Man claiming to be ASP Toba Tek Singh calls Raiwind police station asking for data of money transfer shopsLAHORE: A man impersonating as a police officer deprived Raiwind police and the local shopkeepers of their money on Friday. An unidentified man, claiming to be ASP Toba Tek Singh, called the Raiwind police station and asked for the data of the money transfer shops in the area. The SHO did not even care to contact the higher officials nor took any steps to confirm the identity of the call from the impersonating ASP. Instead, he sent police officials to gather the names and cell phone numbers of the shopkeepers and then handed the data over to the fake ASP. Posing for profit: Police arrest fake ASP for extortionAfter some time, the shopkeepers received calls from different numbers asking them to send Rs40,000 to Rs50,000 on the respective phone numbers.
February 16, 2019 06:11 UTC
Team seize stamp papers, printing machines and other materialMULTAN: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) nabbed a suspect, who was involved in making fake currency notes in Multan, Express News has learnt. He added the suspect was allegedly involved in making fake currency notes in his home. He maintained the raiding party also seized fake currency, travel cheques, stamp papers, two printing machines, chemical dyes, prize bonds and other material from the spot. The official mentioned a number of cases had already been registered against the accused for making fake currency notes. Fake currency dealer: Police arrest three, recover bad notesDuring interrogation, Raees transpired that he used to sell a copy of Rs7,500 prize bond in Rs70,000 and earned high profits.
February 16, 2019 06:11 UTC
Ceremony was not only badly managed but also lacked excitementKARACHI: The Pakistan Super League began its fourth edition on February 14. The expectations of cricket lovers were high as they cheered for their favourite teams playing in PSL. However, while winning and losing is part of the game, what left everyone disappointed was not the performance of the players but the opening ceremony. The ceremony was not only badly managed but also lacked the excitement as the music system also failed to uplift the audience in the stadium. Such a depressing opening ceremony only made viewers cringe and if the Pakistan Cricket Board wants to impress not just Pakistani cricket lovers but international ones too, it needs to pull its sleeves up and organise a much better ceremony.
February 16, 2019 06:00 UTC
'IOK is in a state of war and India cannot keep thinking that more violence will solve it'Elections are around the corner in India — which is the bash-Pakistan season for the far right. The suicide attack on a military convoy in Pulwama district of India-Occupied Kashmir was just what the doctor ordered for the hawks of India. Even Farooq Abdullah — a much-reviled figure in Pakistan — has tried to draw Modi’s attention to India’s excesses in IOK. Modi, Amit Shah, and the latest generation of chickenhawks — none of the most aggressive cabinet members have any military service — are hell-bent on war with Pakistan, at least until the elections. This is because, to chickenhawks, the lives of Indian soldiers and civilians are forfeit when it comes to winning reelection.
February 16, 2019 05:48 UTC
GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA) has directed residents of Hassanabad village in Hunza to remain alert and cooperate with authorities in light of a potential threat by glacier surge. The Shisper glacier, located west of Hassanabad village, has surged during the last six months and a huge supra-glacial lake has been formed which locals fear can burst or overflow causing extensive damage. GBDMA has urged locals to call 05813-920100 for information and avoid travelling to the Shishper glacier. A high-level meeting to review the preparedness level was also held at the Force Command Northern Areas (FCNA) headquarters. During the meeting, headed by FCNA Commander Major General Ehsan Mahmood Khan, it was decided that all necessary preparations be completed within two weeks.
February 16, 2019 05:35 UTC
Three labourers from Utman Khel area of Bajaur Rais Khan, Waheed and Arab Gul were killed by unidentified people on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday. Besides family, friends and community, political leaders and parliamentarians were also present at the funeral prayers of the three labourers from Bajaur. Leaders of various political parties in Bajaur have shown their concern over the killing and demanded justice for the victims. Bajaur Youth Jirga members and leadership of all major political parties were mourning over the killing. Earlier Sindh sports Minister Naisr Hussain Shah along with Senator Farhat Ullah Babar visited the homes of the slain labourers in Bajaur and offered fatiha with deceased family.
February 16, 2019 05:26 UTC
Several patients have died because doctors want better working conditions and payAs many as six children have died at government-run hospitals in Dadu and Mithi of Sindh after doctors there boycotted their duties. Doctors are protesting against what they claim the Sindh government’s failure to raise their salaries and perks to the level of doctors in neighbouring Punjab. Back then, several patients had died because doctors wanted better working conditions and pay. There are no easy answers to this conundrum. Like Opinion & Editorial on Facebook, follow @ETOpEd on Twitter to receive all updates on all our daily pieces.
