KARACHI: The by-polls for National Assembly seat NA-247, Sindh Assembly seat PS-111 and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seat PK-71 is all set to take place on Sunday. The ballot papers are also being transported to the polling stations under the supervision of the Pakistan Army personnel. According to ECP, “There are 546,451 registered voters in NA-247 and 178,965 registered voters in PS-111.”Moreover, it was also reported that 12 candidates are in the run for the NA-247 seat while 11 are contesting for the PS-111 seat. NA-247 was vacated by President Dr Arif Alvi while PS-111 was vacated by Sindh Governor Imran Ismail. Whereas, the PK-71 fell vacant after Shah Farman was appointed as Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
October 20, 2018 07:18 UTC
Pakistan striving for regional peace and stability, General Bajwa saysQatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday. Pakistan has been striving for regional peace and security, the COAS told the visiting Qatari dignitary. During his visit to Italy earlier on Wednesday, Bajwa said Pakistan had emerged stronger from tribulations and was open to the world, according to the ISPR. “The COAS visited Italy and called on the Italian defence minister, chief of Italian Army and secretary general of defence,” the military’s media wing said. “Though the fight is still on, Pakistan has emerged stronger from the tribulations.” Pakistan is open to the world and the government has has been striving for both, internal and external peace to ensure people’s prosperity, the COAS said.
October 20, 2018 07:18 UTC
MUSCAT: The two-time champion Pakistan will face their arch-rival India in the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy on Saturday at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat. The last time these arch-rivals faced each other in 2016, India defeated Pakistan by 3-2 to lift the trophy for the second time. Both countries have won the tournament twice with Pakistan winning it in 2012 and 2013 while India emerged as champions in 2011 and 2016. The six-nation event was started on Thursday and features Pakistan, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and hosts Oman. The match between Pakistan and India will start at 10:10pm Pakistan Standard Time (PST).
October 20, 2018 06:33 UTC
The men were found guilty of more than 120 sex crimes against 15 girls between 2004 and 2011LONDON: 20 men in Britain have been convicted of grooming and sexually abusing several young girls, prosecutors said on Friday following thelatest child sex abuse case involving large gangs. The men were found guilty of more than 120 sex crimes against 15 girls in Huddersfield, northern England, between 2004 and 2011. One-third of human trafficking victims are children: UN“These men deliberately targeted their vulnerable victims, grooming and exploiting them for their sexual gratification,” said Michael Quinn of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Yet many victims of sex abuse gangs are not classified as having been trafficked so the total number is hard to establish, experts say. “I cannot stress enough that these girls are victims of sex trafficking,” said Bharti Patel, head of the charity ECPAT UK.
October 20, 2018 06:17 UTC
TMZ‘s coverage featured her house’s location and pictures too, and it depicted images of the hills and mountains near Jenner’s home. This didn’t go down well with Jenner as she hit back at the publication questioning about privacy rights of public figures, reported The Hollywood Reporter. “I understand what I’ve signed up for but when you release the exact location to where I live that is when you’re putting my life in danger. i understand what i’ve signed up for but when you release the exact location to where i live THAT is when you’re putting my life in danger. https://t.co/Y1oglJsHck — Kendall (@KendallJenner) October 18, 2018The 23-year-old model expressed concern over paparazzi behaviour and blamed the publication for making it easier for trespassers to find her.
October 20, 2018 06:11 UTC
Prime Minister Imran Khan in a recent meeting with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammad bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, asked Qatar for “early fulfilment of its promise of hiring 100,000 Pakistani workers”. PM Khan met with the Qatari FM to convey the greetings on assumption of the office of prime minister and to express the desire for a stronger working relationship with the new government. “He (Qatari minister) conveyed the keen desire of the emir to work with the new leadership in Pakistan for further strengthening close and cordial relations between Pakistan and Qatar,” the Prime Minister Office said. The prime minister recalled the growth in Pakistani exports to Qatar and hoped for further growth in bilateral trade. The trade between the two countries had increased by 104 per cent to about $1.6 billion in 2017 from $782 million in 2016.
October 20, 2018 05:59 UTC
Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani during a conversation with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday demanded that Pakistan assist Kabul in identifying perpetrators of attacks on Afghan security forces in Kandahar, a local media outlet reported on Friday. An Afghan security guard opened fire at a meeting attended by top US commander General Austin Scott Miller, Afghan Police Chief Abdul Raziq and Intelligence Chief of Kandahar Momin Hussainkhel. Raziq and Hussainkhel were killed in the attack with the Taliban admitting responsibility for the attack. The Foreign Office (FO), however, provided a different version on the telephonic conversation between Rabbani and Qureshi. “Foreign Minister Qureshi called his Afghan counterpart to express condolences on the sad demise of senior Afghan leaders in a terrorist attack in Kandahar,” said the FO statement.
