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Three terrorists hanged in KP: ISPR

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Three terrorists involved in several terrorist activites were hanged in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa jail after a trail in military court.

The Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) informed media on Wednesday that the convicted terrorists were involved in several terrorists cases including attacks PIA plane at Peshawar airport, killing innocent civilians and attacking law enforcement agencies.  The three hanged terrorists are identified as,

Sajid, son of Ibrahim Khan and was a member of banned organization and ISPR adding that the convicted terrorist was involved in firing on a Pakistan International Airline plane landing at Peshawar airport which resulted in the death of Mrs Maqnoon and injured two other passengers.

he was also involved in killing of civilians and law enforcement agencies and he admitted his crimes in the court and later he was awarded the death sentence.

Behram Sher, son of Khairan. The convicted terrorists was member of banned outfit and was involved in destroying Government Girls Primary School and also attacking the army personnel in which one soldier was killed and injuring two others.

Fazal-e-Ghaffar, son of Shehzada, he was also a member of a proscribed organization and was involved in attacking armed forces which resulted in the death of four soldiers and injured another soldier. He was also in possession of a suicide jacket.

 

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Corruption reference: Dar appears before accountability court

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Federal Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar appeared before the accountability court in corruption references filed against him by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The judge temporarily suspended the hearing because Ishaq Dar was late to court today and the hearing under way as he reached the court.

Finance Minister was indicted last week Accountability court. However Dar has denied all the charges and challenged his indictment in Islamabad High Court but the appeals were dismissed by IHC.

The corruption reference was filed against the Ishaq Dar by NAB on the directives of Supreme Court decision on July 28 in Panama case.

 

 

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Pakistan would effectively respond to any Indian aggression: Maleeha Lodhi

GENEVA (APP): Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said on Tuesday that Pakistan would effectively respond to any Indian aggression after repeated threats to carry out surgical strikes by the country’s eastern neighbor.

“All I can say to them is: do not underestimate Pakistan’s resolve and capacity to defend itself.”

“Any aggression or intervention will meet a matching and effective response from our armed forces and the people of Pakistan,” added Lodhi while participating in a debate on the annual report of UN Secretary-General on the work of the organisation.

“India claims, falsely, to have conducted a so-called ‘surgical strike’ across the Line of Control. This claim, and India’s repeated threats to conduct such ‘strikes’ across the LOC, constitute flagrant violations of the UN Charter’s injunction against the use or threat of use of force,”

She further said that this provides Pakistan sufficient reason to respond in an exercise of its right to self-defence. She also questioned if Indian leaders were trying to provoke a conflict with Pakistan by making such false claims and blatant threats.

She also urged the world body to take “urgent” action to prevail on India to control its threatening behaviour. Lodhi added that India has resorted to daily violations of the ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) to divert international attention from its atrocities in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK).

Describing the continuing Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir as a travesty of justice, law and morality, the Pakistani envoy said the people of Indian occupied Kashmir still awaited the implementation of numerous Security Council resolutions, adopted some 70 years ago, that promised them their inalienable right to self-determination.

India has used brutal and indiscriminate force to suppress the heroic indigenous freedom movement against the occupation, she said, noting that hundreds of innocent, unarmed Kashmiris had been martyred in the recent wave of protests; countless others have been blinded and maimed by pellet guns, in what had widely been described as the first “mass blinding” in human history.

Indian atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir, she said, were well-documented by international human rights organisations, but India defended them.

“It does not express remorse for the acts of the perpetrators of these war crimes. It rewards them with national honours.,” said Ambassador Lodhi

“Yet, these universal ideals are being violated, in plain sight of the international community, in Palestine, in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and elsewhere.”

“The only terrorism in Kashmir is India’s state terrorism,” she said.

Pakistan, said Lodhi, had been on the frontlines in the fight against terrorism, with its military campaign, involving over 200,000 troops, having crushed and eliminated terrorist groups in the country’s frontier regions and its towns and cities.

“Despite paying a heavy price Pakistan would continue this fight until its objectives were achieved.”

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Army soldier martyred in Khyber Agency cross-border firing

RAWALPINDI (Monitoring Desk): A soldier of the Pakistan Army embraced martyrdom after terrorists fired from across the Afghan border on an Army border post, a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations said on Tuesday.

