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Federal ministers call on MQM leaders, Governor Sindh

KARACHI: A delegation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led by the Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Sunday visited the office of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P). Both parties discussed the ongoing political situation in the country and deliberated

Tribal elders accuse KP minister of corruption

ISLAMABAD: A group of tribal elders have staged a protest and accused Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Transport Minister Shah Mohammad Khan of massive corruption. The elders of Sardikhel and Bakakhel tribes of Bannu district have accused the provincial minister Shah Mohammad Khan

Sindh minister rejects gas price hike, demands representation in OGRA

KARACHI: Sindh energy minister Imtiaz Ahmad Shaikh has declined the increase in gas tariffs and demanded more representation of provinces in Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA). The minister termed gas tariff hike a consequence of monopoly in the regulatory,

Deadlock reached over reopening private schools on Jan 11

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood on Friday held a meeting with the representatives of private schools in Islamabad and Rawalpindi but were unable to reach a decision to reopen educational institutions. The Private Schools Supreme Council (PSSC) leaders

APPSF announces long march if schools are not reopened on Jan 11

KARACHI: All Pakistan Private School Federation (APPSF) president has threatened to launch a protest campaign if schools were not reopened in January as earlier decided by education ministers. An inter-provincial education ministers’ conference chaired by Federal Minister for Education Shafqat

Education ministry to start consultations on ‘formal education policy’

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood has announced that his ministry has started the process to formulate an education policy for Pakistan. Taking to Twitter, the minister stressed the necessity of formulating a “formal education policy” in the country

SHC restrains NAB from raiding houses without search warrants

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has restrained the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from carrying out raids on the residences of Sindh Irrigation Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal. A two-judge bench gave the order while hearing bail petitions of the Sindh minister

World Bank director, federal minister discuss educational projects

ISLAMABAD: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood held a meeting with the World Bank’s new Country Director to Pakistan Mr Najy Benhassine on Monday in Islamabad. Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said distance-learning program in present circumstances due to COVID-19 is the

Irish minister resigns for breaking coronavirus regulations

DUBLIN: Ireland’s minister of agriculture resigned after he was found to be violating the government’s measures against the novel coronavirus. Dara Calleary attended a golf society dinner with over 80 people in attendance, just over 24 hours after the Irish

Zartaj Gul mistakes Gen Zia’s death anniversary for his birthday

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul is once again in the spotlight after a gaffe on national television. During an appearance on a private TV channel, the state minister referred to the death anniversary of former military

IHC issues notice to IGP Islamabad over land encroachment case

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court has issued notice to Inspector General Police (IGP) Islamabad over a case relating to the encroachment of public land in a private housing society by a senior minister. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued a seven-page

Minister urges banks to finance power plants privatization

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Privatization Muhammad Mian Soomro met with the heads of commercial banks and discussed their role in facilitating the privatization process of two power plants. The federal minister along with Special Assistant to Prime Minister Nadeem Baber

Govt to launch Rs400 billion construction-related projects: Minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz has said construction-related projects worth Rs400 billion will be initiated in the last quarter of the current year. Addressing a news conference, the minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan is giving special

Elderly woman accuses Punjab minister of occupying ancestral land

ISLAMABAD: The ancestral land of a family has been occupied in Bani Gala area by the land mafia who wants to merge it with a nearby housing society. The family has accused Punjab minister Aleem Khan of patronizing the land

Beauty of bloopers 

Zartaj Gul Wazir, the Minister of State for Climate Change, is known for her beauty and bloopers. She is bold and blunt in her expression. She seems careless in carrying out her political moves though proved to be very caring to

Eid-ul-Azha to be celebrated on July 31, predicts Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Monday predicted that Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on July 31. Taking to Twitter, the federal minister said that the moon for the Islamic month of Zil Hajj will be spotted

Pakistan Post’s revenue increased significantly: Murad tells NA

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Communications Murad Saeed said the revenue of Pakistan Post has significantly increased under the present government. Speaking in the National Assembly on Wednesday, the minister said the first year saw seventy percent and the second year a

Incidents of extrajudicial killings on the rise in IoK: Minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur has said Indian forces have escalated atrocities in occupied Kashmir and innocent Kashmiri youth are being martyred daily during house search operation. In a statement, the minister said incidents of extrajudicial killings

Minister warns of action against OMCs creating petrol shortage

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum Omar Ayub Khan said the government has decided to take stern action against oil marketing companies (OMCs) and dealers creating artificial shortage of petroleum products. In a tweet, the minister said that it has been decided

PIA crash provisional report to be released on June 22: Minister

ISLAMABAD Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar on Thursday said the provisional investigation report of PIA airplane crash will be brought before the cabinet and public on 22nd June. Addressing a media briefing, the federal minister said the investigation process will be

Daughter seeks justice for family’s murder

SUKKUR: Advocate Umme Rubab Chandio is seeking justice for the murders of her father, uncle and grandfather that occurred in Mehar city over two years ago. Umme Rubab is pursuing the case of her slain family members herself. She has

KP housing minister tests positive for COVID-19

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa housing minister Dr Amjad Ali on Thursday confirmed that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The minister said he had been suffering from cough and fever for the last few days and got himself tested for

Venezuela appoints alleged drug trafficker as oil minister

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has appointed his economy vice president, Tareck El Aissami, who has been indicted in the United States on drug trafficking charges as oil minister. Maduro named Asdrubal Chavez, cousin of the late President Hugo Chavez,

Minister, Secretary LG monitors spray campaign in Karachi

KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Local Government Nasir Hussain Shah along with the Secretary Local Government Roshan Shaikh visited various areas of Karachi and inspected the anti bacterial spray campaign on Saturday. They visited different areas of the city, including Korangi,

PM reshuffles cabinet as Bakhtiar named Economic Affairs minister

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday announced a major reshuffle  in the federal cabinet with portfolios of several key federal ministers changed. Syed Fakhar Imam has been made Federal Minister for National Food Security, while Makhdoon Khosro Bakhtiar has

Sindh ministers meet Islamic scholar Shehenshah Naqvi

KARACHI: The Sindh government is expediting efforts to consult prominent Islamic scholars to take them confidence over the preventive measures against the novel coronavirus in religious gatherings. In this regard, provincial minister of Sindh for Local Government Syed Nasir Hussain

Govt launches first ever Nursing Scholarship programme

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education and Profession Training Shafqat Mahmood has launched the inaugural Nursing Scholarship Program. Addressing the launching ceremony, the federal minister said that the incumbent government has allocated 1000 Scholarship for Nursing program for the first time

Iran’s deputy health minister diagnosed with coronavirus

TEHRAN: Iran’s deputy health minister has tested positive for the novel coronavirus amid a major outbreak in the country which has resulted in the death of fifteen people. Iraj Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during a news

Fehmida Mirza attends Ethnosport Forum in Antalya

ISTANBUL: Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination and President Pakistan Sports Board Dr. Fehmida Mirza is attending 3rd International Ethnosport Forum in Antalya, Turkey. The minister has been invited by Minister of Youth and Sports of Turkey Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu and President

IPC Minister visits Sports Complex to oversee Davis Cup preparations

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination (IPC) Dr Fehmida Mirza visited Pakistan Sports Complex on Tuesday to monitor the ongoing renovation work and arrangements prior to the Davis Cup tie. “It’s a proud moment for Pakistan that now international teams