MURREE: With the first snowfall in Murree on early Monday morning, domestic tourists mainly from twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have started visiting the hills to enjoy views of snow-covered hill tops. The number of visitors normally multiplies at the weekends at Murree hills and its adjoining areas with the first snowfall. An official of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) said, “Thousands of tourists visit to enjoy the first snowfall of the winter at Pindi Point, Kashmir Point, the Mall and Ayubia. He said PTDC facilitates tourists during tourist seasons and has also announced discount packages to attract them. Murree Chief Traffic Officer Muhammad Bin Ashraf said the Traffic Police has directed to deploy more staff at Murree to control the traffic situation while a traffic advisory has also been issued.
December 10, 2018 11:26 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Marriyum Aurangzeb on Monday accused the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government of stealing projects which were initiated by the previous government. In a video message, Aurangzeb referred to the PTI signing MOUs with China, and said, “The real problem of this government is that it lies. The 26 MoUs were signed by Ishaq Dar.”She further said that the PTI government has stolen projects initiated by the PML-N and gave the example of the replacement of Shehbaz Sharif’s plate with Imran Khan’s at Sialkot University. Last week in an interview with television anchors, Prime Minister Imran Khan had hinted at early elections in the country. Reacting to the prime minister, PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif had commented that his party was always ready for early polls.
December 10, 2018 11:20 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s Lahore chapter on Monday issued an annual report that claimed of making recoveries of up to Rs1.991 billion during the current year. The NAB also said that as many as 34 inquiries were started under its policy, ‘Accountability for all’, and over 50 cases were filed in the accountability courts. A two-member bench, comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb announced the verdict on the petitions filed by the convicts. Following this, the NAB had presented its final argument before the accountability court in Al-Azizia reference case at accountability court. Defence counsel Khawaja Harris is expected to present his conclusive arguments in the next hearings of the case.
December 10, 2018 11:03 UTC
KARACHI: Murtaza Wahab, an adviser to the chief minister of Sindh on law, anti-corruption establishment, and information, on Monday rejected rumours that the Sindh governor, Imran Ismail has been removed from the provincial apex committee. He added that the reports are wrong as the governor is not a member of the apex committee and used to be called in as an honorary member. Earlier today, the 23rd session of the apex committee took place at the Sindh CM House. It was attended by the chief secretary, Karachi corps commander, Rangers director general (DG), Sindh inspector general and other officials. However, the provincial governor was not present.
December 10, 2018 11:03 UTC
RAJANPUR/DG KHAN: At least 10 people died and scores were injured in separate road accidents in Rajanpur and DG Khan on Monday, police said. A speeding passenger coach skidded off the road and plunged into a canal near Taunsa in Dera Ghazi Khan. Six passengers died on the spot in the accident while more than a dozen others were seriously injured. In yet another accident, a passenger bus turned upside down due to speeding on Indus Highway near Bangla Dhangan in Rajanpur district. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, while expressing deep grief and sorrow over loss of precious lives in Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur road mishaps has condoled with the bereaved families.
December 10, 2018 10:52 UTC
While giving a presentation on street crime, Rangers DG Major General Mohammad Saeed revealed that 43 per cent of street criminals were under matric, 38 per cent were illiterate and the rest were habitual criminals. “Karachi operation’s success is behind discussions of street crime, socio-development and making peace sustainable possible in the apex committee as discussions in the past mostly revolved around terrorism, mafias and gang operations. However, this is not something to be proud of and we must control the law and order situation even further,” the Sindh CM said. The meeting also decided that there would be a crackdown on the sale and purchase of stolen or snatched mobiles. On the matter of nomenclature change, the Apex Committee was informed that the names of 62 institutes and buildings named after Altaf Hussain and his family members have been changed.
December 10, 2018 10:50 UTC
India continues to impede SAARC processAn Indian diplomat walked out of a meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Islamabad on Sunday due to the presence of Azad Kashmir Minister Chaudhary Muhammad Saeed, Times Now News reported. The meeting was organised on the occasion of SAARC Charter Day. A SAARC summit has not been held after India, followed by Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan, pulled out of the 19th summit in November 2016. “Pakistan deplores India’s decision to impede the SAARC process by not attending the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad on November 9 and 10,” the Foreign Office had said in a statement following the countries’ withdrawal. Saarc, which comprises Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, has often been held hostage by animosity between Islamabad and New Delhi.
