SSP Malir Bahadu­r says two uniden­tified terror­ists manage­d to escape; raids being conduc­ted for their arrest­KARACHI: Police on Monday claimed to have gunned down three al Qaeda terrorists in an encounter during a joint operation conducted along with intelligence agencies in the Khuda Bux Goth area of Northern Bypass on Sunday night. A joint operation by the police and the intelligence agencies was launched to nab the suspects. Terrorists identifiedAccording to a statement issued by the Malir police, the deceased terrorists were identified as al Qaeda Sindh ameer Talat Mehmood alias Yousuf and his two accomplices – Usman Noor Alam and Sheikh Shahid. The accused was an important member of al Qaeda and also a close aide of Umar Kathio, who was involved in the Safoora incident. About the third terrorist, the police officials informed that Alam was an important worker of al Qaeda in the sub-continent.

June 24, 2019 22:07 UTC

The Senate Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs chairman Farooq H Naek had moved a total of 171 recommendations. The approved recommendations were forwarded to the National Assembly for consideration. The approved recommendations include the one by Shibli Faraz to abolish Riba from economy at the earliest. He congratulated the Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue chairman and its members for their recommendations on the Finance Bill. Later, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani prorogued the 290th Session of Senate after conclusion of its budget debate.

June 24, 2019 21:45 UTC

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of the government’s coalition partner, Balochistan National Party Mengal (BNP-M), visted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Jahangir Tareen at his residence on Monday, local media reported. In the meeting both leaderships exchanged views on the six-point agenda. Sources told that PTI leadership assured BNP-M delegation that all of the demands would be accepted and implemented.

June 24, 2019 19:41 UTC

He said that his sources have claimed that the recent visit of the emir was also connected to this task. “I have been told that the process has been completed by up to 80 to 90 per cent,” he said. He said that while Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to give no amnesty to Nawaz, there have been many instances where he did not keep his promises, so it is possible that he may release Nawaz due to international pressure. “The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman once said something about a deal but he mentioned Shehbaz Sharif instead of Nawaz Sharif,” he added. Talking about Qatar’s decision to invest $3 billion in Pakistan, he said that Qatar may invest another $7-8 billion later on.

June 24, 2019 19:16 UTC

Distri­ct centra­l SSP Arif Aslam Rao suspen­ds Amjad and depute­s him as a quarte­r guard at Hyderi Police Statio­nKARACHI: A drunken policeman was suspended on Monday, a day after a video showing him resorting to aerial firing and creating ruckus outside his neighbour’s house in Karachi went viral. Amir Hameed, the neighbour, filed a complaint against police constable Amjad at Hyderi Market Police Station in North Nazimabad. Taking notice of the video, district central SSP Arif Aslam Rao suspended the police personnel and deputed him as a quarter guard at Hyderi Police Station. WATCH: Aerial firing, fireworks by police in KarachiAccording to Hameed, Amjad has been his neighbour for the last 13 years and he frequently caused disturbance in the neighbourhood while being under the influence of alcohol. He also alleged that the drunken policeman habitually resorted to aerial firing and also misbehaved with women and children.

June 24, 2019 19:06 UTC

The subcommittee expressed its displeasure when Industry and Production secretary told the panel that he was not prepared to brief it on the issue. The panel noted that the ministry took a supplementary grant of Rs86.2 million during the fiscal year 2014-15 but did not spend Rs41.2 million of the funds. Responding to the objection, the secretary said the grant was taken during merger of the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Production. They said NAB has so far recovered Rs5 million while it is trying to make further recoveries. The ministry officials told the subcommittee that they had recovered more than Rs50 million and told NAB about the development.

June 24, 2019 18:56 UTC

However, the current government’s scheme for declaration of benami assets and wealth should not be taken as a ‘financial NRO’, the FBR said in a response to a petition against the scheme which was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC). The board added that initiatives like the asset declaration scheme are legal under the Constitution of Pakistan under compelling circumstances. Interpreting, promulgating, amending or cancelling the legal status of the scheme is the domain of parliament, the FBR said in response to the petition. The board claims that the petitioner’s labelling of the asset declaration scheme as an NRO is an attempt to make it a controversial matter and could not be defended. While challenging the scheme, the petitioner maintained that the Asset Declaration Ordinance 2019 was introduced under Article 89 of the constitution through a presidential ordinance.

