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Mosques full despite Pakistan’s Covid third wave – Times of India
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Mosques full despite Pakistan’s Covid third wave – Times of India

RAWALPINDI: Schools and restaurants have closed, shops pull down their shutters early every evening, and the military has been mobilised to combat the spread of coronavirus -- but night after night the faithful flock to mosques across Pakistan for prayers. Anxious over the virus's deadly rampage through neighbouring India, officials have steadily tightened restrictions and banned travel during the upcoming Eid holiday, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. But they have turned a blind eye to religious gatherings, fearing a crackdown could ignite widespread confrontation in the deeply conservative Islamic republic. "There is so much concern about backlash from religious groups," said Saeedullah Shah, a doctor with the Pakistan Islamic Medical Association Covid-19 task force. ...
Pakistan records highest-ever deaths due to Covid-19 – Times of India
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Pakistan records highest-ever deaths due to Covid-19 – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday reported more than 200 deaths due to the Covid-19, the highest number of fatalities in a single day, according to the official data. The death toll jumped to 17,530 after 201 fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of National Health Services. It said that 5,214 patients were in a critical condition. The data showed that 157 people died on April 23, which broke the record of 153 deaths reported on June 20 last year. However, a new record was created within a week, showing the ferocity of the pandemic. In the last 24 hours, at least 5,292 new cases were reported, taking the national tally to 810,231. The ministry reported that another 4,678 persons were reported as having recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the number o...
Pakistan deploys army in 16 cities to enforce Covid-19 precautions – Times of India
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Pakistan deploys army in 16 cities to enforce Covid-19 precautions – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani troops have been deployed in 16 major cities to assist civilian authorities in enforcing measures meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including the wearing of masks in public and the closing of non-essential businesses after 6pm. "Starting at 6am this morning, troops have been sent to aid the civilian administration in each district," military spokesperson Major General Babar Iftikhar said on Monday. The announcement came as the country recorded its highest daily death toll in recent days since the start of the pandemic, and officials said the health care system was nearing its breaking point. Iftikhar said 570 people were on ventilators in the country and 4,300 in critical condition. In some cities more than 90% of ventilators were occupied, and industrial...
Pakistan students troll Imran Khan on Twitter for holding exams despite Covid-19 surge – Times of India
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Pakistan students troll Imran Khan on Twitter for holding exams despite Covid-19 surge – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Students across Pakistan have taken to Twitter on Thursday to protest the decision by the Imran Khan-led government and the Cambridge International Examinations to hold exams despite a spiralling coronavirus situation in the country. The protesting students' posts led to #ImranKhanCancelEXAMS becoming one of the top 10 trends in Pakistan on Twitter, reported Geo News. According to Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood, all Cambridge exams will proceed as scheduled, and will not be making use of teacher assessed grades this year, which means that AS and A Level exam will begin on April 26 and O Level and IGCSE exams on May 10. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view result Matriculation and Intermediate board exams, on the other hand, have been def...
Pakistan PM Imran Khan extends support to India amid Covid-19 surge – Times of India
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Pakistan PM Imran Khan extends support to India amid Covid-19 surge – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed his solidarity with the people of India amid the "dangerous" second wave of Covid-19, adding that "we must fight this global challenge confronting humanity together". "I want to express our solidarity with people of India as they battle a dangerous wave of #COVID19. Our prayers for speedy recovery go to all those suffering from pandemic in our neighbourhood and world," the Pakistan PM said in a tweet. "We must fight this global challenge confronting humanity together," he added. Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also expressed support to the people of India and said the Covid-19 crisis is yet another reminder that humanitarian issues require responses beyond political consideration. "We express our support ...
PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif walks free from jail – Times of India
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PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif walks free from jail – Times of India

PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif (File photo)LAHORE: Pakistan's opposition leader in Parliament and PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif walked out of jail on Friday after spending about eight months behind bars in two corruption cases filed against him by the country's anti-graft body. Shahbaz, the younger brother of three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, was released from Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail on Friday afternoon, a day after a full bench of the Lahore high court granted bail to him against furnishing two bail bonds worth Rs 5 million each. Many supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had gathered outside the jail and showered the car of the 69-year-old former chief minister of Punjab province with rose petals and chanted slogans against Prime Minister Imran Khan. S...
Imran Khan Govt Decides Against Lockdown, Pakistan Army To Enforce Covid-19 SOPs
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Imran Khan Govt Decides Against Lockdown, Pakistan Army To Enforce Covid-19 SOPs

