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Federal Secretary of Power Division Yousuf Naseem Khokhar on Friday, May 18, 2018, took a leave from office amid a major power crisis across the country. Photo: Geo News

ISLAMABAD: Federal Secretary of Power Division Yousuf Naseem Khokhar on Friday took a leave from office amid a major power crisis across the country.

Federal Secretary of Power Division Yousuf Naseem Khokhar on Friday, May 18, 2018, took a leave from office amid a major power crisis across the country. Photo: Geo News 

Power supply to several cities, including Lahore, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Swat, Multan, Bahawalpur, and Muzaffargarh, remained suspended for several hours on Wednesday. 

The breakdown resulted from tripping of Guddu-Muzaffargarh power line, which led to faults at Tarbela and Guddu power stations, as well as other power plants, a spokesperson for Power Division said.

According to sources, ties between Minister for Power Division Awais Leghari and Federal Secretary of Power Division Naseem have been strained for the past few days. The latter was under pressure to accept the responsibility for the power breakdown. 

Naseem approached the prime minister to get his leave approved, sources informed. People close to the secretary have said Naseem is away from office due to personal engagements. 

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, yesterday, took a notice of the breakdown. An investigation committee to probe into the matter was also formed. 

The power division secretary is on leave for 14 days. According to sources, Khokhar was seen at an event yesterday, however, his leave commenced from today — a notification of which was issued by the Establishment Division.  

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KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) governor-designate Sindh Imran Ismail was denied entry to Quaid’s mausoleum this morning, for carrying an excessive number of people in his ‘entourage’.

Apparently displeased with the mausoleum’s administration, Ismail tweeted: “We were denied access to Mazar e Quaid today for Fatiha, while PPP delegation led by CM to be was allowed & accompanied by Commissioner khi. With full CM Protocol.”

His tweet ended with a message in Urdu: “Abhi to deewar giranay ki baat ki hai” (we just talked about demolishing the wall(s)”. He made this statement in reference to recently-debated remarks of Imran Khan in which he had said to ‘bulldoze walls of governor houses in Pakistan to make them public spaces.’

Dignitaries and important figures pay visits to Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi on occasions like Independence Day and Pakistan Day (March 23) to pay homage to the founding father of the country.

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This ‘tabla version’ of Pakistan national anthem will make your day!

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Amoos Khan a tabla artist hailing from Lahore, Pakistan has shown some major skills as he makes listeners groove along to the beat of tabla.

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Five people shot dead in Batgiram jirga

CHARSADDA: At least five people were killed while three others injured in firing during a jirga in a Batgiram neighbourhood on Tuesday, ARY News reported. 

Police said the firing incident took place during the jirga in Batgiram. The deceased and the injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital.

The culprits managed to flee the crime scene, a police official said, adding that search operation has been launched to arrest them.

The identities of those killed in the incident couldn’t be ascertained immediately.

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