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Chaudhry Brothers appear before NAB, Dar’s sons skip summons

LAHORE: Former Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and his cousin former Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi – familiarly called as Chaudhry brothers – on Monday appeared before National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigators  in a graft case for possessing assets beyond their known sources of income. The duo recorded their statements in the graft case before three-member NAB team. The anti-corruption watchdog’s Lahore chapter had issued notices to Chaudhry brothers to appear before its investigators…

Pakistan’s sustainable economic growth being globally recognised: Dar

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar on Saturday said the government has put the country on the path of sustainable economic growth which was being internationally recognized and reflected in the improved ratings by all major rating agencies including Moody’s, S&P and Fitch. “Pakistan has successfully completed its reform programme. During this period difficult key structural reforms in the country have been implemented. Completion of the programme has strengthened confidence of the international…

Dar calls for effective implementation of new budget

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday stressed the need for effective budget implementation to ensure the intended benefits to the general public. “The measures announced in the budget are aimed at improving the welfare of the general public, and enabling higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth,” he said while chairing a meeting in Islamabad. He also urged the Finance Division officials to ensure continued pursuance of austerity measures in order to maintain financial discipline. The finance…

PML-N govt working to make Pakistan digitally, economically strong: Dar

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday said the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) government was working to make Pakistan digitally and economically strong. “The PML-N government is leading Pakistan to the path of development according to its charter,” he said while addressing a contract signing ceremony between Ministry of Information Technology and private mobile companies for the provision of 3G services in Dera Bugti, Kharan and Washuk districts of Balochistan and establishment of National Incubation Centers…

British HC invites Dar to attend Family Planning Summit in London

ISLAMABAD: British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew has invited Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar to attend the Family Planning Summit next month in London. The invitation was extended during a meeting between the finance minister and British high commissioner here late Friday, says a press release issued on Saturday. The Department for International Development of the UK will jointly host the summit with the United Nations Fund for Population Welfare and the Bill & Malinda Gates Foundation.…

Peace in Afghanistan linked with peace in neighbouring countries: Dar

ISLAMABAD: In a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Eklil Ahmed Hakimi in Washington on Sunday, Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar said peace in Afghanistan was directly linked with the peace in its neighbouring countries especially Pakistan. “Pakistan is willing to work closely with Afghanistan to establish peace in the region. The strong economic ties between the two neighbouring countries are necessary to achieve the goal of peaceful neighbourhood,” said Dar. He strongly condemned the tragic…

Govt will facilitate overseas Pakistanis to invest in country: Dar

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Sunday said overseas Pakistanis are keen to take advantage of investment opportunities in the country and the government will facilitate them in all possible ways in this regard. “Prioritization of different options for development of new sectors should be made after detailed technical assessments,” he said while chairing a meeting of Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD) and Capital Development Authority (CDA) in Islamabad on Sunday on new sectors development,…

Dar asks CDA to develop housing sector for overseas Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Friday asked Capital Development Authority (CDA) to develop housing sector for overseas Pakistanis to provide them profitable, safe and secure investment and residential opportunities. “Overseas Pakistanis are keen to take advantage of investment opportunities in the country and the government would facilitate them in this regard,” he said while chairing a meeting with senior officials of the CDA to put in their best for development of the federal capital. The minister…

Govt to deliberate over PPP’s suggestions on extension of military courts: Dar

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday said the incumbent government would deliberate over the suggestions of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) regarding extension of military courts, ARY News reported. “We have received suggestions from the PPP and we would send copies of those suggestions to all the political parties for re-consultation over this matter,” he said talking to media in response to PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari while flanked by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid. Asif Ali Zardari said the PPP …

Armed forces to be provided all-out resources to meet national security challenges: Dar

RAWALPINDI: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Tuesday said the government would provide all possible resources to the armed forces to meet the national security and development needs. He said this during a meeting with Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Tuesday. The financial requirements of Pakistan Army were discussed during the meeting, in the context of the budget for next financial year. The on-going development projects of Pakistan Army and future development plans were discussed in detail.…