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Day: January 13, 2023

ECP rejects Sindh govt’s request to postpone LG polls in Karachi, Hyderabad

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday rejected a request of the Sindh government to postpone the local government (LG) elections and held that the local bodies polls in Karachi and Hyderabad divisions will be held on January 15 as per schedule. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government in Sindh, in the wee hours of Friday, announced to postpone the LG polls due to reservations of its coalition partner Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) over existing delimitations. The ECP in a high-level meeting chaired by the Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja here in Islamabad on Friday took stock of the situation after the Sindh government’s announcement and decided that the elections will be held as per schedule.

UAE visit will help turning friendship into strategic partnership: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has expressed the confidence that his United Arab Emirates (UAE) visit will help turning the friendship between Pakistan and the UAE into a strategic partnership. Talking to a delegation of Pakistan Business Council in Abu Dhabi on Friday, he said his meetings with the UAE leadership were successful. The Prime Minister encouraged the delegation of Pakistan Business Council UAE to do business and investment in the country especially in the areas of energy, real estate, information technology, food processing and tourism etc. The Prime Minister also invited the members of the delegation to come to Pakistan with proposals for investment and business. The members of the delegation expressed their content over the economic policies of the governmen...

President rejects appeal of accused in sexual harassment case at workplace

ISLAMABAD: While deciding an appeal filed by an accused of sexual harassment at the workplace, President Dr Arif Alvi on Friday held that the request of the accused to once again cross-examine the complainant after the engagement of a fresh counsel had no ground and, therefore, rejected his appeal. The President referred the case back to the Federal Ombudsman Secretariat for Protection Against Harassment at Workplace (FOSPAH) for final adjudication after appraisal of the evidence. The President endorsed the Ombudsperson's observation that the appeal filed by the accused was an apparent attempt to prolong the impugned case indefinitely to enhance the anguish and agony of the complainant. It was further observed that the matter had already consumed sufficient time in the disposal due t...

PM invites UAE businessmen to explore investment opportunities in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce led by Chairman of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, Abdullah Mohamed Al Mazrouei, called on Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in Abu Dhabi on Friday. During the meeting, the Prime Minister stressed on the need to enhance Chamber to Chamber cooperation between the two countries saying that we would urge Pakistani Chambers to reach out to the Abu Dhabi Chamber and develop new linkages. He encouraged members of Abu Dhabi Chamber to visit Pakistan to experience the excellent opportunities of growing their business. Shehbaz Sharif said that sending skilled work force to the UAE is one of the top priorities of his government. The Prime Minister said that he is delighted to note that bilateral trade between Pakistan and the UAE ...

CM Elahi deserves appreciation for fulfilling promise: Cheema

LAHORE: Spokesperson of the Punjab government and PTI leader Musrrat Jamshed Cheema has said now we [PTI] will be among the people on the streets and decisions will be made only by the people of Pakistan. Taking to Twitter, she said the PTI could not remain the part of those assemblies which could not serve the nation. Ms Cheema said the people had already endured many hardships and now it was time to solve their problems. The PTI leader said that it was unbearable for them that millions of people were becoming unemployed due to the policies of the federal government. She said Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi and his son Moonis Elahi had fulfilled their promise and they deserved appreciation.

Pakistan’s 260 companies participate in Heimtextil

KARACHI: Trade Development Authority of Pakistan organized Pakistan Pavilion at Heimtextil 2023 fair in Frankfurt, Germany. A huge number of Pakistani exhibitors took the opportunity to showcase their products such as bedsheets, towels, kitchen linen and other home textile products internationally. The international home textiles industry has enjoyed a promising start at Heimtextil. A huge number of visitors experienced design innovations by around 2400 international exhibitors from 120 countries. With growth on both the visitor and exhibitor side, Heimtextil has convinced the world with its unique position for home and household textile. Pakistan Commercial Counselor in Germany Ms. Mmna Naeem visited Heimtextil and appreciated Pakistan’s participation and products that displayed by ...