Supreme Court Bans Unregistered Qingqi Rickshaws Across The Country

Supreme Court Bans Unregistered Qingqi Rickshaws Across The Country

The Supreme Court on Wednesday banned the use of unregistered motorcycle-rickshaws, better known as Qingqi rickshaws, across the country, saying it was making an exception only for Qingqis approved by the government. A two-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed issued the order, stating: “Besides approved...

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Four NAB Officials To Be Denotified On Supreme Court Orders

Four NAB Officials To Be Denotified On Supreme Court Orders

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the denotification of four officials of the National Accountability Bureau whose initial appointment could not be justified by their qualifications. The four officials against whom the orders were issued include NAB Lahore Director General (DG) Bhurhan Ali, NAB Quetta DG Tariq Mehmood and NAB...

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Indian Cricket Board Has Not Contacted PCB To Play Bilateral Series, Says Shaharyar

Indian Cricket Board Has Not Contacted PCB To Play Bilateral Series, Says Shaharyar

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan on Wednesday said the Indian cricket board has so far not contacted the PCB regarding the holding of any bilateral series, DawnNews reported. The PCB chairman was reacting to the news circulating in Indian media about Board of Control for Cricket in India...

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US Spies Still Being ‘Secretly’ Issued Visas, Claims Rehman Malik

US Spies Still Being ‘Secretly’ Issued Visas, Claims Rehman Malik

ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister and PPP stalwart Rehman Malik has claimed that Pakistani visas are still being ‘secretly’ issued to US intelligence officials. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House here on Tuesday, he said the government was accusing the previous government of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of issuing...

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SHC Grants Bail To Dr Asim Hussain In NAB’s Corruption References

SHC Grants Bail To Dr Asim Hussain In NAB’s Corruption References

The Sindh High Court on Wednesday granted bail to PPP leader and former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain in two corruption references filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the submission of surety bonds worth Rs5 million. Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar, a referee judge in the case,...

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Woman Wins 17-year Battle Against Punjab University

Woman Wins 17-year Battle Against Punjab University

A woman of Pakistani origin, currently residing in Canada has won a 17-year legal battle against Punjab University (PU), the BBC reported on Tuesday. In its judgement, the Lahore High Court ordered the university to pay Rs800,000 in damages to Wajiha Arooj, 38, who had sued the university for damaging...

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Pakistan Updates Guidance For Islamic Banks’ External Audits

Pakistan Updates Guidance For Islamic Banks’ External Audits

Pakistan’s central bank has updated guidance on sharia governance for Islamic finance institutions, expanding the scope of external audits to help mitigate conflicts of interest and increase transparency. There are growing calls across the Islamic finance industry to strengthen the certification process of Islamic banks and their products to improve...

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Germany Jails Pakistani Over Spying For Iran

Germany Jails Pakistani Over Spying For Iran

BERLIN: A Pakistani man was convicted in Germany on Monday on charges of spying for Iran allegedly to search out potential attack targets for the Revolutionary Guards. Mustufa Haidar Syed-Naqfi, 31, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison “for working for a foreign intelligence service”, a spokeswoman...

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‘China Will Never Own Pakistan’s Problems’

‘China Will Never Own Pakistan’s Problems’

ISLAMABAD: China has its own vision, and given its issues with the United States and India, it would never own Pakistan’s problems and Pakistan needs to address its internal issues. This was stated by former Ambassador Ashraf Jehangir Qazi while speaking at a seminar titled “US Foreign Policy and Trump...

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Pakistan, Haqqani Network Are Not ‘Friends’, Says Aizaz Chaudhry

Pakistan, Haqqani Network Are Not ‘Friends’, Says Aizaz Chaudhry

Ambassador to the United States (US) Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry said that the Haqqani network was not Pakistan’s “friend”. “Those playing with human lives, we are against such elements or activities,” he said, while talking to a news channel. In response to another question, Chaudhry said Pakistan wanted peaceful relations with...

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Gas Expansion Schemes For Punjab ‘Detrimental To National Harmony’, Complains Murad

Gas Expansion Schemes For Punjab ‘Detrimental To National Harmony’, Complains Murad

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s decision to approve 97 natural gas expansion schemes, a majority of which are meant for the ruling party’s political base — Punjab, is a “source of discontent” and may affect national harmony in the country, said Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. This was stated by...

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Declaring Pakistan Terror-Sponsor State ‘Wishful Thinking’

Declaring Pakistan Terror-Sponsor State ‘Wishful Thinking’

Chaudhry said Pakistan’s fight against terrorism has been matchless. “We decimated the sanctuaries of terrorists and solved the problems inherited from the times of Afghan jihad ,” he said while referring to the series of military operation Pakistan has conducted in the tribal regions. “Declaring Pakistan a...

