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Pakistan's first modern mass transit project opens Pakistan's first modern mass transit project opens
LAHORE: After a prolonged delay, Punjab Minister for Transport Muhammad Jehanzaib Khan Khichi will inaugurate the trial run of the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) on Tuesday (today). As per the announced schedule, all dignitaries will gather at Dera Gujran Station (Station No 1) and board on the metro train which will reach Ali Town, last station, after a run of 40 minutes. Following t...
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Pakistan, Qatar to sign trade pacts soon Pakistan, Qatar to sign trade pacts soon
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Qatar have agreed in principle on a preferential trade agreement (PTA) and a free trade agreement (FTA) to enhance bilateral trade. The agreements will soon be signed after necessary formalities. Pakistan has also offered to establish a plant in Qatar to manufacture footballs for the FIFA World Cup 2022 as well as subsequent football tournaments. Nebras Power, a major...
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Govt to facilitate registration of INGOs Govt to facilitate registration of INGOs
ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to make the process for the registration of international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) quicker and easier. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi presided over a meeting with representatives of INGOs on Friday. Interior Minister Brigadier (retd) Ijaz Shah, Intelligence Bureau Director General Dr Muhammad Suleman and Foreign Secretary Sohail...
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Zardari files bail plea on medical grounds Zardari files bail plea on medical grounds
ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari – who is currently under treatment at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital in Islamabad – on Tuesday filed a bail petition on medical grounds. The former president filed a writ petition under Article 199 of the Constitution, pending before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and accountability court-II. Zardari, who file...
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Govt forms three-member committee to lead efforts on COAS tenure legislation Govt forms three-member committee to lead efforts on COAS tenure legislation
ISLAMABAD: The government on Monday constituted a three-member committee to lead the effort for drafting new legislation on the extension of an army chief’s tenure. The move comes after the Supreme Court gave the incumbent government six months to legislate and iron out the lacunae in the reappointment or extension of tenure of an army chief – paving the way for the incumbent, Gen Qamar Javed B...
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PM replaces top bureaucrats in major reshuffle PM replaces top bureaucrats in major reshuffle
ISLAMABAD / LAHORE: In a massive reshuffle at the federal level, the government has issued orders for the appointment, promotion and transfer of 44 officers in Islamabad and 90 officers in Punjab. The decision to reshuffle the bureaucracy in Punjab was anxiously awaited since earlier this week after Prime Minister Imran Khan had expressed his dissatisfaction with the administrative structure of...
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National institutions will never clash, says PM National institutions will never clash, says PM
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said national institutions will never clash with one another as they have started working within their parameters with maturing of democracy. “A democratic culture and mindset prevails in the country and the state institutions respect one another to the disappointment of many, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of India and mafias in Pakistan, wh...
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SC adjourns hearing on General Bajwa’s tenure extension till 1 pm SC adjourns hearing on General Bajwa’s tenure extension till 1 pm
ISLAMABAD: All eyes are on the Supreme Court as it reconvened again on Thursday – a day after the chief justice-led bench grilled the country’s top law official over the extension/reappointment of incumbent army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. General Bajwa is set to retire at midnight Thursday if the government fails to satisfy the apex court. The three-judge bench headed by Justice Khosa ...
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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands arrives in Pakistan Queen Máxima of the Netherlands arrives in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Queen Máxima of the Netherlands arrived in Islamabad on Monday morning, the latest royal to visit Pakistan following the October tour of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton. The Dutch queen and a six-member delegation were welcomed in the federal capital by officials of Pakistan’s foreign ministry and the Dutch embassy. Queen Máxima is visiting Pakistan in her capacity as ...
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China spurns US fears of Pakistan’s CPEC debts China spurns US fears of Pakistan’s CPEC debts
ISLAMABAD: A top Chinese diplomat has angrily spurned US criticism of his country’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure push in Pakistan as he publicly gave point-by-point reply to the objections raised by the acting US assistant secretary of state on Friday. Alice Wells, President Trump’s aide on South Asia, warned Islamabad that it faced long-term economic damage with little return if Beijing ...
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