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Saudi delegation led by Finance Minister arrives to hold talks with Pak leadership

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ISLAMABNAD: A high-level Saudi Arabian delegation on Sunday arrived in Pakistan to hold bilateral trade talks between the two countries.

The delegation is being led by Saudi Arabian Finance Minister Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan.

It will hold meetings with different high-level officials during its stay. It will also hold talks on promotion of bilateral ties and economic and trade cooperation.

Though this could not be confirmed but Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had earlier said the delegation will include the Saudi Arabian investment head, minister for petroleum and minister for energy.

The visit has been in line with the previous announcement by the government pertaining to Islamabad’s invitation to Riyadh for making investments in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as other infrastructure projects countrywide.

The delegation is expected to sign five important Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the government and prospect of setting up oil refineries in Gwadar will come under discussion as well, as per the sources.

During its six-day visit to Pakistan, the delegation will also sign an MoU to make investments in the Balochistan Reko Diq gold and copper mines, the sources further informed that agreements to privatise two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plants and sale of phosphate-containing fertilisers to Pakistan are also expected to be signed.

Few days earlier, during a press conference, Fawad Chuadhry said, “The kingdom has expressed interest in investing with us for CPEC projects as well as infrastructure development and to that end is bringing major investments here.”

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have lately signed three MoUs for grant projects in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the health and education sectors.

Secretary Economic Affairs Division Syed Ghazanfar Abbas Jilani and the chief executive officer Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) signed the MoUs on behalf of their respective governments.

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Men arrested for thrashing cop in Karachi

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KARACHI: Four men were arrested on Sunday for allegedly beating a policeman at the Khayban-e-Shahbaz area of the metropolis.

Police maintained that the cop deployed at the Sahil police station was on his way to the station when four men coming in a vehicle stopped him at a signal, and later assaulted him in broad daylight.

Eyewitnesses said that the men appeared to be intoxicated, and the policeman doesn’t look to be at fault.

Police have arrested two men involved in the incident, while their other two accomplices are on the run.

Sources said that one of the arrestees is the son of a prominent personality and the law enforcement authority is under pressure from certain circles to not take action against him.

Meanwhile, police have nominated all four men at the Darakhshan police station and carrying out raids to arrest the absconders.

The suspects nominated in the case are; Rohail Hasaan, Sandeep Kumar, Nikal Tikwai and Parosoi Tikwai. Sandeep Kumar and Rohail Hassan are under custody.

Police included anti-terror clauses in the case. According to the FIR, Sandeep and his aides attacked at the policeman with iron rods.

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CM Sindh announces ‘Amal Reforms’ in remembrance of slain minor

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KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah announced to bring reforms into the police department and termed it ‘Amal Reforms’ in the memory of the minor girl who was mistakenly shot in a police shootout.

Declaring to start a war against the street crimes in Karachi, the Chief Minister admitted that the menace has grown worsen lately but it will be curbed soon. “Amal reforms will be introduced which will improve the performance of police department,” he added.

The Case Background

Amal,10, along with her parents was on the way, when she was hit by a bullet in her head while the robbers were robbing a car next to them.

The parents rushed to the nearest hospital (National Medical Centre – NMC) where the the injured girl was given oxygen by an Ambubag pumping manually. The doctor told parents to take her to another hospital. The NMC neither provided them emergency medical aid, nor ambulance and even refused to give the Ambubag to help the injured reaching another hospital, according to sources.

The family arranged another ambulance, however, Amal died on the way to the other hospital.

On August 13, a police party which was on patrol in Akhtar Colony area of Defence was informed by couple of families that at least two armed men in a rickshaw were intercepting passersby and snatching their valuables at gunpoint.

“After some efforts, the police spotted two of the bandits [in Akhtar Colony]. As our mobile van approached them, one of them fired shots at us and the situation sparked an exchange of gunfire,” a police official told the media while adding that one of the bandits was killed and the other ran away.

However, when the guns fell silent after a few minutes, the girl — who was passing by the area in a car along with her family — was also found hit by a bullet.

The case of minor’s death has been transferred to an anti-terrorism court.

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Did nation vote for PTI to become thugs: CJP remarks in land grabbing case

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LAHORE: The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar on Sunday ordered the authorities to arrest Mansha Bomb, who is accused of operating a land grabbing group in Lahore.

A two-member bench of the apex court was hearing a citizen’s petition against the land grabber at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry.

PTI MNA Malik Karamat Khokhar and MPA Nadeem Abbas were present in court.

As the hearing went under way, the top judge asked, “Who is Mansha Bomb?”

The police superintendent apprised the bench that the man was part of a huge lang grabbing group in Johar Town.

The police superintendent further said that Mansha Bomb along with his sons is accused of illegally grabbing land in Johar Town.  “70 cases have been registered against Mansha,” the SP said.

“When we took action on the court’s orders, we started receiving calls to stop our operation,” the police official said.

In response, the chief justice inquired who had called the police officer to ask for favours.

The SP then told the judge that Khokhar had asked the police to not arrest Mansha Bomb.

“Did the nation vote PTI to power to become thugs? Will they make naya Pakistan’ by helping criminals?” the chief justice remarked.

Addressing Khokhar, the chief justice said, “If the inquiry proves that you called the police to stop them from arresting Mansha, you will not return back [from the court] as an MNA.”

