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PTI’s Dar challenges Khawaja Asif victory in July polls  

F.P. Report

SIALKOT: leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Usman Dar has challenged the victory of former foreign minister, Khawaja Asif from NA-73 constituency in the July 25 polls.

According to details, Usman Dar filed a petition in the election tribunal and stating that Asif has concealed his assets by submitting an unverified affidavit.

Dar asked the tribunal to denotify Asif’s victory in polls.

PML-N leader Khawaja Muhammad Asif bagged 117002 votes in last General Elections, overpowering PTI’s Dar who managed to secure 115,464 votes.

Moreover, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar has announced to challenge Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s victory for Karachi’s NA-245 constituency in the last General Elections.

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Disappointed over Indian inappropriate behavior of cancelling talks: FM Qureshi

F.P. Report

DOHA: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that it is very unfortunate that India cancelled the scheduled meeting between the foreign ministers of two countries owing to an issue which took place in July.

FM Qureshi said that New Delhi in September presented an issue which took place in July as an excuse to cancel the meeting and adding that this is appropriate.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said while speaking to the media in Doha en route to New York.

He added that India first agreed to the meeting and then “later found an excuse” to cancel it.

“The talks were called off due to India’s internal issues,” Qureshi asserted and added that he was “deeply disappointed” after reading India’s stance.

The foreign minister, who is travelling to New York to attend the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session, further stressed, “Diplomatic protocol was crushed by India.”

He also said that the resolution of outstanding disputes between Pakistan and India through dialogue is in the regional interest.

Responding to a question about the UNGA session, the foreign minister said  he will present Pakistan’s stance on different matters at the session as well as during his meetings and talks with leaders on the sidelines.

India on Thursday decided to back out of the proposed meeting between foreign ministers of both the countries on the sidelines of the UNGA session.

Earlier, a statement released by the office of Pakistani government’s spokesperson said the reasons provided for cancelling the meeting “are entirely unconvincing”.



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Afghan officials ready to meet Taliban in Moscow

Monitoring Desk

MUMBAI: Afghan officials have said that they are ready to meet with Taliban representatives in Moscow, however still the exact date of Moscow meeting will be finalized to initiate peace talks between government and Taliban.

According to Russian newspaper report, Russia’s Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov has said the Afghan officials confirmed that work is ongoing on the content of Moscow meeting.

Kabulov added that he talked with Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Nasir Ahmad Andisha and Andisha said Moscow conference composition is now being put together.

Kabulov said now the critical thing about Moscow meeting is not the date but is the content that should be put together.

Moscow meeting was supposed to be held in September 4, but a few days before the meeting, Kabul refused to participate in the meeting.

Recently, Kabul confirmed it will attend the meeting that will be co-chaired by Afghanistan and Russia.

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Seven children killed in Faryab explosion

Monitoring Desk

FARYAB: As many as seven children were killed and five others were injured in an IED explosion on Saturday in Faryab province of Afghanistan.

According to local media reports, Ghulam Ali, CID Director for Sherentagab district police headquarters said the incident occurred in an area which fell to the Taliban last week – in Koh Sayyad of Sherentagab district.

He added that Taliban had placed an IED in Koh Sayyadarea and eleven children playing in the area were hit.

Ali informed that two of the injured children lost their limbs and are in a critical condition. They have been transferred to Jawzjan hospital.

Taliban has not yet commented.

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Katrina Kaif looks stunning in her first look from ‘Thugs of Hindostan’

Monitoring Desk

MUMBAI: Thugs of Hindostan is without a doubt one of the most awaited films to release this year. The film promises to be visual treat for the audience thanks to the star studded cast of the film along with stunning visual effects.

Interestingly, in the film, we will also see Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan, two stalwarts of the Indian film industry sharing screen space for the very first time.

The makers of the film have planned an interesting marketing strategy in which they reveal characters from the film though motion posters. Today, they released Katrina Kaif’s first look from the film.

Katrina will play the role of an outrageously beautiful performer called Suraiyya in the film. Her beauty is said to make men go weak in their knees and a dancer so great that people throng to catch a glimpse of her moves.

Previously, the makers released the motions posters of Amitabh Bachchan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and British actor Lloyd Owen, who is tentatively playing the antagonist in the film.

Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, Thugs of Hindostan is said to be based on Philip Meadows Taylor’s 1839 novel, Confessions of a Thug. The film releases November.

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Alia confirms Mahesh Bhatt’s return as a director with Sadak 2

Monitoring Desk

MUMBAI: On Mahesh Bhatt’s 70th birthday, Alia Bhatt had the perfect news for her father’s fans and followers. The young superstar announced through her Instagram handle that the sequel of Sadak 2 is being directed by Mahesh Bhatt himself.

The announcement was made through a teaser that had glimpses of Sadak that released back in 1991. Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt’s montage from the film comes in after which Alia is heard humming the title track of the film as the star cast of the sequel is revealed. The female leads of the film Pooja and Alia Bhatt will be joined by the male leads Sanjay Dutt and Aditya Roy Kapoor.

