by News Desk , (Last Updated 3 hours ago)The Pakistan Coast Guards on Monday seized 2600kg of drugs in Turbat in Balochistan’s Kech district, according to a PCG spokesperson. PCG personnel intercepted a suspicious dumper truck at a check-post near the Nelant area, the spokesperson said. 2600kg of charas was hidden inside secret chambers of the truck. The spokesperson said that the seized cache of drugs is worth Rs2850 million in the market. The driver of the vehicle has been arrested and is being interrogated.
October 21, 2019 17:37 UTC
On Monday, five-year-old Muhammad Yahya was kidnapped from the Liaqatabad area of Lahore as he went to a nearby shop to buy some food. This particular case is among many cases of violence against children and the state’s failure to protect them from harm. A woman, along with her teenage sister, was abducted by unknown persons from the Shahdara area of Lahore but the police is still clueless about their whereabouts. Although one of the suspects in the case was taken into custody, the Lahore High Court (LHC) soon granted him bail. After hearing the version of the victims’ families, Pakistan Today contacted Liaqatabad and Shahdara Town police stations.
October 21, 2019 17:26 UTC
KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Monday demanded that Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan to immediately step down from his post in light of “a very difficult situation” that was developing in the country. Criticising the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for arresting JUI-F leaders a few days ahead of the protest march, Bilawal said that the action seemed to be taken in vested interests. “In its tenure, the Pakistan Peoples Party never stopped anyone from protesting. We found out a political solution to the long march and sit-in in our tenure. The march, which aims to topple Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government, would include multiple opposition parties that would enter Islamabad together via the GT Road.
October 21, 2019 17:26 UTC
Three new polio cases have been reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, taking the tally to 76 since January 1, 2019. The cases were detected in the districts of Lakki Marwat and Harnai, according to the National Emergency Operations Centre. The first case is of an 11-month-old from Shahrag Tehsil in Balochistan’s Harnai area. The second victim is a seven-month-old infant girl from Serai Naurang Tehsil in Lakki Marwat. The third polio case was also detected in the same area.
October 21, 2019 17:03 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has opened another case against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Khursheed Shah. According to the details, NAB is investigating a case against Khursheed Shah regarding steel mills and officially requested the Establishment Division to provide the record. In the letter, NAB requested data concerning decisions taken during the cabinet meetings. It was further stated in the medical report that along with heart ailment Shah is also suffering from blood pressure and breathing problems. The court was requested that through an order, Shah should be immediately shifted to a hospital for medical attention.
October 21, 2019 17:03 UTC
Mohammad Afzaal, the father of Faisalabad ATM robber Salahuddin Ayubi who died in Rahim Yar Khan police’s custody in September, pardoned the policemen involved in torturing his son to death on Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed’s request, the BBC Urdu reported Monday. Afzaal announced pardoning the policemen involved in torturing Salahuddin to death at a mosque in Gujranwala last week. He told BBC Urdu that he pardoned the policemen of his free will. According to the police, Salahuddin died in their custody after suffering a heart attack following his arrest in Rahim Yar Khan. All the three policemen, including SHO Mehmoodul Hassan, have been reinstated after they were pardoned by Salahuddin’s father, according to a spokesperson for the Rahim Yar Khan police.
October 21, 2019 16:52 UTC
“Both of these officials are looting the public money and awarding work to their blue-eyed vendors for personal benefits. The applicant also claimed that the corruption of the two WASA officers would be revealed if their progress from January 2019 to August 2019 was checked. The applicant claimed that Ichra WASA SDO Zahid Hussain and Ichra XEN Sufiyan Habib, sub-engineer Amir Tufail and sub-engineer Usama are actively involved in corruption and causing regular losses to the national exchequer. On the other hand, WASA Director Abdul Kareem denied the allegations against him and his colleagues. “All these allegations are baseless and they are not involved in any kind of corruption,” he said when contacted by this scribe.
October 21, 2019 16:18 UTC
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has decided to raise 34 new units of Rapid Response Force (RRF) to fill the void created by the departure of the several units of the security forces previously deployed in various parts of the province, according to a media report. In this regard, a meeting on law and order was held earlier in August this year, wherein Chief Minister Mahmood Khan approved raising of about 34 units of RRF. It said that the new units would be in addition to the existing 28 units of the force. The summary said that to raise 34 new units, it would require to recruit of 1,462 personnel. RRF personnel undergo rigorous nine-month training and its units are commanded by officers of the superintendent of police ranks.
