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Pakistan makes history : Federal government complete its five years term


ISLAMABAD: The interim government in Pakistan has ready to take over the government on Friday as the federal government complete its five year tenure on late Thursday.

In the history of Pakistan this was the second time that an elected democratic government has completed its five years tenure in the country.

Former chief justice of Pakistan Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk will take oath as the caretaker prime minister of the country on Friday. President Mamnoon Hussain would administer oath to Justice (retd) Mulk.

Outgoing Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Thursday held farewell meetings with the federal cabinet, his staff and officers. He will also be presented a guard of honor by armed forces’ contingents upon departure from the chief executive’s office at 10am on Friday.

Earlier in the evening, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs issued a notification with regard to dissolution of the incumbent National Assembly.

“In pursuance of Article 52 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the National Assembly shall stand dissolved on the expiration of its term of five years on the 31st day of May, 2018,” the notification said.

The provincial assemblies of Balochistan and Punjab also completed their five-year term tonight and stand dissolved henceforth. Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies already completed their tenure on May 28.


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Actress Brigitte Nielsen reveals she is pregnant at 54

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UK: Brigitte Nielsen has announced she is expecting a baby with husband Mattia Dessi at the age of 54.

This will be the Danish actress’s fifth child, but her first with her current husband, who she married in 2006.

She is best known for starring in Rocky IV and Cobra alongside Sylvester Stallone, who she later married in 1985.

Nielsen has also had a successful modelling career, appearing in Playboy magazine multiple times.

She is most well-known for her involvement in reality television and came third on the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother in 2005 – having been beaten by Happy Mondays’ Bez and Blazin’ Squad rapper Kenzie.

In 2008 she took part in Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew, which saw her and other celebrities deal with recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

She also took part in the German version of Strictly Come Dancing in 2010 and won the German version of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2012.

Nielsen joins a number of women having babies over 40, including Janet Jackson and Rachel Weisz.

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US tariffs: Steel and aluminum levies slapped on key allies

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WASHINGTON: The US is to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from allies in Europe and North America.

The US said a 25% tax on steel and 10% tax on aluminum from the EU, Mexico and Canada will start at midnight.

The move immediately triggered vows of retaliation from Mexico, Canada and the EU, which called the tariffs “protectionism, pure and simple”.

The UK said it was “deeply disappointed” by the US decision, which followed weeks of negotiations.

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said it was a “bad day for world trade”, while European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the move was “totally unacceptable.

The EU had “no choice” but to bring a case before the World Trade Organization and impose duties on US imports, he added.

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More than 100 prisoners freed from Taliban custody in Helmand

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HELMAND: Afghan Special Forces have freed more than 100 prisoners including women and children from the captivity of Taliban in the southern province of Helmand.

Army spokesman Abdul Qadeir Bahadorzai said the early morning operation on May 31 freed 103 people held in two prisons run by the Taliban in Kajaki district. Bahadorzai said four militants were killed in the gun battle. The Taliban didn’t immediately comment on the matter.

Jawid Saleem, a spokesman for elite commando units, put the number of the freed captives at 102, saying they had been held for a year.

Most of them were said to be civilians and included five women, two children, and three police officers.

They were captured for different reasons ranging from cooperating with Afghan security forces to being a member of the local police force, Saleem said.

According to him, the prisoners were kept in bad conditions with a lack of proper food and health care and were tortured.

Omar Zwak, a spokesman for Helmand’s governor, said they will soon join their families but were still being held by Afghan forces.


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U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Says Some Taliban Interested In Peace Talks

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KABUL: The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan says some elements of the Taliban are showing interest in peace talks.

U.S. Army General John Nicholson made the remarks on May 30, citing “offstage” contacts involving what he described as mid- and high-level Taliban leaders.

“A number of channels of dialogue have opened up between the various stakeholders in the peace process,” Nicholson said.

Nicholson said he could not provide the names of specific Taliban members because the contacts are being pursued confidentially to improve the chances of advancing to actual peace talks.

“What you’re seeing right now is a lot of the diplomatic activity and dialogue is occurring off the stage, and it’s occurring at multiple levels,” Nicholson said.

“You see mid-level, senior-level Taliban leaders engaging with Afghans,” he said, adding that unspecified international organizations, foreign governments, and other interested parties also are involved.

Inside the Taliban, Nicholson said, there is a “robust dialogue” under way about ending the war.

He also said there are “many points of intersection” between Taliban and Afghan proposals for pursuing peace.

U.S. officials have spoken positively about the prospects for peace many times during the course of the 17-year war in Afghanistan, only to be disappointed.

