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Ban on luxurious items import to save lots of $4b: Shehbaz



KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday depended his governmet decsion to ban import of luxurious and non-essential objects, cliaming that the ban won’t solely assist save $4 billion but additionally help the native trade.

“One factor may be very a lot clear that goal behind the ban on import of luxurious merchandise – for a particular time – is to save lots of international trade and convey stability,” the prime minister went on to say and added that this strict step will held save the nation $4 billion, which is like incomes $4 billion.”

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was addressing enterprise neighborhood members and representatives throughout his go to to Karachi.

Shehbaz stated the import ban would help the native trade, underining the necessity for capping costs of these objects beneath a sure components.

The prime minister sought enterprise neighborhood options to sort out the prevailing financial scenario.

Drawing a comparability, PM Shehbaz infromed that in 2018, the greenback charge stood at Rs 115, which jumped to Rs 189 throughout three and a half years of the earlier authorities.

“Once I assumed workplace of the prime minister, greenback was at Rs 189 and this Rs60-65 rise shouldn’t be our fault,” he remarked.

He claimed that having perceived no-confidence movement success, the earlier PTI authorities lowered the POL costs though the nation was confronted with enormous debt burden.

“The ousted authorities neither supplied reduction to the widespread man in sugar, flour or edible oil, nor executed any agriculture or public welfare venture with critical intention.”

PM Shehbaz stated regardless of unprecedented help from a nationwide establishment, the earlier authorities couldn’t carry out, and recalled the mega tasks executed through the PML-N authorities, together with CPEC, finish to load-shedding, and set up of wind, photo voltaic, and LNG energy vegetation.

He stated the nation needed to know as to the place the massive loans have been spent and whether or not the extreme load-shedding was on account of political chaos or corruption.

The prime minister stated tht although, being a nuclear energy, Pakistan was succesful to foil any ill-intention towards it, the nation lagged behind India within the subject of data know-how which rose to a $200 billion export market opposite to $1.5 billion of Pakistan.

Nevertheless, he stated he had requested the ministries involved to take the IT exports to $15 billion by empowering youth.

Coming to the problems confronted by the Karachi metropolis, the prime minister stated an funding of $1 billion by Saudi Arabia was prepared, which could possibly be used to handle the issue of water provide by putting in a desalination plant.

In the meantime Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday directed the authorities involved to learn from Turkish experience and expertise in all potential avenues.

The prime minister, in delegation stage talks with Turkish Minister of Nationwide Defence Hulusi Akar, prolonged his heart-felt gratitude to the federal government and the folks of Turkey for his or her sturdy dedication in serving to Pakistan develop strong establishments like Karachi Shipyard, which has been reworked right into a profit-earning group over time because of the Turkish help.

“Commerce prompts have the potential to extend manifold with the event of monetary and industrial actions. The continued CPEC venture is ready to translate our need to reinforce regional connectivity and maximise commerce […] with Gwadar at its focus.

“I wish to avail this chance to suggest that permit this — CPEC — be a trilateral association between China, Pakistan and Turkey and allow us to profit from its fantastic potential to learn our nations,” he stated, assuring the individuals that the federal government was dedicated to creating maritime infrastructure.

On the outset, PM Shehbaz started by lauding the launch of the warship constructed with the cooperation and collaboration of a Turkish firm. He additionally appreciated the efforts of naval chief Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi and Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar.

“That is yet one more nice instance of cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey beneath [the] very in a position and dynamic management of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who shouldn’t be solely a terrific brother and buddy but additionally a terrific supporter of Pakistan’s trigger, and beneath his management our mutual fraternal relations have reworked into a lot increased heights than earlier than.”

The premier went on to say that the folks have been witnessing the cooperation between the 2 nations in all fields, reiterating that relations could possibly be additional strengthened to learn Pakistan and Turkey.

He extremely appreciated the deep-rooted strategic cooperation between the 2 brotherly nations in all fields, together with shipbuilding, engineering, stable waste administration and transport.

