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Army ordered to respond if attacked
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday authorised the armed forces to “respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure” by India, as tensions soared between the nuclear-armed rivals. Imran announced the order in a government statement released after a meeting of his National Security Committee (NSC). Participants of the meeting discussed geo strategic and national security environment and
 
 
Ruckus in parliament over Durrani’s arrest
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday was abruptly adjourned after opposition members protesting the arrest of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani raised a ruckus and prevented Fehmida Mirza from delivering a speech. Meanwhile, an accountability court in Karachi granted seven-day physical remand of Durrani to the NAB. He was arrested in Islamabad and flown to Karachi on Wednesday. A large number of Pakistan Peoples
   
Govt has no plan to change weekly holiday: Minister
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhary on Thursday said that no change in weekly holiday calendar is under consideration. In a tweet on Thursday, he said all such rumours regarding change are baseless. “No change in weekly holiday calendar is under consideration, all such rumours are baseless,” he tweeted. It is pertinent to mention that the news about changing the weekend in Pakistan went
 
 
Saudi to issue E-visas to Pak pilgrims: Qadri
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said the Saudi government has made a decision to issue E-visa facility to Pakistani pilgrims. He added that during the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Prime Minister Imran Khan made a special request to facilitate Pakistani pilgrims during the immigration process when visiting the kingdom for pilgrimage. Qadri further said pilgrims travelling from Pakistan
   
SC admits former IHC judge’s plea against sacking
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has admitted a constitutional petition filed by former Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, challenging his removal from the judicial office. Justice Azmat Saeed dismissed the objections put forth by the court registrar office during an in-chamber appeal. In October 2018, Siddiqui was removed on the recommendation of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), which called for his sacking
 
 
Fawad ‘never refused anti-polio drops to daughter’
ISLAMABAD: Showbiz personal Fawad Khan’s media team has come forth denying reports that suggest he refused an anti-polio team to administer polio drops to his daughter. Rubbishing the claims, the team issued a statement, which said that it has been widely reported that an FIR has been registered against Fawad stating that he on Feb.19 interfered with governmental efforts to vaccinate his daughter at his residence. It is false as
   
Foul weather claims at least 26 lives across country
QUETTA: Torrential rain lashed several cities in Pakistan on Thursday, triggering flash floods and leaving at least 26 dead across the country, many swept away by the waters or killed when their roofs collapsed before dawn, authorities said. The provincial Disaster Management Authority said 14 people, including children, were killed in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan. Flash floods submerged villages near
 
 
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