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K-Electric responsible for load shedding crisis in Karachi: Shehbaz

KARACHI: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif did not mince his words when he blamed K-Electric for the electricity crisis in the city.  “K-Electric is responsible for the load shedding crisis in Karachi,” he said during his speech in Bahadurabad where he was joined by MQM-P leaders Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Khawaja Izhar. Shehbaz Sharif said…

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Nawaz concerned over ‘curbs on freedom of media and speech’

LONDON: Curbs on freedom of media and speech in Pakistan are source of concern, said former PM Nawaz Sharif. “You can’t air some of the things that I am going to say,” said PML-N chief. “This did not even happen in martial laws.” He was referring to a Lahore High Court’s decision, directing electronic media…

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Heatwave risk looms despite unseasonable snowfall

KARACHI: The Met Office says there is still the risk of heatwave in different parts of the country during May despite unseasonable snowfall in northern areas. On Friday, Neelum valley of Azad Kashmir, Kalam valley of Swat, parts of FATA, Chitral, KP and upper Punjab received moderate snowfall in an otherwise warm April. Forecasting expert…

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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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Sindh Games 2018: Athletes attempt dangerous jumps–only to land on low quality mattresses

A video has been doing the rounds on social media in which athletes taking part in the Sindh Games 2018 can be seen attempting a dangerous jump over the net–only to land on low quality mattresses.  With a budget of Rs 40m, one would certainly expect organisers to arrange better mattresses that would ensure safety…

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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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Amir Khan returns to the ring after two years to face Lo Greco today

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan will return to the ring after a hiatus of two years when he takes on Phil Lo Greco at The Echo Arena today (Saturday).  With a new trainer in his camp, the 31-year-old boxer vows to put up an electrifying performance. “You are going to expect to see an electrifying Amir Khan,”…

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Motorcycle Girl takes you on a journey of self discovery

By: Omair Alavi Every now and then comes a film that connects with the audience so well that they don’t feel like watching a film but an adventure. Adnan Sarwar’s Motorcycle Girl is one such film that keeps you engaged from the first scene till the climax. It is not only about a girl who…

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Pakistan for boosting efforts to achieve UN energy goal 

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has underscored the need for stepped up efforts towards implementing the United Nations’ 2030 development agenda that, among other objectives, places high priority on ensuring access to affordable energy for all.  “We all know that energy is central to the achievement of both the development agenda and the Paris agreement on climate…

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Sohai Abro’s ‘Motorcycle Girl’ premieres in Karachi

The star-studded premiere of Motorcycle Girl starring Sohai Ali Abro in the lead role was held in Karachi on Thursday night at Nueplex Cinemas.  A host of Pakistani stars from the showbiz industry attended the event which included Ayesha Omar, Nadia Hussain, Saife Hassan, Adnan Siddiqui and others. Here are some pictures from the event:-  

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6 dead, 2 injured in M-9 motorway accident

Reported by: Faqir Saleem HYDERABAD: Six persons died and two were injured as three vehicles collided at the M-9 Motorway on Thursday.  The accident occurred near Loni Kot on the M-9 Motorway. Three vehicles headed from Karachi to Hyderabad collided with each other resulting in the deaths of six persons. A car collided with a…

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Check out how much tax elite politicians paid last year

Have a look at the tax payment of some prominent politicians, including Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif and Imran Khan, who undoubtedly own assets of billions of rupees. They pretend that they are worried about tax evasion in the country, but do their tax payments reflect it?

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Why are imported cars overpriced in Pakistan?

Six out of ten cars on Karachi roads are imported, but these used vehicles are very expensive as compared to locally manufactured cars. Watch this report…

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Post-mortem: Pakistan’s alarming export decline in PML-N govt

Report by: Shakeel Ahmed Nawaz Sharif had claimed that Pakistan will soon become ‘Asian Tiger’; however, at end of his five-year government, the situation is quite different, as the country’s economy is struggling. It is dragged down by the sharp decline in export in almost all sectors. Watch this report…

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Ali Zafar denies he harassed Meesha Shafi

Pakistani singer, actor and model Ali Zafar has denied that he sexually harassed Meesha Shafi.  “I categorically deny any and all claims of harassment lodged against me by Ms Shafi,” read a statement from Ali Zafar. “I intend to take this through the courts of law and to address this professionally and seriously rather than…

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Is CPEC boosting local investment in Pakistan?

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor has brought historic investment to the country; however, some economists are of the view that the PML-N government, during its five-year tenure, has failed to convince local investors to join the $62 billion project of regional connectivity.

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KP govt has failed to introduce health, education reforms: CJP tells Khattak

PESHAWAR: Chief Justice Saqib Nisar told Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak that his government had failed to bring about any improvement in health and education sectors. The chief justice made the remarks while questioning CM Khattak about his government’s five-year performance. “What is the total population of Peshawar?” the judge asked Khattak, who failed to…

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Judiciary won’t influence outcome of Pakistan’s general election: interior minister

LONDON: Pressure from Pakistan’s judiciary won’t influence the outcome of upcoming general elections this year, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday, adding he hoped the election would be free and fair. Earlier this month, Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party from holding…

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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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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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