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Shahbaz acquittal in Sabzazar case: LHC seeks trial court record


December 14, 2018

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court division bench on Thursday sought complete record of trial court on an appeal challenging acquittal of former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif in Sabzazar fake police encounter case. Khurshid Khanum, mother of two brothers Waseem and Rauf, who were killed in the encounter, had filed the appeal in 2009 after a delay of one year. However, …

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Military courts have three months to decide 185 cases, NA told


December 14, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Military authorities have to decide 185 terrorism-related cases over the next three months as the two-year term of military courts will expire in March. In a written reply to a question raised by MNA Mohsin Dawar, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak informed the National Assembly on Wednesday that since the launch of the military operation Zarb-i-Azb the interior ministry had …

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PM Khan inaugurates shelter home in Peshawar


December 14, 2018

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday inaugurated a shelter home in Peshawar during his one-day visit to the provincial capital. According to Radio Pakistan, the prime minister will inaugurate three more shelter homes that have been built by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government as part of its 100-day plan. The homes will have the capacity to accommodate more than 400 people. Last …

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Speaker’s ‘partisan’ speech surprises members


December 14, 2018

LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly is setting new precedents these days. On Thursday, it violated all traditions when Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi ignored calls for quorum, delivered ‘highly partisan’ political speech from his rostrum and once adjourned the House to only restart session in next five minutes. It all started when Waris Kahloon of the PML-N stood on a point of …

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Court orders release of two TLP members detained under MPO


December 14, 2018

PESHAWAR: A Peshawar High Court bench has declared illegal the detention of two Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan activists under the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance on the order of Kohat’s deputy commissioner. Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Mussarat Hilali disposed of a petition jointly filed by two residents of Kohat, including Pir Salim Shah and Attiqur Rehman, against their detention …

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PM to attend special meeting of KP cabinet today


December 14, 2018

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit the provincial capital on Friday (today) where he would be briefed on the provincial government’s100-day plans. A statement issued here said that the prime minister would attend a special meeting of the provincial cabinet and later a programme at Nishtar Hall. It said that the provincial government had identified 25 initiatives to pursue …

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VoA protests move to block its content


December 14, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Voice of America (VoA) has called upon Pakistan to lift a block on two of its websites, in Urdu and Pashto. “In the interest of press freedom, VoA calls upon those responsible for blocking our content to immediately remove these constraints,” said Amanda Bennett, the director of VoA, in a statement. “Any attempt to block our websites deprives Urdu and Pashto speakers in the …

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Formation of body to probe cybercrime under way, Senate panel told


December 14, 2018

ISLAMABAD: A Senate committee on Thursday called for formulation of an independent body to investigate cybercrime as specified in the law. The Senate Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation met to discuss the progress made after promulgation of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca) 2016. Under Peca, while the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been authorised to block objectionable content …

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No headway in govt-opposition talks on poll rigging panel’s ToR


December 14, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The government and the opposition have failed to break the deadlock over the terms of reference (ToR) of the parliamentary panel on election rigging. A meeting of the sub-committee of the parliamentary panel presided over by federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood on Thursday reviewed the ToR presented by the two sides, but failed to reach …

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