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Pakistan Army downed Indian spy drone that crossed over LoC: ISPR

Pakistan Army downed an Indian surveillance drone that had crossed over the Line of Control into the Rakh Chakri sector, the military's media wing said on Wednesday. According to a statement by Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar, the quadcopter had intruded 650 metres into Pakistani territory. https://twitter.com/OfficialDGISPR/status/1265640415954337792 At the turn of the new year, on...

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Opposition lawmakers continues expressing disapproval of govt’s coronavirus strategy in NA

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday criticised the government for not taking the provinces on board while taking decisions related to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country. During the National Assembly (NA) session, Abbasi said the opposition is willing to work with the government but urged the Centre to form a unified strategy on the pandemic. Criticising the government further, the PML-N...

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Governor Imran Ismail approves Sindh COVID-19 Emergency Relief Ordinance

KARACHI: Governor Sindh Imran Ismail on Wednesday approved Sindh (Covid-19) Emergency Relief Ordinance which aims to provide relief to lockdown-hit people of the province. According to the new ordinance, fine for violating any clause has been increased to Rs one million. The Sindh government more than a week ago approved the Sindh Covid-19 Emergency Relief Ordinance, 2020 to provide relief...

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10th National Finance Commission finalised by President Alvi

President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi has finalised the 10th National Finance Commission on Tuesday, according to an official notification issued regarding the composition of the committee that will decide the share of fiscal resources earmarked for provinces. According to the notification, Federal Finance Secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch will serve as an expert for the commission. The Adviser to the...

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Coronavirus pandemic: Sindh’s schools may not open for another six months, says education minister

Sindh education minister Saeed Ghani on Tuesday said that schools may not reopen for another six months and a new online curriculum will soon be introduced, as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak. Addressing a press conference in Karachi, the education minister said that the government "will not take the risk to send children to school". He...

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Lawmakers question PM Imran’s absence from senate session, govt’s pandemic response

ISLAMABAD: The Senate session began today to discuss the situation arising out of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The session, under Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, began with measures in place to ensure lawmakers’ safety against the virus. The members were provided with masks, gloves, sanitisers and seated within a presumably safe distance to limit contact. Addressing the House, Opposition Leader in the...

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Three high-profile suspects from Karachi arrested by SIU

KARACHI: The Special Investigations Unit, in collaboration with the intelligence agencies, has arrested three high-profile suspects from the city during two separate encounters. According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Irfan Bahadur, two trained terrorists from Afghanistan were arrested upon a tip-off from the federal intelligence agency. The SSP said that weapons and other material were recovered from the possession...

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‘PTI virus’ responsible for worsening situation in Sindh: Wahab

KARACHI: Adviser to Chief Minister of Sindh on Law, Anti-Corruption Establishment, and Information Murtaza Wahab on Tuesday said that the overall situation in Sindh had started deteriorating when the 'PTI virus' spread across the province. "PTI leaders come on television to tell tall tales and then vanish," Wahab told the media at a press conference in Karachi on Tuesday afternoon. "The...

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PM Khan orders immediate start of work on Diamer-Bhasha Dam

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday ordered the immediate commencement of work on the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam, saying that a top-most priority of his government was ensuring the water security of the country. The premier made the remarks while chairing a briefing in the federal capital on the water security strategy of the country and the need...

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Asad Umar to appear before sugar investigative commission today

ISLAMABAD: Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar will appear before an inquiry commission formed to probe the sugar crisis to record his statement. Umar will answer questions pertaining to the export of and subsidies on sugar. He had previously expressed his wish to appear before the sugar probing commission. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim...

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Officer, five soldiers martyred in Balochistan IED explosion

RAWALPINDI:  A military officer and five soldiers were martyred in an explosion in Balochistan’s Kech area on Friday, said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). According to the military’s media wing, the security personnel’s vehicle was targeted with a remote controlled IED in Buleda area of Kech, 14 kilometers far from Pak-Iran border. The soldiers were returning from Buleda after checking possible...

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Shehbaz Sharif summoned by NAB in Cholistan Development Authority case

After money laundering, the National Accountability Beareu (NAB) on Friday has summoned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif in another case pertaining to the Cholistan Development Authority. According to NAB spokesperson, Shehbaz along with other political leaders is allegedly involved in illegally allotting the land of the Punjab Development Authority to people he favoured. In this regard, NAB Multan...

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Sindh govt to lift province-wide lockdown in phases from May 11: CM Murad

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has said that the provincial government will implement federal government's decision to lift lockdown in the province in phases from May 11 (Monday). Addressing a media briefing on coronavirus situation, he said shopping malls, restaurants, mega stores, cinemas and large markets will remain closed while small markets and shops will open. “All businesses...

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Govt to impose lockdown again if SOPs not followed, warns info minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Shibli Faraz urged the masses to strictly follow the SOPs in order to make the government decision regarding easing down lockdown successful. “The success of opening the lockdown requires the cooperation of the people. SOPs set up for business sectors have to be strictly followed. If precautions are not taken, we will have...

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PTI demands CM Shah resign over Sindh govt’s coronavirus ‘failures’

KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has called for Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to step down over his government’s alleged failures in dealing with the COVID-19 health emergency, The News reported on Friday. The party made the demand while talking to the media on Thursday after the opposition in the provincial assembly filed a requisition for convening a...

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Karachi sees rise in deaths of ‘healthy’ virus-positive patients

KARACHI: 60 COVID-19 patients, including 52 in Karachi, who were mostly asymptomatic (showing no symptoms of the disease), physically healthy and advised to isolate themselves at home, have died in the past 40 days in Sindh, The News has learnt. The province has so far recorded 171 virus-related deaths, most of them in the metropolitan city. However, 60 of them, who were...

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Governor Sindh Imran Ismail tests positive for coronavirus again

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail again tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, a few days after he had announced testing positive for the infection. Ismail had tested positive for the virus on April 27, after which he went into self-isolation. He had also attended several meetings just days before contracting COVID-19. The Governor, in a Twitter post, said that against...

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