Sep 162017
Teenage domestic helper found hanged in employers' home in Karachi

A teenage domestic helper was found hanged inside a home in Karachi's Defence Housing Authority (DHA) on Saturday, police officials said.The officials said Fatima, 17, was found hanged inside a bungalow located on Khayaban-e-Badban in DHA's Phase-V.Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Clifton Dr Asad Malhi told Dawn that the deceased had been working as a maid in the residence.She had been living on the first floor of the house while her employers, a couple, resided on the ground floor.She did not turn up in the morning to the lower floor as per her routine, and one of her employers found her hanging by a ceiling fain her room.Her corpse was shifted to the Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem examination.Dr Malhi said that, from the facts, it appeared to be a suicide case. However, he added that the police were still investigating the case from every possible angle.Meanwhile, Gizri police station officer, Abdul Latif in whose jurisdiction the incident occurred, said that the deceased’s father, Abdul Haq, had said that his daughter has been working at the home for the last two years and had never complained about her employers.Latif added that the father, in his formal statement to the police, had not levelled any allegations against the employers.The owner of the property, Syed Hasan Mazhar, said in his statement that the girl generally tended to wake up at around 11:30am. He said they had installed a bell on the first floor of the house where she lived and she [Read More…]

Sep 162017
ICC congratulates Pakistan on successful hosting of Independence Cup

In a press release posted on its website, the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game's global governing body, has congratulated Pakistan "for the successful staging of the Pakistan versus the World XI series for the Independence Cup at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore."In separate messages, ICC Director Giles Clarke and Chief Executive David Richardson have thanked Pakistani fans for "embracing the World XI players", noting that the series had highlighted "Pakistan's passion and love for cricket, as well as its ability to provide an environment in which international cricket stars can show their talent."Still, the ICC executives said the series was a small step towards the "safe and steady revival" of international cricket in the country, with the ICC's release stating the next step would be a tour by a full member country as opposed to a composite side. Pakistan is looking to host Sri Lanka and West Indies in the near future, which will prove an acid test for the country's readiness to welcome back international fixtures to the country. “The reception the team received was quite extraordinary, and for all of us, we did our best to interact with the crowd," Clarke, who attended the first two matches, said. "The reaction of the Pakistanis who were at the ground is something I have never seen in my life. They were so pleased, saying thank you, and they were so excited by the players being there.“I felt the tour unleashed the deep and powerful emotions that exist around cricket [Read More…]

Sep 162017
Khursheed Shah says MQM, PTI democratically entitled to replace him

'PPP's performance is better than PTI's' No decision on NAB chairman's appointment Sindh CM in Sukkur Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Saturday said that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) are democratically entitled to elect a joint candidate to replace him. "It is good that MQM and PTI are getting close to each other," he told reporters gathered at his residence in Sukkur on SaturdayA move is under way to replace the opposition leader with PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi.The move was spearheaded by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, which is said to be "quite annoyed” with the PPP over different issues in Karachi — a stronghold of the MQM.When contacted, Qureshi confirmed the move and said the MQM wanted him to be new opposition leader. He said the Muttahida leaders had called on him and forwarded the proposal to replace Khursheed Shah through a ballot. 'PPP's performance is better than PTI's' Khursheed nonetheless lashed out at PTI chairman Imran Khan, saying that while he teaches others to respect and obey court orders, "he himself disregards the directions of both the courts and the Election Commission of Pakistan".He also claimed that the PPP's performance in Sindh had been much better than PTI's in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. No decision on NAB chairman's appointment Talking about the appointment of a new National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman to replace Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, whose term ends in November, Khursheed Shah said that no decision has been [Read More…]

Sep 142017
Balochistan health official arrested for alleged embezzlement of over Rs100m

