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Irsa asked to ensure fair distribution of water among provinces


January 17, 2019

KARACHI: Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday spoke on the issues afflicting Sindh because of persistent water shortages as the provincial assembly passed a motion asking the Sindh government to approach the Centre for judicious water distribution among all federating units. An extensive debate was held during the Sindh Assembly session, chaired by Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, on …

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CDA takes possession of land for nursing varsity in Islamabad


January 17, 2019

ISLAMABAD: After being censured by the Supreme Court (SC) the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has taken over possession of 237 kanals from locals of Chattha Bakhtawar for the construction of the King Hamad Nursing University. CDA had acquired over 900 kanals in Chattha Bakhtawar in 1981 but there was a dispute between locals and the civic agency regarding the compensation …

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Afghan president thanks PM Khan for Pakistan’s ‘sincere facilitation’ of peace efforts


January 17, 2019

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday telephoned Prime Minister Imran Khan to discuss the ongoing international efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. During the call, Ghani “expressed his gratitude for Pakistan’s sincere facilitation of these efforts” that were initiated by US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said. Khan …

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Lawmaker claims to set ibex hunting record


January 17, 2019

GILGIT: Senator Talha Mahmood claimed to set a record by hunting an ibex with 54 inches horns in Passu valley of Hunza district here on Tuesday. The lawmaker, who was accompanied by a local guide in the expedition, told reporters that Gilgit-Baltistan had the largest wildlife habitat in Asia and therefore, it could attract foreigners in large numbers for lawful …

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Saad Rafique’s remand extended till 21st


January 17, 2019

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Wednesday approved the transit remand of former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique in a corruption case till Jan 21. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had produced Mr Rafique before the court of Justice Muhammad Bashir, seeking transit remand for five days. When asked for how many days the National Assembly session would last, the court …

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Pakistan needs to dictate decisions on INGOs: Janjua


January 17, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has said that the scope of activities for international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) has been defined in accordance with the nation’s requirements. Speaking to foreign envoys on the issue of INGOs registration, she said “activities that are responsive to Pakistan’s national development priorities” had been identified. The sectors in which INGOs are being encouraged to work …

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BNP-M mulling over future strategy in parliament


January 17, 2019

KARACHI: In less than six months of its existence, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government seems to be moving towards being mired in numbers game as one of its key supporters in the parliament, the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), has hinted at parting ways with the ruling party while complaining of its “non-seriousness” over the points both sides agreed when their …

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Amal’s death probe body seeks curbs on SMGs use by police


January 17, 2019

ISLAMABAD: A special committee constituted by the Supreme Court in the case involving death of 10-year-old Amal Umer in Karachi has recommended that police personnel engaged in patrolling to control street crimes should not carry sub-machine guns (SMGs), rather pistols or handguns. Read: How the system failed us A three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had formed the …

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Prime Minister Khan asks ‘why lawmakers are so scared of the ECL’


January 17, 2019

Prime Minister Imran Khan in a tweet on Thursday asked why lawmakers were “so scared” of the Exit Control List (ECL) and why they were so keen to go abroad. Prime Minister Imran Khan in a tweet on Thursday asked why lawmakers were “so scared” of the Exit Control List (ECL) and why they were so keen to go abroad. …

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