Sep 212018
 
India cancels New York meeting with Pakistan, says PM Khan's 'true face revealed'

New Delhi on Friday called off a meeting between the Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, just a day after confirming the development. Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, confirming the development, cited “unclean intentions” on Pakistan’s side. “It is obvious that behind Pakistan’s proposal for talks to make a fresh beginning, the evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed and the true face of the new Prime Minister Imran Khan has been revealed to the world in his first few months in office,” he said. “Any conversation with Pakistan in such an environment would be meaningless.” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi termed the development “unfortunate”, saying: “We had already told India that if they take one step towards us, we will take two. However, it seems that they faltered after taking just one step.” Qureshi was referring to Imran Khan’s victory speech last month in which the then PM-elect had expressed his desire to “improve relations with India, if their leadership also wants it”. “If they take one step towards us, we will take two, but we at least need a start,” Khan had said. Qureshi, while talking to DawnNewsTV, said that the world should see that “Pakistan has held a positive outlook towards the situation while India’s attitude has not been so forthcoming”. When asked if Pakistan would still continue to extend an olive branch to India despite the rigid attitude shown by New Delhi, Qureshi negated the idea [Read More…]

Nov 032017
 

President Mamnoon Hussain expressed his deep grief on Friday on the demise of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s daughter Dina Wadia. In his message to Nusli Wadia, the son of late Dina Wadia, and the rest of her family, the president said the entire nation felt shared their grief. “Dina Wadia, being Jinnah’s daughter, would be remembered and respected forever. She reminded us of the strong personality of Jinnah, who dedicated his life for the creation of Pakistan,” he added. Quaid-i-Azam’s daughter Dina Wadia passes away at 98 in New York President Mamnoon recalled Dina’s visit to the Quaid’s mausoleum, describing it as a memorable event. He prayed for the departed soul and courage for the bereaved family to bear the loss with fortitude. Dina, the only daughter of the Quaid-e-Azam, passed away at her home in New York on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Wadia Group said in a statement. She was 98. Dina is survived by her son and Wadia Group Chairman Nusli N Wadia, daughter Diana N Wadia, and grandsons Ness and Jeh Wadia, said the statement issued in Mumbai. The Wadia Group, one of the oldest conglomerates of India, was founded by Sir Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadia in 1736. After marrying a Parsi businessman, Wadia stayed in India before moving to the United States. She visited Pakistan upon the death of Jinnah, followed by another trip in 2004, during the Pervez Musharraf regime. “This has been very sad and wonderful for me. May his [Jinnah’s] dream for Pakistan come true,” she had [Read More…]

Nov 012017
 

NEW YORK: The Uzbek immigrant who killed eight people in New York’s worst attack since September 11, 2001 was associated with the Islamic State militant group but became radicalized after moving to the United States, it emerged Wednesday. The driver, who moved to America in 2010, mowed down pedestrians and cyclists over a mile-long stretch of a bike path on Lower’s Manhattan’s West Side, as children and their parents prepared to celebrate Halloween on Tuesday afternoon. Police shot the 29-year-old suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, in the abdomen after he crashed into a school bus and exited his pickup truck, brandishing paintball and pellet guns. He remains in custody but is expected to survive the shooting. Suspected terrorist truck attack kills eight on New York bike path “He’s a depraved coward is what he is, and he was associated with ISIS, and he was radicalized domestically,” New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN. The governor confirmed “a note that referenced ISIS” was found at the scene. US media said it was written in Arabic and pledged allegiance to the militant group. Saipov also reportedly shouted “God is greatest”. “After he came to the United States is when he started to become informed about ISIS and radical tactics,” Cuomo told CNN. American Muslims brace for backlash after NYC attack “We have no evidence yet of associations or a continuing plot or associated plots, and our only evidence to date is that this was an isolated incident that he himself performed.” Vehicle rammings have been [Read More…]

Oct 312017
 

NEW YORK: New York City police were investigating reports of gunfire and a vehicle striking people in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, and one person has been taken into custody, police officials said. Police were unable to confirm if there were any injuries, but local media reported at least five, including possible fatalities. The incident took place near the West Side Highway and Chambers Street, police said. An eyewitness told ABC Channel 7 that he saw a white pick-up truck drive south down the bike path alongside the West Side Highway at full speed and hit several people. The witness, a man identified by the name “Eugene,” said bodies were lying outside Stuyvesant High School, one of the city’s elite public schools. He also reported hearing about nine or 10 shots, but was not sure where they came from. The West Side Highway runs on the western edge of Manhattan, alongside the Hudson River. The post Police investigate reported vehicle strike, shooting in Manhattan appeared first on The Express Tribune.

Sep 262017
 
Kashmir?s plight

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi gave a perfect reply to the vitriolic remarks of India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. In her address at the UN General Assembly session in New York, Lodhi said that the hostility that India has towards Pakistan is for all to see. Although India is using terrorism as a state policy especially when it comes to dealing with Kashmir, the world community has turned a blind eye to this. This is such a sad state of affairs, one wonders when will the UN wake up to its responsibility and resolve the dispute of Kashmir? Tasneem Yaseen (Lahore)

Sep 012017
 
US Open: Final major silverware up for grabs

This piece is being written amidst first round action, but a lot has already happened to have a decisive impact on the year’s final major even before the first point had been played at the US Open. World No 2 Andy Murray, the 2012 champion, who was unseated from the summit by Rafael Nadal only a couple of weeks ago, joined the likes of Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori in an elite group of players absent from Flushing Meadows. For Murray and Djokovic, the two men that dominated men’s tennis in 2016 and have been the two most successful over the past five years, 2017 was as pear-shaped as it could get. That it came off the back of a historic year for both – Murray finishing the year as World No 1 and Djokovic completing the career Grand Slam in Paris – has made it an even bigger shock. Even so, what has arguably made their absence all the more conspicuous is the return to the top of men’s tennis for Nadal and Roger Federer – who have shared three majors and four ATP Masters 1000 titles between them this year, and barring a major upset should be the top two of men’s tennis post-US Open, regardless of the final outcome. Federer and Nadal, the two most decorated men’s tennis players, have not only defined tennis’ most illustrious era but also created the sport’s most high-profile rivalry. It was under the shadows of these two [Read More…]

Aug 292017
 
Nadal, Osaka shine as rain causes US Open havoc

Rafael Nadal took his US Open first-round record to 13-0 but Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka stole the headlines by knocking out defending champion Angelique Kerber as torrential rain caused more than 50 matches to be shelved Tuesday. As players ran for cover from drenched outside courts where just 90 minutes of action was possible, and only three matches completed, Osaka’s big-hitting game flourished under the roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium. The world number 46, born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother, won 6-3, 6-1 as sixth seed Kerber became the first US Open women’s defending champion to lose in the first round since Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005. World number one Nadal, meanwhile, began his campaign for a third US Open title with a 7-6 (8/6), 6-2, 6-2 win over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic. The 31-year-old Spaniard recovered from 3-5 down in the opening set against the 85th-ranked Lajovic, who has never won a match in New York. “When I was down in the first set, I just tried to be there as he was playing well and controlling the points,” said French Open champion Nadal, who is chasing a 16th major. “But the end of the first set was very important. I got the break back and after that, everything changed.” Osaka, who surrendered a 5-1 final-set lead on the same court in losing to Madison Keys in the third round 12 months ago, fired 22 winners as Kerber went tumbling out of the world’s top 10 as [Read More…]