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PM Imran reinstates Shehryar Afridi as Minister of State for Narcotics Control

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday reinstated Shehryar Afridi as the Minister of State for Narcotics Control, merely two days after rescinding the same portfolio. According to a notification issued by the cabinet division today, Afridi will now resume charge of the said ministry. On April 8, PM Imran had taken back the portfolio from Afridi in wake of the...

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PM Imran reinstates Shehryar Afridi as Minister of State for Narcotics Control

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday reinstated Shehryar Afridi as the Minister of State for Narcotics Control, merely two days after rescinding the same portfolio. According to a notification issued by the cabinet division today, Afridi will now resume charge of the said ministry. On April 8, PM Imran had taken back the portfolio from Afridi in wake of the...

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CJP Gulzar Ahmed takes first suo motu notice over inadequate facilities to battle coronavirus

Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed Khan took his first suo motu notice on Friday over the inadequate facilities in the country to combat the coronavirus. The chief justice has sent notices to the attorney general, the health secretary and the interior secretary to respond in the matter. Justice Ahmed has asked the three respondents to provide details of what...

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Coronavirus: Tally of confirmed cases in Pakistan surges to 4,699

Nationwide tally of confirmed cases rose to 4,699 after one new case was reported in Balochistan. According to provincial government spokesperson, Balochistan's tally now stands at 220. Total number of recovered patients in Pakistan rose to 736 after more people recovered from the virus in SIndh. According to CM Murad Ali Shah, the provincial tally of recovered patients rose to...

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Punjab govt planning package for journalists: Chohan

Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan announced that any journalist passing away due to coronavirus will be given a fund of Rs1 million. He added if a jounrlist is test positive for the virus then they will be given Rs100,000 in funds. The minister also announced that a summary of giving a 16 per cent provincial tax break to...

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Protecting health professionals, curbing spread of coronavirus top priorities, says PM Khan

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that the government was taking all possible measures to protect the health professionals who were leading the fight against the novel coronavirus. Speaking to the media while on a visit to Peshawar, the premier said that it was likely that the health professionals would come under increased pressure as the number of...

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Karachi to undergo complete lockdown on Friday from 12-3pm

KARACHI: A complete lockdown will be observed across the province this Friday as well, from 12pm to 3pm, the Sindh Home Department said on Thursday. The announcement came as the provincial government mulls over whether or not to extend the lockdown by a week as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country. In a statement, the department said that no...

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SAPM Zafar Mirza advises against excessive use of PPE at hospitals

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza on Thursday advised against excessive use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at hospitals saying that it was only meant for medics treating COVID-19 patients. Addressing a presser, he said that provision of the PPE to front line health workers was ongoing and the material should be used as per the...

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PM Imran warns of rise in Coronavirus Cases, urged to fight war collectively

QUETTA: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday the government is making every step to ensure safety of health workers by providing required protective gear to treat coronavirus patients. While addressing media in Quetta, Imran Khan said luckily there is no coronavirus patient in Intensive Care Unit in Balochistan. Imran Khan said health workers are bearing the most pressure under...

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Neither any life nor any employment will be left in case of spike in virus cases: Saeed Ghani

KARACHI: Sindh minister Saeed Ghani has warned for the severe consequences of further spread of coronavirus pandemic, saying that neither any life nor any employment will be left if the country face spike in the number of infections. Saeed Ghani, on Thursday, criticised that school owners have no right to question anyone for his disease or details of unemployment. He...

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Increasing number of coronavirus cases in slum areas is worrying, says Sindh CM

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said on Thursday said that the provincial government "was worried that more cases of the novel coronavirus are being reported from slum areas", after informing the public that seven members of one family had been infected in Karachi. In a video message, the chief minister said that initially, one person from the family...

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Pakistan ‘deeply concerned’ over lack of medical assistance in occupied Kashmir: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui on Thursday said Pakistan was "deeply concerned" at the lack of medical supplies and assistance in occupied Kashmir where 170 cases of Covid-19 and five fatalities from the disease have been reported. Speaking at the weekly FO press briefing, she said: "Voices from within India and around the world continue to condemn the inhuman...

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PIA to expand relief operations for Pakistanis stranded abroad due to coronavirus outbreak

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said on Thursday that it will expand its relief flight operations in a bid to repatriate stranded Pakistanis around the world during the coronavirus pandemic. Following the decision, the PIA administration directed those wishing to board these flights to approach the national airline. As per the breakdown of the schedule relayed by the airline’s...

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Coronavirus: Tally of confirmed cases in Pakistan rises to 4,345

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has witnessed a steep rise in coronavirus infections as tally jumped to 4, 345 besides a visible increase in death toll up to 58 till Wednesday evening, according to the national dashboard. The latest statistics showed the emergence of 208 new cases and four deaths, whereas, 25 patients declared in critical condition. At least 3,076 COVID-19 tests were...

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PTI urges Sindh govt to consider easing down lockdown, announce post April 14 strategy

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s (PTI) Sindh parliamentarians on Wednesday criticised the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led provincial government, saying it had failed at trying to keep people at home to limit the spread of COVID-19. PTI’s Firdous Shamim Naqvi, who is also the leader of the opposition in the Sindh Assembly, while addressing a press conference in Karachi along with other leaders...

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Spying Indian quadcopter along LoC shoot down by Pakistan Army: ISPR

An Indian quadcopter on Thursday violated the Pakistani airspace in Sankh Sector along the Line of Control (LoC), Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. “In this provocative act, Indian quadcopter intruded 600 meters inside Pakistan’s territory for conducting surveillance,” the military’s media wing said in a statement. “This blatant act was aggressively responded to by Pakistan Army troops shooting down Indian...

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Sindh govt restricts religious festivals across province during Shab e Baraat

KARACHI: The Karachi administration ordered the closure of main thoroughfares in the city on Wednesday to prevent people from congregating at cemeteries on the eve of Shab-e-Barat as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Several major roads including Liaquatabad  No 10, Nazimabad, Golimar, Shahra-e-Pakistan, Hassan Square, Highway Pakistan, MA Jinnah Road, Shahra-e-Faisal, Saddar and other link roads leading...

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