February 16, 2019 05:26 UTC
–The coinciding of Kashmir incident with FATF meeting, Taliban peace talks and Saudi package is suspicious, says Fawad-Entire nation not responsible for few persons, says SidhuISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday rejected the Indian allegations of “Pakistani involvement” in Pulwama attack and claimed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi benefitted from the attack. Chaudhry lamented the Indian habit of jumping the gun after any such incident and blaming Pakistan without any evidence. Earlier on Thursday, a suicide attack in occupied Kashmir killed at least 44 Indian security personnel. In the aftermath of the attack, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Friday summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood and issued him “a very strong demarche in connection with the terrorist attack in Pulwama yesterday”. UNWISE TO LINK KARTARPUR WITH KASHMIR ATTACK, SAYS SIDHUIndian Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums Navjot Singh Sidhu while commenting on rumours that the Kashmir attack could affect Kartarpur corridor project, questioned the connection between the attack and the Kartarpur corridor.
February 16, 2019 05:15 UTC
It invited artists, photographers, a filmmaker and a journalist to travel together and observe effects of climate change and environmental degradation in northern Pakistan. This was done to facilitate development of paintings, photographs, sculptures, documentaries, blogs on climate change and other environmental issues. Now the exhibition “Art for Climate Change” reopened for a wider audience at Gallery6 in F-6 Markaz on Friday February 15, 2019 a very central location in Islamabad with easy access. “Plant for me” campaign can be picked by the Ministry of Climate Change, national or regional institutions and stakeholders, NGOs or community based organisations to promote tree plantations at different levels. Moreover, Muhammad Sajjad Akram’s sculpture of a devastated man sums up the detrimental effects of climate change on humans.
February 16, 2019 05:02 UTC
Attacks come just days after MQM-P worker was killed in an attack at their officeKARACHI: Two workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were killed in armed attacks in separate incidents in the city on late Thursday night. The first attack targeted 27-year-old Abdul Rehman, son of Qadir, who was reportedly shot dead by three unidentified assailants. Less than an hour later, a second attack on a PTI worker was reported in Karachi’s Orangi Town area. The victim, identified as 55-year-old Shafqat, son of Sahebzada, was targeted by two unidentified men according to witnesses. We appeal to Sindh Rangers director-general to take notice of these targeted attacks on peaceful political workers.
February 16, 2019 04:07 UTC
The signing of MoUs entitles NGOs to obtain foreign funding and open bank accounts. Until a legislation for regulatory framework for foreign economic assistance flowing outside the government channel is enacted, the NGOs are regulated under the 2013 policy for their accountability. Under the new INGO policy, Pakistan had kicked out many INGOs, inviting backlash from the United States, Britain and the European Union. The official documents showed that the registration requests of almost all the NGOs were rejected by the country’s premier intelligence agency. These NGOs had applied for doing ‘humanitarian’ work in areas of health, education, women empowerment and poverty.
February 16, 2019 03:56 UTC
Islamabad has three options in response to India’s MFN move, says PM’s adviserISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said it would not overreact to India’s latest step of withdrawing its most-favoured nation (MFN) status and would take action with great care. We have three options including unilateral, bilateral [action] under the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) and multilateral [action] under the World Trade Organisation (WTO). He said for the last many years, the world was seeing Pakistan through the lens of security. The Saudis are coming to Pakistan for long term investment, he added. He said Saudi investment is not in competition with China.
February 16, 2019 03:45 UTC
Move comes on back of growing demand for cleaner energyLONDON: Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell agreed Friday to buy German rechargeable battery maker Sonnen, as the sector eyes growing demand for cleaner energy. Shell, which already invested in the German start-up in May 2018, revealed in a statement that it will buy 100% of Sonnen for an undisclosed amount. Shell plans to invest in white oil pipeline, open modern retail outlets“Full ownership of Sonnen will allow us to offer more choice to customers seeking reliable, affordable and cleaner energy. “Together, we can accelerate the building of a customer-focused energy system in support of Shell’s strategy to offer more and cleaner energy solutions to customers,” he added in the statement. Shell Pakistan holds convention on energy transition in IslamabadFriday’s announcement shows how the traditional oil sector is seeking to diversify further into greener energy, analysts say.
February 16, 2019 03:31 UTC
Saudi Arabia is going to invest over $10 billion in setting up an oil refinery and petrochemical complex [in Balochistan]. The annual oil import bill will be reduced by $1.2 billion due to the new Saudi refinery,” said Khan while talking to journalists on Friday. As the next step, Pakistan wants to play role of a mediator between Iran and Saudi Arabia. We would like to play the role of mediator between Qatar and Saudi Arabia,” he added. He said an inquiry into inflated gas bills is under way and the government has decided to review gas prices slabs to cut prices for gas consumers.
February 16, 2019 03:11 UTC
Two US women detained by a border patrol agent in the state of Montana after he heard them speaking Spanish in a grocery store have sued the country’s border protection agency. “It has to do with you guys speaking Spanish in the store in a state where it´s predominately English speaking,” he said. “It’s not illegal, it’s just very unheard of up here,” he told the women. The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday filed suit against US Customs and Border Protection on behalf of the women, who live in Havre. “As a matter of policy, US Customs and Border Protection does not comment on pending litigation,” he told AFP in a statement.
February 16, 2019 03:11 UTC