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PSP worker shot dead in Karachi

KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leader was shot dead in Karachi on Monday. According to police, the incident occurred near Sakhi Hassan roundabout when unknown armed men opened fire on a vehicle. He contested the general elections for the PS-122 seat. He received 1,978 votes. PSP leader Asif Hasnain said Indian intelligence agencies were behind the killing. Meanwhile, Chief Minister...

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Occupied Kashmir Shut down over martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru

RINAGAR: A complete shutdown is being observed in occupied Kashmir today to mark the sixth martyrdom anniversary of Kashmiri leader Muhammad Afzal Guru who was hanged by Indian authorities in 2013. The call for the shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, according to Kashmir Media Service....

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Instagram curbs self-harm, depression posts after teen suicide

SAN FRANCISCO: Instagram has announced a clampdown on images of self-injury after a British teen who went online to read about suicide took her own life. The Facebook-owned picture sharing platform’s announcement followed a Thursday meeting between its global chief Adam Mosseri and British Health Secretary Matt Hancock. British teen Molly Russell took her own life in her bedroom in...

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PM Imran likens NRO-grant with treason

BALLOKI: In a speech against political opponents, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said giving NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) to anyone will be equivalent to treason. The PM,  while addressing a ceremony of the launch of the spring tree plantation campaign in Balloki, the r once again refuted reports regarding giving NRO and asserted, “No will get an NRO.” “Those who are speculating...

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Deepening Crisis: CNG stations in Sindh shut down for third consecutive day

KARACHI: The gas supply to compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations across Sindh will remain suspended in Sindh due to low gas pressure. The SSGC spokesman said the decision had been taken to fulfill the demand of domestic and commercial customers. Earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan as the gas...

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CM Sindh orders judicial inquiry into Irshad Ranjhani’s murder

KARACHI: Chief Minister of Sindh (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday ordered a judicial inquiry into the brutal murder of Irshad Ranjhani. According to details, the chief minister has directed the police officials to asses all factors involved in the murder of Irshad Ranjhani. He ordered the Sindh chief secretary to file a plea in Sindh High Court, requesting...

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Interior Ministry dismisses Nawaz, Maryam’s plea seeking removal of names from ECL

ISLAMABAD: On Saturday, the Interior Ministry  has rejected former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law’s request seeking removal of his names from the Exit Control List (ECL). Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar, in last year October had separately written letters to the interior ministry seeking removal of their names from the ECL. The Ministry...

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PM Imran launches ‘Plant for Pakistan’

NAKANA: On Saturday,  Prime Minister Imran Khan  launched the "10 Billion Tree Plantation Drive" in Balloki, Nankana Sahib. The premier planted a sapling at the Forest Reserve in Balloki to mark the "Plant for Pakistan" drive. Pointing out that there used to be thick forests in Chicawatni, Mianwali and Changa Manga, PM Imran urged, "Forests should be fully protected." Earlier...

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Zalmay Khalilzad seeks peace deal with Taliban before July vote

WASHINGTON: The United States is hoping Afghanistan can strike a peace agreement including the Taliban before elections scheduled for July, the US envoy for Afghan peace said on Friday. "It will be better for Afghanistan if we could get a peace agreement before the election, which is scheduled in July," Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, said, adding...

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Chicken thief who stole 15 hens in jail but who stole Rs1,500bn is heading PAC: Info Minister

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry regretted on Friday that he recently came across a news that a chicken thief who stole 15 hens is in jail but a thief who stole Rs1,500bn is the PAC chairman. In a subtle reference to opposition leader in the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif, the minister lambasted the justice system which treats people with different...

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Avalanches kill 1, trap 11 people under snow in IoK

Heavy snow has caused avalanches in the Himalayan region of Kashmir that have trapped 11 people and killed one, officials said Friday. Rescue operations were being hampered on Friday for people trapped at a fire brigade station at southern Banihal area overnight, said top police officer S.P. Pani. Trapped under the snow are six policemen, two firefighters and two prisoners....

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Facebook toughens political ad policies in India

NEW DELHI: Facebook is toughening up the rules governing political advertisements in India to create more transparency ahead of the country’s general elections due before May, the social media giant said late on Thursday. Users will see political advertisements with “published by” and “paid by” disclaimers, the Menlo Park, California-headquartered company said in a statement. The move comes weeks after...

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Fake accounts case: NAB submits progress report in SC

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday submitted its first progress report to the Apex Court on the ongoing investigation in the fake bank accounts case. According to the report prepared by NAB Rawalpindi, four more investigation teams were created to probe the money laundering case. Director General NAB Rawalpindi, Irfan Mangi, will head the newly formed probe teams....

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PSL 4: Karachi declared ‘The Cricket City’

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani while declaring Karachi "The Cricket City" for the series of Pakistan Super League (PSL), decided that images of cricket legends will be displayed in different parts of the metropolis. He said this while chairing review meeting for the arrangements of PSL 2019 at his office here, said a statement on Friday. He said that special...

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LNG Case: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will not appear before the court today

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had been summoned to appear before the National Accountability Bureau on Friday in an ongoing probe pertaining to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) contract case. Sources are reporting that the ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan is currently not in the country and has asked for pardon from the court...

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Ricky Ponting appointed Australia assistant coach for World Cup

MELBOURNE: Former captain Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistant coach of Australia’s men’s team for the 50-over World Cup in England later this year, the country’s cricket board said on Friday. The 44-year-old Ponting will work with Australia’s batsmen for the May 30-July 14 tournament, with current batting coach Graeme Hick focussing on preparing the side for the...

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Table grievances in bilateral talks, UK agreed to send fact finding missions to IoK: FM Qureshi

MANCHESTER: The Kashmir issue has been "highlighted globally under [Prime Minister] Imran Khan's leadership", Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Thursday. “Pakistan is playing a crucial role in Afghanistan peace process. We have helped the neighbouring country in the past and will do so in the future as well,” Mehmood Qureshi said while talking to media persons in Manchester, England....

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