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No cracks within PML-N: Maryam:
LAHORE: Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz on Saturday denied reports of differences within the Sharif family, insisting such rumors of infighting were “overblown”.(

Elections 2018: Anti-PPP rural Sindh alliance on the cards:
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party’s political opponents in rural Sindh have decided to formally register an alliance with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to contest 2018 general elections from a united platform. (

2018 elections to be held on time: Ahsan:
LAHORE – Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal yesterday strongly refuted all speculations that the 2018 general elections would not be held on time.(

Law & Order:
Nawaz files appeal against SC registrar’s objection:
ISLAMABAD – Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday filed an application for hearing his appeal against the Supreme Court registrar office over the rejection of his petition seeking to club all three references against him in the accountability court.(


PSX ends week on a low after selling by foreigners,mutual funds:
KARACHI: The KSE-100 Index declined by 982 points week-on-week (WoW) or 2.3 percent to 41,105 points, owing to foreign selling, political uncertainty and lack of excitement emanating from quarterly financial announcements. (


Second helpings:
My hereditary genes, which can be traced back to Central Asian warrior horsemen, have long manifested themselves in the paternal side of my family. We have over decades, developed a reputation of being footloose, with a preference for the outdoors rather than a solid roof over our heads. In many cases the urge is subtle enough to go unnoticed, but in others like myself and my elder female sibling, it is acute (almost compulsive) enough to be looked upon as a minor nuisance. My sister, who is five years my senior is now restricted by health issues to confine her ramblings lesser afield, but notwithstanding my senior citizen status and reduced stamina, I have continued my forays into the wilds (albeit with a little less recklessness). The pair of us have now come to the conclusion that our restlessness is triggered, amongst other things, by billowing thunderheads, frosty evenings, aroma of wild flowers or the sight of pine clad mountains – perhaps ancient racial memories in our subconscious minds. (

Servants not masters:
Securing the subordination of military forces to civilian authority remains a distant dream in Pakistan. Democracy, as a viable alternative to military and quasi-military rule is yet to sink in. The military monopolises power in a wobbly political structure. It operates more like a state within a state. Its institutional definition of national security and political and financial imperatives prevail. A domineering military leadership, hectoring insecure politicians, is par for the course. The skewed civil-military imbalance has stunted political development and undermined democracy in the country. (


Venus rallies past Garcia to set up Wozniacki final:
SINGAPORE: Venus Williams rallied from the disappointment of losing a tight first set to blast her way past Caroline Garcia 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3 and set up a WTA Finals title showdown against Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday. The evergreen American has enjoyed a brilliant campaign, reaching two grand slam finals in 2017, and the 37-year-old American was able to call on all her experience to find a way to stifle her upset-minded opponent in an engrossing encounter. In the first semi-final, Denmark’s Wozniacki stood her ground in the face of some incredible early pressure before pinning down Karolina Pliskova with a 7-6(9) 6-3 victory that ensured Simona Halep will end the year as world number one. Williams and Garcia took the court in a battle between two players possessing huge forehands and a tendency to attack their opponent’s second serve, the contest starting out as slow burner that lacked fluency after they traded early breaks.(

Wazir, Raza shine in Governor’s Cup Golf:
LAHORE – Wazir Ali and Raza Khan of Lahore Gymkhana emerged as front runners at the end of the second round by upstaging three out of four overnight leaders in this 54-hole, three-day 34th Millat Tractors Governor’s Cup Golf Championship which is in progress at the Lahore Gymkhana golf course.(

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