PIA to resume flight operation for stranded Pakistanis abroad

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has been given permission to partially resume its flight operations to help repatriate citizens stranded abroad, it emerged on Wednesday. In the first stage of operations, PIA will bring back a limited number of Pakistani travelers, the PIA spokesperson said in an announcement. PIA will initially fly stranded passengers from Canada and the UK who were...

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‘Restrictions’ to remain imposed in Pakistan till April 14, says Asad Umar

Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Wednesday said the "restrictions" imposed as precautionary measures amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country will continue for two weeks more — April 1 to 14. The decision to extend the period of the restrictions was taken in a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC). "The meetings of the NCC will...

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COAS Bajwa visits National Command and Operation centre

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednasday said that no segment of the society can be left at the mercy of the coronavirus pandemic. The army chief passed the remarks while attending a special briefing at National Command and Operation Centre today. According to the ISPR, the forum was briefed about latest situation on containment efforts and...

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Indian cricketers come under fire after backing Shahid Afridi’s coronavirus fund

Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh faced scathing criticism from triggered Indian social media users after they declared support for former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi's foundation in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Afridi's appeal for donations to help people affected by the deadly virus in Pakistan has had overwhelming support from leading cricketers. Harbhajan urged people to contribute...

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PM Imran appeals for donations to coronavirus relief

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that China gave priority to Pakistan with medical assistance for the coronavirus pandemic as soon as it brought the outbreak in its territories under control. The prime minister was addressing a gathering today where he said that the worldwide demand for healthcare staff and material had shot up in the wake of the...

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Sindh govt tightens lockdown for Friday to prevent large congregations

KARACHI: A complete lockdown has been scheduled from 12-3pm to limit Friday congregations, a spokesperson for the government of Sindh said Wednesday, two days ahead of the weekly prayers. The decision to impose the Friday afternoon lockdown was made after consultation with ulema, Senator Murtaza Wahab said, noting that all kinds of business activities would also remain suspended during the...

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IHC dismisses plea seeking return of pilgrims from Iran amid coronavirus pandemic

The Islamabad High Court quashed a plea on Wednesday seeking the return of stranded Pakistani pilgrims in Iran amid the coronavirus outbreak, declaring it non-maintainable. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minullah heard the plea submitted by Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen leader Syed Nasir Abbas Sherazi. The petitioner had pleaded that thousands of Pakistani pilgrims are stranded in Iran and the impression is being...

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No release of prisoners without due process of law amid virus pandemic, says chief justice

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmad has taken a strict view on the release of prisoners amidst the coronavirus outbreak, stating that whatever measures are taken in Pakistan in this regard will be taken according to the law. The CJP made these remarks while hearing a petition against the release of under-trial prisoners on the orders of high courts....

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Hajj 2020: Saudi Arabia asks Muslims to wait before making plans amid coronavirus outbreak

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday urged Muslims to wait before making plans to attend the annual hajj pilgrimage until there was more clarity over the deadly coronavirus pandemic. "We've asked the world not to rush with regards to Hajj groups until the path of the epidemic becomes clear, keeping in mind the safety of pilgrims and public health as a priority,"...

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