Furthermore, the court ordered Imran to appear in person during the next hearing fixed for May 4 and warned that his absence may lead to the court issuing an arrest warrant. However, shortly after the court proceedings began, Awan submitted an exemption plea for Imran. Meanwhile, when SSP Junejo arrived for the hearing, the court administration informed him that his presence was not required during today’s hearing. SSP torture case: ATC verdict on Imran’s acquittal plea on 23rdPolitical leaders and over a hundred workers and supporters of the PTI and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) were booked in the cases. Imran, PAT chief Tahirul Qadri and several others were booked for their alleged involvement in the attacks.
April 25, 2018 07:13 UTC
Pakistan isn’t meeting its economic potential, and some of that has to do with widespread gender equality, according to a recent research conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute, which shows Pakistan at the bottommost end of gender equality at work. MGI, the business and economics research arm of McKinsey & Co, judged 18 economies in the Asia-Pacific region for gender equality in work and the society in general. According to the data collected during the research, Pakistan currently stands at the farthest end of the Index at a staggering 0.20, where 0 means no gender equality and 1 is gender parity. “Gender equality can be achieved only through gender inclusion. Maria said that this is one of the concrete steps that can be taken in this direction in order to increase gender equality.
April 25, 2018 07:07 UTC
The US State Department’s rights report on the North, released last week, described “egregious human rights violations” in the authoritarian state from public executions to widespread surveillance of citizens. Washington was appointing itself as a “human rights judge”, the official KCNA news agency said in a commentary late Tuesday. Seoul’s foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said earlier that Pyongyang’s human rights record would not be discussed at Friday’s summit despite calls by rights groups asking Moon to raise the issue with Kim. US-based Human Rights Watch urged Seoul to ‘rethink’ its decision, saying Tuesday that the summit is a “crucial moment… for the long-suffering people of North Korea”. US envoy says ‘real dialogue’ needed with North KoreaTrump has occasionally slammed the North’s dire rights record, prominently featuring a North Korean refugee in his State of the Union address.
KARACHI: Veteran Model Nadia Hussain on Tuesday night spoke in favour of Meesha Shafi, stating that Ali Zafar’s accuser was a “wise woman” and “understand the repercussions” of false allegations. Speaking to the media, the model said that if Meesha has the evidence then “the matter is going to take a different turn”. Hussain further said that she was sure that the singer-cum-actress would not have levelled such allegations without giving it a thought. Last week, Meesha Shafi took to Twitter and accused colleague and singer-actor Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. On April 19, Ali Zafar issued a statement to refute the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by her colleague Meesha Shafi.
April 25, 2018 06:56 UTC
The annual spring offensive traditionally marks the start of the so-called fighting seasonKABUL: The Taliban launched their annual spring offensive on Wednesday, in an apparent rejection of calls for the militants to take up the Afghan government’s offer of peace talks. The annual spring offensive traditionally marks the start of the so-called fighting season, though this winter the Taliban continued to battle Afghan and US forces. The group also launched a series of devastating attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing and wounding hundreds of civilians. Al Khandaq will mainly focus on “crushing, killing and capturing American invaders and their supporters”, the Taliban said. Western and Afghan experts said the Taliban announcement was an apparent rejection of the offer and heralded more intense fighting in the drawn-out war.
With contracts coming to a close, this could be the last time spectators see some of their favourite starsUpcoming Marvel film Avengers: Infinity War could bid farewell to some of the Marvel Universe heroes. With contracts coming to an end, Infinity War and Avengers 4 could be the last time spectators get to see some of their most favourite stars. However, Infinity War will be different when it comes to resurrection of characters. If his death comes sooner, it could benefit Infinity War from an emotional perspective. But could he run out of luck in Infinity War?
“Posts containing information like social security numbers or credit card information are not allowed on Facebook, and we remove this material when we become aware of it,” a Facebook spokesman said on Tuesday. Facebook hit with class action suit over facial recognition toolA Google search still pulls up a few public Facebook posts that offer to sell personal details including credit card numbers. Hackers have advertised databases of private information on the social platform and Motherboard reported on Tuesday that Facebook has held stolen identities and social security numbers for years. The news website said it was able to confirm the first four digits of the social security numbers, names, addresses, and dates of birth for four people whose data appears in a post from July 2014. Tech companies are under intense scrutiny about how they protect customer data after Facebook was embroiled in a huge scandal where millions of users’ data were improperly accessed by a political consultancy.
April 25, 2018 06:33 UTC
It was last up 4.4 per cent at $9,387.15 on the Bitstamp platformNEW YORK: Bitcoin rose to a six-week high on Tuesday on positive headlines that included the possible entry of major financial institutions into the space, lifting sentiment on the overall cryptocurrency market. News that major financial institutions are becoming more bullish about the space has also bolstered the confidence of retail investors, Viglione added. Reports also said Barclays PLC has been gauging interest from its clients about launching a cryptocurrency trading desk. Reuters also reported on Tuesday that one in five financial institutions is considering trading cryptocurrencies within the next 12 months, according to a survey published by Thomson Reuters. That said, market participants pointed out that challenges in the cryptocurrency space such as increased regulatory focus are not going away any time soon and may take a long time to resolve.
