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Court exempts Sharif from appearing on medical grounds

While addressing the media on Friday, Sharif's lawyer Amjad Pervaiz said that a new medical certificate had been submitted to the court, reports The Express Tribune.

Rehman should be tried under Article 6, says Imran Khan

"There should be a case under Article 6 against maulana for his statement regarding the ousting of the government," he said, during an informal conversation with journalists, Dawn reported.

Erdogan attempts to rile up Muslims in Pakistan over Kashmir

Addressing a joint session of Parliament in Islamabad, for the fourth time, Erdogan reiterated his country's support for Pakistan and its stand on the Kashmir issue.

Pakistan govt okays rules to regulate social media

The information to be provided may include subscriber information, traffic data or content data, Dawn news said in a report.

Protests in Pakistan after court rejects Manzoor Pashteen’s bail

The court granted permission to the police for his transfer to the Dera Ismail Khan jail from the Peshawar Central Jail where he was sent to a 14-day judicial remand.

Pakistan Senate passes bill allowing paid maternity, paternity leaves

As per the Maternity and Paternity Leave Bill, 2018, the leaves policy will be applicable in both public and private establishments in the federal capital territory, Dawn news reported.

Pakistan govt rejects ‘biased’ corruption report

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Friday, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan, said: "There is a huge question mark over the transparency of TI.

Pakistan lawyers’ body asks its Ahmadiyya members to renounce their faith

Sources in Islamabad said the newly elected Islamabad Bar Association has asked its members to submit an affidavit to declare their faith by January 31, 2020.

Imran to meet Trump at Davos summit

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the WEF, which runs until Thursday. The theme for this year's gathering is �Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World', The Express Tribune reported.

Pakistan court annuls Musharraf’s death sentence

A three-member bench of the LHC, hearing a set of petitions filed by Musharraf challenging multiple actions against him, including his conviction for high treason, ruled that the treason case against the former military dictator was not prepared in accordance with the law, reported Dawn.

Snowfall, rain wreak havoc in Balochistan claim 14 lives

With a strong westerly wave affecting most parts of the country, snowfall is also expected in Khyber Pakh­tunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, besides heavy showers have been forecast for Islamabad as well as upper and central Punjab from Monday till Tuesday morning, Dawn news quoted the Met Department as saying.

Pakistan not to take part in anyone else’s war, says Imran

"Pakistan will not become a part of any war because we had committed mistakes in the past by taking part in the wars of others," Dawn news quoted Khan as saying at an event on Thursday.

PDP expels 8 leaders who met Lieutenant Governor, foreign envoys in...

Some of the expelled members also met the delegation of foreign envoys currently visiting Kashmir.

Pakistan National Assembly passes bill to meet FATF requirement

The opposition parties on Monday initially tried to block the passage of the bill by challenging Speaker Asad Qaiser's ruling on a voice vote allowing Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan to move the bill, but after an 87-83 vote defeat, it participated in the process and moved four minor amendments, reports Dawn news.

CBI raids 13 places in J&K, NCR in arm licence case

Multiple CBI teams carried out the raids at the residential premises of one former Deputy Commissioner and seven former District Magistrates deputed in different districts of Jammu & Kashmir for their alleged involvement in giving nod to the arms licenses.

J&K includes Accession Day holiday, axes Martyr’s Day, Sheikh Abdullah anniversary

As per the notification, 24 public holidays will be observed in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir next year. The prominent changes are that two public holidays Martyrs' Day observed on July 13 and the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister Sheikh Abdullah on December 5.

J&K people have welcomed Union Territory status says Ram Madhav

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav said that the political activity in Jammu and Kashmir is getting back to normalcy and that only 30 to 32 prominent leaders were under "preventive detention" in the Union Territory.

Situation in J&K normal Says Shah

The Home Minister said not a single bullet was fired and not a single person died in police firing after the abrogation of Article 370 from the state on August 5, which gave special status to the erstwhile state which was carved into two Union Territories - Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh without one.

Palestine hails US resolution against Israeli settlements

Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), described the resolution as a "blow" to US President Donald Trump's support of the Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank.

