Pakistan

Sindh’s businesses, schools to reopen on Sep 15 if coronavirus situation improves: CM

KARACHI: The Provincial Task Force on Coronavirus (Sindh) has decided to resume educational, business, and social activities all over the province from September 15, if the coronavirus pandemic situation does not deteriorate. According to a press release, the decision was proposed by the National Coordination Committee, but the provincial government decided to review the situation in the first week of...

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Sindh’s businesses, schools to reopen on Sep 15 if coronavirus situation improves: CM

KARACHI: The Provincial Task Force on Coronavirus (Sindh) has decided to resume educational, business, and social activities all over the province from September 15, if the coronavirus pandemic situation does not deteriorate. According to a press release, the decision was proposed by the National Coordination Committee, but the provincial government decided to review the situation in the first week of...

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‘Keeping quiet not an option’: PM Khan thanks Mahathir for speaking against Indian injustices in IOK

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday thanked Mahathir Mohamad for again speaking in support of the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir, as the former Malaysian prime minister vowed to continue to raise the issue of New Delhi's "injustices" in the disputed region. "I want to thank Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad for speaking in support of Kashmiris and against Indian repression in...

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PM Khan urges Pakistanis to plant trees on Tiger Force Day

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged Pakistanis to join him in a tree plantation drive across the country on Sunday to celebrate 'Tiger Force Day' falling on August 9. In a message on Twitter, the premier said that he has also asked the members of parliament, ministers and chief ministers to participate in the plantation drive. Expressing hope that...

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IHC forms larger bench to hear Kulbhushan Jadhav case

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday formed a larger bench to hear a case regarding the appointment of a legal counsel for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. The larger bench, comprising IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mian Gull Hassan Auranzgeb, will hear the case on September 3. On July 22, the government had approached...

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Three dead in Balochistan as threat of flood looms

QUETTA: At least three people have been killed in Balochistan after heavy rain wreaked havoc in the province. Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani in a statement said a flood-like situation was forming in the province, with dams overflowing due to persistent rain the province for the last two days. The MET Office on Friday had issued a weather advisory for...

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Arshad Malik found guilty of misconduct, given maximum penalty, rules LHC

The Lahore High Court (LHC) found suspended accountability court judge Arshad Malik guilty of misconduct on Thursday and awarded him the maximum punishment/penalty - dismissal from service. The LHC also issued a notification of removing the judge by issuing its July 3, 2020 decision in writing to remove the accused person from service. "The inquiry officer found that the aforesaid...

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‘Country at tipping point, with only progress ahead,’ says PM Khan at launch of Ravi riverfront project

LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that the country has now reached a "tipping point" after which it will only see progress. His remarks came at the inauguration ceremony in Lahore of the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project. The premier said two years were spent saving the country from default. "And then the NRO crowd gathered around everywhere,...

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Man dies in police fire near Karachi’s Techno City over misunderstanding

KARACHI: One person was left dead and another injured when police opened fire near Karachi’s Techo City on Friday over suspicions of a robbery. The incident took place when the police mobile was on patrol in the area, officials said, adding that upon witnessing the quarrel between two groups, the personnel had resorted to action. Police said that the officer...

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Govt allows resumption of international flight operations at all airports from August 9

The government on Friday allowed international flight operations in Pakistan to fully resume at all airports, a day after it announced the lifting of several coronavirus restrictions in light of reducing cases and deaths. A NOTAM (notice to airmen) issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that operations will resume from August 9 midnight. "The government of Pakistan is pleased to...

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Boy drowns, 400 feeders trip, suspending power as rain lashes Karachi

KARACHI: The fourth spell of monsoon rains continued in Sindh, with heavy downpours, thunder, and lightning in various cities, including the port city, on Friday. A 12-year-old boy died after drowning in a naddi (canal) near Bhains Colony in Karachi's Surjani Town, rescue sources said. Karachi received continuous heavy rain on Thursday night and it continued through Friday, with the Pakistan Meteorological Department...

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Park Lane reference: Accountability court to indict Zardari on August 10

The accountability court rejected former president Asif Ali Zardari's petitions on Friday and directed that the PPP leader be indicted on August 10. Accountability Court’s Judge Azam Khan rejected the former president’s petition to dismiss the reference against him,  adding that the court will issue its written orders with directives today. The indictment of the PPP leader was postponed due...

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Modi is trapped, Kashmir will be free soon, says PM Khan

MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan slammed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday, saying that he is 'trapped' and that Kashmiris will be free soon from India's reign of terror. "It looks as if all of you, from the inside, are a bit feeling like you have lost," he told parliamentarians at the Azad Kashmir assembly after they made speeches before...

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Cracker blast injures atleast 5 in JI Kashmir Solidarity Rally in Karachi

At least five people were injured in an explosion at a Kashmir Solidarity Rally organised by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Karachi's Gulshan-e-Iqbal area on Wednesday. According to police, a motorcycle parked on the track of University Road opposite to the rally went off. The nature of the blast remains unclear. Eyewitnesses said the blast caused a stampede and severely injured five...

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Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri to take charge as Foreign Office spokesperson

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri will take charge as the spokesperson of the foreign ministry, according to an official notification issued on Wednesday. He will replace Aisha Farooqui who was appointed to the post in December last year. Farooqui is a career diplomat and joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1994. She had been serving as consul general of Pakistan in...

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Former Premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, others indicted in LNG case

KARACHI: An accountability court in Karachi on Wednesday indicted former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and others for allegedly making illegal appointments in Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and causing harm to the national exchequer during his tenure as the petroleum minister. During the hearing today, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor told the court Abbasi had "illegally appointed" Sheikh Imran...

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Educational institutes to reopen on September 15 across country

ISLAMABAD: All educational institutes will reopen on September 15 across the country, said the spokesperson from the education ministry. Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood on Wednesday chaired a conference of education ministers in Islamabad where the decision was taken. In the light of a unanimous decision, schools in Sindh will open from September 15. According to the spokesperson, the Khyber...

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