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General/Politics:

  • PM, COAS have ‘fruitful’ discussion:
  • PM, COAS have ‘fruitful’ discussion
    ISLAMABAD – The ostensible ‘tiff’ in the civil-military relations on Dawn leaks is heading for an amicable settlement after Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa had a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday night wherein the misunderstandings on the PM’s directive on the inquiry report were resolved (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-06/page-1/detail-2http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-06/page-1/detail-2)
  • Asif Zardari arrives in Lahore:
    LAHORE – President PPP-P Asif Ali Zardari reached Lahore yesterday evening and had a meeting with senior party leaders at Bilawal House. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-06/page-2/detail-4)
  • Worker’s death in prison: MQM-led opposition walks out of Sindh Assembly:
    KARACHI: The Opposition parties’ legislators on Friday walked out of the Sindh Assembly to register protest against the death of an imprisoned activist of MQM in Karachi which MQM said was caused by torture in jail (http://epaper.brecorder.com/2017/05/06/2-page/872878-news.html)

Law & Order:

  • PTF trashes 76 untraced missing persons’ cases:
    KARACHI: After its failure to track down 76 missing persons said to have disappeared a few years ago the provincial task force (PTF) has decided to consign their cases to wastebasket with recommendation for payment of compensation to their legal heirs (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-06/lahore/11435/83704)
  • 10 suicide cases surface in a week:
    KARACHI: The number of women killing themselves in the metropolis has been rising mainly due to infidelity among spouses as three more females including a teenager ended their lives in different areas of the city on Friday. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-06/lahore/11435/83706)

Economy:

  • Budget deficit surges to Rs1.24 trillion:
    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s budget deficit has surged to higher side of Rs1.24 trillion during nine months (July-March) of the current fiscal year due to the massive expenditures and shortfall in taxes as well as in non-taxes (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-06/page-8/detail-1)
  • PSX continues upward trajectory:
    KARACHI – Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) remained largely in the ‘green zone’ during the last trading day of the week as shares index gained to make an intraday high of 815 points, closing up 567 points or (1.15PC) at 49,851 levels (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-06/page-8/detail-5)

Opinion/Editorial:

  • “That one grief was left unspoken when all was said and everything ended:” Identity Narratives and the Passion of the Ghazal:
    States are quick to form narratives to contain, explain, and even exploit political tensions, and though poetry has been known to validate and bolster national narratives, it has also been known to puncture biases, engineer nuance and offer pliable perspectives. Nuance may not always lead to accurate conclusions or justice, but it does bring us closer to shattering prejudice and approaching political conflict on a human level. Can a poem speak for a nation and transcend nationalism at the same time? No ordinary poem can, but some of the best ghazals have been known to hit the mark due to the form’s ability to compress and counterpoise, in a sher (couplet), the energies of conflict with the energies of desire. Such an extraordinary example of the ghazal’s passion traversing the traumatic aftermath of war and the consequent split of a country is found in a ghazal by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-06/lahore/11438/83629)
  • Threats to national security:
    Historically, events of an identical nature have remarkable tendencies to happen simultaneously but take diverging courses. Though we tend to see the political and social landscape of Pakistan in disarray, it is noteworthy that the entire surrounding region is undergoing political and social convulsions. These interconnected dynamics make exclusions difficult, but let us begin from Pakistan’s national security threats (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-06/page-6/detail-5)

Sport:

  • Djokovic splits with coaches in bid to return to top:
    BELGRADE: Novak Djokovic said Friday that he had parted ways with his training team, including long-time coach Marian Vajda, as he attempts to arrest an alarming slide in form in the past year. The former world number one believes that this “shock therapy” will help him return to the top of the game after a wretched run of results. “I am a hunter and my biggest goal is to find the winning spark on the court again,” Djokovic, 29, said in a lengthy statement on his website. The Serb, who was knocked off top spot last November by Andy Murray, joined his rival at the exit of the Monte Carlo Masters after losing to Belgian David Goffin 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 last month (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-06/lahore/11422/83581)
  • Barcelona’s Neymar ordered to stand trial for corruption:
    MADRID: Barcelona forward Neymar and his parents will stand trial over alleged corruption, making the Brazilian the latest football superstar to have to take the stand, a Spanish court ordered on Thursday. The National Court also ordered Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell to be sent to trial over Neymar’s transfer from Santos in 2013, accused both of corruption and fraud. An initial court statement had said Neymar and his parents were also accused of fraud, but a detailed court document revealed the trio have only been charged with “business corruption.” The two clubs, Barcelona and Brazil’s Santos, have also been ordered to stand trial for fraud. Neymar’s arrival from Brazil’s Santos has been a huge success for the Spanish champions on the pitch but a judicial nightmare off it (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-06/lahore/11422/83582)
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