J&K residents to get domicile rights for land, govt jobs

Jammu: After the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory residents are likely to get exclusive domicile status to protect employment...

Post offices in J&K are fully functional Says Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi: The total number of post offices in Kashmir is 698 and all are currently functional, the Minister of Communications and Electronics and Information...

Hamlet haunts Kashmir’s mainstream parties post 370 abrogation

Srinagar: To be or not to be? Shakespeare's Hamlet has been haunting all  mainstream political parties ever since article 370 was abrogated and the state...

Pakistan: Students to protest at 50 places on November 29

Lahore:   Students in Pakistan have decided to come together under the Student Action Committee (SAC) for a Student Solidarity March at 50 places across the...

Pakistan appoints retired army general as CPEC Authority head

Lt-Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, former head of the military's media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), has been named as chairman of the CPEC Authority.

Pakistan Supreme Court suspends Army chief Bajwa’s extension

The development adds volatility to the charged up political atmosphere in Pakistan where troubles have encircled the Imran Khan government on many fronts. There are reports of friction between the Army and the government.

Jamaat-e-Islami to hold Kashmir March on December 22

Haq said, "The Pakistan government has betrayed the country as far as Kashmir issue is concerned. We will hold Kashmir March towards Islamabad on December 22. We will make people realise their self-respect."

Foreign funding case: PTI shows no trust in Chief Election Commissioner

Raza is likely to issue a verdict in the foreign funding case before his retirement on December 6.

PayPal declines to extend services to Pakistan

Last month, an Information Technology Ministry of Pakistan delegation tried to convince the company to introduce its services in the country, Pakistani media reported.

Pakistan students announce countrywide protest on November 29

One of the several demands of the march's participants, he said, was to lift restrictions that bar students from forming unions, the Dawn reported.

Pakistan writes sixth letter to UN over Kashmir

Qureshi has reiterated the need of strengthening the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), Pakistan's Foreign Office said in a statement.

Pakistan restores postal service to India

Pakistan government has allowed its citizens to send letters to their relatives living in India, the Express Tribune reported.

Christian journalist persecuted, resigns in Pakistan

Gonila Gill (38), married to Husnain Jamil, was the only Christian journalist registered with the Lahore Press Club, reported AsiaNews.

Nawaz Sharif leaves for London in air ambulance for further treatment

He was accompanied by his brother, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and other personnel, including his personal physician Adnan Khan, reports Dawn news.

Christian community to retain Peshawar college

In his address on Saturday, he assured that the principal of the college would also be from the Christian community, The Express Tribune reported.

Lightning kills 20 in Pakistan

The lightning incidents took place in the areas of Mithi, Chhachhi and Ram Singh Sodho village in Tharparkar district after widespread rains began battering the desert region late Wednesday night and continued into Thursday, reports Dawn news.

Islamabad High Court may get 1st ever woman judge

The Law Ministry has formally informed the Judicial Commission of Pakistan headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khan Khosa about the recommendation of IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Dawn news reported.

1,100 Indian Sikhs arrive at Pakistan’s Punja Sahib

The gurdwara in Hasan Abdal, Attock district, was decorated with colourful lights and pilgrims performed various rituals including Matha Taki, Ashnan and exchanging gifts, Dawn news reported.

D C Raina is the first Advocate General of Union Territory...

The Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs issued a notification to the effect.

Pakistan: Train inferno toll reaches 74

The death toll is likely to rise further, with at least 40 more people injured and many in critical condition.

33 journalists killed in Pak in past six years

The Freedom Network's new report titled '100% Impunity for Killers, 0% Justice for Pakistan's Murdered Journalists: Crime and Punishment in Pakistan's Journalism World' issued a ‘Pakistan Impunity Scorecard' which revealed the statistics, Dawn news reported on Friday.

Murmu, Mathur sworn in as Lt Governors of J&K, Ladakh

Mathur was first administered the oath by Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Geeta Mittal, at Leh.

