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US drone strike kills ISKP planner in Afghanistan

Kabul: An American drone strike has killed a “planner” of the ISIL-affiliated group in eastern Afghanistan, a day after an attack outside Kabul’s airport that killed at least 175 Afghans and 13 US troops.

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“Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties,” a US military statement said late on Friday.

United States (US) President Joe Biden promised to retaliate for the suicide blasts in Kabul, confirming the bombings were carried out by ISKP.

“We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command,” he said.

Since Thursday’s blast that left dozens dead, the US drone strike is the first reported attack in Afghanistan.

Capt Bill Urban of Central Command said: "The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties."

Dozens of Afghans trying to leave the country were killed. In addition to the US personnel killed, two British nationals and the child of a British national were among the dead.

Most of IS-K's several thousand extremists are believed to be in hiding in the province, east of Kabul.

Courtesy: Al-Jazeera

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Eidul Adha on July 10 as Zil Hajj moon not sighted in Pakistan

Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Maulana Syed Abdul Khabir Azad announced the decision following a meeting of the committee

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The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced Wednesday that the Zil-Hajj moon has not been sighted in Pakistan, adding that Eid ul Adha in Pakistan will be observed on July 10 (Sunday).

Chairman Maulana Syed Abdul Khabir Azad announced the decision following a meeting of the committee, held in Karachi after Maghrib prayers to sight the crescent moon.

The first day of Zil hajj would fall on July 1 (Friday), he added.

In the meeting, it was formally announced by the committee that the moon of Zul-Hijjah has not been seen anywhere in the country, therefore Eid-ul-Adha will be on Sunday, July 10.

Earlier, the Lahore Zonal Committee had also announced that the moon of Dhi Al-Hajj has not been seen. Eid-ul-Adha will be on Sunday, July 10, however, the final announcement in this regard was to be made by the Central Route Hilal Committee.

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NA passes Finance Bill 2022

The NA passed the Finance Bill 2022, giving legal effect to budgetary proposals for the next fiscal year.

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Islamabad: The National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday passed the Finance Bill 2022, giving legal effect to budgetary proposals for the next fiscal year.

It was moved by Minister of State for Finance Aisha Ghaus Pasha.

Having a total outlay of 9502 billion rupees, the budget 2022-23 encompasses measures for sustainable economic growth, industrial and agriculture development and relief for the poor people.

The budget envisages Federal Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) OF 800 billion rupees for the next fiscal year. It has been centered on improvement in sectors such as water resources, transport and communication, energy, higher education, health, science and technology, and balanced regional development.

699 billion rupees have been set aside for targeted subsidies to extend benefit to deprived segments of the society.

The budget of Benazir Income Support Program has been increased to 364 billion rupees.  In addition, 12 billion rupees have been allocated for the provision of subsidy on essential commodities through Utility Stores Corporation.

The salaries of government employees have been increased by fifteen percent along with a merger of adhoc allowances.

As regards taxation, the government has levied super tax on affluent class in order to reduce the budget deficit and take the country towards economic sovereignty.

Taking the floor, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has always led the struggle for democracy, free and fair elections and  the economic rights of the people. He said his party strongly believes in transparent elections.

He said the PPP will also secure victory in the second phase of Sindh local government elections to be held in a month's time.

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President lauds services of armed forces of Pakistan

They are real defenders of the motherland.

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Islamabad: President Dr. Arif Alvi has called for creating skilled human resources to compete with world in various sectors of life.

He was addressing the graduation ceremony of 35th Air War Course at Pakistan Air Force Air War College Faisal in Karachi on Wednesday.

Dr Arif Alvi said that targets of development could only be achieved today by fully mobilizing human resources and adopting technological advancements and modern methods.

The President lauded the services of the armed forces of Pakistan and said that they are real defenders of the motherland.

As per reports, 70 officers of all the three armed forces of Pakistan and friendly country passed out— 35 from Pakistan Air Force, ten from Pakistan Army and seven from Pakistan Navy. 

Participants from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Jordon, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Iraq were also part of the course. 

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