PIA faces threats from KSA over unpaid dues

As a final warning to the Pakistan International Airlines, Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation sent a notification to PIA regarding non-payment of dues worth millions of rupees, Express News reported on Wednesday.

According to the notification, PIA flights will be stopped from April 17 onwards if the dues were not paid.

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Pakistan collapsing education sector

Twenty-five million school-aged children are out of school in Pakistan. The country ranks second highest on a ranking of countries with children out of school. Three years ago Pakistan declared an ‘education emergency’ and passed a constitutional amendment to make education a fundamental right of each child between the age of five and 16. Since . . . → Read More: Pakistan collapsing education sector

Thailand’s fake passports fueling crime

On 30 November 2010, a 39-year-old Pakistani national named Muhammed Ather “Tony” Butt was detained with his Thai girlfriend, Sirikalya Kitbamrung, as they were crossing into Laos from the north-eastern Thai province of Nong Khai. Later that same day, officers fromThailand‘s Department of Special Investigations arrested a second Pakistani, Zezan Azzan Butt, 27, in the . . . → Read More: Thailand’s fake passports fueling crime

The tragic tale of the flag carrier

The national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has been ‘rescued’ countless times in the last decade only to find itself in dire straits within weeks or months. It is chronically overmanned with 776 employees per aircraft against an international average of around 150 per aircraft. Its fleet — those of them actually capable of . . . → Read More: The tragic tale of the flag carrier

Academics, writers decry Penguin’s withdrawal of Doniger’s book ‘The Hindus’

Eminent academics, writers and lawyers have come out strongly against the withdrawal of American academic Wendy Doniger’s book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, following a settlement between publisher Penguin and petitioner Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti on Tuesday.

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Ministry officials accused of extorting bribes

ISLAMABAD: A Senate committee has accused officers of housing ministry, especially its estate office, of extorting huge amounts of money from government employees for allotment of official residences to them.

“The estate office receives bribes of between Rs500,000 and Rs800,000 from poor government employees and only then does it allot official houses to them,” disclosed . . . → Read More: Ministry officials accused of extorting bribes

What became of PIA’s privatization?

Pakistan’s commitment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to sell 26% shares of national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) by the end of this year was not sacrosanct and a lot depended on the report of financial adviser, said Privatisation Secretary Amjad Ali Khan. . . . → Read More: What became of PIA’s privatization?

SC gives verdict on former Premier’s fund distribution

The Supreme Court Thursday announced its verdict in the case pertaining to the distribution of development funds among parliamentarians by former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, declaring the dispensation as illegal and ordered authorities to take appropriate action as per the law, DawnNews reported.

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Pakistan’s ranking in ‘Corruption Index’ improves by 12 spots

While the government is regularly accused of corruption, a recent survey by Transparency International revealed on Tuesday that Pakistan is deemed to be less corrupt in 2013 as compared to 2012.

Pakistan has improved its ranking by 12 places in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 since last year. The country now has 48 countries behind it in . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s ranking in ‘Corruption Index’ improves by 12 spots

FIA forms committee to probe ISI funding of political parties

Pakistan has formed a committee to probe alleged funding of politicians by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The Interior Ministry said that the four-member committee, formed over the Supreme Court‘s directives, will be headed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Assistant Director General (ADG), Muhammad Ghalib Bandeesha, along with three director-level officials, the Daily Times reports.

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