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PM launches Kisan Portal to ‘improve life of small farmers’ in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan says his vision to promote the agriculture sector is focused on improving the life of small farmers and resolving their grievances on priority. Addressing on Friday the launch of the Kisan Portal, at the Pakistan Citizens Portal, he assured farmers that the government will stand by them, as he believed that “serving the farming community was in fact a service to Pakistan”.

Pakistan may not enjoy same relations with US as it once did: Ambassador Asad Majeed

WASHINGTON: It is likely that Islamabad may not enjoy the same close relations it once did with Washington, said Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan Wednesday.  "At the moment, the Biden administration is facing a lot of criticism in the US," said Majeed, speaking to Geo News. "Even the American media is criticising Washington's Afghan evacuation policy." Stating that Pakistan had a

Taliban warn US, EU of economic refugees if Afghanistan sanctions continue

KABUL: The US and European envoys have been warned by Afghanistan's new Taliban government that continued attempts to pressure them through sanctions will undermine security and could trigger a wave of economic refugees. Acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi told Western diplomats at talks in Doha that "weakening the Afghan government is not in the interest of anyone because its negative effects will

IMF forecasts 4% growth for Pakistan in FY 2021-22

KARACHI: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Tuesday forecast Pakistan’s GDP growth rate unchanged at 4% for the fiscal year 2021-22. In its recent report "World Economic Outlook October 2021", the IMF warned that large disparities in COVID-19 vaccine access and in policy support in many developing countries could hamper their economic recoveries. The Asian Development Bank, in September, had also projected

Will not let Imran Khan be a political martyr: Maryam Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday vowed that the Opposition will not allow Prime Minister Imran Khan to become "a political martyr." Speaking to the media outside the Islamabad High Court after a hearing of the Avenfield reference, Maryam said that the prime minister "should not even attempt to be like Nawaz Sharif" as he was "an elected prime minister who came into power through the votes

Kiwis’ unilateral decision disappointed cricket fans, FM Qureshi tells his NZ counterpart

ISLAMABAD: Kiwis’ unilateral and last-minute decision of withdrawal from Pakistan tour disappointed cricket fans in both countries, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday told his New Zealand counterpart Nanaia Mahuta. Talking to the NZ foreign minister via video link, Quershi expressed hope that Wellington will continue supporting Pakistan over Financial Action Task Force (FATF) related matters.

Gold price in Pakistan rises by Rs700 per tola

KARACHI: Gold prices edged higher on Wednesday as a softer rupee and a pullback in global equities lifted demand for the safe-haven asset. Gold prices in the local bullion market gained Rs700 per tola and Rs6 per 10 gram today to reach Rs116,700 and Rs100,051 amid rising prices in the international markets. The precious commodity closed at Rs116,000 per tola and Rs99,451 per 10 grams on Tuesday. Significant

‘No cabinet meeting goes without mention of overseas Pakistanis’ voting rights’

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday said that the PTI-led government has always talked about the rights of overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes. Speaking during a post-cabinet press conference in Islamabad, the minister said matters related to electoral reforms, the issue of the electronic voting machine (EVMs), and the voting rights of overseas

No problem in civil-military ties: Sheikh Rasheed

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad Monday said civil-military relations were on an even keel and the country faced no problem in this regard. “Everything is okay. I’m not in a position to give an official statement. Only Fawad Chaudhry and Pervez Khattak can speak in this regard. However, I want to say that the civil-military relations are steady and there is no problem in this regard. Whenever

G20 leaders to discuss Afghanistan in virtual summit

ROME: G20 leaders will hold a virtual summit on Tuesday to discuss Afghanistan, with the Italy-hosted talks focused on the humanitarian and security situation following the takeover by the Taliban. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, whose country holds the rotating G20 presidency, has been pushing to widen the global discussion on Afghanistan to countries including Russia and China. It was not clear if all