Oct 112017
PTI criticises PMon LNG deal but spares then petroleum secretary

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Sheikh Rashid have criticized Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, accusing him of pocketing millions of dollars in the LNG deal with Qatar, but they… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Oct 072017

DUBAI: Qatar’s government announced measures to help private sector businesses on Saturday after its economy was hurt by sanctions imposed by other Arab states. Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani decided to cut rents paid by companies in Qatar’s logistics zones in half during 2018 and 2019, official news agency QNA reported. Qatar offers visa-free entry to 80 nationalities New investors in the zones will be completely exempt from paying rents for a year if they obtain building permits by certain deadlines. Qatar Development Bank, a state-founded body which lends to firms, will postpone receiving loan instalments for up to six months to facilitate industrial sector projects. Sheikh Abdullah also told all ministries and government departments to increase their procurement of local products to 100 percent from 30 percent, if the local products meet necessary specifications and the purchases obey tender rules. Arab states demand Qatar closes Jazeera, cuts back ties to Iran Qatar’s economy expanded just 0.6 percent from a year earlier in the April-June quarter, its slowest growth since the 2009-2010 global financial crisis, after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties on June 5. The four states accuse Doha of supporting terrorism, which Doha denies. The sanctions triggered a pull-out of deposits by Gulf states from Qatari banks, deepened a slump in real estate prices and caused a plunge of 18 percent in the stock market. The post Qatar orders aid to private sector as sanctions hurt economy [Read More…]

Jul 212017
Knocking at Qatar?s door

Following the Qatar crisis, Pakistan’s neighbouring countries, including India and Iran, have smartly availed the opportunity and grabbed all available chances to boost their businesses with Qatar. The local markets in the country are flooded with all kinds of stuff like vegetable, fruit, dairy and poultry products, etc., from India, Iran and Turkey. On the other hand, we rarely find any such items from Pakistan. Pakistani fruit, especially mangoes, is famous in the world. Although the season of mangoes has started with full bloom, we have yet to find those in the markets in Qatar. Pakistan’s export department has to quickly and smartly act to capture the market of fruit not only in Qatar but in the entire world. M Khalid Kamal (Doha, Qatar) Click for detailed story

Jul 192017
Pakistan outwit Oman, but lose to Qatar

KARACHI: Qatar defeated Pakistan 3-1 in their match of the 6th International Senior Men’s Friendly Volleyball tournament in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Pakistan had defeated Oman 3-1. Pakistan won the first set 25-17. Oman leveled it 1-1, winning the second set 25-23. Pakistan brought discipline in their ranks and won the next two sets 25-14, 25-22 to complete an emphatic triumph. The three-nation friendly event is aimed to provide practice to the competing sides ahead of the Asian Championship to be held in Indonesia from July 24 to August 1. Qatar had lost to Oman 2-3 the other day after a gripping fight.Pakistan will proceed to Indonesia on Thursday night (today) to take part in the continental event, carrying 16 teams from Asia.Pakistan have been clubbed in Group B with Iran, Chinese Taipei and Iraq. Click for detailed story

Jul 182017

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrehman Al-Thani will reach Islamabad Tuesday on an official visit. According to Express News, the dignitary will meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss issues revolving around the regional situation. The channel, quoting sources, said the dignitary shall also engage in discourse regarding the Saudi-led military alliance whose leadership was handed over to Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif. Arab states sever ties with Qatar for ‘supporting terrorism’ His visit comes weeks after after Middle Eastern countries, i.e. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties last month with the country, accusing it of ‘supporting terrorism’. While Pakistan has remained neutral in the conflict so far, Saudi Arabia had demanded the officials to take a clear position on Qatar. The post Qatar’s foreign minister to arrive in Islamabad on official visit appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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