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Fourteen policemen injured in road accident

F.P. Report

KARACHI: At least fourteen policemen were injured after a trailer collided with a police truck on Sunday in Malir area of Karachi.

The truck was carrying policemen to their training centre at Razzaqabad and in Malir area it faces the accident.

SSP Rao Anwar told private news channel that the trailer was coming wrong way and it hit the police truck in which 11 policemen were injured in it.

SSP added that the driver of the trailer was arrested.


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Nawaz, Maryam likely to appear before court on Dec 19

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz returned to Pakistan Sunday morning and they are expected to appear before the court on December 19 in the corruption references.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were in London to meet the ailing Kulsoom Nawaz who is undergoing chemotherapy in London.

Former premier had departed for London on December 4 after the court given him and Maryam exemption from appearing before the court to see his ailign wife in London.

The last hearing for the case was conducted on the 11th and the next will be held on December 19, in which both Nawaz and Maryam are expected to appear before the court.

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JI to hold protest march today in Karachi against US for recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capital

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) is all set to hold the country’s biggest march in Karachi on Sunday (today) against the US decision of declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

JI officials claimed that today’s march will be Pakistan’s history biggest and the basic aim of the protest to express solidarity with the Palestinians and register strong protest against the US president.

Party vice Chief Asadullah Bhutto and JI Karachi ameer Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman visited Hasan Square where they reviewed the preparations for the million march.

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Zardari deplores non implementation of National Action Plan

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Islamabad: “On this day three years ago the young students, the teachers and staff of the Army Public School Peshawar bore the brunt of the tyrants and religious fanatics and shed their blood that brought the entire nation together to resolve to fight the extremists to the finish. All those who were martyred in the gruesome attack on APS that day are national heroes and heroines and while we salute them we also pledge that their sacrifices will not go in vain”.

In a message on the third anniversary of the attack on APS the former President also deplored that the National Action Plan (NAP) devised to root out terrorism to avenge the blood of the martyrs had not been implemented in letter and spirit.

Failure in implementing the NAP amounts to rejecting the sacrifices of countless shuhada of the armed forces, the para-military forces, the police and the civilians in the fight against militancy and extremism, he said.

On this day we also call for bringing all perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice and accountability of those who  have failed in implementation of the NAP, he said.

The former President lamented that banned militant organizations had resurrected under different names behind the façade of charity work. FATA reforms promised in the NAP was thrown to the wind as the proposed Bill was mysteriously withdrawn from the Agenda of the National Assembly without any reason a few days ago.

Zardari demanded the government to bring up immediately before the Parliament the FATA Reforms Bill that paves way for merger of tribal areas with the Pakhtunkhwa province as part of the NAP to pay homage to the martyrs of APS Peshawar.

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PML-N serves masses with uplift projects, claims PM

Sahibzada Afridi

KOHAT: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Saturday said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government firmly believed in serving the masses with concrete steps instead paying mere lip service to public aspirations and demands.

He said the PML-N politics revolved around decency and truthfulness that was the reason, the masses throughout the country, were witnessing a string of mega development projects completed by the government.

Addressing a public gathering here, the prime minister expressed his conviction that the people would support the PML-N on the basis of its performance in next general elections to be held on time in 2018 after the completion of his government’s tenure.

The PML-N always undertook development works unlike its political opponents who only banked upon tall talks and politics of indecent talks, he added.

He said the PML-N always talked about Pakistan and stood for the unity of the country and never divided the brothers. He said a dictator had ruled over the country for eight year, followed by PPP government but no tangible development work could be initiated in the country.

In KP and other areas of the country, the people would only cite the development pr-ojects completed by Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N, he s-aid, adding, the only reason was because the PML-N had the motto of serving the people.

He referred to his earlier ground-breaking of dualisation of 128-km Sarai Gambila-Kohat Road and 73-km Pindigheb-Kohat road. He said both roads would be completed at the total cost of Rs 22 billion and Rs10 billion respectively.

During the previous regimes, the prime minister said the area did not witness any development activity and recalled his earlier visit to Kohat. He said the area people were well versed in politics and they could easily discern the difference between hollow slogans and concrete measures. They abhorred politics of mere accusations.

The prime minister also advised his political adversaries to serve the people if they wanted to enlist their support in the next general elections. In 2018, he said the elections would be held on time, the PML-N government would complete its term and go to polls on the basis of its performance, referring to its achievements in education, health, road infrastructure, and energy sectors.

The menace of terrorism was confronted and tackled by the PML-N government and now the countrymen did not feel insecurity, he added.

Every week, completed mega projects were being inaugurated whereas several others were lined up, he said fearing that few among them could not be inaugurated due to the hectic busy time frame.

The prime minister recollected the tragic incident of APS Peshawar three years back, and said after the tragedy, the political parties and Pakistan army confronted the threat collectively with the support of the nation and defeated it.

