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AJK PM calls upon UN to review war crimes by India

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider on Thursday called upon the United Nations to take stock of “war crimes” by Indian troops who are brazenly shelling civilians, public transport and property, including livestock, from across the Line of Control. “These war crimes should not go ...

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Govt fails to secure passage of inquiry commission bill

ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday faced embarrassment in the National Assembly after it failed to ensure the passage of its own inquiry commission bill due to a lack of quorum following an opposition boycott. As soon as Law Minister Zahid Hamid took the floor to present the Pakistan Commissions of ...

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Nepra seeks explanation for Nandipur plant closure

ISLAMABAD: The Nandipur power project appears to have become a somewhat permanent headache for the government which was asked on Thursday to explain why the 425-525MW power plant had not produced electricity since June. At a public hearing on Thursday, Himayatullah Khan, vice chairperson of the National Electric Power Regulatory ...

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Two Pakistani women awarded Chirac Prize in Paris for conflict prevention

Two young Pakistani women Gulalai Ismail and Saba Ismail, co-founder of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) “Aware Girls” were conferred with the prestigious Chirac Prize for “Conflict Prevention” in Paris. They have been awarded in recognition of their contributions toward development of a culture of peace and non-violence through the action ...

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Indian aggression: Pakistan readied battle plans after Uri, says air chief

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman on Thursday said Pakistan was “not worried about India at all”. “India should show restraint and instead solve the issue of Kashmir as that would be better for them,” the air chief said as he spoke at 9th International Defence Exhibition ...

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Beyond expectations: DTH licences fetch Rs14.7b for PEMRA

ISLAMABAD: The auction for three Direct-to-Home (DTH) licences, which began Wednesday night, concluded on Thursday, with the winning bidders pledging a total of Rs14.7 billion, a sum several times higher than the regulator had expected. After neck and neck competition among 11 contenders over a period of 15 hours, Pemra ...

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Gen Raheel is one of the finest leaders of this generation: PM

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that army chief General Raheel Sharif, who is due to retire this week, is one of the finest military leaders of this generation. “General Raheel has proved beyond shadow of doubt that he is one of the finest leaders of this generation,” the prime ...

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Too little, too late Opposition heaps scorn at ‘token’ bill on Panamagate

ISLAMABAD: A government attempt to mollify the opposition on the Panamagate scandal backfired on Thursday when opposition parties rallied against the Pakistan Commission of Inquiry Bill, 2016. The bill proposes the creation of a fact-finding commission to probe the Panamagate scandal. The Pakistan Peoples Party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and ...

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UK’s Johnson calls for end to Kashmir violence in Islamabad visit

ISLAMABAD: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called for an end to violence in Kashmir during a visit to Islamabad Thursday, warning tensions between India and Pakistan are holding the region back from becoming an “incredible boomzone”. Johnson, who said he was visiting Pakistan for the first time, spoke a day ...

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Court hands Islamabad police official life sentence for raping daughter

A sessions court in Islamabad charged a police official with raping his daughter, handing him a life sentence and fining him Rs100,000 for the offence on Thursday. Dilpazeer, a driver with the Islamabad police, is a resident of Khanna Dak, an area on the outskirts of Islamabad. He first raped ...

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