ISLAMABAD – Experts on economic and finance sectors Monday urged the government to do away with its double standards and procedural flaws, simplify the procedures, broaden the tax net and lower the taxation ratio to get the country out of economic mess. President Qaumi Welfare Foundation Mushahid Hussain Sayed Monday criticized the government for its double standards on economic front and for its contradictions in its taxation policy, saying that most of the ruling clique, including
ISLAMABAD – Legal experts on Monday said the PPP government’s move to file a reference with the Supreme Court to get former president Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s “judicial murder” case reopened was a futile exercise aimed at diverting masses’ attention from its failures.
Talking to Pakistan Today, prominent lawyer Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim said under article 186 of the constitution, neither the president could file such a reference nor would it be entertained by the Supreme
PESHAWAR – A one day workshop on National Climate Change (NCC) Policy was held Saturday at the Archaeology Museum Hall, University of Peshawar in which experts assessed the draft of the new National Climate Change Policy for the country.
The experts were of the opinion that in the era of global warming and climate change there is a need for a comprehensive NCC Policy to avoid the frequently occurring natural disasters in Pakistan.
They said that most of the areas in the
ISLAMABAD – Management of the National Logistics Cell (NLC) has informed the government regarding its plans to hire finance and audit professionals for improving the organisation’s working. This was informed by the management of NLC at a briefing of the National Logistics Board (NLB), held under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh here on Thursday.
An official source said that the Finance Minister wanted to figure out whether the entity would retain its
KARACHI – A team of French Cetacean experts headed by Francois Xavier Pelletier arrived in Sindh to investigate the reasons behind the recent mortalities of the rare Indus blind dolphin in Sukkur region and also to find out the possible threats to these endangered and unique dolphins.
In his initial report, the French experts said after analysing circumstantial evidence that the causes of death of these dolphins were either net entanglement or chemical poisoning. A pertinent
KARACHI – The Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) would organise a consultative meeting on Tuesday (today) at the Regent Plaza to discuss the issue of mangrove deforestation and reclamation of precious lands in Keamari and Bin Qasim towns. Marine ecology experts, oceanographers, environmentalists, forest conservationists, citizens, human rights and political activists would attend the meeting.
Sindh Environment Minister Sheikh Muhammad Afzal, secretaries of environment and forest
KARACHI – The Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) would organise a consultative meeting on Tuesday (today) at the Regent Plaza to discuss the issue of mangrove deforestation and reclamation of precious lands in Keamari and Bin Qasim towns.
Marine ecology experts, oceanographers, environmentalists, forest conservationists, citizens, human rights and political activists would attend the meeting. Sindh Environment Minister Sheikh Muhammad Afzal, secretaries of environment and forest
ISLAMABAD – Eminent experts on environment said on Thursday that the devolution of Environment Ministry and abolition of “Pakistan Environmental Protection Act 1997” would badly affect environment of the country.
Speaking at a seminar, they raised questions about the fate of Pakistan Environmental Protection Council (PEPC) headed by the prime minister after the abolition of environmental protection act. They said the devolution of ministry of environment would be a disaster for
ISLAMABAD: Whether it is Gandhara Art or Moghul forts, American archaeologists are extremely interested in learning about Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage, US Embassy Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Walter Douglas said. Speaking at the opening session of the conference titled “Cultural Heritage Issues in Pakistan: Archaeology, Museums and Conservation” the other day.
“The US embassy supported an international conference in Islamabad in appreciation of Pakistan’s rich
KARACHI: The speakers of a consultative workshop on agriculture issues, jointly organised by Participatory Development Initiatives (PDI), Oxfam GB and European Commission, on Monday demanded proper implementation of Land Tenancy Act in Sindh.
They urged the country’s commercial banks to decrease the interest rate on agricultural loans for small farmers, adding the government should give subsidy to the banks for this purpose.
They also asked the State Bank of Pakistan to
ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms’ (PCCR) decision rejecting one critical recommendation of the Supreme Court on Article 175A relating to appointment of judges is most likely to be re-examined by the SC before giving a final judgement in January.
Commenting on PCCR’s rejection of the SC’s proposal of giving the judicial commission the right to overrule the decision of the parliamentary committee, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said,
KARACHI: The federal government has summoned the financial experts from the four provinces to finalise the Reformed General Sales Tax (GST) bill, Pakistan Today learnt on Sunday.
According to sources in the Sindh government’s Finance Department, the main objective of the two-day meeting, from November 29 to 30, is to discuss in detail the reformed GST bill, which would be presented in the provincial assemblies after its passage from the National Assembly. The sources said the
LAHORE: Medical experts have noticed a greater incidence of dengue virus across Lahore with a parallel decrease in the severity of the deadly disease, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Doctors serving in dengue wards of different public hospitals said that the dengue virus has changed its pattern as the number of dengue patients in critical condition has decreased in hospitals, while the overall incidence of the disease has increased.
“The number of dengue patients being admitted
VATICAN CITY: With al-Qaeda declaring war on Christians in Iraq and no end to political instability in sight, Catholic experts on the Middle East fear the fate of the minority Christian community there will only worsen.
The pessimism followed the bloodiest attack against Iraq’s Christian minority since the 2003 US-led invasion.
Fifty-two hostages and police were killed on Sunday when security forces stormed a church that had been raided by al-Qaeda-linked gunmen.
GENEVA: A UN expert group on mercenaries on Tuesday urged the United States to exercise stronger official control over private security contractors in Afghanistan.
The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries welcomed a US Senate committee report this month which found that Washington had failed to manage those hired to provide security under contracts worth billions of dollars, with disastrous results.
However, the chairman of the UN body, Alexander Nikitin, said it was