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Regulatory duty imposed on 731 items including consumer goods

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Finance passed a notification on Tuesday, announcing the imposition of regulatory duty on 731 items most of which were consumer goods.  Duty was imposed on imported chicken, meat, fish and dairy products. Duty was also imposed on fruits such as mangoes, guavas, avicados and pineapples. Duty was also imposed on toothbrushes,…

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Disqualification case: SC says there is discrepancy in Imran’s signatures

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan said on Tuesday that there was discrepancy in PTI chief Imran Khan’s signatures in his letters to Jemima Khan.  A hearing of the Imran Khan disqualification case, Imran’s lawyer Naeem Bokhari said that the cricketer-turned-politician received 40,000 pounds on May 17, 2004. He said that Imran Khan had received…

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Pakistan elected to UN Human Rights Council, polling 151 votes

NEW YORK: Pakistan on Monday won a key election by securing a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council when the General Assembly elected 15 countries to serve on the 47-member body. “This victory is a ringing endorsement of Pakistan’s strong commitment to human rights,” an elated Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the…

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Told USA clearly; you provide intelligence, our army will conduct operations: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday that he had conveyed to the United States that they can provide the intelligence but only Pakistan Army will conduct operations against militants. In his interview with Nadeem Malik Live, Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan Army had the capability to conduct successful operations across the country on…

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Video: Imran Khan’s fresh tirade against Nawaz, Zardari

Speaking at his party’s Workers Convention in Islamabad, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday lashed out at former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari over corruption, saying that “looters after stealing money appear before court as if they have conquered Kashmir.” Watch his views…

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Imran fires shots at Zardari in Peshawar rally–promises PTI will sweep elections

PESHAWAR: PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Friday warned former president Asif Ali Zardari, saying that he was about to come to Sindh to hold him accountable and claimed that his party would sweep the next elections in 2018.  Addressing a huge public rally, the cricketer-turned-politician slammed his political rivals one by one. As Imran usually…

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Purpose of Ahsan Iqbal’s ‘drama’ was to leave NAB judge unprotected: Imran

ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Friday slammed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and PML-N workers for the ruckus that was created at accountability court earlier during the day.  In a series of tweets, the PTI chief lambasted PML-N workers and held them responsible for purposefully delaying proceedings of the case so that charges could…

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Watch: Captain Safdar’s innocent opinion on NAB court incident

Chaos and racket by lawyers and supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz forced the Accountability Court in Islamabad to postpone indictment of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar in a graft case on Friday. Safdar is being seen behind the incident, which opposition dubbed as ‘attack on judiciary’. Watch…

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Watch: PML-N lawyer slaps police officer in Islamabad court racket

Chaos and racket by lawyers and supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz forced the Accountability Court in Islamabad to postpone indictment of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar in a graft case on Friday. Watch scenes from the court…

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Video: Women lawyers say they were tortured at Accountability Court

During the scuffle between PML-N lawyers and security officials at Islamabad Accountability Court on Friday, a couple of lawyers were injured during their attempt to enter the court. Some women law practitioners claimed that they were also tortured and baton-charged by police. Watch viewpoint of a female lawyer…

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Nisar vs Asif: Former interior minister slams FM’s statement

Watch how Chaudhry Nisar slams a statement by Khawaja Asif on conducting a joint operation with American forces against Haqqani group in Pakistan.

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Nisar hits out at FM over joint operation suggestion

ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan lashed out at Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday over the latter’s suggestion of a joint operation with US forces against the Haqqani group in Pakistan.  “Sovereign nations never allow other countries to conduct operations inside their territory,” he said during a press conference. “Our own forces…

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Pakistan Army successfully rescues five foreign hostages

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army recovered five Western hostages including one Canadian, his US national wife and their three children from terrorist’s custody through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistani troops. According to a statement by the ISPR, the hostages were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan during 2012 and kept as hostages there. US intelligence agencies had been…

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Confrontation with judiciary not in Nawaz’s interest: Chaudhry Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday that a confrontation with the country’s judiciary was not in Nawaz Sharif’s interest.  During a press conference in Taxila, Nisar said that courts in the country were giving correct decisions. He urged former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to take notice of statements that were…

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Ishaq Dar appears in Accountability Court; trial underway

ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court Thursday resumed hearing of case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar pertaining to possession of assets beyond his known sources of income. Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir picked up the reference against Ishaq Dar filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in compliance of Supreme Court orders in Panama papers case judgment. For…

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ECP dismisses Milli Muslim League’s request to register as political party

By SAMAA staff ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s electoral body on Wednesday dismissed a request from the newly-launched Milli Muslim League (MML) to be registered as a political party. A four member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner, in a short order, said that the process of registration of MML as political party could not be completed without…

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Capt. Safdar demands ban on induction of Qadiyanis in armed forces

ISLAMABAD: Senior PML-N leader, Captain (r) Safdar on Tuesday demanded a ban be placed on the induction of Qadiyanis in the armed forces and key posts.  In his address to the National Assembly, Captain (r) Safdar lashed out at the Qadiyani sect, stating that the division was clear; on one side was heaven and on…

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Pakistan Army hands over Indian national who had crossed border ‘inadvertently’

RAWALPINDI: Security forces on Tuesday returned an Indian who had ‘inadvertently’ crossed over into Pakistani territory, back to Indian Occupied Kashmir.   “As a gesture of goodwill and in continuation of Pakistan Army’s efforts to maintain peace and tranquility along Line of Control (LOC), Mst Azmat Jan w/o Muhammad Shakeel r/o Degwar Maldialan (IOK), who inadvertently…

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PIA incurs losses well over Rs 146 billion in last four years

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has incurred losses over Rs 146 billion over the last four years, according to a statement by the Minister in Charge of the Aviation Division.  The details were shared during a session of the National Assembly in response to a question put forth by MNA Shahida Rehmani. According to the figures…

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Sheikh Rashid vows to unveil PM Abbasi’s corruption in Pak-Qatar LNG deal

ISLAMABAD: Awami Muslim Leagued (AML) chief, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, on Tuesday vowed to unveil documents of Pak-Qatar LNG import contract, accusing Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of being involved in the ‘scandal’. “I have acquired from three countries the documents of Pakistan’s 15-year deal with Qatar for import of LNG. These documents are in my…

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If enemy ever resorts to misadventure, it will pay ‘unbearable cost’: COAS

COASRAWALPINDI: Chief Of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa warned enemies on Monday that if they ever indulge in any misadventure of sort, they would have to pay an ‘unbearable cost’. General Qamar Javed Bajwa was speaking at the passing out Graduation Ceremony being held at PAF Academy. “Pakistan is a peace-loving country and wants…

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