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KP govt announces 15-member KP cabinet

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced names of the provincial cabinet members and their portfolios. KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan finalised the names after consultation with Prime Minister Imran Khan. 1. Muhammad Atif Khan will serve as the senior minister and minister for tourism. 2. Shehram Khan Tarakai has been made the minister for local…

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PTI seeks PPP support for creation of South Punjab province

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government needs the support of Pakistan People’s Party in creation of a new province in Punjab, said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday. “Two-third majority is required in the parliament for creation of a South Punjab province. We hope that PPP will support us,” said Qureshi, a senior PTI leader, while talking…

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Eid-ul-Azha celebrated in Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries, Europe

The festival of Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated in Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Gulf countries, Afghanistan and other countries on Tuesday (August 21, 2018). Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated in Pakistan on August 22, 2018. In Saudi Arabia, large Eid congregations were held in Makkah and Madina where Eid prayers were offered in Masjid-e-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabawi. Eid is…

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Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu justifies Pakistan visit

The former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu had to justify his visit to Pakistan after being criticised by many for doing so. Sidhu was targeted by Indian media for attending Prime Minister Imran Khan’s swearing-in and for hugging Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa at the ceremony last week. Sidhu is a minister from India’s…

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Bank accounts of non-tax filers not frozen: FBR

The Federal Bureau of Revenue has clarified that it has not issued any instructions regarding freezing of bank accounts maintained by non-filers of income tax returns. “In order to allay the misconception being caused by a segment of print media regarding freezing of bank accounts held by non-filers of income tax return, it is clarified…

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Usman Buzdar takes oath as Punjab chief minister

The PTI’s Usman Ahmed Buzdar took oath on Monday as chief minister of Punjab, ending the PML-N government’s 10-year rule in the province. Acting governor Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, who is also the Punjab Assembly speaker, administered the oath to Buzdar. Buzdar was elected as chief minster on Sunday. He was the joint candidate of PTI…

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Hajj sermon: Saudi imam urges Muslims to avoid violence

Saudi imam Dr Sheikh Hussein bin Abdul Aziz delivered a Hajj sermon at Masjid-e-Nimra, Mount Arafat on Monday, as more than two million Muslims gathered to perform the annual pilgrimage. Sheikh Aziz urged Muslims to practice the teachings of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). “Oh Muslims, be God fearing. Tauheed [oneness of Allah]…

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Opinion: PTI in hot waters over Punjab CM nomination

PTI’s nomination of Sardar Usman Buzdar as Punjab chief minister has raised many eyebrows. ‘Agenda 360’ anchors Haider Waheed and Abdul Moiz Jaferii discussed the allegations about Buzdar and his political career. On Friday, Imran Khan nominated the politician for the slot of Punjab chief minister, saying that he is the ‘perfect candidate’ for the…

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Video: Indian media takes aim at Sidhu over Pakistan visit

Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu arrived in Pakistan to attend Prime Minister Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony, but his visit caused a flutter in the Indian media. Sidhu said he brought the message of love and peace, and got a splendid response from the Pakistanis. However, Indian TV channels reacted badly after Sidhu hugged Pakistan…

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Buzdar is an honest man: Imran Khan defends Punjab CM nominee

Prime Minister Imran Khan has defended his party’s nomination of Sardar Usman Buzdar as Punjab chief minister after information emerged that the PTI nominee was once named in a murder case, SAMAA TV reported Saturday. “I want to make it clear I stand by our nominee Usman Buzdar for CM Punjab. I have done my…

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Electricity restored to most of Karachi after night-long power breakdown

A major power breakdown, caused due to the tripping of a high-voltage transmission line, hit major cities of Sindh late on Friday. The electricity breakdown hit Karachi, Hyderabad, Matiari, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Badin, Thatta, Umarkot, Tando Allahyar, Sanghar and other cities at around 11pm. Full restoration is expected to be achieved over the…

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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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