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  • A senior Pakistani minister has blamed the suspension of trade with India for the current price hike of food items in the country as the prices of tomatoes skyrocketed to Rs 300 per kg.

    ET has reliably learnt that the disgruntled generals turned a blind eye and lent tacit support to Rehman to bring the country to a standstill, which in turn defamed Bajwa and his authority. The march also dented the authority of Prime Minister Imran Khan, considered close to Bajwa.

    The seven Generals, including one who had served as a defence attache in Pakistan High Commission in Delhi, were opposed to granting a three-year extension to Bajwa as this would spoil their chances for the coveted post. If Bajwa would get an extension for three years, the most senior Generals will not remain eligible for the post of Army Chief.

    If Khan continues to bank on one General or the other to stay in power, rather than taking the Opposition into confidence on the issues affecting Pakistan, he would put whatever is left of democracy in Pakistan in peril.

    An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore held a hearing against Saeed and his accomplices on terror financing on Saturday and fixed December 7 as the date for indictment of the Jamat-ud Dawa (JuD) chief and others in the case. Saeed was brought to the ATC amidst tight security from the Kot Lakhpat jail.

    During Thursday's hearing, the court directed the government to present a new summary for the extension in Bajwa's service. The bench also directed that the new summary should not mention any time period for which the service of army chief would be extended.

    A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa in its short order directed the government to bring necessary legislation within six months' time, Geo TV reported. Bajwa's original three-year tenure is set to expire on Thursday at midnight and he can now continue as the Army chief for another six months.

    In a telephonic conversation on Thursday, Pakistan PM Imran Khan discussed Afghan peace process and the Kashmir issue with US President Donald Trump along with other bilateral and regional matters. Khan apprised President Trump of the current situation in Kashmir and also re-affirmed Pakistan's commitment to the advancement of the Afghan peace process

    While Prime Minister Imran Khan on August 19 had approved an extension in the tenure of General Bajwa for another three years.Chief, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa suspended the government's notification, and adjourned the hearing until Wednesday. The move came just ahead of Bajwa's retirement on November 29.

    Speaking at a sit-in in Bannu city in southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday, the hard-line cleric and leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) hit out at the prime minister for calling opposition leaders "thieves".

    During a private event in the city that was attended by some members of the Kashmiri Pandit diaspora, India's Consul General in New York Sandeep Chakravorty spoke about the Abrogation of Article 370.

    BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra criticised Sidhu's remarks praising Imran Khan and describing him as the king of hearts. Sidhu had said, "Sikandar (Alexander) had won the world with fear and you won the heart all over the world." Patra alleged that by making such remarks, Sidhu sought to show Pakistan and Khan on a higher pedestal than India.

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