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Khashoggi murder: US hits 17 Saudis with sanctions

The United States on Thursday placed punishing economic sanctions on 17 Saudis allegedly involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including top aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The sanctions were declared after Riyadh s public prosecutor announced that five officials face a possible death sentence in the case but exculpated the prince. "The Saudi officials we are...

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Poet of Emotions Jaun Elia death anniversary being observed today

KARACHI: Renowned poet, biographer and scholar Jaun Elia is being remembered on the occasion of his 16th death anniversary,on Thursday (today). Jaun Elia was born on December 14, 1931 in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh. He was the youngest of his siblings and breathed his last on 8 November, 2002. His father, Shafiq Hasan Elia, was involved in art and literature and...

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Athar Minallah appointed as as next IHC chief justice by parliamentary committee

ISLAMABAD: On Thursday,  the Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of Judges (PCAJ) accorded approval for Justice Athar Minallah as the new chief justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The approval came as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan chaired a meeting of the committee today. Pakistan Peoples Party's Farooq H Naek and Raja Pervez Ashraf, Pakistan Muslim...

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Indecision on Afia Siddiqui’s release as yet: FO Dr Faisal

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday said Pakistan has raised with the United States the issue of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist and mother of three jailed in the US for almost a decade, but no decision has been taken regarding her release as yet. During his weekly press briefing in Islamabad, FO spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said, “We...

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Diwali in Pakistan: Pictorial Edition

The Hindu community in Pakistan celebrated Diwali on November 7 across the country. Earthen lamps were lit up at houses, special prayers were held at temples, sweets were distributed and the sky was illuminated with fireworks. Diwali celebrations at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Karachi - Online  Hindu community celebrating Diwali festival at Karshina Mandir in Lahore - APP   Hindu community celebrating...

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Australia rest Starc, Lyon for South Africa, India T20s

SYDNEY: Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, veteran spinner Nathan Lyon and all-rounder Mitch Marsh were all left out of Australia´s Twenty20 squad Thursday to play South Africa and India. Coach Justin Langer said they, along with Peter Siddle, would be better off playing Sheffield Shield cricket to be ready for a busy home summer featuring four Tests against India and two...

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NRO has taken place between firebrand clerics and Govt, says Zardari

KHAIRPUR: Former president Asif Zardari on Thursday said a National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) was given to clerics who used derogatory language. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman while speaking to the media in Khairpur responded to a question regarding the government’s earlier statements on the NRO and said, “They gave an NRO just days earlier.” Referring to an agreement between...

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Samsung gives first glimpse of foldable phone

SAN FRANCISCO: Samsung unveiled its much-anticipated foldable phone in San Francisco on Wednesday, urging Android developers to start writing apps for it. The South Korean tech company needs to get the foldable phone right to reverse steep declines in profit for its mobile division and restore some of the cachet its brand has lost to Apple. Foldable phones promise the...

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PTV MD Atta ul Haq Qasmi’s appointment declared defunct by SC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday declared former managing director and chairman of Pakistan Television (PTV) Atta ul Haq Qasmi’s appointment and the perks granted to him as illegal. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a case pertaining to Qasmi's appointment as managing director as well as the amount of salary and...

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Soldier martyred by unprovoked Indian firing from India along LoC

RAWALPINDI: A soldier embraced martyrdom in unprovoked Indian firing along the Line of Control (LoC), the Inter-Services Public Relations said on Thursday. According to the ISPR statement, Sepoy Zaheer Ahmed was martyred in Thub Sector of LOC due to unprovoked firing by Indian troops. He belonged to Sultan Pur village, Tehsil and District Bhimber, and is survived by a widow....

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Four federal ministers summoned for hearing of PTV, Parliament attack cases

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court in the federal capital on Thursday directed four federal ministers to appear for the next hearing of the cases related to attacks on Pakistan Television (PTV) and Parliament House in 2014. ATC Judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi heard the cases pertaining to the attacks on PTV and Parliament House in 2014. Accepting the requests for exemptions...

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Delhi suffers toxic smog hangover after Diwali firework frenzy

NEW DELHI: Air pollution in New Delhi hit hazardous levels Thursday after a night of free-for-all Diwali fireworks, despite Supreme Court efforts to curb the smog-fuelling partying. Major monuments including the India Gate and Red Fort were hidden by a toxic haze. Commuters donned masks as visibility on major roads was reduced to barely 50 metres (160 feet). Diwali is...

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Donald Trump says CNN’s Acosta ‘a rude, terrible person’ over question about immigrants

WASHINGTON: A visibly angry President Donald Trump branded CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta a "rude, terrible person" and an "enemy of the people" in a testy exchange on national television Wednesday the day after America's midterm elections. Trump laid into the CNN star — the latest in a long history of fiery run-ins between the pair — after Acosta...

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Indian unprovoked firing: Sepoy Zaheer Ahmed embraces martyrdom at LoC

RAWALPINDI: On Thursday, a soldier embraced martyrdom in unprovoked Indian firing along the Line of Control (LoC), the Inter-Services Public Relations said. Sepoy Zaheer Ahmed was martyred in Thub Sector of LOC due to unprovoked firing by Indian troops, according to the ISPR statement. He belonged to Sultan Pur village, Tehsil and District Bhimber, and is survived by a widow....

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Appointment of Attaul Haq Qasmi as MD PTV was illegal: Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD:According to Newsone, the Supreme Court on Thursday declared the appointment of Attaul Haq Qasmi as Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) managing director illegal. The court has directed the authorities to retrieve the salary and incentives worth Rs19.78 crore from Qasmi.

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Eight die, scores injured in Indus Highway accident

DADU: At least eight people including a woman were killed and 26 injured when a passenger bus and trailer collided on Indus Highway in Sindh’s, Dadu district on Wednesday night. According to police, the passenger bus was travelling from Larkana to Karachi when it collided with a trailer near Makhdoom Bilawal area in Dadu, resulting in eight dead and 26...

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Saudi King Salman supports son MbS on public tour despite Khashoggi crisis

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has embarked on a domestic tour this week with his favourite son, demonstrating his support for his chosen heir despite the crisis spawned by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Roads were lined with Saudi flags and images of the king and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when they arrived in the central...

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