Zilhaj moon sighted, Eidul Azha on August 22

The first day of Eidul Azha will be celebrated across Pakistan on August 22, Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman announced on Sunday following the sighting of the Zilhaj moon. The announcement was preceded by meetings of the moon-sighting committee and other zonal committees in all provincial capitals of the country. The Islamic month of Zilhaj will commence on August 13. Meanwhile, Haj will be observed in Saudi Arabia on August 20. Muslims across the country celebrate the annual festival of Eidul Azha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which…

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3 policemen martyred as militants attack checkpost in Gilgit-Baltistan

At least three policemen were martyred and two others sustained injuries when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a police checkpost in Kargah Nala area of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) early on Saturday, police said. Five or six militants attacked the Kargah Police Checkpost in Joot area, some 40 kilometres from Gilgit, at around 5am, superintendent of police (SP) Gilgit Tanvirul Hassan told DawnNewsTV. Twelve police personnel were present at the checkpost at the time of the attack. Three foot constables (FC), namely Nawaz, Fazal and Wakeel were martyred in the firing. FC Zeshan…

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US cuts military training programme for Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US military institutions are struggling to fill the 66 slots they had kept aside for officers from Pakistan for the next academic year, as the Trump administration refused to provide funds for their training, official sources said. The fund for training Pakistani officers came from the US government’s International Military Education and Training Programme (IMET) but no funds were made available for Pakistan for the next academic year. Dawn first learned about the suspension from the US National Defence University (NDU), Washington, which has had reserved seats for Pakistani…

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Pak’s Foreign Policy is based on our National Interests with a focus on strengthened relations: Ambassador Jauhar Saleem

Pakistan Ambassador to Germany Jauhar Saleem

By Yasir Aziz (Berlin-Germany)  Speaking with Overseas Tribune (OT), the Ambassador of Pakistan to Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Jauhar Saleem highlighted the importance of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy and formidable challenges, the country faces. ‘Pakistan’s Foreign Policy is a principled based policy, in pursuit of country’s National Interests, stated the Ambassador.   In an interview with our Warsaw based contributor for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yasir Aziz, he spoke about Pakistan’s Foreign Policy and strengthening of our relationships under fore-coming leadership of Imran Khan, whose party has won an overwhelming majority in elections 2018. The Interview covered various aspects of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy in depth.   Speaking about…

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Caretaker govt orders to shift Nawaz to PIMS from Adiala jail

Former Prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: The caretaker government has ordered prison authorities to shift former premier Nawaz Sharif to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) after his health deteriorated on Sunday, interim information minister said. Doctors conducted a check-up of the former premier after he complained of chest pain and advised that he be shifted to a coronary care unit (CCU) immediately, sources said. Following this, the jail superintendent contacted the additional chief secretary. “In light of the additional chief secretary’s report, the caretaker government decided to shift Nawaz to PIMS,” sources in the…

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KC-EU welcomes Imran Khan’s fresh stance on Kashmir

Chairman Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) Mr Ali Raza Syed has welcomed Chairman Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan’s first stance on issue of Kashmir after the victory in parliamentary elections in Pakistan. It is important to mention that in his first address to nation as leader of largest political party after the elections Imran Khan on Wednesday suggested, “The leaders of Pakistan and India should sit down at a table and resolve the Kashmir issue.” Praising the Imran Khan’s speech specially its part on Kashmir, Chairman Kashmir Council EU…

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Elections 2018: Unofficial results of provincial assembly seats start pouring in

Elections in Pakistan

Unofficial and unconfirmed results of a large number of provincial assembly seats have been received as more are pouring in. Chief Election Commissioner Muhammad Raza Khan congratulated the people of Pakistan for participating in a “democratic polling process”, and expressed gratitude for the polling staff across the country as well as the security personnel deployed on Wednesday. Unofficial results of provincial assembly seats are as follows: Punjab PP-200 (Multan-VII) Winner: Riaz Ahmed, PML-N (43694 votes) Runner-up: Waheed Asghar, PTI (39315 votes) PP-201 (Sahiwal) Winner: Murtaza Iqbal, PTI  (44221 votes) Runner-up:…

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Voting opens for Pakistan general election; millions flock to polls amid tight security

