PAF Jet Crashes While On Routine Training Near Mianwali

PAF Jet Crashes While On Routine Training Near Mianwali

A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jet crashed near Mianwali while on routine operational training on Thursday, a press release issued by PAF said. “PAF reports with regret that a PAF F-7PG aircraft, while on a routine operational training mission, crashed near Mianwali. The pilot of the aircraft ejected safely,” the...

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Dr Shakil’s Petition Against Conviction Adjourned

Dr Shakil’s Petition Against Conviction Adjourned

PESHAWAR: The Federally Administered Tribal Areas Tribunal on Wednesday adjourned to July 27 the hearing into Dr Shakil Afridi’s petition against the upholding of his conviction by an appellate forum for having links with militant outfits. The hearing into the case had assumed importance over rumours about the possible shifting...

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Pope Risks Joke About Trump’s Size

Pope Risks Joke About Trump’s Size

VATICAN CITY: It could have caused a diplomatic incident but a culinary quip from Pope Francis seemed to have gone down well with Donald Trump and his wife Melania. In one of the lighter moments of his meeting with the US president at the Vatican on Wednesday, Francis made an...

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Bahrain, Egypt Block Al-Jazeera Websites Amid Qatar Dispute

Bahrain, Egypt Block Al-Jazeera Websites Amid Qatar Dispute

Bahrain and Egypt on Thursday apparently joined Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in blocking access to websites run by the pan-Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera, part of a growing regional dispute with Qatar after an alleged hack of its state-run news agency. The alleged hack and a purported fake...

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Facebook Signs BuzzFeed, Vox, Others For Original Video Shows

Facebook Signs BuzzFeed, Vox, Others For Original Video Shows

Facebook Inc has signed deals with millennial-focused news and entertainment creators Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to make shows for its upcoming video service, which will feature long and short-form content with ad breaks, according to several sources familiar with the situation. Facebook is planning two...

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Imran Blames Cash Crisis On Rulers’ Loot

Imran Blames Cash Crisis On Rulers’ Loot

Pakistan is facing an acute cash crunch because rulers habitually steal money and send it abroad, PTI chief Imran Khan told a public gathering in Kandhkot on Wednesday. He said that ultimately people paid the price of this pilferage of national resources. Without naming either the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)...

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PML-N Slams Institutions For ‘Not Acting Against Imran’

PML-N Slams Institutions For ‘Not Acting Against Imran’

ISLAMABAD: The ongoing war of words between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) took another turn on Wednesday when ruling party lawmakers accused state institutions and courts of being “soft” on Imran Khan. But the PTI, which has been battling foreign funding allegations in the Supreme...

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FBR Goes After Bitcoin Traders

FBR Goes After Bitcoin Traders

ISLAMABAD: The top intelligence department of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is investigating cases where investors trade digital currencies probably to evade taxes or launder money. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) does not recognise cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin. These digital currencies are also traded as commodities. A senior...

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JIT Sends Questionnaires To PM, His Sons

JIT Sends Questionnaires To PM, His Sons

ISLAMABAD: The joint investigation team (JIT) investigating the Panama Papers revelations has sent questionnaires to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hassan Nawaz, sources privy to the investigation told Dawn. The team, headed by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Additional Director General Wajid Zia, had also written to...

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India May Launch Aggressive Actions In Pakistan: US Spies

India May Launch Aggressive Actions In Pakistan: US Spies

WASHINGTON: US intelligence chiefs have warned Congress that India may launch aggressive actions inside Pakistan on the pretext of stopping “cross-border attacks” and that the ongoing exchange of artillery shells across the Line of Control (LoC) may lead to a direct conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbors. The warning given at...

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‘Victory’ For US Astronauts On Critical Spacewalk To Replace Power Box

‘Victory’ For US Astronauts On Critical Spacewalk To Replace Power Box

MIAMI: Two US astronauts successfully embarked on Tuesday on what Nasa described as a “critical” spacewalk to repair a failed piece of equipment that helps power the International Space Station. “We have declared victory,” Nasa commentator Rob Navias said about two hours into the emergency spacewalk by space station commander...

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Roger Moore, Star Of 7 James Bond Films, Dies At 89

Roger Moore, Star Of 7 James Bond Films, Dies At 89

Roger Moore, the suavely insouciant star of seven James Bond films, has died in Switzerland. He was 89. The British actor died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer, according to a family statement posted on Moore’s official Twitter account. “We know our own love and admiration will be magnified...

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PCB, BCCI Officials To Meet In Dubai

PCB, BCCI Officials To Meet In Dubai

LAHORE: Top officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are set to meet in Dubai on May 29 and begin negotiations over the financial loss suffered by the former due to India’s constant refusal to resume bilateral series with Pakistan,...

