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Ahsan Iqbal credits govt for ending load shedding–and the lights go out

Hardly a few seconds had passed after the interior minister credited the government for ending load shedding when the lights went out, creating an embarrassing situation for Ahsan Iqbal.  “The government has added 10,000mw to the national grid,” he said to attendees at an event. “In the 66 years of Pakistan’s history, only 1800mw were…

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PML-N members unhappy with Nawaz’s statements

Party members complained to Shehbaz Sharif in PML-N’s parliamentary meeting on Thursday. Members were unhappy with Nawaz’s statement on Mumbai attacks. On May 12, Nawaz Sharif gave an interview to Dawn newspaper in which he said that: “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill…

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Ahsan Iqbal attends first event after assassination attempt

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal attended his first official event since he was attacked by a gunman in Narowal several days ago.  The interior minister was addressing attendees at the passing-out parade of the Counter-Terrorism Force (CTD) in Islamabad. “Our hospitals and places of worship were not safe from terrorism,” he said. “After 2013 the government…

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Blacklisted no more: US diplomat involved in fatal traffic accident leaves Pakistan

Reported by: Noor-ul-Ameen US military attaché Col Joseph Emanuel Hall’s has left for Afghanista after his name was taken out from the blacklist. According to sources, Col Joseph Emanuel has left for Afghanistan in a special plane from Nur Khan airbase on Monday evening. He will leave for US from Afghanistan. Sources said the military…

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Less than two weeks after its opening, new Islamabad airport falls prey to neglect

Reported by: Shahzad Ali It hasn’t been even two weeks since the new Islamabad airport was opened for air travel and it has already fallen prey to neglect.  The shiny floor of the airport was littered with trash and food items with no one around to clean the mess. The bathrooms of the new airport…

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US diplomat involved in fatal traffic accident barred from leaving Pakistan

Pakistani authorities have barred a U.S. diplomat involved in a fatal traffic accident from leaving the country, forcing an American military aircraft flown in for his departure to leave without him. On April 7, US Defence and Air Attaché Col Joseph Emanuel Hall broke the traffic rules and bumped his vehicle into a motorbike, killing…

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If holding someone accountable is a crime, it will continue to happen: NAB chairman

Stolen wealth of the country will be brought back and those who think they will be able to escape need to understand that this is their misunderstanding, said the chairman of NAB.  “If holding someone accountable is a crime, then this crime will continue to happen,” he said. “We will single out those who are…

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Weeklong Spring Festival begins at Lok Virsa

A week-long Spring Festival started here at National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) organized by National Cultural Development Forum (NCDF) in collaboration with Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and National Press Club (NPC), Islamabad.  The event was started with colourful cultural show at Open Air Theatre of Lok Virsa. A popular…

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Guard thwarts NAB officer’s attempt to steal important documents

A guard stopped a NAB officer from stealing important documents from the bureau’s headquarters in Islamabad, on Monday.  According to the bureau’s spokesperson, NAB chairman has ordered an inquiry against the officer who had attempted to steal the documents. “The chairman NAB has awarded the guard who caught the officer with Rs 10,000,” said the…

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Afghan forces say foil attacks on government building, hospital

Afghan security forces arrested seven suspected militants who were planning to attack a government-run hospital and an interior ministry office in the capital Kabul on Thursday, officials said. The arrests come two days after twin blasts near government buildings in Kabul killed at least 26 people including nine journalists. Hundreds of people have been killed…

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PTI’s women wing organises protest against Rana Sanaullah

Members of PTI’s women wing organised a protest against Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah at the National Press Club in Islamabad on Wednesday, calling for the minister’s resignation in light of his controversial remarks.  Holding banners and placards condemning the law minister, members of PTI’s women wing shouted slogans outside the National Press Club. “Vote…

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Islamabad-bound PIA flight made to land at Lahore

An Islamabad-bound Pakistan International Airlines flight was made to land in Lahore. PIA flight PK-300 departed from Karachi’s Jinnah Airport at 7:30 am after a delay of 30 minutes. Many politicians including Pakistan People’s Party Senator Krishna Kumari were in the flight. PIA administration stated that the flight was made to land at Lahore due…

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PTI’s Murad Saeed loses temper during budget speech

The young PTI lawmaker, Murad Saeed who is known for his short temper, has once again lost his cool during the budget session on Friday. The footage shows him attempting to aggressively reach the PML-N MNA Abid Sher Ali. However, PTI MNAs Arif Alvi and Ali Muhammad Khan stopped the lawmaker from getting physical with…

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Will not compromise on sanctity of vote: Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that he would not compromise on the sanctity of vote and urged PML-N workers to do the same.  “In Pakistan, a prime minister has yet to finish his full term,” he said while speaking to party workers. “I will not compromise on the sanctity of the vote.” Nawaz…

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Imran cuts short Lahore visit to get ‘big wicket’

ISLAMABAD: PTI chairman Imran Khan has suspended his planned political engagements in Lahore and left for Islamabad to get what he called a big wicket. He was in Lahore to open the second phase of PTI’s membership drive from the Data shrine. “God willing, a big wicket is going to fall and for this I…

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Khursheed Shah recommends Rabbani, Babar for caretaker PM

ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader Khursheed Shah has advised PPP leadership to name former Senate chairman Raza Rabbani and Farhatullah Babar as party’s candidate for the post of caretaker Prime Minister. The caretaker set up will be installed after the tenure of incumbent government ends on May 31. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Khursheed Shah both…

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The beauty of our institution is that it will not accept pressure: CJ

LAHORE: “Why is there talk of martial law? The country is running democratically and according to the rule of law, ” says Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. In his address at Aiwan-e-Iqbal, the chief justice said that the 17 judges of the Supreme Court would not remain in office if a coup took place. He…

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NA committee approves bill for drug testing in Islamabad’s educational institutes

Reported by: Faizan Khan ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly approved a bill that seeks to introduce drug tests in the federal capital’s schools and colleges in a move to curtail widespread abuse of drugs in educational institutes. Two bills were approved by the Standing Committee on Cabinet related to the abuse of drugs. PPP’s Shahida Rehmani…

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Islamabad’s new airport to open on May 3, official says

ISLAMABAD: A long-delayed new international airport for Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, is set to open on May 3, a civil aviation official said on Wednesday during an advance tour of the facility. The new facility will replace cramped Benazir Bhutto International Airport, voted the worst airport in the world in 2014 by the “Guide to Sleeping…

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Pakistan elected to two key UN bodies

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan was elected to two important United Nations’ panels on Monday, a feat that Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said was a recognition of Islamabad’s positive contribution to the work of the world body. The panels are: the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the UNICEF Executive Board.  The elections took place at a…

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We knew about consequences if action had been taken against Musharraf: Pervaiz Rashid

We knew there would be consequences if action had been taken against former president General (r) Musharraf, said Pervaiz Rashid.  Speaking exclusively to SAMAA TV, Rashid said that the government could not even send a medical board the hospital where Musharraf was kept. He said that the government was not able to take Musharraf to…

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