Posted on

One killed, six injured as children mistake bomb for toy in Peshawar

PESHAWAR (Monitoring Desk): A child was killed while six others were severely injured after an explosive device they were playing with went off in Pishtakhara area on the outskirts of Peshawar on Sunday.

Zubair, 10, was killed in the accident while the injured include Aqil, 17, Azeem, 14, Samiullah, 12, Junaid 12, Ismail and Rahil who were both eight.

Pishtakhara ASP Shoaib told the media that the children found the device in the fields and began playing with it.

Subsequently, they gathered stones and pounded the explosive causing it to go off.

The victims were rushed to Khyber Teaching Hospital where the condition of the injured is said to be stable. Zubair’s body was later handed over to his family.

Shoaib added that they could not yet ascertain if the device was a mortar shell or something else.

“The explosive has been sent to the laboratory for a forensic report and it will come back on Monday,” he said.

Local police, however, believe that the children found an old shell that had been left in the fields and began playing with it, causing an explosion.

Posted on

MPA Yasin rejects corruption allegations


F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Provincial Lawmaker, Yasin Khalil has presented himself for accountability and rejected all the allegations leveled against him by fellow MPA, Ziaullah Afridi. This he said while addressing to Press Conference at Peshawar Press Club.

Ziaullah Afridi submitted a motion in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Secretariat against MPA Yasin Khalil and Provincial Minister for Sports and Culture, Mehmood Khan.  In adjournment motion, Afridi blamed Mehmood Khan and Yasin Khalil had taken money from the masses and promised them of government jobs.

Khalil said that former minister for mines and minerals, Ziaullah Afridi was expelled from PTI on corruption charges and now he presented himself as a commander against the corruption.  Khalil added that when he was advisor to CM, a driver of Rescue 1122 identified as Hussain Qadir used his name and taken money from people and provide them forged appointment letters.

Khalil further added that he is doing for the rights of the masses and always worked for the betterment of his constituency and that is the reason that people elected him several times.

Posted on

European Union funded Support to Pakistan’s Action to Counter Terrorism

Peshawar: Understanding the Counter Terrorism Response Case Analysis of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Report was launched by UNODC in collaboration with the Home and Tribal Affairs Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and NACTA under a European Union funded programme.
The report was completed under the auspices of Pakistans Action to Counter Terrorism with a special reference to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa project which is supported by the European Union and aims to build national capacities of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies in effectively countering terrorism.
The Home and Tribal Affairs Department of KP constituted a committee which consisted of members from the Police, Prosecution and the Judiciary who provided practical recommendations for further strengthening the criminal justice response to terrorism.
The committee has put forward 30 recommendations which reflect the capacity, process, legislative improvements The recommendations would also act as a road-map and a cornerstone to UNODC and the EUs intervention in the province under the “Pakistans Action to Counter Terrorism Project.
During the report launch the UNODC Country Representative Mr. Cesar Guedes highlighted upon the importance of the recommendations and stated that an evidence based approach would continue to be adopted while delivering technical assistance for Khyber Pakhtunkhwas response to terrorism.
Coordination both at federal and provincial levels is essential when responding to terrorism and NACTA remains committed to assist provinces in improving information sharing and for developing a collective response said the National Coordinator of NACTA Mr. Ihsan Ghani

Posted on

Won’t resign on demand of conspirers, PM tells cabinet members

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday he will not resign regardless of the demands being made by the group conspiring against him as the people of Pakistan have elected him.

The premier made the remarks while chairing a meeting of the federal cabinet.

Addressing the cabinet members, Sharif termed the joint investigation team (JIT) report a concoction of allegations and stories regarding his family’s private businesses.

“Without any hesitation I presented myself and family before the JIT,” he stated, adding that his family business predates the entry of any family member in politics.

“My family didn’t earn anything from politics but did lose a lot,” he said, adding that despite reservations he accepted the JIT’s formation.

The language used in the JIT report displays malafide intentions, he said, adding that his conscience is clear.

“Those demanding my resignation on false and unwarranted claims should first look at themselves,” said Sharif.

The premier said the Pakistan Muslim League-N got more votes than all the parties demanding his resignation, adding that he will not let the country’s development become a target of conspiracies.

The members of the meeting agreed that there’s no legitimacy to the demands of the premier’s resignation, and expressed their complete support in the prime minister.

