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IHC order on pleas against Sharifs sentence likely today


September 19, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Islam­abad High Court may issue an order on petitions seeking suspension of the sentence awarded to former prime minister Nawaz Sha­rif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar in the Avenfield properties reference as the court has given a final opportunity to the National Accounta­bility Bureau (NAB) to conclude arguments on Wednesday (today). In its …

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ension of aid not a ‘life or death situation’ for Pakistan, says navy chief in Washington


September 18, 2018

Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Monday said that India’s sea-based nuclear weapon initiative had compelled Pakistan to take steps for maintaining strategic balance in the region. Talking to media persons at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, Admiral Abbasi, who is visiting US to attend an international sea-powers symposium, rejected the “myth” that Pakistan was seeking strategic depth …

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2 Levies personnel martyred in Balochistan’s Killa Saifullah district


September 18, 2018

Two Levies personnel were martyred and another injured when unidentified armed men opened fire at the security officials in Balochistan’s Killa Saifullah district on Tuesday evening, According to the Levies officials, the incident occurred at Junction Chowk area of Killa Saifullah. The martyred soldiers, identified as Munir and Akram, died on the spot and their bodies were shifted to District …

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Russia, Turkey agree to create buffer zone in Syria’s Idlib


September 18, 2018

SOCHI: Russian and Turkish troops are to enforce a new demilitarised zone in Idlib from which radical rebels will be required to withdraw, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart. Russia, the biggest outside backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his fight against rebels, has been preparing for an offensive on Idlib, …

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Asad Umar presents amendments to budget for ongoing fiscal year


September 18, 2018

The amended finance bill for the remaining months of fiscal 2018-2019 was read out during Tuesday’s session of the National Assembly. Prime Minister Imran Khan, ministers and lawmakers from various political parties were in attendance. Finance Minister Asad Umar presented the budget speech, detailing the amendments the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)-led government is bringing to the federal budget announced by the …

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Govt, opposition to have equal representation in parliamentary body to probe poll rigging charges


September 18, 2018

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced on Tuesday that a “transparent” parliamentary committee will be formed to probe charges of rigging in the July 25 elections on the opposition’s demand. Speaking during a session of the National Assembly that is currently underway, the minister revealed that the probe body will have equal representation from the government and the opposition. The …

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Teacher, 3 students electrocuted in Kiwai village in KP


September 18, 2018

A teacher and three students were electrocuted on Tuesday at a private school in the Kiwai area of Kaghan valley in the Mansehra district, police said. The bodies of the victims were shifted to Kiwai Hospital. Police officer Abdur Rasheed said that the four were hoisting the national flag during a morning assembly when tragedy struck. The teacher, Safeer Ahmed, …

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Experts air new concerns about UN response to Myanmar crisis


September 18, 2018

United Nations-backed investigators who examined a crackdown by Myanmar security forces that caused hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh issued a searing critique on Tuesday of the UN’s own response to the human rights crisis. In a 432-page report, the members of a “fact-finding mission” on Myanmar fleshed out preliminary findings and recommendations released in a shorter version three …

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PTI leaders issue apology for Punjab govt’s controversial ad


September 18, 2018

MNA Ali Wazir, in Tuesday’s National Assembly session, objected to a controversial public service announcement of the Punjab government that reportedly carried racist undertones against the Pakhtoon community. Soon after Finance Minister Asad Umar delivered his budget speech, Wazir — a Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader — raised his objections against the aforementioned ad campaign. Federal Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak …

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Senate body to take up cases of Pakistanis jailed abroad


September 17, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights will take up the issue of Pakistanis languishing in jails of foreign countries. Thousands of such individuals need legal assistance. Last month, the Senate had a debate on the issue of Pakistani citizens imprisoned in various countries in the Middle East. The Senate also discussed the case of 594 Pakistanis in Indian …

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