Pakistan Sees Minor Drop In Militant Attacks, Human Toll: Report

Pakistan witnessed a minor drop in militant attacks and their human toll in May this year, the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, said.However, the violence level in the first five months of the year was much higher than the same pe…

Pakistan witnessed a minor drop in militant attacks and their human toll in May this year, the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, said.

However, the violence level in the first five months of the year was much higher than the same period last year, the Islamabad-based think tank said in a report.

The database reported 40 militant attacks last month, that took 48 lives and wounded 102 people, the report said, adding that, security forces personnel accounted for half of the deaths with 56 injuries, while 10 civilians were killed, along with the deaths of 14 militants.

Pakistani security forces continued operations against militants in May, and killed at least 64 militants and arrested 39 others.

The first five months of 2023 recorded 224 attacks that killed 357 people and injured 615 others, the report said.

The first five months of 2022 recorded 126 militant attacks that killed 257 people and injured 461 others, it added

Source: Nam News Network

Here Are Some Expected Tax Changes in Budget FY23

The FY 2023-24 federal budget is likely to be presented to Parliament next week.Sources told ProPakistani that the government is planning several new taxes to increase revenue, with the IMF program still nowhere to be found and economic woes worsening…

The FY 2023-24 federal budget is likely to be presented to Parliament next week.

Sources told ProPakistani that the government is planning several new taxes to increase revenue, with the IMF program still nowhere to be found and economic woes worsening each day.

The sources informed us that sales tax on imported milk for children may increase from 12 percent to 18 percent. Packaged meat and fish will get an 18 percent sales tax as well. The government is also planning to maintain the sales tax increase in the mini-budget of February with an 18 percent sales tax on the E and F categories of the ninth schedule.

The 18 percent sales will also remain unchanged on items of daily use as well as tea, jam, jelly, soaps, detergent, toothpaste, toothbrush, mouth freshener, packed green tea, packed condiments, meat grinding powder, and dishwashing liquids.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Daraz Pakistan Empowers Connectivity With 15% Off on All Mobile Network Top-ups

Daraz, Pakistan’s premier e-commerce platform, is giving users a flat 15% discount on every mobile bundle purchased through the platform during the entire month of June.The promotion, which is set to last for an entire month, will span the upcoming Ei…

Daraz, Pakistan’s premier e-commerce platform, is giving users a flat 15% discount on every mobile bundle purchased through the platform during the entire month of June.

The promotion, which is set to last for an entire month, will span the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha holiday, allowing consumers to save on their mobile expenses during this festive period. The discount applies on mobile top-ups and bundles for all telecom operators including Jazz, Zong, Telenor, and Ufone, offering customers a wide range of options.

“Daraz is committed to bringing the best value to our customers, and we are thrilled to provide this special deal that gives substantial savings on mobile bundles,” said Muhammad Ammar Hassan, CMO of Daraz Pakistan.

This latest initiative from Daraz underscores its commitment to offering competitive deals to its customers, solidifying its status as Pakistan’s leading e-commerce platform. Customers looking to benefit from this deal can simply visit Daraz and choose their preferred mobile bundle from their operator of choice. The 15% discount can be availed by collecting a voucher from the Top Up section on Daraz’s homepage.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Sindh Launches Scholarship Program for Govt Teachers

The Sindh Education Department has launched a scholarship program for teachers to pursue higher education. They can receive a 50 percent discount for B.Ed degree programs and those with a B.Ed degree will be eligible for promotion by the government. T…

The Sindh Education Department has launched a scholarship program for teachers to pursue higher education. They can receive a 50 percent discount for B.Ed degree programs and those with a B.Ed degree will be eligible for promotion by the government. Teachers enrolling in a Ph.D. program can pay their fees in installments.

Government teachers can enroll in the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) University and those with B. Ed degrees will be granted early promotions.

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The Sindh cabinet approved a teachers’ licensing policy to provide legal protection to educators. Two teachers’ training institutes will be transferred to the Sindh Teachers Education Development Authority (STEDA) and a board will be established to oversee training and issue licenses.

A B.Ed or M.Ed degree is required for a professional license and license holders can apply for Grade 16 positions but further training is necessary for promotions. A STEDA board will be formed, chaired by the Minister for Education and including high-ranking department officials, to issue licenses and oversee training.

Source: Pro Pakistani

72 Pakistani Universities Make it to the Times Impact Rankings 2023

72 Pakistani universities have made it to the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings for 2023.THE’s Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG…

72 Pakistani universities have made it to the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings for 2023.

THE’s Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the blueprint laid down by the UN to achieve a sustainable future for all.

This is the 5th edition of THE Impact Rankings which includes 1,591 universities from 112 nations.

Here is the complete list of THE Impact Rankings for 2023.

