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COAS, Afghan envoy discuss steps to boost ties

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa met Afghan Ambassador Dr Omar Zakhilwal on Wednes­day and discussed with him steps to improve bilateral relations. Today, met with Pak­istan's COAS Gen Bajwa for detailed discussion on host of issues including steps helpful for peace and ...

Swiss ambassador be asked to leave Pakistan: Rabbani

Malpractices in CAA department ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani said on Wednesday that the Swiss ambassador should be asked to leave because the latter's country was allowing its soil to be used for terrorism in Pakistan. The remarks came after Law Minister Zahid Hamid, on behalf of the ...

Ishaq Dar's assets seized, warrants issued for his arrest

ISLAMABAD: The Natio­nal Accountability Bureau on Wednesday seized the bank accounts and properties of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar as an accountability court initiated proceedings against him in a corruption reference. The Lahore NAB wrote to the State Bank of Pakistan , reminding the banking ...

Indian High Commission seeks prisoner's release by Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Indian High Commission has sought release of an Indian convict who has served his five-year sentence.A petition filed by the commission was taken up by Islamabad High Court Justice Aamer Farooq on Wednesday. However, the IHC bench withdrew the petition after objections raised by the ...

Family caught carrying 'bag of mosquitoes' into Peshawar hospital

A family in Peshawar was temporarily apprehended by staff at the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar on September 18 for possessing a bag containing mosquitoes suspected to be carriers of a lethal disease, the director of the hospital, Dr Shahzad Akbar, told DawnNews on Wednesday. One of the ...

US gives $32m aid for Rohingya 'mass exodus'

NEW YORK: The United States will contribute nearly $32 million in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya Mus­lim refugees, the State Dep­art­ment said Wednesday, in the Trump administration's first major response to the mass exodus from Myanmar.The new money for food, medical care, water, ...

PPP Senator Sherry Rehman concerned over Turkish rental power plant fine

Questions over US embassy building in Islamabad PPP Senator Sherry Rehman on Wednesday expressed concern over an 'undisclosed' $700 million fine allegedly imposed on Pakistan by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in the rental power projects case concerning a contract ...

Dr Abdus Salam's bust unveiled at IAEA Headquarters

A bust of Nobel Prize winning physicist Dr Abdus Salam was unveiled at the International Atomic Energy Agency Headquarters in Vienna on Wednesday by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, a Foreign Office handout said today.The bust of Dr Salam will be placed at the IAEA HQ alongside those of other ...

Nepra allows 48-paisa hike in power tariff

SARGODHA: In this file photo, a worker is fixing electric line at Sashan Road.—APP ISLAMABAD: Amidst a divided house, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority on Wednesday allowed an increase of 48 paisa per unit in the average electricity tariff for ex-Wapda distribution companies for ...

Kulsoom Nawaz reaches London hospital for third surgery

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's wife, Begum Kulsoom, arrived at a London hospital on Wednesday for her third surgery.In a video shared by Maryam Nawaz, the Sharifs' daughter, Begum Kulsoom appears to be accompanied by her husband, Nawaz, who is holding her hand, and one of her sons.'Arrived at ...

NAB Lahore pays Ishaq Dar's residence a visit to serve summons

A National Accountability Bureau Lahore team paid a visit to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar's Islamabad residence after an accountability court on Wednesday issued bailable warrants for his arrest for failing to comply with a summons issued earlier by the same court. A NAB spokesman told DawnNews that ...

Afghan president at UN urges dialogue with Pakistan to curb extremism

Afghan envoy, Pakistan's Army chief meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appealed Tuesday to Pakistan to work together to curb extremists, seeing an opportunity as the US sends in more troops.Addressing the UN General Assembly, Ghani said US President Donald Trump's new Afghan strategy sent a signal ...

IHC suspends arrest warrants issued against Imran Khan in ECP contempt case

The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday suspended the bailable arrest warrants issued against Imran Khan following his failure to show up for the Election Commission of Pakistan's contempt of court proceedings against him.The order to suspend the ECP's decision to issue the warrants was handed down by ...

Abbasi, Rouhani agree to 'help' find peaceful resolution to Afghan conflict

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Iranian President Muhammad Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday agreed to 'maintain a trajectory of positive progress' between the two countries and the resolution of conflict in Afghanistan. The two leaders had met on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United ...

Army chief signs off on death warrants for four 'hardcore terrorists'

Shabbir Ahmed s/o Muhammad Shafique Umara Khan s/o Ahmed Khan Tahir Ali s/o Syed Nabi Aftabud Din s/o Farrukh Zada Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday confirmed the death sentences awarded to four hardcore terrorists involved in heinous offences related to terrorism, ...

NAB moves SC against LHC decision in Hudaibiya Paper Mills case

Hudaibiya paper mills case The Supreme Court on Wednesday admitted for hearing an appeal filed by the National Accountability Bureau against a Lahore High Court decision to acquit Nawaz Sharif and several members of his family in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case.In its appeal, the bureau asked the ...

