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CJP checking quality of milk, litigation waiting for solution of cases in courts: Nawaz

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ISLAMABAD: The disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Chief Justice of Pakistan inspecting the health institutes and checking the quality of milk while the petitioners have been waiting for generations for the solution of their pending cases.

Former Nawaz Sharif said this while talking to media persons on Wednesday outside the accountability court as he appeared before the court in corruption case. Nawaz termed the recent senate elections suspicious and adding that he does not know the inside story but what former President Asif Zardari is up to is shameful.

Regarding the Senate election, Nawaz said that this was the result of backdoor maneuvering by Asif Zardari and Imran Khan that the government in Balochistan was changed and loyalties were sold for the Senate elections.

Nawaz Sharif added that he was not allowed to go to London to hold decisive meetings with doctors regarding his wife’s health. When a journalist asked why he did not go when he had five days off from hearings, he replied that the journey alone would have taken two days and the rest of days fell on weekend when the doctors do not work.


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The world’s fastest zip wire in North Wales just got faster

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It’s a good week for anyone with an interest in hurtling themselves down a wire at 125mph.

Zip World in North Wales has just unveiled its new zipline Velocity 2. The wire allows riders to glide 25mph faster than on the original Velocity, unveiled as the world’s fastest in 2013..

With a steeper decline (now 20 degrees), Velocity 2 lets visitors travel from 0 to 60mph in under 10 seconds before reaching the top speed of 125mph – equal to the legal limit for standard trains in the UK, and 5mph faster than the speed at which you fall when skydiving.

Zip World has also doubled the capacity of the zipline, meaning that four people can enjoy a “flight” at the same time.

Sean Taylor, the co-founder of Zip World, said: “Velocity 2 is the fastest zipline in the world and it’s right here in North Wales, the adventure capital of Europe

“The brand new experience features custom made technology developed by our world class team, to increase speed, accessibility and comfort for our riders and spectators alike.”

Zip World is located in the Penrhyn Quarry in North Wales, seven miles south of Bangor. Riders fly over 500 feet above the water, and will experience views to Snowdonia, Anglesey and the Isle of Man on clear days.


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10 IS killed AAF airstrikes

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JAWZJAN: At least ten Islamic State militants were killed and five others were injured during airstrikes conducted by the Afghan Air Force in Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.

Afghan Military told Afghan media outlet that the airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of the restive Darzab district. Officials told that forces targeted in Qazal Qeshlaq, Darya Khana, and Pesta Bazar areas of the district.

This comes as the local officials said Tuesday that ISIS militants launched a coordinated attack on security posts in Darzab district late on Monday night.


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Six ANA soldiers injured in roadside IEDs explosions

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KABUL:  Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) has confirmed that as many as six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were injured on Wednesday morning after two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were exploded in Macroryan area of Kabul city.

According to MoD issued statement, the IEDs had been placed alongside the road and were exploded when an ANA Ranger vehicle drove by.

So far no group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the incident.


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Pakistan has restored peace on its side of Pak-Afghan border: ISPR

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ISLAMABAD: Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor has said that Pakistan established peace on its side of the border with Afghanistan and adding that now its Afghanistan responsibility to eliminate the terrorists from its side.

DG ISPR said this while giving interview to private news channel. He said that Pakistan always supported peace process in Afghanistan and will do it again.

While replying to a question, he said that we never said that it has influence on Taliban in Afghanistan.

Talking about the presence of the army in Swat despite an improved security situation, Ghafoor said that in Malakand Division there are two districts which share a border with Afghanistan from where we still face a threat.

Revealing that currently there are only six check posts within Swat, he said that in 2008-9 there were some 70 posts of which 55 were inside Swat and then in 2016 they were reduced to 21 and now there are only six.

He further stressed that peace has been restored in Swat and the security situation is markedly better than what it was in 2008-9.

He clarified the Bajwa doctrine that the Parliament is supreme and amendments are their responsibility.

