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In CPEC talks, Chinese drive a hard bargain with Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan appea­red to have been pushed hard by the Chinese side to give in more than it secured in return during the recently held 7th joint cooperation committee (JCC) meeting of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

CPEC long-term plan to be made public on Dec 18: Ahsan Iqbal


MINISTER for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says the Chinese are doing what the Americans and the Europeans should have done after the end of the Afghan war.

Four more held in ATM fraud case


RAWALPINDI: The Federal Investigation Agency claimed to have arrested four more suspects allegedly involved in stealing data of bank customers and their money through bogus ATM, credit and debit cards.

PM to allay lawmakers’ concerns over Fata law


ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday urged protesting opposition and tribal lawmakers in the National Assembly to not opt for any protest until the prime minister had a chance to explain the challenges facing the Fata reforms.

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Enemies want instability in Pakistan, says Iqbal


KARACHI: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that if the Constitution Amendment Bill 2017 pertaining to the fresh delimitation of constituencies is not passed soon, the conspiracy to postpone the elections would succeed.

Qadri to announce new push against Shahbaz govt today


LAHORE: The three Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) members of the Punjab Assembly, who had announced their resignations at a Khatm-i-Nubuwat conference organised by Pir Hameeduddin Sialvi in Faisalabad on Sunday, submitted their formal…


Gayle smashes records as Rangpur Riders lift BPL trophy


Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten 146 off 69 balls in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) final against Dhaka Dynamites on Tuesday to help his team lift the trophy.


PTI to move high court against decision to try Imran Khan in anti-terrorism court


Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday reiterated that cases concerning the storming of the state-run broadcaster's offices during the 2014 sit-in do not qualify as terrorism cases.


Govt sends new bill on moon sighting for cabinet approval


The Ministry of Religious Affairs has forwarded to the federal cabinet the draft of a new bill governing the moon sighting ceremony that marks the start of a new month in the lunar Hijri calendar, Dawn learnt on Tuesday.


CTD submits final charge sheet in Lal Shahbaz Qalandar blast case


The police's Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in Hyderabad on Tuesday submitted the final charge sheet in the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine bombing case, naming seven accused, six of whom are absconding.


Ishaq Dar does not seem to be suffering from any serious heart disease, says accountability judge


Accountability court Judge Mohammad Bashir in a detailed judgement released on Wednesday regarding the status of Ishaq Dar as a proclaimed offender observed that the under-trial former finance minister does not seem to have a serious heart…


Bangladeshi-origin NYC bomber motivated by 'Israeli incursions in Gaza': reports


Bangladeshi-origin Akayed Ullah, the perpetrator behind Monday's bomb attack in a New York City subway passageway, told police that he was motivated by Israeli 'incursions in Gaza', CNN reported.


5 PML-N lawmakers formally submit resignations over inaction against Sanaullah


Five PML-N lawmakers formally submitted resignations to their respective assembly secretariats on Tuesday in protest over government inaction against Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah.

ECP slams PTI's 'delaying tactics' in party funding case


The chief election commissioner (CEC) lashed out at Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) when the party's senior lawyer Anwar Mansoor and finance secretary failed to appear for a hearing of on the party's source of funds on Tuesday.


Siraj demands KP-Fata merger by Dec 31


Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Emir Sirajul Haq on Tuesday warned the government to ensure the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) before December 31.

SC continues to press NAB on what new evidence merits reopening Hudaibya reference


The Supreme Court on Tuesday continued to press the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on why the apex court should allow for the Rs1.2 billion Hudaibya Paper Mills reference to be reopened.


SC bars lower courts from hearing cases on Katas Raj temple


Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar during Tuesday's proceeding of Katas Raj case barred lower courts from hearing any petitions regarding the ongoing case.

Tuesday, Dec 12

Second Lt, sepoy martyred as militants open fire on army vehicle in North Waziristan


Two soldiers were martyred when armed militants opened fire on their vehicle in North Waziristan on Tuesday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

Work on three CPEC projects halted till China’s approval, says planning minister


ISLAMABAD: China has halted the release of funds for three projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) till the revision of its ‘financial mechanism’ by Beijing, Minister for Planning and Develop­ment Ahsan Iqbal confirmed…

Chinese nationals involved in criminal offences in Pakistan to be tried


RAWALPINDI: Chinese expatriates involved in criminal activities will face punitive action as per the law of the land, according to an understanding reached between the Punjab home department and the Chinese consul general recently.