ATC in Haripur starts hearing Mashal Khan lynching case

An Anti-Terrorism Court in Haripur on Wednesday began hearing the Mashal Khan lynching case against 57 suspects indicted a day earlier by the court.The court held its proceedings inside the Haripur jail's premises, where strict security measures were put in place to avoid a possible confrontation ...

US-backed Syrian forces seize '90pc' of Raqqa from IS

Resistance not to last long United States-backed fighters have seized 90 per cent of Raqqa from the militant Islamic State group, a monitoring said on Wednesday as they announced they were in the final stages' of capturing the terrorists' Syrian stronghold.Under siege in the northern city for three ...

Nisar says PM should not be making courtesy calls to US after latest drone strike

In a strongly worded speech in the National Assembly , former interior minister Chaudhar Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for making a 'courtesy call' on US Vice resident Mike Pence.Continuing his recent criticism of the federal government's relationship ...

Khalid Latif slapped with 5-year ban, Rs1m fine in PSL spot-fixing case

The Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-corruption tribunal ACT, while announcing its short verdict on Wednesday, awarded batsman Khalid Latif a five-year ban and Rs1 million fine in the Pakistan Super League spot-fixing case, DawnNews reported.Earlier, sources had told Dawn that the tribunal would ...

Two more succumb to injuries received in Sukkur cement factory blast

Two more victims of the Tuesday explosion in a cement factory, including the in-charge of the Bomb Disposal Squad, Inspector Tahir Malik, succumbed to their injuries in Karachi Civil Hospital on Wednesday.The general manager of the cement factory where the blast took place, Ghulam Mustafa Memon, ...

Pakistan, US agree to remain engaged as Abbasi meets vice president Mike Pence

Pakistan asks OIC to become voice of Rohingya's plight Pakistan, Iran for deepening bilateral cooperation Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, with the two sides resolving to remain engaged and carry ...

Afghan president at UN urges dialogue with Pakistan to curb extremism

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appealed Tuesday to Pakistan to work together to curb extremists, seeing an opportunity as the US sends in more troops.Addressing the UN General Assembly, Ghani said US President Donald Trump's new Afghan strategy sent a signal to Taliban guerrillas that they cannot win ...

Khalid Latif slapped with 5-year ban, Rs1m fine in PSL spot-fixing case

The Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-corruption tribunal, while announcing its short verdict on Wednesday, awarded batsman Khalid Latif a five-year ban and Rs1 million fine in the Pakistan Super League spot-fixing case, DawnNews reported.Earlier, sources had told Dawn that the tribunal would announce ...

Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya

Growing humanitarian crisis Will take back verified refugees only: Suu Kyi Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a new call for Myanmar to take back some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in the Buddhist-dominated country.Hasina, speaking to Bangladeshi activists in New ...

NAB issues bailable warrants for Ishaq Dar's arrest

An accountability court on Wednesday issued a bailable arrest warrant against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, after he failed to comply with a summon issued earlier by the same court.The reference filed by National Accountability Bureau on the directives of the apex court against Ishaq Dar is related to ...

PML-N leaders' row reveals internal split

ISLAMABAD: The prime minister's endorsement of Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's contention that Pak­istan needs to put its house in order' has exposed cracks in the ranks of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and provided an opportunity to opposition parties to criticise the government's ...

PML-N leaders' row reveals internal split

ISLAMABAD: The prime minister's endorsement of Defence Minister Khawaja Asif's contention that Pak­istan needs to put its house in order' has exposed cracks in the ranks of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and provided an opportunity to opposition parties to criticise the government's ...

Panama Papers case verdict not a 'divine scripture': Rana Sanaullah

PUNJAB Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan insists PML-N is not talking against the institution of the judiciary. LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of the alleged use of the Supreme Court name for political purposes. Talking to journalists ...

Senators suspicious of military role in Fata's future

ISLAMABAD: Upon being told that the Rawaj Act, recently approved by the cabinet and laid before the National Assembly, would be withdrawn, lawmakers from the upper house expressed concerns that the development package meant for the tribal areas would be handed over to the military.We are withdrawing ...

Bank Alfalah declared best bank for 2017

KARACHI: Bank Alfalah Chief Risk Officer Suhail Yaqoob Khan receiving the Best Bank Award for 2017 from State Bank of Pakistan Governor Tariq Bajwa . Institute of Bankers chief Husain Lawai is standing next to Mr Khan. KARACHI: Bank Alfalah received the Best Bank Award for 2017 for demonstrating the ...

Interior minister rejects Nisar's claim about security threat

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday agreed that the country was faced with enormous security threats and challenges, but insisted that the civil and military leaderships were fully aware of the situation. Responding to a point of public importance raised by Leader of the Opposition ...

90 'high-profile militants' shifted to other jails from Central Prison Karachi

KARACHI: The Sindh government has shifted some 90 high-profile' inmates from the Central Prison Karachi to jails in other districts of the province and Rawalpindi on advice of intelligence and law enforcement agencies, an official confirmed to Dawn on Tuesday.The key report about illegal activities ...

