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At least 25 dead, 100 injured in twin explosions in Parachinar

At least 25 people are feared dead and over 100 injured after two subsequent explosions hit a densely populated area of Kurram Agency's Parachinar city Friday evening, Sabir Hussain, the medical superintendent of the District General Hospital, Parachinar, said.The MS has appealed for help, saying ...

13 killed in suicide attack on Quetta's Gulistan Road

Security challenges At least 13 people ─ including seven policeman ─ lost their lives, while 19 others were injured in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta's Gulistan Road area on Friday morning, police said.The injured were moved to Quetta's Civil Hospital, where an emergency was ...

Babar Awan parts ways with PPP, joins PTI

PPP defections Former PPP leader Senator Babar Awan on Friday formally announced that he is joining the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf .'I part ways with the PPP after a long-standing membership of 21 years,' Awan said during an iftar party held at his residence where PTI leadership were the main guests, ...

Government asks MNAs for final recommendations on Fata reforms

The federal government, during a session of the National Assembly's Standing Committee for States and Frontier Regions' on Friday, formally asked lawmakers from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas for their final recommendations for the Riwaj Bill, which seeks to bring Fata into the ...

8-year-old girl kidnapped, raped in Karachi

An eight-year-old girl was kidnapped from Karachi's Landhi area and raped before being dumped in Surjani Town in an unconscious condition, local police said Friday.Orangi Town's Superintendent of Police Abid Ali Baloch told Dawn that the girl had been recovered from Surjani Town on Thursday ...

At least 15 dead, 50 injured in twin explosions in Parachinar

At least 15 people are feared dead and over 50 injured after two subsequent explosions hit a densely populated area of Kurram Agency's Parachinar city on Friday, local political administration officials told DawnNews.Rescue operations are currently underway. An emergency has been imposed in the ...

13 killed in suicide attack on Quetta's Gulistan road

Security challenges At least 13 people ─ including seven policeman ─ lost their lives, while 19 others were injured in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta's Gulistan Road area on Friday morning, police said.The injured were moved to Quetta's Civil Hospital, where an emergency was ...

Lal Masjid's Shuhada Foundation barred from organising political, religious activities

The federal capital's administration on Friday imposed a ban on all political and religious activities by Lal Masjid's Shuhada Foundation, declaring it an 'unregistered entity'.Deputy Commissioner Islamabad had received an application for a no-objection certificate from the Shuhada Foundation for a ...

13 killed in suicide attack on Quetta's Gulistan road

Security challenges At least 13 people ─ including five policeman ─ lost their lives, while 19 others were injured in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta's Gulistan Road area on Friday morning, police said.The injured were moved to Quetta's Civil Hospital, where an emergency was ...

Supreme Court says will charge Nehal Hashmi on July 10

The Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would indict Nehal Hashmi, the senator who became a political pariah after his incendiary speech criticising an investigation into the prime minister's business dealings abroad was circulated widely on media.During Friday's hearing on the matter, Justice ...

Russia 'near 100 per cent' certain of Baghdadi's death

The likelihood that the leader of the militant Islamic State , Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed is 'close to 100 per cent', Interfax news agency quoted Viktor Ozerov, the head of the defence committee in the Russian upper house of parliament, as saying on Friday.I think this information is ...

SHC allows Ravita to stay with husband

A single-judge bench of the Sindh High Court's Hyderabad circuit on Friday allowed Gulnaz Shah — formerly known as Ravita Meghwar — to live with her husband.According to Advocate Ali Palh, the counsel for the intervener in the case, Justice Panhwar heard Gulnaz Shah, who had converted to Islam ...

Police officer beaten to death in India-held Kashmir

A police officer was beaten to death by an angry mob outside a mosque in India-held Kashmir, police said Friday, as tensions in the volatile region ran high.Witnesses said the mob attacked Mohammad Ayub Pandith late Thursday after he fired his pistol when confronted by worshippers at the mosque in ...

Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

Qatar won't negotiate under boycott Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.The demands aimed at ...

Govt blocking price relief to electricity consumers: Nepra

ISLAMABAD: Terming the backtracking on power sector reforms as disastrous', Nepra on Thursday said the government has been blocking the benefit of lower electricity prices approved by the power regulator to the electricity consumers and circular debt remains a major power sector challenge.This has ...

Current account deficit jumps 177pc to $9bn

KARACHI: The current account deficit jumped to almost $9 billion in the first 11 months of 2016-17, the State Bank of Pakistan reported on Thursday. It increased 177 per cent year-on-year from $3.217bn in the first 11 months of 2015-16. This means the country's external sector is under ...

Another 13 INGOs declined permission to operate in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry has declined permission to another 13 international non-governmental organisations to operate in Pakistan, raising the number of rejected cases to 23. The number of INGOs to have been registered under the new procedure and policy has climbed to 73, while the pending ...

