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  • Cabinet decides to 'give peace another chance'

    Dated: 2014-04-19

    ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet held a meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday with the premier taking the ministers into confidence of decisions taken during Thursday’s meeting of the Cabinet Committee on National Security.

    The ministers also reviewed the country’s security and overall economic situation, along with the premier briefing them on his recent meeting with former president Asif Ali Zardari.

    While addressing the meeting, Sharif said that $1.6 billion would be spent on the construction of an airport and a seaport in Gwadar.

    He added that a heavy amount would also be spent on education, health, infrastructure and training of youth in Balochistan.

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed to complete Gwadar port extension project on priority basis to give a big boost to economic activities in the country .

    Chairing a meeting of the federal cabinet here on Friday, he said that bringing peace in Baloch

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  • SC dismisses petition against appointment of Chairman NAB

    Dated: 2014-04-19

    ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed petition filed by PTI chairman Imran Khan petition against the appointment of Qamar ul Zaman Chaudhry as chairman NAB.

    A 3-memebr bench of SC headed by Justice Nasir ul Mulk took up the case for hearing Friday. Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan argued that as per article 224-A president has to act upon the advice of Prime Minister (PM).

    Now the president makes only appointment and the remaining function has to be performed by PM and opposition leader of outgoing assembly. President is left with no other choice except to act upon the orders of the PM.

    He said “ president is bound to act upon advice of PM despite having discretionary powers so much so that he can not celebrate his birth anniversary without the advice of the PM. No one can be declared guilty without solid evidence and trial. All the persons including

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  • PPO presented in Senate amidst strong protest

    Dated: 2014-04-19

    ISLAMABAD: The controversial Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) was presented in the Senate amid strong protests on Friday.

    Federal minister Zahid Hamid presented the bill during today’s session presided over by Deputy Chairperson Sabir Baloch.

    On this occasion, major opposition parties including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) protested against the ordinance.

    Presenting the Bill Zahid Hamid said we have considerably changed the bill and as far as clauses related to detentions are concerned, they have been taken from already existing law of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

    He said clauses related to location of the detainees are extracted from Article 10 of the constitution.

    PPP Senator Raza Rabbani labelled the bill as a

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  • Bodies of two missing MQM workers recovered: Sabzwari

    Dated: 2014-04-19

    KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) representative Faisal Sabzwari said that the bodies of two missing MQM workers were found in Karachi’s Qayummabad area on Friday.

    Speaking to media, he said that the names of both workers were included in the list presented by him in the Sindh Assembly on April 14. The list mentions 45 MQM workers who have allegedly gone missing since the targeted operation started in Karachi on September 7.

    Sabzwari said that “we demonstrated against the extra-judicial killings of our workers, but instead of receiving a response from the government, the assembly was adjourned.”

    He claimed that MQM’s Muhammad Ali Khan was arrested from Azad Kahmir on March 13 when he was visiting his sister in the area.

    “His body was found from Qayummabad this morning,” he stated.

    Another party worker, Muhammad Qasim, was taken into custody from J

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  • Release of non-combatants is Taliban’s major demand: Ibrahim

    Dated: 2014-04-19

    PESHAWAR: Prof. Ibrahim, member of Taliban negotiating committee, has said the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) can be agreed on ceasefire if the government met their demands.

    “The major complaint they (Taliban) have is that their non-combatants are not being released. We are striving to convince them on the ceasefire but it is possible once the government released their prisoners,” Ibrahim spoke to media on Friday.

    “We can find the way out if government demonstrated sincerity,” said Prof. Ibrahim who is also Jamaat-e-Islami leader.

    He said both government and Taliban are in contact for the exchange of captives. “There should be no war at all cost. We hope the matters will not get worse.”

    Taliban announced on Wednesday that they would not extend a ceasefire, but said they were still committed to the peace talks process.

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  • Jinnah Super fire damages restaurants, bank

    Dated: 2014-04-19

    ISLAMABAD: Fire erupted, due to short circuit in Jinnah Super Market, engulfing restaurants and other neighboring shops, while also partially damaging an adjoining multi-national bank.

    SHO Thana Kohsar inspector Abid said that The fire which broke in this Thana Kohsar area spot at Cherry Berry restaurant and one fast food joint , due to a short circuit , which was immediately controlled by timely arrival of fire brigade within half an hour of struggle.

