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  • India suspends passport of billionaire jeweller accused of bank fraud

    India said on Friday it had suspended the passports of a billionaire jeweller and a diamond merchant accused of defrauding a state-run bank after reports they had left the country...

    India's financial crimes agency is investigating allegations that Nirav Modi and his business partner Mehul Choksi were involved in defrauding the Punjab National Bank (PNB)...

  • Apple opens map development office in India's Hyderabad

    NEW DELHI: Apple said Thursday it will open a development office in Hyderabad, as its chief executive Tim Cook continued his India charm offensive with an investment boon to one of the country's top technology hubs...

    It pits Apple against Google, which has made maps a key focus of its attempt to forge inroads in India, a vast but largely untapped Internet market where almost a billion people are still not online...

  • 'India-backed' terrorist group busted in Hyderabad, police claim

    Hyderabad police on Friday claimed to have busted a gang which was reportedly getting funding from India to sabotage China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and target security personnel in Sindh...

    Hyderabad DIG Javed Alam Odho and SSP Pir Mohammad Shah held a joint press conference to share the details of the suspected terrorist group with the media...

  • Govt delaying renewal of Musharraf’s diplomatic passport

    ISLAMABAD: Former military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf may have to face a difficult situation after March, because by then his diplomatic passport will have expired and the government seems to be in no mood to renew it anytime soon...

    Sources told Dawn that the last diplomatic passport (number AJ0848364) issued to Mr Musharraf from Dubai in 2013 would expire on March 16, 2018...

  • Harry Potter star given Serbian passport

    BELGRADE: Award-winning British actor and director Ralph Fiennes, who portrayed Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series, was given a Serbian passport on Sunday for “promoting” the Balkan country...

    “I never thought I would become a Serb and now it seems that I am one,” Fiennes said in Serbian during a brief ceremony after President Aleksandar Vucic presented him with the passport and an ID card...

  • Another passport crisis in the making?

    ISLAMABAD: Insufficient budgetary allocations and an inordinate delay in the release of funds for a short-staffed department is an alarming state of affairs and could lead to another passport crisis, the Senate Standing Committee on Interior was told on Thursday...

    Due to non-payment of dues, the Printing Corporation of Pakistan (PCP) can stop the supply of passport booklets at any time, said Usman Akhtar Bajwa, the newly-appointed...

  • Top KDA official held for falsifying facts to get passport

    KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency arrested the director general of the Karachi Development Authority on Saturday for concealing his government job and falsifying facts to obtain a passport — a charge, if proved, could land him maximum three years in prison...

    Officials said that Syed Nasir Abbas, a grade-20 officer, was arrested after a case was registered against him for obtaining a passport by declaring himself a...

  • Passport condition introduced for entry to Afghanistan

    The officials insisted the passport condition had been introduced over the growing incidence of the production of forged documents by travellers...

    The officials said the administration didn’t have modern technology on Torkham border to detect forged CNICs and therefore, the passport’s production had been made mandatory for all Pakistani nationals for cross-border movement...

  • Pakistan issues first third-gender passport for transgender activist

    The government has issued its first third-gender passport to a transgender activist in Peshawar who hailed the move as a step forward for the community...

    Activist Farzana Riaz said the new passport would help her campaign globally on behalf of her community, who are also known as khawajasiras — an umbrella term denoting a third sex that includes transsexuals, transvestites and eunuchs...

  • Issuance of passport to transgender activist welcomed

    ISLAMABAD: The transgender community has welcomed the government’s decision to issue its first passport with a transgender category as an important milestone in the struggle against discrimination...

    The government issued a passport last week to transgender activist Farzana Jan with an X to symbolise the “third sex” printed under the gender category of travel document...

  • Passport rule at Torkham relaxed

    LANDI KOTAL: Over 100 Pakistanis holding only computerised national identity cards (CNICs) availed of a rare opportunity to cross over to Pakistan from Afghanistan on Tuesday as authorities had relaxed the rule of passport for a day at the Torkham border...

    Sources said that the authorities had received requests from the relatives of a number of Pakistanis stranded in Afghanistan following imposition of passport condition for the...

  • Applicants rue slow process at passport office

    LAHORE: The applicants who turned up at the Garden Town passport office on Thursday had to face a great deal of inconvenience at the hands of processing staff who kept them on tenterhooks for several hours because of “slow online data processing and their lethargic attitude”...

    Rasheed, who turned up at the office for his maiden passport to travel abroad for higher education, expressed utter disappointment saying the government was on...

  • A long wait at the Karachi passport office

    KARACHI: The long queues inside the passport office in Saddar are a common sight, but on Monday a horde of impatient men flocked around the data entry booth as early as 8am; nudging, falling, desperately trying to reach the manager who single-handedly tried to control the restless crowd...

    Syed Abbas Jafri had reached the passport office before its opening time on Friday hoping to get his application processed swiftly, only to find...

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