Pakistani PM Urges Increased Collaboration With Afghan Taliban to Achieve Shared Goals

Pakistan’s caretaker prime minister, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, has written a letter to his Taliban counterpart in Afghanistan, stressing the need to address the security and economic challenges facing both countries.Kakar’s letter to Taliban Prime Minister …

Pakistan's caretaker prime minister, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, has written a letter to his Taliban counterpart in Afghanistan, stressing the need to address the security and economic challenges facing both countries.

Kakar's letter to Taliban Prime Minister Mullah Hasan Akhund comes amid persistent tensions over Islamabad's complaints that Kabul is not doing enough to prevent cross-border "terrorist" attacks being planned on Afghan soil.

While discussing the letter's contents Sunday, a Pakistani official told VOA it was written to thank Akhund for his recent "felicitation message" to Kakar after he assumed office last month.

The official, requesting anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media publicly, said that Kakar conveyed "our security concerns" and underlined the need to jointly address them to allow both countries to expand economic and trade cooperation.

"Enhanced regional trade and connectivity remains vital for the prosperity of our peoples. We must work assiduously to achieve these shared goals," the Pakistani prime minister wrote.

VOA reached out to the Pakistani information minister for comment on the reported letter sent to the Taliban prime minister but did not get a response immediately, nor have Taliban authorities in Kabul shared any reaction with the media.

Pakistan has experienced a resurgence in militant violence since the Taliban reclaimed power two years ago, when the United States and NATO allies withdrew all their troops after nearly two decades of foreign military involvement in the South Asian nation.

Officials in Islamabad say that the Taliban takeover encouraged fugitive leaders and fighters of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, to move to the Afghan side of the border and plot increasingly deadly attacks with "greater operational freedom" against Pakistani security forces.

Hundreds of Pakistanis, mostly police and soldiers, have died in almost daily attacks by TTP and Baluch insurgents in the last year. Northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and southwestern Baluchistan provinces bordering Afghanistan bear the brunt of the violence. The Baluch insurgents have been fighting for the independence of Baluchistan from Pakistan.

Taliban authorities deny that Afghan soil is being used to threaten other countries, including Pakistan, and have urged Islamabad to avoid blaming Kabul for its internal security challenges.

Speaking to VOA last week, Kakar did not rule out the possibility of cross-border military action or drone strikes against suspected TTP bases in Afghanistan.

"Wherever we believe that action is required to protect our territory and people, we will take it," the prime minister said, declining to discuss operational details.

Pakistani officials say they have shared a list of suspected Afghan Taliban fighters who joined TTP militants in launching recent cross-border "terrorist" attacks, including a raid on security outposts in the northern Chitral district.

The TTP claimed responsibility for mounting the assault that the Pakistani army said had killed four soldiers and 12 assailants.

A Pakistani security official who requested anonymity told VOA that around 1,000 heavily armed militants, including many Afghans, participated in the cross-border Chitral attack. He said that if the Pakistani military hadn't detected the "concentration and movement" of the militants on the Afghan side beforehand, they would have faced significant losses during the raid.

The TTP, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, is an offshoot and close ally of the Afghan Taliban. The United States has listed the group as a global terrorist organization. The United Nations estimated in its latest report that at least 4,000 TTP members are active in Afghanistan.

The landlocked, war-torn country heavily relies on Pakistani roads and seaports to conduct trade with other countries. Earlier this month, Islamabad closed a main Afghan border crossing for passengers and commercial truck convoys for nine days over security and terrorism concerns, stranding thousands of vehicles and travelers on both sides.

The Torkham border gate was reopened for normal traffic on Friday after officials said they had received assurances from the Taliban that they would not allow Afghan soil to be used for terrorist attacks against Pakistan

Source: Voice of America

Pakistan Imported Mobile Phones Worth Rs. 33 Billion in August

Pakistan’s mobile phone imports crossed Rs. 32.7 billion in August 2023, according to the latest data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).According to PBS data, the imports in August 2023 were 71 percent higher than imports of Rs. 19.1 …

Pakistan’s mobile phone imports crossed Rs. 32.7 billion in August 2023, according to the latest data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

According to PBS data, the imports in August 2023 were 71 percent higher than imports of Rs. 19.1 billion registered in the previous month i.e. July 2023.

