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Renowned writer Munnu Bhai passes away in Lahore

LAHORE: Renowned columnist, writer and poet Muneer Ahmed Qureshi – familiar as Munnu Bhai – passed away at the age of 84, on Friday morning. According to the family sources, Munnu Bhai was going through routine kidney dialysis treatment as he was suffering from kidney and cardiac issues for a long time. His funeral prayers will be offered at Riwaz Garden in Lahore after Asr (evening) prayers and will be laid to rest in Miani Sahib cemetery. Munnu Bhai received Pride of Performance award by the President of Pakistan…

Saudi king orders newspaper columnist to stop piling on the praise

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz has ordered an over-enthusiastic columnist to be suspended from his job after he equated him with God, Saudi media reported on Sunday. King Salman has frequently been lauded by columnists in local media, in traditional deference to authority, since the 81-year-old assumed office in 2015. But Ramadan al-Anzi's column in al-Jazirah newspaper describing King Salman as "Haleem", or forbearing, and "Shadeed al-Eqab", strict in punishment - both terms associated in Islam with…

Name of English daily’s columnist to remain on ECL, says Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday that the name of a prominent newspaper columnist would remain on the Exit Control List (ECL) until any further decision was made. The federal minister met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today before his departure to Azerbaijan and gave him a detailed briefing on the status of an investigation in Cyril Almeida Case for writing a highly sensitive and controversial article on October 6. "There is no question of removing his name from the list before…