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Qureshi says Nawaz Sharif has a ‘moral duty’ to return to Pakistan

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Nawaz Sharif had been allowed to leave Pakistan on the advice of medical experts. The News/via Geo.tv/Files

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Friday former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has a ‘moral duty’ to return to Pakistan now.

Addressing media outside his residence, Qureshi said the government had allowed Nawaz to leave the country in order “to save his life”.

The PML-N supremo has been in London for medical treatment since November 2019. The government had earlier given approval to the former premier to travel abroad but is now raising doubts over the medical reports that formed the basis of the decision.

The foreign minister said Nawaz was allowed to leave Pakistan on the advice of medical experts.

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Over Rs11bn worth of dues of retired PSM employees approved by govt

The Rs11.44-billion amount was expected to be enough to pay 90% of the outstanding dues of the PSM’s retired employees. The News/Files

ISLAMABAD: More than Rs11 billion worth of dues of retired Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) employees were approved by the government on Friday.

The Rs11.44-billion  amount was expected to be enough to pay 90% of the outstanding dues of the state-run corporation’s retired employees.

The approval comes a few days before a Sindh High Court (SHC) deadline to pay the dues to the retired employees was set to expire. Earlier in May, the court had directed the federal government and the PSM to deposit all of the employees’ outstanding post-retirement benefits by August 31.

According to the high court, the accounts/funds of the federal government would have been...

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Bring dramas in line with Pakistani values, PEMRA chief to private TV channels

PEMRA Chairperson Muhammad Saleem Baig directed cable operators to “strictly follow the advisory issued for Muharram and maintain an environment of religious harmony and brotherhood in the holy month”. Twitter/Report PEMRA (@reportpemra)/via The News

LAHORE: Private TV channels have been asked to review scripts of their dramas and bring them in line with the Pakistani values, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (PEMRA) chief said Friday.

PEMRA Chairperson Muhammad Saleem Baig’s comments came during a visit to the regulatory body’s regional office in Lahore, where the general manager, Akram Barkat, apprised the top official of his office’s “actions against immoral content and Indian channels”.

He was accompanied by PEMRA Director-General (Operations) Suhail Asif Al...

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Karachi rains leave dozens dead, paralyse city as PMD forecasts more heavy showers

At least 32 emergency medical and 56 relief camps have been established in coordination with civil administration to help people in distress in various parts of Karachi due to the rains. Sohail Rafeeq/via The News

KARACHI: The unprecedented torrential rains in Pakistan’s financial capital have left dozens of people dead, paralysing the city and choking its main arteries, as the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecast more heavy showers ahead.

Nearly all major roads of the city — including I.I. Chungrigar Road, University Road, and Shahrah-e-Faisal — remained inundated well into the evening, posing a grim challenge to those who had ventured out of their homes.

At least 47 people were killed in the metropolis in various rain-related incidents, according to Chief Minist...

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PM Imran to visit rain-lashed Karachi ‘next week’

Federal ministers Asad Umar and Murad Saeed, as well as other senior officials, were present in the meeting, while Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Governor Sindh participated via video link from Karachi. — Twitter/Prime Minister’s Office/Screengrab via The News

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said Friday Prime Minister Imran Khan told him he would visit Karachi “next week”.

The chief minister’s remarks came after a meeting on Friday presided by PM Imran to review progress of the various development projects being carried out by the federal government in Sindh.

All federal government institutions have been instructed to provide help to Karachi in dealing with the destruction caused by torrential rains in August, said the prime minister.

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Karachi’s communication system drowned in rainwater

The prolonged power failure in Karachi after heavy rains has also badly affected the communication network in the city as mobile towers were out of service in many areas due to unavailability of fuel to power the generators.

Subscribers of multiple networks reported being unable to connect to cellular data and calling/messaging services, leaving them in the dark regarding the well-being of loved ones.

The outages were doubly frustrating to some as KE, the city’s only electricity supply utility, struggled to restore electricity to large parts of the city more than 20 hours after the first rain fell.

‘Network outages due to power breakdown’

The national telecom regulator informed on Friday that cellular services in the city were not blocked and outages faced by users were due...

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Hub Dam filled after 13 years

According to Water Board sources, this storage of water in Hub Dam is enough to supply Karachi for the next 3 years.

Hub Dam filled to its maximum capacity on Thursday after 13 years due to torrential rains in Sindh and Balochistan ensuring a smooth supply of drinking water to Karachi for the next three years.

The water level in the dam has risen to 340ft and has now begun to flow out from the spillways into the sea near Mubarak Village.

The WAPDA administration had closed the Hub Dam to visitors. However, residents of the settlements around the dam, residents of the Hub Dam Residential Colony, Karachi residents and others have arrived in large numbers in the spillway area, to witness the streams overflowing which look much like waterfalls.

In the catchment area of Hub Dam, which ...

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Holiday in Sindh on Friday as heavy rain lash Karachi, other cities

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has announced a holiday in the province on Friday after heavy rains lashed several cities including Karachi, a statement from the CM House said Thursday.

In a statement issued Thursday evening, Murad Ali Shah said all public, semi-private and private institutions will remain closed throughout the province. Institutions providing essential services, however, will remain open on Friday as will local bodies, health, water board, PDMA, and revenue offices.

Earlier, while speaking on Geo News programme Capital Talk, he defended the situation in Karachi by saying such intense rains would wreak similar havoc in any other city.

“Our ministers and MPAs are out in the field,” Shah said...

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Met Office says torrential rains in Karachi to last till 11pm

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) in its new advisory has said the ongoing downpour in Karachi will continue till 11pm.

A day ago, the Met Office had predicted that the monsoon rain system had weakened and it was likely that the metropolis would be provided with much-needed relief from the torrential rains.

In its new weather alert, the Met office redacted its earlier rain prediction that heavy showers in the city could last until 4pm, saying that now it would last till 11pm.

 While weather experts have said that the rain system has developed from the Arabian Sea to the Kirther Range. They added that Karachi has been sandwiched in the rains system.

The experts added that humidity from the sea was also making the rain system stronger.

With the ongoing downpour, multiple are...

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PM Imran monitoring “unusual, abnormal” rain situation in Karachi: Imran Ismail

Governor says PM Imran has assured him thathe would take any action required. Photo: File

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail said on Thursday that Prime Minister Imran Khan was monitoring the “unusual and abnormal rain situation” in the metropolis.

The governor said that he briefed PM Imran over the Sindh rain situation, adding that “Karachi needs special attention”.

“This is unusual and abnormal rain situation which requires emergency response. PM is monitoring the situation and assured to take any action required,” said the governor.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that since “yesterday Sindh had seen its worst monsoons in 90 years.” He added that the “super monsoon torrential rains and floods” continued in the port city “unabated”.

“Please keep...

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