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  • Pakistan, Afghanistan to use Google Maps to settle border row

    Pakistan and Afghanistan plan to use Google Maps to help settle a border dispute that led to deadly clashes last week, officials from both sides said Monday...

    On Friday, Pakistan closed the border after attacks by Afghan forces on census staff and security personnel escorting them left 12 people dead and 40 others injured...

  • Pakistan expresses concern over India's controversial 'maps bill'

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed serious concern to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General and the President of the UN Security Council (UNSC) over efforts to pass into law the controversial Geospatial Information Regulation Bill which aims to restrict geographical depictions of India and disputed Kashmir to those that are government-approved...

    New Delhi already imposes tight restrictions on maps but if it becomes law, the bill...

  • Pakistan first country to benefit from high-quality solar maps: World Bank

    Pakistan has become the first country to benefit from duly validated, high-quality solar maps under a global initiative, allowing it to tap into its renewable energy resources more effectively, the World Bank said in a press release on Tuesday...

    The new solar maps for Pakistan were unveiled today at a workshop hosted by the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) and the World Bank in Islamabad...

  • Pakistan rejects 'incorrect, legally untenable' political maps issued by India

    Pakistan rejects the political maps of India "displaying the Jammu and Kashmir region and seeking to depict parts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir within the territorial jurisdiction of India", said a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Sunday...

    The statement by the Foreign Office on Sunday said the maps issued by India on November 2 were "incorrect, legally untenable, void and in complete violation of the...

  • PTDC starts Pindi-Naran bus service

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation started on Monday its bus service between Rawalpindi and Naran...

    PTDC Managing Director, Kabir Ahmad Khan while inaugurating the bus service, said that with the restoration of peace in the country, tourism activities will start picking up to defeat the terrorism...

  • Visa policy for Sikh pilgrims to be relaxed, says PTDC chief

    ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to relax its visa policy for Sikh devotees wishing to attend rituals at their religious sites in Pakistan, said a senior official on Sunday...

    The managing director of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Khan, announced this while talking to Sikh pilgrims visiting Nankana Sahib for the 549th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism — Guru Nanak Dev... ...

  • Ex-PTDC chief sent on judicial remand till May 12

    ISLAMABAD: An accountability court sent on Wednesday former managing director of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation Mir Shah Jahan Khetran on judicial remand till May 12...

    Talking to Dawn after the court’s hearing, Baz Khan Khetran alleged that his brother was being “politically victimised” by the PML-N leadership because he had refused to hand over some of the PTDC motels to their favourites...

  • PTDC without MD for 7 months

    ISLAMABAD: The country’s premier tourism development organisation — Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) — has been functioning without its head for over the past seven months and efforts are being made to reappoint a former managing director of the corporation...

    It has been learnt that some names from the PTDC’s hierarchy were sent for the vacant slot...

  • Plans to privatise PTDC properties reactivated

    ISLAMABAD: The federal government has revived plans to do away with certain properties owned by the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) and is considering leasing them out in a bid to make more money off them...

    The centre has been at odds with the provinces, especially Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, over who would retain control over PTDC properties located in the provinces...

  • President approves Rs1.5bn package for PTDC, employees

    5 billion bailout package for crippling Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) and its employees who have not been receiving their monthly salary for over two years...

    4 million for outstanding liabilities of regular employees and Rs210 million for upgradation and revamping of PTDC’s hotels and motels...

  • Senate body concerned at PTDC laxity on land grabbing

    ISLAMABAD: The Senate Functional Committee on Devolution has expressed concern over the negligence of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) in resolving the prolonged issue of 172 acres land occupied by a private firm at Gadani Fish Harbour...

    The committee was discussing the progress report on the public petition regarding transfer of 172 acres of land of the PTDC located at Gadani Fish Harbour to M...

  • Zulfi Bukhari’s appointment as PTDC chairman challenged in IHC

    ISLAMABAD: The appointment of Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, popularly known as Zulfi Bukhari, as chairman of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has been challenged in the Islamabad High Court (IHC)...

    A petition filed by 14 employees of the PTDC has also challenged appointment of Intikhab Alam as PTDC’s managing director...

  • Govt is taking steps to restructure PTDC, not shutting it down: Zulfi Bukhari

    Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfiqar Bukhari said on Thursday that the government was not shutting down Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), insisting that changes were being made "as a step towards restructuring it"...

    In a two-part tweet, the prime minister's aide said the PTDC will continue to work as a "federal implementation body under NTCB (National...

  • IHC questions PM aide’s powers for PTDC layoffs

    ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday questioned the powers of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari for sacking employees of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) being the acting chairman of the corporation...

    The PTDC has recently shut down 36 motels and fired up to 450 employees...

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