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PM takes notice of Karachi’s power crisis

Report by: Usman Khan ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has taken notice of the prevailing power crisis in Karachi, Samaa reported. According to our correspondent, the PM has called a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy on April 23. The meeting will be held in Karachi. Sources said the meeting will take up the one…

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PM in London to attend Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting

LONDON: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has arrived in London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting beginning today. At the airport, the prime minister was received by senior officials of the Britain government and Pakistan High Commissioner to United Kingdom Syed Ibne Abbas. The CHOGM-2018 will provide an opportunity to highlight the progress…

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ECC allows PSO to import furnace oil for power sector

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has accorded its approval to Pakistan State Oil for import of furnace oil to be used by the struggling power sector. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi headed the ECC’s meeting on Tuesday. The decision has been made to cater for maintaining adequate fuel stock in the coming months. Transportation…

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Nawaz, Maryam leaving Pakistan to visit ailing Kulsoom

LAHORE: PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif will depart for London on Wednesday to visit his ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz. According to Sharif family spokesman, Maryam Nawaz will also accompany her father to London. Maryam Nawaz in a tweet has asked her followers to pray for her mother’s health. “My mother is hospitalized again. Please remember her…

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‘Disloyal’ people won’t be given PML-N ticket, Nawaz warns dissidents

ISLAMABAD: Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the PML-N would not give tickets to disloyal people in the forthcoming elections. “The party tickets for elections would only be issued to uncompromising people,” the former PM said. Sharif was referring to eight lawmakers from South Punjab who had recently left PML-N and launched their…

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PM Abbasi inaugurates first unit of Jhelum Hydropower Project

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has inaugurated the first unit of strategically important 969 MW Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The first unit will generate 242 MW of electricity. It will be followed by the second, third and fourth units at one month intervals respectively. Water filling in head race…

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Analysis: Nawaz Sharif is dishonest today. Can he never repent?

Nawaz Sharif stepped down as prime minister last year after the top court ousted him over dishonesty. The court said he did not declare a particular source of income. Under Article 62, some disqualifications span five years. Friday’s ruling clarified, however, that Mr Sharif will never again be able to hold public office. The ousted…

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Nawaz Sharif, Jehangir Tareen disqualified for life

ISLAMABAD: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former MNA Jehangir Tareen of the PTI cannot ever stand for elections for the rest of their life, ruled the Supreme Court in a stunning landmark judgement on Friday morning. They were disqualified under Article 62 of the Constitution which says that in order for a Pakistani to…

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PM to inaugurate first unit of Neelum Jhelum hydropower project

ISLAMABAD: The first unit of strategically important 969 MW Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project, located in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, will be inaugurated on Friday. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will inaugurate the first unit which will generate 242 MW electricity. The first unit will be followed by the second, third and fourth units at one…

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PM Abbasi unveils five-point tax reforms

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi unveiled his five-point tax reforms that included an amnesty scheme, advance tax on declared properties and other things. 

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CNIC is your new tax number: PM’s 5 radical tax fixes

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has unveiled five-point radical reforms aimed at bringing more people under tax net and providing one-time amnesty to non-filers. “Unfortunately, only 700, 000 people pay income tax from across the country and of that many have no other option but to pay it. About 500,000 people pay zero tax,”…

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PM orders uninterrupted power supply at Sehr, Iftar

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the Power Division to ensure all units of power plants remain operational for uninterrupted power supply at Sehr and Iftaar during the fasting month of Ramazan. The prime minister gave the order while chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE) on Tuesday. The cabinet has…

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PM Abbasi asks people to stand up against horse-trading

DERA GHAZI KHAN: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that people had to stand up against the way the Senate election was held and vote for the ruling party to rid the country of corrupt practices. “The PML-N did not pay even a single penny for that purchase to any member in the Senate election,”…

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A country cannot progress if it can’t respect its politicians: PM

PHOTOS: COURTESY RADIO PAKISTAN Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said a country cannot progress if it can’t respect its politicians He was speaking Saturday after he laid the foundation stone of two NHA projects – Northern Bypass and Rakh Gaj Bowata Section of Indus Highway – in Dera Ghazi Khan. The verdict of the people…

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PM urges students to strive hard, attain excellence in studies

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Friday urged the students to strive hard to attain excellence in all areas of studies to bring about economic and social development of the country and raised its stature internationally. He was talking to the students from the Roots IVY International Schools here at the Prime Minister Office. The…

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Sharif’s comment on PM-CJ meeting not surprising, say analysts

ISLAMABAD: Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has tried to salvage his anti-judiciary narrative by launching a fresh broadside against Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Wednesday, according to media analysts. “Had Nawaz Sharif endorsed the meeting between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief Justice, this would have damaged his public stance,” Mazhar Abbas, a senior…

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Explainer: Nadeem Malik on PM’s remarks about Senate chief

SAMAA’s senior anchorperson Nadeem Malik analyzes political situation in the wake of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s harsh remarks about Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani.  All political parties particularly those from Balochistan have reacted strongly to the prime minister’s remarks.

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Sheikh Rasheed seeks 90-day judicial martial law

ISLAMABAD: Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rasheed on Wednesday said the biggest issue in upcoming days will be the formation of a care-taker government. Talking to newsmen here, the Rawalpindi politician said the whole nation is looking towards the judiciary, adding that the Chief Justice should certainly impose a 90-day ‘judicial martial law’. “No caretaker…

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Rabbani, Imam, Ishrat under consideration for caretaker PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah discussed potential candidates for the slot of Prime Minister in a caretaker set-up on Tuesday. According to sources, the premier telephoned Shah from the US to discuss the matter. The two have agreed to hold a meeting soon to finalize…

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Upcoming Budget 2018-19 to be pro-poor, business friendly

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Revenues, Senator Haroon Akhtar Khan here on Tuesday said that budget 2018-19 would be pro-poor, business-friendly and government would focus on the areas, which were not covered properly during the previous years. Addressing a launching ceremony of payment of taxes through banks, alternative delivery channels at Federal Board…

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Ashraf Ghani invites PM Abbasi to initiate state to state comprehensive dialogue

KABUL: Afghan president Ashraf Ghani on Saturday extended an official invitation to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to visit Afghanistan. The Afghan president hosted a Pakistani delegation led by National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua at Dilkusha palace to discuss Kabul peace process. In a tweet, Mr. Ghani said the invitation to Pakistani PM…

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