Other than the political situation in the country arising following the JIT report’s submission to the Supreme Court on Monday, the cabinet members discussed projects related to power generation and other economic initiatives of the government.

The 64-point agenda of the meeting also included discussion on MoUs signed with various countries and approval of the procedure to appoint the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited’s managing director.

On Wednesday, the prime minister presided over an informal consultative meeting where he was briefed by legal and constitutional experts regarding the preparations of the government’s stance on the JIT report, sources told Geo News.

The meeting decided to take up the matter of ‘baseless, unwanted remarks’ against government functionaries in the Supreme Court, asking on what grounds were such comments made [by the JIT], sources added.

JIT report

The political situation in the country became heated after the JIT submitted its final report to the Supreme Court on Monday. The JIT report observed major disparities in the finances of the Sharif family and their known and declared sources of income.

Following the report, the opposition parties demanded that the premier resign. However, the ruling party leaders remarked that they will contest the report in the Supreme Court.

Posted on

Indian violations along LoC are condemnable: FO

ISLAMABAD (APP): Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said on Thursday that Pakistan strongly condemns Indian troops’ violations along Line of Control (LoC).

Nafees Zakaria was speaking during the weekly media briefing at foreign office.

He also remarked that India has continuously been violating the ceasefire agreement, adding that innocent Kashmiris, including children, have been targeted by Indian troops.

On July 10, five innocent people, including four women, were martyred in unprovoked firing by Indian troops along Line of Control (LoC), according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Four others including three girls were injured due to the firing, which occurred in Rawalakot sector, Satwal, Manwal, Tatrinote areas along the LoC.

Pakistan Army befittingly responded and killed four Indian troops and destroyed their two check posts, said Pakistan Army’s media cell.

Before this, back-to-back violations occurred on July 8 and July 9 after which at least two civilians were killed due to unprovoked Indian firing. Following, FO had summoned Indian Deputy High Commission JP Singh twice in a row to record protest.

Posted on

Asma Jahangir denies reports of joining PML-N legal team in Panama Papers case

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk): Human rights lawyer and activist Asma Jahangir on Thursday denied reports that she will be joining the PML-N’s legal team which will represent the Sharif family before the Supreme Court as hearing of the Panama Papers case resumes on Monday.

“Neither has the Prime Minister’s House contacted me to take their case nor is it my field of law to accept such a case,” Jehangir wrote on Twitter, dismissing media reports of her involvement in the case as “false” that had begun circulating on Wednesday evening.

An apex bench is scheduled to resume hearing the case on Monday ─ a week after the Supreme Court-mandated joint investigation team (JIT) which had been probing allegations of money laundering against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family submitted an explosive report before the apex court.

In the damning report, the JIT stated that the prime minister and his children had accumulated wealth beyond their known sources of income.

It also declared that PM Sharif’s sons Hussain and Hassan Nawaz were used as proxies to build family assets.

Further, the report highlighted “irregular” movements of large sums of money from companies owned by the Sharif family in the UK, UAE and Saudi Arabia to their companies in Pakistan.

In a section titled “Ownership of Avenfield Apartments”, the report stated that the prime minister’s sons, his daughter, Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law, Capt Muhammad Safdar tried to mislead and manipulate the SC through a series of fake documents submitted or signed by the defendants.

Sources quoted by Dawn have said that the prime minister has already nominated Khawaja Harris to represent his family before the SC and directed him to prepare a point-wise response to the JIT report.

Posted on

Prime minister will not resign, says Maryam Nawaz

LAHORE (Monitoring Desk): Daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, on Wednesday once again reiterated PML-N’s stance that the premier will not resign and will continue with his tenure.

The first daughter, in a tweet, questioned the reasoning behind calls for the prime minister to step down.

“He will not give it [resignation] God willing! He should resign because not a single penny of government money was stolen during his five terms in power?”

The statement by Maryam comes after repeated calls from opposition parties asking the prime minister to step down following the submission of the Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) report to the Supreme Court.

The premier’s daughter, in an earlier tweet, had rejected the JIT report. She had said that all contradictions will be contested and “decimated” in the Supreme Court.

The Panama case JIT has also accused Maryam of presenting fake documents to the probe team, which it says is an offence.

Posted on

PM should quit, become PML-N President: Javed Hashmi

ISLAMABAD (INP): Seasoned politician Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has said that conspiracies in the country had reached their peak as the people clamoured for justice and the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sensing the situation should resign and become president of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).

