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New notification on Eid holidays is fake: Interior Ministry

The Interior Ministry denies issuing any new notification, extending the Eid-ul-Azha holidays to four days. The notification circulating on the social media is fake, a spokesman for the ministry said. On August 15, the Interior Ministry had announced three public holidays–August 21 to 23–for Eid. The fake notification stated that the government holidays have been…

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‘We stand with India in this difficult time’: Imran Khan on Vajpayee’s demise

PM-in-waiting Imran Khan has offered his condolences over the demise of former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “We stand with India in this difficult time,” Imran Khan said in a statement. Vajpayee, the three-time Indian PM, passed away in New Delhi on Thursday. Vajpayee’s efforts for peace between Pakistan and India will always be remembered,…

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PTI nominates Shah Farman as KP Governor

The PTI has nominated Shah Farman as the next Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, party leader Fawad Chaudhry said on Thursday. His nomination was approved by PTI chairman Imran Khan in a party meeting. “The people of tribal areas have rendered huge sacrifices for Pakistan,” Farman said. “We will provide them all the facilities they need.”…

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Did you know: Atal Bihari Vajpayee was also a poet

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Indian PM who passed away in New Delhi on Thursday, was not only a politician but also a prolific poet. He wrote a number of songs for the Indian music industry and his ghazals were sung by Indian legends, including Jagjit Singh and Lata Mageshkar. Here are some of his…

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BAP’s Abdul Quddus Bizenjo elected Balochistan Assembly speaker

Balochistan Awami Party’s Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo was elected speaker of the Balochistan Assembly on Thursday. Bizenjo, who was elected from PB-44 Awaran, received 39 out of a total 59 votes. His opponent, the MMA’s Muhammad Nawaz Khan, got 20 votes. Former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri did not come to the assembly to…

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Presidential election to be held on September 4, announces ECP

The president is elected by an electoral college comprising members of the Senate, National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies

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Former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away in New Delhi

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and traveled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture, died on Thursday, the hospital where he was admitted said in a statement. According to Indian media, Vajpayee was admitted to All India Institute of Medical and…

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PTI suspends membership of Karachi MPA caught on video hitting a citizen

The PTI on Thursday suspended the party membership of MPA Dr Imran Ali Shah. The development came two days after a video of Dr Shah hitting a man in Karachi went viral. The man was later identified as Dawood Chauhan, the senior deputy director for coordination at the CAA. Within hours of the incident, the…

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PPP’s Murad Ali Shah becomes the Sindh chief minister again

The Pakistan Peoples Party’s Syed Murad Ali Shah was elected as the chief minister of Sindh for the second time on Thursday. He received 97 out of total 168 votes in the assembly. His opponent Shehryar Mahar of the Grand Democratic Alliance got 61 votes. Murad was elected as an MPA from Sehwan’s PS-34. This…

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PTI’s Mehmood Khan elected KP chief minister

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Mehmood Khan was elected as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister on Thursday. Mehmood, who was elected from PK-9 Swat on the PTI’s ticket, obtained 77 votes, while the opposition’s candidate Mian Nisar received 33 votes. He was a part of the cabinet in the PTI’s previous government in KP. The PTI came into…

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PPP asks PML-N to field someone other than Shehbaz Sharif for PM

The PPP isn’t entirely sure it wants PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif to be nominated for the post of prime minister. The National Assembly will be electing the PM on August 18, Saturday. The candidates so far are the PTI’s Imran Khan and PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif. The party’s Nasir Hussain Shah has said that they had…

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Murad, Mehmood, Mahar, Mian Nisar? Sindh, KP elect CMs today

  The assemblies of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will elect their chief ministers today, Thursday. In Sindh, the Pakistan Peoples Party has nominated former chief minister Murad Ali Shah once again. The Grand Democratic Alliance has fielded Shehryar Mahar for the post. The PPP has 97 seats out of the Sindh Assembly’s total of 168….

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Trailer of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Manto released

The trailer of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Manto has been released. The movie follows the life of Saadat Hasan Manto, a famous poet who is an important figure in Urdu literature. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, one of the most versatile actors in the Indian film industry, is playing the role of an author who was brutally honest and truthful…

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Imran Ali Shah tortured me, claims step-mother

PTI MPA Imran Ali Shah’s step mother has claimed that Imran and his brother Junaid tortured her and her son in their father’s AO clinic. Dr Rehana Shah, second wife of Dr Muhammad Ali Shah, told SAMAA TV that she tied the knot with Imran’s father in 1989 but his first wife and their children…

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PTI’s Asad Qaiser, Qasim Suri elected Speaker, Deputy Speaker of National Assembly

PTI’s Asad Qaiser and Qasim Suri have been elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker, respectively, of the National Assembly. Former speaker Ayaz Sadiq announced the result and thanked the members of the last assembly. He praised the last assembly’s committees. There were 330 votes cast of which 322 were valid. Qaiser obtained 176 votes while the…

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PML-N MPAs reach Punjab Assembly with Nawaz’s picture, chains

Security officials stopped a PML-N MPA from taking a picture of former PM Nawaz Sharif into the Punjab Assembly. The female MPA was told that pictures are not allowed in the house. However, the lawmaker insisted that she would only take oath with a picture of her party founder in her hand. Another PML-N MPA,…

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Nawaz Sharif says he is only allowed to meet Maryam once a week

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has said that even though they are incarcerated at the same jail, he is only able to meet his daughter Maryam once a week on visiting day. Nawaz was presented before an accountability court in Islamabad in the Al-Azizia and Flagship references on Wednesday. He said that he is not…

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Imran Khan will choose the Punjab CM nominee and we will support him, says Yasmin Rashid

The power to decide lies with Khan sahib and whatever he has decided so far has been good, says PTI leader Yasmin Rashid

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Mushtaq Ghani is the new speaker of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly

Mushtaq Ghani has been elected the speaker of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. MPAs voted for the speaker and deputy speaker on Wednesday. The PTI has 76 members in the assembly and Ghani was elected with 81 votes. He was administered the oath by the former speaker. The PTI nominated Ghani as its candidate for the…

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New Punjab MPAs take oath

The PML-N has 127 seats in the Punjab Assembly while the PTI is a close second with 122 seats

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PTI’s MPA in Punjab Assembly, Ghulam Abbas Khakhi, passes away

Ghulam Abbas Khakhi had won a Multan seat with 47,429 votes, defeating PML-N candidate Mehdi Abbas Langah

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