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New Islamabad Airport to be operational in April: Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mahtab Abbasi on Monday affirmed that the new Islamabad International Airport would be operational next month. He said that no comprise on airport quality standards will be tolerated and no further delay will be made in this regard, said a press release. He expressed these views while…

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Zardari felicitates newly elected Senate chairman, deputy chairman

ISLAMABAD: PPP President Asif Ali Zardari has congratulated Mir Sadiq Sanjrani and Saleem Mandviwalla for being elected as Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively. In a press statement on Monday, Zardari said that election of Chairman Senate from Balochistan was a continuation of Aghaz-e-Huqooq Balochistan. He also congratulated senators who voted for opposition candidates. “PPP believes…

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Russia warns Britain over spy poisoning speculation as May readies response

London, March 12: Russia warned the British government Monday it was playing a “dangerous game” that risked harming bilateral ties as Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to update MPs on a spy attack that politicians and the media have linked to Moscow. May will make a statement to the House of Commons after chairing a…

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Sanjrani’s win a victory for Pakistan, Balochistan: Sarwar

ISLAMABAD: Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani’s win as Senate chairman is a victory for Pakistan and Balochistan, said former Punjab governor Chaudhry Sarwar on Monday. “Today is a big day for the people of Balochistan where there is a growing sense of deprivation,” Sarwar told SAMAA. “The election proves that those who are in the Senate love…

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Imran, Bilawal congratulate Sanjrani after Senate’s win

ISLAMABAD: Opposition leaders Imran Khan and Bilawal Bhutto on Monday felicitated Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani after his stunning victory as Chairman of the Senate. Sanjrani, who was backed by the major opposition groups, secured 57 votes against PML-N candidate Raja Zafar ul Haq who bagged 46 votes, according to Presiding Officer Sardar Yaqoob Nasir. Soon after…

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Imran Khan rules out Senate vote for PML-N, PPP

ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Friday ruled out his party’s support for the two main political parties in the ongoing race for the election of Senate’s chairman. “There is a consensus within our party that our senators will neither vote for PML-N or the PPP,” Khan told media persons in Islamabad. “We feel that…

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Federal Budget 2018-19 to be unveiled on April 27

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Budget 2018-19 will be presented on April 27 because our government’s term ends on May 31, announced finance adviser Miftah Ismail on Friday. Addressing a press conference in the capital city, Miftah Ismail said he has consulted all political parties including PTI, PPP and MQM about the budget’s date. “The idea is…

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Senator Tahir Mashhadi quits MQM-P

ISLAMABAD: MQM parliamentary leader in the Senate Col (retd.) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi announced Friday he was parting ways with his party. In a press statement, Mashhadi said that he had the honour and privilege of representing the most patriotic, educated, intelligent, patient and wonderful electorate in Pakistan as town nazim, Jamshed Town, Karachi and two…

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JI joins calls for Rabbani’s election as Senate chairman

ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-e-Islami head Siraj ul Haq on Friday extended his support for the re-election of Raza Rabbani as Chairman of the Senate. Haq is the second political leader after Nawaz Sharif to back Rabbani’s candidature, a suggestion which has already been rejected by PPP President Asif Ali Zardari. “All political parties should give their assent…

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PML-N to back Raza Rabbani for Senate chief election: Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that his party would support the PPP if Raza Rabbani was nominated for the election of Senate’s Chairman. Speaking to media persons after chairing a meeting of allies here on Thursday, Nawaz Sharif said that PML-N would bring its own candidate if the outing Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani…

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10 killed as Egypt trains collide: health ministry

Cairo, Egypt: At least 10 people were killed and 15 wounded Wednesday as two trains collided in Egypt, the latest in a string of deadly accidents on the North African country’s railways, the health ministry said. The collision between a freight train and a passenger train took place in the northern province of Behaira, it…

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PTI releases video statement after Nawaz Sharif’s ouster as PML-N head

In a video message, PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry has hailed the Supreme Court ruling in Election Act case as historic and urged the ruing Nawaz Sharif to accept the decision. The video message came shortly after a three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar barred Nawaz Sharif from heading the PML-N. “A disqualified…

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Army has nothing to do with Senate’s polls: DG ISPR

ISLAMABAD: Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor on Monday said that continued cease fire violations (CFVs) by India at the Line of Control (LoC) were an attempt by it to divert attention from the ongoing freedom movement in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Talking to SAMAA, he said that Pakistan was giving…

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Will arch-foes – Zardari and Imran – share the stage at Qadri’s rally?

By Zahid Hussain Khan Workers of PPP and PTI must be baffled at the news that former President Asif Ali Zardari and Imran Khan are likely to share the stage at a protest rally in Lahore on Wednesday. The rally has been organized by the firebrand cleric and leader of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahir…

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Admiral Abbasi reiterates PN’s unflinching resolve to ensure seaward defence of maritime infrastructure

ISLAMABAD: Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi Wednesday reiterated Pakistan Navy’s unflinching resolve to ensure seaward defence of vital maritime infrastructure and protection of the maritime interests of Pakistan against all threats and challenges at all cost. Chairing Command and Staff Conference of Pakistan Navy, Naval Staff chief expressed his utmost confidence over operational preparedness…

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Ahsan reviews proposals to finalize 5-year plan

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal Tuesday reviewed the proposals to finalize the 12th five-year plan here in a meeting held at the Planning Commission of Pakistan. The meeting was jointly chaired by Ahsan Iqbal and the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz. Senior officials and Members of the Planning Commission of…

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SC adjourns missing persons case for three weeks

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Tuesday adjourned plea in-connection with missing persons for three weeks while Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances submitted its report. Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan while heading three member bench, remarked that doors of the courts would be opened for missing persons, if commission would not perform its duty then judiciary would…

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Chakwal by-election: ECP establishes control room

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has established a control room for receiving preliminary results of Chakwal by-election. The by-election in the constituency PP-20 Chakwal-I will be held on Tuesday. The control room, established at Room number. 107, would work from 800 to 1800 hours under supervision of director elections and receive polling day…

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U19 World Cup: Mohsin Khan hits ton as Pakistan win warm-up game

Pakistan rode on a century by Mohsin Khan to defeat Namibia by 190 runs while the Windies defeated Papua New Guinea by seven wickets in a low-scoring game. Afghanistan gave an early warning of their potential in the U19 Cricket World 2018 Cup when they pulled off an impressive 56-run victory over Bangladesh in a…

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US, S. Korea agree to suspend military drills during Olympics

The United States and South Korea have agreed to delay joint military exercises until after the Winter Olympics next month, the government in Seoul announced Thursday, in an apparent move to de-escalate tensions with Pyongyang. The move came just hours after US President Donald Trump said that high-level talks set for next week between North…

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Education is key to progress: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday terming education the key to progress said the pursuit of knowledge must continue regardless of age. He expressed these views in a meeting with students of Rashidabad City of Education and Healthcare, here at Prime Minister’s Office. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman was…

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