Following submission of the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report, Javed Hashmi talking to media here on Wednesday suggested that Nawaz Sharif should make Ch Nisar or Ahsan Iqbal, the prime minister. He said that Nawaz Sharif would tell a lie if he says he has not plundered the money.

“Nawaz should provide evidence if he is innocent,” he maintained. Javed Hashmi said there is not a single judge of the SC was ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Amin’. “The Panama case bench has lost the right to hear the case,” he added.

He said that the conspiracies were at peak in the country that cannot afford political instability. “All politicians, including Nawaz Sharif, should be held accountable.” He alleged that the Supreme Court judges were also involved in the Panama case. Hashmi said that Imran Khan is an upright man and he dissented with him on the basis of principles.

The veteran political leader advised politicians to tread carefully and claimed that he had never embezzled a single penny while serving as an MNA and minister. “I even sold my house to make ends meet.” Referring to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, he said he had fled from the country and was now acting as if he were a king.

“We can’t even speak about him. Can anyone punish him?” “The country moves when generals wish it, what is the worth of Nawaz Sharif when compared to them?” The political leader also questioned the status of army chiefs after retirement.

Stressing on the need for accountability of politicians, Hashmi asked if anyone could name the judge who had wealth in Panama. “Can anyone take his name, can anyone hold him accountable, can anyone ask why he hid money in Panama?” The veteran political leader said he has had cordial relation with PTI Chairman Imran Khan, but had disagreed with him certain issues.

Laying criticism on Awami Muslim League’s Sheikh Rasheed, Hashmi said Rasheed turns to the side which offers him a chance of victory. “He was once on Musharraf’s side too.” “During the sit-in, the issue was rigging, and now he [Imran] has Panama as an issue,” said the veteran politician.

According to Hashmi both Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif were unhappy with him. Hashmi also called upon the premier to step down and added that the prime minister would come from the same party as it was still in power.

Referring to Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution, Hashmi said no one was Sadiq and Amin in the country. “I think no one can be Sadiq and Amin other than the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him).”

Posted on

CPEC truly harbinger of economic development, peace in region: Army Chief

RAWALPINDI (NNI): Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is truly a harbinger of economic development, peace, and prosperity in the region.

Addressing a function on CPEC Logistics in Rawalpindi on Wednesday, he said CPEC is also affirmation of Pakistan’s efforts for a peaceful and prosperous region. He said unlike some other countries of South Asia, we believe in focusing our energies on peace and inclusiveness, rather than divisive competition.

The Army Chief said CPEC will bring increasing economic integration among regional economies and reduce the development gap within various regions of Pakistan.

He said Chinese investment in various fields, including energy, infrastructure, Gwadar Port, and special economic zones can lay the foundation of a fast development Pakistan, if the opportunity is optimally utilized.

Commenting on prevailing security situation in Pakistan, the Army Chief said the country is much safer today than before as peace has been restored in FATA and the adjoining areas.

He said normalcy is returning to Pakistan’s economic hub of Karachi. Similarly, the law and order situation has improved significantly in Balochistan and there is great focus on socio-economic development in the province.

The Army Chief said Pakistan is making steady, but sure-footed progress to get rid of the menace of terrorism and extremism.

Posted on

CPEC opens new avenues for international investors; Tremendous scope for promoting Pakistani IT based services in US: Aizaz Chaudhry

WASHINGTON (APP): Pakistan Ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Chaudhry, has said that Pakistan is an emerging market for the international investors and this trend is recently being followed by the Corporate America.

He was talking to a 16-member delegation of Pakistani IT professionals who visited Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry said that there is a tremendous scope to promote Pakistani IT professionals and IT based services/solutions in the international market particularly in USA.

Aizaz Chaudhry underscored that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has opened new avenues for Pakistan and is considered as an emerging investment hub for a large number of investors from the world and this trend is recently being followed by the Corporate America.

Ambassador Chaudhry emphasized that our IT firms and professionals must explore new export opportunities and forge investment links with the US IT firms.

During the discussion, Ambassador Chaudhry said that US is and for foreseeable future would remain a global leader in technology.

Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with the US and intends to further strengthen bilateral relations in various fields including IT and in this context, a large number of Pakistani IT professionals visit the US to serve here and also to sharpen their professional skills, he said.

The 16-member delegation of IT Professionals from Pakistan is currently visiting Washington DC to participate in Microsoft Global Partner event “Inspire” being held from 09-13 July 2017.