ANKARA: Turkey has not yet revealed all the information it has discovered about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday. “We haven’t given all the elements we have at our disposal,” the Turkish head of state said during an interview with the A-Haber television channel. Riyadh has arrested a number of senior Saudi officials allegedly involved in the murder. Khashoggi, Washington Post contributor, was a fierce critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who denies any involvement in the murder. Ankara “is determined to bring this case before international justice,” said Erdogan, calling on the United States to weigh in this case.
February 15, 2019 22:07 UTC
Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken notice of the “disgraceful act” of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials against Dr Samad. The NAB had arrested provincial Directorate of Archaeology and Museums Dr Samad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) for allegedly misusing his authority. According to NAB, the accused made numerous appointments at different archaeological sites in gross violations of rules. Taking to Twitter to take notice of the reports that NAB brought the only PhD in Sanskrit in Asia from Germany, a Fulbright scholar and gold medalist Dr Samad to court for employing low paid workers to ward off illegal excavations, the premier wrote:“The NAB chairman should take action against those in his institution who are responsible for this disgraceful act.”
Quetta Gladiators won by six wickets and two balls remaining against Peshawar Zalmi in their first game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season four after Umar Akmal knocked a phenomenal 75 and scored winning runs for his side. Zalmi scored 155 for the loss of four wickets in the first innings. The last two men to remain standing were L A Dawson and Misbahul Haq as the Gladiators took only four wickets in 20 overs. The Gladiators won the toss and decided to bowl first against Zalmi. In reply, Umar Akmal and Sarfaraz Ahmed put up a commendable partnership with Umar scoring a half-century before Sarfaraz got out at 37 on Wahab Riaz’s delivery.
The mob gathered to vent their ire against the locals living in these areas to protest the Pulwama militant attack in which 44 CRPF men were killed and several others injured. The protesters raising anti-Kashmiri slogans torched dozens of vehicles bearing Kashmir number plates while several others were vandalised in Gujjar Nagar and other localities of Jammu city. The authorities also imposed a curfew and suspended internet services in the city to thwart any untoward incident. Talking to Rising Kashmir, many Kashmiris who are in Jammu city, said they were living in fear since morning and had confined themselves to their homes. “Most of these vehicles belong to Kashmiris.”The locals said the protesters carrying Indian flags were chanting pro-India, anti-Kashmiri and anti-Pakistan slogans.
“Important breakthroughs have been achieved by the two sides while more progress is expected in the upcoming rounds of negotiations in Doha,” said the foreign minister during a panel discussion on ‘Update on Afghanistan’ during the Munich Security Conference on Friday. The panel also included Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, former US secretary of state John Kerry and Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib. The minister briefed the audience about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s long-standing vision for a peaceful settlement of Afghan conflict as opposed to finding a military solution. “Pakistan has been supporting all peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan as part of its shared responsibility with other regional countries and the international community,” he said. “Pakistan desires to see a genuine and inclusive peace and reconciliation process with full Afghan ownership,” he said.
February 15, 2019 19:18 UTC
Beijing condemns attack on Indian forces in occupied KashmirChina has said that the UN Security Council has set a detailed criteria for listing and designation of terror outfits and individuals, which it deliberates in an objective, unbiased and professional manner. However, the spokesperson added, “China will continue to deal with the relevant listing issue in a constructive and responsible manner”. Earlier in 2017, China blocked Indian attempt to place the JeM chief on the global terrorist list on grounds that New Delhi had failed to provide any substantial evidence. No solid evidence to ban Masood Azhar: ChinaMeanwhile, China condemned the suicide attack, expressed sympathy and offered condolences to the bereaved families. “China firmly opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism and hopes that relevant countries in the region could make joint efforts to combat terrorism,” Shuang added.
February 15, 2019 19:07 UTC
Critically important to ensure every child gets two drops of vaccine: NEOCISLAMABAD: The fight against polio suffers another setback as the Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme has detected poliovirus in the sewage of 10 cities during the last month. According to results shared by the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), the extensive environmental surveillance has detected the presence of poliovirus in sewage samples collected from Faisalabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Sukkur, Killa Abdullah, Quetta, Dera Ismail Khan, Peshawar and South Waziristan during January. “Polio eradication is a delicate time race between us (parents and health-care workers) and a deadly poliovirus. “The programme is focusing on children who miss vaccination because of any reason and let the virus survive no longer,” Dr Safdar added. Pakistan has already had confirmed cases of the virus in the new year, with a 3-month old baby in Hangu paralysed due to poliovirus in the sewage of South Waziristan, while another infant contracted the virus in Lahore.
