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Pakistan’s Covid-19 trajectory continues to come down


October 25, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The country has been recording a positivity ratio of less than 2 per cent for the last nine days as a downward Covid-19 trajectory continues. The infection rate in the last 24 hours remained 1.35pc. However, 18 patients also lost their battle against the virus during this period. According to data shared by the National Command and Operation Centre …

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Blocked roads reopened in twin cities after govt-TLP talks make headway


October 25, 2021

ISLAMABAD: After successful talks between the federal government and the banned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), blocked roads in the federal capital and the garrison city were reopened on Sunday. A senior officer of the capital administration said all roads had been cleared and containers removed from roads removed and placed on the roadsides. He, however, said the containers will remain kept …

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SC resumes hearings on Karachi’s civic issues from today


October 25, 2021

KARACHI: The Supreme Court is set to hear several important cases from Monday (today) regarding illegal and unauthorised constructions, encroachments on amenity plots, conversion of residential and amenity land into commercial spaces in the provincial metropolis. A three-judge SC bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed will take …

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Govt will fulfil commitments made with TLP: Sheikh Rashid


October 25, 2021

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed vowed on Monday to fulfil the commitments the government made with the banned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) during negotiations a day earlier, saying the matter would be discussed during a federal cabinet meeting on Wednesday following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s return from Saudi Arabia. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he said he had found the TLP’s incarcerated …

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Jam Kamal Khan Alyani bows out, draws curtain on crisis in Balochistan


October 25, 2021

QUETTA: The two-month-long political crisis being faced by Balochistan came to end on Sunday evening when Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) tendered his resignation. Governor Syed Zahoor Ahemd Agha accepted the resignation soon after Mr Alyani sent it to him. Consequently, the provincial cabinet stands dissolved. The former CM in his written resignation …

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PPP asks PML-N to consider no-trust moves against PM Imran, Buzdar


October 25, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Pakis­tan Peoples Party (PPP) has reiterated its call for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to consider tabling no-confidence mot­ions against Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, saying the time is now conducive for such a move. “To get rid of Imran Khan, a no-confidence motion will have to be tabled. Opposition Leader (Shehbaz Sharif) …

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‘Missing’ Balochistan MPAs declare support for angry group


October 24, 2021

QUETTA: With the return of four ‘missing’ MPAs from Islamabad to Quetta on Saturday and their announcement of support for angry lawmakers of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), success of the no-trust motion against Chief Minister Jam Kamal Alyani cannot be ruled out as Nawab Sanaullah Zehri has also joined hands with the disgruntled group. The four MPAs went missing on the …

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Pakistan passes milestone of administering 100m vaccine doses


October 24, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday announced that over 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in less than nine months. Besides, 68m people have got at least one dose of vaccine out of whom 38m have been fully vaccinated. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said in a video statement that with the passage …

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Dr Anita Zaidi elected to US National Academy of Medicine


October 24, 2021

KARACHI: Dr Anita K.M. Zaidi — president, gender equality division, and director of vaccine development, surveillance and enteric and diarrheal diseases programmes at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — has been elected to the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Membership in the NAM is considered one of the highest honours in the fields of health and medicine and …

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Weather warning as Karachi air pollution goes dangerously up


October 24, 2021

KARACHI: The city witnessed ‘very unhealthy’ levels of pollution in the air on Saturday, which the meteorological department said could continue for another day or two pushing health experts to warn that such weather conditions could lead to several infections and people should avoid exposing themselves to such an atmosphere to avoid ‘lasting effects’. The US Consulate Karachi’s Air Quality …

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