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Day: November 26, 2022

Rana gets exemption from drug case hearing

LAHORE: A special court for narcotics control on Saturday granted exemption of one day to Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah from drug case hearing. The Court for Control of Narcotics Substances exempted Rana Sanaullah from attending the court hearing of a drug case filed against him and others. The interior minister in his plea said that he was busy with regard to the law and order situation after long march in Rawalpindi today. The special court adjourned further hearing of the case until December 03. Rana Sanaullah was arrested on July 1, 2019, by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) from the Islamabad-Lahore motorway near the Sukheki point. The ANF had claimed that 15 kilograms of drugs were recovered from his car. He was later released on bail in December of the same year.

Northern and Sindh team to compete for Quaid-e-Azam Trophy

LAHORE: Pakistan’s premier first-class tournament Quaid-e-Azam Trophy is set to have a new champion as last season’s finalists Northern take on Sindh in the five-day final at the headquarters of Pakistan cricket, Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium from Saturday. Northern have been the finalist twice since the revamp of the domestic system in 2019-20. They would be hoping to make it a case of third time lucky after losing out on the title both in 2019-20 and 2021-22 seasons. Sindh are appearing in their first final under the revamped system. The final will be streamed live on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s YouTube channel and broadcast live on PTV Sports. The toss will take place at 0900, while the first ball will be bowled at 0930. This is also the first final to be staged at the GSL since under th...

PR reduces cargo trains fair

Metropolitan Cities
LAHORE: Pakistan Railways has slashed the fares of several cargo trains, it emerged Saturday. The decision to slash cargo train fares was taken in a meeting chaired by Federal Railways Minister Saad Rafique in Lahore. According to PR spokesperson, the fares for all container stock between Lahore and port areas have been slashed on the directions of Saad Rafique. Earlier in October, the authorities increased the fares of all classes of trains due to inflation. According to the notification, the fare of AC sleeper class of Khyber Mail running between Karachi and Peshawar via Lahore had been increased to Rs11,000. The AC business class fare had been increased to Rs8,000 and the AC standard class fare has been increased to Rs7,000. The fare of the economy class was increased to Rs3,000.

AIOU defers exams in Islamabad, Rawalpindi

Metropolitan Cities
RAWALPINDI: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has postponed today’s examinations to be held in Islamabad and Rawalpindi owing to the PTI’s long march. An AIOU spokesman said on Saturday that except Islamabad and Rawalpindi examinations will be held as per schedule in all other cities and tehsils. The examinations for spring semester which were put off were under AD, ADC, Bed, BBA and BS (ODL) programs. The postponement also included exams under MA, Med, MSc and MBA programs, the spokesman added. The deferred examinations will now take place on December 14, the AIOU spokesman said.

PM invites Turkish investors to invest in divers sectors

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said there is infinite potential of enhancing trade and investment relations between Pakistan and Turkiye. Addressing a meeting of Pakistan-Turkiye Business Council in Istanbul on Saturday, he said both the countries are like a family and our hearts beat together. He however said these historical fraternal relations are not properly reflected through the bilateral trade and investment relations. He said we need to put our act together and simplify business regulations to realize the potential of cooperation. He said his government will do everything possible to address the issues faced by the Turkish businessmen in Pakistan. Shehbaz Sharif said both the countries have signed an agreement to enhance trade volume to five billion dollars in t...

CTD arrests nine alleged terrorists in Punjab

Metropolitan Cities
LAHORE: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Punjab on Saturday claimed to have arrested nine alleged terrorists in multiple intelligence based operations (IBO) across the province. The CTD also recovered two IEDs, a large quantity of explosives, 13 detonators, protective fuse, weapons, bullets and cash from the detainees during seven-week long IBOs. The arrested suspects have been identified as Azam Khan, Mansoor, Farooq, Shami Pervez, Muhammad Siddique, Abul Manan, Ismail, Abdur Razzaque from Lahore, and Muhammad Bilal. According to a CTD spokesman, the arrested suspects wanted to target important personalities, government buildings and sensitive installations.