Balochistan govt urges PDM to delay Quetta rally in light of ‘security threat’

Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani on Friday urged the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to delay its upcoming public meeting in Quetta citing a security threat alert issued by the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta). PDM, an anti-government alliance of 11 opposition parties, is scheduled to hold its third power show in Quetta on October 25. […]

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NCOC sounds alarm after Covid-19 positivity rate increases for 5th consecutive day

Two days after issuing a lockdown warning and calling for better compliance with Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs), the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday noted an increase in the country’s positivity rate, virus-related deaths and hospital admissions. During the morning session of the forum, health officials presented data on the country’s Covid outbreak. The […]

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Will talk to Boris Johnson to get Nawaz deported from UK if I have to: PM Imran

Prime Minister Imran Khan says his government is in regular contact with the British government to get PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif deported from the UK, and he will even talk to Prime Minister Boris Johnson if it comes to that. In a wide-ranging interview on ARY News broadcast on Friday, the premier said since getting Nawaz extradited […]

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NHS ministry, provinces finalise free health coverage package

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services and provincial and area health departments have finalised an evidence based universal health coverage (UHC) benefits package for the country. An inter-ministerial health and population forum met in Islamabad to review and provide concurrence on the UHC benefits package on Thursday. The meeting was attended by health ministers […]

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‘Heading in the right direction’: Pakistan sees record 1Q current account surplus

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said Pakistan was “headed in the right direction finally” as the country’s current account witnessed a record surplus of $792 million in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) showed. The surplus came on the back of an upward […]

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National Assembly echoes with opposition whistles

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday echoed with whistles for nearly two hours as the opposition staged an unprecedented noisy protest following refusal of Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri to allow them to speak on the current political situation in the country. The opposition members kept on hurling papers, sometimes in the form of paper airplanes, […]

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Army chief appreciates troops’ operational preparedness during visit to LoC

Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday visited the forward areas at Chamb sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, where he praised the operational preparedness of troops. During the visit, the chief of army staff was briefed on the latest operational situation including Indian ceasefire violations “deliberately targeting […]

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Karachi incident reflective of opposition’s attempt to ‘create conflict among institutions’: Shibli

Information Minister Shibli Faraz on Wednesday lambasted the opposition for “shifting the war against their corruption towards the institutions”, saying that the nation would hold the alliance accountable for their stance. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the federal minister said that the narrative adopted by the opposition “pleases our enemies”. Speaking about the opposition’s […]

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PM Imran warns of ‘second spike’ in Covid-19 cases in cities with high pollution levels

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday cautioned that a second wave of the novel coronavirus may hit cities with a high level of pollution in the coming months as the winter season approaches. While addressing the Clean Green Index Award ceremony in Islamabad, the premier said that several cities, where pollution levels are high, experience […]

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Shibli against ban on entertainment content but says it shouldn’t ‘violate’ values

Information Minister Shibli Faraz has said that the government should not set restrictions on media content, even as the country’s regulatory authorities continue to ban apps and television serials for “immoral” content. He maintained, however, that the entertainment industry should adhere to the “norms and standards of [the] family system in Pakistan along with religious […]

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