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Islamabad High Court has banned Valentine’s Day celebration all across the country today. The court passed an order regarding this after hearing a petition calling for Valentine’s Day to be banned since it is not part of Muslim tradition. The court order states that any Valentine’s day related activities and festivities will not be allowed to be held in public places. The order also imposed a similar bar on official level as well. The media, both electronic and print, have been cautioned against giving any coverage to the ‘day of

The federal government has dropped Fata reforms from its cabinet meeting agenda at the last minute, pouring cold water on expectations and enthusiasm among political activists anticipating a nod to end the colonial-era deprivation of social, political and human rights of millions of people. Sources said recommendations of the Fata Reforms Committee, headed by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, were due to come before the federal cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday for formal approval. However, the item was dropped from the agenda at the

PTI lawmaker Shaukat Ali Yousafzai is likely to be removed once again from an assignment – this time apparently to appease another disgruntled party MPA. Yousafzai appointed as the K-P information minister was removed from the post in August 2013, when he was given the portfolio of health minister. In March 2014, he was removed from health ministry and was appointed as minister of industries but that portfolio was taken back in May 2014. Until now he had been serving as the focal person for the Peshawar Mega Project but

Nearly 700 families of temporarily displaced persons of North Waziristan returned from Afghanistan to Bakka Khel Camp Bannu. The families had fled to Afghanistan’s Khost province after the army initiated the military operation Zarb-e-Azb in 2014 to counter terrorism in the region. According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) figures around 291,800 individuals had moved to Afghanistan after the operation and had settled in the Gulan Camp in Gurboz district of Afghanistan’s Khost province. Majority of the areas in North and South Waziristan have been cleared and the

The PML-N led government is to merge Federally Administered Tribal Areas into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after an approval of almost all the parliamentary parties. As the federal cabinet managed to woo both the opposition and allies over the merger plan, the process of bringing Fata under the administrative control of the KP government will begin after Parliament’s approval. Fata is being governed by the British-era law called Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR) Act which legal experts say is a violation of universal human rights and contradicts the 1973 Constitution. The Jamiat

The Awami National Party on Sunday accused Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of not fulfilling his promises on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Addressing a public gathering at Charsadda, ANP leader Ásfandyar Wali Khan warned the government of protests if it backed out on its promises on CPEC. He expressed his concerns on the stark contrast between the claims that the provincial Khyber-Pakhtunkwa and the federal government were making on the Army Public School and Bacha Khan University attack. The ANP leader also called for the merger of the federally administered tribal

The Afghan nationals will continue to study in Pakistani educational institutions beyond Dec 2017, which is presumed to be the final date for the voluntary repatriation of around 1.3 million registered refugees, if a summary put up to the federal cabinet in this regard gets approval, a senior official said here on Friday. “The deadline announced for the repatriation of refugees will not affect the Afghan students’ education. They can carry on their studies beyond December 2017 provided that refugee student obtains certificate from the head of the education institution

Careem expansion continues with 50 destinations now serviced across the MENASA region. The recent addition of 3 new cities in Pakistan ensures the app-based ride-hailing service is accessible in more than 50 cities within 4 years since its launch in Dubai, UAE. Careem has launched initial operations in three new cities in Pakistan – Peshawar, Hyderabad and Faisalabad. The move extends Careem’s presence in Pakistan to 6 destinations, while taking its overall tally to more than 50 cities across the broader MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) region,

The Chinese authorities have assured the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government to include industrial zone at the Karnal Sher Khan interchange in Swabi in the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “This assurance has been given to the K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak during his successful tour to China,” said the K-P Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser on Tuesday. He was inaugurating a newly built multi-purpose sport complex, academic blocks and cafeteria at the Swabi University. “Swabi’s newly constructed industrial zone will help build economic activities in the region and create new employment

Foreign dignitaries of twenty one countries paid visit to Landi Kotal and inspected Torkham border here on Monday. The forces official said that 21 countries officials who are in Pakistan to attend Security and War Course in National Defense University, Islamabad on their official visit arrived Landi Kotal where commandant Khyber Rifles, Col Umar Farooq received them. The guests visited Michni check point where they examined the Pak-Afghan sharing border, Torkham. Major Asad briefed the visitors regarding historical, geographical and security importance of the area. The visitors admired historical sites

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