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  • Ban on recruitment in govt departments lifted: Rashid

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet has decided to lift ban on recruitment in government departments and provide a cash grant of twenty-five thousand rupees per family to the flood affected people before Eid-ul-Azha. Its meeting held in Islamabad today was chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

    Briefing newsmen about decisions of the meeting, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid said the Cabinet also approved a mechanism for adjustment of inflated electricity bills for last month.

    The meeting decided to give legal cover to the minimum wage of 12000 rupees per month. Giving details of the decisions, the Information Minister said recruitment against vacancies in government departments would be made purely on merit in a highly transparent manner. For this purpose, the Prime Minister has constituted a Cabinet Committee to oversee the entire process.

    The Minister emphatically stated that there would be no recommendation (Sifarish) and recruitments would be

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  • Federal cabinet reviews current political situation, flood losses

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet which met here on Monday with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair reviewed the current political situation and flood losses.

    The meeting was also apprised about the demand and supply gap of electricity and steps being taken to improve the situation.

    The federal cabinet and discussed various issues, including relief and rescue activities in flood-hit areas.

    Besides reviewing current political situation, sources said, the cabinet also took up proposed amendments in laws pertaining to minimum wages of labourers and power theft.

    A proposed bill for constitution of National Meteorological Institute was also on the cabinet agenda.

    The ministers discussed government’s measures for relief and rescue activities and compensations of affectees of recent floods in Punjab and Azad Kashmir.

    Sources said officials of Minist

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  • Maj General Rizwan Akhtar named new ISI Chief

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    Rawalpindi: Major General Rizwan Akhtar was named new Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief on Monday.

    Akhtar had worked as DG Rangers Sindh in the past.

    The new chief will take charge once DG ISI Zaheerul Islam retires from his post.

    Six Major Generals of Pakistan Army have been promoted to the rank of Lt. Generals.

    According to ISPR those promoted include Major General Rizwan Akhtar, Major General Hilal Hussain, Major General Ghayur Mahmood, Major General Nazir Butt, Major General Navid Mukhtar and Major General Hidayatur Rehman and Major General Nazir But.

    Lt. General Hilal Hussain has been appointed Corps Commander Mangla, Lt. General Ghayyur Mahmood Corps Commander Gujranwala, Lt. General Hidayatur Rehman Corps Commander Peshawar, Lt. General Navid Mukhtar Corps Commander Karachi and

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  • PM, Army Chief exchange views on Zarb-e-Azb

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    ISLAMABAD: Army Chief General Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday.

    According to sources, the Army Chief and Premier had an exchange of views on the ongoing military offensive ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and the relief and rehabilitation effort for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). More details

  • PTI to boycott by-election on Javed Hashmi seat

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    MULTAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has reportedly decided to boycott by-elections in National Assembly constituency, NA-149 Multan II, vacated by its disgruntled president Javed Hashmi.

    Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has set Oct 16 for the election.

    Hashmi had vacated the seat by quitting his National Assembly membership earlier this month.

    According to sources, Imran Khan’s PTI is contemplating to boycott the votes; however, no formal decision has so far been announced.

    PTI’s Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi confirmed that his party would not field any candidate in the constituency, saying that party leaders would make a final decision in this regard.

    After Islamabad and Karachi, Qureshi said, a protest sit-in will also be staged in Multan.

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  • PM leaves for UN General Assembly on Wednesday

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will proceed to New York on Wednesday to attend annual session of the UN General Assembly.

    According to an official spokesman, he is scheduled to address the session on Friday.

    The spokesman said around 10 journalists from private media houses will accompany the Prime Minister during the visit. He said the expenditure of these journalists' visit will be sponsored by their respective organizations.

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  • PTI to kick off ‘Wake up Sindh’ campaign

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    Karachi: A day after a massive anti-government rally in Karachi, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Monday decided to launch a campaign aimed at ‘waking up people of Sindh’.

