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Former Pakistan cricketer Nasir Jamshed will be sentenced in February after pleading guilty in a British court to conspiring to bribe other players to spot-fix a Twenty20 match, the BBC has reported.
Professional jockey Usman Khan on Tuesday qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the equestrian eventing category.
Captain Azhar Ali says he is determined to put up a good show in the first Test against Sri Lanka tomorrow.
Students of Karakoram International University in Gilgit Baltistan are protesting due to sudden hike in fees.
Chile's air force lost radio contact with a transport plane carrying 38 people on a flight on Monday evening to the country's base in Antarctica, and authorities indicated several hours later that they were not optimistic about the aircraft's fate.
Mass rapes, the burning alive of Muslim Rohingya families in their homes and the killing with knives of dozens of children were described by Gambia's legal team as it set out its genocide case against Myanmar at the United Nation's highest court on Tuesday.
PML-N senior leader and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday walked out of the National Assembly after assailing Speaker Asad Qaiser for not issuing production orders of his fellow party leader Rana Sanaullah.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday presided over a Corps Commanders' conference.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted to appoint a puppet chief minister in Sindh as well.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the latest discriminatory legislation in Indian Lok Sabha describing it as a glaring attempt by New Delhi to interfere in the neighboring countries with malafide intent.
World human rights day is being celebrated all around the world today while United Nations (UN) general assembly decided back in 10 December 1948 to celebrate the day to bring the world attention towards the UN declaration.
Federal Cabinet meets in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair.
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has received $1.2 billion from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) under the budget support fund.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the international community to end gross abuses and atrocities being inflicted in Occupied Kashmir by the Indian Occupation forces.
The government of Pakistan on Monday signed an agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) worth $1.3 billion for budgetary support and reforms.
Sri Lanka's cricket team arrived in Islamabad on Monday ahead of their Test series against Pakistan starting on December 11.
Russia was banned from the Olympics and world championships in a range of sports for four years on Monday after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ruled to punish it for manipulating laboratory data, a WADA spokesman said.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday highlighted the need for achieving the goal of a secure and stable Afghanistan for the economic progress and prosperity of the entire region, a Foreign Office (FO) statement said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may change his views toward United States President Donald Trump if he continues making “inappropriate, dangerous” comments, a senior Pyongyang official said on Monday, calling him an “impatient, old man.”
The Sindh cabinet on Monday green-lighted a proposed bill that seeks to lift the ban on student unions in the educational institutions of the province.
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor on Monday refuted news reports that Pakistani and Iranian security forces had carried out ‘joint patrolling’ along the Iran-Pakistan international border.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that the anti-corruption efforts in Pakistan will pave way for a modernistic outlook for the country, adding that the financial recoveries under the anti-corruption establishment are quite ‘impressive’.
Finland’s 34-year-old transport minister, Sanna Marin, has been selected to lead the Social Democratic party, making her the country’s youngest prime minister ever.
Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated Pakistan's first National Science and Technology Park (NSTP) in Islamabad.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi left for Turkey on a two-day official visit to attend the ninth Heart of Asia moot in Istanbul.
International Anti-Corruption Day is being observed today to raise awareness and highlight the dangerous effects of corruption.
Defence Minister Pervez Khattak says the decision on appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and members of Election Commission of Pakistan will be held on Wednesday.
Iran will unveil a new generation of uranium enrichment centrifuges, the deputy head of Iran’s nuclear agency Ali Asghar Zarean told State TV on Saturday.
The United States and Iran each freed a prisoner on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened since President Donald Trump took office.
At least forty-three people were killed in India’s capital New Delhi on Sunday when a fire swept through a six-storey factory where laborers were sleeping, government officials said.
Senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen on Sunday dismissed the 'minus Imran' formula by saying that the party was nothing without the prime minister.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders on Saturday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) government has failed on all fronts due to its incompetence and now an in-house change is needed.
The government is working on a multi-pronged strategy to construct gas storage facilities, which the country lacks for smooth supply of the commodity, especially during peak winter and summer seasons.
