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  • 17 dead in bus-trailer collision near Matiari
    on July 16, 2018 at 3:30 am

    HYDERABAD: At least 17 people were killed and 13 others sustained injuries when a speedy trailer  collided with a bus, carrying a wedding party,  on National Highway near Matiari late on Sunday.As per details, the accident took place at National Highway when a bus, carrying wedding party, was on its way to Hyderabad  returning from Sakrand.Police and rescue teams reached the spot and shifted the injured and dead bodies to nearby hospital. Rescue sources said that women and children were among the dead and injured. […]

  • Boxer Amir Khan pledges Rs 1 million for construction of dams
    on July 16, 2018 at 2:20 am

    LONDON: British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan has announced a donation of one million rupees to the fund for construction of dams in Pakistan. The announcement was made in a video message posted on social media by the the 31-year-old famous boxer. Khan said that Pakistan is facing severe water shortage, adding that he will donate more in the fund after his next fight against Colombian Samuel Vargas on September 8.Applauding the Pak Army and  government's role in contributing to the fund, the renowned boxer urged the celebrities and others to contribute for a noble cause.The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar has recently set up a fund for the construction of the Diamer-Basha and Mohmand Dams to resolve the prevailing water crisis in Pakistan. He himself donated RS 1 million in the fund.Former skipper of Pakistan' Shahid Khan Afridi has  announced to donate RS 1.5 million to the fund, while the officers and soldiers of the Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force have also contributed their share.Earlier this week, the Pakistan Airline Pilots’ Association (PALPA) announced its members will also contribute three days salary to the fund.During a hearing earlier this month, the Supreme Court had observed that water resources were crucial for survival and directed the authorities to take immediate and effective measures to build two dams — Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand.Furthermore, the apex court had appealed to the general public, including Pakistanis residing abroad, to donate for the cause. […]

  • Police opens terrorism investigation against PML-N leaders
    on July 15, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Pakistani authorities have opened a criminal investigation into leaders of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s political party under an anti-terrorism law, 10 days before a hotly contested general election, according to a police report.The case relates to a march staged by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on July 13, when Sharif returned to Pakistan, which defied a ban on holding public rallies on a Friday. The former premier was arrested minutes after landing in the country after being sentenced in absentia by an anti-corruption court last week.Copies of two separate First Information Reports (FIR), which mark the formal opening of a criminal investigation, named PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif, who is Nawaz Sharif’s brother, and a number of other key figures. They include Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, another former prime minister.The FIRs cite section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, which has broad provisions defining terrorism to include creating public fear, and lists 10 alleged violations of ordinary criminal law including unlawful assembly.“We are taking action against PML-N leaders,” the caretaker home minister of Punjab, Shaukat Javed, told Reuters. “But no one will be arrested before the elections.”He said including the terrorism charges was a “mistake” that would be corrected later.Shehbaz Sharif led Friday’s march across the city of Lahore, in which tens of thousands of people took part, intending to send a message to rivals that the popular vote is still with the PML-N ahead of the July 25 election.National polls indicate a close race between the ruling PML-N and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, or Pakistan Justice Movement) led by former cricket star Imran Khan, with the Pakistan Peoples Party in third place.Sharif, who was removed from office by the Supreme Court last year and sentenced to 10 years in prison for “corrupt practices” this month.Musadik Malik, a senior PML-N official and member of Senate, said the FIRs are part of a pattern that included pressuring candidates to change to PTI and corruption cases against other party leaders.“This FIR is just another attempt of intimidation and political victimization,” Malik said.Malik said the PML-N rally was overwhelmingly peaceful and any ban on gatherings so close to the election was unfair. […]

  • Girl dies, 10 injured after ride collapses in Karachi park
    on July 15, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Karachi: An eight-year girl died and 10 people were injured on Sunday evening when a swing ride crashed to the ground at a famous amusement park in Karachi, Geo reported. The Askari Amusement Park located near Old Sabzi Mandi area was immediately closed after the accident. Rescue teams and police reached the scene and ordered immediate evacuation of the park. The victim was identified as eight-year-old Kashaf.The injured were shifted to nearby hospitals. According to eyewitnesses,  many people were injured after a stampede broke out after the crash. Many were reportedly trapped under the fallen ride. The park was recently opened to people on Eid ul Fitr after addition of new swings and rides.  Meanwhile, caretaker Sindh Chief Minister took notice of the incident and ordered inspection of all the parks. The caretaker chief minister asked Karachi commissioner to submit a report within 24 hours.&nbs […]

