“This is the first time after the creation of Pakistan that a temple complex and crematorium has been discovered in K-P. According to Dayal, the temple complex discovered in Haripur is just one of the more than 300 ancient Hindu sites that are currently being researched. “Near the temple, we have found a cave thought to belong to legendary Hindu religious scholar Baba Mohan Das Kehar,” he said. Kumar express hope that the discovery of more ancient religious sites would kickstart tourism in the country. “Swat, Kalam and Nathia Gali are attractive places indeed, but ancient religious sites should attract an influx of religious visitors.

April 18, 2019 04:07 UTC

Chief justic­e Asif Saeed Khosa calls JCP meetin­g on April 22ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa has proposed name of the Balochistan High Court (BHC) former chief justice Mohammad Noor Meskanzai as new chief justice of the Federal Shariat Court (FSC). The FSC Chief Justice Sheikh Najamul Hasan is retiring on May 14. His performance as the FSC chief justice has been commended by the legal fraternity. On January 1, 2018, one hundred and ninety (190) Shariat petitions were pending for hearing; 72 new Shariat petitions were instituted while 138 were disposed of. The annual report says the outgoing chief justice has determined that all pending matters will be decided by the mid of 2019.

April 18, 2019 04:07 UTC

Some estima­tes sugges­t there may be 350,000 childr­en with autism in Pakist­anApril is Autism awareness month. Despite the staggering statistics, autism remains a disorder lacking widespread awareness. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is estimated to affect more than three million individuals in the US. According to the Autism Society of Pakistan, there is no reliable data to estimate the prevalence of autism in Pakistan, but by some estimates there may be 350,000 children with autism in Pakistan. In such a milieu, autism, disabilities, learning disorders, vulnerable children, and adults get lost in the shuffle.

April 18, 2019 04:06 UTC

The latter was dismissed from service by the Sindh High Court in July 2015 on grounds of corruption. Jatoi referred to the general body meeting and resolution passed by Nawabshah District Bar Association in 2007 against Khaskheli. “The association took the initiative, following his attempt to assault a girl in his chamber,” said Jatoi. “He is a rapist, a land grabber and a known criminal,” said Jatoi. As they left the session, the Speaker said, “There is nothing but mere allegations against me.

April 18, 2019 04:05 UTC

'This has result­ed in a reduct­ion in cement export­s to around $100-150 millio­n from $700 millio­n'KARACHI: Pakistan’s cement exports to South Africa have suffered in the last couple of years because of anti-dumping duty imposed by the South African government. “This has resulted in a reduction in cement exports to around $100-150 million from $700 million prior to imposition of the duty,” said Pakistan-South Africa Business Forum (PSABF) Chairman Mohammad Rafiq Memon. “These events will provide a perfect opportunity to industrialists to introduce their products in South Africa.”Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th, 2019. Like Business on Facebook, follow @TribuneBiz on Twitter to stay informed and join in the conversation. Read full story

April 18, 2019 03:56 UTC

However, the main contest is between the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the opposition Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi. The result of the election and the incoming government would have a strong influence on India’s foreign policy specifically its relations with Pakistan. But it is also probable that in the event of a clear BJP victory Modi may revisit his policy towards Pakistan. Pakistan is the second-largest economy in the South Asian region with a huge market, strong purchasing power and general craving for low-cost Indian products. If the Congress party wins an easy victory then it would be in a comfortable position to come up with strong policies.

April 18, 2019 03:56 UTC

If you though­t it was only Ranvee­r Singh who had eccent­ric fashio­n choice­s, think again...Harry Styles was never a boy-next-door. Even in the early days of One Direction, the then 19-year-old singer never shied away from breaking stereotypes with his quirky style. He even started his own fashion website called Harry Wore What for his admirers. As his solo singing career reaches new heights, here are six times Harry had us going gaga in quirky pant suits:1. This harlequinHarry wore a Gucci harlequin-print pant and jacket with a white ruffle to the iHeart Radio Music Festival.

April 18, 2019 03:56 UTC

FCCI offici­al says busine­ssmen are unable to benefi­t from emergi­ng opport­unitie­sFAISALABAD: Azerbaijan is full of opportunities but due to non-availability of direct flights and without commercial counsellor in Azerbaijan, businessmen are unable to take advantage of the emerging business opportunities, said Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) Senior Vice President Mian Tanveer Ahmed. He said, “We also discussed various issues to further enhance the bilateral trade between the two countries on a sustained basis.”The senior vice president lamented that flights are available through Dubai, which takes around 10 to 12 hours. He said that in case of direct flights the travelling time would be reduced to only three hours in addition to providing the facility for air cargo. Kyrgyzstan plans direct flights to PakistanHowever, contrary to other Central Asian States, Pakistan had banking links as a branch of National Bank of Pakistan is available there. He urged the government to take measures to start direct flights for Azerbaijan in addition to the appointment of a competent commercial consular.

