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Pakistan reopens airspace for civil aviation after nearly five months


Pakistan’s airspace has been reopened to civil aviation with immediate effect, the Civil Aviation Authority said on Tuesday, following months of restrictions imposed in the wake of a standoff with India earlier this year.

“With immediate effect Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civil traffic on published ATS (Air Traffic Service) routes,” according to a notice to airmen (NOTAMS) published on their website.

Pakistan had fully closed its airspace following the violation of its international boundary and airspace by Indian fighter jets on February 26. In March, it partially opened its airspace but kept it banned for the Indian flights. India had also banned its airspace for flights to Pakistan.

Earlier, Aviation Secretary Shahrukh Nusrat said: “The Indian government had asked us to open the airspace. We conveyed our concerns that first India must withdraw its fighter planes placed forward. We are ready to open our airspace if India de-escalates.”

Pakistan lies in the middle of a vital aviation corridor and the airspace restrictions affected hundreds of commercial and cargo flights each day, adding to flight time for passengers and fuel costs for airlines.

The announcement came hours after United Airlines Holdings Inc said it was extending the suspension of its flights from the United States to Delhi and Mumbai in India until October 26, citing continued restrictions of Pakistani airspace.

Continous rainfall will cause infectious diseases in Rawalpindi: Experts


In the midst of worsening economic conditions and taxes being imposed or increased on nearly everything, we might be getting another nasty surprise thanks to heavy rainfall.

Severe bacterial infections are likely to spread in Rawalpindi, including cholera, typhoid, dysentery, gastroenteritis, hepatitis A and E, shigellosis and giardiasis, an infection in the small intestine.

Heavy rainfall leads to water accumulating around the houses in a number of neighborhoods in Rawalpindi, especially in densely populated and low-lying regions of the city, eventually stagnating and increasing the risk of various infections.

According to health experts, the accumulation of dirty water in the city due to rainfall and the wastewater overflowing out of multiple nullahs including Nullah Leh may contain Salmonella bacteria to develop, which leads to food poisoning and may cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

tudies show that less than 100 bacterial cells are enough to cause an infection and dysentery that could destroy the epithelial cells of the intestinal mucosa. Experts say that water accumulation also increases the risk of occurrences of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever along with food-borne infections.

Dr. Muhammad Mujeeb Khan, Department Head of Infectious Diseases at Holy Family Hospital, while talking to the media, said that in the prevalent weather conditions, people must take precautions and keep their living space clean and keep food items in ideal hygienic conditions.

Dr. Mujeeb added that heavy rainfall also escalates the risk of water contamination at tube-wells but by boiling water before using it, people can avoid health hazards. Vegetables and fruit should also be washed with clean water before use.

He added that to avoid infections, any area inside the house that sees water accumulating due to sustained rainfall and overflowing of water from sewage lines must be drained immediately and it should be washed with clean water to avoid infections.

Man ‘beaten to death’ for entering women’s section of faith healer’s ‘aastana’


RAWALPINDI: A man was beaten to death for entering the women’s section of a faith healer’s aastana (establishment) in Rawalpindi on Monday.

Waqas Ali, the victim, was brutally assaulted by the faith healer, who has been identified as Azmat Shah, along with his son and security guards.

The victim’s father Zulfiqar Ali said that his son was thrashed by Shah and five other accomplices for entering the ladies section.

Rawalpindi police chief Faisal Rana took notice of the incident and ordered for a case to be registered against the culprits.

All of the accused persons have been arrested except Shah till the filing of this report.

The issue of fake faith healers is pervasive in Punjab as on February 22 a man posing as one was arrested by police in Multan with a woman having been recovered from his custody.

Week long spell of heavy rains forecast across the country


LAHORE: Many cities in the country on Thursday received rain and the Met department warned of a week-long spell of rains, heavy to very heavy at places, from Friday (today) that may cause urban flooding and landsliding in the affected areas.

In its latest forecast, the Met department says moderate monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea, which are continuously penetrating northeastern parts, are likely to strengthen in upper parts of the country from Friday evening/night.

A fresh westerly wave is also expected to enter upper parts of the country on Sunday.

