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Bilawal felicitates Sherry on her election as Senate opposition chief

ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has congratulated Senator Sherry Rehman on her election as the first-ever woman Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. In his felicitation message on Thursday, Bilawal said that election of Sherry Rehman as opposition leader was in line with PPP’s inherited policy of empowerment of women and providing them…

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PSL 2018 on Sunday: After 9 long years, Karachi welcomes top-notch cricket back

By Zahid Hussain The last time Karachi hosted an international cricket match it was against Sri Lanka in February 2009. Days later, on March 3, militants targeted the touring team on their way to Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. Seven Lankan players, an assistant coach and an umpire were injured in the ambush. Six policemen were killed….

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Explainer: Nadeem Malik on Rao Anwar’s arrest

Senior SAMAA anchorperson Nadeem Malik opines that Rao Anwar’s arrest and subsequent investigation may open a new Pandora box due to his suspected involvement in extra-judicial killings. “Police statement may land many political figures of the Sindh government in trouble. Some people argue that Rao Anwar worked for both politicians and powerful figures of the…

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Mother of boy raped and murdered in Khushab pleads for justice

KHUSHAB: A 13-year-old boy was sexually assaulted and murdered in Khushab district this month, family and police said. The victim, identified as Rana Munir, had gone to say evening prayers on March 6 before he went missing. Five days later, his body was found dumped in nearby fields. According to family, Rana Munir had been…

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Phone data suggests Rao Anwar was in contact with encounter team: Lawyer  

ISLAMABAD: A lawyer representing the father of Naqeebullah Mehsud, who was killed in a “staged encounter” in Karachi, said that evidence collected from Rao Anwar’s phone data suggests he was in contact with the encounter team. Mehsud, 23, a resident of Waziristan, was killed in a suspected police encounter at Malir in January this year….

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PPP, PTI play down significance of MMA’s revival

ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties PPP and PTI have played down the electoral significance of revival of Muttahida Majlis-e-Ammal (MMA), an alliance of politico-religious parties. “MMA poses no serious threat this time. After the 2002 elections, MMA got an opportunity to form the government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to anti-American sentiments over invasion of Afghanistan,” PPP leader…

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KU teacher accused of harassment sent on leave

KARACHI: A Karachi University teacher who is facing allegations of harassment from a student was sent on leave by the varsity’s administration on Tuesday.  According to a press release issued by the university, the teacher wrote a letter on March 19, saying he was getting life threats. “Therefore, the lecturer he has been sent on leave…

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Aamir Liaquat met Nawaz Sharif in Karachi: Interior Minister

KARACHI: TV personality Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain met ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Karachi and called him a true leader of Pakistan, said Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Monday. This came shortly after Hussain met Imran Khan in Karachi and announced his decision to join the PTI. “I am joining PTI to fight the…

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Sarfraz calls out overseas players for backtracking on Pakistan promise

ISLAMABAD: Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfraz Ahmed said that some foreign cricket stars had backtracked on their commitment to visit Pakistan for the last leg of the Super League. “There is nothing we can do if cricketers (foreign) refuse to travel to Pakistan despite an earlier promise,” Sarfraz told media person in Lahore, where Quetta Gladiators…

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Rabada test ban appeal to be heard on Monday

Cape Town: Kagiso Rabada’s appeal against his two match Test ban will be heard on Monday, the International Cricket Council announced on Friday. A senior New Zealand lawyer, Michael Heron QC, has been appointed the Judicial Commissioner and will conduct the hearing by teleconference. Heron will have 48 hours to reach a decision – which…

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PA slams harassment of Pakistan diplomats in India

LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly, through a unanimously adopted resolution, condemned the harassment of Pakistani diplomats and their families in India. Moved by the opposition leader Mian Mehmoodur Rashid on Friday, the resolution stated that intimidation of Pakistani diplomats and their families was highly condemnable. It urged the government to register a strong protest with New…

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Remember KU Prof Sahar Ansari? He was found guilty of harassment

KARACHI: Professor Sahar Ansari, who was found guilty of harassing a fellow faculty member at the University of Karachi, has yet to face action even though 60 days have passed since the inquiry committee wrapped up. On January 29, a three-member committee set up by the university found Professor Ansari, a visiting faculty member and…

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Buy PIA, get Steel Mills for free: Miftah Ismail

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Financial Affairs Miftah Ismail has offered to give the Pakistan Steel Mills for free to the investor who agrees to buy the loss-making Pakistan International Airlines. “I don’t know if there will be a buyer after the next elections but I hope there is one and we should try…

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PTI wins MQM’s support for Senate opposition leader

In an unusual move, MQM-Bahadurabad faction has expressed its support to PTI for the election of opposition leader in the Senate. The announcement was made after a delegation of PTI visited the MQM-Bahadurabad office on Thursday and requested their support. “We have decided to support the PTI’s candidate for the post of Senate opposition leader,”…

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Pakistan calls High Commissioner to India for consultations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has called back its High Commission to India for consultations in the wake of continuous harassment and bullying of its officials and their families in New Delhi. “This deliberate bullying, which continues is not confined to a single isolated event and continues unabated despite repeated official protests lodged with the Indian High Commission…

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Video: Qureshi slips off SUV at Multan rally

By Amir Iqbal Accompanied by Imran Khan, PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited his Multan’s constituency and party’s membership camps that were set up at various places in the central Pakistani city on Thursday. While waving to his supporters, Qureshi had to face an embarrassing situation when he got slipped and fell off his four-wheel…

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Hamdullah says JUI-F senators voted for PMLN-led alliance

Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani administering oath to his newly elected deputy Saleem Mandiwala the at Parliament House on March 12.   ISLAMABAD: JUI-F’s Senator Hafiz Hamdullah clarifies that the party lawmakers had voted for PML-N-led ruling alliance in Monday’s elections for Senate chairman and deputy chairman. “Nawaz Sharif has not named us in his speech….

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Imran Khan narrowly escapes shoe attack in Gujrat

GUJRAT: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan narrowly escaped a shoe hurled at him on Tuesday.  According to TV footage, Aleem Khan who was standing next to Imran Khan was struck by the shoe which was thrown at the PTI chief during a rally in Gujrat. This is the second such attack on Imran Khan…

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SC to hear contempt petitions against Nawaz Sharif, others

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has admitted contempt of court petitions for hearing against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and other PML-N’s leaders.  According to the cause list, a three-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar will hear the petitions on Tuesday. Separately,…

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Pakistan, Iran agree to conclude FTA on priority

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and his Iranian counterpart Dr. Javad Zarif on Monday agreed to continue engagement for enhancing economic cooperation including bilateral trade, investments, and commercial interaction to promote shared prosperity. They reiterated their resolve to achieve the target of $5 billion by 2021 through regular exchange of trade delegations, establishing banking…

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Meghan Markle in first official outing with Queen

LONDON: US actress Meghan Markle took part in her first official event with Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, accompanying her fiance Prince Harry to a service at London’s Westminster Abbey. Markle arrived at the Commonwealth Day Service with Harry, his elder brother Prince William, the second in line to the throne, and his wife Kate,…

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