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EU criticize Israel for abolishing Palestinian schools in West Bank

F.P. Report

JERUSALEM: The European Union condemned and criticized the actions taken by Israeli forces to dismantling three Palestinian schools in the occupied West Bank just two days before the end of holiday and starting of classes in these schools.

A school of Arab community was destroyed in eastern West bank on Monday and a primary school in was also demolished the next day in the southern West Bank.  Solar panels used for getting power another schools were also removed from these schools.

Some schools in the area were opened now after the summer holidays while the remaining children will return to their schools in coming week.

Israeli officials said that these schools were build illegally in the area and they did not have the permission of running the schools in this area. Mostly European Union provides funds to such projects with the aim to provide education to the children of the area.

EU showed great concerned over the recent actions of Israeli forces and destroying the Palestinian schools in Bedouin communities in the occupied West Bank and said in a statement that every child has the right of education and no one has the right to create problems for children in getting education.

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Security force repulse Taliban attack in Baghlan

F.P. Report

BAGHLAN: Local officials told media persons that security Forces repulsed the Taliban fighter attack in Doshi district of Baghlan Province and they were pushed back to their hideouts.

The clash was started when Taliban insurgents attacked the center of the province and dozens of people were injured in it while the others managed to flee from the area and the main highway of Baghlan-Kunduz was closed for hours because of the clash between the two groups.

Footage from a battle line close to Baghlan-Kunduz Highway shows civilians – mostly women and children – running from the area while military tanks and soldiers are firing at the Taliban.

“It was 3pm when people shouted that the Taliban has come to the street. We ran and I narrowly escaped two bullets,” said Abdul Wahid, a resident of Doshi district, who was fleeing with his family.

“No we left everything at home. We were washing the carpets when we heard the fight. I took my baby son when he was sleeping and we left our house,” said Hajira, another resident of Doshi, who was cleaning their house ahead of Eid-ul-Aha.

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Security forces took control of Janikhel

F.P. Report

PAKTIA: Afghan Army officials have said that they have taken the control of Janikhel district of Paktia province after conducting military operation in the area on Thursday evening.

Commander of Afghan National Army’s Corps, Major General Abdul Wase Milad said that in the military operation Commando and police took part in it and it was continued for four hours in the area and retakes the area which was fallen to Taliban 15 ago.

The Janikhel district was first fallen to Taliban on July 25 and two later forces took it back from the insurgents and later again the Taliban were in power push back the forces and take control of the area.

The security forces launched operation against the Taliban fighters and push them back to take control of the Janikhel district.

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Under Erdogan leadership difficult for Turkey to become a member of EU: German FM

F.P. Report

BERLIN: German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Garbiel has said it is difficult for Turkey to become a member of the European Union as long as Tayyip Erdogan is leading the country as he was not serious in talking with the EU in this regard.

This he said while giving interview to popular newspapers and it will likely further inflame the relations between the two countries after Erdogan advised German Turks to boycott Germany’s main parties in coming election.

Gabriel said that it is quite clear that under the leadership of Erdogan, Turkey will never be a member of the EU and that is because the Turk government and Erdogan are going far away from everything for which Europe stand for.

EU leaders have shown concerned over the Erdogan operation against the rivals in the country before and after the military coup against his government last year in July.


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Heavy rain disrupt daily life in twin cities

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Heavy rain with gusty winds was continued in the twin cities and adjoining areas and it lashes out the area, because of heavy rain the rainwater entered in the premises of Benazir Bhutto International Airport on early Friday morning.

After several hours the authorities were not able to drain out the rainwater which was creating problems to the passengers as their luggage and other carrying materials were completely wet.

The rainwater also entered in the houses and bazaars of the area and affeceted the number of shoppers, and it also disrupted electricity supply in the twin cities for several hours and army have been on alert in Rawalpindi in case of any emergency and they were seen in Rawalpindi streets.

Emergency was also imposed in the hospitals to avoid any unexpected situation after the heavy rain in the area.

Pakistan Meteorologist Department (PMD) in its weather forecast predicted that in the next 24 hours rain along with gusty wind is expected in different parts of the Upper KP including Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan divisions and upper Punjab areas including Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, and Lahore divisions, Islamabad, FATA and Kashmir.


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Rangers arrest four target killers in Karachi

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Rangers arrested four suspected target killers in a targeted conducted operation in different parts of the Karachi.

As per details, Rangers Force conducted a targeted operation at the Jahangir road area of Karachi and arrested four target killers and they were working for the militant wing of a political party.

Sources within Rangers said that the arrested killers were involved in different murder cases and they were shifted to some unknown place for further investigation.

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Malnutrition ratio in KP beyond 40 % , 1.8 million children stunted in province

Wisal Yousafzai

PESHAWAR:  Speaker in a seminar urged the provincial government to take effective measures on malnutrition and food emergency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as the ratio of malnutrition is beyond 40 % in the province.

This was shared in a seminar scaling up nutrition (SUN) Cell Planning and Development (P&D) Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in collaboration with Unicef, for the awareness and sensitization session for print and electronic media here in a local hotel on Thursday.

