MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister (PM) Raja Farooq Haider Khan on Saturday said that his government was willing to open religious sites for Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists like the Kartapur corridor and had forwarded a proposal to the federal government in this regard. “We have more than six hundred pilgrim sites of the three religions, including Sharda and Ali Baig which we are planning to renovate, recondition and open for respective followers from Indian held Kashmir (IHK),” Haider said while speaking at a reception in Mirpur. He said that tourism would get a big boost in the territory besides strengthening the confidence between the masses and governments of two countries to resolve conflicts peacefully in the region by opening these sites. “I have asked the government of Pakistan to open all the traditional routes between Azad Kashmir and IHK for religious visitors like the Kartapur corridor, recently opened in Punjab for Sikhs,” AJK premier added.
December 15, 2018 15:45 UTC
CHITRAL: Around 85 families have shifted to lower Chitral from Rerioveer due to water shortage while the remaining families are also weighing options to migrate. Furthermore, 200 families have also migrated from Morilusht area to Chitral due to looming water crises. Chitral district is the worst-affected by the climate change where people are facing severe water shortage despite the fact that it is home to dozens of glaciers, natural streams and a river. Local elders said that Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, during his visit to the district, assured them that he would ask authority concerned to resolve the issue of water shortage. The area has 3000 population who would grow crops on 40,000 acres of land that has become barren due to the shortage of water.
December 15, 2018 15:42 UTC
–Chief Minister Usman Buzdar says ‘captain’ has put country on right trackLAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Saturday chaired a seven-hour-long meeting of provincial cabinet members, wherein ministers and secretaries briefed him on the first 100 days’ performance of their respective ministries. During the meeting, the chief minister sought details of different ministries and attached departments’ measures aimed at benefitting the masses as well as reforms carried out to improve the living standards of the people. The Punjab government has set its priorities after a detailed review of resources and circumstances of the province,” the chief minister said while addressing the meeting. Earlier, the chief minister listened to the problems of all delegates and issued on-the-spot directions to officials concerned for their redressal. Provincial ministers Murad Raas and Rai Tamoor Khan Bhatti also assured the people of solving their problems at the earliest.
Are you ashamed, asked Sacker in the blunt Tim Sebastian-tone that the programme has had since its launched in 1997. “I am happy to be ashamed” to be standing with a trusted ally, came the reply. Why aren’t the western leaders, like Donald Trump also ashamed, he continued. Second, was the decision of the BBC to edit out the finance minister’s reference to captured Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Yadav. One suspects that it wasn’t even irresponsible populism on their part when they were in opposition, but actual, genuine ignorance.
The government of Punjab on Saturday released a list of defaulters who had reportedly stayed at the Islamabad’s Punjab House during the tenure of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, and owe Rs 60 million, according to a report. Former attorney general Ashtar Ausaf has to pay Rs0.34 million, Assistant Controller Khurram Rasheed owes Rs2.2 million and MNA Malik Zulfiqar has pending dues of Rs4.1 million. Moazzam Ali owes Rs2.9 million to the government, former Islamabad deputy commissioner Mujahid Sher Dil has a debt of Rs1.3 million and former Punjab advocate general Mustafa Ramday owes Rs3.9 million. Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister Amir Ghazi owes Rs0.2 million and Chief Controller Aslam Butt owes Rs0.1 million. Moreover, it plans to prepare and present a list of Punjab House defaulters in other provinces as well.
Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemns demolitionEL AMARI REFUGEE CAMP, WEST BANK: Israeli forces on Saturday demolished the family home of a Palestinian charged with killing an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank, the military and witnesses said. Israeli forces arrived at the El Amari camp before dawn on Saturday, sealed off the four-storey Abu Humaid house and destroyed it, the military said in a statement. The Abu Humaid family home has been destroyed before and rebuilt. Two other Abu Humaid sons are in Israeli custody, charged with the killings of five Israelis, and another two face lengthy incarceration for serious security offences. This is an enemy who thinks that by doing such actions they will terrorise us and make us fear them,” said Islam’s mother, Latifa Abu Humaid.
December 15, 2018 15:11 UTC
Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Diriyah district for Formula E tournament, and concertsRIYADH: Western tourists, a rarity in Saudi Arabia, visited this weekend under a new visa system, as one of the world’s most inaccessible countries tries to open up its society and diversify its economy away from oil. Saudi Arabia to offer visitor visa for special events from DecemberNow the crown prince is seeking to develop new industries to wean the world’s top oil exporter off petro-dollars. Such efforts have been overshadowed recently by the murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the crown prince, with the US Senate blaming Prince Mohammed and insisting that Saudi Arabia hold accountable anyone responsible. Saudi officials have denied Prince Mohammed ordered the hit, but their changing accounts and ties between him and some of the suspects have complicated Riyadh’s efforts to move on. “That applies to Saudi Arabia, too.”Read full story
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“It would have been better if transparent elections were allowed to be held so that political parties could have formed a government through consensus,” he stated. “What right does an individual, with just three-year tenure, has to make decisions regarding my nation?” Zardari questioned. “I get angry when someone takes away the rights of the poor … They won’t be able to do it.”He said a lot could have been done in the first 100 days. “We got rid of Musharraf in 100 days, we got Swat freed in 100 days,” the PPP co-chairman noted, recalling his party’s tenure in the centre. “Only a party of the masses can understand their needs and problems, not the parties that are made,” Zardari added.