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Britain Defiant As IS Claims Manchester Massacre

Britain Defiant As IS Claims Manchester Massacre

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed on Tuesday that “terrorists will not prevail” hours after 22 people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed at a packed pop concert in a suicide bombing claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group. Britain’s worst terrorist bloodshed for more than a decade...

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Can’t Shy Away From Kashmir, Says Basit

Can’t Shy Away From Kashmir, Says Basit

ABDUL Basit, who has been Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India since 2014, spoke about the challenges of his job and the future of bilateral relations in an interview with Junaid Kathju and Zulkarnain Banday of the Indian newspaper Statesman. Excerpts: Q: Considering the new low in relations India and Pakistan...

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7 PIA Staffers Being Probed Over Drug Bust

7 PIA Staffers Being Probed Over Drug Bust

RAWALPINDI: Seven PIA staff members were on Tuesday taken into custody in connection with an investigation into the recovery of heroin from a London-bound flight at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Monday. The airline management has also started profiling of its staff to unearth the culprits. However, 19 individuals,...

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IHC Accepts Indian National’s Request To Return Home

IHC Accepts Indian National’s Request To Return Home

The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday gave permission to Uzma, an Indian national, to return to her home country. Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani was hearing petitions filed by Uzma and her husband, Tahir Ali. While the former had requested to be repatriated to India, Ali had asked to be allowed...

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Woman Throws Acid On Husband For Contracting Second Marriage

Woman Throws Acid On Husband For Contracting Second Marriage

VEHARI: A woman allegedly threw acid on her husband for contracting second marriage on Tuesday at Banglow Fazal Wah in Luddan police precincts, some 25-km from here. Reports said 35-year-old Imran, a labourer, contracted second marriage with Asma of Gujranwala a few days back without getting permission from his first...

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Govt Plans To Draw ‘Red Lines’ For Social Media In Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: As the controversy over the crackdown against online anti-army campaigners heats up, the government on Tuesday revealed its plan to draw red lines for the social media service providers for operating in Pakistan. “There will be no restrictions on social media. But, yes, there will be red lines in...

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Realignments In Asia A Challenge For Pakistan, Says Aizaz

Realignments In Asia A Challenge For Pakistan, Says Aizaz

HOUSTON: Realign¬ments in Asia are posing new challenges to Pakistan, says Ambassador Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, adding the country has dealt with such challenges in the past and will overcome the existing ones, too. This was an obvious reference to India’s growing influence in South Asia, where it is seen as...

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Supreme Court Hears Suo Motu Case Regarding Illegal Organ Trade

Supreme Court Hears Suo Motu Case Regarding Illegal Organ Trade

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday termed the illegal trade of organs an affliction in society and said those selling their kidneys were “victims of exploitation”. Justice Nisar made the remarks during a suo motu hearing of a case pertaining to the illegal trade of organs in the country....

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ECP Turns Down Imran Khan’s Request For Adjournment Of Disqualification Case

ECP Turns Down Imran Khan’s Request For Adjournment Of Disqualification Case

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday turned down Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s request to adjournsine die a petition seeking his disqualification over the collection of party funds through ‘prohibited’ means. A four-member bench of the ECP, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza, has taken up...

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Sohail Anwar Siyal Re-Appointed Home Minister Of Sindh

Sohail Anwar Siyal Re-Appointed Home Minister Of Sindh

The Sindh government on Tuesday issued a notification for the reshuffling of portfolios in the provincial cabinet, announcing Sohail Anwar Siyal’s appointment as the new provincial interior minister. Siyal will retain the portfolios of the Agriculture and Supply and Prices ministries in addition to his recently allocated portfolio, the notification...

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More Information Still Possible From Ehsan, Senate Panel Told

More Information Still Possible From Ehsan, Senate Panel Told

ISLAMABAD: A senior official of the defence ministry told a Senate committee on Monday that more information could be extracted from the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) former spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan. Additional Secretary retired Rear Admiral Faisal Lodhi, while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, referred to the revelation made...

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PTI To Launch Protests Against ‘Harassment’ Of Activists By FIA

PTI To Launch Protests Against ‘Harassment’ Of Activists By FIA

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has decided to launch protests in different cities against the alleged harassment of its party workers. On Sunday, the party had claimed that Owais Khan, another member of PTI’s social media team, was taken into custody by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) over alleged violations of Pakistan’s cybercrime...

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Five Killed In Bomb Blast In Khyber Agency’s Tirah Valley

Five Killed In Bomb Blast In Khyber Agency’s Tirah Valley

Five people, including a levies personnel, were killed on Monday in a bomb blast in Khyber Agency’s Tirah valley, security sources said. The remote-controlled bomb went off near a vehicle of a peace committee killing five in Tirah valley’s Akakhel area, security sources added. Head of the peace committee, Zarwali...