    Sources said PTI chief Imran Khan will visit different cities of Sindh during his party’s ‘Wake up Sindh’ campaign from Hyderabad, the second largest city of Sindh and hub of the politics of PPP, MQM and Sindhi nationalists.

    They said a comprehensive strategy for the movement would be devised within a month.

    Yesterday, while addressing thousands of his supporters in Karachi, Khan called upon Sindhi-speaking masses to embrace the PTI, claiming that PPP was exploiting Sindhis in the name of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

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  • 8 die in Haripur road mishap

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    Haripur: As many as eight people were killed while two others injured in a road accident here on Monday.

    According to police, the accident occurred at G.T Road, Sirai Gadai area of the city where a truck collided with two cars, leaving eight people dead on the spot.

    Rescue workers and police rushed to the scene and started rescue operation.

    Victims and injured people were shifted to a hospital.

    Cause of accident was not yet known however police has kicked off its investigations.

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  • Revolution soon to turn into ‘storm’: Qadri

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri has called upon masses to take the ‘mission’ to its logical end, claiming that revolution had already taken place.

    Addressing his supporters atop his container at D-Chowk, Islamabad, the PAT chief said no nation could be awaken if they became slaves deep down in their mind. The whole country is now ehcoeing with ‘Go Nawaz Go’, he added. “The revolution will soon be turned into storm.”

    Dr. Qadri said Election Commission of Pakistan kept the elections-2013 report in hiding, which had now been made public. The report was uploaded on a website in the dark of night, he lamented. He said even the IDPs protested against the government for its alleged malpractices.

    “We will turn this wave of awareness into a storm in two to three days,” said Dr. Qadri.  He regretted that only one per cent of the GDP was being

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  • PTI suspends Javed Hashmi’s membership

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Monday suspended the membership of its estranged party leader Javed Hashmi.

    PTI chairman Imran Khan has also summoned Hashmi in Islamabad on September 29. Imran will seek explanation from the axed party leader over his statements against the party.

    Decision to suspend Hashmi as PTI president was taken by Imran under his authority as the party head. The PTI also issued show-cause notice to Hashmi.

    Earlier in his press conference in the day, Hashmi challenged PTI vice president Shah Mehmood Qureshi to contest by-election against him from NA-150 and NA-149, if the latter resigned from his constituency.

    Hashmi challenged Qureshi to resign and face him in the elections. He said it would be known soon that “who is ‘Daghi’ in the party”.

    He informed that he would submi

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  • NA Speaker summons PTI MNAs today

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    ISLAMABAD: National Assembly (NA) Speaker Ayaz Sadiq wrote a letter to six PTI’s MNAs, inviting them to his chamber for the verification of their resignations on Tuesday.

    The speaker has sent the letter to Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Arif Alvi, Ali Muhammad Khan, Munazza Hasan and Ms. Shireen Mazari.

    It is vital to mention h here that PTI MNAs submitted their resignations last month as part of their anti-government protest.

    PTI President Javed Hashmi has already resigned and is contesting by-election as an independent candidate from Multan.

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  • 11 dead in Turbat armed clash

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    QUETTA: At least eleven people were killed during an armed clash between two groups in Balochistan's Turbat area on Monday afternoon, an official said.

    Akbar Durrani, the Home Secretary Balochistan, told a private TV channel that armed groups clashed with each other in the Bal Gitar area of Turbat. He said eleven people were killed during the armed clash that lasted for more than one hour.

    Another security official, who requested anonymity, told Dawn that armed militants attacked the convoy of Yaqoob Balgatheri, a militant commander in the Bil Gitar area of Hoshap.

    He said the militants killed Yaqoob Balgatheri, Mulla Fazal, and their nine other colleagues during the exchange of fire.

    "Yaqoob's group retaliated but they suffered casualties," he added. Both sides used heavy weapons against each other during the clash.

    The assailants took aw

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  • Hashmi challenges Qureshi to contest election against him

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    Multan: Disgruntled president of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Javed Hashmi Monday challenged Shah Mehmood Qureshi to contest by-election against him from NA-150, if the latter resigned from his constituency.

