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President asks foreigners to invest in Pakistan

Islamabad, July 22 (IANS) Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has urged foreign investors to invest in the country which is offering incentives and flexible policies for great business prospects in future. According to a statement released by the government, the President said incentives and flexible policies for investment have made Pakistan the most attractive country for foreign and do...

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Independent candidate in Pakistan commits suicide

Islamabad, July 22 (IANS) Election proceedings in two constituencies, one provincial and the other national, were halted in Pakistan after an independent candidate running for both seats committed suicide. Mirza Mohammad Ahmed allegedly committed suicide late on Saturday following opposition from his two sons, their wives and grandsons to his election campaign, Dawn reported on Sunday.

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Key leader of Nawaz Sharif's party gets life term

Islamabad, July 22 (IANS) An anti-narcotics court in Pakistan has awarded life imprisonment to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi in an eight-year-old ephedrine case. According to the judgment, issued late on Saturday night, Hanif Abbasi, the PML-N candidate against Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid, failed to defend himself, and the charges levelled against h...

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Sharif, Maryam Nawaz unlikely to be shifted to guest house

Islamabad, July 21 (IANS) Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz are unlikely to be transferred to the Sihala Rest House owing to its lack of proper security arrangements needed for the high-profile prisoners, media reports said on Saturday. The accountability court that convicted Sharif and his daughter in a corruption case had ordered they be sent to...

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Pakistan welcomes foreign election observers

Islamabad, July 21 (IANS) Pakistan has welcomed foreign observers for the July 25 parliamentary elections and two observer groups from the EU and Commonwealth are currently deployed to observe the polls. Former President of Nigeria and Head of Commonwealth Observers Group, Abdulsalami Abubakar, called on Pakistan Foreign Minister Hussain Haroon and discussed matters relating to the elect...

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Nawaz, Maryam unlikely to be shifted to guest house

Islamabad, July 21 (IANS) Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz are unlikely to be transferred to the Sihala Rest House owing to its lack of proper security arrangements needed for the high-profile prisoners, media reports said on Saturday. The accountability court that had convicted Sharif and his daughter had ordered they be sent to Adiala Jail afte...

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US expresses concern about LeT affiliates contesting elections

Islamabad, July 21 (IANS) The US State Department has expressed concern over the participation of Lashkar-e-Taiba-affiliated (LeT) individuals in the upcoming elections in Pakistan, media reports said on Saturday. However, the department has noted with satisfaction that the Pakistan Election Commission had rejected the registration of Milli Muslim League (MML) in June, citing its linkage...

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Pakistan enhances security ahead of general elections

Islamabad, July 20 (IANS) The Pakistani government has enhanced security across the country, especially of the politicians and for public rallies ahead of the July 25 general elections, an official said on Friday. The government held several high-level meetings last week over the security issues in which police, the Counter Terrorism Department and intelligence agencies were directed to ...

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4 injured in Pakistan bombing

Islamabad, July 20 (IANS) At least four people, including a child, were injured in a bombing on Friday in Chaman city of Pakistan's Balochistan province. Between five and six kilogramme of explosives fitted in a parked motorcycle on Chaman city's Mall Road were detonated through a remote control, police told Geo News. According to police, a vehicle belonging to law enforcement a...

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Missing Pakistani activist returns home after 7 months

Islamabad, July 20 (IANS) Pakistani social activist Raza Mahmood Khan, who had been missing for the past seven months, has returned home, the media reported on Friday. Raza, a convener of Aghaz-i-Dosti -- a friendship initiative between the youth of India and Pakistan -- was reportedly picked up by men in plainclothes from his Model Colony residence in Lahore on December 2, 2017. ...

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Transgender campaigns for acceptance in Pakistan election

Islamabad, July 19 (IANS) Pakistani transgender Nadeem Kashish knows that she will not win a seat in the July 25 general elections but is still standing as a candidate and believes that she has already won by fighting for the acceptance of her community that lives on the margins of society in the country. I have won the elections already as more people are coming to me and are talking ab...

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Imran Khan barred from using 'inappropriate language'

Islamabad, July 19 (IANS) Pakistan's Election Commission on Thursday barred Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan from using unseemly language for his political rivals during election campaigning. The cricketer-turned-politician's counsel initially seemed to defend the practice but eventually relented, assuring the poll body that his client would abide by its instructions, Dawn onlin...

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No direct role of Army in elections: Senior Pakistani official

Islamabad, July 19 (IANS) Pakistani Army will have no direct role in the country's July 25 general elections and will work on the Election Commission's directives to conduct peaceful polls, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday. Asif Ghafoor, Director General of the Army's media wing ISPR, rejected reports that the Army will work independently during the elections a...

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Over 150 shops gutted in fire at Pakistan's market

Islamabad, July 18 (IANS) At least 150 shops were gutted in a high-intensity fire that broke out in a weekly market in the Pakistani capital on Wednesday, officials said. There were no reports of casualties as it was an off-day in the market named Itwar Bazaar. No hawker or customer was present there when the market was engulfed by the fire. According to the Capital Development A...

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Hardline Islamic groups contesting Pakistan's general elections

Islamabad, July 18 (IANS) Some of Pakistan's hardline Islamic groups, who defend the blasphemy law and have been accused of playing a role in global terrorism and murders of religious minorities, are contesting the July 25 general elections, triggering concerns of further radicalization of the conservative country. These parties include Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek (AAT) with alleged links to t...

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Iran says to jointly produce defence equipment with Pakistan

Islamabad, July 18 (IANS) Iranian top military commander said on Tuesday that Iran and Pakistan are seeking to jointly manufacture defence equipment, Press TV reported. Major General Mohammad Baqeri, chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, made the remarks following a meeting with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad on Tuesday. Iran and Pakistan are working to jo...

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Jadhav case: Pakistan submits rejoinder in ICJ

The Hague, July 17 (IANS) Pakistan on Tuesday submitted its second counter-memorial in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the conviction of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. Pakistan's 400-page reply, a rejoinder to India's last reply of April 17, was submitted by Foreign Office Director India Fareha Bugti, Geo News reported citing sources. It was prepared by a team...

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Sharif family to stay in jail till election, court adjourns appeals

Islamabad, July 17 (IANS) The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday adjourned till the last week of July appeals by jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retired) Mohammad Safdar against their conviction for corruption. The decision means that Sharif, until recently the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), will remain ...

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Judge who convicted Sharif recuses from hearing two other NAB cases

Islamabad, July 17 (IANS) An anti-corruption court judge who sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in jail in the Avenfield corruption case, has recused himself from hearing two more graft cases against the PML-N leader. Judge Muhammad Bashir, who convicted Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son in-law Captain (retd) Safdar Awan, withdrew himself on Monday from hear...

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PML-N candidate narrowly escapes bid on life

Islamabad, July 17 (IANS) Close on the heels of a spate of attacks on politicians, a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and former federal minister Sheikh Aftab Ahmed has narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in Attock city. Aftab Ahmed and his son Sheikh Salman were on their way home after attending a corner meeting in Kamra village on late Monday when unidentified me...

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