Aug 232017
 
Interior minister wants Musharraf to face trial like Nawaz Sharif did

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday said that if elected prime ministers can appear before the courts and are bound to abide by their orders, the same should hold for "the retired general" who is facing a treason trial.The interior minister was responding to a question asking whether the law applied differently to an elected prime minister compared to retired general and former president Pervez Musharraf."There is no reason for any citizen to escape trial as no one is above the law," Iqbal said. Musharraf is currently in Dubai 'for medical treatment'. "It is unfortunate that a person who is responsible for the country's dismal affairs; who is now giving interviews on television; is not facing the courts," Iqbal said."He left the country after the courts granted him permission," Iqbal noted, "[But] we will fulfil our responsibility through any and every legal process that is available," he said."It doesn't matter if the accused is a president, a prime minister or an ordinary citizen: if someone has broken the law and pushed the country towards chaos, he must be held responsible as the rule of law is the same for everyone," the interior minister insisted.When asked about US President Donald Trump's recent remarks about "safe havens for terrorist organisations" in the country, Iqbal said that "[Pakistan's] commitment to eliminate terrorism is not bound to please or anger a second or third country". He added that he does not take any allegations linking Pakistan to terrorism as the truth because "no other [Read More…]

Aug 232017
 
SC moved to include words 'sadiq' and 'ameen' in oaths taken by judges, generals

A petition has been filed in Supreme Court's Lahore registry to include the words sadiq and ameen (honest and righteous) to the oaths taken by judges and army generals after their appointments. Filed by lawyer Ch. Muhammad Anwar on behalf of Barrister Zafarullah Khan of the Watan Party, the petition states that accountability is being applied discriminately to civilians in Pakistan while judges and generals "are being sheltered and protected and considered as immune from accountability".The higher judiciary and military courts in the country have become "sacred cows", the petition reads, adding that the judiciary is even making rules which in certain cases are to be made by the parliament. Also read: Parliament awaits data about perks of generals, officials"From the very birth of Pakistan, [the] parliament has remained at the mercy of judiciary and dictators," the petition says, urging the SC not to "take over the jurisdictions of parliament as it has done in Article 62(1)(f) and 63(1)(g)". The Supreme Court had last month disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution for being "dishonest" in his 2013 nomination papers.The petition seeks the apex court's directions to make SC judges and army officers "surrender their accountability to the public" through the parliament. "In fact, the accountability of all the elected and selected persons is the privilege of parliamentary committees."The petition has been filed in the SC at a time when the government has revealed its plans to amend Articles 62 and 63 to reduce the [Read More…]

Aug 232017
 

An 800-year old coffin on display at Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend, Essex in England, was damaged on August 4 when a child was placed inside it to pose for a photograph. The ancient piece was unintentionally knocked off its stand and broken after the child was lifted over a protective barrier. 400 Viking objects stolen in Norway museum heist The family left the museum without reporting the damage, leaving staff to discover it for themselves. The incident, however, was caught on CCTV. “The care of our collections is of paramount importance to us and this isolated incident has been upsetting for the museum’s service, whose staff strive to protect Southend’s heritage within our historic sites,” said Claire Reed, a conservator responsible for repairing the casket. “My priority is to carefully carry out the treatment needed to restore this significant artefact so it can continue to be part of the fascinating story of Prittlewell Priory.” The coffin was found in the grounds of the priory in 1921 complete with a skeleton that could have been a senior monk. The priory was founded by Cluniac monks in the 13th century and at its peak had as many as 100 monks living there. “It’s a very important artefact and historically unique to us as we don’t have much archaeology from the priory,” said Reed. The council has predicted that the repairs will cost well under £100. The coffin will now be completely enclosed so to prevent future damage. Germany museum interested in [Read More…]

Aug 232017
 

WASHINGTON DC: The United States on Tuesday imposed new North Korea-related sanctions, targeting Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for supporting Pyongyang’s weapons programs, but stopped short of an anticipated focus on Chinese banks. The US Treasury designated six Chinese-owned entities, one Russian, one North Korean and two based in Singapore. They included a Namibia-based subsidiary of a Chinese company and a North Korean entity operating in Namibia. The sanctions also targeted six individuals – four Russians, one Chinese and one North Korean. North Korea calls Trump a ‘psychopath’  The move follows toughened United Nations sanctions agreed this month after North Korea tested its first two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July. China reacted with irritation, saying Washington should “immediately correct its mistake” of imposing unilateral sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals to avoid damaging bilateral cooperation. The Russian embassy did not respond to a request for comment. The US Treasury Department said the new sanctions targeted those helping already-designated individuals supporting North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its energy trade. They included three Chinese coal importers. The steps also targeted those helping North Korea send workers abroad and enabling sanctioned North Korea entities to get access to the US and international financial system. “Treasury will continue to increase pressure on North Korea by targeting those who support the advancement of nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and isolating them from the American financial system,” Treasury Secretary Steven T Mnuchin said in a statement. “It is unacceptable for individuals and companies [Read More…]

Aug 232017
 

LONDON: Former Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi blasted 101 in only 43 balls to inspire Hampshire’s 101-run victory at Derbyshire in the T20 Blast quarter-finals on Tuesday. All-rounder Afridi hit seven sixes and 10 fours to power Hampshire to 249 for eight, their highest T20 score. Write off Pakistan at your own peril: Afridi Skipper James Vince made 55 from 36 balls as Hampshire passed their previous best of 225 for two against Middlesex in 2006 and, faced with an improbable target of 250, the Falcons crumbled to 148 all out with Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott each taking three wickets. Hampshire promoted Afridi to opener against the county he played for in 2003 and he swept and drove four boundaries from Wayne Madsen’s first over before Calvin Dickinson took two fours from Hardus Viljoen. Afridi foundation, KMC sign MoU Afridi’s previous high score in the competition this season was 18 but he pulled Ben Cotton for six before driving him over the top of the three-storey media centre. He reached his fifty off only 20 balls with a top-edged six but after driving Imran Tahir for another huge six, he was dropped on 65 at long-on by Madsen. It proved expensive as Afridi dispatched Matt Critchley and Tahir for two more sixes on his way to a blistering hundred before he top-edged another big pull and was caught at long-leg. The post Afridi’s maiden T20 ton leads Derbyshire rout appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 222017
 
FO rejects Trump's allegations of terrorist 'safe havens' in Pakistan

The Foreign Office (FO) on Tuesday rejected United States (US) President Donald Trump's allegations that Pakistan offers safe haven to "agents of chaos", as he announced America's new strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia. Talking tough on Pakistan, Trump had said, "We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organisations," warning that vital aid to Islamabad could be cut. "We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting," he said. "That will have to change and that will change immediately."The FO, issuing a rejoinder to the US president's statements said: "As a matter of policy, Pakistan does not allow use of its territory against any country. Instead of relying on the false narrative of safe havens, the US needs to work with Pakistan to eradicate terrorism."The FO said it is "disappointing that the US policy statement ignores the enormous sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation" in the fight against terrorism. "No country in the world has done more than Pakistan to counter the menace of terrorism. No country in the world has suffered more than Pakistan from the scourge of terrorism, often perpetrated from outside our borders," the FO asserted. Responding to Trump's call for more US troops in Afghanistan, the FO reiterated Pakistan's view that there is "no exclusive military solution to the crisis in Afghanistan"."The military action during the last 17 years has not brought peace to Afghanistan, and [Read More…]

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