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♦ Defence Minister Khawaja Asif says elections may be held before new army chief’s appointment. He stressed the need for institutionalising army chief’s appointment like chief justice. He adds General Faiz Hameed’s name will be considered if recommended for the top slot in the army.
♦ Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, along with his cabinet, arrived in London. He will meet Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif. Consultations will be held regarding the political and economic issues of the country.
♦ Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial regards lifelong disqualification a very harsh punishment. He says show of musical chair to grab power must end. He remarks country needs strong, stable government.
♦ The election commission reserves verdict on reference against dissident PTI lawmakers.
♦ IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah admonishes NAB over implicating politicians, officers in fake cases. “Why not file a reference against NAB?” he remarks.
♦ Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) sheds nearly 1,000 points amid political uncertainty. Experts lay emphasis on quickly resuming IMF programme. They say govt’s sitting-on-fence is eroding investors’ confidence.
♦ US dollar has risen by Rs1.41 during business in the interbank breaching Rs190 threshold.
♦ The United States (US) rejects Imran Khan’s allegations. The State Department says the US won’t let propaganda, lies to get in way of relationship with Pakistan.
♦ PTI never received funds from foreigners except Pakistani expats, ECP told.
♦ PML-N is set to hold a power show in Swabi. PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz will address the public meeting at Chota Lahore Ground.
♦ Interior Ministry to provide VIP security to PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz
♦ Sindh High Court grants bail to MNA Ali Wazir in lieu of a surety bond of Rs500,000.
♦ PTI leader Faisal Vawda makes PPP senator Nisar Khuhro a party in disqualification case.
♦ Punjab CM Hamza Shehbaz orders stern action against plate-less vehicles.
♦ End to loadshedding not possible, Federal Energy Minister Khurram Dastagir apprises PM
♦ The country is sweltering in extreme heat as the metrological office has issued a heatwave forecast striking most parts of the country from Wednesday.
♦ Water flow in Kotri Barrage is 5,020 cusecs as Sindh experiencing intense water shortage
♦ Punjab Education Department has announced summer break from June 1
♦ Man shoots dead his uncle and cousin in Shadbagh area of Lahore
♦ Coronavirus, with positivity rate at 0.43pc, claims one more life during 24 hours.
♦ Cholera outbreak in Dera Bugti claims 12 lives
♦ Aljazeera journalist killed by Israeli forces in West Bank
♦ Bill Gates tests positive for coronavirus
♦ The 110th birth anniversary of renowned writer Saadat Hassan Manto is being observed today