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    Budget 2014 15 Pakistan Highlights And Lowlights

  • Wrap-up budget speech highlights softer sides of fiscal policies

    LAHORE: The Punjab government plans pursuing export-oriented growth and in this context, budget for the next fiscal 2019-20 will kick-start revival of the economy – ruined by the previous government during the past one decade, said Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht while winding-up the budget debate in the Punjab Assembly on Monday...

    The house also passed the health budget after the rejection of cut-motion...

  • White House year-ender highlights Pakistan mission and Afghan strategy

    WASHINGTON: The official White House year-ender has highlighted the joint US-Pakistan operation to rescue a North American couple from Taliban custody as one of its major achievements...

    In October, Pakistani troops operating on US intelligence rescued Caitlan Coleman, her husband Joshua Boyle and their three children after locating them in the mountains of Kurram region...

  • Wars killed 149,000 in Pakistan, Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014

    WASHINGTON: Wars in Pakistan and Afghanistan have killed at least 149,000 people between 2001 and 2014, says a recent report by a US think-tank...

    The institute is affiliated with the Brown University, a prestigious Ivy League school, and publishes studies focusing on three main areas – development, security, and governance...

  • Budget speech and no budget for opposition

    LAHORE: Opposition chose Punjab Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha’s budget 2015-16 speech in the presence of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the Punjab Assembly on Friday a perfect occasion to register their protest for not getting development funds for the last two years...

    Wearing black armbands, opposition parties Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, PML-Q and PPP, led by Opposition Leader Mahmoodur Rasheed, gathered in front of...

  • Janjua highlights Pakistan efforts for regional security

    ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua on Friday held separate meetings with the ambassadors of Iran and Japan as well as the British high commissioner to discuss matters pertaining to regional security, border management and bilateral ties...

    He said Pakistan attached great importance to its ties with Iran and was committed to overcoming all irritants for its improvement...

  • Photography exhibition at SU highlights 70 years of UK-Pakistan friendship

    HYDERABAD: Acting British Deputy High Commissioner in Karachi Steve Crossman on Tuesday observed that education played an important role in friendship between the United Kingdom and Pakistan as the two countries looked to progress together...

    He noted that Pakistan was the recipient of the biggest education programme — the department for international development (DFID) — anywhere in world...

  • WB highlights Pakistan’s business reforms

    WASHINGTON: Karachi has imp­rov­ed the transparency of land registration process by publishing online the fee schedule and the list of documents necessary to complete any property registration, says a World Bank report...

    The report, released on Wednesday, also highlights various steps Pakistan has taken in the last 10 years to improve the business environment...

  • US report highlights murky world of ‘contractors’ in Pakistan

    WASHINGTON: “The contractor must maintain a constant capability to surge to any location within Afghanistan or Pakistan” within a 30-day period, says an official US announcement released in 2010...

    The announcement — highlighted by The Nation, the oldest US weekly, in May 2010 — solicits bids from private war contractors to secure and ship US military equipment through sensitive areas of Pakistan into Afghanistan...

  • Saudi reserves dip $49bn from end-2014

    The reserves, piled up in the past decade due to high crude prices, dropped from $732bn at the end of 2014 to $683bn at the end of April, Saudi firm Jadwa Research said in a report...

    In March and April alone, the reserves dipped $31bn, it said...

  • Eleven members of Ahmadi minority killed in 2014: report

    ISLAMABAD: Eleven Pakistani members of the Ahmadi religious minority were murdered for their faith in 2014 and authorities failed to apprehend any of the killers, a report said Monday, highlighting growing intolerance toward the sect...

    The figure represents a rise on seven killings the year before, with the report blaming growing hate speech in conferences and the media...

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