He said the law and order situation in the country had improved manifold when compared with the situation in 2013. “Now, everyone feels secure. Our hard work and sacrifices paid for peace in the country,” he added.

About FATA, the prime minister said the PML-N government had undertaken the initiative for mainstreaming of the tribal areas and introduced a bill in the National Assembly.

He said the FATA reforms process would be implemented by the PML-N which would be another feather in its cap as everyone wanted this issue to be settled and called upon the political elements to support the process. No one opposed merger of FATA with KP.

On this occasion, the people in the gathering raised their hands to support government’s efforts.

He said quality education for the females in the area was ensured with inauguration of Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) women campus.

Earlier, the prime minister was told that the women campus having all modern education facilities would be constructed at cost of Rs 987 million in three years. The campus, however, would be initially made operational at the Government Girls Degree College Billtung Kohat in February next year.

Initially the campus would have three academic blocks, including English, computer science and zoology, and later more blocks would be constructed for more departments to cater students needs.

It was a long awaited demand of the people of Kohat that was fulfilled by the PML-N Government. The girl students of nearby districts, including Karak, Hangu and Orakzai Agency, would also be largely benefited from the campus.

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Sattar declared accused in final challan of 22 Aug speech, media attack

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Police on Saturday submitted final challan in the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in which Chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P), Dr Farooq Sattar, and central leader, Amir Khan, has been declared co-accused.

An anti terrorism court in Karachi heard the case of inciting speech by Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain on August 22, 2016 outside the Karachi Press Club and subsequent attacks on media house. On the outset of proceeding, police submitted challan which said that both Farooq Sattar and Amir Khan had disowned the speech, however, there are concrete evidences as they were not only present but were also clapping when Altaf Hussain was delivering his anti-Pakistan speech.

“These were Farooq Sattar and Amir Khan who incited the workers to attack media houses. Amir Khan has also endorsed the anti Pakistan speech. In video Amir Khan said that orders of Altaf Hussain will be implemented. We don’t want to raise slogans in favor of Pakistan, Amir Khan told,” according to the challan.

The court ordered to provide copies of the challan to both Farooq Sattar and Amir Khan and set January 20, 2018 as next hearing date.

Late in November, an investigation officer on Saturday submitted before the anti-terrorism court (ATC) that request has been sent to Sindh Home Department to interrogate chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Dr Farooq Sattar, and central leader Amir Khan by Joint Interrogation Team in the 22 August hate speech case.

The officer submitted that police have already sent a letter to provincial home department, requesting to form JIT for the case.

The challan said MQM leader Amir Khan in support of MQM founder’s speech said that “after whatever has been happening [with the MQM] he no longer feels like making pro-Pakistan slogans”.

MQM leader Farooq Sattar clapped in support of Khan’s speech, the challan stated.

The suspects led weight to the incendiary speech of MQM founder, and violence against media houses could have been avoided if the two had not supported it. Their claims of not being aware of the administrative aspects of delivering the speech by the founder is a lie, the challan stated.

Talking to media after the hearing Farooq Sattar said that he and his party have distanced themselves from Altaf Hussain. To a query regarding the arrest of Hammad Siddiqui Farooq Sattar said that the terrorist wanted in Baldia factor fire case should be treated according to the law.

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Visa applications of Jadhav’s mother, wife being processed: FO

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk): The Foreign Office (FO) on Saturday confirmed that the visa applications of the mother and wife of convicted Indian spy Kulbhusan Sundir Jadhav were being processed.

“Visa applications of mother and wife of Commander Jadhav received for their visit on humanitarian grounds. Being processed,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted today (Saturday).

Sources had earlier informed Geo News that the Foreign Ministry, on Thursday, issued directives to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to issue visas to Jadhav’s wife and mother.

The FO has decided to provide maximum security to Jadhav’s family during their stay in Pakistan, sources added.

The Indian high commissioner in Pakistan will be allowed to accompany Jadhav’s family during the meeting.

FO spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal in his press briefing on December 8 confirmed that Pakistan has allowed and scheduled the meeting on December 25.

Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel was arrested on March 3, 2016, through a counter-intelligence operation from Mashkel area of Balochistan for his involvement in espionage and sabotage actives in Pakistan.

The spy, who is an on-duty officer for the Indian Navy, confessed to his crimes in a recorded video statement televised by the army last year following his arrest.

After his trial in a military court, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed the death sentence awarded by the Field General Court Martial under the Pakistan Army Act.

On April 2016, Pakistan sentenced the RAW agent to death for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi.

However, India approached the International Court of Justice over the matter earlier this year which then stayed Jadhav’s death sentence until proceedings are completed in the world court.

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Contributions to national strength best way to pay homage to Shuhada: COAS

F.P. Report

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa Saturday said that the best way to pay homage to country’s Shuhada was through contributions to the national strength in pursuit of national objectives.

