Pakistan

PM makes surprise visit to DHQ Hospital Sargodha

SARGODHA: On Saturday Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived here for a surprise visit of government institutions, hospitals, police stations, schools, shelters and development projects. PM Imran Khan spent 20 minutes at the District Headquarter hospital Khushab, with 70 per cent of the staff having left for the day. The prime minister visited the emergency and children’s ward at the hospital....

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Offshore drilling near Karachi coast in final phase

According to Radio Pakistan, Petroleum Minister Omar Ayub Khan visited the site of the offshore drilling near the Karachi coast on Saturday, to review the pace of the exploratory work, Radio Pakistan reported. The minister, Omar Ayub Khan, was accompanied by the special assistant to the prime minister on petroleum, Nadeem Babar, when he arrived at Kekra-I. They appreciated that...

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11 Chinese nationals remanded to FIA in human trafficking case

LAHORE: On Saturday, a sessions court remanded 11 Chinese nationals into the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) custody for two days. The Chinese nationals are accused of operating an illegal human trafficking ring. During proceedings, two locals were also sent to jail on judicial remand till May 13. The Chinese nationals maintained their innocence, telling the court they had come to...

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PM Imran wary over passing IMF’s strict demands to people, summons meeting on Monday

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned a meeting on Monday to be briefed on economic affairs including talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the amnesty scheme. Talks between the Government of Pakistan and the IMF will continue over the weekend. The two sides held talks in the federal capital on Friday after which the Finance Ministry said...

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Accountability Court adjourns hearing of Ashiana, Ramzan Sugar Mills cases till May 25

LAHORE: On Saturday, an accountability court adjourned the hearing of the Ashiana-e-Iqbal and Ramzan Sugar Mills cases till May 25. During proceedings, the court reserved its decision on the exemption requests from personal appearance of Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz. The last hearing was adjourned due to the absence of the judge scheduled to conduct the hearing. The accountability court...

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Pakistan strikes deal with IMF as $7.5 BN bailout package finalised

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Finance announced on Friday that the federal government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have finalised a staff-level agreement of a $7.5 billion bailout package for a three-year duration. The bailout package was finalised with "tough" conditions levied by IMF, according to a ministry of finance notification issued today. Positive developments occurred between Pakistan and IMF...

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JIT formed to probe Data Darbar blast by Punjab Interior Dept

LAHORE: The Punjab Interior Department on Friday formed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe May 8 suicide blast outside the Data Darbar shrine in Lahore, said an official notification issued by the dept today. According to the notification, Counter-Terrorism Department SP Sohaib Ashraf will head the JIT comprised of IB, ISI and MI officials. Inspector Mohammad Khalid, an investigative...

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PM performs groundbreaking of Mother and Child Hospital in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday performed the groundbreaking of the Mother and Child Hospital in Rawalpindi. Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony, PM said the Punjab government and task force will assist in building the hospital and the betterment of the health sector is the foremost priority of the government. PM said resolving problems of the common man is the...

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Promotion of knowledge economy essential for economic progress: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday the promotion of knowledge economy essential for the economic progress and vowed to introduce modernization and technology in the agriculture sector. Presiding the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) meeting in the federal capital, PM said special attention has been paid to knowledge economy, agriculture, and power sectors and the development of the...

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5 suspected facilitators arrested in Lahore Data Darbar terrorist attack

LAHORE: On Friday, the security forces arrested five suspected facilitators involved in a suicide blast outside the Data Darbar shrine in Lahore. The five suspects were arrested from Garhi Shahu by the security forces after a raid on tea stall. According to officials, the suspects are believed to have been in contact with the individuals behind the suicide blast which...

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FIA foils bid of Chinese, Pakistani couples escaping from Islamabad Airport

ISLAMABAD: On Friday, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested Chinese and Pakistani couples from the Islamabad Airport as it continued its crackdown against human trafficking. According to the FIA, the arrested Chinese nationals appeared as married couples and were smuggling Pakistani girls to China. Two Chinese men and three Pakistani women were among those arrested. Moreover, the FIA further...

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Data Darbar Blast: Death toll rises to 12 as teenager succumbs to injuries

LAHORE: On Friday, the death toll from Wednesday’s suicide blast outside the Data Darbar shrine in Lahore rose to 12, as an injured teenager succumbed to his wounds earlier today. Nineteen-year-old Mudassar passed away due to injuries sustained in the blast, hospital authorities said, bringing the toll from the terrorist attack to 12. He was a resident of Mori Gate,...

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Withdraw of tax concessions, hike in power tariffs: Pakistan close to agree IMF proposed bail out package

ISLAMABAD: According to the Ministry of Finance sources which revealed on Friday that the federal government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are close to finalising a staff-level agreement expected to range between $6-7 billion, Both the sides are expected to hold the last round of talks today in which the proposed bailout package would be finalised. The loan amount...

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Common man drowning in Tsunami of inflation: Bilawal Bhutto

ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto that a common man is drowning in the Tsunami of inflation as it has reached a new high. The PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was addressing a session of the National Assembly, where he called the current government ‘two-faced’. Moreover, the PPP chairman, reiterated in his address, the demand that the...

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Pakistan approaches World Bank as New-Delhi threatens to halt water flow

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday called upon the World Bank to set up its Court of Arbitration under Indus Water Treaty after India hinted of restricting the flow of water into Pakistan from its share of rivers. Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal, at a weekly press briefing, said contrary to India’s reluctance, Pakistan favoured the continuity of the Treaty and...

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SC orders elimination of encroachments on Railways land in 15 days

KARACHI: On Thursday, the Supreme Court ordered the removal of encroachments on railways land within 15 days and to bring back circular railways within a month. During a Karachi registry hearing at SC, the railways secretary told the apex court that 10 acres of land has been taken back from the unlawful tenants. Justice Gulzar Ahmed then instructed the railway...

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Break of Official Silence: FO confirms about Asia Bibi leaving Pakistan, calls her a free citizen

ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, after a break of official silence, the foreign office of Pakistan confirmed that Asia Bibi has left Pakistan and is settled in another country. During a weekly presser, the foreign office spokesman, Dr. Faisal stated that "Asia Bibi is a free citizen and hence she can go anywhere she likes." Earlier it was reported that Asia Bibi...

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