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Zardari Declares ‘End To Policy Of Reconciliation’

Zardari Declares ‘End To Policy Of Reconciliation’

LAHORE: Former president Asif Ali Zardari has said the four-year period of the PPP’s reconciliation approach towards the PML-N and others has ended and now onwards the party will do “politics of resistance”. “In the fifth year of this (PML-N) government we will do politics of agitation. And you are...

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IHC Orders Regulators Out Of Ministries’ control

IHC Orders Regulators Out Of Ministries’ control

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Monday suffered a setback when the Islamabad High Court (IHC) set aside a notification placing five regulatory bodies under their line ministries. IHC Justice Athar Min­allah set aside the government’s notification placing the Oil and Gas Regu­latory Authority (Ogra), National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra),...

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PM Sharif Vists Hyderabad Bearing ‘Gifts’ For The People

PM Sharif Vists Hyderabad Bearing ‘Gifts’ For The People

He was accompanied by Minister of Railways Saad Rafique and Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair.

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Envoy’s US Visa Powers Withdrawn In 2014

Envoy’s US Visa Powers Withdrawn In 2014

ISLAMABAD: As the controversy over a letter issued by then prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani’s office in July 2010 empowering then Pakistan ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani to directly issue visas to Americans continues to simmer, it was disclosed at a meeting on Monday that the arbitrary letter...

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Raheel Sharif Leading Saudi Alliance Will Bring Unity To Muslim World: Nasser Janjua

Raheel Sharif Leading Saudi Alliance Will Bring Unity To Muslim World: Nasser Janjua

The appointment of the former army chief, retired Gen Raheel Sharif, as the head of a Saudi-led 39-nation Islamic military alliance will prove to a welcome step for the Muslim world, National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua said on Monday. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a conference on maritime...

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MQM Backs PPP’s Bill To Change Name Of Altaf Hussain University

MQM Backs PPP’s Bill To Change Name Of Altaf Hussain University

Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM – Pakistan) backed PPP’s bill to change the names of universities being built in Karachi and Hyderabad bearing the name of Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder and leader Altaf Hussain, presented by Nisar Khoro in the Sindh Assembly on Monday. Talking on the occasion, MQM’s...

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Two Universities In China To Offer Urdu, Farsi Classes

Two Universities In China To Offer Urdu, Farsi Classes

Two universities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region will add Urdu and Farsi (Persian) to their undergraduate curriculum. Shihezi University and Xinjiang Normal University based in Urumqi are setting up Urdu and Farsi departments, respectively, and start enrolling students nationwide this summer, according to a Shihezi University press release...

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Tahirul Qadri Admitted To Toronto Hospital

Tahirul Qadri Admitted To Toronto Hospital

Prominent cleric and head of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Tahirul Qadri was admitted to a hospital in Toronto after being diagnosed with intestinal obstruction, a press release issued by the party’s spokesperson said Monday. The PAT chief’s condition has improved although he will be kept in the hospital for medical...

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Facebook Removed 85% Of Blasphemous Material On Pakistan’s Request

Facebook Removed 85% Of Blasphemous Material On Pakistan’s Request

The interior ministry informed the Islamabad High Court on Monday that Facebook administration has been blocking illegal blasphemous content on Pakistan’s request and 85 per cent of such material on the social networking site has already been removed. Interior Secretary Arif Khan said in his report that Facebook had responded...

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PML-N, PPP At Loggerheads

PML-N, PPP At Loggerheads

ISLAMABAD: With the existing tensions between the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples Party, a recent move of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir might just add fuel to the fire to further flare up the situation. Lately, the AJK government has sped up its anti-corruption drive which focuses...

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Pakistan Urges Afghan Taliban To Shun Violence

Pakistan Urges Afghan Taliban To Shun Violence

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has urged the Afghan Taliban to scale down violence and join the peace reconciliation process in a recent high-level contact with senior insurgent leaders, sources told The Express Tribune on Sunday. Pakistan’s call came at a time when the Taliban are preparing for their Spring Offensive (fighting season)...

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PML-N Won’t Be Allowed To ‘Steal’ 2018 Polls: Zardari

PML-N Won’t Be Allowed To ‘Steal’ 2018 Polls: Zardari

LAHORE: Former president Asif Ali Zardari has said he will not let the ruling party ‘steal’ the 2018 elections “like it did in 2013” through ROs (returning officers) and contact other parties to stop rigging (in the next elections). “We are fully prepared for 2018 elections as my son, daughters...