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday announced the arrests of a Balochistan government official and two officials of a private company after unearthing alleged embezzlement of over Rs100 million in the provincial health department. Dr Muhammad Yousaf Bizenjo, the provincial additional director of health responsible for the purchase of medicines, and Dr Muhammad Nosherwan Yar Khan, the chief executive of a private company, were among the three arrested over allegations of embezzlement in the purchase of stents for cardiac patients in Balochistan, according to a NAB statement.The three men were suspected of procuring cardiac stents worth Rs16,000-Rs24,000 for prices as high as Rs90,000-Rs100,000 following complaints from patients and ordinary citizens, a NAB spokesman said. Further arrests are likely to be made in this regard, a well-placed NAB official who declined to be named told DawnNews.The accused were shifted to NAB regional headquarter for interrogation. Click for detailed story

Sep 142017
74 killed in IS attack in southern Iraq

Gunmen and suicide car bombers on Thursday killed at least 74 people, including Iranians, near the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah in an attack claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group. The attackers struck at midday, opening fire on a restaurant before getting into a car and blowing themselves up at a nearby security checkpoint, officials said.Abdel Hussein al-Jabri, deputy health chief for the mainly Shia province of Dhiqar, said at least 74 people had died, including seven Iranians, and another 93 people were wounded. Iraqis look at the damage after gunmen and suicide car bombers killed dozens of people in two assaults claimed by militant Islamic State (IS) group near the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah on September 14, 2017. —AFP Security sources said the attackers were disguised as members of the Hashed al-Shaabi, a mainly Shia paramilitary alliance which has fought alongside the army and police against the IS in northern Iraq. Jabri told AFP that many of the wounded were in serious condition. The area targeted is used by Shia pilgrims and visitors from neighbouring Iran headed for the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala further north, although Dhiqar has previously been spared the worst of Iraq's violence.The IS claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement carried by its Amaq propaganda arm. It said several suicide bombers had staged the assault on a restaurant and a security checkpoint, killing dozens. The toll makes it the deadliest IS attack in Iraq since pro-government forces drove the [Read More…]

Sep 142017
Pakistan will host West Indies in November for a three-match T20 series: Sethi

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi on Thursday, while thanking West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Dave Cameron for visiting Pakistan amidst the ongoing Independence Cup, announced that the West Indies team will visit Pakistan for a three-match T20 series towards the end of November.According to sources within the PCB, the WICB president had been invited to witness security arrangements made for the Word XI series. The sources further said that Cameron's tour would pave the way for a West Indies tour to Pakistan.The World XI tour, dubbed the Independence Day Cup, is a significant development for Pakistan as the country has not hosted top-level international cricket — barring five limited-over matches against Zimbabwe in 2015 — since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by terrorists in March 2009, killing eight people and injuring seven players and staff.The Sri Lankan cricket board has also agreed to send its players to Pakistan for a single T20 match off the back of this tournament if it is satisfied with the security arrangements made for the World XI. Click for detailed story

Sep 142017
Pakistani, Afghan officials agree to form 'action plan' for improved border security: ISPR

Pakistani and Afghan officials in a bilateral meeting at the Ministry of Defence in Kabul agreed to formulate an action plan seeking to improve security along the Pak-Afghan border through enhanced cooperation, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release said on Thursday.The six-member Pakistani delegation led by Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza in Kabul also held a trilateral meeting with Afghan and American officials at the ministry. Participants of the bilateral meeting discussed issues related to cross-border firing and attacks, counter-terrorism and coordinated actions on their respective sides along the border, as well as exchange of prisoners, ISPR said. Pakistani and Afghan officials also agreed to make progress in line with commitments made at recent high-level meetings. The participants of the Pak-US-Afghan trilateral meeting reaffirmed their resolve towards fighting the common threat of terrorism, with each expressing their commitment towards eliminating the militant Islamic State group from the region through information-sharing and complementary and coordinated efforts, the ISPR handout read.Areas of mutual security interests and concerns were also deliberated upon during the interaction, the statement added.The meetings come at a time when relations between the three countries are tense following United States President Donald Trump's allegations that Pakistan harbours "agents of chaos" in his first speech as commander-in-chief to the nation. He had lauded India's important contributions to Afghan stability and called upon it to provide more economic assistance to Afghanistan, which further strained Pakistan's relationship with the two countries.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, however, [Read More…]

