Tag Archives: Concern

Forex reserves sustainability remains cause for concern

KARACHI – Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves are at a record high yet the sustainability of those reserves are a cause for concern in the medium term, analysts said on Friday. Foreign exchange reserves rose to an all-time high of $17.95 billion for the week ended March 26, but eased to $17.31 billion in the week ended on April 9.
“When you say record-high forex reserves, you have to be realistic as well, as out of the reserves nearly $8.0 billion is the amount we have borrowed

China voices concern on Japan nuclear water

BEIJING – China on Friday expressed concern over the release of radioactive water from Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant and urged its neighbour to protect the marine environment.
“As a neighbour of Japan’s, it is natural for us to express concern,” foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement published on his ministry’s website.
“We hope Japan acts in line with international laws and takes effective steps to protect the marine environment.”

Oxford scholars raise concern against HEC’s devolution

ISLAMABAD – Following local students, civil society and intellectuals’ opposition to the devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to provinces, PhD scholars studying at the Oxford University have initiated efforts to avert the proposed devolution and expressed concern in their letter addressed to the Pakistan’s High Commission in London.
Seventeen HEC PhD scholars at Oxford and Oxford Pakistan Society on Monday wrote a letter to High Commissioner Syed Wajid Shamsul

ICCI expresses concern over financial discipline

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan must continue its effort to mobilise resources and maintain financial discipline with the federal finance team introducing home grown solutions to overcome the fiscal deficit.
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and industry (ICCI) President Mahfooz Elahi made these remarks in a meeting with members of Taxation Sub-Committee of ICCI. The president was of the view that every political party in the present democratic set up should work jointly for improving the

Raisani expresses concern over security in Quetta

QUETTA – Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani on Saturday expressed concern over incidents of targeted killing and abduction and directed the inspector general of police (IGP) and the home secretary for tightening security and taking action against the criminals.
The chief minister condemned the three targeted killings on Friday and sympathised with the bereaved families and asked the authorities to compensate them for their loss. Raisani directed the police to improve its

Wiki-cables voiced concern about IAEA’s Japanese safety chief in 2009

BEIJING – Eighteen months before Japan’s radiation crisis, US diplomats had lambasted the safety hief of the world’s atomic watchdog for ‘incompetence’, especially when it came to the nuclear power industry in his homeland, Japan. Cables sent from the US embassy in Vienna to Washington, which were obtained by WikiLeaks and reviewed by Reuters, singled out Tomihiro Taniuchi, until last year head of safety and security at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“For the

Education emergency in Pakistan- Citizens show concern at PETF report

LAHORE – Educational experts and citizens, on Thursday, have expressed concern over the revelations of the report issued by Pakistan Education Task Force (PETF) that says that Pakistan has been crippled by an education emergency that threatens tens of millions of children. A senior analyst and Pakistan Law College Principal Dr Humayun Ehsan said no government throughout country’s history was serious for promoting education. He said that the current leadership lacked political will,

Pope voices ‘great concern’ over tensions in Libya, Pakistan

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday expressed “great concern” over the crises in several African and Asian countries, mentioning Pakistan and Libya in particular.
“I follow with great concern the tensions in several countries in Africa and Asia in these days,” the pope said in Italian after the weekly Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church urged that the “moving sacrifice” of Pakistan’s murdered Catholic minorities’

FPSC shows concern over falling education standards

ISLAMABAD – Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) has shown its concerns over what it called the deteriorating standards of education as 133 posts in BS 16-20 could not be filled in 2009 for lack of suitable candidates.
According to the details given in the FPSC annual report filed in the Senate on Friday, suitable candidates with required qualifications were not available or the people having such qualifications did not apply for these posts. A reason could be that better

A GRAVE CONCERN – To find a grave in DHA’s graveyard…

LAHORE – The Defense Housing Authority (DHA) has changed the burial policy but have failed to live up to the DHA members’ demands, Pakistan Today has learnt. Sources in DHA said the members had a ‘long-standing’ demand with the DHA to allow the burial of the son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandkids and grandparents.
Members voiced that such people were also family members and graves must be provided to them as well, sources added. However, DHA did not live up to the aspirations of

HRCP expresses concern over FSC’s decision

LAHORE – The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Saturday expressed concerns at the Federal Shariat Court’s (FSC) decision that seeks reversal of several provisions of the Women’s Protection Act 2006.
The non-governmental organisation (NGO) said that it would issue a detailed comment on implications of the FSC’s decision later but was “alarmed that the verdict seeks reversion to provisions of the 1979 Hudood Ordinance which were highly discriminatory to the rights of

Berlusconi in Russia amid revelations of US concern

MOSCOW: Silvio Berlusconi met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday as leaked US cables revealed growing anxiety in Washington about the Italian prime minister’s ties to Moscow.
The disclosures forced both leaders to address poignant assessments of a relationship Washington believes has worked to the detriment of both the European Union and the United States. Medvedev said cables quoting sources who felt he played “Robin to (Prime Minister Vladimir) Putin’s Batman” revealed