The prime minister additionally thanked the federal government and the folks of Turkey for his or her unwavering help to Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir problem in any respect worldwide fora.

Minister for Defence Manufacturing Israr Tarin, Minister for Water Sources Syed Khursheed Shah, Chief of Naval Workers Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi, Particular Assistant to the PM on Strategic and Political Communication Syed Fahad Hussain and different senior officers involved additionally attended the assembly.


Prime Minister Shehbaz Shareef has introduced to current the price range for the fiscal 12 months 2022-23 within the Nationwide Meeting on June 10.

The Prime Minister’s workplace has issued a notification asserting that the price range for the fiscal 12 months 2022-23 will probably be introduced on June 10.

The price range, after passing from the NA, will probably be forwarded to the senate. The cupboard session to approve price range options can even be held on June 10, 2022.

Earlier, rumours in regards to the federal authorities planning to delay the Nationwide Meeting price range session as talks with Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) for the seventh Prolonged Fund Facility (EFF) program are underway have been circulating.

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Fariha Farrukh: making waves as a sports activities anchor



ISLAMABAD: Sports activities journalist and TV host Fariha Farrukh has mentioned that Pakistani media has made lots of headway over the previous couple of years with work locations offering extra alternatives to ladies and implementing insurance policies round equality and equity.

The TV host mentioned that there’s nonetheless a protracted approach to go however the progress made up to now is commendable.

Fariha Farrukh made her identify when she began internet hosting a present on a mainstream TV channel. She interviewed some well-known politicians in addition to different notables from numerous fields.

She subsequent ventured as a social media supervisor with The youth and sports activities division of the federal government of Punjab. She additionally coated the Asian Rugby matches held in Lahore. The Asia Rugby contains 37 sports activities federations. She additionally began a YouTube present primarily based on cricket World Cup and gained nationwide appreciation for her crispy interviews and commentaries, that had been quoted in Indian media as nicely.

She is now set to return to the TV display together with her personal brand-new present, the place she’s going to host a federal minister to debate present affairs and world points together with the infotainment tinge. Her return to the mainstream TV screens marks a brand new starting for her.

In an interview, Fariha Farrukh, the celebrated host and anchor shared that she by no means feels complacent at solely elevating the marginalized voices to consideration however endeavours to make it an attainment image and inspiration for others to comply with.

Having studied Masters in Political science and minors in journalism, Fariha Farrukh’s distinctive journalistic abilities and dedication might allow her to face out amongst the contemporaries. She talked about that she was born for media and since childhood she was into debates and media competitions. She represented her establishments at numerous debating competitions and received accolades.

She was additional appointed because the goodwill ambassador by the Worldwide Human Rights Fee (IHRC) and will likely be representing within the summit to be held in Dubai in December.

She highlighted that within the early phases, she needed to show her formidable presence demanding power as journalist in addition to a resilient girl from Pakistan.

She mentioned: “I imagine in elevating marginalized voices, questioning absurd societal norms and serves as an inspiration for optimistic transformation. I imagine in steadfast dedication to reality and dedication to humanity and set up myself as an important influencer in shaping world discussions.”

Fariha Farrukh sees her braveness and dedication serving as motivation for many who are aspiring to contribute to fostering a extra equitable world. Her difficult stereotypes throughout the context of Pakistan are really noteworthy.

She staunchly upholds the assumption within the energy of humanity and stays unwavering in her dedication to reality, no matter the results. She has demonstrated her skilled traits whereas internet hosting applications on non-public channels, masking Asian Rugby matches held in Pakistan, working as social media supervisor of Youth and Sports activities Board Punjab, and doing a profitable world cup present.

Fuelled by a ardour for revealing reality and dedication to make it logically comprehensible, Fariha Farrukh has proven potential to navigate world complicated points and shed gentle for a transparent visibility. She carries scorching matters from easy initiating, by way of logically shaping of dialogue, fixed engagement of members in addition to viewers, to a consummate finish. Beside a media scanning, she is visionary on the geopolitical affairs and is a targeted freelance author.