Sr. No. University Ranking

1. COMSATS Islamabad 201-300

2. NUST 201-300

3. Lahore College for Women’s University 301-400

4. University of Lahore 401-600

5. University of Poonch Rawalakot 401-600

6. Superior University 401-600

7. University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 401-600

8. University of Wah 401-600

9. Aga Khan University 601-800

10. Allama Iqbal Open University 601-800

11. University of Central Punjab 601-800

12. University of Faisalabad 601-800

13. Fatima Jinnah Women’s University 601-800

14. GC University Lahore 601-800

15. GC Women University Faisalabad 601-800

16. GC Women University Sialkot 601-800

17. Ilma University 601-800

18. Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology 601-800

19. University of Malakand 601-800

20. University of Management and Technology 601-800

21. NED University of Engineering and Technology 601-800

22. The Women’s University Multan 601-800

23. Down University of Health Sciences 801-1000

24. UET Peshawar 801-1000

25. Fatima Jinnah Medical University 801-1000

26. GIKI 801-1000

27. GC University Faisalabad 801-1000

28. GC University Hyderabad 801-1000

29. Iqra University 801-1000

30. Islamia University of Bahawalpur 801-1000

31. Jinnah Sindh Medical University 801-1000

32. Karachi University 801-1000

33. Khyber Medical University 801-1000

34. King Edward Medical University 801-1000

35. MNS University of Agriculture Multan 801-1000

36. NUML 801-1000

37. Quaid-e-Azam University 801-1000

38. Rawalpindi Medical University 801-1000

39. University of Sargodha 801-1000

40. Ziauddin University 801-1000

41. Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan 1001+

42. Air University 1001+

43. University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir 1001+

44. University of Balochistan 1001+

45. Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology Khuzdar 1001+

46. Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering, and Management Sciences (BUITEMS) 1001+

47. Baqai Medical University 1001+

48. CECOS University of IT and Emerging Sciences 1001+

49. The City University of Science and Information Technology Peshawar 1001+

50. Dawood University of Engineering and Technology 1001+

51. DHA Suffa University 1001+

52. University of Education, Lahore 1001+

53. Ghazi University 1001+

54. Government Sadiq College Women University Bahawalpur 1001+

55. Greenwich University 1001+

56. Hazara University Mansehra 1001+

57. Information Technology University 1001+

58. Indus University 1001+

59. International Islamic University Islamabad 1001+

60. Mirpur University of Science and Technology 1001+

61. FAST NUCES 1001+

62. National University of Medical Sciences 1001+

63. National University of Technology 1001+

64. University of Peshawar 1001+

65. PMAS Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi 1001+

66. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women’s University Peshawar 1001+

67. Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University 1001+

68. Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University 1001+

69. University of Sialkot 1001+

70. Sindh Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1001+

71. Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology 1001+

72. Women University Mardan 1001+

Source: Pro Pakistani

Peshawar BRT May Shut Down as Govt Fails to Clear Dues

The Peshawar Bus Transit system is facing the possibility of shutting down. This is due to the inability of the government to pay five private companies responsible for managing different aspects of the public transportation system.Daewoo Pakistan, wh…

The Peshawar Bus Transit system is facing the possibility of shutting down. This is due to the inability of the government to pay five private companies responsible for managing different aspects of the public transportation system.

Daewoo Pakistan, which operates a fleet of 244 buses serving 300,000 commuters in the provincial capital, is one of the affected companies. Its unpaid balance from the government has increased from Rs. 450 million to Rs. 750 million.

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Four other companies are also demanding Rs. 300 million from the government for their services. On 1 June, Daewoo management appealed to the provincial government once again, expressing concerns about their ability to continue operating the bus service due to a lack of funds. They warned that non-payment has placed severe financial stress on their operations.

Daewoo previously raised this issue with the government on multiple occasions, with the most recent request addressed to the caretaker Chief Minister Mohammad Azam Khan. The outstanding amount owed has now reached Rs. 754 million, including invoices for several months.

These funds are crucial for purchasing diesel, lubricants, and parts, and covering expenses such as electricity and salaries. Timely disbursement of payments as stipulated in the contract is necessary for meeting these obligations. However, delays are likely to result in the suspension of the bus service.

TransPeshawar, the subsidiary responsible for overseeing mass transit in the province, has neglected to make the required payments, despite repeated requests and reminders. Although TransPeshawar has over Rs. 450 million in its accounts, the company has not cleared the outstanding payments.

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Another official stated that payments have been delayed without any valid reasons, as the contract stipulates that approximately 90 percent of submitted invoices should be cleared within 10 days.

Prolonged delays pose a significant challenge for the affected companies, as they typically rely on credit lines from banks to meet short-term liabilities. If the outstanding payments are not resolved soon, the bus service in Peshawar may be suspended, impacting the daily commute of thousands of residents who rely on public transportation.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Sindh govt decides to turn Keenjhar Lake into Int’l tourist resort

Sindh government has decided to turn Keenjhar Lake into an international tourist resort.The decision was taken at a meeting presided over by Sindh Minister for Energy Imtiaz Sheikh in Karachi on Saturday.Addressing the meeting the Minister said that a…

Sindh government has decided to turn Keenjhar Lake into an international tourist resort.

The decision was taken at a meeting presided over by Sindh Minister for Energy Imtiaz Sheikh in Karachi on Saturday.

Addressing the meeting the Minister said that all the modern facilities would be provided at the tourist resort to attract national and international tourists.

Source: Radio Pakistan

MoS Hina Khar to undertake official visits to Norway, Sweden from Monday

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar will undertake official visits to Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium from Monday.She will hold meetings at the Ministerial level to discuss political engagement and cooperation in development, t…

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar will undertake official visits to Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium from Monday.

She will hold meetings at the Ministerial level to discuss political engagement and cooperation in development, trade and climate change. She will also meet lawmakers and local entrepreneurs.

In Belgium, Hina Rabbani Khar will hold meetings with Members of the European Parliament and senior officials of the European Commission.

In Sweden, the Minister of State will attend the Annual Meeting of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) as a key note speaker. She will present Pakistan’s perspective on issues of regional and global importance and interact with leading European decision-makers, experts, think-tanks and influencers for debates on foreign policy priorities and challenges.

Source: Radio Pakistan