The verdict will come todayThe International Court of Justice reportedly is going to announce its verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on 17 July (today). India continued asking for consular access to Commander Jadhav, which was denied by Pakistan, which contended that consular access was not automatic in cases related to security. In May 2017, India approached the ICJ, asserting that the Pakistani authorities were denying India its right of consular access to Commander Jadhav in violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. After the halting of the execution, India made two written submissions to the ICJ and Pakistan accordingly gave rejoinders to them. In view of the previous decisions of the ICJ on the subject and the legal issues involved, it can be justifiably expected that it would not provide relief of acquittal, release and return to India of Commander Jadhav.

July 16, 2019 16:18 UTC

But the PM neglects other crucial issuesThe third quarterly report of the SBP takes note of the persistence of vulnerabilities in the economy. The SBP report also underlines several other vulnerabilities that urgently need the government’s attention, food insecurity being one. Almost half of the province’s households face mild to severe food insecurity while at least 30 percent households experience hunger on a chronic basis. Alarmingly, of the 36.9percent food insecure households in the country, 18.3 percent face severe food insecurity. The country suffers from water stress, we are told, and urgently needs water-efficient agricultural technology and water conservation schemes.

July 16, 2019 16:18 UTC

And a reckless disregard for human lifeCoal mining is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. It is therefore up to the company or government overseeing the project to ensure the safety of the miners who are risking their lives for an honest day’s pay. Of the 11 miners who got trapped in a mine in Quetta on Monday, one has been rescued, four bodies recovered and the rest remain trapped as the rescue operation continues. The accident occurred due to an electrical short-circuit that started a fire, which means it is purely a case of human error. Rescue efforts are halted as the fire has spread poisonous carbon monoxide gas in the mine making it highly unlikely that the remaining miners will come out alive.

July 16, 2019 16:18 UTC

Murad Saeed said former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spent 460,000 dollars on one US visit in 2015 but Imran Khan will complete his visit by spending only 60,000 dollars. He said that Raiwind residence of Nawaz Sharif was also declared a camp office and hefty amounts were spent on its security. Murad Saeed said former chief minister Shehbaz Sharif spent Rs8.7bn on his security. Murad Saeed said that every family member of Shahbaz Sharif used separate security squad, whereas Shahbaz Sharif bought a new helicopter worth Rs1.3 billion. He said a total of 2,717 security personnel were deployed on the security of Sharif family in total.

July 16, 2019 16:07 UTC

Their spacecraft took four days to reach the Moon, before the module known as “Eagle” touched the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. Collins remained in lunar orbit in the command module Columbia, their only means of returning back to Earth. Collins, however has been fielding questions for half a century about whether he felt lonely or left out. Despite the festivities, neither the United States nor any other country has managed to return a human to the Moon since 1972, the year of the final Apollo mission. Five years appears unlikely given that neither the rocket, nor capsule or lander is yet ready or even finalised.

July 16, 2019 15:56 UTC

Lagarde said in a statement her resignation was effective September 12, opening the way for the IMF to choose its next leader. “With greater clarity now on the process for my nomination as ECB President and the time it will take, I have made this decision in the best interest of the Fund,” she said in a statement. Lagarde’s ECB nomination thrusts IMF into early succession raceShe said her resignation would expedite the selection of her successor. If approved, she would take over as ECB president from Mario Draghi on Oct. 31. Lagarde’s second five-year term as IMF managing director was not due to end until July 2021.

July 16, 2019 15:33 UTC

Details of the expenditures were presented in the federal cabinet’s meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Tuesday. According to the documents, acquired by The Express Tribune, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif spent nearly Rs4.32 billion on his camp office and medical expenses. Similarly, Saeed said, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar does not have any camp office. “In fact, none of the ministers have any camp offices,” he added. He said Gilani had three camp offices in Lahore and two in Multan while Shehbaz also made five camp offices during his tenure.

July 16, 2019 15:22 UTC

Speaking in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Khawja Asif while referring to the removal of accountability court judge Arshad Malik over the video leak scandal said that the judge was removed but Nawaz Sharif still remains in prison. “The video of a judge came forward and questions were raised over his judgment. The judge was removed but Nawaz Sharif remains in prison,” he said. The PML-N leader asserted that there was no allegation of corruption against Nawaz Sharif. Justice should not be compromised.”‘Rana Sanaullah shouldn’t play politics’Responding to the PML-N leader, Minister for Narcotics Shehryar Afridi said that the ANF had “complete evidence” to prove charges levelled against the PML-N leader.

