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Impressive navy drills at Karachi beach

A power-packed show by the Pakistan Navy was organized to mark the country’s 53rd Defense Day at Nishan-e-Pakistan Park in Karachi. The show included drills, parades, free-fall and aerobatics by the SSG commandos of navy, army and air force. Governor Imran Ismail was chief guest of the event. A large number of people watched the…

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Eleven aboard flight from Dubai hospitalized in apparent flu outbreak

Laboratory tests on respiratory samples from the patients have yet to confirm the illness, but their histories and symptoms – fever, cough and vomiting – indicate influenza, said Dr. Oxiris Barbot, New York City’s acting health commissioner

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Opinion: The shaky Pak-US alliance

Islamabad and Washington have reiterated to move forward in their relations as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pakistan. SAMAA TV’s senior anchor, Nadeem Malik, discusses the complicated and often shaky alliance between the two countries. “The ups and downs continue in our relations. Whenever the US starts pursuing foreign policy goals, we…

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Qatar opens up permanent residency for certain expats

Qatar on Wednesday approved a law to grant permanent residency to foreigners, but not without certain conditions. According to state-run Qatar News Agency, the permanent residency will be for a limited number of expatriates. Officials said Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has issued a decree allowing a maximum of 100 expatriates to gain…

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Sonali Bendre shares her new look

Bollywood actor Sonali Bendre has shared her new look in a social media video documenting her battle with cancer. Sonali Bendre is currently undergoing cancer treatment in New York. As a result of chemotherapy, Sonali Bendre went bald but has now decided that she will wear a wig. In her latest post on Instagram, Sonali…

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IHC to hear petition against Dr Atif Mian’s appointment

The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday accepted for hearing an application challenging the appointment of Dr Atif R Mian as member of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC). IHC judge Justice Amir Farooq will hear the application on Thursday. Hafiz Ehtisham Ahmed, a member of the Lal Masjid’s Shuhada Foundation, had filed the application. Prime Minister…

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US did not ask Pakistan to do more, says Foreign Minister after Pompeo visit

Qureshi said that the Trump administration is revisiting its policies and has realized that there is no military solution to Afghan conflict.

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No, the Rs5,000 note is not being phased out

This is yet another WhatsApp rumour

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Pakistan to elect new president on Tuesday

Presidential election will be held in Tuesday to elect 13th President of Pakistan for next five years. Arif Alvi of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Aitzaz Ahsan of Pakistan People’s Party and PMLN-backed Maulana Fazlur Rehman are vying for the office. The ruling PTI is confident that Alvi will win the election comfortably. The PTI enjoys the…

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Indus Highway ‘death trap’ killed thousands in three years

Over 2,000 people have died in accidents on the Indus Highway in the last three years mainly because of the highway’s Jamshoro-Shehwan section is a single lane. The road is 132 kilometres long. At least 1,780 accidents took place in 2018, leaving 87 dead and 871 injured. The accidents were caused by: 1. The ongoing…

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‘Smart’ electricity meters could be coming soon

The federal government is introducing new prepaid electricity meters. The consumers will be able to top-up the card and use electricity within the limits of the amount. The decision was taken by the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet. Its meeting was presided over by Finance Minister Asad Umar on Monday. The top decision-making body…

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Coalition Support Fund is reimbursement, not aid: Foreign Minister

The $300m fund that Pakistan was to receive from the US, which has now been cancelled, was not aid but reimbursement for the losses incurred by Pakistan in the war against terror, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Sunday. “The US was not granting us an aid. It is our own money,” Qureshi told reporters…

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Opinion: Is the PTI govt pursuing a directionless policy?

Instead of discussing helicopters we should be talking about the direction of our public sector development and future defence policy, says Abdul Moiz Jaferii

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PM Imran Khan wants his critics to wait for three months before criticizing his government

The first year will be difficult for Pakistan, said the prime minister on Friday

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Govt cuts oil prices, petrol goes down to Rs2.41

The federal government has reduced the prices of petroleum products by 5.6% percent for September. The per litre price of petrol has been brought down by Rs2.41 from Rs95.24 to Rs92.83. The per litre price of high speed diesel has been reduced by Rs6.37 from Rs112.94 to Rs106.57. The per litre price of kerosene oil…

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PM urges Muslim world to raise blasphemous caricatures issue at UN

Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the Muslim world to raise the issue of blasphemous caricatures of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) at the United Nations using the platform of the OIC. “The [plan to hold] exhibition of blasphemous caricatures in the Netherlands is not the issue of a few Muslims or a couple of Muslim…

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By-election: ‘Fix it’ campaigner Alamgir Khan in run for NA-243

Candidates of different political parties filed their nomination papers for October 14 by-election for National Assembly seat NA-243 in Karachi, SAMAA TV reported Thursday. The seat was won by Prime Minister Imran Khan in July 25 general elections, but it fell vacant after Khan chose to retain NA-95 Mianwali and leave NA-243 vacant. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s…

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Imran Khan has wasted his 22-year struggle in just 10 days: Fazlur Rahman

The crisis of the PTI government is that it’s in inexperienced hands. Prime Minister Imran Khan has wasted his 22-year long struggle in just 10 days, said JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. Speaking to reporters in Quetta, he said the opposition has already rejected the results of the July 25 general elections. He demanded the chief…

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1965 war veteran Sepoy Maqbool Hussain passes away

Sepoy Maqbool Hussain, a veteran of the 1965 war, breathed his last at Combined Military Hospital Attock, the ISPR reported Tuesday. The brave soldier was injured and taken prisoner by the Indian army during the war. After spending 40 years in Indian jails, he was released in 2005. Sepoy Maqbool Hussain received the Sitara-e-Jurat, the…

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PM Imran Khan appoints Finance Minister Asad Umar as head of ECC

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday appointed finance minister Asad Umar as head of the Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet that approves key economic decisions. The ECC has traditionally been chaired by the federal finance minister and the prime minister is not usually involved in its affairs. But last year, former PM Shahid Khaqan…

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23-member Punjab cabinet sworn in

Twenty three members of the Punjab cabinet took oath on Monday at the Governor House in Lahore. Acting Punjab Governor Chaudhry Pervez Elahi administered the oath to the cabinet members. Maskhdoom Hashim Bakht is the new finance minister. Hafiz Mumtaz Ahmed has been given the portfolio of excise, taxation and narcotics control. Sami Ullah Chaudhry…

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