Dr Aien Khan Afridi from UNICEF said that 161 million children under five-year-of-age across the globe were suffering from stunting and 51 million from wasted body. He said the number of children suffering from stunting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was 1.8 million and in Federal Administered Tribal areas 400,000 while that of wasted body was 700,000 in KP and 100,000 in Fata.

He said 41 million children below five were suffering from overweight, adding 57 countries out of the 129, where data was collected, have serious levels of both under nutrition and adult overweight (including obesity). He said malnutrition also cause obesity. “Every fat person is not healthy but malnutrition also causes obesity,” he added.

Chief Health Officer,  P&D department and Focal Person SUN, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Babar Khan said that malnutrition only not mean access to food but some time not eating the nutrition-rich food also cause malnutrition. “Lack of knowledge about the amount of nutrition in food or fruits also can lead to malnutrition in a child,” he added.

He said situation was alarming in Pakistan as 40 percent of the children were born with malnutrition. He said that malnutrition was not attached to a single factor or can be handled by a department. “It is multi-sectorial and multi departmental. All the line departments including the health, agriculture, Food, Education, Public Health and others are being involved to address the malnutrition issue,” he added.

He said the Planning and Development Department was being launching the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Spring project in four districts to work out the malnutrition problem.

He said the government had allocated Rs 800 million funds for the three-year project, adding Rs100 million would soon be released shortly for the first phase of the project.

He said under the project all the government departments would be engaged to address the issue of malnutrition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Dr.Jamil from UNICEF said that education and awareness is very necessary for malnutrition and media can play a good role to sensitized and educate people about malnutrition.

He further added that in northern and south district where malnourished ratio is higher, adding that the government take the matter serious and work for the malnourished children in the province.

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PML-N believes in Rule of law: Tariq Fazal Chaudhry

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry has said our leader never spoke anything against the Supreme Court and its judges and adding that they only showed reservations over the court verdict Panama case which is our right.

Speaking to local media channel, he said that the case was about Panama and Nawaz Sharif was disqualified over Iqama which is point raising question and we always showed concerned over it.

He said that we believe in the rule and every institutions needs to be work within its limitations and if the PM was disqualified on the right charges than the situation will be different and we would not showed reservation over it.

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NSC meeting: Pakistan strongly rejects US allegations

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ISLAMABAD: A National Security Committee (NSC) was held in the chair of PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in which country’s top security personalities were present and they reviewed the US policy for Pakistan and Afghanistan and strongly rejected the US allegations of proving safe heavens to the terrorists.

A statement was issued after meeting, that peaceful Afghanistan is in the Pakistan interest and Pakistan always provided assistance for the rehabilitation of Afghanistan and also providing home to millions of Afghan since 80s.

Regarding India, it said that India is the part of problem not a solution and India cannot be only responsible for peace in the region. The meeting said that Pakistan nuclear weapons are in safe hand and adding that Pakistan is a responsible nuclear power and now the international community needs to stop spreading that false news.

Pakistan was facing terrorism from the across the border and instead of stopping the US leveled baseless allegations against Pakistan which is not acceptable.


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Pakistani American businessman appeals to Chinese officials

Appeal to Excellency Ambassador of China to Pakistan Excellency Ambassador of China to America Police Chief, Tianjin China   My name is Mohammad Khalid Khan. I am Pakistani having business based in America and Pakistan. My American based company, Afpak Consultants LLC recently did a business transaction with Chinese based company in Tianjin namely, Tianjin Huichao International Trading Company Limited. The said Chinese company cheated me for over one hundred thousand US Dollars. I have already registered a police case against the said company in Tianjin, a copy of the police report is below. Excellency, I went to Tianjin China myself in the month of June 2017 and signed a contract with Tianjin Huichao International Trading Company Limited at their office. I then uploaded two containers of copper wire weighing twenty five tons each from the warehouse of the said company. I also transferred the amount of almost one hundred thousand US dollars from my bank in America to the bank account of the above mentioned company at Industrial Bank of Korea (china). The shipment was CIF, which means that the above company, Tianjin Huichao International Trading Company Limited was responsible for shipping the consignment from port of the departure to port of destination, which was Jabal Ali port, UAE. Upon receiving the containers in UAE, it was discovered that my two containers instead of having fifty tons of copper wire had fifteen hundred kg of trash wire. I then again immediately went to Tianjin China in July 2017 and registered my case with the police authorities. After providing the Chinese police with all relevant proofs they have now accepted my case, copy of which is below. It is humbly requested that my financial loss may kindly be recovered at the earliest and restore the confidence of the Pakistani businessmen dealing in China. I fail to understand how such cheaters are allowed to register a company in China, establish an office, establish ware house, open company bank account and hire staff members. Keeping in view the game changer plan, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), it is very important that both Pakistan and China give exemplary punishments to those businessmen who are involved in criminal activities. Cheating international businessmen is a crime which should not be tolerated by governments of both the countries. I humbly request you for help and support. Khalid Khan Chairman Afpak Consultant LLC +13012565138