LHC takes up social media rules case tomorrow

LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh will hear on Monday an application assailing the legitimacy of new social media regulations published by Ministry of Information, Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT). “The regulations prima facie appear to be illegal and ultra vires for contravening and exceeding the scope of Pakistan Telecommunication Reorganization Act, 1996 and the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act, 2016 (Peca) and [in] violation of fundamental constitutional rights,” argued the application moved by digital rights activist Ms Jannat Ali. Through her counsel Usama Khawar Ghumman, the applicant…

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Local oil production dips 10pc in first half

ISLAMABAD: Local production of petroleum products declined by over 10 per cent during the first half of this fiscal year which also led to a drop in its exports. This was matched by a double-digit fall in crude oil imports, which also translated into lower production of petroleum products by local refineries in 1HFY20. The half yearly data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics show that output of all 11 petroleum components was lower as petrol and high-speed diesel mostly were down 8.68pc and 10.21pc, respectively. However, in December 2019,…

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Pakistanis won’t be allowed to go to Iran until coronavirus crisis is dealt with: Balochistan govt spokesman

Pakistanis will not be allowed to travel to Iran until the coronavirus crisis is sorted out, Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani announced on Sunday, as the number of casualties from the disease in the neighbouring country rose to eight. He added that Pakistani pilgrims who are currently in Iran will return in March. Shahwani said that the Iranian government had been requested to allow pilgrims to stay in Iran until next month. About 5,000 pilgrims are currently in Iran. Shahwani said that the Balochistan government had taken immediate preventive measures…

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‘Suicide’ attack claims eight lives in Quetta

QUETTA: Eight people — two police personnel and a Levies Force man among them — were martyred and over 20 others injured in a suicide attack near Quetta district courts and press club on Monday. The suicide bomber had attempted to break through a police barrier and enter a rally, but blew himself up on facing resistance from security personnel, Quetta police chief DIG Abdul Razzak Cheema said, adding that eight people lost their lives and over 20 others were injured in the explosion. No one had claimed responsibility for…

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KEA WARNS UN IS EXHAUSTING PEACE OPTION ON KASHMIR ISSUE

KEA WARNS UN IS EXHAUSTING PEACE OPTION ON KASHMIR ISSUE In a statement issued from Oslo, President of Kashmir European Alliance Sardar Pervez Mehmood has appealed to UN to speak up for the rights of the Kashmiri people held hostage in Indian part of Kashmir. With the passage of four months since New Delhi put India-held Kashmir under lockdown, another grim milestone has been passed, Sardar said. While the people of the forsaken Valley suffocate under India’s stifling restrictions, as millions of Kashmiris continue to live in an open-air prison. Kashmiris…

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PM Imran leaves for Davos summit, expected to meet President Trump

Prime Minister Imran Khan left for Davos, Switzerland, early on Tuesday to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), reported Radio Pakistan on Tuesday. The premier is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood, Special Assistant on National Security Mooed Yusuf and Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, while Adviser on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and Ambassador at large for Investments Ali Jehangir Siddiqui will join the delegation in Davos. The prime minister will deliver a keynote address at the WEF…

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‘Disgruntled’ lawmakers appear in PTI ranks

LAHORE: Already facing tough time from party allies, a group of ‘disgruntled’ PTI lawmakers have surfaced in Punjab openly expressing their resentment for being ignored in the distribution of public funds and public welfare projects. “We have faced ‘ruthless’ discrimination from the Shahbaz government during the past one decade and the situation seems no different in the Buzdar dispensation as our constituencies are still being ignored in terms of development projects,” said PTI MPA Sardar Shahabuddin, while speaking to Dawn on Monday. Mr Shahabuddin, who has been elected as MPA on PTI…

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Blast inside Quetta mosque claims 15 lives, injures 19

A blast inside a mosque in Quetta’s Satellite Town area during Friday evening prayers claimed 15 lives and left 19 people injured, Balochistan Home Minister Zia Langove confirmed. According to Quetta Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema and hospital sources, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Amanullah and the mosque’s imam were among the deceased. What we know so far: Explosion took place during Maghrib prayers DSP, imam among the deceased Nature of the blast yet to be determined The nature of the explosion, which took place inside the mosque…

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PML-N rejects govt’s condition of indemnity bond for Nawaz’s travel, approaches court

PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday rejected the government’s conditional decision to allow Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for medical treatment, accusing the government of playing “dirty politics” on the former prime minister’s health. Addressing a press conference alongside the PML-N’s top leadership, he announced that the party’s legal team has approached the Lahore High Court against the government decision. It emerged while Shehbaz’s press conference was underway that a two-member bench of the LHC headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and including Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem would hear the…

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Pakistani Exchange students visit Norwegian TV2 Headquarters in Oslo

Oslo (Bureau Report) Two exchange students of mass communication from Pakistan have visited Oslo’s headquarters of Norwegian TV2, the largest commercial TV channel of the country Thursday. Both students namely Haseeb Shahid and Saqib Saleem are currently studying under an exchange program at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). Haseeb, who is basically student of bachelors in Media and Mass at Beconhouse National University in Lahore, is also a freelance journalist. Saqib Saleem, who is a Mphill student on the exchange program at OsloMe is primary an assistant professor at Forman Christian…

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Coin issued to commemorate Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday announced that the government has issued a commemorative coin to mark 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikh religion, and invited Indian cricket star and former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor project on Nov 9. Mr Sidhu accepted the invitation and assured the government that he would definitely attend the function, said spokesman of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. “Mr Sidhu expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Imran Khan for inviting him to the…

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Death toll from Tezgam inferno jumps to 62: Rahim Yar Khan district govt

The death toll from a fire in three bogies of a Tezgam train near Liaqatpur city jumped to 62, while many remain under critical condition, Rahim Yar Khan district government said on Thursday. Women and children are also amongst the victims — none of whom have been identified yet. The dead and injured are being shifted to DHQ Hospital in Liaqatpur. Some of the injured have also been shifted to Bahawal Victoria Hospital in Bahawalpur due to their critical condition. The train was bound from Karachi to Rawalpindi, Radio Pak reported. The…

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A Norwegian Pakistani Artist presents an art work showing circumstances of an expected Nuclear war

A Norwegian Pakistani Artist Anwar Kazmi presented an art work showing circumstances of an expected Nuclear war (click on below video and read its related text as under) Oslo (Exclusive Report) A Norwegian Pakistani Artist Syed Anwar Ali Kazmi created a picture showing circumstances of an expected Nuclear war (possibility between two nuclear states of South Asia – India and Pakistan). He shows in this piece of art work how the people will face a long starvation and other miseries as after effects of the War. It is important to…

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Norwegian Pakistani Artist Anwar Kazmi returns home with dignity

Norwegian Pakistani Artist Syed Anwar Ali Kazmi who faced hardships in Pakistan last year as he was  tortured in Lahore, finally by returning home joined his family in Norway with a great dignity as the main opponent in his case Malik Riaz Mahmood and his supporters apologized on their mistakes. Earlier, the additional Session Judge of Lahore Mohammad Irfan Basra cancelled bail before arrest of Malik Riaz Mahmood and other people involved in this case as saying police should arrest them in order to complete the legal proceeding. Syed Anwar…

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