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Govt may exempt Kartarpur project from PPRA rules


April 18, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet in its next week’s meeting is set to grant exemption to the Darbar Kartarpur Corridor Project from following the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules, shows agenda for the meeting issued by the Cabinet Secretariat. A summary seeking exemption under Section 21 of the PPRA Ordinance 2002 has been moved by the Ministry of Religious Affairs …

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Ex-minister’s driver missing in capital


April 18, 2021

ISLAMABAD: A personal driver of former federal minister Sartaj Aziz has been missing for the last five days. The Banigala police have registered a kidnapping case on the complaint of the missing man’s brother-in-law Abrar Ahmed. The complainant said Habib Khan, 50, left home on April 12 for work but did not return. Mr Ahmed told Dawn that he lodged the complaint …

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Status of 200 regular PMC employees changed to contractual


April 18, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), which was earlier called Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), has changed the permanent status of around 200 employees into contractual. Moreover, salaries have been reduced and in the contract letters it has been mentioned that they can be fired on one month’s notice. In the meanwhile, about 70 new employees have been appointed. …

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LHC bench gives split ruling on Shehbaz’s bail plea


April 18, 2021

LAHORE: Judges of a Lahore High Court (LHC) bench on Saturday finally came up with a split decision on the post-arrest bail petition of Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, sending the matter to the chief justice for the nomination of a referee judge. Justice Sardar Mohammad Sarfraz Dogar, who headed the bench, allowed the petition while …

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Police officials, doctors brawl in Pindi’s Benazir Bhutto Hospital


April 18, 2021

RAWALPINDI: A brawl occurred between policemen and doctors in the emergency department of Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) on Saturday, halting medical services and creating problems for patients. Doctors accused the police of misbehaving and taking illegal advantage of their uniforms. However, the police said doctors showed negligence in providing emergency treatment to an ailing officer. City Police Officer (CPO) Mohammad …

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Imran urges same standards for holocaust, blasphemy


April 18, 2021

• Calls on western govts to outlaw negative comment against Holy Prophet • Confiscation of TLP assets ordered • Fawad terms imposing ban on TLP internal matter ISLAMABAD: Western governments should treat the people who insult the Prophet (peace be upon him) the same as those who deny the Holocaust, Prime Minis­ter Imran Khan said on Saturday. Speaking after the …

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CAIE exams to take place as per schedule: Shafqat Mahmood


April 18, 2021

Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said on Sunday that the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) examinations would take place as per schedule and there would be no delay or cancellation. In a series of tweets, the education minister said the decision, among others, had been taken in a special meeting of health and education ministers from the four provinces, Azad Jammu …

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Workers of banned TLP ‘brutally tortured’ DSP, took 5 policemen hostage: police official


April 18, 2021

Workers of the recently proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) “brutally tortured” a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and took him, as well as four other officials, hostage on Sunday, spokesperson for Lahore CCPO Rana Arif told. Police said the violence occurred after “miscreants” — an apparent reference to TLP workers — attacked a police station and abducted the DSP, adding that …

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IHC may hear appeals against Shaukat Tarin’s acquittal in June


April 18, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) is likely to take up appeals of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the acquittal of newly-appointed Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin in the Rental Power Projects (RPPs) case on June 1. Sources said the IHC’s registrar office had initiated a note for fixing NAB’s appeals against acquittal of Mr Tarin, former prime minister Raja …

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Vaccination for 50-59 age group to start from 21st


April 18, 2021

• Over 100 people die on fifth consecutive day • 100pc beds allocated for Covid-19 patients in use in Swabi ISLAMABAD: While coronavirus-related deaths in the country have surpassed the figure of 16,000, number of active cases has swelled to 79,108 with 4,984 patients admitted to hospitals. The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) decided on Saturday to start vaccination …

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