Nov 062017

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said on Monday that former PM Nawaz Sharif’s close aides were conspiring against him. Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader said the people close to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief were working against him and Sharif was aware of this fact, Express News reported. Will not save Nawaz under any condition, says Khursheed Shah Shah said the PPP was not in favour of holding early general elections and they should take place by July or August next year. He added that there was no need for fresh delimitation of constituencies to hold the polls as questions had been raised over the accuracy of the latest census results. “The PML-N shouldn’t have any problem with that because it had won in the last elections with the same constituencies.” The PPP leader maintained that Sindh’s population figures in the new census results were inaccurate. “If the results showed the true figures of Sindh’s population increase, the province’s seats would have increased by 10 or 12,” he remarked. The post Nawaz Sharif’s close aides conspiring against him, claims Khursheed Shah appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 252017

KARACHI: The federal government has decided to launch the last and final phase of the targeted operation in Karachi which envisages ‘de-weaponisation’ of the once volatile metropolis, Daily Express has learnt. The surgical operation, which was started four years back, has restored a semblance of normalcy in Karachi, the commercial hub of the country. “In this phase, law enforcers will purge the city of illegal arms, banned groups, terrorist organisations, and financers of militant wings of political parties,” says one Islamabad-based source. “The intelligence-based operation will be launched soon.” The source further says that the operation aims to restore durable peace in the metropolis to ensure congenial environment for the next general elections which are due next year. Weapons recovered from Karachi’s Go Aish The decision to mount the last leg of the Karachi operation was taken in a high-level meeting in the federal capital where participants voiced satisfaction on the gains made thus far, according to sources. The participants concurred that the operation should be stepped up and that the final phase should be launched at the earliest. “A strategy has been devised for the final phase of the operation,” a second source says. Under the strategy, illegal weapons would be seized and their sources of supply would be dried up. Law enforcers would recover illegal arms stashed or hidden away by saboteurs and terrorists in the city on the basis of intelligence information. Sources say that key law enforcement agencies are vetting the data on the people arrested during [Read More…]

Oct 142017

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) issued on Saturday non-bailable arrest warrants for Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) members and lawmakers in a hate speech case. The MNAs against whom the warrants were issued included MNA Rasheed Godil, Salman Mujahid, Khalid Maqbool and Khushbakht Shujat, Express News reported. In August 2016, MQM’s founder Altaf Hussain’s address to his workers let to attacks on the offices of television channels. The development led to the party being divided into two factions, one of them being led by veteran Farooq Sattar. The court issued the warrants after hearing in three of the 29 cases registered against the accused, relating to hate speech and incitement of violence. Later, Sattar told journalists that raids at workers’ houses and arrests had intensified. “We hope that the ongoing cases will reach their logical conclusion,” he added. The post ATC issues non-bailable arrest warrants against MQM-Pakistan leaders appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 132017

Karachi has secured a slot among the top 60 safest cities in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s The Safe Cities Index 2017, but the one at the very bottom. Pakistan financial hub ranked 60th with an overall score of 38.77. It ranked last for health security and personal security, and had the highest frequency and severity of terrorist attacks. Tokyo tops the overall ranking, scoring 89.8, with its strongest performance is in the digital security category while it has risen seven points in the health security category since 2015. However, in infrastructure security, it has fallen out of the top ten, to 12th. Singapore received a score of 89.64, and Osaka 88.87. Toronto, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Sydney, Stockholm, Hong Kong, and Zurich also made it to the top 10. Karachi up top, but not by much Yangon in Myanmar came in second last with a score of 46.47. Dhaka, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, Caracas, Quito, Tehran, Cairo, and Johannesburg were also at the bottom of the list. The US performed well in digital security, but the country’s infrastructure negatively affected its rankings this year. No US city was among the top 10 – San Francisco, at 15, was the only one in the top 20. It is observed in the report that in many cities, security is falling rather than rising. With two exceptions (Madrid, which is up 13 points and Seoul, up six), cities tend to have fallen in the index since 2015 (for example, New York is down 11, Lima is down 13, Johannesburg is down nine, Ho [Read More…]

Oct 102017

KARACHI: In an unusual incident, a group of armed men robbed on Tuesday a mosque in Soldier Bazaar. According to the police, seven unidentified men climbed the wall of the Qadri Masjid, beat up the mosque’s caretaker and held him hostage. The suspects managed to escape after looting cash from the cupboards and the donation box in the mosque and also took a repeater gun away, which belonged to the mosque’s security guard. Police gun down robber in Sargodha SP Shahla Qureshi said that prayer leader Fariduddin Qadri informed the police about the incident, upon which the police initiated investigations. Police officials said that over Rs300, 000 were looted and an FIR has been registered. The post Armed men rob over Rs300,000 from Karachi mosque appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 062017

