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Nisar asks Islamabad administration not to act against Uber, Careem

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday took notice of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration’s move to clamp down on popular app-based ridesharing services such as Careem. “Today, the interior minister directed us not to take action against Uber and Careem,” said Islamabad deputy commissioner retired Capt ...

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NA passes bill against unnecessary adjournments

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly has passed an important legislation aimed at discouraging false and frivolous litigation and unnecessary adjournments in order to ensure speedy justice and avoid dragging of cases in courts. A brief debate on the issue of mysterious disappearances of bloggers and activists from different parts of the ...

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Substandard stents being used at hospitals, NA told

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha revealed on Thursday that substandard stents were being used at government and private hospitals across the country and blamed doctors and the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) for the objectionable practice. He was responding to a calling-attention notice in the National ...

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NAB chief grilled over Mushtaq Raisani’s plea bargain

ISLAMABAD: The Supr­eme Court on Thursday came down hard on National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry for entering into a plea bargain with former Balochistan finance secretary Mushtaq Raisani, who was found in possession of approximately Rs650 million in cash and 3.2kg in gold. “Prima facie, NAB stepped ...

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9 more Pakistani sailors stranded on ship in Egypt return home

Nine more sailors of the 17 Pakistani crew members stuck on a ship anchored in Egypt’s Suez Canal for over three months returned home on Friday after intervention by the Pakistani embassy in Egypt. The 17 workers had been stranded abroad for months after the Egyptian government had reportedly confiscated ...

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SU female students assured of protection against harassment

HYDERBAD: Speakers at a seminar on ‘Women protection and laws against women harassment’ held in Sindh University on Thursday in the backdrop of the Jan 2 suicide by its student, Naila Rind, encouraged women to move ahead with their academic activities without any fear and called for fair treatment of ...

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DNA test in rape cases made mandatory in Sindh

KARACHI: DNA test in rape cases has been made mandatory by the Sindh Assembly with the adoption of the government bill titled the Code of Criminal Procedure (Sindh Amendment) Bill, 2017 passed unanimously on Thursday to facilitate investigation and ensure dispensation of justice to rape victims. Under the bill, which ...

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Journalists invited to cover jail visit by minister locked out of facility

KARACHI: Misconduct on part of jail authorities and reluctance on part of the federal minister for human rights to allow journalists to accompany him during inspection marred his visit to the Central Jail Karachi on Thursday where he had arrived to observe prison conditions and talk to inmates. The journalists ...

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Islamabad ambivalent on Trump’s visa ban policy

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office took on Thursday an ambivalent position on the Trump administration’s visa ban, saying it was America’s right to decide who could enter their country, but at the same time expressed concern that the move could become a propaganda opportunity for extremists. “It is every country’s sovereign ...

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UK watchdog revokes ARY’s licences

KARACHI: The British broadcast media watchdog has “revoked” all licences held by the ARY Network because it has “ceased to provide the licensed services”. In a statement released on Wednesday, the watchdog, known as Ofcom, said it had revoked licences of all six channels owned by the ARY Network. “The ...

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