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No budging on water issue: Minister
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif, who also holds the portfolio of defence, said on Tuesday that Pakistan would not accept any external pressure on the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) reached with India in 1960 for distribution of water between the two countries. “Each and every clause of the IWT should be followed by both signatories in its letter and spirit,” he told reporters after
 
 
Right-wing cries ‘blasphemy’ to muzzle progressives
ISLAMABAD: A virulent social media campaign to paint five disappeared Pakistani activists as blasphemers deserving execution has spotlighted how right-wing efforts to muzzle liberal voices using the country’s draconian laws have found a powerful new platform online. The five men had stood against religious intolerance and at times criticised Pakistan’s military, with several of them running progressive Facebook pages. They
   
PM’s daughter submits reply in Panama case
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz said in her reply filed in the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday that she is not dependent on her father since her marriage in 1992. Her counsel, Shahid Hamid, presented details of assets and taxes paid by her on agriculture and non-agriculture income. Maryam maintained that she was not her father’s dependent after her marriage in 1992 to Captain (retd) Safdar, and that
 
 
3.6 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Karachi
ISLAMABAD: Earthquake tremors were felt by residents of Gulshan-i-Iqbal and Gulistan-i-Jauhar areas of Karachi on Tuesday. Pakistan Meteorological Department official Najeeb Amir said that a 3.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Gulshan-i-Iqbal area at a depth of 12 kilometres and its epicentre was Karachi. The tremors were felt with most intensity in areas surrounding the University of Karachi campus, said the official. The quake
   
Akram withdraws case against car shooting suspect
ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram on Tuesday withdrew the case he had filed two years ago regarding firing on his car in Karachi. He told a Karachi court that the case was filed due to a misunderstanding between parties and he did not wish to pursue the matter legally anymore. “Both parties have reached an amicable agreement and I don’t want to pursue the matter in court.” The court approved the request to
 
 
Sindh’s 30% population without identity cards: Nadra
KARACHI: More than 30 per cent of the above-18 population of Sindh province does not have computerised national identity cards (CNICs), which can delay the census scheduled for March 15, the Sindh cabinet was informed on Tuesday. The National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) has only issued CNICs to 22.4 million people in the province so far, Nadra representative Sohail Ahmed told the cabinet members during a meeting
   
Punjab government to set up 151 digital libraries
LAHORE: To promote reading and learning among masses, the Punjab province government has decided to establish 151 digital, smart libraries across the province at an estimated cost of Rs940 million ($8.952 million). The project was included in the Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2016-17 and was likely to be approved in the next meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) scheduled for Tuesday. Punjab Higher
 
 
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