Jun 232017
14 suspects linked to drug smuggling ring arrested: DG ANF

At least 14 people involved in a drug smuggling gang, including Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) officials and former airport security officials, have been arrested, Director General (DG) Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Major General Mussarat Nawaz Malik said at a press conference on Friday. The suspects, who were allegedly involved in the smuggling of narcotics via PIA flights at London's Heathrow Airport and Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA), had been apprehended with the help of surveillance footage, the DG ANF disclosed at the Rawalpindi ANF headquarters.Maj Gen Malik said that the arrest of a few more suspects would help establish the network's international links. "The capture of two more suspects will concretely determine their connections to those in London who have been facilitating the operation," he said, adding that raids are being conducted to arrest international suspects. The arrested suspects' remands have been obtained by the ANF, he said.The ANF head said an investigation into the smuggling operation was expedited when heroin was seized from a flight at BBIA. He also noted that most of the suspects who had been arrested were PIA employees.More than 100 PIA employees were put under surveillance following the smuggling incidents, as the ANF continue to investigate the matter, the DG ANF told reporters. He also announced that the suspected ringleader Arif Badshah had been arrested in Karachi Thursday night. Badshah had confessed to his crimes and stated that he was responsible for hiring people for the operation and for providing his accomplices with heroin to [Read More…]

Jun 172017
Murray talks up Bonding experience in traumatic times

LONDON: Iconic British secret agent James Bond’s ability to unite the British people is required now more than ever, tennis star Andy Murray said in a candid interview with The Times on Saturday. The 30-year-old defending Wimbledon champion was speaking about unity after a year in which the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union and suffered three deadly terror attacks as well as this week’s devastating fire in London. Murray, talking ahead of the key Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen’s which gets underway on Monday in London, told The Times: “Every time a new James Bond movie comes out everyone’s so pumped for it and we start comparing the Bonds. “People know James Bond as being a British icon. “With everything that’s happened over the last year, the country has a decision to make. “Does it divide us or does it bring us together. The closer together we become, the better it is for the country,” said Murray, who came out in support of a pro Scottish independence vote  in 2014. Murray, whose mother Judy joined him in being honoured by Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, said unlike Bond he craves to go unrecognised. “I don’t like being the centre of attention and obviously when you lose a match and there are lots of people around, you just want to go unnoticed,” he said. Murray has been promoting this weekend’s ‘The Great Get Together’ to honour the politician Jo Cox who was murdered a year ago. He agreed [Read More…]

Jun 152017

Grammy Award winning singer Adele showed her support to everyone affected by the deadly fire at London’s Grenfell Tower. After the fire on Wednesday killed at least 12 people and injured more than 70 people here, she decided to pay her respects by visiting the scene. According to social media users, the Hello singer and her husband Simon Konecki were spotted near the incident site. Adele dedicates song to London terror attack victims at Auckland concert Fan sites also mention Adele asking if anyone needed help in between hugging fans and strangers. One Adele fan account, claimed she was offering support to those in need, penning, “Adele was going around and hugging everyone she could to comfort them.” Another one wrote, “The fact that Adele has gone to Grenfell tower and not said a word about it just proves how amazingly sincere she is… Adele is an angel, she deserves heaven, biggest heart ever, so proud of her.” Love it how people say "Why did #Adele go to Grenfell Tower" Err because she has a heart of pure #Gold and is a #Gift from the stars❤️ — The King & Queen ❤️ (@AidenConlon) June 15, 2017 #LondonFire #LondonTowerFire #Adele was spotted at #GrenfellTower today offering her support to everyone affected by the tragedy. pic.twitter.com/ZAmInxjCa0 — The invisible man (@invisibleman_17) June 15, 2017 #Adele grows emotional as she appears at the scene of #LondonFire tower blaze pic.twitter.com/r1dW6jo8cS — dotemirates (@dotemirateseng) June 15, 2017 In March, Adele lamented not being in her hometown [Read More…]

