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Government unveils Rs9.5 trillion federal budget for 2022-23

While Pakistan suffers from extreme economic disability with IMF down its throat, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail on Friday proposed a Rs9.5 trillion inflationary federal budget. The new budget for fiscal year 2022-23 provides solace to the salaried class whose tax burden has been significantly lessened in addition to 15% increase in salaries of the inflation-stricken government employees.

PSX: From Asia’s best in 2020 to third worst performing market in Asia

Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), which had won the title of Asia’s best performing stock market in August 2020, took a U-turn and became the third worst performing market in the region. Amid the boiling political temperature and melting economy, investors witnessed the wipeout of 16.27% (or Rs1.35 trillion) of investment at the PSX. The petroleum refinery was the worst-hit sector in terms of losing market capitalisation. 

Pakistan urges UN General Assembly not to be silent on offensive remarks made by BJP official

Pakistan has urged the UN General Assembly not to be silent on the offensive remarks made by BJP officials in India last week. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari warned that silence on such issues could be mistaken for complicity. hutto-Zardari called UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid on Friday and apprised him of the derogatory remarks made by two senior officials of BJP. 

PM Shehbaz lauds tanker driver from Quetta for his selfless bravery

Prime Minister Shehbaz Shareef has lauded tanker driver Faisal’s bravado who drove a blazing truck out of a petrol pump without caring for his own life. Head of Prime Minister’s Strategic Reforms team Sufi Salman called the truck driver Faisal and applauded him for his selfless act on behalf of the PM. The PM has also ordered to call Faisal to Islamabad and reward him.

Major suspect in 16 bn money laundering case Maqsood ‘Chaprasi’, dies in UAE

A central figure in FIA’s Rs16 billion money laundering case against the Shehbaz Sharif family, Malik Maqsood Ahmad — frequently referred to as Maqsood ‘Chaprasi’ — has passed away in the UAE. Maqsood died of a cardiac arrest on June 6. He was 49, according to a death certificate issued by UAE authorities. Special Prosecutor Bajwa said Maqsood’s death would not impact the money laundering case.

Pakistani ‘foodpreneur’ makes history by receiving double honours from the Queen

A Pakistani ‘foodpreneur’ made history by receiving double honours from the Queen for his services with regards to business and charity during the Covid-19. Raja Suleman Raza, Chief Executive of the Spice Village, received the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) on the occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Malik Riaz terms audio clip about Farah Khan ‘fake’, vows to take legal action

Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz on Sunday said that an audio clip attributed to him on social media was fake. Riaz’s statement came after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders played an audio tape — purportedly a conversation between the Bahria Town chief and his daughter – revealing how Farah Gogi ‘demanded a gift’ for former first lady Bushra Bibi.

UK PM Boris Johnson manages to win the vote of confidence against him 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson managed to win the vote of confidence against him but the rebellion of the 148 of his conservative party members has weakened his position. At least 180 conservative lawmakers were needed to vote against Boris for him to be removed. Boris has secured the support of only 59% of the conservative lawmakers.

Defence budget increased by nearly 6% to over Rs1.45 trillion

The government on Friday increased the defence budget for the outgoing fiscal year by nearly 6% to over Rs1.45 trillion. The decision was taken in a bid to meet the needs of the armed forces, including their enhanced salary requirements. The Ministry of Defence had demanded an additional Rs80 billion defence budget for “critical shortfalls”. 

50 hours later, 800,000 gallons of water fail to put out raging fire in Karachi’s superstore

Despite passage of over 50 hours and use of 800,000 gallons of water, the fire in the basement of ‘illegally’ built warehouse of a famed departmental store had not been completely controlled until Friday evening, admitted officials. The store is located in a multi-storey building (Summaya Bridge View) in PECHS Block-3 near Jail Chowrangi on Shaheed-i-Millat Road.