LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday heard a petition over the ban on Pakistan Peoples Party leaders’ meeting with party’s Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari who is imprisoned in Adiala Jail. Justice Shahid Waheed heard a petition filed by PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira seeking court directions for meeting with Zardari in jail. Superintendent Adiala Jail informed the court that the chief commissioner of Islamabad has the authority to grant permission for a meeting. The court in a previous hearing directed the Punjab IG prisons Punjab to submit a reply over the ban on party leaders’ meeting with Asif Ali Zardari in jail. “His state of health is poor and the party leaders are concerned about his health condition,” the petition said.
November 13, 2019 11:38 UTC
KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of murder case of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Ali Raza Abidi till Nov 18. The anti-terrorism court resumed the hearing of the murder case where the accused persons including Farooq, Ghazali, Abu Bakar Abdul Haseeb have been produced. The defence lawyer pleaded to wait for the judgement of the high court that is hearing bail petitions of the accused persons. However, the court is likely to indict the accused persons in the Abidi murder case. Police had also submitted a final challan in the anti-terrorism court in the case on March 20.
November 13, 2019 11:12 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that the PTI government’s economic team had “stabilised the economy” and the next step is to create job opportunities and facilitate investors. “As investments increase […] and people get jobs, we believe that our economy’s growth rate will be higher than [what has been] predicted,” he told attendees. The prime minister said that the government was focusing on the development of the construction sector and was also making efforts to facilitate foreign investors. Therefore, the prime minister said, it was imperative that the government “makes it easier for [Chinese companies] to enter [Pakistani] market”. This is also being reflected by the stock exchange.”Shortly before the prime minister made the remarks, the Pakistan Stock Exchange had closed on a positive note at 400 points at lunchtime.
November 13, 2019 11:01 UTC
(Disclaimer: this is a work of fiction. Impressed by the recently upgraded PAF museum in Karachi, which has a mannequin of Indian Airforce Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the Government of Bangaldesh is to upgrade its Muktijuddho Jadughôr, or the Liberation War Museum, in Dhaka with an additional 90,000 mannequins. “I like the direction that our Pakistani brothers have taken,” said Assaduzzaman Noor, member of the Board of Trustees over at the museum. “And that is why I gave my recommendation, which was accepted.”“I really like this culture of learning from each other,” he said. Knowing that they have inspired the addition, I’m sure they would have tears in their eyes when they see it.
November 13, 2019 10:28 UTC
According to a report, this is a precautionary measure and that there were different phases in the JUI-F’s plan to block highways linking the provinces. According to the ‘Plan B’, the protesters will block all the main roads throughout Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In the meeting, the JUI-F chief was briefed about the plan by all four provincial chiefs of the party. However, the administration would not allow the protesters to move ahead from Peshawar Mor. The official said that the Punjab government would take action if the protesters converged at Faizabad as it falls under the remits of Punjab.
November 13, 2019 10:25 UTC
Pakistan Army is expected to amend relevant laws to enable convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal against his death sentence in a civilian court, media reports claimed on Wednesday. The reported effort to amend the Section 133-B of the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) is the first step to comply with the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) direction to let Jadhav file an appeal against the military court’s findings in a civilian court. Case historyJadhav, associated with Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), was arrested on March 3, 2016, from Balochistan on allegations of espionage and terrorism. In his subsequent trial at a military court, Jadhav had confessed to his involvement in terrorist plots. On April 10, 2017, Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa had endorsed the death penalty for Jadhav.
November 13, 2019 09:51 UTC
SHEIKHUPURA: Two bogies of Lahore-bound Karakoram express travelling from Karachi derailed on Wednesday. According to details, the accident occurred when the train rushed into a dead-end at Safdar station due to the negligence of railway operators. Two bogies derailed when the train driver exerted an emergency break in the crunch situation. As per sources, several people were injured in the accident. On the other hand, DTO Railway Lahore said, Faisalabad Junction has been restored completely and trains are traveling as per schedule.
November 13, 2019 09:15 UTC
Ranjha’s counsel Umer Gillani stated that as per Article 89 of the Constitution, the president is only authorized to issue ordinances when the government needs to respond to an emergency situation. Justice Minullah then asked the counsel how ordinances are used in India, to which Gillani responded that it is only used in special situations. According to the petitioner, ordinances can only be issued in an emergency situation and legislations cannot be made through ordinances. “The obvious reason why the federal government rushed with these ordinances is that it did not want to meaningfully engage with the opposition in the Parliament,” stated Gilani. “This represents a completely unconstitutional and authoritarian approach to govern and is against the spirit of our federal, democratic Constitution.”
