Pakistan

18-year-old martyred by Indian firing across LoC: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: An 18-year-old girl, resident of Fatehpur, embraced martyrdom while six others were injured as Indian troops resorted to another unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Indian troops LoC targeted civil population along the LoC in the Hot Spring Sector. “An 18 years old girl, resident of Fatehpur...

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UNGA President-elect Volkan Bozkir to arrive in Pakistan on Monday

ISLAMABAD: United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President-elect Volkan Bozkir will arrive in Pakistan on July 27, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday. The visit by Bozkir comes amid heightened tensions between Pakistan and India and increased unprovoked firing at the Line of Control (LoC) targeting civilians by the Indian side. Qureshi said he will present Pakistan’s stance on occupied...

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Foreign media delegation visits Chirikot, Poonch sectors at LoC

A foreign media delegation met those affected by unprovoked shelling by the Indian Army alongside the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Members of the foreign media went to the Chirikot sector at the LoC to view the situation in the restive area. The visit was undertaken by the media delegation ahead of...

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Shehbaz Sharif’s interim bail extended till August 17 by LHC

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) extended PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif till August 17 on Thursday, after he appeared before the court in the assets beyond means case. Stringent security measures were in place when the former Punjab chief minister arrived at the high court to attend his bail hearing. In the previous hearing of the case, the LHC had...

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At least 20 injured as blast rocks market in KP’s Parachinar

A blast ripped through the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa city of Parachinar on Thursday, leaving several injured, according to police. Police said the blast took place in the city's Turi bazaar, a crowded marketplace which has in the past been a frequent target of terrorist attacks. The nature of the blast has not yet been determined. Eyewitnesses told media explosive material had been...

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Govt announces three-day holiday on Eid ul Adha

The federal government on Thursday announced a three-day holiday, from Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2, on account of Eid ul Azha. The announcement was made by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill. Eidul Azha is celebrated in remembrance of the willingness of Hazrat Ibrahim to sacrifice the life of his son for...

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Govt approaches IHC to appoint legal counsel for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav

The government on Wednesday approached Islamabad High Court to appoint a legal representative for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. The move was made in the light of the International Court of Justice's July 17, 2019 decision, following which the International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Ordinance, 2020 was enacted to implement the court's verdict. The federation, through the defense secretary...

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Bilawal tells NAB chairman to ‘resign and go home’

LAHORE: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday called for the shutting down of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) stating that the chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal should resign and go home. The remarks by Bilawal came a day after PML-N demanded a new accountability body be formed following the Supreme Court’s detailed verdict in the Paragon Housing Society case slamming...

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Sindh govt hands over management of 71 schools to private sector for 10 years

KARACHI: The Sindh government signed on Wednesday an agreement with the Education Management Organizations (EMOs) to manage 71 schools, constructed under the USAID Sindh Basic Education Programme (SBEP), for the next 10 years. The ceremony took place at the Chief Minister House, and was attended by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)...

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Hafeez Sheikh removed from National Finance Commission

Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, the prime minister’s adviser on finance, has been removed from the National Finance Commission. The court submitted a notification of this to the Islamabad High Court on Wednesday. The notification appointing him to the commission, which had been challenged in court, has now been withdrawn, Attorney-General Khalid Jawed Khan said. But PML-N MNA Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha argued...

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IHC deems entire state responsible for Matiullah Jan kidnapping

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday slammed police for the kidnapping of journalist Matiullah Jan, saying that the entire state was responsible for the incident. The IHC was conducting the hearing of a petition regarding the journalist's abduction. Jan was kidnapped from outside his wife's school and remained missing for about 12 hours before he returned. "The way a journalist...

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Zillhaj moon not sighted in Pakistan, Eid-ul-Adha on August 1, 2020: announces Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee

KARACHI: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has announced that the Zilhajj moon has not been sighted anywhere in the country, therefore, Eid ul Adha in Pakistan will be observed on August 1 (Saturday). The central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee on Tuesday met here in the city to sight the Zilhajj moon and determine the dates for Eid-ul-Azha 2020. The meeting was held with Mufti...

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Top military leadership reiterates ‘resolve to thwart any threat to Pakistan’s security’

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, while presiding the 233rd Corps Commanders’ Conference, reaffirmed the resolve to thwart any threat to the country's security and expressed complete satisfaction with overall operational readiness of Pakistan Army. During the conference held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Tuesday, the forum reviewed operational readiness and evolving threat spectrum in...

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Govt’s responsibility to ensure Matiullah Jan’s safe recovery: Shibli Faraz

ISLAMABAD: Information minister Shibli Faraz on Tuesday said that it is the government's responsibility to safely recover kidnapped journalist Matiullah Jan. Faraz, while addressing a press conference, said that he spoke to interior minister Ijaz Shah about the incident and that "it is confirmed that [Jan] has been kidnapped". "I don't have the complete details right now [...] we are...

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NAB freezes assests of former PM Shahid Khaqan, PML-N leader Miftah Ismail

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has frozen the moveable and immovable assets of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former finance minister Miftah Ismail. According to details, after the freezing of assets of both Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, they will not be able to transfer ownership of vehicles and property. The anti-graft watchdog has also stopped transfer of already...

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Matiullah Jan’s family says journalist has gone missing: HRCP

ISLAMABAD: Journalist Matiullah Jan's family has reported him missing, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said on Monday. In a tweet, the commission demanded the government ensure the "safe recovery" of the journalist after reports emerged that he had gone missing in Islamabad. https://twitter.com/HRCP87/status/1285507097027923970 Jan's wife said, in an interview with the Independent Urdu, that his car was found outside...

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SC suspends release order of 196 terrorists indicted by military courts

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday suspended the Peshawar High Court's (PHC) order to release 196 people, who were convicted by military courts on terrorism charges. The apex court’s three-member bench, under Justice Musheer Alam, heard the case today. In today’s hearing, the bench summoned details of the cases against the individuals from the federal government. During the...

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