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"Peace in Afghanistan will bring prosperity to region", says President Alvi

Islamabad: President Dr. Arif Alvi has stated that peace in Afghanistan will bring prosperity to the region and open a window of business opportunities for the world to connect with Central Asian states through the war-torn country.

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“Devastation in Afghanistan means more refugees in Pakistan. We don’t want any instability in our neighboring country and hope to see an ‘inclusive government’ representing all political stakeholders,” Dr. Alvi said in an interview with Khaleej Times during his two-day visit to UAE.


Dispelling the impression that Islamabad has been backing the change in regime, the President said Pakistan is not an active player in Afghanistan.


“We are just helping the Taliban on humanitarian grounds as the Afghans are suffering due to sanctions and blockage of funds. There is a flight of capital from Pakistan to Afghanistan. So, it is in our interest to bring stability in the country,” he said in the interview published by Khaleej Times on Monday.


The newspaper quoted President Alvi terming the US withdrawal “a hasty call” and that there was no military solution in Afghanistan.


“We always tried to persuade the US into avoiding war, and back negotiations as a better solution. If US and Nato forces are unable to bring stability in Afghanistan despite spending $2.3 trillion, then how will Pakistan be able to do that?” the president asked.

Dr. Alvi said that Pakistan has been hosting four million refugees and stressed that such a gesture must be considered as a matter of goodwill by the Afghan people.


“We have also played a very active and positive role in the repatriation of diplomats and other people from Afghanistan and the world has acknowledged our efforts,” he said.


President Alvi said inflation was on the rise worldwide and Pakistan was not the only country in the world facing this challenge.


“Inflation is high because commodities and oil prices are increasing in the international market. However, the government will be taking steps to control the food inflation through supply chain mechanism and good governance,” he said.

To a question, he said the country was on the right track and its future was bright.

“The government has taken the right steps at the right time to overcome serious challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, jobs creation, and reviving the economy. We have managed to register close to four percent GDP growth rate in last financial year despite the pandemic,” he said.

About the Expo 2020 Dubai, the president said it is a wonderful event and all credit goes to the visionary leadership for hosting a successful show despite a challenging environment worldwide.

“The Expo 2020 is a landmark event not just for the UAE but also for the whole region. It offers a unique opportunity to the countries of the region and beyond to establish linkages and partnerships with multinational companies,” the president said.

“We have a very beautiful pavilion at the Expo. I suggest everyone should go to the Expo and must visit the pavilion projecting Pakistan’s positive image as a peaceful country,” the President said.


Dr. Alvi also expressed grief over the sad demise of nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan who passed away in Islamabad on Sunday morning at the age of 85.

“He helped us develop nation-saving nuclear deterrence, and a grateful nation will never forget his services in this regard,” he said.

SOURCE: APP

Shehroz Azhar

Mr. Azhar has been working as web journalist since 2018. He holds a BS in Mass Communication from the National University of Modern Languages. Mr. Azhar has previously worked with renowned channels and is now associated with GNN as Senior Content Writer.

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NEPRA may allow up to Rs4.75 per unit hike in tariff

The recent hike will result in the extra burden of Rs61 billion on the consumers

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NEPRA may allow up to Rs4.75 per unit hike in tariff

Islamabad: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) is likely to allow distribution companies an increase of up to Rs4.75 per unit in power tariff under the monthly fuel cost adjustment (FCA) for October 2021.

According to details, a public hearing will be conducted by the NEPRA chairman to review the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA)'s plea for a Rs4.75 per unit increase in power tariff in terms of fuel price adjustment for the month of October for all of the distribution companies excluding K-Electric.

In its plea, CPPA stated that the country generated a total of 11.29 billion units of electricity in the month of October, out of which 10.98 billion units were sold to the distribution companies.

The recent hike will result in the extra burden of Rs61 billion on the consumers.

It stated that in October, per unit of electricity was produced from diesel at the cost of Rs25.22 and Rs22.22 per unit of electricity was produced from furnace oil.

The contribution of power generation from hydropower was 23.26 per cent, 16.69 per cent from coal, 10.88 per cent from furnace oil and 0.51 per cent from diesel.

Earlier on November 9, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) had jacked up electricity tariff under fuel adjustment for the month of September making one unit of electricity Rs2.52 more expensive for the consumers.

The price hike was applied for November bills, the notification of the NEPRA read and added that the increase will not be applicable on the lifeline and K-electric consumers. With this increase, the collective burden borne by the people will be Rs90 billion.

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Messi wins Ballon d'Or for seventh time

Argentine football great Lionel Messi defeated Robert Lewandowski of Polish (Bayern Munich Club) and Georginho (Chelsea) of Italy for this annual award for the best player in the world of football. 

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Messi wins Ballon d'Or for seventh time

Paris: Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has created history as he won the Ballon d'Or award for a record-extending seventh time late on Monday night.    

Argentine football great Lionel Messi defeated Robert Lewandowski of Polish (Bayern Munich Club) and Georginho (Chelsea) of Italy for this annual award for the best player in the world of football. 

By winning the award, Messi has gone several miles ahead of Portugal’s star striker Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of winning the most Ballons d’Or. 

The 34-year-old Messi now has 7 awards to his name, while 36-year-old Ronaldo has won this honor 5 times. 

Besides this, the star footballer claimed a maiden Copa America title with his country this year and was top scorer in La Liga for the 2020-21 season with 30 goals.

Messi ​​won the Best Player of the Year award for the first time in 2009. He won this title in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and now in 2021. 

Messi joined PSG on a free transfer from Barcelona during the off-season and collected 613 points to finish ahead of Lewandowski (580) and Chelsea's Italy midfielder Jorginho (460) at a star-studded ceremony in Paris. 

For the unversed, Messi and Ronaldo have won this award a total of 12 times since 2008. Thus, both players are dominating the world of football.

Awarded by France Football magazine, the Ballon d'Or has been awarded since 1956.

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Kabul roadside blast causes casualties: Report

As per preliminary detail, the target of the attack appeared to have been an open-backed vehicle like a Toyota Hilux.

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Kabul roadside blast causes casualties: Report

Kabul: A roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan capital Kabul caused at least five casualties, television station Ariana News said on Tuesday.

As per preliminary detail, the target of the attack appeared to have been an open-backed vehicle like a Toyota Hilux.

However, there were no further details and no official confirmation of the figures.

More to follow…

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