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The Urdu Press: From vikas to Pakistan
2017-12-14 20:21:45 Questioning the BJP over avoiding a discussion on its performance at the Centre and in the states governed by it at the last stage of its election campaign in Gujarat, Inquilab, in its editorial on December 12, writes: “If economic development is made the issue, people would ask where it has actually taken place. Therefore, the BJP has sent ‘vikas’ on a long leave and gone back to its favourite way of expressing its views on communal issues   Read More ...
Mohammad Hafeez visits England to undergo remedial work on his bowling
2017-12-14 20:19:54 Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has once again flown to England to undergo remedial work on his bowling action after the ICC suspended him for having an illegal action. After his bowling action was reported for the third time in October during the Pakistan and Sri Lanka ODI series, Hafeez went to England to take the ICC’s bowling assessment test but failed to clear the biomechanics test, after which the ICC officially suspended him from bowling in international cricket for 12 months   Read More ...
For Afridi, returning to Sharjah is like ‘homecoming’
2017-12-14 20:06:17 Sharjah: When it comes to hard-hitting and fast-scoring cricket, the one cricketer synonymous with it is Pakistan’s all-rounder Shahid Afridi. At the age of 16, Afridi scored the fastest century in One Day Internationals off just 37 balls against Sri Lanka during a four-nation tournament in Nairobi in 1996 to announce his arrival. When ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi used to come out to bat at Sharjah Cricket Stadium at his peak, the Emirate used to come to a standstill as the taxi drivers, mainly Pathans, the tribe to which Afridi belongs, leaving their duty, came to cheer for him   Read More ...
Pakistan moves to evict 21 foreign aid groups
2017-12-14 18:40:11 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has ordered 21 foreign aid groups to wrap up their activities and prepare to leave after they failed to re-register under tough regulations introduced two years ago, officials said Thursday. The officials said Open Society Foundations, the charity founded by George Soros, and the South Africa-based ActionAid were among the groups informed of the decision this week, without providing a complete list   Read More ...
NAB decides to approach Interpol for Ishaq Dar's arrest in London
2017-12-14 18:12:08 National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday decided to approach the Interpol for the arrest of former finance minister Ishaq Dar who is currently in London, reported. The decision was taken during a meeting of the NAB Executive Board presided by NAB Chairman retired justice Javed Iqbal. “Ishaq Dar is not suffering from any disease that cannot be treated in Pakistan,” the NAB chairman was quoted as saying in a declaration issued by the bureau   Read More ...
Witnesses identify second suspect in Karachi Do Darya firing case
2017-12-14 18:12:04 A second suspect linked to the murder of Karachi college student Zafir Ahmed Zuberi near the city's Do Darya area earlier this month was identified by three witnesses in court on Thursday. The witnesses, who appeared in the court of a judicial magistrate today, were able to identify two suspects out of the five people in the identification parade ─ Khawar Burney, the main accused, and Abdul Rehman, one of the 10 absconding suspects in the case   Read More ...
SC to announce verdict on Imran Khan, Jehangir Tareen's disqualification tomorrow
2017-12-14 18:12:00 The Supreme Court on Friday will announce its verdict on a petition seeking the disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and secretary-general Jahangir Tareen, reported on Thursday evening. The verdict, which had been reserved by the bench on November 14, is expected to be read out at 2pm tomorrow afternoon by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar. Justices Nisar, Faisal Arab and Umar Ata Bandial had comprised the three-member bench which heard the case   Read More ...
Punjab ranks third, KP fifth in Alif Ailaan's education rankings
2017-12-14 18:11:56 Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) ranks first among eight Pakistani territories with respect to the provision of quality education, according to the Pakistan District Education Rankings 2017 released by education NGO Alif Ailaan on Thursday. AJK is followed by Islamabad Capital Territory, Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) ranks fifth on the list. Sindh and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) have fallen to seventh and eighth positions, respectively, as Balochistan jumped two places from last year's rankings to sixth position   Read More ...
Pakistan: Former finance minister Ishaq Dar’s guarantor’s properties attached
2017-12-14 18:11:50 A Pakistani accountability court today ordered the attachment of the properties held by a guarantor of embattled former finance minister Ishaq Dar after he failed to present the “proclaimed offender” before it in a corruption case linking him to the Panama Papers scandal. Dar, 67, was indicted in October in a graft case in which he is accused of making assets that were “disproportionate to his known sources of income”   Read More ...
'We should move forward with our eyes open': Shah advises caution after Sadiq's statement
2017-12-14 18:11:50 Though top PML-N leaders have been quick to dismiss National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq's apprehensions — expressed Wednesday night — that the government may not be able to complete its term, opposition leaders have smelled blood and are advising caution "in these dangerous times." Sadiq, while speaking to a TV channel on Wednesday, had said that though the continuity of the democratic system was critical in ensuring the strengthening of institutions in the country, he "does not see the [incumbent] assembly completing its tenure"   Read More ...