Alia posted the teaser and captioned it, “On your 70th Birthday you have given me the greatest present I could ask and dream for. You are directing me! Sadak 2 is a dream come true.. What I thought will never be possible you have made possible. Thank you daddy from the bottom of my heart, soul and bones.This will be a journey of discovery.. Of life, movies, feeling and most of all.. Of a father and daughter. I love you my not-so-old man! Happy Birthday.”

This announcement has definitely made the audience extremely eager to watch what this father-daughter trio create and we’re no different.

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Tiger Shroff likely to be seen in Hollywood movie soon

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MUMBAI: Tiger Shroff, the actor who has the potential to leave all stunt doubles and dancers behind, is all set to take his chiselled physique to Hollywood. According to a leading daily, Tiger has caught the attention of a top Hollywood producer, Lawrence Kasanoff. The filmmaker flew to Mumbai over the weekend for a final round of discussions with Tiger for his next big project.

The source told the leading daily, “Along with Larry, a big studio head, some of their associates and Emmy Award-winning writer Sean Catherine Derek of the Batman series had also flown to India. Film personality Sanjay Grover, who has been a part of the project for the last one year, was also present at the meetings.” The source further added, “Larry shared the script of his film with Sanjay, who suggested they bring on board a fresh new face to play the lead and strongly recommended his childhood buddy Tiger with whom he had studied in school. Larry and his team were impressed with Tiger, who they felt has an international look, is trained in martial arts, has a large fan following and has age on his side.”

As we know, Sanjay is Gulshan Grover’s son and has previously worked as a director of Special Projects at Hollywood Studio, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), for over 10 years. Sanjay has worked on films like The Hobbit, The Zookeeper, Fame, Creed and the James Bond franchise. According to the source this is the first time that Lawrence will be working with an Indian actor as a lead and Tiger might just be seen fighting Jackie Chan, Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, in the film. Well, we’re super excited for this one.


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Young doctors protests against harassment of female doctor

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Young doctors protested against on Saturday at went on strike at various public sector hospitals in Lahore against the sexual harassment of a female doctor in a Rahim Yar Khan hospital.

According to local news channel report, Young doctors boycotted outdoor patients departments (OPDs) of the Lahore’s hospitals, adding to misery of patients.

Doctors at the District Headquarter Hospital, Vehari also observed strike, calling for measures to ensure the safety of lady doctors at health facilities across the province.

According to reports, a lady doctor after performing duties at the emergency ward of a medical facility in Rahim Yar Khan, went to take a nap in another room, when a sanitary worker followed her in and tried to sexually assault her.

However, her screams for help alerted others standing nearby who reached the spot and caught the accused.

The accused was later handed over to the police.


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Facebook launches dating service in Colombia

COLOMBIA (AFP): Facebook said Friday a dating service it teased early this year is being rolled out in Colombia.

The social media giant chose the Latin American country as its test lab because Colombians are particularly avid fans of using social networks and websites to find partners.

The new feature, rolled out in Colombia this week, allows users to create a separate “dating” profile not visible to their network of friends, with potential matches recommended based on preferences and common interests.

The service is programmed not to link up people who are already connected as family or friends, and users of Facebook Dating will also be able to block people if they wish.

A basic chat service will be available, and the site will bar strangers from sending photos, videos or links.

Some 21 million people log in to Facebook every day in Colombia, a country of 50 million people, according to the company.

“We view this as an incredible opportunity to continue helping people build relationships in meaningful ways on Facebook,” said Facebook Dating product manager Nathan Sharp.

Facebook´s chief Mark Zuckerberg in May announced plans for the new dating feature at the world´s leading online social network — while vowing to make privacy protection its top priority in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Zuckerberg was emphatic that the focus would be on helping people find partners, not flings.

“This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not just hookups,” Zuckerberg said in presenting the new feature.

He said the dating offer was built with privacy and safety in mind.

Facebook faced intense global scrutiny over the mass harvesting of personal data by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy that worked for Donald Trump´s 2016 election campaign.

The company has admitted up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked in the scandal.

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MQM-P’s Farooq Sattar to challenge PTI’s Aamir Liaquat victory in NA-245

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Farooq Sattar has decided to challenge PTI’s Amir Liaquat victory NA-245 constituency of Karachi in the July 25 elections.

While speaking to media on Saturday, Farooq Sattar has said that he has proves and prepared an 850-page application to be submitted to the election tribunal.

PTI’s Aamir Liaquat had emerged victorious from NA-245 with 56615 votes, leaving behind Farooq Sattar who came on second with 35,247 votes.

Senior politician claimed in his petition that around 22,000 ballot papers were found missing in NA-245 alone. The petitioner demands that the victory notification of Aamir Liaquat from NA-245 be declared void until the case hearing completes.

On September 13, Sattar resigned from the party’s Rabita Committee, the top decision making forum of the party over ‘personal reasons’, and submitted his resignation to the party.

His resignation came after a week when he publicly stated that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf offered him to contest the upcoming by-elections from NA-247 on the party ticket.

Sattar had also lost the NA-247 seat to PTI candidate Dr Arif Alvi during the July 25 elections, but the seat fell vacant after Alvi’s election as the president.