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Parliament Awaits Data About Perks Of Generals, Officials

Parliament Awaits Data About Perks Of Generals, Officials

SC judges received, on average, a pension of nearly Rs800,000 per month, while judges of high courts received Rs670,000 every month.

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PTI Opposes NOC For Raheel To Head Saudi-Led Military Alliance

PTI Opposes NOC For Raheel To Head Saudi-Led Military Alliance

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has opposed the government’s decision to allow former chief of army staff (COAS) retd Gen Raheel Sharif to assume the command of a yet-to-be-formed, Saudi-led 39-nation military alliance of Muslim states. “We strongly oppose this decision and will soon raise the issue in the parliament,”...

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For Trump, It Was The Lost Art Of The Deal

For Trump, It Was The Lost Art Of The Deal

WASHINGTON: In the end, the Closer couldn’t close the deal. For President Donald Trump, the collapse on Friday of his first legislative priority, a healthcare reform bill, was an embarrassing loss of face after he and his administration insisted up until the time of the vote by the US House...

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US Air Strike In Afghanistan Killed Senior Al-Qaeda Leader

US Air Strike In Afghanistan Killed Senior Al-Qaeda Leader

Yasin was killed during an air strike in Paktika Province, which borders Pakistan, the Pentagon said.

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Pakistan’s Ties With China Not A Zero-Sum Game

Pakistan’s Ties With China Not A Zero-Sum Game

Pakistan’s historic ties with China and its efforts to forge closer relations with Russia will not have an adverse effect on its traditional partnership with the United States, says Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry. In his first interaction with the US media on Friday afternoon, Pakistan’s new envoy in Washington said...

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MQM-P, PSP Condemn Altaf’s Plea For Modi’s Help

MQM-P, PSP Condemn Altaf’s Plea For Modi’s Help

All patriotic persons should come on the same page and help each other to defeat RAW in Karachi.

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Raheel Sharif May Assume Command Of Saudi-Led Force Next Month

Raheel Sharif May Assume Command Of Saudi-Led Force Next Month

A contract for 3-year employment with the IMAFT would be signed by the former army chief in the coming days.

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PPP Hits Back After Letter Empowering Hussain Haqqani ‘Leaked’ To Media

PPP Hits Back After Letter Empowering Hussain Haqqani ‘Leaked’ To Media

Clarifying the PPP’s position on the controversy surrounding the issuance of over two thousand visas to US citizens, allegedly after bypassing proper channels, party spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar on Friday said there was “nothing new or wrong” in the letter sent by Prime Minister House to the Foreign Office in...

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Canada Lawmakers Pass Anti-Islamophobia Motion

Canada Lawmakers Pass Anti-Islamophobia Motion

Lawmakers in Canada’s House of Commons, with strong encouragement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, passed a motion Thursday paving the way for future measures to combat Islamophobia. The motion, which passed easily, asks the government to “recognise the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear”...

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Pakistan To Attend Afghan Peace Conference In Russia Next Month

Pakistan To Attend Afghan Peace Conference In Russia Next Month

Pakistan will participate in a multinational peace conference on Afghanistan, to be held next month in Russia, the Foreign Office (FO) said on Friday. FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said it had not yet been decided on what level Pakistan will participate in the conference. He also said it was not...

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FIA Arrests Three In Social Media Blasphemy Case

FIA Arrests Three In Social Media Blasphemy Case

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday arrested three individuals in connection with a case pertaining to the publishing of blasphemous content on social media being heard by the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The three were presented before an anti-terrorism court and handed over to the FIA for a seven-day...

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Anti-Corruption Tribunal Formally Charges Sharjeel In PSL Case

Anti-Corruption Tribunal Formally Charges Sharjeel In PSL Case

Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Anti-Corruption Tribunal (ACT) held a preliminary hearing today at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore where formal charges were read out against Sharjeel Khan in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot fixing case. The tribunal is comprised of chairman Justice Asghar Haider, Lieutenant General Tauqir...

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Google Ad Boycott Could Aim Ire At Ad-Serving Software

Google Ad Boycott Could Aim Ire At Ad-Serving Software

Google’s money-making foundation is strong enough to endure a current boycott by advertisers, but the movement could rattle the practice of software “programmed” ad placement, analysts said on Thursday. The internet giant’s core business of serving up advertising along with online search results appeared to be safe from the boycott,...