    Yet still, the fire was so intense that it left quite enough of destruction in its wake, charring two restaurants, and damaging a multi-national bank and Cash and Carry store.

    Police is investigation further into the incident.

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  • Taliban didn’t fire a bullet during ceasefire, claims Shahid

    Dated: 2014-04-19

    MIRANSHAH: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said that the militant group did not fire a single bullet during ceasefire.

    Speaking to media from an unknown location, Taliban spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid said that the militant group can launch defensive attacks on government offices and buildings.

    He also said that the federal government did not accept any of the conditions on which the peace process had to go forward. Shahidullah Shahid apprehended that some forces can launch attacks on public places after Taliban refused to extend ceasefire.

    Shahidullah Shahid, further speaking on the occasion, stated that the federal government had lodged a root-out operation against Taliban militants. He added that Pakistani government kept the war-atmosphere alive during the ceasefire.

    He added that there is no infigh

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  • PPP looking for alternative of Faisal Raza Abidi

    Dated: 2014-04-19

    Islamabad: After the resignation of Senator Faisal Raza Abidi Peoples Party has started focusing on two names along with Qayym Somro for the vacant seat.

    Sources told Online that Peoples Party has obtained the resignation from Faisal Raza Abidi on violating party discipline.

    According to sources, Peoples Party is focusing on two names along with Qayyum Soomro for the vacant seat from Sindh and decision would be taken in the current week.

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  • Heavy weapons recovered from Karachi bound train, three arrested

    Dated: 2014-04-19

    LAHORE: Railway police have recovered heavy weapons from a coach of Shalimar Express train on Friday.

    As per details, three suspects identified as Haris, Shafi and Israr have been arrested for shifting the arms to Karachi without permit.

    Amid tight security at Lahore Railway Station, the suspects managed to sneak weapons through security officials, CCTV cameras and walkthrough gates.

    The weapons include 28 pistols, seven kalashnikov and more than thousand bullets.

    Police have contacted the home ministry for further action in this regard.

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  • Nandipur plant restored within months: Shahbaz Sharif

    Dated: 2014-04-19

    LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif said that the Nandipur power project was restored by the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government within months.

    Shahbaz Sharif chaired a key meeting here on Friday to discuss the ongoing work on Nandipur power project. Managing Director Nandipur Power Project, Commissioner Gujranwala, DCO Gujranwala and officers of various sectors were present in the meeting.

    During the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that the power plant was the worst example of criminal negligence shown by the previous rulers. He added that the first turbine of the power plant will start functioning by the end of May 2014.

    The 425 megawatt Nandipur power plant will be completed by December 2014.

