Minerwa Tahir

What’s with the affidavit and why do politicians not want to fill it for the elections?

Everyone has been talking about the affidavit. We know a number of politicians who want to stand in the election are in trouble because of this affidavit. Many of them didn’t submit the affidavits or gave in incomplete ones to the ECP. To start with, what’s in the affidavit? In it, you have to declare…

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On last day of scrutiny, Imran Khan awaits ECP clearance over Sita White issue

PTI chief Imran Khan planned to contest the election from five National Assembly seats. Rivals have, however, challenged his candidacy over the Sita White issue. Khan filed his nomination papers for NA-35 in Bannu, NA-53 in Islamabad, NA-95 in Mianwali, NA-131 in Lahore and NA-243 in Karachi. NA-53 in Islamabad Abdul Wahab Baloch, a leader…

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Syria strike blamed on Israel kills 22 Iraqi fighters

More than 20 fighters from an Iraqi paramilitary force key to the battle against the Islamic State group were killed in an eastern Syria air raid the United States linked to Israel. The bombing raid hit Al-Hari, a town controlled by regional militias fighting in Syria’s complex seven-year war alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Both…

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Britain fines Yahoo UK Services 250,000 pounds for 2014 hack

Britain’s data watchdog said on Tuesday it fined Yahoo UK Services Ltd 250,000 pounds for a cyber-attack in November 2014. Yahoo, most of whose assets were acquired by Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N), said in 2016 that at least 500 million of its accounts had been hacked two years earlier. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said…

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Give me your poor and young: Ismat Shahjahan to fight for Islamabad’s water, katchi abadis, workers

Awami Workers Party leader Ismat Raza Shahjahan filed her nomination papers with the Election Commission on Thursday. Her vision is to ensure katchi abadis or informal settlements get official land titles and to get water for Islamabad. “Our support base is largely in the katchi abadis,” she says. Shahjahan’s party has long been working on…

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With hot ticket Ammar Rashid, Awami Workers Party makes the Left something we could care about

We are contesting the election to give people a progressive alternative to the elitist and right-wing status quo in Pakistan, says Ammar Rashid. The Awami Workers Party (AWP) is fielding two candidates for the election in July. Ammar Rashid and Ismat Shahjahan will contest from Islamabad’s NA-53 and NA-54, respectively. They are pushing an agenda…

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First Muslim elected to US Congress wants to join legal battle against Trump

Democratic Representative Keith Ellison is the first Muslim elected to the US Congress. He filed for the office of Minnesota attorney-general on Tuesday to join the legal fight against US President Donald Trump, reported Associated Press. Ellison is regarded as among the most liberal members of Congress. “It was attorneys general who led the fight…

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No boundary wall for Makli as Shirazi votes dearer to PPP: report

UNESCO recommended that a boundary wall be built around the majestic Makli necropolis. It could not materialise as votes are dearer to the Pakistan Peoples Party, says the World Heritage Watch Report 2018. World Heritage Watch is a Berlin-based independent body overlooking conservation activities at UNESCO-listed heritage sites. In its 2018 report, anthropologist Zulfiqar Ali…

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You all fell for the wrong Shabnam

Shabnam appreciated Imran Khan for expelling Farooq Bandial, who raped her, from the PTI and thanked Pakistanis for their stand — except that it was a fake account. “Almost all the likes of that account were on tweets related to PTI,” Digital Rights Foundation founder Nighat Dad told SAMAA Digital. “It was childish.” A picture…

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Lakki Marwat official a terror for tailors

An official in Lakki Marwat is fed up of tailors overcharging before Eid. The additional assistant commissioner, Israr Khan, issued a public notice for tailors in the area fixing how much they can charge for men’s tailoring. They can charge Rs400 for a simple shalwar qameez, Rs450 for a shalwar qameez with buttons and Rs500…

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Afghans, Pakistanis weave a livelihood on Emirati coast

Far from his home in Afghanistan, Nour rises each morning before the sun’s rays touch the coastal Emirati town of Kalba for a new day weaving fishing cages. The 50-year-old takes his place alongside fellow labourers, praying toward the holy city of Mecca. Then he sips on his first cup of tea, a moment of…

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Meesha Shafi: Ali Zafar the only one who harassed me

Meesha Shafi responded to a Twitter user on Thursday, saying that Ali Zafar is the only one to have sexually harassed her. She went on to ask how many people it would take to confirm that. “Yes only he harrassed me but he didn’t harass me only,” she tweeted. “Get it? Half a dozen other…

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Cousin sexually abused Whitney Houston as child, says Cannes documentary

An explosive new documentary about the tragic life of Whitney Houston claims the superstar was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, soul singer Dee Dee Warwick. The bombshell revelation in “Whitney”, made with the cooperation of the singer’s family, comes late in the film by Oscar-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, which premiered Thursday…

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Pope vows ‘change’ in Chile church after paedophile scandal

Pope Francis on Thursday promised “changes” to the Chilean church to “restore justice” following a child abuse scandal that has come to haunt his papacy. However in a short letter addressed to 34 Chilean bishops, whom the Argentinian pontiff met in groups from Tuesday to Thursday, he gave no indication of eventual consequences for those…

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Cambridge Analytica shared data with Russia: whistleblower

Political consulting group Cambridge Analytica used Russian researchers and shared data with companies linked to Russian intelligence, a whistleblower told a congressional hearing on interference in the 2016 US election Wednesday. Christopher Wylie, who leaked information on the British-based firm’s hijacking of data on millions of Facebook users, told a Senate panel he believes Russian…

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Meghan Markle’s father in successful heart op: report

Meghan Markle’s father has successfully undergone the heart surgery that prevented him from attending her wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry, celebrity news website TMZ said on Wednesday. The online gossip portal said it had spoken with 73-year-old Tom Markle, who “seemed alert and coherent” and said doctors had implanted up to three stents in his…

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How does a one-tonne dino hatch its eggs? Carefully

Most dinosaurs buried their eggs and hoped for the best, but some species — including a few hefty ones — built nests and pampered unhatched offspring much as birds do today, researchers reported Wednesday. Which raises an intriguing question: How did creatures nearly as heavy as a hippo brood eggs without squashing them? “Large species…

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PPP, PTI to slug it out on May 12 but not at Hakim Saeed Ground

On Monday, people were stuck in traffic for two hours on University Road as workers of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf clashed at Hakim Saeed Ground. Both parties wanted to hold their May 12 jalsas here. Two days later, though, neither of them is interested any more. The PPP will instead hold its…

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10 times Ahsan Iqbal spoke of peace on social media

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal is in the hospital after an assassination attempt. According to the FIR, the 21-year-old, who says he is affiliated with Tehreek Labbaik, shot the minister Sunday with the motive to kill him. While Iqbal became a target of hate, the minister has frequently spoken about peace and tolerance: 1. When he condemned the…

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PML-N’s last budget: Will the outgoing govt ignore the poor once again?

The outgoing government has little relief to offer to the poor. Miftah Ismail said it’s impossible to make ends meet against the minimum wage of Rs15,000. But will the government fix that in its next budget? Not really. The PML-N-led government will announce its sixth budget on May 12. It will also be their last…

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Karachi to get hotter and so will our sweaty bodies, warns scientist

Minerwa Tahir Scientists have predicted that life will become even more uncomfortable in areas like Karachi due to the rising temperature and humidity level Sibi, Sukkur, Hyderabad, Dalbandin, Badin, Bahawalnagar, Karachi and Multan are the hottest cities in Pakistan discovered Khuram Pervez Amber and his team of scientists at the department of Mechanical Engineering, Mirpur…

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