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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Coronavirus outbreak: Europe records highest daily tally, US toll nears 4,000

Deaths from the coronavirus spiked in Europe on Tuesday with Spain, France and Britain reporting their highest daily tolls to date, as field hospitals shot up across New York, the epicentre of the US outbreak bracing for dark times ahead. With more than 40,000 killed by the disease barrelling around the globe, the United States, already home to the largest...

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Coronavirus: Nationwide tally rises to 2,081

Three new cases of coronavirus were recorded in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, taking the region’s tally to nine. AJK Deputy Commissioner said the two of the cases belonged to the Bhambore area while the third was recorded in Trarkhel. The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Punjab rose to 740 on Wednesday afternoon, taking the...

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Important to strike balance between preventing spread of coronavirus and keep economy running: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said on Tuesday that it is important for the government to strike a balance between preventing the spread of the coronavirus and keeping the economy running. He made these remarks during a joint press conference with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister...

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Centre directs Rangers post Sindh govt’s failure to implement transport agreement

The government's chief spokesperson Firdous Ashiq Awan on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed the Sindh Rangers to ensure supply of goods from Sindh is maintained after it was found the provincial government had failed to implement a transport agreement "in true spirit". Awan, in a media briefing following a meeting between the cabinet, said that the...

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Raiwind city placed under complete lockdown post positive testing of 27 in religious gathering

Punjab police on Tuesday put Raiwind city put under quarantine and shut down all general and medical stores, while no one is being allowed to leave their homes. Even now more than 2,200 people of the tableeghi jamaat are present in the gathering, police said. Adjacent to Raiwind city is a tableeghi mosque where it was suspected that 50 people have contracted the virus....

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Govt maintains petrol prices starting April 1

ISLAMABAD: Prices of petroleum products will be maintained effective April 1, a spokesperson for the Petrol Division said Tuesday. According to the spokesperson, the per litre prices of petrol, diesel, kerosene oil, and light diesel will be maintained at Rs96.58, Rs107.25, Rs77.45, and Rs62.51, respectively. On the other hand, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) issued a notification on the...

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