Protest over mysterious chopping of ‘Allah Rakha’ in Lahore

LAHORE: Allah Rakha, around an eight-decade-old banyan tree, along with other trees on the campus of Government Associates College, Lake Road, was chopped down on Saturday. According to legend, the banyan tree was named by Maulana Abdul Haq Abbas, the founder of Anjuman Madrasatul Banat, which has managed a number of educational institutions from the pre-Partition era, when he relocated here from India in August … Continue reading Protest over mysterious chopping of ‘Allah Rakha’ in Lahore

Fawad seeks medical tests to prove ‘custodial torture’

ISLAMABAD: Before his departure to Lahore for forensic tests, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday complained of “custodial torture”, and filed a plea seeking his medical examination. The former minister filed an application before Kohsar police station’s magistrate. The PTI mouthpiece, who was arrested on Wednesday under sedition charges for allegedly threatening members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) during a media … Continue reading Fawad seeks medical tests to prove ‘custodial torture’

After record jump in a day, petrol hits all-time high

ISLAMABAD: Pakistanis woke up on Sunday to a record single-day hike in the petrol price — which also now stands at an all-time high of around Rs250 a litre — after the government moved to address a run on filling stations fuelled by shortage fears, especially in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, the government had little success in smoothing out a fragile supply chain that … Continue reading After record jump in a day, petrol hits all-time high

By-polls on 86 NA seats in March: ECP official

• By-election on more vacant seats likely in April • Schedule for seven seats to be vacated by Imran will be issued later • No by-polls on seats falling vacant after April 12 ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would hold by-elections on 86 National Assembly seats in March, likely to be followed by by-polls on more constituencies in April, an official said on … Continue reading By-polls on 86 NA seats in March: ECP official

Over 50 dead in Bela, Kohat transport tragedies

QUETTA / KOHAT: At least 54 people, including women and children, died in two accidents in Balochistan’s Bela area and Kohat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday, rescue and police officials said. In the first accident, 41 people were burnt alive after a passenger coach fell into a ravine and caught fire, 25km south of Khuzdar. In Kohat, 13 dead bodies were recovered after an … Continue reading Over 50 dead in Bela, Kohat transport tragedies

Imran’s claims about Zardari could cause bloodshed in country: Khawaja Asif

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Sunday that PTI chief Imran Khan’s recent claims regarding ex-president Asif Ali Zardari “could cause bloodshed in the country”, adding that it could also pose a threat to the lives of the PPP leadership. In a startling allegation, Imran on Friday accused Zardari of being part of a plan to “get rid of him”, alleging that after “two” failed … Continue reading Imran’s claims about Zardari could cause bloodshed in country: Khawaja Asif

World leaders urge restraint as violence escalates in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: Two Israelis, a father and son, were shot and wounded in east Jerusalem on Saturday, hours after a gunman killed seven people outside a synagogue, raising fears of escalation despite international calls for calm. The Saturday morning gun attack took place in Silwan, just outside the walled Old City of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem. Tensions have been rising across the region a day after one … Continue reading World leaders urge restraint as violence escalates in Jerusalem

Long queues at petrol pumps across the country after price hike fears

ISLAMABAD: Rum­ours of a massive hike in petrol prices resulted in long queues at petrol pumps in many parts of the country on Saturday. According to reports be­­ing shared on social media, the prices of petrol and diesel are expected to go up by anywhere bet­ween Rs45 to Rs80 on Feb 1. “We saw a report on soc­ial media that oil prices will go up … Continue reading Long queues at petrol pumps across the country after price hike fears

Terrorist killed in North Waziristan IBO: ISPR

A terrorist was killed on Saturday during an Intelligence-Based Operation (IBO) in the Mir Ali general area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan district, the army’s media wing said. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), security forces conducted the IBO, during which intense firing took place between troops and terrorists. “Resultantly, one terrorist got killed,” the ISPR added. “Weapons and ammunition were also recovered from … Continue reading Terrorist killed in North Waziristan IBO: ISPR

‘Plan C’ to kill me hatched by Asif Zardari, Imran alleges

• PTI chief claims PPP leader ‘paid terrorists being supported by state agency facilitators with corruption proceeds’ • Urges judiciary to act to protect democracy, fundamental rights LAHORE: In a startling allegation, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has now accused former president Asif Ali Zardari of being part of a plan to ‘get rid of him’, alleging that after “two” failed attempts on his … Continue reading ‘Plan C’ to kill me hatched by Asif Zardari, Imran alleges