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Thousands turn up at New Delhi protest against citizenship law


January 18, 2020

NEW DELHI: Hundreds of demonstrators perched themselves on the steps of an iconic mosque in the Indian capital on Friday to protest against a new citizenship law that excludes Muslim immigrants. Demonstrators carried placards and shouted slogans accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government of pursuing policies aimed at forcing people to prove their citizenship and putting Muslims and …

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Successive govts made 43 changes to capital’s master plan without experts’ input


January 18, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The master plan of Islamabad 1960 witnessed 43 major amendments by successive governments without an input from any independent commission of experts, Dawn has learnt. The Greek Firm – Doxiadis Associates – which had prepared the master plan had recommended that it should be revised after every 20 years in accordance with the changing needs. But instead of adopting a proper …

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Another Langar at Pims to serve 1,000 people every day


January 18, 2020

ISLAMABAD, Jan 17: Ehsaas opened second Langar (soup kitchen) at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) on Friday. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza performed the groundbreaking of the Langar. Pims Executive Director Dr Anser Maxood, Adviser to Chairman of Saylani …

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Peshawar nanbais announce strike over govt’s refusal to increase roti price


January 18, 2020

PESHAWAR: The Nanbai Association Peshawar on Friday announced that its members would go on strike across the province next Monday over the failure of its talks with the provincial government and district administration over roti price. Association president Khaista Gul told Dawn that if the roti price wasn’t increased by the administration in line with the escalating price of wheat …

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Khalid Maqbool’s resignation the result of power struggle within MQM: Kamal


January 18, 2020

KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal said on Friday that the resignation of federal minister Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui was the outcome of a power tussle within the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan and it had nothing to do with the issues of Karachi. Accusing senior MQM-P leader Amir Khan of plotting against Dr Siddiqui, he alleged that it was …

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Arrest warrants issued for anchorperson Mubashir Luqman


January 18, 2020

ISLAMABAD: An additional district and sessions judge of Islamabad on Friday issued non-bailable warrants of arrest for TV anchorperson Mubashir Luqman in a criminal complaint filed against him by Anwar Aziz, father of ex-minister Daniyal Aziz, for allegedly using slanderous language. The court also issued arrest warrants for Luqman’s guarantor Rehan Ishfaq as Luqman who was on pre-arrest bail in …

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AJK PM flies to Neelum as opposition threatens protest


January 18, 2020

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider on Friday flew into Neelum Valley to have firsthand information about relief and rehabilitation activities there. Accompanied by Legislative Assembly Speaker Shah Ghulam Qadir and Minister for Relief, Disaster Management and Civil Defence Ahmed Raza Qadri, the AJK premier assured the affected people in Surgan area of all-out support …

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Shahbaz allowed permanent exemption in two cases


January 18, 2020

LAHORE: An accountability court on Friday allowed permanent exemption from personal appearance to PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, till further orders, in proceedings of the Ramzan Sugar Mills and Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme cases. Presiding judge Amjad Nazir Chaudhry announced a verdict reserved on last hearing on an application moved by Shahbaz’s lawyer seeking a permanent exemption from personal appearance till conclusion …

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Sindh govt, centre differ over names for new police chief


January 18, 2020

KARACHI: The Sindh government has approached the centre with names of three senior police officers, asking it to appoint one of them as the new inspector general of police, it emerged on Friday. An official familiar with this development told Dawn that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had sent a letter to the Prime Minister Office on Thursday evening in …

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SC deplores inaction of NAB, Punjab govt in public companies case


January 18, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday deplored what it called inaction on the part of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Punjab government in a case related to setting up of several public companies under different provincial departments. Punjab Advocate General Sardar Jamal Sukhera and Chief Secretary Azam Suleman as well as the prosecutor general of NAB were directed …

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