Due to this, widespread rain/thundershower (few moderate to heavy falls) with windstorm is expected in Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawal­pindi, Sargodha, Gujran­wala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Mala­kand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat and Bannu divisions from Friday evening/night to Thursday.

Rain, dust storm and thundershower are expected at isolated places in Zhob, Dera Ismail Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur and Sahiwal divisions from Sunday evening/night to Thursday.

Heavy-to-very heavy falls are also expected at isolated places in Hazara, Rawal­pindi, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir during the period.

Heavy falls may trigger flash flooding in local nullahs/riverine areas of Hazara, Gujranwala, Dera Ghazi Khan divisions and Kashmir, and landslides in Hazara division and Kashmir. Possi­bility of urban flooding in Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisal­abad, Rawalpindi divisions cannot be ruled out during the period.

The Met department warned all the authorities concerned to remain alert and take precautionary measures during the forecast period.

The department’s Lahore-based Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) said rainfall of moderate to heavy intensity with one or two very heavy falls was likely over the upper catchments of all the major rivers, along with Rawal­pindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisal­abad and Sargodha divisions and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Moderate rainfall with one or two heavy falls is also expected over D.G. Khan division, along with northeast Balochistan.

The FFD expected low-to-medium flooding in the nullahs of Ravi and Chenab rivers, along with hill torrents in D.G. Khan division. Sharp peaks of high flood are expected upstream Mangla.

It said on Thursday that the Kabul river at Nowshera was in medium flood and all the other major rivers are flowing below low flood level.

Meanwhile, rain that was heavy in downtown Lahore inundated low-lying areas. But despite the inconvenience caused by it, the downpour rid people of extremely muggy weather they had been braving for the last two to three days.

In Lahore, the Met department recorded 24mm of rain at the airport, 25mm at its Jail Road observatory, 51mm at Lakshmi Chowk, 42mm at Upper Mall, 37mm at Tajpura, 35mm at Shahdara, 32mm at the Fort and 30mm at Masri Shah.

Lohi Bher park to be renovated by next month


RAWALPINDI: After falling prey to the government’s negligence for 20 years, the forest department and district administration have finally decided to renovate Lohi Bher Park.

The forest secretary visited the park yesterday and announced that the Punjab government would fund the renovation of the entire park. Not long ago, the district commissioner (DC) had also visited the park. He said wild animals and birds public attraction would be brought to the park to revive it as a public attraction spot.

The park will have electronic swings for children while new benches would also be installed along with different food stalls.

The park is spread over 450 acres near the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Islamabad Expressway, the wildlife park was established in 1992 to provide recreational facilities to residents. But due to the Punjab government’s apathy, now the facility presents a picture of neglect.

Glorious Rawalpindi project

Rawalpindi Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) Chairman Asif Mahmood on Tuesday said all the departments concerned would make efforts for the beautification of the city under ‘Glorious Rawalpindi’ project.

Chairing the first meeting of the Task Force formed by the Punjab government for revival of the city with ‘Glorious Rawalpindi’ title he said the Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had constituted the Task Force for the Glorious Rawalpindi project.

Pakistani rapper released a track that every salaried employee can relate to


Writer, comedian and rapper Hassan Bin Shaheen teamed up with two of his friends and formed the group Qaumi Coup. Together they released a new music video, ‘9 se 5’ and it’s an ode to every struggling worker who feels trapped in the corporate world.

According to Qaumi Coup, “This song is dedicated to all those who work hard and grind it out for a better future. To the 9-5 workers, to the people cleaning our streets, to anyone trying to hustle, to anyone trying to make a living, to the struggles they face and the labour they put in, this song is for them”

Hassan stated, “As a performer, I’ve been doing comedy and I have been rapping for a while. What I used to do earlier in my performances would be to incorporate my rap into my comedy. But mostly that would be joke-driven and rhyme-driven.”

Along with art director, Eruj Hadi he decided to bring ‘9 se 5’ to life.

According to Hassan, “the line, ‘9 se 5 pe, 9 se 5 pe, zindagi jalti hai iss aanch pe‘ was the first revelation that came to me. I was like this is what I want to talk about; I want to talk about how capitalism burns people out. So it was coming from a real place because I had worked 9-5 before and I wanted to talk about how often times we don’t have a choice, because of a lack of privilege and economic conditions.”

