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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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PTI, PML-N fight for Lahore’s PP-168 in by-poll


December 13, 2018

A by-election is underway in Punjab’s PP-168 [Lahore-25] for the seat vacated by PML-N stalwart Khawaja Saad Rafique after he was elected as MNA from NA-131. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has fielded Malik Asad Ali Khokhar, who was earlier given the ticket to contest general election from NA-136 (Lahore-14) but lost. The PML-N has fielded advocate Rana Khalid. Overall 11 candidates are …

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PM orders inquiry as gas crisis bites


December 13, 2018

ISLAMABAD: A crisis in the gas sector proliferated across the country on Wednesday as gas shortages forced industry closures across Punjab and Karachi, and even domestic consumers in many parts faced outages. Later at night, Prime Minister Imran Khan took personal notice of the situation and summoned Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar, who blamed the management of two gas companies — …

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Upgraded aircraft, helicopters inducted into naval fleet


December 13, 2018

KARACHI: The Pakistan Navy (PN) inducted its first marinised and upgraded ATR aircraft and Sea King helicopters (Ex Mod UK) into its fleet at an impressive ceremony held at PNS Mehran on Wednesday. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi also attended the ceremony. The first marinised ATR aircraft, a modern and widely-operated turboprop platform, has been retrofitted …

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ATC sentences two ‘MQM-L hitmen’ to 21 years in jail


December 13, 2018

KARACHI: An antiterrorism court on Wednesday awarded 21-year imprisonment to two convicts, said to be associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s London faction, in cases pertaining to possessing explosives and illicit weapons. The convicts — Mohammad Irshad and Mohammad Bilal Lodhi — were found guilty of possessing explosive substances and illegal arms with an intent to target the leaders of …

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600 Balochistan uplift projects exist only on paper, says CM


December 13, 2018

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan said on Wednesday that CM’s Inception Team had identified over 600 development schemes which were found only on papers and did not exist anywhere in the province. Speaking at a ceremony organised by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Balochistan, to hand over looted money recovered by NAB from corrupt government officials, the chief …

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