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Indo-Pak ties: All issues to be raised in foreign secretary talks, says FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will raise all issues of concern in the upcoming foreign secretary level talks between Pakistan and India, said the Foreign Office on Thursday. “We are finalising dates through diplomatic channels for the upcoming foreign secretary level talks,” said Qazi Khailullah, the spokesman for the Foreign Office. The FO spokesman elaborated and stated that the foreign secretaries of India ... Read More »

Underprivileged to get free treatment at private hospitals as govt launches health insurance

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarar at the launch of the National Health Programme here on Thursday announced the issuance of health cards which will enable the underprivileged in receive treatment at private and public hospitals free of charge. Tarar said the prime minister’s card allows Rs50,000 for the treatment of common illnesses “such as the flu, cough ... Read More »

PM inaugurates western route of CPEC in Zhob

QUETTA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday inaugurated the western route of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Balochistan’s Zhob. Nawaz oversaw the groundbreaking of two key projects ─ upgradation of the Zhob-Mughal Kot section of the Dera Ismail Khan-Qilla Saifullah Highway (N-50) and the Qilla Saifullah-Waigam Rud Road section of the Multan-Dera Ghazi Khan-Qilla Saifullah Highway (N-70). Speaking ... Read More »

PM orders Nisar to visit Sindh, sort out standoff on Rangers: Qaim

PM Nawaz, CM Qaim meet at PM House. ─ DawnNews ISLAMABAD: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, talking to reporters after holding a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here, said the premier has directed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali to visit Sindh to 'sort out' the outstanding issue on Rangers' powers. Shah said the meeting was held in a ... Read More »

Shaukat Khanum cancer hospital inaugurated in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: A young cancer patient Fakhir Afridi, alongside Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, inaugurated the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Peshawar on Tuesday. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Imran Khan said "construction of a state of the art cancer hospital in Peshawar was his dream which has now come true and he feel immense happiness". ... Read More »

21 killed in suicide attack near Nadra office in Mardan

A motorcyle at the site of the explosion. ─ DawnNews PESHAWAR: Twenty-one people were killed and at least 56 injured when a powerful blast occurred near the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) office on Nisatta Road in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Tuesday. The attack was claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar, which was also behind last ... Read More »

Four sentenced by military courts hanged in Kohat

PESHAWAR: Four ‘terrorists’ were executed at the Kohat Central Jail, sources said Tuesday morning. Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif had signed the black warrants of the four men convicted by military courts, namely Noor Saeed alias Hafiz Sahib, Murad Khan, Inayatullah and Israruddin alias Abu Lais, earlier this month. An ISPR statement issued at the time said ... Read More »

PM Nawaz leaves Karachi, no discussion on Rangers issue

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Karachi on Monday, accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Water and Power and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Trade and Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir, but left without meeting the chief minister or the governor on the issue of Rangers’ powers. Earlier, circles close to the PML-N appeared optimistic that Sharif will hold a ... Read More »

Islamabad, Kabul agree upon steps for Taliban talks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed on Sunday to take first formal steps towards the resumption of reconciliation talks between the Afghan government and Taliban by convening a meeting in the first week of next month under the recently formed ‘quadrilateral framework’ that also involves China and the United States. The venue and the level of representation will be decided by ... Read More »

Zardari to become president of PPP Parliamentarians

NAUDERO: The central executive committee of PPP decided on Sunday night to install Asif Ali Zardari as president of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP). Mr Zardari already enjoys the status of co-chairman of PPP. The decision was taken at a meeting of the CEC presided over by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at the Naudero House. Briefing newsmen after the ... Read More »