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Mani backs Sarfraz as skipper, says changes in PCB inevitable

KARACHI (Web Desk) Sarfraz Ahmed received a major boost on Wednesday when PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani reiterated his support for the doughty wicket-keeper-batsman as Pakistan captain with the World Cup barely eight months away. Addressing his maiden media conference here in the city since being appointed the chairman of the Pakistan …

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Pakistan capable of winning hockey World Cup: Islah

LAHORE (Web Desk) While only one change was made in the national squad named on Wednesday for the hockey World Cup, a highly-ambitious chief selector Islah­uddin Siddiqui claimed Pakistan — which could not even qualify for the 2014 edition and presently look quite frail to make any major upset at the …

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Boko Haram kills 16 in Nigeria: militia

Abuja (Web Desk) Boko Haram militants have killed at least 16 farmers and left dozens missing in the latest attacks in restive northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, militia and residents said on Wednesday. The civilian militia fighting the militants found 15 bodies in fields around Kazaa and Daraa villages, five kilometres …

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Pentagon endorses non-military solution for Afghanistan, says State Dept

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Both civil and military officials in the United States believe that there’s no military solution to the Afghan conflict and that’s why Washington is committed to a peace deal between Kabul and the Taliban, says the US State Department. US special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, is currently …

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Fox News, others back CNN over White House access

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Media groups including Fox News joined CNN’s legal battle on Wednesday to restore the White House pass of a banned chief correspondent, as Donald Trump’s administration argued it had a broad right to allow or deny press access to the US president. Fox, which is controlled by Trump …

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Religious parties’ joint rally today in Lahore

LAHORE (Web Desk) All (religious) Parties Tahafuz-i-Namoos-i-Risalat will hold its “million march” in the city today (Thursday) to protest against, what it calls, mishandling of Aasia Bibi case and subsequent release, which the religious parties think has been done at the behest of the West and secular forces. Briefing the media …

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Khalilzad’s visit put off over ‘scheduling reasons

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) US Special Envoy for Peace and Recon­ciliation in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has postponed the Pakistan leg of his tour to the region — aimed at taking forward efforts for initiating an intra-Afghan dialogue — citing “scheduling” issues. “The visit is being postponed for scheduling reasons. Ambassador Khalilzad anticipates …

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FBR scheme for late filers of tax returns

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) The Federal Board of Revenue has asked over one million late filers of tax returns to pay penalty or higher tax for automatic closure of audit proceedings. The late filers of returns for tax years 2015, 2016 and 2017 were selected for audit under Section 214D of the …

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IMF wants end to govt’s role in power tariff determination

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) Appreciating the role of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in addressing energy shortages, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has asked the government to give up its powers on notification of electricity rates, determined by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), as a key tool to end repeated emergence …

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SP’s murder

THE probable sequence of events and the reconnaissance and planning likely required to carry out the shocking crime are deeply disturbing. With few, if any, established facts at the moment and the federal government attempting to deflect most questions, it is not clear yet how or why Superintendent of Police …

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