As the nation grapples with bloated power bills and backbreaking inflation, interim Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar told people to pay their utility bills since there was no way around it, adding that negotiations with global lenders on the issue were underway.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday at the Prime Minister`s House, Mr Kakar blamed successive governments over the past 30 years for the economic mess and announced that a plan was being devised to reform agriculture, minerals, information technology, and textile sectors. He claimed there were minerals worth $5 trillion in Balochistan
2. Nine soldiers martyred in Bannu suicide attack
At least nine soldiers were martyred and five others sustained injuries when a suicide bomber on a motorbike targeted a military convoy in the Janikhel town of Bannu district on Thursday evening, the army said.
In a late-night statement, the military`s media wing identified one of the martyred soldiers as Naib Subedar Sanobar Ali. It said the security forces had cordoned off the area and were combing it for more terrorists
3. Railways to shift field formations to solar power
In a bid to reduce escalating expenditures and mitigate losses, Pakistan Railways (PR) is all set to shift its entire array of field formations, encompassing stations, offices, workshops and factories, to solar power.
In the first phase, the department plans to transition 99 formations, including major railway stations, nine divisional headquarters and various other important offices, to operate on solar power. This strategic move is projected to result in an estimated savings of Rs1.8 billion in the first phase alone.
Subsequent phases will involve an increasing number of stations, offices, and related facilities
Chinese President Xi Jinping is likely to skip a summit of G20 leaders in India next week, sources familiar with the matter in India and China said.
Two Indian officials, one diplomat based in China and one official working for the government of another G20 country, said Premier Li Qiang is expected to represent Beijing at the Sept 9-10 meeting in New Delhi
5. Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia reject China`s latest sea map
Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam have rejected as baseless a map released by China that denotes its claims to sovereignty including in the South China Sea and which Beijing said on Thursday should be viewed rationally and objectively.
China released the map on Monday of its famous U-shaped line covering about 90 per cent of the South China Sea, a source of many of the disputes in one of the world`s most contested waterways, where more than $3 trillion of trade passes each year
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