Pakistan

Sultan Mehmood; A cultural phenomenon

Qandeel Baloch’s murder by her brother in Multan for the sake of so-called honour has seen ‘condemnations’ from all sides. The insinuation seems to be that all are unanimous in their condemnation of the scourge that is honour killing. However, anyone following their social media feeds or conversations with their friends and family will soon discover that this unanimity is ...

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To fight terror, other ills: Asian assembly seeks to wage anti-poverty fight

ISLAMABAD: Poverty alleviation is vital to combat international terrorism, drug abuse and trafficking, arms smuggling, sea piracy and transnational crimes. This was stressed in a resolution adopted by members of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) on Wednesday at the concluding day of a meeting of its standing committee on economic and sustainable development affairs. In the APA meeting delegations participated from ...

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Govt to transfer assets to KPEZDMC

PESHAWAR: The provincial government has decided to transfer the assets and industrial estates of K-P Development Authority (KPDA) to Khyber -Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management Company (KPEZDMC). KPDA was formerly known as Sarhad Development Authority. “Our first priority is to create jobs for our future generations,” KPEZDMC Chairperson Ghulam Dastagir said during a news conference on the merger at a ...

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Syrian suicide bomber in Germany ‘in chat’ just before attack

A Syrian with suspected links to the Islamic State group who blew himself up outside a German music festival was in contact with another person “who influenced the attack” immediately beforehand, authorities said Wednesday. The 27-year-old failed asylum seeker, who wounded 15 people at a nearby cafe late Sunday when he was refused access to the festival venue, had been ...

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CM Qaim Ali Shah bows out

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad accepted the outgoing chief minister’s resignation on Wednesday, paving the way for finance minister Murad Ali Shah to take over the reins of the provincial government. The Sindh cabinet stands dissolved with Qaim Ali Shah’s resignation, as the incoming provincial chief executive will form his own cabinet. “I have summoned the assembly session on Friday ...

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Victor party in session : Farooq Haider picked for coveted PM slot in AJK

ISLAMABAD: After winning a thumping victory in the general elections of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Wednesday nominated Raja Farooq Haider for the coveted office of prime minister of the semi-autonomous region. Haider’s election is a forgone conclusion since the PML-N won 31 seats in the 49-member AJK Legislative Assembly in last week’s polls. Haider will be ...

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Hyderabad-Sukkur section: China, S Korea lobbying for M-9 motorway

ISLAMABAD: Chinese and South Korean investors have expressed interest in the Rs163 billion ($1.7 billion) Hyderabad-Sukkur (M-9) section of the Karachi-Lahore motorway, a National Highway Authority official said on Wednesday. The 296-km stretch is the last missing link on the Karachi-Lahore motorway on which construction work has yet to be started. The government has decided to offer this section on the ...

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PPP opposes change in gas distribution formula

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party on Wednesday filed an adjournment motion in the National Assembly, seeking a debate over the centre’s proposed change in the natural gas distribution formula that could benefit household consumers in Punjab and affect industrial and commercial consumers in other provinces. Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi convened a meeting of provincial representatives a ...

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Daunting tasks await new ECP members

ISLAMABAD: Four new members of the Election Commission of Pakistan – including its first-ever woman member – were sworn in on Wednesday, making the top poll supervisory body functional after a long hiatus of 46 days. Justice (retd) Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi, Justice (retd) Irshad Qaiser, Justice (retd) Shakeel Ahmed Baloch and former federal secretary Abdul Ghaffar Soomro were picked after over ...

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Police hunt for killer of British woman

JEHLUM / RAWALPINDI: Mangla police are looking for a man who is believed to have killed British-Pakistani Samia Shahid in Jehlum last week. Shahid’s husband has claimed that she was killed by her family for ‘honour’. While visiting relatives at her native village of Pindori near the Mangla Dam last week, 28-year-old Shahid from Bradford suddenly died. After an initial autopsy ...

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