Saudi crown prince arrives on a two-day state visit todayISLAMABAD: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will arrive in Islamabad on Sunday (today) on his two-day visit to Pakistan. A red carpet will be rolled out at the Prime Minister House where he will be given a guard of honour. During the royal visit, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will sign a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in diverse sectors. A united stance will be adopted by Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in the future.”He said Pakistan desired to turn historic relations with Saudi Arabia into a strong strategic partnership. Saudi Arabia is also the largest source of remittances to Pakistan with $4.8 billion receipts last year.
February 16, 2019 22:07 UTC
Lahore Qalandars have defeated Karachi Kings by 22 runs in the fourth match of the Pakistan Super League. The comfortable victory comes as a first win for the Qalandars in the fourth edition of the PSL. Qalandars’ Haris Rauf was the man of the moment with four wickets to his name. Separately, Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to bring the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to the country next year, according to his special assistant. Special Assistant to PM Naeemul Haq tweeted on Saturday, “Empty stadiums at PSL matches in UAE justify PM Imran Khan’s decision to move the entire PSL to Pakistan next year.”
February 16, 2019 20:26 UTC
The new dolls are part of Mattel’s 2019 Barbie new collection of dolls which aims to offer kids more diverse representations of beauty, according to a report on CNN. “While there are many types of wheelchairs, this chair is modelled after one that is designed for an individual who has a permanent physical disability,” Mattel said in a statement. Sindh govt strengthens laws for disabledIt’s part of a recent effort by Barbie to incorporate more diversity by offering dolls with different skin shades, eye colours, hairstyles and clothing. The new dolls are a hit with disability rights activists. According to disability activist Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of RespectAbility, more than 1 billion people in the world are differently-abled.
February 16, 2019 19:18 UTC
Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to bring the entire Pakistan Super League (PSL) to the country next year, according to his special assistant. Special Assistant to PM Naeemul Haq tweeted on Saturday, “Empty stadiums at PSL matches in UAE justify PM Imran Khan’s decision to move the entire PSL to Pakistan next year.”Empty stadiums at PSL matches in UAE justify PM Imran Khan s decision to move the entire PSL to Pakistan next year. Matches inshallah will be played in all the big cities of Pakistan with jam packed stadiums. Last year, the two eliminator matches were held in Lahore and the final took place in Karachi. In this edition of the league, eight matches have been scheduled to be played in Pakistan: three in Lahore and five, including the final, in Karachi.
February 16, 2019 18:45 UTC
HYDERABAD: A young woman was allegedly raped and murdered at her house in the Jamshoro district on Saturday. According to the police, the 22-year-old victim, Sheerin Brohi, was alone at home in the Kotri Site area when unknown persons broke in, raped and strangulated her. The police have arrested three suspects, one of whom has been identified as Rehman Sodho. Jamshoro SSP Touqeer Muhammad Naeem told the media that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the murder and the police were awaiting the postmortem report following which an FIR [First Information Report] will be lodged. According to hospital staff, the postmortem was delayed for around four hours because some required tools were not available at the hospital.
February 16, 2019 18:33 UTC
PTI activists allegedly manhandle media workersHYDERABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers allegedly manhandled the media workers, who were protesting during the visit of Federal Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid to Hyderabad on Saturday. Rashid had arrived at the Hyderabad railway station from Karachi by Rehman Baba Express. He escaped from the media workers, who were protesting outside the railway station, by taking an alternate exit route from the station. The workers chanted slogans against Rashid and Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. The workers blamed the federal government’s connivance in the ongoing wave of redundancy of the media employees.
February 16, 2019 18:11 UTC
LAHORE: The Punjab Police seems to have given a free hand to its officers to stalk and crack down on what they claim is ‘controversial’ content being shared on social media. Recent events have indicated that the Punjab Police is encouraging cops to go after people posting controversial material on social media that may be critical of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government and state institutions. Recently, an FIR was registered against Azhar Hussain by ASI Ahmad Kamran in Burewala in the Vehari district in which Hussain was accused of sharing objectionable material on social media. The complainant cited numerous posts that Azhar Hussain shared on his social media, including those against PM Imran Khan, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and former chief justice Saqib Nisar. ASI Kamran told Pakistan Today that he had registered the FIR after he had seen the offensive comments while using Facebook, and that he was well within his rights to crack down on ‘objectionable’ social media activity.
