RAWALPINDI: Three soldiers of the Pakistan Army were martyred and another was injured after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in North Waziristan tribal district, said the military’s media wing on Tuesday. The martyred soldiers were a part of the army’s patrolling team, said the statement, adding that the military has cordoned off the blast site and has started a search operation in the area. The martyred soldiers were identified by the ISPR as Sepoy Sajid, Sepoy Riyasat and Sepoy Babar. In August, at least three security personnel were martyred and one was injured after militants opened fire at a checkpost in North Waziristan district. Earlier in June this year, a soldier was martyred when an army vehicle came under an attack in the Boya area of North Waziristan district.
November 12, 2019 18:44 UTC
LAHORE: An internal inquiry conducted by Government College University (GCU) has found payments worth Rs638m having been paid to “ghost” foreign faculty members in the Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS) from 2003 to 2013. According to reports, the foreign faculty members had only spent a short period of time in Pakistan (few weeks or months) while salaries kept flowing in. The report says: “There was no direct communication between the HEC and the foreign faculty members. Foreign faculty members were not even aware of the offer details and other terms and conditions.”“The correspondence with foreign faculty shows that they did not receive the salary in many cases and the salaries were being deposited with a local bank [and how they were being withdrawn if the foreign faculty was not present in Pakistan]. Some faculty members in their replies have mentioned signing blank papers.
November 12, 2019 18:19 UTC
Federal Minister for Interior Ijaz Shah on Tuesday said that even Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, would be allowed to travel abroad if she was unwell. “Nawaz Sharif is being allowed to go abroad on humanitarian grounds,” Shah said, adding that according to the doctors, the former prime minister’s health was in critical condition and his treatment was not possible in Pakistan. “Nawaz is not going out of the country on a permanent basis. He added that all the ministers were in favour of allowing Nawaz to go abroad for treatment. “We have given him water, electricity and medical support,” he said, adding that Maulana Fazl had grown fond of Islamabad.
November 12, 2019 17:37 UTC
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday issued notices to the federal government and others for November 14 on a petition filed by former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi regarding non-issuance of his production orders by the National Assembly speaker. The single bench comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najafi heard the petition. He argued that the NA speaker issued production orders of various members, but his client was ignored, which was a discriminatory act. He pleaded with the court to issue directions for issuance of production orders. The court, after hearing initial arguments, issued notices to the respondents and sought a reply till Thursday.
November 12, 2019 17:35 UTC
The chief minister said that it was a wrong impression that he was not going to receive the prime minister whenever he visited Sindh. The Sindh chief minister said that he had written a number of letters to the prime minister but he did not respond any of them. He brushed aside the impression of his differences with the Sindh governor. Talking about KMC, the chief minister said that his government had given Rs41 billion to KMC during last three years. Replying to a question, the chief minister said that the PPP position on `sit-in politics was very clear.
November 12, 2019 17:35 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on Federal Investigation Agency plea to include terrorism charges in former Accountability Court judge Nasir Malik’s video scandal case. The cybercrime court had rejected the FIA’s request to include terrorism charges in the case. Justice Aamir Farooq of the Islamabad High Court heard a case filed by the FIA. “On October 6, the FIA learned that terrorism charges also apply,” he added. Justice Aamir Farooq said that Arshad Malik is the plaintiff in this case why he was not made a party.
November 12, 2019 17:31 UTC
A ten-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed heard the case regarding proceedings of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) against Justice Qazi Faez Isa. Justice Umar Ata Bandial said the matter before the Supreme Judicial Council was not of tax evasion, but the judge’s code of conduct, as he didn’t disclose his property. The wife of Justice Isa was not a public servant so her information could not be shared, he added. Justice Yahya Afridi questioned where Justice Qazi Faez Isa filed his tax returns. To which, Sattar said Justice Isa was filing his tax returns in Islamabad after becoming an SC judge.
