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Punjab lends upto 5,000 cusecs of water to Sindh amid shortfall

ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) For the first time in the history of Pakistan, Punjab has agreed to lend 4,000 to 5,000 cusecs of water to Sindh to avoid an expected shortfall of drinking water after dangerously low level of water at Mangla and Tarbela dams raised a red flag.Talking to The Express …

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TIP scorecard: NAB ranked high on independence, legal powers

ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) An independent analysis of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has shown that the bureau scored high for its legal power, independence and mandate.The Transparency Internati­onal Pakistan (TIP) has recently released its report on “Anti-Corruption Agencies Strengthening Initiative”. The report contains a comprehensive qualitative performance assessment of NAB, …

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SBP leaves interest rate unchanged at 5.75%

KARACHI: (Web Desk) The State Back of Pakistan (SBP) has left interest rate unchanged at 5.75% for the next two months keeping in view the inflationary numbers below the expectation.“The inflation expectations in the current fiscal year continue to remain well anchored,” said the central bank in its bimonthly Monetary …

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Senators express ire over COMSATS bill amendments

ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) A Senate panel on Friday expressed its displeasure over the fact that the Ministry of Science and Technology and the COMSATS institute were not consulted on amendments made to a bill for upgrading the educational facility to the status of a university.During a meeting of the Senate sub-committee …

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Aizaz Chaudhry says dialogues, political stability only solution to Afghan issue

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) Pakistan’s new Ambassador to United States, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has stated that Operation Raddul Fasaad was initiated to eliminate the remnants of terrorists.Speaking to US journalists here, Aizaz Chaudhry said, “Military operation Zarb-e-Azb has yielded positive results. Raddul Fasaad is launched to eliminate the remnants of terrorists.” Over …

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Stop-start Afghan peace process

ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) Amidst a deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, there are incipient signs that another attempt at an Afghan peace process is under way.While denied by the Afghan Taliban, a report claiming that Pakistan has hosted a Taliban delegation in Islamabad ahead of a multilateral summit in Russia next …

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FIA initiates inquiry as artwork worth millions goes ‘missing’ from PNCA

IBLAGH: (Web Desk) The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has started a formal inquiry into the alleged theft of artwork and precious antiques from Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA).The investigation began following the inspection of stock conducted by the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Cultural Heritage. Director FIA will supervise …

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Pakistan passes climate change act, reviving hopes and scepticism

ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) The parliament passed a climate change bill that officials promise “will fast-track measures needed to implement actions on the ground” in a country that has so far lagged on climate action.The new law establishes a policy-making Climate Change Council, along with a Climate Change Authority to prepare and supervise …

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FIA arrests three for posting blasphemous content on social media

IBLAGH: (Web Desk)An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday handed over three suspects to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for seven days for their alleged involvement in publishing blasphemous content on social media.Laptops recovered from the possession of the three individuals were sent for forensic tests.During the remand hearing, ATC Judge …

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