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70 Pakistani asylum seekers to be deported from Thailand

BANGKOK: Thai authorities have convicted 70 Pakistani asylum seekers of staying illegally in Thailand, as police intensify a crackdown on illegal immigration. The Taling Chan Provincial Court, according to Associated Press, issued fines and up to two-month suspended jail sentences to the group, which was charged with overstaying their visas and illegal entry. An officer in charge of the case, who declined to be named because of office policy, said they will be held in a detention centre until they are deported. The…

Pakistani wins $1 million lottery in Dubai

DUBAI: A 32-year-old Pakistani man has been declared the winner of the latest Dubai Duty Free raffle draw. The businessman from Peshawar, a first-time buyer, won $1 million after his ticket number 0241 in Series 281 was picked in the draw, according to a report. Numan Arif, who owns a bike leasing company, is the 16th Pakistani national to have won $1 million in the promotion since its inception in 1999. Two other lucky winners won luxury cars the same day. Anthony Chijioke, a 51-year-old Australian national of…

Pakistani man arrested in UK is reportedly TDAP scam accused Farhan Junejo

LONDON: A political figure from Pakistan was arrested by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) in connection to money laundering investigation on Monday. Sources confided to ARY News that the man arrested by the UK authorities is Farhan Junejo, who is wanted in money laundering case related to the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). He was also said to be the front man of then federal commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Faheem (late). According to the NCA, “Officers from the NCA’s International Corruption Unit…

Govt to provide legal assistance to Pakistani prisoners in foreign jails, Senate told

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed that a holistic approach will be adopted to provide full legal and humanitarian assistance to the Pakistani prisoners languishing in foreign jails. Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari told the House on Thursday during question hours that consular services of Pakistani missions abroad will be upgraded for this purpose. She said a policy decision will also be taken to get in touch with different countries for repatriation of Pakistani prisoners. The Minister for Human Rights said…

Pakistani prisoners in foreign jails to be provided legal assistance: Senate told

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed Thursday that a holistic approach would be adopted to provide full legal and humanitarian assistance to the Pakistani prisoners languishing in foreign jails. Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari told the house during question hour that consular services of our missions abroad will be upgraded for this purpose. She said a policy decision would also be taken to get in touch with different countries for repatriation of Pakistani prisoners. The minister for human rights said the…

India apprehend nine Pakistani fishermen

KARACHI: At least nine Pakistani fishermen on board a fishing boat were taken into custody by Indian Coast Guard (ICG) after they allegedly crossed over to the Indian side of International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the Arabian Sea. The arrests come a week after Pakistan released 26 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture before formation of new government in that country. The Indian Coast Guard said that the Pakistani boat was named Al Aisha and had nine fishermen on board. “All the crew and boat were escorted to…

Sahabzada Noor Qadri directs to provide all facilities to Pakistani pilgrims

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs Sahabzada Noorul Haq Qadri on Monday asked the ministry to get instant reports from Saudi Arabia about Hajj arrangements for Pakistani pilgrims. Talking to the officials of the ministry in Islamabad, he said pilgrims should be provided every possible facility. More than two million Muslims from around the globe on Sunday started the hajj pilgrimage at Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest annual gatherings. The ultra-conservative kingdom, which is…

General Bajwa lauds contributions of Pakistani Christians towards national development

RAWALPINI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday hosted a banquet dinner in the honour of leading Christian clergy in Pakistan. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the event was attended, among others, by His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Coutts who was recently elevated as a cardinal in the Vatican, and Right Reverend Humphrey Sarfraz Peter. General Bajwa regarded the appointment of Cardinal Coutts as a great national honour and a milestone towards fostering national harmony and accord.…