An unknown suspect broke into a Mosque in Karachi’s Steel Town area and tainted “holy books, religious symbols and names of revered personalities”, said police on Saturday. According to a local media outlet, an unknown suspect broke the door of the Hazrat Salman Farsi mosque, managed by the Shia community, early Friday morning. The issue was brought into police’s notice when the muezzin entered the mosque to give call for the Fajr prayer. “Terror charges were invoked because the police believe the suspect through these acts had tried to trigger violence,” police said, adding that nothing was reported stolen from the mosque. According to the primary investigation, police officials believe that only one person was involved in this unholy act and it has collected finger prints from the site.
April 20, 2019 19:30 UTC
–Dr Hafeez Sheikh says budget to be announced not earlier than May 24Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday met newly-appointed Finance Adviser Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh. “Pakistan wants the process of talks with IMF to proceed and the international lender has committed to sending a mission to the country soon,” the finance adviser added. He will serve as the de facto finance minister after Asad Umar was asked to step down from the position. He last served as the finance minister from 2010 to 2013 during the PPP government’s rule. It’s pertinent to mention that newly-appointed Prime Minister’s Adviser on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh took charge of his post on Saturday.
April 20, 2019 19:18 UTC
–PM seeks list of ministers with poor performance in PunjabJust a few days after sackings and reshuffling in the federal cabinet, Prime Minister Imran Khan has sought a list of ministers with poor performance in Punjab from Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, according to reports. Reportedly, a roadmap was given to the chief minister to assess the performance of his cabinet and the prime minister told him that no compromises would be made on performance. PM Imran told him that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) does not want to shatter the massive expectations and hopes of the people of Punjab. The prime minister also directed the chief minister to submit a list of civil servants who were not performing well. He also received a briefing from him over the proposed police reforms.
April 20, 2019 18:45 UTC
RAWALPINDI: Injured in operation against suspected terrorists in Hayatabad Peshawar last week, Lance Naik Zafar Iqbal succumbed to injuries and embraced martyrdom. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the funeral prayer of the martyred soldier was offered at Peshawar Garrison. Besides Peshawar corps commander, a large number of military and civil officials attended the funeral prayers of Lance Naik Zafar Iqbal. The body will be taken to his native town Khushab where he will be laid to rest with full military honour.
April 20, 2019 18:22 UTC
“We demand that fresh elections should be held in the country,” the JUI-F chief told reporters after a meeting of the Muttahida Majlis–e–Amal (MMA), an alliance of religious parties. Fazl, who is also the president of the MMA, said all opposition parties were on the same page on holding fresh elections. He added that the country was stuck in economic and political crises for the last eight months. “The country is being run by a few selected technocrats and the minister [Asad Umar] failed to present the annual budget,” Fazl maintained. The JUI-F chief noted that the presidential form of government was a symbol of dictatorship and such measures should be avoided.
April 20, 2019 17:48 UTC
Exposure to shows such as 'Empire', 'Sex Education' and '13 Reasons Why' make teens see these behaviours positivelyA recent study suggests that television shows like Empire, Sex Education and 13 Reasons Why could be encouraging teenagers to drink alcohol, have sex and smoke. According to Mail Online, youngsters exposed to combinations of “risky” behaviour in the media that they watch are more likely to engage in similar behaviour themselves. Combinations of a number of risky behaviours – such as drinking leading to sex – were found to lead to teenagers viewing these behaviours more positively, however. This included scenes featuring either alcohol and sex, sex only, alcohol only, and those showing no risky behaviours. Exposure to multiple risky behaviours was also found to make teens more likely to engage in other risky behaviours they hadn’t seen – such as smoking.
April 20, 2019 17:37 UTC
Muslims believe God showers infinite mercy, blessing upon human beings on this nightReligious festivities for Shab-e-Barat are being carried out throughout the country with traditional zeal and fervour. The faithful have organised several gatherings and Mehfil-e-Naat, where hymns are being recited. Though in Islamic perspective every night and day have its own significance, some nights have added importance such as Shab-e-Barat, Lailatul Qadar, Shab-e-Miraj, Ashura and the two nights of Eid. On Shab-e-Baraat, Muslims believe, God showers infinite mercy and blessing upon human beings. Hence, many pray for the length of the night.
April 20, 2019 16:18 UTC
There is talk, as their often is, of bringing in a presidential system in the country. This particular iteration of the debate was launched off by Hamza Ali Abbasi, the PTI-supporting actor, on social media. As opposed to common belief, the prime minister in a parliamentary system is actually more powerful than the president in a presidential system. The prime minister – and, by extensions, fanboys like Hamza Abbasi – seems to think Asad Umer did not perform well. What did you make of the little bit of spoils system power that you did have?
