ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday said that Pakistan’s approach for peace in Afghanistan had shaped the international community’s opinion to give a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan a fair chance. FM Qureshi said this during a panel discussion titled “Update on Afghanistan” during the Munich Security Conference (NSC), on Friday. The panel also included Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, former US secretary of state John Kerry and Afghan National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib. Addressing the MSC, FM Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s strong support in breaking the political stalemate in Afghanistan. FM Qureshi added that Pakistan’s approach for peace in Afghanistan had shaped the international community’s opinion to give a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan a fair chance, through an inclusive peace and reconciliation process that is fully led and owned by the Afghans themselves.
February 15, 2019 18:17 UTC
Sources told Pakistan Today that NAB will challenge the LHC decision in SC during the coming week. The LHC in its judgement stated that there is no allegation against the petitioners that they received any commission, kickbacks, and illegal gratification while awarding the contract in question to KSB Pumps. Moreover, the case is regarding the award of contract to KSB Pumps for installation of water filtration plants in Bahawalpur Region at exorbitant rates. In the instant case, the bid of KSB Pumps amounting Rs 1.14 Billion exceeded unapproved cost estimates of Rs 995 million (14% higher). Source further told this scribe that water filtration plants procured by Saaf Pani Co were not in the category of goods of technical nature.
February 15, 2019 18:14 UTC
A teenage girl has approached Okara police to act against her two brothers who “repeatedly raped” her over the past three years. She said she couldn’t speak about the incident earlier because of the threats made by her brothers. Eventually, she approached her area’s general councilor as per the FIR, who then brought her to the police station. Section 376 reads: “Whoever commits rape shall be punished with death or imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than ten years or more, than twenty-five years and shall also be liable to fine. Lahore saw 107 cases of child rape, the report prepared by Punjab’s additional chief secretary and additional inspector general had said, while pointing out that 2017 saw a higher number of reported child rape cases than 2016.
February 15, 2019 17:41 UTC
We wanted to invite everyone to send a message that the country is united to welcome the Saudi crown prince. However, limited space forced us to ditch opposition leaders and a couple of cabinet members,” sources said. “It is true that the opposition’s immature attitude is another reason for ignoring them at the banquet. PPP Secretary General Syed Nayyar Bokhari said the government’s immature attitude had damaged the cause of Pakistan as the state would be “misrepresented at the banquet dinner”. But this attitude has further exposed the government’s immature approach,” he said.
February 15, 2019 17:41 UTC
ANKARA: Turkish parliamentarians have thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan in a letter over the ban of schools affiliated with Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO), a terror group which was behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey. “We welcomed the decision taken by the Supreme Court of Pakistan for the handing over of the FETO-run schools in the country to the Maarif Foundation of Turkey and listing FETO as a terrorist organisation,” read the letter sent to Imran Khan. In December 2018, the Supreme Court had ordered the government to declare FETO a terror group and to ban its affiliated schools in the country. The concrete steps of Pakistani government against FETO “confirmed yet again the strong relations between our countries,” it underlined. FETO has a considerable presence outside Turkey, including private schools that serve as a revenue stream for the terrorist group.
February 15, 2019 17:40 UTC
ISLAMABAD: In Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), thousands in Pulwama attended the funeral prayers in absentia for a youth, Aadil Ahmed Dar, who got martyred in an explosion on Srinagar-Jammu Highway. According to Kashmir Media Service, over 40 Indian troops were killed and dozens of others injured in the blast, which took place in Lethpora area of Pulwama, yesterday. Thousands of people marched from different villages of south Kashmir towards Gandi Bagh, the native village of Aadil Ahmed Dar, and participated in his funeral prayers in absentia.
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met German counterpart Heiko Maas on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday. The two foreign ministers expressed satisfaction at the current level of bilateral relations and agreed to translate the existing friendship and mutual goodwill into a strong political and economic partnership. The foreign minister appreciated the trade and investment relations and welcomed the entry of Volkswagen into the Pakistani market. The two foreign ministers discussed a wide range of regional and international issues. The foreign ministers agreed to work closely to enhance bilateral cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.
RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Customs Court on Friday gave last chance to supermodel Ayyan Ali in currency smuggling case and directed to appear before the court on March 9, else she would be declared a proclaimed offender. During the course of the proceeding, the court also sought details of Ayyan Ali’s assets. The Rawalpindi Customs Court Judge Arshad Hussain expressed his anger and questioned the counsel of Ayyan Ali that why the accused was unable to come to Pakistan when she could travel from Dubai to Oman. The counsel prayed to grant some more time as her client is not in a condition to appear before the court due to illness.