Sep 142017
Balochistan will soon become Pakistan's richest province: PM Abbasi

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday inaugurated the Kacchi Canal project in Balochistan's Dera Bugti district, Radio Pakistan reported.According to the state-run daily, the Canal will irrigate 72,000 acres of land in the far-flung areas of the district."This is no ordinary project. It will change the destiny of Dera Bugti," the prime minister said as he addressed a public gathering in the district."This project is a symbol of love between two provinces," Abbasi added, explaining that the 300-kilometre canal runs from Punjab and provides water to Balochistan."[Former PM] Nawaz Sharif should have been here today. This [canal] is his project," Abbasi said as he criticised the PPP for not developing the project during its tenure."A lot of governments have come, but they only made empty promises to secure their votes. The PML-N does not make false promises; it solves the problems people in the country are facing.""If you make the right decision when casting your votes, you will also see the benefits," he said. "These decisions are in your hand," Abbasi added.Abbasi said that the whole country was indebted to Balochistan as the gas from Sui had allowed other provinces to progress."This is not a favour to you, this is our responsibility," Abbasi said as he promised to fulfil the fundamental needs of the people. "The people of this province should feel that the rest of Pakistan is repaying its debt to Balochistan.""Balochistan will soon become the country's richest province," he added as he promised the development of electricity, [Read More…]

Sep 142017 wins two awards at WAN-IFRA South Asian Digital Media Awards

COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS Best News Website Best Lifestyle, Sports or Entertainment Website Best Use of Online Video (including VR) Best Data Visualisation Best News Mobile Service Best Lifestyle, Sports or Entertainment Mobile Service Best Innovation New Product Best Social Media Engagement Best Digital Advertising Campaign (including Branded Content) Best Innovation to Engage Young Audience won two awards at the prestigious World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) South Asian Digital Media Awards 2017. The association announced winners at the WAN-IFRA India conference in Chennai on Wednesday.The digital publication won the silver and bronze titles in the Best Data Visualisation category for: Banned outfits in Pakistan openly operate in Facebook A Pakistani woman’s workplace dilemma From Pakistan, the Jang Media Group won the silver title in the Best Innovation New Product category for its recently launched Jang Real mobile app.The Best News Website category was dominated by India, where The Hindu, The Quint and NDTV won the gold, silver and bronze titles, respectively.The Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audience category was also introduced this year; The Hindu won the gold title for its Young World Club in this category.The awards — a joint initiative by WAN-IFRA and Google — recognise best practice innovation in digital publishing worldwide. It is presented in every region: South Asia, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America. The winners from each region subsequently compete for the World Digital Media Awards to be announced in Berlin on October 10 during the World Publishing [Read More…]

Sep 132017
Man killed as Indian troops target civilians along Working Boundary, says ISPR

A man was killed on Wednesday in an incident of cross-border firing across the Working Boundary on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)."Indian troops initiated unprovoked ceasefire violations using mortars and automatics and targeted the innocent civilian population along [the] Working Boundary in [the] Phuklian sector," the ISPR said. The Pakistan Rangers "effectively responded and targeted Indian posts firing on [the] civilian population," the statement added. Muhammad Zahoor, a resident of Dewra village, was killed in the cross-border exchange of fire, ISPR said.The heavily militarised LoC and Working Boundary have witnessed sporadic skirmishes and artillery duels since the alleged Indian 'surgical strike' last September, in violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement signed by both countries. Earlier this month, a five-year-old girl was killed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir when an Indian soldier opened fire across the Line of Control. The orphan was killed when a single bullet by an Indian soldier hit her as she stood in the courtyard of her house in Polas village of Abbaspur sector in the southern Poonch district. Protests were held in the area against the "apathy of the state and the government towards the plight of the people living along the LoC" after the incident. Click for detailed story

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