    Addressing a press conference, Hashmi challenged Qureshi to resign and face him in the elections. He said it would be known soon that “who is ‘Daghi’ in the party”.

    The Baghi leader said that Imran Khan has skipped the issue of Zahra’s murder in his speech to Karachi rally which was a crime.

    PTI suspended President said that his statement regarding governor Punjab was misquoted in the media adding that he never said that Governor Punjab had participated in Qadri-Imran meeting in London.

    He said Imran Khan is naïve but a truthful leader and is being used by some foolish persons for their own personal interest.

    He said that Imran Khan was only hope for the new generation of the nation but

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  • Ruet-e-Hilal committee to sight moon on 25th

    Dated: 2014-09-23

    KARACHI: The Ruet-e-Hilal committee tasked with the sighting of the new moon will meet on the 25th of September to sight the new moon.

    The meeting will be presided over by Ruet-e-Hilal committee chairman, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman and will be attended by the Chief Meteorologist, Ulema as well as astronomers.

    Speaking to the media, the Chief Meteorologist Tauseef Alam said, that it is highly unlikely that the new moon will be sighted on the 25th adding that it is likely that Eid-ul-Adha will fall on teh 6th of October.

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  • JHANG: Flood affected people being vaccinated at Human Health Welfare Organization free medical camp in Jhang Athara Hazari.
  • JHANG: A carpenter is busy in preparing furniture at his workshop in Jhang.
  • KHANEWAL: District Police Officer Khanewal Rana Muhammad Ayaz Saleem listening to the complaints of the people at his office.
  • CHINIOT: A view of temporary camp of 400 families after the flood in Chiniot.
  • CHINIOT: A view of temporary camp of 400 families after the flood in Chiniot.
  • CHINIOT: A woman sleeping in her demolished house after flood in Chiniot.
  • LAHORE: A view of the cattle market set up at Band Road in connection to Eid ul Azha.
  • LAHORE: A view of the cattle market set up at Band Road in connection to Eid ul Azha.
  • KARACHI: Karachi University wears a deserted look due to suspension of education activities in the university after the killing of Prof. Shakeel Auj.
  • KARACHI: A view of the vacant class rooms at Karachi University due to suspension of education activities in the university after the killing of Prof. Shakeel Auj.
  • KARACHI: A view of the stage of PTI demonstration on Mazar-e-Quaid Road, which was not removed till Monday afternoon.
  • KARACHI: A young boy performing the duty of conductor at a Motorcycle Rickshaw in Karachi.
  • SWAT: Pakistan Army soldiers standing alert during curfew at Berom Khan Chowk, Mingora.
  • ABBOTTABAD: District Officers, Deputy District Officers, ADOs Male & Female of Education Department of Hazara Division Protesting against attack on the Office of DO Education Abbottabad.
  • KARACHI: Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and International tax counsel Dr. Ikram Ul Haq, Representative of the Pakistan Study Centre, Karachi University Dr. Syed Jaffer Ahmed, Program Manager Phillip Gonzalez and Intergovernmental Expert from Canada Dr. Rachel Laforest sitting on the stage during a workshop “Consolidating Democratic Devolution” organized by the Forum of Federations, in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: Dr. Roberta Ryan from Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government, Professor, Public Finance, South Asia VN Alok, Program Manager at the Forum of Federations Phillip Gonzalez and Intergovernmental Expert from Canada Dr. Rachel Laforest sitting on the stage during a workshop “Consolidating Democratic Devolution” organized by the Forum of Federations, in Karachi.
  • NOWSHEHRA: Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Siraj-ul-Haq addressing a public meeting in Nowshehra.
  • MULTAN: A view of temporary camp of families after the flood in Sher Shah.
  • KASHMORE: A view of medium level flood passing through Guddu Barrage in Kashmore.
  • HYDERABAD: Qalandar Bux Lakhyari, Javed Soz, Punhal Saryo and others sitting on the stage during a memorial ceremony of educationist Anita Ghulam Ali, organized by Bukhtawar Welfare Association.
  • HYDERABAD: President Pakistan WAPDA Hydroelectric central workers union Abdul Latif Nizamani addressing to ceremony of HESCO safety Tehreek, while Chief Hesco Saleem Jat and USAID officials sits on the stage, at Sindh Museum.
