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  • PM, Interior minister discuss Taliban peace talks, Hamid Mir attack

    Dated: 2014-04-24

    ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ch Nisar on Wednesday held a meeting with PM Nawaz in Islamabad and discussed several issues including the peace talks with Taliban and prevailing situation following an attack on Hamid Mir.

    Chaudhry Nisar briefed Nawaz Sharif over the peace talks with the Taliban.

    He said the dialogue was going in right direction.

    The meeting also discussed the attack on senior anchorperson Hamid Mir in Karachi.

    On the other hand, Interior Minister has also convened a joint meeting of Government-Taliban Peace Committees.

    It will discuss progress in dialogue process and decide about future strategy. It will also review ceasefire announcement by Taliban.

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  • PM directs for minimum loadshedding

    Dated: 2014-04-24

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed to keep duration of electricity load-shedding to the minimum to avoid inconvenience to the consumers.

    He was chairing a high level meeting here on Wednesday regarding the overall electricity and gas network and distribution system in the country.

    The Prime Minister directed that strict legal action should be taken against those involved in gas and electricity theft.

    The Prime Minister said that this government has made legal measures more stringent against electricity and gas theft.

    He directed that electricity dues should be recovered on priority and a report in this regard be presented in a week.

    He said that action should be taken against heads of distribution companies that are not performing.

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  • Closure of any newspaper, channel will not be acceptable: CPNE

    Dated: 2014-04-24

    Lahore: The council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors in its emergent meeting held at Aiwan-e- Iqbal, Lahore unanimously declared that closure of any media house or cancellation of license or declaration of any channel or publication will not be acceptable as it is not in the national interest.

    Any such action will tantamount to a grave crisis and will do irreparable harm to the democratic Pakistan.

    The meeting was chaired by Mr. Mujib-ur-Rahman Shami, President of CPNE. CPNE further resolved that sanctity of Defence as well as Media Institutions is equally important as both are national institutions.

    It was further resolved that Pakistan Armed Forces and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) are our vital national institutions and it is our collective responsibility to defend and safeguard their honor and dignity.

    The meeting called upon all the Media Houses to show responsibility while reporting/commenting about these vital security organizations.

    The meeting also discussed at len

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  • Gas pipeline blown up in Dera Bugti

    Dated: 2014-04-24

    QUETTA: Suspected militants blew up a 16 inch gas pipeline in Balochistan's volatile Dera Bugti district on Wednesday, an official said.

    A security official who requested anonymity since he was not authorised to speak to media told Dawn.com that militants had planted an improvised explosive device (IED) close to a gas pipeline in the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti.

    He said the IED exploded with a considerably loud bang blowing up 16 inch diameter gas pipeline in the area.

    "Gas supply to Sui purification plant suspended after the blast," he said.

    Roaring flames of fire could be witnessed from quite far away, the official added.

    Personnel of Frontier Corps, a para-military force, reached the spot and cordoned off the area to launch a probe into the incident.

    The official said that repair of the gas pipeline would take a couple o

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  • Karachi violence claims five lives

    Dated: 2014-04-24

    KARACHI: At least five people were killed in separate incidents of violence on Wednesday in Karachi.

    Two bodies were discovered in Mewashah Graveyard near Malang Darbar whereas another body was discovered from a river below the Lasbela Bridge.

    All three were first kidnapped and later tortured, however, none of the bodies have been identified yet, police sources said.

    One person was also gunned down in Manghopir's Mianwali Colony.

    A body of a woman bearing torture marks was also found in a gunnysack in North Karachi’s Rashidabad area.

    Karachi, the largest metropolitan city of Pakistan, is riddled with targeted killings, gang wars, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism.

    Targeted operations led by Rangers’ forces with the support of police are ongoing in the city under a directiv

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  • Lawyers clash with police in Quetta

    Dated: 2014-04-24

    QUETTA: Lawyers in Quetta clashed with police on Wednesday during a protest against alleged police torture on their colleague.

    The law practitioners claimed that police pulled a senior lawyer from his car and subjected him to torture in Quetta.

    Against the incident, a large number of lawyers, most of them carrying sticks in their hands, came out on roads and staged protest demonstration at Manan Chowk.

    The infuriated lawyers blocked the main intersection and pelted police mobiles with stones and resorted to aerial firing, turning the area into a battle field.

    The enraged lawyers also damaged windowpanes of several police vans.

    Scores of lawyers were arrested after scuffle with police during the chaos which last for more than two hours and ended after the two sides held negotiations.

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  • Judicial Commission investigating attack on Hamid Mir to meet today

    Dated: 2014-04-24

    ISLAMABAD: The three-member Judicial Commission to probe attack on Hamid Mir will hold its first meeting in Islamabad on Thursday (today).

    The commission will frame rules and regulations in the meeting.

    Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Ejaz Afzal and Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rahman are member of the commission.

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  • Release of prisoners’ biggest issue for successful dialogue: Ibrahim

    Dated: 2014-04-24

    Lahore: An important member of Tehrik-i-Pakistan (TTP) committee and leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, Professor Ibrahim on Wednesday has termed the release of the prisoners from both sides as the biggest issue for successful dialogue process.

    Talking to media, Professor Ibrahim said that the break in peace process between the government and the TTP should come to an end

    He said that only peace in Pakistan can ensure the safety of the citizens.

    He also told that meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and the government committee is crucial as the future of peace process would be discussed in the meeting.

    He further revealed that he did not know the names of TTP prisoners that were released by the government.

    It is pertinent to mention here that Interior minister has called a meeting of the government and the TTP committees today to discuss the current status of dialogues between two negotiating parties and also

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  • Parliament Lodges scam: Inquiry committee rejects Dasti’s allegations

    Dated: 2014-04-24

    ISLAMABAD: A seven-member Parliamentary Inquiry Committee has rejected MNA Jamshed Dasti’s allegations about immoral activities at the Parliament Lodges in Islamabad.

    According to media reports, the Inquiry Committee in its report stated that Dasti’s allegations have no truth behind and termed it as baseless.

    However, the committee would present its recommendations in the National Assembly to improve the security of Parliament Lodges and to keep an eye on the activities of workers there.

    Earlier, during a session of the National Assembly, Dasti had alleged that girls were brought to the lodges and dances were arranged. The Parliament Lodges, he said, had become a “den of immoral activities” as liquor worth Rs40 million to Rs50m was supplied there and the odour of liquor as well as charas was pervasive.

    The National Assembly Secretariat had served a not

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  • JI announces new public agenda

    Dated: 2014-04-24

    LAHORE: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, on Wednesday announced a new public agenda of the party with the objective to free the nation from the clutches of the exploitative forces and appealed to the masses to join the JI to achieve the goal.

    He was addressing a press conference at Mansoora, at which he also announced the new central office bearers of the Jamaat. He said that the Jamaat e Islami was the only Islamic and democratic party in the country in real sense, and a model, and it was striving to establish the supremacy of the Quran and the Sunnah and the service of the masses.

    He said a handful of the elite had taken the masses as hostages and were in full control of the country’s resources. This class had been exploiting the masses during the last sixty five years, and the JI needed public cooperation to get rid of them. The JI would protect the interests of the workers, the women folk, the minorities and all the poor, h

