Dec 092017
 
PML-N's student wing deeply dissatisfied with party's senior leadership

The PML-N's students federation is deeply dissatisfied with the party's senior leadership, including Nawaz Sharif, for not being treated "respectfully" or given representation in the party's Central Working Committee (CWC) and Central Executive Committee (CEC) — the PML-N's main decision-making bodies. The tensions surfaced in an acrimonious meeting of Muslim Students Federation-N (MSF-N) Chief Organiser Sardar Mohsin Abbasi and PML-N leader Raja Zafarul Haq, a video recording of which has been acquired by DawnNews. During the meeting, Abbasi complained that members of the youth wing were not given any respect or consideration within the PML-N. "We should be given what is rightfully ours, or we will take the MSF and create another party with its members," Abbasi threatened at one point. "We do not have a single representative on the CWC or the CEC; you give us some respect, and we will turn up with 50 thousand people for the December 27 hearing," he said. "You told us to speak the truth, and when we are, you are telling us that we're acting emotionally," he complained. "What standing does the MSF even have in the party? You tell us," he asked the PML-N leader. He also expressed the youth wing's reservations on other matters. "Why did you touch the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat [oath in the Elections Act 2017]?" he asked. "Our people are asking us why they should ruin their faith for the sake of Nawaz Sharif," he said. "It doesn't matter if what happened was right or wrong or just a [Read More…]

Dec 092017
 
Govt blocks 937 URLS, 98.3m SIMs under National Action Plan

Hate speech Preventing internet use for terrorism Dismantling communication networks of terrorists Misuse of loudspeakers Registration, regulation of madressahs Decline in sectarian terrorism Renewed focus on NAP? Taking steps to prevent the use of internet and social media for terrorist activities, the Ministry of Information Technology has blocked 937 URLS and 10 websites run by banned organisations, it was learnt on Saturday.These and other statistics were revealed in an interior ministry document on the progress of the National Action Plan (NAP), which has been acquired by DawnNews.An investigation carried out by Dawn across the month of April 2017 had revealed that 41 of Pakistan’s 64 banned outfits are present on Facebook in the form of hundreds of pages, groups and individual user profiles.Their network, both interconnected and public, is a mix of Sunni and Shia sectarian or terror outfits, global terror organisations operating in Pakistan, and separatists in Balochistan and Sindh.However, there appears to have been very little overall progress in NAP in the last three months, as figures of the implementation report released in September are only slightly different than the latest report.Here are the main takeaways from the interior ministry's report:Hate speech In an effort to counter hate speech and extremist material, the government registered 1,351 cases, arrested 2,525 people and sealed 70 shops. The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) is preparing an application to report incidents of hate speech. Preventing internet use for terrorism The government passed the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 IT ministry blocked [Read More…]

Dec 092017
 
Will decide Zardari's fate with the people of Sindh: Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday turned his guns once again on PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, saying he would decide the fate of "Zardari and his entourage" with the people of Sindh during his visit to Karachi next week."The Peoples Party's barbaric looting of Sindh is unacceptable and intolerable," he said. "The Tehreek-i-Insaf will free Sindh from the clutches of Zardari and his corrupt lackeys," he said. The latest outburst signals that despite both overt and covert efforts by the PPP to get Khan to tone down his harsh criticism of Zardari, any hopes of a diplomatic agreement between the two parties remain slim."We brought Nawaz [Sharif] to the witness stand; now it's Zardari's turn," Khan was reported to have said. "We will pursue this imam [leader] of the corrupt to rid Pakistan and Sindh of all corruption." Saying he had a special interest in Sindh, Khan said he would not rest without bringing tabdeeli (change) to the province. He made the remarks during a meeting with PTI's Senior Vice President Ali Zaidi, during which he was briefed on the fundamental problems faced by the people of Sindh, especially Karachi. "Sindh is being crippled under the PPP's disastrous management," Zaidi told Khan. "The people of province have lost their right to clean drinking water under the incumbent government." "The hardworking, sincere and patriotic people of Sindh have been subjugated by the most corrupt group. Their only hope is the message of 'change'," he said. Click for detailed [Read More…]

