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SIFC plays crucial role for Pakistan’s progress, prosperity: PM

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says the nation will advance through hard work, stressing that there are no shortcuts to success

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday said that the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) is playing a crucial role in Pakistan’s progress and prosperity.

Shehbaz Sharif emphasized that the nation would advance through hard work, stressing that there are no shortcuts to success.

The prime minister gave these remarks while chairing a meeting of the SIFC in Islamabad on Saturday.

The key figures including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur, Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Balochistan Chief Minister Sarfaraz Bugti were also present there in the meeting.

Federal Minister of Interior Mohsin Naqvi, Federal Minister of Energy Owais Leghari, and the chief secretaries of all four provinces were also present.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his gratitude to all participants, noting that significant issues had been discussed and that officials were working together effectively regarding the SIFC.

Shehbaz Sharif highlighted the collaborative efforts of provincial chief ministers, federal ministers, and military officers towards the success of the SIFC. He mentioned a recent visit to Saudi Arabia where confidence in the SIFC was reaffirmed.

He also reported that other international delegations have shown keen interest in the SIFC, recognizing its vital role in the country's development and prosperity. He asserted that the transparency and performance of the SIFC have silenced its critics, gaining the trust of all provinces and even garnering attention from other nations.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated that Pakistan has moved beyond dependency on aid and is now prioritizing trade and economic cooperation. He assured that any bureaucratic hurdles to foreign investment would not be tolerated and mentioned Saudi Arabia's readiness to support Pakistan in all aspects. The targets set will be achieved through the SIFC, he added.

He also revealed that a team has been hired to fully digitize the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), acknowledging a significant lack of professionalism and expertise. Ministries have been advised to consult with experts and consultants.

The Prime Minister affirmed that all provinces, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have faith in the SIFC. He urged a collective commitment to achieving set goals, mentioning the UAE's announcement of a $10 billion investment.

Highlighting Pakistan's untapped potential, Shehbaz Sharif noted that the country is rich with resources worth billions, which have not yet benefited the nation. He clarified that the SIFC is not solely comprised of military officers but includes provincial chief ministers, federal ministers, and other key individuals.

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Pakistan opt to field first in second T20I match against England

The both sides are playing the second match of the series at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham

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Birmingham:  In the second match of the four-match T20 series between Pakistan and England, Pakistan has won the toss and elected to field first.

The match is being played at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham.

The series opener was unfortunately abandoned due to rain, leaving both teams eager to secure a victory in this encounter.

The match is due to commence at 6:30 PM Pakistan Standard Time.

The fans are hopeful for an exciting game as both teams look to gain an advantage in the series.

Playing XIs:

England: 1 Jos Buttler (capt/wk), 2 Phil Salt, 3 Will Jacks, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Moeen Ali, 7 Liam Livingstone, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Jofra Archer, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Reece Topley

Pakistan: 1 Babar Azam (capt), 2 Saim Ayub, 3 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 4 Fakhar Zaman, 5 Shadab Khan, 6 Azam Khan, 7 Iftikhar Ahmed, 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 10 Haris Rauf, 11 Mohammad Amir

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Two Congo virus patients die in Benazir Bhutto Hospital

Three patients were shifted to the hospital from Attock

Published by Faisal Ali Ghumman



Rawalpindi: Two Congo virus patients breathed their last in Benazir Bhutto Hospital, authorities said on Saturday.

According to hospital sources, three patients were brought from Attock this month, out of which two died while the third patient is undergoing treatment for the Congo virus.

Benazir Bhutto Hospital Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Junaid said that Congo was a deadly virus and there was only a 10% chance of survival. "Congo virus is transmitted from animals to humans and from humans to humans.," Dr Junaid said and added that bleeding gums, nose and stool and high fever are symptoms of Congo virus.

On the other hand, the Attock district administration has banned the movement of cattle from Attock to other areas. According to the notification issued by the administration, inter-district and inter-provincial movement of cattle from Attock will be banned for seven days.

According to the Deputy Commissioner, cattle markets will be closely monitored in view of Eid-ul-Azha. The Punjab Health Department has also decided to send a special team of nine-member doctors to Attock.

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