Nisar Forwards Dawn Leaks Report To PM Nawaz

Nisar Forwards Dawn Leaks Report To PM Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday forwarded the Dawn leaks Inquiry Committee report to the prime minister. The recommendations of the report have been made unanimously by all the committee members. The report was completed in over six months, during which the committee met six times,...

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K-Electric Stake Sale: Abraaj Group To Get Only Half Of Receipts

K-Electric Stake Sale: Abraaj Group To Get Only Half Of Receipts

Islamabad: The Abraaj Group that has sold its stake in K-Electric to a Chinese company for $1.77 billion will get only half of total receipts as the first buyer of the country’s largest integrated power utility still keeps its investment through an offshore entity. As per the shareholders agreement, the...

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Dar Requests Overseas Pakistanis To Invest In Infrastructure Fund

Dar Requests Overseas Pakistanis To Invest In Infrastructure Fund

WASHINGTON: Finance Minis­ter Ishaq Dar has invited the Pakistani diaspora to invest in a development fund that the government is setting up to channel investment in major infrastructure development projects in the country. Briefing the Pakistani media on his five-day visit to Washington, the minister said that international financial institutions...

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Panamagate Case: Civil, Military Agencies Submit Names For JIT

Panamagate Case: Civil, Military Agencies Submit Names For JIT

Interestingly, all departments sent the names a day before the deadline ends.

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Imran’s Corruption Allegation Against PM Stirs Up A Hornet’s Nest

Imran’s Corruption Allegation Against PM Stirs Up A Hornet’s Nest

He said the offer reflected the desperation of the Sharif family, which felt threatened becuase of the Supreme Court verdict.

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Tax Breaks For Chinese Won’t Hit Economy: Govt

Tax Breaks For Chinese Won’t Hit Economy: Govt

ISLAMABAD: Chinese investors in the $56 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are enjoying all sorts of tax breaks from customs, income, sales, federal excise and withholding taxes. But despite all the tax discounts and exemptions, which amount to around Rs150 billion in lost revenue, the government is claiming there will...

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Apex Court Clears Maryam In Panama Papers Case

Apex Court Clears Maryam In Panama Papers Case

ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, may have heaved a sigh of relief after the verdict the apex court issued on Thursday in the Panama Papers case virtually cleared her from the allegations the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and other petitioners had levelled against her. According to the SC...

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Stocks Notch Biggest Ever Intraday Swing On Eve Of Panamagate Verdict

Stocks Notch Biggest Ever Intraday Swing On Eve Of Panamagate Verdict

All of that created something that was never seen before, an enormous swing of 1,668 points between the intra-day high and low.

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Panama Case Verdict: PML-N Camp ‘On Tenterhooks’

Panama Case Verdict: PML-N Camp ‘On Tenterhooks’

LAHORE: As Maryam Nawaz claims her father Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is “not anxious”, the ruling PML-N camp remained tense and spent Wednesday by checking with the party stalwarts about the possible verdict of Supreme Court in Panama case to be announced today (Thursday). From councillor to lawmaker, all those...

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Chinese Firm Keen To Set Up $2b Oil Refinery In Sindh

Chinese Firm Keen To Set Up $2b Oil Refinery In Sindh

KARACHI  :  Pakistan is expected to slash its spending on import of petroleum products as a Chinese company has shown keen interest in setting up a huge oil refinery with an investment of $2 billion in Sindh. “The refinery will have an installed capacity to process 10 million tons crude...

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Panamagate Takes Its Toll On Security Issues

Panamagate Takes Its Toll On Security Issues

ISLAMABAD:  Political pursuits appear to have taken precedence over issues of national importance as is evident from the fact that key initiatives taken in the ongoing counterterrorism drive are awaiting the prime minister’s nod. The federal government seems to be occupied in dealing mainly with the political challenges amidst uncertainty...

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Saudi Minister Terms Military Alliance ‘Victory Of Islam’

Saudi Minister Terms Military Alliance ‘Victory Of Islam’

AZAKHEL (Nowshera): Saudi Religious Affairs Minister Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul Aziz has said that Pakistan-Saudi Arabia military alliance is a “victory of Islam” and its main objective is “renaissance of Islam”. Addressing a well-attended public meeting on the first day of centenary celebrations of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (F) here on...

