2,384 Pakistanis in S. Arabia, UAE jails


2,384 Pakistanis in S. Arabia, UAE jails ISLAMABAD: A total of 2,384 Pakistanis are languishing in various jails in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for minor and major offences. It was disclosed during a meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development that met on Monday with Mir Aamer Ali Khan Magsi in the chair. The committee was informed that there were 1,834 Pakistanis detained in Saudi Arabia, while 550 were languishing in UAE prisons. The committee ordered the authorities…

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Senate panel passes bill on women’s voting


Senate panel passes bill on women’s voting ISLAMABAD: A Senate committee has passed a bill that on becoming law will require re-election in a constituency where women voters’ turnout remains less than 10 per cent. The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill 2016, seeking an amendment to the Representation of the People Act (ROPA) 1976, had been introduced in the upper house by Sherry Rehman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). It was passed by the Senate’s Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs which met here on Monday with Senator Saeed Ghani…

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NAB chief barred from voluntary return deal


NAB chief barred from voluntary return deal ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court restrained National Accoun­tability Bureau (NAB) chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry on Monday from approving deals for voluntary return (VR), a provision under the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO), 1999, that allows people guilty of corruption to pay a certain portion of the embezzled money and be released without any stigma. The NAB scheme even allows federal and provincial government servants to resume work in their departments after availing the NAB’s VR facility. “In the meanwhile the NAB chairman is restrained from exercising…

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US envoy’s visit to Arunachal irks China


US envoy’s visit to Arunachal irks China BEIJING: China admonished the United States on Monday for sending its ambassador in India to a contested stretch of land on the India-China border, warning that a third party’s meddling would only complicate the dispute between Beijing and New Delhi. China claims more than 90,000 square kilometers of territory disputed by India in the eastern sector of the Himalayas. Much of that forms the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China calls South Tibet. US Ambassador to India Richard Verma posted photos on his…

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Lal Masjid may consider supporting PTI sit


Lal Masjid may consider supporting PTI sit The Shuhada Foundation, which manages the media affairs of Lal Masjid, is considering the option of supporting the upcoming protest by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf in Islamabad, said a statement released by the foundation on Monday. A special meeting has been convened in the coming days to discuss the possibility of collaboration with PTI, said the spokesperson for the Shuhada Foundation. Nawaz government has become a threat to state institutions, in such scenario it has become a duty to get rid of the Nawaz-led government, read…

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