Sajjad Hussain

Stop congregational prayers to save human lives, says Al-Azhar fatwa

Stop congregational prayers to save human lives, says Al-Azhar fatwa

Islamabad:  A top global Islamic body has issued a fatwa (religious edict) on the request of Pakistan President Dr Arif Alvi, empowering the head of the state to suspend Friday prayers in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that claimed over 20,000 lives worldwide. The fatwa issued on Wednesday by the Grand Imam Shaikh of […]

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First doctor dies from coronavirus in Pak

First doctor dies from coronavirus in Pak

Islamabad: A 26-year-old Pakistani doctor has become the country’s first medic to die after contracting the novel coronavirus while treating the COVID-19 patients in Gilgit region of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, officials said on Monday. Usma Riaz was treating the patients who recently returned from Iraq and Iran. Pakistan, which borders Iran and China, two of the […]

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Pakistan observes Kashmir Solidarity Day

Pakistan observes Kashmir Solidarity Day

Islamabad, Feb 5: Pakistan on Wednesday observed Kashmir Solidarity Day, with the top leaders extending their support to the Kashmiri people to find a just and peaceful resolution to their issues. The day is observed every year on February 5 by Pakistan. President Arif Alvi in his message said India by abrogating Article 370 has […]

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India making ‘desperate attempts’ to divert attention from criticism of its policies: Pak

India making ‘desperate attempts’ to divert attention from criticism of its policies: Pak

Islamabad, Jan 30: Pakistan on Thursday claimed that India is making “desperate attempts” to divert attention from the domestic and international criticism of the government’s policies. Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui also said that nobody should underestimate Pakistan’s resolve to effectively thwart any aspiration of aggression against the country. She urged the international community to […]

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 ‘Pak to mainstream madrassas, bring them under govt control’

 ‘Pak to mainstream madrassas, bring them under govt control’

Islamabad, Apr 29: Pakistan will bring over 30,000 madrassas into the mainstream education system as part of a determined campaign to combat extremism, the military spokesperson said Monday. Addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi, Major General Asif Ghafoor said Pakistan had witnessed a surge in religious seminaries from 247 madrassas in 1947 to 2,861 in […]

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Pakistan deplores India’s decision to suspend cross-LoC trade

Pakistan deplores India’s decision to suspend cross-LoC trade

Islamabad, Apr 21:  Pakistan on Sunday deplored India’s “unilateral” decision to suspend cross-LoC trade and rejected the allegations regarding its “misuse” by elements from across the border to smuggle weapons, narcotics, fake currency and foment terrorism. Hardening its stand against Pakistan, India on Thursday indefinitely suspended cross-border trade at two points along the Line of […]

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Pak will not be ‘pressured’ by anyone on Masood Azhar: FO

Pak will not be ‘pressured’ by anyone on Masood Azhar: FO

Islamabad: Pakistan will not be “pressured” by anyone on the issue of banning Masood Azhar, a top official here said on Thursday, a day after China dismissed reports that the US, the UK and France have served an ultimatum to Beijing to lift its “technical hold” on designating the JeM chief as a global terrorist […]

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Threat of further escalation between India, Pakistan over: Pak govt assessment

Threat of further escalation between India, Pakistan over: Pak govt assessment

Islamabad: The threat of further escalation between India and Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack is over, an internal assessment of the Pakistan government has concluded. The Express Tribune reported that the assessment was shared by a senior official on Monday in a background briefing on the current state of relations between the two neighbouring […]

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Imran says, will approach friendly countries, IMF

Imran says, will approach friendly countries, IMF

Pakistan economic crisis…

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday assured the countrymen that his government would seek assistance from both friendly countries and the IMF to overcome the balance of payments crisis. “We have two options: first, we can go to friendly countries and ask them to bridge this gap; and second, that we go to […]

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Lt Gen Asim Munir appointed head of Pakistan’s ISI

Lt Gen Asim Munir appointed head of Pakistan’s ISI

Islamabad: Lt Gen Asim Munir was appointed on Wednesday as the new chief of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ISI, the Army’s media wing announced. Munir, who previously served as the head of the Military Intelligence (MI), was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General by the Army Promotion Board headed by Chief of Army […]