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IHC approves NAB appeals for hearing against Nawaz’s acquittal

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday approved the appeals, filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against acquittal of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in corruption references, for hearing, ARY News reported. The NAB had filed appeal against Nawaz’s acquittal in Flagship Investment corruption reference and pleaded for extending his punishment in Al-Azizia reference, however the registrar office had raised objections on both the pleas. On Friday, the NAB officials arrived at the IHC and…

Railways land lease: NAB approves inquiry against Saad Rafique

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Saturday directed for inquiry into another major embezzlement case against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader MNA Saad Rafique, ARY News reported. According to details, NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal gave go-ahead to investigate railways land lease case against the former railways minister who is under NAB's custody. NAB sources said Saad Rafique had during his tenure given land in Lahore, Kasur and Faisalabad on lease for 33 years. They…

PM approves to form task force on ‘Technology Driven Knowledge Economy’

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday approved, in principle, constitution of a task force on 'Technology Driven Knowledge Economy'. The decision was taken during a meeting between Imran Khan and Dr Atta-ur-Rehman in Islamabad. The task force is being established with an aim to carry out foresight exercises at regular intervals in order to constantly re-evaluate national priorities and put in place strategies and action plans, with delineated timelines, to build a powerful knowledge economy, said the Prime…

ECNEC meeting approves development projects for various areas

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Asad Umar chaired meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) here on Wednesday. The meeting approved development projects in various areas of the country. The ECNEC discussed and accorded approval of the project for evacuation of power from hydro power projects of Suki Kinari in district Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kohala district in Muzaffarabad and Mahal district in Bagh, in Azad and Jammur Kashmir at a cost of Rs 79, 929.73 million. The main objective…

CM Murad approves Rs4bn poverty reduction program for six districts

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Friday approved Rs4 billion Peoples Poverty Reduction Programme (PPRP) in six district, whereas a similar programme was already in progress in 10 districts. Murad Ali Shah said that the programme would be launched in 288 union councils of six districts of the province. The districts include Ghotki, Sukkur, Naushehroferoze, Benazirabad and rural Union Councils of Karachi and Hyderabad. "The provincial government has already launched Union Council Based Poverty…

Healthcare dept approves health insurance scheme in Punjab

LAHORE: Punjab Specialized Healthcare Department has given approval in principle for launch of Health Insurance Scheme in 19 districts of the province. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid in Lahore on Sunday. Addressing the meeting, Dr. Yasmeen Rashid said under the scheme, financial protection would be provided to low-income people. She directed for completing the file work at earliest to get formal approval for the scheme from the provincial cabinet. Read…

Siraj Durrani becomes caretaker governor Sindh after Zubair’s resignation approved

KARACHI: President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday approved resignation of Mohammed Zubair Umar as governor Sindh. Former speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani has become caretaker governor of the province, ARY News reported. Muhammad Zubair on July 28 stepped down from his position and sent his resignation to the president. “I have performed my duty under the constitution,” he said.  This development came a day after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which is poised to form a government at the centre after…