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Palestinian president assured of Pakistan’s support

SLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday vowed continued support for Palestine’s stance regarding the eviction of illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank. In separate meetings with the visiting Palestinian president, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain reiterated Pakistan’s continued support for the Palestinian cause. President Mehmoud Abbas, who is ...

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Pemra issues another notice to Bol

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Tuesday issued another show cause notice to Bol News for usage of “inflammatory, indecent and irresponsible” language. Pemra, in its notification, said that Bol’s anchor Aamir Liaquat in his programme which aired on January 26, 2017, used such derogatory words “which could ...

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NA committee okays Companies Bill 2016

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance on Thursday approved Companies Bill 2016 after a heated debate. Key committee members belonging to the PML-N, including chairman Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, asked officials technical questions that left them speechless. They criticised the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) for not ...

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Pakistan seeks review of Scotland Yard’s decision to drop case against Altaf

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has sought a review of the Scotland Yard’s decision of dropping the money laundering case against Mutta­hida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain. An informed source told Dawn that the interior ministry had written a letter to the UK authorities, asking them to reconsider the decision on the ...

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CIA declassified: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was ‘closely scrutinised’ by the Pakistan Army

The following is an excerpt from a declassified document released online by America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as part of a searchable database on its website Reading Room. Declassified documents were previously only available to the public at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. In a weekly summary compiled ...

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Harassment may cost three KP prosecutors job

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa home and tribal affairs department has recommended the sacking of three prosecution directorate officials deported from Thailand recently over ‘sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour’. A case in this respect has been sent to the chief secretary’s office for action, officials of the home department and directorate ...

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Police criticised for failing to probe all aspects of maid’s abuse case

ISLAMABAD: The capital police’s failure to defend its final progress report of its investigation into the abuse of a child employed as a maid invited the ire of the Supreme Court of Wednesday, as it did not involve crucial aspects of the case, such as how an alleged settlement between ...

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Institutions shouldn’t use ‘national security’ pretext: lawmakers

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Select Committee discussing the Right to Information Bill, 2016, on Wednesday remained preoccupied with armed forces institutions that use the pretext of national security to withhold information. The committee has suggested amendments to the bill to ensure that various arms of the armed forces cannot conceal information ...

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Rape inflicts another scar on 12-year-old maid

GUJRANWALA: The case of a tortured maid became more gruesome when a medical report confirmed her rape at city’s Garden Town area on Wednesday. Police arrested two suspects (one of them maid’s employer) after registration of a case against them. According to initial information, a resident of Garden Town threw ...

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Sindh officials told to cancel liquor shop licences in Muslim-majority areas

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday directed the provincial authorities to ensure within 20 days recalling of the licences of the liquor shops located in Muslim-majority areas or near mosques, schools and other prohibitive places. Headed by Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, a two-judge bench directed the provincial government ...

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