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FO discards ‘mischievous’ Indian media reports linking Pakistan to Afghanistan temple attack

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday rejected reports circulating in the Indian media that linked Pakistan's security agencies to an attack on a gurdwara in Afghanistan last month. At least 25 people were killed in the attack on a Sikh temple in Afghanistan’s capital on March 25 where worshippers were offering morning prayers. The attack had been claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group. According...

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FO discards ‘mischievous’ Indian media reports linking Pakistan to Afghanistan temple attack

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday rejected reports circulating in the Indian media that linked Pakistan's security agencies to an attack on a gurdwara in Afghanistan last month. At least 25 people were killed in the attack on a Sikh temple in Afghanistan’s capital on March 25 where worshippers were offering morning prayers. The attack had been claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group. According...

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Dr Abdul Qadir Soomro becomes second doctor to lay aside life in fight against coronavirus

Dr Abdul Qadir Soomro on Monday evening became the second doctor in Pakistan to lay down his life in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic after Gilgit-Baltistan's Dr Usama Riaz, who had passed away last month while treating COVID-19 patients. Dr Qadir passed away at an isolation centre of the Indus Hospital Karachi on Monday evening, his family members and...

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China claims no new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday

WUHAN: China on Tuesday reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January, just a day before it plans to lift travel curbs from the contagion's epicentre of Wuhan. The twin milestones illustrate the progress China says it has made in its all-consuming battle against the pandemic, which originated in Wuhan and spread...

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Will expand capacity to conduct 25,000 coronavirus tests daily until end of April: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister Asad Umar said on Tuesday that the government aims to eventually increase its coronavirus testing capacity up to 25,000 per day until the end of this month. The federal minister was addressing a press conference, along with Special Assistant to PM on Health Dr Zafar Mirza, where he spoke about the coronavirus spread in the country. Umar...

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Tribute paid to frontline workers during Corps Commanders Conference

A Corps Commanders Conference in Rawalpindi has paid tribute to those on the frontline of the coronavirus battle. According to a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), doctors, paramedics, health care workers and law enforcement agencies were lauded "for braving this pandemic under [a] challenging environment". Over the course of the meeting, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed...

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Who is Dominic Raab? The Brexiteer ex-lawyer deputizing for Boris Johnson

LONDON: When Boris Johnson announced he had tested positive for coronavirus, Downing Street said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would deputise if the British prime minister was incapacitated. Few expected him to do so, as Johnson and his office repeatedly maintained the prime minister's symptoms were mild. But after Johnson was taken to hospital on Sunday night, and transferred to intensive care just 24 hours...

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Boris Johnson receives oxygen treatment in ICU amid questions about who’s running the UK

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been receiving oxygen treatment for coronavirus in intensive care, a senior member of the Cabinet confirmed. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said in an interview with the BBC that the Prime Minister was "not on a ventilator" but had "received oxygen support." He told BBC Radio 4's Today program that Johnson was "receiving the very best care"...

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Fakhar Imam sworn in as federal minister, Babar Awan notified as adviser

ISLAMABAD: PTI-lawmaker Syed Fakhar Imam was sworn in as federal minister today. President Dr Arif Alvi administered the oath to him at a ceremony held in the lawns of the Presidential House. On Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan replaced Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar with Syed Fakhar Imam as Federal Minister for National Food Security after the former was named in an...

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World Health Day being observed today

World Health Day is being celebrated on Tuesday (7 April). The day provides a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. World Health Organization (WHO) is leading a global campaign on depression for World Health Day 2017. Its goal is to enable more people with mental disorders to live...

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Coronavirus: Tally of confirmed cases in Pakistan mounts to 4,006

The countrywide tally of positive cases rose to 4,006 after two new cases were reported in Balochistan. According to the provincial government spokesperson, they had recieved 65 reports of suspected coronavirus cases and two of the them came out as positive. He added that both cases were of local transmission. The countrywide deaths due to the coronavirus rose to 55...

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Inquiry report issued, not leaked to media, govt insists

The PTI government on Saturday released the much-awaited inquiry report into the sugar price hike and wheat shortage in the country earlier this year, 'fulfilling' a key promise made by Prime Minister Imran Khan. However, it soon became a matter of debate on social media whether the government had issued the report voluntarily or whether its hand was forced after...

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PM Khan reshuffles cabinet; Khusro Bakhtiar, Fakhar Imam, Aminul Haq, Hammad Azhar given new portfolios

Prime Minister Imran Khan reshuffled the federal cabinet on Monday, a few days after an FIA investigation report identified top PTI leaders as being responsible for the sugar and wheat crisis. Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Khusro Bakhtiar resigned from the ministry and has now been appointed as minister for economic affairs, replacing Hammad Azhar. Cabinet changes:...

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Two PIA pilots confirmed to have contracted coronavirus, suspends flight operations from KHI

LAHORE: Two pilots of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) that recently flew back from Canada have been confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus and shifted to a private in Lahore for treatment, according to Punjab Minister for Health Yasmin Rashid. "The coronavirus tests of two PIA pilots and three other members of the crew on a flight that recently...

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Thousands of stranded Pakistanis in UAE seek to return home amid coronavirus crisis

DUBAI: More than 20,000 Pakistani workers stuck in the United Arab Emirates are seeking to return home, as the Gulf Arab state tightens restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak. The UAE, which has reported 1,799 coronavirus cases and 10 deaths, has gradually increased curbs, including imposing a nationwide curfew, suspending passenger flights and putting Dubai in a lockdown. A densely...

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Pakistan’s forex reserves slump 12% in just weeks amid coronavirus pandemic

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's foreign exchanges reserves plunged more than 12% or $1.6 billion over just three weeks in March as the coronavirus outbreak roiled global financial markets, the latest data from the central bank showed. As on March 27, forex reserves totalled $11.2 billion, down from $12.8 billion as on March 6. Pakistan last year had entered into a programme with...

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Coronavirus: Punjab govt extends lockdown till April 14

The Punjab government on Monday announced it was extending the existing restrictions in the province till April 14. “Public is requested to follow the guidelines issued by the government and ensure that they don't leave home unless necessary,” the government spokesperson said. https://twitter.com/MusarratCheema/status/1247038746937171968 Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar on Monday announced that the provincial government had decided that it will...

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