WASHINGTON: At least 352 civilians of Iraq and Syria have been killed in the US-led strikes against the Islamic State militant group, the US military said in a statement on Sunday. The Combined Joint Task Force said that 42 reports of civilian deaths were observed in its monthly assessment of fatalities from the US coalition’s operations against the militant group.
On Sunday, the Dubai government announced the launch of “Dubai Font” which would be the first typeface developed by Microsoft for a city available for 23 languages. The font was also developed in Latin and Arabic script and accessible to 100 million Office 365 world-wide users. The Dubai Crown Prince recommended that all government institutions must adopt the font in official correspondence.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan while speaking at a huge rally called ‘Huqooq-e-Karachi”, said that he was in a combat against a mafia ‘God Father’. He further said that the “God Father” has been handed over to the JIT. The rally “Rights of Karachi” was organized by PTI here at Jail Chowrangi on Sunday night. MNA Asad Umer, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Imran Ismail were seen attending the rally on Sunday.
Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday, commenting on the uproar of the Dawn Leaks investigation said that even though reservations of some state institutions were not unnecessary, but tweeting about the issue would not help in resolving it. At a prize distribution ceremony in Peshawar he said to the reporters that: issues as such should be resolved with mutual understanding.
TEXAS: At least four people were killed while scores of others were injured on Saturday when multiple tornadoes ripped through a town in Texas, authorities reported. Three tornadoes hit Canton, a city about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Dallas, the U.S. National Weather Service in Canton confirmed. “We have at least four fatalities,” Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett said in a media conference on Sunday.
Indian Army has decided to fasten up its work on installing a new and more effective fence to control “cross border infiltration” along Indian territory line. A senior officer of the Indian military told The Hindu that the new fence is to be installed because the present fence has high degradation rate due to snow and its repairing costs a huge sum of about 50-60 crore every year.
On Sunday, the Radio Pakistan has reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a dialogue to discuss the Kashmir issue, and says that Pakistan and India must settle the dispute “once and for all”. Erdogan urged both the countries to settle the dispute via negotiations and rejected any similarities between Kurdish rebels and Kashmiris.
At least eight more children which includes infants, have died in drought-hit Thar during the last three days. The recent deaths have brought and raised the death toll to 124 this year. In 2016, total fatalities of children in Tharparkar touched 479. The chief justice of Supreme Court has taken suo moto notice of the rising number of reported deaths of children.
On Sunday, West Indies team captain Jason Holder has won the toss and chosen to bat first against Pakistan on the opening morning of the second Test of the three-match series which is currently taking place at Kensington Oval in Barbados. Pakistan is also set to introduce leg-spinner Shadab Khan for his Test debut and seek the victory which would be a first-ever at the venue.
On Sunday, Pakistani and German academics and social activists had gathered at Potsdamer Platz, which was organized by Critical Pakistan in order to protest against the brutal killing of a student of journalism, Mashal Khan at the hands of an enraged mob on allegations of blasphemy. Speaking at the gathering, students and intellectuals appealed to Pakistan’s government to ensure the upholding of rule of law
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is holding its ‘Huqooq-e-Karachi’ march in efforts to protest against the day-to-day problems faced by the city’s residents such as load-shedding, water shortage and garbage disposal. PML-N leaders are also holding a rally in Karachi’s Baldia area. Imran Khan has said “Karachi is buried in filth. Money that should be spent on development of Sindh goes to Dubai instead.
According to the official Xinhua news agency,China’s domestically developed AG600, which is also the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, took its maiden flight ahead of schedule on Saturday from the southern city of Zhuhai. The AG600 was designed to extinguish forest fires and carry out rescue missions at sea. Additionally, it could be used to monitor and protect the ocean.
On Saturday, several hundred Russians had lined up in central Moscow under the gaze of riot police in order to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, who has dominated the Russian politics for 17 years, has not stated whether he will run in presidential elections in March 2018. The protest was called “We’re sick of him” and was organised by the Open Russia movement.
On Sunday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s workers have come face to face outside the Karachi Press Club, only hours before the two parties had scheduled rallies in the metropolis. A rally of the PTI was passing by while chanting anti-Nawaz slogans, which as a result provoked PML-N workers present outside the press club. Workers of both parties then hurled stones at each other.
MUMBAI: After 22 sites including social media have been shut down in Kashmir this week, the Indian activists who had previously relied on social media to share information in times of tension are frustrated by a wave of internet shutdowns. The home ministry says shutdowns help check violence. The clampdown also hurts the citizen’s right to free speech.
After the Federal Investigation Agency officials were tipped off, a raid was carried out in a private housing authority in Lahore and two doctors were arrested for running an illegal clinic selling organs. The arrested persons have been identified as surgeon Dr Fawad, anaesthesia specialist Dr Altamash, who was also the general secretary of Young Doctors Association Punjab.
During his visit to Line of Control (LoC) Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa stated that India is targeting innocent Kashmiris in desperation. The Army Chief further mentioned that Indian Army is targeting civilians and their houses during cross border firing. Chief urges Pakistani personnel to give befitting reply to Indian aggression. “But keep in mind military ethics even during fighting.”
Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif stated that as an actor she has faced a lot of criticism but now she has learnt ‘not to over analyse’ things and move on. While talking to media she said “I as an actor faces criticism but now I have now learnt to handle it gracefully. “It is heart breaking especially on something you have put your heart in but now I do not over think on it and have learnt to move on.”
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson Naeem-ul-Haq slammed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and called him a national security risk. He also targeted the premier for hiding Dawn Leaks investigation report. “PM Nawaz must resign as his conspiracy against Pakistan Army is exposed,” he demanded. Earlier, Pakistan Army also rejected the investigation report of federal government in Dawn Leak case.
While criticizing Prime Minister, daughter of Asif Ali Zardari and Benazir Bhutto-Aseefa Bhutto-gave a history lesson to him. On her social media account Miss Bhutto mentioned the women who led from front in political history of Pakistan. “History lesson for ‘PM’ Nawaz, Fatima Jinnah, Begum Liaqut Ali Khan, Nusrat Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, all women who led from front,” she stated while calling Nawaz Sharif.
Father of Abdullah Jan, the kidnapped Baluchistan Higher Education Secretary appealed Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa for recovery of his son. The 82-year old father stated that his son was abducted by armed men, one and half month ago while going to office and there is no clue of him until now. “I have become hopeless and I am writing this to help me to recover my son,” he wrote.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is conducting ‘Haqooq-e-Karachi’ March today. According to PTI sources, camps have been established across the city to mobilize people. The rally will start from Mazar-r-Quaid and ends at Chorangi. PTI leader Asad Umar stated that this rally is not for votes but for basic rights of people of Karachi. Imran Khan has also reached Karachi and will lead and address the rally.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan stated that credit for dissolution of Big3 structure goes to International Cricket Council (ICC) president Shashnak Manohar. While addressing to media, PCB chairman stated that despite being former BCCI chairman, Manohar was against this Big3 structure. Shahryar Khan expressed happiness that ICC has not become a democratic which will be good for game.
Pakistan and West Indies will clash with each other in second test match today. This is a major chance for Misbah-ul-Haq to make history against Caribbean side. The green shirts have never beat West Indies at their home ground. The home team is not at its strongest since last few years and Pakistan is looking to cash this opportunity and win its first test series at Caribbean. Match will be played today.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan slammed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his remarks about women. In series of tweets, Khan stated that if scratched, Prime Minister’s face will be unmasked and his true fascist nature will be revealed. PTI chairman further stated that Nawaz Sharif should remember that he was saved by a woman last time when his wife protested in front of General Musharraf.
British boxer Anthony Joshua knocked out Russian Wladimir Klitschko in 11th round in may be most anticipated boxing heavyweight fight. Both the young Joshua and old Klitschko showed their class, speed, accuracy and punching power during the match. The 5th and 6th rounds were the best when both opponents were knocked out by the opponent. Joshua knocked his opponent by a left hook in the 11th round of match
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has said that judges do not have room to follow personal desires and have to follow the law very strictly. “We are committed to perform our duties and serve the nation and will not forgive ourselves if fail to deliver quality justice,” the chief justice said while addressing a symposium held in Punjab Judicial Academy.Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa was also present.
Water and Power Development Authority’s member Muhammad Shoaib Iqbal has resigned from the post. An official source stated that the resignation of the water wing’s boss does not appear to be a routine matter, especially at a time when the government has various hydropower projects being carried out. Iqbal said that he resigned due to personal reasons and took the step after taking chairman in confidence.
Father of Abdullah Jan, the kidnapped Balochistan higher education secretary, has appealed to Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to take notice of the kidnapping and help to recover his son. He said his son is an honest officer and has been serving the country for the last 30 years as a civil servant in different capacities. Abdullah Jan was kidnapped on March 15 while going to the office.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah stated that the Pakistani navy is ready to face challenges in the Indian Ocean after the completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to ensure a safe environment for business and trade. He said the Pakistan navy is working on capacity-building of manpower and resources as well as collaboration with other countries for joint task forces.
An office-bearer of former president Pervez Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) was arrested by the city police in Muzzafarabad as he was accused of involvement in preparation and circulation of fake currency. Station House Office (SHO) Rashid Habib Masoodi told reporters that Javed Mughal, president of the Muzaffarabad chapter of the APML, had been charged with many cases of fraud and forgery.
The Panamagate verdict begins with the quote from Puzo’s novel: “Behind every great fortune there is a crime” which has disturbed Nawaz family. “The reference to Godfather in the [Panama Papers] judgment is disturbing. We are considering filing a review against such remarks in the apex court,” Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters. While an advocate said there have been many examples like this.
National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan is committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan and stated that it is important that both countries engage in a constructive way to eliminate the common threat of terrorism. He also emphasized the need for promoting trade and enhancing people-to-people contacts and wrote down his comments in the visitors’ book placed in the Afghan parliament.
Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar nullified media reports that operations in Karachi have slowed down and said that the operation will continue until its logical end. “I have got a briefing on the operations and say with confidence that there is no let-up in our resolve,” he said at a press conference at the governor house. He recommended the PM to make another visit to Karachi and meet officials.
The ministry in charge of Havana’s armed forces said that eight military personnel were killed in plane crash in Western Cuba. The Russian-made AN-26 aircraft crashed in a mountainous region of western Artemisa province, killing all eight on board including the plane´s crew. The plane had taken off from Playa Baracoa airport just outside the capital Havana and crashed into a mountain, Loma de la Pimienta.
United States President Donald Trump has said that his first 100 days in office were very productive and great battles lie ahead. He was talking to a rally in Pennsylvania as the crowd cheered USA! USA! multiple times. “So I have a question for you. You´ve been to a lot of rallies. First of all, is there any place like a Trump rally, in all fairness?” Trump said. He also mentioned his major accomplishments.
The 41st death anniversary of the versatile actor and comedian was observed yesterday on April 29. Munawar, the well-known artist who debuted in 1961 with his Punjabi film, “Dandian” had a remarkable career as a top-comedian and a heartthrob in the film industry of Pakistan. He was also renowned for his “out of script dialogue delivery.” Munawar Zarif died on 29 April 1976.
Britain’s Oxford University has decided to name one of its rehearsal rooms after Pakistani musician Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, making him the first South Asian artist to receive such honor. In accordance to this, Faculty of, Oxford University has arranged a concert on May 25, wherein the well-known singer will sing to bring to stage the enchantment of the 600-year-old qawwali tradition.
BOGOTA: At least twenty people died when a residential building collapsed in northern Colombian city of Cartagena, as per the statement of the mayor on Twitter, Saturday, after a two-day rescue operation. The tragic incident occurred on Thursday when a six-story building smashed down and the reasons to it are still being inspected. The emergency sources saved about 41 people while 16 were severely injured.
The Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) on Saturday blocked all access to the online free encyclopedia, Wikipedia, in order to reduce the number of Turkish users of the website. According to the Turkish media, the ban was imposed because Wikipedia had failed to remove content that played major part in promoting terror and also linking Turkey with various terror groups.
BARCELONA: World number five Rafael Nadal, moved to within one win of a 10th Barcelona title on Saturday after sweeping off Argentina´s Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the clay court event. Nadal will face Dominic Thiem in the final after the Austrian world number one Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Nadal previously won the Barcelona title back in years: 2005-09, 2011-13 and 2016.
India’s Border Security Force handed over a Pakistani teenager who had crossed into the Indian territory unintentionally in the Abohar sector in Indian Punjab, The Times of India said on Saturday. 15-year-old Razak from Kasur District, was detained by Indian forces on Friday and was handed over to Pakistan Rangers on Saturday. BSF returned over seven inadvertent border-crossers to Pakistan, this year.
MARDAN: Prime suspect of Mashal Khan lynching case, Imran in his confessional statement, on Saturday said that he killed Mashal because he (late) was guilty of blasphemy. He further added that he did not regret killing Mashal Khan. The culprit was taken to the anti-terrorism court on Friday and remanded in police custody with other five other suspects from the incident, for four days.
Pakistan’s junior hockey team on Saturday defeated the New South Wales state team by striking 3-2 in the final of Australia’s national junior hockey championship. Naveed Alam made great score during the match hours and ended up the tournament as Pakistan’s top scorer with five goals. Pakistan was leading 2-0 at the halftime and continued to maintain this score till the final whistle to win the tournament.
The Islamic State (IS) militant group killed a senior Afghan Taliban official on Saturday in Peshawar in a conflict between the rival Islamist groups inside Pakistan. Afghan Taliban sources told Reuters that Maulvi Daud along with two others was killed on Thursday. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed his fellow’s death. The IS was claimed responsible for the murder of the Taliban leader.
ISLAMABAD: On Saturday, the Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed has warned the government against clashing with institutions. The statement comes hours after the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) had rejected the Prime Minister’s orders on recommendations of the Dawn Leaks inquiry committee. Rasheed added that the government is showing reluctance in sharing the report.
HONG KONG: The world´s first museum which has been dedicated to China´s Tiananmen Square crackdown is set to once again open its doors in Hong Kong after a months-long closure while the city prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of its handover to Beijing. Chinese authorities branded pro-democracy protests in Beijing´s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989 a “counter-revolutionary rebellion”.
On Saturday, opposition Leader Khursheed Shah has demanded an immediate resignation of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar over the case of Dawn Leaks notification. Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had approved the recommendations of the Dawn leaks Inquiry committee. The portfolio of Foreign Affairs from his Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi has also been withdrawn.
ISLAMABAD: A notification has been issued on Saturday, which has resulted in Principal Information Officer Rao Tehseen’s removal from his post for his alleged role in “Dawn Leaks”. Tehseen has additionally been directed to report to the Establishment Division. Earlier, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed to initiate departmental action against Principal Information Officer Rao Tehseen.