Pakistan

ECP issues show-cause notice to Bilawal, PPP leaders for Larkana visit ahead of by-election

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued a show-cause notice to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and other party leaders for visiting Larkana's PS-11 constituency ahead of a by-election. Bilawal had visited Larkana on Saturday to spearhead the election campaign of his party’s candidate, Jamil Soomro, in the by-polls in the Sindh Assembly constituency PS-11, scheduled...

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Strategy prepared to remove business community’s reservations: PM Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that a strategy has been prepared to remove the business community's reservations about the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Radio Pakistan reported. While speaking to a delegation of members of various chambers of commerce and industry, the premier added that a committee of business personalities was being formed to resolve the reservations. Prime Minister Khan's...

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JUI-F decides to meet Nawaz Sharif in Kot Lakhapat ahead of planned long march

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) lawmakers on Thursday decided to meet incarcerated former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat jail ahead of the planned long march. JUI-F lawmakers, in this regard, have requested Punjab's home department to issue permission for them to meet Nawaz in jail. The home department has not responded to the request so far. A JUI-F...

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Afghan conflict can only be resolved through dialogue: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday restated that the ongoing Afghan war can only be resolved through dialogue. The minister passed the remarks in a meeting with the Afghan Taliban delegation held at the Foreign Office. According to a press release issued by the FO, Qureshi welcomed the delegation at the ministry. The minister told the delegation...

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Former NA deputy speaker Qasim Suri de-notified by ECP

ISLAMABAD: In light of a decision by an election tribunal, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) de-notified former deputy speaker Qasim Suri on Wednesday. On September 27, an election tribunal had declared Suri’s victory from National Assembly seat NA-265 constituency (Quetta-II) null and void and had ordered the ECP to hold re-election there. A day earlier, Suri has challenged his...

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PM Khan vows to synchronise education system to create social harmony

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday the government plans to synchronize the entire education system to create social harmony in the country, Radio Pakistan reports. Addressing a prize distribution ceremony for the Madrassa students, who performed distinctively in the exams of contemporary education boards and religious seminaries in Islamabad, PM said reforms are being introduced in the education...

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Taliban delegation to meet US envoy Khalilzad in Pakistan today

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Afghan Taliban, headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, has agreed to meet United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Pakistan. The delegation will arrive in Islamabad later on Wednesday and likely meet with US envoy Khalilzad, who arrived with a five-member delegation a day earlier. According to sources, the say they did not...

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PM Khan takes notice of delayed petitions with public entities

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday took notice of delay in service delivery by public entities and directed the relevant ministries and divisions to dispose of applications and petitions by citizens within four weeks. According to a notification issued by prime minister’s secretary, the prime minister in order to build the public confidence on government functionaries, desired that all...

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Bilawal meets Shehbaz Sharif prior to looming JUI-F long march

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari met with Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad on Tuesday. According to details, the meeting between the two leaders took place at Shehbaz's residence. The two leaders agreed upon formulating a joint strategy along with the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). Sources said that Shehbaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto...

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Former deputy speaker Qasim Suri petitions SC against his disqualification

ISLAMABAD: Former deputy speaker Qasim Suri has challenged his disqualification from the National Assembly seat in Supreme Court. On September 27, an election tribunal had declared Suri’s victory from National Assembly seat NA-265 constituency (Quetta-II) null and void and had ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold re-election there. The petition was filed by Suri's lawyer Naeem Bukhari...

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PPP leader Khursheed Shah remanded in NAB custody till Oct 14

SUKKUR: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Syed Khursheed Shah has been remanded into National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) custody till October 14. The PPP stalwart was presented before the court today, following the conclusion of his remand. The anti-graft watchdog had requested for a 15-day extension in the remand of Shah, however, the accountability court gave approval for only 13 days....

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Munir Akram replaces Maleeha Lodhi as Pakistan’s permanent UN representative

ISLAMABAD: Munir Akram would replace Dr Maleeha Lodhi as Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations, the foreign ministry said Monday in a statement. Akram, who has previously served at the same post from 2002 to 2008, would be stationed at the UN's New York headquarters. He specialises in multilateral diplomacy with significant experience over the years at the UN's...

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PML-N asks JUI-F to defer long march till Nov ‘for better mobilisation’

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Monday constituted a committee to hold consultations with the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and other opposition parties before committing to a final date for their anti-government protest. The committee's formation was announced by senior PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal, who was speaking to reporters after a meeting of the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) chaired...

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Plastic bags banned in Sindh

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Sindh province has banned single-used plastic bags, announced the Chief Minister's Adviser on Information Senator Murtaza Wahab on Monday. In a notification, dated September 27, the provincial government invoked the Sindh Prohibition of Non-degradable Plastic Products and the Sindh Environment Protection Act 2014. The provincial government “is pleased to impose complete ban on the manufacturing, sales, purchase and...

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Two people, including suspected bomber, killed in Loralai blast

LORALAI: Two people, including suspected suicide bomber died while three other injured in an explosion near a police vehicle here in Loralai, authorities confirmed on Monday. One police officer was martyred in the blast, reports said. According to the reports, officers of an elite police squad signalled two suspicious motorcyclists to stop but they did not heed the command and...

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Pakistan to invite Manmohan Singh to Kartarpur corridor inauguration: FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday announced that Pakistan has decided to extend an invitation to former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh for the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor, which is scheduled to be opened in November. FM Qureshi, in a video message, said, "Kartarpur corridor is an important project, the prime minister has a personal interest in it."...

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PM Khan visits earthquake hit Mirpur, briefed on relief efforts

MIRPUR: Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Azad Jammu and Kashmir's (AJK) Mirpur city on Monday to express solidarity with the victims of a recent earthquake that inflicted devastation in the region. During a meeting with the AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, Prime Minister Khan was briefed on the losses as well as rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures taken...

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