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General/Politics:

  • Lawyers split over PM’s resignation:
    LAHORE: The legal fraternity of the country seems to be divided over the issue of seeking resignation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif following the Supreme Court verdict in the Panamagate case (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-07/lahore/11439/83802)
  • Modi tells IHK to take off air 34 Pakistan and Gulf-based TV channels:
    SRINAGAR: Private cable operators in Indian held-Kashmir (IHK) were ordered on Saturday to stop transmission of 34 Pakistani and Gulf-based channels in ‘non permitted’ list of India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry or face action. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-07/lahore/11439/83804)
  • PML-N’s federal govt acts like dictators:
    KARACHI: PPP ex-minister Sharjeel Memon on Saturday said that the PML-N government at the federal level was acting like dictators (http://epaper.brecorder.com/2017/05/07/2-page/873127-news.html)
  • Civil-mily bureaucracy obstacle to Fata mainstreaming: PPP:
    ISLAMABAD – The greatest obstacle in mainstreaming Fata is the congenital loathing of the civil-military bureaucratic complex to loosen their grip on tribal areas, said PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-07/page-1/detail-4)
  • Law & Order:
  • 1,878 criminals nabbed in Capital this year:
    ISLAMABAD: The City police claimed on Saturday to have arrested 1,878 criminals and recovered valuables worth Rs 135.4 million, including 113 snatched cars, 31 motorbikes, gold ornaments and foreign currency, in the ongoing year (http://epaper.brecorder.com/2017/05/07/2-page/873126-news.html)
  • 10 criminals including a kidnapper arrested:
    KARACHI: Rangers and Police have rounded up 10 criminals including Kidnappers, extortionists and suspects of other crimes on Saturday during raids in different areas of city (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-07/lahore/11440/83859)

Economy:

  • PSX recovers 1.1% WoW as MSCI inclusion nears:
    KARACHI: The market remained under pressure for the majority of the week, with the KSE-100 index finally recovering towards the close of the week to finish at 49,851 points level, up 1.1 percent Week on Week (WoW) (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-07/lahore/11451/83837)
  • Opinion/Editorial:
  • Civil-military battles weakening Pakistan:
    A series of events recently have widened once again the perennial rift between Pakistani civilian governments and the military establishment. Let us examine some of the main flashpoints of the past few weeks. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-07/lahore/11458/83841)
  • Of trash and all that:
    People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked. The man who lies to the world is the world’s slave from then on. There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and the white lie is the blackest of all — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-07/lahore/11458/83842)
  • Blasphemy, the law, and mob violence:
    Why does the blasphemy law exist in Pakistan? One explanation might simply be that its formulation in its current form was part of a cynical and deliberate attempt by the Zia-ul-Haq regime, and the socio-political forces it spawned, to acquire legitimacy and burnish its religious credentials as part of its broader project of ‘Islamization’. This answer can be contrasted with the mainstream narrative propagated by the religious parties and their allies in government and society, namely that the law exists to protect the sanctity of Islam and the sensitivities of its followers in Pakistan (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-07/page-6/detail-5)

Sport:

  • Pedrosa pips Marquez to Spanish GP pole:
    JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA: Dani Pedrosa narrowly edged out world champion Marc Marquez to start from pole for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix after a thrilling duel between the Honda team-mates. Despite a late final attempt from Marquez to claim his third pole of the season, he fell 0.049 seconds short of Pedrosa’s best time of 1min 38.249sec. Pedrosa has been in fine form all weekend at the Jerez track as he also topped the timesheets in three of the four practice sessions before claiming his first pole since the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2015. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-07/lahore/11445/83776)
  • City boost top four bid, Hull remain in trouble:
    LONDON – Manchester City improved their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League with a 5-0 demolition of Crystal Palace, while relegation-threatened Hull suffered a damaging 2-0 defeat against Sunderland on Saturday (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-07/page-16/detail-6http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-07/page-16/detail-6)
  • Pakistan to hold training camp in Birmingham:
    LAHORE – The Pakistan cricket team will attend a week-long training camp from the third week of May in Birmingham to prepare for next month’s ICC Champions Trophy (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-07/page-17/detail-1)
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