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ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani engineer, who was among four people abducted in South Sudan, has been released, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said on Thursday. 26-year-old Ayaz Jamali is a resident of Badin in Sindh. Zakaria tweeted: “Our Missions in Addis Ababa and Khartoum have been making efforts to secure Mr Ayaz's release with coop of Govts of S. Sudan, China & Sudan” He also said, “We are grateful to the Govts of South Sudan China & Sudan for their cooperation and support in the successful release of Mr Ayaz Jamali.” Oil-rich South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, has been mired in civil war since President Salva Kiir sacked Riek Machar in 2013. According to United Nations, fighting has forced three million people to flee their homes, split much of the population along ethnic lines and paralysed agriculture, leaving the country facing famine. Citizens of the cash-strapped country have also been hit by hyperinflation that topped 800 percent last year. The government's efforts to rebuild the shattered economy have been hampered by rebel attacks on oil facilities.  

KARACHI: Sharjeel Inam Memon rubbished rumours about a deal between PPP and PML-N after the Sindh High Court (SHC) approved his protective bail Thursday. "These cases were created in my absence," he said. "NAB registered the reference six months earlier when I had asked for bail, which was extended due to my health." He said that he had surrendered himself to the court. "It is sad that my bail and that of Dr Asim's was labelled as a deal," Memon said. "We have the right to clarify our self in court." The Islamabad High Court (IHC) approved former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Inam Memon's protective bail request till April 5 on March 20. A two-member IHC bench headed by Justice Athar Minallah heard the case against the senior leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and asked Memon to submit a bond worth PKR 2 million. Memon was taken into custody from Islamabad airport by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) personnel immediately after he landed in the country after two years. Memon arrived from Dubai, accompanied by the Sindh ministers Mukesh Chawla, Imdad Pitafi, Fayyaz Ali Butt and Nawab Taimur Talpur. NAB filed a reference case against Memon and 10 others…

ISLAMABAD: About 101 drug peddlers have been arrested for supplying drugs to students in the last three months, according to Islamabad authorities. The government had launched a crackdown against drug abuse in educational institutes resulting in 14 operations across the city. In the three months, 95 cases have been registered against drug peddlers, the authorities added. During the operations, the authorities seized about 29,723 grammes of hashish, 1,655 grammes of heroin. Moreover 40,668 bottles of illicit liquor and 350 narcotic pills have also been recovered, along with 373 litres of imported liquor. On February 9, the Islamabad Police had apprehended seven suspected drug peddlers, including two students, from various universities and adjoining areas. The students were identified as Waleed Shamim and Zamd-ul-Naas. The suspects were selling ecstasy and hashish to university students, according to the police. A case was registered against the suspects. Moreover, Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had arrested the leader of a gang allegedly involved in supplying marijuana, LSD, and other imported high-end drugs to students of different universities and educational institutions in the federal capital in January.  

KARACHI: The prices of petrol and diesel are likely to go up by Rs2 per litre from April 1, media learnt Thursday. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Thursday forwarded a summary of revision in POL prices to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources. The authority recommended an increase in price of kerosene oil by Rs13 per litre. After approval from relevant ministries, the new prices will take effect from April 1.  

RAWALPINDI: Another hardcore terrorist, who was involved in various cases of terrorism, was executed at District Jail Kohat on Thursday, according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The terrorist, identified as Tahir, son of Mir Shah Jehan, was convicted by military court for his involvement in various cases including attacks on Bannu Jail and Law Enforcement Agencies. The convict, who was affiliated with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, was responsible for helping a number of terrorists escape after an attack on Bannu Jail. He was also responsible for various attacks on LEAs, in which a soldier was martyred and another was injured. The terrorist had admitted to his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court, after which he was awarded death sentence. On March 8, five hardcore terrorists, identified as Shoukat Ali, Imdad Ullah, Sabir Shah, Khandan and Anwar Ali, were executed at District Jail Kohat. All the terrorists were part of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. On February 4, last year, a key facilitator of TTP, Bilal Ahmed alias Abu Abdullah was executed in Kohat Central Jail. Bilal s/o Faiz Ahmed was arrested two years back from his native village Suraj in Sialkot. Bilal aka Abu Abdullah was sentenced to death by a military…