Dec 092017
 
Suspects behind recent child kidnapping in Karachi killed in operation: police

Police said on Saturday that two suspects said to have been behind the abduction of a five-year-old from Karachi's Defence Phase 8 area had been gunned down during an operation. On December 6, 2017, Mohammad Abban Ghufran had been kidnapped from DHA Phase 8 near an academic institution while returning from school with his mother. He was later ransomed from his abductors. "On December 9, 2017, in the early hours, law enforcement agencies, Anti Violent Crime Cell, Citizens Police Liaison Committee [(CPLC)] jointly conducted a raid to arrest the kidnappers," the Chief of CPLC, Zubair Habib, informed in a statement. "Two kidnappers who were later identified as Zaheer Mirza and Zaki tried to run away and also opened straight fire [at the raiding party]. In return fire, both kidnappers were killed at the spot near Kamran Chowrangi, Gulistan-e-Johar," Habib's statement read.Habib said police had recovered Rs100,000 of the child's ransom, and the purse and cell phone of the mother of the kidnapped child in the operation. "Both the kidnappers were killed and the gang was busted," he added in his statement.Read: Kidnapped in Karachi: A survival guide from the man who's seen it allTwo masked men in a white car had intercepted the vehicle in which the boy and his mother were travelling. After snatching valuables from the woman, they had taken the boy with them forcibly. Shortly after, the boy’s family had received a call from the kidnappers who demanded a ransom of Rs150 million for his release. After [Read More…]

Dec 092017
 
Over 300 suspected militants surrender in Balochistan

As part of the ongoing political reconciliation in Balochistan, more than 300 suspected militants laid down arms before the government and security forces on Saturday.The militants, who reportedly belonged to various banned groups, surrendered before Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri and Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa during a ceremony held at the Balochistan Assembly hall.Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti and other high-level officials were also present on the occasion.The suspected militants, including 17 commanders, vowed to work for the peace and development of the country while laying down arms.Waving Pakistani flags during the ceremony, the men said they had been misled by some elements to serve their personal agendas at the cost of poor people.Appreciating their overtures for peace, Chief Minister Zehri said the reconciliation process will continue despite all odds. "We welcome you all," he told the crowd.Zehri said the country has a "big heart" to accept those whose hands were coloured with the blood of innocent people. "Now it is your turn to struggle for stability and development of the country," he said. The fighters who gave up their weapons were involved in subversive activities for more than a decade in various parts of Balochistan, security officials who declined to be named told DawnNews."Some elements were threatening us not to surrender," Dur Muhammad, a former militant from Naseerabad said. Another militant commander from Harnai also shared the same information.The Balochistan reconciliation process was launched by former chief minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch a few years [Read More…]

Dec 072017
 
2 students reportedly killed in New Mexico school shooting

At least two students were killed in a shooting at their high school in New Mexico on Thursday, state police said, adding that the assailant was dead. The deadly incident took place at Aztec High School, which has been evacuated, New Mexico State Police said on Twitter. “No other injuries reported,” the police said. “#NMSP is investigating this incident. Officers are currently conducting security checks at the Aztec High School.”San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told reporters that three people died at Aztec High School. Authorities said they had cleared all the buildings at the school and that students were boarding buses to another location where they could be reunited with their parents.Deputies with the sheriff's office and surrounding police departments responded to the school after reports of a shooting. Federal agents and state police are investigating the incident.The school is in the Four Corners region and is near the Navajo Nation. 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

Dec 072017
 
Zardari puts weight behind PAT's demand of CM Shahbaz's resignation

PPP-Parliamentarians President Ali Zardari on Thursday joined Dr Tahirul Qadri in his demand for resignation of the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for his alleged role in the Model Town tragedy."Enough is enough… Shahbaz has to resign and appear before the court," Zardari said. "After the [Justice Najafi] report, he stands condemned and a condemned person is not capable of being the chief minister of the largest province of Pakistan." Zardari made the demand during a joint press conference following a detailed meeting with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Qadri in Lahore. Dr Qadri had earlier said that the Najafi report held the Punjab government and especially Law Minister Rana Sanaullah responsible for the 2014 incident, in which 14 PAT workers died and 100 were injured. Former president Zardari said he had discussed the need for the PPP and PAT to work together on Jerusalem issue as well. He said he wanted the United States to understand the repercussions of its decision to shift its embassy to Jerusalem. "We want to remain engaged with them [the US], but need to tell them that this decision will create difficulties for them, be it Afghanistan, Yemen or Pakistan," he said. "Their [US] action gives strength to the terrorist forces." Click for detailed story