“People are stuck in jobs they don’t want to, possibly for the rest of their life. This is nothing short of benign slavery or benign servitude, for that matter. You are bound by the rules of the corporate sector, there’s a lot of power play in place and often times it takes a toll on your mental health as well. You don’t look pretty but you have to do it because you’ve got to pay the bills. There was a lot that was going through my mind, and essentially when the lyric revealed itself to me, I knew I wanted to talk about my own experience and that of an average worker.”

“The thing about this project is that even though this song features me, it is a community project. All of my friends are in the video, all of my friends made the video and have had a major role in supporting me in this particular venture. What Eruj did was, she assembled the team of amazing filmmakers as well.”

He added, “Essentially, this was the first project of its kind where so many people from so many different disciplines came together. I got to work with my friends and we did this thing together and I am so grateful to them.”

IMF to mobilize $38.6 billion from Pakistan’s international partners


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) supported program is expected to mobilize total financing of around $38.6 billion over three years from Pakistan’s international partners.

This has been stated in the IMF report titled ‘Request for an Extended Arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility’. Significant financial support by official and bilateral partners aims to provide an important safeguard.

The first 12 months are fully financed with the expected support from multilateral development banks and bilateral creditors as follows:

  • China $6.3 billion
  • Saudi Arabia $6.2 billion
  • UAE $1 billion
  • World Bank $1.3 billion
  • Asian Development Bank $1.6 billion
  • Islamic Development Bank $1.1 billion.

To support long-term debt sustainability, the authorities have also received firm commitments from key bilateral partners such as China, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

This will maintain their exposure throughout the program period and adjust the financing modalities to ensure that the new financing will be consistent with the program debt sustainability objectives by ensuring a manageable external debt servicing profile beyond the end of the IMF-supported program.

Four monkeys ‘terrorize’ Rawalpindi residents


RAWALPINDI: Four wild monkeys caused havoc in Rawalpindi on Monday with the animals spreading fear and panic among residents.

They attacked cows and chickens and fatally injured them in Rata Amral neighbourhood .

According to residents, the wild animals climbed the mobile tower and would jump onto the roofs of houses.

They added that the monkeys would kill the domesticated animals in the area with parents not letting their children go out onto the streets fearing an attack.

A Rescue 1122 spokesperson said that their workers were trying to catch the monkeys but to no avail.

The local wildlife department had been contacted to help catch the wild animals, he added.

Last year, Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials had blamed monkeys for damaging street lights in Islamabad.

An official said, “They break the top housing of the lights where bulbs are intact.”

He also said that the flexible mould of the lights attracts monkeys to play with it, thus they get damaged

Punjab to replace marks with a grading system for Matric & Intermediate levels


The Punjab government has approved to the replace the marks system with a grading system for Matric (SSC) and Intermediate (HSSC) examinations. The change has been made in a bid to bring the current education system at par with O and A Levels.

The suggestion was proposed by the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) which got the approval from Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.

This may prove to be a stepping stone to eliminate the cramming system and promote analytical abilities among students.

From now on, there will be no race among students to achieve maximum marks as they will get A+, A, B, C, and D grades, respectively based on their performances in the examination.

The provincial education department was hopeful that the initiative will improve the education system and will put it on track to meet the international standards.

In the first stage, the result of only 9th class will be announced as per the grading system this year. Based on success rate, it would be applied to upper classes from next year, the government said.

An official from the education department said the government was taking serious steps to make the education system analytical and cheating-proof to bring it at par with O & A Levels. However, the IBCC Chairman Dr. Muhammad Ismail said that he is yet to receive the summary after approval.

Quetta Customs official attacked and beaten by smugglers, succumbs to injuries


Deputy Collector Customs Quetta Dr Abdul Quddus Sheikh, who was severely beaten up by suspected smugglers earlier this week, passed away on Tuesday morning at a hospital in Karachi.

He was attacked at Gahi Khan Chowk when he was returning home after seizing smuggled goods during an operation in the Kolpur area of Quetta.