April 20, 2019 16:07 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is likely to meet President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Mian Shehbaz Sharif in London. According to media reports, Chaudhry Nisar decided to make contacts with PML-N after the rejection of latter narrative of resistant politics. In this regard, his first meeting with the PML-N President is likely to take place in London. Chaudhry Nisar is likely to take oath as a member of the provincial assembly after April 24. However, he succeeded on provincial assembly seat and he has not taken oath so far.
April 20, 2019 16:01 UTC
Despite the offensive, Haftar’s Libya National Army (LNA) force has not been able to breach the southern defenses of forces allied to the internationally recognized administration based in the city. Both sides claimed progress in southern Tripoli, but no more details were immediately available. A Reuters TV cameraman visiting the southern Khalat Furgan suburb heard heavy shelling but saw no apparent major change in the frontline. On Friday, two children were killed in shelling in southern Tripoli, residents said. In western Libya polls in several communities had been postponed a week ago due to the fighting.
April 20, 2019 15:56 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians hold immense responsibility to take corrective legislative steps towards water conservation and must vigorously engage with executives on building inclusive frameworks for reduction of climate change impacts. While addressing the Working Group on Water Crisis, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said water crisis was the most critical issue that could endanger our survival on this planet as it was the premium ingredient to sustaining life on earth. “As parliamentarians, we hold immense responsibility to take corrective legislative steps towards water conservation and to ensure that no human being was deprived of this basic right. Parliamentarians must vigorously engage with executives on building inclusive frameworks for reduction of climate change impacts,” Pervaiz Rasheed maintained. It addresses almost all relevant issues concerning the management of water resources including the looming threat of climate change, he added.
April 20, 2019 15:56 UTC
PARIS: Clashes broke out between dozens of demonstrators and police in Paris on the 23rd Saturday of yellow-vest protests after authorities warned that rioters could return to the French capital to spark a new wave of violence. Some officers also marched toward demonstrators to control the crowd and funnel it to Paris’ Place de la Republique, where most of the demonstrators were contained in the late afternoon. As of 1200 GMT, a total of 9,600 people were demonstrating across France, including 6,700 in Paris, the interior ministry said. As of 1300 GMT, 110 people had been arrested and placed in custody, the Paris prosecutor’s office said. Large portions of the Paris metro network were closed and about 60,000 police were deployed across France, authorities said.
April 20, 2019 15:51 UTC
KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari once again hit out at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government for appointing ministers that “aid and abet terrorist groups” in the country. The PPP chairman said that questions will be asked to the government if the ministers are known for their contact with the terror outfits. We want the system keep going but if such people are given positions then there will be questions asked,” said Bilawal. Bilawal has been criticising the PTI minister for quite a while now, prompting a strong reaction from the government quarters. Those who have supported such groups and their training camps must be removed from the federal cabinet,” he had said.
April 20, 2019 15:45 UTC
Journalists reported scuffles between police and protesters in the afternoonPARIS: French police said they arrested more than 100 “yellow vest” demonstrators in Paris on Saturday as clashes broke out with protestors taking to the streets for a 23rd week of anti-government marches. Police headquarters reported 126 arrests and 11,000 checks on individual protesters. Paris seemed to bear the brunt of the protests but demonstrations also took place in other French cities, including Bordeaux and Toulouse. The “yellow vest” movement is demanding changes to the government’s social and fiscal policies. Interior ministry figures put the number of demonstrators nationwide at 9,600 at 2 pm (1200 GMT), including 6,700 in the capital.
April 20, 2019 15:22 UTC
Pupils attending International Baccalaureate schools will be taught the new course ‘Digital Society’Students in the United Arab Emirates will soon start learning about ‘fake news’ as part of a new requirement in their curriculum. Pupils attending International Baccalaureate schools, according to a Khaleej Times report, will be educated on how to identify genuine and false news stories, along with the impact fake news can have on a person’s life. The term “fake news” went mainstream during the 2016 US presidential campaign when hundreds of websites and social media accounts published false or biased stories. Social media a popular, yet not trusted, news source: surveyThe new subjects are applicable to thousands of pupils enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and career-related programmes across UAE schools. It will teach students the importance of ethical, social and cultural understanding of technology and media.
April 20, 2019 15:11 UTC