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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi has claimed that India could be involved in the murder of Aamir Tamba, one of the accused in the 2013 killing of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh.  Aamir Sarfaraz alia Tamba, one of the accused in the 2013 fatal attack on Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh in Kot Lakhpat jail, died during treatment after he was seriously injured when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on him on Sunday morning. The attack took place in Lahore’s Islampura area, leaving Tamba critically wounded. His death was confirmed by his family sources, while hospital sources…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : The venue of the 29th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP29) has been announced. COP29 will be held at the Baku Olympic Stadium this year. Note that Baku Olympic Stadium was constructed in 2015 to meet the international standards for stadiums set by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The largest stadium in Azerbaijan served as the main venue for the European Games 2015, three group games and a quarterfinal at…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Monday emphasising the improvement of power transmission network, directed the energy ministry to maximize the utilization of renewable energy resources to reduce the country’s oil import bill by billions of dollars. “Ultimately, we have to move to renewable energy. The oil import worth billions of dollars can be controlled by using alternative resources like solar, wind and hydel. Make cold calculations and I believe, you will be the winner in the long term,” he remarked addressing a meeting he chaired to review the power sector’s performance. The prime minister said utilising…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : In a move mirroring recent developments in Punjab, the federal government has announced a reduction in the prices of roti and naan in Islamabad. Following a notification issued by the capital’s district administration, the new price of roti has been set at Rs16, while the price of naan has been fixed at Rs20. This adjustment, applicable to both 120-gram roti and naan, comes as part of efforts to alleviate the financial burden on consumers. The notification, effective immediately, underscores the commitment of the federal government to address concerns regarding the affordability of essential food items. It highlights…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has challenged alleged rigging in three constituencies of Islamabad in the election tribunal. PTI-backed independent candidate Amir Mughal has challenged the poll results of Islamabad constituency NA-146, while NA-47 results were challenged by another PTI-backed candidate Shoaib Shaheen. PTI-backed independent candidate Ali Bukhari has challenged the poll results of Islamabad’s constituency NA-48 in the election tribunal. The three candidates have filed petitions stating that the February 8th poll results were rigged and forged. The petition requested to de-notify the victorious Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) MNAs  in the three constituencies of Islamabad.

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : A day after Iran carried out an unprecedented drone, missile attack on Israel, President Ibrahim Raisi is set to visit Pakistan on April 22, sources told  on Monday. As per sources, Islamabad and Tehran have agreed upon the matters pertaining to President Raisi’s visit who will be accompanied by a high-level delegation and will hold meetings with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, President Asif Ali Zardari and the military leadership. His visit comes after Tehran launched more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel since Saturday in retaliation to the Israeli airstrike on its Damascus consulate that killed several…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on Sunday revealed the expiry date for Umrah visas for foreign pilgrims as the country prepares to welcome Hajj pilgrims in the coming months. According to the Saudi Gazette, the ministry announced that the expiry date for Umrah visas has been pushed back Dhul Qadah 29 to Dhul Qadah 15 This means that foreign Umrah pilgrims must leave the country before Dhul Qadah 15. This move comes as part of the government’s attempt to ensure a smooth flow of pilgrims to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah from all over the…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : Pakistan will seek assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under two heads – extended fund facility (EFF) and additional climate financing – as Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb is in Washington to hold talks with the world’s top lender for a new bigger and longer programme, sources say. Islamabad is currently awaiting the release of $1.1 billion under the stand-by arrangement (SBA) which was inked during the last days of the PDM-led coalition government and remained effective from July 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024. A staff-level agreement was reached after an IMF team headed by Nathan Porter…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : As intermittent rain continues to blanket various parts of Pakistan, including Punjab, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Meteorological Department has predicted more rain today with authorities on high alert for potential flooding and landslides. The Meteorological Department has issued warnings of heavy rain and hail in some areas, with a risk of flooding in rivers and low-lying areas, as well as landslides in mountainous regions. In Balochistan, heavy rain and snowfall have been reported in several areas, including Khuzdar, Ziarat, Zhob, and Quetta, with Pasni recording the highest rainfall of 90mm. Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Punjab. Khyber…

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