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Plea filed against Punjab govt in LHC for not revealing Model Town carnage report

LAHORE (NNI): Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on Saturday has filed a contempt of court plea against Punjab government in Lahore High Court (LHC) for not surfacing judicial inquiry report of Model Town massacre.

The petition was submitted by Ishtiaq Chaudhry Advocate against Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Shehbaz Sharif, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Chief Secretary Zahid Saeed and Home Secretary Azam Saleem.

It was stated in the plea that LHC, on September 21, had issued directives to make judicial inquiry report of Model Town massacre public, however, the authorities have failed to provide it despite court’s order.

On the other hand, Punjab government has also filed an intra-court appeal in LHC, challenging the court’s verdict. The lawyer also remarked that a full-member bench is hearing the case and single bench ordered to reveal the report, which is incorrect.

Two years ago on June 17, an 11-hour clash between Punjab police and PAT workers left at least 14 dead while around a hundred were wounded.

The violent clash happened as police’s anti-encroachment staff began to remove barriers from the roads leading to offices of Minhajul Quran and Dr Qadri’s residence in Model Town.

Local media covered the incident showing police hurled tear gas canisters and resorted to firing on the activists while the security officers had stated they were attacked from inside the Minhajul Quran office.

Chief Minister ordered an immediate inquiry and a Joint Investigation Team was formed.

However, the government was alleged by PAT chief of ‘tampering with the evidence’ stating that health certificates of the injured police personnel were altered in the hospitals following the clash.

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Pak Navy successfully launches Air to Surface Anti-ship Missile from Helicopter

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy on Saturday successfully launched air to surface anti ship missiles from its helicopter.

“In an impressive display of fire power, Pakistan Navy undertook Live Weapon Firing in the North Arabian Sea. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah witnessed the event and praised the combat readiness of the fleet,” according to Navy’s spokesman.

In this striking demonstration of fire power, Pakistan Navy Helicopter Seaking launched Air to Surface Anti-ship Missile which successfully hit the intended target with pinpoint accuracy, reaffirming weapon’s lethality and offensive punch of the PN Fleet, Navy ISPR said in statement.

“The successful firing by PN Helicopter Seaking is reflective of high state of readiness and professionalism of PN Fleet. Chief of the Naval Staff visited various fleet units at sea and witnessed ongoing exercises.

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah expressed his complete satisfaction on the combat readiness of PN Fleet and commended the efforts put in by all involved. The Naval Chief specially appreciated professionalism and high morale of the personnel. He reaffirmed the resolve of Pakistan Navy to ensure country’s seaward defence and safeguard maritime interests at all cost.

Meanwhile Pakistan Navy has decided conducting the premier Maritime Security Workshop (MARSEW) on the theme “Secure Seas – Prosperous Pakistan” at Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore. Two weeks duration MARSEW, commenced on 11 Sep 17, with an aim to create maritime awareness, enlighten the participants on vast maritime potential of Pakistan and its significance for overall economic growth of the country.

Stretched over two weeks, Maritime Security Workshop comprised one week on-campus activities and one week visits of Pakistan Navy installations and units at Karachi, Creeks and Coastal areas and other National Maritime Installations / Setups. The second phase commenced on 18 Sep 17. The participants of the delegation included members of Senate, National Assembly, Provinces, Media, Educationists and Bureaucrats.

At Karachi, the delegation visited Fleet Headquarters, Pakistan Navy Dockyard, Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW), HQ Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), Karachi Port Trust (KPT), Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) and Sindh Fisheries Department. A comprehensive briefing was given to the delegation on the emerging contemporary challenges in the region and Pakistan Navy’s role in safeguarding the country’s maritime interests and roles of various PN Commands. The participants were briefed on the ship & submarine repair capabilities and indigenization program of Pakistan Navy. The delegation also boarded Pakistan Navy Ships and witnessed sea based exercises off Karachi Coast.

Later, a visit of forward bases of Pakistan Navy in Creeks area was also arranged for the delegation where Commander Pak Marines gave a detailed briefing on strategic and economic importance of the area, prevailing challenges and roles of Pak Marines. Later, the delegation had a trip to the creeks area on PN Hovercraft.

