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Cabinet approves Hajj policy, 179,210 pilgrims to perform pilgrimage in 2020 Cabinet approves Hajj policy, 179,210 pilgrims to perform pilgrimage in 2020
The federal cabinet on Wednesday approved Hajj Policy 2020, allowing 179,210 pilgrims to perform the annual holy pilgrimage, reported Radio Pakistan. Addressing a news conference alongside Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan, Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri said up to 107,000 pilgrims will perform Hajj, while the remaining w...
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Ex-TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan escaped during anti-terror operation: sources Ex-TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan escaped during anti-terror operation: sources
KARACHI: A former spokesman for an umbrella of terrorist groups responsible for much of the deadly violence in Pakistan has escaped from the custody of security forces, The Express Tribune learnt on Friday, a day after a purported audio clip of him set social media abuzz with speculation. Ehsanullah Ehsan, the spokesperson for the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorist group, escap...
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SC orders cantonment boards to raze illegal structures in Karachi SC orders cantonment boards to raze illegal structures in Karachi
KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered all illegal structures within the jurisdiction of Cantonment Board Clifton (CBC) in Karachi to be demolished immediately. A three-member bench of the SC, headed by Chief Justice Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed, heard the case against building violations in CBC-controlled areas of Karachi. Officials from the CBC and the Attorney General of Paki...
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Pakistan won’t evacuate citizens from China Pakistan won’t evacuate citizens from China
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said it would not evacuate its citizens – mostly students – from Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in the central Chinese province of Hubei, which has been quarantined by authorities in an attempt to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus which has killed over 170 people and infected nearly 8,000 since its outbreak. “We believe it’s in the interest of our loved-ones...
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Modi’s belligerent rhetoric unmasks BJP govt’s extremist mindset: FO Modi’s belligerent rhetoric unmasks BJP govt’s extremist mindset: FO
Rejecting categorically Narendra Modi’s irresponsible and war-mongering remarks that India could defeat Pakistan in 10 days, Islamabad has hit back at the hostile neighbour saying the Indian prime minister’s belligerent rhetoric unmasks the extremist mindset of his BJP government. Modi, while addressing his country’s military personnel on Tuesday, had said that Indian “armed forces will not tak...
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PM moves to buttress beleaguered CMs PM moves to buttress beleaguered CMs
LAHORE/PESHAWAR/QUETTA.: To prevent the ruling coalition from falling apart and quell internal bickering, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has ruled out changing the chief ministers of Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan — the three provinces where trouble has been brewing — even going to the extent of sacking three ministers in K-P to make the point clear. In Punjab where the PTI-led...
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Pakistan starts screening at four major airports for China virus Pakistan starts screening at four major airports for China virus
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday started screening passengers at four airports of the country in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in China. The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to screen its passengers at the Beijing airport. The spread of the pathogen – known by its technical name 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – can cause respiratory diseases in animals, birds and h...
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US President Donald Trump to visit Pakistan 'soon': FM Qureshi US President Donald Trump to visit Pakistan 'soon': FM Qureshi
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday said US President Donald Trump assured Prime Minister Imran Khan that he would visit Pakistan soon during a meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos. In a series of tweets, the foreign minister termed the third meeting between the two leaders ‘good’ and added they discussed ways to strengthen the bilateral relations...
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Alice Wells in Pakistan ahead of ‘imminent’ US-Taliban peace deal Alice Wells in Pakistan ahead of ‘imminent’ US-Taliban peace deal
ISLAMABAD : The United States pointperson for South Asia arrived in Pakistan on Sunday on a four-day visit, which diplomatic sources termed crucial just ahead of the possible peace deal between the US and Afghan Taliban. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells flew from New Delhi, where she held talks with senior Indian officials on range of...
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Pompeo lauds Pakistan’s efforts for Afghan peace Pompeo lauds Pakistan’s efforts for Afghan peace
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday appreciated Pakistan’s support for a political solution to the conflict in neighbouring Afghanistan where US-led coalition forces have been fighting a deadly Taliban insurgency for close to two decades. Pompeo’s comments which he made in a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi came as the Afghan Taliban offered to stand down their fighter...
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