Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor in an interview with a private TV channel on Tuesday called for Afghanistan to abandon its ‘anti-Pakistan lens’ and devise policies with Pakistan through an ‘Afghan lens’. Ghafoor’s statements come as Pakistan steps up a crackdown against militancy through Operation Raddul Fasaad.
Russia and China on Tuesday vetoed a UN resolution backed by Western powers that would have imposed sanctions on Syria over chemical weapons use. The measure drafted by Britain, France and the United States won nine votes in favor at the Security Council while three countries opposed it – China, Russia and Bolivia. Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Egypt abstained.
Today, 28 February, marks the 89th birthday of the greatest humanitarian of all times, Abdul Sattar Edhi. He was the man who served humanity for whole of his life and the world admired his services. But unfortunately, we lost him last year and he is no more among us. His wife had to say that we never celebrated his (Edhi) birthday when he was alive.
US President Donald Trump has said he believes Barack Obama is behind a wave of protests against Republican lawmakers, and national security leaks. He told Fox News: “I think President Obama’s behind it because his people are certainly behind it”, but added: “I also think it’s just politics”. Mr Trump offered no evidence for his claims; his predecessor in the White House has not commented.
A new report in the Wall Street Journal signals that Apple could be making a huge change for its upcoming iPhone 8 models: ditching the Lightning port, a mainstay since the iPhone 5 released in 2012. According to the Journal, Apple is planning to include “a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector.”
The interior ministry has approved request to issue red warrants for two Baloch separatist leaders Brahamdagh Bugti and Sher Mohammad both living in self-exiled in Europe. “The approval has been granted and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has formally received the directions of the Interior Ministry regarding,’ an official closed to the developments revealed this to The News here on Tuesday.
As it was officially confirmed yesterday that PSL final will be in Lahore, the govt and security agencies have started their work. Today police released the parking plan for the spectators of the match. According to the plan, army and police contingents will be hired and no parking is allowed within 400 yards of the venue. The spectators will pass through a bio-metric verification process as well.
On Tuesday, Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and elected to field first in the first playoff of the Pakistan Super League 2017 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The winner of this game will secure a place in the final of the tournament, while the losing team will get another opportunity to secure a place in the final by facing the winner of the second playoff (Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings) on March 3rd.
On Tuesday, Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman Asif Zardari returned to Karachi from Hub in a helicopter. Video footage of his arrival showed his helicopter landing at the Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim, but he did not step out of the aircraft until carpets were rolled out for him in front of the copter. Pakistani politicians have made headlines for huge security protocols, however, Zardari seems to have surpassed all.
In a press conference which was held at Aga Khan University it was announced that the clinical laboratories of University Hospital have become the first in country to be accredited by College of American Pathologists (CAP). AKUH laboratories have the largest laboratory network in Pakistan. With main clinical laboratory in Karachi, there are 250 regional laboratories and medical centers in over 100 cities.
On Tuesday, officials revealed that an Afghan policeman linked to the Taliban shot dead 11 of his colleagues at a checkpoint in the southern province of Helmand, in the latest so-called “insider attack”. The police has launched a search operation and has said that after the shooting the man fled the area, taking all the ammunition and firearms with him.
On Tuesday, Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) Chairman Najam Sethi announced that PSL will be using the decision review system (DRS) in the playoff matches. The decision to do so will allow PSL to become the first T20 league in the history of cricket to use the review system. The decision to implement DRS comes after umpires were scrutinized for making poor on-field judgments multiple times in the tournament.
KARACHI: On Tuesday, the Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar announced that the price of petrol has been increased by Rs.1.71. Additionally, the price of diesel has been increased by Rs.1.52. Petrol now costs Rs.73 per liter, while diesel costs Rs.82 per liter. No changes has been made in the prices of kerosene oil and light diesel oil.
On Tuesday, army troops, rangers and police officers met at the Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore in order to survey the security arrangements being made ahead of the Pakistan Super League final on March 5th. Najam Sethi (PSL’s Chairman) was also present for the meeting, with other members of PSL management. 5-tier security will be accorded to all players during their travel to and from the stadium.
ISLAMABAD: According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, on Tuesday, various cities in the upper parts of the country were jolted by earthquake tremors which included Islamabad, Peshawar, Swat, FATA, Chitral, and Khyber Agency. The magnitude of the earthquake was recorded at 6.0 and had struck at a depth of 10KM and its epicenter was a bordering region of Tajikistan.
LAHORE: The Punjab provincial cabinet committee on law and order met on Monday with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and has decided that both teams that are to contest in Pakistan Super League final match in the provincial metropolis will be accorded five-tier security in order to avert any eventuality. The final PSL match will be played at Gaddafi Stadium on March 5th.
Ex Sindh Home Minister and Chairman PPP Asif Ali Zardari’s former best friend Zulfiqar Mirza don’t have any chance of getting into the Pakistan People’s Party, said Zardari. Indirectly he said that some friends are tested in good times and some in bad times and it’s difficult that Zulfiqar Mirza will rejoin the party. Regarding development work in Balochistan, he was critical about the federal government.
Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit session has started off today in Islamabad. To attend session on March 1st, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday. He was given 21-gun salute in the federal capital upon his arrival, also guard of honour & a red carpet welcome. Minister for States & Frontiers Regions & other high officials welcomed the president.
The South Korean manufacturer has sent media invites for the scheduled event on 29th of March along with a teaser. Unlike any major unveiling, Samsung Galaxy S8 received quite a lot of leaks which gives many fans fair idea of the device features, however, 2 new videos related to S8 emerged before the official launch. The videos show Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in premium black and gold colors.
The United Kingdom based production house Sunset and Vine, has pull out from the final in Lahore as Dubai based company has been roped in for the match. Furthermore, Pakistan Cricket Board is seeking for new replacements for foreign commentators Danny Morrison, Alan Wilkins and Mel Jones as they are reluctant to come to Pakistan. While Ian Bishop’s contract will end at end of play-offs of the league.
During a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Russian Ambassador to Pakistan lauded Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. Alexey Yurevich Dedov paid a visit to General Headquarter (GHQ) Rawalpindi and paid condolences by his country on recent terror attacks in Pakistan. The Russian ambassador appreciated Pakistan Army’s role against terrorism and initiating several economic projects in country.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has submitted a resolution against holding Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore. According to details PTI MPA Shaneela Rawat presented the resolution. “The final should not be held in Lahore,” statement read. The reason behind the objection is mentioned as security risk. Earlier, PTI chairman Imran Khan opposed the decision taken by Punjab government and PCB.
The move by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is surprising as case of retrieving bulletproof vehicle under use of former Chief Justice Ifti¬khar Mohammad Chaudhry was in court. Nawaz Sharif approved provision of SUVs to all retired CJs of Supreme Court at public expense and will be effective after the retirement of Justice Ifti¬khar Mohammad Chaudhry. Summary submitted to Islamabad High Court.
Amit Singhal was recently hired by Uber as senior vice president of engineering before he left on Monday as asked by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to resign for not disclosing the interrogation, reported by Recode. Contrarily, Singhal condones the act and said he didn’t commit any such behavior. He worked at the Silicon Valley for 15 years and is a famous figure.
The blunder of announcing wrong best picture is not the only thing that stirred the debate on social media. The other issue of debate is clapping of actress Nicole Kidman at the Academy Awards. The actress was seen clapping ‘weirdly’ with only her palms. Different rumors and discussions started after the Awards. Some said it was because of her wet nail polish, some reasoned that she was wearing two rings.
Indian government will release 39 Pakistani prisoners spending their time across the country under a goodwill gesture. According to details the released prisoners includes 21 Pakistanis who have completed their jail time and 18 are fishermen who crossed border in Arabian Ocean. An Indian official told media that government has completed the identification process of these prisoners and will be released.
Allegations of Pakhtuns victimization raised by KP and Sindh were nullified by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and called them attempts for spreading hate against Punjab. He clarified after attending a meeting between a delegation from Pakhtun community led by Amir Muqam & Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. “Pakhtuns living in Punjab are our brothers,” he added.
The giant space agency SpaceX has announced that it will send two private tourists to travel around the moon in 2018. This voyage will mark longest a man have ever traveled to deep space. In a statement the company said “We are happy to announce that we will sent two private individuals around the moon next year,” CEO SpaceX said. “It will be first travel of a man to deep space in 45 years,” he added.
According to Afghan officials, due to closure of Torkham border, the businessmen, traders and transporters have faced worth millions of rupees loses as Pakistan hasn’t allowed them to enter in the country. The reports stated that almost 6,000 vehicles are stranded in both sides of the border. “Not only Afghans but Pakistani traders also facing millions of rupees losses due to border closure,” said official
In a recent development, it is being expected that military courts will get extension for two years instead for three years. According to reports the parliamentary committee on military courts have agreed to give the extension. Only Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is opposing this constitutional amendment. APML chairman Sheikh Rasheed told media that all leaders have agreed on extension for two years.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that no one wants international cricket in Pakistan more than him But conducting a match in Lahore right now is a major high risk. In series of tweets, Khan emphasized that arranging a single match under immense security will further showcase the security vulnerability of Pakistan and in case of any incident Pakistan’s cricket will be isolated.
FPSC credibility is badly hurt after the CSS exam paper leakage news on social media. FPSC attains the highest authority in selecting the officers who run the administration of the country and to conduct fair examination is the core responsibility. Around 500 candidates from Multan have demanded a fair probe into this matter. This isn’t for the first time, students were given access to the paper in 2014.
According to Oscars organizers PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)an accountant is responsible for mega Oscar blunder as he handed over the wrong envelope to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. The PwC partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed over the envelop of best actress instead of best picture. “And the protocol for correction was not followed to stop the presenters from announcing wrong name.”
Half-holiday for 28th February and full day off for 1st March has been made official by the district administrations due to the ongoing Economic Cooperation Organization summit. Twin cities’ authorities had issued a security & traffic management comprehensive plan. From Punjab, Islamabad police acquired hundreds of reinforcements. Today, schools & offices would be closed at 1pm owing to half-holiday.