June 24, 2019 18:45 UTC

When the case was taken up, Senator Saher Kamran apprised the court that Talpur could not be presented as the NAB car had broken down. NAB apprised the court about the details obtained during investigation. You should make additional copies.”Taking the proceedings forward, the court called Talpur to the rostrum. Khosa said, “Faryal Talpur has less than one per cent shares in Zardari Group.”Mocking NAB, Khosa said, “NAB is doing a very transparent job. We are tolerating this for the last 20 years.”Investigation officer apprised the court that Talpur said that the money was obtained by selling land and sugarcane.

June 24, 2019 18:33 UTC

Even after the passage of six months, since the retirement of the ECP members, the issue is yet to be resolved. The parliamentary committee formed under the chairpersonship of Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari for the posting of ECP members from Sindh and Balochistan could not reach any consensus. Failing to reach an agreement on the proposed names, the committee has decided to apprise Prime Minister Imran Khan of the matter. He maintained that the prime minister has no authority to make the appointment of ECP members and now the apex court will decide the matter. Earlier on Wednesday, the parliamentary panel on the appointment of ECP members held an in-camera meeting and considered 12 names three each for members from Sindh and Balochistan proposed by the government and the opposition.

June 24, 2019 18:33 UTC

LAHORE: On the invitation of Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid and Punjab Health Services Director General Dr Haroon Jahangir, 16-member Nigerian delegation visited Health Services DG’s office on Monday. Dr Saeed Ghuman, Dr Shahnaz Naeem, Dr Khalid and Dr Yad Ullah were also there. Punjab Health Services Director General Dr Haroon Jahangir briefed the delegation about the initiatives of the Punjab government to facilitate maximum patients. The Nigerian delegation appreciated the efforts of Punjab health minister to take initiatives to facilitate maximum patients in government hospitals. Nasir Deen Usman leaded the Nigerian delegation as well.

June 24, 2019 18:11 UTC

“Installments will also be given [but] no extension after June 30,” Imran said while speaking in a TV programme on a private channel. In the past 10 years, we took many loans” and a lot of the expenditure “goes in the interest on those taxes,” said the premier. “In the 60s, Pakistan was on the rise,” he said, but “we don’t pay taxes. There’s too much corruption here.”Commenting further on the hesitance of Pakistanis regarding paying taxes and how their taxes would be used, Imran said: “People think their tax won’t be spent on them. Further, he clarified that non-custom-paid vehicles were not included in the scheme but those vehicles that were custom-paid but not declared can be declared.

June 24, 2019 18:00 UTC

In the meeting that took place at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan also took part. The president said Pakistan would support peace process in Afghanistan and actively contribute for its rebuilding. Earlier, Firdous Ashiq Awan said the guidance and patronage of President Alvi has always been very encouraging for the development of media in Pakistan. CPNE President Arif Nizami expressed gratitude to President Alvi for his constant support to the media community. He said it is responsibility of the media community to check news for accuracy before disseminating it in order to curb the trend of fake news.

June 24, 2019 17:48 UTC

Bangladesh boosted their bid to reach the World Cup semi-finals as Shakib Al Hasan’s superb all-round display inspired a 62-run win over Afghanistan on Monday. Shakib’s 51 laid the foundations for Bangladesh to score 262-7 and made him the leading run-scorer in this year’s World Cup. Shakib became the first Bangladesh player to take five wickets in the World Cup when he had Najibullah Zadran stumped. That brought Shakib to the crease and he upped the tempo with some aggressive hitting that maintained his fine form. Shakib went on to become only the second player to hit six consecutive 40-plus scores in a World Cup.

June 24, 2019 17:48 UTC

KARACHI: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) shifted member of provincial assembly, Faryal Talpur to Karachi from Islamabad on Monday to ensure her attendance in the upcoming session of provincial assembly, media reported. She was detained from Islamabad’s Zardari House on June 14 in the ongoing investigation by NAB. Sources told that Faryal will remain in Karachi till the next session of Sindh Assembly as her production orders were issued on June 17th. Her house in Karachi would serve as a sub-jail till her stay in the provincial capital and NAB would conduct the interrogation accordingly.

June 24, 2019 17:26 UTC

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said on Monday that his government is determined to eradicate polio from the province and is taking concrete steps in this regard, media reported. He also directed the related authorities to convince parents about benefits of polio vaccination by educating them. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on polio Babar Bin Atta also addressed the meeting and told the participants that government has planned to start special social media campaign to create awareness among the general public about polio. On June 13, another polio case had surfaced in Shangla, a district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sources told that with addition of this case the total number of reported cases in KP now stands at 20.

June 24, 2019 16:52 UTC