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April 03, 2024

SC begins hearing suo motu on IHC judges’ letter

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa said on Wednesday that an “attack of any kind” on the independence of the judiciary will not be tolerated as the apex court commenced hearing the suo motu on a letter by six Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges alleging interference by the country’s intelligence apparatus in judicial affairs. The […]

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April 03, 2024

Over 10m Pakistanis may slip into poverty: WB

ISLAMABAD: In a dire forecast unveiled on Tuesday, the World Bank cautioned that over 10 million additional individuals in Pakistan face the looming threat of descending into poverty. The apprehension stems from a sluggish economic growth rate of 1.8% coupled with soaring inflation at a staggering 26% for the current fiscal year. The Washington-based lender’s […]

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April 03, 2024

Azam’s testimony has no legal value, says PTI counsel

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) counsel Barrister Salman Safdar on Tuesday informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that Azam Khan, principal secretary to former premier Imran Khan, had changed his statement in the cipher case, adding that he had testified before the magistrate as an accused and not as a witness, which was not under oath, […]

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April 03, 2024

SC begins hearing suo motu on IHC judges’ letter

The Supreme Court is hearing the suo motu on a letter by six Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges alleging interference by the country’s intelligence apparatus in judicial affairs. The move came after former chief justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani recused himself from heading a one-man inquiry commission formed by the government to investigate the claims. A […]

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April 03, 2024

K-P polls on hold amid oath-taking delay

PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) put the brakes on the Senate elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) on Tuesday, citing delays in the administration of oaths for reserved seats. K-P Election Commissioner Shamshad Khan arrived at the assembly premises and requested a list of sworn-in MPAs from the assembly staff. Simultaneously, the opposition lodged […]

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April 03, 2024

PM seeks two-fold increase in exports in five years

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday directed the formulation of a strategy aimed at a two-fold increase in exports within the next five years. He also asked the Ministry of Trade to compile of the strategy in consultation with successful entrepreneurs and stakeholders. The prime minister was chairing a meeting on the export sector. […]

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April 03, 2024

Vawda proves his politics is above parties

KARACHI: Former federal minister Faisal Vawda on Tuesday was elected a senator despite standing as an independent. Even though Vawda was not present in the Sindh Assembly during the polls for the upper house of parliament, the PPP and MQM-P succeeded in bagging him the slot of a senator. Vawda entered the political landscape of […]

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April 03, 2024

PM directs building Daanish Schools in three G-B divisions

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to build Daanish Schools across all three divisions of Gilgit-Baltistan to impart world-class education and accommodation facilities to students from low-income groups. The prime minister, in a meeting with GB Chief Minister Gulbar Khan who called on him, also constituted a committee to look […]

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April 03, 2024

Promoting FDI top priority of govt: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday said promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country to transform challenges into opportunities was top priority of the government. He was chairing a high-level meeting to review progress on foreign investment. The huddle reviewed in detail the progress on the MoUs and agreements with the Gulf countries […]

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April 03, 2024

Ruling coalition dominates Senate polls

The ruling coalition on Tuesday secured the majority of 19 Senate seats, with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) winning 11 and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) emerging victorious on six seats while independent candidate Faisal Vawda also succeeded from Sindh. The polling was conducted in the provincial legislatures of Sindh and Punjab. Senators from Balochistan were elected […]