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Zardari Calls Rulers ‘Arrogant Like Saddam’

Zardari Calls Rulers ‘Arrogant Like Saddam’

LAHORE: PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari used a Pakistan Day event on Thursday to fire a broadside at the ruling Sharif family calling them ‘arrogant and dictatorial’ in their demeanor. “I can notice arrogance in the rulers, the kind of arrogance displayed by dictators such as Saddam Hussein and others,”...

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IS Recruiting In Pakistan, Afghanistan, Says US

IS Recruiting In Pakistan, Afghanistan, Says US

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has warned that the militant Islamic State (IS) group wants to recruit young people from Pakistan, Afgha­nistan and Iraq and has stepped up its efforts in those places. Speaking at the 10th Global Coalition ministerial meeting on IS in Washington on Wednesday,...

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Ceasefire Violations Decreased Since ‘Surgical Strikes’, Claims India

Ceasefire Violations Decreased Since ‘Surgical Strikes’, Claims India

NEW DELHI: The Indian government has told the Rajya Sabha that ceasefire violations and casualties on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border have come down since September when it says its troops carried out surgical strikes inside Azad Kashmir against militant targets, The...

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Document Reveals Gillani Authorised Haqqani To Issue Visas To Americans

Document Reveals Gillani Authorised Haqqani To Issue Visas To Americans

The date of the issue of the letter is July 14, which had perhaps mistakenly mentioned by Mr Aziz.

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Pakistan To Host Afghan Taliban Leaders Peace Talks

Pakistan To Host Afghan Taliban Leaders Peace Talks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani officials have hosted seven Taliban leaders in Islamabad to try and press them into peace talks ahead of a multination meeting in April in Moscow, according to two Taliban officials. Islamabad has been under international pressure to try and bring Taliban leaders, who have lived in Pakistan since...

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PCB Invites Bangladesh For Two T20s

PCB Invites Bangladesh For Two T20s

On the back of successfully holding the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited Bangladesh to play two T20 matches here before their tour to Bangladesh in July-August. The PCB wants Bangladesh to tour the country in May, hoping it would strengthen Pakistan’s case of...

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Nisar Deplores Sindh CM’s Threat To ‘Throw Out’ Federal Bodies

Nisar Deplores Sindh CM’s Threat To ‘Throw Out’ Federal Bodies

The minister said he had invited the ambassadors of Muslim countries in Pakistan on Friday to formulate a joint strategy on the issue.

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Next Round Of Water Talks With India In Jeopardy

Next Round Of Water Talks With India In Jeopardy

The next round of India-Pakistan water talks — that the World Bank offered to hold in Washington next month — may be delayed or cancelled because of India’s refusal to accept arbitration. Pakistan not only wants the talks to be held as scheduled but is also seeking the World Bank’s...

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Four Dead, Including Attacker, In UK Parliament ‘Terror’ Assault

Four Dead, Including Attacker, In UK Parliament ‘Terror’ Assault

At least three people were killed and 20 injured in a “terrorist” attack in the heart of London Wednesday when a man mowed down pedestrians on a bridge, then stabbed a police officer outside parliament before being shot dead. Police guarding the iconic House of Commons building shot the man...

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Military Parade In Capital Marks Pakistan Day Celebrations

Military Parade In Capital Marks Pakistan Day Celebrations

Pakistan Day is being celebrated across the country on Thursday with national zeal and fervour. The nation commenced celebrations for 77th Pakistan Day with a pledge to make the country stronger by wiping out the menace of terrorism, achieving sustainable economic growth and political stability. The day marks the historic...

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Peshawar High Court Orders Inclusion Of Sikh Religion In Census Forms

Peshawar High Court Orders Inclusion Of Sikh Religion In Census Forms

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday ordered the provincial statistics department to include the Sikh religion in its population census form. A two-member bench of PHC, comprising Chief Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Ikramullah Khan, delivered the judgment after hearing a writ petition filed by the Sikh community on...

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One Arrest Made In Social Media Blasphemy Case, Interior Ministry Tells IHC

One Arrest Made In Social Media Blasphemy Case, Interior Ministry Tells IHC

As the hearing of a petition seeking removal of blasphemous content from social media resumed on Wednesday, Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was told that the interior ministry had made one arrest in the case, while the names of several have been put on the Exit Control...

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Bid To Strip Pakistani-American Militant’s Citizenship May Mark New Trump Way

Bid To Strip Pakistani-American Militant’s Citizenship May Mark New Trump Way

The Department of Justice has taken the rare step of seeking to strip a convicted militant of his US citizenship as he serves the last several years of a 20-year prison sentence for plotting to destroy New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. Some national security experts suggested Tuesday the move might signal...

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