Does Pakistan Have a Chinese Debt Problem?

Pakistan and China are celebrating as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the centerpiece of Beijing’s global Belt and Road initiative, completes 10 years. The investment project has grown to over $60 billion and provided Pakistan with crucial infras…

Pakistan and China are celebrating as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the centerpiece of Beijing’s global Belt and Road initiative, completes 10 years. The investment project has grown to over $60 billion and provided Pakistan with crucial infrastructure, but it also has added to the country's ballooning debt. VOA’s Pakistan bureau chief Sarah Zaman reports. (Produced by Malik Waqar Ahmed, Jon Spier)

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Pakistan’s 4th MILGEM ship to be launched this week

As part of the MILGEM project, the fourth warship, named PNS TARIQ, will be launched on Wednesday in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi.The MILGEM ships were built simultaneously in Türkiye and Pakistan for the Pakistani Navy by Türkiye’s Militar…

As part of the MILGEM project, the fourth warship, named PNS TARIQ, will be launched on Wednesday in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi.

The MILGEM ships were built simultaneously in Türkiye and Pakistan for the Pakistani Navy by Türkiye's Military Factory and Shipyard Management Inc. (ASFAT).

Equipped with long-range effective sensors and weapon systems, the new generation corvettes are difficult to track due to their low radar cross-section and will increase the deterrence of the Pakistani Navy.

The agreement for MILGEM ships between Türkiye and Pakistan was signed on Sep. 6, 2018.

According to the agreement, two corvettes will be built in Türkiye, and the other two will be built in Pakistan, which also involves technology transfer between the two countries.

MILGEM vessels have a length of 99 metres (325 feet), a displacement capacity of 2,400 tonnes, and a speed of 29 nautical miles.

The first ship was launched in August 2021, the second one in May 2022, and the third in November 2022.

Source: BBC

Hujjaj of Recent Hajj to be Paid Back Rs. 185,000 Each

The Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony was informed on Wednesday that an amount of Rs. 185,000 is being paid back to Hujjaj of the recent Hajj.The information was given by officials of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and …

The Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony was informed on Wednesday that an amount of Rs. 185,000 is being paid back to Hujjaj of the recent Hajj.

The information was given by officials of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony during the meeting of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony held today in Parliament House.

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman of the Standing Committee Syed Imran Ahmad Shah. The committee was informed that Rs. 1,175,000 were received from the pilgrims of the regular Hajj Scheme, during the Hajj 2023. Thereafter, Rs. 55,000 was paid back to the Hujjaj before their departure to Saudi Arabia.

On the other hand, the Hujjaj who performed the Hajj under hardship quota were asked to deposit Rs. 1,120,000. Now, the government has decided to pay back Rs. 12,000 per head to those Hujjaj who did not live in Markazia of Madina Al Munawarra. Similarly, Rs. 21,000 per head shall be given back to those who did not travel by rail between Makkah and Madina. Moreover, Rs. 97,000 per head shall be paid back to all of the Hujjaj who performed the Hajj during 2023.

Hence, the Hujjaj of the regular scheme will receive up to Rs. 185,000 per head. The committee appreciated the efforts of the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Shaheen Afridi Granted Special Permission to Take Part in ILT20 Next Year

Shaheen Shah Afridi is set to shine in ILT20 in January 2024 in the UAE.Renowned Pakistani fast bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi, has been granted special permission to showcase his exceptional cricketing skills in the highly anticipated second edition of …

Shaheen Shah Afridi is set to shine in ILT20 in January 2024 in the UAE.

Renowned Pakistani fast bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi, has been granted special permission to showcase his exceptional cricketing skills in the highly anticipated second edition of the ILT20. The dynamic league is scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates in January next year, offering fans an exhilarating display of talent before the Pakistan Super League (PSL). However, Shaheen Shah Afridi has been allowed to participate in the league for a week.

Shaheen’s participation in the ILT20 is set to be a major attraction, as the left-arm pacer’s fierce bowling makes him a formidable force on the field. With the green light to compete for one week, fans can expect to witness Shaheen Afridi’s fiery deliveries in the UAE.

Joining fellow Pakistani players, Shaheen Shah Afridi is ready to leave an indelible mark on ILT20, and his presence is sure to amplify the excitement among cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Federal Govt Regularizes Dozens of Pakistan Sports Board Employees

The federal government has announced the regularization of 77 workers employed by the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB).The announcement was made by the Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Ehsan Mazari, during a pivotal meeting held at the PS…

The federal government has announced the regularization of 77 workers employed by the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB).