Pakistan moves to evict 21 foreign aid groups
2017-12-14 18:11:31 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has ordered 21 foreign aid groups to wrap up their activities and prepare to leave after they failed to re-register under tough regulations introduced two years ago, officials said Thursday. The officials said Open Society Foundations, the charity founded by George Soros, and the South Africa-based ActionAid were among the groups informed of the decision this week, without providing a complete list   Read More ...
Pakistan asks 21 foreign aid groups to close shop, leave
2017-12-14 16:40:37 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two senior Pakistani security officials say that authorities have asked 21 foreign aid groups to wrap up their activities and prepare to leave Pakistan after they failed to re-register under a regulation introduced two years ago. The officials say the international non-government organizations in question were told about the decision this week. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorizes to speak to reporters   Read More ...
Pakistan directs its High Commission in Delhi to issue visas to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family
2017-12-14 14:24:47 Pakistan on Thursday directed its High Commission in New Delhi to issue visas to the wife and mother of Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav, official sources said. The directive was issued by the Foreign Ministry following its decision last week to allow Jadhav’s family to meet him on December 25 in Islamabad, they said. The Foreign Office sources said that adequate security measures will be taken for complete safety of Jadhav’s family   Read More ...
Ex-Pakistan finance minister’s guarantor’s properties attached
2017-12-14 14:21:46 A Pakistani accountability court on Thursday ordered the attachment of the properties held by a guarantor of embattled former finance minister Ishaq Dar after he failed to present the “proclaimed offender” before it in a corruption case linking him to the Panama Papers scandal. Dar (67), was indicted in October in a graft case in which he is accused of making assets that were “disproportionate to his known sources of income“   Read More ...
Pakistan weist Dutzend internationale Hilfsorganisationen aus 
2017-12-14 14:01:56 Newsticker Pakistan weist Dutzend internationale Hilfsorganisationen aus Die Regierung von Pakistan verweist rund ein Dutzend internationale Hilfsorganisationen des Landes. Die Organisationen müssen ihre Arbeit in Pakistan innerhalb von zwei Monaten einstellen, wie die Deutschen Presse-Agentur am Donnerstag aus Kreisen des Innenministeriums erfuhr. Aktivisten warnten, die Entscheidung könne Hunderttausende durch Terrorismus und Naturkatastrophen Vertriebene von lebensnotwendiger Hilfe abschneiden. Die Regierung befürchtet, dass die Nichtregierungsorganisationen Spionage im Auftrag westlicher Staaten betrieben   Read More ...
Pakistan directs its High Commission in Delhi to issue visas to Jadhav’s family
2017-12-14 13:16:26 Pakistan today directed its High Commission in New Delhi to issue visas to the wife and mother of Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav, official sources said. The directive was issued by the Foreign Ministry following its decision last week to allow Jadhav’s family to meet him on December 25 in Islamabad, they said. The Foreign Office sources said that adequate security measures will be taken for complete safety of Jadhav’s family   Read More ...
‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ refused release in Pakistan
2017-12-14 12:22:59 Bollywood’s much-anticipated movie Tiger Zinda Hai has been refused the No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for import by Pakistan’s Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage. The film, starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, is the sequel of thriller drama Ek Tha Tiger, which didn’t get a release in the country either. Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censor (CBFC) chairman, Mobasher Hasan, told The Express Tribune: “Tiger Zinda Hai has been refused the NOC, citing the same reason as the first instalment of the franchise   Read More ...
Ride-hailing Careem eyes Pakistan expansion
2017-12-14 12:20:57 ISLAMABAD: Ride-hailing company Careem Inc. plans to expand across as many as 30 new cities in Pakistan as it taps into the country’s growing middle-class. The app, which competes against Uber Technologies Inc. offering car, motorcycle and rickshaw rides in South Asia’s second-largest economy, will seek to grow from its current presence in 10 Pakistani cities over the next three years, Junaid Iqbal, Careem’s managing director in the country, said in an interview   Read More ...
39 lawyers booked by police for vandalising judicial complex in Multan
2017-12-14 12:17:13 Police has registered a First Information Report (FIR) against 39 lawyers — including Lahore High Court Bar Association-Multan President Sher Zaman Qureshi — for vandalising Multan's judicial complex during a protest, DawnNews reported on Thursday.On Wednesday, lawyers in Multan had continued their protest from the day before over the shifting of the courts and entered the sessions court after a scuffle with the police   Read More ...
