Supreme Court started hearing of Mashaal Khan lynching case today.

National Assembly was informed today that current power crisis will be overcomed in the next eight to ten days.

Operation Raddul Fasaad is successfully continuing across the country.

Indian Supreme Court has directed to try L.K. Advani and other BJP leaders for criminal conspiracy in Babri Masjid demolition case.


Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of suo motto case in the lynching of the student of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Mashaal Khan, till 27th of this month. 

A three-member bench of the court, headed by Chief Justice, Justice Saqib Nisar heard the case.

The court restrained Peshawar High Court from constituting a judicial commission.

In his remarks the Chief Justice said he has no words to express deep shock and grief over the incident. He directed that investigation into the case must not be restricted to recording of statements alone.

On the other hand, eight accused arrested in connection with the murder of Mashaal Khan were produced in Anti-Terrorism Court Mardan today.

The judge sent the accused on fourteen-day judicial remand.

Another accused in the murder of Mashaal Khan was arrested in Charsadda today.


Meanwhile, the administration of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan has suspended its seven employees who have been nominated in the FIR in the murder of a student, Mashaal Khan.

According to university sources, those suspended include a Superintendent, four Office Assistants, a Senior Clerk and a Store Keeper.


Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has announced that the current power crisis will be overcomed in the next eight to ten days.

Responding to a calling attention notice in the National Assembly today on prolonged power outages, he said supply situation will gradually start improving from tomorrow.

Khawaja Asif said some power plants of 2200 megawatts are closed for the maintenance purpose.

He said there will be no unannounced load shedding after the 1st of next month.

The Minister said that a power plant of 760 megawatt is being inaugurated in Sheikhupura today. He said currently the country is facing power shortfall of 5200 megawatt while 6400 megawatt of power will be added to national grid by the end of this year.


Responding to a question, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the House that our missions abroad are continuously engaged in projecting soft image of Pakistan.

He said the comprehensive operation Zarb-e-Azb against terrorists has yielded very positive results.

He said extensive measures are being taken to develop a national narrative to counter violent extremism.

Responding to a question, the Adviser on Foreign Affairs said that there are presently 11764 Pakistani prisoners and detainees abroad.

Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastagir told the house that rice export is witnessing growth and efforts are being made to find new markets for Pakistani rice.

He said the country's trade deficit stands at twenty three billion dollars and the State Bank of Pakistan has taken steps to discourage import of luxury items to reduce deficit.


The 1180 megawatt Bhikki Power generation project is being inaugurated near Sheikhupura today.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is likely to inaugurate the project.

The project has been completed in a record eighteen months time while fifty billion rupees saved due to transparent tendering.


Operation Raddul Fasaad is successfully continuing across the country.

In Khyber Pakhtunkwa, police arrested one hundred and twenty suspects in different areas of Swabi district this morning.

Arms, ammunition and drugs were also recovered from them.

Sindh Police arrested forty suspects, including a target killer, in various parts of Karachi city.

Weapons were also recovered from possession of the arrested suspects.

The arrested target killer, Umar Farooq alias Rashid Charia, belongs to MQM London and had killed five persons in 1995 in Balaoch Goth area of the city.

The Indian Supreme Court announced its decision in Babri Masjid demolition case today.

The court ruled that former Indian Home Minister LK Advani and other BJP leaders, including Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, will be tried for criminal conspiracy in the case.

The court directed to start proceeding in the case within four weeks.

The Apex court gave the verdict in a CBI appeal against the judgment of Allahabad High Court in the case.

In Afghanistan seven Taliban, including their shadow governor, have been killed in an airstrike in Baghalan province.


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