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Internet services remain disrupted on second day because of technical fault

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KARACHI: Pakistan continued to witness slow internet on second day as internet subscribers reportedly faced difficulties after the 13,000km-long IMV cable was affected by a technical fault near Jeddah on Saturday.

Authorities were still unable to fix technical and in Pakistan only two out of six internet cables were presently operative and the remaining affected were not available for internet users as the technical fault still exists.

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) spokesperson told media that an international consortium is trying to fix existing technical and provide smooth surfing for internet users.

“An international consortium is trying to determine the technical fault and time required to fix it,” a Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, General Manager PTCL Imran Janjua, said that they were trying to shift the internet to the others cable to provide internet access to users.

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Nawaz’s politics is end now after Panama verdict, says Bilawal Bhutto

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CHITRAL: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has said afert the disqualification of Nawaz in Panama case verdict by Supreme Court is the end of the Nawaz Sharif’s double standards politics in the country.

This he said while addressing to political gathering at Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.  He said that PPP believes in accountability however it should be across the board for everyone and adding that PPP respects the freedom of judiciary and expects from them. PPP is the party of farmers and poor masses and it will continue its struggle for the rights under privilege people of the country and no compromise would be made in this regard, he added

Bilawal criticized the PTI-led provincial government for failing in bringing change in province which they promised in the general election. Despite working in the betterment of the masses, the PTI CM and ministers were busying in looting the public money and broken all the previous records in this regard, he claimed.

Bilawal added that PTI chairman Imran Khan was promoting the dirty politics in the dirty and abusing everyone in the political gathering and that’s the reason that educated female members of this party is leaving PTI and blaming them for harassment. Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif were two sides of same coin and PPP will compete against them and his party will bring the development and put the country on the road of prosperity by creating employment opportunities, Bilawal said.

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No power can oust Nawaz from leadership, public support: Ch. Nisar

RAWAT (INP): Ex-interior minister Chaudhry Nisar has said no power can oust Nawaz Sharif from leadership as he has public support with him. While addressing a rally at Rawat he reiterated his support for former prime minister saying that Nawaz Sharif could be removed as premier, but his place as a leader cannot be taken away.

He added “Whenever PML-N comes into power, the country prospers.” Nisar slammed the political opponents, criticising the previous rule in which not a single mega project was pursued. He said it is difficult to participate in politics and there is little respect for politicians. He said PML-N will be strengthened in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif.

Nisar said although Supreme Court has taken the premiership from Nawaz Sharif, but no power can snatch the leadership and public support from him. He announced to indulge in party campaign and travel to different regions in order to strengthen PML-N. He claimed that hospitals and roads are made only when PML-N gains power.

He said he will always speak truth whether someone likes it or not, stressing that he was the one who defended the party in difficult times. Nisar pointed out that the culture of grandstanding is damaging for a ruling government. “Real loyalty is to speak truth rather than grandstanding before the party leadership,” he argued.

The former minister affirmed that he will visit his constituency on a regular basis and enhance people-to-people interaction. He also conveyed that he will focus on public campaigns for PML-N in different areas of the country. “We’re busy abusing each other while the country faces numerous threats,” he warned.

Nisar said he would explain in next few days as to why didn’t he take any post in the current federal cabinet. He said he felt himself blessed seeing so many people to his back. “Neither did I send a vehicle, nor invited them, yet a large number of people showed up at the rally.”

“These days politics in Pakistan has become really difficult. There’s mud-slinging, no differentiation in right and wrong,” Nisar said. “People should decide whenever PML-N comes in power; new roads and motorways are built in the country. New paths were opened for development in the entire country over the past four years.”

Nisar had declined to take any post in the new federal cabinet, which was sworn in on Friday following disqualification of Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s election as the new premier.

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Pakistan remains committed to peacefully resolving Kashmir dispute: Zakaria

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Friday said that Pakistan remains committed to peacefully resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

In a statement, the Spokesperson said, “Pakistan condemns and deplores the continuing reign of state terrorism against the hapless people of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK).” He underlined that, “During the last few days, the Indian occupation forces have killed more innocent Kashmiris and injured many others demanding their promised and inalienable right to self-determination.”

“The Indian occupation forces, in the latest acts of barbarism, again used live ammunition and pellet guns, as well as attacked Pulwama hospital and Women College, Srinagar,” he added. “Despite Indian state terrorism and repression the steadfast resolve displayed by the Kashmiris in IoK demonstrates that they remain undeterred in their goal for realization of the right to self determination,” Zakaria said.

“The deteriorating human rights situation of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir has serious implications for the regional peace and security,” he said. He reiterated that, “Pakistan will continue to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

He called upon the international community “to take notice of the grave human rights crisis in IoK, and urge India to end this state sponsored terrorism.”

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India needs to be sincere for settlement of Kashmir dispute: Hurriyet

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ISLAMABAD: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hurriyet forum leaeder in Indian ocuipied Kashmir, has urged India to take praticial and sincere steps for the solution of Kashmir with the aim to ensure the permanent peace in the region.

