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  • Four MQM men get bail in ‘forcible’ Fitra case

    KARACHI: A judicial magistrate on Saturday granted bail to four Muttahida Qaumi Movement workers in a case pertaining to ‘forcible’ Fitra collection...

    The investigation officer submitted that the suspects were extorting money from the residents in the name of Fitraa and Zakat and sought their custody for questioning...

  • Fitra collection: Altaf slams CM, Zardari after arrest of workers

    KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain turned his guns on Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Saturday over their failure to communicate with him over the phone about the arrests of party workers...

    Mr Hussain said he wanted to draw the attention of CM Shah towards the arrests of MQM workers by Rangers for “merely collecting Zakat and Fitra” and he called...

  • US bill pledges $900m to Pakistan, links half of amount to certification

    WASHINGTON: A consensus US defence bill, set to be approved by the House, recognises Pakistan as a key strategic partner and pledges more than $900 million in economic and other assistance to the country...

    But the bill also conditions $450m from this assistance to a certification from the US defence secretary that Pakistan is committed to fighting all terrorist groups, including the Haqqani network...

  • Exorbitant amount spent on running missions abroad

    In contradiction with the austerity measures the current government claims to have adopted, it spent nearly Rs1 million more in its first financial year (2013-2014) than the PPP government, in its last year (2012-2013) in maintaining the country’s embassies and high commissions abroad...

    However, a steady increase in the overall spending on diplomatic missions from 2009 to 2014 can be observed in the official documents...

  • Criticising blasphemy law does not amount to blasphemy: Justice Khosa

    ISLAMABAD: Justice Asif Saeed Khosa of the Supreme Court of Pakistan said on Monday that criticism of the blasphemy law did not amount to blasphemy...

    Justice Khosa in his remarks said that criticising a law does not amount to blasphemy and the press clippings presented in court do not provide sufficient evidence to maintain that the former governor had committed blasphemy...

  • Firms that raised drug prices must return extra amount: NHS ministry

    ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) on Wednesday assured the Senate Standing Committee on NHS that the companies which increased medicine prices will be made to return the additional amount with a fine of 20pc, as soon as the court decided in favour of the ministry...

    In January, multinational companies had sought a stay order from the Sindh High Court (SHC) and increased medicine prices while arguing that it was...

  • Criticism of govt does not amount to sedition, declares Indian Supreme Court

    NEW DELHI: India's apex court has made it clear that sedition or defamation cases cannot be slapped on anyone just for criticising the government, The Hindu reported on Tuesday...

    Amnesty had hosted an event on India-held Kashmir (IHK), where someone allegedly chanted slogans for the freedom of Kashmir, whereas Ramya had disagreed with Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s description of Pakistan as “hell” saying: “I respectfully...

  • PAC divided over release of amount for circular debt

    ISLAMABAD: In a meeting on Wednesday, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) remained divided over the release of Rs480 billion to clear the amount owed to private power producers with lawmakers from PTI and PML-N holding on to their opposing views and the PAC chairman, a senior PPP politician, undecided...

    After dealing with the agenda for the day, PAC member and PTI lawmaker Shafqat Mehmood cited media reports and asked PAC Chairman...

  • ‘Education, science budget less than amount spent on Orange Line in Lahore’

    KARACHI: Eminent scientist and former science minister Dr Atta-ur-Rehman on Thursday called for coordination between social and natural scientists to adopt ways and means to bring about peace in the world...

    “Technology is a double-edged sword and it needs to be used for the betterment and welfare of mankind and not for their destruction,” he said delivering a lecture at the Distinguished Lecture Series organised by Karachi...

  • Saudi-led coalition’s attacks in Yemen ‘may amount to war crimes’: UN

    UNITED NATIONS: A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition has carried out attacks in Yemen that “may amount to war crimes,” UN sanctions monitors reported to the world body’s Security Council, warning coalition allies including the United States, Britain and France that they are obligated to respect international humanitarian law...

    “For all 10 investigations, the panel considers it almost certain that the coalition did not meet...

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