DOHA: Qatar Airways said on Thursday it will offer free laptops to business class passengers flying to the United States, in an effort to get round an American ban on electronics. In a statement, the Doha-based carrier said it would begin offering a "laptop loan service" to those travelling in business class from "next week". The computers would be collected by US-bound passengers from their departure gate just before boarding, said Qatar Airways. "By providing this laptop loan service we can ensure that our passengers on flights to the US can continue to work whilst on board," according to the airline´s boss, Akbar Al-Baker. A similar laptop proposal is being considered by fellow Gulf carrier, Emirates, which is also affected by the US ban. Abu Dhabi´s Etihad Airways meanwhile said it would offer free wi-fi and tablet computers to first and business class passengers on US-bound flights. The move comes after Washington earlier this month stopped electronic devices bigger than mobile phones from being taken on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in seven Middle Eastern countries and Turkey. A similar ban was also imposed by Britain, but this exempted some of the Gulf airlines, including Qatar.…

A Russian Military delegation visited Miranshah and Wana on Thursday, according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The delegation, which was headed by Deputy Chief of General Staff Colonel General Israkov Sergi Yuryevich visited Miranshah, which is in North Waziristan Agency, and Wana, which is in South Waziristan Agency. The delegation was briefed about Pakistan Army's efforts to clear FATA from terrorists. Moreover, the delegation was also briefed about the Pakistan-Afghanistan border management and socio-economic development projects in the area for enduring stability. The delegation acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s achievements in fight against terrorism and efforts to bring stability in the region. Commander Peshawar Corps Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt also accompanied the delegation.  

Fifty-seven suspects including 21 Afghan nationals were arrested by Punjab Rangers in search and intelligence based operations across the province, according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The operations were held in different across Punjab including Attock, Islamabad, Sialkot, Narowal, Shiekhupura, Lahore, DG Khan, Rahimyar Khan and Rajanpur. A cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered. Moreover, FC Balochistan conducted an intelligence-based operation in Nushki area of Balochistan. The operation resulted in recovery of huge cache of ammunition along with large quantity of narcotics. The ammunition and narcotics were found buried in a cave. Pakistan Army had launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad' on February 22, after a series of back-to-back terrorist attacks across the country, in which more than a 100 people lose their lives. The operation aimed to eliminate the residual and latent threat of terrorism, consolidate the gains of operations undertaken so far and ensure the security of Pakistan’s borders.  

The Lahore Eat Festival will be held from Friday March 31, to Sunday April 2. “The festival originally meant to be held in the second week of February has delayed because of security reasons,” recalled Nusrat Jamil of Latitude PR which is promoting the festival. The festival will be organised by CKO, a company which launched its first food festival in Karachi — ‘Karachi Eat’. CKO director Aslam Khan said Lahore Eat would be held this time at the Fortress Stadium with visitors’ entry from Gate 1, and their exit from Gate 3. Vendors’ entry would be from Gate 2. The event timings are from 4:30pm to 1:00am. “After Pakistan Super League (PSL) final, this (festival) will be the biggest event in Lahore,” said Khan. There will be a large number of food stalls again this year, including The Café Upstairs, BBGB, Beef Eater, Masoom’s Pancake Lounge, The Flutter Solutions, Nama Burger, Sweet Affairs, Delish, Cosa Nostra, The Daily Deli, Jumbo Gyro, Luxus Grand, Bombay Chowpatty, Latteria Mozzarella, Persian Treats, Lahore Social, Punjabians Dhaba, BYOB, Loco Taco, Great Taste, Little Red Door, Wingo, Lahorelicious, The Shack, Picand Mix, King Kashmiri Tea, Shut Up and Eat, pop Nosh, Chatkhara House, Tropical…

In a Facebook post published on Wednesday night, Mikaal said that he and Sara decided to officially end their marriage after a long separation. He wrote, “Wanted to say this for a while. Finally found the courage to do so. Sad to announce, unfortunately my marriage of 6 years has ended. After a long separation and despite efforts from both ends, things could not be resolved, which has resulted in divorce.” Mikaal and Sara got married six years ago and have two daughters together. The actor is known for his appearance in comedy commercials and has also starred in Indian films such as Shoot on Sight, U R My Jaan, and Baby. He won Best Actor for his role in the drama serial Muhabbat Subah Kaa Sitara Hai at the Hum TV Awards 2015. His upcoming Pakistani project Ae Dil Meray Chal Re is expected to release next year.  

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