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Karachi rain-related incidents claim at least six lives, multiple wounded in thunderstorm

KARACHI: Torrential rains on Monday wreaked havoc in the metropolis, bringing the much-feared load-shedding in multiple neighbourhoods despite claims from the sole power supplying company, the K-Electric, that it had made improvements in its system ahead of the forecasted thunderstorm. At least five people, including a woman and children, died during the rains, rescue officials confirmed. Two of those died...

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Karachi rain-related incidents claim at least six lives, multiple wounded in thunderstorm

KARACHI: Torrential rains on Monday wreaked havoc in the metropolis, bringing the much-feared load-shedding in multiple neighbourhoods despite claims from the sole power supplying company, the K-Electric, that it had made improvements in its system ahead of the forecasted thunderstorm. At least five people, including a woman and children, died during the rains, rescue officials confirmed. Two of those died...

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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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20 Sikh pilgrims lost their lives as a passenger bus rammed into the Shah Hussain Express train

LAHORE: At least 20 members of Peshawar's Sikh community lost their lives on Friday when the Shah Hussain Express train crashed into their van as it attempted to cross train tracks near Sheikhupura, police said. According to the Sheikhupura district police officer, at least 20 were killed and eight have been injured. Twenty-two members of a family had been traveling...

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No truth to Indian media reports of additional deployment of troops along LoC, says ISPR

Pakistan rejected Indian electronic and social media reports of additional deployment of troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Gilgit-Baltistan and the alleged use of Skardu airbase by China, terming them 'irresponsible' and "far from truth". In a statement, the DG ISPR said that no such movement or deployment of additional forces has taken place and that Pakistan "vehemently...

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Sindh govt announces extension in ‘smart’ lockdown till July 15 to restraint mounting coronavirus cases

The government of Sindh on Wednesday announced an extension in the "smart" lockdown imposed across the province, till July 15, following in the footsteps of Punjab and Balochistan amid a rising number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan. A notification issued in this regard said the decision was taken "in continuation of the order of even number dated 1 June, 2020...

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Young boy martyred by unprovoked Indian aggression along LoC: ISPR

A young boy was martyred by unprovoked aggression by the Indian Army in the Lipa Sector along the Line of Control (LoC) late last night (Tuesday) said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday. In a statement, the ISPR said that the Indian Army had resorted to indiscriminate firing that targeted the civilian population in the sector, which resulted in...

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India perpetrated PSX attack in an attempt to destabilise Pakistan, PM Khan tells NA

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that the Pakistan Stock Exchange attack in Karachi was perpetrated by India in order to destablise Pakistan. The prime minister was addressing the National Assembly, where he lauded the security forces for thwarting the attack, which could have otherwise caused considerable destruction. "We have no doubt that India is involved in the attack,"...

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PM Khan approaches UN chief, world leaders over issuance of IoK domiciles by India

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Tuesday that he had approached the UN Secretary-General and world leaders as India issued domiciles in occupied Kashmir to 25,000 nationals. Pakistan has time and again accused India of attempting to alter the demographic structure of the disputed territory and the recent move by New Delhi to issue domiciles in occupied Kashmir to...

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Security forces thwart ‘terrorist’ attempt to take over Pakistan Stock Exchange in gun and grenade attack

KARACHI: Police said all four 'terrorists' who attacked the busy Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) around 10am on Monday morning had been killed by security personnel, with two security guards and a police sub-inspector martyred while repelling the attempt to storm the busiest building on Karachi's I.I. Chundrigar Road, also known as Pakistan's Wall Street. Armed militants had arrived at the...

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Opposition parties reject ‘worse’ 2020-21 budget presented by the govt ‘on its last leg’

Opposition parties held a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday to announce they "completely reject" the federal government's budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and to demand that Prime Minister Imran Khan step down. "The opposition leaders have unanimously declined and rejected the budget and will take all measures possible to protest against it," said PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari....

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PM Khan credits his team for being among the first to enforce smart lockdowns in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan credited his team for being among the first to enforce smart lockdowns across the country, hoping that with proper implementation of the measure, Pakistan will "see off the worst of this crisis". The prime minister took to Twitter where he shared a Bloomberg article titled "Smart Lockdowns" are the future in Europe, stating that his team...

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Opposition infuriated as govt tries to defend record hike in petrol prices

Petroleum Minister Omar Ayub Khan on Saturday defended the government's decision to increase the price of all petroleum products in the country, saying that it had tried to provide relief to the people amid rising international prices. Addressing a press conference with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Petroleum Division Nadeem Babar, he said that prices in the international...

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Lawmakers criticise govt over petrol price hike in NA session

The country's lawmakers heavily criticised the government on Saturday over a recent hike in petrol prices, among other national issues, during a session of the National Assembly. A day earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had approved a recommendation to hike up the prices of petroleum products, after which petrol prices rose by Rs25.58 per litre. In today’s session of the...

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Former JI chief Syed Munawar Hassan passes away at 78 in Karachi

KARACHI: Former Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan passed away at the age of 78 on Friday at a local hospital where he was undergoing treatment for the past few weeks. As per reports, Hasan had been admitted to a local hospital where he had been shifted to an intensive care unit after his condition deteriorated. https://twitter.com/JIPOfficial/status/1276424356491677696 Hasan was born in...

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Plane crash: PIA grounds 150 pilots for possessing ‘dubious licenses’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Thursday said it had grounded 150 pilots with "dubious licenses", a day after the preliminary report of the Karachi plane crash blamed the pilots and the air traffic control (ATC) for the incident. A spokesperson for the national carrier said those pilots who get their licenses verified will be allowed back on duty. “Grounding...

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