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Sindh announces four Eid holidays

The Sindh government has notified that Eid-ul-Azha holidays will be observed from Aug 21 to 24 across the province. Government offices and educational institutions will remain closed. Also read: New notification on Eid holidays is fake The federal government has announced three holidays for Eid, from August 21 to 23. Eid will be celebrated in…

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‘Chacha Cricket’ hopes PM Imran Khan will deliver

Pakistan cricket’s most-recognisable cheerleader, ‘Chacha Cricket’, is happy with cricket hero Imran Khan’s election as prime minister. “I congratulate the nation. It will see that Imran Khan does what he says,” said Chaudhry Abdul Jalil while speaking to reporters outside Parliament House where lawmakers voted PTI chairman into office.

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Opinion: The ‘shameful’ element in Pakistan politics

SAMAA TV anchorperson Nadeem Malik spotlights a ‘shameful’ trend in country’s politics: horse-trading. Mr Malik discusses how the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and its ally, the Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam), secretly persuaded at least 15 PML-N and PPP MPAs to switch their loyalties for Thursday’s election of the Speaker. He says more PML-N lawmakers are likely to…

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Army chief approves death sentence for 15 terrorists

Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, has confirmed the death sentences awarded to 15 hardcore terrorists, according to ISPR. ISPR said on Thursday that the terrorists were involved in attacks on law enforcement agencies, destruction of educational institutions and killing of civilians. “These convicts were tried by special military courts,” ISPR statement read.

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Balochistan Assembly: Election of speaker, deputy speaker on Thursday

The elections of speaker and deputy speaker of the Balochistan Assembly will be held in the house on August 16. In the July 25 elections, most of the provincial assembly seats were won by the Balochistan Awami Party, which is now part of a six-party alliance. The alliance has named former Balochistan chief minister, Mir…

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Punjab Assembly: Election of speaker, deputy speaker on Thursday

Election for the posts of Speaker and Deputy Speaker will be held in the Punjab Assembly on Thursday. For speaker’s seat, the contest will be between PML-N’s Chaudhry Iqbal Gujjar and PTI’s Chaudhry Pervez Ilahi. For the slot of deputy speaker, PTI’s has fielded Dost Muhammad Mazari while PML-N’s candidate is former MPA Malik Waris…

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Suicide attack on Afghan educational centre leaves 48 dead

The death toll from a suicide blast at an educational centre in the Afghan capital on Wednesday reached 48, with another 67 wounded. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which came after several weeks of relative calm in Kabul, according to Reuters. AFP adds: Afghanistan has been reeling from a recent…

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The government has announced Eid holidays from August 21 to 23

The federal government has announced three holidays for Eidul Azha this year, from August 21 to 23. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be public holidays on the occasion of Eidul Azha, according to a notification issued by the interior ministry. Eid will be celebrated across the country on Wednesday, August 22.

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Pakistan celebrates 72nd Independence Day

Pakistan celebrates 72nd Independence day today. The day will dawn with 31 gun salute in the federal capital and 21 gun salute in the provincial headquarters. Prayers will be offered for security and progress of Pakistan and wellbeing of the people. National flag will be hoisted at all important public and private buildings. The main…

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Election for speakers, deputy speakers later this week

The National Assembly and all four provincial assemblies will elect Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the houses on August 15 and 16. The National Assembly held its inaugural session today (Monday) as newly elected MNAs took the oath. Lawmakers were also sworn in in the Sindh, KP and Balochistan assemblies, whereas the Punjab Assembly is…

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Zilhajj moon sighted in Pakistan, Eid-ul-Azha on Aug 22

The Zilhajj moon was sighted in Pakistan on Sunday. Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated across the country on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The announcement was made by Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chairperson Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman, after presiding over the moon-sighting body’s meeting in Karachi. Mufti Munib said testimonies regarding sighting of the Zilhajj moon were received by the…

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One killed, 15 injured as blast targets FC in Chaman

An explosion targeting security forces in Balochistan’s Chaman border town killed a man and injured at least 15 others, including FC soldiers on Sunday. The blast hit a convoy of the FC at Chaman’s main Mall Road. At least 16 people were injured in the explosion. Four soldiers of the FC were also among them….

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The PTI has lost its two-third majority in the KP Assembly

The PTI has lost its two-third majority in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly after the results of some seats have been changed. However, it still has a simple majority, so it can form the government. Combining general seats, reserved seats and independent candidates, the PTI had 83 members in the assembly – they needed 82 for…

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The Sindh and KP assemblies have been summoned on Monday

Sessions of the Sindh Assembly and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly have been summoned on Monday (August 13) at 10am. During the inaugural sessions, the MPA-elects will take oath. They will also elect the speakers and deputy speakers of the two houses. The outgoing speakers will administer the oaths to the newly elected lawmakers. The National Assembly…

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GDA offers ‘unconditional’ support to PTI

The Grand Democratic Alliance has assured unconditional support to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the formation of government in the centre. GDA chief Pir Pagara, who is also the head of Pakistan Muslim League Functional, announced it after meeting a PTI delegation. “We are fully supporting PTI and we had assured this even before the elections,”…

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Shehbaz, Zardari skip opposition protest against ‘rigging’

The PML-N and the PPP have joined hands against the PTI, but not for a joint protest. The opposition parties held a protest on Wednesday outside the Election Commission’s office in Islamabad against, what they called was rigging in the July 25 general elections. Election candidates of the PML-N, PPP, MMA, ANP and PkMAP participated…

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PIA chief orders probe as pleading mother video goes viral

Report by Ashraf Khan Pakistan International Airlines has been receiving flak after a video of angry passengers urging cabin crew to open the doors has gone viral. The video shows a distressed mother pleading with the airline staff to open the doors for fresh air as her infant was experiencing breathlessness. According to reports, the…

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Girls’ school torched in Balochistan

A school in Balochistan’s Pishin district was vandalised and set on fire, SAMAA TV correspondent Sami Tareen reported Tuesday. Furniture in the girls school, that houses only two classrooms, was burnt by known assailants in Khanozai tehsil of Pishin. Four female teachers educate at least 60 students at the school in one of Balochistan’s remote…

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New judge to hear remaining Nawaz Sharif corruption cases

The Islamabad High Court has transferred the two remaining corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to a separate accountability court, SAMAA TV reported on Tuesday. Two of three corruption cases–Al-Azizia Steel Mills and the Hill Metal Establishment (Flagship Investment)–will now be heard by new judges at Islamabad’s Accountability Court No. 2. The court issued…

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Joining hands with MQM was PTI’s compulsion: Naqvi

Firdous Shamim Naqvi, the head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Karachi chapter, says his party has joined hands with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan out of necessity and compulsion rather than the choice. “PTI has not taken a U-turn. We went there [to meet MQM leaders] because it was a necessity and compulsion,” Naqvi said at a…

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Opposition leader in NA will be from PML-N: Ahsan Iqbal

The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly will be from Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, said a senior party leader Ahsan Iqbal. The Pakistan Peoples Party and others have agreed that the opposition leader should be from PML-N, Iqbal told reporters in Islamabad. “We are trying to develop consensus on fielding a joint candidate…

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