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South Punjab province: PPP starts coordinating with opposition


November 24, 2018

LAHORE: The PPP has decided to actively play its role in the creation of south Punjab province by coordinating with other stakeholders. The party leadership has tasked its parliamentary leader in the Punjab Assembly, Syed Hassan Murtaza, with coordinating with other opposition parties, including the PML-N, as well as the defunct Janoobi Sooba Mahaz (South Punjab Front) to seek their …

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FIF’s media coverage banned to immobilise its fundraising, IHC told


November 24, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) – an offshoot of Jamatud Dawa – was among organisations on the watch list of the United Nations (UN) and a ban on its media coverage was imposed to immobilise its fundraising. In its reply submitted to the IHC in response to a petition …

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Journalists stage demo against downsizing


November 24, 2018

LAHORE: Journalists and media workers staged a demonstration at the Charing Cross on Friday to condemn downsizing in media houses, accusing the government of encouraging publishers and TV channels’ owners to throw their staff in the street. PPP’s Hasan Murtaza also spoke and expressed solidarity with the protesting journalists, assuring full support of his party and its Chairman Bilawal Bhutto …

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Punjab cabinet approves various drafts, laws ahead of govt’s 100 days


November 24, 2018

LAHORE: The Punjab cabinet on Friday took up a heavy agenda approving various legislative businesses on the recommendations of the cabinet’s standing committee on legislation. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Punjab government is completing its first 100 days in a week. The cabinet retained the ban on recruitments on posts from BPS-1 to 15. Similar to the previous practice, respective administrative departments will …

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Murad orders intelligence-based operations against militants, abettors


November 24, 2018

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed law enforcement agencies to speed up intelligence-based operations against terrorists in the city. “The attempt to attack the Chinese consulate general shows that still there are abettors of terrorists in the city,” he said while presiding over a special meeting on law and order here at the CM House on Friday. The …

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Minister defends his presence at Chinese consulate following attack


November 24, 2018

KARACHI: A terrorist attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi was foiled by the Sindh police and Rangers on Friday. Shortly after the attack was thwarted, federal Min­is­ter for Water Resources Faisal Vawda showed up at the site in a bulletproof vest and armed with a gun. When asked by a reporter if he was ready to take part in the operation, …

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War against terrorism, militancy not over yet: Bajwa


November 24, 2018

MULTAN / RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that war against terrorism and militancy is not over yet. The army chief’s remarks came during a visit to Multan Garrison on Friday where he witnessed training demonstration on combat readiness by an armour formation of the strike corps. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations …

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Cabinet settles on deadline for illegally imported phones


November 24, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Friday set the deadline of Dec 31 for blocking all new mobile phones being brought into the country through illegal means. The forum also decided that Prime Minister Imran Khan will open the Pakistan-India Kartarpur border in a ceremony to be held on Nov 28. The cabinet meeting, presided over by the prime minister, strongly …

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NAB under fire in NA over ‘ruthless’ probe methods


November 24, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was blamed in the National Assembly on Friday for using ruthless methods of investigation against accused of white-collar crimes. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s U-turn remarks and negotiations between the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout package also came under discussion during the session. The house also condemned an abortive terrorist …

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Lahore court reserves verdict on petition seeking sedition charges against Khadim Rizvi


November 24, 2018

A Lahore sessions court on Saturday reserved its verdict on a petition seeking sedition charges against Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and others for their diatribe against the judiciary, armed forces and other state institutions. Filed by advocate Abdullah Malik, the petition states that the station house officer (SHO) of Civil Lines police station in Lahore had failed to file …

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