KABUL: The death toll from the deadly attack on Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul climbed to 18 and six other people were wounded, according to Tolo News. The Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah also condemned the attack, in a tweet, and commended security forces for saving civilians trapped inside the hotel following the incident. The Intercontinental Hotel, an imposing 1960s structure set on a hilltop and heavily protected like most public buildings in Kabul, was previously attacked by Taliban fighters in 2011. Pakistan CondemnsPakistan has condemned the terrorist attack at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul in which five people were killed. A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday stated, “Pakistan strongly condemns the brutal terrorist attack at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul.
January 21, 2018 06:00 UTC
Such advertisements are not only placed at major roads but also in adverts published in leading national dailies. In fact political parties making provincial governments at some point in time, in one way or the other, have marketed their parties more than their mandate through such advertisements. However, what they perhaps forget is that the funds utilised for such advertisements are of the state and not of the political parties which cash in on this opportunity to increase their vote bank. In the wake of this, the respective courts in other provinces too should take action on the same issue and restrict political parties from using state resources to fund their own political agendas. Like Opinion & Editorial on Facebook, follow @ETOpEd on Twitter to receive all updates on all our daily pieces.
January 21, 2018 06:00 UTC
Trump is 'Mercurial, dishonest, un-political'Whether by accident or by design the anniversary of Donald Trump’s accession to the presidency of the US coincides with the first government shutdown in America since 2013. President Donald J Trump is unlike, in every way, any president America has had before. Those that did not vote for him hold their heads in misery and bemoan the cheapening of Brand America. Whatever one may think of President Trump he is reshaping what the role of president is and re-writing the American script. Like Opinion & Editorial on Facebook, follow @ETOpEd on Twitter to receive all updates on all our daily pieces.
January 21, 2018 05:48 UTC
TEGUCIGALPA: Honduran soldiers and police clashed with protesters blocking roads across the Central American country on Saturday, as discontent continues to fester nearly two months after a disputed presidential election. At least 31 people have died in violent protests. “Out with JOH, out with the dictator,” masked protesters shouted in Tegucigalpa’s Miraflores neighbourhood. The Honduran electoral tribunal declared Hernandez, a staunch US ally, winner of the election last month despite strident protests over the vote count. We need to be permanently mobilized to keep up the pressure and prevent the dictator from installing himself.”
KARACHI: At least 18 suspects were taken into custody late Saturday night following a combing operation carried out by police in Orangi Town’s Tori Bangash and Faqeer Colony locales, Korangi’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Abid Baloch said. Two pistols were also recovered following the combing operation, the police official noted. On the other hand, an alleged street criminal was taken into custody late night following a search operation conducted in the Saudabad locale of the metropolis’ Malir area, the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) said. The detained suspect was identified as Abdul Sattar, security officials stated, adding that weapons, mobile phones, and cash were recovered from him. Dacoity in North NazimabadFour armed dacoits entered and looted late night a restaurant located in Block ‘N’ of the city’s North Nazimabad area, sources said.
It’s just one case in a long list of such incidents that are waiting for justice. This politicisation and underlying inefficiency which has marred the police department and justice system remain one of the core reasons have emboldened criminals to continue with their transgressions with impunity. During the last one decade, the ratio of child abuse cases has increased almost 36%. During the last one decade, the ratio of child abuse cases has increased almost 36%. If the state continues to serve vested interests and build political agendas on hash-tags such as #justiceforZainab, this menace will only grow.
Muneer Ahmed Qureshi more popularly know as Munnu Bhai passed away in Lahore after a prolonged illness. A cultured and charming individual, Munnu bhai had a progressive and liberal outlook on life that was exemplified through his fearless writing against rampant corruption, terrorism, poverty and social degradation. He possessed a profound awareness of inequality in society and the hardships faced by the common man as a result. Many journalists who began their careers with Munnu Bhai took the oft-travelled and easier route in our imperfect media industry where the privilege to report and publish meaningful stories is misused for financial gain. Munnu Bhai true to his ideals did the job like it was meant to be done with honesty and hard work – no flashy cars and huge salaries, just a love for his work that he did from his humble abode at Lahore’s Riwaz Garden.
January 21, 2018 05:26 UTC
Diversions on Mall Road, where the international players were staying, were also set. Mall Road is one of the main arteries of the city while Lower Mall is an important exit and entry point of the city. Jamshed Liaqat, a citizen, told The Express Tribune that he lived in Nankanah Sahib and had to go to Mall Road for a personal matter. To deal with traffic mess, City Traffic Police Lahore (CTPL) claimed to have devised a comprehensive traffic plan. Traffic from Circular Road and Shah Alam Chowk was diverted to Mayo Hospital, Nappier Road and Mall Road.
