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Qandeel Baloch’s parents change statement to save son

MULTAN (NNI): In a bid to save their son, Qandeel Baloch’s parents on Tuesday backtracked from their earlier statement that Waseem killed her sister.

Qandeel’s father has said that she was murdered by her cousin Haq Nawaz and not Waseem who was only standing near them.

Model Qandeel Baloch, who shot to fame for her provocative selfies, was strangled in July last year by her brother Muhammad Waseem. He said she had brought shame on the family and confessed to his crime in a press conference after his arrest.

The social media sensation posed for selfies with Mufti Abdul Qavi in an incident that saw him swiftly rebuked by the religious affairs ministry.

Qavi is currently in police custody in connection with the case. Multan’s session court has on Monday adjourned the hearing of the case till November 20 due to unfinished interrogation from Mufti Abdul Qavi.

Police opted stance that the challan cannot be completed until Mufti Abdul Qavi is investigated completely. A petition was filed by the police in the court to get details of the bank accounts of Mufti Qavi, which has been accepted.

On the other hand, Qandeel Baloch’s father has accused that Abdul Qavi is pressurizing them to settle the case by taking money. He maintained that Mufti is offering the deal through various people, and affirmed that he is the reason behind her murder.

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Ahsan Iqbal suggests ‘grand dialogue’ to ensure democracy

F.P. Report

RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal expressed his concerns regarding the pursuit of democracy and suggested the need for a “grand dialogue amongst democratic forces to prevent the unconstitutional intervention”.

He urged the democratic forces and political parties to form an alliance and conduct grand dialogue so that any unconstitutional intervention in the near future can be avoided. He also highlighted that certain people are spreading misunderstandings between the government and institutions.

Speaking to media after visiting the house of journalist Ahmed Norani in Rawalpindi Tuesday, Ahsan Iqbal condemned the attack and hoped for his wellbeing. He promised to punish the attackers as soon as possible.

The Interior Minister claimed that he himself overviews the developments in investigation on a regular basis, adding that all relevant resources will be used to trace down those responsible. He also stated that the ruling government will not tolerant any kind of restriction on freedom of expression.

On the other hand, NADRA was sent photographs of six suspects involved in the attack on journalist Norani. These pictures were taken from cameras installed in the capital for safe city project.

A team under Police SSP Sajid Kiyani was formed to trace down these suspects. The final report will be forwarded to chief commissioner who will then present these findings before the minister.

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New delimitations possible after census-2017 results notification: ECP

ISLAMABAD (APP): Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Babar Yaqoob on Tuesday said that the Commission will be able to start its work on new delimitation after notification of results of national census-2017.

In a media briefing, he said that it will not be possible for the ECP to complete its work on review on new electoral rolls and new delimitation in case of delay in publishing of results and providing other relevant details of national census-2017.

He said that holding of general elections was not possible without new delimitations as legally and constitutionally there are hurdles in holding next elections on existing delimitations.

He added existing seats have no legal and constitutional status to have election on them after national census-2017, adding, notification of results of national census-2017 was necessary for this activity.

Expressing his concerns over delay in publishing of results and providing other relevant details of national census-2017, the secretary ECP said that the commission has in-writing requested the Secretary Law to complete their work so that ECP may fulfill its constitutional responsibilities.

He said that the ECP was ready for new delimitations under new law but it depends on sharing of national census-2017 results. He said that the ECP has already started training of its officers across the country on delimitation.

He said that the commission has several times drawn attentions of departments concerned in this regard.

Replying to a question, he appreciated the role of parliament for giving more autonomy to the ECP with regard to financial matters while the ECP will have also powers to form its rules with the feedback of stakeholders and general public.

He said that the commission has become more accountable before general public, civil society and media. He added the commission will present reports frequently to the parliament besides making public its several other things.

He said that now polling staff will work under the full control of the commission. He added the commission has four partners included media, civil society, donors and political parties.

Earlier, officials of ECP briefed the representatives of print and electronic media in a day-long media workshop arranged by the commission for them on laws, functioning and other aspects of the ECP besides preparation of general elections-2018.

Additional Secretary (Admin) ECP Dr Akhtar Nazir apprised about procurement of election material, Additional Secretary Training Zafar Iqbal informed about Elections Act-2017, Director General Elections Yousaf Khattak talked about conduct of elections and Director General Information Technology briefed the media persons on use of IT by the commission.

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MQM has no future, says Manzoor Wassan

F.P. Report

KARACHI (INP): Provincial Minister Manzoor Wassan on Tuesday predicted that there is no future of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) as more people will soon leave it.

Talking to media persons, Manzoor Wassan said that deputy mayor of Karachi, Arshad Vohra was not willing to work with MQM due to which he left it. He said that new MQM chief will be from Dubai.

Responding to a question, the minister said that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will win from Sindh in next general elections. He said that the members of Grand Democratic Alliance should make themselves ready to even go to jail.

Wassan continued that Nawaz Sharif’s fate will be decided in November.

He said that some people have taken benefits from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan while some are still approaching him.

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PML-N won’t accept ‘minus-Nawaz’ formula: Rana Sanaullah

F.P. Report

LAHORE: The Punjab Law Minister and senior Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah on Tuesday said that the party will not accept the ‘minus-Nawaz’ formula.

“We will not accept the minus-Nawaz formula, this was firmly our stance and shall remain to be so,” Sanaullah stressed while talking on Geo News’ Programme Geo Pakistan.

Responding to a question about a possible change in the party leadership, the provincial law minister said that Nawaz Sharif will continue to be the final authority for all decisions.

