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  • PTI barred from contesting by-polls:
    Islamabad – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has barred the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from contesting by-polls in four constituencies (
  • Intra party elections: Around 2.7m members will elect PTI leadership:
    ISLAMABAD: Around 2.7 million members will be choosing the leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the upcoming intra-party elections, says a press release issued here on Monday. (
  • Electoral alliance, seat adjustment: No party gives positive response to PPP:
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has not yet received a positive response from any political party for a possible alliance or seat adjustment for the 2018 general elections, informed sources told this correspondent (
  • MQM-P to raise issues with federal, Sindh govts:
    ISLAMABAD – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) is all set to raise the issue of missing workers and sealed offices with federal and Sindh governments, party sources said (
  • Law & Order:
  • Police arrest 199 POs, seize huge cache of arms, drugs:
    MARDAN: District Police arrested as many as 199 proclaimed offenders and seized huge quantity of weapons and drugs from their possession during the last month, a police official said (
  • Living saint’ charged with killing 20 people at shrine:
    ISLAMABAD: A man seen by devotees as a living saint has been charged with murder and terrorism after allegedly knifing and clubbing 20 worshippers to death at a Pakistani shrine, police said Monday (


  • Pakistan’s inflation surges by 4.9% in March:
    KARACHI: The Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation general increased by 4.9% on a year-on-year (YoY) basis in March 2017 compared to an increase of 4.2% in the previous month, reported the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) on Monday (
  • Dollar closes even in value versus rupee:
    KARACHI: The US currency remained flat in value versus rupee in interbank and open market on the back of SBP’s decision to provide funds for imports payments (
  • Opinion/Editorial:
  • Crisis of rightwing populism and patriarchy:
    As one observes the political rise of right-wing populists across the world, it is hard not to notice a certain similarity in their outlook of women. Yogi Adityanath, the hardline priest recently elected as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in India, has long railed against women’s equality, declaring that ‘women don’t need freedom, they need protection’, and Western-style freedoms are destructive to the Indian family structure’. Pakistanis are more than familiar with such sentiments — just last year, a law trying to empower women against domestic violence prompted a pitched street movement by the entire religious right on the grounds that it would destroy Pakistan’s family structure and Islamic values. (
  • Octopus strategy:
    Pakistan, through the decades, had to face problems at the hands of a diverse range of indigenous as well as global antagonists, around its eastern borders with India in general and western borders in particular, sometimes under the shadow of communism and sometimes at the hands of the extremist religious factors. It has been trying to curb such foreign tentacles by adopting strategies suitable to the variant situations emerging time to time. Though, the situation has fairly been under control, but it is mostly elusive, leaving glaring adverse internal and external imprints on our society and state. (


  • Federer downs Nadal to win Miami Open crown:
    MIAMI: Roger Federer defeated long-standing rival Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win the Miami Open on Sunday and continue his outstanding start to the year. Since returning from his six month injury lay-off, the 35-year-old Federer has also won the Australian Open and Indian Wells and he heads into the clay season as, once again, the dominant presence on the ATP Tour. Federer has beaten Nadal in all of those events this year and has now won his last four meetings between the pair. “It’s been a fabulous couple of weeks,” said Federer after his victory. The Spaniard was playing in his fifth Miami final but remains without a win in the Masters series event. The first set was a tight affair with both players having their opportunities to break. But it was not until the eighth game and 10th break point of the set that one of them was able to get ahead. Nadal could only find the net from a Federer backhand and the Swiss grabbed a 5-3 lead and held the next game to secure the first set. Federer pinpointed his saving of break points in the first game and at 3-3 as crucial moments in the contest (
  • Batsmen need to improve: Mohsin:
    Islamabad-Former chief selector and head coach Mohsin Hassan Khan has said that Pakistan batsmen need to improve if they want to win the ODI series against the West Indies (
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