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Noor Alam wants high-level briefing in NA over rising terrorist activities

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Noor Alam wants high-level briefing in NA over rising terrorist activities

Noor Alam Khan, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, has criticised the coalition government for growing terrorism in the country, saying that unless there is bloodshed in Lahore or Punjab, no one will take it seriously. 

Speaking during the session of the National Assembly, Noor Alam said at least 100 people were martyred in his city’s Red Zone. “For the past 25-30 years, we have only condemned the attacks, but who is responsible for this terrorism in the country?” he asked. 

The dissident PTI lawmaker said he was not allowed by security personnel to enter the Red Zone area in Peshawar without proving his identity. “I am stopped even if I am in official vehicle, I feel humiliated and consider myself a second-class citizen of Pakistan,” he lamented. 

“Afghans are roaming everywhere, and Pakistanis are facing difficulties and are being asked to show their identity cards,” he claimed.  

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Mr Khan further said the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were always on the front line against terrorism. The KP people were being martyred on a daily basis while the assembly members were busy gossiping, he added.  

He said, “We are dying because of your policies, and you should have called the Chief of Army Staff to brief the house on who was carrying out terror activities in the country.”

 “I want to ask the question to this house and the owners of the country: What is being done with us? What is our sin?”  

He said the economy was in tatters, the US dollar had reached Rs275, and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar refused to attend the assembly session.

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Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

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 YouTuber and anchorperson Imran Riaz has been released following a court order that discharged him from charges of interference in official duties.

Imran Riaz’s lawyer, Mian Ali Ashfaq, confirmed the news on his official X (formerly Twitter) account.

Media reports indicate that on May 29, Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court, Justice Aamer Farooq, allowed Imran Riaz to perform Hajj. However, despite the court’s permission, he was barred from travelling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj on June 3 and had to return home, stating his intent to seek court intervention again.

On June 12, the Islamabad High Court once more permitted Imran Riaz to proceed with Hajj. Yet, on the same day, he was arrested at Lahore Airport, clad in ihram, just as he was about to depart.

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A case under Section 406 for breach of trust was filed against him, but the Model Town Court in Lahore dismissed these charges on June 13. Nonetheless, he was rearrested in connection with another case.

This time, Imran Riaz was accused in a case registered at Sarwar Road Police Station in Lahore for allegedly interfering with official duties by forcibly driving his vehicle through an airport checkpoint, damaging a barrier.

However, on June 14, the Cantt Court in Lahore discharged Imran Riaz from the interference charges, leading to his release as per the court’s order.

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Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

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Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

Federal Information Minister Atta Tarar announced that health insurance for 5,000 journalists will be ensured in the first phase.

While addressing the media at the press club, Tarar stated that the government is committed to the welfare of journalists. He underlined the need to work together to serve the country. He also asserted the government’s belief in freedom of expression while stopping misinformation.

Also read: PPP standing with journalists over defamation law: Hassan Murtaza

Tarar highlighted that everyone must play a part in ending fake. He mentioned that a long meeting with journalists will be held soon saying that his doors are always open for them.

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Furthermore, Atta Tarar said that the government will ensure a minimum wage of Rs 37,000

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Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

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Political parties must prioritise country's progress: President Zardari

 President Asif Ali Zardari has emphasised that political parties must prioritise the country’s progress and prosperity by fulfilling their democratic and constitutional responsibility.

He was talking to Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi, who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.

The president said we must only think about Pakistan and put aside personal differences.

He stressed the need to take Pakistan forward and everyone has to play his role in this regard.

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Speaking on the occasion, the Interior Minister said any challenge can be tackled through the power of unity and solidarity.

Besides, matters of mutual interest and country’s overall situation were discussed in the meeting.

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