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NAB Head takes notice of KP director archaeology and museums’s arrest

ISLAMABAD: On Saturday,  National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal  took notice of the arrest of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Director of Archaeology and Museums Dr Abdul Samad. According to a notification issued by NAB, Justice (r) Iqbal has directed that Dr Abdul Samad be presented in Islamabad on February 18. The KP director of archaeology and museums should be...

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Nation observes fourth anniversary of APS martyrs

PESHAWAR: The fourth anniversary of brutal attack on Army Public School Peshawar is being observed in every nook and cranny of the country today with the firm resolve to completely root out terrorism. All the federal educational institutions are observing Martyrs of Army Public School Day. Various organizations are holding functions including rallies, seminars, and symposia to pay homage to...

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Those having three years term can’t decide nation’s fate: Asif Zardari

HYDERABAD: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday said only parliament can take decisions for the nation, and that "individuals with three-year terms" have no right to do so. "What right does an individual, who has a tenure of three years, to make decisions about my nation?" the PPP-co-chairman questioned, while addressing a public gathering here. "Only...

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Trilateral Dialogue: Afg, China and Pak will collectively quash enemy designs, MoU signed

KABUL: Pakistan, China and Afghanistan signed an anti-terrorism cooperation Memorandum of Understanding on Saturday during the ongoing second trilateral ministerial dialogue in Kabul. The second round of Pakistan-Afghanistan-China trilateral dialogue is being held in Kabul to discuss peace as well as economic and counter-terrorism cooperation. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi who is leading the Pakistani delegation at the dialogue signed the document...

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SC directs government to halt dual national appointments to top offices

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Saturday announced its verdict on a suo moto case pertaining to dual nationalities of government officers and directed the government to not appoint dual nationals on top posts and to draft laws in this regard after approval from the Cabinet. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the...

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Six Security personnel embrace martyrdom in IBO operation held at Turbat: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: On Friday, six security personnel embraced martyrdom in Intelligence Base operation conducted on a terrorists’ hideout in Wakai area near Buleda, Turbat, Balochistan. According to the notification issued by the Army Media wing Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR), terrorists targeted one of the vehicles of security forces through Improvised Explosive Device (IED. As a result, 6 security personnel embraced...

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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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