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Human rights added in Sindh textbooks

KARACHI: To promote tolerance and harmony, the provincial education department has started developing a curriculum on fundamental human rights in the textbooks for up to Intermediate. This was stated in a compliance report filed by the provincial education and literacy department secretary, Dr Fazlullah Pechuho, in the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday. The division bench, headed by SHC chief …

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Forging documents : Human trafficking cell arrests seven suspects

KARACHI: Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) of the Federal Investigation Agency claimed on Thursday to have arrested nearly six suspects for their alleged involvement in making fake passports and driving licences for Pakistanis living abroad. One of the suspects, identified as Raja Nadeem, was allegedly involved in making fake driving licences for intending emigrants to Gulf countries. He was arrested during …

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Atomic energy body seeks billions to finish projects

ISLAMABAD: Billions of rupees have been sought by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission in additional funds for timely completion of the ongoing work on nuclear power plants with a total output capacity of 2,880 megawatts on time, as the government struggles to create fiscal space for timely commissioning of these projects. Asking for the government’s continued financial support, PAEC Chairman …

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Court martial: SC seeks Centre’s reply in plot confiscation cases

ISLAMABAD: A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court sought the federal government’s reply on Thursday regarding the confiscation of property of a military officer who was dismissed from service for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy against then government led by Benazir Bhutto in 1996. The apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, granted leave to appeal …

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US promises $100m fund to propel Pakistan’s SMEs

ISLAMABAD: The United States has announced that it will provide a fund of over $100 million for investment in small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which provide a large number of jobs and make a significant contribution to the economy, through the Pakistan Private Investment Initiative. Speaking at the launching ceremony of the Pakistan Private Investment Initiative on Thursday, US Ambassador …

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Zardari not meeting Nawaz in London: Bilawal

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday took to Twitter to silence rumours about a possible meeting between former president Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in London. “AZ is not meeting NS,” Bilawal tweeted using initials to refer to the two politicians.

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Army-led operation likely against Rajanpur gangsters

LAHORE / DG KHAN: A full-fledged, two-pronged military operation against the notorious Chottu gang of Dera Ghazi Khan is expected today (Friday) after hundreds of army troops arrived in Rahimyar Khan and Rajanpur on Thursday night. Around 500 soldiers, including two groups of Zarrar Commandos, flew into Rahimyar Khan’s Farid Airbase from Okara while two companies of 33 Punjab Regiment …

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All Pakistanis named in Panama Papers face probe

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to investigate all Pakistanis named in the Panama Papers through a judicial commission headed by a retired judge, rebuffing the opposition’s demand for a probe into the scandal through a serving judge. On Thursday, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after a marathon huddle with senior leaders of the ruling party finalised the government’s strategy with three …

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Exim Bank of US has renewed interest in Pakistan

KARACHI: It is rare for the head of a large American bank to visit Pakistan. Rarer is a visit by the president of a bank that is backed by the “full faith and credit” of the United States. Fred P Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of the United States, recently visited Pakistan to look for growth …

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