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Pakistan to charge Kartarpur pilgrims $20 as service fee

Pakistan to charge Kartarpur pilgrims $20 as service fee

Pakistan on Thursday said that pilgrims will be charged $20 as service charge for visiting the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara. “Pakistan will charge USD 20 per person as service fees, not entrance fees, for Kartarpur Corridor,” Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a weekly briefing.Earlier this month, India and Pakistan had failed to finalise an

HIV cases increasing in Pakistan at fastest rate: UN

HIV cases increasing in Pak at fastest rate: UN

The UN in its latest report has revealed that new cases of HIV in Pakistan were increasing at their fastest rate, with a dramatic surge among transgenders and sex workers.Figures released by the UN suggested that Pakistan recorded a 13 per cent increase with a total number of 160,000 cases this year, a significant increase

500 Sikh pilgrims visit Nankana Sahib in Pakistan

India, Pakistan agree on visa-free travel by Indian pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib

India and Pakistan on Wednesday agreed on visa-free travel by Indian pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan using the Kartarpur corridor, officials said. However, during the meeting between the two sides at Attari in Punjab’s Amritsar district, Pakistan insisted on charging a service fee for allowing pilgrims to visit the gurdwara, which was not

Saudi Arabia, UAE ministers in Pakistan today to discuss Kashmir

Saudi Arabia, UAE ministers in Pakistan today to discuss Kashmir

Foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are arriving in Islamabad on Wednesday on a day-long official visit. During the visit, the ministers will hold talks with the Pakistani civil and military leadership on the regional situation.Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi informed reporters at the Parliament House before heading to the Foreign

Kartarpur corridor: India, Pakistan to hold technical talks on Sept 4

Kartarpur corridor: India, Pakistan to hold technical talks on Sept 4

India and Pakistan will hold another technical meeting to finalise the remaining modalities of Kartarpur corridor in the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border on Wednesday, sources from Pakistan said.  During the second meeting, which took place on July 14, the two sides agreed to complete the construction of the 4.19 kilometres long four-lane highway

India gets consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

India gets consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

 India’s Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad Gaurav Ahluwalia on Monday met death-row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav after Pakistan granted consular access to him “in line with the ICJ judgement”.The meeting between Ahluwalia and the retired Indian Navy officer is currently underway at a sub-jail after Pakistan formally granted the consular access to him, the Dawn News

Abducted Sikh girl in Pakistan returns to family, 8 held

Abducted Sikh girl in Pakistan returns to family, 8 held

A Sikh girl who was allegedly abducted and forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan has returned home to her family and the police has arrested eight people in connection with the incident, it has emerged.The girl, identified as 19-year old Jagjit Kaur, was allegedly kidnapped and forced to marry a Muslim man in Pakistan. The Indian

Pakistan to charge Kartarpur pilgrims $20 as service fee

Good progress made at Kartarpur talks: Pakistan Foreign Office

The Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) said that “good progress” was made during technical level talks on the Kartarpur corridor between Pakistani and Indian delegations, a media report said on Saturday.FO spokesman Mohammad Faisal, while talking to Dawn news over the phone, confirmed that the talks were held on Friday at the border, more commonly known

Pakistan to finish Sikh pilgrims visa process by Sep 30

Pakistan to finish Sikh pilgrims visa process by Sep 30

 Pakistani authorities have decided to complete the process of issuance of visas to Sikh pilgrims from India and around the world to attend the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in Nankana Sahib, by September 30, the media reported on Thursday.The decision was taken during a meeting of the Religious Tourism and Heritage Committee

Pakistan releases more water, flood threat in Punjab villages

Pakistan releases more water, flood threat in Punjab villages

A few villages in Punjab’s border district Ferozepur are facing a flood threat after a major portion of an embankment in the catchment area of the Sutlej river was washed away following the pakistan’s release of water into the Indian territory. Officials on Sunday said the Ferozepur district administration is on high alert, while precautionary

Statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh vandalised in Pakistan

Statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh vandalised in Pakistan

A statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who ruled over Punjab for close to 40 years in the early 19th century, was vandalised by two men in this Pakistani city on Saturday.The nine-feet statue, made of cold bronze, was unveiled at the Lahore Fort in June on the 180th death anniversary of Maharaja. Singh, the first

Samjhauta Express arrives Delhi 4.5 hours late after Pakistan announces suspension

Samjhauta Express arrives Delhi 4.5 hours late after Pakistan announces suspension

 The Samjhauta Express which was stopped at the Wagah border by Pakistani authorities on Thursday reached Delhi station at 8 am on Friday, four-and-a-half hours behind schedule, the railways said.The train that runs between Indian and Pakistan came with 117 passengers, including 48 Pakistanis, it said.On Thursday, these passengers were stranded at Wagah on the

Kartarpur corridor project to continue: Pakistan

Kartarpur corridor project to continue: Pakistan

The cross-border Kartarpur Corridor project will continue as scheduled, Pakistan said on Thursday, a day after it expelled the Indian envoy and announced other retaliatory measures after India revoked Article 370 granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir.Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in his briefing: “The Kartarpur Corridor project will continue. Pakistan respects

'Undivided' India is real terror, says banner in Islamabad

‘Undivided’ India is real terror, says banner in Islamabad

In the wake of revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir by the Modi government, several controversial banners had appeared here in Pakistan with pictures and inflammatory messages, one of which said: ‘Akhand Bharat Real Terror’ (that roughly translates into: “The ideology of Undivided India is actual terrorism”), Dawn newspaper reported on Wednesday.’Akhand Bharat’

Over 500 Sikh pilgrims to enter India from Pakistan

Over 500 Sikh pilgrims to enter India from Pakistan

In a first-of-its-kind since India’s partition, a team of over 500 Sikh pilgrims will enter India from Pakistan via road on Thursday after paying obeisance at the historic Nankana Sahib as part of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, event organisers said. Two days ago, the pilgrims entered

500 Sikh pilgrims visit Nankana Sahib in Pakistan

500 Sikh pilgrims visit Nankana Sahib in Pakistan

A team of over 500 Sikh pilgrims was given the visa by Pakistan to visit the Nankana Sahib as part of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, to be held in November.On Tuesday, the team entered Punjab province of Pakistan. These pilgrims would begin celebrations at Nankana Sahib,

Trainer Plane crash kills 7 in Pakistan's Rawalpindi district

Trainer Plane crash kills 7 in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi district

A trainer plane crashed on early Tuesday morning in Pakistan’s eastern district of Rawalpindi, killing at least seven people and injuring several others.Local media quoted rescue sources as saying that the jet crashed at Jabbi village located on the outskirts of Rawalpindi city and destroyed at least four houses which caught fire after the crash,

Pakistan to crackdown on companies selling fairness creams

Pakistan to crackdown on companies selling fairness creams

The Pakistan government has decided to crackdown on companies selling fairness creams, the Minister for Climate Change announced in a press conference.”Companies selling cheap fairness creams are contributing to damage people’s skin,” said Zartaj Gul Wazir, State Minister for Climate Change.   According to Geo TV, Wazir said her Ministry was testing and analysing the

Pakistan dependent on India for anti-rabies, anti-venom vaccines: Report

Pakistan dependent on India for anti-rabies, anti-venom vaccines: Report

Pakistan is dependent on India for imports of anti-rabies and anti-venom vaccines as its National Institute of Health (NIH) is incapable of manufacturing the vaccines as per the country’s demands, says a report. According to a report by the Pakistan daily ‘The Nation’, Pakistan has imported Rs 2.56 billion worth of vaccines from India over

Pak fans to support India against England, one even sings ‘Jana Gana’

In the sporting world, the India-Pakistan rivalry needs no explanation. And when the two arch-rivals clash on cricket field, it not only ignites emotions and feelings but also attracts eyeballs globally. However, it will be a rarest of the rare occasion when on Sunday Pakistani fans will cheer and pray for their neighbours — India