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Middle East crisis: PM, COAS off to Saudi for one-day visit Middle East crisis: PM, COAS off to Saudi for one-day visit
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa on Monday left for Saudi Arabia on a day-long visit in the backdrop of a deepening diplomatic rift in the Middle East. The PM and COAS are accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and other senior officials, according to the Press Information Department. The delegatio...
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At least 35 students injured in Quaid-i-Azam University clash At least 35 students injured in Quaid-i-Azam University clash
Two students groups at Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) clashed on Saturday, at least leaving 35 students injured, said officials. Police, called in by the university administration, resorted to teargas shelling and baton charge to disperse the enraged students. However, police personnel failed to bring the situation under control, prompting the authorities to involve Rangers personnel. Inju...
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Iran warns will hit 'militant safe havens' inside Pakistan Iran warns will hit 'militant safe havens' inside Pakistan
The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront militants who carry out cross-border attacks. Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month. Iran said Jaish-al-Adl, a militant group, had shot the guards with long-range guns, fired from inside Pakistan. The border area has long been...
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ECP takes notice of prevention of women voters from participating in Chakwal by-polls ECP takes notice of prevention of women voters from participating in Chakwal by-polls
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday took suo motu notice of the alleged barring of women voters in a recently held by-poll held in Chakwal. The ECP took notice of the matter after receiving a letter from a returning officer who supervised the by-polls in PP-23 Chakwal on April 18 stating that women had not cast their votes at six polling stations. Shahryar Awan from the ruli...
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Capital market: hope and fear Capital market: hope and fear
When investors in the Pakistan stock market — which stood out as ‘the best performing market in Asia in 2016’ — waltzed into 2017, they had little knowledge of what lay ahead. Jubilant stock pundits were predicting an upsurge of another 6,000 points in the benchmark KSE-100 index in 2017. But that was not to be. Ironically, the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) which had provided investors with ...
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Panama Papers: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif survives corruption ruling Panama Papers: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif survives corruption ruling
Pakistan's Supreme Court has ruled there is insufficient evidence of corruption to remove Nawaz Sharif from the role of prime minister. It instead ordered a further investigation into money transfers. Questions arose over the business dealings of Mr Sharif's family when three of his children were linked to offshore accounts in the Panama Papers leaks in 2015. Mr Sharif and his family have denie...
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Mardan university student laid to rest; FIR registered against 20 for murder Mardan university student laid to rest; FIR registered against 20 for murder
A First Information Report (FIR) was registered by police on Friday against members of a lynch mob that brutally assaulted two university students ─ killing one and injuring another ─ over alleged blasphemy in Mardan a day earlier. The FIR has been lodged in Sheikh Maltoon police station against 20 suspects, of whom eight have been arrested, Mardan District Police Officer Dr Mian Sa...
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Ministerial body looks to appease all departments in Rs700b Ministerial body looks to appease all departments in Rs700b
ISLAMABAD: As an inter-ministerial body formally begins the process to assess development needs of six dozen departments for the new fiscal year, scarcity of resources is haunting executing agencies that are striving hard to get the maximum pie from a limited pool of Rs700 billion. The finance ministry’s insistence to allocate only Rs700 billion for core development needs for new fiscal year 2017...
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SHC suspends notification for removal of A.D. Khawaja SHC suspends notification for removal of A.D. Khawaja
The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday suspended the provincial government's notification for the removal of Inspector General of Police (IGP) A.D. Khawaja, ordering him to immediately resume his duties as the provincial police chief. The SHC also suspended Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti's 'promotion' as acting IGP. Following the court's orders, Dasti has relinquished the charge of acting IGP and ...
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Our interest in Pakistan is not focused on profit, says China's top power sector boss Our interest in Pakistan is not focused on profit, says China's top power sector boss
One of China's top power sector bosses has said that China's interest in Pakistan is focused on sustainable development — not profit, Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday. “We come to Pakistan not for the installation of our equipment and to gain profits. We pay more importance to improving the development of local high-end manufacturing industries so as to make the development sustainable," ...
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