Expressing concern over the unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said the government will be compelled to impose a lockdown in the country if the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for curbing the spread of the infection are not followed by the people.The Prime Minister, who was briefing the media after chairing a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on Covid-19,  appealed to the nation to come together to curb the spread of the deadly virus while warning that Pakistan could face the situation as in India.READ: UAE Announces 10-Day Ban On Flights From India, Conditional Entry Of Indians From Other Countries“I appeal to the public to follow the SOPs religiously. The lockdown could be avoided if the people cooperate and take...
Pressured by Islamists, Pakistan parliament to vote on whether to expel French envoy – Times of India
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Pressured by Islamists, Pakistan parliament to vote on whether to expel French envoy – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's government will seek a vote in parliament on Tuesday on whether to expel the French ambassador after violent anti-France protests by Islamists demanding action over cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad, the interior minister said. Prime Minister Imran Khan warned his nation in a televised address late on Monday that Pakistan risked paying a price if it expelled the French envoy, as half the country's exports are sold to the European Union. Relations between Paris and Islamabad became more strained after President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute late last year to a French teacher who was beheaded by a man of Chechen origin for showing cartoons depicting the Prophet in a class on freedom of speech. Muslims consider such drawings of their Prophet to be blasphemous. The ex...
Anti-France protests: Radical Islamist group releases 11 police hostages in Pakistan – Times of India
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Anti-France protests: Radical Islamist group releases 11 police hostages in Pakistan – Times of India

LAHORE: Eleven Pakistani police officers seized by supporters of a radical Islamist group as part of their campaign to get the French ambassador expelled have been released, officials said Monday. The officers were grabbed as hostages Sunday by supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) during violent protests in Lahore. Video circulating on social media -- and confirmed unofficially by police as genuine -- showed some of them bloodied and bruised, with bandages around their heads. Interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the police officers had been released early Monday after "negotiations" with the TLP, which the government banned last week after effectively labelling it a terrorist organisation. The officers had been held at a TLP mosque stronghold in Lahore, which is now ...
Deadly clashes in Pakistan’s Lahore after Islamists take police hostage – Times of India
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Deadly clashes in Pakistan’s Lahore after Islamists take police hostage – Times of India

LAHORE: Police in Pakistan said a hardline Islamist group had taken seven security personnel hostage at its headquarters in Lahore on Sunday after a week of violent clashes following the arrest of the group's leader. "The TLP members are holding five police officers and two rangers hostage," Rana Arif, a police spokesman in Lahore told AFP, referring to the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan group. The TLP group had given the government an April 20 deadline to expel the French ambassador over the publication of cartoons in France depicting the Prophet Mohammad. The authorities responded by arresting its leader, prompting supporters to hold protests and sit-ins across Pakistan. At least four people were killed, hundreds injured, and thousands arrested. Pakistan banned the group after the violenc...
Pakistan suspends services of social media platforms following violent protest – Times of India
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Pakistan suspends services of social media platforms following violent protest – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday temporarily suspended the services of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp to stop their use to organise demonstrations following violent protests by a radical religious group that has now been banned by the government. The government banned Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) on Thursday following three days of violent protest by it to force the government to expel the French ambassador over a blasphemous caricature published in France last year. The TLP had launched the country-wide protest on Monday after the arrest of its chief Saad Hussain Rizvi. The TLP supporters clashed with the law enforcement agencies in several towns and cities earlier this week, leaving seven persons dead and over 300 policemen injured. To stop the protests aft...
Imran Khan, cabinet approve ban on Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan amid protests – Times of India
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Imran Khan, cabinet approve ban on Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan amid protests – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has blacklisted radical Islamist Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), whose supporters and workers have been carrying out violent protests across the country for three days after the arrest of their chief. Prime Minister Imran Khan and the federal cabinet approved a summary on Thursday from the interior ministry seeking a ban on the TLP under the anti-terrorism law, Geo News reported. Yesterday, Interior Minister of Pakistan, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, announced that the religiopolitical outfit would be banned under Rule 11(b) of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997. Rashid said the Punjab province government had recommended a ban on the organisation, for which a summary was sent to the federal cabinet. He said TLP leaders used to come to all rounds of talks with the government...
PCB launches its own Hall of Fame, six legends to be inducted initially | Cricket News – Times of India
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PCB launches its own Hall of Fame, six legends to be inducted initially | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board will be launching its own 'Hall of Fame' to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of their stalwarts from yesteryears. As part of the initial launch, six members from the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame -- Hanif Mohammad, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Zaheer Abbas -- will be inducted into the PCB 'Hall of Fame'. There will be three more inductions each year from 2021 with the inductees to be chosen by an independent panel and announced on October 16, the day when the country made its Test debut in 1952. Presenting you the six initial inductees of the PCB Hall of Fame 👏👏👏👏👏👏MORE: https://t.co/dSZN7EzNxy… https://t.co/Z44yRuSFYu— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 1618138841000According to PCB guidelines, cricketers who have retired...
PCB launches its own Hall of Fame, 6 legends to be inducted initially
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PCB launches its own Hall of Fame, 6 legends to be inducted initially