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  • LAHORE: Paramedical workers hold a demonstration in support of their demands at Punjab Institute of Cardiology.
  • LAHORE: Employees of Sheikh Zaid Hospital hold a demonstration in support of their demands, in Lahore.
  • LAHORE: Children of brick kiln workers hold a demonstration against the closure of Brick kiln schools, outside Lahore Press Club.
  • LAHORE: Children of brick kiln workers hold a demonstration against the closure of Brick kiln schools, outside Lahore Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Stock brokers are perturbed due to the descending trend during trading at Karachi Stock Exchange.
  • KARACHI: Stock brokers are perturbed due to the descending trend during trading at Karachi Stock Exchange.
  • KARACHI: Teachers of Government College of Technology hold a demonstration against the killing of Prof Syed Saifuddin Jafferi, outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Barrister Farogh Naseem arrives at Sindh High Court for the hearing of the case of Pervez Musharraf to get his name removed from Exit Control List.
  • KARACHI: Motorists are seen stuck in a massive traffic jam on MA Jinnah Road in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: An ambulance is seen stuck in a massive traffic jam on MA Jinnah Road in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: Security guards standing outside a famous food chain outlet in Clifton after a robbery, in Karachi.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Activists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat hold a demonstration in support of their demands in Abbottabad.
  • KHANEWAL: Activists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat hold a demonstration in support of their demands in Khanewal.
  • LAHORE: Women return after collecting water as the citizens are facing shortage of water.
  • LAHORE: People passing through the rain water accumulated in Ring Road Area, which may cause spread of diseases in the area.
  • DERAALLAHYAR: A view of play during a tie of 1st All Sindh Balochistan Football Tournament at Dera Allah Yar.
  • LAHORE: People buying books from a roadside stall in Lahore.
  • LAHORE: A man preparing traditional cold drink Kanji as it is in high demand in the summer season.
  • KARACHI: People facing hardships due to sewerage water accumulated on Garden Road, in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: A petrol pump on MA Jinnah Road, is seen closed due to the rally of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: The link roads of MA Jinnah Road, were closed for traffic due to the rally of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: The link roads of MA Jinnah Road, were closed for traffic due to the rally of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: Police Commandoes were deployed on MA Jinnah Road during the rally of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: An open main hole on the main road of Lasbela, may cause any accident.
  • KARACHI: A laborer taking rest under the shade of a truck in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: People facing hardships due to the rough state of the road in Pak Colony Area.
  • ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo Martin Saravia posing for a group photo with the guests during a reception hosted by him in the honor of Pakistan’s High Commissioner Designate to Brunei Darussalam Zareef and Nayyara Malik, in Islamabad.
  • ISLAMABAD: Construction vehicles are parked near Jinnah Avenue as the construction work of Metro Bus Project is about to start in the capital.
  • LANDIKOTAL: Tribal Students sit on the debris to get education in their School blown up by suspected Militants in Landikotal despite the tall claims of the Government to have allocated Million of dollars for the Education.
  • LANDIKOTAL: Tribal Students sit on the debris to get education in their School blown up by suspected Militants in Landikotal despite the tall claims of the Government to have allocated Million of dollars for the Education.
  • LANDIKOTAL: Tribal Students sit on the debris to get education in their School blown up by suspected Militants in Landikotal despite the tall claims of the Government to have allocated Million of dollars for the Education.
  • ATTOCK: Activists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat hold a demonstration rally in support of their demands in Attock.
  • QUETTA: Lawyers and policemen scuffle with each other outside District Courts in Quetta.
  • QUETTA: An injured policeman is being shifted from the site outside District Courts in Quetta.
  • RAWALPINDI: Students enjoying themselves during Jashn-e-Baharan Festival at Government Degree College for Women Satellite Town.
  • RAWALPINDI: Students enjoying themselves during Jashn-e-Baharan Festival at Government Degree College for Women Satellite Town.
  • RAWALPINDI: Students enjoying themselves during Jashn-e-Baharan Festival at Government Degree College for Women Satellite Town.
  • RAWALPINDI: Students enjoying themselves during Jashn-e-Baharan Festival at Government Degree College for Women Satellite Town.
  • ISLAMABAD: President PML (Q) Women Wing Mrs Farrukh Khan giving away certificates to the participants of a competition of reciting Iqbal’s Poetry, organized by NPC in connection to Iqbal Week at Aiwan-e-Quaid.
  • ISLAMABAD: President AJK Sardar Yaqoob Khan taking interest in the gems displayed during an exhibition at Kashmir House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Residents of Hajeera, Kashmir hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Kashmir House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister AJK Chaudhry Abdul Majeed addressing a press conference at Kashmir House.
  • ISLAMABAD: A monkey sitting on the bonnet of a car on the road leading to Daman-e-Koh.
  • ISLAMABAD: A large number of students cling to a passenger van which may cause any accident
  • MULTAN: Activists of All Pakistan Clerks Association hold a demonstration in support of their demands, in Multan
  • HYDERABAD: State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali addressing a press conference in HESCO headquarters Hyderabad
  • HYDERABAD: Chairman Education Board Professor Abdul Aleem Khanzada and vigilance team inspecting the examination centers for stopping the copy culture
  • HYDERABAD: Activists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Ul Jamaat hold a rally to observe the anniversary of first Islamic caliph Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (RA)
  • HYDERABAD: Chairman organizing committee LUMHS Symposium Professor Abdul Aziz Leghari addressing a press conference at HPC
  • HYDERABAD: Medical superintendent CMH Miss Helan and M.S cant hospital Dr Fareed Sheikh visiting Bakeries in Pathan colony during Cant area clean week
  • HYDERABAD: Activists of Pakistan Sunni Tehreek and JUP hold
  • SUKKUR: Children collecting water from far off places as the Old Sukkur Area is facing acute shortage of water
  • ISLAMABAD: Activists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat hold a demonstration rally in support of their demands outside National Press Club.
  • ISLAMABAD: Members of Christian community hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside National Press Club.
  • ISLAMABAD: Members of Christian community hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside National Press Club.
