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Lockdown Restrictions In Sindh To remain in place Till May 31: Nasir Shah

KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Information Syed Nasir Hussain Shah Thursday said the implementation of lockdown restrictions would remained continue in the province till May 31. Addressing a press conference flanked by Barrister Murtaza Wahab, Law Adviser to Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Syed Nasir Hussain said how the lockdown could be relaxed at a time when the number...

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Traders demand Sindh govt allow markets to stay open till midnight from Monday

KARACHI: All Karachi Tajir Ittehad Chairman Atiq Mir on Sunday demanded of the Sindh government to allow businesses to stay open until midnight after Iftar from Monday. He in a statement said the government should allow markets to remain open after iftar till Chand Raat. Traders will open their shops under standard operating procedures (SOPs) after Iftar even if they...

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Federal Govt announces six-day Eid-ul- Fitr holiday

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Saturday announced a six-day holiday on the festival of Eidul Fitr this year. According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Interior, May 22 to 27 (Friday to Wednesday) will be public holidays on the occasion of the Eid festival. During the holidays all business, public places, community markets and shops will remain closed,...

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PCB agrees ‘in principle’ to tour England in July after consulting with ECB: Wasim Khan

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has agreed "in principle" to tour England in July after a detailed meeting through video link was held with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday, according to the board's chief executive, Wasim Khan. England are scheduled to host Pakistan for three Tests from July 30, followed by three Twenty20 internationals, but...

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Punjab govt to lift lockdown in phases; reopen shopping malls, public transport from Monday

Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan has said that as a part of lifting the lockdown in phases, the provincial government will reopen shopping malls and allow the automotive industry to resume operations from Monday. The minister's statement came as Punjab recorded more than 14,000 cases of the coronavirus and more than 240 deaths. Chohan said that the overall situation across...

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FO rejects Indian army chief’s allegations against Pakistan

Pakistan Foreign Office has rejected Indian army chief's recent comments hurling allegations against Islamabad, saying that these are parts of India's desperate attempts to divert the world's attention from Indian state-terrorism and egregious violations of human rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). According to an official statement released by Foreign Office on Saturday, the indigenous Kashmiri resistance being faced by...

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Shahid Afridi choses Tom Cruise, Aamir Khan to play him in biopic

Pakistan former cricket captain Shahid Afridi has said he would want Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise to play him if a film is made on his life. The flamboyant all-rounder said he would like Indian actor Aamir Khan to play his role if the biopic is made in Urdu language. Popularly known as Boom Boom, Afridi is a successful all-rounder who...

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Markets that are non-compliant of SOPs will be closed: NCOC

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday warned the traders and shop owners that non-compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) would result in the closure of markets. The NCOC meeting, presided by Minister for Planning Development Reforms and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, maintained that the implementation of SOPs and social distancing was only possible through public education and...

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NAB reference against Shehbaz Sharif ‘ready to be filed’: Shahzad Akbar

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar on Saturday said a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) reference was ready to be filed against PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif. "Those who are working hand in glove with Sharif in corruption stand exposed [...] Eid is near and the reference against Sharif is ready," he said while addressing a press conference...

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Face masks to be made obligatory in public as Pakistan slowly lifts restrictions

ISLAMABAD: Top Pakistani government officials have hinted at making wearing face masks obligatory in public as the first phase of a gradual ease in relaxations in the coronavirus lockdown sent hordes of people to the markets ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. Pakistan's primary coronavirus monitoring body, National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), and its head, Planning Minister Asad Umar, emphasised on the dire need...

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Crowds at Wuhan clinics fear coronavirus testing could rekindle disease

As Wuhan, the Chinese city where the Covid-19 pandemic began, revs up a massive testing campaign, some residents crowding the test centres expressed concern on Saturday that the very act of getting tested could expose them to the coronavirus. Safety has become a hot topic on social media groups among the 11 million residents of Wuhan, people told Reuters as they converged on...

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Limited domestic flight operations resume in Pakistan from five major airports

ISLAMABAD: Limited domestic flight operations resumed in the country from five major airports on Saturday, as the country continued to gradually ease lockdown measures. The first Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight carrying 84 passengers departed from Karachi for Lahore at 1pm, along with flights for Lahore and Islamabad operated by a private airline. In a video statement issued Friday, Aviation...

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30 migrant workers killed in India lockdown truck crash

At least 30 Indian migrant workers were killed on Saturday in road accidents as they tried to return to their home villages during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, officials said. The accidents, in central and northern India, were the latest involving some of the millions of labourers left stranded and jobless by the seven-week shutdown. Scores have died in road and...

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Pop queen Nazia Hassan’s father Basir Hassan passes away in Karachi, says Zohaib

Late Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan’s father Basir Hassan passed away in Karachi, his son Zoheb Hassan has confirmed. Zoheb turned to Facebook and shared a childhood photo with his father and wrote a farewell note, “Goodbye my hero, my friend and the wind beneath my wings. Farewell until we meet again.. your son, Zoheb". Currently, Zoheb is in London...

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Pakistani celebs partake in global #Masks4All movement

Pakistan's entertainment industry stands tall in support as Chainstore Association of Pakistan (CAP) launches the global movement #Masks4All in Pakistan. In collaboration with the country's Covid-19 relief portal, Sab Saath, the aim is to supply masks to those in need, in order to help protect from the disease. Humayun Saeed took to social media to express solidarity through an Instagram post. https://www.instagram.com/p/CAI861_pE_e/?utm_source=ig_embed "It...

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FIA arrest Karachi police officer suspected of working for RAW sleeper cell

KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday arrested a suspected member of a cell operated by Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). According to FIA officials, the suspect was serving as an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) in the special branch of the police and was a key member of a RAW sleeper cell. “The accused ASI was on...

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Rawalpindi police set up special reporting desk for transgender community

The Rawalpindi police have set up a special reporting desk on the premises of a women's police station to facilitate the transgender community. A transgender woman police officer has been appointed victim support officer to facilitate complainants from the marginalised community. The appointee, Reem Shareef, holds a master's degrees in International Relations and is a prominent activist based in Islamabad....

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