The increase in imports was much higher than the imports in the same month of the previous fiscal year (FY24), going up by 135 percent compared to imports of Rs. 13.9 billion in August 2022.

In dollar terms, the imports in August stood at $111.34 million, up 63 percent compared to July 2023 and 76 percent compared to August 2022.

The imports during the first two months of the current fiscal year i.e. July and August came in at Rs. 51.85 billion, up 131 percent compared to imports of Rs. 22.44 billion registered in the same period of the previous fiscal year.

In dollar terms, the imports in July-August 2023 stood at $179.47 million, up 76 percent compared to imports of $101.86 million registered in the same period of the previous fiscal year.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Price of Petrol Has Increased by Rs. 116 Per Liter in 2023 So Far

The price of petrol in Pakistan has soared by over Rs. 116 per liter since the start of the current year.At the start of the year, the price of petrol stood at Rs 214.80 per liter which has now risen to Rs. 331.38 per liter, an increase of Rs. 116.58.T…

The price of petrol in Pakistan has soared by over Rs. 116 per liter since the start of the current year.

At the start of the year, the price of petrol stood at Rs 214.80 per liter which has now risen to Rs. 331.38 per liter, an increase of Rs. 116.58.

The price of high-speed diesel has also seen a sharp increase during the same period. The price of high-speed diesel stood at Rs. 227.80 per liter which has now climbed by Rs. 101.38 to Rs. 329.18 per liter.

Increase under caretaker setup

Under the caretaker setup i.e. since August 15, the price of petrol has increased by Rs. 58.43 per liter while the price of high-speed diesel has gone up by Rs. 55.84 per liter.

On August 15, the caretaker government increased the price of petrol by Rs. 17.50 per liter while the price of high-speed diesel was jacked up by Rs. 20 per liter. This was followed by another increase on September 1 with the price of petrol going up by Rs. 14.91 per liter and the price of high-speed diesel rising by Rs. 18.44 per liter.

The latest review of petroleum prices saw the biggest increase with the price of petrol going up by Rs. 26.02 per liter to Rs. 331.38. Similarly, the price of high-speed diesel was jacked up by Rs. 17.34 per liter to Rs. 329.18.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Sarhad University Expands Its Horizons with the Launch of Islamabad Campus

Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology, Peshawar, is pleased to announce the establishment of its Islamabad Campus. The inauguration marks a significant milestone in the University’s journey towards providing high-quality education and…

Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology, Peshawar, is pleased to announce the establishment of its Islamabad Campus. The inauguration marks a significant milestone in the University’s journey towards providing high-quality education and accessible learning opportunities to students in the capital city and its neighboring areas.

Founded in 2001 and recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC), Sarhad University has consistently delivered on its promise of academic excellence. Its achievements span across disciplines like Engineering, Pharmacy, Computer Science, and Management. With 14 Convocations to date, the institution has empowered over 40,000 alumni, many of whom have made significant contributions globally.

The new campus will be home to a variety of academic departments, including Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Education, Nursing, Management Science and Computing. Designed following international education standards, it promises a holistic academic and extracurricular experience.

“We are thrilled to announce the establishment of our Islamabad Campus. This move represents not just an expansion of our physical presence, but a commitment to bringing quality, affordable education to every corner of Pakistan. The dedication of Sarhad University’s management in this endeavor is commendable, and I am confident that our momentum will only grow from here,” commented Mr. Muhammad Riaz Karim, President of Sarhad University.

Adding to the sentiment, Prof. Dr. Salim-ur-Rehman, the Vice Chancellor of Sarhad University, stated, “The inauguration of the Islamabad Campus, backed by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, is a monumental step for us. This campus is not just for Islamabad but serves as a beacon for the entire region. As we embark on this new chapter, I envision Sarhad University ascending to the ranks of Pakistan’s top universities in the near future.”

With a pledge to foster promising futures for students, Sarhad University’s programs emphasize developing critical, logical, and analytical thinkers. Celebrated for achievements in diverse disciplines like Engineering, Pharmacy, Computer Science, Management, Social Sciences, and Health Sciences, the institution has garnered commendable recognitions:

Engineering Programs: Accredited by the Pakistan Engineering Council.

Pharm-D Program: Endorsed by the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan.