December 15, 2018 14:51 UTC
According to official suspects used false identities and servers based abroad to try to avoid detectionMADRID: Spanish police on Saturday announced the arrest of three men they said ran the Spanish section of “one of the most influential neo-nazi websites” in the world. The arrests were in Barcelona, Tarragona and Saragossa, all in the northeast of the country, said a police statement. The aim of the website is to “propagate anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist hate messages on the Internet among Spanish-speaking followers”, the statement added. The suspects, aged from 21 to 23, had used false identities and servers based abroad to try to avoid detection, said the statement. Spanish police collaborated with their Swiss counterparts and the European police agency Europol to track them down.
December 15, 2018 14:48 UTC
The veteran politician advises 'national institutions' to operate within their constitutional ambitPakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari questioned on Saturday as to how can someone, having a service tenure of just three years, reserve the right to make decisions for the nation. Addressing his supporters in Hyderabad on Saturday, the veteran politician advised ‘national institutions’ to operate within their constitutional ambit. “A large number of cases are pending in the courts,” he said. “Those should be disposed off first.”Zardari claimed that those who promised to arrange five million houses for the poor, had instead caused 0.5 million people to lose their jobs in the name of the ongoing drive against encroachment. “I can feel the pain of the poor in the country,” he said.
December 15, 2018 14:44 UTC
“ETPB’s land cannot be sold, and there are allotment categories under which it can be allocated by the chairman for a certain period of time. “We are working to retrieve ETPB’s land and structures that are illegally occupied for the past 20 years. Some influential persons, including political players, misused this land without seeking an approval from the board,” Lahore administrator Wahab Shah informed Pakistan Today. “A one-kanal plaza having 26 shops was sealed during the operation on Main Phoolnagar Road near the Multan Road. We have also devised a massive and comprehensive plan for the removal of encroachments on ETPB land and will get it retrieved at the earliest,” he added.
December 15, 2018 14:37 UTC
It was shoot to kill, not to disperse them.” He added that India was killing innocent Kashmiris as a state policy. https://t.co/wzDmv8XepF — Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) December 15, 20187 Civilians killed 60 Injured in Army firing in Pulwama Kashmir. @UNGeneva @UNHumanRights should fullfill duties to stop this genocide on kashmir by indian forces.. pic.twitter.com/Bku5KS2xsB — Akmal Farooq (@akmalfarooq302) December 15, 2018Bloodbath in #Pulwama. 7 civilians were shot dead while as sixty five others injured as the Indian forces opened indiscriminate fire upon protesters. #Kashmir https://t.co/lv2AZLEZGw pic.twitter.com/z7Fdi7W0y5 — Kabir (@kabwrites) December 15, 2018The brutal killing of civilians triggered angry protests in the Indian-occupied Kashmir where protesters condemned what they called ‘genocide of Kashmiri people’.
December 15, 2018 14:26 UTC
Several Taliban military commanders have been killed since the beginning of December by Afghan forcesASADABAD, AFGHANISTAN: At least 20 Afghan civilians, including 12 children, were killed in an airstrike targeting a Taliban commander in the eastern province of Kunar late on Friday, local officials said. Abdul Latif Fazly, a member of the provincial council, said eight women and 12 children were killed and more than 15 civilians wounded in the incident. Kunar governor Abdul Satar Mirzakwal said an operation by Afghan forces in Sheltan district killed 38 Taliban and al Qaeda members, including four foreign nationals, and wounded 12 more. “We know that a number of civilians, including women and children have been killed but we are sending a fact-finding team,” he said. The number of Afghan civilians killed in US and Afghan airstrikes has risen sharply this year as Western-backed forces have stepped up aerial operations with the aim of forcing the Taliban to agree to peace talks.
December 15, 2018 14:15 UTC
Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez has backed Pakistan to defeat South Africa during the upcoming away tour after the disappointing Test series defeat against New Zealand. The Pakistan all-rounder brushed aside the notion that he retired from Tests due to fear of facing South Africa pacer Dale Steyn, who has dismissed him 15 times in his career. “I did not retire from Test cricket due to fear of facing Dale Steyn,” he made it clear. “I don’t have any plans in place regarding retirement from ODIs and T20Is because right now my focus is on playing the ODI World Cup for Pakistan,” he said. “As long as I am fit and performing well in the field, I will continue to represent Pakistan in limited-overs cricket.”
December 15, 2018 14:03 UTC
Two women have died due to the alleged negligence of a lady doctor at a private hospital in the Dhingarwali area of Gujranwala, a private media outlet reported Saturday. The incident took place in the vicinity of the Gujranwala Cantt Police Station on Friday, reports said. The heirs have alleged that the doctor gave women the “wrong injection” which claimed their lives. The lady doctor and other staff fled the hospital after the deaths. The heirs of the deceased have demanded an action against the lady doctor, whereas the police, after registering a case against the accused, have started probing the incident.
December 15, 2018 13:52 UTC