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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COVID-19: Shair-e-Aman holds telephonic conversation with Deputy Commissioners; conveys well wishes for their enormous efforts

Renowned poet & columnist Kashif  Shamim Siddiqui held telephonic conversation with Deputy Commissioners of various districts of sindh province. Purpose of the contact was to demonstrate his unequivocal solidarity with the administrative authorities of the districts. Siddiqui expressed sincere sympathies and best wishes to the Deputy Commissioners over the epidemic, and highly appreciated their rigorous response measures. Shair-e-Aman underscored that...

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Registration for ‘Corona Relief Tiger Force’ to begin from today

Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch the registration of the volunteers for the 'Corona Relief Tiger Force' today, said the Ministry of Youth Affairs. The ministry said the registration portal will be launched tonight on the orders of the prime minister and will remain open till April 10. The ministry also revealed that young senators will also get themselves registered...

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Cabinet approves PM Khan’s Rs1.2tn relief package for coronavirus crisis

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday reviewed and approved a Rs1.2-trillion economic relief package announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan last week as the number of confirmed cases rise exponentially. Currently, more than 1,800 people have been confirmed to have contracted the virus, while 25 have lost their lives to it, across Pakistan. During the meeting, which also deliberated upon...

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US coronavirus death toll surges past 3,000 on deadliest day of rising health crisis

NEW YORK: The US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic climbed past 3,000 on Monday, the deadliest day yet in the country's mounting crisis, while New York cheered the arrival of a gleaming 1,000-bed US Navy hospital ship as a sign of hope in the city's desperate fight. In a grim new milestones marking the spread of the virus, total...

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