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Monitoring judge, time bar not to sway trial: SC

ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court, announcing the detailed verdict on the review petitions filed by the Sharifs, said much higher level of integrity was expected from the holders of the highest elected office of the country, but former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had not been fair and forthright in answering any of the court queries. A five-member…

AC reserves verdict on Nawaz plea

ISLAMABAD - Accountability Court Islamabad Tuesday reserved judgment on former prime minister Nawaz Sharif plea seeking clubbing of all the three corruption references against him, after hearing arguments from both defence and prosecution counsels. The court would meet again today (Wednesday) and would likely announce verdict on the subject.…

Consensus eludes parties huddle on delimitation bill

ISLAMABAD - A parliamentary committee meeting regarding a proposed amendment to the census ended indecisively on Tuesday as Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and PPP reservations over census results could not be addressed. Leaders of parliamentary parties decided to meet again today (Wednesday) to convince the ‘dissenting’…

PTI conditionally agrees to support bill

ISLAMABAD - A high-level meeting of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday agreed to support the constitutional amendment bill seeking fresh delimitation of constituencies but with the condition that consensus should be evolved on it, without any delay in the holding of general elections. The Core Committee of the PTI agreed that the party will…

Fencing, hotline to bolster Pak-Iran border security

TEHRAN - Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Tuesday met Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and visited Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Headquarters, where he interacted with senior leadership during the second day of his visit. The Iranian defence minister thanked the COAS for his visit,…

Country cleared of terror safe havens: Janjua

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Tuesday said India’s hegemony in the region was unacceptable and Islamabad had conveyed its concern in this regard to Washington. Briefing a meeting of Senate’s Committee on Foreign Affairs here, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said Pakistan had told the United States that Indian intelligence agency…

No disqualification on skipping insider trade: SC

ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Tuesday questioned whether every violation of law is dishonesty. The Chief Justice heading a three-judge bench posed the question during a hearing of PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi’s petition against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf General Secretary Jehangir Tareen for having offshore company, insider…

Nawaz says won’t run away from trial

ISLAMABAD - Deciding to dig his heels in, Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday announced that he would not run away from the trial in corruption cases against him and would come out victorious. Before departing for his Murree residence after chairing party meeting at the Punjab House, the ousted prime minister made it loud and clear that he would fight…

Pakistan not facing isolation in wake of BRICS declaration: Asif

ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Tuesday that Pakistan was not facing diplomatic isolation in the wake of 9th BRICS summit declaration in September. Asif stated this while winding up the discussion on the admitted adjournment motion moved by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh on September 22 regarding significance of…

Water shortage cuts hydel power generation, PM told

ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was Tuesday informed that acute shortage of water has brought down the hydel electricity generation by almost 1000MW. In a meeting to review power generation and demand supply situation in the country chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, it was informed that acute water shortage…

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