Dec 052017
 
Agencies differ on PAT guards’ role in Model Town clash

LAHORE: The Justice Najafi report on the Model Town case presents conflicting claims of premier intelligence agencies – the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) – into the incident. The Special Branch report only shares Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT’s) political activities prior to the incident. The ISI in its report held the police responsible for the killings, saying the police resorted to straight fire at the protesters, leaving 10 dead and 70 injured, of them 51 sustained bullet wounds.The ISI report, however, says they found no evidence of firing by the guards or activists of the Idara Minhajul Quran on the police.The IB, however, stated in its report that the guards manning the post at the residence of PAT chief Tahirul Qadri opened straight fire on the police, leaving two policemen injured.The Special Branch remained silent about the clash between the police and the protesters.The ISI reported that PAT leader Khurram Nawaz Gandapur had produced the Lahore High Court orders for the placement of security barriers in the locality to them, but the police did not pay any heed to it and remained firm to remove the barriers.PAT workers pelted them with stones when the police attempted to remove the barriers.“At this juncture, a sub-inspector of police in the company of the Model Town SP fired three rounds from his pistol in the air which resulted in a stampede in the workers,” the ISI states in the report submitted to the inquiry tribunal.At about 9:30am, a heavy police contingent [Read More…]

Dec 052017
 
Teenage girl stabbed to death, sister wounded in Karachi's Malir

Criminals arrested KARACHI: A teenage girl was stabbed to death and her elder sister wounded when they put up resistance to robbers in their Malir home on Tuesday, police said.They said two bandits barged into a house in Malir’s C Area, known as Sheesha Gali, early in the morning. The robbers overpowered 20-year-old Alveena Nadim, but her younger sister, 16-year-old Aleena, challenged them with a knife she brought from the kitchen.“Before she could do something, one of the bandits attacked her, grabbed the knife and then stabbed her multiple times,” said an official at the Saudabad police station. “He also tried to cut her throat that left a deep wound on the neck.”He said that the bandits panicked when the girls screamed and ran away. They also attacked the elder girl before leaving the house, he added.Their screams attracted neighbours who rushed to the scene only to find the two girls lying in a pool of blood. They were moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where Aleena died during treatment, the official said, adding that the condition of her elder sister was out of danger.“So far, our findings are based on the statement of the injured girl,” said the official. “We have reasons to suspect that it was a robbery case but we strongly suspect that the act was committed by someone close.”He said the family was not financially well-off. The girls’ father was a vendor, their mother was an industrial worker and their two sons were enrolled [Read More…]

Dec 052017
 
State Bank wakes up to ATM skimming incidents

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) expressed concerns on Tuesday over the skimming of debit cards that caused a total loss of Rs10.2 million to 559 customers recently.The SBP asked banks to go for the Europay Mastercard Visa (EMV) standards, which are safe and protected, according to a press release.The SBP said only 296 customers have confirmed disputed transactions and Habib Bank Ltd (HBL) is trying to limit the impact of hacking activities.The SBP statement did not say who the hackers were. It said the hackers withdrew depositors’ money from various locations within and outside the country.“Customers’ information on debit cards of HBL was compromised by hackers thro­ugh skimming to create its clones,” said the SBP.The SBP has been in contact with the HBL management to ascertain the losses and ensure the return of money to the affected customers and precautionary measures.“HBL has taken several immediate actions to determine and limit the impact of such transactions on customers. Specifically, it blocked all identified debit cards that were suspected to be misused and quarantined the automated teller machines used in hacking activity,” said the SBP.Until Tuesday, 296 customers confirmed the disputed transactions and the estimated damage assessment done to the bank concerned is Rs10.2m for their customers, said the SBP, It noted that HBL has also managed to start returning the money to depositors to the extent of their losses. “Efforts are under way to determine losses to any other banks’ customers using HBL ATMs and take remedial measures,” said [Read More…]

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