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IS gunman kills 2 in French Supermarket

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PARIS: At least two people were killed after gunman opened fire in the supermarket in Southwestern France and on Friday.

According to reports, the gunman taken hostages and the attack that has rattled nerves in a country that has been the site of several terrorist attacks in recent years.

The armed man claimed to be acting on behalf of the Islamic State group, although his connection to the militant group was unclear.

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe told media that one police officer was injured in the incident however he is out of danger.

French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said in a Twitter post Friday afternoon that the hostage taker had been killed by the police, but he then quickly deleted the post.

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Imran Khan terms PML-N’s performance worst than PPP

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI), Imran Khan has said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government destroyed the country economy by taking record loans from the international banks.

ImranKhan said this while talking to media persons on Thursday. He tagged that the PML-N performance worst than previous Zardari led PPP government.

Imran Khan claimed that federal government borrowed loans worth Rs10000 billion in four years and adding that consumers will pay an additional Rs9 on every liter of petrol from now onwards.

PTI Chief said that the burden was shifted on masses because of ineligibility of government and rampant corruption.

Imports had soared to $54 billion while citing concerns over depleting forex reserves and the numbers of tax filers stood at 2.1 million ten years ago, at present, it is roughly 1.25 million, Khan lamented.

Khan also took a jibe at former Finance Minister and held him accountable for the current situation of country’s economy.




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Pervez Musharaf to return next month: PAI

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ISLAMABAD: Secretary General of Pakistan Awami Ittehad (PAI), Iqbal Dar has said that former president Pervez Musharraf will return to Pakistan next month.

Dar said this while addressing to a press conference on Thursday. He said that after the constuation with the party members, later the party will announce the date of Musharaf arrival and the city where Mr Musharraf would land.

He added that we need to support the judiciary and armed forces and adding that political parties should sign an agreement to decide how the country would be run in the future.

He suggested to avoid the confrontation with the institutions and also claimed that some politicians were giving a wrong message and impression about the country by leveling allegations of corruption against each other.

The PAI is a coalition of 23 political and religious parties led by the former president.



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Military parade marks 78th Pakistan Day celebrations

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ISLAMABAD: The 78th Pakistan Day was celebrated with an impressive military parade in Shakarparian ground of Islamabad on Friday.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was the guest of honor at the event.

President Mamnoon Hussain was received by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi after which he inspected the military parade.

Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, then led a fly-past, followed by several other squadrons of the Pakistan Air Force as a salute to the head of the state.

In his speech, President Mamnoon Hussain praised the country’s people and armed forces for their resolve.

Later, the armed forces began the parade, saluting the chief guests as they passed by. They included various units and formations of the armed forces.

Armed forces of Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Jordan also participated in the military parade.

PAF fighter jets conducted fly-pasts with breath-taking maneuvers, wowing the audience.

In the end, commandos from the tri-services conducted a para-drop with exemplary skills after which a national song was performed.

Defense Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan Safron Minister Abdul Qadir Khan and the heads of all three armed forces of the country including army, navy and air force as well as the joint chiefs’ chairperson were present at the parade.

An award ceremony is also on the agenda for later in the day, to be held at Aiwan-e-Sadar, where the president will be conferring awards to various personalities on their contribution to different fields.

The day dawned with 31- and 21-gun salutes in the federal and provincial capitals, respectively, while the national flag was hoisted atop government buildings and departments.

Several buildings, including the Lahore Railway Station, WAPDA House, and the Provincial Assembly building, would be decorated with lights and colorful buntings to mark the day.

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Afghan, US Forces target Daesh in North of Afghanistan

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KABUL: Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson has said US and Afghan forces targeted the Daesh stronghold in North of Afghanistan.

He said that the Afghan and US Special Operators disrupted Daesh capacity to terrorize the people in northern Afghanistan.

General Nicholson said this is in a statement which he issued on Friday. He added the terrorist organization were terrifying the local people by using foreign fighters and now the US forces had destroyed their capacity which they were using against the people.

Earlier on 28 January, Afghan forces captured Khitab Aka, Daesh’s head facilitator of foreign fighters in Jawzjan. Less than two months later, on Mar. 16, a US airstrike killed Aka’s replacements, Daesh commanders Omair and Abu Samaya, as the duo met in Sar-e Pul province, US Forces-Afghanistan Headquarters said in a statement on Thursday.

