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NSC meeting called tomorrow over Trump’s remarks

National Security Committee (NSC) meeting has been called for Thursday after the accusations leveled by US President Donald Trump on Pakistan saying it harbours safe havens for terrorist organisations. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair his second NSC meeting which will be the second of this month. The first NSC meeting on August 16 talked about Indian atrocities in held Kashmir, unprovoked cross-border firing and killings after Independence Day was celebrated in occupied valley by oppressed Kashmiris. Cabinet members, civilian and military leadership will attend the meeting and discuss US policy review for South Asia and Afghanistan. Foreign Minister…
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Trump’s remarks: Imran demands calling joint parliament session

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has demanded the government to call a joint session of the parliament over Trump’s latest remarks against Pakistan. Branding it government’s inefficiency, Khan said in a press conference that India was being praised internationally while Pakistan was being leveled allegations against. Over one lac NATO sodiers cannot check troubled Afghanistan, Khan rhetorically questioned. The PTI chief stressed that US needs Pakistan’s support to sort out trouble in Afghanistan. He criticised Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir for not defending the country, slamming the ruling party that even China defended Pakistan while the leaders of our country…
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Pakistan’s determination to fight against terrorism unshakable: Ahsan Iqbal

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal declared that Pakistan’s determination to fight against terrorism is unshakable and it is not dependant on any country for this purpose. Without naming, the federal minister criticised former President Pervez Musharraf for not facing accountability. He said if the country’s elected prime minister can be punished by court then those who fled the country can also be punished. He stated that ex-President violated Pakistan’s constitution and pushed the country into the game of blood and fire. “He (Musharraf) can give interviews, but not face the law,” he complained. Ahsan Iqbal believes that National Database and Registration…
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Govt announces four Eid-ul-Adha holidays

Government has announced four holidays in connection with Eid-ul-Azha, a notification stated that was released on Wednesday. Interior ministry issued the notification today according to which September 1st to September 4th are holidays across the country. Pakistan is to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha on September 2nd. Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee convened a moon-sighting session on Tuesday (August 22) and announced that Zil-Hajj moon was not sighted. The committee announced that September 2nd, 2017 will mark Eid-ul-Adha in Pakistan.
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‘Can’t move ahead’ without acknowledging Pak’s sacrifices in war on terror: FO

Spokesperson for the foreign office Nafees Zakaria has said on Wednesday in reaction to Donald Trump’s statement concerning Pakistan that ‘there can be no moving ahead’ unless sacrifices of Pakistan to counter terrorism are acknowledged. In an exclusive talk with Dunya News, Zakaria said that United States (US) military generals as well as security authorities have admitted that there are no safe havens of terrorists in Pakistan. They have admitted that terror networks operate in Afghanistan to carry out attacks in parts of Pakistan, he added. The spokesperson said that India and her agencies are one big reason behind terrorism…
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PSP accepts MQM-P’s invitation to attend APC

– Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) has on Monday accepted Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan s (MQM-P) invitation to attend all parties conference (APC) on August 22, which is also MQM’s day of deliverance (Youm-i-Nijaat). A delegation of MQM-P was welcomed by PSP leader Anees Ahmed Advocate amid slogans of ‘long live Mustafa Kamal’ when it visited the party office. Anees Ahmed told that PSP was in contact with MQM-P, and announced to celebrate day of deliverance on August 22. He said MQM’s founder will keep on getting oxygen until the party name is used. Talking about the agenda of APC, MQM-P leader…
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Ruet-i-Hilal Committee meets tomorrow for Zilhaj moon sighting

- The Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee will convene a meeting on Tuesday for the sighting of Zilhaj moon. The meeting headed by chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman will be held in Karachi’s Meteorological Department after Asr prayer. It will be attended by committee members and authorities of concerned departments. The final announcement regarding the moon sighting will be made by the chairman. According to Met office, the new moon of Zilhaj will be born on crossing conjunction point at 11:30 PST on August 21. The astronomical parameters suggest that there is a slight shance of Zilhaj’s moon sighting on the evening of…
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ECP issues notice to PML-N over objections raised by PTI, PAT

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday issued a notice to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) over alleged violation of rules. In their applications, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Niaz Inqalabi have argued that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been overseeing the party affairs despite being disqualified by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Babar Awan, counsel for PTI’s Yasmeen Rashid, said the PML-N cannot carry the ex-premier’s name following the Panama case verdict, adding that it is also violating the Political Parties Order as it does not mention any provision for an acting…
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LHC rejects petitions against approval of Kulsoom Nawaz’s nomination papers

Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday has dismissed all the petitions challenging approval of nomination papers submitted by ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz for NA-120 by-poll. According to details, the decision was taken by LHC’s Appellate Tribunal. Earlier on August 19, opposition parties Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had move LHC against approval of nomination papers of Kulsoom Nawaz. PPP hadcandidate Faisal Mir appealed against the green signal given to Kulsoom Nawaz by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by filing a petition. He argued that the returning officer (RO) approved her documents despite sufficient factual…
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Sharif family decides future strategy on NAB references

Nawaz Sharif met party leaders in Raiwind on Monday where he discussed the future strategy of his family on corruption references filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan in Panama case verdict. Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair, provincial and federal ministers, and other important leaders participated in the high-level consultation session which took place in Raiwind. Sources told that the Sharif family has decided its strategy on NAB summons. The sacked premier Nawaz Sharif chaired the meeting while amongst the attendees included Tariq Fatemi, Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister for Privatisation Daniyal Aziz,…
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