‘Won’t take IMF’s dictation’: Dar says he has to prioritise Pakistan’s interest

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Friday said he was not concerned whether the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) team arrived or not for the ninth review of Pakistan’s $7bn Extended Fund Facility (EFF), saying that he had to look at the country’s interest first. Appearing on Geo News show ‘Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath’, the finance minister was questioned about the delayed arrival of the IMF … Continue reading ‘Won’t take IMF’s dictation’: Dar says he has to prioritise Pakistan’s interest

Sindh govt decides to detain 5 men acquitted in Perween Rahman murder case

The Sindh government decided on Thursday to detain five men acquitted in the murder case of renowned rights activist Perween Rahman — who was shot dead in the metropolis in 2013— under the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance (MPO). Earlier this year, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi had sentenced four of the accused, namely Abdul Raheem Swati, Ahmed Khan, Amjad Hussain Khan, and Ayaz … Continue reading Sindh govt decides to detain 5 men acquitted in Perween Rahman murder case

SHC dissatisfied with investigation, prosecution in gender-based violence cases

KARACHI: Upholding the life term handed down by a trial court to a man for killing his wife, the Sindh High Court on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of investigations and investigating authorities in the gender-based violence cases. The SHC directed the provincial government to take all-out efforts for training and capacity building of investigators and prosecutors in such cases. A single-judge bench headed … Continue reading SHC dissatisfied with investigation, prosecution in gender-based violence cases

Iranian envoy calls for strengthening trade relations

QUETTA: Iranian Ambassador Syed Muhammad Ali Hussaini has said Pakistan and Iran need to work jointly to foil all conspiracies hatched and hurdles created by international forces in the way of close relations between the two countries. Talking to business leaders at the Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) here on Tuesday, he said trade relations between Pakistan and Iran would be strengthened by … Continue reading Iranian envoy calls for strengthening trade relations

Argentina, Poland advance to last 16

IN a game they needed to win to advance at the World Cup, Argentina had seen Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny deny their talisman Lionel Messi from the spot here at the Stadium 974 on Wednesday night. Szczesny’s 38th-minute save after Argentina had been utterly dominant meant both teams were goalless at halftime but it took Argentina a minute into the second half to take the … Continue reading Argentina, Poland advance to last 16

Elon Musk accuses Apple of pulling Twitter from app store

WASHINGTON: Elon Musk has accused Apple Inc of threatening to block Twitter from its app store without saying why, in a series of tweets on Monday, that also said the iPhone maker had stopped advertising on the social media platform. The billionaire CEO of Twitter and Tesla said Apple was pressuring Twitter over content moderation demands. He later tagged Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s … Continue reading Elon Musk accuses Apple of pulling Twitter from app store

10 terrorists killed during operation in Balochistan’s Hoshab: ISPR

Security forces killed 10 terrorists during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in the general area of Balochistan’s Hoshab, according to a statement from the military’s media wing on Tuesday. The IBO was conducted to clear a hideout of terrorists linked to firing incidents targeting security forces and civilians, along with planting improvised explosive devices on the Gwadar-Hoshab (M-8) road, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said. … Continue reading 10 terrorists killed during operation in Balochistan’s Hoshab: ISPR

ECP bound to hold by-polls in case of PTI resignations, says official

ISLAMABAD: Any decision by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers to resign en masse from all four provincial assemblies will bind the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold by-polls on all vacant seats within two months, legal experts believe. They say Article 224(4) of the Constitution is very clear as it reads, “When, except by dissolution of the National Assembly or a Provincial Assembly, a seat … Continue reading ECP bound to hold by-polls in case of PTI resignations, says official

PTI, rivals in close fight as AJK votes in local polls

MUZAFFARABAD: The ruling PTI in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) appeared to have lost to its arch-rivals PML-N and PPP in Muzaffarabad district, but was ahead of them in Neelum and Jhelum valley districts, as polling for the first phase of local government (LG) elections in Muzaffarabad division was held on Sunday in a generally peaceful atmosphere. Contrary to the widely prevailing security concerns due … Continue reading PTI, rivals in close fight as AJK votes in local polls

South Punjab police seek Rs5bn to fight gangs

LAHORE: The south Punjab police high-ups have asked the provincial government for a special financial package of Rs5,075 million in order to procure ‘missing war equipment’ for sustainable gains in the ongoing operation against criminals in the katcha areas of Rajanpur and Rahim Yar Khan. According to the police, Rs36m was required for running cost per month, Rs800m for the purchase of bullet-proof boats, Rs737m … Continue reading South Punjab police seek Rs5bn to fight gangs