Computer Science Program: Approved by the National Computing Education and Accreditation Council of HEC.

Business Administration Programs: Certified by the National Business Education Accreditation Council.

Education Programs: Recognized by the National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.

Nursing Program: Validated by the Pakistan Nursing Council.

Allied Health Program: Endorsed by the HEC.

Join the Legacy: Fall 2023 Admissions

Admissions for diverse programs starting Fall 2023 are now open at https://admissions-isb.suit.edu.pk/.

To know more about the new campus and offerings, visit https://isb.suit.edu.pk/

Source: Pro Pakistani

Over 90,000 Pakistanis Left the Country in August in Search of Jobs Abroad

In the first eight months of 2023, more than 540,000 Pakistanis left the country in search of better job opportunities abroad.According to data obtained from the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment, 540,282 Pakistanis were registered for overs…

In the first eight months of 2023, more than 540,000 Pakistanis left the country in search of better job opportunities abroad.

According to data obtained from the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment, 540,282 Pakistanis were registered for overseas employment in the first eight months of the current calendar year i.e. till August.

Till July, the number of Pakistanis who left the country stood at 450,110. This means that during August over 90,000 Pakistanis left the country in search of employment.

A breakdown of the statistics shows that 232,749 out of those who left the country in the period under review were laborers while 118,172 were drivers. Those who left the country also included 5,589 engineers, 5,216 accountants, 2,261 doctors, and 1,012 teachers.

The occupational group-wise breakdown issued by the bureau shows that out of those who left, 15,052 were highly qualified, 31,130 were highly skilled, 197,719 were skilled, 57,516 were semi-skilled, while the vast majority i.e. 238,865 were unskilled.

Out of the total, 251,655 workers moved to Saudi Arabia, 147,960 to the United Arab Emirates, 39,901 to Oman and 39,479 Pakistanis left the country for Qatar. Other notable countries on the list include Malaysia (17,647), Bahrain (8,518), Romania (4,175), Greece (2,623), and Iraq (2,373).

It is pertinent to mention here that the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment data pertains to people who have registered with the Bureau. People who move abroad for studies or through other routes such as direct immigration are not included in this list.

Last year, 832,339 Pakistanis proceeded abroad for the purpose of employment, the highest figure since 2016.

Source: Pro Pakistani

All out efforts being made to facilitate Pakistani Hujjaj during Haj next year: Aneeq

Caretaker Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Aneeq Ahmed says all out efforts are being made to facilitate Pakistani Hujjaj during the Haj next year.Addressing a private Hajj organizers workshop in Karachi, he said all facilities inc…

Caretaker Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Aneeq Ahmed says all out efforts are being made to facilitate Pakistani Hujjaj during the Haj next year.

Addressing a private Hajj organizers workshop in Karachi, he said all facilities including accommodations, transportation and catering in reasonable expenditure will be ensured for Pakistani Hujjaj.

The Minister said if reasonable transport rates are offered, the services of private airlines could also be hired in this regard to facilitate pilgrims.

Source: Radio Pakistan

CJP appoints Jazeela Aslam as SC Registrar

Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa has appointed Ms. Jazeela Aslam as Registrar Supreme Court.He has also appointed Dr. Muhammad Mushtaq Ahmed as Secretary to Chief Justice of Pakistan.Source: Radio Pakistan

Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa has appointed Ms. Jazeela Aslam as Registrar Supreme Court.

He has also appointed Dr. Muhammad Mushtaq Ahmed as Secretary to Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PM leaves for New York to address 78th UNGA session

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar left for New York today on a five-day official visit to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.He will address session of UN General Assembly on Friday.In his address, the Prime Minis…

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar left for New York today on a five-day official visit to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

He will address session of UN General Assembly on Friday.

In his address, the Prime Minister will outline Pakistan's perspective on a range of regional and global issues including Jammu and Kashmir dispute which is amongst the longstanding unresolved items on the UN Agenda.

He will also elaborate on the significant measures being taken by caretaker government to consolidate Pakistan's economic recovery and efforts to mobilize domestic and external investments.

During his stay, the Prime Minister will hold meetings with the global leaders on the sidelines of the session.

Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar will also attend an important conference on climate change.

He is also scheduled to interact with the international media and visit prominent US think tanks.

Source: Radio Pakistan