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Country's decisions will be taken on streets if situation not resolved: SC on Faizabad sit-in

Arrests for manhandling policemen, FC personnel Protesters refuse to leave without law minister's resignation The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction at the reports submitted by the Intelligence Bureau and the Inter-Services Intelligence with regards to the Faizabad sit-in in ...

Katas Raj case: 'Will halt water supply to cement factories if necessary,' says CJP

'Aquifier feeding pond severely stressed' Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday regretted the government's inability to safeguard one of the Hindu community's most well-known places of worship, Chakwal's Katas Raj temple, and ordered that a committee be set up to probe the issue.The ...

SC seeks NAB, govt reports on action taken against 436 Pakistanis named in Panama Papers

The Supreme Court on Thursday sent notices to the National Accountability Bureau and the federal government seeking reports on action taken against 436 Pakistanis named in the Panama Papers.The Panama Papers, a massive investigation into secretive offshore companies owned by the world's political ...

IHC reserves judgement on Nawaz's application to club accountability references

The Islamabad High Court on Thursday reserved its decision on a petition by ousted premier Nawaz Sharif to club accountability references against him.Sharif had initially requested the court to club three corruption references filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau , but his lawyer ...

Pakistan concerned as Bangladesh hands six Jamaat leaders death penalty

The Foreign Office on Thursday expressed Pakistan's reservations over the death sentences handed to six Jamaat-i-Islami leaders by Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal on Wednesday for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 war.According to The Daily Star, the six men were ...

Senior Indian Army officer arrested for allegedly ordering to shoot journalist

Indian police have arrested a senior army officer for the murder of a journalist shot dead while investigating allegations of financial fraud against him. Reporter Sudip Dutta Bhaumik was allegedly killed by a junior officer when he went to a paramilitary base in the northeastern state of Tripura on ...

Pakistan welcomes US offer to take on Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan

WASHINGTON: Days before crucial talks with the US defence secretary, Pakistan has welcomed an American offer to take action against militants involved in cross-border raids from the Afghan soil, the Voice of America radio service reported on Wednesday.The official US news outlet also reported that ...

Curtains for Dar after finance job taken away

Milestones in path to exit ISLAMABAD: Putting to rest weeks of speculation about the fate of the key ministry, the government on Wednesday withdrew the portfolio of finance minister from Ishaq Dar.We have received a leave application from Mr Dar,' a source at the Prime Minister Secretariat confirmed ...

Army to abide by govt decision on sit-in: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: Weighing in for the first time on the sit-in that has all but paralysed the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad for over two weeks, the military's spokesperson said it would abide by the government's decision on the matter. In remarks released to the media on Wednesday night, ...

Photojournalists attacked by Faizabad protesters

ISLAMABAD: Protesters at the Faizabad sit-in beat up two photojournalists and tried to snatch their cameras on Wednesday while they were trying to capture images of an attack on police. Muhammad Asim of White Star / Dawn and Jehangir Chaudhary of Daily Jang went through the horrifying experience ...

PM Abbasi wants timely completion of CPEC projects for Gwadar

GWADAR / QUETTA: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the authorities concerned to complete all development projects initiated under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor for Gwadar in time to ensure that a fully functional Gwadar port emerges as a major trade hub on the world map. ...

Sharif paid 163 MNAs money to defeat bill in NA: Imran

KOHAT: Smarting from the opposition's failure to get the Nawaz Sharif-specific amendment bill passed in the National Assembly, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan lashed out at lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Wednesday, claiming that they had made a mockery of ...

Supreme Court to take up challenges to election law

ISLAMABAD: The Sup­reme Court on Wednesday fixed for hearing all nine petitions challenging the controversial Elections Act 2017, which allows a disqualified parliamentarian to hold party office.These petitions had been earlier returned by the registrar's office on the grounds that the petitioners ...

Imran moves apex court for Fata's merger with KP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court as he sought an order for merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A six-page petition filed by Babar Awan on behalf of Mr Khan said the people of Fata would be extremely ...

Disagreements, but no forward bloc in PML-N

ISLAMABAD: A majority of the 22 ruling party members who were not present in the National Assembly at the time of the crucial vote on the Nawaz Sharif-specific bill moved by the opposition on Tuesday were absent due to personal reasons, party insiders told Dawn, indicating that there is no organised ...

'Butcher of Bosnia' jailed for life

THE HAGUE: The United Nations judges on Wednesday sentenced former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of genocide and war crimes in the brutal Balkans conflicts over two decades ago. But the man dubbed 'The Butcher of Bosnia' was not present in court to ...

PM Abbasi approves Ishaq Dar's leave request

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday allowed leave of absence for urgent medical reasons' to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar with immediate effect, DawnNews reported.A notification was issued by the Cabinet Division in this regard, a copy of which is available with DawnNews.It is pertinent to ...

