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Prime suspect in Sialkot lynching arrested: Shahbaz Gill

KARACHI: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill on Friday announced that the prime suspect in the murder case of a Sri Lankan national in Sialkot was arrested. Taking to Twitter, the special assistant shared

‘A day of shame’: PM Imran takes notice of Sialkot lynching as several arrested

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday took notice of the Sialkot incident where a Sri Lankan-national manager of a factory was tortured to death over blasphemy allegations before burning his body, Minister for Religious Affairs Noor ul Haq Qadri

Tarin blames rising int’l prices for spike in inflation, import bill

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Shaukat Tarin tried to allay fears on the current economic conditions, saying that the country was facing price escalation due to rise in prices of imported commodities. “Inflation and import bill

NAB arrests Sindh Assembly Speaker Durrani after SC orders surrender

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday arrested Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani in assets beyond means case from outside the Supreme Court (SC) premises after Durrani surrendered on apex court’s orders. The orders were given during a

PM Imran Khan appoints sixth finance secretary in three years

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has given approval, after which the Establishment Division has issued a notification, replacing the sixth Secretary Finance, Yousuf Khan, with Hamid Yaqub Sheikh, a Grade 21 officer, as Additional Secretary in-charge Finance Division. According to

President Alvi signs Elections Reforms Bill for use of EVMs in polls

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday gave his assent to the Elections (Amendment) Bill for the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the elections and grants the right of vote to overseas Pakistanis.   The president signed the

Corrupt elements will not be spared: PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed on Thursday that those who support corruption should not be spared. He said this in his meeting with members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) who called on him in Islamabad on Thursday. During

Opposition boycotts Dec 6 in-camera briefing on national security

ISLAMABAD: The joint opposition in the parliament on Thursday decided to boycott the in-camera briefing of the Parliamentary National Security Committee (PNSC) convened by the incumbent government on December 6, citing the government’s “dictatorial” behaviour as its reason. A joint

Faisal Vawda ‘given’ last chance to submit arguments in dual nationality case

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday gave Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf Senator Faisal Vawda “a last chance” to submit their arguments on a plea seeking latter’s disqualification for hiding information pertaining to his dual nationality. A three-member bench, headed

Pakistan reports 377 new cases of coronavirus, 8 deaths

ISLAMABAD: At least 377 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Pakistan while 8 more civilians have died of the virus in the last 24 hours. According to figures released by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), a

PTI awards Senate ticket to Shaukat Tarin

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has awarded Senate ticket to Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Shaukat Tarin. PTI Secretary General Amir Kayani issued the ticket. Tarin will contest the Senate election from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and will submit his nomination

Sindh govt to introduce ordinance regularising illegal buildings: Murtaza Wahab

KARACHI: The Sindh government has prepared an ordinance to regularise illegal buildings and settlements and sent it to Governor Sindh Imran Ismail for ratification. Karachi Administrator Barrister Murtaza Wahab announced that the Sindh government would bring an ordinance to stop

PM directs for emergency measures to control smuggling of essential items

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the authorities concerned to undertake emergency measures and bring out- of-box solutions to control smuggling of essential commodities. Chairing a meeting in Islamabad today [Wednesday], he stressed that emergency measures must be taken

NCOC urges provinces to show zero-tolerance for vaccination campaign

KARACHI: National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has stressed provinces to achieve vaccination targets to control new Omicron coronavirus variant. The NCOC meeting held virtually chaired by Minister for Planning Asad Umar and co-chaired by National Coordinator Major General Muhammad

Two students killed and six injured in Michigan school shooting

WASHINGTON: Three people, including two girls, have been killed and six others were injured in a school shooting in the US state of Michigan. The shooting was carried out by a 15-year-old student. According to the details, 3 students of

New restrictions imposed as Sindh braces for omicron variant

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Tuesday restricted business timings to 10PM while issuing new guidelines to curb the transmission of COVID-19 in light of the threat posed by the new Omicron variant. The Sindh Home Department, in a notification, said

Centre may not fund elections held without EVMs: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday asserted that the federal government would not be able to fund elections that would not include the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs). Addressing a post-Cabinet press conference in Islamabad,

PM Imran bars Cabinet members from travelling abroad

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday barred members of Federal Cabinet from traveling abroad without permission amid the prevailing economic situation, several media outlets reported. The media outlets, while quoting sources reported that the prime minister made these remarks during

Military lands can only be used for defence purposes, says CJP Gulzar

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed on Tuesday questioned the military for conducting commercial activities on government land, saying that the law did not allow land meant for defence purposes to be used for commercial gains. A three-judge

IHC orders ex-judge Rana Shamim to submit original affidavit

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday heard the contempt of court plea against former Gilgit Baltistan (GB) chief judge Rana Shamim and others for their remarks against the judiciary. Former GB Appellant Court Chief Justice Rana Shamim, Attorney

Pakistan offers to host OIC meeting on Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has offered to host the extraordinary session of the Council of Foreign Minister of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) convened by Saudi Arabia to discuss the latest situation in Afghanistan. “Pakistan fully endorses this initiative. We also

Pakistan to donate 50,000 tonnes wheat for Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: The government has approved a donation of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan in the absence of any major assistance from the world community for the cash-starved neighbour. Pakistan has earlier granted a one-time approval for India to

Pakistan wins first Test against Bangladesh by 8 wickets

DHAKA: Pakistan won the first Test against Bangladesh by eight wickets after a brilliant century stand for the first wicket between Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique in Chattogram to lead the series 1-nil.  Pakistan needed just 93 runs to win

PPP’s Founding Day: Bilawal vows to continue fighting for people’s rights

KARACHI: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will observe its 54th founding day today (Tuesday) as the party leaders have planned to hold a public rally in Peshawar. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari renewed commitment

Omicron variant ‘not a cause for panic’: Biden

WASHINGTON: US president Joe Biden has urged Americans to get COVID-19 jabs amid global alarm over the new Omicron coronavirus variant but said the strain should be considered a “cause for concern, not a cause for panic”. In remarks delivered

PM directs to continue legal action against hoarding and illegal profiteering

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday directed the authorities concerned to continue legal action against those involved in hoarding and illegal profiteering. He said this while presiding over a meeting to review the current stock and prices of fertilizer

Saudi Fund for Development, SBP ink agreement for $3b deposit

KARACHI: Pakistan on Monday signed a deposit agreement with Saudi Arabia to receive the $3 billion deposit from the Kingdom under the pledged financial assistance, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). According to a statement released by the

Al-Qadir University will engage Islamic scholars to provide education: PM

JHELUM: Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated academic blocks of Al-Qadir University in Jhelum, dedicated to an important role in character building and promoting modern knowledge among the youth. Addressing the inauguration ceremony, the prime minister emphasised on research in

Minister says omicron will inevitably come to Pakistan, urges people to get jabs

ISLAMABAD: National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) chief Asad Umar on Monday asserted that new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, wreaking havoc across the world will inevitably come to Pakistan while urging the people to get vaccinated at earliest. In a press

President Alvi reaffirms to improve ties with Uzbek, Tajik counterparts

ASHGABAT: President Dr Arif Alvi held a bilateral meeting with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for the Trans-Afghan Railway project and assured all possible cooperation for its early realisation. The meeting took place on the sidelines