KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has accused Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of spreading hatred and extremism in the country.
Bhutto-Zardari took to Twitter today to criticize Captain (retd.) Safdar, the son-in-law of deposed PM Nawaz Sharif after he demanded strict actions against Ahmadis in his speech in the National Assembly.
“The bigotry, hatred & extremism on display in the National Assembly yesterday goes to show Nawaz league has been mainstreaming terror well before MML. No place for this mindset in our society,” the PPP chief wrote.
Addressing the National Assembly on Tuesday, Safdar called for complete curbs on Ahmadis in government, army, and private employment.
“Can these people, who attack the finality of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), be loyal to a country, which came into existence in the name of Finality of Prophethood?,” he questioned.
Private sector can bring cost-effective methods for delivering energy to Pakistani industry: USAID
ED: M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) brought together stakeholders from government institutions and the private sector to investigate challenges and explore opportunities for increasing investment in clean energy.
Project developers, financiers, investors, senior federal and provincial government officials, industry advisors, regulators, donors, and other energy professionals were in attendance. The workshop provided a forum for formulating a framework based on international best practices to promote clean energy development across Pakistan.
Addressing the workshop, USAID Deputy Mission Director for Sindh and Balochistan, John Smith-Sreen, reflected on the history of USAID’s efforts to expand energy access.
“Over the years, our partnership with the Government of Pakistan and the private sector has resulted in a higher quality of life, and a brighter future, for more than 38 million Pakistanis,” he held.
John Smith-Sreen also contemplated the future of the partnership, stating: “We believe that the private sector can bring new, innovative, efficient, and cost-effective methods for delivering energy to businesses and households across the country. These entrepreneurs need an environment which rewards, even incentivizes, taking a chance on clean energy endeavors. What we learn today will help us to define the support required for government institutions and the private sector to meet growing consumer demand for energy.”
Agha Wasif Abbas, Sindh Secretary for Energy chaired the inaugural session of the workshop. They reiterated the Government of Pakistan resolves to promote reforms in the energy sector and make it more sustainable, efficient, and capable of meeting the growing energy requirements of the country.
USAID’s Sustainable Energy for Pakistan (SEP) project, which aims to promote private sector investment in clean and sustainable energy production, transportation, and delivery in Pakistan, organized the workshop.
Van falls into ravine in Upper Dir, one killed, four injured!
UPPER DIR: A girl died and four others sustained injuries when a passenger Van falls into ravine in Upper Dir on Tuesday.
Police said the passenger van was on way to Sheringal from Ganshalwhen it went out of control due to break failure and fell into a ravine.
The injured people were taken to district head-quarters hospital where the condition of one was stated to be critical. Such traffic accidents routinely happen in mountainous areas of KP mostly due to negligence of drivers and poor condition of roads.
Pakistan’s Seafood exports is up 14.43pc in 9 months, 42.67pc in March, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Seafood exports and fish preparations witnessed increase of 14.43 percent during the first three quarters of the current fiscal year against the exports of the corresponding period of last year.
Pakistan exported seafood worth $315.597 million during July-March (2017-18) against the exports of $275.807 million in July-March (2016-17), showing growth of 14.43 percent, according to latest data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
In terms of quantity, Pakistan exported 130,148 metric tons during the current year against the exports of 105,039 metric tons during last year, showing growth of 23.90 percent.
The overall food group exports from the country witnessed increase of 28.06 percent during the first three quarters by growing from $2.679 billion last year to $3.431 billion during the current year.
Meanwhile, on year-on-year basis, the seafood exports from the country increased by 42.67 percent in March 2018 when compared to the same month of last year.
The exports of fish and fish preparation during March 2018 were recorded at $51.388 million against the exports of 36.019 million in March 2017. On month-on-month basis, the seafood exports from the country increased by 48.71 percent in March 2017 when compared to the exports of $34.555 million in February 2018.