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Under the directives of SC, inquiry initiated against 31 SHOs of Karachi police

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KARACHI: Under the directives of Supreme Court , A two-member committee under Additional Inspector General Counter Terrorism Department Dr Sanaullah Abbasi has started probe against 31 SHOs for their alleged involvement in corruption and other crimes cases.

In the first phase of the probe, as many as nine SHOs were probed by the committee including DIG Headquarter Naeem Sheikh yesterday, police sources said.

The officials included Pak Colony SHO Inspector Aziz Ahmed Shiekh, Mominabad SHO Inspector Muhammad Shoaib, Gulistan-e-Jauhar SHO Inspector Rao Zakir Mahmood, SHO Defence Inspector Ali Raza Laghari, SHO Ittehad Town Inspector Asadullah Mangi, SHO Pirabad Inspector Muhammad Urs Rajar, SHO Kalakot Sub-Inspector Arshad Ali, SHO Samanabad Sub-Inspector Amir Azam Siddiqui, SHO SITE area Sub-Inspector Farrukh Shahriyar Khan.

DIG Sheikh said that in coming days SHOs of the other 22 police stations will be summoned for the probe, adding that the committee report will be submitted before the Supreme Court.

“The fate of the police officers will be decided by the Supreme Court’s decision,” he said.

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Former IGP Nasir Durrani excuse from caretaker CM Punjab


LAHORE:  Former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa inspector general of police Nasir Khan Durrani, who was nominated by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), on Thursday excused himself from the post of caretaker Punjab CM.

According to sources, the PTI had suggested the names of Dr Hassan Askari and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General (IG) Nasir Durrani for caretaker chief minister of Punjab.

The names were decided after consultation of four member team.

It is pertinent here to mention that Nasir Durrani has remained Additional IG Special Branch and KP IG. He is also a member of Punjab Public Service Commission and considered a close aid of Punjab CM.

On the other hand, Dr Hassan Askari is a professor in Punjab University’s political science department. He is also a senior analyst pertaining to politics and military.

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Singer Jawad Ahmad announce to contest elections against Imran, Bilawal, Shehbaz


LAHORE: Singer Jawad Ahmad on Thursday announced he would contest the upcoming general elections against Imran Khan , Bilawal and Shhehbaz because people want change.

Addressing to the Journalist at Lahore Press Club , Jawad said that he will contest for the National Assembly seat from Barabri Party Pakistan, adding that for many years Pakistani people voting the so called politicians but there was no change occur in the poor people life in Pakistan.

He said he would contest the elections in three constituencies against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif.

“All these leaders are same, they are not with the people. Elections here are contested on the basis of money,” he said. “Only one percent of the population comprising of millionaires who contest elections.”  He expressed the hope that people would vote for him in his struggle against an unjust system.

Jawad Ahmad registered Barabri Party Pakistan with the Election Commission of Pakistan in June 2017.


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World XI choose bowl against W.Indies

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LONDON: ICC World XI won the toss and elected to field first against West Indies on Thursday at Lord’s.

The match is being staged to raise funds to rebuild and restore five major cricket venues in the Caribbean that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite is pretty happy to be batting first. “We get to do what we wanted,” he says. “Thanks to guys for coming here. To give their time and share our experiences at the Home of Cricket for a worthy cause.”

Pakistan’s former captain Shahid Afridi is leading the ICC World XI against the West Indies in place of England’s Eoin Morgan, who withdrew due to a fractured finger.

“It’s look overcast,” said Afridi. “It’s an honor to be part of this game. I’m carrying an injury from the last two months so lets see how things go.” The other cricketer who is representing Pakistan in the World XI today is Shoaib Malik.


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Imran expels Farooq Bandiyal over charges of criminal cases

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has expel  Farooq Bandiyal from that party and said that there is no place in PTI for the criminal people.

PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said on Thursday that PTI chairman has expel Farooq Bandiyal from the party who has recently join PTI , adding that he has affiliation with criminal.

The spokesman said that a one-member committee comprising Naeemul Haque has been constituted to probe the matter, which would present all the facts to the PTI chief within three days.

“Tehreek-e-Insaf will not compromise moral standards in any case,” Chaudhry said.

Earlier, severe criticism was meted out on social networking platforms over issuance of images of Farooq Bandiyal, a transporter from Khushab, joining the PTI.

Reports on social media alleged that Bandiyal had been involved in a robbery and rape at the residence of renowned actress Shabnam.

Bandiyal was also sentenced to death for his involvement in the robbery and rape case, during the reign of Zia-ul-Haq.