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Wife Of Nawaz Sharif To Seek His Parliament Seat

New Delhi: The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will contest a special election for the parliamentary seat he was forced to vacate last month
 after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office. .

Papers for Kulsoom Nawaz's candidacy were filed with election authorities, Sharif adviser Asif Kirmani said in the eastern city of Lahore.

The special election is to be held in about 45 days.

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Pakistan's Leprosy Fighter Dr Ruth Pfau Dies

New Delhi: German-born nun Ruth Pfau, who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan, has died in the southern city of Karachi, a hospital official said. She was 87.

Widely known as Pakistan's Mother Teresa, Pfau was eulogised by the prime minister and army chief for her contributions towards freeing the country of a contagious disease that can cause disfigurement.

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Nawaz Sharif Kicks Off Roadshow To Lahore After Ouster From Power

New Delhi: Pakistan's ousted premier Nawaz Sharif has embarked on a journey to Lahore from Islamabad via the famous Grand Trunk Road to demonstrate his popularity among the people.

He held a meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, cabinet ministers and senior party leaders before starting the 370-km-long journey. Sharif was accompanied by hundreds of his supporters.

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Hassan Rouhani Faces Flak For Male-Only Cabinet

New Delhi: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has formed  a new cabinet line-up but invited criticism for non-representation of women or young people in it.

The ministerial line-up, which is required to be approved by parliament, also lacked minorities and actually increased the average age compared to Rouhani's first term.

"The lack of women ministers shows we are treading water," Shahindokht Mowlaverdi, Rouhani's outgoing vice president for women's affairs said.

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JuD, responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, launches new party in Pakistan

New Delhi: Jamaat-ud-Dawa has launched a new party, Milli Muslim League in Pakistan with an objective to make a “real Islamic and welfare state”.

The new Milli Muslim League party will follow the ideology of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), which the US says is a front for banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and is run by Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.

"We have decided to make a new political party, so that Pakistan is to made a real Islamic and welfare state," said Milli Muslim League president Saifullah Khalid.