Imran Khan Opposes Holding PSL Final In Lahore

Imran Khan Opposes Holding PSL Final In Lahore

Minutes after Punjab government announced holding the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore on March 5, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan opposed the decision, terming it “madness”. “God forbid, if any blast takes place in Lahore, there will be no cricket in Pakistan in the next 10 years,” he...

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Mamnoon Asks India To Resolve Kashmir Issue

Mamnoon Asks India To Resolve Kashmir Issue

MUZAFFARABAD: India should bow before popular public sentiments in held Kashmir in its own interest and end its unlawful occupation of the territory, said President Mam­noon Hussain on Friday. “The (Indian) occupation forces have employed every brute tactic to suppress the Kashmiris…so much so that the pellet guns meant for...

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No Immunity For PM Under Article 66, PTI Tells SC

No Immunity For PM Under Article 66, PTI Tells SC

ISLAMABAD: In a written rebuttal submitted to the Supreme Court which closed hearing in the Panama Papers case on Thursday, senior counsel Naeem Bokhari has argued that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif cannot claim immunity under Article 66 of the Constitution in respect of his speech on the floor of the...

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China Backs Operation Raddul Fasaad

China Backs Operation Raddul Fasaad

BEIJING: China on Friday extended its support for military operation Raddul Fasaad launched to eliminate the threat of terrorism and extremism across the country besides ensuring security of borders. “China understands and supports necessary measures taken by Pakistan to consolidate its position in counterterrorism operations, maintain domestic security and stability...

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PM Allows Gas Connections To Areas Of Influential Politicians

PM Allows Gas Connections To Areas Of Influential Politicians

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minis­ter Nawaz Sharif has relaxed the moratorium on gas connections for 55 constituencies of influential politicians and federal ministers since May last year. However, 35 more such cases are still in the pipeline while in two cases, the prime minister has turned down proposals for connecting un-served areas...

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Interpol Refuses To Issue Red Warrant Against Altaf

Interpol Refuses To Issue Red Warrant Against Altaf

ISLAMABAD: Interpol has refused to issue a red warrant against MQM founder Altaf Hussain, saying it does not intervene in political and religious matters of a state. A senior official of the interior ministry told Dawn on condition of anonymity on Friday that Interpol had sought a clarification from the...

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Frustrated By Changing Statements, SC Tells Attorney General To ‘Stick To One Story’

Frustrated By Changing Statements, SC Tells Attorney General To ‘Stick To One Story’

Continuing his arguments before the Supreme Court’s (SC) five-member bench hearing the Panamagate case on Wednesday.

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Pakistan Super League Final To Be Held In Lahore

Pakistan Super League Final To Be Held In Lahore

In a meeting held in Dubai on Monday between the Pakistan Super League (PSL) management and the owners of the team franchises, it was decided that the final for the tournament will be held in Lahore. “It has been heart-warming to see the dedication of all owners to the cause...

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Record Of Hudaibiya, Raiwind References Submitted To SC

Record Of Hudaibiya, Raiwind References Submitted To SC

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday furnished the Supreme Court with records of two corruption references filed against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other members of his family over a decade ago. The documents, filed on behalf of NAB Prosecutor General Waqas Qadeer Dar, came a day before...

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Army To Act Against Terrorists Across Border, Dar Tells Senate

Army To Act Against Terrorists Across Border, Dar Tells Senate

ISLAMABAD: The finance minister informed the Senate on Monday that the Army had been empowered to act against terrorists across the border after obtaining concrete evidence that Afghan soil had been used to launch recent acts of terrorism in the country. Monday’s session focused on several important issues including the...

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Sehwan Attacker Bypassed Security Check In CCTV Footage: Police

Sehwan Attacker Bypassed Security Check In CCTV Footage: Police

Sindh police on Sunday released a video allegedly showing the Sehwan attacker bypassing a security check at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine last week. The suicide attack targeting the shrine on Thursday killed at least 88 people and injured hundreds others. It is one among a deadly series of attacks...

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Army Attacks Suspected Militant Hideouts Near Pak-Afghan Border

Army Attacks Suspected Militant Hideouts Near Pak-Afghan Border

Army on Friday night reportedly attacked suspected militant hideouts close to the Pak-Afghan border, DawnNews reported.

