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Imran urges same standards for holocaust, blasphemy


April 18, 2021

• Calls on western govts to outlaw negative comment against Holy Prophet • Confiscation of TLP assets ordered • Fawad terms imposing ban on TLP internal matter ISLAMABAD: Western governments should treat the people who insult the Prophet (peace be upon him) the same as those who deny the Holocaust, Prime Minis­ter Imran Khan said on Saturday. Speaking after the …

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CAIE exams to take place as per schedule: Shafqat Mahmood


April 18, 2021

Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said on Sunday that the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) examinations would take place as per schedule and there would be no delay or cancellation. In a series of tweets, the education minister said the decision, among others, had been taken in a special meeting of health and education ministers from the four provinces, Azad Jammu …

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Workers of banned TLP ‘brutally tortured’ DSP, took 5 policemen hostage: police official


April 18, 2021

Workers of the recently proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) “brutally tortured” a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and took him, as well as four other officials, hostage on Sunday, spokesperson for Lahore CCPO Rana Arif told. Police said the violence occurred after “miscreants” — an apparent reference to TLP workers — attacked a police station and abducted the DSP, adding that …

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IHC may hear appeals against Shaukat Tarin’s acquittal in June


April 18, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) is likely to take up appeals of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the acquittal of newly-appointed Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin in the Rental Power Projects (RPPs) case on June 1. Sources said the IHC’s registrar office had initiated a note for fixing NAB’s appeals against acquittal of Mr Tarin, former prime minister Raja …

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Vaccination for 50-59 age group to start from 21st


April 18, 2021

• Over 100 people die on fifth consecutive day • 100pc beds allocated for Covid-19 patients in use in Swabi ISLAMABAD: While coronavirus-related deaths in the country have surpassed the figure of 16,000, number of active cases has swelled to 79,108 with 4,984 patients admitted to hospitals. The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) decided on Saturday to start vaccination …

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Shehbaz’s release delayed for want of written order


April 17, 2021

LAHORE: Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif’s release from jail on bail in a money laundering reference may be delayed further as the Lahore High Court (LHC) bench that had granted him bail two days ago has so far not issued its written order. The LHC bench comprising Justice Sardar Mohammad Sarfraz Dogar and Justice Asjad Javed …

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US sanctions also target Pakistani firms, individuals in move against Russia


April 17, 2021

WASHINGTON: Ten of the 32 individuals and entities sanctioned by US President Joe Biden on Thursday for participating in Russia’s alleged cybercrimes are based in Karachi and Lahore, shows an official US statement. On Thursday, President Biden expelled 10 Russian diplomats and sanctioned almost three dozen individuals and companies in retaliation for a massive cyber-hacking of US federal agencies and …

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PM unveils plan to spend Rs446bn on Sindh uplift


April 17, 2021

• Package features restoration of farmland, construction of dam, motorway, gas & power supply • Sindh urged to reconsider cancellation of NOC for island project SUKKUR: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday unveiled a historic development package worth Rs446 billion to develop backward areas of PPP-led Sindh through power supply, irrigation, sports and communication projects. The package features restoration of …

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‘State writ can’t be challenged’: Fawad says situation in country back to normal


April 17, 2021

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday that the writ of the state could not be challenged and that the situation in the country had returned to normal after countywide protests by the now proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) over the arrest of its chief Saad Hussain Rizvi. While speaking to the media in Rawalpindi after visiting …

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PM Imran asks Western govts to outlaw disrespect for Prophet on lines of Holocaust


April 17, 2021

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday asked the governments of Western countries to “penalise those deliberately spreading their message of hate against Muslims” by disrespecting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the same way that they had “outlawed any negative comment against the Holocaust”. In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Imran clarified that his government had only taken action against the …

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