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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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Has Pakistan found its own Gabbar Singh?

This picture of a man in Karachi bearing a stark resemblance to popular Bollywood villain, Gabbar Singh, is doing the rounds on social media. Many Twitter and Facebook users claimed that the look-alike of the iconic ‘Sholay’ film actor was recently spotted in a busy market of Karachi. The character of Gabbar Singh was immortalised…

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A rebel faction will emerge in the PML-N soon: Sheikh Rashid

Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed claims that a rebel faction will emerge in the PML-N in the next few days. “Just wait a few days, a huge faction will emerge in the PML-N,” Rashid told reporters in Rawalpindi. In the July 25 elections, the AML chief won the NA-62 seat in Rawalpindi. He…

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No foreign leader to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony: FO

Foreign Office spokesperson has clarified that foreign heads of states have not been invited for prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan’s oath-taking. “No foreign VVIP leader will attend the oath-taking. It will be a very simple ceremony,” Dr Muhammad Faisal told reporters at his weekly briefing. Earlier, PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said Imran Khan would take oath…

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Web developer creates tool to track Imran Khan’s promises

You want to keep the record of how many promises prime minister-designate Imran Khan has fulfilled after assuming the office? There is a website for it. A Pakistani online marketer, Salman Saeed, has designed a website www.khanmeter.com that will track and record of PTI’s new government. The website will keep the record of ‘fulfilled’ and…

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PM-aspirant Imran Khan believes in ‘simplicity’

PTI chairman Imran Khan aims to win hearts and minds by keeping it simple — even after becoming prime minister.

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How much did you spend: ECP asks winning election candidates

The Election Commission has told winning candidates in the general election to submit details of their election expenses by Aug 4. In a statement on Wednesday, the commission said the returns should be filed to the returning officers who will issue notifications of the candidates’ victory. If a candidate does not give the ECP these…

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PTI reaches magic number to elect PM, take the centre

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has achieved the ‘magic number’ of 138 out of 272 to form the government in the center and have its choice of prime minister elected. It made this number after working the crowd of independents. It also did some hard work on getting the support of other political parties. The PML-Q, the…

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The only highway connecting Balochistan to Punjab is closed

Quetta Road, the only thoroughfare connecting Balochistan to Punjab, has been closed, with hundreds of trucks and passengers stuck in the mountainous region, SAMAA TV reported Wednesday. Passengers travelling between Punjab and Balochistan have been struck in a massive gridlock near Dera Ismail Khan since Tuesday night. If the highway closure continues, business in both…

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Erdogan congratulates Imran Khan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan telephoned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday and congratulated him on victory in general elections. The Turkish president expressed well wishes for upcoming democratic government in Pakistan during his telephonic conversation with Imran Khan. Both leaders agreed to start new relation era between the two brotherly Islamic countries.

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MMA’s Akram Durrani retains victory after vote recount

The election commission on Tuesday declared MMA candidate Akram Khan Durrani successful after recounting of votes in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa’s provincial assembly constituency, PK-90 (Bannu). Durrani, who had won the seat in the July 25 general elections, retained his victory after the vote recount. A notification was later issued by the returning officer. In the previous results,…

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