At UNGA, Trump threatens 'total destruction' of North Korea

United States President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the United Nations General Assembly , threatened the total destruction'' of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons. Trump, who has ramped up his rhetoric throughout the escalating crisis with North ...

PPP MPA booked for alleged assault of Karachi corps commander's protocol

Karachi police on Tuesday registered a case against PPP MPA Tariq Masood Arain and more than 12 armed guards over charges of attempted murder as the lawmaker's guards allegedly assaulted a security squad protecting the family of Corps Commander Karachi Lt-Gen Shahid Baig Mirza.A first information ...

At UNGA, Trump threatens 'total destruction' of N. Korea

United States President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the United Nations General Assembly , threatened the total destruction'' of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons. Trump, who has ramped up his rhetoric throughout the escalating crisis with North ...

'No point in PM Abbasi meeting US VP Pence at UNGA,' says Senate chairman

'Govt should draft policy response to Switzerland incident' 'PM Abbasi aware of country's challenges' 'Fata merger with KP in less than five years' Rewaj Bill withdrawn over opposition's concerns Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani on Tuesday termed United States President Donald Trump's refusal to meet ...

Maryam Nawaz calls NAB proceedings a 'farce'

Nawaz Sharif 'should not be a part of political and personal victimisation in the garb of accountability' nor should he appear before accountability courts, his daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, said in a tweet on Tuesday.Maryam was responding to a tweet from journalist Iftikhar Ahmed, who asked: 'Will ...

3 security officials injured in Kurram Agency landmine blast

'Militants killed in Balochistan' Three security officials were injured when a vehicle belonging to security forces hit a landmine in Kurram Agency on Tuesday, sources in the political administration said.The injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital Kohat as forces launched a search ...

ATC indicts 57 people in Mashal Khan lynching case

An Anti-Terrorism Court in Haripur on Tuesday indicted 57 people in the Mashal Khan lynching case, DawnNews reported.Strict security measures were in place in the vicinity of Haripur jail where the trial was conducted and where the arrested men named in the case were presented before the ATC. The ...

Court instructs IGP Sindh to 'personally' monitor Tania Khaskheli murder case

The Sindh High Court on Tuesday directed Inspector General of Sindh Police A.D. Khawaja to provide protection to the parents of Tania Khaskheli, a 19-year-old who was allegedly murdered by an influential landlord in Jhangara-Bajara town near Sehwan on September 10.The SHC chief justice directed IGP ...

Fata to be merged with KP in less than five years, says senator

Rewaj Bill withdrawn over opposition's concerns The Federally Administered Tribal Areas is to be merged with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in less than five years, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch said during a briefing to the Senate Whole Committee over Fata reforms on ...

MQM seeks distribution of NFC award on basis of district population

HBL New York branch closure In a bill tabled in the National Assembly on Tuesday, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement has sought the distribution of the National Finance Commission award between districts on the basis of their respective populations. The MQM ostensibly seeks a greater share of resources ...

Young maid found hanged in Karachi bungalow was murdered: report

Case background A four-member medical team from Civil Hospital in Karachi on Tuesday set aside an earlier medical report after it determined that a teenage girl found hanged inside a home in Karachi's Defence Housing Authority last week was, in fact, murdered.In a postmortem examination, the Civil ...

4 security personnel among 5 killed in Sukkur cement factory explosion

At least two policemen, a Rangers official, Bomb Disposal Squad in-charge Malik Tahir and a factory worker lost their lives on Tuesday when a large cache of explosive material was accidentally triggered at a cement factory in Sukkur while officials were trying to deactivate it.According to details ...

Ahsan Iqbal stresses upon Pakistan's need to 'bring its house in order'

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday said Pakistan needs to bring its house in order before asking the world for investment.Speaking at a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor related seminar, Iqbal said, 'I will repeat what Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif have ...

Suu Kyi breaks silence over Rohingya crisis, says 'does not fear global scrutiny'

No more violence? Siege mentality In her much-anticipated address, Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday that she does not fear global scrutiny over the Rohingya crisis, pledging to hold rights violators to account and to resettle some of the 410,000 Muslims who have fled army operations in her ...

ATC indicts 57 people in Mashal Khan lynching case

An Anti-Terrorism Court in Haripur on Tuesday indicted 57 people in the Mashal Khan lynching case, DawnNews reported.Strict security measures were taken in the vicinity of Haripur jail — where the trial was conducted — where the arrested men, who have been named in the case, were presented ...

NAB to send summons to London for Sharif family's appearance in corruption references

The National Accountability Bureau on Tuesday gave former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and other family members another seven days to appear before the accountability court in connection with the Supreme Court-mandated corruption references.NAB ordered that the family should appear before the court ...

Allegations in PTI's disqualification reference 'baseless, misleading': Gulalai

The estranged lawmaker of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf , Ayesha Gulalai, on Tuesday rejected all the allegations levelled against her by the party as she submitted a reply before the Election Commission of Pakistan in a reference filed by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq for deseating the ...