Taxi drivers face hardships, demand relief package

ISLAMABAD: Taxi drivers are facing severe financial hardships due to transport closure in Islamabad amid the COVID-19 lockdown. In an exclusive interview with MM News, the drivers said that due to the first, second and third wave of coronavirus they

Indian forces want FIR lodged against pigeon found near Pakistan border

AMRITSAR: India’s Border Security Force (BSF) has filed a written request at the Khangarh Police Station in Amritsar to register a first information report (FIR) against a pigeon found near the border. According to a report by the Indian Express,

Quetta blast leaves four dead, 12 injured

QUETTA: At least four people died and 12 were injured on Wednesday in a blast that took place at the parking lot of the Serena Hotel located on Zargun Road.  It is reported that the blast took place near Jinnah

Saudi deploys female security guards at Makkah’s grand mosque

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has stationed women police officers on duty for the first time in history at Makkah’s Grand mosque Masjid al-Haram.   The Saudi Ministry of Interior has released pictures of women officers on duty. Female guards are seen wearing

First auction phase of 47 commercial plots in KDA completed

KARACHI: The Karachi Development Authority (KDA) has completed the first auction phase of 47 commercial plots on Wednesday. In the first phase, KDA auctioned 18 plots in Korangi and eight plots in Surjani Town in the metropolis. The total revenue

Oman announces travel ban on Pakistan, Bangladesh and India

OMAN: The authorities of Oman have announced it will suspend travel from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, where cases of the COVID-19 continue to surge in the recent weeks.  The decision was taken by Oman’s supreme committee for COVID-19 on Wednesday

Sindh Assembly passes Namoose Risalat resolution

KARACHI: Condemning the publication of sacrilegious sketches in France, the Sindh Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution on Tahaffuz-e-Khatam-e-Nabuwwat (PBUH). Senior minister, Syed Nasir Ali Shah, tabled the resolution in the provincial assembly. Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s (TLP), Mufti Qasim Fakhri,

Religious freedom in India continued on negative trajectory: US commission

WASHINGTON: Religious freedom in India under the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken “a drastic turn downward for the second year in a row,” the US government commission report revealed on Wednesday. In its annual report,

FBR introduces automated system for scanning of Cargo

LAHORE: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has introduced a new automated system for scanning containerized consignments of industrial raw materials for quick clearance at ports in the country. According to FBR, the introduction of the Non-Intrusive Inspection System (NIIS)

Cases against banned TLP chief, others will undergo legal proceedings: Minister

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed has said that the first information reports (FIR) against Saad Hussain Rizvi and other members of banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) will undergo legal proceedings through courts. While addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Sheikh Rasheed

Defamation case: Arrest warrants issued for PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi

RAWALPINDI: A local Court of Rawalpindi has issued arrest warrants for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, Hanif Abbasi in a defamation case filed by Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust (SKMT). According to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust (SKMT) spokesman, Hanif Abbasi

NCOC suggests more restrictions to limit spread of COVID-19

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Wednesday suggested more restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar after chairing the meeting of NCOC today said the number of active

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 11 runs in first T20I

HARARE: Pakistan on Wednesday defeated Zimbabwe by 11 runs in the first fixture of the three-match T20I series at the Harare Sports Club. The Green Shirts bowled well, with Usman Qadir leading the way with three wickets from his four

Thirteen killed, 9 injured in road mishap near Khairpur

KHAIRPUR: At least 13 people were killed and eight others sustained injuries when a passenger coach collided with a van on the old national highway in Sindh’s Khairpur district on Wednesday. According to sources, the accident took place near Shah

PSX fails to maintain control as KSE 100-index sheds 93 points

KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) once again landed in the red after a respite yesterday with the benchmark KSE-100 index losing over 93 points on Wednesday (today). At close, the benchmark KSE-100 index recorded a decrease of 93.24 points,

Verdict on George Floyd’s murder: A revolutionary step against systemic racism

A white former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin was convicted of killing African-American George Floyd last year after a racially charged trial seen as a critical test of police accountability in the US. On Tuesday, the US jury deliberated more

BISP reference: Court issues arrest warrants for PPP’s leader Farzana Raja

ISLAMABAD: An Accountability Court (AC) has issued arrest warrants against PPP’s leader Farzana Raja for the disappearance and ordered to initiate a proceeding to declare her as absconder in a reference pertaining to corruption in Benazir Income Support Program (BISP).