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ninth Islamabad Literature Competition ends on a excessive be aware



  • Three-day pageant brings collectively authors, readers, and literary fans for a memorable educational exploration and dialogue

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Literature Competition (ILF), a celebration of literature and the humanities, got here to an in depth, marking the top of a profitable and inspirational occasion. The pageant, which started on November 3, 2023, introduced collectively authors, readers, and literary fans for a memorable occasion of educational exploration and dialogue.

It offered enriching experiences, partaking conversations, and deep appreciation for the influence of literature on society, and lined e book launches, creator signings, movie screenings, panel discussions, and artwork exhibitions; ILF 2023 has served as a platform for celebrating the world of literature in all its types.

The closing ceremony comprised keynote speeches by Senator Sherry Rehman and Anwar Masood. Senator Rehman expressed her appreciation for the revival of the Gandhara Residents Membership and was impressed by the theme as a result of it’s essential to the instances, we stay in. Reiterating the significance of a sustainable planet she shared: “The planet is underneath stress, and we have to take a look at potentialities. We aren’t accountable for the melting glaciers, heatwaves, or monsoons however this doesn’t translate to a complete abjection of accountability at our properties. No military of consultants will be capable to formulate insurance policies or develop tasks for us and governments alone may also not do that. Local weather successes are collaborations, and all of us have to play our half in doing so.”

In his vote of thanks, Arshad Saeed Hussain, Managing Director, Oxford College Press (OUP) Pakistan was grateful for the exceptional response, “Immersed within the compelling narratives and profound discussions of this literary pageant, we’ve unravelled the deep ties binding humanity, the planet, and the realms of potential. In these attempting instances allow us to supply hope, fostering a united consciousness for a world that thrives on sustainability and empathy.”

Muhammad Mikal Soomro, Supervisor Company Communications, Getz Pharma, Pvt. Ltd., lauded the efforts for placing collectively such an impeccable literary occasion.

Interim Minister of Data Murtaza Solangi additionally attended all three days of the occasion.

ILF 2023 has highlighted the significance of literature as a way of inventive expression and societal connection. The primary half of the day featured varied discussions like Curriculum, Textbook, Excessive Stakes Assessments- A Method Ahead, and Hamari Mitti hui Zabanain. A presentation on Aag ka Darya was adopted by a dialogue alongside extra panel discussions; Resilient Pakistan- The Sociocultural Impression and Concord Throughout Borders, Capital Discuss: In dialog with Hamid Mir and Quest for Peace and Safety Amongst Neighbours.

Numerous informative conversations like Securing Pakistan’s Curiosity: Navigating Overseas Affairs and Safety Coverage, The Idle Stance of the Tipple Pigeon, Duktar-e-Rumi, Siyaah Heeray, 1980 ki Dehai Ka Ashob and Rawal Raj additionally captivated the viewers.

Moderated by Raheela Baqai, the session on Haya Fatima Sehgal’s e book, Resilient Pakistan- The Sociocultural Impression, touched upon varied inspirational features from the lifetime of Jinnah and Fatima Jinnah. Mushahid Hussain Syed appreciated Haya’s work that it addressed the established order and centered on the probabilities and resilience of the nation. Raheela commented that the e book proves to be a lightweight on the finish of the tunnel.

The gang was in awe of Swaang Theatre Group, which introduced a play, Aao Drama Karain, by Saadat Hasan Manto whereas Aisha Sarwari. Moneeza Hashmi took a visit down reminiscence lane within the session, Conversations with my Father: Forty Years on- a Daughter Responds, which was moderated by Aisah Sarwari.

Hamid Mir in dialog with Tauseeq Haider spoke concerning the present political situation by referring to quite a few writers who’ve fictionalised their accounts to achieve a wider viewers at the price of compromising the integrity of the state. He hoped that future generations will as a substitute, do our nation the justice it deserves.

