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Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz depart for London

Former PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, departed Wednesday for London to visit Kulsoom Nawaz, who has been hospitalised again. The Sharif family is facing corruption references at an accountability court. Before leaving for London, Maryam told media that they will return a day before their next hearing if the court does…

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Former US first lady Barbara Bush dead at 92: family

WASHINGTON: Former US first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, triggering widespread tributes for the matriarch of a Republican family that served at the top of American politics. “A former First Lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April…

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PM in London to attend Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting

LONDON: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has arrived in London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting beginning today. At the airport, the prime minister was received by senior officials of the Britain government and Pakistan High Commissioner to United Kingdom Syed Ibne Abbas. The CHOGM-2018 will provide an opportunity to highlight the progress…

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US ambassador hits back over Russian sanctions ‘confusion’

UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday shot back at a White House aide who suggested that “confusion” had led her to mistakenly announce fresh sanctions on Russia. “With all due respect, I don’t get confused,” Haley said in a statement to Fox News that was confirmed by the US mission to the United…

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Pothas quits as Sri Lanka fielding coach

Colombo: South African Nic Pothas has ended his coaching contract with Sri Lanka to spend time with his young family, the island nation’s cricket board said Tuesday. The 44-year-old joined Sri Lanka in 2016 as fielding coach but was unexpectedly elevated to the top job after Graham Ford’s abrupt exit in June last year. Under his…

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IHC reserves judgement on Farooq Sattar’s plea

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday reserved its judgement in a case pertaining to Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan’s convenorship. The court has directed Dr Farooq Sattar and Khalid Maqbool Saddiqui to submit written arguments within two days. Justice Aamer Farooq of the IHC heard the case filed by Dr Farooq Sattar challenging the decision…

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Two killed in wedding party bus accident in Mastung

MASTUNG: At least two people died and 17 others were wounded on Tuesday when a bus carrying wedding party veered off the road in Mastung, medics said. The crash happened at Khad Kucha town of Mastung in Balochistan. According to paramilitary force Levies, an unidentified woman and her daughter were killed in the accident. “Fourteen…

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ECC allows PSO to import furnace oil for power sector

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has accorded its approval to Pakistan State Oil for import of furnace oil to be used by the struggling power sector. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi headed the ECC’s meeting on Tuesday. The decision has been made to cater for maintaining adequate fuel stock in the coming months. Transportation…

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NAB to hold ‘Khuli Kachehri’ in Hyderabad

KARACHI: The Director General of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Karachi, will hold a ‘Khuli Kachehri’ in Hyderabad on April 20 (Friday). It will be held from 11am to 1pm. Officials said people of Hyderabad, Jamshoro and other districts can lodge their complaints in the open public forum of DG NAB Mohammad Altaf Bawany.

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Sindh High Court orders SSG to supply gas to KESC

KARACHI: Sindh High Court ordered the Sui Southern Gas to supply 276 MMCFD gas to K-Electric, on Tuesday.  K-Electric had taken SSG to court over the issue of non-supply of gas. K-Electric had blamed the load shedding crisis on the lack of gas supply from SSG. “Even before this order, the court had instructed SSG…

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Assad prepares to assault last rebel enclave near Damascus

BEIRUT – The Syrian army began preparatory shelling for an assault on the last area outside its control near Damascus on Tuesday, a commander in the pro-government alliance said, building on its recent capture of the major suburb of eastern Ghouta. Recovering the Yarmouk camp and neighboring areas located south of the city would give…

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Hajj balloting 2018: Draw for remaining govt scheme likely this week

ISLAMABAD: The balloting to select 10 percent remaining pilgrims of government Hajj scheme is likely this week. Reports said the ministry would immediately conduct the balloting after getting the go-ahead signal from the federal cabinet or file a review petition in Supreme Court if cabinet directs to do so. The ministry has already conducted balloting…

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Newborn kidnapped from Hyderabad hospital

By Faqeer Saleem HYDERABAD: A newborn baby was kidnapped from Civil Hospital in Hyderabad on Tuesday, family and police said. The newborn was brought to Civil Hospital on Tuesday morning shortly after his premature birth in a private health facility. “There is no incubator in the hospital, where my son was born. I brought him…

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Who ordered to hide 27 govt vehicles?

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Tuesday directed Additional Attorney General (AAG) Rana Waqar to find out as to who had ordered to hide 27 government-owned vehicles worth billions of rupees in the basement of a building. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the suo motu notice in connection with luxury cars…

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Pakistan elected to two key UN bodies

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan was elected to two important United Nations’ panels on Monday, a feat that Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said was a recognition of Islamabad’s positive contribution to the work of the world body. The panels are: the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the UNICEF Executive Board.  The elections took place at a…

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Indian police crack down on IPL betting racket

New Delhi: Indian police have arrested three men suspected of placing illegal bets on Indian Premier League matches as authorities crack down on gambling rackets that emerge around the billion-dollar franchise every year. The trio were accused of running an online betting syndicate from a residence in New Delhi. Nearly all gambling is illegal in…

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China commends Pakistan Navy’s efforts for maritime security

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Navy Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi met his Chinese counterpart Shen Jinlong and Deputy Administrator of State Administration for Science, Technology & Industry (SASTIND) Xu Zhanbin on Tuesday. Admiral Abbasi highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and contributions in fight against terrorism including participation of Pakistan Navy in multinational Task Forces against piracy and…

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Incorrect reporting on Nawaz, Maryam speech ‘ban’ angers CJ

Reported by: Zulqarnain Iqbal ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar expressed anger at the incorrect reports ran by some news channels that Lahore High Court had placed a ban on Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz’s speeches.  “Everyone is busy providing his analysis but no one is reading the court order,” said Justice Azmat Saeed. “Where…

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Syria strikes ‘for honour of international community’: Macron

Strasbourg, France: France, Britain and the United States carried out air strikes targeting chemical weapons sites in Syria to defend the “honour of the international community”, French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. “Three countries have intervened, and let me be quite frank, quite honest — this is for the honour of the international community,” Macron…

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Off-screen antics of Salman Khan – Watch

Accused of killing a homeless man, hunting endangered wildlife and assaulting a former Miss World, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s off-screen life is almost as dramatic as the epics he stars in. Watch this report…

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