He stated this during a visit to Army Marksmanship Firing Ranges near Jhelum, where he attended the closing ceremony of the 37th Pakistan Army Rifle Association (PARA) Central Meet, the mega shooting competition of the country as chief guest, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued here.

While interacting with participants, t-he COAS appreciated the shooters on their excellent standard of marksmanship. He said that shooting was one of the basic soldiering skills and mastery which was a proud achievement. “December 16 is a day that we must never forget. Our enemy hurt us on this day at Peshawar three years back,” he said.

“We have come out of this heart wrenching incident through national resilience and faith.

However, we still have a lot to do to ensure that we completely defeat them, who perpetrated that crime against us”, the COAS added.

He said while at the national level, the path was outlined in National Action Plan, at the Army level, it was the pursuit of professional excellence and commitment, which had turned the tide. In this regard, activities like firing competitions played a vital role, the COAS emphasised.

A total of 811 firers, including 142 civilians and 25 teams from three services, Pakistan Rangers, Lahore Garrison Shooting Gallery, Federal Rifle Association and Pakistan Police from Punjab, Sindh and KPK participated in 29 events during the four-week long PARA meet.

The special feature of the meet was participation by war wounded officers and soldiers, who had overcome various levels of combat disabilities. Pakistan Army’s team scored maximum points to become champion in Inter-Services Firing Competition.

The COAS awarded trophies and medals to the winners and runners-up in each category of the shooting.

The biggest military shooting honour, “The Master at Arms Trophy” was awarded to Havildar Sadiq Badshah of Bahawalpur Corps. “The President’s Cup National Challenge Match Trophy” was awarded to sepoy Azeem Shah of Army team.

The Prime Minister “Skills at Arms” big bore National Challenge Match was won by Pakistan Army. The COAS trophy was clinched by Pakistan Air Force. The Chief of Air Staff pistol match was won by Pakistan Navy. The “Best Shot Match Trophy” Gp – 2 was awarded to Naikk Nazar Ali.

Major General Ahsan Gulrez won two individual and three team medals during the competition.

Commanders of Rawalpindi, Mangla, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan, Bahawa-lpur Corps, Inspector General training and evaluation, Inspector General Arms and other senior military officers were also present on the occasion.

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Jahangir Tareen’s resignation as PTI’s secretary general approved

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has deferred decision on Saturday to appoint a fresh secretary general until verdict on review petition over Jahangir Tareen s disqualification is delivered however his resignation was approved today by party chief Imran Khan.

Core body of the party convened a meeting today to review the prevailing situation of the political front.

During the meeting, resignation tendered by Tareen as secretary general of PTI was approved by Imran Khan after he was disqualified as a Member of National Assembly (MNA) in a corruption probe on Friday.

According to the notification of the meeting issued, the party deems Tareen’s decision to resign a dignified act and that there is no comparison to be made of Tareen with ‘godfather’ and corrupt ‘Sicilian mafia’.

The party has criticised the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) by pointing out that the Constitution of Pakistan was amended to re-elect disqualified Nawaz Sharif as the president of the party.

Finance minister Ishaq Dar is not willing to tender his resignation despite being declared a proclaimed offender in an assets beyond means case, the notification reads.

The party has stated that it welcomes order of the top court to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to probe means of funding of political parties of Pakistan besides PTI.

“Unfortunately, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has disqualified me on an interpretation of a legal term. It is disappointing that the country’s highest tax paying Parliamentarian stands disqualified on a flimsy technical ground, but since the highest court of Pakistan has concluded that I am not qualified to continue as a member of assembly I bow my head in compliance of that order,” Jahangir Tareen stated in his resignation letter submitted to PTI chairman Imran Khan.

He further remarked: “I have spent all my life on principles and moral values and I feel that morally it is not justified for me to continue as Secretary General fo PTI.”

Tareen said he will always remain available to PTI as political worker in the fight against the political status quo and towards building a “Naya Pakistan”.

In his message posted on Twitter, Tareen hoped to see Imran Khan as Pakistan’s next prime minister.

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Don’t malign judiciary if verdict comes out against you: chief justice

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday hit out at those criticising the judiciary for issuing judgements that they deemed unfavourable.

Addressing a seminar in Lahore, Justice Nisar said the perception should be ended that the judiciary has become a part of a bigger plan or design.

Referring to the judiciary using the analogy of a baba (village elder), he said: “The judiciary is your baba… do not doubt its integrity,” he said.

Without naming any names, he said, “If a decision is issued against you, don’t abuse [the judiciary] by saying the baba has become a part of a design or a grand plan.

“The baba has neither become a part [of a plan], and neither will it.”

The chief justice those against whom a judgement has been issued have the right to criticise the reason behind the verdict, but “where have the plans emerged from? where have the pressures come from?”

He said no one has been born who dictated the court what line to take in deciding a case.

He said the judiciary and lawyers will have make joint efforts to provide cheap justice to the common man.