UAE authorities started cloud-seeding operation 2 months back and it’s threatening to upset the Pakistan Super League underway. Three matches of the playoffs yet to be played in Dubai. Extraordinary rainfall in Dubai and related areas is due to 50 cloud-seeding operations in not less than 2 months. Highly unusual wet spell in Dubai showed why they weren’t properly prepared on Sunday downpour.
Last month on January 6th, Indian film industry lost its one of the most iconic actors-Om Puri. During recently held Academy Awards in Hollywood-the organizers and US film industry, paid tribute to the legendary actor. Upon this Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddique took twitter to slam Indian award shows. “The Academy paid homage to Om Puri but nobody said a word on his contribution in Bollywood. SHAME.”
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has voiced its concerns over the profiling of Pashtun community in Punjab. The General Secretary of PTI and MNA Murad Saeed showed serious apprehensions and asked Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar to intervene in the matter. In a letter, written to Nisar, PTI stated that it has concerns over ‘discriminatory’ behavior with Pashtuns on name of security measures.
Mamnoon Hussain who was appointed as President of Pakistan in September 2013, is considered to be one of the most ‘powerless’ presidents in history of country. According to inner reports the President is getting bitter by every passing day that he holds no authority and officials do not give any heed to his orders. And this was apparent when he was addressing a ceremony and called officials corrupt.
The foreign ministers’ level meeting of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) has started in Islamabad on Tuesday. While addressing the meeting, Iranian Foreign Minister Jawwad Zarif emphasized on enhanced cooperation. “Every states in this organization is facing different challenges and by working together, we can resolve these challenges,” he said. “We have to cooperate politically and economically.”
Institutes of Pakistan must be depoliticized in order to eliminate corruption and other core issues. This could be attained by practicing merit, said former Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar. Reform in the current institutes is indispensable and would help in creating ‘independent and professional’ working as according to the modern and a democratic society.
Google honored Abdul Sattar Edhi with a doodle on his 89th birthday and called him an ‘angel of mercy’. Also, Google asked people to ‘lend a hand to someone in need today’ in celebration to Edhi’s life. He was born on 28th February, 1928 and died in last July. Doodle is in a shalwar kameez along with ambulance, a woman holding a child, a hospital and also a dog which depicts welfare services of Edhi
Although US mounted wars on Iraq and Afghanistan yet remained strongest military power but Trump’s increase in military budget of more than 9% is huge. In the next fiscal year, Pentagon spending would be boosted by $54 billion in 1st budget proposal. There would be large reduction in foreign aid in that budget too, disclosed by an official on Monday at White House.
Despite a memorable ending of the Oscars, the ABC’s Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday drew only small number of audiences since 2008. According to stats, 32.9 million viewers of US watched this ceremony which is 4 percent less than the Oscars of 2016 (34.4 million viewers), revealed by Nielsen. Also, the controversy of the best picture led the ceremony past few minutes of midnight.
To expand reach of Alphabet Inc’s Google digital assistant, it comes handy in android smartphones. Last fall, it was viable and running with limited company’s products but now it has broaden its range of devices. Tech research firm IDC shared last year stats that 85% of global market using Android platform and 15% accounted for Apple Inc’s iOS. This week, Google assistant would be out in English for US.
An oil refinery that would be set by the Malaysian oil company i.e. Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) will be getting an investment of $7 billion from Saudia Arabia’s oil company, announced by Najub Razak, PM Malaysia. Petronas and Saudi Aramco took the decision to build plant which would be part of Malaysia’s Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project.
Nasr & Dehlaviyeh latest missile versions have been launched by Iran’s navy during naval exercises in the Gulf on Monday. International community already worries for the ballistic missile test and now these exercises and tests giving alarming signs to the world powers. Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan told, in southern waters of Iran, Nasr test-fired throughout Velayat 95 naval manoeuvres.
After Punjab government final verdict over the PSL final in Lahore, Najam Sethi has announced tickets sale from 1st of March, although the tickets would be available online from 28th of February. For different enclosures rates of the tickets are Rs500, 4000, 8000, & 12000. The final PSL match would be held at Gaddafi stadium Lahore on 5th March which has the capacity of 25000 spectators right now.
Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif has given a green light to hold final of Pakistan Super League in Lahore on 5th of March. Decision took many twists and turns and now it has been finalized in a high level meeting, “Law and order committee, and provincial, federal security institutions, decision to hold PSL Final in Lahore has been finalised,” said in a statement by Punjab government.
Former title holder of Miss Kurdistan and Miss Kurdistan World, Shene Aziz Ako in a video message, gave a glimpse to her fans of her excitement regarding the Pakistan Super League. She said that she is looking forward to attending the PSL final and show support for the game. Ako said that she will hopefully come to Lahore in case the PSL final will be held there.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Karachi, claimed on Monday to have arrested a dismissed policeman and his son from Hyderabad on corruption charges. The two raids that led to the arrests of Muhammad Yousuf and his son, Arif Yousuf. Muhammad used to serve as head constable in Sindh Police but he was terminated from service on corruption charges, NAB spokesperson in Karachi told.