PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz stated on Thursday that it was better to leave the government than to burden the people with additional inflation, which she claimed had been worsened by the previous Imran Khan-led administration in the previous four years. Maryam said it was easy for Nawaz to "prostrate before the IMF and consent" to the elimination of subsidies, which would lead to another bout of severe inflation, but "he (Nawaz) wants to surrender the task rather than burden people with a further price hike," she said.
To avoid an impending default, the federal cabinet banned the import of roughly 41 products for two months on Thursday, but the solution looks to be insufficient, as it would only reduce the import cost by around $600 million, or less than 5% of expected imports. Cars, phones, cosmetics, cigarettes, food, certain garments, and toiletries will all be affected by the ruling. After a series of talks at the Ministry of Finance and the Prime Minister's Office, the federal cabinet accepted the summary to limit imports through circulation.
Shaukat Tarin, the Minister of Finance and Revenue, has stated that the administration is committed to fostering a tax culture in the country by adopting constructive activities such as consumer prize schemes. In Islamabad, he was speaking at the second computer ballot of the Point of Sale prize system. According to the finance minister, the administration is pushing positive exercises to improve tax collection in the country rather than harassing taxpayers.
The PTI-led federal government plans to launch Ehsaas Petrol Cards for motorcyclists to enable them to buy petrol at a subsidised rate, The News has reported. The government also intends to raise the pay of public sector employees in the upcoming fiscal year 2022-23 budget. However, there is no consideration for monetising bureaucratic perks and privileges, despite a report from the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) revealing that top bureaucrats in Pakistan are more paid and privileged than United Nations employees.
On Wednesday, the Taliban encouraged Muslim countries to recognise the government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA). The Taliban has urged Muslim countries to accept the Afghan government's Islamic Emirate. According to Baaghi TV., Taliban acting Prime Minister Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund called on Islamic countries to be the first to recognise the IEA.
As the country's COVID-19 positive rate approaches 10%, Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Dr Nausheen Hamid stated Tuesday that the government may opt to close schools for children under the age of 12. The health official's comments came a day after the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) postponed a decision on school closures, saying it needed additional data before making a judgement.
Prime Minister Imran Khan's ex-wife, Reham Khan, narrowly escaped a gun attack in Islamabad late Sunday night. She revealed in a tweet on January 3 at 1:59 a.m. that her car was shot at on the way home from her nephew's wedding, and two men on a motorcycle held the vehicle at gunpoint. “I had just changed vehicles. My personal secretary and driver were in the car,” the former television presenter said and demanded that the “so-called government should be held accountable for it [the attack]”.
The government has called a special session of the Senate and the National Assembly to discuss the horrific lynching of Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara in Sialkot earlier this month. The current administration also intends to introduce legislation to restrict "horse trading" in the Senate. According to Prime Minister's Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan, a debate on Kumara's killing will be held in both houses of parliament on the premier's advice. The National Assembly will meet on December 22 while the Senate will meet on December 20. Babar also met with Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani to discuss the issue.
According to a report in The News, the government has decided to reverse its decision to put a temporary ban on completely built-up unit (CBU) automobiles and instead apply a regulatory fee of up to 50% on the import of electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, and regular gasoline vehicles. According to the article, this measure will be in force for a limited time in order to reduce the rising import bill.
As consumers continue to be concerned about gas disruptions in several locations across Pakistan, Shaukat Tarin, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, said Tuesday that the government should have purchased gas cargoes earlier. During an interview with a private news channel, the prime minister's advisor stated that the administration was unable to purchase gas cargoes in time since the purchasing period had expired. Tarin also admitted that no one was aware of the international prices, which he claimed were rather high, and that the government should have bought some cargoes sooner.
The government was attacked by the opposition. According to the report, the coalition parties have begun to communicate with the combined opposition. Ayaz Sadiq, the head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), announced that conversations with the ruling coalition parties had taken place. The ruling coalition parties have also been informed of the concerns, and the opposition has demanded written details of the legislation from the government. Sherry Rehman has stated that they will investigate all of the legislation and ordinances.
Afghanistan: The Islamic Emirate has nominated 43 new people to government positions in 17 provinces, including governors, deputy governors, and police chiefs. For Herat's five Shindand districts, the new appointments included 17 new province governors, 15 deputy provincial governors, 10 provincial police chiefs, and one security head. The Islamic Emirate's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the new appointments were issued following a directive from Taliban leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada.
On Monday, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) President Maulana Fazlur Rehman refuted the concept that the Opposition alliance's weakness has boosted the PTI administration, claiming that there are other reasons for the "incompetent" regime's continuation. "You are well informed of why the government has been granted an extension. He told reporters on the eve of a PDM meeting that had been postponed resulting in the deaths of nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and PML-N MNA Pervaiz Malik. "This government is not only illegitimate, but also incomplete and unable to deliver," he said.
MULTAN, Oct 22 (APP): Chief Minister's Advisor on Transport Haji Javed Akhtar Ansari said that the incumbent Government has boosted Kashmir issue at international level through best foreign policies. Talking to APP here on Thursday, Haji Javed Akhtar Ansari said that Pakistan always stand by the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K).
ISLAMABAD, Oct 18 (APP): The government will spend around Rs 18 billion during the current fiscal year for physical planning and housing sector programmes, which would be implemented by various ministries, divisions and departments to address the increasing urbanisation issues and challenges. Pakistan has the highest rate of urbanisation in South Asia and as per Population Census of 2017, urbanisation increased from 32.52 percent to 36.38 percent during 1998 to 2017.
LAHORE, Oct 17 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said the opposition is trying to create anarchy in the country just to protect their looted money. In a statement issued here on Saturday, the chief minister said that these are the rejected and defeated elements. He maintained that the nation is fully aware and these elements can’t hoodwink the public anymore.
LAHORE, Oct 17 (APP): Punjab Minister for Communication and Works Sardar Muhammad Asif Nakai said on Saturday the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)'s public gathering in Gujranwala was meant to protect its corruption and misdeeds. Commenting on the (PDM) public gathering, he said that Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari are only trying to protect the corruption of their fathers.
ISLAMABAD, Oct 16 (APP): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator, Faisal Javed Friday said the opposition’s drive posed no threat to the government and it had launched an anti-government campaign to hide its corruption. In a tweet, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed that all attention should be focused only on work as it was his top priority to improve the conditions of poor people.