Saudi envoy denies Pakistani mediation in Gulf row

MARWAN bin Radwan Mirdad says PM Nawaz Sharif, while travelling to Saudi Arabia, did not indicate the purpose of his visit —INP ISLAMABAD: Acting Saudi ambassador Marwan bin Radwan Mirdad has denied that Pakistan is mediating between Saudi Arabia and Qatar over their diplomatic row. Speaking at a ...

Blast in Quetta's Gulistan road area

A blast shook Quetta's influential Gulistan road area on Friday morning.According to DawnNews the blast occurred close to the IG police office.Police sources confirm two casualties, DawnNews reported.At least ten people were reported injured were moved to Quetta's Civil Hospital, DawnNews ...

Pakistan Railways to introduce solar-powered traffic signalling system

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Railways was informed on Thursday that Pakistan Railways would shortly introduce a modern solar-powered traffic signalling system, under which there would be an alarm system to alert train drivers of any activity on the track within a distance of 3.5 ...

Chappell, Richards want international cricket revival in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Legendary cricketers Ian Chappell and Sir Vivian Richards reckon international cricket should return to Pakistan, underlining crowd and players are starved to watch the game being played in their own country.International cricket has been suspended in Pakistan ever since the March 2009 ...

Plastic rice? Traders say there's no such thing

KARACHI: Rice exporters and traders have ruled out there's any such thing as plastic rice' or rice mixed with plastic, after videos doing the rounds on social media asserted that plastic rice was being manufactured on a large scale in some countries and was smuggled into Pakistan as well.Besides, ...

ECP asks PTI to file accounts by July 10

ISLAMABAD: Unhappy over the constant defiance of its orders by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf , the Election Commission of Pakistan has directed the party to submit the financial documents and details of the party's accounts by July 10 or be ready to face legal consequences. The order was passed by a ...

US-Pak cooperation imperative for peace in region: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday underscored the need for continued cooperation between the United States and Pakistan for peace and security in the region. Pakistan attaches importance to its relationship with the US. We firmly believe that continued close cooperation between our two ...

Christian man in Lahore arrested over allegations of blasphemy

A Christian bicycle mechanic in Lahore was arrested on June 15 over allegations of blasphemy after he became involved in a dispute regarding payment for services rendered to a customer, police said Thursday.Human rights activist Napoleon Qayyum told Dawn that Ashfaq Masih ─ a resident of Mariam ...

2 wounded by cross-border firing in AJK's Nakyal sector: police

At least two people were seriously injured in Azad Jammu and Kashmir in 'unprovoked' Indian firing from across the Line of Control on Thursday evening, an official said.Aneela Zahoor, 12, fell victim to cross-border firing in Nari Dhroti village of Nakyal sector in the southern Kotli district, ...

PPP's Babar Awan to join PTI tomorrow, claims Imran Khan

PPP defections Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday claimed that PPP's Dr Babar Awan would be joining his party tomorrow.An associate of Awan's in conversation with DawnNews today claimed that the senator would hand in his resignation to Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani in the coming ...

Prisoners belonging to banned militant outfits act like 'dons' in Karachi jail: CTD SSP

The Counter-Terrorism Department is likely to recommend the trial of 227 high-profile under-trial prisoners belonging to banned outfits be forwarded to military courts, CTD Senior Superintendent of Police Omer Shahid Hamid said during a press conference on Thursday.' Counter-Terrorism Department is ...

Rights groups ask govt to investigate alleged assault of lawyers on LHC premises

The Human Rights Watch , Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists on Thursday called on Pakistani authorities to investigate the alleged assault of lawyers in the Lahore High Court premises earlier this week, an HRW press release said. The HRW asked the government to 'ensure ...

Pakistan supports Turkey's stance on Cyprus, COAS tells Turkish PM

Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yaldarim on Thursday during an official visit to Turkey and expressed his support of the country's position on Cyprus, Inter-Services Public Relations said.'Pakistan and Turkey share the same stance on many issues,' the ...

Drone strikes violate Pakistan's sovereignty: FO

US's hardening stance Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday said that drone strikes are against Pakistan's sovereignty.During the weekly news briefing, the spokesperson said that Pakistan's policy regarding drone strikes had always been clear.The FO's statement came a day after a ...

Thari women to make history by driving 60-tonne dump trucks in coal fields

In a first in the country's history, Thari women will be employed to drive dumper trucks at the Thar coalfields.The Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company has reportedly received an overwhelming response for their Female Dump Truck Driver Programme, which the company introduced near the town of Islamkot in ...

'Forced' conversion: I want to live with my husband, Ravita says in SHC

Ravita Meghwar — who her parents alleged had been abducted by men from the Syed community of Wanharo village near Nagarparkar, Thar, on June 6 and forcibly converted to Islam — on Thursday told the Sindh High Court Circuit Bench, Hyderabad in a written statement that she wants to live with her ...

