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Jurisdiction of SC, PHC extends to FATA after President signs bill

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has signed the Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court extension of jurisdiction to FATA bill, 2018. The President signed the bill on recommendation of the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The bill had already been approved by the National Assembly. The Senate adopted the bill on April 13 despite the opposition…

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Senate passes bill to extend jurisdiction of Supreme Court, PHC to FATA

ISLAMABAD: Senators have passed the Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court (Extension of Jurisdiction to Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Bill 2018 aimed at bringing the people of tribal areas into national mainstream in accordance with their wishes and aspirations. The bill was tabled by Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) Lt-Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir…

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Imran promises FATA-KP merger if PTI forms govt in Islamabad

PESHAWAR: PTI chairman Imran Khan said that his party would merge tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa if it formed the government in Islamabad. “FCR will be abolished in consultation with other stakeholders,” Imran said, announcing his plan for the mainstreaming of tribal areas at an event in Peshawar on Wednesday. FCR is a special set…

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Anti-polio drive begins in KP, Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir

A five-day anti-polio campaign in Punjab and three-day anti-polio drive in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir begins Monday. In Punjab, nearly forty four thousand teams have been constituted to administer anti-polio vaccine to about 18.5 million children below the age of five all over the province. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, more than six point…

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Pakistan to become South Asia’s industrial hub after CPEC completion: Ahsan

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday said Pakistan would become an industrial hub of South Asia after the completion of CPEC. Talking to State-TV, the minister said the mega project is a game changer for Pakistan as it would bring improvement in social infrastructure, energy, industrial cooperation, agriculture and many other sectors, besides…

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Flood-like situation in KP, FATA, Kashmir

PESHAWAR: Rain in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir caused flood like situation in the mountainous regions on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the Met Office predicts more downpour. Westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country and likely to persist till Thursday, according to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD). Weather Forecast for night: Rain-thundershower…

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ECP posts incorrect number of seats, parliamentarians

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission mentioned incorrect number of seats in provincial and National assemblies on their website. According to details, ECP mentioned 363 seats in the National Assembly instead of 342 seats. The general seats were increased to 276 from 272. There was a mistake in the number of parliamentarians in provincial assemblies. The number of…

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Senate polls: PML-N, PPP win most seats

ISLAMABAD: The ruling PML-N and opposition PPP have won the maximum number of seats in the Senate’s elections held on Saturday, unofficial results show.  Polling for 52 vacant seats was held in the National Assembly and four provincial assemblies. According to the results received from Islamabad and four provinces, PML-N has become the majority party in…

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ECP bans mobile phones in Senate elections

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians will not be allowed to being their mobile phones during the Senate elections on Saturday . ECP announced the code of conduct for Senate elections. According to ECP, the parliamentarians will not be allowed to cast their votes without the Secretariat Card. The Commission has not allowed the provincial assemblies and National Assembly…

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Confrontation among institutions will not serve country: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that limit of every institution is defined in the constitution and they will have to remain within them. Responding to a point of order in the National Assembly, he said any confrontation among institutions will not serve the country. He said that according to news reports, today…

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ECP to display initial list of delimitation of constituencies on Feb 28: Senate told

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Aftab Ahmed Sheikh Monday apprised the Senate that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would display an initial list of delimitation of constituencies on February 28. Opposing a resolution regarding delimitation of National Assembly constituencies in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) for general election 2018 moved by Sajjad Hussain…

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Two suicide bombers killed in Bajaur operation: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Security forces foiled major terrorist action in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad and FATA, according to Pakistan Army’s public relations department. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a successful Intelligence based operation (IBO) was conducted in Bajaur to track down two suicide bombers entering from Afghanistan through Kagha pass in Bajaur Agency. The Afghan based TTP…

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Pakistan does not want aid from US but trade, says Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said the United States’ unilateral operations in Pakistan will be a “red line” for bilateral relations between the two countries. In an interview to CNN, he reiterated that the people of Pakistan “are dignified” and Islamabad desires friendship with Washington based on mutual trust and respect. Ahsan Iqbal said Pakistan…

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PCB recruitment criteria questionable : official

ISLAMABAD: Employment criterion of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has raised grave concern for citizens as it was giving undue favour to a specific region, an official said on Tuesday. An official on request of anonymity disclosed that the board’s anomaly has been discussed and question was raised among members for giving extra favour to Punjab…

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China, UNDP sign accord to support crisis-affected areas of FATA, Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: China and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan have signed a $4 million agreement to provide assistance over four months in those areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan that have been affected by natural and human-made crises.    The “China South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund for the Recovery Project in FATA…

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Hangu drone strike was on individual target morphed into Afghan Refugees: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan army said that a drone strike carried out on 24 January in Spintal area of Hangu district was on individual target who had morphed into Afghan refugees and not any organised terrorists sanctuary which has already been eliminated. According to a pres statement issued by the ISPR, media wing of Pakistan army, out…

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ECP notifies parliament share for districts, agencies, FATA, Islamabad

ISLAMABAD, Jan 17 (APP):The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday notified the share of districts, agencies, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Islamabad Capital Territory in the National Assembly and provincial assembly seats in the light of provisional results of the population census, 2017. The ECP, in a notification, said that in pursuance of…

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Bilawal Bhutto felicitates FATA on extension of SC, HC jurisdiction

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Friday extended felicitations to the people of Federally-Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) on the passage of The Supreme Court and High Court (Extension of Jurisdiction to Fata) Bill 2017 from the National Assembly of Pakistan. “Extension of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and High Court jurisdictions to the…

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Gulalai upset after being denied opportunity to sit on stage at JUI dharna

ISLAMABAD: Estranged PTI leader Ayesha Gulalai became upset after she was prohibited from sitting on the stage with other JUI-F leaders during a sit-in protest in the federal capital, on Saturday.  According to details, Ayesha Gulalai was on her way to join leaders of the JUI-F who were sitting on the stage. The protest was…

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Malala throws weight behind FATA’s merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday urged the Pakistani government to expedite FATA’s merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.  In a video message shared from her Twitter account, the activist stated that the people of FATA had been deprived of their basic human rights. “I urge the government to take steps…

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Pakistan army fully supports mainstreaming of FATA: COAS

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Wednesday interacted with Federally Administered Tribal Areas’ (FATA) delegations of tribal elders and youth jirga at Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR). The COAS held detailed discussions with both the delegations, separately, an ISPR statement issued here said. The delegations acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s sacrifices,…

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