  • ISLAMABAD: Journalists hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside National Press Club.
  • ISLAMABAD: A beautiful view of the colorful flowers on Faisal Avenue.
  • ISLAMABAD: Visitors return from Faisal Mosque after visiting on Wednesday evening.
  • ISLAMABAD: Models posing for a photo during the launching ceremony of Nadiz, organized by Concept PR & Events.
  • ISLAMABAD: A beautiful view of the flowers on Faisal Avenue.
  • ISLAMABAD: Girls taking keen interest in books during exhibition held in connection with National Book Day at Pak-China Friendship Centre.
  • ISLAMABAD: A mobile book shop seen standing outside Pak-China Friendship Centre during books exhibition held in connection with National Book Day.
  • FAISALABAD: Smoke rise from a vehicle which caught fire due to over-heating at Millat Chowk.
  • FAISALABAD: Women sit near the coffin of worker of Shia Ulema Council who was killed in morning, during a protest on road.
  • LAHORE: Workers of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside Lahore Press Club.
  • LAHORE: Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Asif Jalali addressing a conference at Al Hamra.
  • LAHORE: Residents of Nishter Town stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside Lahore Press Club.
  • DERAGHAZIKHAN: School children enjoy swing at Education University.
  • CHINIOT: Activists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat hold a rally in connection with death anniversary of Hazrat Abu Babr Siddique (RA).
  • RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister Inter Provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada in a group photo with the students during a ceremony organized by Pakistan Children Academy at Hamdard Hall.
  • KARACHI: Policemen showing suspects, who were involved in bank robbery, and cash, weapons and mobile phones which were recovered from them during operation conducted by SIU Saddar in Landhi area.
  • KARACHI: SSP SIU Farooq Awan addresses a press conference on Wednesday.
  • KARACHI: Ghufran Marghoob, the chief officer of hijacked ship ‘Morning Glory’ talks to media persons at Karachi Airport after his release from the captivity of pirates.
  • KARACHI: Ghufran Marghoob, the chief officer of hijacked ship ‘Morning Glory’ meets his family outside Karachi Airport.
  • ISLAMABAD: Ikhlaq Ahmed Tarar, Chairman PTCL Board presiding over PTCL 19th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held here in Islamabad.
  • QUETTA: A view of police mobile which was damaged during clash between police and lawyers.
  • SWAT: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif shaking hands with Jirga elders during his visit to Saidu Sharif.
  • QUETTA: Workers of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat hold a rally on the eve of death anniversary of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (RA) at Manan Chowk.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Leader of Jamat-e-Islami addressing a press conference regarding donation for affectees of Tharparkar.
  • BAHAWALPUR: Activists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat hold a rally in connection with death anniversary of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (RA).
  • KARACHI: Activists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat listen to the address of leaders during a rally on the eve of death anniversary of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (RA) on M A Jinnah Road.
  • KARACHI: Women participate in a demonstration organized by APCA outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Policemen standing alert near barriers placed to stop APCA workers from going towards Governor during their demonstration in support of demands outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Leader of Mohajir Qaumi Movement Aftab Hassan addresses a press conference at Karachi Press Club.
  • KASUR: DCO Syed Javeed Iqbal Bukhari presiding over meeting of District Vigilance Committee.
  • KARACHI: Acting chairperson of Baloch Students Organization (Azad) Karima Baloch addresses a press conference at Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Workers of Baloch Students Organization (Azad) sitting at token hunger strike camp during a demonstration in support of their demands outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Central Secretary General of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Allam Ameen Shahidi addresses a press conference at Pak Muharram Hall.
  • KARACHI: Workers of National Students Federation Gilgit Baltistan stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside Karachi Press Club.
  • SHANGLA: Deputy Commissioner Shangla Zafarul Islam Khattak addressing a meeting regarding dengue.
  • KARACHI: Senior leader of Pakistan Sunni Tehreek Muhammad Shahid Ghouri addressing participants of rally held in connection with death anniversary of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (RA) outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Activists of Pakistan Sunni Tehreek gather outside Karachi Press Club during a rally held in connection with death anniversary of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (RA).
  • ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Dr. Syed Ismail Shah addressing during a ceremony of 3G at a local hotel.
  • MULTAN: Activists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat stage a demonstration in support of their demands at Manzoorabad.
  • KARACHI: Dr. Adeeb Rizvi addressing a ceremony and screening of short film on Naveed Anwar, the first person who donated his organ.
  • ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chairing a meeting on issues regarding electricity and gas theft at the PM House.
  • ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain addressing during an event to Commemorate 50 Years of Pak-US Cooperation in Agriculture and celebrating 100th birthday of Dr. Norman Borlaug, the Father of Green Revolution.
  • ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain being presented a shield by Jeanie Borlaug Laube, Chair Borlaug Global Rust Initiative, during an event to celebrate 100th birthday of her father, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, the Father of Green Revolution.
  • ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan chairing the joint meeting of Government and Taliban Dialogue Committees.
  • ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Shia ulema from Gilgit Baltistan called on Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir.
  • KARACHI: Senior leader of Pakistan Sunni Tehreek Muhammad Shahid Ghouri leading a rally held in connection with death anniversary of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (RA) outside Karachi Press Club.
  • QINGDAO: A group photo of participants of 14th Western Pacific Naval Symposium in China. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila is also seen in the picture.
  • GUJRAT: Activists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat hold a rally on the eve of death anniversary of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique (RA).
  • KARACHI: Provincial Ministers Dr. Sagheer Ahmad, Abdul Rouf Siddiqui, Faisal Sabzwari and Special Assistant to CM Sindh Abdul Haseeb offering Fateha at Yadgar Shuhada-e-Haq.