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Pakistanis irritated by new airport baggage-wrapping policy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's civil aviation watchdog has ordered all air travellers to have their checked baggage shrink-wrapped, drawing scorn and criticism from frequent flyers and environmentalists. Shahrukh Nusrat, director-general of Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said Sunday wrapping baggages was now "mandatory", and it was being done for "safety" purposes. Passengers would have to pay 50 rupees (about US$0.31) per bag...

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I am not selected, says PM Imran slamming opposition manufactured under military dictatorship

ISLAMABAD:Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday lashed back at the opposition's use of the 'selected' slur for him, saying the parties accusing him today were themselves "manufactured in the nursery of military dictatorship". The remark was a reference to the PPP and PML-N founders' allegedly close relationships with the military strongmen of their era. Addressing the last sitting of the...

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PML-N leader Rana Mashood stopped from travelling abroad

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former provincial minister for education Rana Mashood was stopped from travelling abroad on Saturday. According to sources, Mashood who was travelling to the United States through a foreign airline was offloaded by Federal Investigation Agency authorities at 2am. He was later allowed to return home. Airport sources said, Mashood’s name was on the...

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PM Imran likely to meet US President Trump in July

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to meet US President Donald Trump during a five-day visit to the US in July. According to sources, PM Imran will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other leaders during his visit to the US on July 20. The prime minister is expected to meet President Trump and other officials...

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Budget passing without a hitch is opposition’s defeat: Firdous Ashiq Awan

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday termed the passing of the budget in the National Assembly as a defeat for the opposition. Taking to Twitter Awan said, “The government will take steps that are in the interest of country and nation. The opposition will suffer defeat on every front.”...

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It’s time to unite, become one nation: COAS

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa said on Friday it is time to unite and become one nation, according to the Pakistan Army media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted on social media that the COAS said that the nation is going through a difficult economic situation. Addressing a national seminar on...

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Budget 2019-20 approved by Parliament amid strong opposition protest

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly gave formal approval to the federal budget for fiscal 2019-20 late Friday evening as the coalition and its allies crushed the combined opposition's attempt to block the passage of the Finance Bill 2019-20. The opposition's bid to block the finance bill after State Minister for Revenue Hammad Azhar was allowed to put it for voting through...

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FBR likely to extend Asset Declaration scheme deadline

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is likely to extend the Asset Declaration Scheme deadline by three months as it struggles to get desired results, sources said on Friday. Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Thursday, hinted at extending the deadline of the assets declaration scheme, indicating that a new programme may be introduced in the next 48 hours. The...

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Govt vows to launch campaign to ensure price control execution

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday expressed his willingness to launch a special campaign targeted at ensuring that state departments improve their effectiveness in controlling prices. The nine-point strategy quoted verbatim, follows as such: A strategy shall be devised by all concerned stakeholders to implement price control laws effectively from the wholesale markets to retail shops. Prime and Market...

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Shehbaz Sharif summoned on July 5 by NAB

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday summoned the leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif, to appear before the bureau on July 5. The notice, sent by the accountability watchdog to the president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), advised him to appear at 2 PM on Friday, July 5, adding that the former Punjab...

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Opposition moves cut motions as NA accepts grant demands

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday accepted numerous Demands of Grants and rejected cut motions moved by the opposition through voice voting during the budget session. Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar had presented Demands of Grants for various institutions, divisions and ministries. A disturbance erupted in the assembly after Leader of Opposition in the NA Shehbaz Sharif called...

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Govt, BNP-M come to an agreement, announces Khattak

ISLAMABAD: Minister of Defence Pervez Khattak said on Thursday All six of the points raised by Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) have been thoroughly discussed and agreed upon by the government. Speaking in the joint press conference with BNP-M chief Akhtar Mengal outside the Parliament House in the federal capital, the minister and BNP-M chief said that an agreement had been...

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PM Khan, President Ghani discuss regional security

ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met with Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday and discussed regional matters. The Afghan president, who is in the country on a two-day official visit on the invitation of PM was given a guard of honour on arrival at the PM House. During the meeting, Premier and the Afghan president discussed regional security and the...

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Court extends Saad, Salman Rafique’s juducial remand for 14-days

LAHORE: An accountability court on Thursday extended Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique’s judicial remand by 14 days in relation to the Paragon Housing scam case. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) presented Salman Rafique before the court today following the conclusion of their 14-day judicial remand. Saad Rafique did not appear before the court...

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PM Khan submitted reply to ECP show-cause notice about Ghotki visit

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday submitted a reply to the show-cause issued to him by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for visiting Ghotki ahead of the NA-205 by-polls next month, saying he had not violated any provisions of the commission's code of conduct. According to Para 17(b) of the ECP code of conduct, no member of parliament can...

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