“Every member has the right to consult and express their opinions, but the final decisions will be taken by Nawaz Sharif,” he said.

He also denied the rumours of rifts within the PML-N, though former interior minister and senior PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, on Monday, openly admitted to the existence of issues in the party.

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PCB hopeful Bangladesh, South Africa will tour next year

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi on Monday said that after Sri Lanka’s successful visit to Lahore for a Twenty20 international match, the Board remains ‘hopeful’ that Bangladesh and South Africa will visit Pakistan next year.

“We have the option of hosting Ireland and Afghanistan, too.

However, after visits by the World XI and Sri Lanka teams to Lahore, we [PCB] want to invite the big teams to play in Pakistan, ” Sethi told. “We are trying to host Bangladesh and South Africa next year in Pakistan. I am hopeful that they will visit in next 12 months,” Sethi added.

On Oct 28, Pakistan had hosted Sri Lanka at the Gaddafi Stadium for the third and final match of the T20 international. Sri Lanka had returned to play in Pakistan eight years after a terrorist attack on their team bus near the same venue.

Earlier this year, Pakistan had held the Independence Cup 2017, which marked the homecoming of international cricket. Three matches were held at the Gaddafi Stadium, with the home team playing against a World XI side comprising a variety of T20 specialists.

Najam Sethi says will try to ensure PSL final is played in Karachi

PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said on Tuesday that he would try to ensure that the final of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League is played in Karachi.

Speaking to media personnel, Najam Sethi said that by February, the stadium in Karachi will be prepared to host PSL matches. He also said that in a couple of days, the dates pertaining to the upcoming West Indies tour would also be announced.

A couple of weeks ago, Najam Sethi had announced on Twitter that he would be meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to discuss bringing PSL matches to Karachi.

Fans have been impatiently waiting for the Pakistan Super League to be played in Karachi after the first two editions were played in the UAE for the most part.

The final of PSL’s second edition was held in Lahore’s Gaddafi stadium in March of this year. Peshawar Zalmi, captained by Darren Sammy, defeated Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Quetta Gladiatiors in the final to clinch the trophy. Last Sunday, the Sri Lankan cricket team visited Lahore to play the final of the T20 series match at Gaddafi stadium amid much fanfare.

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Poisonous Lassi incident: Death toll rises to 15 in Muzaffargarh

F.P. Report

MUZAFFARGARH: Death toll from poisonous lassi rose to 15 after two more people died on Tuesday from complications in Tehsil Alipur’s neighborhood Lashari.

On Tuesday the seven years old girl and another family member were the latest to succumb to their illness while other 12 were under treatment at Nishtar Hospital Multan.

Police told media persons that, 20 years old woman identified as Aasia along with her lover namely Shahid and his aunt Zarina conspired to kill the members of her husband’s family.

Aasia told police that she mixed the poison in the container of the milk that her husband, Amjad, was to consume but he did not consume and later it was used to make lassi and yogurt and later it consumed every member of the family and resulted in the death of 15 people who drank the poisonous lassi.

 

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Trump likely to appoint Jerome Powell as head of central bank

Monitoring Desk

WASHINGTON: United State President Donald Trump is expected to appoint Jerome Powell as the next head of the US central bank; the American media reported and confirmed it from a source familiar with the matter.

Donald Trump considering Jerome Powel, current Fed Chair Janet Yellen, and three others for the top central bank job and he will likely announce his decision on Thursday, a White House official confirmed to local media.

The media reported the Jerome Powel is expected to be appointed as he is in the top of the list of President Trump.

Powell, 64, has supported Yellen’s general direction in setting monetary policy and recently he showed concern over the weak inflation justified a continued careful approach to raising interest rates.

Chief economist at Wells Fargo, John Silva told that Powell has not offended people, and that’s a huge advantage in Washington. He’s the kind of guy who can get through Senate confirmation and this administration has so many other problems to deal with.

 

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Pakistan women team to face New Zealand in ICC Women’s Championship series

Monitoring Desk

SHARJAH: Pakistan women’s cricket team will face New Zealand team for the ICC Women’s Championship series which is started on Tuesday 31 October to 5 November.

New skipper, Bismah Maroof is hopeful that Pakistan team will perform well against New Zealand in the second edition of the ICC Women’s Championship, which runs from 2017-2020 and eight teams will participate in it including Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies and they will taking on each other in three ODIs.

Pakistan lost all their previous 10 ODIs to New Zealand, the last defeat occurring at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 in Taunton when New Zealand defeated Pakistan by eight wickets.

New Zealand will host World Cup 2021 and the three other top teams from this championship will gain direct qualification for ICC’s pinnacle 50-over event while the remaining four sides will get a second chance through the ICC Women’s World Cup qualifier event.

Pakistan: Bismah Maroof (captain), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Ayesha Zafar, Bibi Nahida, Diana Baig, Iram Javed, Javeria Wadood, Nashra Sandhu, Natalia Pervaiz, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz, Sana Mir, Sadia Yousaf.

 

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Salman lashes out at Priyank Sharma for making personal comments on Arshi Khan in Big Boss 11 Show

Monitoring Desk

MUMBAI: Salman Khan, host of Big Boss 11 show lashed out Priyank Sharma for targeting Arshi Khan and making personnel comments about her past.

Salman got angry over Priyank Sharma comments regarding Arshi Khan and said that no one has the right to talk about anyone personal life, religious and sexuality and strictly warned everyone to keep away from these things others they will be thrown out of the house as it will not tolerated in the Big Boss house.

Salman Khan is the mega star of Bollywood and having millions of fans but still they didn’t like the behavior with the Priyank Sharma and many of them shows displeasure on social media sites.