The announcement was made by the Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Ehsan Mazari, during a pivotal meeting held at the PSB headquarters.

The meeting, chaired by Mazari, witnessed the presence of officials, including Federal Secretary IPC, Ahmed Hanif Orakzai, and DG Pakistan Sports Board, Shoaib Khosa.

With this decision, the lives of the daily wage employees of the PSB are set to take a positive turn as they will now enjoy the benefits and security of regular employment.

The move is expected to have an impact on the morale and productivity of employees who play a role in supporting the administration of sports in Pakistan.

The federal government also greenlit the participation of a formidable 285-member contingent in the upcoming much-awaited Asian Games 2023.

The meeting also saw a shift in the policy governing the treatment of coaches in Pakistan, aligning them more closely with their foreign counterparts.

It is worth noting that in addition to these decisions, the meeting approved a non-development budget of one and a half billion for the Pakistan Sports Board.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Babar Azam’s Father Reveals Reason Behind Priortizing LPL Over Global T20 Canada

Babar Azam decided to participate in the Sri Lankan T20 league despite having an intriguing offer from Canada to train for national duty.Babar Azam’s father, Azam Siddiqui, has shed light on the reason behind Babar’s choice to play in the Lankan Premi…

Babar Azam decided to participate in the Sri Lankan T20 league despite having an intriguing offer from Canada to train for national duty.

Babar Azam’s father, Azam Siddiqui, has shed light on the reason behind Babar’s choice to play in the Lankan Premier League, instead of Global T20 in Canada. Babar was offered the same money for either 10 days in Canada or 25 days in Sri Lanka. Opting for the Canadian league, Babar could have gained the same monetary benefits in less time, giving him time to relax at home. However, he chose LPL following his father’s advice.

Despite the challenging weather and longer duration in Sri Lanka, Babar’s father advised him to opt for it. The decision was motivated by the need to adapt to Sri Lankan conditions for the upcoming Asia Cup 2023 and the Afghanistan series.

In a recent match, Babar faced difficulties due to the heat and humidity, leading him to take breaks while batting. His father attributed this to the weather affecting his breathing.

Babar Azam’s father has called on fans to support Babar and the national team, appreciating Babar’s dedication to train in demanding conditions for his upcoming national duties.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Sarfraz Nawaz Accuses Najam Sethi and Team of Interfering in PCB’s Functioning

Sarfraz Nawaz has written a letter to PM Shehbaz Sharif, expressing concerns over the ongoing affairs of the PCB.Sarfraz raised questions about the involvement of former PCB Chairman, Najam Sethi, in hindering the functioning of PCB, even after steppi…

Sarfraz Nawaz has written a letter to PM Shehbaz Sharif, expressing concerns over the ongoing affairs of the PCB.

Sarfraz raised questions about the involvement of former PCB Chairman, Najam Sethi, in hindering the functioning of PCB, even after stepping down from his position.

The legendary pacer further stated that such interference from former officials was hampering the progress and development of the sport of cricket in the country.

“This matter has gained international attention, and it is disheartening to witness internal politics marring the growth of cricket,” Sarfraz Nawaz said.

Sarfraz Nawaz said that not everyone was fully on board with the changes, particularly Najam Sethi and Shakeel Sheikh, who seemed to be resisting the transition.

Sarfraz emphasized that it was crucial for the stakeholders to put aside personal differences and work together to foster a conducive environment for cricketing growth.

Nawaz suggested that a pattern of well-organized management and administration was essential, especially with the significance of the upcoming mega-events.

The inventor of reverse swing believed that by addressing the current issues, these mega-events could be handled efficiently, ultimately benefiting Pakistan cricket.

Source: Pro Pakistani

US reaffirms commitment to work with Pakistan to tackle terrorist threats

The United States, strongly condemning blast in Bajaur, has reaffirmed its commitment to work with Pakistan to deal with the shared terrorist threats.During a daily press briefing in Washington, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said Washin…

The United States, strongly condemning blast in Bajaur, has reaffirmed its commitment to work with Pakistan to deal with the shared terrorist threats.

During a daily press briefing in Washington, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said Washington is deeply saddened over the loss of life in the explosion and share heartfelt condolences with those affected in the attack.

Source: Radio Pakistan