Protests in Pakistan against high electricity and oil prices

There have been protests in Pakistan against massive hikes in the price of electricity and oil. The country is in the middle of both a cost of living crisis and an economic crunch, part of conditions to secure a bailout package from the International M…

There have been protests in Pakistan against massive hikes in the price of electricity and oil. The country is in the middle of both a cost of living crisis and an economic crunch, part of conditions to secure a bailout package from the International Monetary Fund. Kamran Yousaf reports from Islamabad.

Source: TRTworld.com

You Can Now Get Online Appointment for New Passports

The Directorate General (DG) Passport and Immigration has ordered to create an online appointment booking system for citizens applying for passports, as reported by ARY News on Friday.Under the leadership of DG Mustafa Jamal, this directive marks a st…

The Directorate General (DG) Passport and Immigration has ordered to create an online appointment booking system for citizens applying for passports, as reported by ARY News on Friday.

Under the leadership of DG Mustafa Jamal, this directive marks a step forward in enhancing the convenience of passport applicants across zonal offices. Jamal highlighted the need for an online appointment booking system to serve citizens better. To further improve the applicant experience, he proposed a notification system through SMS alerts.

This move comes on the heels of the Directorate General of Immigration and Passports rolling out an e-passport facility at passport offices nationwide. The introduction of e-passports in June by the federal government is aimed at modernizing passport services.

Here is the fee structure for e-passports:

Passport Type Validity Normal Processing

Fee (Rs)

Urgent Processing

Fee (Rs)

36-Page (5-Year Validity) 5 years 9,000 15,000

72-Page (5-Year Validity) 5 years 16,500 27,000

36-Page (10-Year Validity) 10 years 13,500 22,500

72-Page (10-Year Validity) 10 years 24,750 40,500

Please note that regular passport fees for non-e-passports will remain unchanged. This digital shift is expected to expedite passport issuance and provide citizens with a more user-friendly experience.

Source: ProPakistani

PIA Appoints UK Staff With High Salaries Despite Flight Ban in Britain

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has raised eyebrows by appointing staff in the United Kingdom (UK) despite a severe financial crisis and a three-year ban on direct flights to the country.The country manager is set to receive an annual salary of …

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has raised eyebrows by appointing staff in the United Kingdom (UK) despite a severe financial crisis and a three-year ban on direct flights to the country.

The country manager is set to receive an annual salary of £70,000, while the passenger sales manager and finance manager will earn £55,000 each. Additionally, a manager at the Manchester station was appointed with an annual salary of £55,000, along with other perks.

PIA’s spokesperson defended the airline’s actions, stating that they continue to operate flights in the UK through code sharing with Turkish Airlines, generating an annual revenue of £14 million. The spokesperson emphasized that a mere 1.8% of these earnings go towards PIA staff in the UK.

They expressed optimism regarding the resumption of direct flights between Pakistan and the UK, citing the appointments as a preparation for the anticipated reopening.

This news comes on the heels of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) freezing 26 bank accounts of PIA over unpaid taxes exceeding Rs. 8 billion. While FBR claimed that PIA had pledged to pay Rs. 2 billion in dues in August, the airline failed to meet this commitment. Nevertheless, the PIA spokesperson assured that this will not disrupt the airline’s flight operations.

Source: ProPakistani

PAF showcases its capabilities at multinational-air exercise “bright star 2023” in Egypt

Pakistan Air Force contingent has showcased its exceptional capabilities alongside its JF-17 Thunder fighter jets at multinational-air exercise “bright star 2023” in Egypt.Multi-national Air Exercise “Bright Star 2023” kicked off at the Mohammed Nagui…

Pakistan Air Force contingent has showcased its exceptional capabilities alongside its JF-17 Thunder fighter jets at multinational-air exercise "bright star 2023" in Egypt.

Multi-national Air Exercise "Bright Star 2023" kicked off at the Mohammed Naguib Military Base.

The exercise aims to promote interoperability among the participating nations, fostering shared learning opportunities.