The incident occurred at the recently cleared area around Mustil pass, an important passage from Afghanistan into Rajgal, in Khyber Agency.

The martyred soldier was identified by ISPR as Naib Subedar Azher Ali, whose funeral prayers will be offered at Peshawar Garrison. The “jasde khaki of shaheed will be taken to his native town where shaheed will be laid to rest with full military honour,” said the Pakistan Army’s media cell.

On Sunday, the army chief discussed regional security, among other issues, with President Ashraf Ghani during his day-long visit to Kabul.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said both sides reviewed the prevailing security environment in the region and the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

The army chief offered Pakistan’s complete support in achieving shared interests in the war against terrorism, including training and capacity building of the Afghan security forces.

On September 23, a 22-year-old officer of the Pakistan Army, Lieutenant Arsalan Alam, was martyred during firing by terrorists from across the border in Rajgal, Khyber Agency, according to ISPR.

Terrorists fired from across the border on the newly established Pakistani border post in Rajgal, martyring Lieutenant Arsalan Alam, who was commanding the post when he got hit, the ISPR had said.

Later, while visiting the grave of the martyred officer, General Bajwa said some people and hostile agencies from abroad are trying to destabilise Pakistan and criticise the Army. General Bajwa further had said that such elements fear the Army as it is “a hurdle in their nefarious designs”.

The Army in August announced the successful completion of Operation Khyber-4 in the Rajgal area of Khyber Agency. In a press conference, Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor had announced that 253 square kilometers had been cleared of militant presence.

He added that a separate clearance operation was also underway in Khyber Valley. The ISPR said during the operation, hundreds of landmines were defused which were planted by the militants to slow the advance of the Army and to inflict casualties on the advancing forces. Two soldiers were martyred and 15 were injured during the operation in the volatile area.

In order to create a more permanent security presence in the volatile area, the Army also set up 91 check posts in Rajgal valley. Operation Khyber-4 was launched to stop infiltration of terrorists from across the Pak-Afghan border.

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Professor of Karachi University goes missing

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: A professor of the University of Karachi (UoK) has gone missing for last fifteen days; it was reliably learnt here on Tuesday.

“Professor Dr. Muhammad Ismail Arfi had been picked up paramilitary Rangers at 2:35 on September 15,” his wife Aamna Ismail has told University administration in a letter, copy of which is also available to The Frontier Post.

“I Aamna Ismail wife of Muhammad Ismail, resident of House No R-152, Sector-A Mashriqi Cooperative Society near Gulshan-e-Ma’amar, Karachi inform you that at around 2:35am on night between Thursday, September 14, 2017 and Friday, September 15, 2017 the door bell of our house rang and we were asked to open the door,” reads the letter addressed to Dean Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Karachi.

According to Aamna the official informed that they were Rangers. “I opened the door whereas my husband informed neighbor through phone so when they [neighbors] were coming towards our house, the Rangers sent them back,” she further states.

The Rangers, who had come in six to seven vehicles, took my husband with them, she has claimed.

According to Aamna her husband Dr Muhammad Ismail is highly educated and patriotic Pakistani, who has obtained LLB degree besides having PHD in his subject.

“He is permanent faculty member of Usooluddin department where he had been teaching for the last eight years. He has thousands of students,” reads the letter, which has urged upon the varsity officials to play their role in releasing Dr Ismail.

According to wife of the missing professor, the family is experiencing extreme mental torture whereas his daughter has become lifeless due to trauma.

According to Dr Obaid Ahmed Khan, Chairman, Department of Usooluddin, Dr Ismail Arfi attended his classes on Thursday, September 14, 2017 and was never seen after that day.

This scribe contacted Rangers for its version but spokesman of the paramilitary force didn’t respond after the initial response that he will check authenticity of the claim.

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SC completes hearing of Imran Khan disqualification case

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said while hearing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s ineligibility case that one lac pounds in Niazi Services Limited account were Imran’s assets that remained undeclared.

The chief justice remarked that the Supreme Court (SC) is not yet reserving the verdict, and will inquire if anything further is required.

Petitioner Hanif Abbasi’s counsel Akram Sheikh said while giving his arguments that there are different addresses, fax numbers and signatures of Imran Khan in two letters, and he used the letterhead of his cancer hospital.

