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PPP asks PTI to prove numbers for replacing Opposition leader:
ISLAMABAD – Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Friday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s bid to change the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly would “remain a dream”. (

SHC seeks Rangers, police comments on Asim’s plea:
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday sought comments from Rangers and police on Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Karachi President Dr Asim Hussain’s plea challenging his nomination in terrorists’ treatment and harbouring case. (

PTI to move NA over Kh Asif’s ‘hostile’ remarks:
ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has decided to move an adjournment motion in the National Assembly, seeking a debate on Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif’s ‘controversial’ statement, which he had made in the US while addressing a think-tank. (

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Policy rate kept unchanged: SBP optimistic about export prospects:
KARACHI: The Monetary Policy Committee of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has decided to keep the policy rate unchanged at 5.75 percent for next two months. (


The push to Nadir:
After a hiatus of over four years, the appointment of Khawaja Asif as Pakistan’s Foreign Minister suddenly brings everything to life. Foreign Minister’s quick visit to China followed by UNGA and media talks have sent a message that Pakistan’s diplomacy is up and rolling. Maleeha Lodhi’s retort to India was aggressive and focused. This newly found activism has convinced many Pakistanis that the government is now more assertive. The immediate effect is positive but only so. (

State of economy:
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in a routine report, while acknowledging growth has improved, urged Pakistani authorities to address fiscal and external sector vulnerabilities that have reappeared with the wider current account deficit, falling foreign exchange reserves, rising debt obligations and greater financing needs from the external sector. These issues have been repeatedly raised by media, including this newspaper, as well as qualified economists but, unfortunately, never made a visible dent in the government’s narrative that all was hunky dory during the four-and-a-half-year’s tenure of the Ishaq Dar-led Finance Ministry. It is hoped that the Abbasi administration focuses on the economy, though the challenge is to install a Finance Minister who is actively engaged in meeting the challenges that the economy faces today instead of being focused exclusively on his legal difficulties. (


Barket Ullah wins Nazim Peshawar Tennis Cup:
PESHAWAR: Top ranking player promising Barkat Ullah clinched the men’s singles trophy of the first Nazim Peshawar Tennis Championship, which concluded here PAF Officer Mess Tennis Courts on Friday. (

Umar Akmal deserves better, unbiased treatment from PCB:
ISLAMABAD-The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has imposed very harsh plenty on Test discarded Umar Akmal for leveling allegations against head coach Mickey Arthur.(

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