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SC rules against voluntary return of ill-gotten money

KARACHI: The Supreme Court has ruled that the authority of the National Accountability Bureau chairman to accept offer of voluntary return of the illegally earned money by corrupt public servants is prima facie in conflict with provisions of the Constitution. The ruling was handed down in a detailed order in ...

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Khattak seeks Fata-KP merger before 2018

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Tuesday said he supported the merger of Fata with his province and the extension of regulations enforced in other parts of the country to the region. He was speaking to a delegation of multi-party conference on Fata reforms at the Chief Minister’s ...

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Predecessor advises NA speaker ‘to stay neutral’

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly speaker continued to be the target of opposition criticism for a second consecutive day, and even came under fire from his predecessor for failing to discharge his constitutional duty and soiling the good name of his august office. “Once the speaker takes the oath of office ...

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CEC questions PTI’s ‘contradictory’ stance on ECP powers

ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza on Tuesday questioned the contradictory stance of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on the powers of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to scrutinise past records. During the hearing by an ECP full bench of identical petitions seeking disqualification of Prime ...

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PA moved for resignation of Ayaz Sadiq

LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday submitted a resolution to the Punjab Assembly calling for the “resignation of National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for his partisan attitude favouring the prime minister and disfavouring the PTI chief”. The resolution was submitted to the assembly secretariat, which states that this ...

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Senators blame intelligence agencies over Quetta carnage

ISLAMABAD: Senators sitting on the treasury and opposition benches on Monday linked the last month’s terrorist attack on a Quetta hospital to “failure of intelligence agencies” and called for a thorough investigation to fix responsibility. Taking part in a debate on the Aug 8 attack on Quetta’s Civil Hospital that ...

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Indian envoy calls for increased trust, talks on all issues

KARACHI: When Pakistan arrested Kulbhushan Jadhav on charges of being an Indian spy, India immediately said he was an Indian national and asked for consular access to him, but it was not given, the neighbouring country’s High Commissioner Gautam Bombawale said on Monday. “We have arrested in [India-held] Jammu and ...

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SHC declares ban on ‘Maalik’ illegal, clears for screening

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday declared the federal government’s controversial ban on film Maalikillegal and cleared it to be screened again. The federal government had put a ban on Maalik which was released on April 8 nationwide, declaring it “uncertified” and making it unfit for screening in the ...

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1,448 Pakistanis imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, NA informed

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister’s special adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has informed the National Assembly that as many as 1,448 Pakistani nationals are currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. Responding to different questions on Monday, Aziz said that Pakistani missions in Saudi Arabia have been taking various steps to help the detained citizens. ...

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Statistics show marked drop in terrorist attacks

WASHINGTON: There has been a marked reduction in terrorist attacks and deaths in Pakistan in 2015, but terrorists seem to have become more lethal as the ratio of deaths per attack has increased. The statistics from a comparative study of the US State Department’s country reports on terrorism for 2014 ...

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