LAHORE: A day after his controversial speech targeting state institutions, an application seeking the registration of a case against former senator Nehal Hashmi was filed at a police station here on Saturday. “Nehal Hashmi had been convicted in a contempt of court case earlier this year and has once again uttered unkind remarks about esteemed state institutions,” the plea stated. On Friday, Hashmi, in his speech, had vehemently criticised state institutions, including the army. Speaking to media representatives, Sanaullah had said that Hashmi was sacked after he had refused to leave senatorship on party orders after a similar statement targeting judiciary. He had also said that one could disagree with institutions, but what Hashmi did was not the way to register a protest.
October 20, 2018 15:11 UTC
KARACHI: Joint Nurses Action Committee (JNAC) on Saturday announced a province-wide protest and complete boycott of duties from October 22 until acceptance of their demands. JNAC comprises Young Nurses Association (YNA) Sindh, Provincial Nurses Association(PNA) and Private School Nursing Association (PSNA)and raises voice for their rights. Nurses are considered backbone of health system but Sindh health department want to make it disable. Despite such services of nurses, we are exploited by health department officials,” nurses leaders expressed their grief. Even in Balochistan, recommendations are ready but Sindh health department has not taken any practical step to address our issues so far, they lamented.
October 20, 2018 15:11 UTC
The power supply in various areas of Karachi was restored on Saturday after an outage caused due to the tripping of a national grid’s transmission line. “Supply resumes in various parts of the city whereas restoration work in other areas is underway. Supply to the city from the National Grid has also been restored,” K-Electric said on social media. “Power in the city was affected following sudden tripping in transmission line of National Grid that created a rollover effect. K-Electric’s plants landed safely in “Island Mode” which has enabled swift progress in restoration,” it further said.
October 20, 2018 15:00 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Reacting to the increase in gas prices, Pakistan People’s Party Chairman (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government seems totally clueless about the economy. Bilawal in a statement in Islamabad said, “This government has no sense of direction when it comes to the economy. Global oil prices were at $148 per barrel but we did not increase prices,” said Bilawal. The PPP chairman questioned the present government’s intentions as the only thing the PTI government had done was to make the lives of the nation more difficult. “Those who claimed that they will give relief to the nation are actually snatching away the rights of the poor people.
October 20, 2018 14:59 UTC
Sindh’s education minister the other day reappointed an assistant professor as Directorate Colleges deputy finance director who had earlier been dismissed over sexual harassment charges. Abdul Ghaffar Bhutto, who was dismissed over allegations of harassing women, was given the same post during the tenure of former provincial minister Pir Mazharul Haq. He was removed, however, following an inquiry into the allegations of harassment. Then, by the use of influence, he had regained the post during the tenure of Sindh’s former education and literacy minister Nisar Khuhro. However, he was once again removed from the post over claims of receiving bribes from colleges.
October 20, 2018 14:48 UTC
Polling material is also being transported to the polling stations under the supervision of Pakistan Army personnel. According to the ECP, there are 240 polling stations in the constituency where around 546,451 voters, 295,567 men and 250,884 women, will be able to cast votes. There are at least 178,965 registered voters, who will be able to cast votes in 80 polling stations set up across the constituency. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is supporting the PPP after both parties had reached an agreement to support each other in the by-polls. PK-71PTI’s Zulfiqar Khan, Awami National Party (ANP) candidate Salahuddin, and independent candidates Dildar Khan, Abdul Karim Khan, and Fazale Haq Kohi Damani are contesting for the PK-71 by-election.
October 20, 2018 14:37 UTC
A girl on Saturday jumped out of a moving vehicle of a ride-hailing service near Karachi’s FTC flyover on Shahrah-e-Faisal in fear of being harassed by the driver, a private media outlet reported. She further said that during the ride, the driver was continuously staring at her through the back-view mirror in the car. Meanwhile, the said driver was taken hold of by passers-by and handed over to police. The girl said that she had submitted an application with the police, but she is not pursuing the matter in order to avoid escalation. They said they would also summon officials of the ride-hailing service in this regard.
October 20, 2018 14:29 UTC
—Says accountability of plunderers will continueISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday criticised segments of bureaucracy and police appointed by the previous governments for creating hurdles for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government at administrative level. The prime minister was talking to a select group of journalists in the Capital. The prime minister elaborated that certain officers appointed by the previous government were involved in disrupting the policies of the government at administrative. Approaching the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout is not a problem but rather the conditions that come attached to it, Prime Minister Imran Khan said. Commenting on increasing electricity tariff, the prime minister said that the government had no other option as the circular debt has reached Rs1,200 billion.