  • Imran Khan pledges effective LG system after coming into power
    on July 15, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    JHANG: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan Sunday said his party would introduce an effective and better local bodies (LB) system in the country after coming into power.Addressing a public gathering here at Mai Heer Stadium, he said public representatives are committed to serve the masses in a democracy.Unfortunately, in Pakistan the prime minister and chief ministers had become kings, who had wasted public wealth at their own will and that was why the people in the country in general and in Punjab in particular were facing problems like lack of quality education, potable water, health and other basic facilities, he said."If the people voted for the PTI to power, it will bring about qualitative as well as quantitative change in all spheres of life," he said. “We will devolve powers to local level by introducing the best LB system. It was the basic spirit of democracy that local body units should be empowered.”The central and provincial governments should only provide funds to them so that they could resolve the people’s problems, he added.He said earlier the fate of people in Punjab was decided in Lahore. It was due to this reason that no one paid heed to the development of Jhang district."PTI, after winning the election, would provide funds to the district under the new LB system and its people would launch and complete development projects of their own choice, he added.Referring to the PTI''s manifesto, Imran said:" The party will provide shelter to the shelterless people and for this purpose we will construct five million houses across the country." The PTI would provide all basic amenities to the people at their doorsteps by bringing about positive changes in the police system, controlling price hike and recovering national wealth from the corrupt, he added. […]

  • Pakistan to file rejoinder on Kulbhushan Jadhav's case in ICJ
    on July 15, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will file its reply in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 17 regarding convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.India had gone to the ICJ to halt the execution of Jadhav in Pakistan.Commander Jadhav — an on-duty Indian navy officer working for Indian covert agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) — was arrested on March 3, 2016, from Balochistan, after he entered into Pakistan from Iran.Jadhav was tried in a military court which sentenced him to death for espionage and subversive activities.Geo quoted diplomatic sources saying the reply will be submitted by Foreign Office Director India Dr Fareha Bugti, who in the The Hague for the purpose. Dr Bugti had also submitted Pakistan's counter-pleading in December last year. Sources said Pakistan’s response contains detailed replies to India’s submissions to the international court.Pakistan’s 400-page reply — a rejoinder to India's last reply — has been prepared by a team of experts led by the attorney general, sources informed further.On April 17 this year, India had submitted its reply to the ICJ after the world court, on January 23, directed India to do so. India had submitted its pleadings to the ICJ on September 13, 2017. The Indian stance was dismissed by Pakistan in its counter-pleadings, which were submitted on December 13 that year.In its counter-memorial, Pakistan had stated that Jadhav is not an ordinary person as he had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities.The reply also stated that Jadhav, who was a serving officer of thndian Navy, does not fall under the purview of the Vienna Convention. […]

  • President Xi sends condolences to Pakistani counterpart over terror attack
    on July 15, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday sent a condolence message to his Pakistani counterpart, Mamnoon Hussain, over Friday''s terror attack in southwestern Pakistan that killed 128 people and injured 200 others.In his message, President Xi offered his deepest condolences to all the victims on behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people.He also expressed his most sincere sympathies to the families of those deceased in the tragedy.President Xi said that terrorism is the common enemy of human beings, adding, China firmly opposes terrorism of all forms and strongly condemns the attack.He said that China firmly supports the unremitting efforts made by the Pakistani government and people to combat terrorism and safeguard national stability and people''s safety.A suicide bomber hit an election rally in district of Mastung in Balochistan province on July 13, killed at least 128 people and injured over 200 others. […]

