ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday issued notices to the three major political parties of the country for scrutiny of foreign funding. After the jurisdiction of the foreign and prohibited funding was extended, notices were issued to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf (PTI) and opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to appear before the ECP’s scrutiny committee. All three political parties have been directed to appear on June 20 along with the petitioners. Notices have been issued to PML-N and PPP over Farrukh Habib’s petition and to PTI over Akbar Babar’s petition. The case against PTI has been pending since 2014 on the application of Babar, a disgruntled member of the party.
June 15, 2019 14:48 UTC
BEIJING: The largest Picasso exhibition ever held in China opens on Saturday, featuring more than 100 works — many of them from the artist’s early years. The “Birth of a Genius” exhibition brings together the best of the Picasso Museum Paris, Laurent Le Bon, the museum’s president told AFP. Featured works include paintings, sculptures and drawings, and are accompanied by photos of the young Pablo in Barcelona and Paris. The first Picasso exhibition in China was held in 1983, timed to coincide with a Beijing visit by then French president Francois Mitterrand. This year’s exhibition, which runs until September 1 at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, focuses on the artist’s first 30 years.
June 15, 2019 14:44 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s spokesman Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar managed to obtain pre-arrest bail from a local court on Saturday despite the police’s efforts to thwart the move. A first information report (FIR) was registered against Khokhar that day at the Margalla police station and was sealed. “A false and baseless FIR was registered at the behest of the government,” said Khokhar whilst speaking to media after obtaining bail. In March, Khokhar and PPP Islamabad chapter President Raja Shakeel were booked for rioting and attacking police officials during Bilawal and Zardari’s appearance before NAB Rawalpindi. A sessions court in Islamabad had granted him pre-arrest interim bail following which Khokhar issued a statement saying that the cases registered against him and other party workers “were like medals”.
June 15, 2019 14:26 UTC
However, the same day, a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) delegation also called on BNP to win over its chief. A post-meeting conference hinted that Mengal may join the opposition if it agreed to his six-point demands. BNP is crucial for PTI in getting the finance bill passed. Pakistan Today approached the party leaders from both sides who participated in the meeting to get a closer picture of the negotiations. The source said that the BNP also wants six per cent job quota to be implemented in Gwadar and Balochistan too.
June 15, 2019 14:26 UTC
Khasadar and Levies force were merged into K-P police in AprilPESHAWAR: South Waziristan’s Wana Fort has been turned into a police station, becoming the first one in the the district after its merger with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). Central police officials say that the fort is now being used by police after it was vacated by Frontier Corps. A Station House Officer and other staff will be appointed at the police station next week. “In the first phase police officers will be hired after which other police stations will also be established,” an official was quoted as saying. Police have begun performing duties in all seven tribal districts and the government is taking steps to bring the entire region into the mainstream.
June 15, 2019 14:14 UTC
-First police station inaugurated in South WaziristanISLAMABAD: The first-ever police station was set up and inaugurated in Wana, headquarters of tribal district South Waziristan after the Frontier Corps (FC) vacated Wana fort and handed it over to the police department on Saturday. Muhammad Ali Khan has been appointed as the first Station House Officer (SHO) of the newly established police station. Unlike the police force in other parts of the province, the policemen in tribal districts, as per tribal custom and tradition, will wear black Shalwar and Qameez as their uniform. KP police have started imparting training to the Police personnel deployed in the tribal districts of the province to make them able to perform their responsibilities in tribal districts in an efficient manner. Moreover, police stations will similarly be established in other areas of tribal districts in the next few days.
June 15, 2019 14:11 UTC
The air show will is scheduled from 17th to 23rd of this month at Le Bourget AirportPakistan Air Force’s (PAF) JF-17 Thunder kicked off on Saturday its practice drills in the French capital for the 53rd Paris Air Show to be held from 17th to 23rd of this month at Le Bourget Airport. PAF JF-17 Thunder starts practice drills in Paris for 53rd Paris Air Show being held from 17th to 23rd of this month at Le Bourget Airporthttps://t.co/jUc3NgD5bE pic.twitter.com/eQNVWqKndy — Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) June 15, 2019The PAF contingent comprising three JF-17 Thunder aircraft along with the air and ground crew are in Paris to participate in the mega event, reported Radio Pakistan. One PAF JF-17 aircraft would perform flying display on each day of the show while the other would be put on static display showcasing its lethal and sophisticated weaponry. The JF-17 aerial display is considered to be a major attraction of the show, providing an opportunity to showcase its cutting edge capabilities. Organised by the French Aerospace Industries Association, the Paris Air Show is the largest aerospace-industry exhibition type air show in the world in terms of the number of exhibitors and size of exhibit space.
