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Rivals concede Pakistan election to Imran Khan; EU flags concerns

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MNA International Desk: Pakistan’s former ruling party conceded defeat to cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan ahead of final results from the country’s disputed election, which European Union monitors said on Friday had not been fought on a level playing field. Khan, during a speech declaring victory on Thursday, offered to investigate opposition allegations of vote-rigging and said he wanted to “unite” the country under his leadership. The party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif initially rejected the so far incomplete results, but by Friday its leaders appeared to accept that Khan would be the next prime minister. The allegations of rigging ...

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Imran Khan leads in early counting

Imran Khan

MNA International Desk: Pakistani authorities said on Thursday full results of a general election would be delayed as cricket hero-turned-politician Imran Khan led in a partial count that opponents said was rigged, reported news agency. The party of Khan’s jailed chief rival, ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, called the count an assault on democracy in the nuclear-armed, Muslim country which has a history of military rule. Any potential delays in forming a government would be worrisome, as Pakistan faces a mounting economic crisis that is likely to require a bailout by the International Monetary Fund and worsening relations with on-off ...

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Voting begins in Pakistan’s general election

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MNA International Desk: Pakistanis began voting on Wednesday in a knife-edge general election pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, with the prospect of neither winning a clear majority amid a looming currency crisis. A decade after Pakistan was last ruled by a military government, the election has been plagued by allegations the powerful armed forces have been trying to tilt the race in Khan’s favour after falling out with the outgoing ruling party of Sharif, who was jailed on corruption charges this month. Khan has emerged as a slight favourite in national ...

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Coke Studio Pakistan’s new show will have transgender singers

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Coke Studio Pakistan’s eleventh edition has just taken a step towards inclusivity of the marginalised community. It’s quite a historic move. The show that features live studio-recorded music performances by established and emerging artists recently dropped a promo with Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s legendary nazm ‘Hum Dekhenge’—a rendition performed by a lineup of singers who will be taking the stage in the upcoming season, reports news agency. While the promo gave the audience a glimpse of well-known singers such as Momina Mustehsan, Ali Azmat, Abida Parveen, Jawad Ahmed, Ahad Raza Mir, it is the inclusion of transgender artistes ...

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Pakistan election rally blast toll rises to 128

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MNA International Desk: A suicide blast ripped through a crowd at a political rally in southwest Pakistan Friday killing 128 people and wounding 150, officials told news agency, in one of the deadliest attacks in the country’s history. The blast in the town of Mastung, near the Balochistan provincial capital Quetta, was the latest in a string of attacks that have spurred fears of violence ahead of nationwide polls on 25 July, and underscored the fragility of Pakistan’s dramatic gains in security. Authorities said the suicide bomber detonated in the middle of a compound where the political meeting was taking ...

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Pakistan seeks economic lifeline with China loans

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MNA Business Desk: Pakistan expects to obtain fresh Chinese loans worth $1-2 billion to help it avert a balance of payments crisis, Pakistani government sources said, in another sign of Islamabad’s growing reliance on Beijing for financial support. Lending to Pakistan by China and its banks is on track to hit $5 billion in the fiscal year ending in June, according to recent disclosures by officials and Pakistan finance ministry data reviewed by Reuters. The ramp up in China’s lending comes as the United States is cutting aid to Pakistan following a fracture in relations between the on-off allies. In ...

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Central Banks of India, Pakistan crack down on crypto currencies

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MNA Business Desk: India’s central bank barred banks on Friday from having any links to virtual currency dealers, slashing the prices of bitcoin and other crypto currencies on local exchanges. Pakistan’s central bank said in a separate statement late on Friday that crypto-currencies were not legal in the country. The State Bank of Pakistan told banks and other financial services providers to refuse customers seeking crypto-currency transactions. It noted that those using crypto-currencies to transfer funds outside Pakistan could be prosecuted. India’s government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have previously cautioned the public over crypto currencies, with New ...

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Malala returns to Pakistan after 6yrs

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MAN International Desk: Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan on Thursday, officials said, in her first visit to her native country since she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman six years ago for advocating education for girls. Malala is widely respected internationally for her bravery and activism, but opinion is divided in Pakistan where some conservatives view her as a Western agent on a mission to shame her country. Malala is expected to meet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during the four-day trip but further details have been “kept secret in view of the ...

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Pakistan TV airs first transgender anchor

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MNA Entertainment Desk: As the first transgender news anchor in Pakistan, Marvia Malik is proud to be at the forefront of changing attitudes in her country but she says there is a long way to go. The news of her first appearance on local channel Kohenoor TV on Saturday went viral on social media and was just days after she became the first transgender model on the catwalk at the annual Pakistan Fashion Design Council fashion show. Her catapult into the spotlight came after transgender activist Zara Changezi was named as star of a love film, the Senate passed a ...