Sheikh continued that it has not been clarified that whether Imran Khan paid 79,000 pounds for Bani Gala property or Jemima. Imran has declared his income of 21 million from 1982 to 2002, whereas, the construction on his property cost 70 million, he maintained.

Justice Faisal Arab gave his remarks that apart from the flat, no other asset of Niazi Services Limited has been revealed so far, upon which Akram Sheikh replied that there are not enough sources to find them. Imran tried to hide behind his offshore company and ex-wife, and gave different statements in every reply, he added.

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Shahid Afridi joins Karachi Kings for PSL 3

LAHORE (APP): Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Tuesday joined Karachi Kings for Pakistan Super League’s third season.

Afridi was affiliated with Peshawar Zalmi and was part of their victorious campaign in the last season before missing the final due to a hand injury.

As part of the trade, Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings will be swapping picks in the gold and silver categories of PSL’s player draft.

Zalmi owner Javed Afridi thanked the player for his efforts and said, “Shahid is a world-class player and the entire Peshawar Zalmi family thanks him for his contributions to our team”.

“He is like a brother and We wish him the very best of luck in this new journey,” said Zalmi’s owner.

Karachi Kings owner Salman Iqbal expressed delight over the trade and said, “Shahid Afridi is the biggest name in Pakistan cricket and we are extremely pleased to have him on board”.

He added that Afridi brings a wealth of experience and a never-say-die attitude to Kings’ dressing room

Afridi had announced to part his ways with Zalmi earlier in March, indicating that he would join a new team ahead of the next season of PSL.

He had tweeted that he is leaving PSL team Peshawar Zalmi due to personal reasons. However, he did not elaborate it further.

Afridi led Peshawar Zalmi in the first edition of PSL but stepped aside from captain’s role after being named as the president of Franchise’s president ahead of the second edition and handed over the captaincy to Darren Sammy.

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COAS, corps commanders discuss different matters related to security, defence

RAWALPINDI (Online): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa presided over a meeting of corps commanders on Tuesday to discuss matters relating to security and defense.

According to details, country’s law and order situation and border issues discussed at the meeting held at the General Headquarters Rawalpindi. Senior officials of the armed forces were present at the meeting where the COAS informed them about his recent visit to Afghanistan and his meetings with the officials there.

It was worth mentioned here that General Bajwa went on a day-long visit to Kabul on Sunday where he met with the Afghan president and senior military officials to discuss regional security and border management.

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President appoints Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi new CNS

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was appointed as Chief of the Naval Staff and promoted to the rank of admiral. According to press release, President of Pakistan has appointed Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi as Chief of the Naval Staff and promoted him to the rank of Admiral.

His promotion to the rank of Admiral will be effective from the date of assuming Command of Pakistan Navy.

Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood will succeed Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah who will relinquish the Command of Pakistan Navy on 7 Oct 17. The Change of Command ceremony will be held at PNS ZAFAR, Islamabad.

Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was commissioned in Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in June 1981. The officer undertook initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, UK. On commissioning, the officer won the coveted Sword of Honour from Pakistan Naval Academy. During his distinguished career, the Admiral attained vast experience of both command and staff appointments.

His command appointments include Command of Surface ships, Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy, Commander 25th Destroyer Squadron, DG Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, Commander Coast, Commander Logistics, Commander Pakistan Fleet and Command of Multi-National Combined Task Force 150 at HQ NAVCENT Bahrain.

His key staff appointments include Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans), Chief Inspector (Navy) and Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations). Presently,the Admiral is serving as Chief of the Staff at Naval Headquarters.

The Flag officer is a graduate of National Defence University Islamabad and Royal Australian Navy Staff College. In recognition of his meritorious services, the Admiral has been awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military).

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History will not accept July 28 verdict: PM Abbasi

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) is working for the development of the country and the incumbent government will ensure to complete the development projects on time as per the vision of former premier Nawaz Sharif.

This he said while addressing to party general council session at Convention Center Islamabad on Tuesday. Regarding the former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto decision of hanging from the court, the PM Abbasi said that the decision was not accepted by the public and still the people did not accept the charges against Bhutto, Similarly the court gave verdict against PML-N on July 28 but the history will not accept it, Abbasi added

PM Abbasi claimed that in the coming general elections, people of the country will show their love towards Nawaz Sharif and will vote in favor of PML-N.