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Nineteenth Amendment Bill to address concerns of SC


ISLAMABAD: A proposed constitution Nineteenth Amendment, meeting most of the Supreme Court’s concerns over a new mode of appointing the superior judiciary, came to parliament on Tuesday in the form of an all-party committee’s unanimous report and a draft bill presented to the National Assembly and hailed as historic across party lines. Prime Minister Yousuf [...]

Pakistan, Iran jockey for influence after bombings

Pakistan, Iran jockey for influence after bombings

ISLAMABAD: As tension grows between Pakistan and Iran after a mosque bombing in Iran, Pakistan could find itself increasingly isolated as its western neighbour looks to increase its influence in the region, analysts say. Jundollah, a Sunni Muslim militant group Iran says is based in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan, claimed responsibility for a Dec. [...]

Gilani declares Dec 22 as national day of working women


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday announced the appointment of Ms. Mussarrat Hilali, a woman from Malakand, as the first woman ombudsperson to provide a legal forum for redressal of grievances of working women. The Prime Minister also declared December 22 as the national day for Pakistani Working Women and reiterated the [...]

Saud Aziz, Khurram Shahzad arrested in Benazir case

Saud Aziz, Khurram Shahzad arrested in Benazir case

ISLAMABAD: Police on Wednesday arrested two senior police officers in court for alleged dereliction of duty over the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, a prosecutor said. Benazir Bhutto was assassinated almost exactly three years ago in a gun and suicide attack after addressing an election campaign rally in Rawalpindi, on December 27, [...]

Army aviation trainer plane crashes in Quetta

QUETTA: A Pakistani military aircraft crashed on a training exercise over mountains in Muslim Bagh area on Wednesday. The pilot of the plane Captain Zahoor and co-pilot Masoor were killed in the incident. The two-seater trainer aircraft was on a routine flight in southwestern Balochistan province, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, the military said. “The [...]

FC arrests Shahzain Bugti

FC arrests Shahzain Bugti

QUETTA: Jamhoori Watan Party’s Balochistan chief Shahzain Bugti and his 17 bodyguards were arrested by Frontier Constabulary (FC) Balochistan, DawnNews reported. Shahzain Bugti’s convoy was stopped at the Buleli check post before being detained by FC personnel. A huge quantity weapons and ammunition was reportedly recovered from one of the vehicles which was part of [...]

Stranded PIA flights reach Britain


KARACHI: One phase of flight disruptions on European routes caused by freezing weather appears to have ended as all UK-bound PIA flights, which were diverted and remained stranded at different airports, landed in Britain, although not necessarily at the destined airports. At least two flights to London from Islamabad were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday [...]

Record govt borrowing: Interest rate may go up again

Record govt borrowing Interest rate may go up again

KARACHI: The record borrowing by the government and its heavy reliance on printing of notes created fears among the investors and analysts that the average inflation could even reach 16 per cent by the end of this fiscal. The desperate need of cash seems to have forced the government to make unprecedented borrowing of Rs336 [...]

Shahbaz sets up cabinet committee to eradicate corruption

Shahbaz sets up cabinet committee to eradicate corruption

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that corruption was the major hurdle in the development of the country and the government would have to make joint efforts for its elimination. The CM said this while presiding over a Punjab Cabinet meeting at Chief Minister Secretariat here. He said that a Cabinet [...]

MQM, JI discuss political situation

MQM, JI discuss political situation

LAHORE: Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) discussed the ongoing political situation on Tuesday and agreed that all political parties should strive to meet the challenges confronting the country. This was stated by MQM Deputy Convenor and Federal Minister Dr Farooq Sattar and JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch while speaking to media representatives at [...]

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