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Threat of Omani airspace ban looms over PIA

As the Pakistan aviation regulator and the national flag carrier grapple with the credibility crisis that hit the institutions last month, a threat of a ban on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights in the airspace of Oman looms large as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) assured them that credentials of all pilots had been scrutinised to ensure flight safety

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'Extra-judicial killings continue in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir'

Less than two weeks ago, UN experts said that they were "appalled by the enforced disappearance" of activist Idris Khattak, a leading human rights defender from Pakistan who went missing last year

Seven Punjab cities, including Lahore, undergo 15-day smart lockdown

Seven cities of Punjab will undergo a 15-day smart lockdown that will commence from today (Friday) and last till July 15

US revokes permission for PIA to operate special direct flights

The United States transport authority has revoked the permission granted to the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate a number of special direct flights to the US, a spokesperson for the airline said on Thursday, as the fallout from the revelation of Pakistani pilots' alleged dubious licenses continues

Major locust swarms may reach Pakistan later this month

Officials on Thursday warned that the next few weeks could be crucial in the fight against desert locust infestation with major swarms expected to be reaching Pakistan later this month from the Horn of Africa

Human rights minister introduces domestic violence bill in National Assembly

The bill for Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2020 has been introduced in the National Assembly with the aim to 'establish an effective system of protection, relief and rehabilitation of women, children, elders and any vulnerable persons against domestic violence'

PM Imran Khan clean-bowled by Muslim clerics over Hindu temple

Pakistan manages to nip secularism in the bud even before that endearing modern thought raises its head. The Islamic republic has done this successfully and escaped unscathed for decades as it swayed between sometimes-democratic and mostly-military governance

Pakistan court issues notices to US embassy over COVID-19 damages suit

A civil court Lahore has issued notices to the US Embassy in Pakistan and others on a $20 billion damages suit filed by a citizen over the spread of COVID-19, a lawyer said on Thursday

PIA to resume regular UAE flights from Thursday

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will resume regular flight operations to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Thursday, but the passengers are required to get their COVID-19 tests carried out 48 hours prior to the travel date

Fake pilot licenses scandal triggers grounding of Pakistani pilots

Pakistani airlines continue to suffer global embarrassment after the revelation by the country's Aviation Minister, admitting that at least 262 pilots were holding fake or dubious licenses, following which a probe was initiated against the Pakistani employees, grounding pilots, engineers and putting a halt on flights coming from the country

'If we are careless on Eidul Azha, Pakistan could see another spike in COVID-19 infections,' warns PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday appealed to the nation to mark the upcoming Eidul Azha with simplicity and take precautionary measures so that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country do not rise again

FM Qureshi dispels rumours about his health after 'hacking' of Wikipedia page

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, on Thursday dispelled rumours about his health after his Wikipedia profile was edited, saying "there was no truth to them" and that he was "doing well"

'Minorities are equal citizens of Pakistan'

Pakistan's Minister of Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri on Wednesday, commenting on the construction of a Hindu temple in the capital, said that there was "no question" about its construction and the real issue was whether or not it could be built using public funds

30 Pakistani cities under smart lockdown

The Pakistan government has imposed a smart lockdown in 30 cities across the country in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Prime Minister's Office

PM Imran Khan urges world community to protect the vulnerable from impact of COVID-19

Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the international community on Wednesday to formulate a combined strategy to protect the most vulnerable segments of the society, especially labourers from the impacts of COVID-19

All educational institutions in Pakistan to reopen in first week of September

The provincial education ministers on Wednesday agreed to reopen all educational intuitions across the country in the first week of September

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CHRI urges court-monitored investigation of encounter killings in Uttar Pradesh, ‘investigate each officer under suspicion’

New Delhi, July 13, 2020 – The India Executive Board of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) today called on the Allahabad High Court to institute and monitor an investigation into the…

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The lost temples of Karachi

"You are free to go to your temples… in this State of Pakistan," said Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on the eve of Independence