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Who is 'thief' after today's price hike? Maryam taunts PM Imran during PDM's address

Faisalabad: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif has said Prime Minister is now 'himself thief' as prices of electricity and petrol have been increased.

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The premier, she said, had already equated any increase in sugar and flour prices with the Prime Minister being thief. 

"Who is thief if price of one bread was Rs5 in Nawaz Sharif's tenure and today it is available in Rs25. Who is thief when power tariff in Nawaz Sharif's tenure was Rs11-12 per unit and today per unit price is Rs25. Who is thief when sugar price in Nawaz tenure was Rs50 per kilogram and now it is Rs120 per kg and who is thief when per litre petrol price was Rs70 in Nawaz regime and it is now Rs138 per litre?" 

She said every item gets dearer subject to increase in petrol and diesel prices so each item is costly today, asking her workers to tell "who is now thief"? 

"Imran Khan has fulfilled only one promise of not making us (PML-N) cry, but he made the entire nation crying today," the PML-N leader was addressing the public meeting of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) in Faisalabad.

She said the people of Pakistan have been left in the lurch without Nawaz Sharif, adding today the country is engulfed in inflation and lawlessness.

Maryam said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's opponents had suffered exemplary defeat, adding Imran Khan is exercising his authority not more than that of the Islamabad mayor.

She recalled that the world leaders used to visit Pakistan in PML-N tenure, but in PTI regime Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi doesn't attend his (PM) phone and US President Joe Biden doesn't call him (PM).  

Khan's party-- PTI-- has ranked "number 1" in the recently leaked Pandora Papers, the PML-N stalwart said, adding "the nation was told Imran Khan's name isn't included in the list [...] have you ever heard that the leader of a pack of thieves was an honest person?" she asked.

Maryam also criticised the government for the dengue outbreak, particularly in Punjab.

"The entire world is facing coronavirus, but now because of their (government's) incompetence, people are dying of dengue," she said, adding there was no one here like Shehbaz Sharif who used to visit hospitals.

 

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CJCSC, Iranian President discuss matters of strategic interest, regional security

Both sides displayed desire to initiate meaningful and long-lasting security and defence cooperation between the two countries.

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Tehran: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Nadeem Raza who is on official visit to Iran, called on President of Iran Sayyid Ebrahim Raisol-Sadati.

Matters of bilateral strategic interest and regional security environment including strengthening of bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two countries were brought into discussion.

Both sides displayed desire to initiate meaningful and long-lasting security and defence cooperation between the two countries.

Chairman JCSC also held separate meetings with Defence Minister Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Gharaei Ashtiani, Chief of General Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Commander-in-Chief Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Major General Hossein Salami, Commander of Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Shahram Irani and Commander of Air Force Brigadier General Hamid Vahedi.

The dignitaries discussed measures to enhance the level and scope of military engagements between both countries and pledged to continue to forge deeper ties. Both sides highlighted that common borders should be "Borders of Peace and Friendship".

The Iranian military leadership lauded the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces and acknowledged their sacrifices in fight against terrorism.

Earlier, upon arrival at General Staff Headquarters a smartly turned-out contingent presented 'Guard of Honour' to the Chairman Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

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Three terrorists killed in North Waziristan IBO: ISPR

The military’s press wing said the killed terrorists remained actively involved in activities against security forces.

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Three terrorists killed in North Waziristan IBO: ISPR

Rawalpindi: Three terrorists have been killed after security forces conducted an operation in North Wazirstan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, army’s media wing reported Saturday. 

According to Inter-Service Public Relations, security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Ghulam Khan Kalle area on the reported presence of terrorists.

Weapons and ammunition were also recovered from their possession, said ISPR. 

The military’s press wing said the killed terrorists remained actively involved in activities against security forces.

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Brazil records trade surplus of $8.8 billion in June

The exports grew 15.6% from June last year, to $32.7 billion, while imports jumped 33.7% to $23.9 billion

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Brazil records trade surplus of $8.8 billion in June

Brazil's trade surplus reached $8.814 in June, official figures showed on Friday, below market expectations.

Economists polled by Reuters had projected a $9.994 billion surplus for the month.

The reading was the second best for the month of June, after last year, since the figures were recorded in 1989.

According to the Economy Ministry, exports grew 15.6% from June last year, to $32.7 billion, while imports jumped 33.7% to $23.9 billion.

Global inflationary pressures have been boosting the value of tradable goods, amid rising food and energy prices and disrupted supply chains with the Russia-Ukraine war.

But Brazilian imports have increased faster, which has prompted the ministry to revise its projections for the year.

The first half of 2022 ended with a $34.2 billion surplus, down from $37.0 billion in the year-ago period. The government now expects to end 2022 with a $81.5 billion surplus.

The number represents a major cut from the $111.6 billion 2022 surplus estimate made in April.

The outlook for exports was revised slightly up to $349.4 billion in 2022, from $348.8 billion. Imports are now expected to reach $268.0 billion this year, up from the previous $237.2 billion estimate.

SOURCE: REUTERS

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