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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : Pakistan has successfully wrapped up its post-Hajj operations for 2024, according to the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA). Out of the country’s quota of 179,210 pilgrims, approximately 160,000 completed their Hajj pilgrimage this year, utilizing both government arrangements and private tour operators. The pilgrimage took place from June 14-19, during which millions of devotees from around the world gathered in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Mirza Ali Mehsood, senior joint secretary at MoRA, extended his heartfelt congratulations to the returning pilgrims for safely completing their Hajj rituals. He also expressed gratitude to the MoRA staff, Hajj assistants, and the…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : In a recent critique of the Supreme Court’s controversial decision on reserved seats, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif underscored that the judiciary’s role is confined to interpreting the law, not making it. Asif expressed his concern that court decisions should remain non-political and strictly adhere to the Constitution and existing laws. His comments were directed at the Supreme Court’s ruling on the reserved seats issue involving the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC). Asif voiced strong disapproval of the Supreme Court’s July 12 decision, which favored PTI, allowing it to claim reserved seats for women…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : Veteran PTI leader Asad Qaiser has made a dramatic claim, alleging that party lawmakers are being offered large sums of money and faced with pressure to switch their loyalties. According to Qaiser, the current government is using various tactics to retain power, including attempting to buy off PTI members. The accusation follows PTI Chairman Gohar Khan’s assertion that the government has been coercing PTI MPs since the Supreme Court’s ruling on July 12, which determined that PTI was entitled to reserved seats for women and minorities. This decision, which allows PTI to rejoin parliament after being ousted…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : Atif Ikram Sheikh, President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), has called for an urgent review of agreements with Independent Power Producers (IPPs), warning that without a reduction in electricity prices, industries in the country could face shutdowns. Sheikh highlighted that the government should disclose the terms of these agreements, which he claims are contributing to high electricity costs in Pakistan. He pointed out that the country is paying Rs. 150 billion monthly to IPPs that are generating less electricity than expected. Sheikh noted the troubling rise in circular debt within the…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : In the current fiscal year 2024-25, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is set to receive Rs. 89.8 billion in revenue from its oil and gas sectors, a significant increase from Rs. 42.8 billion in the previous year. This funding will come from various sources including Royalty on Oil and Gas, Gas Development Surcharge, Excise Duty on Natural Gas, and Windfall Levy. Specifically, KP will earn about Rs. 26.2 billion from royalties on crude oil and natural gas, compared to Rs. 25.1 billion last year. Additionally, the province will receive Rs. 11.4 billion from natural gas royalties, Rs. 2.7 billion from…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : In a recent briefing with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, it was revealed that over 70 local businesses are eager to partner with Chinese firms relocating their industrial operations to Pakistan. This development follows Sharif’s visit to China last month, where he engaged with investors and sought to strengthen cooperation under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). During the meeting, a comprehensive plan was shared for moving various Chinese industries, including textiles and medical equipment, to Pakistan. The aim is to enhance the country’s industrial capabilities and deepen the economic bonds between the two nations. Additionally, a new initiative…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : In celebration of the 97th anniversary of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Pakistan has unveiled a heartfelt anthem that underscores the profound and enduring bond between the two nations. The song’s lyrics beautifully convey the depth of this friendship, portraying it as stronger than the Himalayas, sweeter than honey, and deeper than the sea. The anthem poetically captures the essence of the Pakistan-China relationship, with lines such as, “Oh Himalayas, your peaks seem insignificant compared to our bond, and your depths appear shallow next to the strength of our friendship.” This musical tribute highlights a timeless journey…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : A Milan court has ordered journalist Giulia Cortese to pay Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni €5,000 (approximately $5,400) in damages for mocking her height in a social media post. The court classified the incident, which took place in October 2021, as “body shaming.” In addition to the damages, Cortese received a suspended fine of €1,200 ($1,300) for her comment on Twitter, now called X. Reacting to the verdict on X, Cortese wrote, “Italy’s government has a serious problem with freedom of expression and journalistic dissent.” The legal battle between Meloni and Cortese began three years ago when…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : Karachi is bracing for a hot and humid day as the Met Office forecasts the return of the sea breeze. Currently, the sea breeze is absent, leaving the “feels like” temperature at a sweltering 43°C due to high humidity levels of 81%. Today’s temperatures are expected to range between 36°C and 38°C. However, there is a chance of light rain this evening or tonight, with the sea breeze anticipated to pick up, possibly reaching speeds of 20 to 30 kilometers per hour. several areas of Karachi experienced varying levels of rainfall. Scheme-33, Safoora Chowrangi, Korangi, Landhi, Shah…

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ISLAMABAD (PEN) : In a heartbreaking incident, a man in Allah Dad Chand Goth, Hyderabad, died after a five-day electricity outage caused by a malfunctioning transformer. The power cut has left the community struggling, especially during a severe heatwave. Residents, grappling with the extreme conditions, have been unable to access water to properly bathe the deceased, forcing them to buy water for the ritual washing. Despite having paid their electricity bills in full, they have been left without power. The locals allege that HESCO (Hyderabad Electric Supply Company) has demanded 60,000 rupees for repairing the transformer. Even after the amount…

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