  • PM stresses measures for security of candidates, public
    on July 15, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk Sunday directed the authorities concerned and stakeholders to exercise utmost precaution and take all possible measures to ensure security of the candidates and the public participating in political rallies and corner meetings.Chairing a meeting on law and order situation here at the Governor House, the prime minister strongly condemned the recent terrorist incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.The meeting was attended by Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Chief Minister Allauddin Marri and Home Minister Agha Umar Bangulzai, Federal Secretary Interior Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, Commander Southern Command Lt General Asim Saleem Bajwa, Balochistan Chief Secretary Dr Akhtar Nazir and Home Secretary Haider Ali Shikoh, IG FC Balochistan (North) Maj General Nadeem Anjum, IG FC Balochistan (South) Maj General Sardar Tariq Aman, IG Police Balochistan Mohsin Hasan Butt and other senior civil and military officials.The meeting reviewed the overall law and order situation in the province in general and the situation in the wake of Mastung tragedy in particular.The Balochistan Chief Secretary shared details of the Mastung blast and the arrangements being made for peaceful and smooth conduct of the general elections 2018 in the province.The prime minister stressed upon the need for taking political leadership on board about the security arrangements and to secure their cooperation in order to avoid any untoward incident.He said an awareness campaign should be launched immediately, in coordination with all the stakeholders, to sensitize general public about the need to strictly adhere to the SOPs (standard operating procedures) of the security.The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of armed forces and civil administration for timely evacuation of the injured of the Mastung tragedy and saving precious lives.Earlier, the prime minister visited Sarawan House in Quetta and offered condolences with the bereaved family of Shaheed Siraj Raisani, who was martyred in the Mastung terrorist attack a couple of days ago.The prime minister also visited CMH Quetta to inquire after the health of the injured of Mastung tragedy and prayed for their swift recovery.Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, Balochistan Chief Minister Allauddin Marri and Federal Minister Roshan Khursheed Bharocha also accompanied the prime minister during the CMH visit.He also met Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai and Chief Minister Allauddin Marri at the Governor House. […]

  • Shehbaz Sharif condoles with families of Mastung blast victims
    on July 15, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    QUETTA: PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif condoled with family of Siraj Raisani who was killed in a deadly terrorist attack in Mastung on Friday. The former chief minister flew to Quetta and met with bereaved families of the Mastung tragedy. At least 130 people, including Balochistan Awami Party candidate Siraj Raisani, were killed when a suicide bomber hit an election rally in Mastung.Sharif called the martyrdom of Raisani a heart-rending incident. “Just visited Sarawan house Quetta to condole and pray with bereaved families of Mastung tragedy. Also met Raisani family who lost Siraj Raisani saab. He was scheduled to contest election from Mastung. A very heart-rending incident,” he tweeted.Later, he visited CMH, Quetta to inquire after the health of the injured of the Mastung incident. "They were all in high spirits despite facing this deadliest terror incident. My best wishes for their quick and early recovery!"Apart from Shehbaz Sharif, PTI chairman Imran Khan also visited Quetta and met with families of the victims and visited the BAP’s headquarters to offer condolence. […]

  • Bilawal Bhutto warns against delay in elections
    on July 15, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    MALAKAND: Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that election should be held  as per schedule as any delay will be detrimental to the interest of the country.He said that his party was being subjected to discriminatory treatment ahead of election adding restrictions on his party were encouraging the workers more to counter such nefarious designs.He said this while addressing a press conference here onSunday, from where he is contesting.He said that terrorists do not want democracy and elections adding that despite terrorism elections can be held in Iraq and Afghanistan so why not in Pakistan.Bilawal said our workers and candidates are being threatenedbut free and fair election are our right.He lamented that his party is facing difficulties while campaigning across the country.He alleged that local administrations aretreating PPP differently than other political parties.He said that PPP wouldtake the matter to the Election Commission of Pakistan in this regard.Referring to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan''sspeech using derogatory words for supporters of other political parties, Bilawaltermed it outrageous and said that using of such words damage the society.Responding a query, Bilawal Bhutto said that the NationalAction Plan is not fully implemented.Bilawal said that we have to focus on basic issues like gas,health, education and water and vowed to resolve the problems of masses and torise on national level.Bilawal said despite cancelling his public gathering here in light of the Mastung blast, he has come to Malakand to meet the people.He said that he will soon go to Quetta to express solidarity with families of the Mastung blast victims. […]