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Diplomatic standoff: Envoy ‘won’t return to India till ties improve’ Diplomatic standoff: Envoy ‘won’t return to India till ties improve’
In a development reminiscent of the 2002 standoff, Pakistan has decided not to send its high commissioner back to New Delhi until the overall situation improves and Indian secret agencies stop harassing its diplomatic staff and their families. “Our high commissioner will not return to India anytime soon,” said a senior foreign office official just hours after Sohail Mahmood returned from New De...
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Musharraf likely to return, face special court next month. Musharraf likely to return, face special court next month.
All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief and former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf is likely to return in the beginning of the next month after he gets an assurance of provision of foolproof security by the federal government. The former military ruler is reportedly consulting his close aides about making Karachi a hub of all his political activities on returning to Pakistan, sources told...
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PPP, PTI drift apart on Senate opposition leader. PPP, PTI drift apart on Senate opposition leader.
Days after the main opposition parties – PPP and PTI – succeeded in electing the Senate chairman and deputy chairman with the joint effort, they are now competing against each other to grab the slot of the opposition leader in the upper house. The PPP on Wednesday announced nomination of Sherry Rehman for the slot of the opposition leader that fell vacant after the retirement of Aitzaz Ahsan on...
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World Bank agrees to finance rehabilitation of Sukkur Barrage. World Bank agrees to finance rehabilitation of Sukkur Barrage.
The World Bank has, in principal, agreed to finance the rehabilitation of the Sukkur Barrage and has asked the provincial government to submit the project’s PC-1. The decision was taken on Tuesday in a meeting held between Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah and a 14-member World Bank delegation headed by Country Director Patchamuthu Illangovan. The CM said a feasibility study for the rehabil...
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Temperatures run high as PM Abbasi's son, PTI lawmaker clash in Senate. Temperatures run high as PM Abbasi's son, PTI lawmaker clash in Senate.
Emotions reached a fever pitch in the wake of the announcement that Opposition’s candidate Sadiq Sanjrani as the newly-elected Senate chairman, with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s son and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Hamidul Haq being involved in a brawl in the guest lobby of upper house of parliament on Monday. The brawl took place right after the announcement of Sanjrani’s electi...
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PC owners to build new hotel chain along CPEC route. PC owners to build new hotel chain along CPEC route.
The Hashoo Group, Pakistan’s biggest hospitality brand, is looking to launch another hotel chain called ‘Hotel Two’ across Pakistan to upgrade the group’s profile, said a high-ranking official. The group currently owns and operates several hotel chains across Pakistan including its flagship Pearl Continental (PC). ‘Hotel One’ comes under its parent company Pakistan Services Limited while the gr...
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Declaring faith compulsory to join army, judiciary, civil services: IHC Declaring faith compulsory to join army, judiciary, civil services: IHC
The Islamabad High Court declared on Friday that a faith affidavit must be submitted to apply for all government, semi-government institutions, including judiciary, armed forces and civil services. The court also stated that an affidavit is required in order to get Computerised National Identity Cards, passport, birth certificate, entry in voters list. IHC’s Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui has...
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Cabinet approves privatisation of PIA. Cabinet approves privatisation of PIA.
In what was termed as the ‘restructuring’ of the national flag carrier, the federal cabinet on Tuesday approved privatisation of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), more than two weeks after a related cabinet panel gave the go-ahead to privatise the loss-making airline. The approval was granted during the cabinet’s weekly meeting presided over by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. A...
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Shehbaz ‘to be made acting president’ of PML-N. Shehbaz ‘to be made acting president’ of PML-N.
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif is set to become the acting party president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, well-placed sources in the party have disclosed. According to the sources, the party has called a Central Working Committee meeting in Lahore at PML-N Secretariat on Tuesday, where the party will elect its new acting president and announce the date for the PML-N General Co...
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World Bank ‘moderately’ satisfied with progress on $73m water project. World Bank ‘moderately’ satisfied with progress on $73m water project.
A $73-million foreign-funded project that Pakistan had undertaken to ensure food security through better planning of water resources is facing execution problems due to lax management by the government. In its latest report on Water Sector Capacity Building and Advisory Services Project, known as WCAP, the World Bank has again termed the progress towards achievement of the project goals as “mod...
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