Uproar in National Assembly as government holds back Fata reforms bill


ISLAMABAD: A last-minute decision by the government to once again delay the presentation of the Fata reforms bill on Monday led to uproar in the National Assembly, and opposition members announced a boycott of house proceedings until the…

Monday, Dec 11

Ishaq Dar declared absconder by accountability court


An accountability court on Monday declared Ishaq Dar an absconder in a corruption reference after the former finance minister repeatedly failed to join the trial, remaining instead in London where he has reportedly been undergoing medical…

Hudaibiya case: SC questions NAB lawyer on circumstances of Nawaz's exile


The Supreme Court on Monday questioned the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) lawyer regarding the circumstances under which former prime minister Nawaz Sharif went into exile in Saudi Arabia in 2000 ─ the same year in which the…

Industry raises red flag over imminent oil crisis


ISLAMABAD: The oil industry has raised the red flag over imminent closure of local refineries and related inability of the oil companies to provide enough fuels for smooth operations of aviation and security aircraft.

Senate meets today as standoff over delimitation bill persists


ISLAMABAD: A fresh Senate session is set to begin on Monday (today) as the standoff over the delimitation bill continues amid refusal by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to review its stance on the issue of re-verification of the…

Sunday, Dec 10

Indian forces using 'chemical weapons' in held Kashmir: AJK president


Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan on Sunday claimed that Indian security forces are using 'chemical weapons' against civilians in India-held Kashmir (IHK).

5 PML-N lawmakers announce resignation protesting inaction against Rana Sanaullah


Five PML-N lawmakers announced their resignations from public office during a Khatm-i-Nabuwwat conference organised by Pir Sialvi in Faisalabad on Sunday.

Babar Ghauri, Shamim Siddiqui quit Altaf-led MQM


Former federal ministers and members of the London faction of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Babar Ghauri and Shamim Siddiqui, announced on Sunday their resignation from the Altaf Hussain-led party.

SC asked to adjourn Hudaibya case till NAB gets prosecutor


ISLAMABAD: As the Supreme Court resumes on Monday the hearing of the Rs1.2 billion Hudaibya Paper Mills reference, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has come out with a request to adjourn the proceedings till the time its new…

Saturday, Dec 9

Govt blocks 937 URLS, 98.3m SIMs under National Action Plan


Taking steps to prevent the use of internet and social media for terrorist activities, the Ministry of Information Technology has blocked 937 URLS and 10 websites run by banned organisations, it was learnt on Saturday.

Will decide Zardari's fate with the people of Sindh: Imran Khan


Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday turned his guns once again on PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, saying he would decide the fate of "Zardari and his entourage" with the people of Sindh during his visit to…

In talks with IMF, Pakistan agrees to depreciate rupee


ISLAMABAD: Amid a policy decision on Friday to allow rupee depreciation, Pakistan and an International Mone­tary Fund (IMF) delegation concluded the first round of discussions on the country’s economy. Now members of the IMF delegation and…

Friday, Dec 8

Pakistan allows Indian spy Jadhav's wife, mother to visit on Dec 25


The Foreign Office announced on Friday that the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav have been given permission to visit the Indian spy in Pakistan.

SC sets aside LHC decision against Orange Line train, orders Punjab govt to complete project


The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday set aside the decision of the Lahore High Court (LHC) to halt construction of the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT), ordering the Punjab government to resume work on the project subject to certain conditions.

Pakistan's exchange rate facing risks, UN body warns


ISLAMABAD: The government’s policy of keeping the exchange rate stable by intervening in the foreign exchange market may become unsustainable if the US dollar appreciates against most major currencies in global markets, warns a new United…

Army chief calls for widening scope of madressah education


The army chief recalls he had proposed to the ousted prime minister to send more experienced bureaucrats to serve in Balochistan and take the province out of the darkness of backwardness.