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General/Politics:

  • PPP ‘ready for polls’ even if held this year:
  • PPP ‘ready for polls’ even if held this year
    GARHI KHUDA BUKSH/LARKANA – Pakistan Peoples Party yesterday observed the 38th death anniversary of PPP founder-chairman Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, holding ceremonies at his mausoleum at Garhi Khuda Bux and using the occasion to slam PML-N government. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-05/page-1/detail-3)
  • Bilawal comes down hard on ‘corrupt’ and ‘failed’ PML-N govt:
    LARKANA: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday used an event marking the 38th death anniversary of PPP founder and executed prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to lash out at the “corrupt” and “failed” incumbent government, saying that the country had not made any progress during the past two years when it came to countering terrorism. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-05/lahore/10783/77572)
  • PPP seeks early disposal of reference on ZAB’s murder trial:
  • GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH – The Central Executive Committee of Pakistan People’s Party which met yesterday in Naudero called for early decision on the presidential reference filed in the SC in 2011 to revisit the 1979 conviction of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, often called by the party a ‘judicial murder’. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-05/page-2/detail-4)
    Law & Order:
    27 shops looted in Karachi:
    KARACHI – Thieves stole valuables worth million of rupees from the traders of Shahabuddin Market here on Tuesday, leading to protest by the traders. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-05/page-3/detail-6)
  • Three policemen held for torturing suspect to death:
    MANSEHRA: The Police on Tuesday arrested two sub-inspectors and a constable after an investigation committee constituted by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Hazara Range, found them involved in severe torture of a suspect in Balakot, which had led to his death last month. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-05/lahore/10766/77648)
  • IHC issues notices to NAB in protective bail plea:
    ISLAMABD – The Islamabad High Court Tuesday issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a petition of Pakistan People’s Party leaders Ababa Alamgir and his wife Asma Arbab Alamgir seeking protective bail in a case of illegal assets registered against them (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-05/page-4/detail-5)

Economy:

  • PSX sheds 139 points amid profit-taking:
    KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) remained largely in green zone in the initial trading hours on Tuesday but came under pressure towards the penultimate hour, closing down 139 points at 48,088 levels. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-05/lahore/10775/77566)
  • Dollar closes flat in value versus rupee:
    KARACHI: The greenback closed flat in the interbank and dull in open market against rupee on insignificant demand, treasurers said (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-05/lahore/10775/77565)

Opinion/Editorial:

  • Not slipping up:
    We have become used to tabloid journalism in Pakistan where even a trivial issue can become a big deal and can lead to direct accusations on the Government. If an elderly man expires by stepping on a banana peel, it becomes a breaking story in our country and the distressed reporter, who is being constantly pushed for a breaking story, stands in the scorching sun and gives a live stunt reenactment on how the old man passed away – in most cases, blaming the Government for his death (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-05/page-6/detail-5)
  • Taliban and other pets:
  • Taliban and other pets
    When you keep snakes in your backyard, they are bound to bite. The snakes may be meant for the various pests in the neighbourhood, you may feed them well, even give them a nice pat or two when they gobble up the annoying rabbit next door, but a creature whose fundamental nature is to eat its own kind, offer them a whole buffalo and they will forget who raised and nurtured them. We’ve seen how experiments frequently go wrong, horribly wrong. In the classic movie ‘Jaws’, super sharks are created, only to go out of control. Dinosaurs are brought to life, only to destroy entire cities. Machines develop a will of their own and turn on their creators. Mindless soldiers are created, only to develop an unquenchable thirst for blood, anyone’s blood. Experiments can go horribly wrong, even in real life (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-05/page-6/detail-4)
  • South Asia’s water bomb:
    During recent weeks, there have been numerous commentaries and talk shows on the future of Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). Much time was spent upon in social, print and electronic media to discuss potential Indo-Pak water ‘conflicts’ and their fallout. While issues relating to sharing of the Indus and its tributaries are undoubtedly important, let our focus on IWT not undermine some of the equally important water problems facing South Asia. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-05/lahore/10768/77505)
  • Sports:
    NHL won’t participate in 2018 Olympic Games:
    NEW YORK-The National Hockey League announced Monday that it will not shut down its regular season to allow top players to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-05/page-16/detail-5)
  • Gujrat third team to sign MoU for 1st Super Kabaddi League:
    Lahore-Chaudhry Nasrullah Warraich-owned Gujrat emerged as the third team to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Strawberry Sports Management (SSM) for the 1stSuper Kabaddi League (SKL) to be held here on May 16 at the Punjab Stadium (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-05/page-16/detail-2)
  • National training camp for West Indies Test series commences:
    LAHORE: Pakistan’s two senior players Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan are part of a short national training camp that commenced at the Gaddafi Stadium here Wednesday. There are also 11 other players in the camp for the upcoming Test series against West Indies in West Indies. Younus, who has played 115 Tests, needs only 23 runs to become the first Pakistan player to have scored 10,000 runs in Test cricket. As he has to play three matches against the West Indies, it is most likely that he will achieve the landmark. On the other hand, Misbah, the most successful Test captain for Pakistan, is just 49 runs away from 5,000 runs in Test cricket. He is a veteran of 72 matches and may call it a day after the Caribbean tour. Azhar Ali, who lost his place in the ODI side and its captaincy, is also among the players. He has so far scored 4,707 runs in 57 Tests, averaging 47.07. Sami Aslam and Shan Masoood are the other two openers, besides Azhar, who are invited for the camp (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-05/lahore/10771/77525)
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