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Pakistan’s Bilawal sets sight on 2018 general elections

KARACHI – Bilawal Bhutto Zardari lashed out at the opponents of his Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) on Friday and made clear his intensions of leading the party in the next general elections in 2018. The PPP had lost in the last elections held in May this year and could only manage to hold on to [...]

MAKKAH: The Hajj pilgrims will perform the most vital pillar of Hajj, i.e. Wuquf-e-Arafat (Stay at Mount Arafat) today (Monday). Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. The world’s largest annual [...]

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Pakistan re-arrested former president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday after accusations that he was personally responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people when he ordered commandos to storm the Lal Masjid in 2007. The operation at the radical mosque in the capital of Islamabad followed a week-long standoff between the mosque’s supporters and security [...]

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The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, has spoken exclusively to the BBC’s Ahmed Wali Mujeeb, as debate rages in Pakistan about whether the government should enter into talks with the Taliban. Hakimullah, who has a $5m bounty on his head, said that he was prepared for ”serious” talks, but the government had to [...]

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FAISALABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s candidate Sheikh Khurram Shehzad won the by-election in PP-72 Faisalabad on Monday beating the ruling PML-N candidate Khawaja Liaquat while in PP-240 Dera Ghazi Khan PML-N candidate Shamoona Ambreen Qaisrani defeated her rival independent candidate. According to unofficial results of 125 polling stations, Sh Khurram secured 23,972 votes against his rival’s 18,256 [...]

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KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to ban instant messaging and voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) clients Skype, Viber and other communication networks, possibly including Tango and WhatsApp, for three months in the province for security reasons, Express News reported on Thursday. The decision was taken during a meeting between Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and other officials [...]

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The fact that Pakistan is in dire need of economic reform is uncontestable. Its constantly deteriorating economy has forced government after government to look towards international institutions for help. The new PML-N government is no exception.  Despite its tall claims of implementing a self-sufficient and an aid-free policy during elections, it expectedly finds itself at [...]

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ISLAMABAD: The prices of petroleum products were an increase on Monday evening, with petrol witnessing an increase of Rs4.12 to reach the selling price of Rs113.25 per litre, DawnNews reported. Earlier, petrol was being sold for Rs109.13 per litre. The new prices of petroleum products are effective from midnight. High-speed diesel price has been increased [...]

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New island surfaces after deadly quake The deadly earthquake that hit southwest Pakistan on Tuesday, collapsed homes, killed hundreds, but it also built something – a brand-new island. The small island surfaced off the coast of Pakistan near the port of Gwadar, some 400km from the epicentre It is about 20 metres high, 90 metres [...]

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A huge earthquake hit south-west Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 46 people, toppling scores of homes and sending people around the region rushing into the streets in panic. The 7.7-magnitude quake centred in Baluchistan province’s Awaran district was felt as far afield as New Delhi and Dubai, residents said. The earthquake was so powerful [...]

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