People showed up in large numbers to give a hero’s welcome to Iqbal Lala at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Before Mashal Khan’s father had the chance to utter a word, he had already received two standing ovations. And this was before Malala Yousafzai’s father Dr Ziauddin Yousafzai took the podium to formally introduce Lala. We’re bringing a bad name to Islam ourselves: Malala condemns Mashal Khan’s murder“Mashal has gotten the best of Pakistan. Yousafzai was forced to intervene and close the evening by saying, “People like Iqbal [Lala] never contradict their statements like the extremists do.
January 21, 2018 18:56 UTC
KARACHI: Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) AD Khawaja took notice on Sunday of the killing of another young man, Maqsood, in Karachi in an exchange of fire between police and robbers. The incident occurred on Saturday (yesterday) on Shara-e-Faisal near Drigh Road when Maqsood was riding his auto rickshaw and became a victim of the alleged encounter. Maqsood was the only brother of his five sisters and was to get married after a few days. Maqsood’s family alleged that the police have murdered him, and requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa to take notice of the incident. Furthermore, Maqsood’s sisters have threatened to take their lives if justice is not served.
January 21, 2018 18:56 UTC
Some Peruvians, however, did not find it funny comparing a 'gossiping nun' to members of a guerrilla groupLIMA: Pope Francis brought down the house, or more precisely the church, on Sunday when he addressed cloistered nuns who were given special permission to leave their convents to see him. Later in his talk to the nuns gathered in a Lima church, he sent a long-distance greeting to four cloistered nuns in his native Buenos Aires. He also urged them not to succumb to gossiping in their convents, comparing it to “terrorism” – something he regularly tells priests and nuns on his global travels. “You know what a gossiping nun is?” he asked. An editor of a local online newspaper said on Twitter he thought the cases of sex abuse by Catholic priests had more to do with “terrorism” than gossiping nuns.
January 21, 2018 18:45 UTC
SUKKUR: Two youngsters were killed and one other injured when a trailer truck hit a bike on the National Highway near Pano Aqil town on Sunday. A speeding trailer-truck hit a motorcycle on the National Highway near Pano Aqil in Sukkur district. As a result of the accident, two young men, Sajjad Samejo and Javed Shaikh, suffered severe injuries and died, while Hamath Ali sustained injuries. The bodies and the injured were shifted to a local hospital for medico-legal formalities and treatment.
January 21, 2018 18:45 UTC
Pence tells Egypt’s Sisi that US would back two-state solutionArab outrage over President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6 had prompted the cancellation of several planned meetings ahead of Pence’s tour. Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the site when he travelled to Jerusalem in May 2017. The site is located in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the international community. “Whoever truly aspires to realise these goals knows that there is no substitute for US leadership.”Earlier Sunday, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, a key US ally, voiced concern over Trump’s Jerusalem recognition as Pence visited Amman. Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians see the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.
January 21, 2018 18:11 UTC
Whatever the upbeat conversation around momentum shifts, New Zealand go into this series having whitewashed Pakistan in the ODIs. Since that T20I at Eden Park, they have won 12 matches on the bounce against Pakistan across formats. In addition, the shortest format is even more suited to exploiting the weaknesses in Pakistan’s game and redlining New Zealand’s strengths. The T20 series gives him another chance to justify that praise. Hasan Ali should recover from the groin strain that kept him out of the fifth ODI, while Mohammad Amir is also expected to return.
January 21, 2018 17:03 UTC
I may die"KABUL: As gunmen went on a night-time rampage through Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, Aziz Tayeb posted a desperate plea on Facebook: “Pray for me. Afghan interior ministry says Kabul deadly hotel attack is overTayeb and a few friends managed to escape to the hotel’s outdoor pool area where they hid, listening to the horrifying attack metres away. A witness told AFP that the hotel’s security team fled “without a fight”, leaving guests to their fate. As he waited for news of his colleagues, Tayeb updated his Facebook status to thank his friends for their prayers. Please pray for them.”It was too late for one of them: the interior ministry confirmed at least one person involved in the conference was among the dead.
January 21, 2018 17:03 UTC
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, slamming Nawaz Sharif for his alleged attempts to manipulate the judiciary to get a verdict in his favour in the Panama Papers case, said the ousted prime minister always “played with his own umpires” and wanted a judge like Justice Qayyum whom he could influence on writing a judgement. Imran tweeted on Sunday that “[Nawaz Sharif’s] problem is he has always played with his own umpires and wanted a judge like Justice Qayyum whom he could influence on writing a judgement.”NS's problem is he has always played with his own umpires and wanted a judge like Justice Qayyum whom he could influence on writing a judgement. Hence SC decision traumatised him and has led him to carry out a campaign attacking the country's superior judiciary. https://t.co/BE69OJHbpc — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 21, 2018“Hence [the Supreme Court’s] decision traumatised him and has led him to carry out a campaign attacking the country’s superior judiciary,” the PTI supremo added. It is important to mention that the top court dismissed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz in a landmark judgement in the aforementioned case on July 28 last year.
