Pakistan

Pakistan Army downed Indian spy drone that crossed over LoC: ISPR

Pakistan Army downed an Indian surveillance drone that had crossed over the Line of Control into the Rakh Chakri sector, the military's media wing said on Wednesday. According to a statement by Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar, the quadcopter had intruded 650 metres into Pakistani territory. https://twitter.com/OfficialDGISPR/status/1265640415954337792 At the turn of the new year, on...

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Army Chief spends Eid with troops

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday and celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr with soldiers in the Puna sector after offering Eid prayers, ISPR said. According to ISPR, the army chief offered Eid prayers at the frontline and prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan in these difficult times, particularly...

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Coronavirus in Pakistan: Confirmed cases climb to 54,601

Confirmed cases in the country climbed to 54,601 after new cases were detected in Islamabad and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). According to the national dashboard, 135 new cases were recorded in the federal capital and 26 new cases in AJK. Sindh leads the confirmed cases tally in the country with 21,645 infections followed by Punjab which has recorded 19,557...

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Preliminary report of PIA plane crash gives rise to some serious queries

KARACHI: Air crash investigators are trying to figure out if the PIA flight PK-8303 crash incident is attributable to a pilot error or technical fault, with new information giving rise to fresh questions regarding the circumstances of the incident. The PIA aircraft, an Airbus A-320, had crashed on Friday evening, killing 97 passengers and crew and leaving only two survivors....

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Eid-ul-Fitr being celebrated with traditional and religious fervour across Pakistan today

KARACHI/LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated with traditional and religious fervour across Pakistan today. Eid prayers were offered at mosques and more than 300 Eidgahs in all cities and towns of the country. Special prayers were offered for the well-being of the country while in sermons, the ulema highlighted the significance and philosophy of Eid-ul-Fitr. In a rare occasion, Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated...

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Shawwal moon sighted in Pakistan, Eid-ul-Fitr tomorrow, announces Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has announced that the Shawwal moon has been sighted, therefore, Eid in Pakistan will be observed tomorrow (Sunday). The committee's session to sight the Shawwal moon was held in Karachi with Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman in the chair, while meetings of the zonal committees took place at their respective provincial headquarters. The Pakistan Meteorological Department experts...

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Shawwal Moon will be seen today, Eid tomorrow: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday said Eidul Fitr will be celebrated in the country tomorrow (Sunday), according to calculations made by his ministry. Addressing a news briefing in Islamabad, he said his ministry wanted to end the conflict over moon-sighting by relying on technology, adding that he rejected notions that technology should not be...

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Aviation minister promises impartial inquiry into PIA plane crash

KARACHI: Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Saturday promised to conduct an impartial inquiry into the Karachi PIA plane crash and said that previous investigations will also be made public. He was addressing a press conference in Karachi along with PIA chief Arshad Malik to provide an update on the actions taken by the authorities for the rescue and rehabilitation...

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PIA plane crash: No survivors except 2 as rescuers wrap up accounting for passengers, survivors recall horror

KARACHI: The passenger death toll from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303, which crashed on Friday afternoon after sending a distress call, has risen to 97, marking it as the third most catastrophic aviation disaster in Pakistan's history. Only two survived the crash — the chief executive of the Bank of Punjab and a young engineer. The Karachi-bound flight from...

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PIA plane crash: Families wait in sorrow as identification of victims continues

The Pakistan International Airlines plane crash, just two days ahead of Eid, has sent the country reeling. The incident, in a year already marred by the virus outbreak and the chaos related to it, has clouded any faint glimmer of happiness offered by the festival of Eid, with the nation sharing the grief of those who lost loved ones. Many...

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Punjab Forensic Science Agency teams arrive in Karachi to collect DNA samples from the victims of plane crash

Forensic teams from the Punjab Forensic Science Agency arrived in Karachi on Saturday to collect DNA samples from the victims of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303, which had crashed a day earlier. A total of ninety-seven people lost their lives in the tragic accident. The plane had been seconds away from an emergency landing at the Karachi Airport on...

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Crashed PIA Airbus last checked on Mar 21, returned from Muscat a day ago: PIA engineering dept

KARACHI: The engineering and maintenance department of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Saturday released a brief on the technical history of the Airbus A-320 that crashed into a residential area near Karachi airport a day ago, killing 97 people on board. Two passengers survived the crash and are receiving treatment at hospitals. According to the summary, the last check of the...

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PIA plane crash: CEO says aircraft was ‘technically sound’, aviation ministry to oversee investigation

KARACHI: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that crashed earlier today was "technically sound", the national carrier's chief executive said Friday in a press conference here in the city. PIA CEO Arshad Malik said the Aviation Ministry would oversee an inquiry into the incident and that his team stood with the government of Pakistan, the armed forces, and the National...

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Bank of Punjab CEO Zafar Masud, another passenger miraculously survive PIA plane crash

KARACHI: Bank of Punjab Chief Executive Officer Zafar Masud and another passenger miraculously survived with relatively minor injuries, after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed on Friday in a residential area near the metropolis' Jinnah International Airport. Masud was among the 98 persons travelling in Karachi-bound PIA flight PK-8303 from Lahore, which crashed in the Jinnah Garden area near Model...

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Black box from crashed PIA plane found, taken into custody to ascertain the cause of the crash: sources

KARACHI: In a major development, the security forces have found the black box of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that crashed today near Jinnah International Airport, killing over 98 people on board, citing sources. The sources said that the Safety Investigation Board has taken the black box into custody to ascertain the cause of the crash. Later, talking to...

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PML-N dismisses sugar crisis report, dubs it an attempt to ‘save the real culprits’

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders on Friday tore into the Sugar Inquiry Commission (SIC) report and criticised the incumbent government for saving  real culprits of the scandal while terming the investigation 'misleading'. The opposition parties expressed their extreme reservations after PM's aide on accountability Shahzad Akbar declared the findings of the sugar crisis inquiry public and said that the report...

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Shibli responds to PML-N, calls Sharif family ‘ringleader’ of sugar mafia

ISLAMABAD: Hitting back at PML-N leaders who slammed PM Imran over the sugar commission report, information minister Shibli Faraz described the Sharif family as the 'ringleader' of the sugar mafia in the country. “Sharif family used politics for their businesses,” alleged the minister, addressing a press conference in Islamabad. He said that gaining wealth was what drove the Sharif family’s...

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