Jun 132017
France honours terror victims as Macron, May attend England friendly

Thousands of French football fans joined in with the English national anthem as tribute was paid to the victims of recent terror attacks in the United Kingdom prior to a friendly match in Paris on Tuesday evening.The words to ‘God Save the Queen’ were displayed on big screens around the Stade de France before France’s meeting with England, allowing the French spectators in the crowd of close to 80,000 to sing along with their English counterparts.A minute’s silence was impeccably observed by the crowd, after the teams had come out to ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’, the song by Manchester group Oasis which was played by the band and choir of the French Republican Guard.They were ably backed up by around 2,500 travelling English fans in one corner of the ground on a balmy night in the French capital.That song was seen as an anthem for Manchester after the English city was hit by a suicide bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande concert last month which claimed 22 lives.Another eight people, including three French nationals, were also murdered in a terror attack in London on June 3.An English flag was displayed by a section of the Stade de France crowd as the teams entered the field. Underneath the display was a banner reading: “United with the Cities of Manchester and London”. The match kicked off around five minutes later than the scheduled 9pm (1900 GMT) start, after French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May had [Read More…]

Jun 132017
Khurram?s ancestry nothing to do with terror, says UK?s first Muslim minister

LONDON: The UK’s first Muslim Minister Shahid Malik on Monday stated that though one of the terrorist attackers in London was of Pakistani origin, his ancestry had nothing to do with his evil… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jun 082017
London stocks, pound dip as Britons head to polls

LONDON: The London stock market and pound slid on Thursday, with investors nervous as Britons vote in a snap general election. Investors were also on their toes as the ECB hinted at the end of its easy monetary policy, describing a rosier outlook for the eurozone and dropping a long-standing commitment to cutting interest rates yet further if necessary, and as they waited for crucial testimony from sacked FBI chief James Comey in the United States. “Super Thursday is finally here,” said analyst Konstantinos Anthis at ADS Securities, referring to key events on both sides of the Atlantic. The British capital’s FTSE 100 index turned flat heading into midday, wiping out initial gains, and then slipped into loss. It was down 0.3 percent in afternoon trading. In the eurozone, Frankfurt and Paris were mixed after the ECB decided, as expected, to keep its ultralow interest rates unchanged and said it would continue its 60-billion-euro ($67.4 billion) monthly bond purchases to December. It said it saw fewer risks to the eurozone economy as it increased its growth forecasts while cutting those for inflation. Britain braces for election in wake of terror attacks Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip, leave a Polling Station after casting their ballot papers in Sonning, west of London, on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. PHOTO: AFP “The risks surrounding the euro area growth outlook are considered to be broadly balanced,” said ECB chief Mario Draghi, whereas the central bank had previously [Read More…]

Jun 042017
PUC condemns worldwide terrorist attacks

LAHORE: Pakistan Ulema Council while denouncing terrorists attacks in Saudi Arabia, Kabul and London said that the enemies of world peace are hatching conspiracies to create religion-based clashes… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

May 312017
Pakistan Navy receives seven Sea King helicopters from UK

The rotorcrafts are expected to be delivered to Pakistan late this year. —Dawn.com The Pakistan Navy has received the seven surplus Westland Sea King multi-role helicopters it had ordered from the United Kingdom (UK) in 2016, IHS Jane's Defence Weekly reported Wednesday.The magazine, which reports on intelligence on global military and commercial defence activity, quoting the High Commission of Pakistan in London, said the platforms for the helicopters were officially handed over in a ceremony in London on May 24.The ceremony was attended by Pakistan's High Commissioner to the UK, Syed Ibne Abbas, and Christopher Bob Richardson from the UK Ministry of Defence, among others.The helicopters will undergo maintenance services by Vector Aerospace before they are shipped to Pakistan. The delivery is scheduled for later this year.The defence magazine further stated, "The high commissioner lauded the historic relationship between the armed forces of Pakistan and the UK," adding he appreciated the role UK played in "capacity building of Pakistan Armed Forces both in terms of equipment support and training". Click for detailed story

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