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Flag-hoisting ceremony in capital marks Pakistan's 71st independence day

Pakistan began celebrating its landmark 70th Independence anniversary on Monday with commemorative ceremonies held in cities across the country. The main ceremony of the day is being held at Islamabad's Convention Centre, where President Mamnoon Hussain hoisted the Pakistani flag. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang …

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Pride at the grassroots

May God bless the people of Pakistan   …it isn’t the leaders who make us proud. It is people like this.  The common people of the country.     Seventy years into the creation of Pakistan, it may be a good time to remind ourselves of the national anthem of …

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Private sector money eludes infrastructure projects

During a visit to Washington in April this year, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar invited the Pakistani diaspora in the United States to invest in a development fund the government proposes to create for channelling private investment into the large commercially viable infrastructure projects in the country. The government is also …

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Minorities and hollow slogans

  This refers to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s press statement at the occasion of Minorities Day on August 11. He said that it was on this day in 1947 when Quaid-e-Azam in his historic address to the Constituent Assembly outlined the contours of a modern and tolerant Pakistan in which people …

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Do we want a water crisis?

Our political leaders frequently express their views that hydel power is the cheapest than any other form of power generation. However, they never agree to construct a dam that could help harness this cheap source of energy. Barring Mangla and Tarbela dams, completed during regime of a military dictator, not …

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Sharif not undermining any institution, says Abbasi

KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday defended the criticism by Nawaz Sharif of his disqualification, saying his leader was not undermining any institution but only sharing his thoughts with people which was his right by all means. Responding to reporters’ questions minutes before his departure for Islamabad after …

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Full marks to Javed Ali Shah

  Full marks to Javed Ali Shah, the new minister for water resources, for claiming in his maiden statement in the national assembly that construction of Kalabagh dam will prove fruitful for the country. How many marks will you give to Nawab Yususf Talpur of PPP for replying that there …

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8 soldiers among 15 martyred in Quetta blast

QUETTA: At least 15 people, among them eight soldiers, were martyred and 40 others wounded when a suicide bomber targeted a military truck near the Pishin bus stop on Saturday night, officials said. “A man riding a motorbike came close to the army truck and blew himself up,” a senior …

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Only 39pc of tax evasion cases pursued under PML-N

ISLAMABAD: Despite tall claims of expanding the tax net and creating deterrence against tax evasion and fraud, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has only managed to ensure recovery in 39pc of cases worth billions of rupees. Gaps in the pursuit of tax evasion cases were discussed at the recently held …

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Interior minister desires unity to defeat terrorism

Ahsan calls upon opposition parties to join hands to defeat enemies Minister for Interior Affairs Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday stressed upon the need to further strengthen the unity among all ranks of the nation to completely efface the menace of terrorism from the country. Talking to journalists along with Balochistan …

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