Sunday, December 25, 2011

PTI tames PML-N lion

KARACHI - Veteran leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi on Saturday parted ways with the PML-N after 24-year-long dedicated relationship and joined Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), the new emerging political force in the country.Javed Hashmi, who arrived here Saturday morning from Multan, was received by PTI ...

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  • KARACHI - Veteran leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi on Saturday parted ways with the PML-N after 24-year-long dedicated relationship and joined Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), the new emerging political ...

  • ISLAMABAD (Agencies) –Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Saturday welcomed a statement by army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani ruling out a military takeover in the country.Talking to ...

  • LAHORE – The 135th birth anniversary of Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah will be celebrated across the country on Sunday (today) with national fervour and zeal. The public ...

  • SAJID ZIALAHORE – PML-N President Nawaz Sharif has expressed his regret that his party’s vice president Javed Hashmi did not meet him before joining the PTI. However, Nawaz has extended ...

  • ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday night hosted a dinner in the honour of Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo, which was not attended by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez ...

  • MULTAN - Makhdoom Javed Hashmi’s switchover to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) turned out to be a political Tsunami for Multan as everyone, whether it was a common man on the street or a ...

  • ISLAMABAD - Sensing adverse reaction from Pakistan Army, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has not shared the outcome on last month’s attack on Pakistan’s military pickets ...

  • ISLAMABAD - The Parliamentary Committee on National Security was informed on Saturday that Pakistan had inked nine agreements with United States and Nato to cooperate in war on terror.Secretary ...

  • ABBOTTABAD/KARACHI (INP) – Another prominent PML-N leader and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Sardar Mehtab Abbasi and PPP leader and former information minister Khalid Ahmed Khan ...

  • NEW DELHI – India’s National Investigation Agency Saturday charge sheeted Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley, Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed and two ISI officers for plotting attacks in ...

  • LAHORE – The Christian community in Pakistan is all set to celebrate Christmas on Sunday (today) with the traditional religious zeal and fervour to mark the birthday of Jesus Christ. Special ...

  • ORAKZAI AGENCY - Thirteen militants were killed and nine others injured as security forces targeted their hideouts in Orakzai Agency Saturday.The forces backed by fighter planes targeted militant ...

  • RAWALPINDI - Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Forensic Expert Assistant Director (AD), Noman Ashraf Bodla, presented full record of the mobile phones of former City Police Officer (CPO) Syed Saud ...

  • QUETTA - Six people, including two women, were killed and another seven injured in separate incidents of firing in different towns of Balochistan on Saturday.According to reports, two people were ...

  • PESHAWAR - A man was killed and another three injured when a toy bomb exploded inside a house in Urmar area of the provincial capital Saturday.According to sources, children took a toy bomb to the ...

  • SRINAGAR (AFP) - Suspected freedom fighters Saturday shot dead an official of the ruling party in Indian-occupied Kashmir, police said, days after fighters made a failed bid on the life of a senior ...

  • LAHORE – It must be a very serious blow to the PML-N as the man who parted ways with it on Saturday is not an ordinary being. Makhdoom Javed Hashmi is the one who ran the party when the Sharif ...

  • PESHAWAR - At least nine personnel of the Frontier Corps were killed and 18 others injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into FC camp in Bannu on Saturday.A suicide bomber ...

  • KARACHI (APP) - The government is contemplating a month-long closure of CNG pump stations in Sindh during the month of January, said Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim ...

  • ISLAMABAD - Independent Power Producers (IPPs), confronted with extreme financial crunch in the country’s history, have now sought a hefty Rs160billion overdue liability from the cash-starved ...

  • KARACHI - Former Law Minister and PPP leader Senator Babar Awan said on Saturday that nobody dare to topple the government unconstitutionally as provision of changing of a government is clearly ...

  • KARACHI (INP) - Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, who joined PTI on Saturday, is being made Chief Organiser of the party and an announcement will be made by Imran Khan soon.Sources in the PTI said that Hashmi ...

  • LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The US Central Intelligence Agency has suspended drone missile strikes on gatherings of low-ranking militants in Pakistan due to tensions with that country, The Los Angeles Times ...

  • MULTAN - At least 1,50,000 young citizens will be imparted technical education and skills training under programmes launched by the National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC). ...

  • NANKANA SAHIB - PML-N stalwart Javed Hashmi’s joining of the Imran Khan-led PTI has been warmly welcomed and termed an unprecedented development for a change in the country by the masses, PTI ...

  • KHANEWAL - Executive District Officer (Community Development) (EDO-CD) Mian Abdul Ghafoor has expressed displeasure over the use of substandard material in the construction of Special Education ...

  • SHAKARGARH - Running through Bhatti Afghana, a road from Shakargarh to Sukhochak, is badly damaged due to which many mishaps take place on a daily basis. A number of people have lost their limbs in ...

  • HAFIZABAD - The post of anaesthetist has been lying vacant in DHQ Hospital for the past several weeks as a result of which the patients are being fleeced by the private practitioners. The Patient ...

  • FAISALABAD - Participants of the 7th training course “Public Policy and Governance” arrived here on Saturday from the Punjab Management and Professional Development Academy.DCO Naseem ...

  • CHINIOT – Encroachment have plagued every part of the main bazaar, residential and commercial areas. Citizens are suffering at the hands of encroachers in the main bazaar and bordering streets, ...

  • NOORPUR THAL – Assistant Commissioner and Administrator Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA), Muhammad Sarwar Gujar said the government was spending Rs60 million on the reconstruction of roads ...

  • SIALKOT - Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that the minorities have been enjoying complete religious freedom in the country, as they have been playing ...

  • NANKANA SAHIB - The police on Saturday claimed to have arrested a proclaimed offender involved in different 32 heinous crimes.As per detail, on the direction of DPO Dr Haider Ashraf, the Barh Ghar ...

  • VEHARI- Islam and Christianity are two different religions but both spread the message of God and are based on humanity brotherhood, kindness and peace. All Punjab Minorities’ Alliance ...

  • MUZAFFARGARH - In the aftermath of the devastating floods’ disaster, both the national and international non-governmental and welfare organisations played a tremendous role in the ...

  • TOBA TEK SINGH - An 18-month-old girl was crushed to death on Friday night by a speeding tractor-trolley in Chak 323 JB Qiampur. Safia daughter of Rafaqat Maseeh was playing outside her house when ...

  • SADIQABAD - An emergency meeting of the All Pakistan Clerks Association was held at the Allama Iqbal Library against a contractor’s alleged misbehaviour with an official of the Finance ...

  • MULTAN - Even tears, slogans and requests of the workers did not work in restricting Makhdoom Javed Hashmi from changing his decision of quitting PML-N. On his (Hashmi) return from Lahore, Malik ...

  • KASUR - Former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri on Saturday said the Punjab law minister should tender unconditional apology to the people what he said defaming Kasur that is deemed to be ...

  • KHANEWAL - The Christian community is celebrating Christmas in Khanewal district on Sunday (today) like other parts of Pakistan and countries. There are about 40,000 Christians belonging to catholic ...

  • JHANG - A former PPP MNA and prominent leader of the Tehrik Nifaze Fiqah Jafria accompanied by his son and other companions has joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Amanullah Khan Sial said that only ...

  • HAFIZABAD - Supreme Court Bar Association President Muhammad Yaseen Azad has disapproved the tendency of changing loyalties by the political leaders and workers and urged the parties to discourage ...

  • CHINIOT – Scores of teachers under the banner of the Punjab Teachers Union took out a rally and staged a sit-in in front of the EDO-Education office to press the department accept their ...

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  • KARACHI – Seven-day Subh-e-Nau National Hard Court Tennis Championship will begin today (Sunday) here at CDGK Sports Complex Tennis Courts. Top seed players from all categories will feature in ...

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