February 16, 2019 18:00 UTC
BEIJING: China has suggested that both Pakistan and India make joint efforts to root out terrorism and ensure peace and stability in the region. Strongly condemning the incident, the spokesperson said Beijing had noted relevant reports and was greatly shocked by the attack. “We express our deep sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and the injured.”China, he added, firmly opposed all forms of terrorism and extremism. The organisation that has claimed responsibility for the Kashmir attack is already on the Security Council sanctions list against terrorism, he said and added China would continue to deal with the relevant listing issue in a constructive and responsible manner. “We will also keep close communication with all relevant parties on this issue,” he added.
February 16, 2019 17:43 UTC
Folk dances of four provinces will be performed at event organised by PNCAISLAMABAD: A cultural show has been arranged at the Prime Minister House in honour of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman who is set to arrive in Islamabad on Saturday. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has instructed the Pakistan National Arts Council (PNCA) to arrange the event for the visiting royal guest. Government announces public holiday in Islamabad on MondayQualified dancers are set to show the cultural diversity of the country for the Arab state’s crown prince. The Saudi crown prince is set to visit Pakistan on February 17-18. Banners heralding Mohammad bin Salman on his maiden visit as crown prince are already lining the streets of Islamabad.
February 16, 2019 17:29 UTC
Former premier Nawaz Sharif on Saturday submitted his response to the Supreme Court in Pakpattan illegal land allotment case. A three-judge SC bench headed by then chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar, upon receiving the JIT report, had asked Nawaz and the Punjab government to furnish replies on the report within a fortnight. In his response, Nawaz termed the JIT report “one-sided” and based on “mala fide intentions”. He requested the court to dismiss the investigation report which incriminated him in the illegal land allotment case. However, he said, the other two officers were not named in the JIT report.
February 16, 2019 17:26 UTC
PM Imran will also host a dinner for the crown prince at the PM House. The Crown Prince will be flown to the PM House from the airbase on a chopper. A red carpet will be rolled out in the PM Office, where the Crown Prince will receive a guard of honour and a 21-gun salute. Since assuming the role of Crown Prince, he has been working for the Kingdom’s socioeconomic transformation. In recent years, the crown prince has become the government’s face of reform, modernisation and change.
February 16, 2019 17:24 UTC
By flashing a mirror at violators, Shahi has been able to shame riders into reflecting on the thin line between life and death on New Delhi’s notorious roads. India’s ‘moonwalking’ traffic police official is turning headsWomen riding pillion also often give the helmet a miss – sometimes just for fear of ruining their hairstyle. “For the last four years I had been trying to persuade riders to wear helmets but to no avail,” Shahi told AFP. “Then one day when I was riding pillion with my friend on a bike, I saw myself in the mirror without a helmet and I felt ashamed. “Then it struck me that if I make others see themselves in the mirror, they might feel ashamed and start wearing a helmet.
February 16, 2019 16:41 UTC
He’s going to be met by only the apex sliver within top tier within the highest echelon within the government. The government is bringing out all the bells and whistles in its welcome to the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman. But the fact of the matter remains that the man whose giddy welcome they would be covering is allegedly behind the Jamal Khashoggi episode. Given how the deep state is invested in this current visit, the journalists would know what lines not to cross. Post-script: It would appear that the start of a much feared crackdown on social media is going to take place with respect to the visit.
February 16, 2019 16:19 UTC
More than half of those surveyed said they wanted the occasionally violent protests to end. “I can understand that some people have had enough, but we’re not doing this just for us,” said Madeleine, a 33-year old unemployed protester. “It’s a very humanist movement and we’re doing this for everyone. The number of protesters have fallen from highs of over 300,000 nationwide in November to around 50,000 last week, according to government estimates. In Paris, protesters gathered at the symbolic rallying point at Arc de Triomphe, a flashpoint of violent clashes with the police in the early days of the protest, before marching toward the Eiffel Tower and through other majors streets in Paris.
February 16, 2019 16:18 UTC
The suicide attack on the Indian security convoy was the worst in decades of insurgency in the disputed region. Accusing Pakistan of planning the attack, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Islamabad on Friday to expect a ‘strong response’ to a suicide attack. New Delhi also withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) trade status given to Pakistan in the aftermath of the Kashmir attack. Rejecting Indian versions of the incident, Pakistan expressed grave concern on the Kashmir attack. In November 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan had laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in district Narowal.
February 16, 2019 16:18 UTC