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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PPP warns of grave consequences if article 149 imposed, demands fresh elections

The Pakistan People Party (PPP) on Friday called for fresh elections in the country amid tensions with the federal government over the administrative affairs of Karachi. Addressing a press conference in Karachi, PPP leader Raza Rabbani and Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani said that talk of invoking Article 149 in Karachi would have grave consequences. The two PPP leaders said...

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Pakistan Army soldier martyred in cross-border firing by Indian troops: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: A Pakistan Army soldier was martyred after Indian troops resorted to "unprovoked" firing from across the Line of Control in Hajipir sector of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday. The soldier was identified by the military's media wing as Sepoy Ghulam Rasool, who hailed from Bahawalnagar.

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Opposition Ruckus: President Alvi address joint parliamentary session on Kashmir dispute

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi said on Thursday that the Indian measures in occupied Kashmir are threatening global peace. The president was addressing a joint session of the parliament, where he said that the United Nations should send observers to the occupied valley to ascertain the seriousness of the situation. The president said that the primary purpose of the government is...

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New appointments and transfers announced by Pakistan Army

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army on Thursday announced new postings and announcements via Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Lieutenant General Waseem Ashraf has been posted as Commander Southern Command, Lieutenant General Azhar Abbas has been posted as Commander Rawalpindi Corps, Lieutenant General Khalid Zia has been posted as Inspector General Arms (IG Arms) and Lieutenant General Muhammad Chiragh Haider posted as Director...

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No casualties reported: Earth Quake tremors in part of Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Earth Quake tremors were felt in parts of Islamabad on Thursday as no casualty reported, according to media reports. The details said that tremors were felt in Peshawar, Swat, Mohmand, Charsadda and Bajur. Tremors were also felt in North Waziristan areas Shangla, Buner, Malakand, Swabi, Mardan and Nowshera. The magnitude of the earthquake was recorded at 5.2 on the...

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FO dismisses reports of Saudi, UAE ministers saying Kashmir dispute ‘not an ummah issue’

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Thursday dismissed media reports that claimed that the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia's foreign ministers, on their recent trip to Pakistan, had told the government that Kashmir was "not a Muslim ummah related issue" and insisted that both officials had "expressed solidarity with Pakistan and support for the Kashmir cause". Dr...

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Federal govt might invoke Article 149 in Karachi: Farogh Naseem

KARACHI: Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem on Wednesday said circumstances in Sindh, particularly Karachi, are such that the federal government could invoke Article 149 (4) of the Constitution in the metropolis. Speaking to media, the law minister said, “this is my personal opinion. And, I will table it before the Karachi Strategic Committee formed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.” He...

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Accountability Court gives final extension of Abbasi and Mifat Ismail’s physical remand

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Thursday gave the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) a final extension in Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Miftah Ismail's physical remand. The PML-N leaders are accused of being involved in awarding a 15-year contract for an LNG terminal against the rules when Abbasi was petroleum minister in the cabinet of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Accountability Judge...

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Situation in occupied Kashmir risks sparking accidental war with India: FM Qureshi

GENEVA: Pakistan´s foreign minister warned Wednesday that the situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir risked sparking an "accidental war", and urged UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet to visit the troubled region. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he believed both Pakistan and India "understand the consequences of a conflict." But...

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Ex-PM Abbasi writes open letter to NA speaker

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has written an open letter to National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, requesting for production orders of arrested opposition members be issued. The PML-N leader said in the letter, "it is the fundamental and inherent responsibility of the speaker of the National Assembly, as the elected Custodian...

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PPP pulls out of Fazlur Rahman’s Islamabad march, announces Bilawal

KARACHI: The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has pulled out of Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman's sit-in in Islamabad, the party's chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced on Wednesday. Speaking to media here at the provincial capital, Bilawal said the PPP would not join Fazl's sit-in in Islamabad as his party never joined the rallies of other parties be...

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Four Pakistan Army Major Generals promoted to Lt General rank: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army announced on Wednesday to promote four Majors General to the rank of Lieutenant General, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release. The four officers include Maj Gen Muhammad Aamer, Maj Gen Muhammad Chiragh Haider, Maj Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum, and Maj Gen Khalid Zia, said the military media wing.

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Police officials ordered to submit affidavit proving no torture cell in their jurisdiction: Gill

LAHORE: Punjab chief minister's spokesperson Dr Shahbaz Gill on Wednesday announced that Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had ordered that every deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and district police officer (DPO) would be required to submit an affidavit that there was no torture cell within their respective station's jurisdiction. The order comes after several cases came to light recently of suspects...

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Pakistan desires peace in region but has to face Indian activities on border: FM Qureshi

GENEVA: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday said Pakistan desires peace in the region but it also has to face activities on the eastern border from India, which has expansionist designs. Addressing a seminar at Center for Security Policy in Geneva, Qureshi said the government is pursuing multi-pronged strategy despite facing challenges to regional security. FM Qureshi said, “Pakistan's...

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PM Khan to hold massive Kashmir solidarity rally in Muzzafarabad on Friday

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday announced that he would hold a rally in Muzzafarabad later this week to send the world a message regarding the military lockdown imposed in Indian-occupied Kashmir. In a tweet, the premier said that the rally would aim to show the world that the people of Pakistan stand in solidarity with people of occupied...

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UNHRC should urge India to end bloodshed in occupied Kashmir: FM Qureshi

GENEVA: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) should urge India to end the bloodshed and restore fundamental freedoms and liberties. Addressing the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday, Qureshi said UNHCR should urge India to immediately lift the curfew and reverse the clampdown and communications blackout in...

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