April 25, 2018 06:33 UTC
Trump’s travel ban faces US Supreme Court showdownThe sudden move caused chaos at airports, with people unable to enter despite holding visas, and some families sent back to their homelands. Those additions, rights groups said, were cosmetic: North Koreans were already essentially blocked from the United States, and economic sanctions have limited Venezuelan officials from coming. US lifts travel ban on ChadLower courts again blocked Version 3.0, but the administration has successfully brought its appeal to the highest court, persuading the court to allow implementation while it reviews the case. Normally the court should review the specifics of just the third travel ban version. Nevertheless, Trump’s case could be bolstered by the lifting of the ban on travelers from Chad on April 10.
April 25, 2018 06:11 UTC
Amir Khan, the famous British boxer of Pakistani origin, welcomed his second daughter with wife Faryal Makhdoom on Tuesday. Weighing 8lbs 3oz,” Khan wrote on the social media site. Earlier, Khan stated that he had put behind his matrimonial troubles and was focusing on his career after a very public spat with wife Faryal Makhdoom, which made headlines for at least three months. “I am 31 and will make sure I make no more mistakes; staying happy and making sure no mistakes are made and doing the right thing. Boxing is everything for me and I will make sure that I achieve the highest goals,” Khan said.
April 25, 2018 05:48 UTC
The elephants are owned privately but registered with the governmentNEW DELHI: Dozens of elephants used for tourist rides at one of India’s most recognised forts are blind or suffering other ailments, a report said Tuesday, calling for the practice to end. India stops 200 Hindu pilgrims from coming to PakistanNineteen elephants used to ferry visitors to Rajasthan’s famous Amer Fort were blind or vision impaired while nine others had tuberculosis, found a report commissioned by the government’s Animal Welfare Board of India. Almost all the 102 elephants examined by government officials and the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) displayed some psychological distress or health troubles like bruised footpads. “Shocking reports of blind and TB-infected elephants forced to haul illegal, backbreaking loads day in and day out are exactly why these rides must stop,” PETA India’s Nikunj Sharma said in a statement. The report said elephant handlers often overloaded the elephants beyond limits considered safe.
April 25, 2018 05:37 UTC
said the choreographerMUMBAI: Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan says the casting couch has been prevalent in all sectors, not just in the film industry where it “provides livelihood at least”. Don’t take the film industry’s name.”#sarojkhan on casting couch A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Apr 24, 2018 at 2:55am PDTA video of the comment has been taking rounds of the internet. It shocked Twitterati as many took it as a clear chit to the prevalence of casting couch in Bollywood, which has largely remained mum in naming and shaming offenders despite speaking up in favour of the global #MeToo movement. When probed as to what was the question, Khan disconnected the call. The comment comes in the wake of an ongoing debate which intensified after a female actor from the South Indian fraternity initiated protest against the casting couch menace in the film world.
April 25, 2018 05:26 UTC
LAHORE: Actress, scriptwriter, director of social theatre, women’s rights activist, and founder of Ajoka Theater, Madeeha Gauhar passed away on Wednesday at the age of 62. In 1983, she founded the Ajoka Theater where social themes are staged in theaters, public places and on the streets. With her theater, she had performed across Asia and Europe. In 2006, she became the first Pakistani women to be honoured with the prestigious Prince Claus Award for her leadership of Ajoka. Madeeha is survived by her husband, veteran director and writer Shahid Nadeem, and two sons.
April 25, 2018 05:20 UTC
Both countries have the potential to increase the trade volume, says textile association VPFAISALABAD: Commercial Counselor Dr Martin Herzer has said that Germany intends to develop and strengthen mutual trade relations with Pakistan. “Being a major trade partner in the European market, we will continue to support Pakistan to explore more avenues of bilateral trade,” he said. In a meeting with Pakistan Textile Exporters Association Vice Chairperson Ammar Saeed, Herzer said that Germany is one of the important trading partners of Pakistan and several companies are working in different trade fields in the country. “Both countries have the potential to increase the trade volume and we must carve out ways and means to exploit the available potential,” he added. He termed the GSP Plus a key driver for promoting bilateral trade and said with the duty free access to the EU, Pakistan-German trade volume reached 2.6 billion Euros last year with a growth of 16%.
April 25, 2018 04:33 UTC
RAWALPINDI: Salaries of a large number of police officials, who had been performing security duties with unauthorised individuals and did not report back to the police department, have been stopped, reported a local media outlet. Over 200 police officials were called back from the security duty on the directions of the chief justice of Pakistan last week. According to police sources, 20pc of such police officials have not reported back to the department so far. When contacted, a senior police officer confirmed to Dawn that salaries of the police officials had been stopped. “Security of such individuals who had been facing threats is being reviewed in addition to the security arrangements in the Rawalpindi division in the wake of the bombing in Quetta on Tuesday,” said a police official.
April 25, 2018 04:30 UTC