The delay of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout package has complicated the government's first amnesty tax scheme, according to the Finance Division. Discussions with the IMF and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will decide the tax rates and duration of the scheme to be implemented.
The polio vaccination campaign was delayed in many areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as panic persisted after rumors of some children falling ill due to polio vaccines, leading to refusal rate in thousands. Around 6898 cases of refusals to polio vaccines have been reported.
Pakistan Navy’s Fast Attack Craft (Missile) conducted live weapon firing to test a new cruise missile. The missile has anti-ship missile and land capability by accurately hitting its target on land, according to the Directorate of Public Relations of Pakistan Navy.
Chief Drug Controller has notified all the chemists that the government has reduced the prices of 395 drugs, hence they have to change these medicines with distributors. The chemists have been warned of strict action if they still continue to sell at old prices at their medical stores and pharmacies.
Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal stated that Pakistan was analyzing various aspects of Dr Afia Siddiqui's return, however there are reports she does not wish to do so. Faisal believes an exchange of Dr Afia Siddiqui and Dr Shakeel Afridi could be discussed when Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump sat on the table.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron will co-chair a summit in Paris next month focused at ending social media use to organize and promote terrorism. World leaders and tech company executives are invited to commit to a pledge called the "Christchurch Call" designed to eradicate terrorism.
Kabul demands its trade trucks to pass through the Wagah-Attari border as a prerequisite to the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Trade and Transit Agreement (PATITA). Amidst these discussions Islamabad drops a World Bank funded project of $500 million for the development of the Khyber Pass Economic Corridor.
Around 3000 local Pakistanis and 1000 Chinese workers are putting in much needed hours at the construction site of Karot Hydropower Plant 70 km from Islamabad. Being one of the marque projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), its expected to generate 3.2 billion units of clean electricity for Pakistan by 2021.
The National Assembly was split when a constitution amendment bill aimed at the creation of South Punjab and Bahawalpur provinces was put forward. The debate took place after the bill was introduced by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmaker Rana Sanaullah with some legislators not agreeing with the idea, and others fully supporting the bill.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government green lit a $127 million project to improve tourism in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), removing the wait for approval of $100 million loan by the World Bank till next month. The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) recommended the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Integrated Tourism Development project for final approval.