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IHC to determine maintainability of petition seeking PM Imran’s disqualification on Thursday

ISLAMABAD:  On Wednesday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) accepted a plea for the early hearing of a petition seeking Prime Minister Imran Khan’s disqualification. An IHC bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb heard a petition for the early hearing of a plea seeking PM Imran’s disqualification. Accepting the request of the petitioner for an early hearing,...

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Fawad alleges opposition for blackmailing govt to concede over Shahbaz’s appointment as Chairman PAC

JHELUM: On Friday, a different approach from the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Defense Minister Pervez Khattak, who a day earlier apprised the National Assembly over the Prime Minister Imran Khan conceding to the opposition demand to nominate Shahbaz Sharif as Chairman Public Accounts Committee (PAC), however the Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry Friday said that opposition "blackmailed" the government...

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Pakistan receives $1 billion as second installment of Riyadh aid

ISLAMABAD: On Friday, Pakistan received the second installment of $1 billion from Saudi Arabia after which the foreign exchange reserves stood at $8.26 billion. The State Bank's confirmed the development and said the country will receive the third installment in mid-January. Last month, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) had confirmed receiving the first $1 billion from Saudi Arabia. During...

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PM Imran Khan inaugurates four shelter homes in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated four shelter homes for the needy on Friday. The shelter homes have been established by the KP government under its 100-day performance plan. According to Radio Pakistan 430 people will be accommodated in the shelter homes where they will also be provided food. Over 100 beds have been arranged inside the shelter homes to...

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Gas crisis: Public transport strike enters sixth day in Karachi

KARACHI: Residents of Karachi continued to suffer on Friday as the CNG crisis entered its sixth day, disrupting public transport and daily routine. Supply of gas to CNG stations remained suspended, posing difficulties for the residents as public transport owners continued their strike, leaving commuters stranded on bus stops. Only a scattered number of buses were seen on the roads...

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“Positive U-Turn”: Opposition joyous over PM’s Imran decision for not obstructing Shehbaz to head PAC

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced on Thursday in the National Assembly that Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to not stand in Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif's way if he wants to head the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). "We met Prime Minister Imran Khan today on the issue of PAC chairmanship," Qureshi said. "We had...

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SC orders private schools across Country to cut off 20 percent fees

ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered private schools all over the the country to cut their monthly fee by 20 per cent. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar, while heading a three member bench heard the suo motu case regarding against the fee hike by private schools which was attended by private school lawyer, deputy auditor...

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Saad Rafique presented before SC

ISLAMABAD: Former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique was presented before the Supreme Court on Thursday as it resumed hearing a case pertaining to monetary losses suffered by Pakistan Railways. The SC had summoned Rafique in a personal capacity today. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, who was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on November 11 in connection to the...

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US pronouncement on religious freedom violations: Pakistan rejects ‘politically motivated’ step

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday rejected the US State Department's move to add the country to its blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom as “unilateral and politically motivated”. A day earlier, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said he had designated Pakistan among the "countries of particular concern" in a congressionally-mandated annual report, which means that the US government is obliged...

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Khawaja brothers arrested by NAB post bail rejection

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau on Tuesday detained Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique. The PML-N leader and his brother were detained after the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected their request for an extension in their bail. The anti-graft body had launched a probe against Rafique and his brother in the Paragon Housing Society...

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Houses will not be removed in Encroachment drive: Mayor Karachi

KARACHI: Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar on Tuesday said that his mandate is to remove encroachments lining the roads and drains and not to demolish houses. Speaking to reporters outside the Supreme Court’s Karachi’s registry, Akhtar said no houses would be demolished in the ongoing drive against encroachments. “We have not demolished any houses and neither will we let anyone raze...

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Overseas Pakistanis to be taxed for bringing more than one Mobile: Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday said overseas Pakistanis will have to pay duty if they bring more than one mobile phone to the country. Responding to a tweet questioning the government's decision to ban overseas Pakistanis from carrying cellphones to the country, Chaudhry clarified, “Overseas Pakistanis can bring mobile phones to the country. Tax will only be imposed...

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PM Imran reviews progress of federal ministers during cabinet meeting

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday chaired a meeting to review performance of each ministry. It was decided that each ministry would be further tasked with a specific strategic plan for implementation spreading over five years. The meeting held discussions on actions already taken in terms of service delivery, austerity measures and future plans with a view how to...

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Major reshuffle in top military brass

RAWALPINDI: The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) announced on Monday a major reshuffle among the high ranks of the military. According to Army’s media wing, ISPR, Lieutenant General Majid Ehsan, who was serving as the president of National Defence University (NDU) has been appointed Corps Commander Lahore. While, Lieutenant General Aamer Riaz, has been appointed as the president of NDU who...

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Karachi Visit: Business community apprises PM Imran about economic condition

KARACHI: A Pakistan Stock Exchange delegation led by PSX Chairman Sulaiman Mehdi called on the Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday and discussed matters related to the economy. Finance Minister Asad Umar, Minister for Planning and Development Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Minister for Information Technology...

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PM Imran arrives in Karachi on day-long visit

KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan has arrived in Karachi today (Sunday) on a day-long official visit. According to the spokesperson for the PM Office, PM Khan will hold a number of meetings with Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) legislators, delegations from the business community and others. In September, the Prime Minister of...

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Cracker Blast: Six people wounded at MQM(P) milad ceremony near Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Karachi

KARACHI: On Saturday night, at least six people were injured in a cracker blast that occurred at Karachi. According to police, the blast occurred in the Gulistane Jauhar area of the provincial capital. “A milad ceremony was targeted in the Perfume Chowk,” Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Faisal Sabzwari said, adding that the explosive went off by a footpath outside...

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