October 21, 2019 16:07 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights has summoned the vice-chancellor of the University of Balochistan for a briefing on the alleged harassment and blackmailing of students by varsity staff members. The Balochistan University harassment and blackmailing issue came to light when students accused the administration of using Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) footage to blackmail female students for sexual favours. The students said that they were being monitored by additional cameras and microphones placed in washrooms and smoking areas. Following widespread criticism, UoB Vice-Chancellor Dr Javed Iqbal stepped down on Sunday after accusations that he was involved in the harassment of students. A notification issued by the Balochistan governor’s office said Dr Iqbal decided to step down to let the FIA conduct a fair inquiry.
October 21, 2019 16:07 UTC
LAHORE: Inspector-General (IG) of Police Punjab Captain (R) Arif Nawaz Khan commended Punjab Police for providing best security arrangements on the event of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain A.S and Urs of Hazrat Data Ali Hajveri r.a.IG while praising officers and officials of Punjab Police for providing foolproof security arrangements said that Punjab Police deserve applause for doing security duties with full commitment and dutifulness. These views were expressed by him when he communicated his wireless message to CCPO Lahore, all RPOs, CPOs and DPOs including all force. He further said that I congratulate to all police force including district police, Elite Punjab, Punjab Highway Patrol, Dolphin, PRU, Wireless Staff, Traffic Staff, Control Room staff, Special Branch, Punjab Constabulary, CTD and Ministerial staff whose dutifulness and professionalism successfully maintained the environment of law and order across the province. He advised the officials that they should continue their duties with the same zeal and determination in the future too. First priority should always be to ensure coordination between the police and the public, he concluded.
October 21, 2019 15:56 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The employees of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) on Monday staged a protest against the dissolution of the council and establishment of Pakistan Medical Commission. The protest was arranged on a call of PMDC Employees Movement, which also arranged a sit-in in front of the Council’s headquarters to raise their voice against the decision of dissolving the body. The speakers said that they would continue their protest till fulfilment of their demands and urged the government to reserve back its decision of dissolution of PMDC. It is pertinent to mention here that the federal government had dissolved the existing body of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and established a new organization of Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) to regulate medical profession in the country. The new Medical Commission is expected to start operations within a week.
October 21, 2019 15:56 UTC
KARACHI: Filmmaker Jami on Sunday said that he has been a very strong supporter of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment because he had himself been subjected to rape 13 years ago by a well-known ‘media tycoon’. “Why I am so strongly supporting #MeToo?” Jami shared. — jami (@jamiazaad) October 21, 2019Interestingly, the story was pulled down from prominent news outlets soon after it was published. #metoo — jami (@jamiazaad) October 21, 2019Articles on Jami’s assault have been removed from Dawn, Geo, and The News in < a day of him opening up about it. If you see someone staying silent on #MeToo, know for a fact that they are complicit.
The work of a mentally disturbed individualThere is no wonder that every person and news outlet that saw Trump’s letter to Turkey’s president Erdoğan thought it was a joke. When it was confirmed that the letter was indeed authentic, bewilderment and disbelief struck everyone who read it, as no US president has ever written such a disgraceful letter which will be remembered in infamy. “You don’t want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people,” Trump goes on to say in his infamous letter. First, Trump tells Erdoğan to go ahead and wreak havoc on our allies, but then warns Erdoğan that he will destroy the Turkish economy if Erdoğan does not heed his demand. Erdoğan succeeded in outmanoeuvring Trump at every turn, with the US caving into everything Erdoğan wanted.
And why journalism needs a thorough overhaul the world overI, like a million other journalists, enjoy my brief forays into other people’s misery. Arthur Jensen: You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr Beale, and I won’t have it! That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today! The world is a business, Mr Beale. And I have chosen you, Mr Beale, to preach this evangel.
Businesses dependent on the industry such as vendors of auto parts who supply directly to automobile assemblers have had to let go of around 40,000 workers. The government, for obvious reasons, will not look at the falling import figure through this perspective as it doesn’t fit into their narrative of the so-called ‘economic turnaround’. The government is supposed to create an economic environment where jobs are created; it has done the opposite. It can provide government jobs but it has refused to do this as well and is rather closing down 400 departments. The government must reassess its policies in order to reduce the hardship of the working class that has been left to fend for itself.