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General/Politics:

  • Three PML-N lawmakers officially resign from PA:
    LAHORE: As many as three Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) members of provincial assembly (MPA) have officially resigned and sent their resignations to the assembly secretariat after the provincial government failed to meet their core demand of removing Law Minister Rana Sanaullah from his post over his controversial remarks about Ahmadis. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/158350/three-pml-n-lawmakers-officially-resign-pa/)
  • Circular debt: Govt being grilled for payment to power sector:
    ISLAMABAD: The government continued to face tough questions on payment of Rs480 billion to the power sector to clear circular debt even after four years; however, it succeeded to persuade a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance to postpone its decision for two weeks regarding referring the matter to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).  (http://epaper.brecorder.com/2017/12/13/3-page/687335-news.html)
  • Pakistan sees Palestine at par with Kashmir issue: COAS:
    ISLAMABAD – Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday reassured the ambassador of Palestine that Pakistan views the unresolved Palestine issue at par with the Kashmir issue. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-12-13/page-3/detail-8)

Law & Order:

  • SC tells NAB to convince it on reopening of Hudaibiya case:
    ISLAMABAD: The Supreme on Tuesday directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to furnish details of incriminating evidences that could establish that the accused had committed an offence in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills money laundering scam involving Rs 1.2 billion. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/158373/sc-tells-nab-convince-reopening-hudaibiya-case/)

Economy:

  • PSX index closes marginally up after volatile session:
    KARACHI – The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) extended declines with benchmark KSE 100-index breaking its previous low to make an intra-day low of 745 points to go down to 37,737 points. A recovery was witnessed in the latter hour as the index made an intra-day high of 139 points and closed at 38,525 points after gaining only 43 points. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-12-13/page-8/detail-5)

Opinion/Editorial:

  • Preventing Crises:
    The issue of FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) reforms is one of gravity and vulnerability; the people of FATA have been through their share of hardship, especially under the draconian British-established Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR), and the matter of reforms to the law is one of utmost importance and emotion, with which the government must proceed with caution. In this case, delaying the introduction of the reforms bill, as the government failed to do in the Assembly session on Monday, does not help. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-12-13/page-6/detail-0)
  • A different and dangerous enemy:
    2/Lt Moid, 21, became the 6,257th personnel of the armed forces to have laid down his life defending his motherland. While all acknowledge the meritorious sacrifices of our LEAs, many are critical over the frequent occurrence of attacks. They question the claims of successes made by the military. While one must concede that there are grave loopholes in the country’s counterterrorism drive, it is equally important to understand this war and the enemy in their truest sense. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/157998/different-dangerous-enemy/)

Sports:

  • Third $15,000 Benazir Bhutto Int’l Tennis from 17th:
    ISLAMABAD – The third $15,000 Benazir Bhutto International Tennis Championship 2017 will roll into action from December 17 here at Islamabad Tennis Complex, with more than 24 international players along with 200 Pakistani players will be seen in action in it. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-12-13/page-16/detail-4)
  • New Zealand wrap up Windies series with 240-run win:
    WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s bowlers steadily chipped away at the West Indies lineup to record a ruthless 240-run victory shortly before tea on the fourth day of the second Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Tuesday to wrap up a 2-0 series sweep. Mitchell Santner took wickets on successive balls to end the tourists’ second innings on 203 for nine as they tried in vain to chase the 444 runs needed to secure an unlikely drawn series after New Zealand dominated the first Test in Wellington. The hosts did not need to take all 10 wickets after Sunil Ambris retired hurt when a short Neil Wagner delivery broke his arm, as the visitors resumed on 30-2 and were never really able to establish a solid partnership throughout the day. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/158503/new-zealand-wrap-windies-series-240-run-win/)
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