Imran Khan moves SC against ECP's decision to allow Ayesha Gulalai retain NA seat

PTI chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday submitted a petition in Supreme Court challenging the Election Commission of Pakistan's decision which allowed MNA Ayesha Gulalai to retain her National Assembly's membership.Khan in his petition claimed that Gulalai had violated party laws and should be deseated ...

Hafiz Saeed set to be freed after LHC turns down extension in detention order

A review board comprising judges of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday refused to extend the detention orders of Jamaatud Dawa's chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.His current house arrest is going to expire on Nov 24 . The review board under the chair of Justice Abdul Sami Khan passed these orders after a ...

Govt denies boxer Waseem's allegations of lack of funding

The federal government on Wednesday denied allegations of lack of funding and support by the unbeaten World Boxing Council Silver Flyweight Champion Muhammad Waseem.A statement released by the Ministry of Inter-provincial Coordination gave a breakdown of funds provided to the boxer, amounting to ...

North Korea 'full of rage, anger' over name being put on US 'wretched' terror list

'More should be done' Belligerent rhetoric North Korea on Wednesday condemned its US terror listing as a serious provocation', warning that sanctions would never force it to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.The response came shortly after China, the North's sole ally, also rejected the new US ...

Israeli Jew's Instagram account suspended after Muslims protest photo at Masjid-i-Nabawi

A message of respect Photographs and videos posted by a Russian-born Israeli Jew of his visit to a holy site in Saudi Arabia prompted angry comments from Muslim users on social media leading Facebook Inc's photo-sharing app Instagram to suspend his account, Times of Israel reported on Tuesday.Ben ...

SC accepts all 9 petitions challenging Elections Act 2017, asks to set date for hearing

Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar on Wednesday removed objections by the Supreme Court registrar on petitions challenging the Elections Act 2017 and directed a hearing to be scheduled. The CJP was hearing the in-chamber appeal on nine petitions filed by the PPP, Sheikh Rasheed, Jamshed Dasti, ...

Journalist killing by Indian soldier 'in scuffle' shocks country

An Indian paramilitary soldier shot dead a journalist following a dispute in the country's third high-profile media killing in barely three months, police said on Wednesday. Sudip Dutta Bhaumik was shot dead on Tuesday at a paramilitary base in the remote northeastern state of Tripura. The soldier ...

Hackers stole data from 57 million Uber riders, drivers: CEO

Need to change Uber said on Tuesday that hackers compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers in a breach kept hidden for a year.'None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,' said a statement from chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over at the ...

Dr Asim files contempt of court petition against Interior Ministry in Supreme Court

Custody, detention and release PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain on Wednesday filed a request in the Supreme Court seeking contempt of court proceedings against the Interior Ministry for failing to remove his name from the Exit Control List as directed by the apex court.On November 16, the apex court had ...

'Mockery of justice should be stopped': Nawaz, Maryam appear before court in corruption trial

Four new witnesses testify Nawaz in relaxed mood 'We will continue to perform' NAB references Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired captain Muhammad Safdar appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad on Wednesday as trial resumed into the ...

Army major martyred during operation against terrorists in DI Khan

A 28-year-old major of the Pakistan Army was martyred on Wednesday in an exchange of fire with terrorists in Dera Ismail Khan, said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations.Major Ishaq was killed while security forces were 'conducting a search operation on presence of terrorists in ...

PIA incurred Rs1.5 billion losses on New York service last year: aviation official

Delimitation Tightening the process of political parties registration The Pakistan International Airlines incurred losses worth Rs1.5 billion from flights to New York last year, Secretary Aviation Irfan Elahi informed the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on ...

Hafiz Saeed set to be freed after LHC turns down extension of detention

A review board comprising judges of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday refused to extend the detention orders of Jamaatud Dawa's chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.His current house arrest is going to expire on Nov 24 . The review board under the chair of Justice Abdul Sami Khan passed these orders after a ...

16 foreigners recovered in operation by security forces in Turbat

Security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation at a terrorist hideout in Balochistan's Turbat tehsil on Tuesday, recovering 18 hostages, most of whom are foreigners. According to a press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations , at least 18 hostages — including two Pakistanis ...

China slams 'wrong' US sanctions on North Korea-tied traders

'More should be done' The United States on Tuesday unveiled new sanctions targeting North Korean shipping and Chinese traders doing business with Pyongyang, again raising the pressure on the pariah state to abandon its nuclear program.The measures came a day after President Donald Trump declared ...

Top cooperation body okays CPEC long-term plan

ISLAMABAD: The CPEC Joint Cooperation Committee holds a meeting on Tuesday. Ahsan Iqbal, the Minister for Interior and Planning, and Wang Xiaotao, a senior Chinese official, led the two sides.—INP ISLAMABAD: The Joint Cooperation Committee of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor approved on ...

