Pakistan headlines from 8am: Pervez Musharraf, Joe Biden, and Bahria Town
The important development over the past 24 hours ranges from national to the international world, having a major impact on the global politics and economics.
Pervez Musharraf health
There was a consensus in army leadership on the return of ailing former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf to the country, the country’s armed forces spokesperson said in an interview with a news channel.
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Babar Iftikhar also said there was no increase in the defence budget since 2020. He added that there was no conspiracy hatched against former government.
Pakistan envoy Masood meets US President Joe Biden
Pakistan Ambassador to the US Masood Khan submitted his credentials to US President Joe Biden. The envoy said Pakistan was interested in expanding ties with the US in all sectors.
‘Recovered Rs50b not added to national exchequer’
The federal government has alleged that the preceding government of PTI did not submit the recovered amount of Rs50 billion (around £180 million) from business tycoon Malik Riaz to the national exchequer.
Imran Khan yet to announce protest date
PTI chief Imran Khan, who claims his government was toppled through a US hatched conspiracy, was yet to decide the date of his protest. Addressing a gathering, he slammed the appointment of Raja Riaz as the opposition leader in the National Assembly.
Two sessions of Punjab Assembly summoned
Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervez Elahi and Governor Balighur Rehman have separately summoned the assembly sessions.
Sindh’s tax-free deficit budget
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has presented the Rs1.713 trillion tax-free deficit budget, which included no new taxes and a raise for government employees.
Timing of uplift projects important: MQM
The MQM was of the view that the allocation of funds was not enough, stressing that the timing of development work was important.
Electricity tariff increased for Karachi consumers
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority has approved the K-Electric proposal to increase the electricity tariff by Rs5.28 per unit.
Petroleum products may further increase
The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority has sent a summary to the Petroleum Division for an increase in the price of petroleum products.
Train fares increased
The railway administration has announced its decision to increase train fares by 10% and 15% in cargo trains.
Bilawal meets Iranian president
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran and called for cementing the bilateral ties.
Russia has launched air strikes on Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk. Fighting still on in Donbas, Ukraine President Zelensky has said that everything would go out of hand if Donbas was not captured.
NATO chief meets leaders
The NATO chief met with leaders of Portugal, Holland, Denmark, Poland, Romania, and Latvia. He said that Ukraine would be provided with more weapons.
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