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Ulema, religious scholars criticize PAT, PTI ISLAMABAD: Ulema and religious scholars from different schools of thoughts Saturday criticized chiefs of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for holding marches and staging sit-ins to press for unconstitutional demands.They were of the view that the entire nation and system have been made hostage by the two parties, besides national economy was being affected due to the prevailing situation.Talking to Pakistan Television(PTV), Custodian of Shrine Hazrat Sultan Bahu (RA) Sahibzada Sultan Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Qadri outrightly rejected the civil disobedience call given by PTI and said the economic activities had stopped because of the steps taken by PAT and PTI.He said Islamic norms are being violated by holding mixed gatherings of males and females on the Constitution Avenue in the name of sit-ins where most of the time was spent in dances."Whatsoever is going on, it is neither in favour of the country nor any individual," he added. Nazim-e-Ala ...

Democracy being mocked: Tahmeena VEHARI: Former federal minister, PML-N MNA Tahmeena Daultana, expressing dismay over sit-ins, said that democracy is being mocked in the country.Talking to the media, she said that sit-ins and protests in the federal capital had pushed the country into problems. She claimed that threat to democracy had aggravated to a large extent. There was no room to accept unconstitutional demands made by any political or religious quarters, she added.She said, the government was making every ...

Two Pakistani civilians die in Indian border fire ISLAMABAD: Pakistan officials on Saturday accused Indian troops of killing two civilians in "unprovoked firing" across the border in its eastern province of Punjab.Pakistani officials said the latest incident occurred in Sialkot region which faces the south of the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and where another civilian was killed by Indian firing last month."Today Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) again resorted to unprovoked firing in Chaprar and Harpal sectors on the working boundary near ...

Order for case registration against PM, CM challenged LAHORE: A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court, challenging a sessions court order to register a case against Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and 19 others, over the Model Town incident of June 17.The petition was filed by Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Pakistan Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, in their personal capacity through Azam Nazeer ...

ISE-10 index stays Bearish ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Stock Exchange(ISE) on Friday witnessed bearish trend as the ISE-10 index was down by 11.12 points to close at 4524.01 points.A total of 2,500 shares were traded, which showed a negative growth of 27,600 shares, when compared with previous day's trading of 30,100 shares.Out of 127 companies, share prices of 67 companies recorded increase while those of 60 companies decreased and no company remained stable in today's trading.The share price of Murree ...

FPCCI President for subsidy on agri-products KARACHI: President FPCCI, Zakaria Usman, expressed his serious concern over the issue of food security and urged the Government to provide subsidy on agricultural products related to food security to compete in the international market.In a letter to Federal Minister for Commerce, Engr. Khurram Dastagir Khan, President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Zakaria Usman suggested that the government can provide subsidy on those agricultural products which are concerned with the global ...

Govt trying to resolve prevailing political situation through dialogue: Senate told ISLAMABAD: PML(N) Senator, Mushahid Ullah Khan Friday said that the government was trying its best to resolve the prevailing political situation through meaningful dialogue.Speaking on an adjournment motion in the Senate, he said the government was ready for negotiations on all issues and did not believe in violence and bloodshed.He pointed out that Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) had been supporting dictatorship in the past while "Azadi March" was also against a democratic government.While further criticizing ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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