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Finance minister forms committee on tax reforms  

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Asad Umar has constituted a committee headed by State Minister for Revenue Hammad Azhar to come up with a “massive and comprehensive” reforms programme before the end of fiscal year 2018. According to a statement released on Thursday, the committee will watch over the reforms agenda aiming at short, medium and long-term strategies for optimal revenue generation and resource mobilisation. The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by the finance minister…

PML-N to form committee for consultations over Shehbaz’s arrest: Marriyum

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Saturday said her party had decided to constitute a committee to hold consultations over the arrest of party president, Shehbaz Sharif. "The committee will decide action plan regarding the case," she said while talking to media in Lahore. She said her party was being victimized in the name of accountability. Read More: Shehbaz Sharif remanded in NAB custody for 10 days An accountability court has granted 10-day physical remand of the…

Committee on alleged election rigging to comprise 24 members of NA, Senate

ISLAMABAD: A meeting related to establishment of a parliamentary committee on alleged rigging in General Elections 2018 on Thursday decided that a 24-member committee comprising members of the National Assembly and the Senate will probe the matter, ARY News reported. The said committee will include two-third members from the NA and one-third from the Senate, the forum decided. The meeting was presided over by Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Islamabad. Read More: JI rues govt ‘inaction’ over rigging probe…

PTI forms committee to investigate ‘vote-selling’ MPAs

ISLAMABAD: After expelling 20 lawmakers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly for allegedly selling votes in the recent Senate elections, PTI has now formed a six-member disciplinary committee headed by KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to probe into the matter. According to show-cause notice served by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the MPAs have been asked to submit their replies in 15 days. Headed by Khattak, other members of the committee are Atif Khan, Shehran Tarakai, Shehryar Afridi, Shah Farman and Naeemul Haq. The…

Sindh CM directs police to remove encroachments from GTS, landfill sites within 48 hours

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday directed police to remove encroachments within 48 hours from transfer stations, landfill sites in Karachi, ARY News reported. "The process of lifting garbage and cleanliness of the city has been started but all the institutions have to extend their support to solid waste management so that they could perform to the best of their capacity purely on modern and on scientific mode in the interest of this city and its people," he said while presiding over a high…

CM Murad forms committee to suggest reforms in education system

KARACHI: In a bid to overhaul existing education system in public sector, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday constituted a committee to review the Sindh School Education Standards and Curriculum (SSES&C) Bill -2015 to make recommendations for necessary amendments. "A number of steps have been taken to improve the education system but it seems the entire system needs to be overhauled and reformed for producing better results," he said in a meeting here at CM House. Provincial ministers, Jam Mehtab…

US House committee advances bill to limit aid to Palestinians

WASHINGTON: A U.S. House of Representatives committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would sharply reduce the $300 million in annual U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it stops making what lawmakers described as payments that reward violent crimes. The House Foreign Affairs Committee backed the Taylor Force Act by voice vote, without opposition, after earlier amending the legislation to allow exceptions such as continued funding for wastewater projects and children’s vaccinations. Named after a 29-year-old…

PCB forms committee over Akmal-Arthur saga

Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) stance over Umar Akmal’s accusations on national team Head Coach Mickey Arthur looked clear when a statement from the country’s cricket governing body ‘strongly condemned’ the batsman’s media outburst against the South African. However, in a recent development, the PCB has formed a three-man committee to further look into the matter which seemed to be all but over ten days ago, ESPNCricinfo reported. The committee comprises of Director Cricket Operations Haroon Rasheed, Director Media…

Murad forms body for making RO plants efficient, functional across Sindh

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has formed a committee to firm up recommendations for making RO plants efficient and functional across Sindh. Murad Ali Shah said that the installation of RO Plants in the water-starved areas, particularly Thar where water table is so deep with highest rate of TDS, was a revolutionary step to provide drinking water. Presiding over a meeting here at the CM House to review the progress of installation of Reverse Osmosis (RO) Plants across the province and converting them…