Aug 232017
 

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has called for a special parliamentary session to discuss US President Donald Trump’s remarks that Pakistan was “harbouring agents of chaos, violence, and terror”. “We need to come together and send a message to the US that it can’t pin the blame for its own failures on Pakistan,” the PTI chief told reporters on Wednesday. “The government, the military and the nation are all united against the US’ allegations,” he added. Khan pointed out that both the PM and the foreign minister had not responded to Trump’s statement. Politicians react to Trump’s remarks against Pakistan over Afghan policy “The PM should send a strong message to the US,” he added. Khan said the US had completely ignored the sacrifices rendered by the Pakistan Army in the war against terrorism and appeared to be appeasing India. “Pakistan has made far more sacrifices than what the Americans have given it in financial assistance,” he remarked. “Instead of giving Pakistan credit for its efforts, the US is applauding India.” The PTI chief said terrorism in Pakistan originated across the border in Afghanistan. “It’s not Pakistan fault that the US can’t control what’s going on in Afghanistan,” he maintained.   The post Imran calls for special parliamentary session on Trump’s remarks appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 222017
 

ISLAMABAD: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal committee’s meeting to sight the moon for Zilhajj has commenced in Islamabad. Ministry of Religious Affairs spokesperson Imran Siddiqui said the meeting was earlier scheduled for Karachi. Talking to The Express Tribune, Director General Pakistan Meteorological Department Dr Ghulam Rasul said “there were slight chances that the moon will be sighted today”. Zilhaj moon not sighted in S Arabia; Eidul Azha in Gulf states on Sept 1 If moon is sighted today, Eidul Azha will be observed on September 1, and will otherwise be celebrated the following day, he added. Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced on Monday that the Zilhaj moon was not sighted in the country, with Eidul Azha to be celebrated in Gulf countries on September 1. The post Ruet-e-Hilal committee meeting for Zilhajj moon sighting begins appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 212017
 
Bullish trend at cattle market as Eidul Azha approaches

PESHAWAR: With just a little over 10 days to go for the traditional festival of Eidul Azha, sale of sacrificial animals has picked up momentum in the city’s cattle markets where cows, buffalos, goats, sheep and camels are being herded in from Punjab, Sindh and different far flung districts of K-P in a bid to get maximum profit in the lucrative market of Peshawar. Livestock traders from Punjab and Sindh provinces besides local traders  have brought their animals in large numbers  to Peshawar’s to reap a windfall. A noteworthy feature of Peshawar being a focal trade point on the occasion is that  it not only attracts buyers from K-P and Fata only but buyers from neighbouring Afghanistan throng to the market to purchase animals for the festival. “I have so far brought six truckloads of cattle from Sahiwal and my brother will send another five more trucks shortly to Peshawar to get maximum profits ” Allah Bakhash, an inter-provincial exporter of Sahiwal told  the media. Another dealer at Lalla Kala market near Peshawar.said “I had refused an offer of Rs 120,000 for my ox ‘Janbaz’ last Sunday as I am demanding Rs.150,000 for it,” he added. People are seen to be visiting different localities for buying sacrificial animals in Lala Kala market, Pajagai road and Ring Road in Peshawar and the traders have also started roaming in streets with their animals to attract buyers. However, it has been observed that there are more visitors assessing prices at the moment than actual [Read More…]

Aug 212017
 

GILGIT: The first ever Sarfaranga Cold Desert Rally successfully concluded with Babar Khan emerging as winner in “A” category, completing the 30 kilometre trek in 18 minutes and 25.13 seconds. Qadir Nawaz Magsi stood second, with 18 minutes and 55:19 seconds and Mir Amer Magsi stood third (18:59.65) respectively. The defending champion, Nadir Magsi stood fourth with a time of 19: 10.11. As many as 73 four-wheelers and bikers competed in the rally amid applause by the spectators. The competition of crossing the Indus River on a “Zakh”, traditional river-crossing method, was also held. The Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman presented prizes and gifts to the winners and participants at the end of the rally.  He said the successful holding of Safaranga Cold Desert Rally has enhanced the image and prestige of GB being a tourists and sports friendly province of the country. Addressing the concluding ceremony of the first ever rally, the Chief Minister also announced to hold the rally every year with great pump and show. He said it was a unique recreational event, which would produce positive results and congratulated the organisers for its successful holding. The participation of a large number of people besides motorists and bikers in the rally would help improve the soft image of GB, he said. The CM said peace has returned to GB due to the government’s successful polices and the arrival of a large number of foreign and domestic tourists to the province was a testimony towards this fact. Published in [Read More…]

