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China vows to deepen maritime security ties with Pakistan: report

BEIJING: China on Thursday vowed to deepen maritime security, anti-terrorism, security and military cooperation with Pakistan to further strengthen their ‘all-weather’ strategic ties.  The “pledge” was made by Chinese Central Military Commission Vice Chairperson General Fan Changlong during his meeting with Pakistan Navy Chief Muhammad Zakaullah in Beijing. Fan said China hopes to enhance coordination and cooperation with Pakistan on regional ...

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LHC gives Punjab home secretary five days to decide Lakhvi’s detention

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday gave the Punjab home secretary five days to make a decision regarding the detention of the alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. A single bench of the LHC issued the order on the Jamatud Dawa member’s petition challenging his detention. Lakhvi had filed this petition after the LHC directed him to avail ...

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Drone war: ‘Burraq’ turned the tide in Tirah battle, say officials

PESHAWAR:  The strategic Tirah Valley has been the scene of fierce fighting between the Pakistani military and a potpourri of militants for nearly two weeks.  The military claims to have achieved ‘significant successes’ in the battle for Tirah. And security officials say Pakistan’s indigenously-developed armed drone ‘Burraq’ has turned the tide against the militants in this offensive.   The remotely-piloted ...

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Grand event: Bahria Town golf championship opens

ISLAMABAD:  Construction giant Bahria Town is hosting golf championship that opens on Thursday (today) in Islamabad. The 5th Chairman Bahria Town Open Golf Championship 2015 is being organised by Bahria Town from March 26 to 29, at Garden City Golf & Country Club Islamabad and Bahria Golf City Golf & Country Club, said a press release. Catering to all golf ...

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Lakhvi’s detention: Court issues contempt notices to interior secretary, Okara DCO

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday summoned the interior secretary and the Okara district coordination officer (DCO) to appear before the court on April 14 in response to a contempt application filed by Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, against a recent order for his detention issued by the Punjab administration. Justice Noorul Haq N ...

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Delayed appearance: LHC admonishes schools secretary

LAHORE / LAHORE:  Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday admonished Schools Secretary Abdul Jabbar Shaheen for his long-delayed appearance at the hearing of a contempt petition. The court had earlier summoned Shaheen three times. The secretary appeared after a fourth notice had been issued on a petition filed by a teacher seeking action against authorities for failing to implement a ...

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People urged to donate zakat to govt’s fund

LAHORE: Zakat and Ushr minister Malik Nadeem Kamran on Wednesday urged the public to contribute their zakat to the department’s fund. He said with the adoption of the new distribution and monitoring system, the donors could rest assured that their funds would go only to the needy. “The department will share complete information of the recipients with the donors,” he said. ...

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‘No private clinics’: Paramedics of Swat protest in defiance

MINGORA: Activists of All Swat Paramedical Association (ASPA) took to the streets on Wednesday against the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government’s decision to prevent them from practicing at private clinics. Hundreds of paramedics participated in the rally that started from Mingora and culminated in Saidu Sharif. They were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the government. Speakers said the district administration ...

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Market watch: Bourse continues dismal run, tests 31,000 level

KARACHI: The equities closed in the red after listless trading on Wednesday with the benchmark testing the 31,000 level in the absence of buyers. Turnover fell nearly 30% compared to the previous week’s average. At close, the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) 100-Share Index recorded a fall of 0.72% or 224.22 points at 31,086.51. Elixir Securities analyst Faisal Bilwani said foreign investors ...

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