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Independent commission to propose revisions to capital’s master plan


November 14, 2018

ISLAMABAD: An independent commission will be formed to propose revisions to the capital’s master plan for the first time in Islamabad’s 58-year history, following orders from the prime minister during a meeting on Tuesday. Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered the first ever revision of the capital’s master plan while chairing a meeting on the Capital Development Authority (CDA). Addressing a …

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Bajaur Press Club closed over terror threat


November 14, 2018

KHAR: The Bajaur Press Club was closed for an indefinite period on Tuesday following threats of terror attacks. The press club president Hasbanullah Khan told Dawn here that though he did not know about the threats, but the club had been shut down on the directives of senior officials of the local administration. Quoting the officials, Mr Khan said they …

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Civil Lines SHO given 2 more days to respond to allegations of inaction against TLP protesters


November 14, 2018

A sessions court in Lahore on Wednesday gave the station house officer (SHO) of Civil Lines police station until November 16 (Friday) to submit a report on his alleged failure to register a case against Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi, Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) head Ashraf Jalali and others for threatening the top judiciary and inciting the …

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Pakistan likely to escape US censure due to Aasia’s release


November 14, 2018

WASHINGTON: Pakistan may escape a new designation — a serious violator of religious freedom — thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision to release Aasia Bibi, according to diplomatic sources. In January, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recommended that Pakistan be designated as a “country of concern” because of its alleged “serious violations of religious freedom”. Although it’s a …

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Smog to blanket Karachi for next couple of days, says regional met official


November 14, 2018

Unusual smog-like conditions prevailed in Karachi on Wednesday morning, causing poor visibility and difficulty for drivers in various parts of the city, along with exacerbating respiratory issues in people suffering from asthma. Regional Meteorological Centre Karachi Director Shahid Abbas, while explaining the weather in the metropolis, said that fog or smog is formed “when minimum temperature falls rapidly”. “Right now, …

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Woman, minor daughter found hanging from a tree in Khanewal: police


November 14, 2018

A woman and her minor daughter were found hanging from a tree within the vicinity of the former’s parent’s house in a remote area of Khanewal district on Wednesday. According to police, the 30-year-old woman and her 4-year-old daughter were strangled to death before their bodies were hung from the tree. Homicide Sub Inspector Falak Sheer told DawnNewsTV that marks of fingers …

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Nawaz Sharif responds to court’s questions in Al-Azizia corruption case


November 14, 2018

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday submitted his responses to 45 of 50 questions posed to him by the court in the Al-Azizia corruption reference. When Nawaz approached the rostrum to verbally record his testimony, Accountability Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik asked him to return to his seat, and informed Nawaz that he himself would read the statement out in …

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Daniyal Aziz withdraws plea against disqualification


November 14, 2018

In an unexpected development, PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz — who had been declared disqualified from holding public office by the Supreme Court of Pakistan after being found in contempt of court — on Wednesday withdrew his plea against the disqualification verdict. He was unwilling to share his reason for the decision. The apex court had held the outspoken PML-N leader …

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Sindh Assembly speaker creates committee to oversee provincial food authority


November 13, 2018

Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani on Tuesday formed a committee to revive the Sindh Food Authority (SFA) in light of the recent death of two minors from what is believed to be a case of food poisoning. The committee, which includes lawmakers Dr Sohrab Sarki, Sanjay Parvani and Ganhor Khan Asrani, has been tasked to revive the SFA. The …

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