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The ‘Baghi’ returns to PML-N

The veteran politician Javed Hashmi has finally returned to PML-N seven years after he left the party to join the PTI. “I am not announcing to join Muslim League because I have always been the part of Muslim League,” Javed Hashmi said in PML-N’s Multan rally on Friday. The Multan-based politician had parted ways with…

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CJ visits Peshawar Central Jail’s mental hospital, gets angry at poor conditions

These patients are humans, not animals, said the chief justice angrily during his visit to Peshawar Central Jail’s mental hospital, on Wednesday.  “Are these the facilities that are given to patients. Look at the bathrooms. Is this how you keep these patients?” said an angry Justice Saqib Nisar to the MS of the hospital. The…

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People’s thumb, not umpire’s finger will rule in next elections, says Nawaz

Former PM Nawaz Sharif has described the forthcoming elections as referendum and said the people’s thumb will rule the next elections and not the umpire’s finger. “We will bring revolution in the country,” Nawaz said, while addressing a party rally in Jehlum on Monday. “Pakistan will become the Asian tiger.” The ousted PM lashed out…

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No deal on cards to swap Shakil Afridi with Aafia Siddiqui, says FO

The Pakistan Foreign Office has dismissed the reports of any deal with the US over the release of Dr Shakil Afridi. “There is no deal on cards to with the US to exchange Dr Shakil Afridi with Hussain Haqqani or Aafia Siddiqui,” Muhammad Faisal, the FO spokesman said. Dr Shakil Afridi was taken into custody…

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PM Abbasi, Army Chief Bajwa visit Miranshah

PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has lauded the tribesmen for their unwavering support for armed forces in the fight against terrorism and ridding war-hit areas from terrorists during his visit to North Waziristan. According to ISPR, PM Abbasi and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Miran Shah and Ghulam Khan areas of North Wazirstan on…

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Dr Shakil Afridi moved from Peshawar prison to ‘safer location’

The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track and kill Osama bin Laden has been moved by authorities from a prison in the country’s northwest to an unknown safer location, an official and family member said Friday. Shakil Afridi has been languishing in a prison in the city of Peshawar for almost eight years after…

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Heavy rain in KP, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir; more forecast

KARACHI: Different areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Balochistan received heavy rain on Wednesday as Punjab and Sindh continued to experience hot weather. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, the fresh wet spell is likely to persist till Friday. Peshawar received light to heavy showers while Nowshera city received hailstorm. In Balochistan, Chaman and adjoining…

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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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PTM rally calls for security checkpoints to be handled by local police

Reported by: Fawad Ali Thousands took part in a Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) rally held in the city to demand an end to extrajudicial killings and militancy. Protesters also demanded that local police should be deployed at security checkposts.  “We will not back down from our demands until each and every one of them is…

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5 signs the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement proves young Pakistanis are the change they want

By Zia Ur Rehman (1) In order to hold political rallies in Pakistan in general and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular, mainstream political parties depend on the Khans (landlords) and contractors to bring people from their villages and pay for their transport. The PTM organised a successful rally without depending on landlords and contractors and…

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World Health Day: KP hospitals struggle with patient flows

Hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa struggle with a high flow of patients. Are people satisfied with the system in a province that sees itself as a flag-bearer of ‘change’?

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PZM demonstrates support for Pakistan army in Peshawar

By Abdul Rehman PESHAWAR: A rally was held in Peshawar on Tuesday to express solidarity with Pakistan army in the wake of mounting protests from Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), a social movement aimed at recovery of missing persons. Waving national flags, hundreds of supporters of newly formed Pakistan Zindabad Movement gathered in the provincial capital…

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CPEC fruits: Chinese to be taught at Peshawar schools

  Chinese will be taught at schools in Peshawar The district government of Peshawar has decided that the new term will introduce the Chinese language. “Without the knowledge of Chinese, it will be difficult to progress in the future,” said the nazim, Arbab Asim. He said learning the language will open new avenues for students….

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Peshawar gets firefighters on two-wheelers

Report by Zeshan Anwar The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Rescue 1122 has introduced motorcycle firefighting unit to take on the challenge of moving into narrow lanes and reach densely populated areas in case of emergencies. All relevant firefighting apparatus have been made available to the firemen for emergencies round the clock. Watch this report…

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55th transgender murdered in Peshawar

Report by: Sajjad Haider PESHAWAR: A transgender and a man were shot dead in Peshawar’s Ring Road area, Samaa reported Tuesday. This is 55th murder of a transgender in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since January 2015, according to Trans Action Pakistan. Police said the victim, identified as Daniyal, was going somewhere in a rickshaw along with a…

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PSL 2018: Sherry Rehman comments on the final

Pakistan People’s Party leader Sherry Rehman – answering a question on who would win the Pakistan Super League 2018 final – said that Islamabad but the Pashtuns in the country also have rights.

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PSL: Governor says he kept his promise on Karachi final

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair on Friday said he had kept his promise of holding the final of Pakistan Super League in Karachi. “The final of PSL 2017 was held two weeks after I took charge as Governor of Sindh. I then promised to the people of Karachi that the next final would be held…

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Half of next PSL season to be held in Pakistan: Sethi

KARACHI: Chairman PCB Najam Sethi on Friday said that the half of the next season of Pakistan Super League will be played in Pakistan. Talking to Samaa, Sethi said the board will try to prepare four to five stadiums for the fourth PSL season. “The half of PSL 2019 will be held in Pakistan if…

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Gun salutes on Pakistan Day 2018

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Day 2018 day with gun salutes in the federal and provincial capitals. The day dawned with 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salute in provincial capitals. The 78th Pakistan Day is being celebrating with national zeal on Friday.      The day marks adoption of historic Lahore Resolution this day in 1940…

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Cobbler to present Peshawari chappal to PSL 2018 champions

Reporting by: Sajjad Haider PESHAWAR: A cobbler and his son announced that they will reward Peshawari chappals to Pakistan Super League 2018 champions. They have already started making the shoes, which will be given to the champions on Sunday. “It is Pakistan’s victory at the end, despite whoever wins. We will gift the shoes to…

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25 harassment complaints from last year remain unattended in Peshawar: NGO

  More than 25 female students of universities in Peshawar complained about harassment on campus during the past one year, said an NGO. The complaints are unattended to date. The NGO works for women’s rights in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. When the inquiry committee was asked about the complaints, their focal person, Prof Abdul Rauf, said that they…

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