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Govt compelled to prepare budget under IMF watch: PM

Govt compelled to prepare budget under IMF watch: PM

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Govt compelled to prepare budget under IMF watch: PM

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday admitted that his government was compelled to prepared budget under the watch of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) due to prevailing economic conditions.

The prime minister, responding to a point of order by an opposition member at the National Assembly, said the global lender would give its reply today (June 25) and “hopefully there would be a good news”.

He said that the tangible results of the government’s ongoing efforts to reduce its expenditures would appear within around one and a half months.

The premier said the government had already ordered abolishing the Pakistan Public Works Department (Pak PWD), citing massive corruption in its development budget.

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He told the House that a rightsizing committee had been formed under Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb and expressed the hope that he would come up with tangible results within almost one and a half months.

The prime minister said that the PML-N-led government always gave a special focus on the uplift of South Punjab by providing the budget and employment higher than the population ratio. Besides, a 10 percent increased share was given to the region in the laptop as well as PM Rozgar schemes and a stipend for girls students was raised from Rs 200-Rs1000 under the Zevar Taleem Program.

Moreover, he said the federal government had also funded mega infrastructure projects in South Punjab including Lodhran-Khanewal Motorway and Dera Ghazi Khan-Muzaffargarh Motorway.

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Bushra Bibi challenges her likely detention in undisclosed cases

Bushra Bibi challenges her likely detention in undisclosed cases

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Bushra Bibi challenges her likely detention in undisclosed cases

 PTI founder’s wife Bushra Bibi challenged her likely detention in the undisclosed cases in the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Justice Tariq Saleem Shaikh will hear the petition on Tuesday.

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The petitioner’s lawyer said that the details of the cases registered against Bushra Bibi are not being provided. Moreover, the inquiries against Bushra Bibi in anti-corruption, NAB and FIA-related cases are also not being provided, the application said.

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The court should order all the agencies to provide the details of the cases. Moreover, the court should also order to stop Bushra Bibi from being arrested in any hidden case. 

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Cabinet meeting with PTI ban on agenda postponed

Cabinet meeting with PTI ban on agenda postponed

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Cabinet meeting with PTI ban on agenda postponed

A meeting of the federal cabinet to give approval for ban on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was postponed on Monday, sources said. 

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was scheduled to chair the meeting on Tuesday, July 23, when the cabinet members were likely to nod the ban on the political party.

The cabinet was also expected to give approval for pursuing cases under Article 6 of the Constitution against former President Arif Alvi, PTI founder Imran Khan, and Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri.

On July 15, Information Minister Atta Tarar said that the ruling coalition had decided to move for a ban on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

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Addressing a press conference, he said the federal government will file a case to ban the PTI. The government would keep the current situation in mind before taking a step in this regard, he added.

“The PTI and the country cannot go together,” he categorically stated.

He claimed that the government was trying to stabilise the country politically and economically, while efforts were being made to thwart its efforts.

Tarar also announced that the PML-N led government has decided to file a review appeal against the decision of the Supreme Court granting reserved seats to the PTI.

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Dar discusses mutual ties with Omani counterpart

Dar discusses mutual ties with Omani counterpart

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Dar discusses mutual ties with Omani counterpart

 Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar and Oman Foreign Minister Syed Badr bin Hamd bin Hamood Al Busaidi have discussed bilateral ties on telephone.

According to Foreign Office, both the leaders condemned the recent terrorist attack on a mosque in Wadi Kabir, Mascat.

Dar reiterated Oman’s full support in combatting terrorism.

The deputy PM lauded Oman’s care for dead and injured Pakistani citizens in the Omani hospitals.

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Both the leaders deliberated on bilateral relationship ranging from political, economic and defence cooperation to public ties.

The two leaders have agreed to exchange delegations between the two countries.

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