ECP asks Arshad Vohra to reply to MQM-P's petition to remove him as deputy mayor
2017-12-14 12:17:10 The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday directed Arshad Vohra to submit a reply to a petition filed by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) asking him to step down as Karachi's deputy mayor, DawnNews reported.Vohra left the Dr Farooq Sattar-led MQM-P in October to join the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).The petition demands Vohra step down as deputy mayor "since he is not a part of MQM-P anymore"   Read More ...
'Why are the agencies unaware?': Supreme Court grills FIA over Turbat killings
2017-12-14 12:17:08 The killings Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday questioned the role of agencies — in particular the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) — in preventing human trafficking cases in the country. A three-member bench headed by the CJP was hearing a suo motu case regarding the killing of 20 people in Balochistan whose bullet-riddled bodies were found in Turbat and Buleda areas last month   Read More ...
Court takes control of Dar guarantor's properties in corruption reference
2017-12-14 12:17:04 An accountability court in Islamabad on Thursday ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to attach the properties held by a guarantor of Ishaq Dar, due to his failure to present the former finance minister before the court. Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir was hearing the reference regarding assets beyond known means of income, filed against Dar by NAB on Supreme Court orders   Read More ...
FO denies China has halted payments for CPEC projects
2017-12-14 12:17:00 The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday rubbished reports that Beijing had halted payments on any of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in the country. FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal, during a weekly briefing, said there was no news from Beijing that the Chinese government was halting funding for any of the projects, adding that execution of payments takes place in specific manner   Read More ...
Palestine has the right to East Jerusalem as its capital: Saudi King echoes OIC's declaration
2017-12-14 12:16:56 “Palestinians have the right to East Jerusalem as their capital," said Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday during his annual speech outlining his government’s priorities for the coming year, . “The Kingdom has called for a political solution to resolve regional crises, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue and the restoration of the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights, including the right to establish their independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital,” the king was quoted as saying   Read More ...
Senate committee orders government to submit details of deported Turkish teachers
2017-12-14 12:16:53 The Senate's Standing Committee for Interior, chaired by the PPP's Rehman Malik, on Thursday summoned Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's representative to brief the committee over the deportation of Turkish teachers last year. The committee also directed the federal interior ministry to submit details of Turkish teachers that are in Pakistan as well as those who were deported last year. It also sought the legal documents of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) which has taken over the Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges functioning in the country   Read More ...
Eyewitnesses identify second suspect in Karachi Do Darya firing case
2017-12-14 12:16:50 A second suspect linked to the murder of Karachi college student Zafir Ahmed Zuberi near the city's Do Darya area earlier this month was identified by three witnesses in court on Thursday. The witnesses, who appeared in the court of a judicial magistrate today, were able to identify two suspects out of the five people in the identification parade ─ Khawar Burney, the main accused, and Abdul Rehman, one of the 10 absconding suspects in the case   Read More ...
Duterte tours Pakistani navy ship
2017-12-14 12:16:22 President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday toured the navy ship of Pakistan docked at the Manila Bay. Duterte boarded the Pakistani Sword-class missile guided frigate, PNS SAIF, at around 4:30 p.m. The President was accompanied by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go. The navy ship that arrived in Manila on Thursday will be in the Philippines for a three-day goodwill visit from December 14 to 17   Read More ...
Actually, BJP suits Pakistan better than Congress
2017-12-14 10:18:28 Speaking in Gujarat the other day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged a drawing room conspiracy by a set of very distinguished Indians and an equally distinguished Pakistani (former foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri), and a parallel one on social media by a not-so-well-known or distinguished Pakistani (Sardar Arshad Rafique). The aim of this alleged conspiracy was, according to the PM, to give the Congress a victory in Gujarat, and not just that, specifically to install Ahmed Patel, a Muslim Congressman, as chief minister   Read More ...
Foreign NGOs in Pakistan failing to re-register asked to wrap up work
2017-12-14 10:10:57 Pakistan has asked nearly a dozen foreign aid groups to wrap up their activities in the country for failing to “re-register” under a regulation promulgated two years ago, officials said on Thursday. Pakistan had in 2015 introduced a new, tough registration criterion for international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) after allegations of “anti-state” activities surfaced against some foreign aid workers. Several foreign NGOs have since re-registered but some of them failed to fulfil the standards set by the government, according to an official of the Interior Ministry   Read More ...
Police recover 13 bonded labourers from 'private jail' near Nagarparkar
2017-12-14 06:17:30 Police on Wednesday recovered 13 bonded individuals who had allegedly been kept in illegal confinement for five years in a private jail in the village of Ramji Kohli near Nagarparkar.A police team headed by Station House Officer (SHO) Nagarpakar Abdul Razak Umrani, in a court-ordered raid in the village on the suspected private jail of Rahim Ali Khoso, recovered the labourers, including four women and five children   Read More ...
