IHC reserves decision on petition filed against construction of Hindu temple

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday reserved judgement on a petition filed against the construction of a Hindu temple in Islamabad. During the hearing today, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) told the court that the plot was allotted after consultations from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Special Branch and the Islamabad administration. The CDA also told the court...

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Hajj 2020: Saudi Arabia imposes new health protocols to curb spread of coronavirus

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has imposed a new set of instructions for Hajj 2020 pilgrims in a bid to keep the COVID-19 from spreading, as new cases of the infection continue to emerge from several countries across the globe. Saudi Arabia decided in June to limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending the Hajj to around 1,000 to prevent...

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India third worst-hit nation with nearly 700,000 coronavirus cases

NEW DELHI: India on Monday overtook Russia to become the third-hardest-hit country in the world after the number of coronavirus cases climbed to nearly 700,000. The health ministry said 697,358 cases had now been recorded, a rise of 24,000 in 24 hours, while Russia has just over 681,000. The United States and Brazil have the highest numbers of cases but...

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Afridi makes astonishing claim about Indian team asking for forgiveness from Pakistan

Former Pakistani cricket team captain Shahid Afridi has made a startling claim that Indian cricketers have asked for forgiveness from the men in green on multiple occasions after losing the cricket match to Pakistani players. Afridi in an interview with Cric Cast on YouTube, said that he has always enjoyed playing against the arch rivals and on some occasions in which Pakistan...

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SAPM Dr Zafar Mirza tests positive for coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza on Monday said he has tested positive for the coronavirus. “I have tested positive for COVID-19. Under medical advice I have isolated myself at home and taking all precautions. I have mild symptoms. Please keep me in your kind prayers,” Mirza tweeted. The SAPM, who also has...

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Zardari’s indictment delayed once again in Park Lane reference

ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari avoided indictment in the Park Lane reference yet again on Monday after his lawyer, Farooq H Naek, requested the court for additional time to prepare for the case. During today’s hearing, Naek filed an application with the court, requesting the accountability court to give him some time. “You should have submitted the request earlier,”...

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PM Khan to arrive in Haripur today to inaugurate NRTC production facility

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will arrive in Haripur today (Monday) where he will inaugurate a National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) production facility for the manufacture of indigenously developed ventilators in Pakistan. According to Radio Pakistan, the NRTC has become the first organisation in Pakistan that has started indigenous production of ventilators. The factor, according to the website, has the capacity to produce 250-300 units...

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Pakistan, China to sign agreement for Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project’s construction today

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China will sign an agreement for the construction of Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project, Chairman CPEC Authority Asim Saleem Bajwa announced on Monday. “CPEC makes another milestone achievement; PM will grace the signing ceremony of Azad Pattan Hydel power Project today with China Gezhouba,” Lt Gen (retd) Bajwa tweeted. https://twitter.com/AsimSBajwa/status/1279992596849401857 He added, “With an investment of $1.5...

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Baldia factory torched over non-payment of Rs200mn as extortion money, reveals JIT

KARACHI: The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in its conclusive report of the Baldia Town factory has revealed that the factory was torched by assailants over non-payment of Rs200 million as extortion money. The JIT, in its report, stated that the inferno incident was ‘a terrorism act’, rejecting it as an accident where more than 250 people had been burnt alive...

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FO summons Indian envoy to register ‘strong protest’ after 5 civilians wounded by firing across LoC

The Foreign Office on Monday summoned a senior Indian diplomat to register Pakistan's "strong protest" at the ceasefire violations along the line of control (LoC) after the military said five civilians were injured by Indian firing in Nikial sector. The Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) said on Monday that three minor boys and two women were injured by "unprovoked ceasefire...

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