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  • Hurling abuses: PPP asks ECP to take action against Khattak, Imran

    July 17, 2018 12:00 AM 2

    KARACHI: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Maula Bux Chandio on Monday slammed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership for using abusive language against opponents, and asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take action against it. In a statement, Chandio said PTI chief Imran Khan and former CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak had polluted

  • SIC’s 30 Muftis issue fatwa: Giving vote to right candidate is farz, to characterless sin

    July 17, 2018 12:00 AM 2

    LAHORE: As many as 30 Muftis of Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) Pakistan have said in a joint fatwa that giving vote to a capable candidate is a farz (a religious duty commanded by Allah), voting for a person of bad character a sin and not casting a vote is a national crime. The muftis issued the joint fatwa called ‘Collective Sharia Announcement’ on an appeal

  • Heavy rain in Sialkot

    July 17, 2018 12:00 AM 2

    SIALKOT: The city and its adjoining areas received heavy rain on Monday. The rain turned weather pleasant and the people came out from their houses to enjoy the rain. The rain also reduced the level of heat and humidity but at the same time exposed poor sewerage facilities that badly disturbed the civic life. Several areas and roads, including Defense

  • Special force constable martyred in Dir encounter

    July 17, 2018 12:00 AM 1

    DIR: A special police force constable was martyred and another injured in an encounter in Merashpati area here on Monday, police sources said. The sources said that acting on a tip-off about the presence of the proclaimed offender, Dilaram, the police conducted a raid on his hideout. The outlaw opened fire on the police in which two cops were injured

  • More than 594,000 pilgrims apply for performing Haj

    July 17, 2018 12:00 AM 3

    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

  • It’ll be shameful to vote for Imran: Ayaz Sadiq

    July 17, 2018 12:00 AM

    LAHORE: Former National Assembly speaker and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) leader Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that any Punjabi who will cast vote for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman would be a ‘bay ghairat’ (disgraceful), media reported. “Listen to me, any Punjabi who votes for Imran Khan or the PTI would be a ‘bay ghairat’. We are honorable

  • Shahbaz writes to caretakers… Provide facilities to Nawaz in line with ex-PM’s stature

    July 17, 2018 12:00 AM 3

    LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) President Shahbaz Sharif Monday called upon the Punjab caretaker government to provide facilities in jail to Nawaz Sharif in line with his stature as the former prime minister of Pakistan. In a letter, written to caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Dr Hasan Askari, he has drawn his attention to abysmal conditions

  • As ties thaw, Eritrea reopens embassy in Ethiopia

    July 17, 2018 12:00 AM 4

    ADDIS ABABA: Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki reopened his country’s embassy in Ethiopia on Monday, the latest in a series of dizzying peace moves after two decades of war between the neighbours. The embassy inauguration caps Isaias’s historic visit to the Ethiopian capital aimed at cementing peace less than a week after the former enemies declared

  • ‘US pullout from Iran deal will hurt ME’

    July 17, 2018 12:00 AM 2

    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

  • Saudi woman may face charge, jail for hugging pop star

    July 16, 2018 12:00 AM 1

    RIYADH: A woman may face charges under a new harassment law in Saudi Arabia after storming a stage to hug a pop star, authorities and local media said Sunday. The woman could face two years in prison and a fine of up to 100,000 Saudi riyals ($27,000, 23,000 euros), attorney Abdulkarim al-Qadi told the Okaz news site. The woman, who has not been identified