Contrary to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s claim of reducing the flow of circular debt to Rs12 billion a month, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has showed a monthly increase of Rs21 billion in the debt at the end of August.
If the ADB’s claim is true, it raises questions over the government’s claim of a huge improvement in the energy sector.
The PTI government has brought improvement in the energy sector as compared to what the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had left behind.
Government’s efforts and timely subsidy payments have slowed down the flow of circular debt from Rs38 billion per month in August 2018 to Rs21 billion in August 2019, stated an ADB report which became the base for approval of a $300-million energy-sector policy loan by the ADB board on Friday.
The report has been shared with the ADB president and its board of directors. If one goes by the ADB’s findings, the federal government seems to have exaggerated its performance, which can severely dent the credibility of the Ministry of Energy.
On August 28, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Petroleum Nadeem Babar said “the government has reduced the monthly circular debt to a single digit due to effective policies”. Similarly, while speaking at a press conference on October 3, Federal Minister for Power Omar Ayub said during the tenure of PML-N government, the circular debt was rising by Rs38 billion per month but “it has now been reduced to Rs10-12 billion per month”.
Last month, The Express Tribune asked Nadeem Babar about the reasons behind the different claims made by the government and international creditors. Babar replied that the reason behind the different numbers were different base months.
However, following the release of ADB report, it is now evident that the ADB and the government were not taking different months into account for reporting the circular debt.
The ADB has acknowledged Rs89 billion on account of efficiency improvement and an anti-theft programme since November 2018.
Pakistan and the ADB have agreed on a three-year energy-sector reform programme in return for a loan of $1 billion, which will be disbursed in three tranches subject to fulfillment of prior conditions. Some of the conditions have already been met including a quarterly increase in electricity tariffs, which paved the way for approval of the first tranche of $300 million on Friday.
The ADB noted that between fiscal year 2019-20 and 2021-22, a declining GDP growth rate with an average of 3.3%, coupled with a rising inflation on average of 9.1%, would continue to constrain government finances. The government’s external financing needs were expected to be $29.9 billion in the current fiscal year and continue to increase by 2024, it added.
The ADB stated that the total amount of circular debt was a threat to the economy and the immediate priority was to stop further accumulation, or the flow, of circular debt and subsequently address the stock reduction.
As a result of tariff notifications in 2019 after a hiatus of three years, the government will recover an additional Rs470 billion from the electricity consumers. The tariffs are now based on the new uniform tariff mechanism according to amendments to the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) Act, which incorporates budgeted subsidies and cross-subsidisation among distribution companies to help control sector deficits.
After the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the PTI government has also committed to the ADB that it will surrender the executive powers to notify the increase in electricity tariffs by amending the Nepra Act.
The deadline to submit the draft bill to parliament is the end of current month.
By amending the Nepra Act, the increase in electricity tariffs will be done through an automatic mechanism to update power generation costs in tariffs in each quarter without a government notification, according to the ADB report.
Generation costs accounted for more than 75% of end-user tariffs currently and the automated mechanism would prevent the backlog of system costs even if tariff notifications were delayed, it added.
In order to secure the next loan tranche of $300 million, the PTI government has promised the ADB that electricity tariffs for fiscal year 2020-21 will be finalised before the start of the year in July 2020. The PTI government has also assured the ADB that the accumulation of circular debt will be kept below Rs120 billion in the current fiscal year, which means that prices will be raised further as the flow still remains above Rs12 billion a month.
Another condition for the next tranche is that Pakistan will have to secure the approval of Council of Common Interests (CCI) for the National Electricity Policy 2019 and the Integrated Energy Plan.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan taking aim at the Sharif family said on Sunday the entire PML-N has gathered at the London residence of fugitives.
Pakistan’s javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem becomes the only Pakistani to directly qualify for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Export of oranges from Pakistan has commenced as an export target of 300,000 metric tons has been set for the current season which is expected to generate valuable foreign exchange of $19.5 million.