Upon arrival at coastal areas, the delegation undertook a detailed visit of Jinnah Naval Base Ormara, where they were briefed on various developmental projects of the Base. The delegation was briefed on the nation building initiatives along the Makran coast and PN efforts aimed at socio-economic uplift of Baloch populace along the coastal belt. During the visit of Cadet College Ormara, the delegation members were apprised of the facilities being provided by Pakistan Navy to the cadets and college’s planned developments so as to make it a premier training institution on the Makran coast.

The members of delegation also visited to 100 bed Pakistan Navy Hospital PNS DARMAN JAH and they were apprised that PN is extending free medical facilities to the locals and coastal community.

In the last leg of the visit, participants of Maritime Security Workshop visited Gwadar Port. The delegation was briefed about the importance of the port for the CPEC project and the effective measures PN has taken for the Maritime components of CPEC project including security of the port and its seaward approaches.

The participants of the delegation expressed satisfaction over PN’s operational preparedness, of CPEC and Gwadar port projects and nation building efforts and highly lauded PN’s strenuous efforts and initiatives for safeguarding the maritime interests of Pakistan.

The delegation also visited Naval Headquarters Islamabad and was briefed on PN roles and tasks in safeguarding the sea frontiers of Pakistan. Two weeks Maritime Security Workshop will culminate at Pakistan Navy War College on 25 Sep17.

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Iran tests new missile defying US warnings

TEHRAN (AFP): Iran said on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington that it was ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue.

State television carried footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military parade on Friday. It also carried in-flight video from the nose cone.

The broadcaster gave no date for the test although officials had said on Friday that it would be tested “soon”.

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Sattar expresses reservations over possibility of ousted Nawaz heading PML-N

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan Chief Farooq Sattar expressed his reservations on Saturday regarding disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s political revival, saying that if a person cannot participate in active politics, then how he can lead a party.

Sattar was speaking to media in Karachi, where he addressed the issue of the recently approved Elections Bill 2017 by the Senate. The bill rejected opposition’s amendments which favoured continuation of an existing law.

According to the clause, a disqualified person cannot be an office-bearer of any political party in case of his disqualification as member of the parliament.

According to Sattar, the MQM-P supported the amendments introduced to the bill by the Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

“If any MQM-P member supported the PML-N in this case, then action would be taken against that individual,” he said.

The MQM-P chief said that the law is against the Constitution and the spirit of the Articles, 62 and 63.

On the subject of Karachi package of Rs25 billion announced by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Sattar said that the package is the right of the city and soon work will start on the plan.

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Social media star Kylie Jenner reported pregnant

LOS ANGELES (AFP): Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the celebrity Kardashian family, was reported on Friday to be pregnant.

Celebrity news website TMZ, People magazine and Buzzfeed all quoted sources as saying that Jenner, 20, the half-sister of Kim Kardashian, is expecting a baby with her boyfriend, the rapper Travis Scott.

Jenner’s representatives could not be reached for comment.

Jenner, who has parlayed her family’s reality TV show and a 97 million Instagram following into a lucrative cosmetics line, later posted a Snapchat photo in which she appeared to have a baby bump under an oversized black T-shirt.

People magazine, quoting unidentified sources, said the baby was due in February. “The family has known for quite some time. She is really excited and so is Travis!” the magazine quoted one source as saying.

Another source said to be close to the family told People: “It is an unexpected, but completely amazing turn of events that she could not be more excited or thrilled about.”

Jenner and Scott, 25, have been dating since April.

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Police in Chiniot nab alleged terrorists, recover huge cache of weapons

CHINIOT (NNI): Police on Saturday conducted an operation near Pull Dengro and arrested two alleged terrorists trying to transport a huge cache of weapons from the tribal areas.

Police stopped the suspects’ car laden with weapons, which included 16 pistols, 19 rifles and over 25,000 rounds.

According to the police, the weapons were intended to carry out terrorist activities in the month of Muharram.

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Pakistan Test squad announced for Sri Lanka series

LAHORE (Monitoring Desk): The Test squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka has been announced.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who put to rest fitness concerns after he nailed the fitness tests on Saturday, has been selected in the squad, along with Azhar Ali, who has been struggling with a troubled knee but has been cleared to play after injections.

Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, addressing a press conference, announced the names of the 16 players in the squad, which includes a combination of five fast bowlers and two specialist spinners.

About Yasir Shah, Inzamam said the spinner would prove to be ideal in UAE conditions.

“Yasir Shah has been our best bowler over the recent years,” he said.