Victoria Schofield in her dialogue Concord throughout Borders: The Quest for Peace and Safety amongst Neighbours spoke concerning the geopolitical significance of Pakistan and identified that to realize peace within the area nations would want to alter views on the definition of the ‘enemy’. Zahid Hussain additionally mentioned that given this area has 1/3 of the world’s inhabitants and is house to 3 nuclear powers, anticipating volatility and battle shouldn’t be uncommon within the area.

The latter half of the day noticed a powerful line-up of specifically designed panel discussions; Pakistan’s Overseas Coverage and Financial Challenges, Ishq Nama Shah Hussain, A Columnist’s Voice: A Dialog a few Life Lived with Ardour, Human Rights: Is There a which means left?, Tarjuma Nigari ki Ahmiyat, Music in COVID Instances: Album Launch, Aye Aasman Neechay Utar, Voices from the Foothills; Pakistani English Verse; Enterprise and Financial system, Shaping the Method Ahead;  and Movie: The Energy of Storytelling.

A full-packed auditorium which hosted the dialogue between Maleeha Lodhi and Aizaz Ahad Chaudhry Pakistan’s Overseas Coverage and Financial Challenges delved into the historical past of Pakistan’s relationship with its neighbours within the context of economics particularly the choice to halt commerce with India.


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Main UK-based firm launches mega-million-dollar venture in Federal Capital



ISLAMABAD: A number one UK-based property funding and improvement firm has introduced one other mega-million-dollar venture in Pakistan.

The corporate, One Properties, recognized for bringing worldwide manufacturers like Versace, Varabyeu Companions, Kobi Karp and lots of others to Pakistan introduced their newest venture The Haute Assortment by Sarah Rahal. That is the second time One Properties is collaborating with Sara Rahal, the extremely profitable One Canal Street Lahore being the primary. Set to be Pakistan’s first resort-style residing, the venture is positioned at One Serene, DHA Islamabad – the centre of Pakistan’s thriving capital.

Sarah Rahal is the Founder and Lead Designer of The Haute Interiors primarily based in Chicago. Identified for her architectural and inside experience, she is well known for her creativity and mixing fashionable aesthetics with the setting in her venture.

Talking on this event, Sarah Rahal talked about, “That is my second time working with One Group and similar to the earlier venture, this too has a particular place in our coronary heart. What we have now ended up making collectively is one thing actually spectacular. On this occasion it was essential for us to absorb the environment and setting and translate that tastefully inside our venture’s ideation and conceptualisation. What we’re providing is a brand new method of residential residing within the coronary heart of Islamabad making a first-of-its-kind resort type residing expertise for the subtle abroad Pakistani property consumers.”

The Haute Assortment is a restricted version collaboration introduced forth by One Properties. An unique assortment of bespoke fully-furnished residences tailored for luxurious residing, inserting way of life, expertise and abroad Pakistani expectations on the epicentre of its idea. When talking about this venture’s imaginative and prescient, Aqib Hasan, Chief Business Officer of One Properties mentioned, “We at the moment are bringing The Haute Assortment that has been particularly designed to cater to the worldwide requirements of luxurious residing and a resort way of life”.

“It is going to be a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the town, an distinctive place to name residence. It’s our intention to supply a life-style that’s second to none and to supply our purchasers with an unforgettable expertise that’s unmatched in Pakistan. By bringing the world’s best consultants to Pakistan and leveraging their expertise together with our worldwide improvement experience, we’re creating actual property and existence which have by no means been seen earlier than within the nation.”

Situated inside One Serene, DHA – Islamabad, Pakistan’s first resort-style residing vacation spot and cocooned by 2500 acres of Excellent Pure Fantastic thing about the Takht Pari Nationwide Forest. It’s a $40 Million venture tailored for the abroad Pakistani diaspora, designed to supply residents with a real vacation spot residing expertise.

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