Norwegian-Pakistani Biker reaches Landi Kotal after travelling through 16 countries

A Norwegian citizen of Pakistani origin Pirzada Ziauddin Shinwari has reached Landi Kotal after traveling through sixteen countries on a motorcycle.The motorcyclist was received and welcomed by people belonging to different walks of life with fervour …

A Norwegian citizen of Pakistani origin Pirzada Ziauddin Shinwari has reached Landi Kotal after traveling through sixteen countries on a motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was received and welcomed by people belonging to different walks of life with fervour at Machni check post.

Ziauddin Shinwari had started his journey from Norway on 22nd of last month and today reached his native Landi Kotal crossing sixteen different countries.

At a news conference, he said that the purpose of his trip was to highlight soft image of Pakistan besides promoting tourism and Pakistani culture.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Met office predicts hot, dry weather in most parts of country

Hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while hot in southern parts of the country.However, rain and wind with dust thunderstorm is likely in South Punjab , northeast Balochistan, Kashmir and its adjoining areas during the next t…

Hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while hot in southern parts of the country.

However, rain and wind with dust thunderstorm is likely in South Punjab , northeast Balochistan, Kashmir and its adjoining areas during the next twelve hours.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

Islamabad nineteen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-seven, Karachi thirty, Peshawar twenty-four, Quetta twenty-one, Gilgit twelve, Murree fourteen and Muzafarabad eighteen degree centigrade.

According to weather forecast of Met Office for Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, partly cloudy weather with chances of rain and wind/thunderstorm is expected in Srinagar, Anantnag , Shopian and Baramula while partly cloudy Jammu, Leh and Pulwama.

Temperature recorded this morning:

Srinagar, Pulwama and Anantnag ten degree centigrade, Jammu twenty-one, Leh three, Shopian and Baramula eleven degree centigrade.

Source: Radio Pakistan

NADRA launches IRIS Recognition System for identity verification, citizen de-duplication

National Database and Registration Authority has launched the Iris Recognition System for identity verification and citizen de-duplication.According to a statement released by NADRA, the introduction of the Iris technology will complement the existing…

National Database and Registration Authority has launched the Iris Recognition System for identity verification and citizen de-duplication.

According to a statement released by NADRA, the introduction of the Iris technology will complement the existing biometric verification systems, including fingerprint matching and facial-image matching.

The Iris recognition system has now been rolled out in selected locations in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi.

The phased deployment of this technology will gradually extend to NADRA's all 700 registration centers nationwide.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Jamal Khan Raisani strongly condemns May 9 incidents

Nawabzada Jamal Khan Raisani has strongly condemned the sad incidents of May 9.Addressing a presser in Islamabad on Sunday, he said we salute the armed forces who have been losing their precious lives for the motherland. He said politics should not ha…

Nawabzada Jamal Khan Raisani has strongly condemned the sad incidents of May 9.

Addressing a presser in Islamabad on Sunday, he said we salute the armed forces who have been losing their precious lives for the motherland. He said politics should not have any connection with extremism.

Nawabzada Jamal Khan Raisani said the majority of Baloch youth support the armed forces because peace was restored due to their unmatched efforts in the province. He appreciated the people who surrendered before the state in Balochistan.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Delegation of Jhelum Bar Association calls on Bilal Azhar Kayani in Jhelum

A delegation of the Jhelum Bar Association led by its President Sheikh Ikram called on Prime Minister’s Coordinator Bilal Azhar Kayani in Jhelum on Sunday.Speaking on the occasion, Bilal Azhar Kayani said the bar and the bench are two important stakeh…

A delegation of the Jhelum Bar Association led by its President Sheikh Ikram called on Prime Minister's Coordinator Bilal Azhar Kayani in Jhelum on Sunday.

Speaking on the occasion, Bilal Azhar Kayani said the bar and the bench are two important stakeholders of the judicial system. He said lawyers have always played their historic role for the supremacy of the Constitution, rule of law and promotion of democracy in the country.

Bilal Azhar Kayani assured the legal fraternity of the Jhelum Bar Association to talk to Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar for the resolution of their problems.

