Nation marks Defence Day

ISLAMABAD: The nation and the country’s armed forces are observing the Defence Day today with a renewed pledge to continue safeguarding the geographical, ideological boundaries and territorial integrity of the motherland. The day dawned with special prayers in mosques for the well-being and prosperity of the country. ‘Fateha’ and Quran Khwani was held for those who laid their lives to serve the nation, opting to embrace the supreme sacrifice. Wreath-laying ceremonies were held at the mausoleums of the recipients of Nishan-e-Haider (the highest gallantry award), which were attended by senior…

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Zil Haj moon not sighted, Eid ul Azha to be celebrated on Sep 2

The Zil-Haj crescent was not sighted on Tuesday  in Pakistan, which means Eid-ul-zha will be on September 2 (Saturday) this year, according to Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee which met  Mufti Munibur Rehman in the chair for sighting of Zil-Haj moon. Eid ul Azha is  one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar. Marking the willingness of  Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) to sacrifice his son on God’s command, Muslims mark the holiday by slaughtering animals such as sheep and goats. The meat is shared among family and friends and also…

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Sacrificial animals beyond buyers’ reach

LAHORE: As Eid-ul-Azha is just a few days ahead, the sale and purchase of sacrificial animals is gaining momentum in the provincial capital though the prices of sacrificial animals have reached beyond the purchasing limits of the general public. A visit to different cattle markets established around the city showed that so far majority of citizens visiting cattle markets are returning empty handed owing to the avarice of the animal sellers. It was seen that majority of sellers of sacrificial animals are demanding very high rates as there is no…

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Six dead, five injured after van catches fire in Karachi

KARACHI: Six persons were dead and five injured after a van caught fire near Karachi Zoo on Sunday morning. The van, carrying eleven people of the same family, was on way to a picnic point at Hawke’s Bay. There were four children inside the van when it burst into flames. The driver suspiciously fled the scene and is nowhere to be found. The ill-fated van caught fire reportedly due to short-circuit as the gas cylinders fitted in the vehicle were not exploded. The wounded were shifted to Jinnah Hospital and are…

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26 Twenty-six dead, 66 injured in Lahore suicide blast

LAHORE: At least 26 people, eight police personnel among them, were killed and 66 others injured in a suicide blast near Arfa Karim Tower on Ferozpur road on Monday, officials said. Police said that a suicide bomber riding a motorcyle had tried to target policemen, who were present in the area to handle any possible untoward situation in reaction to the ongoing anti-encroachment operation. The blast left at least 26 dead and 57 wounded. A Sub-Inspector and an Assistant-Sub Inspector were among the eight police personnel killed in the incident. Police…

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CED Election Observation Report PS114

From Kamran Saqi Islamabad: This report is issued by Coalition for Elections and Democracy (CED) for observing the voting process at PS 114 – Karachi XXVI. A total number of polling stations set up in the constituency is 92 with 368 polling booths. The CED teams initiated observation of the voting process right from the opening of the polling stations. The observation at the approach of the polling station revealed that 60% polling stations had queues outside the premises. A large number of polling stations (83%) were not accessible for…

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China plans to finance $8 bn for Pakistan Railways’ Mainline

ISLAMABAD: China has shown its interest to fully finance over $8 billion for upgrading Pakistan Railways’ Mainline (ML-1) by enhancing amount of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) up to $54 billion from earlier committed amount of $51.5 billion. Beijing had already jacked up CPEC funding from $46 billion to $51.5 billion after indicating $5.5 billion for upgrading Pakistan Railways (PR) and now they are considering increasing it up to around $54 billion. “China wants to complete rail project on priority basis without involvement of any other multilateral or bilateral donors…

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‘Pakistan can become world’s 20th biggest economy’

KARACHI: Pakistan has an immense potential to become the world’s 20th largest economy by 2030, a UK lawmaker said on Saturday, terming the country as a land of opportunities. “Pakistan has a huge potential as there is a plenty of business opportunities in the country, particularly in Karachi, which is why UK parliamentarians are keen to strengthen and deepen relations with Pakistan,” British Parliamentarian Rehman Chishti said during a visit to the Karachi Expo Centre on the second day of ‘My Karachi Exhibition’. The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry…

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19 suspects held during search operations in Punjab: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: At least 19 suspects were apprehended during joint search operations in different areas of Punjab, Inter Services Public Relations said. According to the statement issued by ISPR, military’s media wing, the joint search operations were conducted by Punjab Rangers, police and intelligence agencies. Operations were conducted in DG Khan, Rojhan, Lahore, Narowal, Rawalpindi and Attock. Nineteen suspects were apprehended while cache of weapons and ammunition were also recovered.

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