Designed to simulate realistic aerial warfare scenarios, Exercise Bright Star provides an invaluable opportunity for participating Air Forces to assess their operational readiness in real-time.

Over the course of two weeks, the exercise will bring together air, naval, and ground assets of the participating nations in the desert terrain of North-West Cairo, Egypt.

A total of 34 countries including Pakistan, the United States of America, India, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Qatar will be participating in this prestigious event.

In light of the complex security environment and contemporary strategic challenges, exercises like Bright Star 2023 enable the Pakistan Air Force to enhance its interoperability with friendly nations.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Efforts afoot to address issues faced by masses: Aneeq Ahmed

The caretaker Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Aneeq Ahmed has said that the caretaker government is utilizing all resources to address the issues faced by the masses.Addressing a ceremony in Karachi on Saturday, the caretaker Federal Minister s…

The caretaker Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Aneeq Ahmed has said that the caretaker government is utilizing all resources to address the issues faced by the masses.

Addressing a ceremony in Karachi on Saturday, the caretaker Federal Minister said that it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that people are facilitated in every way.

He said that we need to stand strong in the face of adversity and challenges and realize our social and ethical responsibilities if we wish to establish a society that has tolerance and acceptance.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Funeral prayers of soldiers martyred in Miran Shah operation offered

Funeral prayers of Major Amir Aziz and Sepoy Muhammad Arif who embraced shahadat while fighting gallantly against terrorists during Intelligence Based Operation in the general area of Miran Shah, North Waziristan were offered at Bannu.Senior serving m…

Funeral prayers of Major Amir Aziz and Sepoy Muhammad Arif who embraced shahadat while fighting gallantly against terrorists during Intelligence Based Operation in the general area of Miran Shah, North Waziristan were offered at Bannu.

Senior serving military and civil officials and public attended the funeral prayers. Shuhada will be laid to rest with full military honours in their respective hometowns.

In a statement, ISPR said armed forces of Pakistan stand resolute and committed to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the motherland at all costs.

Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi has paid tribute to the bravery of Major Amir Aziz and Sepoy Mohammad Arif who were martyred in the operation against terrorists in Miranshah.

In a condolence message, the Chief Minister said both the martyrs sacrificed their lives for the homeland.

Mohsin Naqvi said that the nation values the eternal sacrifices of the martyrs and they cannot be forgotten.

Caretaker Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muhammad Azam Khan has conveyed condolence over the martyrdom of the Major and Sepoy during an operation in North Waziristan.

In his message in Peshawar, Muhammad Azam Khan prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls and expressed sympathy with the bereaved families.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Cooperation b/w Info Ministry, NHandC can be very beneficial in promoting art, culture in country: PM Kakar

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar has said cooperation between the Information Ministry and the National Heritage and Culture Division can be very beneficial in promoting art and culture in the country.He was talking to Caretaker Minister o…

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar has said cooperation between the Information Ministry and the National Heritage and Culture Division can be very beneficial in promoting art and culture in the country.

He was talking to Caretaker Minister of National Heritage and Culture Jamal Shah in Islamabad today.

They held discussion on possible measures to promote art and culture. Jamal Shah informed the Prime Minister about the affairs of his ministry.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Govt plans multiple initiatives to promote ‘culture literacy activities’ for youth: Jamal

Caretaker Minister for National Heritage and Culture Jamal Shah has emphasized need to effectively promote cultural and tourism activities at local, national and international levels.Talking to a private news channel, the minister said government has …

Caretaker Minister for National Heritage and Culture Jamal Shah has emphasized need to effectively promote cultural and tourism activities at local, national and international levels.

Talking to a private news channel, the minister said government has planned multiple initiatives to promote 'culture literacy activities' for youngsters to enable them to be future leaders and effective contributors for society.

Replying to a question, he said government is determined to highlight the heritage, civilization, language, art and culture in a creative and constructive way.

He said government has also planned to introduce state-of-art museums in the country and as initiative spans out, we expect every city will soon have its own archaeological museum.

Source: Radio Pakistan