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pm shehbaz and Saudi crown prince Vow to enhance Bilateral Relations

MAKKAH: In a significant meeting held during Iftar on Sunday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif engaged in discussions with Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister, His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, focusing on strengthening bilateral relations and exploring areas of mutual interest.

Invited by the Crown Prince, Prime Minister Sharif, along with his delegation, extended heartfelt prayers and well-wishes for the health of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the revered Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

The Prime Minister expressed his deep appreciation for the hospitable reception provided by the Saudi authorities.

The meeting underscored the positive momentum in the longstanding brotherly relations between the two nations, with both leaders expressing a shared commitment to further enhance these ties. Post-Iftar, the leaders held a comprehensive bilateral meeting, which was followed by a one-on-one discussion between Prime Minister Sharif and the Crown Prince.

Prime Minister Sharif's visit to Saudi Arabia, which commenced on Saturday for a three-day duration, marks his first international trip since assuming office.

Upon arrival, he was warmly welcomed by the Governor of Madina Munawarah, Prince Salman Bin Sultan Al Saud, at the airport.

Traveling via a commercial airline, Prime Minister Sharif interacted amicably with fellow passengers, sharing conversations and taking selfies.

Accompanying the Prime Minister were notable figures including Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz Sharif and federal cabinet members such as Ishaq Dar, Khawaja Asif, Muhammad Aurangzeb, Abdul Aleem Khan, Attaullah Tarar, and Ahad Cheema.

Published Apr 08, 2024-

babar azam opens up on world cup loss against afghanistan

Babar Azam, Pakistan's star batter, opened up about his team's historic loss to Afghanistan during a crucial ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match held at Chennai's Chepauk Stadium.

In an interview, Azam expressed the deep disappointment he felt as both a player and captain following the defeat. "It was a painful loss for me and our team," he shared. "Our performance fell short, and credit to Afghanistan for playing excellent cricket."

Azam acknowledged Afghanistan's strong batting performance, noting that while Pakistan had set a competitive target, the opposition's batsmen seemed unstoppable. "We set a good target, but their batters executed well," he said.

Despite the loss, Azam tell the need to move forward, stating, "Every day isn't perfect, and setbacks are part of the game."

This defeat marked Pakistan's first loss to Afghanistan in the 50-over format, with Afghanistan securing victory by eight wickets. Azam's team had posted a respectable total of 282-7, with contributions from himself (74) and opener Abdullah Shafique (52). However, Afghanistan's batsmen, including Ibrahim Zadran (87), Rahmat Shah (77), and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (65), chased down the target in 49 overs.

During the post-match presentation, Azam attributed the loss to Pakistan's bowling and fielding shortcomings. He stressed the importance of a balanced performance across all departments, lamenting the team's inability to apply pressure on the opposition's batsmen due to inconsistent bowling lines and lengths.

In hindsight, Azam acknowledged the overall disappointment of his team's performance and highlighted the areas that needed improvement moving forward.

Published Apr 08, 2024-

pti core committee: boycott senate chair & deputy chair elections

ISLAMABAD The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Core Committee has ruled that polls are unlawful and has chosen to abstain from the Senate's chairman and deputy chairman elections.

The party has also chosen to file a legal challenge against the election of the Senate's chairman and deputy chairman.

According to sources close to the PTI core committee, the election was unlawful because the house was not completed. According to authorities, "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's election of senators was unconstitutional."

According to PTI sources, "the house has been dysfunctional in the chairman's absence." "Except for administrative matters, the Senate Secretariat could not make decisions."

According to accounts, "the Secretary Senate could not himself interpret the constitution under pressure."

"The upper house has been only a department without the Chairman Senate," the sources stated, calling for constitutional violations against individuals responsible for the dysfunction of the Senate.

According to authorities, "This marks the first time the Senate has been rendered ineffective in the nation's democratic history."

Due to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's lack of Senate elections, the PTI-backed Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) had filed a plea with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) asking for the Senate chairman and deputy chairman elections to be postponed.

On behalf of the SIC, attorney Hamid Khan filed a plea requesting that the ECP call an early election to fill 11 Senate seats in the province.

The KP Senate poll is necessary to complete the Electoral College, according to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed SIC, which suggested delaying the April 9 Senate chairman and deputy chairman election.

It is important to note that, on the request of the opposition members, the provincial election commissioner in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa postponed the Senate elections on April 2.

Since there is still disagreement regarding the sworn-in ceremony for the opposition members of the KP Assembly who were elected to reserved seats, the opposition members petitioned the ECP.

Published Apr 08, 2024-

imf is prepared to initiate a fresh loan program with Pakistan, according to Julie

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has signaled its interest in engaging with Pakistan for a potential new loan program.

Julie Kozack, the IMF's Director of Communications, stated during a monthly press briefing that IMF authorities have shown interest in pursuing a follow-up IMF-supported program. This program aims to address Pakistan's fiscal and external stability challenges while establishing a foundation for inclusive growth.

Kozack affirmed the IMF's readiness to enter into discussions regarding the program in the upcoming months.

During a press briefing in Washington, Kozack remarked, "Pakistan and the IMF reached a staff-level deal on March 19. The economic situation in Pakistan has seen improvement." She mentioned that Pakistan is set to receive a total of $3 billion under the standby arrangement.

Kozack commended the efforts of the Pakistani government in stabilizing the economy, noting that the country has already secured $1.9 billion.

Last month, the IMF and Pakistan reached a staff-level agreement on the final review of a $3 billion bailout package. This agreement followed a week-long visit by the IMF team to Islamabad, which concluded on March 19.

The IMF acknowledged Pakistan's central bank and outgoing caretaker government for their "strong program implementation" and expressed hope that the new government would continue efforts to stabilize the economy.

Published Apr 05, 2024-