Renewable power projects face axe as loadshedding ends
2017-12-14 06:17:27 ISLAMABAD: The government would be under no obligation for any renewable project lacking firm contract by Dec 10 as era of loadshedding ends with surplus generation capacity, said Federal Minister for Power Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari.Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, the minister castigated critics challenging continuation of power shortages in many parts of the country saying they were only spreading propaganda   Read More ...
'We got the slap of our times': Palestinian president rejects US as peace broker
2017-12-14 06:17:24 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told leaders of Muslim countries on Wednesday that the United States (US) is no longer fit to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and should be replaced as mediator by the United Nations (UN), outlining a significant policy shift in response to President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In an impassioned speech at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) extraordinary summit on Al Quds and Palestine in Istanbul, Abbas said his people would no longer accept the US as a peace broker but added that they remain committed to international resolutions which have formed the basis of the process   Read More ...
OIC wants East Jerusalem to be Palestine’s capital
2017-12-14 06:17:21 ‘No more role for US’ Saudi snub? Roadmap for Ummah • Summit falls short of agreeing concrete sanction against Israel or US. • PM asks Washington to recommit to two-state solution. • No sign of Saudi king or crown prince as Riyadh sends foreign ministry official ISTANBUL: Islamic leaders on Wednesday urged the world to recognise occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warned the United States no longer had any role to play in the peace process   Read More ...
Ayaz Sadiq fears PML-N govt will not complete its constitutional term
2017-12-14 06:17:18 National Assembly (NA) Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday said continuity of democratic system was pivotal for strengthening institutions in the country, but expressed fear that he "does not see the [incumbent] assembly completing its tenure", DawnNews reported. While talking to a private news channel, Sadiq said, “What’s happening now has never been witnessed before,” adding that everyone should give preference to national interests instead of focusing on personal benefits   Read More ...
Police file case to probe student's alleged abduction from Karachi University
2017-12-14 06:17:15 Karachi police have registered a kidnapping case against unidentified suspects as it probes the ‘disappearance’ of a student who was allegedly kidnapped from Karachi University (KU), the missing student's family informed Dawn on Wednesday.According to family members, Sagheer Ahmed Baloch has been missing since November 20. Police have filed the case under Section 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) and Section 34 (common intention) of Pakistan Penal Code against unknown persons on the complaint of the missing student’s sister, Hameeda Baloch   Read More ...
Trump signs bill that includes $700m reimbursement for Pakistan
2017-12-14 06:17:10 WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has signed into law a $700 billion defence bill that includes up to $700 million to reimburse Pakistan for supporting US military operations in Afghanistan.President Trump put his signature on this sweeping defence policy bill on Tuesday, which also authorises additional spending on missile defence programmes to counter North Korea’s growing nuclear weapons threat.The US Congress passed the National Defence Authorisation Act 2018 early last month, allowing up to $700m in Coalition Support Fund (CSF) for Pakistan as well   Read More ...
Govt to issue e-passports from March 2018: Ahsan Iqbal
2017-12-14 06:17:07 Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal announced on Wednesday that the Passports and Immigration Office will begin issuing e-passports from next year.The contract for the preparation of e-passports had earlier been signed by a representative of private French company Gemalto and Director General Passports and Immigration Usman Bajwa in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Interior.The e-passports are so called due to a microchip that contains all the biometric information of a traveler which is embedded in the document   Read More ...
Protesting lawyers storm new judicial complex in Multan, vandalise building
2017-12-14 06:17:04 Enraged lawyers in Multan stormed the new judicial complex on Mattital Road, smashing windows and doors and mirrors with sticks, in protest over the shifting of the courts for a second consecutive day.The lawyers are incensed that the new judicial complex, which began functioning on Nov 14, does not house their chambers. Footage of the lawyers vandalising the complex building in Multan   Read More ...
World Bank’s role in drafting Pakistan's oil exploration law stuns senators
2017-12-14 06:17:01 MINISTER of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal Khan says draft law will be given a final shape in consultation with provinces. ISLAMABAD: An admission by a federal minister on the role of the World Bank in drafting of a law about apportionment of the country’s natural resources took senators by surprise on Wednesday, prompting the Senate chairman to seek a written response from the petroleum ministry about the extent to which the bank was involved in the matter   Read More ...
Accountability court charges three main accused in DHA City Lahore scam
2017-12-14 06:16:58 An accountability court on Wednesday charged three key accused in the DHA City Lahore scam case.The three accused — Hammad Arshad, his brother Murad Arshad, and retired brigadier Khalid Nazeer Butt — allegedly traded thousands of canals of land fraudulently on behalf of the Defence Housing Authority (DHA).According to an agreement signed between DHA and a private company on June 14, 2010, the latter was to provide the housing authority with 25,000 canals of land in return for over Rs2 billion   Read More ...