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Curfew in Kashmir after 4 killed by Indian troops

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MNA International Desk: A curfew has been imposed on parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir to contain protests after Indian troops killed three young civilians and a rebel. Indian army Colonel Rajesh Kalia says militants fired at a checkpoint in southern Shopian area and a shootout with soldiers followed. The Associated Press reports citing the locals, that the three civilians were killed in cold blood. Kashmir is divided between Pakistan and India with both nations claiming the region entirely. Rebel groups demand the region be united under Pakistani rule or as an independent country. Most people in the portion governed by India ...

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Human rights activist Asma Jahangir dies

Asma Jahangir

MNA International Desk: Renowned senior lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away in Lahore on Sunday, Dawn News reported. She was 66. The family told Dawn News that she suffered from cardiac arrest and was shifted to a hospital, where she passed. Known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights — as well as for remaining undaunted in the face of extreme pressure and opposition — Jahangir will be remembered as a champion for the disenfranchised and for her services towards building a democratic and more inclusive Pakistan. She became a democracy activist and was ...

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PadMan banned in Pakistan

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MNA Entertainment Desk: PadMan starring Akshay Kumar, which deals the issue of menstrual hygiene, has been banned in Pakistan, reported news agency. The country’s Federal Censor Board has refused to give its nod for the release of the R Balki-directed film, which also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in pivotal roles. ‘We can’t allow our film distributors to import films which are against our traditions and culture,’ FCB member Ishaq Ahmed said. The members of Punjab Film Censor Board also refused to watch the film saying it is based on a ‘taboo subject’ and out-rightly rejected any clearance certificate ...

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Suicide bomber kills 11 soldiers in Pakistan

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MNA International Desk: At least 11 soldiers were killed and 13 injured in a suicide attack near an army base in northern Pakistan on Saturday. Attacks have decreased sharply in the picturesque Swat Valley but can cause alarm in a region where Pakistani Taliban insurgents took partial control in 2007, before being ousted two years later in a major military operation hailed as an important blow against Islamist violence, reported news agency. Swat was the first sizeable region outside Pakistan’s lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan to fall to the militants. More than 2,000 Taliban fighters have been driven out of ...

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US accuses Pakistan of playing ‘double game’

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MNA International Desk: The United States accused Pakistan on Tuesday of playing a ‘double game’ on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain US aid. ‘They can do more to stop terrorism and we want them to do that,’ White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. The White House said it would likely announce actions to pressure Pakistan within days, shortly after U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said at the United Nations that Washington would withhold $255 million in assistance to Pakistan. ‘There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a ...

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Arrest warrant against Arshi Khan

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A Jalandhar court has issued an arrest warrant against Bigg Boss 11 contestant Arshi Khan for not attending the proceedings for the past three months, reported news agency. The warrant was issued on Monday. The court ordered police to enter the Bigg Boss 11 house and arrest Arshi. A case had been filed against her for allegedly trying to create enmity between communities by painting the national flags of India and Pakistan on her body, reports the Hindustan Times. The controversial diva is skipping the trial for the third time. This is also the second ...

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47th Victory Day today

47th Victory Day

MNA Feature Desk: The 47th Victory Day is being observed on Saturday, marking the most precious day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation. Forty-six years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia have issued separate messages on the occasion. As part of the day’s programmes, a colourful parade was held at the National Parade Square at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the morning. Freedom fighters, ...

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Martyred Intellectuals Day today

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MNA Feature Desk: The nation is observing the Martyred Intellectuals Day on Thursday to commemorate those intellectuals who were killed systematically by the Pakistan occupation army and their local collaborators at the fag-end of the country’s Liberation War in 1971. On this day in 1971, country’s renowned academicians, doctors, engineers, journalists, artists, teachers and other eminent personalities were dragged out of their homes, blindfolded and taken to unknown places and then brutally tortured and slaughtered. Their bodies were later dumped at Rayerbazar, Mirpur and some other killing fields in the capital. President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ...

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Babar, Shadab lead Pakistan to win

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MNA Sports Desk: Babar Azam scored a second successive hundred while Shadab Khan gave his career best bowling and batting to help Pakistan thump Sri Lanka by 32 runs in the second day-night international in Abu Dhabi on Monday. One-drop batsman Babar knocked a fighting 133-ball 103 while Shadab scored a career best 52 not out to lift Pakistan from a struggling 79-5. That was before Shadab the bowler returned with his best figures of 3-47 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 187 all out in 48 overs. The 23-year-old Babar and Shadab, who turned 19 earlier this month, were engaged ...