According to customs officials, unidentified men had stopped his car at gunpoint, beat him up severely and fled. They had said that action against the attackers had been initiated after registration of an FIR as they had challenged the writ of the state.

Police have arrested three individuals in connection with the incident, according to sources.

Following the attack, the deputy commissioner of Islamabad took to Twitter to share that Dr Sheikh was in critical condition after being severely beaten by a gang of smugglers on Saryab Road. He added that the customs official was in a coma with ruptured lungs and a broken jaw.

Dr Sheikh was initially shifted to the trauma centre in Quetta. He was flown to Karachi on a chartered plane last night, where he passed away.

According to sources, the preventative working strength of the entire customs in Balochistan is below 500, with just 25 operational vehicles. Lack of resources and manpower had been a major issue facing the anti-smuggling department, though it had increased efforts against the smuggling of goods into or out of Balochistan.

Article originally published by Dawn news

Abdul Sattar Edhi: the symbol of humanity; Nation remembers


The nation on Monday commemorated the services of prominent philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi on his third death anniversary.

The iconic humanitarian was born on February 28, 1928, in Gujarat before the partition of the sub-continent. He breathed his last on July 8, 2016, at the age of 88 in Karachi.

Edhi started welfare services in 1951 and later established the world’s largest volunteer ambulance network along with homeless shelters, animal shelters and orphanages across the country.

In a nation driven by social, ethnic and religious strife, Edhi won respect from every stratum of society for an ascetic lifestyle that was devoted to helping the poor regardless of their background.

Edhi lived in a bare room in Karachi, alternating between his two suits of black clothes and occasionally listening to recordings of Quranic verses on a battered old tape recorder.

“When my ambulance takes a wounded person who is in pain to the hospital, when people reach the hospital, I find peace in knowing I helped an injured person who was in pain,” Edhi told Reuters in an interview in 2013.

“My mission is to love human beings … Each day is the best day of my life.”

Edhi was well-known for bashing militant groups such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for their attacks on civilians, criticising the government for incompetence and corruption and denouncing the elites for dodging taxes.

His wife, Bilquis, a nurse, oversees the women’s shelters and the adoption of orphans. They have found homes for about 25,000 children.

Edhi’s foundation has provided relief in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran, Sri Lanka, Croatia, Indonesia and in the United States after Hurricane Katrina.

Edhi was honoured with several awards for his selfless services in the cause of humanity, both on the national and international levels.

Four more polio cases occur in KP and Balochistan invoking alarm


Four cases of polio were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan on Monday, taking the total number of cases detected across the country this year so far to 41.

According to the KP Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), two new cases of polio were found in Bannu district; the crippling disease was confirmed in a 12-month-old girl in Jani Khel area and in a 30-month-old boy in Fatah Khel area.

Bannu has been declared a high-risk area with regards to the prevalence of polio, the KP EOC said in a statement. With the latest addition, the number of polio cases detected in Bannu this year has risen to 16.

In Balochistan, the first two polio cases of the year were reported from Jaffarabad and Qilla Abdullah Districts.

According to sources in the Balochistan emergency operations cell, an eight-month-old child fell prey to poliovirus in Jano Kahool area of Chaman. Health officials in Chaman described refusal by parents to inoculate their children as the underlying reason behind the fresh case.

Samples taken from a nine-month-old child in Jaffarabad also confirmed the presence of the disease.

Pakistan remains one of the only two nations remaining where polio virus is still prevalent, the other being Afghanistan. It has long been eradicated from the rest of the world.

Illegal weapons seized during crackdown


SHEIKHUPURA: Conducting a crackdown against illegal weapons, district police seized 40 Kalashnikovs, 5 guns, 20 rifles, 13 pistols and hundreds of rounds of ammunition during the past two weeks.

Speaking at a press conference, DPO Sheikhupura Ghazi Muhammad Salauddin said that during a crackdown against criminals, police arrested 85 members of 15 dacoit gangs and recovered stolen items worth millions including jewellery, cash, cars, motorcycles, mobile phones, laptops and other goods.

He added officials also apprehended 113 dangerous criminals and 303 category B offenders during the two-week operation.