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Terrorism In Afghanistan, Pakistan Equally Painful: Bajwa

Terrorism In Afghanistan, Pakistan Equally Painful: Bajwa

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa recently told a senior defence official of Afghanistan he grieved for Afghan victims of terrorism as much as he did for such victims from Pakistan, the chief military spokesman told a visiting delegation on Friday. According to a statement issued...

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Lahore Blast Handler Among 10 Killed

Lahore Blast Handler Among 10 Killed

LAHORE: Ten suspected militants of the Jamaatul Ahrar, including Anwarul Haq, the handler of Feb 13 bomb attack on The Mall, were killed in an operation by the Punjab police’s Counter-Terrorism Depart­ment (CTD) on Friday night. According to a spokesman for the CTD, a team from Lahore was taking five...

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Pakistan, Bahrain To Develop Big Projects Under CPEC

Pakistan, Bahrain To Develop Big Projects Under CPEC

We get excellent support and cooperation from Bahrain government. Bahrain is now going through economic reforms envisioned by its leadership.

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Ballistic Missile Race Impacting Deterrence Stability

Ballistic Missile Race Impacting Deterrence Stability

ISLAMABAD:  Instead of fuelling a ballistic missile powered arms race in the region, India and Pakistan should engage in a strategic dialogue with each other. This was stressed during a roundtable discussion on “After Prithvi, Ashvin & Ababeel: Prospects for Missile Stability in South Asia”, organised by the Strategic Studies...

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Dr Asim Released From Prison After 19 Months

Dr Asim Released From Prison After 19 Months

PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain was released from prison after 19 months on Friday after the Sindh High Court issued a release order for the former minister. SHC issued a release order for Dr Asim Hussain. The release order was issued after Dr Asim submitted his Pakistani and Canadian passports...

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Pakistan Valued By Many Countries, Says Army Chief

Pakistan Valued By Many Countries, Says Army Chief

RAWALPINDI: Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Friday the countries making efforts to isolate Pakistan should realise how the country was valued and honoured by its friends in the international community. Gen Bajwa was talking to foreign military contingents taking part in the second Pakistan Army Team Spirit...

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Disclosure About Indian N-Doctrine Confirms Worst Fears

Disclosure About Indian N-Doctrine Confirms Worst Fears

ISLAMABAD: Signs of a rethink in Indian policy circles of its ‘no first use’ (NFU) nuclear doctrine may have confirmed Pakistani fears that declared Indian policy is not credible, and it has left strategic circles here concerned about the implications of a move towards a disarming first strike against Pakistan...

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‘Delay’ In Panamagate Case Verdict Riles PTI

‘Delay’ In Panamagate Case Verdict Riles PTI

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has voiced its concern over the delay in the Supreme Court’s (SC) verdict in the Panamagate case, saying it was creating uncertainty among the general public. “Delay in the announcement of the judgment is giving rise to uncertainty among Pakistanis,” PTI spokesperson Fawad Hussain said...

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Delhi Continues To Harp On Terror Mantra

Delhi Continues To Harp On Terror Mantra

NEW DELHI: While Pakistan continues to reiterate that it desires good relations with India and other neighbours, New Delhi harps on the same string calling on Islamabad to ‘walk away’ from terrorism. “…Terrorism emanating from Pakistan is affecting not merely India but other neighbours of Pakistan as well has been...

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For PM, Offence Is The Best Defence

For PM, Offence Is The Best Defence

In a calculated move, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seems to have acquired a more assertive and politically active role for himself in an effort to dispel an “air of uncertainty” surrounding the fate of the Sharif family’s future once a crucial verdict in the Panamagate case is out. In this...

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China Ready To Take CPEC Forward: Spokesperson

China Ready To Take CPEC Forward: Spokesperson

BEIJING: A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign affairs ministry said on Friday that her country stood ready to work with Pakistan to take forward the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to benefit the people of both countries. “The CPEC is a new cooperation framework set up by China and Pakistan to...

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No Visa Issued Without Consulting Embassy’s Security Wings: Ex-Envoy

No Visa Issued Without Consulting Embassy’s Security Wings: Ex-Envoy

WASHINGTON: Former ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani said on Friday that he had consulted both the civil and military security wings in the embassy before issuing visas to US officials. A document released to the media earlier on Friday showed that former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani had...

