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Shehbaz cries ‘fascist tactics’ after PML-N workers barred from meeting Nawaz

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday lashed out at Prime Minister Imran Khan after authorities at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail prevented some party workers from entering the prison to meet incarcerated former premier Nawaz Sharif. Ahead of today’s weekly meeting with Nawaz, who is serving a seven-year sentence in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case, dozens of PML-N workers and supporters had gathered outside the main gate of the jail. They even brought chairs and tents to set up a camp outside the [...]

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Ahsan Iqbal calls for inquiry into Peshawar BRT

PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday called for an inquiry into the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, saying that the plan had started off with a cost of Rs30 billion and has now crossed Rs100bn. “If an inquiry has to be held in this country […] it should be launched into the Peshawar BRT project,” he said in a media talk outside an accountability court in Islamabad, where he appeared in connection with a case pertaining to alleged corruption [...]

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MNA Rana Sanaullah sent to jail on 14-day judicial remand

A day after his arrest, PML-N Punjab president MNA Rana Sanaullah Khan was sent to jail on Tuesday on 14-day judicial remand by a district court in Lahore. Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) officials presented the PML-N leader and five other suspects — Akram, Omer Farooq, Amir Rustum, Usman Ahmed and Sibtain Khan — before judicial magistrate Ahmad Waqas. All six suspects were sent to jail on judicial remand. Following his arrest, Sanaullah was shifted to Lahore’s Camp Jail. PML-N workers chanted the slogan ‘lion [...]

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Iran warns Trump against ‘illusion’ of short war

Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday warned US President Donald Trump he was mistaken to think a war between their countries would be short, as Washington sought NATO’s help to build an anti-Tehran coalition. The latest developments in the Iran-US standoff came as a diplomatic source in Vienna said Tehran would not exceed a uranium stockpile limit agreed with world powers, contrary to what it had said earlier this month. Iran had said it expected to surpass on Thursday the agreed 300-kilogramme (660-pound) maximum [...]

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Trump signs order imposing sanctions on Iran supreme leader

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday targeting Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials with financial sanctions. The sanctions follow Iran’s downing of a US surveillance drone worth over $100 million over the Strait of Hormuz last week. Trump pulled back from the brink of retaliatory strikes on Iran last week, but appears to be continuing to ratchet up his “maximum pressure” campaign. The targets of the new sanctions include senior military figures [...]

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IHC rejects Nawaz’s bail plea on medical grounds in Al Azizia case

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday rejected a petition seeking suspension of the sentence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Al Azizia reference case on medical grounds. A two-member bench, comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, pronounced the verdict after hearing from the counsel of Sharif and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor. During today’s hearing, Sharif’s lead defence counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed informed the court that the former premier was seeking suspension of sentence and [...]

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Pakistan can no longer be blacklisted by Fatf: Malaysia

LONDON – Prime Minister Imran Khan telephoned Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad in London Saturday to thank Malaysia for its support of Pakistan’s bid to avoid being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Dr Mahathir, who is in the United Kingdom for a three-day working visit, took the six-minute call at the Malaysian High Commission. Malaysia’s support was seen as crucial in helping to stop Pakistan from being blacklisted after India had put forth a motion [...]

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Former Egyptian president Mursi buried in Cairo, says son

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi has been buried alongside other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, his son, Ahmed Mursi, said on his Facebook page on Tuesday. The burial was attended by members of the family in Cairo’s Nasr City after authorities refused burial in Mursi’s home province of Sharqiya in the Nile Delta, Ahmed Mursi said. “We washed his noble body at Tora prison hospital, read prayers for him at the prison hospital … and the burial was [...]

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2 oil tankers struck in suspected attacks in Gulf of Oman: shipping firms

Two oil tankers were hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman and the crews have been evacuated, shipping firms and industry sources said on Thursday, a month after a similar incident in which four tankers in the region were struck. The Bahrain-based United States Navy Fifth Fleet said it was assisting the tankers after receiving distress calls following “reported attacks”. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, part of the Royal Navy, said it was investigating into the matter. Details of the incident [...]

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Alarming surge in HIV/AIDS cases in five districts of Punjab

FAISALABAD: The number of HIV-positive persons is increasing at an alarming rate in the five districts of Punjab — Faisalabad, Chiniot, Sahiwal, Jhang and Nankana — and currently more than 2,800 such patients from these areas are registered with the Punjab AIDS Control Programme (PACP) for free medicines. According to PACP sources, the programme’s Faisalabad unit set up in a room at the Allied Hospital that provides free medicines to the HIV/AIDS patients registered with it, receives 70 to 90 [...]

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