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Mardan University Reopens After Mashal Murder; Weapons Recovered During Hostel

Mardan University Reopens After Mashal Murder; Weapons Recovered During Hostel

Weapons were recovered from the the Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan on Monday, as the university’s campuses reopened for the first time since Mashal Khan, a student at the university, was lynched by a mob on accusations of blasphemy, DawnNews reported. Police conducted a search operation at the university’s...

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Chinese Enjoy Seafood From Pakistan Transported Over New Trade Routes

Chinese Enjoy Seafood From Pakistan Transported Over New Trade Routes

Two tonnes of seafood originating from the coast of Pakistan arrived in the city of Karamay, in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang Uyghur, from routes that are part of the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a report by Global Times. Global Times said the seafood — which travelled more...

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MNA Mussarat Ahmadzeb Alleges Attack On Malala Was ‘Scripted’

MNA Mussarat Ahmadzeb Alleges Attack On Malala Was ‘Scripted’

Member of National Assembly (MNA) Mussarat Ahmadzeb, in an interview to right-wing Urdu-language daily Ummat, has alleged that the attack on Malala Yousufzai was “scripted”. In the interview, available online, Ahmadzeb — who was elected to the Assembly on a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) ticket — said, “The attack on Malala...

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Pakistan More Prosperous Under Nawaz, Says Shehbaz

Pakistan More Prosperous Under Nawaz, Says Shehbaz

LAHORE: Contemporary Pakistan is far more prosperous, developed and safe than any time in the past and every sector has improved considerably over the past four years under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday. He was speaking with Minister of State for Information and...

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Despite Tax-Free System, Renewable Energy Tariffs Are High In Pakistan

Despite Tax-Free System, Renewable Energy Tariffs Are High In Pakistan

If anything, the solar and even wind power prices should be lower in Pakistan since interest rates here are far below those in India.

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US-Arab-Islamic Summit: Trump Urges Muslim Leaders To Confront Extremism

US-Arab-Islamic Summit: Trump Urges Muslim Leaders To Confront Extremism

S President Donald Trump called on Arab leaders to do their fair share to “drive out” terrorism from their countries on Sunday in a speech.

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Political Parties Call For Exemplary Punishment To Mashal’s Killers

Political Parties Call For Exemplary Punishment To Mashal’s Killers

SWABI: Leaders of various political and religious parties and members of civil society here on Sunday unanimously called for giving exemplary punishment to the killers of Mashal Khan and demanded adequate security for his two sisters they could continue their education. They were speaking at a gathering held to observe...

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FIA Launches Crackdown Against ‘Anti-Army And Blasphemy Campaigners’

FIA Launches Crackdown Against ‘Anti-Army And Blasphemy Campaigners’

(FIA) has identified dozens of suspects involved in what it calls an “organised” campaign against the country’s armed forces.

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Ramazan Moon Likely To Be Sighted On May 27: Met Office

Ramazan Moon Likely To Be Sighted On May 27: Met Office

ISLAMABAD:  The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted that the Ramazan moon is likely to be sighted on May 27 (Saturday) and the first day of the holy month will begin on May 28 (Sunday). The Central Reut–e-Hilal Committee meeting is scheduled to be held on May 26 (Friday) in...

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Sindh Grand Alliance Prepares To Take PPP Head-On In Upcoming Elections

Sindh Grand Alliance Prepares To Take PPP Head-On In Upcoming Elections

A meeting, he also said, will also be convened in a few days to finalise the manifesto, flag and other necessary things relegated to the election.

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Imran Asks JIT To Trace PM’s Business Interests In India

Imran Asks JIT To Trace PM’s Business Interests In India

QUETTA: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has said that the joint investigation team (JIT), constituted to probe allegations against the prime minister and his children stemming from the Panama Papers, should also trace business interests of Nawaz Sharif in India and other countries. Earlier: Imran criticises Sharif for his ‘secret’...

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Pakistan Recognised ICJ Remit In 1960: AG

Pakistan Recognised ICJ Remit In 1960: AG

ISLAMABAD: Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf has said that Pakistan signed the March 29 declaration with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to create firewalls for the first time and national security concern was among the reservations listed by Islamabad over the world court’s jurisdiction in the case of Indian spy...

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Nawaz Sharif Set To Attend ‘Arab Nato’ Summit In Riyadh

Nawaz Sharif Set To Attend ‘Arab Nato’ Summit In Riyadh

ISLAMABAD/WASH­INGTON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will travel to Riyadh on Sunday to attend the first-ever Arab-Islamic-American Summit being held to develop a security partnership against a growing threat of violent extremism. Mr Sharif is among the 54 leaders who would join US President Donald Trump for the summit being held...