June 15, 2019 12:56 UTC
Central defender Arturo Mina hopes team will create surprises when they take on UruguayBELO HORIZONTE: Ecuador are looking to emulate the success of Giro d’Italia cycling champion Richard Carapaz and “create surprises” at the Copa America in Brazil, central defender Arturo Mina said on Friday. Carapaz, 26, shocked the cycling world last month by winning the three-week tour of Italy — the second most prestigious stage race in the sport after the Tour de France. We have athletes raising the country up and we hope to do so too.”“We’re going to create surprises,” said the 28-year-old, a defender at Turkish outfit Yeni Malatyaspor. Ecuador are training in Belo Horizonte ahead of their opening Group C match there against 15-time winners Uruguay on Sunday. “It’s very difficult to play against these players who are goalscorers for their teams and play in big leagues,” said Mina.
June 15, 2019 11:55 UTC
Party chairman slams 'anti-people' budget, resolves to continue fight for poorPakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Saturday slammed the ruling party’s “anti-people IMF budget” and stated that while amnesty and bailouts have been provided for the rich, the poor of the country have been burdened with taxes, inflation and rising unemployment. Addressing a press conference in Lahore, the PPP chairman stated that he was willing to support the ruling party if they had introduced a fair and people-friendly budget. “We gave them a chance, but we cannot support a budget that is against the poor of the country,” he added. Zardari, Faryal’s arrest bid to divert attention from ‘anti-people’ budget: Bilawal“The federal government is snatching the rights of provinces. “We have different perspectives but no single party can resolve the issues of the country alone,” he added.
June 15, 2019 11:48 UTC
Separate statement by Chinese central government agency says bill was "necessary and justified"SHANGHAI: China’s government said on Saturday it supported the decision of Hong Kong’s leader to suspend an unpopular bill that would allow extraditions to China and which sparked a week of protests. “We support, respect and understand this decision,” Geng Shuang said in a statement, hours after Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the bill’s suspension. Opposition to the Beijing-backed bill united an unusually wide cross-section of Hong Kong. “The rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents are fully protected in accordance with the law. It said China continues to support the extradition bill and “pays close attention” to public opposition to the legislation.
June 15, 2019 11:15 UTC
Dutta was to shoot an item number in the film Horn Ok Pleassss in March 2008. The investigation also concluded that Dutta “intentionally” lodged a false case against the four men when Siddiqui told her that she would have to compensate for the losses caused. In his statement to the police, Patekar claimed that he did not know how to dance and that it had taken him 25 to 30 attempts to get a hold of his steps. The police report states that Dutta only discussed concerns of monetary loss caused to her as a result of walking out of the film. “Nowhere does the FIR, registered at Goregaon police station, mention that Patekar molested Dutta,” mentioned the closure report.
June 15, 2019 11:03 UTC
Iran handed over 144 illegal immigrants to Pakistan earlierIranian authorities on Saturday handed over 44 Pakistanis at the Taftan border crossing, Iranian news agency IRNA reported. Those handed over were arrested from various areas in Iran for staying without valid travel documents. After completion of procedures, the Iranian border guards handed over the individuals to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Iran hands over 70 illegal Pakistani immigrantsEarlier, Iran handed over 144 illegal immigrants to Pakistan and the two countries are engaged in strengthening cooperation to stop cross-border illegal movements of immigrants. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani during a televised news conference with Prime Minister Imran Khan said last April that Pakistan and Iran would form a joint quick reaction force to combat militant activity and illegal migration on their shared border.
June 15, 2019 11:03 UTC
Organisers says two-time Olympic champion ‘unable to organise her schedule’PARIS: Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya will not run her specialist 800m distance at Rabat on Sunday despite having received an invitation to do so, in the latest twist of her bitter court battle over gender rules. “She received an invitation but is unable to organise her schedule to come to Rabat,” organiser Alain Blondel told AFP. Organisers of the Morocco event had initially refused to allow the South African to take part but on Friday they “confirmed her invitation”. “No woman should be subjected to these rules,” Semenya said in a statement Thursday, adding she had “thought hard about not running the 800m in solidarity unless all women can run free. But I will run now to show the IAAF that they cannot drug us”.
June 15, 2019 10:52 UTC
Yes, we do agree that parents should be appreciated every day for the hard work, tears and sweat they put into raising their children. In a fast-paced, busy world than ever before, many people unintentionally forget to buy gifts for their dads until the day actually arrives. Here is a list of the perfect presents that you can give to your super dads, even if you realised at the eleventh-hour. If an egg is what your father eats every day, then think scones, pancakes or French toast. A perfect brekkie along with well-rested sleep is a great way to kick start a special day for him.
June 15, 2019 10:41 UTC
–PML-N senior leader had invited the PPP chairman for a meeting at her Raiwind residenceLAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Saturday invited Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari for a meeting on Sunday. According to PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, Bilawal has accepted the invitation and will arrive at Raiwind in the afternoon. It has further been confirmed that a few important leaders from both sides will attend the meeting as well. Last month, Maryam had been invited to an iftar hosted by Bilawal for opposition parties. Bilawal had said at the time that Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman has called an APC after Eid in which a joint strategy against the government will be finalised.
June 15, 2019 10:31 UTC