Aug 212017
 
Plan to prevent stunting in Kurram Agency

PESHAWAR: Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar with sponsorship of The United Nations World Food (WFP) and in collaboration with Fata Health Services Directorate has launched a USAID-funded programme to prevent stunting in the Kurram Agency. KMU Vice Chancellor Dr Arshad Javaid, WFP Country Director Cecillia Garzon and Fata Health Services Director Dr Jawad Habib were present at the occasion. Dr Javaid said the programme will provide specialised food for children and mothers to prevent stunting. He hoped that this programme will help reverse the trends of stunting in Fata especially in Kurram Agency. More than 75,000 children and women will benefit from the programme, and government staff will be trained to support and implement the programme to ensure its sustainability. According to Garzon stunting can rob children of the opportunity to reach their full potential in life. “In order to break the inter-generational cycle of under nutrition we need to focus on mothers and very young children. We have already seen this approach show very promising result in Sindh and we are hoping to see similar improvements in FATA”, she added. She further said that WFP is the world largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide delivering food assistance in emergency and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Under the USAID initiative Pakistan and will focus on preventing stunting during “1000-day window of opportunity,” the period between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday. Inadequate nutrition during this time can have irreversible affect on child’s cognitive and physical [Read More…]

Aug 212017
 
Unity is strength

This refers to the article, ‘An encounter with Hamilton’ (Aug 20), by Ghazi Salahuddin. The writer has rightly pointed out that the August 11, 1947 speech of Quaid-e-Azam reflects “the inner conflict of a leader who had led to the creation of a new nation in the name of religion”. He is also right to say that the “glaring facts of history are pushed aside to protect an ideological stance”. There is a need for an objective evaluation of historical events of the partition of the Subcontinent and also for an independent examination as to whether the purpose for which a separate homeland for Muslims was demanded has been achieved and to what extent? This is necessary to take corrective measures. As for those that support separation movements in India or Pakistan, there is strength in unity and progress in competition. Separation and isolation are no solutions for backwardness and underdevelopment. Abdul Majeed (Islamabad) Click for detailed story

Aug 212017
 

As if a solar eclipse was not enough, the moon threw some virtual shade at the sun on Twitter on Monday, as millions of people watched the first coast-to-coast total eclipse in the United States in nearly a century. “HA HA HA I’ve blocked the Sun!” wrote NASA Moon (@NASAMoon) on its verified Twitter account, which was created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. “Make way for the Moon. #SolarEclipse2017.” The tweet was accompanied with a screenshot photo showing that the moon had blocked the verified Twitter profile of NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun). HA HA HA I’ve blocked the Sun! Make way for the Moon. #SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/nZCoqBlSTe — NASA Moon (@NASAMoon) August 21, 2017 Let the Sun shine ☀️ @NASASun, I unblocked you in the sky and on Twitter 🙂 #SolarEclipse2017 — NASA Moon (@NASAMoon) August 21, 2017 The sun’s response was swift. “Uh EXCUSE me?!? #solareclipse2017,” tweeted @NASASun. Tens of thousands of Twitter users liked the exchange and many social media users responded with amusement. uh, EXCUSE me?!? #solareclipse2017 https://t.co/T1WDs2JEdi — NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun) August 21, 2017 “This is just too perfect. Congratulations. You have won the entire internet,” user Andy Stein (@MandoPony) replied. This is just too perfect. Congratulations. You have won the entire internet. pic.twitter.com/x6OkPnLj8R — Andy Stein (@MandoPony) August 21, 2017 “I feel the moon is gonna get some licks in but the sun is gonna come out on top,” wrote another user, @GeeInTheNorth. I feel the moon is gonna get some [Read More…]

Aug 202017
 
Pakistani Christian Minor Detained for Allegedly Burning Quran

Police in a southern Pakistan city have detained a Christian minor on blasphemy charges for allegedly burning pages of the Quran, the Muslim holy book.Asif Massih was arrested shortly after a complaint was issued Sunday, a police official told VOA.The 16-year-old Christian was reportedly charged under section 295-B of Pakistan’s penal code, referring to a part of the country’s constitution that makes the death sentence or life imprisonment mandatory for anyone who damages or desecrates the Quran.Police had to intervene as an angry mob attacked Massih in Wazirabad’s Jamkay Chattha village in Punjab province before he was arrested.A police officer who did not want to disclose his name told VOA that Massih had “admitted to have desecrated the Quran.”A local fruit vendor, Nawaz, who reportedly witnessed the burning, protested the incident which incited locals to assault Massih, police said.Massih’s father, Steven Massih, has denied the accusation and said that the allegation was the result of a “business rivalry” between his son and Nawaz, both of whom collected wastepaper and empty bottles.The blasphemy law carries the death penalty for anyone convicted of insulting the Prophet Muhammad and imprisonment for life for desecrating the Quran, although no one has been executed.“We have observed that during court proceeding, in several cases, such allegations proven false,” Nadeem Anthoni, a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) told VOA. “No doubt that most of blasphemy cases were registered against Muslims but when it comes to Christians, the consequences for the community are far [Read More…]

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