President calls for financial inclusion of weaker segments of society through digital transformation

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday called for enhancing the inclusion of deprived sections of society, especially women and persons with disabilities, in the mainstream of the economy through the digital transformation of the financial sector for socio-economic development. The president gave these remarks while addressing the third edition of Hosting Business Net 2024, a platform to promote financial inclusion and digital transformation and recognize the contributions of companies

China congratulates Pakistan for holding general elections smoothly

BEIJING, Feb 19 (APP): A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday congratulated Pakistan for holding general elections of the national and provincial assemblies in a steady and smooth manner and hoped that the political parties in Pakistan could work together to form a new government after the polls. “We noted that general elections in Pakistan were held in a generally steady and smooth manner, and we offer our congratulations,” Mao

Level playing field enabled independent candidates to emerge as single largest group in general elections: PM

ISLAMABAD:Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Monday reiterated that the caretaker set-up had provided a level playing field to all political parties during the currently concluded polls and being a ‘free and fair’ process, a large number of independent candidates backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the largest single group on the national and provincial assemblies seats. He stressed that allegations of rigging were generated through social media which

PML-N, PPP deliberate on 'sharing PM's Office for 3, 2 years each' as both eye coveted slot

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have deliberated on the possibility of appointing prime ministers from their parties for a three- and two-year term under a power-sharing formula, The idea of appointing a prime minister for half the term was discussed during their first huddle on Sunday following the February 8 elections as part of their efforts to form a coalition government in the Centre

Returning officers' non-adherence to laws 'overshadowed' election result process: Fafen

ISLAMABAD: As compilation of vote results underway for four consecutive days after the conduct of the February 8 nationwide polls, the Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take notice of returning officers’ (ROs) non-compliance with the laws which ‘overshadowed an otherwise largely controversy-free voting and counting processes at the polling stations. The non-governmental election watchdog urged the country’s top poll organising authority

Disappointing electoral performance prompts resignations of JI's Haq, IPP's Tareen

ISLAMABAD: After facing setbacks in the February 8 general elections as both the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party and the Jamaat-e-Islami failed to show any electoral progress, IPP’s Patron-in-Chief Jahangir Tareen and JI’s Emir Sirajul Haq announced resigning from the party offices on Monday. Subsequently, Pervez Khattak — the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-Parliamentarians (PTI-P) chief and former aide of PTI founder Imran Khan — also announced “taking a break from politics” after the election setback.

'Few people' planning May 9-like riots: Mohsin Naqvi

LAHORE:Following Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) threats of launching protests against alleged rigging in polls, Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi on Monday said that a “few people” are planning to carry out riots similar to the ones that took place on May 9 of last year. The May 9 riots were triggered across the country after the arrest of deposed prime minister Imran Khan in the £190 million settlement case. Hundreds