Pakistan

PM Khan to address Azad Kashmir Assembly

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Assembly today as the country marks Youm-e-Istehsal, to show solidarity with Kashmiris who have been braving the Indian government's 'brutal fascist military siege' since August 5 last year. “Kashmiris in IIOJK have been subjected to a brutal fascist military siege by India since its illegal actions of...

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Pakistan celebrates Eid-ul-Adha amid COVID-19 SOPs, lockdown

ISLAMABAD: Eid-ul-Adha is being celebrated on Saturday with religious zeal and fervour across Pakistan amid coronavirus preventive measures, to honour the supreme sacrifice of Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). The day dawned with special prayers in mosques for the well-being of the Ummah and progress, prosperity, and security of the country. Religious scholars, in their Eid sermons will highlight the importance...

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ABAD developers pledge Rs1,370 billion for construction projects in NCC meeting

The representatives of the Association of Builders and Developers (ADAB) of Pakistan pledged Rs1,370 billion for construction-related projects in a meeting of National Coordination Committee (NCC) for Housing, Construction, and Development, according to an official statement released on Friday. Prime Minister Imran Khan, while chairing the weekly NCC meeting, said that the development of the construction sector could play an...

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FIA constitutes 11-member team to investigate Sugar Inquiry Commission report

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday constituted an 11-member inquiry team to investigate sugar mills based on the findings of the Sugar Inquiry Commission report, days after the government gave the go-ahead to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and FIA to launch an investigation. The 11-member team, which will be...

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Pakistan will stand with Kashmiris till final victory: FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday reaffirmed Pakistan's support for the Kashmiris' struggle for independence from Indian rule and said that the country will stand by the people of the besieged valley till its final victory. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad flanked by Information Minister Shibli Faraz and Special Assistant for National Security Moeed Yousuf, the federal minister...

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No NRO in return for legislation on FATF, says PM Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that legislation related to fulfilling requirements laid out by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) was necessary for the national interest and that no National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) — a term used to describe concessions from legal prosecution — would be given in return for it. The prime minister’s remarks came during a meeting of...

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Toshakhana case: NAB decides to seize vehicles of Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to seize vehicles of former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari in Toshakhana case. According to details, the anti-graft watchdog has frozen the ownership of co-chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Zardari’s three vehicles including two BMW and one Lexus car. On the other hand, NAB also...

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SAPMs cannot be disqualified over dual nationalities, rules IHC

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday set aside a petition seeking removal of all of Prime Minister Imran Khan's aides with dual nationalities. In the case pertaining to dual citizenship of the special assistants to the prime minister, the IHC remarked in a written judgement that the premier was accountable to the people and could not run the...

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FATF grey list: Senate passes bills to amend Anti-Terrorism Act, UNSC-related laws

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Thursday passed the Anti-Terrorism Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which is required to fulfill certain requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to get the country off the grey list. The Parliament’s upper house also passed the United Nations Security Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 during a session chaired by Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. The bills had been...

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Centre gets two FATF-related bills passed through NA amid opposition protest

The government on Wednesday managed to get two Financial Action Task Force (FATF)-related bills passed by the National Assembly amidst a noisy protest by the opposition. The Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the United Nations (Security Council) (Amendment) Bill, 2020 were both moved by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan. The bills were passed amid sloganeering...

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PM Khan should declare three-day holiday for Eid ul Adha: Mufti Muneeb

Chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rahman, on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan should declare a three-day holiday for Eid ul Adha as it is traditionally a three-day celebration. Last week, the federal government had announced a three-day holiday, from Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2, on account of Eid ul Adha. Addressing the press conference in...

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Kulbhushan Jadhav: Review ordinance to be presented in Senate today

ISLAMABAD: The International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Ordinance, 2020, in relation to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's appeal against sentence will be presented in the Senate on Wednesday for approval. Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem will present the ordinance in the upper House of the parliament. The session will commence at 4pm today. Earlier, the bill was presented before...

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Tania Aidrus, Zafar Mirza resign from SAPM on Digital Pakistan, health posts

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza also resigned from the cabinet after Tania Aidrus citing the “ongoing negative discussion about the role of SAPMs and criticism on the government” as the reason for her decision. According to details, Zafar Mirza took to social-networking website Twitter and made the announcement, stating, “I have resigned as SAPM. I came...

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Nawaz’s latest medical report states COVID-19 could be fatal for ex-Premier

LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s latest medical report has recommended that the PML-N leader should avoid going outside as he could contract the coronavirus which could prove to be fatal for him. The PML-N supremo’s latest medical reports were submitted to the Lahore High Court on Tuesday by his lawyer Amjad Pervez in which doctors have suggested the three-time...

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Bilawal discusses anti-govt APC agenda with JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman

LAHORE: The leaders of main opposition parties are having back to back meetings in order to decide the strategy to launch an anti-government movement after Eid ul Adha and finalise the agenda for the upcoming All Parties Conference (APC). PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari first met JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman at a hotel today and later went to meet PML-N President...

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Deadlock in govt-opposition talks over NAB, FATF bills persists

LAHORE: Leaders of the Opposition parties, including the PPP and PML-N, on Tuesday walked out of the talks over various draft legislation, including those on the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Financial Action Task Force (FATF), saying the PTI-led government was not speaking in "good faith". Addressing a press conference alongside PPP leader Sherry Rehman, PML-N's Shahid Khaqan Abbasi confirmed...

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‘People of Karachi will not be left at the mercy of Sindh govt,’ says Faraz in aftermath of rains

Information minister Shibli Faraz on Tuesday made a solemn pledge to the citizens of Karachi that they will "not be left at the mercy of the Sindh government" as the city grapples with the aftermath of heavy rain showers which began on Sunday. The information minister, while addressing the media in Islamabad, said that Karachi's dilapidated drainage system came to...

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