Nicholson claimed that Daesh fighters were in southern Nangarhar and most of the valleys have been liberated from IS-K: the populations returning, the kids going back into school.”

He added that there will be no safe haven for any terrorist group in Afghanistan as we are continues to hunt them across the country.

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CJP Saqib Nisar rejects speculations of judicial martial law in Pakistan

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LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar has rejected the speculation of judicial martial law in the country and adding that there is no space in the constitution for such rule.

Chief Justice said this while addressing a Pakistan Day event in Lahore on Friday. He said that no space for judicial martial law in the country constitution and dismissed any possibility of judicial martial law from the outside and inside.

CJP comments come after calls from political leaders for judicial intervention with regards to the caretaker government setup before the general elections.

Though, CJP stressed that anything considered above the Constitution will not be tolerated and adding that judiciary will not allow anyone to derail the democracy in Pakistan.

CJP also assured that the accountability will not be held on the basis of a person’s status.

He also highlighted the need to unite as a nation and said it’s the only way independence and freedom can be safeguarded.

Further, the chief justice said, “The country should be run in accordance with law and Constitution.”


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Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif likely to reunite in ‘Bang Bang’ sequel

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MUMBAI: Super Hero of Bollywood Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif worked together for two films so far including Bang Bang and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and their chemistry was appreciated by the audience.

Now the reports suggest that the makers of Bang Bang are now keen on making the sequel of the film. The makers have apparently narrowed down on a script and are apparently keen on casting the duo for the same.

Hrithik and Katrina both busy with their films Super 30 and Zero respectively.







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Team Zalmi arrive in Karachi for PSL final

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KARACHI: Peshawar Zalmi players and officials reached Karachi on Thursday night for the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 against Islamabad United which is scheduled to be played on 25 March.

Peshawar Zalmi convincingly beat Quetta Gladiators and Karachi knockout game on March 20 to qualify for the finals.

Darren Sammy led the Peshawar Zalmi and comprising of both local and foreign players departed from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport for Karachi.

While talking to news channel, Darren Sammy requested the people of Karachi to express their support to his team by wearing yellow shirts.

Ibitisam Sheikh, Taimur Sultan, Umaid Asif and Khalid Usman will arrive in Karachi on the next flight.

English spinner Liam Dawson, West Indian opener Andre Fletcher at Lahore airport

Earlier, the players shared pictures on social media ahead of their departure.

Peshawar Zalmi will play Islamabad United in the final at National Stadium, Karachi on Sunday, March 25.

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Pakistani Nation Has Unwavering Passion for Peace: PM Abbasi

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in a televised message released here by the Inter Services Public Relations for Pakistan Day falling on March 23, said Pakistanis were a great nation having an unwavering passion for peace and sacrifice for their homeland.

He said with mutual affinity and harmony, the Pakistani nation would be able to make this country a piece of haven. “This country is a dream of Iqbal and a gift of our forefathers. Its development and prosperity is our shared responsibility,” he said. Khaqan Abbasi, on this occasion, sang a verse of the official song, “Har ek Pakistani ne pukara, Hamara Pakistan – Amn ka nishan,” which means every Pakistani speaks up, Pakistan is the symbol of peace.


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JUI-F will restore peace in Karachi: Maulana Fazl

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KARACHI: Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl), Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that his party would not allow anyone to destroy the peace of Karachi on ethnic issues as it always stood for ethnic harmony in the country.

This he said while addressing to political gathering at Bagh-e-Jinnah ground on Thursday night. He said that Karachi is the economic hub of Pakistan and adding that some forces trying to cut the economic vein of the country by initiating disturbance in the city.

JUI-F claimed that his party will restore in the city if came into power and adding that his party has adopted a democratic struggle under the constitution of Pakistan.

Regarding the seminaries, Rehman added that the religious seminaries must not be looked at suspicion and claimed that religious people are being prevented from going in the corridors of power.

Rehman said that a few apologists want to interpret Islam according to the whims of West so that they can be accepted there.

He requested the clergy to shun the sectarianism as it is hurting the image of Islam.