November 12, 2019 17:04 UTC
LAHORE: The Punjab education department on Tuesday annulled the registration of 29 branches of five private schools in the province for failing to comply with the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) orders directing them to reduce fees. According to the details, these institutions will no longer be able to continue their operations as they failed to reduce their fees despite several notices served to them whereas the authorities will seal the schools if they attempt to continue classes. To restart their operations, these schools will have to cut their fees as per the court orders and will also have to get themselves registered again, a process which may cost millions of rupees. While speaking to the media, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas said the department would also take action against other schools which had not cut down their fees. It is pertinent to mention here that private schools had been ordered by the court to charge the same fees they charged in January 2017, ruling that the school management could only increase their fees by 5-8 per cent per annum.
November 12, 2019 16:31 UTC
PLRA employees were protesting against lack of service structure and salary increments. The eight-day of protest of the Association of Associate Engineers (AOAE) of the C&W department also coincided with PLRA employees’ sit-in yesterday. C&W employees demanded technical allowance and up-gradation of basic pay scales. We have been asking for technical allowance since 2014 and will not stop until we receive notification of allowance entitlements,” he said. Scores of people faced trouble commuting in the city as traffic on Mall Road and all connecting roads remained congested.
November 12, 2019 16:28 UTC
It appears now that Mr Khan had been double-minded all along about letting Mr Sharif leave the country. When comments appeared linking the release of Mr Sharif with a deal between the government and the former premier, Mr Khan made another U-turn. Delay in sending Mr Sharif abroad for treatment can have serious implications for the patient. To some the delaying tactiDelay in sending Mr Sharif abroad for treatment can have serious implications for the patient. What needs to be realised is that anything untoward happening to the PML-N leader as a consequence of delay would have grave political implications.
November 12, 2019 16:22 UTC
Vegetables, like chicken and other meat, therefore too have become a luxury for the lower income groups. Some of the hike is also seasonal while others can also be attributed to a supply side problem. The government has attempted to provide some relief in the form of placing price controls at markets but that practice can only achieve so much. That is not to say that the government should not crackdown against hoarders looking to make a quick profit. But it needs to do more to provide relief, as most of this is the result of the government’s economic policies that have brought a financial crunch upon the common man.
November 12, 2019 16:19 UTC
Wisdom is a blessing of God. Wisdom enables people to differentiate between myth and reality, right and wrong, truth and falsehood, selfishness and sacrifice, integrity and corruption, just and unjust and rights and limitations. Wisdom creates good sense and sense of proportion in the wise. Beyond that the Maulana would turn out to be a big loserThe National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is a blessing in disguise. They have unlimited ability to turn wisdom into folly and folly into wisdom and get away with murder.
November 12, 2019 16:16 UTC
Prospective CSS candidates make it difficult for themselvesAny conclusion contingent on the study of the detailed marks sheets is dubious in two ways. First, with the change of syllabus and the optional subject-selection scheme in 2016, the choice of combination for optional subjects shrank. A nefarious role is also played by CSS coaching academies, which push prospective CSS candidates to select a subject taught therein. Fourth, most CSS candidates delude themselves by gauging their performance through mock written tests held by CSS coaching academies. Prospective CSS candidates make it difficult for themselves.
November 12, 2019 16:14 UTC
A four-year-old student was allegedly raped by two of his school’s employees in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of the port city, a first information report (FIR) registered on Tuesday at the area’s police station confirmed. According to the FIR filed on behalf of the child’s maternal grandfather, the employees of a private school raped his four-year-old grandson who studies at the institution. Police explained that the child informed about his ordeal at home, following which his grandfather went to police to register an FIR.
November 12, 2019 16:03 UTC
LONDON: English Premier League sharpshooters Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah flew to Africa this week, seeking goals as 2021 Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifying kicks off. Fortunately for 2019 Cup of Nations silver medallists Senegal, whose defence is marshalled by Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, Congo have not impressed recently. Another Premier League star available to the new coach is Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, who scored for Aston Villa in a weekend defeat at Wolves. Algeria star Riyad Mahrez has managed only two Premier League goals for Manchester City this season and was an unused substitute at Liverpool. Now retired after an illustrious career, he will watch England-based sons Andre and Jordan tackle unpredictable South Africa in Group C in Cape Coast.
November 12, 2019 15:49 UTC