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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday rejected PTI’s plea, seeking issuance of notice to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a delimitation case, ARY News reported.  Hearing the case, Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked that the application is forwarding for allotment of number and the matter of issuing notice to the ECP will be taken later. During today’s hearing, the SC stopped former information minister Fawad Chaudhry from speaking in the court as a lawyer. Later, the case was adjourned for two weeks. In the month of April, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) challenged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) move…

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday directed provinces to meet wheat procurement target by June 1, ARY News reported. The prime minister issued directives while chairing a meeting on wheat procurement. PM Shehbaz also expressed his annoyance over non-fulfillment of wheat procurement targets by the provinces. “People cannot be put into trouble under any circumstances,” he said, adding that the federal government will provide flour to people at lower rates at all costs. ECC OKAYS IMPORT OF MORE WHEAT The prime minister noted that shortage of the commodity will not be tolerated. He also directed National Food Security ministry…

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ISLAMABAD:  Pakistan People s Party (PPP) has sent four names to Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf for a parliamentary committee on electoral reforms, one of the key agendas of the coalition government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, ARY NEWS reported. According to sources privy to the matter, other political parties are also in the process to nominate names for the parliamentary committee. “The PPP has sent names of Yusuf Raza Gilani, Taj Haider, Naveed Qamar and Khursheed Junejo,” they said. Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has written letters to all parliamentary leaders in National Assembly asking them to forward…

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 Pakistan is among 23 countries which are facing drought emergencies over the past two years, according to the report released by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.   The report stated that 23 countries including Pakistan have experienced drought emergencies in the last two years (2020-22). The 23 countries listed by the report include Afghanistan, Angola, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Pakistan, the United States and Zambia. The report also stated that an additional 4 million square kilometres will need to be rehabilitated by…

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PESHAWAR: Pakistan Customs on Monday have foiled a major money laundering bid at Peshawar International Airport by recovering $38,500 from a passenger, ARY News reported on Wednesday. Pakistan Customs seized $38,500 worth of Qatari Riyals at Peshawar International Airport on Sunday as part of a nationwide drive to crack down on foreign currency smuggling. A passenger named Imran Khan, a resident of Upper Dir, was travelling to Qatar from Peshawar’s Bacha Khan International Airport, where he was caught with the foreign currency. The passenger was found suspicious and his luggage was searched, a huge amount of 146,000 Qatari Riyals were…

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SUKKUR: Unknown armed men subjected a senior college teacher to assault here on Monday, quoting police ARY News reported. Unidentified motorbike riding armed men stopped Badruddin Qureshi, an Assistant Professor at Sukkur’s Degree College, and injured him with blows from a pistol, the college teacher complained to the police. Professor Qureshi, who sustained injuries in the attack, was admitted at a local hospital for medical attendance. Unknown accused fled from the scene, according to police. Manhandling of school and college teachers has become a norm in the country. On June 23 last year, a female student had allegedly attacked the…

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will hold a consultative session with government allies today and take them into confidence about the decisions taken during his meeting with PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif in London, ARY News reported. The prime minister reached Islamabad at 9:30pm on Sunday after his visit to the United Kingdom as well as the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sources privy to the development told ARY News that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Jamiat-e- Ulema Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) convener Khalid Maqbool Siddique will meet Shehbaz Sharif at PM House.…

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LAHORE: Punjab police on Monday arrested more officials of the Punjab Assembly besides also carrying out raids to nab secretary of the provincial assembly Muhammad Khan Bhatti, ARY NEWS reported. According to the spokesman for the Punjab Assembly, multiple officers of the assembly secretariat have been arrested. “Director Punjab Assembly Faisal Hussain was arrested despite getting a pre-arrest bail while other officials including Sohail Shehzad, Liaquat Ali, Muhamamd Tayyab and Usama have also been arrested,” he said. The police are also carrying out raids to arrest secretary Punjab Assembly and a heavy deployment is being made outside his home, the…

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday quashed terrorism charges in a case related to gang-raping of a mother and daughter by a rickshaw driver in Lahore’s Chohang, ARY News reported.  A two-member bench of the Lahore High Cout (LHC) headed by Justice Ali Baqir Najafi in its written verdict directed the anti-terrorism court (ATC) judge to transfer the gang-rape case to Sessions Judge Lahore. The terrorism charges from the case were quashed on the plea of the accused, Munsib in the court. The accused stated that he did not demand ransom from the family of the women, he…

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THATTA: A boat carrying fishermen capsized near Keti Bandar, citing local sources, ARY News reported on Monday. “Pakistan Navy s teams and local divers searching for the drowned fishermen,” according to a report. In January this year a boat carrying 16 fishermen capsized near Keti Bandar. A spokesperson of the Fisher Folk Forum said that out of 16 four fishermen survived the boat incident, while a search launched to trace remaining fishermen. In a later statement, the spokesman said that four more fishermen were rescued, while efforts were underway to trace remaining eight persons onboard the ill-fated boat. In a…

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