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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016


Alternative routes announced ahead of Zardari’s airport reception


KARACHI, DEC 22, (DNA) – Karachi Traffic Police on Thursday announced an alternate traffic plan to avoid snarl-ups due to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) rally to welcome party’s co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on his return to the country. The former president is expected to land in Karachi at 1 PM and will address the rally at the Old Terminal of Jinnah International Airport. Party leaders and workers are expected to attend the rally in large numbers. A statement from Karachi Traffic Police states that no roads will be closed for his arrivalRead More

Pakistan Railways launches special train on Christmas


ISLAMABAD, DEC 22, (DNA) – Pakistan Railways on Thursday launched a special purpose train from Islamabad on the occasion of Christmas. The train is adorned with Christmas lights and mock snowmen, and with carriages that have portraits and tributes to notable Christian Pakistanis, the government says it hopes to change mindsets in Pakistan. It set off on Thursday afternoon from Islamabad to Peshawar, and will travel to Lahore on Christmas day before leaving for Karachi on January 1. Minister for Railways Saad Rafique, addressing the inauguration, said that the train wouldRead More

Muslim woman set to become Romania’s prime minister


BUCHAREST, DEC 22, (DNA) – Romania’s Social Democrat Party (PSD) proposed a leftist woman from the country’s tiny Muslim minority as prime minister on Wednesday, a close associate of PSD power broker Liviu Dragnea who was ruled out of the job after being convicted in a 2012 referendum rigging case. Sevil Shhaideh, 52 who must be approved by President Klaus Iohannis and then get a parliamentary vote of confidence, has served under a previous leftist-led government as regional development minister. The PSD won the Dec. 11 general election and, with itsRead More

Glad that Zardari is returning to Pakistan: PM

Glad that Zardari is returning to Pakistan: PM

BOSNIA, DEC 22, (DNA) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he was glad that Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman and former President Asif Ali Zardari was returning to the country. He was speaking to journalists on Thursday during his visit to Bosnia. “I am actually very happy that Zardari is returning to Pakistan,” he said, adding the former president will keep “his party’s” control in his hands. Zardari will land in Karachi on December 23 (tomorrow) via a special flight, PPP said. When a journalist asked the prime minster how did theRead More

Punjab elects mayor, deputy mayor, councils’ heads today


LAHORE, DEC 22, (DNA) – Polling is underway for election of chairmen, vice chairmen, mayors and deputy mayors in Punjab in the final phase of local government elections. The province will elect chairmen of 35 district councils, besides 67 vice-chairmen. Two of these have been elected unopposed, and 83 candidates are in the run. Similarly, 11 positions of mayor and 23 of deputy mayor will have the polling. Rangers’ personnel have been deployed on all sensitive polling stations. Election Commission of Pakistan says the election will also not be held atRead More

No Taliban presence in Iran: spokesman

TEHRAN (DNA) -Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi has announced that the reports on presence of Taliban elements in Iran are groundless. The official made the remarks in response to the news published by some Afghan media on the presence of a number of Taliban leaders in Iran. FM Spokesperson Ghasemi clarified that the claims on arrival of Taliban members in Iran are completely baseless adding “Tehran’s relations with Kabul have been founded on friendly and brotherly grounds as the two governments seek common interests and security.”