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Pakistan FM leaves for 2-day China visit

In a video message released before his departure, Qureshi said he was going on a "very important trip to China" and that he had a discussion with Prime Minister Imran Khan before leaving, reports Dawn news.

Imran, I was your Captain and will now intervene in politics...

"Not only in the affairs of sports, I will also challenge him (Imran Khan) in the field of politics. Imran should remember I was his captain," roared a visibly perturbed Miandad on his Youtube channel.

Imran Khan unveils new map that shows Kashmir as part of...

The Imran Khan cabinet approved the new map in which the complete Jammu and Kashmir, is shown integrated with Pakistan. The illegal map shows J&K as "Indian illegally occupied J&K -- disputed territory -- final status to be decided in line with relevant UNSC resolutions." Thereby cocking a snook at the Govt of India.

Pakistan court asks government to give India second offer in Kulbhushan...

The directions were given on Monday when a two-member bench of the IHC was hearing the case of the Indian national, who has been given a death sentence by the Pakistani military courts.

Balochistan extends ‘smart lockdown’ till August 17

A notification from the provincial government on Monday stated that the "threat of the coronavirus still exists and restrictions on social distancing and precautionary measures are required to be put in place for the safety of human lives", reports Xinhua news agency.

Pakistan’s Punjab province lifts COVID-19 lockdown

The lockdown was imposed till August 5 across the province ahead of Eid-ul-Adha in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus, reports The Express Tribune.

Pakistan lifts PUBG ban

In a statement on Thursday, the authority said that it had met with the legal representatives of the game, reports Dawn news.

Islamabad HC to hear plea in Jadhav case on August 3

The federal government, under the Presidential Ordinance, has appointed a legal representative for Jadhav, who will be presenting his case before the IHC. Chief Justice Athar Minallah, who will be hearing the petition on Jadhav's case, heads the bench.

Court defers hearing against Zardari, others till August 7

Last week, the accountability court had deferred Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur's indictment in the mega money laundering case.

Ban on PUBG to remain in Pakistan

Last week, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had declared PTA's move to temporarily suspend the online game void and directed the authority to immediately lift the ban, Dawn news reported.

Daniel Pearl murder: Sindh Home Department extends detention of accused persons

The accused in the murder of the American journalist include Omar Saeed, Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Shaikh Mohammad.

Pakistan rolls out guidelines for Eid al-Adha

Muhammad Salman, a public health official at the National Institute of Health, told Xinhua news agency that the objective is to provide health guidelines to the general public, buyers and sellers of sacrificial animals regarding precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the infection during the festival.

PIA to resume regular UAE flights from Thursday

PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said in a statement on Wednesday that tickets for flights to the UAE were already up for grabs, reports Dawn news.

Pakistan Foreign Minister tests COVID-19 positive

In a tweet on Friday, Qureshi said that he had a slight fever earlier on Friday and had immediately quarantined himself at home, reports Dawn news.

World Bank approves US $500 million in budgetary support for Pakistan

The money will help Pakistan strengthen fiscal management, promote transparency and private sector growth, and undertake foundational reforms in the energy sector to transition to low-carbon energy, the reports said on Wednesday, quoting a statement issued by the WB, Xinhua news agency reported.

EU suspends PIA for six months over fake pilot licence scam

In an official letter, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said that though the PIA claims that it has grounded all pilots that were part of the list of fraudulent licence holders compiled by the Pakistani authorities, it does not mitigate its concern, as there are strong indications that a high number of Pakistani pilot licences are invalid.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

‘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.

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.

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.