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Govt proposes 13 amendments to pension scheme

Govt proposes 13 amendments to pension scheme

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Govt proposes 13 amendments to pension scheme

Thirteen amendments have been proposed by the federal government to the pension scheme to relieve the burden on the national exchequer.

According to sources, the first amendment proposes that government employees will receive a gross pension equal to seventy percent of their salary from two years before retirement.

The second amendment allows employees to retire willingly after twenty-five years of service. The third revision stipulates that those who opt for voluntary retirement at least three years before reaching the age of sixty will face a pension deduction of between five and twenty percent per annum.

The fourth amendment bases the annual increase in pension on the amount received at the time of retirement. The fifth amendment counts the annual increase in pension as a separate amount. The sixth amendment mandates that the Pay and Pension Commission will review the baseline pension every three years.

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Also, the seventh amendment allows a pensioner’s family to receive the pension for up to ten years. The tenth amendment provides lifetime pensions for the children of pensioners if they are physically or mentally disabled. The eleventh one specifies that those who join government service after retirement can receive either a pension or a salary. The twelfth revision ensures that a government employee will be allowed to a pension from only one department if re-employed.

The thirteenth amendment states that if both husband and wife are government employees, both will receive a pension upon retirement. 

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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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