January 21, 2018 05:00 UTC
KABUL: At least five people were killed and six injured after gunmen attacked Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel Saturday night, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as the building in the Afghan capital caught fire and residents and staff fled. The attack came days after a US embassy warning of possible attacks on hotels in Kabul. Hours after the attack began firing appeared to ease as security forces settled in, waiting for dawn. The Intercontinental Hotel — located on a hilltop and heavily protected like most public buildings in Kabul — was previously attacked by Taliban fighters in 2011. While it shares the same name, the hotel in Kabul is not part of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which issued a statement in 2011 saying that “the hotel Inter-continental in Kabul is not part of IHG and has not been since 1980”.
January 21, 2018 04:52 UTC
Nine out of fourteen cases were Influenza A H1N1 positive and dangerousRAWALPINDI: Fourteen patients of seasonal flu were admitted in Holy Family Hospital (HFH) and POF Hospital during the last three weeks. District Health Officer (Prevention) Dr Abdul Jabbar said 39 suspected patients of seasonal flu or Influenza A H1N1, were brought to different public sector hospitals of the city. According to the reports, he said, there were fourteen positive patients and fourteen negative while report of eleven blood samples were being awaited. To a question, he said five patients were admitted at HFH and four at POF Hospital Wah Cantt. He told that nine out of fourteen were Influenza A H1N1 positive while five were A H3 which was a common flu and not dangerous.
January 21, 2018 04:52 UTC
Aggressive buying, with foreign investors turning out to be net buyers of $33 million, pushed the benchmark index up 1,244 points or 2.9% to close at 44,178.83. However, the real thrust came from foreign buying, which was largely concentrated in banks, followed by cements. Foreign buying continued this week, following rupee’s devaluation. Foreigners bought $33 million worth of shares during the week versus buying of $26 million during the last week. On the local front, mutual funds were net sellers of $12.8 million whereas individuals were net sellers of $10.1 million.
January 21, 2018 04:52 UTC
Australian envoy says trade volume can increaseMULTAN: Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson has assured that difficulties in obtaining visas would end, and chambers’ recommendations for trade visa would be entertained. She was addressing members of the Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) on Saturday. Adamson added that currently, the trade volume between Australia and Pakistan is a little over $400 million a year, but potential existed to enhance it manifolds. She also stressed on workers’ remittances and said that Australia could contribute significantly in this regard. Like Business on Facebook, follow @TribuneBiz on Twitter to stay informed and join in the conversation.
As the latest census puts the provincial population at 110 million, it is estimated that by 2025, the population size will go beyond 125 million, equal to the combined population of the United Kingdom and France. In this regard, allocations made under the provincial Annual Development Plan (ADP) are the best parameters to judge the response. In its 2017 report, it stated that the public-sector investment programme worth $5 billion is not sufficient to meet needs of the rapidly growing inhabitants of Punjab. “The government … has minimal space in development projects to promote the private sector, hence it is increasing emphasis on policy space and planning to facilitate the private sector,” the report said. The private sector generates around 90% of the Punjab’s output of goods and services and is the dominant sector in the provincial economy.
However, there is no one to speak about the issues women face. The scale is tipped against women even with regard to the Dispute Resolution Council (DRC) at the Raheemabad police station as well. Shah said the number of women in DRCs is less and increasing it would go a long way in addressing women issues. Women desks have been established in seven model police stations in Swat with the support of UNDP where they had hired women staff to deal with women complainants, said DSP Swat Habibullah Khan. According to UNDP, K-P has 37 model police stations where trained women staff deal with women complainantsKhan said earlier there was no separate space for women but model police satiations ensure trained women staff attend to women complainants and assist them with police processes to help resolve their issues.
Mardan Beautification Project is being completed with an estimated cost of Rs1 billionPESHAWAR: The project to further beautify the Mardan city with parks and landscaping was likely to be complete by spring. Additional Chief Secretary Planning and Development Shehzad Khan has directed the district administration to complete all the schemes under Mardan Beautification Project in Mardan by April this year and maintain high standard of construction. This he said while talking to the quarters concerned during his visit to the sites of various projects under construction as part of Mardan Beautification Project. Mardan DC Dr Imran Hamid Sheikh, Tehsil Municipal Officer Asif Khan, Manager Service Delivery Centre Shafique Khan and others were also accompanying the ACS. This he said was the second screen installed so far as first one is already working in front of Deputy Commissioner Office Mardan.