Peshawar Na 4 Elections result

The battle is set to come down to three parties: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). While polling stations officially opened for voting at 8am, enthusiastic citizens queued up outside their respective stations as early as 7am. PML-N Chief Shahbaz Sharif was among the first people to cast his vote, according to DawnNewsTV. Speaking to the media outside the polling station in Model Town, Lahore, he requested that people come out and vote for PML-N. July 25 was earlier declared a public holiday by the ECP, as an effort…

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Kadafi returns Norway with a painful heart and wounded body

Kadafi Zaman

Oslo (Bureau Report) The prominent Norwegian Pakistani Journalist Mr Kadafi Zaman who had remained in police detention for four days from 13th July to 16th July 2018, has returned back to Norway Thursday’s evening. An article published on Norway’s TV-2 website reported, Kadafi says, “I will never forget Friday, July 13, 2018, the worst day so far in my life”. He was arrested on 13th July at the time when thousands of workers of Muslims League Nawaz group from Gujrat district wanted to travel to Lahore in order to support their…

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Over 100 stalls gutted as fire engulfs Islamabad’s Sasta Bazaar

Fire in chappal factory

ISLAMABAD: Firefighters are working to extinguish a fire which engulfed Sasta Bazaar in Sector H-9 in the federal capital on Wednesday. Over 100 stalls have been gutted in the raging fire till now. It is feared that the fire will not be doused easily as the market contains garments and other goods that easily catch fire. Over 20 fire tenders are dousing the flames. Capital Development Authority (CDA), Bahria Town and Rescue 1122 are also engaged in rescue efforts. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that Pakistan Navy’s tankers and…

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KC-EU praises EU’s parliament fresh document on Kashmir

Chairman Kashmir Council Eu Ali Raza Syed

Chairman Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) Mr Ali Raza Syed has praised the EU’s parliament for issuing a fresh document on Kashmir issue specially human right violations in Indian Held Kashmir. The EU’s parliament on Wednesday issued the documents containing history of 70- year old dispute of Kashmir, its damaging impact on development in South Asia, UN’s resolutions, Struggle of people against the India rule and human rights violations in IHK. It said, at the end of document which was issued by The EU’s parliament research service, it has been prepared…

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Norwegian Journalist Kadafi released after four days in Pakistan

Kadafi Zaman Released from Jail

Oslo (Bureau Report) The Norwegian Journalist of Pakistani origin Kadafi Zaman who had arrested on 13 July in Pakistan was released on Monday afternoon after four days of his detention at civil-line police station in Gujrat in Pakistan. According to his father Chaudhary Mohammad Zaman, “My son was released from the police custody on bail due to alleged charges against him. Kadafi was arrested on Friday during media coverage of a crowd of supporters of Nawaz Sharif, the leader of former ruling party (PML-N) at Chinab bridge in Gujrat city.…

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The Norwegian Journalist Kadafi Zaman in detention for third consecutive day in Pakistan

Oslo (Bureau Report) The Norwegian Journalist of Pakistani origin Kadafi Zaman who was arrested on 13 July is still in detention in civil-line police station in Gujrat in Pakistan. He was arrested on Friday during media coverage of a crowd of supporters of Nawaz Sharif, the leader of former ruling party (PML-N) at Chinab bridge in Gujrat city. The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Marrium Nawaz were held by Pakistani security forces on their arrival in Lahore from London on Friday’s evening. They are accused of exploitation…

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PM, Balochistan CM visit Raisani’s family, offer condolences for Mastung attack victims

Nasir ul Mulk Visits Balochistan

Caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk on Sunday visited slain Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Nawab Siraj Raisani’s family to condole his death in a suicide attack targeting an election gathering in Mastung on Friday. The prime minister, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party Chairman Mahmood Khan Achakzai and Balochistan interim Chief Minister Alauddin Marri all gathered at Sarwan House to offer fateha for Raisani and the others who lost their lives in the Mastung attack. On Saturday, the federal government declared Sunday a day of national mourning over the recent terrorist attacks…

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Turkey’s economy looks like it’s headed for a big crash

Tayyip Erdogan

0 It might seem strange to worry about an economy that grew 7.4 per cent last year, but despite – or rather, because of – that good news, Turkey is showing all the classic signs of an emerging markets crisis. It’s pretty simple. Turkey has and continues to borrow a lot of dollars that are getting harder to pay back now that its currency is falling fast. Or, more specifically, its banks and companies have. But, in any case, the fact that its government hasn’t built up a big rainy-day…

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