Upholding that devolution of power and empowering provinces is a good step towards countering security threats, DG ISPR said, “Capacity building should be done.”

He added that no written document or policy document has been issued on the doctrine.

While answering to a question regarding the upcoming elections, he added that Pakistan Army wants timely election as it is very necessary for the development of Pakistan.

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Youth shot dead in Lahore

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LAHORE: One Jamil was killed when armed men opened fire on him in Karamat Colony of Lahore city on Wednesday.

Police said that the alleged culprits Asim and Babar shot dead a youth identified as Jamil over personal grudge in Karamat Colony, Mustafa Town area of the city.

The culprits fled the scene after committing the murder and the body was shifted to hospital for postmortem.

The police after registering a case against the murderers have started raids for their arrest.

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MQM-P MNA Qureshi likely to join PSP

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KARACHI: Federal lawmaker of Mutahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Muzammil Qureshi will likely to join Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) on Wednesday after relinquishing MQM-P.

Muzammil Qureshi will announce his decision in the presence of PSP President Anis Kaimkhani at Pakistan House. Qureshi was elected MNA from NA-253 in 2013. He has also remained Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) in the general elections of 2008.

He was related MQM-P group led by Farroq Sattar.

Muzammil Qureshi was also nominated as the member of Rabita Committee in intra-party elections.




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PPP will not accept engineered elections

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NAUDERO: Senior leadership of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) decided to not accept the engineered election and adding that they will not allow any force to disturb the free and fair elections.

This was decided in the Central Executive Committee of the Pakistan Peoples Party of Pakistan on Tuesday night. The meeting was chaired by party chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari in Naudero.

Senior PPP leaders such as Khursheed Shah, Nafeesa Shah, Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, Sherry Rehman along with Aseefa Bhutto Zardari and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari attended the meeting.

After the meeting, Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari shared details of the meeting and remarked that the party decided that it will resist in case of any force violated the free and fair elections.

Bokhari added that PPP has agreed that general elections will be held on time and also demanded to restrict the banned outfits for including in the politics with different names.

The PPP leaders also condemned the recent wave of terrorist attacks in Quetta as well as Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, shared Bokhari.

The committee also hailed the efforts of Sindh government especially in health and education sectors and those personalities who have played an integral role in strengthening democracy in Pakistan.

Bokhari remarked that the PPP leadership has agreed to not allow the name of Islamabad airport to be changed.

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Avenfield properties case: Nawaz, Maryam reach accountability court for hearing

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ISLAMABAD: The disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam have reached the accountability court hearing corruption cases proceedings against them.

Nawaz and his daughter arrived from Lahore via a private plane after having missed yesterday’s hearing of the Avenfield properties reference owing to inclement weather.

Khawaja Haris, counsel of Nawaz will continue today his cross-examination of Wajid Zia, who headed the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) which probed the Sharif family assets last year.

The case, based on a reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the Supreme Court’s directions, pertains to the Sharif family’s London apartments.

At the last hearing on Tuesday (yesterday), the court had directed Zia to approach the Supreme Court for obtaining the JIT report’s volume X.

Zia is being cross-examined since the last few hearings after having recorded his statement earlier over several weeks.

The corruption references, filed against the Sharif family, pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.

Nawaz and sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference only.

The two brothers, based abroad, have been absconding since the proceedings began last year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the court.


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Apex court to hear contempt petitions against Imran, Nawaz today

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court will hear contempt petitions against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan, former prime and former chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Wednesday.

The petition against Imran Khan was filed by senior lawyer Naseer Ahmed Kiyani and accused him of making derogatory remarks against Iftikhar Chaudhry, former CJP.

Moreover, the court will also take up contempt of court petitions against Nawaz Sharif and Iftikhar Chaudhry. The petitions have been filed by lawyer Riaz Hanif Rahi.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar, will hear the contempt petitions.

On March 14, the apex court had dismissed contempt petitions against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and federal ministers Daniyal Aziz and Khawaja Saad Rafique.