Officials also arrested 110 drug dealers and confiscated 71 kilogrammes of hashish, 12 kilogrammes of opium, 1,700 litres of liquor and 2,800 drums of moonshine. Further, 304 individuals have been arrested for kite flying while 5,564 kites and 394 spools of string were seized from their possession.

Image: courtesy of Express Tribune

Maryam demands PM’s resignation


MANDI BAHAUDDIN: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz has demanded of Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign and quit his office, saying (her father) Nawaz Sharif is innocent and has been wrongly punished.

“The only crime he [Nawaz] has committed is that he did not commit a crime,” said Maryam while addressing a public rally in Mandi Bahauddin on Sunday.

“Selected Prime Minister Imran Khan should resign and quit his office,” said Maryam. “Those who voted for Nawaz are proud to have their heads held high. What crime has he committed for which he is being punished?

“On the one side is the leader of the people Nawaz, while on the other is a coward PM Imran Khan. Allah has made Nawaz glorious in the eyes of the people.”

She said it usually took two-and-a-half hours to travel from Lahore to Mandi Bahauddin, but due to huge crowds everywhere it took her 10 hours. “It shows who the real leader whom the people support is,” she said. “Imran Khan should resign and quit.”

She said after seeing the enthusiasm of the people in Mandi Bahauddin she could easily say that though he was in prison, Nawaz Sharif had still won.

Yasir Hussain proposes to Iqra Aziz at the #LSA2019


Iqra Aziz and Yasir Hussain have finally made it official!

The Suno Chanda star bagged two awards at the Lux Style Awards (LSA) 2019, last night and thanked ‘her love who was preparing for his segment backstage’.

If that didn’t garner enough gasps from the audience; it was nothing compared to what the Lahore Se Aagay actor had in mind.

In a rather dramatic move, Yasir Hussain got on one knee at the Lux Style Awards last night and proposed to his lady love as the onlookers cheered on. And she said yes!


The previously rumored couple has always kept the wraps on their relationship.

Dressed in matching Ali Xeeshan ensembles, Hussain and Aziz walked the red carpet of the year’s most awaited award shows.

Article originally published by Express Tribune

First monsoon rain provides instant relief to Punjab


LAHORE: First monsoon rain that was coupled with a windstorm provided instant relief to people in Lahore and some other cities in Punjab against the prolonged heat spell on Thursday, and the Met department says the rainfall activity is likely to extend to the next week.

The Flood Forecasting Division said the rainfall activity was likely to increase over the upper catchments of all the major rivers along with north and northeast Balochistan and upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

It was extremely hot and humid in Lahore until 2pm. The combination of heat and the enhanced humidity created suffocating weather conditions which appeared to be too much for people especially children and the elderly.

And then strong winds began to blow away heat from the city all of a sudden. A windstorm that was coupled with rain hit the city at around 4:30 pm, providing relief to people as it dropped the day’s 41 degrees Celsius maximum temperature to a cool 26 degrees Celsius.

It was cloudy to partly cloudy in the evening and there were chances of more rain.

The Met department said it also rained in some other cities in Punjab, including Kasur.

The Meteorology department forecasts dust-thunderstorm/rain with gusty winds at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha divisions, Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in the next 24 hours.

The FFD said that moist monsoon currents from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea are penetrating upper parts of the country up to 4,000 feet and are likely to strengthen in the coming days.

PM Imran Khan to meet Trump on July 22, as confirmed by Foreign Office


ISLAMABAD : The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday confirmed that Prime Minister Imran Khan will meet US President Donald Trump on July 22.

During his weekly press conference, FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal informed that Imran shall make his maiden trip to the United States on the invitation of US President Donald Trump this month.

He said the two leaders would review bilateral relations as well as discuss regional and international issues. This will be the first visit by Prime Minister Imran to the US since his party won the elections in July last year.

Just ahead of the visit, the US declared the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) as a global terrorist organisation. The spokesperson hoped that the move would help shrink space for BLA to operate.

On June 27, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced that  Trump had extended an invitation to PM Imran. However, the PM could not travel to Washington earlier because of the budget session.

According to Qureshi, the US president expressed his desire to meet the PM to discuss “important regional matters”.

