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Cartoonist Sabir Nazir’s take on the government increasing power tariffs

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Government will not be increasing electricity prices as yet

Price has to be increased by Rs1.5 per unit

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Government to build cancer hospital in Balochistan

An effective local govt system will be introduced in Balochistan

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Cartoon — Sabir Nazar

Cartoonist Sabir Nazar’s take on the government appointing the Public Accounts Committee chief from the treasury

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The opposition has decided who should be on the committee to investigate rigging

It has sent 10 names to the government, including Khursheed Shah, Ahsan Iqbal and Rana Sanaullah

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Not so fast on the Islamic welfare state promise

News is floating around that the incoming new PTI government will, in the next few weeks, take loans from the IMF to shore up the weakening Pakistan economy. The number being thrown around is $12 billion to $15 billion. Question: Will the new Pakistani government be able to fulfill its promise to make Pakistan an…

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Ready to play constructive role between Iran, Saudi: Imran Khan

Prime Minister in waiting Imran Khan has told the Iranian envoy that Pakistan was ‘ready to play a constructive and positive role between Iran and Saudi Arabia’. Saudi Arabia and Iran, arch-rivals since the 1979 Iranian revolution, are believed to have been supporting rival groups in Syria and Iraq. Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost on Saturday…

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Won’t disappoint Imran Khan and follow PTI’s model of opposition: Rana Sanaullah

PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah said on Thursday that a few of his supporters were beaten and told to disappear before the July 25 elections. “The election results weren’t demoralizing at all as everyone knows what happened and how the pre-poll rigging was done,” Sanaullah said. “It was aimed at sidelining a political party and a…

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Turkey sacks 18,500 state employees, including policemen, soldiers and teachers

Turkish authorities ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees including police officers, soldiers and academics, in a decree published on Sunday. The Official Gazette said 18,632 people had been sacked including 8,998 police officers in the emergency decree over suspected links to terror organisations and groups that “act against national security”. Some 3,077…

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Saleem Baig appointed new PEMRA chairperson

The caretaker government has appointed Saleem Baig as the new chairperson of Pakistan’s electronic media watchdog. Saleem Baig, an officer of the the information service had been serving as the federal government’s principal information officer. According to Radio Pakistan, the information ministry issued a notification regarding Mr Baig’s appointment as chairperson of Pemra after getting…

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Post-mortem: A look at Balochistan govt’s performance

Balochistan province has seen three Chief Ministers in last five years and at least of 3,111 development projects were inaugurated in their combined tenures. How many projects were completed? – Watch this report

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‘Gen Zaheer should tell people whether he was behind PTI sit-in or not’

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said former DG ISI Gen Zaheer-ul-Islam will have to tell the people whether he was behind PTI’s sit-in or not. He called for formation of a Truth and Reconciliation commission to dig out the facts about PTI’s 2014 sit-in. “The people need to know what happened during PTI’s 2014 sit-in,”…

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Female boxers seek govt help, cooperation

Female boxers spoke about the problems they are facing in the society and the failure of the government in supporting them. Boxer Najma lamented on the athletes not getting any support from the government. “The government does not support us,” she said. “Boxers have to bear the taunts of the society.” “We request the Punjab…

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Bilawal promises to make S Punjab separate province if PPP forms next govt

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has promised to make South Punjab a new province after winning the next elections. “We will make South Punjab a separate province if the PPP forms the next government,” said Bilawal. “Nobody supported us when we raised voice for South Punjab.” “Imran Khan didn’t talk about South Punjab even for…

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People’s thumb, not umpire’s finger will rule in next elections, says Nawaz

Former PM Nawaz Sharif has described the forthcoming elections as referendum and said the people’s thumb will rule the next elections and not the umpire’s finger. “We will bring revolution in the country,” Nawaz said, while addressing a party rally in Jehlum on Monday. “Pakistan will become the Asian tiger.” The ousted PM lashed out…

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Panic brings Bahria Town rates down—closer to pre-bubble prices

If there was a “plot”, it certainly worked. A day after the Supreme Court banned buying and selling in Bahria Town Karachi, the real estate bubble seems to have deflated. “The market rate of [the smallest]125-sq yard plot was around Rs2.5 million a week ago and has come down to its original rate of Rs1.7…

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Taliban fighters seize district in northern Afghanistan

Taliban fighters seized a district in Afghanistan’s remote northern province of Badakhshan after several days of fierce fighting, officials said on Friday, as the insurgents pushed forward their annual spring offensive launched last month. Fighting across Afghanistan has picked up in recent weeks with the return of warmer weather, putting government forces under pressure in…

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Govt had nothing to do with NAB action against Dr Asim, Sharif tells Zardari

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the federal government had nothing to do with the NAB action against Dr Asim Hussain and other PPP leaders. “Zardari sahib should avoid mudslinging and refrain from distorting the history,” Sharif said on Tuesday. The former President had said on May 30 that Nawaz Sharif shook hands…

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Imran lashes out at Trump for ignoring Pakistan’s sacrifices in Economist interview

PTI chairman Imran Khan has lashed out at US President Donald Trump for ignoring Pakistan’s sacrifices in the “war against terror”. “Donald Trump doesn’t have a proper understanding of Pakistan, especially the whole Pak-Afghan situation as it has evolved since 1979,” said Khan in a podcast interview with the Economist magazine April 26. “It’s a…

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Imran Khan to skip budget session

ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan said he would not attend the budget session being held this Friday. The chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has said that the outgoing federal government does not have the mandate to announce the budget for the whole fiscal year. He has directed parliamentarians Asad Umar and Shah Mehmood Qureshi to protest during the…

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