Prime Minister Imran Khan says Pakistan is a firm believer in the strength and potential of regional cooperation for individual, national and regional development.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said the whole nation is still awaiting the answers of 18 questions asked by the government from Shahbaz Sharif.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) will hear Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz's petition on removing her name from the Exit Control List (ECL) on December 9.
A two-member bench of the high court headed by Justice Baqir Ali Najfi will hold proceedings of the case from December 9. Maryam has requested the court to direct the government to remove her name from the no-fly list so she can travel abroad for six weeks to take care of her father, Nawaz Sharif.
Last month , the LHC had directed the government to remove Nawaz's name from the ECL for four weeks, without any conditions, so he could seek medical treatment abroad.
In the petition, Maryam said that she was suffering from a lot of mental stress as her father's health was in grave condition and she could not monitor him.
The PML-N leader stated in the petition that she had been Nawaz's primary caregiver ever since her mother died. Maryam said in the petition that her father had initiated projects worth billions of rupees in Pakistan that no other preceding or succeeding government had been able to match.
She asked the court to remove her name from the ECL till the final verdict of the case filed against her was not announced.
Maryam also challenged the legality of her name being placed on the no-fly list by saying that she had yet not presented her arguments and asked the court to remove her name from the ECL till the final verdict in her case is announced.
The PML-N leader’s name along with her father Nawaz Sharif’s was placed on the no-fly list last year, following their conviction in the Avenfield reference.
The 16-member squad to play against Sri Lanka in the upcoming Test series was announced on Saturday, with the surprising inclusion of Fawad Alam.
Alam failed to make the selection last year during the England and Ireland tour triggering a massive backlash against then chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, who famously did not pick Alam for the entirety of his captaincy, made the announcement today.
He said that the 34-year-old middle-order batsman was selected because of his past record over 4-5 years as well as his recent prolific scoring in domestic cricket. "So we will make efforts to give him a chance and utilise his form."
Alam last played a test match against New Zealand at Dunedin in 2009, eight months after an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus at Lahore that shut the doors of international cricket on Pakistan.
He scored a century in his debut test against Sri Lanka in July 2009 and has scored over 12,222 runs in a 16-year first-class career at a healthy average of 56.84.
Alam is one of the two changes selectors have made from the squad that lost the two-Test matches against Australia.
He has replaced Iftikhar Ahmed while leftarm fast bowler Usman Shinwari comes in in place of young fast bowler Mohammad Musa.
"We have been struggling in bowling. Shinwari's recent form has been very good and the consensus is that his energy and his bowling on flat pitches has been great in all the matches he has played recently," said Misbah.
Misbah said Musa will remain with the test squad and will continue working with bowling coach Waqar Younis.
"Our thinking is that we need consistency in the team and that's the reason we didn't make a lot of changes for the series against Sri Lanka," Misbah said. "There should be continuity so that players get confidence. We made changes where we feel it's necessary."
Misbah was given three responsibilities chief selector, head coach and batting coach when the Pakistan Cricket Board removed head coach Mickey Arthur and batting coach Grant Flower after the World Cup while chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq stepped down.
"We have chosen a team with a view to getting back on the winning track. [...] The team we have selected is one we think will be a match-winning combination," said Misbah in the lead up to the announcement of the team members.
He said he wished to clarify that all the selections are not his alone.
"The perspective is that it's a one-man show," Misbah said. "I think there should be clarity on this: there are six selectors who closely watch players in domestic cricket and also do work with the players on their technique. They know all the minuses and pluses of these players very well. Their say is very important in the selection."
He said that the team was chosen after a detailed debate and consensus.
The squad will be lead by Azhar Ali and includes Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wicket keeper), Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah, and Usman Shinwari.
The first match of the series will be held from December 11-15 at the Rawalpindi cricket stadium. The second will be held at Karachi's National Stadium from December 19-23
International Atomic Energy Agency has commended Pakistan's nuclear security measures.