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  • LAHORE: Sick sheep are being treated in a local veterinary hospital in Lahore.
  • DERAALLAHYAR: Applicants taking part in the written test for vacancies in Police Department.
  • DERAALLAHYAR: Applicants taking part in the written test for vacancies in Police Department.
  • ATTOCK: President Pakistan Medical Association Attock Dr Muhammad Aslam presenting a shield to DPO Attock Israr Ahmad Abbasi during a ceremony in Attock.
  • CHINIOT: Governor Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar inaugurating Khadija Block at a local college in Chiniot.
  • CHINIOT: Governor Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar giving prizes to the position holder students during a ceremony at a local college in Chiniot.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javaid Abbasi addressing During Inauguration Ceremony of Private Hotel.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Managing Director Small Industries KPK Rasheed Khan Inaugurating BIO Gas Plant in Kamil Pur.
  • LAHORE: Gypsy women collecting wooden crates to use as fuel, at Sabzi Mandi, Lahore.
  • LAHORE: Prof Tauqeer Saleem Khan speaks during a symposium organized by Society for Advancement of Muslim Psychology, at Fountain House.
  • LAHORE: Vice Chancellor UET Lahore Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Akram Khan speaks during 1st Young Engineers Convention organized by PEC at UET Lahore.
  • LAHORE: Motorists standing in a queue to collect CNG from a CNG station in Lahore.
  • LAHORE: A donkey driven cart is being used to transport a malfunctioning auto rickshaw in Lahore.
  • ISLAMABAD: Members of Istanbul Historical Turkish Music Society “”Semazen – Whirling Dervishes” perform during a ceremony organized by the Ambassador of Turkey at a local hotel.
  • ISLAMABAD: Members of Istanbul Historical Turkish Music Society “”Semazen – Whirling Dervishes” perform during a ceremony organized by the Ambassador of Turkey at a local hotel.
  • ISLAMABAD: Members of Istanbul Historical Turkish Music Society “”Semazen – Whirling Dervishes” perform during a ceremony organized by the Ambassador of Turkey at a local hotel.
  • KARACHI: Vehicles passing through a truck which overturned due to over speeding on Nazimabad Area.
  • KARACHI: Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani presiding over the provincial Assembly Session which was concluded after only five minutes due to absence of the assembly members in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: Provincial Minister Nisar Khoro speaks during the provincial assembly session while most benches are seen vacant.
  • KARACHI: Opposition Leader in Sindh Assembly Faisal Sabzwari talking to the media persons at Sindh Assembly.
  • KARACHI: People gather near the bodies of alleged MQM workers in the mortuary of Jinnah Hospital, in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: People gather near the bodies of alleged MQM workers in the mortuary of Jinnah Hospital, in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: People weep near the bodies of alleged MQM workers in the mortuary of Jinnah Hospital, in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: Members of Christian community taking part in Good Friday prayer ceremony at St Andrew Church.
  • KARACHI: Members of Christian community taking part in Good Friday prayer ceremony at St Andrew Church.
  • KARACHI: Members of Christian community taking part in Good Friday prayer ceremony at St Andrew Church.
  • QUETTA: Members of Christian community taking part in Good Friday prayer ceremony at Methodist Church, in Quetta.
  • HYDERABAD: Activists of jeay Sindh Qumi Mahaz hold a protest rally in the favor of their demands outside Hyderabad Press Club.
  • HYDERABAD: Residents of Dadu hold a protest against land grabbers, outside Hyderabad Press Club.
  • HYDERABAD: Relatives of Muhammed Ameen hold a protest against his non recovery from kidnappers by Jamshoro police, outside Hyderabad Press Club.
  • ISLAMABAD: Firefighters extinguishing fire which erupted in two food center shops at Jinnah Super Market due to electricity short circuit.
  • ISLAMABAD: Firefighter vehicles are seen at the site after fire erupted in two food center shops at Jinnah Super Market due to electricity short circuit.
  • ISLAMABAD: Firefighters entering the building after extinguishing fire whith erupted in building at Jinnah Super Market due to electricity short circuit.
  • FAISALABAD: Players of Pakistan and Nepal Play during a friendly beach handball match at Agriculture University.
  • FAISALABAD: Activists of Faisalabad Deaf Welfare Association hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside District Council Chowk.
  • KARACHI: Rangers soldier standing at the site after firing by unknown assailants at Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi.
  • KARACHI: Policemen putting sand on the stains of blood of the victims at the site after firing by unknown assailants at Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi.
  • ISLAMABAD: President Cricket Promoters Club (CPC) Tahir Ansari along with participants posing for group photo during PTCL Inter-Media Cricket Tournament at MNA Hostel Cricket ground Islamabad.
  • ISLAMABAD: Activists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat hold a demonstration in support of their demands, in Islamabad.
  • ISLAMABAD: Activists of All Pakistan Muslim League hold a demonstration rally in support of their demands, in Islamabad.
  • ISLAMABAD: Activists of All Pakistan Muslim League hold a demonstration rally in support of their demands, in Islamabad.
  • ISLAMABAD: Activists of MQM hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside National Press Club.
  • ISLAMABAD: Activists of MQM hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside National Press Club.
