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Schedule for general elections announced, poll on July 25 Schedule for general elections announced, poll on July 25
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced on Thursday schedule for July 25th general elections. Intending candidates for the National Assembly and Provincial Assembly seats have been asked to submit their nominations from June 2 to 6. Returning officers will publish names of nominated candidates on June 7 and start scrutiny of their credentials the same day. Scrutiny process in whi...
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Hotline contact between Pakistan, India DGMOs to end weeks-long border clashes Hotline contact between Pakistan, India DGMOs to end weeks-long border clashes
The director general military operations (DGMOs) of arch rivals Pakistan and India agreed on Tuesday to fully implement the ceasefire understanding of 2003 in letter and spirit and ensure that the ceasefire will not be violated by both sides in the future. The decision was made during a special hotline contact between the two DGMOs, said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations...
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Former CJP Nasirul Mulk to take over as caretaker prime minister Former CJP Nasirul Mulk to take over as caretaker prime minister
Former chief justice Nasirul Mulk was announced as the caretaker prime minister on Monday during a joint press conference held by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah. It took the government and the opposition six meetings to decide on a name for the coveted position. “Today is a day of great importance in the democratic run of the country. We have agreed ...
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China to roll over $500m loan to shore up Pakistan’s reserves China to roll over $500m loan to shore up Pakistan’s reserves
China has agreed to roll over a loan of $500 million that it has placed with the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) as the country’s official foreign currency reserves remain in a precarious position despite taking $44 billion in foreign loans in the past around five years. The People’s Bank of China, through China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), had deposited $500 million with the...
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PM approves allowance equal to three basic pay PM approves allowance equal to three basic pay
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has approved honorarium equivalent to three basic pays for all the federal government employees in the outgoing financial year 2017-18 ending on June 30. The PM has ordered the issuance of the honorariums for the federal government employees in his capacity as chairman Economic Coordination Committee (ECC). “The prime minister has seen and is pleased to order...
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NA passes 31st Amendment Bill 2017, approving FATA merger with K-P NA passes 31st Amendment Bill 2017, approving FATA merger with K-P
In a historic move, the National Assembly on Thursday approved the 31st Amendment Bill 2017, paving way for the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). A total of 229 parliamentarians voted for the bill while one opposed it. After months of delays, the ruling party had tabled the reforms bill for the tribal areas in the Parliament t...
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PM Abbasi inaugurates expansion of Bacha Khan International Airport PM Abbasi inaugurates expansion of Bacha Khan International Airport
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated Wednesday state-of-the art expansion and up-gradation of the Bacha Khan International Airport (BKIA) that would provide quality air travelling facilities to more than 3.5 million passengers per year. Director Planning and Development CAA, Nadir Shafi appraised the premier about salient features of the project and facilities provided to the passeng...
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Still no consensus on a name for caretaker PM, says Shah Still no consensus on a name for caretaker PM, says Shah
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah said on Tuesday that there was still a lack of consensus between him and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi over the name of the caretaker prime minister. The comment was made after a meeting between Shah and Abbasi to finalise the name of the caretaker prime minister ended inconclusively. "The prime minister said that the name...
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Over 60 reported dead in Karachi heatwave Over 60 reported dead in Karachi heatwave
Over 60 people have died due to the heatwave in Karachi, Edhi Foundation head Faisal Edhi said while quoting relatives of the deceased. Edhi said that the number of bodies in their mortuaries in Korangi area has tripled, while in Sohrab Goth, the flow has doubled since Saturday – the day the heatwave hit the metropolis. He told The Express Tribune that more than 160 bodies have been reported...
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Pakistan to discuss India's violation of Indus Water Treaty with WB president Pakistan to discuss India's violation of Indus Water Treaty with WB president
Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has stated Pakistan will discuss India’s violation of the Indus Water Treaty with the president of World Bank, Radio Pakistan reported. Speaking to media on Saturday, Chaudhry revealed a four-member delegation led by Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Ashtar Ausaf Ali had arrived in Washington to hold the talks. He added that the issue of con...
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