Climbing the ladder: Peshawar High Court Chief Justice promotes civil judges

PESHAWAR:  Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan has promoted seven senior civil judges to the post of additional district and sessions judges, while as many civil judges have been promoted to posts of senior civil judges. The chief justice also ordered the posting of 48 judges to various districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). Senior civil judges/aala illaqa qazis ...

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German ex-president goes on trial

Former German President Christian Wulff is to go on trial accused of accepting financial favours in office – a charge he denies.

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Flights of fancy: Suspects in bank theft handed over to FIA

SWABI:  The three bank officials who were allegedly involved in stealing gold worth millions from National Bank Thanda Koi branch were handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team in Peshawar. Inside job Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Swabi DPO Sajad Khan shared the bank manager filed a case on November 7 stating, of the 167 bags of gold ...

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Embarrassment: Rs300,000 sought for defective phone

LAHORE:  A consumer court on Wednesday issued a notice to a proprietor in a suit seeking Rs300,000 as damages for allegedly selling the petitioner a defective mobile phone that “caused him embarrassment in front of his friends”. Petitioner Muhammad Sarwar said that he had purchased a second-hand Nokia phone from Muhammad Iqbal, the proprietor of Pakistan Mobile, Islampura, for Rs9,000 ...

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Kidnapped doctor: FIR lodged against unknown persons

ISLAMABAD:  The first information report (FIR) for a doctor who was allegedly abducted between Peshawar Mor and Sector G-10 on Tuesday was lodged against unknown people at the Sabzi Mandi Police Station on Wednesday. Dr Ehsanullah Khan, who hailed from North Waziristan, was kidnapped by two unidentified men riding two vehicles. Khan’s wife Maryam Ehsan lodged the FIR, in which ...

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Top Russian officials in Egypt talks

A high-level Russian delegation is due to hold talks in the Egyptian capital Cairo that will reportedly include possible arms deals.

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Climate calamity: Pakistan worst-hit after Haiti, Philippines, says report

ISLAMABAD:  A climate vulnerability report released by environmental think-tank Germanwatch counted Pakistan among the three countries most affected by extreme weather events in 2012. The organisation released a report titled Global Climate Risk Index 2014 on Tuesday at an ongoing United Nations (UN) climate summit in Poland, which stated that Haiti, the Philippines and Pakistan were worst hit by climate-related ...

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No loopholes: Cellular networks likely to remain suspended

PESHAWAR: Keeping in view the uncertain law and order situation, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Home and Tribal Affairs Department has requested the federal government to block cellular networks on the 9th and 10th of Muharram. The department has advocated a similar view on several previous occasions, particularly in Muharram and during Eid prayers. An official of the home department told The Express ...

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Threats: Businessman seeks extortion case

LAHORE:  An additional district and sessions judge on Wednesday adjourned for November 23 a petition filed by a businessman seeking a case against a man for alleged extortion. Petitioner Talha Mumtaz Mir said that had run ZM Enterprises on McLeod Road for over 30 years. He said a few weeks ago a man named Ijaz Qureshi had called him and ...

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Killing talent: ‘Govt used PCB top slot for rewarding cronies’

ISLAMABAD:  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said successive governments have used the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) top slot as a means of rewarding cronies. He said the latest chairmanship was awarded to Najam Sethi, a man with no cricketing or any sporting credentials, as a reward for politically aiding the ruling party. The result has been a ...

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Steadfast: No peace talks while drones persist, says Nisar

ISLAMABAD:  Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Wednesday reiterated the government’s stance that dialogue with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan cannot be initiated until the United States stopped drone strikes in Pakistan. His comments echoed the government’s stance on talks in light of the death of TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud whom Nisar had earlier said was ready to begin peace talks. “No peace ...

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Mayor gunned down, 24 others killed across Iraq

The mayor of the Iraqi city of Falluja was shot to death while bombings there, in Baghdad and in another city killed another 24 people Wednesday, police reported.

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K-P government shuffle: Coalition breakup does not come as a surprise

PESHAWAR:  The breakup within the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) coalition government does not come as a surprise for many – the boycott of assembly sessions by the Qaumi Watan Party (QWP), the absence of its members from select committees and inept silence on core issues were indications of ‘all’s not well’. However, the provincial president of the QWP and Senior Minister Sikander ...

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