Sidhu accepts Imran Khan’s invitation to Kartarpur inauguration

According to a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) press release, Sidhu thanked the Pak Prime Minister for inviting him to the inauguration.

Train fire in Pakistan kills 25

District Police Officer Rahim Yar Khan Ameer Taimoor Khan while speaking to Geo News, confirmed the death of 25 people, with at least 30 injured.

India, Modi behind pollution in Pakistan, says Pak Minister

Taking to his twitter handle, Chaudhary said: "Indian level of pollution at Wagah is double than Lahore city."

Kashmir: No sign of the resumption of pre-paid mobile connections

There are at least 25 lakh pre-paid cell phone users in Kashmir.

‘Azadi March’ sets out for Islamabad from Karachi

Besides JUI-F leadership, PPP leaders Raza Rabbani, Saeed Ghani, PML-N leaders Mohammad Zubair, Nihal Hashmi, ANP's Shahi Syed and others, were onboard the leading container which is slated to reach Islamabad on Thursday.

Lahore High Court grants bail to Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif had filed the bail application for the release of his brother, who is currently admitted in the Services Hospital here, from the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), reports Dawn news.

Sharif’s condition is dangerous, Doctor tells Islamabad High Court

The petition was filed on Thursday by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and the former premier's brother Shehbaz Sharif, reports The Express Tribune.

Imran claims army’s support, says India behind Azadi March

He went on to say that India is behind the 'Azadi March' called by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Voter turnout of 98.3% in Block Development Councils election in Jammu...

He said Srinagar district witnessed the highest poll percentage of 100 per cent while southern districts of Shopian and Pulwama recorded the lowest percentage of 85.3 and 86.2 percent respectively in Kashmir Division.

700 terror financing cases near conviction, says Pakistan govt

Addressing the media here on Wednesday, Minis­ter for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar, who was the chief negotiator on behalf of the country at the Paris-based FATF plenary meeting last week, eulogised the success of his government in dealing with terror financing and money laundering issues.

Pakistan govt to allow JUI-F march if it remains peaceful

The decision was taken on Wednesday after a team delegated to negotiate with the opposition presented its recommendations to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Dawn news reported.

Ensure Free and Fair Elections in Jammu and Kashmir, An Open...

“When the entire leaderships of bonafide political parties are under detention and there are restrictions on even personal communication among the leaders and workers of political parties, it is obvious that the grounds for free and fair elections simply do not exist,” the letter reads.

After reptiles, Pakistani pop singer threatens Modi with suicide attack

On Tuesday, Pirzada posted on Twitter a photo of herself donning what appeared to be a suicide jacket with a caption that again warned Modi over Kashmir. "#ModiHitler i just wish huh. #kashmirkibeti," she wrote as a caption to the photo.

Lahore: Nawaz Sharif serious, son alleges poisoning in jail

Nawaz Sharif is currently lodged in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail on corruption charges.

Imran inaugurates China Hub power plant

Addressed a ceremony on the occasion on Monday, Khan said the joint projects under the CPEC were a positive sign, recommending that more coal would be brought from Thar to be utilised for this power plant, reports The News International.

Plans finalised to mobilise public for ‘Azadi March’

PPP Rawalpindi chapter secretary general Chaudhry Iftikhar said the party was ready to participate and will launch a worker mobilisation campaign soon.

Pakistan, India to ink Kartarpur agreement this week

Pakistan handed the final draft of the proposed bilateral agreement on Kartarpur to India on Monday and the signing ceremony is expected to take place on either Wednesday or Thursday, the Express Tribune said, quoting sources.

900K troops in Kashmir to terrorise 8m people, says Imran Khan

Imran Khan tweeted: "75 days & Occupation government of Modi continues the siege in IOJK. Modi is riding a tiger - he thought he could get his agenda of annexation by using 900k forces to silence Kashmiris. You don't need 900k troops to fight terrorism; you need them to terrorise 8m Kashmiri people."

Imran Khan launches ‘Kamyab Jawan Programme’ for youth’s progress

A sum of 100 billion Pakistani rupees ($639 million) has been allocated for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government's flagship initiative for the welfare of the country's youth, The Express Tribune reported.

