Tahirul Qadri decides to join PTI’s protest

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Tahirul Qadri decides to join PTI’s protest In a significant development on Monday, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri accepted Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) request to take part in their November 2 ‘lockdown’ of Islamabad. Imran Khan, who spoke with Qadri via telephone, welcomed the PAT chief’s decision to join the anti-government march planned for November 2, DawnNews reported. Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed, who was tasked to convince Qadri over the matter, also confirmed the development. “I have categorically accepted Imran Khan’s invite to take part in the…

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Army Chief Gen Raheel reaches Quetta

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Army Chief Gen Raheel reaches Quetta Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif on Tuesday reached Quetta, a morning after terrorists stormed a police training college in Balochistan’s provincial capital, killing at least 59 people, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Heavily-armed militants wearing suicide vests stormed a police academy in Quetta, killing at least 59 people and wounding dozens more in one of the deadliest militants attacks this year. The army chief is expected to visit a hospital to see those who were injured in the attack, sources said. The…

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Tableeghi Jamaat endorses polio drops

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Tableeghi Jamaat endorses polio drops LAHORE: Maulana Ihsanul Haq of the Aalmi Tableeghi Jamaat on Monday said that though the Jamaat neither issue fatwa (religious edict) nor can go for the media campaign, it does support vaccination of children against polio. “It is a noble task which should be supported,” he told the participants in a briefing that was convened to brief religious scholars of the party on polio. Some individual members and doctors of the party have already supported the cause. Maulana Haq said the International Research Council for Religious…

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Real estate dealers protest multiple tax

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Real estate dealers protest multiple tax LAHORE: Hundreds of real estate businessmen violated court orders and might of the city administration and blocked The Mall on Monday and created one of the worst traffic jams. Police claimed there were around 500 protesters, but independent sources put the number even lower. Life on and around The Mall came to a standstill; all arteries leaving and leading to the main city road were blocked for hours. “It seems the government has simply gone missing from the city and its roads,” said Mansoor Ahmad,…

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Health worker shot in Pithoro

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Health worker shot in Pithoro UMERKOT/MIRPURKHAS: A health department employee accompanying a mobile polio team was shot and wounded near Bachao bund in Pithoro town of Umerkot district on Monday. Other members of the team told officials at the Pithoro police station that two assailants riding a motorcycle targeted Gul Mohammed Mirza, who received two shots in the chest. The victim was taken to the Pithoro Taluka Hospital, where doctors referred him to the Mirpurkhas Civil Hospital. Pithoro SHO Aziz Senhro said that two suspects, Ghulam Nabi Dal and Sikandar Dal,…

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Index loses 439 points

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Index loses 439 points Karachi: Stocks were hammered on the opening session of the week as worried investors decided to sit back and watch events unfolding ahead of the PTI protests. The KSE-100 index plunged by 439.40 points and closed at 40,852.03. The index took a downturn from the start of trading and sank 497 points, clawing up a little before losing 1.06 percent over the last session. A stock broker said that investor sentiments were also affected due to the start of futures roll-over week, which pushed weak holders to…

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PSO first-quarter profit rises 35pc

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PSO first-quarter profit rises 35pc KARACHI: Pakistan State Oil Company Limited (PSO) on Monday announced first quarter (Q1) results for the financial year 2016-17, posting a profit-after-tax (PAT) at Rs4.3 billion and earnings per share (eps) at Rs16.1. The earnings represented a growth of 35 per cent over the Rs3.2bn (eps Rs11.97) earned in the same period last year. Analysts believed that the results were in line with market expectations. PSO said in a statement: “The increase in PAT was due to a growth of 17pc in liquid fuel sales (White…

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Terrorists can’t deter judiciary say judges

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Terrorists can’t deter judiciary say judges QUETTA: Supreme Court Judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Noor Meskanzai said on Monday that terrorists could not stop bench and bar from providing justice to the masses by committing acts of terror like that of Aug 8 suicide bombing at the Quetta Civil Hospital which left more than 70 people dead and score others injured. The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) splinter group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), had claimed responsibility for the bombing. They said that the Aug 8 suicide bombing…

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Chinese team finalise Quetta mass transit

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Chinese team finalise Quetta mass transit QUETTA: A Chinese firm has submitted a feasibility report on the proposed Quetta mass transit train system and a delegation from the neighbouring country will arrive on Thursday to finalise details of the project. Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri disclosed this in one of the several meetings he chaired at his secretariat on Sunday. He had announced the project soon after taking the oath and the provincial government had allocated in the annual budget Rs2 billion for the 30km transit train which would ply…

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