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Indian elections 2019: Modi close to be elected PM consecutively

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: India began counting hundreds of millions of votes in its general election on Thursday, with a coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party taking an early lead, TV channels and India’s Election Commission said. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is expected to surpass the 272 seats needed to...

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Mutual trade essential for regional progress: PM Khan

TEHRAN: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday mutual trade is essential and is of utmost importance for regional progress. Speaking to the Iranian business community, PM said he wants to expand trade between Pakistan and Iran as the volume of business between Pakistan, Iran, and India is less. He said Pakistan is going through a difficult time. Earlier today, Prime...

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PM Khan launches Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme in Quetta

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday launched the Naya Pakistan Housing scheme in Quetta. Addressing the ceremony, PM said his government is committed to elevate Balochsitan and make it equivalent of other developed areas of the country. PM said no country can advance until corrupt facets are brought to justice, adding, “the country will develop when the weak segments...

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FM Qureshi hopes Iran to take action against terrorists involved in Ormara killings

ISLAMABAD: On Saturday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed the hope that Iran will take action against terrorists involved in the Ormara incident, which saw 14 Pakistani officials martyred on Thursday. Speaking at a press conference, the minister said Pakistan has credible information that the Baloch terrorist organization based in Iran had carried out the massacre. He said keeping in...

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Pakistan launches protest against Iran for inaction against Ormara killings

ORMARA:  On Saturday,  Pakistan has lodged protest with Iran for  not taking action against the group behind the killing of 14 passengers who were  offloaded them from their bus on the Makran Coastal Highway in Ormara, Balochistan. According to media reports, the Foreign Office sent a letter of protest to the Iranian Embassy in Islamabad. "15-20 terrorists who camouflaged themselves...

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PTM rightfully demands Pushton rights but their attitude is not right: PM Khan

ORAKZAI: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) says the right thing and he have been saying these things for the past 15 years but their attitude and tone is not right for the country. Addressing a rally in Orakzai, the Premier thanked the residents of the district and mentioned that he visited the area...

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Big Wickets Fallen: PM Imran reshuffles cabinet, removes important ministers

ISLAMABAD: In a major cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, posts of several ministers including Fawad Chuadhry, Shehryar Afridi, Azam Sawati among others were changed. According to the new reshuffle, former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has been given the post of Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Shehryar Afridi got the Ministry of Border and State Affairs, Azam Sawati was given Ministry...

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Asad Umar bids farewell to federal cabinet, steps down as finance minister

ISLAMABAD: In a breaking development, Asad Umar a core member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf announced his decision to leave the federal cabinet. In a tweet from his personal account, the ex-finance minister said: “As part of a cabinet reshuffle PM desired that I take the energy minister portfolio instead of finance. However, I have obtained his consent to not take any...

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Balochistan:14 passengers off-loaded and killed by unidentified gunmen near Makran coastal highway

QUETTA: On Thursday early morning,  at least 14 passengers were offloaded from a passenger bus on Makran Coastal Highway and shot dead by unidentified gunmen, said Levies sources. According to sources,  the armed men stopped the bus and offloaded some of the passengers after asking for their identities."After scanning their identities and offloading, the gunmen shot dead 14 passengers." The bodies...

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PM Imran launches federal government Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme

ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan officially launched the federal government's Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme. The scheme was launched at an event held in Islamabad where Housing and Works Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema, Finance Minister Asad Umar and various other government officials were also present. According to Radio Pakistan, one hundred and thirty five thousand houses will be built...

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Rain across country kills 39 people, 135 injured

LAHORE/PESHAWAR/QUETTA: On Wednesday, at least 39 people were killed and 135 people were injured as the rain continued to wreak havoc in Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the National Disaster Management Authority said. At least 80 houses have been damaged as torrential rain continued to play havoc across the country, the National Disaster Management Authority added. In Faisalabad, the heavy...

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Hayatabad operation: One police officer martyred, five terrorists killed as OP continues

PESHAWAR: A police officer was martyred while at least five terrorists were killed during an ongoing operation against terror suspects lodged inside a residential compound in Peshawar's Hayatabad area. Three other police officers were also wounded in the operation, which has been continuing since overnight against terrorists hiding in a compound in Hayatabad's Phase 7. The terror suspects were wanted for attacks on...

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Pakistan reaches ‘agreement in principle’ with IMF over bailout

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reached an “agreement in principle” with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over a bailout program and expects to formally secure a rescue package later this month, a Pakistani minister said on Monday. The long-delayed rescue package would be Pakistan’s 13th IMF bailout program since the late 1980s and comes at a time of worsening economic outlook for...

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Three killed, several injured as dust storm hits Karachi

KARACHI: At least three people were killed and 20 others injured as an intense dust storm hit the metropolis Sunday night and continued Monday morning, dispersing sand around the city, downing trees and blowing away roofs in some areas. Incidents of wall and roof collapses have been reported in Korangi, Landhi, Malir, Lyari, PECHS, Peoples Chowrangi and Surjani Town. A...

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Hazarganji blast: Hazara community’s sit-in enters third day

QUETTA: Sit-in of members of Hazara community entered third day on Sunday at Quetta's Western Bypass, demanding improved security measures following Friday's fatal blast in Hazarganji market. On Friday morning, wave of terrorism once again hit Quetta leaving atleast 20 people killed and 48 others injured in a blast at Quetta’s Hazarganji sabzi mandi. Fourteen bodies were brought to hospital...

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Questioning Business Transactions: NAB summons Shehbaz’s wife, daughters

LAHORE: On Saturday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) summoned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif's wife and two daughters. according to sources. According to the offcials, Shehbaz's wife has been summoned on April 17 while his daughter Rabia Sharif has been summoned on April 18 and Javeria Sharif has been summoned on April 19. The wife and daughters of...

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Aleem Khan deserves bail if everyone getting relief: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: On Saturday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Aleem Khan, "who was a businessman and had no allegations of causing losses to the national exchequer", should be granted bail "if suspects who had looted billions of rupees were able to secure bail with such ease". In a post shared on Twitter, Chaudhry said that the general...

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