Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced to launch an anti-drug campaign to eliminate the growing menace of contraband items across the country, starting from the federal capital. According to media reports, PM Imran presided over a meeting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to review its first 100 days performance. At this occasion, he directed the authorities to prepare “a massive drive to eliminate the menace of contraband items” across the nation. “And then none of you should say ‘my ministry was taken away from me’ [if you are replaced for not going to work],” PM Imran cautioned. He inspected different sections of the shelter home which has a capacity to provide a roof to 150-200 people.
December 14, 2018 17:03 UTC
Sandeep Jain, an animal activist, has filed a complaint demanding a probe into how the black partridge was brought from Pakistan and kept in India by Sidhu for so long, NDTV reported. Sidhu arrives in Pakistan for Kartarpur corridor groundbreaking ceremonyThe bird was reportedly gifted to Indian Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh by Sidhu. “I got to know through newspapers that Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu brought a stuffed Black Partridge from Pakistan and gifted it to Punjab CM. It’s illegal to keep an animal or a bird or their body parts without any permission,” he added. The Indian Punjab CM had asked Sidhu to reconsider his visit after he criticised Pakistan over the deaths of Indian soldiers in ceasefire violations.
December 14, 2018 16:18 UTC
Market watch: KSE-100 continues to fall amid lacklustre tradingStocks that contributed positively included Engro (80 points), Pakistan Petroleum (51 points) and United Bank (42 points). Stocks that contributed negatively included Searle (6 points), Thal Limited (5 points) and Jubilee Life (3 points). Overall, trading volumes increased to 98.5 million shares compared with Thursday’s tally of 84.2 million. The Bank of Punjab was the volume leader with 11.1 million shares, gaining Rs0.16 to close at Rs12.74. It was followed by Lotte Chemical with 6.8 million shares, gaining Rs0.45 to close at Rs18.01 and Pak Elektron with 4.8 million shares, gaining Rs0.41 to close at Rs25.4.
December 14, 2018 15:45 UTC
Islamabad Police registered a case against a man for threatening and beating a woman in a video which went viral on social media, a local news outlet reported on Friday. The video of the incident, which went viral on social media, shows a man identified as Wasif Abbasi threatening and thrashing a woman. As people called for action against Abbasi, Islamabad Police located the woman and inquired her about the incident before registering a case in Ramna Police Station. The woman maintained in the First Information Report (FIR) that Wasif was her university fellow and was threatening her after she refused to marry him. Police said that Wasif Abbasi is out of the country and will be arrested upon his return.
December 14, 2018 15:33 UTC
QUETTA: Six security officials were martyred in an intelligence based operation conducted on a terrorists’ hideout in Wakai area near Buleda, Turbat, Balochistan, on Friday. The operation also resulted in four terrorists being killed as they attacked a convoy of security personnel with heavy fire near the border with Iran. The forces responded with immediate retaliatory attack and killed four terrorists in exchange of fire. Balochistan has been hit by a number of attacks on security personnel but the number of large scale incidents has decreased significantly since 2016. They were shot and killed by police before they could force their way in a car packed with explosives.
December 14, 2018 15:18 UTC
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday said that the provincial government had initiated 4000 MW Green Energy projects in 2015 but their approvals were still pending with relevant entities of power division. The meeting was attended by provincial Energy Minister Imtiaz Shaikh, Federal Secretary Power Irfan Ali, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro and provincial secretary energy. The chief minister said that renewable energy was the cheapest source of energy not only in Pakistan but worldwide. Minister Energy Imtiaz said that prolonged load-shedding was badly affecting the economy of the rural areas of the province. He said that the provincial government would be taken on board in resolving all the issues of power projects.
December 14, 2018 14:48 UTC
Video showing children being beaten with a rubber belt in Hyderabad went viral on social mediaHYDERABAD: A cleric was arrested and booked for allegedly thrashing students for being absent from a seminary in Hyderabad on Friday. The police geared into action after a video showing the incident went viral on the social media. He directed the Sindh education department to coordinate with religious affairs department to design a counseling program for madrassa teachers. Qari Shabbir Ahmed Ansari, the seminary teacher who is a resident of Sarfaraz Colony area, can be seen thrashing children with a thick rubber belt in the video. SSP Hyderabad Sarfaraz Nawaz Shaikh said that he immediately directed the Cant police to arrest the suspect after watching the video on social media.
December 14, 2018 14:37 UTC
LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said on Friday that good governance with strong institutions as well as accountability, positively impacted the masses, especially the poor. “We should always ensure that interests of the people are at the heart of every public policy and their welfare should be our goal,” he added. The country needs dedication and commitment of the civil servants at the federal and provincial levels, he said, adding that it is imperative that service delivery to the people is improved. The governor said civil servants must rise to meet the challenges. “The government has provided the direction and policy framework and civil servants should execute and deliver better services to the people of Pakistan,” he concluded.
