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FIA to act against only illegal traders, not registered ones: Umar

KARACHI: Forex dealers on Thursday called on Finance Minister Asad Umar, to apprise him about the difficulties they are going through, while doing business in Karachi, ARY News reported. As per details, a delegation of forex dealers met Mr Umar, in Karachi today and briefed him about the problems they are facing in the metropolis. Talking to the delegation, the finance minister said exchange companies have been paying a pivotal role in the country’s development. “Registered exchange companies have not to worry from…

All illegally imported mobile phones in Pakistan to stop working by year end

ISLAMABAD: The government has devised a system to block all illegally imported mobile phones by the end of this year, said Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. Addressing a media briefing here, he said the government had prepared a mechanism that will help halt smuggling of cellphones. According to a report released in Sep this year, the number of cellular subscribers in Pakistan has reached 151 million by the end of July 2018, indicating an upward trend with each passing month. The Telecom sector is one of the…

Top court says illegal recruitments in NAB can’t be overlooked

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday said that the matter of irregular hiring practices in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) could not be ignored. "How can the NAB overlook illegal recruitments being made within, while it files references against other departments in this regard?" asked Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh while hearing a petition about NAB's reply to an earlier court ruling in a similar case. The SC had ordered to expel those officials from the NAB who were appointed inconsistently. It further…

Illegal ivory openly sold across Europe: study

BRUSSELS: Traders are selling illegal ivory openly across the European Union through a loophole allowing trade in "antique" items, the campaign group Avaaz charged Tuesday. Avaaz said nearly all of the 109 ivory pieces it bought in 10 EU countries were found to be illegal after they were tested at Britain's Oxford University. It said one-fifth of the items came from elephants killed after the global ivory trade was banned in 1989 and three quarters from animals slaughtered after 1947. EU law requires government…

Illegal immigrant parents not facing US prosecution for now

WASHINGTON: Parents who cross illegally from Mexico to the United States with their children will not face prosecution for the time being because the government is running short of space to house them, officials said on Monday. President Donald Trump’s administration has vowed to prosecute all adults who cross the border illegally but its policy of separating immigrant children from parents met fierce international criticism so it is now trying to keep detained families together while the parents await trial. That has…

Illegal immigrant parents not facing US prosecution for now

WASHINGTON: Parents who cross illegally from Mexico to the United States with their children will not face prosecution for the time being because the government is running short of space to house them, officials said on Monday. President Donald Trump’s administration has vowed to prosecute all adults who cross the border illegally but its policy of separating immigrant children from parents met fierce international criticism so it is now trying to keep detained families together while the parents await trial. That has…