  • HYDERABAD: Residents of Dadu hold a protest in the favor of their demands outside HPC.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Workers busy in construction of road leading to Spaut Valley.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Bodies have been shifted to DHQ Hospital, at least 9 People Killed & Several Injured during road accident on Sarai Gadai.
  • PESHAWAR: Women weep after looking at pictures of their relatives who were killed in Kohati Church bomb blast, on the occasion of first anniversary of the incident.
  • PESHAWAR: Woman and girl looking at pictures of people who were killed in Kohati Church bomb blast, on the occasion of first anniversary of the incident.
  • PESHAWAR: Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq addressing mass marriage ceremony organized by a local NGO.
  • PESHAWAR: Men sorting dowery during mass marriage ceremony organized by a local NGO.
  • PESHAWAR: Leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Peshawar Bahaullah Advocate addressing a press conference at Nishterabad.
  • PESHAWAR: Residents of Phando stage a protest against Wapda at G T Road.
  • PESHAWAR: Large number of vehicles passing through Sikandar Hayat flyover during rushhour in the provincial capital.
  • PESHAWAR: Provincial Ameer of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Maulana Gul Naseeb addressing a press conference at JUI Markaz.
  • PESHAWAR: Teachers sit at a protest camp during a demonstration in support of their demands outside DEO Office on G T Road.
  • LAHORE: Residents of Shahkot stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside Lahore Press Club.
  • LAHORE: Firefighters are seen busy in their work after fire erupted in Government Model School Rattigan Road.
  • LAHORE: Record of Election Commission seen in Government Model School Rattigan Road where fire was erupted.
  • KARACHI: Consul General of USA Brian Heath addressing businessmen during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. President KCCI Rai Abdullah Zaki.
  • KARACHI: Lawyers pose for a group photo after a meeting of Justice Lawyers Front at a local hotel.
  • KARACHI: Workers of NPIW stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: General Secretary of PFUJ Khursheed Abbasi addressing demonstrators sitting at Jamhoor Camp in Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Hafiz Ibtisam Elahi Zaheer of Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadees Pakistan addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club.
  • RAWALPINDI: Policemen checking people coming to offer funeral prayer of Mufti Amanullah of Jamia Taleemul Quran, at Liaquat Bagh.
  • RAWALPINDI: People offering funerl prayer of Mufti Amanullah of Jamia Taleemul Quran, at Liaquat Bagh.
  • RAWALPINDI: People condole with Mauala Ashraf Ali the death of his son Mufti Amanullah of Jamia Taleemul Quran, during his funeral prayer at Liaquat Bagh.
  • RAWALPINDI: Policeman stands alert to avert any untoward incident outside Kadeemi Imambargah after the killing of Mufti Amanullah of Jamia Taleemul Quran.
  • RAWALPINDI: Shops are seen closed during funeral prayer of Mufti Amanullah of Jamia Taleemul Quran in Liaquat Bagh.
  • RAWALPINDI: Policemen stands alert to avert any untoward incident outside Kadeemi Imambargah after the killing of Mufti Amanullah of Jamia Taleemul Quran.
  • RAWALPINDI: Princial Kaneez Fatima, vice principal Farah Akhtar and students of Government College for Women Murree Road hold dengue awareness walk.
  • HANGU: A view of police check post which was attacked by militants who killed four persons including three policemen.
  • ISLAMABAD: Christian community light candles in the memory of victims of All Saint Church Peshawar bomb blast on the occasion of first anniversary of the incident outside National Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Ranger person trying to stop participants of rally organized by Anjuman-e-Asataza against killing of Prof. Shakeel Auj, at Karachi University.
  • KARACHI: A view of rally organized by Anjuman-e-Asataza against killing of Prof. Shakeel Auj, near Karachi University.
  • KARACHI: Ranger personnel stopping traffic on University Road during a rally organized by Anjuman-e-Asataza against killing of Prof. Shakeel Auj.
  • KARACHI: Woman is seen riding motorcycle on Banaras bridge.