January 21, 2018 16:41 UTC
SYDNEY: Rafael Nadal battled through a huge test to make his 10th Australian Open quarter-final Sunday as Grigor Dimitrov ousted Nick Kyrgios to join him and Caroline Wozniacki kicked into full gear. On an overcast and muggy day at Melbourne Park, the Spanish world number one was up against his most dangerous opponent yet in pocket-rocket Diego Schwartzman, one of the smallest men on tour. The Argentine 24th seed endeared with his astonishingly powerful groundstrokes before Nadal prevailed 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3 in almost four hours on Rod Laver Arena. Ordinarily Nadal, as the top seed, would have top billing on Rod Laver in the evening, but not with local star Kyrgios in action. The maturing Australian 22-year-old pushed world number three Dimitrov close in a hugely entertaining four-setter before succumbing 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 7-6 (7/4).
January 21, 2018 16:34 UTC
SHEIKHUPURA: Federal Minister for Defence Production and Science Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain has alleged that a ‘troika’ consisting of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Zardari, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is trying to spread anarchy in the country. Tanveer said people of Lahore proved their love for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif by not participating in the public meeting of the opposition. He said increasing popularity graph of PML-N has perturbed PTI, PPP and other opposition parties. The PML-N leader said that work on CPEC projects is continued with full pace, adding this project would be completed soon. He justified that the movement of Nawaz Sharif was only for the sanctity of vote and restoration of justice.
Muzarabani followed it up with the wicket of Mendis (36) and Niroshan Dickwella (7) to raise the prospect of another victory over Sri Lanka. Chandimal resisted but Kyle Jarvis further troubled Sri Lanka with the wicket of Asela Gunratne (9). Perera’s effort with the ball gave Sri Lanka a relatively easy target to chase. Brendan Taylor who returned to the Zimbabwe national team following his three-year stint with Nottinghamshire was the highest scorer with 58. The seamers did quite well, maybe a bit inconsistent with the length.”Playing for the first time in the tournament, Sandakan returned figures of 2-57.
LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has failed to control and stop the illegal construction and development inside the walled city area of the provincial capital, Pakistan Today has observed. Last year in March, the WCLA claimed to serve notices to more than 1,200 owners of buildings involved in illegal construction. Furthermore, it was also claimed that authority had overcome illegal construction and encroachments inside the walled city. “Most of the residents of the walled city are low-income who cannot afford to leave the place or conserve it in a safe way. However, he said that after the appointment of the special magistrate, the authority would be able to control the illegal construction.
NALTAR: The Saadia Khan Ski Cup concluded at the PAF Ski Resort, Naltar today. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Pakistan Air Force Chief of Air Staff was the chief guest at the occasion. The Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Scouts outclassed their rivals and convincingly won the cup by bagging all the medals. The air chief also awarded prizes in cross country skating, ice skating and snowboarding competitions. The ski competition continued for three days at the PAF Ski Resort, Naltar.
Turkish air raids killed eight civilians on Sunday in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin, according to a war monitor and a spokesman for the Kurdish forces that control the area. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead, who included at least one child, were killed in air strikes on the village of Jalbara. “Eight civilians were killed in missile strikes on a chicken farm where they were living,” said Birusk Hasakeh, a spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin, blaming Turkish warplanes. It was the second day of “Operation Olive Branch,” an offensive by Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies against the YPG-held Afrin region. On Saturday, Hasakeh told AFP that Turkish bombardment had killed 10 people, including seven civilians.
January 21, 2018 16:18 UTC
PPP chief launches nationwide membership drive of the partyKARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto on Sunday called for an end to the trend of extrajudicial killings in the country, saying he condemns all police encounters across Pakistan. The PPP chairman was addressing the inauguration ceremony regarding a countrywide membership drive of the party here. Launching the membership drive, Bilawal invited all the progressive Pakistanis, especially the youth and women to fill the membership form and join the ideology working for a peaceful, progressive and prosperous Pakistan. The PPP chairman launched the membership campaign at a press conference at the Media Cell of Bilawal House. Answering a question asked by a journalist, Bilawal said that he against the police encounters anywhere in Pakistan, and such practices must come to an end.
January 21, 2018 16:07 UTC