Connect with us

Pakistan

General elections should be held at stipulated time: Saad

He said that we are not afraid of elections as we faced elections before too.

Published by Noor Fatima

Published

on

Lahore: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique Tuesday said that general elections should be held across the country at stipulated time or it will create chaos, GNN reported.

While talking to media, he said country is in the grip of acute financial crisis, so it is not possible to hold elections for Provincial Assembly and National Assembly separately.

He stated that, “We are not afraid of elections as we have faced elections before too but it is Imran Khan’s nature that he comes up with different demands one after another,” adding that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) must participate in All Parties Conference (APC).

He further stated, “Government's top priority is to improve the economic condition of the country”.

Continue Reading

Pakistan

APC postponed as PM embarks on Tukriye visit

The new date for the conference would be announced after consultation with the allies.

Published by Noor Fatima

Published

on

Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb Tuesday said that the All parties Conference (APC) had been postponed as Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif would leave for Ankara tomorrow (Wednesday).

Turning to Twitter, she wrote that Prime Minister would express condolences and solidarity with President Erdogan and people of Turkiye over loss of precious lives and destruction caused by the yesterday’s deadly earthquake.

She stated that the new date for the conference would be announced after consultation with the allies.

It is pertinent to note that the APC was convened on Thursday (February 9) which was already postponed from February 7.

Continue Reading

Technology

PTA blocks 175,000 stolen IMEI devices 

It also blocked 0.88 million cloned IMEIs identified as being used against 5.28 million MSISDN numbers.

Published by Mehak Javed

Published

on

Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked 175,000 International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) devices to prevent the use of stolen mobile phones under the Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS) during the last fiscal year.

Besides, the DIRBS identified and suspended around 29.56 million IMEIs identified as duplicates, according to the annual report of PTA for 2021-2022.

It also blocked 0.88 million cloned IMEIs identified as being used against 5.28 million MSISDN numbers.

During the year under review, mobile subscriptions registered a healthy annual growth of 6 percent. In the domain of subscriber growth, Zong took the lead with 9 per cent growth, followed by Jazz (8 percent), Telenor (1.4 percent), and Ufone (0.7 percent).

In terms of mobile subscriptions, Jazz led with a share of 38.6%, followed by Telenor (25.3%), Zong (23.1%), Ufone (12.1%) and SCO (0.9%).

Over the last four years, Jazz and Zong have successfully increased their market shares while Telenor and Ufone saw a decline owing to lower investments and late entry in 4G market.

Currently, 78% of Pakistan’s population is covered by 3G and 75% by 4G mobile signals, meaning that the needs of a vast majority are being catered.

Pakistanis have access to internet and broadband services at the most affordable rates in the region. Notably, mobile 1GB data cost has further declined to 0.58% of the Gross National Income per capita—well below the UN Broadband Commission’s recommendation of less than 2 percent.

The broadband and data cost targets listed in the National Broadband Policy 2021 (draft available on the MoITT website) envisage 80% broadband penetration by 2025 and 90% by 2030, with a greater than 30 Mbps average broadband speed by 2025, and 50% reduction in average price per gigabyte by 2025.

 

Continue Reading

Trending

Take a poll