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Chairman of the Senate Mian Raza Rabbani on Tuesday expressed his anger at the lack of a response from the government regarding the Saudi Arabia-led 41-nation military alliance headed by former army chief (Retd) Gen Raheel Sharif. According to chairman Senate despite raising concerns by the opposition government...

In a recent development and a much needed one a group of thirty one religious scholars belonging to different sects of Islam has issued a fatwa against suicide attacks, armed insurgency, and the use of force with the aim of imposing Shari’a law. Islamic Research Institute of the International Islamic University held an event on May 27 under the title of “Reconstruction...

A neglected issue

May 30, 2017

Roughly 40 km long and spread over 12,605 hectares; the Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) was declared a national park back in 1980, under Section 21(1) of the Islamabad Wildlife (protection, conservation and management) Ordinance, 1979 and also affirmed as a wildlife sanctuary. This status strictly prohibits any commercial activity and settlement in the area. This park...

Despite lofty claims by the government to end loadshedding, there seems to be no end in sight to the suffering citizens. Over the past few days with temperatures rising the country has once again been gripped with torturous spells of loadshedding. The loadshedding duration in cities is 8 to 10 hours whereas the situation in villages is a lot worse. Lesco announced a new...

Capital Police on Friday fired water cannon and resorted to baton charge to disperse a protest by the Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) held at Islamabad’s D-Chowk. Police also used tear-gas shelling to disperse the protesters who were gathered in front of the Parliament building to demand subsidies on fertilisers and electricity bills as well as judicious distribution...

Federal government has unveiled Rs4,778 billion budget for the fiscal year 2017-18. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Friday said that it is a great achievement of incumbent government to present its fifth budget of the tenure. Government proposed Rs 2.113 trillion for Public Sector Development Programme which would be utilised for various ongoing and new development schemes....

With the Holy month of Ramzan just a few days away, there are already reports of increase in price of commodities, especially those that are used more in the month. The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet approved the Ramzan Relief Package 2017 with subsidies worth Rs. 1,602 million on 19 commodities to provide relief to the general public during the upcoming...

A suicide bombing at a packed Manchester pop concert designed to cause ‘maximum carnage’ killed 22 people including children. The targeted arena has the capacity to hold 21,000 people, where the US singer had been performing to an audience that included many children. British Prime Minister Theresa May said police know the identity of the bomber, who died in the blast...

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) recently foiled a bid to smuggle contraband onboard a London-bound flight after the force recovered about 20kg from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-785 at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) just before its take-off to Heathrow. The ANF found the heroin hidden in different parts of the plane after carrying out...

Some 35 heads of state and government from Muslim-majority countries were in Riyadh for the Arab Islamic American Summit, mainly from states friendly to Saudi Arabia. Those who addressed the summit included American President Donald Trump and King Salman of Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also participated in the summit but was not among...

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