Govt begins COVID-19 vaccination to citizens of 50 to 59 years age

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination has started vaccination of senior citizens of age 50 to 59 years across the country. According to the Ministry of National Health Services, for registration, citizens of this age group

Sindh Local govt suspends three education directors

KARACHI: Sindh Local Government Board (SLGB) has suspended three education directors in the District Municipal Corporation (DMC) of the city. The suspended directors include Abdul Khaliq DMC West, Sher Ali East and Aslam Khan, Director Education Central. These officers were

Court directs ECP to hold LG polls in Gilgit-Baltistan

GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Chief Court has directed the Election Commission and administration to hold local government (LG) polls in the region without any further delay. A two-member bench of the court headed by the Chief Justice on Tuesday, ordered

NA passes domestic violence bill for providing legal support to victims

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly (NA) has passed the Islamabad Capital Territory Senior Citizens Bill, 2020, and the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2020. The Islamabad Capital Territory Senior Citizens Bill, 2020 aims to socially and economically protect the senior

No decision taken to release banned TLP chief Saad Rizvi: Sources

ISLAMABAD: No decision has yet been taken by the federal government on the release of head of the banned Tehreek-e-Libbaik Pakistan (TLP) Chief Saad Rizvi, sources disclosed on Monday. According to sources, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed will hold a

Khaqan Abbasi abjures parliamentary manners in verbal fight with NA Speaker

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has abjured parliamentary manners by giving threats to Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in a special session of the National Assembly on Tuesday. While speaking on the floor of the lower house, the

CM Murad approves Rs 17.7 billion for purchase of fire tenders

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved Rs 17.7 billion to purchase fire tenders and eight snorkels for the provincial local government. Murad Ali Shah took this decision while presiding over a meeting here at the CM

Pakistani athlete Talha bags bronze in Tashkent weightlifting event

KARACHI: Pakistan’s promising 21-year old weightlifter Talha Talib has grabbed a bronze medal at the Asian Championship in Tashkent in the 67kg event. As per details, the weightlifting star got the bronze medal for the best total in snatch that

Chad President Idriss Deby dies visiting front-line troops: Army

SHAD: Chad’s President Idriss Deby, who ruled his country for over 30 years, has been killed on the frontline against rebels in North Africa, Army spokesman Azem Bermendao Agouna announced on Tuesday. The Army spokesman said, “A call to dialogue

AVLC arrests six motorcycle lifters in Karachi

KARACHI: Anti Vehicle Lifting Cell (AVLC) of Sindh police claimed to have apprehended six motorcycle lifters in Karachi. According to the senior superintendent of police (SSP), the lifters were allegedly involved in stealing motorcycles from the city. Seven motorbikes were

Senior journalist Absar Alam injured in armed attack

ISLAMABAD: Senior journalist and former chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (Pemra), Absar Alam was shot and injured in Islamabad on Tuesday. In a video shared by journalist Asad Toor, Alam can be heard saying he was shot at while

Does the future lie in learning Chinese languages?

On April 20, like other parts of the world, International Chinese Language Day is being marked in Pakistan. The event was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010 to commemorate cultural diversity, multilingualism and

Bulls return to bourse, index gains 486 points

KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) managed to regain an upward trend on Tuesday, with the benchmark index accumulating gains all day long amid positive sentiments. The KSE 100-index of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) witnessed a bullish trend, gaining