Court adjour­ns case till May 30ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh lawmaker Faryal Talpur appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday. Accountability court summons Zardari, Talpur on April 8Pre-arrest bail pleaMeanwhile, Zardari has filed yet another pre-arrest bail plea in the Islamabad High Court fearing arrest. It is pertinent to mention that the anti-corruption unit furnished details of inquiries, investigations and references in the fake accounts case on May 14. Names of Zardari, Talpur struck off no-fly listThe fake accounts case historyInformation regarding the fake accounts came to the fore when an intelligence agency picked up a prominent money changer in an unrelated case. Fake accounts case: Sindh CM Murad to appear before JIT todayThe JIT report in a nutshellAccording to the report, the JIT identified 11,500 bank accounts and 924 account holders at the start of their investigation.

May 21, 2019 06:11 UTC

WELLINGTON: New Zealand police said on Tuesday they were charging the man accused of murder in shootings at two Christchurch mosques in March with engaging in a terrorist act. Tuesday’s charge under terrorism suppression legislation was filed against Brenton Tarrant, police said. “The charge will allege that a terrorist act was carried out in Christchurch on 15 March 2019,” Commissioner of Police Mike Bush said in a statement. An additional charge of murder and two more charges of attempted murder have also been filed against Tarrant so that the suspected white supremacist faces a total of 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder. Tarrant is next due to appear in court on June 14, after being remanded in custody in April and ordered to undergo psychiatric assessment to determine if he was fit to stand trial.

May 21, 2019 06:00 UTC

Hearin­g adjour­ned till July 4ISLAMABAD : Former Pakistan Television (PTV) managing director Shahid Masood on Tuesday challenged an earlier verdict in the PTV corruption case in the federal capital’s high court on Tuesday. IHC Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani presided the hearing during which the Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued notices to the government and summoned a response. “The accused has already returned the embezzled amount.”The court then adjourned the hearing of the case till July 4. Masood is accused of signing a broadcasting rights agreement in exchange for cricket matches with fake a company. According to the FIA’s investigation, at the time of the agreement, Masood paid the company a sum of over Rs3 million.

May 21, 2019 06:00 UTC

Police find body near Chak Shahza­dA 10-year-old girl was killed after being molested in Islamabad, Express News reported on Tuesday. According to police, the girl was killed and her body was dumped near Chak Shahzad area of Islamabad on May 15. The body of the child was found a day after the First Information report (FIR) was registered. He also asked the Islamabad inspector general of police to submit a detailed report regarding the case. In March, a seven-year-old boy’s body was found by locals in a pile of trash in Haripur’s Khanpur area.

May 21, 2019 05:37 UTC

Voice of Kashmi­ris cannot be suppre­ssed in this modern era of electr­onic media and intern­et, says foreig­n minist­erForeign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has called upon India to come to the negotiating table and engage Pakistan for the sake of regional peace after the new government takes office in New Delhi following the Indian general election, Radio Pakistan reported. Speaking on Pakistan Television, he said that “war has always brought destruction and cannot be considered as an option, particularly when both the countries are nuclear powers.”The minister regretted that Kashmir was burning as India is trying to suppress the voice of Kashmiris through military presence and its black laws. NSA appointment on the cards to revive ‘backchannel’ with India“Voice of Kashmiris cannot be suppressed in this modern era of electronic media and the internet.”Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the European Commission and the United Nations had categorically stated that Kashmiris were fighting for their right to self-determination. “Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav had confessed that he was involved in subversive activities in Pakistan,” said FM Qureshi, adding that India wanted him released, however, he would be tried according to Pakistan’s laws. Read full story

May 21, 2019 05:26 UTC

MELBOURNE: Australia coach Justin Langer has defended the decision to leave Josh Hazlewood out of the World Cup squad, saying the paceman lacked match fitness as he recovers from a back injury. “He just hasn’t been playing any cricket,” Langer said in England of the 28-year-old Hazlewood, who has claimed 72 wickets in 44 ODI matches. “It’s been hilarious for me, because whether on the Anzac Cove or in the lunch room or we’re on the bus playing cards, (Smith’s) just shadow batting the whole time,” he said. “He loves batting — he’s shadow batting on the sand, he’s shadow batting in the shower — I’m not joking. I’m sure they’ll be better people for that.”Australia play their World Cup opener against Pakistan in Bristol on June 1.

May 21, 2019 05:15 UTC

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that the Eid moon is expected to be sighted on June 4. While talking to media on Tuesday, he said that according to the lunar calendar, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on June 5. Chaudhry said that the lunar calendar has been sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) while adding that he requested the council to invite Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai and Mufti Muneebur Rehman and brief them. Chaudhry further said that Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and Department of Meteorology participated in the making of the lunar calendar.

