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  • Planning Commission facing acute human resource shortage

    ISLAMABAD: The Planning Commission is facing acute shortage of human resource and performing its key functions on a makeshift basis, even though it has expanded its role and profile across the government set-up through Vision 2025 and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)...

    “Human resource is our big problem,” said planning and development secretary Shoaib Siddiqui, adding the Planning Commission had only one full-time project...

  • Planning Commission used as rubber stamp for Lahore project: official

    ISLAMABAD: The Planning Commission raised a number of serious objections against a key project for Lahore worth over Rs165 billion, but could not secure any change in it before its approval, sources said...

    The 27km Lahore Orange Line Metro Train is a brainchild of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the authorities signed its contract with Chinese contractors during the recent visit to Pakistan of Chinese President Xi Jinping even...

  • Planning Commission reallocates funds to complete 101 projects

    62 trillion worth of half-cooked projects in the national development programme in just one year, the Planning Commission re-appropriated funds allocated by the National Economic Council (NEC) for 213 projects during the outgoing fiscal year for speedy completion of 101 projects...

    This is despite claims by Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal that the PML-N government has done away with the practice of allowing...

  • ‘Planning Commission detrimental to national interest’

    ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Mohammad Asif criticised regulatory bodies and a fellow government department – the Planning Commission – stopping just short of calling it an anti-state policymaking body...

    “I have said it before, I feel that if the Planning Commission had existed at the time, Emperor Shah Jehan could never have built the Taj Mahal,” Asif said at a...

  • Planning Commission opposes Casa power project

    ISLAMABAD: As US-backed projects for transnational energy imports from Central Asia gain momentum, the Planning Commission has opposed the Casa-1000 project and described it as expensive, against development of domestic energy resources and the West’s “handsome parting gift to Afghanistan at Pakistan’s expense”...

    The commission warned that the proposed project was being pushed forward with greater emphasis to counter the...

  • Planning Commission opposes LNG terminal leasing at Gwadar

    ISLAMABAD: While the Planning Commission has opposed the leasing option of an LNG terminal at Gwadar, preferring an outright purchase of the facility for Rs41 billion, the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) led by Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal has set aside the commission’s objections, giving the petroleum ministry a go-ahead for leasing the Floating Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) for 25 years at an estimated...

  • Town planning cannot be tasked to SBCA, says judicial commission

    KARACHI: The Supreme Court-mandated commission on water and sanitation in Sindh on Monday expressed serious reservations over the provincial authorities’ decision to empower the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) to regulate town planning...

    The commission, headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Amir Hani Muslim, summoned the chief secretary for Dec 13 directing him to come up with the decision of the government regarding...

  • Planning Commission fails to utilise WB’s $5m technical aid

    ISLAMABAD: The Plan­ning Commission has failed to utilise the World Bank’s technical assistance of $5 million approved in 2018 for capacity building for housing policy and analytics as part of Pakistan Housing Finance project, and this assistance is now expected to be allocated to the Naya Pakistan Housing Programme...

    The Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority appears to be the most likely and viable recipient of these...

  • Planning Commission told to update project evaluation, monitoring

    ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday directed the Planning Commission to revive and strengthen its monitoring and evaluation sections to ensure real-time updates on development projects to avoid leakage and waste of public money...

    The directions were issued after Prime Minister’s Inspection Commission (PMIC) expressed serious concerns over the prevailing practices in the project evaluation and monitoring, resulting among other things...

  • India planning 'military action' against Pakistan this month, says foreign minister

    In the run-up to India's elections this week, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi made a startling statement on Sunday that Delhi was planning more military action against Pakistan in the third week of April and called on the international community to reprimand India for its irresponsible conduct...

    The foreign minister, while addressing a press conference in Multan, announced that the government has "reliable intelligence that...

  • India planning to 'slow down' visa process for Pakistani applicants: report

    New Delhi is planning to slow down the issuance of visas to Pakistani applicants as a form of retaliation for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence, a report published by the Indian Express said Friday...

    Although no specific instructions have been handed to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, a 'go-slow mode' has been activated, the report suggests...

  • IS planning to trigger war in India: report

    NEW DELHI: The self-styled Islamic State (IS) is preparing to trigger a war in India to provoke an “Armageddon-like end of the world” according to a recruitment document of the terrorist group that was found in Pakistan, Press Trust of India reported on Wednesday...

    “The document warns that ‘preparations’ for an attack in India are under way and predicts that an attack will provoke an apocalyptic confrontation with America,” the...

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