December 10, 2018 10:18 UTC
Approximately Rs8.46 billion deposited after the fund opened on July 6ISLAMABAD: Overseas Pakistanis have contributed almost Rs1 billion to the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dams Fund, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) data reveals. In September, the prime minister made a public appeal, especially overseas Pakistanis, to generously contribute for building new dams. “Overseas Pakistanis, especially those living in European countries, should contribute at least $100 to the PM/CJP’s fund for dams,” Imran said. The prime minister’s assistant for overseas Pakistanis, Zulfikar Bukhari, expressed pride over the diaspora working to serve Pakistan. CJP’s dams donation drive fails to woo overseas PakistanisBukhari announced the creation of an overseas Pakistanis Associates Committee to raise funds for the dams.
December 10, 2018 08:37 UTC
Saturday night saw Ali Azmat and Strings – two of the oldest live performers – clash in a ‘battle of genres’. As much as the idea of pinning pop against rock is both naive and stupid, the audience didn’t care and neither did Azmat. If rock is to be considered for its musical inclinations and not lifestyle preferences, the deadly duo of Ahad and Bradley has turned Strings into a proper progressive rock live act. Ahmed Jehanzeb joined Strings to sing an extended version of Dur and boy can he sing live? Strings, Ali Azmat embroiled in online clashWe are a country of narrow minds and bright ideas, enterprising women and demanding households.
December 10, 2018 08:32 UTC
Mountains of Galyat covered in four to five inches of snowPESHAWAR: A cold wave is sweeping through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after heavy showers and snowfall blanketed high and low altitude areas on Sunday night. By Monday morning, the mountains of Galyat were covered in four to five inches of snow. Karachi, Quetta receive scattered rainThe lower areas of Mansehra received light showers while snow swept over the mountains of Naran and Kaghan. Similarly, the plains of Bajaur district received rain while snow covered the higher areas. Electricity to the district was suspended due to the weather.
December 10, 2018 07:52 UTC
Prime Minister Imran Khan stirred a heated debate in Pakistan when he declared that ‘leaders should always be ready to take U-turns’. Last week, Trump wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking Pakistan’s help in brokering a peace deal with the Afghan Taliban. According to the Foreign Office, the US president also acknowledged that the Afghan war had cost both Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is because of this reason that Trump, on the advice of his aides, reached out to Prime Minister Imran Khan. The subsequent killing of Mullah Mansur, the successor to Mullah Omar, dealt a fatal blow to a promising peace process.
December 10, 2018 04:41 UTC
The protestors said that Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi had told a press conference that 33,000 kanals land of Bahria Enclave was encroached hence illegal. However, the protesters said, the total area of Bahria Enclave was 23,000 kanal. Afridi then said that encroached area was 510 kanals and now in the end he was saying that encroached area was 125 kanals. The present area of Bahria Enclave was included in CDA demarcation and there was no wrongdoing on part of Bahria Town. According to the protesters, where were all the civic authorities when the Bahria Enclave was being constructed.
December 10, 2018 04:07 UTC
He said all parents should ensure that their children were not deprived of these two drops during the anti-polio campaign starting from today (Monday). There had been 97 per cent decrease in polio cases as compared to 2014 when 306 cases were reported. The report was issued by the national anti-polio programme at the beginning of the month. National Coordinator for Emergency Operation Centre Dr Rana Safdar said the present season was best for the eradication of polio and the polio programme would try its best to finish the polio virus forever. He said that the polio programme was ensuring that children were given polio drops so that the country could get rid of the virus.
December 10, 2018 04:07 UTC
Industry people say price difference is due to extra operational and logistics costsKARACHI: Standard prices of products offered by international retail brands, which are categorised as second-tier in global indices, mostly eat up a quarter of the average income of Pakistanis. With every new product of international brands being priced higher than the originally stated ones, these brands are perceived to be ripping customers off with their wide profit margins. According to an internal survey, prices of such international apparel brands in Pakistan sometimes hit double the original retail prices. The difference in pricing is due to additional operational and logistics costs that these brands have to incur. He said international brands usually did not have permission to run a manufacturing unit in Pakistan, making it difficult for them to get a licence.
December 10, 2018 03:45 UTC
KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Sunday that the international community cannot afford to ignore violations of human rights anywhere in the world and urged upon them to play their role in protecting inalienable rights of every human being. In his message on the eve of Human Rights Day which will be observed worldwide on Monday, the PPP chairman said that upholding human rights was the only way this planet can have peace and prosperity in a cohesive environment. Bilawal further said that despotic regimes and their puppet rulers were posing threats to the protection of human rights, adding that only democratic order can save societies infested with human inequalities and low respect to human rights. PPP government also commissioned a powerful Sindh Human Rights Commission for this purpose,” he said. Bilawal pledged that his party will continue to struggle for the basic human rights of every citizen without any discrimination and will vehemently condemn any violations in the country as well as the world over.
December 09, 2018 18:11 UTC