The delegation acknowledged Bilal Azhar Kayani's services for the welfare of the people of Jhelum.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan committed to protect rights of minorities: Masood

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan says the Pakistan is committed to protecting rights of minorities and provides them with an enabling environment to contribute towards socio-economic development and nation-building processAddress…

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan says the Pakistan is committed to protecting rights of minorities and provides them with an enabling environment to contribute towards socio-economic development and nation-building process

Addressing faith and community leaders at Pakistan House Washington he said that the strong bonds of humanity bind us all together.

The faith leaders comprised Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Sikhs.

The Ambassador said while we maintain our religious beliefs and identities, we have to work collectively, as one community, for the larger national interests and projecting true image of Pakistan.

Masood Khan called for the need to build on commonalities among faiths and to work together to promote inter-faith harmony.

The Ambassador appreciated the services of faith and community leaders including Ilyas Masih, Raj Rathore and others who have been making efforts not only to unite communities but also towards bringing US and Pakistan together through people to people contacts and exchanges.

President All Neighbors International Ilyas Masih thanked the Ambassador for providing a platform to all faiths and communities and also facilitating people-to-people exchanges.

Patron in Chief Pakistan Sikh Council Sardar Ramesh Singh Khalsa said that the commitment of the Government of Pakistan towards protection of rights enabled minorities to lead their lives according to the vision of the Founder of the nation.

The leaders said the Embassy of Pakistan is presenting a practical manifestation of vision of the Quaid for Pakistan.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Customs Seizes Smuggled Cigarettes Worth Rs. 33.6 Million

Pakistan Customs has launched a crackdown against smuggled cigarettes throughout the country.According to a statement issued by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Sunday, godowns and stores at multiple locations in different cities have been raided…

Pakistan Customs has launched a crackdown against smuggled cigarettes throughout the country.

According to a statement issued by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Sunday, godowns and stores at multiple locations in different cities have been raided, and large quantities have been seized over the past couple of days.

After the enhancement of federal excise duty (FED) on cigarettes, reports were received that the smuggling of cigarettes has witnessed a significant increase. Over the last week, Customs teams in different cities have identified godowns used to store smuggled cigarettes for distribution to shops for sale.

Several raids have been carried out over the past two days and more operations would be conducted in the next few days, the statement said.

Recovery of huge quantities of foreign brands has been made. The value of cigarettes seized so far is estimated at Rs. 33.6 million, FBR said in its statement.

Source: Pro Pakistani

OICCI Calls for Abolishing Super Tax in FY24 Budget

The Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) has urged the government to remove the super tax from the budget for the next fiscal year (FY24).OICCI presented its key taxation proposals for the upcoming budget to Finance Minister Ish…

The Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) has urged the government to remove the super tax from the budget for the next fiscal year (FY24).

OICCI presented its key taxation proposals for the upcoming budget to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday. In a statement, OICCI President Amir Paracha highlighted that the economy is currently under stress and the GDP growth forecast for the near term is negative to marginally positive, which along with high inflation and interest rates and fast weakening currency has the potential to substantially dent the profitability of tax paying sectors next year

OICCI has recommended the abolishment of super tax for all sectors and capping the corporate tax rate of 29 percent, and no further increase in the effective tax rate which is already greater than the regional competitive rates. The recommendations also call for elimination/reduction of minimum tax especially for listed companies and companies in the regulated sectors.

OICCI also recommended the simplification of the withholding tax regime, with existing 200 different tax rates for 24 WHT sections, to make it more convenient and business-friendly.

It has also stressed the urgency for broadening the tax base to boost revenue collection according to the proportionate share of each sector of the economy, especially trade, services, real estate, and agriculture.

OICCI stressed that sufficient data is available in the system to significantly broaden the tax base and arrest revenue leakage. OICCI has estimated that with dedicated efforts to collect revenue from all segments of the economy, the tax-to-GDP ratio can be increased in a few years to 16 percent, from the current ratio of less than 10 percent. OICCI has also recommended that a significant portion of current Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) resources, at least 30 percent, should be assigned to the Broadening of Tax (BTB) unit.

It highlighted massive excise duty evasion by the tobacco industry, duty-not-paid goods, and under-invoicing, which adversely affect tax revenue. To ensure transparency, OICCI has recommended that the import data should be made publicly available. Further, it has also asked that Customs valuation should be done by using the latest method of valuation including, online search and matching international and regional pricing, and taking local legal brand owners on board.

Source: Pro Pakistani