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K-Electric Says Tariff Cut Will Not Benefit Consumers

K-Electric Says Tariff Cut Will Not Benefit Consumers

KARACHI: K-Electric has announced that it will ask the power sector regulator to review its decision of reducing the electricity tariff by Rs3.5 per unit and insisted that the price cut will not benefit end-consumers. “This is a wrong impression that the cut in tariff is for the end-consumers. There...

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India Could Launch ‘Preemptive’ Nuclear Strike Against Pakistan, Says Expert

India Could Launch ‘Preemptive’ Nuclear Strike Against Pakistan, Says Expert

India could launch a pre-emptive first strike against Pakistan if it feared a nuclear attack was imminent, a leading nuclear strategist has suggested.

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Visas To Americans: PPP Govt Gave Haqqani Carte Blanche, Says Aziz

Visas To Americans: PPP Govt Gave Haqqani Carte Blanche, Says Aziz

ISLAMABAD: The PM’s top aide on foreign affairs revealed on Tuesday that during the PPP’s last government in 2010, the Ministry of Interior had empowered Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US – Hussain Haqqani – to directly issue visa to Americans by bypassing security clearance. “The Ministry of Interior through...

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National Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly In Favour Of Military Courts

National Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly In Favour Of Military Courts

The National Assembly on Tuesday evening passed the 28th Constitutional Amendment Bill to reinstate military courts with 255 votes in favour and four against, surpassing the two-thirds majority required for the measure. The bill, presented by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid, states on the outset that “an extraordinary...

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Nisar Terms ‘Altaf Issue’ Roadblock In Ties With UK

Nisar Terms ‘Altaf Issue’ Roadblock In Ties With UK

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Tuesday the “issue of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder” had become a roadblock in relations with the United Kingdom. British Home Secretary Amber Rudd holds joint press conference with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Speaking at a press conference with...

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Musharraf Offered Me A Deal In 2007, Says Nawaz

Musharraf Offered Me A Deal In 2007, Says Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif revealed on Tuesday that retired Gen Pervez Musharraf had offered him an “underhanded” deal to form a joint government in 2008. Speaking at a meeting of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) parliamentary committee, the prime minister said: “Musharraf wanted a secret deal with me...

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Farooq Sattar Released By Police After Brief Detention

Farooq Sattar Released By Police After Brief Detention

Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Dr Farooq Sattar was released after being briefly detained on Friday night in Karachi. Sattar was arrested from the Sharae Faisal area of the metropolis while he was returning from a private wedding function. He was traveling with his protocol, which included guards and...

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Pakistan Stock Exchange: Market Noisier Than Ever, But Outlook Still Positive

Pakistan Stock Exchange: Market Noisier Than Ever, But Outlook Still Positive

KARACHI: The KSE-100 Index, a benchmark for market performance and the subject of discussion for a while, has endured a volatile ride in the last few weeks. Since hitting a record high at the end of January this year, the index has retreated close to 3.8%. So what exactly happened...

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Speaker Wants NA Body To Probe Haqqani’s Claims

Speaker Wants NA Body To Probe Haqqani’s Claims

The matter had been raised in the National Assembly on a point of order by Mr Leghari.

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White House Apologises To Downing Street Over Trump Allegation

White House Apologises To Downing Street Over Trump Allegation

WASHINGTON: The White House has apologised to 10 Dow­ning Street after London strongly protested the allegation that a British intelligence agency spied on President Donald Trump, US officials said on Friday. Senior US officials told media outlets that US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster spoke with his British counterpart on...

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Position On Kashmir Not Affected By CPEC: China

Position On Kashmir Not Affected By CPEC: China

KARACHI: The Chinese foreign ministry has called for the settlement of the Kashmir issue through dialogue between Pakistan and India. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chun­ying said this while addressing a regular press conference in Beijing on Friday. Answering a question regarding India’s objection to Pakistan’s plan to declare Gilgit-Baltistan,...

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Turkey-Dutch Relations Shatter After Turkish Visits Banned

The escalating dispute between NATO allies Turkey and the Netherlands hit a new low Sunday, with a Turkish minister escorted out of the country less than a day after Turkey’s foreign minister was denied entry, prompting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call the Dutch “Nazi remnants.” The diplomatic clash was...

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Govt To Boost Investment: Dar

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday said the government has plans to expand investment in various fields through the Pakistan Development Fund (PDF). In a meeting with a delegation of Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), he said the fund would focus on financing commercially viable public sector projects. The PSX delegation,...

