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275th Urs celebrations of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai begin in Bhitshah

BHIT SHAH: The 275th annual Urs celebrations of the great Sufi saint and poet Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai begin at shrine town of Bhit Shah on Wednesday (today). The Urs celebrations that span three days include literary conference, Sufi music recital and spiritual activities to highlight the Sufi teachings of the saint. Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail laid Chaddar and the floral wreaths at the Mazar of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai to officially open the proceedings of the Urs. Later, Imran Ismail distributed clothes…

Pakistan-Italy Joint Economic Commission 3rd session begins tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The third session of Pakistan-Italy Joint Economic Commission will begin in Rome, Italy, on Monday.  Minister of State for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal will lead the Pakistani delegation and co-chair the session along with Italy's Deputy Minister for Economic Development Ivan Scalfarotto. Both the sides will exchange views on the prospects of the bilateral commercial and investment relationship. Read More: Italy agrees on grant of duty free access to Pakistani products They will also sign three Letters of…

Pakistan Motorcar Rally begins journey from Khunjerab

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Motorcar Rally has started its countrywide journey from Khunjerab Zero Point on Saturday under the auspices of Pakistan Army. Commander Force Command Northern Areas Major General Saqib Mehmood Malik and Chief Secretary Kazim Niaz hoisted the national flag and inaugurated the rally at Zero Point. Famous mountaineer Nazir Sabir and Samina Baig were guest of the honour on this occasion. Read More: Wardens celebrate 14th August with motorcycle rally Starting from Khunjerab, the rally will pass through…

LHC begins probe into Ahmedpur Sharqia inferno incident

LAHORE: Beginning probe into Ahmedpur Sharqia inferno incident, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday said whoever would be found responsible for the incident will have to face the repercussions, ARY News reported. Chief Justice LHC Syed Mansoor Ali Shah held the hearing which was faced by the officials of Explosive Department, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), Shell Pakistan Limited (SPL) and highway police. The tragic incident of oil tanker blast, which claimed over 200 lives, took place a day before…

PCB starts spot-fixing trial against five players

LAHORE: A tribunal convened by PCB on Monday started hearings into spot-fixing charges against five players who could face life bans if found guilty. The tribunal is headed by Justice Asghar Haider. Former Pakistan captain Wasim Bari and ex-PCB chairman Tauqir Zia are also members. Prosecutors played a tape in which opening batsman Sharjeel Khan admitted having met a bookmaker but denied any wrongdoing. Sharjeel is one of five players provisionally suspended in the case, which surfaced during the second edition of…

Three-day anti-polio drive begins across country

ISLAMABAD: An aggressive three-day anti-polio campaign underway in Sindh, FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan and six districts of Punjab. More than 6.6 million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas. Over 2.5 million children would be administered anti-polio drops in Kasur, Sargodha, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Hafizabad and Rawalpindi districts of Punjab during the campaign. In Gilgit Baltistan, 220,000 children up to five years of age…

Army launches ground offensive in Miranshah; 15 militants killed

MIRANSHAH: The security forces have begun ground operation in Miramshah, a town of North Waziristan Agency, ARY News reported. Director general Inter-Services Public Relations, the public affairs wing of army, announced in a statement that ground offensive had started in Miranshah. The DG ISPR said at least 15 terrorists had been killed in the ground offensive since it's launched. A security personnel was also injured while combating the terrorists. Forces have besieged the Mir Ali area with artillery tanks to capture…

Govt’s Ramazan relief package begins today

KARACHI: A Rs 2 billion Ramazan package introduced by the federal government has started from today, ARY News reported Friday. Under the package, all necessary daily-use items will be available on utility stores on subsidized rates, as prescribed by the government. The government said special discount will be given on spices, beverages and tetra pak milk. According to spokesman of Utility Stores Corporation, all utility stories will basic goods to people through its wide network across the country. Floor sack of per 20…

Mathews expects hostility as test series begins at Lord’s

LONDON: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews did his best to play down any lingering discontent surrounding the controversial runout of Jos Buttler, but admits to expecting some hostility when his side's two-match test series with England begins at Lord's on Thursday. The visitors won the one-day international series 3-2, but their final victory was overshadowed by the dismissal of Buttler, who was runout at the non-striker's end by Sachithra Senanayake, who took the bails off when he strayed out of his crease. Neither player…