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Footprints: rage against the machine

HARIPUR: The ride along the reptilian road to Central Jail Haripur is claustrophobic. The shops straddle the road oppressively; the rush-hour traffic heaves. Only the roadside mulberry trees and the occasional field bring green relief from fume-laden air, however transitory. Arrival at the jail, where a notice mentions visiting hours …

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Tomato, onion imports bring no relief to consumers

KARACHI: Retailers have kept the prices of tomato high despite its import from Iran which resulted in a big drop in its wholesale price ahead of Ashura. The wholesale price of tomato showed fluctuating trends during the last few days. The wholesale price dropped to Rs70-75 per kg on Sept …

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Accountability court episode: Nisar too faced such situations but dared not protest, says Sana

LAHORE: The PML-N says what was done to Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal at the accountability court in Islamabad is nothing new as during the last four years this ministry has faced similar situations many times but avoided raising its voice against those behind such incidents. It says the difference between …

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Govt stopped from deporting Turkish family

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday restrained the federal government from deporting another Turkish family associated with Pak-Turk Schools. Mr Murat Ervan filed a writ petition pleading that his colleagues had been allegedly abducted by law-enforcement agencies and likely to be deported. Representing the petitioner, Advocate Asad Manzoor Butt …

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Model Town inquiry report: LHC seeks summary of lawyer’s posting as private counsel for govt

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday directed a senior lawyer to furnish a summary of his appointment as the private counsel by the Punjab government to represent it in its appeal against a decision for release of the Model Town inquiry report. A three-judge full bench sought the …

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Islamabad admin, police ‘in the dark’ over Rangers’ deployment at court

ISLAMABAD: All visitors – be they ministers, senior politicians, mediapersons, lawyers or litigants – were barred from entering the Federal Judicial Complex (FJC) by Rangers officials on Monday, but confusion prevailed over who had deployed the paramilitary force on court premises in the first place. Though a large number of PML-N supporters …

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‘Unopposed’ Nawaz Sharif re-elected PML-N president after rushed legislation

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif was elected the president of PML-N unopposed on Tuesday, reclaiming his position as the head of his namesake party. PML-N leader Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry submitted Sharif’s papers for party president in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) while no one other candidate from the …

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Appointment of PIA CEO challenged

ISLAMABAD: As many as 26 senators have challenged the appointment of Musharraf Rasool Cyan as chief executive officer (CEO) of the national flag carrier in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Senator Azam Swati and others termed that the appointment of Mr Cyan as CEO of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) a …

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Notices issued on Gazain’s detention

QUETTA: The Balochistan High Court issued on Monday notices to the provincial home secretary and a deputy commissioner over Gazain Marri’s detention under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance after his lawyer challenged his detention before the high court. A BHC bench comprising Justices Tahira Safdar and …

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Why Punjab is outsourcing its public schools

Momina and Fatima sit on either side of their grandfather Muhammad Sattar at a small shop next to a mosque. They eagerly turn to their favourite lessons in their textbooks, comfortably spelling out basic words in English. Their 55-year-old grandfather beams at them with satisfaction. The girls are students of …

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