Indian spy Jadhav appeals to COAS to 'spare his life'; army releases new video confession

'RAW-sponsored terrorism' Jadhav's trial Jadhav's first confession Case goes to ICJ Convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is currently on death row, has appealed to Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa for mercy. 'Commander Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav, the serving Indian Naval Officer who has been ...

Indian spy Jadhav appeals to COAS for mercy

Convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav who is on death row filed a petition appealing to the Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa for mercy, Inter-Services Public Relations said Thursday. Jadhav in his petition sought forgiveness for engaging in espionage, and terrorist and subversive activities, ...

India eyes breakthrough on purchase of US surveillance drones ahead of Modi trip

Falling of the radar Fighter jets India is pushing for US approval of its request to buy a naval variant of the Predator drone, officials said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to revitalise relations with Washington when he meets President Donald Trump for the first time.Securing agreement on ...

Panamagate probe: Third JIT progress report submitted to Supreme Court bench

Justice Khosa to be acting chief justice. The Supreme Court-sanctioned joint investigation team investigating Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's business dealings abroad on Thursday submitted its third progress report to the three-member special bench implementing the apex court's verdict on the ...

'Safe havens' inside, not outside, Afghanistan, Pakistan tells UNSC

Terrorist safe havens' are inside, not outside, Afghanistan, Pakistan told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.'The resilience of the insurgency led by the Taliban cannot be explained away by convenient references to external 'safe havens' or 'support centres',' Ambassador Maleeha ...

Drone strikes violate Pakistan's sovereignty: FO

US's hardening stance Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday said that drone strikes are against Pakistan's sovereignty.During the weekly news briefing, the spokesperson said that Pakistan's policy regarding drone strikes had always been clear, adding that such attacks are ...

Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared 'caliphate'

Minaret was vulnerable Members of the militant Islamic State group on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq's military said in a statement, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site.It was from this medieval ...

Civilian killed at funeral for slain 'militants' in held Kashmir

A civilian was killed and several wounded Thursday in India-held Kashmir when security forces opened fire on a crowd gathered for the funeral of three suspected militants slain overnight in clashes with soldiers, police said.Thousands of villagers poured onto the streets for the funeral, chanting ...

Philippines says Islamist fighters trapped in corner of besieged town

Members of the militant Islamic State group holed up in a southern Philippines town have been cornered and their firepower is flagging, the military said on Thursday, as the five-week battle for control of Marawi City raged on.Despite signs that the insurgents are now on the back foot, Southeast ...

Indian police drop sedition charge against men celebrating Pakistan's Champions Trophy win

Indian Police has dropped sedition charges against 15 Muslims arrested for chanting pro-Pakistan slogans in Madhya Pradesh, The Indian Express reported Thursday. The men were arrested following Pakistan's Champions Trophy final victory against arch-rivals India on the complaint of an individual. ...

Man kills daughter in the name of 'honour' in Nawabshah

A man allegedly shot dead his 24-year-old daughter and injured another man in the village of Jan Mohammad Brohi in Nawabshah, in what police termed an 'honour' killing.Sakima was killed by her father and uncle after they found her in a 'compromising position' with a man, Wahid Bux Brohi, who was ...

Pakistan not being isolated, says US lawmaker

WASHINGTON: So far, there are no indications that Pakistan is being isolated in the United States, says Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who heads the Pakistan caucus in the US Congress.Talking to newsmen at an Inter-Faith Iftar-dinner hosted by the Pakistan Embassy, Ms Jackson Lee also said that ...

Cricket should continue, Kashmir talks should resume: Basit

NEW DELHI: Pakistan and India should address the core issue of Kash­mir for the sake of peace and pros­perity for their people but High Com­missioner Abdul Basit also said in an interview published here on Wednesday that cricketing ties should continue.I think we should play cricket and other ...

Rehman Malik denies covert deal with PM on Panama Papers case

Benazir murder case ISLAMABAD: Asserting that no deal had been reached between the prime minister and Pakistan Peoples Party leader Asif Ali Zardari over the Panama Papers case, former interior minister Rehman Malik has said he will speak the truth before the Joint Investigation Team probing money ...

PTI vows to resist alleged govt move to intimidate judiciary

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has expressed serious concerns over the alleged intimidation of the judiciary by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N and decided to make every effort to counter the government's move to put pressure on the joint investigation team probing money-laundering ...

Foreign investment surpasses $2bn in July-May

KARACHI: Foreign direct investment amounted to more than $2 billion in July-May, up 22.6 per cent from a year ago, reported the State Bank of Pakistan on Wednesday.In 2015-16, FDI amounted to $1.903bn. It was less than $1bn in 2014-15.The improvement in FDI during the last couple of ...

Pakistan to tighten visa regime with China

ISLAMABAD: In order to regulate the process of issuing visas to Chinese nationals, the Ministry of Interior on Wednesday decided to tighten the relaxed visa regime, especially for Chinese citizens visiting Pakistan on business or work-related visas. Chinese nationals seeking business visas would ...