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Rallies held to protest desecration of Holy Quran as nation observes ‘Quran Sanctity Day’

ISLAMABAD, JUL 7: Rallies were organised across the country on Friday to protest of the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden as the nation observed “Youm-i-Taqaddus-i-Quran” (Quran Sanctity Day). Last week, a man had desecrated the Holy Quran in Sweden’s capital Stockholm, resulting in strong condemnation from several Muslim states, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the European Union, Pope Francis and the Swedish government, among others. Earlier this week, a joint session of Parliament had passed a resolution urging Sweden to take “appropriate steps” against the perpetrators involvedRead More

Pakistan, Italy extend debt swap pact timeline

ISLAMABAD: Pakis­tan and Italy have reached an agreement to extend the timeline of the Pakistan-Italian Debt Swap Agreement (PIDSA) till December next year. To this effect, an ‘Exchange of Letters’ was signed by Italian Ambassador Andreas Ferrarese and Economic Affairs Division Secretary Dr Kazim Niaz here on Thursday. Procedures, modalities, terms, and conditions as defined in the agreement signed in November 2006 between the two countries remained the same, said a press release issued by the Economic Affairs Division. During the extension period, the remaining activities of PIDSA will beRead More

IMF team holds meeting with PTI leadership at Zaman Park residence in Lahore

Lahore, JUL 7: PTI leader Hammad Azhar said on Friday night that an International Monetary Fund (IMF) team had visited his party’s chief, Imran Khan, at his residence in Lahore today where the two sides discussed a recent staff-level pact agreed between Pakistan and the global lender for the disbursement of $3 billion under a standby arrangement. Azhar’s confirmation of the meeting between the PTI leadership and the IMF team came after the lender said earlier today that it was in the process of meeting major political parties in PakistanRead More

At least 81 passengers injured after two buses collide in New York

A double-decker bus crashed into a public bus carrying a large number of people Thursday night near Gramercy Park, Manhattan, New York City injuring around 81 people as they were transported to the hospital. According to the eyewitnesses, passengers were screaming as the bus passed through a red light and “T-boned” the bus. After the horrific accident, the buses were packed. According to fire department official Paul Hopper, none of the injured had life-threatening wounds. The coach was going so fast that it hit the bus twice, according to RichardRead More

Govt to conduct inquiry against NADRA authority board members

ISLAMABAD, JUL 07 (DNA) — The federal government has decided to conduct an inquiry against the members of the authority board of the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA). The inquiry will be conducted on the violation of Sections 26 and 26A of NADRA Ordinance 2000, informed sources have said. The approval of the interior ministry’s summary was taken through circulation from the federal cabinet. The prime minister has appointed Principal Secretary to Punjab Governor Nabeel Awan as the inquiry officer. The inquiry will be conducted against the NADRA authority boardRead More

President stresses for job placement of PWDs in public, private sectors

ISLAMABAD, JUL 07 (DNA) — President Dr Arif Alvi has stressed for job placement of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the public and private sectors to empower them financially. Chairing a meeting regarding the framework for the classification and severity of disability in Islamabad today, he said the suitability of PWDs for different jobs in the market should be determined as per international standards and they should be facilitated in finding jobs for their financial empowerment. Senior officials of the Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of National Health Services RegulationRead More