  • DERAGHAZIKHAN: Farmers are busy in harvesting the wheat crop in DG Khan.
  • LAHORE: Members of Christian community taking part in Good Friday prayer service in Lahore.
  • LAHORE: Members of Christian community presenting a tableau during a ceremony to celebrate Good Friday, in Lahore.
  • LAHORE: Motorists moving on the road during heavy rain in the provincial capital.
  • LAHORE: Motorists moving on the road during heavy rain in the provincial capital.
  • HYDERABAD: Activists of MQM stage a Protest demonstration to demand recovery of disappeared workers of the party, outside Hyderabad Press Club.
  • HYDERABAD: Activists of MQM stage a Protest demonstration to demand recovery of disappeared workers of the party, outside Hyderabad Press Club.
  • HYDERABAD: Officials of Civil Hospital show recovered medicines and alleged thieves, who were shifting huge consignment from the OPD of the hospital.
  • MULTAN: Activists of MQM stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside Multan Press Club.
  • RAWALPINDI: Chief Justice Lahore High Court Umar Ata Bandial addressing during a ceremony at High Court Rawalpindi Bar.
  • RAWALPINDI: President Anjuman Patwaryan Punjab Abdul Majeed Jutt addressing a ceremony organized by the Anjuman.
  • UPPERDIR: Man carries wood crates as he crosses suspended bridge on river during drizzle in the area.
  • UPPERDIR: A view of a valley after rain in the area.
  • UPPERDIR: Banners are seen displayed at a local market ahead of elections of traders’ union in the area.
  • SWAT: Aged men are seen resting on a mate at open area on the second day of religious preaching gathering at Barikot.
  • SWAT: Men wash pots from stream water on the second day of religious preaching gathering at Barikot.
  • SWAT: A view of religious preaching gathering of Barikot during Friday prayer.
  • ISLAMABAD: Leader of All Pakistan Muslim League Dr. Amjad waves towards supporters as he leads a rally of the party in the capital.
  • THARPARKAR: Former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari during his visit to Civil Hospital Mithi.
  • THARPARKAR: Former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari during his visit to R. O. plant in Mithi. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah is also present.
  • THARPARKAR: Former President of Pakistan and co-chairman of PPP Asif Ali Zardari sitting during a meeting with Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh provincial ministers, MPAs and party workers at Darbar Hall Mithi.
  • KARACHI: Kids taking part in sport event during Kids Expo at Expo Centre.
  • KARACHI: Policemen frisking motorcycle riders in the area of Sakhi Hassan Chorangi after firing by unknown persons who killed three students.
  • KARACHI: Men look at the body of one of three students at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital as they were killed by unknown terrorists in Sakhi Hassan Chorangi.
  • KARACHI: Security personnel are seen standing near a burnt dumper which was set ablaze by angry mob after road accident near Shahrah-e-Faisal.
  • KARACHI: Residents of Ittehad Town stage a demonstration against SHO of their area, outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Passengers are seen sitting perturbed due to delay of trains because shutting down workshop of trains in a protest against allege torture on Chinese engineer by constable railway Ijaz Anwar at Cantt Railway Station.
  • KARACHI: Train engines are seen standing at workshop of Cantt Railway Station after allege torture on Chinese engineer by constable railway Ijaz Anwar.
  • KARACHI: Constable railway station Ijaz Anwar is seen in lockup of railway after he allegedly tortured a Chinese engineer at workshop of Cantt Railway Station.
  • LAHORE: Christians are seen sitting during special prayers of Good Friday at St Don Bosco Church Lahore.
  • LAHORE: Christians are seen sitting during special prayers of Good Friday at St Don Bosco Church Lahore.
  • LAHORE: A kid plays in rainwater on road during downpour in the provincial capital on Friday.
  • LAHORE: Kids play in rainwater on road during downpour in the provincial capital on Friday.
  • PESHAWAR: Students taking keen interest in dress at a stall during Spring Festival at Sarhad University.
  • PESHAWAR: Students giving final touches to vases at a stall during Spring Festival at Sarhad University.
  • PESHAWAR: Activists of MQM stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside Peshawar Press Club.
  • PESHAWAR: A resident of Chamakni Khalid Colony, Khursheed Anwar shows a giant mosquito in a bottle in the provincial capital.
  • GUJRAT: A view of garbage at platform of luggage train at Gujrat Railway station which needs attention of concerned authorities.
  • GUJRAT: Motorists face inconvenience due to rainwater accumulated at Prince Chowk.
  • SHANGLA: Residents of Thakot stage a demonstration against power outage, at Karakoram Highway.
  • SUKKUR: CIA personnel showing two men who were arrested while smuggling hashish from Quetta to Karachi which was seized.
  • SUKKUR: SSP Sukkur Syed Fida Hussain Shah addressing a press conference after arresting two men who were smuggling hashish from Quetta to Karachi which was seized.
  • QUETTA: Activists of MQM stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside Quetta Press Club.
  • QUETTA: General (r) Hameed Gul addresses a press conference at Quetta Press Club.
  • HUB: Shops are seen closed on the call of PML (N) on the occasion of first death anniversary of relatives of senior provincial minister Sanaullah Zehri.
  • TURBAT: Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch examining the area for expansion of Government Girls College Turbat.
  • TURBAT: Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch visiting a classroom during his visit to Turbat University.