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Shah Holds Govt Responsible For Bad Security Situation

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah has held the federal government responsible for bad security situation in the country and said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan should leave office. Talking to media personnel after visiting the Civil Hospital here on Saturday, he said...

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Bilawal ‘Wakes Up To’ Four Demands

LAHORE: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has announced resumption of his party’s drive for acceptance of its four demands after a break of about three months. But the major hurdle, he believes, it faces is non-availability of security in Punjab. “The Shahbaz Sharif administration should reciprocate the Sindh’s government gesture of...

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COAS Vows To Meet CPEC Projects’ Security Challenges

Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa on Saturday said that security forces were “fully prepared” to meet all security challenges to projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Chinese nationals living in the country. He made these remarks during a visit to the headquarters of the 15,000-man newly-created Special Security...

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Stocks Continue To bleed, Index Ends Below 49,200

Stocks Continue To bleed, Index Ends Below 49,200

KARACHI: It was a tumultuous day at the bourse, with the index experiencing a rough ride and ultimately ending negative on the back of falling crude prices. At close, the Pakistan Stock Exchange’s (PSX) benchmark KSE 100-share Index ended with a fall of 200.69 points or 0.41% to end at...

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Army Deserves Credit For Restoring Peace To Balochistan: PPP

Army Deserves Credit For Restoring Peace To Balochistan: PPP

QUETTA: The army and security forces deserve all the credit for restoring peace and order to the province, said leaders of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Balochistan. They added that nationalist parties were trying to take the spotlight by claiming credit for the change, although they played no role...

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Bill For Revival Of Military Courts Introduced In NA

Bill For Revival Of Military Courts Introduced In NA

ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday introduced in the National Assembly a bill for the revival of military courts for two years amid the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) attempt to block it and a walkout by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) over Thursday’s scuffle between one of its members and a ruling...

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Senate Slams Blasphemous Content On Social Media

Senate Slams Blasphemous Content On Social Media

The Sen­ate unanimously adopted on Friday a resolution condemning the blasphemous content circulating on social media.

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Pakistan Did ‘Helpful Things’ Against Haqqanis: US General

Pakistan Did ‘Helpful Things’ Against Haqqanis: US General

WASHINGTON: For the first time ever, a US general informed a congressional panel on Thursday that Pakistan had “done things” against the Haqqani network that have been helpful to the war against terror. Gen Joseph Votel, commander of the US Central Command, also told the Senate Armed Services Committee that...

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Islamic State Members Hide Among Public In K-P

Islamic State Members Hide Among Public In K-P

PESHAWAR: Members of the Islamic State or Da’ish hide among the general population, using small businesses as a cover, a police official told The Express Tribune on Wednesday. Their approach differs from the now banned Taliban, whose members used to openly establish camps in parts of Fata and even in...

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Two Soldiers Killed In Exchange Of Fire With Terrorists, Says ISPR

Two Soldiers Killed In Exchange Of Fire With Terrorists, Says ISPR

Two Pakistan Army soldiers, Lieutenant Khawar and Naik Shehzad, were killed in an exchange of fire with terrorists in the Jani Khel area of Frontier Region Bannu on Thursday, Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement. The military’s media wing added that four terrorists were also killed in the intelligence-based...

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LHC Orders Sealing Of Two Sharif-Owned Sugar Mills

LHC Orders Sealing Of Two Sharif-Owned Sugar Mills

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thurs­day ordered immediate sealing of two sugar mills, believed to be owned by the ruling Sharif family and their close relatives, which have been shifted to new locations in violation of stay orders. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah...

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There Won’t Be Curfew Like Situation In Lahore During PSL Final, Says Rana Sanaullah

There Won’t Be Curfew Like Situation In Lahore During PSL Final, Says Rana Sanaullah

He said the government was trying to hoodwink people by holding the PSL final with unknown foreign cricketers and local club players.

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Panamagate Boils Down To Authenticity Of Leaked Documents

Panamagate Boils Down To Authenticity Of Leaked Documents

ISLAMABAD: While members of the five-judge Supreme Court bench that conducted marathon hearings into the Panama Papers scandal are busy authoring what is being billed as one of the most important judgements in the country’s history, speculation is rife about what the outcome of the case may be. Before closing...

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