HYDERABAD: An oil tanker carrying 50,000 litres of spirit fuel overturned on the National Highway near Qazi Ahmed taluka of Benazirabad district on Friday. According to Benazirabad police, the truck was transporting fuel from Faisalabad to Karachi. Although spill from the tanker continued police personnel immediately reached the place and secured the site, denying entrance to the people who had gathered after the incident, sources told The Express Tribune. Meanwhile, a fire tender rushed to the place while a crane was also called to lift the vehicle away from the highway. Oil tanker flips over in Rahim Yar Khan Similarly, in a separate accident a driver and cleaner of an oil tanker were struck by another truck while replacing a punctured tyre of their vehicle on the National Highway near Hala, in Matiari district. The driver, Sadaqat Ali, died on the spot while the cleaner, Irfan, was shifted to the taluka hospital. The post Oil tanker carrying 50,000-litre fuel overturns on National Highway appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 232017

KARACHI: At least three labourers died after falling into a chemical tank of a factory in Karachi’s Ibrahim Hyderi on Saturday. According to police, the victims were identified as Bahadur, 30; Bahadurullah, 40; and Bale Ji, 35. While bodies of the three were recovered, two others were rescued and shifted to Jinnah hospital. In a similar incident in July, four labourers were killed and another rescued after they fell unconscious while cleaning a tank in a factory located on the outskirts of the city. The post Three Karachi labourers die after falling into chemical tank appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 172017

HYDERABAD: The murderer of class-X student Tania Khaskheli, who was gunned down at her home in Jhangar Baajara town of Jamshoro district last week for turning down a marriage proposal, continues to remain at large. Despite protests across Sindh and Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah’s assurance to the girl’s family that the murderer would be arrested soon, police are yet to take anybody into custody. “The police have still not arrested the main accused. The CM’s assurance hasn’t given us much hope either,” Ghulam Qadir Khaskheli, Tania’s father, told reporters in Jhangara Baajara on Sunday. The family believes that police are supporting the killer and his accomplices as they are affiliated with the Pakistan People’s Party and supporters of the CM. Three men nominated in the FIR, Khanu Noohani, Mola Bux Noohani and an unidentified person. Khanu is an influential landlord in the area. Tania Khashkeli murder: SHC CJ seeks reports of investigation into teenage girl’s murder The family says that Khanu, along with his armed men, barged into their home and gunned down their 19-year-old daughter in front of them. Khanu murdered her because Tania had turned down his marriage proposal. The family claims that the police did not even secure the crime scene. She was shot dead in the veranda of their home. A bullet, which pierced through her head, hit a wall in a room. The family says Khanu had earlier tried to kidnap their daughter twice. Abdul Majeed Memon, a lawyer in the area, pointed out that sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act and Section 107 of [Read More…]

Sep 122017

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) set aside on Tuesday the conviction of five men in a case of possession of arms and explosives. A two-judge bench, headed by Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto, announced its verdict reserved earlier after hearing the arguments of the defence lawyer and the prosecution. The court directed the prison authorities to immediately release the men, if their custody was not required in any other case. On May 9, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi had found Abdul Haq, Kashif, Muhammad Saleem, Rashid Ali and Ali Raza guilty of possessing illicit arms and explosives. Sindh ‘reconsidering’ NAB ordinance repeal law The five men then filed appeals against their conviction. The trial court had sentenced Haq and Raza to 14 years in jail, while Kashif was sentenced to eight years in jail. Salim and Arshad were imprisoned for a year. Police said the suspects were arrested in New Karachi Industrial Area following an encounter in 2014, and arms and explosives were seized from their custody. The police added that the suspects were planning terrorist activities in the city and their attempt was foiled. On the contrary, defence lawyer Mumtaz Ali Khan Deshmukh said his clients had been implicated in a fake criminal case. He went on to add that the arms and explosives presented by the law enforcers were not found in his clients’ possession. The post SHC sets aside ATC’s conviction of five terror suspects appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 112017

KARACHI: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Monday that China had not changed its policy towards Pakistan but had endorsed its viewpoint at a summit of five major emerging market nations where concern was expressed about militant groups allegedly based in the country. “We are also against militants and want to first put our house in order,” he said while talking to reporters after visiting the Quaid-i-Azam’s mausoleum. He said the declaration of the recent summit of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was similar to that of the last Heart of Asia Conference about Afghanistan and it should not be taken out of context. Terror fight: China says world can’t shut eyes to Pakistan’s efforts He held the Western countries equally responsible for the wave of terrorism in the world and said that apparently they had ignored the genuine problems of Muslim states. Replying to a question, Iqbal said: “We have implemented the National Action Plan and that is why we have contained terrorism.” Paying tribute to Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on his death anniversary, the minister said the country had seen many ups and downs in the last 70 years and it was high time to learn from past mistakes and follow his vision. “The Quaid told us that democracy and the rule of law are the solution to every problem,” he said. China urges world community to recognise Pakistan’s sacrifices in war on terror In reply to another question, Iqbal said: “The incumbent government will complete its [Read More…]

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