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Mexico quake: Death toll rises to 96

Monitoring Desk

MEXICO CITY: Death toll rose to 96 in the Mexico earth quake as the rescue teams continue to recovered bodies from the rubbles.

The earthquake on Thursday has destroyed everything in the area and it was the strongest earthquake of the history, the latest deaths were reported in the southern state of Oaxaca.

At least 12,000 homes were damaged and called on those affected to make their own way to shelters because it was proving impossible to distribute aid house by house said by Oaxaca´s governor Alejandro Murat.

Mexican seismological authorities measured the quake at 8.2, making it a magnitude greater than the 8.1 quake that killed 10,000 people in Mexico City in 1985.

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World XI tour will open gates of international cricket in Pakistan: Imran Tahir

F.P. Report

LAHORE: South African leg spinner, Imran Tahir has said that he is delighted to be a part of the World XI to visit Pakistan and this will surely open the doors of international cricket in Pakistan.

Tahir said this while talking to media persons at Qaddafi stadium Lahore. He said that the basic aim of World XI tour to Pakistan is to bringing smile on Pakistanis face and also play our role in bringing back the cricket to Pakistan.

Imran Khan who is originally belongs to Pakistan, said that it was my wish to play on my home ground and in front of family members which will be fulfilled in this World XI tour to Pakistan.

Throwing light on the composition of World XI, he said the touring side is a combination of the world’s best talented players and this series is of greater importance for them to see the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan.

Tahir added that Sarfraz Ahmad, all-rounder Shoaib Malik and Fakhar Zaman are the best players of the Pakistan team.

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Three persons including two civilians killed in Baghlan

F.P. Report
KUNDUZ: At least three persons including two civilians were killed in clash between the security forces and Taliban fighters in Borka district of Baghlan province.

Police spokesman, Zabihullah Shuja told media that Taliban attacked a security convoy in Borka bazaar of Baghlam province.

He added that Taliban fighter namely Mullah Salah-u-Din aka Ayubi was killed and two others were injured in the in the clash and it is said that the deceased was the brother of Taliban’s shadow governor for Nahrain district.

Two civilians were also killed as a result of firing from both sides, he added.

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Operation against militants to be launch soon in Helmand says Barmak

F.P. Report

LASHKARGAH: Afghan Interior Minister, Wais Ahmad Barmak has said that operation against armed groups would be launched in Helmand province.

This he said while talking to media persons after attending military conference during his visit to Helmand. Representatives of NATO forces were present in the ceremony.

He added that he visited Helmand with the aim to evaluate the security situation in the area and adding that government will provide all necessary equipments to police and other departments to make sure the safety of masses.

He promised that all the problems will be address that police forces were facing in the area and positive changes would be brought in Helmand province.

Helmand is a restless and war-affected province and Taliban are in control of most of the province.

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SC will resume hearing of Imran Khan disqualification case today

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court will resume hearing the disqualification case of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan’s disqualification today.

PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi filed a petition against Imran Khan and SC three member bench started hearing of the case. The three member bench comprising  by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Umar Ata Bandial.

The applicant seeks disqualification of Imran Khan and Jehangri Tareen for not declaring their assets and ownership of offshore companies.

The last hearing for the case was held on August 3, after which it was postponed until further notice.


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Police arrest 14 suspects fro Karachi during search operations

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Police arrested 14 suspected persons in a different search operations conducted in parts of Karachi last night.

Police arrested one suspect identified as Mansoor from the Gizri area of city and recovered contraband from his possessions.

13 other suspects were detained following a raid in the Baloch Colony area, security officials stated.


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Revised US policy: PM Abbasi to chair cabinet meeting today

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minster, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair a federal cabinet meeting to discuss the revised US policy for the region and also discuss the political situation of the country.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will also brief the cabinet regarding the steps taken on the diplomatic level with his visits to neighboring countries.

Several cabinet and National Security Committee (NSC) meeting were chaired by PM Abbasi to deliver a strong stance to US President in which he blame Pakistan for providing safe heavens to terrorists.


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COAS apprises Australian leadership about Pakistan Army’s efforts for peace, stability

RAWALPINDI (INP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday reached Australia on two days official visit on invitation of Australian Army Chief.

According to ISPR, upon arrival at the Defence Forces Headquarters in Canberra, COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa was given a tri service Guard of Honour. COAS called on Australian Army Chief Lieutenant General Angus J. Campbell and the Naval Chief Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett.

