US govt seeks $860m for Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is seeking $859.8 million for Pakistan in its budget proposals for fiscal 2016-17. The proposed amount reflects a gradual decrease in US financial assistance to Pakistan. In 2015-16, the administration sought $917 million while in 2014-15 it sought one billion dollars, which also was a 0.2 per cent decrease from 2013-14.…

SC stays execution of two APS attackers

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court stayed on Tuesday the execution of two men convicted by military courts for their involvement in the Army Public School attack. The men namely Taj Muhammad and Aliur Rehman were convicted of facilitating the deadly attack on the army-run school on December 16, 2014 that killed over 140, mostly children. A…

PM meets Queen Maxima of Netherlands

ISLAMABAD: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as she began her three-day visit as part of global efforts to promote financial inclusion on Tuesday. The queen is visiting Pakistan in the capacity of UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development. During the meeting at PM House…

Abdul Basit meets Hurriyat leader Geelani in Delhi

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit met on Tuesday Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Delhi. According to NDTV, Basit inquired about the Hurriyat leader’s health and discussed views on the disputed part of his homeland. He “assured him that Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the people…

Affordable LNG: PM to ink pact during Qatar visit tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for Qatar on Wednesday, aiming at signing an agreement for importing cheap Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Pakistan is currently facing a severe shortage of natural gas, both for its electricity generation and industrial use. The supply-demand gap is approximately 2-4 BCFD (billion cubic feet per day). The government, therefore, is…

Two pilots killed as Pakistan Army jet crashes near Gujranwala

Two pilots died on Tuesday after a Pakistan Army training aircraft Mushaq crashed near Gujranwala. The pilots were identified as Major Azhar and Captain Ahmad, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. The jet fighter was on a routine training session when the tragic incident occurred that resulted in the immediate death of…