News Desk

Nov 062017
 

Just hours after the death of Mansour bin Muqrin, the son of former Saudi crown prince Muqrin alSaud, there are unverified reports that another Saudi prince is dead, and this time, the circumstances are even more murkier. Arabic sources, including AlIthad News, are reporting that the Saudi Royal Court issued a news release saying that the Saudi royal family was mourning the death of the prince, who died at age 44. The release, however, did not cite a cause of death. Prince Aziz was the youngest son of King Fahd bin Abdulaziz alSaud and was reportedly arrested on Sunday, according to India Today newspaper. The news of the arrest and a subsequent gunfight came from various sources and earlier reports suggested that Abdul Aziz was hospitalised. The alMasdar news network first reported the news of his death and later removed it. Rumours of his death began doing the rounds after Former FBI special agent Ali H Soufan tweeted about it. He said Abdul Aziz was ‘arrested’ a day before and suggested that the prince either died while in custody or during the attempts to arrest him as part of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s great purge. Abdul Aziz is confirmed dead. He was 44 years old. Earlier, Mansour son of the former crown prince Muqrin was also declared dead. https://t.co/IsUyU896o4 — Ali H. Soufan (@Ali_H_Soufan) November 5, 2017 Prince Abdul Aziz’s reported death came a day after Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, along with several of his colleagues, died in a helicopter crash. The prince, who was [Read More…]

Nov 062017
 

Security forces launched a snap-check operation in Darra Adam Khel area of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) on Monday, apprehending three persons and impounding the car they were travelling on which was loaded with arms and ammunition. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), paramilitary forces recovered SMGs, 30 bore and 9mm pistols, 12 bore repeaters and rifles. Rifles of different calibres as well as ammunition of mixed calibre were also recovered. Separately, South Waziristan Agency (SWA) security forces carried out an intelligence-based operation in the Boya Ghundakai area and seized 12.7mm guns and RPG7s along with ammunition boxes were recovered. Radd-ul-Fasaad: Explosives seized in operation near Dera Murad Jamali On November 5,  FC Balochistan and intelligence agencies carried out an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in the Channah Nullah and Chatthar areas near Dera Murad Jamali  as a part of the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. The post Radd-ul-Fassad: Three apprehended, large cache of arms seized in FATA, SWA appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Nov 062017
 

To improve all mechanism to avoid cross-border terror activities, Pakistan and Iran have agreed to deny exploitation of their borders by terrorists, a statement issued by the military’s media wing said. The development came during the meeting of army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa with Iranian civil-military leadership in Tehran on Monday. COAS visiting Iran.Meets Iranian Mil and Civ leadership including Iranian CGS, Foreign Minister & the President.(1/3) pic.twitter.com/cC9g7klfWJ — Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) November 6, 2017 “The Pak-Iran border is the border of peace and friendship,” Gen Qamar was cited by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor as saying. The chief of army staff (COAS), who is on a three-day official visit to Iran, held meetings with President Hassan Rowhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Presidential Palace. Gen Qamar also met Chief of General Staff (CGS) Maj-Gen Muhammad Bagheri at General Staff Headquarters where he was presented guard of honour. The COAS laid floral wreath at Martyrs Monument. Iranian leadership acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices, contributions & positive role towards peace(2/3) pic.twitter.com/uPempnXQ5Q — Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) November 6, 2017 “Pakistan and Iran are two brotherly neighbors with shared history, culture and religion, Gen Qamar said, adding that both armies also have history of defence collaboration and cooperation which has great mutually benefiting potential for its enhancement. Iranian leadership thanked the army chief for his visit and acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices and achievements in war against terror, contributions towards regional peace and the important [Read More…]

Nov 062017
 

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said on Monday that former PM Nawaz Sharif’s close aides were conspiring against him. Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader said the people close to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief were working against him and Sharif was aware of this fact, Express News reported. Will not save Nawaz under any condition, says Khursheed Shah Shah said the PPP was not in favour of holding early general elections and they should take place by July or August next year. He added that there was no need for fresh delimitation of constituencies to hold the polls as questions had been raised over the accuracy of the latest census results. “The PML-N shouldn’t have any problem with that because it had won in the last elections with the same constituencies.” The PPP leader maintained that Sindh’s population figures in the new census results were inaccurate. “If the results showed the true figures of Sindh’s population increase, the province’s seats would have increased by 10 or 12,” he remarked. The post Nawaz Sharif’s close aides conspiring against him, claims Khursheed Shah appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Nov 042017
 

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has called Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi ‘spineless’, saying he had never seen a prime minister as coward as him. Addressing a rally in Khanewal on Saturday evening, Khan lashed out at PM Abbasi for “not taking a stand against corruption” within his own party. Sharif, Zardari assets exceed country’s debt, claims Imran PTI chief advised the premier to use his position to counter corruption. The masses, he added, have resolved to bring about a change in the country. “I have witnessed the country plunging down the scale of poverty while the rulers took turns to assume power and become billionaires,” he maintained. According to Khan, the situation in the country had been worsening as ‘criminals’ continued their rule. The post ‘Never seen a spineless, coward PM as Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’: Imran appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Nov 032017
 
