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Grenade attack at Pakistan Stock Exchange kills 6

Police said militants launched a grenade attack at the main gate of the PSX and stormed the building after firing indiscriminately, Geo News reported.

Pakistan SC to take up plea for Daniel Pearl case’s urgent...

The apex court at the last hearing on June 1 had asked the provincial government to furnish complete record comprising all evidence along with its appeal challenging the decision of the Sindh High Court (SHC) in the case, reports Dawn news.

Indians stranded in Pakistan to start returning from Thursday

In that process, at least 748 Indian nationals got stranded in Pakistan, who will now be returning home as the federal government has finalized the schedule for their repatriation.

Pakistan to resume international flights from Saturday

A spokesman for the Aviation Division Abdul Sattar Khokhar said in a statement on Friday that the permission for international flight operations would be subject to restrictions and limitations as decided by the competent authority from time to time in the light of the current COVID-19 situation and implementation of health protocols reports Dawn news.

Srinagar mayor Junaid Mattu loses no-confidence motion

Interestingly, some of the councillors owing allegiance to the National Conference (NC) and some independents also voted against Mattu.

Shahid Afridi tests COVID-19 positive

Afridi stated that he has feeling unwell since Thursday and after getting himself tested, the reports came as positive. He urged his fans and followers to pray for him during these testing times.

Pakistan government presents budget for FY21

On Friday, Federal Minister for Industries and Production, Hammad Azhar, presented the budget of 7,294.9 billion PKR ($44 billion) for the upcoming fiscal year starting from July 2020 to June 2021 at the lower house of Parliament after approval by the cabinet, reports Xinhua news agency.

Pakistan defends ‘holistic’ approach against WHO

The comments from the country's top medical expert, Zafar Mirza, came on Wednesday - a day after Pakistan recorded its highest daily spike with more than 5,300 new infections, reports the BBC.

Shehbaz Sharif tests COVID-19 positive

Sharif, 69, a cancer survivor, was currently isolating at home, Geo News quoted spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb as saying, adding that the Leader of Opposition was following his doctors' advice on how to fight the infection.

Terror-accused J&K cop Davinder Singh withdraws bail plea

His lawyer M.S. Khan said: "Davinder's bail has been withdrawn as certain changes had to be made. We would be filing another plea in a few days."

‘ISI’ stalking horse Cynthia Ritchie shouts rape, targets PPP top guns...

Twitter was agog with her FB live session where she named former Interior Minister Rehman Malik as the main perpetrator of her rape. But she didn't back down tweeting - "Occurred at IM's house in min enclave 2011 around the OBL incident. I thought it a meeting about my visa but I was given flowers/a drugged drink. I kept quiet - who in PPP gov't would help me against PPP IM (referring to then Interior Minister Rehman Malik). Recently they attacked family; I've had it. Ready to face any accuser."

Pakistan abolishes 2-day quarantine policy for air travellers

The sources said that the government changed the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the international air travellers simultaneously with easing the lockdown and coronavirus-induced travel restrictions in the country, The Express Tribune reported on Thursday.

LHC grants Shehbaz Sharif pre-arrest bail till June 17

During the hearing, Sharif's lawyers claimed that even though he was summoned by the NAB on Tuesday, the warrants were dated May 28, implying that the watchdog had already decided to arrest him. To this, NAB's counsel responded by saying that the warrants were issued when there was enough evidence to make an arrest, Dawn reported.

Pakistan SC rejects plea to suspend Daniel Pearl case verdict

During the hearing, Justice Manzoor Malik said the petition seeking suspension of the judgment cites irrelevant provisions, reports The Express Tribune.

Pakistan court issues bailable warrants for Sharif

The reference was filed before the court on March 2, reports Dawn news.

PIA plane with over 100 onboard crashes in Karachi

"The plane PK 8303 with 99 passengers and eight crew members has crashed," The Express tribune quoted the spokesman as saying.

Pakistan: COVID-19 cases tally over 50,000

A total of 2,603 new cases and 50 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry as saying.

SC awards Rs 7.64 cr compensation to kin of man killed...

The family of the 45-year-old Mahendra Kodkany, which include his wife, daughter and son, were earlier granted Rs 7.35 crore as compensation by the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC). This compensation will now get enhanced after adding 9 per cent interest per annum (on the amount yet to be paid), to be paid by Air India.

Pakistan: Chief Justice directs to open malls

During a hearing of a suo moto case regarding measures taken to deal with the coronavirus crisis, the Chief Justice questioned the "logic" behind keeping malls closed, reports Dawn news.

Major markets sealed in Karachi, Rawalpindi

In Karachi, the authorities sealed major markets in Saddar and other downtown areas as shopkeepers were neither wearing masks nor using a hand sanitiser.

Pakistan extends suspension of domestic flights till Sunday

The international and domestic flights had been suspended till April 30 in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, reports Dawn news.

Top Hizbul commander Riyaz Naikoo trapped in Jammu Kashmir

The overnight operation by the security forces started on Tuesday evening when a massive search operation was launched in the native village of Naikoo.

Pakistan formally applies for G20 debt relief

The formal requests were sent to individual countries on May 1 under the G20 COVID-19 Debt Service Suspension Initiative, a senior official of the Economic Affairs Ministry confirmed to The Express Tribune on Monday.

No justification for detention of Mehbooba, says Omar Abdullah

Abdullah, in a tweet, said: "Over the next few days the PSA detention orders of Mehbooba Mufti, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Shah Faesal and others are due to expire. There was no justification for their detention much less an extension."

Pakistan court commutes death sentence of Daniel Pearl murder accused

The death sentence of the prime accused Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh was commuted to seven years in prison while the other three convicts, Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Sheikh Adil, who were earlier handed life sentences, were set free by the court, Dawn news said in a report.

Jammu: The new dawn India promised

213 days since the lockdown, Kashmir has neither received the development that was promised nor the happiness that was talked about. Instead, reports suggest that Kashmir's tourism industry is facing a major set back since the bifurcation.

Not afraid of Pakistan Army, says Imran Khan

He said that he is working day and night.

JUI-F dares Imran to file treason case

On Friday, Khan called for treason proceedings against Rehman for remarks regarding the ouster of the incumbent government.

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.