July 16, 2019 15:11 UTC

–Another miner succumbs to injuries while two other remain in critical conditionQUETTA: The death toll of Quetta coal mine collapse reached nine on Tuesday as one of the two miners who were rescued alive passed away at Civil Hospital Quetta. The rescued miners were shifted to the hospital in critical condition where another miner who had been rescued a day earlier was also receiving treatment. On March 20, it was reported that as many as 164 labourers working in coal mines had lost their lives and 300 more were facing serious injuries during the last year in various mines of Balochistan. Sultan had said that most of the labourers working in the field were facing dangerous diseases including kidney, asthma and lever problems. The government should implement Occupational Safety and Health Situation (OSHS) to overcome the accidents which occur in coal mining.

July 16, 2019 15:00 UTC

Lookin­g forwar­d to deepen­ing our relati­onship with Pakist­an's CAA, says TSA offici­alThere are no imminent plans for direct flights between Pakistan and the United States, said the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Tuesday. During the visit, representatives of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) and the Ministry of Aviation highlighted the airport’s security features. US to facilitate direct PIA flights to NYC, Chicago, Houston“This visit was not a formal inspection, audit or assessment of any specific airport and there are no imminent plans for direct flights between Pakistan and the United States,” read the official communique. Speaking of his interactions in Pakistan, TSA Regional Director Jason Schwabel said that secure international air travel is essential to facilitate trade and connections. “We look forward to deepening our relationship with the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority as we explore additional areas of cooperation,” he added.

July 16, 2019 15:00 UTC

The 'Knowle­dge Platfo­rm' was select­ed from over 3,000 applic­ants worldw­ideSocial impact organisation Knowledge Platform has bagged the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded Grand Challenge award. The organisation was selected from over 3,000 innovative applicants worldwide with only 15 being chosen to bring their interventions to life. In partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Knowledge Platform will soon be launching Birds & Bees: a classroom without walls. The Knowledge Platform is one of the only organisations in Pakistan to have partnered with Gates Foundation for an education-based intervention. The organisation’s Birds and Bees programme teaches young learners from across Islamabad to take responsibility for the health and wellbeing of birds and bees.

July 16, 2019 14:37 UTC

The Punjab government has moved the Supreme Court against a Lahore High Court (LHC) that allowed Tehreek-e-Labbaik chief Khadim Rizvi to be released on bail, saying the high court “did not fulfill legal requirements” in its decision to grant bail to the fiery cleric. The petition said that there was enough evidence against the TLP chief and urged the top court to nullify the high court’s verdict. Rizvi’s arrest also came weeks after the TLP led three-day protests across the country against the acquittal of Aasia Bibi — a Christian woman whose blasphemy conviction was overturned by the apex court. In February, the top court gave its verdict on the suo motu case over the Faizabad sit-in. The judgement directed the federal government, law enforcers, intelligence agencies and the army’s media wing to operate within their mandate.

July 16, 2019 14:37 UTC

KARACHI: The investigators who are probing the murder of news anchor Mureed Abbas have requested the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to investigate into the financial scam involving over 1billion rupees, which according to them “could be the reason for murder”. In this regard, Senior Superintendent of Police, Investigation-I South Zone has forwarded a request to the NAB authorities to initiate the investigation to ascertain the reasons behind the murder of anchor Mureed Abbas who was shot dead recently by his friend-cum-business partner. “It is submitted that case FIR No 382/2019 u/s 302, 34 PPC was registered at PS Darakhshan in which TV anchor Mureed Abbas was killed along with his friend Khizar Hayat by accused Atif Zaman. Further, the number of victims of this financial scam is more than 100. All the credentials of the case directly invite NAB jurisdiction.

July 16, 2019 14:15 UTC

Pakistani journalists are holding nationwide protests to denounce rampant censorship that they say is being imposed upon them from the country’s power quarters, massive layoffs due to budget cuts, and months-long delays in payments of their wages. Tuesday’s rallies, dubbed ‘Day of Protests’, are spearheaded by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ). PFUJ says journalists are facing the roughest phase in the country’s history and have decided to “fight the unprecedented censorship”. Afzal Butt, president of PFUJ, says the rallies are only the “beginning of a protest movement”. Senior journalist Hamid Mir also tweeted about the protest from Islamabad, where he attended a demonstration outside the National Press Club.

July 16, 2019 14:15 UTC

–Commission says by-polls were extended ‘due to disposal of pending constitutional petitions’ in SHCThe by-polls for National Assembly seat NA-205 will be held on July 23 instead of July 18, said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a notification, announcing an extension of five days. The National Assembly seat from Ghotki fell vacant after the death of federal minister for narcotics control Ali Mohammad Mahar. Earlier this month, the PPP had alleged that the federal government was directly interfering in the by-elections. It may be noted that PM Imran Khan also visited Ghotki. He was issued a notice by the ECP over the code of conduct.

July 16, 2019 13:52 UTC