Nawaz Sharif appears before accountability court as trial resumes

NAB references Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired captain Muhammad Safdar have arrived at an accountability court in Islamabad as trial resumes into the corruption references filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau .A number of ...

China reiterates support for Pakistan in execution of CPEC

ISLAMABAD: China has reiterated support for Pakistan in the execution of the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor and expressed the hope that acceptance of multi-billion dollar communications, transport and infrastructure project by regional countries would grow. China is confident in working with ...

Health costs see sharp increase in Pakistan

KARACHI: Despite subdued inflation, drug prices rose 15.68 per cent in October on a year-on-year basis. The Inflation Monitor for October issued recently by the State Bank of Pakistan showed prices of medicines recorded the highest increase among all non-food contributors to headline inflation. ...

Pakistan calls for negotiated end to Afghan war

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has called for a negotiated end to the Afghan war, claiming that neither side could impose a military solution' on the other. Neither the coalition and Kabul nor the Afghan Taliban can impose a military solution on each other,' said Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the ...

Hasan Ali, Shakib penalised for misconduct during BPL match

Comilla Victorians' Pakistani recruit Hasan Ali and Dhaka Dynamite's captain Shakib Al Hasan were penalised on Tuesday for breaching the code of conduct set by the Bangladesh Cricket Board during the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League .The BCB found Ali and Shakib guilty of violating level one and ...

PML-N defeats Nawaz-specific amendment to election law

PTI vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi talks to reporters after the National Assembly session on Tuesday.—Online ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Tuesday put all speculations about a possible split within the party to rest when it defeated a Nawaz Sharif-specific opposition bill — ...

NFC award has to be finalised within five years, Senate chairman rules

ISLAMABAD: As a heated debate on constitutionality of the extended life of the seventh National Finance Commission and announcement of federal budgets in the absence of a new NFC award continues to take place in and outside parliament, the Senate secretariat has sent a ruling recently given by ...

Court issues non-bailable arrest warrants for SSP Rao Anwar

An additional sessions judge in the district East of Karachi issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Senior Superintendent of Police Malir Rao Anwar on Tuesday, Dawn reported. The SSP is a prosecution witness in cases that were lodged in 1992 against Muttahida Qaumi Movement founding member Saleem ...

Scientists fear increase in deadly earthquakes next year

Scientists have warned that there will be a significant increase in the occurrence of potentially deadliest earthquakes in 2018, media reports said. The assessment was made on the basis of the Earth's movement data that shows a significant uptick in earthquakes after a certain period of slowdown in ...

Opposition bid to restrict disqualified persons from holding party office foiled by govt

The National Assembly on Tuesday rejected — by a margin of 98 for, 163 against — a bill presented by PPP lawmaker Syed Naveed Qamar that sought to remove Section 203 from the Elections Act 2017. The clause had allowed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to retake his position as the president of ...

Intelligence Bureau, TV anchor stick to their guns on alleged monitoring of lawmakers

A National Assembly fact-finding committee formed to investigate a list reportedly prepared by the Intelligence Bureau to monitor 37 parliamentarians believed to have links with banned outfits on Tuesday took up the matter with Arshad Sharif — the journalist who had broken the story — even as ...

CPEC's next phase to enable technology transfers from China to Pakistan: Ahsan Iqbal

Cooperation is vital for public to benefit from CPEC Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday said the cooperation envisioned in the industrial sector under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project will ensure the transfer of technology, knowledge, and skills to Pakistan.CPEC ...

Opposition bid to restrict disqualified persons from holding party office foiled by govt

The National Assembly on Tuesday rejected an amendment bill presented by PPP lawmaker Syed Naveed Qamar in a bid to remove Section 203 from the Elections Act 2017, which allowed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to retake his position as the president of PML-N following his disqualification by the ...

Intelligence Bureau, TV anchor stick to their guns on alleged monitoring of lawmakers

A National Assembly fact-finding committee formed to investigate a list reportedly prepared by the Intelligence Bureau to monitor 37 parliamentarians believed to have links with banned outfits on Tuesday took up the matter with Arshad Sharif — the journalist who had broken the story, even as ...

Peshawar High Court orders security for girl forced to parade naked in DI Khan

The Peshawar High Court on Tuesday ordered the provision of security for a 16-year-old girl who was forcibly paraded naked in her village in Dera Ismail Khan last month.The order was issued by a bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Afsar Shah, which has taken up ...

Next phase of CPEC will ensure transfer of technology to Pakistan from China, says Ahsan Iqbal

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday said the cooperation in industrial sector under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project will ensure the transfer of technology, knowledge, and skills to Pakistan.The CPEC is helping to promote knowledge-based economy in Pakistan,' the ...

Accountability court declares Ishaq Dar an absconder

Earlier hearings 'Assets beyond known income' Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was declared an absconder by an accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday in a corruption reference filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau .During an accountability hearing pertaining to Dar, who is accused ...