November 13, 2019 09:08 UTC
LAHORE: An accountability court in Lahore on Wednesday extended judicial remand of Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Hamza Shahbaz till Nov 28 in the assets beyond means case. On Tuesday, the court extended Hamza’s judicial remand in Ramzan Sugar Mills case against him and his father, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif. During the hearing, Presiding Judge Amjad Nazeer expressed resentment at the PML-N leader for not maintaining the decorum of the court. He explained that the people interacting with him had come to the court on their own. The court allowed the request and adjourned hearing till Nov 28.
November 13, 2019 09:00 UTC
TEL AVIV: Israeli airstrikes killed two ‘militants’ in Gaza on Wednesday as rocket fire toward Israel resumed after a brief overnight lull, raising the death toll in Gaza to 12 Palestinians in the heaviest round of fighting in months. Although larger and more powerful than the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad, Hamas is also more pragmatic. Egypt, which frequently mediates between Israel and Gaza fighters, has been working to de-escalate tensions, according to officials in Cairo. Tuesday’s pre-dawn Israeli strike came almost simultaneously as another strike attributed to Israel, which targeted a senior Islamic Jihad commander based in Syria. In Gaza, it allegedly supplies the Islamic Jihad group with cash, weapons and expertise.
November 13, 2019 08:13 UTC
RIYADH: Saudi Aramco, the world’s top oil exporter, has appointed its first woman head of an overseas office, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. Marwa al-Khuzaim will helm Aramco Asia Singapore from December, taking over from Nader al-Arfaj, they said. Al-Khuzaim is currently a supply chain director at Aramco Chemicals Company, a unit of Aramco, according to her LinkedIn profile. Her appointment comes before the world’s most profitable company starts a share sale on November 17 in an initial public offering (IPO) that may raise between $20 billion and $40 billion. Saudi Aramco did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
November 13, 2019 06:47 UTC
KABUL: At least seven people were killed and seven wounded when a car bomb detonated during Kabul’s busy morning rush hour on Wednesday, an interior ministry spokesman said. The spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said the bomb had gone off in a neighborhood that is near the interior ministry and north of Kabul airport. A source at the interior ministry said the blast was detonated by a suicide bomber in the car, and that it had targeted a convoy of government vehicles on the main road. The blast came one day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced that Kabul would release three high-ranking Taliban prisoners in an apparent prisoner swap with Western hostages who were kidnapped by the insurgents in 2016. The three Taliban prisoners include Anas Haqqani, who was seized in 2014 and whose older brother is the deputy Taliban leader and head of the Haqqani network, a notorious Taliban affiliate.
November 13, 2019 06:42 UTC
Lahore’s air quality remained ‘hazardous’ with an air quality ranking of 447, according to Air Visual’s Air Quality Index (AQI) list on Wednesday. The Punjab capital is ranked the second most polluted city in the world, according to Air Visual, which records air pollution levels across the globe in real-time. “With the help of the World Bank the government was launching a program to address the air quality issue,” he said. AQI recorded between 151-200 is classified as ‘unhealthy’ and the air quality may cause the entire population to experience adverse effects. ‘Sensitive groups’, i.e., people with lung diseases, children and elderly people, will be at greater risk, according to Air Now.
November 13, 2019 06:40 UTC
by INP , (Last Updated about 1 hour ago)PASRUR: Three people killed while seven others severely injured when two vehicles collided head-on here on Wednesday. According to rescue officials, the deadly incident occurred at Sialkot Road near Purab in Pasrur. The Rescue 1122 informed that all the injured were shifted to the hospital; meanwhile, two of them are in critical condition.
November 13, 2019 04:30 UTC
Compared to October 2018, the remittances fell 2.88%, which could be attributed to the rupee devaluation. Pakistan’s remittance flow slows down in Q1From the UK, the inflows stood at $328.69 million compared with $322.29 million last year. Inflows from the GCC countries (including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman) amounted to $191.77 million in October 2019 compared with $200.87 million last year. From the EU countries, the expatriate Pakistani workers sent $60.94 million compared with $57.42 million remitted a year earlier. Remittances received from Malaysia, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Japan and other countries during October 2019 amounted to $229.88 million against $240.57 million in October 2018.
Source:The Express Tribune
November 13, 2019 03:20 UTC