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China Offers Support To Fight Terrorism In Pakistan

China Offers Support To Fight Terrorism In Pakistan

BEIJING: Condemning the Sehwan terrorist attack, China on Friday offered its support to Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and extremism. “We express deep condolences to the victims and sincere sympathies to the injured and the bereaved,” said spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Geng Shuang at a...

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Indian Army Chief’s Threat Against Kashmiris Angers Many

Indian Army Chief’s Threat Against Kashmiris Angers Many

Gen Rawat on Thursday warned that those who were creating “hurdles” during security operations in the valley would face “tough action”.

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Opposition Unhappy With In Camera Briefing On Fresh Wave Of Terror

Opposition Unhappy With In Camera Briefing On Fresh Wave Of Terror

ISLAMABAD: Expressing complete dissatisfaction over an in-camera briefing by Minister of State for Interior Baleeghur Rahman on the fresh wave of terror across the country, the opposition in the Senate on Friday demanded convening of another in-camera session for a detailed and substantive briefing. Informed sources told Dawn that after...

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Panamagate: Imran Wants SC To Ignore Two Qatari Letters

Panamagate: Imran Wants SC To Ignore Two Qatari Letters

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has submitted an affidavit to the Supreme Court seized with the Panama Papers case, asking it to ignore the two Qatari letters produced by the Sharif family as evidence of their stance in the case. In the letters dated Nov 5 and Dec...

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Four Bombers Strike In 24 Hours

Four Bombers Strike In 24 Hours

PESHAWAR / GHALLANAI: It appears terrorists have had enough time to regroup in their ‘safe havens’ in Afghanistan after receiving a drubbing in their erstwhile bastions in Pakistan’s tribal areas. They have come out of their forced hibernation to unleash a reign of terror yet again. Two days after 13...

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US Suggests Working With Pakistan To Beat Terrorists

US Suggests Working With Pakistan To Beat Terrorists

WASHINGTON: The United States would like to maintain close ties with Pakistan and to use those ties to persuade Islamabad to change its policies towards Afghanistan, US lawmakers and a top American general indicated at the latest Congressional hearing on the situation in Afghanistan. Although the hearing focused on Afghanistan,...

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PSL 2 Begins With Majestic Opening Ceremony In Dubai

PSL 2 Begins With Majestic Opening Ceremony In Dubai

The second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is set to begin with the opening ceremony at Dubai Cricket Stadium. The 27-day tournament will feature the same five franchises who took part in the opening edition, as Islamabad United will start their title defense against Peshawar Zalmi on Thursday....

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SC Hints It May Soften Findings Of Isa Commission

SC Hints It May Soften Findings Of Isa Commission

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday hinted that it might be willing to ‘soften’ certain findings of the Justice Qazi Faez Isa commission report, provided the Balochistan High Court Bar Associations (BHCBAR) agreed to the proposal and there was nothing on record to suggest anything to the contrary. “Whatever the...

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PM’s Aide, US Envoy Chalk Out Road Map For Meetings

PM’s Aide, US Envoy Chalk Out Road Map For Meetings

ISLAMABAD: While many countries, including several western nations, are struggling to do business with unpredictable US President Donald Trump, Pakistan is confident that its ties with Washington will touch new heights under the new administration. On Friday, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi held a meeting with...

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Trump Slaps Sanctions On Iran As Tension Mounts After Missile Tests

Trump Slaps Sanctions On Iran As Tension Mounts After Missile Tests

The United States has already protested about Iran’s missile test at the United Nations, arguing it was “inconsistent” with UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

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A US Travel Ban On Pakistan To Be Counterproductive: Minister

A US Travel Ban On Pakistan To Be Counterproductive: Minister

The overwhelming majority of Muslims lives peacefully and pursues its goals like other religious groups and nations.

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Quetta Commission Report Violates Justice: Ministry

Quetta Commission Report Violates Justice: Ministry

In a comprehensive reply placed before the Supreme Court on Friday, the Interior Ministry dubbed the damning findings of the Quetta inquiry commission on terrorism.

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US Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump’s Travel Ban Nationwide

US Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump’s Travel Ban Nationwide

A US judge on Friday imposed a nationwide hold on President Donald Trump’s ban on travellers and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, siding with two states that had challenged the executive order that has launched legal battles across the country. US District Judge James Robart in Seattle ruled that...

