Govt announces successful Haj applicants under 50pc quota approved by federal cabinet

Hajj Quota 2018

A total of 87,813 intending pilgrims were selected through a transparent computerised balloting on Thursday to perform the religious obligation under the Government Haj Scheme 2018. Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah conducted the balloting process. Speaking on the occasion, the minister said: “Keeping in mind the growing restlessness among applicants and the uncertainty about reimbursement of payment, the ministry had requested the federal cabinet to proceed with the lottery under a 50 per cent quota, following which the balloting took place and the lucky winners…

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PML-N-backed candidate comfortably defeats PTI in Senate by-election for Nehal Hashmi’s seat

Senator Asad Ashraf

An independent candidate backed by the ruling PML-N on Thursday comfortably cruised to victory in a by-election on a Senate seat vacated after the disqualification of former senator Nehal Hashmi. Dr Asad Ashraf bagged 298 votes in the 368-member Punjab Assembly — where the polling for the by-election took place — defeating Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Dr Zarqa Suharwardi-Taimur, who managed to obtain 38 votes. Ashraf had submitted his papers for the election as a PML-N nominee but was declared an independent candidate after a Supreme Court verdict restrained Nawaz Sharif…

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Three GB officials arrested for misuse of funds

GILGIT: The National Accountability Bureau on Wednesday arrested three officials of Gilgit-Baltistan agriculture department for their alleged involvement in embezzlement of over Rs20 million through bogus bills and advertisements. NAB personnel arrested Nizamudin, GB deputy director agriculture, Sir Syed Ahmad, drawing and disbursing officer, and cashier Shah Zareen from Gilgit. According to a press release issued here, the accused misused their authority and embezzled the amount by processing bogus bills on the basis of fake advertisements, fake documents etc from various heads of the agriculture department in Diamer, during their…

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Pakistan ready for one-on-one mediation with Taliban, says Asif

khawaja asif

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday extended support to Kabul’s proposed political process seeking to recognise the Taliban as a legitimate political group, and said Pakistan is ready for one-on-one talks with the Afghan Taliban. Asif’s statements come a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the second Kabul Process conference offered recognition of the Taliban as a political group and asked the group to take part in peace talks “to save the country”. The offer adds to a series of signals from both the Western-backed government and the Taliban suggesting a…

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JIT declares Shahid Masood’s claims about Zainab’s murderer false

Zainab Murder Case hearing Dr Shahid Masood outside Supreme Court 25 January 2018

A report submitted to the Supreme Court on Thursday regarding television anchor Dr Shahid Masood’s claims about 6-year-old Zainab’s killer states that all 18 of the revelations made by Masood were false and baseless. The anchorperson had claimed during a late night show that Zainab’s rapist and murderer, Imran Ali, was a member of a pornography gang, which also includes a Punjab minister. During earlier hearings of the case, Masood had also told the court that the suspect has 37 foreign accounts. His claims about the bank accounts, however, were…

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Norwegian Pakistanis get Norway’s Tent Pegging qualified for world Cup

Dr Mamoon Gondal Oslo Norway

Overseas Tribune Norwegian Pakistani players got the Norway’s Tent Pegging Team qualified for upcoming World Cup in United Arab Emirates. The matches for Tent Pegging’s World Cups would be held in Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital city in September this year. The tournament for world cup qualifying was held recently in Saudi Arabia where Norwegian Tent Pegging Team headed by its captain Dr Mamoon Akram Gondal was successfully qualified for the world cup. Dr Mamoon Akram who inherited the tent pegging from his family, introduced the tent pegging in Norway…

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