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January 16, 2019 12:00 AM Govt urged to pass law on child marriages

PESHAWAR: The civil society organisations and human right activists have urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to table and pass the pending legislation of Child Marriage Restraint Amendment Bill, 2018 and raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 without any delay. Speaking at a joint press conference at Peshawar Press Club, they said Saudi Arabia’s 2

January 15, 2019 1:43 AM US officials due today for talks on Afghan peace process

WASHINGTON: Two key US officials — special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Deputy Assistant to the US president Lisa Curtis — are expected in Islamabad on Tuesday for talks aimed at ensuring the success of a US-backed peace initiative for Afghanistan. The US Department of State announced last week that Mr Khalilzad is visiting India, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan 13

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Haripur district nazim removed through no-trust vote

HARIPUR: District Nazim Adil Islam was removed through a no-confidence vote by members of Haripur District Council here on Monday. Majority of the members of the district council, including PTIf and PML-N members, had formally submitted no-trust resolution against Adil Islam a few days ago. After mandatory debate on the motion on Friday, the convener

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM SA jumps, Pakistan slips in ICC Test rankings

LAHORE: South Africa have overtaken New Zealand and England to take the second position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings after completing a clean sweep of the three-match series against Pakistan 3-0. Following the win, South Africa have gained four points to reach 110 points, two points ahead of England in the list led by India

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM White House sought military strike against Iran

WASHINGTON: The White House demanded that the military draft plans for strikes on Iran after attacks in Iraq last year, sparking concern at the Pentagon and State Department, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The report said the move came after a mortar attack launched by an Iran-linked group on the Baghdad diplomatic quarters home to the US embassy

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Polish mayor dies of stab wounds

GDANSK, Poland: The centrist mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday, a day after a man stabbed him in the heart in front of hundreds of people at a charity event. "Despite all our efforts, we failed to save him," Doctor Tomasz Stefaniak, director of Gdansk University hospital, told Polish media. Anti-violence rallies are being planned

January 14, 2019 12:00 AM White House asked for options to strike Iran

WASHINGTON: The White House’s national security team last fall asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran after a group of militants aligned with Tehran fired mortars into an area in Baghdad that is home to the US embassy, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The Pentagon complied with the request, but it was not known whether 2

January 14, 2019 12:00 AM Rayudu reported for suspect bowling action

NEW DELHI: India’s Ambati Rayudu has been reported for a suspect bowling action in the first One-day International against Australia, the International Cricket Council said Sunday. The part-time spinner’s action was flagged by match officials, citing concerns about its legality, after the match in Sydney.“Rayudu’s bowling action will now be scrutinised 2

January 14, 2019 12:00 AM Female student expelled for hugging male friend

CAIRO: Egypt's Al-Azhar university on Sunday said it had expelled a female student after she appeared in a video hugging a male colleague, accusing her of undermining the school's reputation.The video, which went viral earlier this month, showed a young man carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a young woman and then hugging her in what appeared 2

January 12, 2019 12:00 AM Judicial activism not aggression: CJP

LAHORE: The Chief Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar, on Friday once again defended judicial activism, saying it was not aimed at clipping the wings of any individual or institution. “Judicial activism was never meant to interfere in the jurisdiction of other institutions or to humiliate anyone. It was not an aggression,” the CJP said. Speaking at a farewell 3