Turkish President postpones Pakistan trip

It had earlier been reported that the Turkish President would pay an official visit to Pakistan on October 23 to cement relations between the two countries and extend full support to Pakistan's stance on the Kashmir issue, the Dawn reported.

Supreme Court asks Jammu and Kashmir administration to produce orders on...

The top court also questioned why the J& K administration has not placed the orders and notifications imposing communication restrictions in the state.

Imran heads to Riyadh to defuse Iran-Saudi tensions

Following his visit to Iran on Sunday, Khan will set off for the kingdom - his third trip to the country this year - to discuss with Saudi leadership regional developments and other matters, reports The Express Tribune.

Pakistan: Prince William, Kate meet Imran, President Arif Alvi

The royal couple were greeted by Khan and met President Alvi at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Geo News reported.

Farooq Abdullah’s sister, daughter detained after women’s protest in Jammu &...

The 20-odd women were protesting against the scrapping of Article 370 and 35A on August 5. They were carrying placards which read, 'Kashmiri brides not for sale', 'Why downgrade Jammu and Kashmir state'.

Harbhajan, Veena engage in war of words on Imran speech

Relations between the two Asian neighbours have been on a downhill ever since the Indian government's decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution which provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Imran warns PoK residents against crossing LoC

"From Chakothi we will cross over the ceasefire line (LoC) for Srinagar," he said, expressing his desire for the administration and police not to create hindrances for them.

Anantnag grenade explosion, 14 injured

Police sources said that militants hurled the grenade at the entrance of the office complex at around 11 a.m.

Pakistan: SC to constitute special bench for minority right

The court, however, told Vankwani that being in the government he should have fulfilled the demands through the government.

Article 370: 2 months on, no injunction by SC

The restrictions had been imposed on August 4, a day ahead of the Central government moving a resolution in Parliament to scrap special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted under Article 370.

Demi Lovato sorry about free Israel trip after facing fan flak

"This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT. Now I realize it hurts people and for that I'm sorry. Sorry, I'm not more educated, and sorry for thinking this trip was just a spiritual experience. I'd rather get in trouble for being authentic to myself than staying quiet to please other people," she added.

India-Pak Nuclear war can kill over 10 crore people says study

The black smoke would block sunlight from reaching the ground, driving temperatures around the world down for several years. Worldwide food shortages would likely come soon after.

Imran Khan to visit China next week to ‘revive’ stalled CPEC...

Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed briefed the meeting on Main Line-1 (ML-1) projects being executed to lay a new railway track from Karachi to Peshawar under the CPEC umbrella.

Ahead Of Local Polls, Jammu Leaders Freed From House Arrest

Over 250 petitions have been filed against the preventive detention orders against prominent political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir. Petitions have also been filed in the Supreme Court against the detentions.

Imran Khan to attend China-Pakistan biz forum in Beijing

This will be Khan's third visit to China after coming to power in August 2018, The News International reported on Tuesday.

Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over ceasefire violations

According to Pakistan's Foreign Office, the alleged ceasefire violations took place on Saturday and Sunday and resulted in the death of two civilians, while three others were injured.

No slowdown in CPEC projects, says Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan

Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reform Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar was the guest of honour at the seminar which was attended by scholars, intellectuals, former diplomats, parliamentarians and representatives of Chinese companies.

China raises Kashmir issue at UN

He said the Kashmir issue is a "dispute left from the past, and should be properly and peacefully resolved based in accordance with the UN Charter, UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements".

Arrogance has blinded PM Modi, Dissecting Imran Khan’s UN speech

"RSS believes in the ethnic cleansing of Muslims. RSS goons butchered hundreds of Muslims. This is arrogance. This makes people do cruel things. Something PM Modi has done. Arrogance has blinded PM Modi," he said.

Arrest warrant issued against Pak singer Rabi Pirzada

Earlier this month, Punjab Wildlife Protection and Parks Department initiated an action against the singer for illegally keeping four pythons, reptiles and an alligator as pets.