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Nawaz To Inaugurate Karachi, Hyderabad Motorway Section On 3rd February

Nawaz To Inaugurate Karachi, Hyderabad Motorway Section On 3rd February

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the completed section of the Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway (M-9) on February 3

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Palestinian President Assured Of Pakistan’s Support

Palestinian President Assured Of Pakistan’s Support

Pakistan on Tuesday vowed continued support for Palestine’s stance regarding the eviction of illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank.

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Pakistan’s External Debt Rises Faster Than Foreign Currency Earnings

Pakistan’s External Debt Rises Faster Than Foreign Currency Earnings

Pakistan’s external debt-bearing capacity slightly weakened last year as the country’s stock of external debt increased rapidly than its foreign exchange earnings.

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Green Card Holders Not Targeted By Immigration Crackdown: Trump Aide

Green Card Holders Not Targeted By Immigration Crackdown: Trump Aide

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s immigration ban targeting some Muslims and refugees entering the US does not apply to green cards holders, a top White House aide said Sunday, amid ongoing confusion and anger over the controversial crackdown. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that the temporary ban “doesn’t include...

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5 Dead In Mosque Shooting In Canada’s Quebec

5 Dead In Mosque Shooting In Canada’s Quebec

Five people were killed after gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers, the mosque’s president told reporters on Sunday. Earlier, a witness told Reuters that up to three gunmen fired on about 40 people inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center in Canada’s Quebec province. Police...

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Court Rulings Shouldn’t Be Seen As Favouring Any Party: CJP

Court Rulings Shouldn’t Be Seen As Favouring Any Party: CJP

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has said that the courts are bound to decide cases without any fear and favour and their decisions should not be seen as ‘inclined to any party’. The remarks of the country’s top adjudicator at an event on Saturday gain significance in view...

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Government Plays Hardball With Opposition

Government Plays Hardball With Opposition

ISLAMABAD: Exchange of below-the-belt accusations between the ruling PML-N and the PTI lawmakers that turned into a brawl in the National Assembly on Thursday did not take place incidentally but was part of the ruling party’s plan — to “pay the opposition in the same coin.” “This was not something...

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Decision On Fate Of Pakistan Steel Mills Deferred Indefinitely

Decision On Fate Of Pakistan Steel Mills Deferred Indefinitely

ISLAMABAD: The much-awaited decision on the fate of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) was deferred indefinitely on Friday by the Cabinet Committee on Privatisation (CCoP) which simultaneously put on hold the five per cent divestment of the government residual shareholding in the Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDCL). The transactions of...

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Pemra Issues Show Cause To Bol, SHC Grants Stay To Channel

Pemra Issues Show Cause To Bol, SHC Grants Stay To Channel

ISLAMABAD: The Pak­is­tan Electronic Media Regu­la­tory Authority (Pemra) issued show cause notice to Labbaik Pvt Ltd (Bol News channel) on Friday for defying its order to discontinue the programme, Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga, and to keep Amir Liaquat, its host, off the air. The regulator, through an order issued on...

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Modi Woos Punjab Voters With Pledge To Annul Indus Waters Treaty

Modi Woos Punjab Voters With Pledge To Annul Indus Waters Treaty

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visiting the poll-bound Punjab on Friday, wooed voters there with a promise to abrogate the Indus Waters Treaty, reports said. Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been in a 10-year ruling coalition with the Sikh Akali Dal, and opinion polls say both...

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Trump Suspends US Refugee Program, Entry From Seven Muslim Countries

Trump Suspends US Refugee Program, Entry From Seven Muslim Countries

Making good on one of his most controversial campaign promises, and to the horror of human rights groups.

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Pakistan Stock Exchange Closes Above 50,000 For First Time

Pakistan Stock Exchange Closes Above 50,000 For First Time

KARACHI: After failed attempts in the previous two sessions to settle above 50,000 points, the KSE-100 index finally managed to accomplish the feat for the first time on Thursday. The buying frenzy intensified in the last hour, which saw the index surge 435.59 points, or 0.88 per cent, to close...

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UK Asked To Review Closure Of Altaf Case: Nisar

UK Asked To Review Closure Of Altaf Case: Nisar

UK asked to review closure of Altaf case ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has voiced concern over the closure of a money-laundering case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain in London. In October last year, the Scotland Yard closed an investigation into possible money laundering by Altaf, saying they would no...

