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PM reiterates FATA’s mainstreaming

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday reiterating his commitment for the merger of FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) said work was being done on fast-track basis to take required legal and administrative measures for this purpose. In a meeting with Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Iqbal Zafar Jhagra here at the PM Office, the…

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Nawaz wants imposition of martial law: Imran Khan

PESHAWAR: PTI chief Imran Khan alleged on Thursday that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif wanted the imposition of martial law in the country. Speaking to media personnel at Chief Minister House in Peshawar, PTI chief Imran Khan said he could not fathom the imposition of martial law in the country. “I don’t hear any voices…

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Peace wins in North Waziristan: COAS

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday hailed the successful conduct of a historic match in the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency. “Peace has won in North Waziristan,” General Bajwa said, according to ISPR. The army chief thanked Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Peshawar Zalmi, two teams, media, admins and…

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MSF asked to close medical activities in Kurram Agency

After 14 years of working in Kurram district, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is withdrawing from the area. The authorities have refused to issue a no objection certificate (NoC), without providing any explanation. Without a valid NoC, MSF cannot continue to provide medical services in Kurram Agency, which…

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Cabinet approves bill aimed at extending jurisdiction of apex courts to FATA

ISLAMABAD: As a major step towards mainstreaming of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the federal cabinet on Tuesday approved placing of a bill before the Parliament that seeks to extend jurisdiction of Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court to the tribal areas. The decision was taken during meeting of the federal cabinet with Prime Minister…

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Four int’l footballers to participate in Fata Super Football League

ISLAMABAD: Four international footballers would be participating in FATA Super Football League scheduled to be held at Qayyum Sports Complex, Peshawar from September 27. While addressing a press conference here at Pakistan Sports Complex, President Fata Olympic Association and President Fata Football Association, Shahid Khan Shanwari said two Indonesian and as many as Malaysian players…

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Provisional census results put Pakistan’s population at 207.774 million

ISLAMABAD: The provisional results of the 6th Population and Housing Census were presented on Friday and as per the findings, Pakistan’s populations stands at 207.774 million. According to the press release of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, as many as 32 million households were included in the census throughout Pakistan. Out of the total lot,…

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Heavy rain lashes Punjab cities, KP, northern areas

ISLAMABAD: Heavy downpour with gusty winds lashed different cities of Punjab – including Rawalpindi and Islamabad – and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Azad Kashmir on Friday morning. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, 85 millimeter rain was recorded in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The heavy rain resulted flooding in low lying areas of Rawalpindi where…

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Independence Day celebrated across FATA with patriotic zeal

PESHAWAR: Independence day was celebrated throughout the length and breadth of FATA with great national spirit and enthusiasm on Monday. A couple of events were organised in all agencies which included Bajour, Mohmand, Khyber, Orkzai Kurram, North and South Waziristan. .A friendly cricket match was also played between Khyber and NWA teams at Younus Khan…

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KP Governor honours FATA students with laptops under PM scheme

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Eng. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra on Wednesday honoured position holders students of Fata with laptops computers under the PM’s Laoptop Scheme. He honoured Fata students during an impressive function held here at Governor House Peshawar. The Additional Chief Secretary, FATA and the other concerned senior officials, the teachers and parents of the…

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Opposition parties to use Senate majority to send PM packing

ISLAMABAD: NEWS DESK: After the JIT’s revelations, all the opposition parties have decided to use their majority in the Senate to send the PM packing. The leaders from the opposition parties held a meeting at Khursheed Shah’s chamber at the Parliament House. Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah said the JIT has exposed three…

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Pakistan announces fully funded overseas scholarships

ISLAMABAD: Federal government has announced fully funded overseas scholarship for Ph. D. students in top universities of the world. The scholarships are being offered in Agriculture, Engineering and Technology, Management Sciences and Business Education, Medical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. Last date for submission of online application forms is 30th of this month. The…

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FC Balochistan gun down two BLA terrorists in Quetta

QUETTA: FC Balochistan conducted an IBO in Quetta on Monday in which two wanted terrorists of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) were killed in the exchange of fire.  According to the ISPR, the killed terrorists were involved in attacking armed forces, target killing, kidnapping for ransom and planting IED explosives in Quetta, Margate and Sangaan…

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Weather forecast: Rain, windstorm likely today in parts of country

ISLAMABAD: Rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Bannu, Kohat, divisions, FATA, and Kashmir during the next twelve hours. Hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in rest of the country. According to the synoptic situation, a westerly wave is still…

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Weather forecast: Rainstorm expected in parts of country

ISLAMABAD: Dust-thunderstorm rain with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Multan, Sahiwal, DG Khan, Bahawalpur, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions and Kashmir, while at isolated places in Zhob, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, D I khan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala divisions, FATA, Islamabad and Gilgit-Baltistan. However, hot and dry weather is likely to prevail elsewhere in…

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New wet spell begins; widespread showers continue

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast that a weather system is expected to enter in Pakistan today (Wednesday) evening/night, causing rain-dust-thunderstorm with gusty winds country’s upper and central parts. Weather forecast during current week: Rain/dust-thunderstorm associated with gusty winds is expected at scattered places of KP (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir from…

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Weather forecast: Showers likely in many areas of Pakistan

KARACHI: Meteorological Department Tuesday forecast showers along with gale-force winds in most areas of Pakistan during the next 24 hours. The Met Office said the areas where the rainfall and windstorm are expected include Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Weather took a pleasant turn in Islamabad and its suburban…

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FATA merger into KP to take logical conclusion: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Friday said reforms and decision regarding merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was an achievement of present government and it would be taken to its logical conclusion. He was talking to Advisor to Prime Minister and Provincial President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N),…

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GDP growth rate estimated at 6 percent in next fiscal year: Ahsan Iqbal

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says economic indicators of the country are highly positive and growth of GDP in the next fiscal year is estimated to be at 6 percent. Briefing the news persons in Islamabad on Friday, he said agriculture sector has performed significantly during the current financial year with a 3.5 percent growth and…

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Govt won’t be able to pass FATA Reforms amendment bill: Fazal

ISLAMABAD: JUI-F chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman said on Monday that the government won’t be able to pass the FATA Reforms Amendment bill, urging the federation to seek the approval of the masses.  Slamming the FATA Reforms Amendment Bill, Fazal alleged that the bill contained provisions which were not in line with whatever had been decided in…

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I look into the eyes of the enemy with the help of my workers: Zardari

PESHAWAR: PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari paid tribute to his party workers on Monday and told them that the strength of his party workers inspired him to look into the eyes of the enemy.  Addressing a political gathering in the city, Zardari said admitted that none of his ministers were from the poor masses.  “I…

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