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Pakistan Army ‘Has Satellite Proof’ Of Afghan Involvement In Cross-Border Terrorism

Pakistan Army ‘Has Satellite Proof’ Of Afghan Involvement In Cross-Border Terrorism

MIRANSHAH: The Pakistan Army “has satellite images and ground reports that prove Afghanistan’s involvement” in cross-border terrorist acts and infiltration of Afghan militants into Pakistan. “Satellite images show that the Afghan border area of Parchow in Nangarhar district had been utilised by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Khalid Sajna and Da’ish...

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Curfew Imposed In Mohmand After Tip-Off On Presence Of Six Potential Suicide Bombers

Curfew Imposed In Mohmand After Tip-Off On Presence Of Six Potential Suicide Bombers

A curfew has been imposed in Mohmand Agency after information was received that six suicide bombers had entered the agency, an officer of the political administration said. The curfew was imposed as a preventative measure, the officer said, adding that the agency has been at security risk for quite some...

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FBR To Simplify Laws To Undercut Shadow Economy

FBR To Simplify Laws To Undercut Shadow Economy

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is expected to consider a set of proposals for documenting the informal economy through steps such as simplifying tax laws and discouraging the use of cash, an official source told Dawn on Thursday. The Tax Reforms Commission (TRC) has also submitted a detailed...

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Maid Sexually Assaulted, Strangled In Lahore’s Model Town: Police

Maid Sexually Assaulted, Strangled In Lahore’s Model Town: Police

LAHORE: The maid, who had been found dead at her employer’s house in Model Town last week, was sexually assaulted, police said on Thursday. Munaza, 25, of Vehari district, was hired by Asad Abbas of Model Town two months ago through a company. The woman was found unconscious at her...

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Pakistan Is Now At $300-Billion Economy

Pakistan Is Now At $300-Billion Economy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has achieved 5.3% economic growth, the highest in a decade, on the back of recovery in the agriculture sector and better-than-expected performance in the services sector, stated the government on the basis of provisional figures. The growth puts the country in the league of economies that have a size...

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Musharraf Not Ready To Record His Video Statement In Benazir Murder Case

Musharraf Not Ready To Record His Video Statement In Benazir Murder Case

ISLAMABAD: Former president retired General Pervez Musharraf is unwilling to testify through video link in the Benazir Bhutto murder case. Gen Musharraf’s counsel Advocate Akhtar Shah during the trial proceedings of the high-profile murder case in the anti-terrorism court Rawalpindi maintained that his client was not interested in testifying through...

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Opposition Criticises Govt For ‘Mishandling’ Jadhav Case

Opposition Criticises Govt For ‘Mishandling’ Jadhav Case

ISLAMABAD: Describing the world court’s verdict staying the execution of the convicted Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav as a setback for Pakistan, the opposition on Thursday lambasted the government for what it called mishandling the case, with many alleging that it was result of a covert deal and linking it with...

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PM’s Adviser Asks Senate Body To Shut Down’ PIA

PM’s Adviser Asks Senate Body To Shut Down’ PIA

ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday sought support from lawmakers across party lines to declare the loss-making Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) ‘bankrupt’ and eventually shut it down. Speaking before the Senate Special Committee on the Per­formance of PIA, Prime Minis­ter’s Adviser on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Abbasi said: “Such a recommendation from...

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Experts Wonder Why ICJ Jurisdiction Was Recognised In March

Experts Wonder Why ICJ Jurisdiction Was Recognised In March

ISLAMABAD: Though Pakistani officials seem confident of their chances before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) despite the reprieve granted to India, legal experts at home have assailed the way the world court handled the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. Former Pakistan Bar Council Vice Chairman Dr Farogh Naseem...

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Nature, Character Of Extremism Has Changed: DG ISPR

Nature, Character Of Extremism Has Changed: DG ISPR

Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Thursday said the “nature and character” of extremism has changed. Addressing the Role of Youth in Rejecting Extremism seminar, Ghafoor said, “I stand very privileged here today as your host to welcome you on this seminar as part...

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If Anyone Reports Moon Sighting Before Ruet-e-Hilal Committee They Might Be Penalised

If Anyone Reports Moon Sighting Before Ruet-e-Hilal Committee They Might Be Penalised

The Ministry of Religious Affairs is preparing the draft of the ‘Pakistan Ruet-e-Hilal Bill 2017’ which will bar electronic/print media and other individuals from announcing news about moon-sightings prior to the official announcement by the chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee. The ministry is considering slapping a fine ranging between Rs200,000...

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