The prime minister distributed SICs among the tribesmen during a special ceremony here at Governor House. He promised a comprehensive programme for the overall development of the region. “Sehat Insaf Card is one aspect of the overall poverty reduction plan,” he said. The prime minister said that the government’s poverty reduction Programme would help the people stand on their own feet. “Each family would get free healthcare facilities up to Rs720,000 annually,” the prime minister told the audience.
February 15, 2019 17:15 UTC
FO says 'visit programme' remains unchangedSaudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is all set to visit Pakistan on February 17-18, the Foreign Office confirmed on Friday. Banners heralding Mohammad bin Salman on his maiden visit as crown prince are already lining the streets of Islamabad. Pakistan to confer its highest civilian award on Saudi crown princeAuthorities in the capital said two five-star hotels had been ordered to cancel all advance bookings as rooms will be reserved for the prince’s entourage. PM Imran will introduce his cabinet members to the Saudi prince, who will then hold a one-on-one meeting with the former. Triple-one brigade of the country’s armed forces and Saudi Royal Guards will jointly perform the security duties on the occasion.
February 15, 2019 16:35 UTC
A national emergency would allow Trump to dip into funds approved for other purposes in order to build a border wallWASHINGTON DC: President Donald Trump said on Friday he would declare a national emergency at the US-Mexico border, a move expected to plunge him into a fight with Democrats over what they call an unconstitutional attempt to fund a wall without approval from Congress. “We’re going to be signing, today, and registering a national emergency and it’s a great thing to do,” Trump said during an event in the White House Rose Garden. A national emergency, if not blocked by the courts or Congress, would allow Trump to dip into funds lawmakers had approved for other purposes in order to build a border wall. Trump predicted the fight over the emergency order would likely end up at the Supreme Court. VIDEO: US President Trump says that he will declare a 'national emergency' in order to build a wall on the US-Mexico border without funding from Congress pic.twitter.com/AkzJchKFvc — AFP news agency (@AFP) February 15, 2019Read full story
February 15, 2019 16:30 UTC
44 Indian paramilitary police were killed by a suicide attack in occupied Kashmir on ThursdayNEW DELHI: The 44 Indian paramilitary police killed by a suicide attack in occupied Kashmir on Thursday were part of a force that is little appreciated, poorly paid and under resourced when compared with the army, according to former senior officers. The dead came from towns and villages across India, from Assam in the remote northeast to Tamil Nadu in the south. But their job in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) took them to some of the most dangerous frontlines in India, including the fight in Indian occupied Kashmir. They fight alongside the army, yet they are paid less andget fewer benefits and less training, former officials said. Occupied Kashmir attacker radicalised after beating by Indian troops, parents say“He was looking forward to coming back and completing thehouse,” said Chandan Das, Santra’s nephew.
February 15, 2019 16:18 UTC
Privacy activists have pressed for a hefty penalty against FacebookWASHINGTON DC: A US investigation into privacy violations by Facebook could result in a record fine running to billions of dollars, media reports said Friday. The 2011 court-approved agreement required Facebook to notify users when it shares data with third parties and bars the social network from deceptive practices. Facebook taps user data to defend workers from threatThe Post said the settlement could be in the range of $2 billion. Until now, the biggest fine imposed by the FTC was $22.5 million against Google for violations of an agreement to protect consumer data, according to the reports. Privacy activists have pressed for a hefty penalty against Facebook to demonstrate that the regulator is serious about enforcing its consent agreements.
February 15, 2019 16:15 UTC
Yamani was already seated when Netanyahu took his place earlier the same day at an international conference in Warsaw focused on security in the Middle East, with a strong emphasis on Iran. During a part of the session closed to the press, Yamani lent Netanyahu his microphone when the Israeli premiers was not working properly. Yemen and Israel have never had diplomatic relations, and Yamani’s friendly interaction with Netanyahu drew criticism on social media. He said Yemen’s attended the Warsaw conference not to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “but to mobilise the international community to confront the Iranian expansion in Yemen”. Top officials of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain — none of which recognise Israel — sat down with Netanyahu for dinner Wednesday.
February 15, 2019 16:04 UTC
ROME: Italian police have arrested a fugitive who used a rope to swing in and out of his forest hideout, earning him the nickname “Tarzan”, local media reported on Friday. The man, who was sentenced to eight years for sexual and domestic violence last year, had been living in a tiny stone house hidden deep in the Timpa di Acireale nature reserve in Sicily. The 50-year old used the rope, which was tied to a tree, to get across a small ravine into the woodland lair. But he was tracked by police after sneaking out of the reserve near Catania to visit his mother, the reports said.
February 15, 2019 16:03 UTC