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Sidra Bilal refused to vote in the February 8 election
Under the dizzying lights and gleaming monuments of Pakistan's cultural capital Lahore, Sidra Bilal's mind drifts to her rural hometown, a backwater of broken promises that led her to abstain from this month's election.
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An employee holds a sample of crude oil at the Yarakta oilfield, owned by Irkutsk Oil Co, in the Irkutsk region, Russia on March 11, 2019.

Pakistan Suspends Russian Crude Imports Citing Quality Concerns

The South Asian country blamed the quality of Russian crude for suspending the imports. It noted the refining process of Russian oil yielded more furnace oil than petrol. Refineries in Pakistan have also reportedly refused to process any more Russian crude.
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Pakistan Buys Russian Oil But Sees Diversified Future

Pakistan, the world's fifth most populous country, faces chronic energy shortages and imports 84 percent of its petroleum products, overwhelmingly from Gulf Arab allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.


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