May 21, 2019 05:15 UTC

Huawei devices, as a result, lost access to updates to Google’s Android operating system. — Android (@Android) May 20, 2019The problem arises for future Android updates. With much speculation suggesting that Huawei users might be stuck with the current version of Android. The US trade ban on ZTE wreaked havoc at wireless carriers in Europe and South Asia, sources told Reuters at the time. Many analysts are of the thought that the ban has marketed Huawei more than the damage it would cause the short-run.

May 21, 2019 05:15 UTC

British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has given his two cents on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan programs and said that such deals did not benefit ordinary people. In an interview with a private media outlet on Monday, Corbyn, who was attending an iftar-dinner at the Islamic Centre to show his support for the Muslim community during Ramzan, said he had always expressed his reservation at such agreements. The Opposition leader in the House of Commons said: “What can [in fact] resolve the issue of poverty around the world is fairer trade, dealing with the debt crisis that many countries face, [an] investment in agriculture and industrial systems for the future, and dealing with the issues of climate emergency. “I’m always concerned when arrangements are made particularly … what the terms are of those arrangements because we need a world in which there is less poverty, and a fairer distribution of wealth and power,” he said.

May 21, 2019 04:59 UTC

Relations between Washington and Tehran plummeted a year ago when Trump pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and imposed tough sanctions. Try respect — it works!”Iranian Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi appealed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council to take steps to prevent the crisis from spiralling out of control. The Security Council has not discussed the rising tensions even though its purpose is to address threats to international peace and security. Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Russia may decide “at a certain point” to raise US-Iran tensions at the council “because the situation is very worrisome.”“The language is bellicose, especially on this side of the Atlantic Ocean,” Nebenzia told reporters. The Russian ambassador renewed a call for the creation of a “security architecture” for the Gulf region to allow for talks on regional issues.

May 21, 2019 04:41 UTC

U-turns, servic­e lanes and loops being built to facili­tate commut­ersISLAMABAD: Federal Secretary Communications Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui his directed timely completion of improvement work on Karachi-Hyderabad M-9 Motorway. Siddiqui emphasised upon completion of construction work as per schedule. It was further told that out of 185Km, Score Company has completed 140km service road and work is in progress on remaining 45km at various stages. During his visit, the federal secretary communications observed that road rutting is causing disruption to traffic. Federal Secretary Communications directed to undertake all possible measures for timely & quality completion of ongoing activities at various locations of M-9.

May 21, 2019 04:18 UTC

A total of 1,285 cardia­c surger­ies were conduc­ted in 2018FAISALABAD: A rapid increase in cardiovascular diseases is alarming. Current lifestyles are one of the major causes for heart diseases in the country, said Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology Medical Superintendent Dr Ijaz Bhatti. He revealed that 446 cardiac surgeries have been conducted at the institute between January to April of this year. In comparison, a total of 1,285 cardiac surgeries were conducted in 2018. He added that only preventive measures such as lifestyle changes, daily walks and increasing vegetable intake can help in preventing heart diseases.

May 21, 2019 04:18 UTC

Minist­ry to start drafti­ng rules, vacanc­ies to be advert­ised soonISLAMABAD: Resolving a major complaint, the finance ministry has decided to approve 72 posts as part of the maiden climate change authority of the country. Following the decision, the Climate Change Ministry has started preparing rules for the authority. However, the finance ministry had rejected the summary and had directed the Climate Change Ministry to rationalize it. The authority’s purpose will be to formulate comprehensive adaption and mitigation policies, plans, programmes, projects and measures to address the effects of climate change and meet Pakistan’s obligations under international conventions and agreements relating to climate change and within the framework of a national climate change policy. Why ‘climate change’ just got realA climate change fund was also established under the same law.

May 21, 2019 04:07 UTC

The schoolThe CAS School is one of the city’s most prestigious educational institutions, located in Defence Housing Authority Phase VIII. Parents of students enrolled at the school told The Express Tribune that the latest fee vouchers are for the three-month period from July to September. Meanwhile, CAS is perhaps the only school in the area that has completely disregarded the SC’s orders as well as several notices issued by the provincial school education department. On January 10 earlier this year, the provincial school education department sent the first notice to the school, directing it to comply with the SC’s orders. The parents expressed their views regarding the unscrupulous fee hike during the gathering.

May 21, 2019 03:56 UTC

Should we expect any Chines­e indust­ry to reloca­te to Pakist­an under the China-Pakist­an Econom­ic Corrid­or? Should we expect any Chinese industry to relocate to Pakistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)? An industry would relocate to another city or country if such relocation entails a significant regulatory, locational or cost advantage. Coming to the cost advantages, the garments and textile industry seems to be a good choice for relocation. The focus for Chinese industry relocation is, therefore, quite clear and makes much commercial sense.

May 21, 2019 03:56 UTC