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Austria to ban face veil in public places


VIENNA: Austria plans to ban the Muslim face veil in public places, the centrist coalition government said on Monday as it announced a package of policies aimed at countering the growing appeal of the far-right Freedom Party (FPO). The FPO has topped opinion polls for months, boosted by Europe’s migrant …

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Two freed social activists leave country


ISLAMABAD: Two bloggers who vanished earlier this month have left the country fearing for their safety, relatives told AFP yesterday, following a virulent media campaign painting them as blasphemers. They were among five men who went missing from various cities in the country. Four of the five who had stood …

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Hafiz Saeed put under detention


GOVT MAY DECLARE JAMAAT-UD-DAWA A BANNED OUTFIT From Our Correspondent LAHORE: The security authorities have placed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed under house arrest, sources within Punjab Home Department said yesterday. Saeed has been placed under house arrest at Jamia Qadsia Chauburji in Lahore, sources added. According to some TV …

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74 new passport offices planned


From Our Correspondent ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said the United States’ policies under the new administration of President Donald Trump will affect international unity against terrorism. “The new US visa policy will not affect terrorists, rather it will increase the woes of people affected from terrorism,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said, …

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Palestinian President arrives


From Our Corresppondent ISLAMABAD: President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas arrive here yesterday on a three-day visit. President Abbas is accompanied by a seventeen-member delegation including five ministers. It would be his third visit to Pakistan as he had previously been to Pakistan in 2005 and 2013. During …

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Rs 4.15/litre hike in petrol price proposed


From Our Correspondent ISLAMABAD Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has recommended the Ministry of Petroleum to hike prices of petrol and high-speed diesel for the month of February by Rs 4.15/ litre and Rs 4.30/ litre among those of other petroleum products on Monday. In a summary forwarded to …

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No restriction: Ayyan Ali to leave country anytime


From Our Correspondent ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has discarded the interior ministry’s appeal to keep model Ayyan Ali’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL) and upheld the Sindh High Court’s verdict to remove her name from the same. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, who headed the three-member bench that heard …

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Dar sends Rs1bn legal notice to Bol News


From Our Correspondent ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has sent Rs1 billion legal notices through his legal counsel to both Bol News and anchor Dr Shahid Masood for airing and anchoring a malicious programme to defame him. According to the finance ministry anchor Dr Shahid Masood hosted a programme titled …

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Kabul open to unconditional talks with Taliban: envoy


NC Monitoring Desk KABUL: Afghanistan is open to unconditional peace negotiations with the Taliban insurgents, Kabul’s top envoy to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal told Chinese media yesterday. “We are in contact with the Qatar office and also a number of influential individual Taliban leaders and commanders but there are no formal …

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