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Missing peace activist Raza Mehmood Khan returns home, friends say

A peace activist who disappeared last year has returned to his home in the eastern province of Punjab, his friends said on Friday. Raza Mehmood Khan, 40, a member of the Aghaz-i-Dosti (Start of Friendship) group that works to build peace with arch-rival India, had not been heard from since Dec.2. His family had filed…

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Shaheen Air passengers stranded at Chinese airport for 18 hours

Passengers travelling to Lahore from China’s Guangzhou airport were stranded on Friday for over 18 hours after their Shaheen Air flight was delayed. Passengers said the airline staff was not answering questions about when the flight would take off. There were 300 passengers who were stranded at the airport, including women, children and students. They…

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Court grants Abid Boxer interim bail till Aug 4

Former Punjab police inspector Abid Hussain Qureshi, also known as Abid Boxer, has been granted interim bail in all cases against him till August 4. He is wanted in multiple cases of murder and attempted murder. Abid appeared before the sessions court in Lahore on Friday. Accepting his bail plea, the court ordered him to…

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Who is Abid Boxer?

Abid Boxer, whose real name is Abid Hussain Qureshi, is wanted in over a dozen cases of murder, attempted murder and land-grabbing. In February, the media reported that Abid was arrested in the UAE after a red warrant was issued for him and he was brought back to Pakistan with the help of Interpol. However,…

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Govt allows Chinese firm to convert trash into electricity

For the first time in Pakistan, the government has issued licence to a Chines company for power generation from municipal solid waste, SAMAA reported Monday. The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority has issued the licence to Lahore Xingzhong Renewable Energy Company (Private) Limited. The company will establish a 40 MW waste to energy based power…

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The drug regulatory authority is recalling heart medication that could cause cancer

The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has stopped nine companies from producing and distributing a drug used to control blood pressure and prevent heart failure because it may cause cancer. The authority says the drug, valsartan, has chemicals that may cause cancer and has also recalled it from markets. The move comes after the United…

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Nawaz Sharif’s homecoming ends up with his arrest

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were arrested by NAB on their return to Pakistan on Friday. Both have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms in Avenfield reference case involving the purchase of luxury London flats. Uniformed men escorted Sharif and Maryam from the airplane soon after it landed at Lahore. They…

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Nawaz, Maryam shifted to Adiala Jail

The caretaker government’s information minister announced on July 12 that Mr Sharif and his daughter will be arrested at the airport

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Exclusive video: Nawaz Sharif waives before boarding Islamabad plane

Former PM Nawaz Sharif was seen waiving at media persons before board Islamabad-bound plane. Mr. Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz are to be shifted to Islamabad’s Sihala rest house that has been declared as sub-jail. They were arrested at the Lahore airport upon their arrival from London.  

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We have already won the battle: PML-N’s Mushahid Hussain

“We are going to Lahore at all costs. Our morale is high,” said PML-N’s Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed while speaking to SAMAA’s reporter. “Authorities have closed down the entire city of Lahore out of fear, so we have morally won,” he said. The authorities locked down parts of Lahore to bar the PML-N supporters from…

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We don’t intend to storm Lahore airport, create a law and order situation: PML-N’s Saad Rafique

PML-N leader Saad Rafique said that PML-N party workers were peacefully heading towards the Lahore airport to welcome former PM Nawaz Sharif. “We will express solidarity with our Quaid in a democratic manner,” Mr. Rafique told SAMAA. “We don’t intend to storm the airport and create a law and order situation.” Related story: Nawaz Sharif…

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Video: Lahore police fire tear gas at protesters near Ferozewala

Police in Lahore’s Ferozewala area fired tear-gas shells at protesting PML-N workers who attempted to head to the airport on Friday to greet Nawaz Sharif.  Clashes were reported in different cities in Punjab from where convoys were leaving for Lahore. Related story: Nawaz Sharif arrested — 3 time PM, 2nd time jail The authorities locked…

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Lahore Metro bus service suspended

Authorities locked down parts of Lahore to bar supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz from heading to the airport to welcome former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam upon their return from London. Thousands of policemen have been deployed in Lahore and shipping containers placed along main roads to block protesters from moving towards…

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I’m not afraid of NAB, Nawaz tells reporters on the plane

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has said that he is not afraid of the National Accountability Bureau’s teams that are deployed at the Lahore airport to arrest him. “They have turned Pakistan into a battleground and have sealed the roads,” he said. Related story: Nawaz Sharif arrested — 3 time PM, 2nd time jail “What…

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Imran Khan ‘quietly confident’ he will be PM

“What Pakistan has to do is follow China’s example where they lift people out of poverty,” Imran Khan said

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Police prepare to block the motorway in Lahore

The motorway police has come up with two plans for the arrival for Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz’s arrival in Lahore. Party workers are attempting to reach Lahore to hold a rally in their support. As per Plan A, the motorway will remain open and according to Plan B, the motorway will be closed in…

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Lahore’s rain not likely to affect flight schedule

The rain that hit Lahore on Friday, July 13, is not likely to affect the flight schedule, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department. Lahore was on lockdown on Friday, with thousands of policemen and Rangers deployed for the arrival of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz. For the second consecutive day,…

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NAB deploys teams to arrest Nawaz, Maryam at Islamabad, Lahore airports

The National Accountability Bureau has finalized its strategy to arrest former PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz upon their arrival from London at the Lahore airport. The NAB has sent two helicopters to Lahore airport to shift the former PM and his daughter to Islamabad or Rawalpindi. Two teams of the NAB would…

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Won’t let Nawaz become a hero, says Khan

PTI chairman Imran Khan said he will not let former prime minister Nawaz Sharif become a hero. He was speaking with his party leaders at his Bani Gala residence on Thursday. Khan advised his party workers to observe patience on Nawaz Sharif’s arrival and told them to avoid confrontation. Former PM Nawaz Sharif and his…

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Protests break out in Lahore as interim govt steps up crackdown against PML-N

PML-N activists gathered outside the Shafiqabad police station, shouted slogans against the administration and burned tyres

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Parents forgive PML-N leader’s guard who ‘accidentally’ shot their son

The parents of a nine-year-old boy who was shot by a PML-N leader’s armed bodyguard have forgiven the man. Nine-year-old Mazhar was shot by PML-N candidate Aslam Bhatti’s bodyguard at a corner meeting on Tuesday night in Kot Lakhpat area of Lahore. The meeting was held at Bhatti’s office in NA-133. The guard’s gun accidentally…

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