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Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in first Test

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MNA Sports Desk: Rangana Hearth completed his 400 wickets against Pakistan when he sent six Pakistani batsmen back to the pavilion, clinching the first Test in Abu Dhabi for Sri Lanka, reported news agency. Sri Lanka won the match by 21 runs, a strong comeback after being whitewashed at home by India. Pakistan were all out for 114. Hearth — who took 11 wickets in the match — also completed 400 Test wickets. He became the first left-arm spinner to achieve the feat and was announced as the man of the match. Pakistan batsmen struggled against spin, with Herath and ...

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Pakistan win T20 series against World XI

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MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan beat World XI by a thumping 33 runs in the final Twenty20 to clinch a three-match series which marked the return of international cricket to the country on Friday. Set a target of 184 to win, the World XI only managed 150-8 at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium to concede the series to the home team by 2-1, reported news agency. David Miller and Thisara Perera scored 32 each while Hasan Ali took 2-28. Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad had earlier missed his second Twenty20 international century when he fell for 89. His 55-ball knock included eight fours and ...

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US warns Pakistan on Afghan militant support

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MNA International Desk: The United States warned an angry Pakistan on Tuesday that it could lose its status as a privileged military ally if it continues giving safe haven to Afghan militant groups, reported news agency. One day after President Donald Trump unveiled a new strategy to force the Taliban to negotiate a political settlement with the Kabul government, his top diplomat upped the heat on Islamabad. Trump had warned that Pakistan’s support for the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani extremist network would have consequences, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has now spelled these out. “We have some leverage,” ...

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LNG imports could surge 17.5m tonnes

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MNA Business Desk: South Asia, long a backwater for energy markets, is emerging as a hotspot for liquefied natural gas – LNG, with Pakistan and Bangladesh set to join India as major consumers. With a fast growing population, strong economic growth and soaring energy demand, more import projects are being developed, lead by Pakistan and Bangladesh, reported news agency. “Both countries already have extensive gas infrastructure due to legacy production from domestic gas fields,” said Chong Zhi Xin, principal Asia liquefied natural gas analyst at energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie. “As domestic production has failed to keep up with demand, both ...

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Political Crisis In Pakistan: A Threat To Democracy

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MNA Editorial Desk: Pakistan’s democracy may be at danger following the last week’s removal of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Last Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed the PM on a failure to announce income in disclosure papers for 2013’s general election that leaves a huge political vacuum in the country. The judicial body based its decision on Article 62 of the Constitution and Section 99 of the Representation of the People Act — little-used legislation that requires truthfulness and honesty from elected officials. While Friday’s decision was hailed as a rare example of accountability in a graft-stricken nation, the fact ...

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Pakistan’s parliament elected Abbasi as PM

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MNA International Desk: Pakistan’s parliament elected ex-oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister on Tuesday, days after three-times premier Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court, reported news agency. Abbasi is seen by the ruling party as a placeholder for Sharif’s designated successor, his younger brother Shahbaz, who must first secure election to the 342-member National Assembly. Abbasi, nominated by Sharif’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), secured 221 votes, Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq announced on live television. He will be sworn in later Tuesday. “I give the floor to the new prime minister of Pakistan,” Sadiq said as ...

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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif resigned

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MNA Editorial Desk: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday resigned from his post, his office said hours after the country’s Supreme Court disqualified him over corruption claims against his family. The Supreme Court said Sharif is not fit to hold office and ordered a criminal investigation into him and his family. The court also disqualified finance minister Ishaq Dar. The prime minister’s office said in a statement that Sharif has “stepped down” despite having “serious reservations” about the judicial process. The ruling came after a probe into his family’s wealth following the 2015 Panama Papers dump linking Mr Sharif’s ...

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China ready to attack India

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MNA International Desk: Samajwadi Party leader and former defence minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday claimed that China was ready to attack India in collaboration with Pakistan and asked the government to reverse its stand on the Tibet issue and support its independence. Raising the matter in the Lok Sabha against the backdrop of tension between India and China, he asked the government to inform Parliament what it has done to meet any likely challenge from the neighbouring country. “India is today facing a big danger from China. I have been cautioning the central government for years. China has joined ...

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Sarfraz Ahmed now Pakistan captain for all 3 formats

Sarfraz Ahmed

MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan Tuesday rewarded Sarfraz Ahmed with the country’s Test captaincy, a fortnight after he led the national team to an elusive Champions Trophy title in England. Underdogs Pakistan trounced India by a record 180-run margin in the final in London on 18 June to lift the Champions Trophy, to the shock and ecstasy of the cricket-mad country. Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan named Sarfraz Test captain at a ceremony honouring the winning team hosted by prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Tuesday. “I take this opportunity to announce Ahmed as our Test captain in addition ...

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