The Pakistan Cricket Board will be launching its own ‘Hall of Fame’ to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of their stalwarts from yesteryears. As part of the initial launch, six members from the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame — Hanif Mohammad, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Zaheer Abbas — will be inducted into the PCB ‘Hall of Fame’. There will be three more inductions each year from 2021 with the inductees to be chosen by an independent panel and announced on October 16, the day when the country made its Test debut in 1952. According to PCB guidelines, cricketers who have retired from international cricket for at least five years will be eligible for induction into the PCB Hall of Fame. “Since earning the Test status, Pakistan has produced world...
Protest erupts in Pakistan demanding Imran Khan to apologise over rape statement – Times of India
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Protest erupts in Pakistan demanding Imran Khan to apologise over rape statement – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: A protest erupted here against Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, demanding a public apology from him for his statement blaming "vulgarity" in society for rape and sexual violence. The demonstration was organised on Thursday by Rights activist and civil society representatives outside the National Press Club here, Pakistan's News International reported. The protestors criticised Khan for what they called "victim-blaming" and called for an apology for the comment he made during a question and answer session with the public when he was asked for suggesting a solution to rising child abuse cases in the country. The protestors were holding placards and banners inscribed with their demand for an apology and said that such statements would encourage rapists. "It can be considered ...
‘Let’s do better parenting please’: Ashwin on Imran Khan’s controversial remark | Off the field News – Times of India
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‘Let’s do better parenting please’: Ashwin on Imran Khan’s controversial remark | Off the field News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan blaming "fahashi" (vulgarity) for the rise in rape and sexual violence has not gone down well with India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. "Let's do better parenting please. "Today will determine our tomorrow's"," Ashwin tweeted while replying to a media report on the Pakistan PM's remarks. Let’s do better parenting please🙏🙏.“Today will determine our tomorrow’s”. https://t.co/MnDtUVvCLd— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) 1617970028000The cricketer-turned-politician made the remark during a question and answer session with the public on Sunday when a caller asked what the government was doing about rise in sexual violence in the country, particularly against children. Khan said it was important for societies to protect themselves against "fahashi" (vulgar...
Covid-19: Sachin Tendulkar returns home after hospitalisation | Cricket News – Times of India
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Covid-19: Sachin Tendulkar returns home after hospitalisation | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: In what will provide big relief to his millions of fans around the world, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar announced on Thursday that he has returned home after being hospitalised as a "precautionary measure" for almost a week due to Covid-19. "I have just come home from hospital and will continue to recuperate here in isolation. Thank you for all the good wishes and prayers. Really appreciate it. I remain ever grateful to all the medical staff who took such good care of me and have been working tirelessly for over a year in such difficult circumstances," Tendulkar tweeted on Thursday. https://t.co/h3gLviUblI— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1617884991000Last Friday, the cricket icon had tweeted: "Thank you for your wishes and prayers. As a matter of abundant precaution under ...
Imran Khan Criticised For Linking Women’s Attire & Rape; Ex-Wife Hits Back Saying ‘Onus Is On Men’
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Imran Khan Criticised For Linking Women’s Attire & Rape; Ex-Wife Hits Back Saying ‘Onus Is On Men’

Islamabad: Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan is mired in a fresh controversy. This time, concerns have been raised against his comments on rape and especially what he shared to be the cause behind its increasing cases. Now his ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith has also criticised him over his opinion.Pakistani Prime Minister linked fahashi (vulgarity) in women's attire as the cause leading to increased cases of sexual violence against women, including rape.ALSO READ | Man Asks Protester For Instagram Handle During ‘Stop Asian Hate’ March Without Realising It’s RihannaWhen asked about what his government plans to do for curbing the increasing sexual violence, he said: "The whole concept of pardah or covering up or modesty, in Islam, is to keep the temptation in check. There are many such peopl...
Blaming women for rise in rape, calling Bin Laden martyr: A look back at Imran Khan’s most controversial comments
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Blaming women for rise in rape, calling Bin Laden martyr: A look back at Imran Khan’s most controversial comments

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan courted controversy after he blamed how women dress for a rise in rape cases. In an interview this weekend, Khan alleged that the increase in rapes and sexual violence was the result of a rise in “vulgarity”, which he described as a Western import. “The incidents of rape of women… (have) actually very rapidly increased in society,” he said. To prevent temptation, he advised women to cover up. His comments sparked a storm on social media, with hundreds signing an online petition calling his statements, “factually incorrect, insensitive and dangerous”, AFP reported. Khan also said that similar things are happening in India after the film industry started taking inspiration from Hollywood. “Delhi has now become a rape capital,” he added. His ...
‘Onus is on men’: Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s ex-wife Jemima, others hit back after rape comment
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‘Onus is on men’: Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s ex-wife Jemima, others hit back after rape comment

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been on the receiving end over his controversial comments that sexual violence was a product of ‘obscenity’, which he described as a Western import. Khan blamed “fahashi” (vulgarity) for the rise of rape and sexual violence in the country. Khan also spoke of religion and the concept of ‘purdah’ in Islam. It is to remove “temptation” from society because “not everyone has willpower”, he had said. His comments drew sharp reactions from rights campaigners as well as British filmmaker Jemima Goldsmith, who was married to Khan from 1995 to 2004. “Say to the believing men that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts: Quran 24:31. The onus is on men,” she wrote on Twitter. Goldsmith added, “I’m hoping this is a misquote/mistran...