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Punjab CTD set to act against banned TLP’s financiers


May 7, 2021

LAHORE: The Counter Terrorism Department of Punjab is all set to launch a crackdown after it traced country-wide 328 big financiers of the proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). Most of them are businessmen, industrialists and traders, hailing from major business hubs like Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Gujranwala, a senior official told on Thursday. He said the TLP was also getting a …

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Police ignored UK national’s pleas for protection


May 7, 2021

LAHORE: The UK national girl who was killed at her Defence residence on May 3 had sought protection from police, submitting written complaints after receiving death threats from one of the main suspects and rape threats from another. During an investigation, it appeared that victim Mahira had submitted an application with the Defence B police, seeking protection from Zahir Jadoon, saying he …

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Private schools lose case against fee cut


May 7, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Private Schools Association on Thursday lost their case against the government decision of a 20pc cut in the monthly tuition fee. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) ruled that private schools were profit-making commercial entities and their profit and loss could only be determined through substantial evidence. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah dismissed the petition filed by the Private …

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CDA yet to start action against non-conforming use of farmhouses


May 7, 2021

ISLAMABAD: After issuing notices to owners of over 200 farmhouses for non-conforming use of the plots, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has failed to take further action. Sources said during the last two months, the civic agency issued the notices warning the owners of farmhouses to produce agricultural products as per their agreement. An inspector of the building control section …

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Cabinet okays bills about journalists’ protection, forced disappearances


May 7, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has approved two crucial bills for the protection of journalists and media workers and making the forced disappearances in the country a criminal offence. “Today, the (federal) cabinet approved the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill and the Forced or Involuntary Disappearance (Criminal Law Amendment) Bill,” said federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari …

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Three isolation centres set up in Islamabad for expats returning home


May 7, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The capital administration has set up three centres to isolate expatriates coming to Pakistan in case they test positive of Covid-19. Additional Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (East) Babar Sahib Din told that the three quarantine facilities had been set up one each at OGDCL building, Marriott and Redison hotels. The isolation facility is available free of cost at the OGDCL …

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Speaker sets up body to engage opposition on poll reforms


May 7, 2021

ISLAMABAD: After waiting for seven weeks for the opposition parties to nominate members for a special parliamentary committee on electoral reforms, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser on Thursday constituted a five-member “committee” comprising members of the federal cabinet to engage the opposition on the issue. According to an announcement by the National Assembly Secretariat, the “parliamentary committee” formed by the …

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Traders ‘warn of clashes’ with LEAs if business disallowed


May 7, 2021

LAHORE: All Pakistan Anjuman Tajiran (APAT) has ‘warned of clashes’ between the small traders and law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) in the provincial capital on the issue of a complete lockdown starting from May 8 (tomorrow) in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions. The traders’ body has also urged the government to better follow business policy of the Saudi government that allows opening …

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Covid-19 deaths record slight decline


May 7, 2021

ISLAMABAD: As compared to the previous day, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) reported on Thursday the number of new Covid-19 cases detected in the country remained largely unchanged, but there was a decrease in the number of persons who died of the dreaded disease. According to the data revealed by NCOC, 4,198 people tested positive for coronavirus and …

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Fawad backs PM, questions why action shouldn’t be taken against foreign service officials


May 7, 2021

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Friday questioned why action shouldn’t be taken against foreign service officials for instances of blocking labour access to embassies. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad alongside Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood, Chaudhry said: “There are incidents where embassy officials placed rocks and blocked routes …

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