ISLAMABAD: Petrol prices have been reduced by 9.43 rupees per liter and Kerosene oil reduced by Rs 8.16 reaches at Rs 87.52 from Rs 95.52to provide relief to public.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while addressing the special meeting of Federal Cabinet in Islamabad on Friday.
He said the government is drastically reducing the petroleum prices despite sit-ins and protests caused huge losses to the national economy.
The Prime Minister said the government is committed to bring economic change in the country and provide relief to the people.
He said the government was moving towards economic stability, but sit-ins and protests disrupted the development process. He, however, expressed the resolve that we will bring economic prosperity in the country.
Nawaz also said the government would take action against those responsible for e More details
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has constituted a committee to examine the issue of over billing of electricity consumption and to propose relief measures for domestic consumers (especially those belonging to lower and middle class).
The 6 member committee would consist of Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance (Convenor), Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Interior (Member), Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for P&NR (Member), Khwaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for W&P (Member), Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan (Member) and Mohammad Younus Dagha, Secretary W&P (Member / Secretary)
The committee will be responsible to work out whether the reduction of Rs. 65 billion in circular debt was actually the result of recovery of arrears/receivables or was it because of over-billing.
It will propose the most appropriate form of relief package for domestic consumers of electricity: Is the relief package proposed by the Secretary Water & Pow More details
ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said investigation is being conducted into charges of over-billing of electricity bills.
Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the House during question hour that the government is pursuing a policy to rationalize power tariff and reduce circular debt through reduction of losses and new power generation through cheaper sources.
Earlier, National Assembly resumed its session here on Friday with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.
He said investigation is being conducted into charges of over-billing of electricity bills. He said the defective meters purchased in the last government are being replaced to address the issue of over-billing. The defective meters will be replaced within a month.
In a written reply Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durr More details
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made for this year's Hajj.
He was chairing the special cabinet meeting in Islamabad today.
He felicitated the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the officials concerned for making best possible arrangements for the pilgrims.
Meanwhile, audit report about the alleged inflated electricity bills has been presented before the cabinet.
The Cabinet will also review performance of three ministries including Pakistan Railways, Planning and Development, and Petroleum. More details
ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed has said the government has not taken any decision to privatize oil and Gas Development Company Limited.
Responding to the points of order raised by opposition members against privatization policy of the government, he said no employee of the OGDCL is being laid off and their rights are fully being protected.
He said section 144 is imposed in Islamabad and there was no justification for the employees of the OGDCL to take out protest when their organization is not being privatized.
He regretted that the employees also resorted to the violence and injured two police officials. He said a committee is being constituted to investigate the incident and inquiry report will be presented before the House.
Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said the opposition is actually scared of the development vision of the prese More details
KARACHI: A security plan forAshura processions in Karachi has been devised with deployment of at least 14,000 security personnel across the provincial capital.
Police have devised a plan for providing security to Majalis and processions on Ashura during Muharram. Around 600 processions will be taken out on occasion of Ashura while 318 of them are declared sensitive for security reasons.
Of the 5,395 Majalis, 2,500 are declared sensitive owing to security reasons.
Police said overall 14,000 personnel from different law enforcement agencies will be deployed across the city. More details
KARACHI: Police on Friday claimed to have killed three alleged terrorists belonging to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in an encounter in Sohrab Goth area of the city.
SSP Malir Rao Anwar told media that a suicide bomber and Ameer of TTP Karachi chapter Sultan were also killed in the shootout.
He said that heavy arms, detonators and suicide vest were also recovered during the police action. Identities of the other alleged militants were yet to be known. More details
KARACHI: The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) demanded of the government and Pakistan Army to take immediate notice of the unjustified act of Bangladeshi government related to the death sentenced penalty to the JI Bangladeshi Chief Maulana Muti-ur-Rehman.
On this unjustified act, a large number of protestors staged protest demonstration in front of Bait-ul-Mukarram Mosque here on Friday.
The protestors raised placards and banners inscribed with anti-Bangladeshi government slogans.
JI Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman, Naib Ameer JI Karachi Osama Razi, Ameer JI District East Younus Barai and Nazim Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) Hafiz Muhammad Bilal were addressed the protestors.
Addressing the gathering, Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman said that the mock courts of Bangladesh sentenced death penalty to JI leader Muti-ur-Rehman in a fake case, adding that the JI leaders and workers sacrificed their lives for the solidarity of the country.
He termed the s More details
PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Zahid Khan has criticized Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Sirajul Haq.
In a statement, Zahid Khan said Sirajul Haq and Imran Khan were support for each other and they were merely befooling the masses through their statements.
He said Sirajul Haq will not quit the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa because he knows this way the PTI government will be paralyzed. More details
Lahore: Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President Punjab Pakistan People Party (PPP), has said that Gullu Butt has been imprisoned for eleven years due to smashing windscreens of vehicles but what about those who murdered 14 innocent civilians and injured ninety others.
They are not brought to justice; he added this in a statement issue from here on Friday.
He observed that it was the travesty of justice and the people would start hating such a justice system which was essentially discriminatory in nature and therefore unable to meet imperatives of justice.
He cited a case during the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) times in which a women was sentenced of chopping of her hand on the measurable crime she committed.
The Prophet (PBUH) rejected the submission made by the elders to pardon her by asserting that He would give the same punishment if His own daughter had committed the crime of the same nature.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo maintained that it wa More details