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  • PML-N cracks?:
    ISLAMABAD: Serious differences within the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) came to fore on Wednesday as estranged party stalwart and Minister for Interior Ch Nisar Ali Khan publically warned the party leadership over his ‘exclusion’ from the consultation process and even sought a clarification. (
  • Nisar ‘seeks’ explanation for exclusion from PML-N meetings:
    ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has sought an explanation for his exclusion from the PML-N’s consultative meetings, his spokesman said on Wednesday. (
  • ATC acquits suspect in professor’s murder case:
    KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court has acquitted a suspect in a case pertaining to the murder of Karachi University professor Dr Shakil Auj for want of evidence. (

Law & Order:

  • One killed in encounter:
    KARACHI: A man was killed in police encounter and other injured in a robbery incident in the metropolis on Wednesday. According to rescue sources, two robbers riding a motorbike tried to loot a 34-year-old man, Ghulam Abbas, near Bhains Colony, but he offered them resistance on which the robbers shot and injured him. (


  • Govt took $10.6b foreign loans in FY2016-17:
    ISLAMABAD – The government continued its policy to take foreign loans to build its foreign exchange reserves and repay previous loans, as the country had obtained massive foreign loans worth $10.6 billion during FY2016-17. (


  • A radical strategic review:
    The top US General in Afghanistan called upon Pakistan’s army chief at the GHQ in Rawalpindi this Monday. COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa is reported to have told General Nicholson, Commander, Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces in Afghanistan, that some quarters in the US and Afghanistan are undermining Pakistan’s counter-terrorism role to mislead the strategic review of the Afghan/South-Asia policy under the Trump administration. General Qamar is too polite. (
  • Rebuilding research culture:
    The higher education in Pakistan is in a dismal state of affairs regarding teaching and research and same is the case with the different public and private sector universities, but it is really difficult to blame solely the professors for the poor show. There are many factors that contribute to the debacle. It includes the existing spoon-feeding culture on the part of students; the poor examination system (the five questions dilemma); ignorance of students about the research culture (while pursuing MPhil and PhD); lack of reading culture among the research students and also the lack of true infrastructure for them. (


  • No Real Madrid deal for Mbappe, insists Monaco:
    MONACO: Monaco insisted on Wednesday that no deal with Real Madrid has been reached for teenage French international striker Kylian Mbappe. Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev also said in a press conference the principality club were in discussions with Mbappe over a new contract extension. The 18-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation linking him to a world-record 180-million-euro ($210m, £160m) move, with Spanish sports daily Marca reporting on Tuesday that a fee had been agreed between Real and the French Ligue 1 champions. “I have read a lot of things in the press,” said Vasilyev. (
  • Qadir urges PM to bring ex-cricketers in PCB to save cricket:
    ISLAMABAD-Former chief selector Abdul Qadir has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should nominate former cricketers names for the regions’ top slot in the same way, he has nominated the names of two governing board members. (
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