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Modi Breaks Protocol To Greet UAE Crown Prince At Airport

Modi Breaks Protocol To Greet UAE Crown Prince At Airport

NEW DELHI: United Arab Emirates’ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived here on Tuesday as chief guest for India’s Jan 26 Republic Day parade. In a departure from protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received him at the airport. Mr Modi gave Al Nahyan a warm hug at the...

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PML-N Seeks New Allies In South Punjab

PML-N Seeks New Allies In South Punjab

ISLAMABAD: The prime minister was in Multan on Tuesday to flag off the metro bus. But his sojourn had more to it. Nawaz Sharif wanted to strengthen the ruling party’s presence in southern Punjab in the face of an increasingly hostile opposition. Of late, the PPP and PTI have used...

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Let Us Do Our Job, SC Gives Clear Message To All Parties

Let Us Do Our Job, SC Gives Clear Message To All Parties

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court had a word of advice for the parties involved in the Panamagate case on Monday: keep your comments to yourselves and allow the court to proceed. “Enough barbs have been traded on the roads by the parties and now they should keep their commentaries to themselves,...

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Imran Challenges PM To ‘Open Debate’ On Panamagate

Imran Challenges PM To ‘Open Debate’ On Panamagate

LAHORE: The Panamagate is a sub judice matter. But the parties involved continue to slug it out in the open. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan challenged Premier Nawaz Sharif on Sunday to an ‘open debate’ on Panama Papers in parliament. Imran called Nawaz ‘king of corruption’ and asked his ‘courters’...

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Ex-banker Held In Politicians’ Fake Bank Accounts Case

The Federal Investigation Agency on Saturday arrested a former employee of the SME Bank for his alleged involvement in preparing fake bank accounts and term deposit reports (TDRs) in the name of some top politicians, including the speaker of the National Assembly. On Jan 18, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq,...

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‘Plunderers’ Are Marching Against Graft, says Nisar

Interior Minis­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan came out all guns blazing against his political opponents on Saturday, saying it was ironic that those who had plundered the nation during their time in power were now marching against corruption. The minister, who was on a whirlwind tour of his constituency, visited...

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Bajwa & Saudi Envoy Discuss Defense Cooperation

Bajwa & Saudi Envoy Discuss Defense Cooperation

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said the Pakistan Army held the defence of Saudi Arabia “at par with its own”. According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued on Friday, Gen Bajwa said this while talking to the Am­­bassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan,...

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PSX-China Deal Like A Dream Come True: Dar

PSX-China Deal Like A Dream Come True: Dar

KARACHI: Finance Min­ister Mohammad Ishaq Dar said on Friday that the government had established a ‘Pakistan Development Fund’ aimed at financing multibillion dollar infrastructure development projects in the country. “We would soon be coming to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) to mobilise funds,” he said, adding that the International Finance...

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India Asked To Stop Work On Kishanganga & Ratle Projects

India Asked To Stop Work On Kishanganga & Ratle Projects

ISLAMABAD: A rare joint sitting of the two committees of the National Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution seeking immediate suspension of work on two disputed projects by India and constitution of an arbitration court to resolve the ongoing water dispute between the two countries. The resolution adopted by the committee...

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Blast In Kurram Agency Parachinar Vegetable Market Kills 12 People

Blast In Kurram Agency Parachinar Vegetable Market Kills 12 People

At least 12 people were killed in a blast at the Sabzi Mandi (vegetable market) in Kurram Agency’s Parachinar area on Saturday morning. The blast ripped through the Sabzi Mandi inside Eidgah Bazaar while it was crowded with people shopping for fruits and vegetables, leaving 12 people dead and over...

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Donald Trump Becomes U.S 45th President

Donald Trump Becomes U.S 45th President

Donald Trump became the 45th president of United States on Friday, and placed the battle against “radical Islamic terrorism” at the heart of his foreign policy, vowing to work with allies to destroy the militant threat. “We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilised world...

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Opposition Moves Privilege Motion Against PM Nawaz Sharif

Opposition Moves Privilege Motion Against PM Nawaz Sharif

Opposition leaders in the National Assembly on Thursday moved a privilege motion against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged “contempt of the House”. The motion was moved under Rule 95 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the NA, 2007 by the leader of opposition and others....

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