October 20, 2018 05:48 UTC
A man was killed with another two injured in an incident in Faisalabad on Friday, a local media outlet reported on Saturday. Two men, identified as Sarfraz and Inamullah, were previously locked in a dispute over the boundary wall of a graveyard. On Friday, Sarfraz, Inamullah and his father were attending a funeral prayer in the graveyard when a heated argument over the issue occurred. However, Sarfraz opened fire during the scuffle, killing Inamullah on the spot and injuring two passers-by.
A large procession was carried out from Gwadar to press the government in order to protect their rights while constructing the Gwadar East-bay expressway. According to a local media report, the construction of the expressway would affect the livelihood of the fishermen in the area. Thus, a large number of fishermen, women activists, workers of different political parties and civil society members took part in the protest. During the protest, they chanted slogans in favour of their demands and held banners and placards inscribed with the same. The protestors said that the construction would affect fishing on the eastern coast of Gwadar as fishing is the only source for them to earn money and it was their constitutional right to protect their livelihoods.
The Jaffar Express train evaded bombing attacks near Mach Railways Station, a local media outlet reported on Friday. Two remote-controlled bombs were placed near the tracks that exploded minutes after the Punjab- bound train sped past the site. While the tracks were damaged in the attacks, no casualties have been reported.
Law enforcers who arrested three men for their alleged connection with the militant Islamic State group found that the accused had generated funds for the group. According to a local media report, the funds were collected by committing offences and the money was then sent to Afghanistan via normal as well as “informal” banking channels. The arrested identified as Naeem, Mukhtiar and Roohullah were nabbed for their alleged involvement in kidnapping a resident of Gulistan-e-Jauhar. Earlier, in January 2017, the same group had also kidnapped a member of the Ismailia community from Karachi. Overall, it was reported that this group has been involved in at least five to six kidnapping-for-ransom cases in the Karachi.
October 20, 2018 05:26 UTC
NEW YORK: At the United Nations, Pakistan has called for pursuing diplomatic solutions to the violence-ravaged parts of the Middle East. Speaking in a debate on the Middle East at Security Council in New York, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the world body Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said it is time to bring an end to the tragedy of Palestine. The Pakistani envoy said the fundamental tenets of the two-state solution are being systematically dismantled in plain sight of the international community. She said long-standing Security Council resolutions on the status of Jerusalem and Israel’s illegal settlement expansion into occupied territories continued to be flouted. She also said that the Israeli decision to dismantle the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar revealed its policy of forcibly displacing Palestinians from their land.
October 20, 2018 05:03 UTC
He said India was building a Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System. “Indian rejection of this proposal forced Pakistan to develop capabilities which render any BMD system ineffective and unreliable. Pakistan remains fully confident of its ability to address threats from any kind of destabilizing weapon system,” the spokesman said. According to news reports the missile system being acquired by India is the latest long-range antiaircraft missile and is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and surface targets. Such targets include cruise missiles, tactical and strategic aircraft and ballistic missile warheads.
October 20, 2018 03:56 UTC
Religious affairs ministry still waiting for confirmation from RiyadhISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ministry of Religious Affairs has clarified that there is no truth in the reports that the Saudi government has exempted the Pakistanis from the 2,000 riyals Umrah tax that is imposed on those performing Umrah more than once in two years. “Currently Riyadh has not made any such announcement on abolishing Umrah tax imposed on Pakistani pilgrims. According to details, a few years ago the Saudi government had imposed Umrah tax on all Muslim pilgrims from across the world performing Umrah more than once within two years. The tax is meant to ensure better accommodation and transportation facilities to Umrah pilgrims. According to Qadri, the Saudi government has exempted pilgrims from Turkey and Egypt from the said tax after their respective government’s request.
October 20, 2018 03:45 UTC
SYDNEY: Usman Khawaja is facing surgery on his knee, dealing rattled Australia a heavy blow as they face the prospect of missing their three top batsmen for the first Test against India in December. The opener, who hit a fighting hundred to help Australia scramble to a draw in the first Test against Pakistan, didn’t bat in the second innings of the second Test in Abu Dhabi. In his absence, Australia were skittled for 164 as they slumped to a humbling 373-run defeat on Friday — their heaviest loss to Pakistan. In their absence, Khawaja was his side’s most important player and the team’s batting collapses against Pakistan highlighted just how vulnerable they are without them. Fairfax Media lamented the “grim picture” with the “gaping void in Australia?s batting stocks again laid bare”.
October 20, 2018 00:11 UTC