Dr Qibla Ayaz appointed Council of Islamic Ideology chief

Dr Qibla Ayaz was appointed the new chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Friday. According to a notification, President Mamnoon Hussain also appointed other members of the council. They include Qari Abdul Rashid, Ghulam Hussain Sialvi, Peer Roohul Husnain Mueen, Allah Bukhsh Kalyar, Maulana Muhammad Raghib Hussain Naeemi, Allama Arif Hussain Wahidi, Dr Abdul Hakeem Akbari, Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman, Khurshid Nadeem and Hafiz Fazlur Rahim. Non-Muslims entitled to follow own personal laws: CII The new council members have been appointed for three years. Dr Ayaz has served as the vice chancellor of the University of Peshawar and also remained the dean of its Faculty of Islamic and Oriental Studies. Besides, he has also held of the post Islamia College University Peshawar vice chancellor. He is currently an adjunct professor at the IMSciences, Peshawar. Dr Ayaz is known for promoting inter-faith and sectarian harmony. Former CII chief Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani’s tenure had completed on December 17 last year. The council provides legal advice to the government on Islamic issues. However, its recommendations are not legally binding. PHOTO: Express       The post Dr Qibla Ayaz appointed Council of Islamic Ideology chief appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Nov 012017
 

Sexual harassment allegations have seen many women come out against men holding high profiles, and British Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon is the latest casualty. In a surprise move, he resigned from his office on Wednesday following a highly-publicised allegation of sexual harassment, the UK defence ministry said. According to BBC News, his decision was not related to new developments or specific claims by a female journalist. He reportedly said that his behaviour might have ‘fallen short’ of the high standards expected by the United Kingdom’s military. Prime Minister Theresa May said she appreciated the “serious manner” in which Sir Michael had considered his role. May also praised the “particular example you wish to set servicemen and women and others”. In his resignation letter, Sir Michael said: “A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct.” “Many of these have been false but I accept that in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have had the honour to represent.” He added that it had been a “privilege” to have been defence secretary over the past three and a half years. In response, May accepted his resignation, and paid tribute to “a long and impressive ministerial career – serving in four Departments of State under four prime ministers”. The resignation comes a day after a spokesperson for Sir Michael confirmed that he was once been rebuked by a journalist, Julia Hartley-Brewer, [Read More…]

Nov 012017
 

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, said on Wednesday that she never passed the seniority line of PML-N and has no problem with any “uncle” in the party,  Express News reported. “Since PML-N [Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz] is a democratic party, I can also express my opinion. I am not aware of any decision [taken in the recent London meeting] about not to give any policy statement on behalf of the party,” Maryam said while rejecting media reports claiming that the party had restricted Hamza and her on passing statements. Maryam, the political heir apparent to Nawaz Sharif, said only leadership can issue statements about the policy of the party. Rana Sanaullah denies Shehbaz will be PML-N’s candidate for PM’s slot The former first daughter said she is rarely reprimanded by her father Sharif who was disqualified by the Supreme Court over hiding asset details in the nomination papers for 2013 elections. Meanwhile, an important meeting of the ruling party chaired by her at Jati Umra, the residence of Sharifs, reviewed the preparations and strategy for the next year’s general elections. According to the party sources, Maryam advised for effective campaigning in the 2018 elections. They also said she would visit all the divisions and districts of Punjab, starting from southern Punjab. She has resolved to complete her campaigns before April next year. The post Have no problem with any ‘uncle’ in the party: Maryam appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 312017
 

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said Pakistanis are a resilient peace and sports-loving nation that is bound to rise despite all challenges, a statement issued by the military’s media wing said on Tuesday. Speaking at the concluding session of the Pakistan Motor Rally 2017, Gen Qamar said: “The motor rally is a vindication of Pakistan’s progress towards peace and stability. Every Pakistani from Khunjerab to Gwadar is committed to peace and progress of the country.” According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the rally which started on 21 October from Khunjerab finished in Gwadar on Tuesday night. PakMotorRally concluded at Gwadar. "Pakistanis are peace & sports loving resilient nation, bound to rise despite all challenges" COAS.(1/2) pic.twitter.com/Wjys4IcTvR — Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) October 31, 2017 “Balochistan’s progress is Pakistan’s progress,” the chief of army staff (COAS) said. While focusing on the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Gen Qamar said: “CPEC will be truly successful when it lifts Balochistan to its rightful place.” Pakistan Army will extend full support and assist the socio-economic development of Balochistan by the government, he added. "CPEC will be truly successful when it lifts Bln to its rightful place. Army shall extend full support for its socio-eco dev" COAS. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/05DYBfVOZ0 — Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) October 31, 2017 The COAS also appreciated the spirit of organisers, participants and the supporters from across the country. A large gathering of local population, civil and military officials were present on the occasion to witness the concluding [Read More…]

Oct 312017
 

Renowned Islamic preacher Mufti Ismail Menk has been barred from entering Singapore as the government accuses him of promoting religious discord through his sermons. Along with Menk, Malaysian scholar Haslin bin Baharim was also banned from giving lectures on a religious-themed cruise scheduled for late November in Singapore, Aljazeera reported on Tuesday. A statement issued by Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs said its decision to reject Menk’s application for a short-term work pass stemmed from his “segregationist and divisive teachings”, while Baharim promoted “disharmony between Muslims and non-Muslims”. According to the ministry, Menk – a Zimbabwean preacher with more than two million followers on Twitter – was of the opinion that Muslims were not allowed to greet people of other faiths on their religious festivals. Baharim, on the other hand, was accused of holding views that promote friction between Muslims and non-Muslims, whom he allegedly described as “deviant.” Bangladesh bans Zakir Naik’s Peace TV “[Their views] are unacceptable in the context of Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society,” the ministry said, adding that, “They will not be allowed to get around the ban by preaching instead on cruise ships which operate to and from Singapore.” In a Facebook post earlier in the day, Menk said he had faced “no issues coming into Singapore as a tourist … but will not be joining the cruise now for reasons not within my control”. “To imply that I was using the cruise ‘to get around the ban by preaching instead on cruise ships which operate to and [Read More…]

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