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The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has tasked a 16-member committee, headed by Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to supervise the election drive of the party for Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly. Upon completion of the first tenure of Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly on December 10 last year and consequent with the formation of the caretaker setup, the three national political parties including PML-N, the former ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have launched their election campaigns.

A well known Pakistani folk singer Sadiq Faqeer from the Sindh province has died in a road accident near Makkah. Faqeer's family was with him at the time of the crash. Those injured were admitted to a Jeddah hospital, according to a Pakistani Consulate official in Jeddah.
Sarmad Ali, Secretary General of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society on behalf of APNS has expressed profound grief over the sad demise of the father of Umer Shahzad Khan Afridi, Chief Editor, Daily Millan, Karachi. The office-bearers of APNS and staff members have offered their condolence to Umer Shahzad Khan Afridi and his family and have prayed that Almighty Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace and give them courage and patience to bear this irreparable loss.
Six more children died of malnutrition in Tharparkar district on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 40 in the current month. According to sources, the children died at Mithi, Chhachhro, Nagarparkar, Islamkot and other areas of the district. Civil surgeon Civil Hospital Mithi clarified that most of the deaths of children in Tharparkar occurred due to various medical conditions such as premature birth, Pneumonia, sinus problems and other diseases.
The Director General, Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Dr Rizwan Naseer inaugurated the first international office of the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) at Emergency Services Academy here on Saturday to enhance capacity of the trainers, revising curriculum of training, and strengthening mutual co-operation between the AFSA of United Kingdom and Rescue 1122.
Two real brothers were crushed to death when a tractor trolley hit a motorcycle here on Saturday. Police said that the accident occurred at Battak Road in Basirpura area of Okara where an over speeding tractor trolley rammed into a motorcycle. As a result of accident the two motorcyclists stated to be real brothers died on the spot.
A three-member bench of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja will take up three review petitions filed against the apex court's verdict over retired Air Marshal Ashghar Khan's plea accusing the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of distributing Rs 140 million to manipulate the 1990 general elections.


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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