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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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Pakistan gets its first ever school for transgender persons

LAHORE: Pakistan’s first of its kind school for transgender has begun classes in Lahore. The Gender Guardian school has been opened in the Defence Housing Authority in collaboration with an NGO, Exploring Future Foundation. The NGO says Lahore has a population of about 30,000 transgender persons. The school offers education from primary to higher secondary…

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Maryam Nawaz calls for release of arrested PTM leaders

LONDON: Maryam Nawaz Sharif demanded the law enforcement agencies to release the arrested Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement leaders. Punjab Police arrested PTM leaders Ali Wazir, Bilawal Mandokhel, Muzammil and Ismat Shahjahan ahead of their rally in Lahore. They had reached Lahore for a rally scheduled on Sunday. “Our Pashtun brothers should be released and they should…

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PTM denied permission for Lahore rally

LAHORE: The administration has refused to grant permission to Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement for its public gathering at Lahore’s Mochi Gate on Sunday. The PTM’s request for holding a rally in Lahore on April 22 was rejected due to “prevailing security circumstances”, according to a letter obtained by SAMAA. Ali Wazir, a member of PTM, in…

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Saad Rafique eyes foreign investment for Pakistan Railways

Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said that foreign investment would have to be secured to increase Pakistan Railways’ revenue.  “We have no control over pensions and salaries,” he said. “Every year pensions and salaries of employees are increased.” The federal minister was speaking during the inauguration ceremony of new coaches into the Khyber…

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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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NAB initiates action against Eden Housing project

LAHORE: Director General National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore Shehzad Saleem has taken cognizance of Eden Housing Projects scam affectees. According to NAB spokesman, DG NAB Lahore vowed that only merit would prevail and all affectees would be provided justice. He ordered for initiating full-fledged criminal proceedings against the Eden administration, followed by publishing of ads…

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Imran threatens to expose MPAs of other parties involved in horse-trading

LAHORE: Will expose MPAs from other parties who sold their votes in the recent Senate elections, says PTI chief Imran Khan.  “We have a list of MPAs from other parties who sold their votes,” said Imran Khan during a press conference. “If these parties do not take action against their MPAs, we will expose their…

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Mother, son killed in Lahore house fire

Reporting by: Arshad Virk LAHORE: A woman and her three-year old son were killed as a fire erupted inside their house on Monday evening. People said that stove was burning when food was being cooked in the house located at Lahore’s factory area. The exact reason of the blaze is unknown. The residents tried to…

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Shots fired at Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan’s house in Lahore

Reported by; Zulqarnain Iqbal LAHORE: Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan’s house came under attack as multiple gunshots were fired at his residence two times.  Gunshots were fired twice at Justice Ijaz’s house–once during the previous night and again on Sunday morning. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar arrived at Justice Ijaz’s house and summoned IG Punjab there. The chief…

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From Lahore to KSA: Cyclist aims to promote soft image of Pakistan

  Reported by Mehar Imran MULTAN: Mohammad Irfan aims to promote a soft image of Pakistan by cycling all the way to Saudi Arabia–where he will perform Hajj.  Clad in a green shirt with Pakistan written all over it and on a cycle decorated with the country’s flag, Mohammad Irfan is all set to promote…

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Politicians have feelings too, they deserve to be respected: Saad Rafique

LAHORE: Politicians have feelings and they deserve respect as well, said Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday, after attending a hearing at the apex court.  “I am very disheartened today–politicians have feelings too and they deserve to be respected as well,” he said while speaking to media. The chief justice had taken…

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Killed on campus: Lahore students, rights activists remember Mashal Khan

LAHORE: Students and members of various human rights groups gathered in front of the Lahore press club on Friday to commemorate one year since Mashal Khan, a student at the Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, was brutally lynched by his fellow students on false charges of blasphemy. Carrying placards with the messages ‘Killed on…

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TLYR ends sit-ins after successful talks with government

LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) called off their nationwide sit-ins late Thursday night after successful talks with the Punjab government. “Federal and provincial governments have agreed to implement Faizabad agreement,” group’s chairman Pir Afzal Qadri said. “They will make public Raja Zafarul Haq committee’s report and Rana Sanaullah will appear before the clerics.” The government…

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TLYR takes over major Lahore roads 

LAHORE: A group that shut down Islamabad-Rawalpindi a year ago has renewed its protest, this time in Lahore, where it has started sit-ins at major roads. Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) have spread to what they claim are more than 80 places in the city. This is a continuation of their dharna last year over…

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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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Post-mortem: Punjab big on roads, small on hospitals

Punjab has been so focused on building roads that it forgot about hospitals. “Health has never been a priority,” said SAMAA’s Lahore bureau chief Ahmad Waleed. “The Orange Line and Metro projects got more attention and funds.” He was speaking during a special government post-mortem broadcast on Monday. The PML-N government set up 20 new…

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PCB to test fitness before England tour  

LAHORE: The fitness test of Pakistan team for the tour of England and Ireland will begin from Monday. The Pakistan Cricket Board’s selection committee has called 25 players for the two-day test. The cricketers arrived at Lahore’s National Cricket Academy on Sunday. Players will be fined in case of failure. Pakistan will play two Tests…

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Religious party sit-in protest in Lahore enters 6th day

LAHORE: The sit-in protest organised by religious parties entered its sixth day causing difficulties for residents to reach their houses.  The sit-in protest is being held outside Data Darbar. Surrounding areas and routes have been blocked by road barriers, creating difficulties for residents to reach their homes. Traffic was adversely affected in Bilal Ganj, Outfall…

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Lahore woman electrocuted; police suspect husband’s involvement

Forty-year-old Nasreen Bibi was electrocuted and killed by her family members near Lahore, said the police Police officials suspect the involvement of her husband. The woman’s children deny she was intentionally killed. According to them, it was an accident. Police said the body will be handed over to the relatives after medico-legal formalities. Investigations are…

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Five die of suffocation in Lahore building fire

At least five people lost their lives in a fire that overnight erupted in a building located in Barkat Market, Lahore Tuesday. The blaze was caused by short circuit in the basement of the building where a cafeteria is located. The fire soon engulfed the ground floor. There are offices and residential flats on upper…

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