He said this while talking to media persons in Srinagar on Friday that it is very unfortunate that political and human issue was handling through the military by Indian and keeping eye close towards the nature of the problem.

He criticized the negative approach of New Delhi in the matter and using forces and it continue its atrocities on the innocent and unarmed people of Kashmir and trying to promote their terror in the area.

Meanwhile, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Islamabad area of occupied Kashmir.


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US ‘looks forward’ to working with PM Khaqan Abbasi

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WASHINGTON: The States department of United States spokeperson Heather Nauert has said we want to congratulate the newly elected Prime Minsister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and adding that US is looking forward to work with him on mutual interest matters.

While answering, a question about the change of prime minister in Pakistan, she said that US and Pakistan share very strong ties with people and government of Pakistan. We hope that this relation will strengthen in the leadership of PM Abbasi

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PM Abbasi directs officials to provide security to Gulalai

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minsiter Shahih Khaqan Abbasi directed the Islamabad police to provide 24 hours security to MNA Ayesha Gulalai after some people were threatening to her and family.

PM Abbasi said thisthe National Assembly after chairing a cabinet meeting of the newly sworn-in federal and state ministers. PM added that he made the decision after seeing the news reports that some people were giving life threat to Gulalai and her family.

PM Abbasi said that he respects both the accuser, as well as the persons against whom the allegation area being leveled. He called in an in-camera parliamentary inquiry committee to probe the issue.

MNA Gulalai has written a letter to the interior secretary for seeking security as some of the elements were threatening her to kill and throwing acid on her after she disclose the harassment of Imran Khan in the media.

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PML-N using Ayesha against me: Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has accused the PML-N for using Ayesha Gulalai against him and party with the aim to destroy his image in the masses.

This he said while giving interview to private news channel. Khan he was surprised by MNA Gulalai’s allegations especially when he met her 24 hours before all her allegations against him in the media.

Imran added that Ayesha met her along with NA-1 delegation and demanded a party ticket and asked me to let her campaign but I told her that your performance in the assembly was not good and we had given her a reserved seat. I thought she had a lot potential because she performed very well in the start but later don’t know what was happened to her.

Khan said that I was waiting that PML-N will drag Seta white case in the politics because I knew their mindset and what they were in good to malign other characters.

“But for me Ayesha’s allegation which she leveled against me was surprised” Khan added.

Earlier, Imran khan told to his supporter on social media that to stay away from the Gulalai’s sister, Maria Toorpakai, the national squash champion.


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New federal cabinet take oath

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ISLAMABAD: New federal cabinet took oath at a ceremony organized at the president here on Friday morning.

President Mamnoon Hussain took oath from the new cabinet of 46 members of comprising 28 ministers and 18 state ministers. Prime Minster Shahid Khaqan Abbasi finalized the names of federal cabinet after six hours long discussions with his predecessor Nawaz Sharif and CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif in Murree on Thursday.

Most of the old faces will be seen in the cabinet along with some new faces with different portfolios. Khawaja Asif earlier was serving as Defense minister, is now expected to be a foreign minister, Ahsan Iqbal will replace Chaudhry Nisar as Interior Minister in Abbasi cabinet.

Ishaq Dar will continue his services as Finance minister whereas Pervaiz Malik will be the new minister for commerce in place of Khuram Dastagir Khan, who will take charge of defense ministry.

Saad Rafique, Marrium Aurangzeb, Zahid Hamid and Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry are likely to retain their portfolios.

Similarly,  Daniyal Aziz, Talal Chaudhry, Arshad Laghari and Junaid Anwar are among the newcomers in the Shahid Khaqan Abbasi cabinet.


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Nisar will not part of new federal cabinet

MURREE (INP): Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will no longer be part of the federal cabinet, having served as interior minister in Nawaz Sharif era before his disqualification on July 28.

Mutual consultation between members of the senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership in Murree continued on the second consecutive day as it is yet to name the final list of cabinet members.

The meeting was attended by newly appointed PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Nawaz Sharif Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif, Pervez Rashid and others. It is yet to be decided which PML-N lawmakers will secure their names in the federal cabinet. The senior leadership is discussing the names for ministries of defence, interior and foreign affairs.

It is also being pointed out whether Shehbaz Sharif should contest from NA-120 and consequently be appointed as the premier after his brother’s ouster. Sources revealed that former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar will not be the member of federal cabinet.

A majority of PML-N lawmakers will retain their ministries and Nisar will join the cabinet if Shehbaz Sharif takes over as PM, according to sources. It is also likely that Daniyal Aziz would make his way into the cabinet of PM Shahid Khaqan and most of the ex-state minister will again be appointed at their respective ministries, in addition to a few new names.

On the other hand, leaders including Daniyal Aziz and Marriyum Aurangzeb also arrived at the consultation meeting at Hamza Shehbaz’s residence where workers of PTI and PML-N had a face-off outside. Both groups teamed up separately to chant slogan against the rival party. While PTI supporters were tasked to demonstrate outside the lawmaker’s house, PML-N workers decided to defend and counter the protest.