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  • Israel tells US it was behind killing of Iranian colonel: NYT

    Israel has told the United States it was responsible for the killing of an Iranian Revolutionary Guards colonel last week, The New York Times reported on Wednesday...

    Colonel Sayyad Khodai was shot dead on Sunday by a gunman on the back of a motorcycle as he sat in a car outside his home in Tehran
  • $6bn IMF deal is ‘outdated’, says Bilawal

    DAVOS: An ongoing bailout deal between Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is “outdated” given a number of global crises, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said on Wednesday...

    Pakistan entered a three-year, $6bn IMF deal in 2019, but is struggling to implement tough policy commitments
  • Indian stadium closes early on a daily basis 'so official can walk dog'

    Delhi authorities on Thursday ordered all sports facilities to stay open until 10:00pm after a media report claimed that one stadium shuts early every evening — so that an official can walk his dog...

    Built for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, athletes and coaches at the Thyagraj Stadium in the Indian capital New Delhi have to clear out by 7:00pm for the senior bureaucrat and his pet, The Indian Express reported
  • Money laundering case against PM, CM adjourned

    LAHORE: An accountability court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of a money laundering reference against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his Chief Minister of Punjab Hamza Shehbaz...

    The defence counsel filed applications for a one-time exemption from personal appearance on behalf of Shehbaz and Hamza due to the law and order situation in the city in the wake of a protest march by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf
  • Pakistan, IMF can’t reach deal on economic bailout

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) failed on Wednesday to reach an agreement on an economic bailout mainly because of the government’s indecision on fuel and electricity subsidies and resultant next year’s budget uncertainties...

    Informed sources said that in the absence of a decision on fuel and electricity subsidies, it was unclear how the overall fiscal and external deficits would look like, not only at the...
  • Rewriting defection

    WITH the Supreme Court order of May 17 — issued in response to a presidential reference seeking clarifications on Article 63-A or the defection of legislators from their parliamentary party — a new, game-changing chapter has been added to the parliamentary history of Pakistan...

    When the original 1973 Constitution was framed, no specific article was included to address the question of defection and, therefore, no penalty for defection...
  • Sindh deprived of 46pc, Balochistan 84pc of water share

    ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Water Resources was informed on Wednesday that Sindh was being deprived of 46 per cent of its water share in Punjab (between Taunsa and Guddu barrages) and Balochistan was losing almost 84pc of its share in Sindh...

    This was the crux of a meeting of the standing committee presided over by MNA Muhammad Yousaf Talpur, who attributed the water loss in Punjab to theft and recommended...
  • Taliban 'making women invisible' in Afghanistan: UN expert

    The Taliban government's restrictions on women are aimed at making them “invisible” in Afghan society, a UN human rights observer said on Thursday during a visit to the nation...

    Since the Taliban stormed back to power last year, they have imposed harsh restrictions on women and girls
  • Fact check: The metro bus station near D-Chowk was NOT set on fire during PTI's Azadi March

    As PTI workers powered through police obstacles amid intense shelling on Wednesday night to reach D-Chowk in Islamabad at the call of their leader Imran Khan, social media was swamped with minute-by-minute updates of live action but also with some misinformation...

    While television footage did show smoke rising from the ground and fires in the green belts adjacent to Islamabad's main roads, the reports of a metro bus station been torched...
  • NA approves amendments to Election Act

    The National Assembly of Pakistan passed the Elections (Amendment) Bill 2022 on Thursday, which seeks to remove the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in general elections as well as disallows overseas Pakistanis from voting...

    Parliamentary Affairs Minister Murtaza Javed Abbasi presented the bill in the assembly and Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar said the bill was of immense significance
  • Govt senators condemn action against PTI leaders, TV channel

    ISLAMABAD: Warning against bringing the system under threat, PPP Senator Raza Rabbani urged the government and the opposition on Wednesday to exercise restraint...

    Speaking in the Senate on the current political situation, he said anarchy would only put the country’s territorial integrity at stake
  • India caps sugar exports to check domestic prices

    MUMBAI: India has imposed restrictions on sugar exports for the first time in six years by capping this season’s exports at 10 million tonnes, a government order said on Wednesday, to prevent a surge in domestic prices after mills sold a record volume on the world market...

    The government also asked exporters to seek its permission for any overseas shipments between June 1 and Oct 31, the order said
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