October 20, 2018 14:26 UTC
An eleven-member committee has been formed by the Balochistan Assembly to take up the issue of the lease of the Saindak gold-copper project to a Chinese company with the federal government. BNP leader Sanaullah Baloch had raised the issue on October 4 during a session of the Balochistan Assembly. “The Balochistan government was completely bypassed while leasing out the project to a Chinese company,” Baloch said after the formation of the committee. The federal government gets a 50 per cent share in the profit of the Saindak project while the rest goes to the Chinese company. The committee will devise ways to seek a reasonable solution for handing over the Saindak project to the province, in line with the 18th Constitutional amendment, a notification released by the Assembly said.
October 20, 2018 14:26 UTC
Meg Lanning’s 12th ODI hundred in 68 innings helped Australia trounce Pakistan by 150 runs in the second ODI in Kuala Lumpur. The win also put Australia two points clear at the top ICC Women’s Championship table, reported ESPNCricinfo. Pakistan displayed a marginally better show with the bat on Saturday after being skittled for 95 in the first encounter. But that was all thanks to opener Nahida Khan’s 114-ball 66, the highest score by a Pakistan batsman against Australia. Haynes and Lanning were then dismissed in the 44th and 46th over respectively, as Nashra Sandhu helped Pakistan finish their bowling effort on a strong note.
October 20, 2018 14:03 UTC
KARACHI: Former provincial minister and senior Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Rauf Siddiqui on Saturday appeared before an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in the Baldia factory fire case. The key accused, Abdul Rehman alias Rehman Bhola and Zubair alias Zubair Charya, were also produced before the court. More than 12 witnesses, mostly relatives of deceased factory workers, recorded their statements and told the court that they learned through media that fire erupted in the factory. The witnesses stated that bodies of the people were given by police some days after the incident. Around 250 workers of a garments factory in Baldia Town were killed in 2012 when a fire broke out in the factory and they could not escape.
October 20, 2018 13:41 UTC
MADRID: Julen Lopetegui’s future as Real Madrid coach looks increasingly bleak after Levante claimed their first victory at the Bernabéu since 2007, condemning the European champions to a fourth defeat in their last five games, reported The Guardian. It got worse for Los Blancos and Varane five minutes later as the centre-back was penalised for handball just inside the penalty area following a VAR review after Roger Martí flicked the ball passed him. The Levante forward then converted the spot-kick. VAR then denied Madrid an equaliser as Marco Asensio was just a fraction offside as he headed in from close range. The white handkerchiefs were out at half-time before Lopetegui introduced the curiously-benched Gareth Bale and then Karim Benzema.
October 20, 2018 13:41 UTC
Responding harshly to its critics, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has denied ever denying the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their consulate in Istanbul. Reports have been surfacing over the past two weeks that the Wall Street Journal columnist had been killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul while trying to get some official documents. But after two weeks, our investigators can confirm that Mr Khashoggi did indeed die in our consulate in Istanbul” read the state media report. “All accusations that Saudi Arabia at any point denied knowledge of what happened to Mr Khashoggi are all false” it went on to say. Meanwhile, during a press conference, a spokesperson of the consulate also denied allegations that Saudi Arabia ever denied Jamal Khashoggi’s death.
The nation’s fathers have urged the nation to reach the airport “at least 24 hours” before their respective flights. Speaking at a press conference in Karachi, the nation’s fathers said it was always good to be prepared for all eventualities and it was better to be safe than sorry. “And sometimes there are foreign dignitaries at the airport and that really slows the whole system down.”“Yes, but you don’t have to listen to us,” read the communique available at the press conference. “You are big now and can make your own decisions and know better than your mother and I, apparently.”“I didn’t mean that,” the communique clarified. “You’ll do as you’re told.”The press conference ended and the nation was invited for refreshments at the adjoining hall where the nation’s grandmothers were holding a press conference regarding how weak the nation had become and should eat these delicious snacks.
A Pakistani man sent three of his friends to Dubai to molest and rob his 25-year-old Chinese ex-girlfriend, Khaleej Times reported. The man who had recently broken up with the girl is being tried at the Dubai court. According to details, two of his friends forcibly entered the woman’s International City apartment on August 25. They snatched her mobile phone and 12,000 dirhams in cash and then proceeded to grope and kiss the victim after removing her clothes. “They snatched my mobile phone after one of them grabbed me aggressively by the arms,” she said.