Khokar, however, denied any association with Mansha. He further informed the court that he had not called the SP. “I had called the DIG Operations,” Khokar added.

The chief justice then summoned the DIG Operations.

During the hearing, Abbas broke into tears. “The SP has registered false cases against me. I will resign if proven guilty in these cases,” he said.

In response, the top judge said: “Why don’t you go ahead and resign first? Let me tell you why…because you lack the courage to do so.”

“You people become thugs outside the court but shed tears here,” Justice Nisar remarked, adding that he will not allow any thug to reside in Pakistan.

Issuing orders to immediately arrest Mansha, the court adjourned the hearing till 3.30pm.

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Confused Indian military targets helicopter of AJK premier

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MUZAFFARABAD: The helicopter of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider was reportedly fired upon when it was flying atop Pakistan’s airspace Sunday.

According to details, the AJK prime minister had been travelling to offer condolences on the demise of an acquaintance when his white civil helicopter was shot at from an Indian checkpost.

It is mandatory for Pakistan and India to inform each other beforehand the movement of military aircrafts. The procedure, however, is not a prerequisite for the movement of civil helicopters.

Later, the white helicopter, confused with a Pakistani military chopper by the Indian military, carrying AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Farooq Haider landed safely.

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Model Town incident: SC summons report from ATC

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LAHORE: The Supreme Court summoned a report on the Model Town incident from an anti-terrorism court on Sunday.

A two-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a petition pertaining to the Model Town incident at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry.

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Khurram Nawaz Gandapur appeared before the court. A victim of the incident, Basma, was also present for the case’s hearing.

Basma apprised the Supreme Court that the Lahore High Court had rejected a petition to summon former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif for the Model Town case.

In response, Chief Justice Nisar said that the SC will look into the matter if an appeal against the high court’s verdict is filed.

The top judge then summoned a report regarding the incident from an anti-terrorism court.

At least 14 people were killed and 100 others injured in police action against Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers in Lahore’s Model Town area during an ‘anti-encroachment operation’ on June 17, 2014.

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Security personnel martyred, school blown up in K-P districts IED attacks

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PESHAWAR: A series of improvised explosive device (IED) attacks hit Chitral and upper districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) early Sunday morning, resulting in the martyrdom of at least one security personnel.

The first incident came at 4:45am when a primary school for boys was razed to the ground in Arandu Gol area of Chitral. The school is located within a kilometre of the Pak-Afghan border.

The militants planted two IEDs – one in the three-room school’s compound and another on the road leading to the school, a senior official told The media. “We received reports of a bomb going off. ”

He added that communication was limited due to the area’s remote location. A security official said no casualties had been reported so far in the school incident. This is the first time militants have targeted a school in Chitral.

In the second incident, a security personnel was martyred and another injured when an IED went off in Upper Dir’s Jungle Khel area at 8:30am. The area has been cordoned off by the security forces.

Meanwhile, security forces averted an attack in North Waziristan’s Datta Khel area after spotting and disarming a roadside IED planted by militants.

It is pertinent to note that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) recently claimed activity in the region.

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KP govt to take control of Ehtesab Commission

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has decided to take custody of the provincial assets of Ehtesab Commission.

According to reports, the KP Establishment and Administration Department will take over the assets while cases pending in the commission will be shifted to Directorate of Anti-Corruption and National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

There will be an option for the employees at the commission to receive a golden handshake while others would be added to a surplus pool. For contractual employees, the KP Cabinet will decide on revising their status at a later stage.

Implementation on the provincial government’s decision to close down the commission is under way,”  KP Establishment Secretary Arshad Majeed informed a local media outlet.

In this regard, a repeal act has been sent to the government for approval,” he added.

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Raja Jalal Maqpoon sworn in as new GB governor

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GILGIT: Newly appointed governor of Gilgit Baltistan Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon took oath of his office in Gilgit on Sunday.

Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit Baltistan Chief Judge Javed Iqbal administered the oath to the new governor.

GB Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rahman, cabinet ministers, elites, and senior civil and military authorities attended the ceremony.

On Sept 25, the federal government appointed Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon as new governor of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Maqpoon has remained president of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for the region. He was defeated by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Akbar Khan Taban in the GB Assembly election from Skardu constituency in 2015.

According to a notification issued by Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Maqpoon has been appointed as new GB governor under Article 33(1) of the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018.

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Government should quit efforts to roll back CPEC: Rafique

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LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique on Sunday stressed that the government should quit its attempts to roll back the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

Speaking to party leaders in Lahore, Rafique said the government’s failure was evident from its foreign policy.

“The government is trying to sabotage the CPEC project but it should quit its attempts to do so,” the PML-N leader said.

Further, the former minister also criticised the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government for ‘destroying public institutions.’

“The current government is destroying [public] institutions that we had improved,” the PML-N leader said. “We revived the railways department but the government seems to be inclined on destroying it.”

Moreover, Rafique expressed his disappointment with the Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad’s attitude towards ‘honest officers’ of the department.

“Sheikh Rasheed has given proof of his ignorance by mistreating honest officers,” he said.

The PML-N leader also criticised the government for increasing the prices of essential commodities like electricity and gas.

“They are unable to take the country’s affairs forward. They are incapable and inexperienced,” he added.