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Ramadan 2020 moon will be sighted on April 24, claims Fawad Chaudhry

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday claimed Ramzan moon would be sighted country-wide on April 24. “Ramzan moon will be sighted on April 24, with the Ramzan to start from April 25,” Chaudhry said in a post on Twitter. https://twitter.com/fawadchaudhry/status/1232902942350626816 The federal minister further said a briefing would be given to the parliamentary committee on religious...

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Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor replaced by Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar as new DG-ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Major General Asif Ghafoor has been replaced as the spokesperson of the military media wing as his tenure came to an end, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) will now be headed by Major General Babar Iftikhar. Major General Ghafoor will now head the Pakistan Army's 40th Infantry Division based out of Okara, Punjab. "Thanks to everyone I have remained...

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PM Khan appreciates UNSC session on Kashmir, reaffirms support for Kashmiris

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday welcomed a meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held in New York to discuss the humanitarian crisis and communications lockdown imposed on occupied Kashmir by India. The prime minister in his message on Twitter reiterated that the issue of occupied Kashmir was an internationally recognised dispute that remains on the agenda of...

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Middle East peace mission: FM Qureshi arrives in Washington

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in Washington on Thursday. The foreign minister during his visit to Washington will meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor Robert O' Brian and other senior US administration officials. He will also have meetings on Capitol Hill, and engagements with the media, policy think tanks and the Pakistani diaspora. The foreign minister,...

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FM Qureshi apprises UN chief about Pakistan’s efforts for de-escalating regional tensions

NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday met United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York where he apprised the UN chief about the situation in Indian occupied Kashmir. The foreign minister, in his meeting, told the UN secretary-general that Pakistan remained committed to holding a dialogue with India over the situation in the disputed valley, which has...

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High treason case: Musharraf moves SC to suspend special court’s verdict

ISLAMABAD: Former military ruler retired Gen Pervez Musharraf on Thursday submitted an appeal in the Supreme Court against a special court's verdict that found him guilty of high treason and handed him a death sentence under Article 6 of the Constitution. In a 90-page criminal appeal, the former military ruler named as respondents the federation through the secretary of the interior ministry,...

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Nawaz Sharif’s medical report submitted in the LHC

LAHORE : Amjad Pervaiz, counsel of former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday submitted a medical report of his client in the Lahore High Court (LHC). The 10-page report regarding Nawaz Sharif’s health condition was submitted to the Deputy Registrar Judicial. According to the report, the former prime minister is suffering from intracranial stenosis,...

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Lahore High Court Inquires about the Progress of Diamer Bhasha, Mohmand dams

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday gave more time to the federal government to furnish a report explaining progress thus far made on the construction of Diamer-Basha and Mohmand dams. A bench of the high court was hearing a petition seeking to bring to light details of construction work on the dams. It also summoned a report on...

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Sindh Cabinet approves handing over IG Imam’s responsibilities to federal govt

KARACHI: The Sindh Cabinet has given approval to surrender the responsibilities of the Provincial Police Chief Kaleem Imam to the federal government, media reported on Wednesday. The Sindh Cabinet has proposed the names of Ghulam Qadir Thebo, Mustaq Meher, Sanaullah Abbasi and Kamran Fazal for the post of Inspector General of Police. All the three officers have served on various...

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ANF challenges Rana Sanaullah’s bail in SC

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) on Wednesday petitioned the Supreme Court to set aside the Lahore High Court's decision last month to grant PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah bail in a case regarding the illegal possession of drugs. According to the ANF's petition in the SC, the LHC's decision to grant Sanaullah bail is contrary to the law. The ANF has asked the top...

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IHC grants govt ten more days for ECP appointments

ISLAMABAD:  Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday has granted ten more days to the federal government for the appointments of two members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The hearing of the case was presided over by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah. Apprising the court about the latest development for the appointments in Pakistan’s supreme electoral body, the legal...

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SC grants three months to govt for new NAB law

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday granted three months to the government for legislation in the Parliament about the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). A bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Gulzar Ahmed, in suo moto hearing on plea bargain clause of the accountability law, hoped that a proper law governing the NAB, will be passed from...

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FM Qureshi arrives in US today for meetings with UNSC officials

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will arrive in New York today to meet with the leadership of the United Nations (UN), as the Security Council of the international body convenes to discuss the alarming situation in Indian occupied Kashmir, Radio Pakistan reported. During his visit to New York, Qureshi will meet UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. At...

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5 more bodies recovered as death toll from Neelum Valley avalanche mounts to 73

ISLAMABAD: Five more bodies were recovered from the Neelum Valley in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday as the death toll from an avalanche that had struck a day earlier rose to 73. According to the State Disaster Management Authority, 22 shops and more than a hundred houses were struck as a result of the avalanche, with at least 91...

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PM Khan arrives in AJK, visits hospital to meet injured from landslides

Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Azad Jammu and Kashmir's (AJK) Neelum Valley on Wednesday, a day after the region witnessed extreme weather conditions resulting in the deaths of over 60 people in the valley alone. The premier is currently visiting the injured at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Neelum Valley. The hospital has been cordoned off and media...

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Peshawar checkpost blast injures nine

PESHAWAR: A blast at Karkhano checkpost wounded on Tuesday nine people including one policeman, said Civil Military Hospital's administration. According to the CMH, five women and four men have been wounded in the blast, while two women are in a critical condition. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operations Peshawar Zahoor Babar said that  an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has been...

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Pakistan will play its role for regional peace without compromising national security: COAS Bajwa

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Bajwa said on Tuesday that Pakistan will continue to play its role for regional peace without compromising on national security, according to a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). According to the ISPR, the army chief presided over the Corps Commanders Conference at the General Headquarters today. In today’s session,...

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