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Afghan mourns as 69 killed in mosque explosions

Police and local people searched on Saturday for more bodies in the rubble of a mosque in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province after bomb blasts in which at least 69 people were killed during Friday prayers. The explosives were placed inside the mosque in Jawdara area of Haska Mena district. Sohrab Qaderi, a member of Nangarhar's provincial council, said the mosque, with capacity...

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PM Imran performs groundbreaking of Prefabricating Housing Project

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday performed the groundbreaking of ‘Prefabricating Housing Project’ in Islamabad. Addressing the ceremony, the premier said the project would help provide affordable houses to the ordinary people in the shortest possible time. The prefabricated houses would be established in big cities, including Karachi and Lahore, where many people have been residing in shanties and...

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Meesha Shafi files Rs2 BN damages suit against Ali Zafar for making false allegations

LAHORE: Singer Meesha Shafi has filed a Rs2 billion damages suit in a Lahore sessions court against singer Ali Zafar for making false allegations against her on media, it surfaced on Wednesday. The damages suit includes Rs1bn for the loss of goodwill and reputation caused, and Rs1bn for "mental torture and agony". In addition to the damages requested, Shafi asked...

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Chaudhry Sugar Mills Case: Maryam Nawaz’s remand extended by 7 days

LAHORE: An accountability court in Lahore extended Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz’s remand by seven days. Maryam appeared before the court the court of accountability judge Ameer Muhammad Khan today following the conclusion of her earlier 14-day remand in connection with the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. Earlier on September 4, the physical remand of Maryam Nawaz and...

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Murad Ali Shah fails to appear before NAB for graft hearing

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday failed to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a hearing related to offering subsidies to sugar mills through unauthorized channels. The chief minister had already submitted answers to the query at an earlier date, said the sources. This is the second time Sindh CM Shah has failed to appear...

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UK govt hands over Dr Imran Farooq murder case evidence to Pakistan

The Scotland Yard in the United Kingdom (UK) has agreed to hand over the full evidence file of the Imran Farooq murder case to Pakistan, said sources. An acceptance letter in this regard has been sent to the Pakistani authorities by the UK government and the lawyer who represents Pakistan in the case has reached the country with the letter....

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Israel’s Netanyahu fights for record fifth term

JERUSALEM: Israel voted in its second election in five months on Tuesday that will decide whether to extend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's term as the country's longest-serving prime minister despite corruption allegations against him. The stakes could not be much higher for the 69-year-old right-wing leader who, as in April polls, faces a strong challenge from ex-military chief Benny Gantz...

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Bombing at Afghan president’s rally claims 30 lives, Ghani unhurt

KABUL: Taliban suicide attackers killed at least 30 people in Afghanistan on Tuesday, their deadliest bombing taking place near an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, although he was unhurt. The attacks happened 11 days before Afghanistan’s presidential elections, which Taliban commanders have vowed to violently disrupt, and follow collapsed peace talks between the United States and the insurgent group....

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Justice Faez Isa’s request for new bench to be referred to chief justice

ISLAMABAD: A seven-member Supreme Court bench on Tuesday decided to send the matter of forming a new bench to hear the presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa to the chief justice. This was decided after Justices Ijazul Ahsan and Sardar Tariq Masood decided to recuse themselves from the seven-member bench — headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising...

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PM Khan telephones Saudi crown prince to condemn attack on oil facilities

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday night phoned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to condemn the attack on the Kingdom's oil facilities, Radio Pakistan reported. The premier, during the conversation with MBS, vowed to support Saudi Arabia against any terrorist attack and reiterated that Pakistan will stand by Saudi Arabia in case of any threat to the sanctity...

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Trump blames Iran for Saudi oil attacks but says he does not want war

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has said that it looks like Iran is behind the attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia but stressed he did not want to go to war, as the attacks sent oil prices soaring and raised fears of a new Middle East conflict. A day after saying the United States was “locked and loaded” to...

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European Parliament to discuss ongoing crackdown in occupied Kashmir today

The European Parliament is expected to hold discussions today on the ongoing crackdown, human rights violations, and torture of detainees in occupied Kashmir by Indian security forces. The military curfew and communications blackout in Indian-occupied Kashmir has entered the 44th consecutive day today. Yesterday, the India Supreme Court had ordered New Delhi to restore normalcy in the area. Earlier this...

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IMF mission to hold talks with govt officials today

ISLAMABAD: A delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrived in Islamabad on Monday on five-day visit to discuss the financial bailout plan with the economic team of Pakistan. Led by Jihad Azour, Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department, the mission will hold discussions with Pakistani authorities on fiscal issues, suggest ways to cut the fiscal deficit...

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ECP dismisses petition to remove Maryam Nawaz as PML-N vice president

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking the removal of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif from holding party office. ECP verdict ruled that Maryam can stay on as vice president of the PML-N. A three-member bench of the ECP had earlier reserved the verdict in the disqualification on Monday....

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NAB summons Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday

KARACHI: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday summoned Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah for questioning, said the sources. Sources indicated that the Sindh CM was ordered to appear before the anti-graft body on Tuesday morning. This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

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Former Premier Abbasi granted bail to attend funeral of paternal uncle

An accountability court has ordered that former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi be released on parole on humanitarian grounds to attend the funeral of his paternal uncle. The court gave the decision in relation to a plea submitted to the court by Saeeda Abbasi, the sister of the ex-premier. The plea had asked the court to allow Abbasi to attend...

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State Bank keeps benchmark interest rate at 13.25 per cent

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) held its main policy rate at 13.25 per cent on Monday, taking a pause from a series of hikes as data pointed to a stabilising inflation rate. The bank last lifted rates in July by 100 basis points, its ninth cut since the start of 2018, as it faced rising inflation, a substantial...

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