Travel plan thwarted: Musharraf rearrested hours after winning freedom

ISLAMABAD:  Former president Pervez Musharraf was just packing his bags on Thursday when he was rearrested following accusations that he was personally responsible for the deaths of Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi and his mother during the 2007 military operation at the mosque and Jamia Hafsa. Less than 24 hours before, Musharraf had been declared a free man and ...

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Stringent measures: Government adds teeth to anti-terror laws

ISLAMABAD:  Pakistan on Thursday toughened its anti-terrorism laws by introducing as many as a dozen amendments into the legislation which proposes longer detention for suspects and accepts electronic evidence as well as trials via video link. Suspects can now be held for up to three months, eight weeks longer than envisaged under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Through another amendment, robust new ...

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Lehmann gathers country’s cricket greats

SYDNEY: Coach Darren Lehmann gathered some of the country’s top cricket minds yesterday to discuss ways Australia can improve their batting before the return Ashes series against England starting next month. Lehmann talked for over four hours with a group of 20 former Test stars in Sydney to seek solutions to the Test team’s batting inconsistency. Among the key figures at ...

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Protest: Disobedience unless price hike withdrawn

FAISALABAD:  Several traders’ unions on Thursday decided to stage country wide protests and launch a civil disobedience movement if the government did not withdraw the imposition of new taxes and the increase in petroleum and electricity prices. All Traders Organisation Pakistan President Khalid Parvaiz was speaking at a traders’ convention. He said the government’s policies were unfavourable for traders. “The ...

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String of terror: Blasts sweep all provincial capitals

PESHAWAR / KARACHI / LAHORE / QUETTA:  On a day when Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif toured terror-ravaged Peshawar to review the security situation there, bombs went off in all four provincial capitals of the country, killing at least 12 people and injuring more than 70. The most powerful and deadliest of these explosions took place in the restive Quetta ...

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‘Passport should qualify players’

Any footballer who holds a passport for a particular country should be allowed to represent them on the football field, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli tells CNN.

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Commercial land: LDA sells 16 plots for Rs109.5m

LAHORE:  The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) auctioned off 16 of 35 available commercial plots and a shop for Rs109.5 million on Thursday. The auction of commercial plots at Johar Town, Sabzazar, Mustafa Town, Gujjarpura and the Model Town (Extension) Scheme was held at the LDA Community Centre in New Muslim Town. The highest price, Rs4.8 million, was fetched by the ...

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Last rites: Salu employee, brother killed in road accident

SUKKUR:  An employee of the Shah Abdul Latif University (Salu), Khairpur, along with his brother, was killed in a road accident at the National Highway near the old custom checkpost in Khairpur late Wednesday night. Salu assistant for students welfare officer, Mukhtiar Hussain Shaikh, and his younger brother, Iqbal Hussain Shaikh, was on their way to Babarloi from Sukkur, when ...

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Football: ‘Passport should qualify players’

Any footballer who holds a passport for a particular country should be allowed to represent them on the football field, according to Juventus president Andrea Agnelli.

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Meet the man who sleeps with sharks

Meet Brett McBride, a 46-year-old shark wrangler who’s not afraid to get up-close and personal with some of the fiercest creatures on the planet. And all in the name of science.

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