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Govt post-mortem: 10,000 MW were added to the national grid, claims Uzma Bukhari

PML-N representative Uzma Bokhari defended the federal government’s performance over the past four-and-a-half years, stating that sincere attempts had been made to end the load shedding menace in the country.  “I’m very proud to say that we were able to live up to the claims we made about ending load shedding,” she said on SAMAA…

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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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Bus drivers taking Karachiites for a ride with increased fare

KARACHI: Commuters are being cheated into paying more by bus and coach drivers. The transport association and regional transport authority are not supporting this price increase. Bus and coach drivers are providing passengers with fake lists to justify the fare hike. Petrol prices were increased by Rs3.56 per liter last month. Prices have been rising…

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Will force Nawaz to quit politics, says Zardari at ZAB’s anniversary

LARKANA: Former president Asif Zardari has ruled out possibility of negotiations with PML-N and said the Nawaz-led party has ‘stabbed PPP in the back with the help of establishment’. “We will not let you form the next government in Punjab,” Zardari said. “The PPP can form a coalition government with any party but not with…

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Govt slashes petrol, diesel prices by Rs2 per litre

ISLAMABAD: The government has reduced the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs2.07 and Rs2.00 per litre respectively for the month of April 2018. It has maintained the prices of kerosene oil and LDO at the same level as in the month of March. According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Finance, prices of…

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Slash petrol price Rs 5, oil authority tells government

KARACHI: The government has been recommended to cut petrol price by more than Rs. 5.00 per litre. Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority forwarded its summary to federal government in which they recommended a cut of Rs. 5.26 per litre in petrol price. The regulation body has suggested the government to increase the per litre cost…

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PML-N dissidents, independents branch off into new Balochistan party

BY: Roohan Ahmed QUETTA: PML-N dissidents and independent lawmakers have formed the Balochistan Awami Party—in an apparent move to engineer the province’s political landscape. “The BAP will protect the constitutional rights of Balochistan and emerge as a strong partner of the federation,” said PML-Q’s Saeed Hashmi. “There will be no compromise on the economic and…

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Rabbani, Imam, Ishrat under consideration for caretaker PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah discussed potential candidates for the slot of Prime Minister in a caretaker set-up on Tuesday. According to sources, the premier telephoned Shah from the US to discuss the matter. The two have agreed to hold a meeting soon to finalize…

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Khadim Rizvi ‘reportedly corrupt’, capable of instigating youth: ISI report

  By Roohan Ahmed ISLAMABAD: Firebrand Tehreek-e-Labbaik leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi has the ability to instigate and mobilize the youth for any religious cause, said the country’s premier intelligence agency in its report. The report prepared by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was submitted in the Supreme Court on Faizabad sit-in. In November last year, Rizvi…

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Ahsan Iqbal announces Rs 1 billion fund for young entrepreneurs

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal announced on Friday that a Rs 1 billion fund would be provided by the government to encourage young entrepreneurs. Ahsan Iqbal made the announcement on social media in which he shared pictures of a meeting he chaired to review the launch of Start Up Pakistan Venture Capital Fund to promote…

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Video: Imran Khan criticizes government over privatizing institutions

PTI Chairman Imran Khan criticized the federal government over privatizing state institutions. He was speaking upon his arrival in Karachi.

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CJP takes suo moto notice over provincial govt’s advertisements

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar Wednesday took a suo moto notice of media advertisements by the government of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh. He directed information secretaries of the three provincial governments to submit the record of awarding advertisements to print and electronic media within a week and also asked the…

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Saudi king sacks chief of staff in major military shake-up

Riyadh: Saudi King Salman has sacked the military chief of staff and a host of other commanders in a major shake-up, state media said Monday citing a series of royal decrees. “Termination of the services of General Abdul Rahman bin Saleh al-Bunyan, Chief of Staff,” the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said, adding that Fayyad…

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Imran: Govt failed to counter Indian narrative against Pakistan

NEWS DESK: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan launched yet another tirade against former PM Nawaz Sharif’s party, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), on Twitter, blaming the government for failing to “counter the Indian narrative against Pakistan”. He wrote: “Shocking how PMLN govt has failed to counter the Indian narrative against Pak in the…

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Cabinet directs provincial govts to ensure payments to sugarcane farmers

ISLAMABAD:The federal cabinet Tuesday discussed issues of sugarcane growers and directed the provincial governments to fulfill their responsibility towards ensuring prompt payments at notified rates to the farmers by the sugar mills immediately. The meeting of the cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the Prime Minister’s Office, a press release said….

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Second JIT formed to investigate Shahid Masood’s claim

ISLAMABAD: A three-member committee was set up to investigate TV anchor Dr Shahid Masood’s claims that Imran Ali, the prime suspect of Zainab murder case, was a member an international child pornography ring. Masood also alleged that Imran Ali had 37 local and foreign bank accounts, a claim which was dismissed by the State Bank…

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Jan Achakzai quits PML-N

ISLAMABAD: PML-N leader and former advisor to Balochistan Government Jan Achakzai resigned from the ruling party citing negligence of party leadership for Balochistan’s issues. In a statement here on Monday, Achakzai said: “due to lack of pro-attitude of the central party leadership, PML-N Balochistan government was dislodged.” “Had party intervened earlier, no confidence move against…

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Factbox: Impact of the U.S. government shutdown

WASHINGTON: U.S. lawmakers struggled on Sunday to reach a breakthrough during the second day of a government shutdown. If Republicans and Democrats are unable to resolve their differences, federal agencies could remain partially closed when the work week begins on Monday. During shutdowns, non-essential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. Workers…

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Pir Sialvi warns govt to enforce Shariah in seven days

NEWS DESK: Pir Hameeduddin Sialvi has given the government an ultimatum: enforce Shariah within seven days otherwise face countrywide protests. He was addressing a Khatm-e-Nabuwat Conference in Lahore, the third protest rally of its kind in the last two months after two other held in Faisalabad and Gujranwala. The octogenarian Pir from Sial Sharif warned that…

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Pir Sialvi on way to Lahore: Punjab govt faces yet another crisis?

LAHORE: Pir Hameed ud Din Sialvi is to address a rally at Data Shrine in Lahore to renew his demand for the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. Sialvi is leading a caravan of hundreds of devotees from his hometown to Lahore. He will be joined by the leadership of Pakistani Sunni Tehreek and…

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Venezuela government, opposition conclude talks without agreement

FILE PHOTO: Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Dominican Republic’s President Danilo Medina and Chancellor Miguel Vargas attend Venezuelan government and opposition meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic December 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas SANTO DOMINGO: Members of Venezuela’s leftist government and opposition leaders concluded a round of talks in the Dominican Republic on…

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