The chief selector said he wants to give maximum opportunity to youngsters to showcase their talent in the series.

25-year-old Mir Hamza from Karachi, who has been named in the squad, has an impressive record of 216 wickets in 46 first-class matches which he has played during the last four years.

 Another notable, albeit surprising, inclusion in the Test squad is of 31-year old all-rounder Bilal Asif, who has only 15 first-class matches to his name. He has also represented Pakistan in three ODIs.
Young spinner Shadab Khan and veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez have been omitted from the squad. Opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad also failed to impress selectors with his performance in first-class cricket last season.

In the middle-order batting lineup, Haris Sohail and Usman Salahuddin are included in the list to fill the gap left by retirement of experienced duo of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.

Squad: Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Usman Salahuddin, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Abbas, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza and Wahab Riaz.

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Muharram security: Sindh govt mutes 161 firebrand clerics for 60 days

KARACHI (PPI): Sindh government has imposed a 60-day ban on 161 religious scholars and clerics under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) to maintain peace during the month of Muharram.

“The inter-city movement of 161 religious scholars and clerics has been banned, while restrictions will also be imposed on their speech at any forum for the next 60 days,” read a notification issued by provincial home department.

“The ban has been imposed to prevent such scholars from delivering inflammatory speech and to maintain the law and order situation during the month,” it added.

The clerics who have been slapped the ban hail from various parts of the country and are affiliated with different religious organisations.

According to the notification, the majority of the scholars and clerics belong to Sukkar, Khairpur, Ghotki, Jacobabad, Larkana and Shikarpur.

On Thursday, Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) barred 11 firebrand clerics from making speech during Muharram, while banning 14 others from entering the capital for two months.


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Disqualified MNA can’t become political party’s chief: Kaira

LAHORE (NNI): Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira on Saturday condemned the statement of former president Gen retd Pervez Musharraf and termed it as a malicious conspiracy against PPP.

He said that this is a false propaganda launched by the former president who has conspired against PPP before as well. “Nation is backing Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, he is addressing rallies frequently and meeting party workers too,” he said.

While answering a question about approval of Election Reform Bill’s section 203, he said that he doesn’t have any information about the bill being passed by Senate of Pakistan.

While referring to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Kaira said that if somebody is not eligible to be a member of National Assembly (MNA), he should be allowed to lead a party.

If such a bill is passed, it will be challenged in the court. “PML-N’s party capitulating, it is just a matter of days when it scatters to pieces,” he claimed.


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Musharraf should man up to appear before court: Zardari

F.P. Report

KAMALIA: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Friday denied all allegations levelled by former president Gen retd Pervez Musharraf.

He said that if Musharraf is brave enough he should come to Pakistan and appear before the courts. He said in the past, such allegations have been levelled against PPP frequently. “After the murder of Murtaza Bhutto, people accused me and the late Benazir Bhutto for his murder,” he claimed.

“Accusing the accuser is becoming the best defence. When Murtaza Bhutto was assassinated, they held me and Benazir Bhutto responsible. On the Benazir Bhutto had said that you get a Bhutto to get another Bhutto,” Zardari told media persons at Kamalia.

“Unfortunately, these are the tragedies of third world politics and Pakistan is full of such tragedies,” he said. “If he (Musharraf) can dance, why can’t he come back to Pakistan and face the court,” he questioned.

Zardari said that economy was Pakistan’s biggest challenge. “Time has proved once again that Sharifs don’t know how to run a government,” he said, adding that who would pay the heavy foreign debt taken to construct roads. He said that just making roads doesn’t change anything.

“PML-N can’t handle the government, I told people that I will let PML-N do their government and later I’ll ask them,” he said. He said that Ishaq Dar fled and left a wounded country behind. Responding to a question, he said that the outcome of NA-120 by-election was not a standard to judge a party’s popularity.

He also accused the PML-N government of weakening Pakistan’s case internationally. He said that the PPP had had been calling for the appointment of a permanent foreign minister for three years. “Now I am going to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where PTI has done nothing except building a fly-over,” he said.

While answering a question, he said that Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) did not support our bill, “it is possible that they must have been lured by someone else.”

PPP co-chairman said that at the Kharal House in Kamalia where he was present to condole with the family of late Khalid Kharral. On this occasion, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Faisal Saleh Hayat, Nawaz Khokhar and Rukhsana Bangash were also present on the occasion.