I will continue to play for Pakistan until my team needs me and there are no issues with my fitness level as I am quite fit," the Dawn quoted Misbah as saying.
Meanwhile, Misbah also called on his side to put up a great performance against the Steve Smith-led team in the three-match Test series beginning at the Gabba on December 15.
Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov.30 : Pakistan will soon have the world's largest solar park of 1,000 megawatts, the country's Minister of Climate Change Zahid Hamid has said.
Addressing a press conference here, Hamid briefed them about Pakistan's participation in the COP22 Conference in Morocco recently, which provided an opportunity to highlight the significant achievements made by the country to address the impact of climate change, reports the Express Tribune.
Hamid said the world community was informed that Pakistan's contribution to global warming was minimal as "we emit less than one percent of the annual global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet we are ranked amongst the top 10 countries that are most vulnerable to climate change."
Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov. 29 : Army Chief-designate General Qamar Bajwa will today assume command of the Pakistan Army from General Raheel Sharif at a ceremony at the Army Hockey Stadium in Rawalpindi.
General Sharif spent his last day in office yesterday completing a round of farewell meetings.
The main activity at the General Headquarters ahead of today's ceremony was the farewell corps commanders' conference that was attended by the COAS-designate, corps commanders and principal staff officers, reports the Dawn.
According to the Inter Services Public Relations, they paid rich tribute to General Sharif for his leadership and professional acumen and lauded his services for the nation.
Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov.28 : General Zubair Mahmood Hayat took over as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) on Monday from the outgoing chairman General Rashad Mehmood during an official ceremony at the joint staff headquarters in Rawalpindi.
General Hayat was presented with a guard of honour at a ceremony attended by all chiefs of staff, including outgoing army chief Gen Raheel Sharif. Incoming army chief General Qamar Javedd Bajwa was also present on the occasion, the Dawn reports.
Theoretically, the CJCSC has to be the senior-most four-star officer from any of the three services - army, navy and air force.
Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 27 : Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafizur Rehman has said that all China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects will be completed by 2029 and the entire country would benefit from it.
"Today, Russia is getting closer to Pakistan as the government is steering us out of isolation internationally with its correct economic policies," The Express Tribune quoted Rehman, as saying at the Karachi Press Club on Saturday.
He said that the country has wasted numerous opportunities earlier but CPEC would certainly boost the economy.
Stating that the work on the Rs35 billion fiber-optic cable laying project under CPEC has been completed in Gilgit-Baltistan, Rehman said an alternate communication system to the region will be provided by it.
New Delhi [India], Nov. 27 : Responding to the appointment of Lt. Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new Pakistan Army Chief, Defence Expert Ranjeet Rai has said that the former can either be a friend to India by halting terror and ceasefire violations or he can pursue anti-India policies like his predecessors.
Rai told ANI that Lt Gen Bajwa's appointment comes at a crucial time when relations between India and Pakistan are tense and said, "He (Bajwa) takes over when a mortar war is going on between India and Pakistan along the international border and along the LoC. Now, he has two options, he can either stop terrorism or control the mortar firing from Pakistan or will he continue the old army chief's policies."
Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov. 26 : Pakistan has vowed to defend its borders, waters and space against any attacks by the neighbouring country, however, reiterated its stance that it would not respond in any kind to Indian aggression.
Adviser to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, speaking in the National Assembly on Friday hinted that talks with India will take place only if Kashmir issue is included in the agenda.
"We are ready for a dialogue with India if the Kashmir issue is included in [the agenda]," the Dawn quoted Aziz, as saying in his eight-minute-long speech on the floor of the house.
Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov. 24 : Pakistan's Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said Thursday, it will be better if India shows some restraint along the Line of Control ( LoC) and the International Border (IB) that separates the two countries.
"We are not worried about India at all, it is better if they show some restraint," the dawn quoted Aman, as saying.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the 9th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar ( IDEAS)
Calling on India to resolve the Kashmir issue, the air chief said, "They should speak on matters of principle and our ties will improve." (ANI)
Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 24 : Pakistan's Defence Production Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain said Wednesday that Turkey has decided to buy 52 Super Mushshak basic trainer aircraft, costing more than $50 million, over the next three years.
An agreement to this effect was signed on the sidelines of the ongoing International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) 2016 between the two sides.
"This is the most significant agreement with Turkey in the field of defence," The Express Tribune quoted Hussain, as saying.
The minister promised that the aircraft would be delivered on time.
The aircraft will be delivered in three batches in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov 24 : Militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has described U.S. President Elect Donald Trump as a man of bad character and a threat to Muslims across the world.
In a message to its followers in Pakistan and elsewhere, the JeM said it has issued a warning to Muslims worldwide to beware of Donald Trump.
Writing in the Pak-based Al Qalam Weekly (Nov. 18-24, 2016) the JeM ideologues Maulana Mansoor Ahmad and Talhe As-Saif have stated that while the international media has used Trump's victory to create fear among Muslims, this victory was actually depressing for the United States itself, rather than for the rest of the world.
Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov. 23 : A United States official has said that Pakistan Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif is seen by U.S. as a valued and respected partner in the war against terrorism and wished him well in his future pursuits.
Quoting diplomatic sources, the Dawn reports than an announcement is expected on Saturday about the appointment of the new army chief.
Stating that any transition in the Pakistan Army was an internal matter of the country, it was only appropriate that any statement regarding this change should come from its government, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said, when asked about the general was stepping down as the army chief that it was only appropriate that any statement regarding this change should come from its government.
Karachi [Pakistan], Nov.22 : Former Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail has criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for its inability to find Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq's successor, accusing the cricket body of "enjoying perks" and doing nothing so as to find the next captain.
Sohail, who captained the side in six Tests, said Misbah, for so long, has been hinting about his retirement but still the PCB has failed to find his successor which ultimately shows the inability of the selection committee.
"This shows that the board is only there to enjoy perks and have done no homework on Misbah's replacement," he was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.
Earlier, during the Christchurch Test, Misbah became the first skipper to lead Pakistan in 50 games.
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