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Pakistan will look to expedite PTA in JMC session

KARACHI – Pakistan is likely to reaffirm its willingness for a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with Turkey, which will lead to a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), in the forthcoming fourteenth session of the Pakistan-Turkey Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) in Istanbul. The session is scheduled to be held from May 04-05, 2011 after a break of over one year, sources said. An official delegation, led by Minister of Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim, is also likely to attend the impending

Israel and Hamas look to end Gaza flare-up

GAZA – Israel and the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers signalled on Sunday they were looking to end a flare-up in violence that began this week with a missile attack on an Israeli school bus and has claimed the lives of 19 Palestinians.
The fighting stoked fears of a larger escalation that could include an Israeli ground incursion into the coastal territory, reminiscent of a Gaza war that erupted in late 2008.
But Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Hamas had already been

Businessmen asked to adopt ‘Look China approach’

ISLAMABAD – Gilgit-Urumqi Business Forum President Nazir Ahmad on Sunday urged the Pakistani business community to adopt the “Look China Policy” with a futuristic approach rather than focusing on Dubai, Bangladesh and other neighboring states for business opportunities because China was the future giant.
Talking to Pakistan Today, Nazir, who is visiting Pakistan these days, said the Pakistani business community should explore new business endeavours in China which was a hub of

LHC orders IGP to look into two DSPs’ promotion

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday directed the Punjab inspector general of police (IGP) to look into the promotion matter of two DSPs and report by March 3. The IGP appeared in court after he was issued notice for not responding to summons. He tendered an unconditional apology and said he was not informed about the court notice by the officer concerned and a departmental inquiry had been initiated against that officer for negligence. The court accepted the apology and

Proteas look to put Kiwis in a spin

DHAKA – South Africa captain Graeme Smith says the deliberate shift from pace to spin could help his team beat New Zealand in the World Cup quarter-final on Friday. South Africa, who in the past always used their accomplished battery of fast bowlers to blow away rivals, have played three spinners to take advantage of the slow wickets in the sub-continent. Smith has often handed the new ball to either off-spinner Johan Botha or left-arm spinner Robin Peterson even though South Africa

UK urges investors to look beyond headlines

LAHORE – British Deputy High Commissioner and UK Trade and Investment Director Robert W Gibson has said that the power crisis, corruption and security related problems are the biggest challenges faced by Pakistan, but the UK government encourages its investors to look beyond headlines. Gibson made these remarks while speaking to guests at a farewell dinner, which was arranged at the British High Commission on the successful completion of his three years tenure as UK Trade and

‘Pakistan should look to CA for cotton’

LAHORE – Pakistan should look to approach Central Asian (CA) states if India does not export one million cotton bales to Pakistan. Pakistan can touch exports of $70 billion if needs of the textile sector are properly addressed. This was stated during an interaction session between APTMA, Trade Development Authority Pakistan (TDAP) Chairman Tariq Puri and Federal Secretary Commerce Zafar Mehmood, held at the head office of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) on

Aussies look to extend glory run against Kenya

BANGALORE – Defending champions Australia can reach the World Cup quarter-finals with a victory over hapless Kenya on Sunday in what threatens to be one of the most lopsided matches of the tournament. Australia, unbeaten at the World Cup since 1999, have recorded dominant wins over Zimbabwe and New Zealand before rain washed out what promised to be their first major test of this competition, against Sri Lanka, last weekend.
One of the few things that appears to be standing in the

A first look into Lahore

LAHORE – As the plane hit the tarmac at Allama Iqbal International Airport, every possible frame of reference vanished and only as I stood in line – the board read women but for some reason there were only men – at the visa counter, did the full might of my decision hit me. Getting married was one thing, following the man of your dreams to Lahore was quite another. So, as the early morning clouds of the Lahori dust rose in puffs to greet me, I tried my best not to think of what I had

Pakistan look set to thump Black Caps

THE REALITY CHECK – The Broader Perspective In the hills of the Sri Lankan hinterland at Pallekele – the venue’s first international -Pakistan today takes on New Zealand. Apart from the slight blip against Canada, where the meager total Pakistan took some defending, Pakistan so far have done appreciably well in this World Cup. With the nucleus of the side mostly kicking, Pakistan look self-assured and settled. Shoaib Akhtar is expected to be back in place of Wahab Riaz after being

UBL & Xpress Money look to facilitate remittances

KARACHI – United Bank Limited (UBL), one of Pakistan’s largest commercial bank, has signed an agreement with Xpress Money, a leading money transfer company to facilitate home remittances sent by Pakistanis living abroad. UBL and Xpress Money have an extensive network of branches, with UBL having over 1,100 branches nationwide and Xpress Money having its presence in 90 plus countries.

Afridi makes Pakistan look the real threat

COLOMBO – Some almost comical fielding not to mention hilarious batting mix-ups could not disguise the very serious threat Pakistan are starting to pose at the World Cup after silencing a Sri Lankan crowd on Saturday.
In their skipper Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan attack has a potent weapon which proved just as deadly to Sri Lanka’s classy batting line-up as it did to the less gifted Kenyans.
This time the leg spinner grabbed four valuable wickets (4-34) to stop Sri Lanka in

ICC World Cup 2011 – A look at some of the most special talents

COMMENT – These are the hard men of cricket. Those that can take an ODI by the horns and by sheer ability and strength of character, can change its course. With ice running in their veins and nerves of braided Kevlar, they can bowl or bat or field their opponents out of the game. And it could very well be some of these multi-taskers who could make the difference between victory and defeat. Yes, the World Cup is upon us and we take a look at these very special cricketers.

World Cup Preview I – A close look at Pakistan, South Africa, India

COMMENT – The 14-team 10th edition of the cricket World Cup 2011 will kick off on Feb. 19, with the inaugural match between India and Bangladesh at Mirpur. The three-times on the trot defending champions Australians are no longer the team to beat. Their vulnerability has thrown this World Cup wide open, with no clear cut favourites, though some believe that India and Sri Lanka have the edge owing to home advantage.
But there are sides like South Africa, England, Australia and,

Underdogs Windies look to ignite passion

COLOMBO – They may not be the hottest property at the World Cup, but the West Indies on Thursday said they were desperate to win this time and restore pride in the Caribbean. On home turf four years ago, the former champions made it to the Super Eights round before losing five out of six matches, prompting the then skipper Brian Lara to announce his international retirement.
“We want to get the record straight this time,” attacking opener Chris Gayle said ahead of their first

A look at outgoing cabinet

ISLAMABAD – During the past two years, 11 months and 21 days, the federal cabinet held 76 meetings and took 782 decisions out of which 605 were implemented. The number of decisions in the process of implementation is 175 indicating that 77 per cent of the decisions were implemented.
During the said period, a surge in exports was witnessed which is likely to surpass this year’s the set target and a record inflow of remittances is on the cards as well. The foreign exchange reserves