February 15, 2019 18:56 UTC
Addressing a news conference at his residence, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader said Pakistan has already condemned the attack on Indian army in occupied Kashmir. He said Indian rulers have made if a habit to blame Pakistan for any incident of terrorism in India. According to him, such tactics India was trying to isolate Pakistan but it would not succeed in its designs. “The RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] is operating in the whole of India under the patronage of PM Modi. The letter seeks action against Modi for protecting international fugitives involved in credit fraud and money laundering, he added.
February 15, 2019 18:56 UTC
He hailed the role of South Kashmir in the “tehreek” or movement and appealed to the people of North and Central Kashmir to join. Hours before the video was released, Dar had driven a Scorpio packed with explosives into a convoy of more than 70 Central Reserve Police Force vehicles passing along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. After the blast, the police said, security forces cordoned off about 15 villages around the spot of the attack. On February 8, the Central Reserve Police Force received a note from the state police, saying there had been inputs of a possible IED blast. “He was a very responsible boy,” said Ghulam Hassan Dar, who travels from house to house selling fabric.
February 15, 2019 18:45 UTC
Formal dinner changed to meeting as part of PM’s austerity driveISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan will hold meetings with the top 150 taxpayers of the country starting next week. The prime minister will also distribute appreciation certificates to around 30 top taxpayers. The finance ministry had earlier announced that the PM would meet the top 50 taxpayers, but now the number has been increased to 150. It is also expected to take recommendations from the taxpayers regarding policymaking for better tax collection and broadening the tax base. Sources said that PM Imran, after taking oath as country’s premier, had committed to host an annual dinner for the country’s 50 top taxpayers.
February 15, 2019 18:45 UTC
Trump acknowledged Friday that his executive action will draw lawsuits, and Democrats have threatened to fight the declaration through legislation, as well. The pair “isn’t going to let the president declare a fake national emergency without a fight,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. That’s a national emergency. “In the days and weeks ahead, the President’s emergency declaration — which amounts to an end run around both the Constitution and Congress — will be challenged both in the courts and in Congress.”“A national emergency declaration for a nonemergency is void. “This bizarre, rambling speech about everything that passes through the president’s mind is not exactly conveying the sense of urgency which most people would associate with a national emergency,” he tweeted.
February 15, 2019 18:44 UTC
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif was released on Friday evening after NAB obtained the court’s orders for his release. His flight from Islamabad to Lahore has been scheduled for 11pm. On Thursday the Lahore High Court had accepted Shehbaz’s request for bail in the Ashiana Housing Scheme and Ramzan Sugar Mills cases. Shehbaz was taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore in connection with the Ashiana Housing case on October 5, 2018. NAB had alleged that the former chief minister through his unlawful acts and misuse of authority caused a loss of Rs660 million to the exchequer and the overall project cost Rs3.39 billion.
February 15, 2019 18:36 UTC
According to sources, by blaming Thursday’s attack on its army convoy in occupied Kashmir, India was propagating an anti-Pakistan narrative. “India accused Pakistan moments after the incident without any investigation or evidence, creating suspicion and raising doubts over the move. Occupied Kashmir attacker radicalised after beating by Indian troops, parents sayJeM is banned in Pakistan and hence none of its activities have anything to do with Pakistan, sources says. Furthermore, Adil Dar is reportedly linked with JeM and Indian Occupied Kashmir. Questions have also been raised over the timing of the attack as general elections are taking place later in the year.
February 15, 2019 18:33 UTC
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs Naeemul Haque on Friday said that the government respects the court’s decision to grant bail to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president Shehbaz Sharif. Speaking to the media, the special assistant said that respecting the courts’ decisions is an important pillar of democracy. He expressed hope that Shehbaz would play a role in the National Assembly (NA) for the betterment of the country and its people. “We hope Shehbaz Sharif will play his role in the [House] for the betterment of Pakistan, its people. “A movement is being run in India ahead of elections [there] to pile up blame game on Pakistan.
February 15, 2019 18:22 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Friday said that the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman would be the continuation of the new era of the growing relationship started by Prime Minister Imran Khan among Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries. The Arab countries had positively responded to the gesture of the premier and were ready to make investments, he added. Fawad said that during the visit of the Saudi crown prince multiple agreements leading to huge investment in Pakistan would be signed. He said that the government and opposition were on the same page over the Saudi crown prince’s visit and the people of Pakistan are happy on his arrival. Meanwhile, reports emerged on Friday that the Saudi crown prince would be conferred with Nishan-e-Pakistan – the highest civilian award — during his upcoming visit to the country this weekend.
February 15, 2019 18:18 UTC