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Strategic defence controls: Nuclear programme safe and secure, says Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD:  Allaying fears after a leaked intelligence report suggested increased US surveillance of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons following growing mistrust, the Foreign Office on Tuesday said that stringent international level security measures are in place to guard nuclear weapons and material. “Pakistan is also fully engaged with the international community on nuclear safety and security issues. The efficacy of our strategic ...

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Nyad gives fresh hope to boomers

Lately I’ve been hearing wailing sounds in the distance from members of what’s been dubbed Generation X over the prospect of beginning their collective sixth decade in two years.

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False accusation?: School principal booked for blasphemy

LAHORE:  On the allegations of the imam of a local mosque, a first information report (FIR) was registered against a school principal here under blasphemy law by Nishtar Town police late Monday night. Police told that Qazi Iftikhar Ahmad Raza, along with three other clerics as witnesses, filed a case against Salma, alleging that she had circulated blasphemous papers. The ...

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Indigenous defence production: Navy inducts first home built frigate

KARACHI:  Indigenisation of defence production is a top priority of the country, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said at the induction ceremony of the locally built frigate PNS Aslat at PN Dockyard on Tuesday. PNS Aslat is the first F-22P frigate of Pakistan Navy which has been indigenously built at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) in collaboration with the China ...

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4.8m Britons ‘earn below living wage’

The number of UK workers earning less than the so-called living wage has risen to 4.8 million, a report by the Resolution Foundation think tank suggests.

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Ensuring food security: Punjab announces wheat subsidy

LAHORE:  Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan has announced that the government will provide a subsidy of Rs18 billion to allow for discounted rates of flour for consumers. The food department will be issued wheat for Rs1330 per 40kg and a flour bag of 20kg will be available to the consumers for Rs785. Punjab government has a stock of 3,946,000 ...

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Violence continues: Targeted killings claim 11 lives in Karachi

KARACHI:  Targeted killings continued on Tuesday even when the prime minister was in the city to discuss the issue of unabated violence. Police sources report that a police inspector, a political worker and an alleged gangster were among 11 people shot dead across the city. Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Shamshad Ahmed, who was posted to the intelligence wing in Orangi Town, ...

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Domestic violence: Within the four walls

KARACHI:  “I married my first cousin when I was 19. Everything felt so perfect in the beginning but once the honeymoon phase was over, things started to change.” This is an excerpt from a blog on the Chayn.org website, by a woman who faced violence and abuse at home. While most people believe domestic violence is only restricted to physical ...

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Colour of money: Religious scholar cons millions from followers

ISLAMABAD:  A religious leader used his influence to con thousands of his rich devotees into investing billions of rupees in a fake modaraba (Islamic banking) that he set up. Mufti Qari Ehsanul Haq, a religious scholar from Gujranwala, promised to pay people a profit of Rs5,000 to Rs8,000 against every Rs100,000 invested in Fayyazi Gujranwala Industries, an unregistered company. The ...

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Murray reaches US Open quarter-finals

Defending champion Andy Murray beats Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in four sets to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.

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Missing draft of constitution: Prove theft claims, SHC tells petitioner

KARACHI:  The Sindh High Court on Tuesday asked a petitioner to prove the maintainability of his plea for the lodging of a case on the alleged theft of the original document of the 1973 Constitution. “Before issuing notice we would like to hear the petitioner’s counsel on the maintainability of this petition, for which he requests time,” observed a two-judge ...

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Final congregations: Zardari calls for strengthening democracy

ISLAMABAD:  President Zardari said that smooth and peaceful transition of power from one democratic government to another reflects that democracy has gradually taken root in the country. He called upon all the political forces to work together towards further strengthening democracy and democratic institutions. The president was speaking to a group of former and incumbent parliamentarians from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and ...

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