  • KARACHI: Prince of Qalat Moeen-ul-Din Baloch addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: An afghan boy is seen napping on his donkey cart parked at roadside which can cause accident in Sohrab Goth.
  • KARACHI: A view of carelessly loaded garbage in tractor trolley which is passing through main road of Liaquatabad.
  • KARACHI: Sacrificial camels are seen tied at cattle market in Sohrab Goth ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
  • KARACHI: Sacrificial bulls are seen tied at cattle market in Sohrab Goth ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
  • KARACHI: Large number of sacrificial goats are seen at cattle market in Sohrab Goth ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
  • KARACHI: U.S Consul General Brain Heath and officials from the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) formally transferred six Police trucks and 1,000 bulletproof jackets and helmets to the IGP Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali at the ceremony held at CPO.
  • FAISALABAD: State Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali during inauguration of gas pipeline in Union Council 101 Mujahidabad.
  • FAISALABAD: Firefighters extinguish fire which erupted in State Life building on Police Line Road.
  • FAISALABAD: People who work in State Life building stand on road after fire eruption in the building on Police Line Road.
  • FAISALABAD: Policemen are seen escorting prisoners who are going back without their hearings at Session Courts due to strike called by lawyers.
  • FAISALABAD: District administration workers stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside DCO Office.
  • FAISALABAD: Students of government college stage a demonstration in support of their demands at District Council Chowk.
  • HYDERABAD: Picture taken from downstream Kotri shows night view of Ghulam Muhammed Barrage on the River Indus.
  • HYDERABAD: Picture taken from downstream Kotri shows night view of Ghulam Muhammed Barrage on the River Indus.
  • RAWALPINDI: People offering funeral prayer of Mir Afzal who was killed during fire eruption in Imambargah Shaheedan-e-Karbala, at Sakhi Shah Piyara.
  • ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at the PM House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chairing a meeting of the Federal Cabinet at the PM’s Office.
  • ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar chairing a meeting to review the performance of Competition Commission of Pakistan.
  • PESHAWAR: President Mamnoon Hussain being received by Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan on his arrivial at Peshawar.
  • PESHAWAR: President Mamnoon Hussain in a meeting with Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan at Governor House Peshawar.
  • PESHAWAR: President Mamnoon Hussain addressing the 11th Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Excellence Awards Ceremony at Governor House Peshawar.
  • PESHAWAR: President Mamnoon Hussain in a meeting with Fata Parliamentarians and Temporarily Displaced Persons in Peshawar. Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Khan is also present in the meeting.
  • ISLAMABAD: Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri addressing participants of Inqilab March during sit in protest in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Participants of Inqilab March during sit in protest in front of Parliament House.
  • ATTOCK: Federal Minister Abdul Ghafor Haidry addressing a press conference.
  • ATTOCK: People offering funeral prayer of Mufti Amanullah at Eidgah. Mufti Amanullah was killed by the firing of unknown assailants.
  • KARACHI: Workers of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen stage a demonstration to demand arrest of terrorists who burnt Holy Quran in Imambargah in Rawalpindi, at Nomaish Chorangi.
  • KARACHI: A tyre seen set ablaze on main road of Nomaish Chorangi during a demonstration by workers of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen who demand arrest of terrorists who burnt Holy Quran and Imambargah in Rawalpindi.
  • ISLAMABAD: Women participate in sit in protest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Woman participates in sit in protest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri addressing participants of Inqilab March during sit in protest of in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Participants of Inqilab March raise their hands as they respond to their leader during sit in protest of in front of Parliament House.