Jun 232017
 
Supreme Court says will charge Nehal Hashmi on July 10

The Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would indict Nehal Hashmi, the senator who became a political pariah after his incendiary speech criticising an investigation into the prime minister's business dealings abroad was circulated widely on media.During Friday's hearing on the matter, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed expressed severe displeasure at Hashmi's unannounced absence from the courtroom.Upon being told by Hashmi's lawyer that his client had gone to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, the judge said he should not have left without informing the court.Dismissing the written reply the senator had submitted earlier this week to explain his threats against "those investigating" Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, the court said it will now bring criminal charges against Hashmi. The charges will be framed on July 10.The senator had come under fire after he was seen in a video apparently warning individuals conducting a Supreme Court-sanctioned investigation that they will be "taken to task" for grilling the premier's family.His remarks were, prima facie, directed at the Supreme Court-appointed joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Sharif family's business dealings abroad.Hours after the senator's incendiary remarks made national headlines, Hashmi's membership of the PML-N was suspended and a show-cause notice was issued to him.The chief justice had taken suo motu notice of the video and summoned the senator to appear before the special bench overseeing the implementation of the Panama Papers verdict.Subsequently, the senator also tendered his resignation from his seat in the Senate; however, a few days later, he withdrew [Read More…]

Jun 222017
 
Five killed in blast on Quetta's Gulistan road

At least five people lost their lives, while 12 others were injured as a blast shook Quetta's affluent Gulistan Road area on Friday morning, police said.According to DawnNews, the blast occurred close to Inspector General of Police Ehsan Mehboob's office.The injured were moved to Quetta's Civil Hospital, where an emergency has been declared and security has been tightened, police said.A rescue operation is still underway in the area, DawnNews reported.According to DawnNews, a forensic team arrived at the site of the incident shortly after; however, the intensity of the blast is yet to be determined.Security forces have reached the area, which has been cordoned off, and an initial investigation is underway, DawnNews reported.This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as concerned, qualified authorities and our staff reporters. Click for detailed story

Jun 222017
 
Eleven killed in blast on Quetta's Gulistan road

Security challenges At least 11 people ─ including five policeman ─ lost their lives, while 21 others were injured as a blast shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta's affluent Gulistan Road area on Friday morning, police said.The injured were moved to Quetta's Civil Hospital, where an emergency was declared. Security was tightened across the city following the attack.According to DawnNews, the blast occurred close to Inspector General of Police Ehsan Mehboob's office.The blast was powerful enough that it was heard across the city, shattering windows of nearby buildings, said police spokesman Shahzada Farhat. TV footage showed several badly damaged cars and a road littered with broken glass. Security personnel stand-by at the site of the blast after it was cordoned off.─DawnNews Deputy Inspector General of Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema, while talking to media, said that the nature of the blast is yet to be determined."Security officials had tried to stop a car near Shuhada Chowk and the blast occurred moments later; however, we are still not sure if the car was the source of the blast," he said. Cars were badly damaged in the blast.─DawnNews "CCTV footage of the site will be used to determine the cause and nature of the explosion," he said, adding that the amount of explosives used is also unknown. "This road sees a lot of traffic and movement; however the timing of the blast did not coincide with rush-hour traffic, so we are not sure of what was targetted."Security forces had reached the area soon after [Read More…]

Jun 222017
 
Chappell, Richards want international cricket revival in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Legendary cricketers Ian Chappell and Sir Vivian Richards reckon international cricket should return to Pakistan, underlining crowd and players are starved to watch the game being played in their own country.International cricket has been suspended in Pakistan ever since the March 2009 terror attack on Sri Lankan team in Lahore. Since that attack security concerns expressed by a number of foreign players and cricket boards have prevented international cricket action returning to Pakistan who have played their home series in the UAE. Chappell, the former Australian captain and renowned commentator, said no international cricket action in Pakistan was a big problem too for the progress of the country’s cricket.He advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to start with some small steps for reviving international cricket in the country.“Don’t try for five Tests or something like that, just some small steps are needed to get the world comfortable of playing in Pakistan and then you can start taking bigger steps,” Chappell said while talking at a private news channel.West Indies’ batting legend Sir Vivian Richards, who is also head coach for Pakistan Super League team Quetta Gladiators, said, “We came here for the PSL final [staged in Lahore in March this year] and the reception we got to see from the people shows how much they are starved for international cricket.“We have to find ways of restoring international cricket in Pakistan in a big way. When you look at the world in terms of security to be fair we are [Read More…]

Jun 222017
 
Shahbaz pays surprise visit to hospital, suspends deputy MS

Patients satisfied with healthcare at hospital LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif paid a surprise visit Wednesday to District Headquarters Hospital, Kasur, without any protocol. He reached the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jun 222017
 
Peshawar Police face challenge to check aerial firing on Chand Raat

Thousands campaign against the menace after minor boy loses life PESHAWAR: Thousands of people are campaigning to bring an end to the practice of aerial firing on “Chand Raat” on the eve of Eidul… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jun 222017
 
Six-year-old girl murdered

BISHAM: The police have arrested five suspects after the body of a six-year-old girl was recovered from a street in Shang village in Shangla district here on Thursday.  Family members said that… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

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