April 18, 2019 03:56 UTC

Of the $5.6 billion in foreign loans, China disbursed $3.8 billion or 67.2% of the total lending including project financing. The cumulative disbursement of foreign loans in July-March of the current fiscal year stood at $5.6 billion, according to the sources. Hence, total foreign loans for balance of payments support, budgetary support and project financing amounted to $12.6 billion from July through March FY19. The World Bank disbursed only $193.2 million, which indicated that despite approval of loans, disbursements were not picking up. The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) disbursed an additional $117.6 million last month, which took its total loans for Pakistan to $511 million in nine months.

April 18, 2019 03:11 UTC

Article 25-A obliges the state to provide ‘free’ and ‘compulsory’ education to all children of the age between five and 16 years. The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation also rejected the Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Bill (Amended) 2015. Article 25-A declares that it is the State’s responsibility to provide “free and compulsory education to all children from the ages of 5-16 years”. On the other hand if we see the last decade, only in Punjab from 63000 public schools we went to 51000 public schools and the same situation prevails in the other provinces. After December 2014, private schools have exponentially increased their expenditure on the provision of security– a fundamental responsibility of the state.

April 17, 2019 19:52 UTC

Dealing with white collar crime with the thana cultureMonth after month the NAB was told by the media that its coercive tactics were having a negative impact on the business community and bureaucracy. An over-zealous NAB goaded by the PTI government and its backers however continued on the path chosen by it. The bureaucracy in Punjab is on a go-slow mode, delaying to put their signatures on files for weeks and months. The business community has its own peculiar away of registering protest. The measures taken by the bureaucracy and the business community caused worries to those who were continuously pressing NAB to ratchet up the pressure.

April 17, 2019 19:52 UTC

–Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur has joined the BJPNEW DHELI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday named Malegaon blasts accused Pragya Singh Thakur the party’s candidate from Bhopal. She will contest against veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. Even before the party officially announced her candidature, Thakur had told reporters that Digvijaya Singh was no challenge for her. “Whoever is working against the nation, we all would fight against them and would defeat them,” Singh told reporters. This time, party veterans like Narendra Singh Tomar, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Uma Bharti showed no interest in contest from the seat.

April 17, 2019 19:07 UTC

Justice Ijaz remarked the court would not allow schools to become “profit earning” factories and said the government had allowed only five per cent increase in fees. He remarked that in Sindh the schools could increase fees after three years, suggesting the matter of fee could be reconsidered at the time of licence validation. He observed that the LHC order at one time stated that schools could increase fees while in another statement stated that schools could not increase the fees. The chief justice then remarked that finally the high court declared that the schools could not increase fees. Justice Ijaz remarked that the schools could not increase fee by 80 per cent if prices of gas increased.

April 17, 2019 18:11 UTC

—Victim says had to take refuge in a mall after being followed by two menISLAMABAD: The Sihala Police have registered a case against two unidentified men who harassed a Canadian national visiting Islamabad, forcing her to seek refuge in a local mall the other day. According to the FIR, two men persistently harassed the Canadian woman in a private housing society, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Sihala police station. They then proceeded to chase around her car and consistently inquired the driver about the woman’s destination. The women, it was reported, then took refuge in a shopping mall in an attempt to get rid of the stalkers. The inspector-general (IG) of police for Islamabad has ordered the alleged stalkers be arrested in 24 hours.

April 17, 2019 18:01 UTC

Francesca, who runs the Duke and Duchess of Sussex fan account @harry_meghan_updates on Instagram, took to Instagram stories to reveal the moment when a little hand or foot appeared to poke Meghan’s belly. The moment she shared was when Meghan visited the National Theatre at the end of January. The fan account @harry_meghan_updates mentioned the moment at the time but this is the first time they have shared the video. Of course this isn’t the first time she’s felt a kick in public – the account also shared another video of Meghan when she visited a Bristol charity. Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s baby to get totally different upbringing from Royal cousinsThe fan account posted the cute video at the time saying,”WOW!

April 17, 2019 17:48 UTC