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Day: January 4, 2023

Two die of Covid in Pakistan; 22 more cases detected

Karachi: Pakistan on Tuesday reported two Covid deaths and 22 new pandemic cases during the last 24 hours. According to the statistics issued by NIH, a total of 5,126 Covid-19 diagnostic tests were conducted, of which 22 samples came back positive. The number of confirmed positive cases has surged to 1,575,855 while the nationwide tally of fatalities stands at 30,638. The COVID positivity ratio was recorded at 0.43 per cent. It may be noted that Sindh Health Department Tuesday confirmed the presence of XBB and XBB-1 sub-variants of the Omicron variant in Karachi. Karachi has detected six cases of the new Covid-19 variant, XBB and XBB-1, the health department said in a statement. However, they confirmed that the South Asian country was still safe from the highly infectious variant - B...

Sindh CM seeks acquittal in Nooriabad reference

Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah appeared in Accountability Court of Islamabad on Wednesday in connection with Nooriabad Power Plant embezzlement reference and filed an plea seeking acquittal under the NAB (Amendment) Ordinance. Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir issued a notice to the NAB and adjourned the hearing till 12th January. The co-accused in Nooriabad Power Project Reference have also filed petition in the court seeking acquittal. The petition prayed that the case did not fall under the jurisdiction of NAB after the new NAB law. Hence, the case against them should be dismissed. The court adjourned the hearing till January 12 while issuing a notice to the NAB asking for reply.

Couple suffocates to death in Wazirabad; two killed in accident

Wazirabad: A couple was asphyxiated while sleeping without turning off the geyser in Muhammad Nagar area of Wazirabad on Wednesday. The police and rescue officials reached the spot and investigated the matter. It was learnt that the couple, Muhammad Azam and Fehmida, fell asleep without tuning off the geyser and they died due to suffocation caused by gas leakage. Meanwhile, two people died and three were injured as a trailer, mini-Mazda and a bus collided with each other on the National Highway in Okara due to poor visibility caused by thick layer of fog on Wednesday morning. Three ambulances and rescue vehicles of Rescue 1122 immediately reached the accident site after receiving information. According to rescue officials, the collision left two people dead on the spot while three pe...

Pakistan strongly condemns Israeli Minister’s visit to Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque

Islamabad: Pakistan has strongly condemned the insensitive and provocative visit of Israeli Minister of National Security to the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The Foreign Office in a statement on Wednesday said that the Al-Aqsa is a holy site revered by Muslims around the world. Violation of its sanctity offends the religious sensitivities of Muslims and inflames an already tense situation in the occupied Palestinian territories. It said Israel must cease its illegal actions and respect the sanctity of Muslim religious sites in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Foreign Office reiterated Pakistan's strong support for the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people. It said Pakistan renews its call for a viable, independent and contiguous Palestinian State, with pre-1967 borders...

ANF recovers 137 liquor bottles, other drugs in various operations

Karachi: Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) on Wednesday claimed to have recovered 137 bottles of liquor and other drugs in separate operations in different parts of the country . An ANF team seized 137 bottles of different types of liquor from the possession of a Ghotki resident in Karachi. In another raid, a Doha-bound passenger was arrested at Bacha Khan International Airport Peshawar and 100 hashish-filled capsules were recovered from his stomach. The accused was the resident of Swat. In third operation near Karkhano Market, 1.800 grams of ice drug were recovered from a Khyber resident. The ANF has registered separate cases against the accused under the Anti-Narcotics Act and started further investigation into them.

Secretary inspects Degree College upgradation work

Quetta: Abdullah Khan, Secretary, Implementation, Planning and Development Department, Government of Balochistan, has said on Wednesday that no compromise would be made on the quality of development work. These views were expressed by him during inspection of the development work of the project “Construction of building for upgradation of Boys Degree College, Mach, and District Katchi”. Directing the concerned authorities to expedite finalizing other components of the project in accordance with the time period mentioned in the Project Cycle (PC-I), he said that quality of work be ensured at any cost. Giving briefing about the project, SDO, Building Katchi said that an amount of Rs. 130 million had been reflected for the mentioned project, adding that work on three number residential ...