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July 17, 2018 12:00 AM More than 594,000 pilgrims apply for performing Haj

Islamabad: The e-portal of the Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah has, since it was launched mid Ramadan (May 30), received more than 594,000 applications from citizens and legal expatriates to perform Haj this year. According to the ministry’s sources, only two hours after the e-portal to reserve the seats of the facilitated and low-cost Haj was launched

July 17, 2018 12:00 AM ‘US pullout from Iran deal will hurt ME’

BEIRUT: Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Monday the US withdrawal from world powers’ 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran would have negative consequences for Middle East stability. Aoun, a Maronite Christian politician, is a political ally of Lebanon’s Iran-backed group Hizbullah. The United States, which classifies Hizbullah as a terrorist organisation

July 15, 2018 12:00 AM Chitral, Tank districts have one seat each in both NA, KP Assembly

PESHAWAR: There are two districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) where the number of votes for the National Assembly and provincial assembly seats is the same. Chitral, the northern-most district of Pakistan and Tank, the southern-most district in the province, have one seat each in the National Assembly and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. This makes the two districts 1

July 14, 2018 12:00 AM Two contestants fighting against Imran face predicament

ISLAMABAD: Two prominent politicians contesting against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in Lahore and Bannu are in the soup for different reasons, apparently creating favourable conditions for him in the fierce July 25 scramble. The Inspector General Police (IGP) Punjab has recommended to the Deputy Commissioner of Lahore to place 3

July 8, 2018 2:15 AM Emirates’ A380 special flight lands at IIA today

RAWALPINDI: The Dubai-based Emirates Airlines will operate one of the world’s largest double-deck passenger airplanes – A380 – to the new Islamabad International Airport (IIA) on July 8, the airlines announced. A press release issued by the airlines said the one-off A380 flight EK-2524 would depart from Dubai on July 8 at 8am and arrive at the IIA at 1210pm. Emirates 1

July 7, 2018 12:00 AM Seven top party chiefs contest polls from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

PESHAWAR: Probably for the first time in the contemporary history, seven heads of mainstream political parties are contesting from different constituencies of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, giving a sort of importance to the voters of the otherwise neglected province. Those flexing muscles for their tough contests in different districts of the province include 3

July 6, 2018 12:00 AM MMA fields 13 female candidates on direct NA seats

ISLAMABAD: The religious parties under the umbrella of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) has fielded 13 woman candidates on general seats of National Assembly and 20 constituencies of four provincial assemblies. As per requirement as given in the Election Act, 2017, every party is needed to give 5% of its total candidates to women. As many as 191 MMA candidates

July 4, 2018 12:00 AM Elections exclusive: How will Pakistan vote?

Gallup Pakistan (national), Pulse Consultant (national) and IPOR (provincial) polls show that PML-N remains the preferred party among voters in the largest province, but PTI has gained ground and narrowed the gap significantly. PTI remains the dominant party for voters in KPK, while PPP is ahead in Sindh. Balochistan, there is a three party mix. Nationally 1

July 4, 2018 12:00 AM First woman becomes mayor of Tunis

TUNIS: Islamist-backed candidate Souad Abderrahim defeated a city official who served under ousted despot Zine el Abidine Ben Ali on Tuesday to become the first woman mayor of the Tunisian capital. "I dedicate this victory to all Tunisian women," Abderrahim said. "My first task will be to improve the face of Tunis." Deteriorating waste disposal services 1

July 3, 2018 12:00 AM PPP, MMA strike seat adjustment deal in Mansehra, Torghar

MANSEHRA: The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) have entered into seat adjustment in Mansehra and Torghar districts as an aspirant for the former withdrew his nomination papers to support contender of the latter in NA-14, wherefrom Muhammad Safdar, son-in-law of the deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, is also contesting 3