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Interior ministry accuses PPP of issuing misleading statements

ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry has alleged that it has become a habit of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders to issue distorted and contradictory statements frequently indulging in doublespeak and beating around the bush. The statement came just a day after PPP spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar condemned the ‘relations of Interior ...

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No polio case reported in city in 12 months, says official

“Once the virus goes into the body, it multiplies into millions and is discharged from the body through human waste. It’s a major achievement given the kind of sewerage system we have,” he said. The anti-polio campaign which kicked off on Monday, he said, was part of a country-wide drive ...

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Call for presenting missing activists before court

KARACHI: During a gathering of activists at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s (HRCP) office on Monday, rights activists demanded that all missing activists and bloggers be presented before court. The activists agreed that concerns regarding enforced disappearances needed to be raised as such cases could not be seen in ...

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Sindh silent over police plea to enlist Karachi mayor in fourth schedule

KARACHI: The Sindh home ministry has preferred to keep silent over a recent recommendation made by the city police that mayor Waseem Akhtar be enlisted in the fourth schedule, it emerged on Monday. The deputy inspector general of police, East Zone Karachi, had recently recommended to the senior authorities in ...

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Senate body wants NCHR to look into delay in Benazir murder case

ISLAMABAD: Taking notice of the slow progress in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, a Senate committee on Monday referred the matter to the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) for a report in two weeks’ time. The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights, which met here under independent Senator Mohsin ...

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Imran’s lawyer tenders apology to ECP

ISLAMABAD: The counsel for Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Monday tendered an unconditional apology to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for making contentious remarks in a review application filed before the ECP but refused to submit financial accounts of the party. PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry claimed that ...

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Two police officials killed in Quetta

Suspected militants on Monday killed two police officials in different areas of Quetta. “Unknown miscreants opened fire at a police constable in the Killi Deba area of Quetta,” said police officials. They added the constable died on the spot. In another incident, suspected militants opened fire near the Passport Office ...

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Afghan govt says ‘IS militants’ kidnap 14 clerics

An Afghan official says that individuals of the militant Islamic State (IS) group stormed a religious school in eastern Nangarhar province, kidnapping 14 clerics who were teaching at the school and two administrators. Mohammad Asif Shinwari, spokesman for the provincial education department, said Monday that the attack by three armed ...

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Three suspected militants killed in held Kashmir gun battle

Three suspected militants were killed in an overnight gun battle with soldiers in a village in India-held Kashmir (IHK), an Indian army spokesman said Monday. Rajesh Kalia said troops cordoned off the village near the tourist resort of Pahalgam after receiving a tip that fighters were hiding out in a ...

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Organ trafficking: doctors, police and middlemen

Sometime last October, Allah Wasaya, a labourer in Karachi, sold his only valuable possession, a small house in Future Colony, Landhi, for Rs1,700,000 to buy a kidney for his eldest son, 32 year old Mohammed Afzal. The young man had been suffering from kidney problems for some years. Allah Wasaya ...

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