Later, COAS also met Australian Foreign Minister Ms. Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Ms. Marise Payne AR at Australian Parliament House.

During these meetings with Australian military and civilian leadership, COAS highlighted regional security situation and Pakistan Army’s contributions towards peace and stability.

Army Gen. Bajwa speaking on the occasion said that while Pakistan will continue to support all peace efforts however we expect that our security concerns are also addressed.

The COAS said that Pakistan has improved security situation and has a key role in regional economy.

The Australian leadership appreciated Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism and expressed commitment to further improve the bilateral collaboration in defence and security.

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NAB’s performance totally disappointing says Siraj-ul-Haq

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LAHORE: Ameer, Jamat Islami Senator Sirajul Haq Monday lashing out at the performance of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said that its performance had been totally disappointing.

Addressing the participants of Ehtisab March organized by the Jamaat e Islami from the Punjab capital to Islamabad on Monday at Data Darbar, he said NAB was bent upon proving ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a saint like Asif Ali Zardari.

Siraj-ul-Haq said NAB had given a clean chit to Zardari although he owned dozens of off-shore companies and now it was trying to strike a deal with Nawaz Sharif.

The Ehtisab march was given a warm send off at Data Darbar. Besides, JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, Dr Farid Ahmed Piracha, Hafiz Sajid Anwar, JI Information Secretary Amirul Azeem, Javed Kasuri, were also present on the occasion. At Kala Shah Kaku, the members of the National Labour Federation garlanded the participants of the march.

Sirajul Haq said the ouster of Nawaz Sharif had not helped solve the problem of corruption being faced by the nation which wanted accountability of all those who had plundered public money. Had Nawaz Sharif volunteered his resignation, it would have been respectable for him, he added. He further said that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar should have stepped down after a reference had been filed against him.

The JI chief said the masses wanted the plunderers to be behind the bars. He said that until and unless, the 436 persons named in the Panama leaks besides those rendering the banks bankrupt and the sugar and the drug mafias were brought to accountability, the JI would not rest. He declared that the JI would not like the process of Ehtisab to be made a joke.

He said that till the time people like Zardari, Musharraf and Nawaz Sharif were made to face the law, the cancer of corruption would continue to spread further.

Later, the participants of the march were accorded a rousing welcome at on reaching Gujranwala. The JI chief was conducted to the Sheranwala Bagh in a horse driven bugghi/ coach.

Addressing the large gathering at the spot, the JI chief said that oppressive feudal lords and capitalists, who were actually the forces of the status quo, had been ruling the country for the last seventy years and had been sucking the blood of the poor and plundering the public money with both hands.

He said that while the labourers and workers worked day and night, the feudal lords and factory owners were reaping the fruit of their hard work. The poor labourers remained from hand to mouth even after working all the day long. The common man was deprived of the basic facilities of education, health and employment. On the other hand, he said, the rulers had built palaces within the country and abroad through their ill gotten wealth.

Sirajul Haq, however, said that in order to shut the doors of the power corridors to the feudal lords and capitalists forever and to open these for the poor, the masses should get ready for a major revolution and reject the political and financial terrorist through their vote.

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Two policemen injured in Karachi gun attack

KARACHI (Monitoring Desk): Two policemen were injured in Karachi’s Rizvia Society on Monday when an unknown gunman opened fire on a police mobile during a security check.

Station House Officer Rizvia Arshad Janjua said an unknown armed motorcyclist fired at a police mobile during snap checking in Jahangirabad, injuring police constables Sirajuddin and Zeeshan Safdar, according to a police statement.

The injured policemen were shifted to a private hospital for treatment. Inspector General Police (IGP) Sindh A.D. Khawaja directed a senior superintendent of police to ensure the provision of the best possible medical care to the injured officers, the statement said.

The IGP also ordered police to initiate an investigation into the matter and bring the attacker to justice, and asked the deputy inspector general west to produce a detailed report following an inquiry into the attack.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet. However, recent attacks on police personnel in Karachi have been linked to a newly-formed militant outfit called the Ansar-ul-Sharia which has carried out at least three attacks on targeting police officials and an ex-army officer in this city since April this year.

Sources claim the group has been targeting retired and serving officers of the law enforcement agencies to create a ‘shock value’ as the victims appear to be a ‘soft target’.