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Fatima Surayya Bajia passes away at 85

KARACHI: Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passed away on Wednesday in Karachi after prolonged illness. Bajia was awarded Pride of Performance award by government of Pakistan in 1997 along with several other honours within the country and abroad including Japan’s highest civil award. Some of the serials she wrote for PTV were immensely popular back in PTV’s heyday, some of which includeAfshan, Uroosa, Zeenat and Shama. Born on September 1, 1930 in Indian city of Hyderabad, Bajia’s family migrated to Pakistan soon after independence. Her siblings include big names like playwrightRead More

Pakistan, Qatar sign $1 billion annual LNG supply deal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Qatar on Wednesday signed a long term liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement on Wednesday in Doha as a part of Prime Minister’s two day visit to the Middle Eastern country. The agreement was jointly signed by Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasiand and Chairman of Qatar Gas Board of Directors Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi at a ceremony in Diwan-e-Emiri in Doha, according to which the kingdom will provide a billion dollars’ worth of LNG to Pakistan annually. Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited willRead More

Pak to be provided complete security in India: BCCI

NEW DELHI: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur has assured all teams of the ‘highest’ security amid reports that Pakistan has proposed to play its World Twenty20 matches at a neutral venue. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan on Monday said a proposal was given to play their World Twenty20 matches on neutral venues next month in the event that the government does not allow the team to tour India. India host the ICC World Twenty20 from March 8 to April 3 but Pakistan’s participation isRead More

Shehzad out as Pakistan name World T20 squad

LAHORE: The World Twenty20 dream is over for Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Gul as Pakistan named its 15-man squad after a lengthy meeting which split the selection committee. Shehzad, who scored a match-winning 71 off 46 balls for Quetta Gladiators against Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) last week, could not impress the selectors enough to earn a spot in the national team. The uncapped left-arm fast bowler Rumman Raees and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz were rewarded for their impressive performances in the PSL. Khurram Manzoor, who last representedRead More

Firing near Rawalpindi school sparks panic, students evacuated

RAWALPINDI: Students at Viqar-Un-Nisa School and College for Girls were evacuated as fear and panic gripped the area following an incident of firing near the institute. Parents and students across the country have been edgy following the attack on Bacha Khan University earlier in January, which brought back memories of the tragic Army Public School attack. Shots were heard as police exchanged fire with car thieves, Regional Police Officer Fakhar Sultan said. However, the college principal told media, “We thought it was a drill. I found out people were panickingRead More

North Korea executes army chief of staff

SEOUL: North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader. The news comes amid heightened tension surrounding isolated North Korea after its Sunday launch of a long-range rocket, which came about a month after it drew international condemnation for conducting its fourth nuclear test. A source familiar with North Korean affairs also told media that Ri had been executed. TheRead More