Pakistan train derailment triggers emergency response and safety concerns

At least 30 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a train derailed in southern Pakistan. The country’s Railways Minister says an emergency has been declared at nearby hospitals as crews race to the scene. Priyanka Navani has the latest…

At least 30 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a train derailed in southern Pakistan. The country's Railways Minister says an emergency has been declared at nearby hospitals as crews race to the scene. Priyanka Navani has the latest.

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Imran Khan given three years in prison

Former Pakistani PM Imran Khan has been sentenced to three years in prison for corruption. A court in Islamabad found him guilty of concealing the details of the sale of state gifts during his time in office. His conviction ahead of the parliamentary …

Former Pakistani PM Imran Khan has been sentenced to three years in prison for corruption. A court in Islamabad found him guilty of concealing the details of the sale of state gifts during his time in office. His conviction ahead of the parliamentary polls has thrown his political career into jeopardy. Kamran Yousaf reports.

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Pakistan decides to send cricket team to India for ICC World Cup

Pakistan has decided to send its Cricket Team to India to participate in upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.In a statement, FO Spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said Pakistan has consistently maintained that sports should not be mixed with politics.S…

Pakistan has decided to send its Cricket Team to India to participate in upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

In a statement, FO Spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said Pakistan has consistently maintained that sports should not be mixed with politics.

She said Pakistan believes that state of bilateral relations with India should not stand in the way of fulfilling its international sports-related obligations.

The spokesperson said Pakistan's decision shows its constructive and responsible approach vis-à-vis India's intransigent attitude, as latter had refused to send its Cricket Team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup.

She said Pakistan, however, has deep concerns about security of its Cricket Team.

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said we are conveying these concerns to the International Cricket Council and the Indian authorities.

She said we expect that full safety and security of Pakistan Cricket Team will be ensured during its visit to India.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Consultation afoot for appointment of caretaker PM: Marriyum

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that consultation on appointment of caretaker prime minister is going on between prime minister and leader of the opposition as per constitution.Talking to media at Karachi press club today, she said PM…

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that consultation on appointment of caretaker prime minister is going on between prime minister and leader of the opposition as per constitution.

Talking to media at Karachi press club today, she said PML-(N) will contest election under the leadership of Mian Nawaz Sharif.

To a question, she said holding elections within three months after completion of constitutional tenure of the government is the responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the nation is still paying price of wrong, policies of PTI government and incumbent government has steered the country out of economic crisis.

In a meeting with office bearers of Karachi press club during her visit to Karachi Press Club on Sunday, Information Minister assured that problems of journalistic fraternity will be resolved on priority basis.

she said the grants of press clubs were discontinued by previous government and these would be restored, soon.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PEMRA Bill passed unanimously after deliberations with all stakeholders: Marriyum

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Amendment Bill 2023 was passed by the National Assembly with unanimous vote after detailed deliberations with all stakeholders.She was…

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Amendment Bill 2023 was passed by the National Assembly with unanimous vote after detailed deliberations with all stakeholders.

She was briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting, which reviewed the PEMRA Amendment Bill, at a meeting in Islamabad.

The Information Minister said the bill remained in public domain for twenty days and under discussion in Parliament.

She said if anybody has any objection on the bill, he may highlight that loophole and suggest the amendment.

It was decided in the meeting that the committee members would submit their amendments tomorrow.

Source: Radio Pakistan

FBR Chairman Assures Realtors of Addressing Taxation Issues of Real Estate Sector

Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Malik Amjad Zubair Tiwana has assured realtors that their taxation-related concerns will be addressed.The development came during a meeting between the chairman and a delegation of realtors. The meeting took pla…

Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Malik Amjad Zubair Tiwana has assured realtors that their taxation-related concerns will be addressed.

The development came during a meeting between the chairman and a delegation of realtors. The meeting took place after Finance Minister Ishaq Dar directed FBR to resolve taxation issues concerning real estate transactions.

The delegation called for rationalizing taxation on immovable properties in the backdrop of the poor health of the economy. They said taxation measures introduced through Finance Act, 2022 and Finance Act, 2023 have created a discouraging environment for investment in the real estate sector.

The delegation proposed the abolition of tax on deemed income from immovable property and requested that either no revision of the valuation table of the properties be made for the time being or an increase may be made at a fair level after consultation with the stakeholders.

The chairman assured the participants that their concerns will be addressed and the best possible facilitation will be ensured for removing difficulties arising on account of the implementation of tax laws. He directed his team to ensure proper consultations with realtors in this regard.

The chairman further pointed out that under the stand-by arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), any new tax exemption, concession, or preferential tax treatment may not be possible at this time.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Price of Gold in Pakistan Falls by Rs. 1,900 Per Tola in Outgoing Week

The price of gold in Pakistan increased for the second straight day on Saturday to close the week at Rs. 222,800 per tola.According to the data released by All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), the price of gold (24 carats) incr…

The price of gold in Pakistan increased for the second straight day on Saturday to close the week at Rs. 222,800 per tola.

According to the data released by All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), the price of gold (24 carats) increased by Rs. 1,300 per tola to Rs. 222,800 while the price of 10 grams increased by Rs. 1,115 to close at Rs. 191,016.

After remaining highly volatile for the past many weeks, the price of gold remained largely stable during the week without any major changes. The week began with a decrease of Rs. 2,500 per tola. There was no change in the price on Tuesday but Wednesday saw the precious metal go up by Rs. 800 per tola.

Thursday saw the price fall by Rs. 2,800 per tola before increasing on Friday by Rs. 1,300 per tola. The increase on Saturday means that, cumulatively, the price of gold has gone down by Rs. 1,900 per tola during the outgoing week.

After hitting an all-time high of Rs. 240,000 per tola, the price of the precious metal dropped to as low as Rs. 204,000 on July 12 before recovering in recent weeks.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Pakistan’s Population Crosses 241 Million with a 2.55% Growth Rate

The population of Pakistan has hit 241.49 million with a growth rate of 2.55 percent according to the results of the recent digital census approved by the Council of Common Interests (CCI).The CCI meeting, attended by chief ministers of all provinces,…

The population of Pakistan has hit 241.49 million with a growth rate of 2.55 percent according to the results of the recent digital census approved by the Council of Common Interests (CCI).

The CCI meeting, attended by chief ministers of all provinces, approved the results in its meeting held under the chair of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday.

According to the breakdown of the census results issued by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the population of Punjab is 127.68 million, followed by Sindh with a population of 55.69 million.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has a population of 40.85 million, while Balochistan has a population of 14.89 million. Islamabad’s population as per the latest census stands at 2.36 million.

According to PBS data, the country’s population stood at 132.35 million as per the 1998 census. The population was recorded at 207.68 million in 2017. The growth rate in 1998 was 2.69 which fell to 2.40 in 2017 but has increased as per the latest census and now stands at 2.55.

The data shows that 61.18 percent of Pakistan’s population lives in rural areas while the share of urban dwellers stands at 38.82.

In KP, 84.99 percent of people live in rural areas. Balochistan’s rural population accounts for 69.04 percent of the province’s total population. In Punjab, 59.30 percent of people live in rural areas while the ratio is 46.27 percent in Sindh. Islamabad’s 53.10 percent population is settled in rural areas.

Source: Pro Pakistani