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Grim Eid in Pakistan after oil tanker inferno
Bahawalpur: Pakistan began Eid Al Fitr in mourning on Monday as the death toll from an oil tanker explosion rose to 157, with scores more injured after they were caught in a fireball while scooping up spilt fuel. Dozens of grief-stricken relatives waited outside hospitals in Bahawalpur, the nearest major city to the disaster, to claim the bodies of their loved ones as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived to visit victims. Around
 
 
Government to conduct inquiry into Bahawalpur tragedy: Sharif
ISLAMABAD: Cutting his visit to London short, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday rushed back to Pakistan and landed at the Bahawalpur airport where a monumental tragedy struck because of inferno. He got a briefing at the Circuit House about the incident, which happened due to fire to the oil that came out of a tanker after it overturned near Ahmedpur Sharqia on Saturday. The tanker was going to Lahore from Karachi. Sharif
   
Islamabad, Beijing and Kabul agree to maintain peace
Islamabad: Pakistan, China and Afghanistan are committed to maintaining regional peace and stability, enhancing regional connectivity and economic cooperation and promoting shared security and development, a joint statement said. The joint press release by the three countries came after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s shuttle diplomacy in Afghanistan and Pakistan that concluded on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported. It
 
 
PR to introduce solar-powered signalling system
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Railways (PR) plans to introduce a modern solar-powered traffic signaling system, under which there would be an alarm system to alert train drivers of any activity on the track within a distance of 3.5 kilometres. Railways Minister Saad Rafique has informed the Senate Standing Committee on Railways that that the Punjab government has released Rs610 million to protect 75 unmanned railway crossings while
   
PPP former minister Babar Awan joins Imran party
ISLAMABAD: Former federal law minister of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Babar Awan has joined the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), severing his 21-year-old association with it. He will also quit as the member of the Pakistan Senate. However, his six-year tenure as senator expires in February next year. PTI Chairman Imran Khan visited Awan’s residence where the PPP leader announced switching sides. “The godfather has managed
 
 
Pakistani girl tops UK’s Durham Law School exam
ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani girl, hailing from the Namal Valley of Mianwali, has secured first position in Britain’s Durham Law School examination 2017, competed by over 200 students from across the globe. Maham Malik, a former student of the Froebel’s International Islamabad, once again brought laurels to her institution from where she had done her A Level in excellent marks while bagging first position in English all over
   
PM’s son-in-law records statement before probe body
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar on Saturday appeared before the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to record his statement in the probe against the first family. A large number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers were present outside the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA), where the JIT holds its session. Tight security arrangements were made on the occasion. Safdar waved to
 
 
Anger grows in Parachinar after 3 attacks in 6 months
Peshawar: Shiites in Pakistan’s restive northwest protested on Monday as the death toll from twin blasts three days earlier rose to 69, marking a grisly Eid for the town worst hit by militancy so far in 2017. Dozens of protesters offered their Eid prayers wearing black armbands in the market in Parachinar, where the bombs tore through crowds of shoppers on Friday, local officials said. “The death toll from Friday’s blasts has
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