December 14, 2018 14:37 UTC
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse will step down from his disputed position of premier, his son said on Friday, signalling an end to a crippling seven-week long power struggle. Rajapakse’s legislator son Namal said he will quit on Saturday “to ensure stability of the nation”, after the Supreme Court ordered that he should not exercise the powers of the office he has claimed since October 26. The latest decision of Rajapakse to back down came as the Supreme Court ruled that he and his purported cabinet should not exercise the powers of the office they claim until he could prove his legitimacy. Rajapakse failed to prove his majority in parliament and was twice defeated in no-confidence motions on November 14 and 16, but refused to step down. Wickremesinghe also refused to step down since October 26 maintaining that his sacking was illegal.
December 14, 2018 14:15 UTC
He said this while talking to Federal Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan who met him along with his delegation at the CM House. The chief minister was assisted by Minister Energy Imtiaz Shaikh, CM’s Adviser on Law Murtaza Wahab, Secretary Energy Musadiq Ahmed Khan and Director Energy Tariq Shah. He said that Sindh produced 26,00 to 2,700 MMCFD daily against which Sindh was being given a quota of 1,000 to 1,100 MMCFD. CM Murad, taking up the issue of village gasification, said that 985 schemes were pending with SSGCL from 2008-9 to 2017-18. The federal minister assured the chief minister that the provinces would be given due representation in the federal oil and gas companies.
December 14, 2018 14:15 UTC
Fourteen others wounded; no group has claimed responsibility for the attack so farQUETTA: Six security officials were killed in an attack in Balochistan’s Kech district on Friday when their convoy came under heavy firing near the border with Iran. The province has been hit by a number of attacks on security personnel but the number of large scale incidents has decreased significantly since 2016. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Militants linked to the Taliban, al Qaeda and Islamic State have been operating in the province, which borders Iran as well as Afghanistan. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blast.
December 14, 2018 14:03 UTC
Butina is first Russian convicted in sprawl of cases arising from Moscow’s interference in 2016 presidential electionMOSCOW: The Kremlin on Friday rejected as unfounded the US case against Russian national Maria Butina, who has pleaded guilty to acting as an illegal foreign agent in the United States. “We consider the accusations against her as absolutely unfounded,” presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said. Butina — the first Russian convicted in the sprawl of cases arising from Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election — faces likely deportation after a potential sentence. Russian woman arrested in Washington, accused of acting as Russian government agentThe plot was allegedly guided and financed in part by Alexander Torshin, an ally of President Vladimir Putin who was deputy governor of the Russian central bank until his retirement on November 30. Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in the week said he had asked Russian security services who Butina was.
December 14, 2018 14:03 UTC
A Facebook event, scheduled for the 28th of December, organised by a group of students at FAST University. “We’ll have to lay down pipelines from FAST to the dam site.”“Bottles will also be difficult to transport,” writes another group member. It is easy to laugh at Ammar Ali Jan, for taking something like this seriously, and being condescending about it. Nuanced, conceptual satire is taken to be true a lot of the times by the smartest of people. Is one to blame Ammar Ali Jan for thinking the FAST students were serious, when the chief justice, followed by the prime minister himself, has set up a crowdfunding initiative for a $ 15 billion dam?
December 14, 2018 13:41 UTC
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said on Friday that telemedicine will be promoted in the province by utilising state-of-the-art information and communication technologies. A pilot project of telemedicine will soon be launched in DG Khan and Taunsa Sharif to facilitate people of tribal areas, the chief minister said and added that after its success, the scope of the facility will be extended to other cities as well. Separately, Chief Minister Buzdar presided over an important meeting at AKTP, during which China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) related projects and development schemes for future were reviewed. “Establishment of a mini-dam in Taunsa Sharif will be examined to store the gushing waters of the area’s hill-torrents,” he said and added that completion of the Multan Nishtar-II project and a cancer hospital for DG Khan is also under consideration. The chief minister reiterated his government’s commitment to bring a revolution of information technology in DG Khan and other backward areas of the province and said that Chinese investment in the social sector of the province will be welcomed.
December 14, 2018 13:41 UTC
Trump has said he never directed Cohen — who is due to surrender to custody by March 6—to break the law. But Cohen, asked if Trump knew the payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal were wrong, said “of course.”Cohen challenged Trump’s assertion that he never told him to break the law. “I don’t think there is anybody that believes that,” Cohen told George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America.” ABC released excerpts of the interview ahead of its full airing. Others know the truth,” Cohen added. Asked if he believed Trump was telling the truth about Russia’s meddling in the US election, Cohen said “no” but he declined to comment further.
December 14, 2018 13:30 UTC