Security at sensitive places beefed up in Islamabad

KARACHI: Security was tightened throughout the capital on Sunday evening after a high alert was issued. According to DIG Operations Islamabad, heavy contingents of law enforcement officials were deployed to all entry and exit points of Islamabad. Additionally, police and

Pilgrims over 50 years of age may not be allowed to perform hajj 2021

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affair and Interfaith Harmony, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri has said the pilgrims less than 20 or over 50 years of age may not be permitted to perform hajj this year. Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said the hajj 2021 would take

President Alvi urges people to implement anti-COVID SOPs

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has once again urged the nation to fully implement the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as the country witnessed a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases in a single day. The president said the country had reported

Sindh govt delays resumption of classes for secondary students by 10 days

KARACHI: Sindh Education and Labour Minister, Saeed Ghani has announced to delay the resumption of on-campus classes for grades one to eight in the province from April 21 by 10 more days amid rising COVID-19 cases. On a social media

All steps being taken reopen roads blocked by banned TLP: Sheikh Rasheed

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed has said that all steps are being taken to reopen roads blocked by banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). Addressing a press conference on Sunday Sheikh Rasheed said 192 locations across the country had been

Hassan Kasi explains what it takes to become champion of Quran recitation

LAHORE: Hassan Ali Kasi was recently named champion of an international online Qari competition (Siraj Al-Kabeer) hosted by Afghanistan, where he was up against contestants from 25 other countries. To master the art of Quran recitation, 21-year-old Hassan Ali Kasi

Cambridge exams will not be postponed or cancelled: Shafqat Mehmood

ISLAMABAD: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood on Sunday announced important several decisions regarding the reopening of educational institutions and holding examinations. The minister took shared the decisions taken during a meeting of the health and education ministers of all four

FM Qureshi visits Pakistan pavilion at UAE World Expo

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has paid a visit Pakistan pavilion at World Expo 2020 to be held in United Arab Emirates (UAE) from October 1. On the occasion, Pakistan ambassador to UAE Afzal Mahmood, Pakistan Consul General

FM Qureshi, Afghan counterpart discuss peace process

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday had a telephonic conversation with his Afghan counterpart Mohammed Haneef Atmar. The foreign minister said a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s interest. He said Pakistan is a partner in peace

Pakistan, India refute reports on ministers’ meeting in UAE

DUBAI: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Indian Shah Mahmood Qureshi S Jaishankar will be in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the weekend though both countries confirmed that no meeting was planned between the two leaders. Shah Mehmood

Provision of essential items on reasonable price demanded at sasta bazaars

RAWALPINDI: Citizens have demanded government authorities to play a proactive role in providing quality essential items to the people at reasonable prices at Ramazan sasta bazaars established in different areas of Rawalpindi. According to details, citizens demanded the government to

Coronavirus: Balochistan govt imposes smart lockdown till May 1

QUETTA: Balochistan government authorities have imposed smart lockdown in the province due to an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases. According to the notification issued by  Balochistan Home and Tribal Affairs Department on Saturday, the restrictions will come into effect from

Action against TLP taken when it challenged writ of state: PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said that action against the now-outlawed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) was taken under the country’s anti-terrorism law as the ultra right-wing party challenged the writ of the state. In a series of Tweet, the

Two mountaineers become first Pakistanis to scale Annapurna peak

ISLAMABAD: Mountaineers Mohammad Abdul Joshi and Sirbaz Khan have became the first Pakistanis to scale the world’s 10th highest peak, Mt Annapurna, in Nepal. The four-member team left for Nepal to attempt Annapurna (8,091 metres) last month. Apart from the

FM Qureshi leaves for three-day UAE visit today

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has left for a three-day official visit to the UAE today. During the visit, the foreign minister will meet his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other UAE dignitaries. He will

Schools in Punjab, KP to reopen from April 19

PUNJAB, KP: The authorities in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have announced the resumption of classes 9 to 12, days after the provincial governments had closed the schools in districts with a high COVID-19 positivity ratio earlier in March. According to

PM Imran pays tribute to police for ‘heroic stand’ against ‘violence’

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has paid a special tribute to police personnel for their ‘heroic stand’ against protests staged by an outlawed religious party. Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said, “I want to pay special tribute to our

Three more Pakistani ACCA students score highest marks in the world

KARACHI: The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has announced the results of its latest examinations and three students, including two females, from Pakistan, are on the list of its global prizewinners. As per details, Kahaf Moid from Karachi scored

Pakistan denounces drone attacks on Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday strongly condemned the launch of ballistic missiles and drones by Houthis towards Jizan, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and Friday. Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri in a statement said, “It is admirable that Saudi forces intercepted

President Alvi appoints chairman, members of Islamic ideology council

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has approved the hiring of new members to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), with Qibla Ayaz as the body’s new chairperson. The appointment of new members was approved for 12 vacant seats in the

Pakistani passport remains fourth-worst globally

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has garnered the honour of having the fourth weakest passport in the world behind only war-torn Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the Henley Passport Index. The Henley Passport Index, which is a ranking of all the world’s

Social Media partially restored in Pakistan after blockage

ISLAMABAD: Services of social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and Telegram, were partially restored in Pakistan after blockage to ‘maintain public order’. Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Interior directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to temporarily

PM announces Rs446bn development package for Sindh

SUKKUR: Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced a mega development package worth Rs446 billion rupees for socio-economic progress of the backward districts in Sindh. The prime minister along with the members of the federal cabinet including Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad

NACTA adds TLP in list of banned outfits

ISLAMABAD: National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) has included Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) in the list of proscribed organisations in Pakistan. The authority said stated that any financial assistance to TLP will now be considered as terror financing. The organization has been

PM to announce mega package during Sukkur visit today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to arrive in Sukkur on Friday (today) where he will announce an economic package for Sindh. The economic package estimated at Rs446 million will prove to be a guarantor for the socio economic

‘Pass Track App’ launched to register incoming passengers

ISLAMABAD: The government has introduced a “Pass Track App” application to maintain the data of passengers travelling to Pakistan and track them in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. As per the decision, it would be mandatory for all

PM Imran, Erdogan discuss US troops’ pullout from Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephone conversation from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wherein they discussed bilateral ties besides Afghan peace process in wake of recently announced planned US withdrawal. The two leaders exchanged felicitations on the advent

PM to announce package for Sindh in Sukkur visit on Friday

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will announce a mega-development package of Rs446 billion for Sindh in Sukkur tomorrow (Friday), announced Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry. Taking to Twitter, the federal minister said that the amount would be

Govt launches drive to verify 1.4 Afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today (Thursday) launched a nationwide drive to verify and update the data of some 1.4 million Afghan refugees residing in the country, an official said. According to details, their data will be updated and smart identity cards will

Manisha Kumari becomes first Hindu woman DSP in Sindh

KARACHI: Manisha Kumari has become the first-ever Hindu woman Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Sindh. According to details, Manisha, who hails from Jacobabad, successfully cleared Sindh Public Service Commission and became the first female Hindu DSP of Sindh. Meanwhile