Extreme monsoon season to cause flooding, landslides, says Senate body


ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Water Resources was informed on Wednesday that the monsoon season could be extreme with the incursion of Western System, higher than normal snowfall and other climatic changes in the country.

The committee, which met with Senator Shammim Afridi in the chair, was briefed by Federal Flood Commission (FFC) Chairman Ahmad Kamal regarding the meteorological department’s forecast of rain.

“Normal to above normal rain is expected in the northern parts including Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, while normal and below normal rain is predicted for Sindh and Balochistan,” he said.

He also said that 80 to 90 per cent more snow was recorded this year in the catchment areas. However, he added that Tarbela dam has capacity of 145 feet to store floodwater.

Water Resources Secretary Muhammad Ashraf told the Senate panel that the Indus Water River System Authority (IRSA) was releasing water to the provinces as per their indent. He added that Sindh’s requirement was being met through more water discharge from Mangla dam.

Regarding compensation of those affected by floodwaters, the secretary of Balochistan’s planning and development department said that three lists of affectees of Mirani dam were prepared after conducting surveys. He said compensation of houses had already been made to the affectees.

“The federal government has also contributed its share and transferred Rs930 million for onward payment,” he said.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has said that a total of 49 districts across the country are at serious risk due to the threat of flooding and landslides caused in rivers and streams.

According to its breakdown, among the districts faced with flooding, 13 are in Sindh, 10 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), nine Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), six districts each in Punjab and Balochistan, and five in Azad Kashmir.

The National Monsoon Contingency Response Directive 2019 issued by the authority says monsoon rains could also result in melting and calving of glaciers and increase in sea levels along with flash floods and landslides.

IMF approves $6 Billion bailout package for Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday approved $6 billion bailout package for Pakistan after the country agreed to enforce flexible exchange rate, enhance taxes and end circular debt –the weaknesses that have remained unaddressed despite availing nearly two-dozen programs.

The IMF will immediately disburse the $1 billion out of $6 billion total package. The remaining $5 billion will be linked with successful completion of quarterly and semiannual reviews, according to an announcement by the global lender.

The IMF Executive Board approved a 39-month extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Pakistan for an amount of SDR 4.3 billion or about $6 billion or 210 per cent of the quota to support the authorities’ economic reform programme.

Pakistan already owes nearly $5.9 billion to the IMF and $750 million of them will be returned in new fiscal year 2019-20. The first review of on the implementation of the IMF programme may tack place in October in which the IMF will gauge performance on agreed targets for July-September 2019 period.

The Executive Board meeting that approved the programme was held in Washington. The programme is believed to be the toughest package in all 22 loans that Pakistan and the IMF have so far signed.

The IMF will monitor implementation on the programme through four quarterly reviews and four semiannual reviews that will keep the government of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in a tight spot.

The PTI government has joined the league of the last two democratic governments of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) that knocked the IMF door to avoid default on international obligations.

The programme will give much-needed stability to the economy besides opening closed avenues of borrowings from international capital markets to meet the growing financing needs.

Pakistan and India ready to resume talks regarding Kartarpur corridor on 14th July


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to expeditious completion of Kartarpur Corridor as it accepted an Indian proposal for a second bilateral meeting on the modalities for the functioning of visa-free passage in the second week of July.

“Pakistan, today, conveyed to India that the second meeting to discuss the draft agreement for finalising the modalities of Kartarpur Corridor and related technical issues will be held on 14th July, 2019 at Wagah,” said a Foreign Office statement.

India had earlier pulled out of the second bilateral meeting scheduled for April 2 after the two sides had met at Attari on March 14.

The Foreign Office said the Indian side was asked to share the composition of its delegation visiting Wagah on July 14.

The Office also  said the Indian side was asked to share the composition of its delegation visiting Wagah on July 14.

Just last Saturday, a report published by Hindustan Times said that New Delhi had proposed to Pakistan that the second meeting of the officials for finalising the modalities of opening the corridor be held between July 11 and 14 at Wagah on the Pakistani side of the border.

The corridor, a peace initiative of Pakistani government, is being constructed to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November this year. The corridor will provide Indian Sikhs visa-free access to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.