Asif Mehmood

The Prime Minister, finally awakening from an apparently deep slumber, has ordered an operation (sic); would it suffice to restore peace to the terror hit Pakistan is anybody’s guess because the issue is not merely restoring the rule of law; it is of social, moral, intellectual and institutional disorder as well and what we need is not only a halfhearted operation but also a complete regeneration of our society and outright reconstruction of our state...

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Flood submerged 50 villages in Pannu Akil

PANO AKIL, Sept 19 (DNA): Flood water has entered the rural areas of Pano Akil engulfing more than 50 villages completely. Kheraj Goth, Samoun Goth, Somra, Sanghi, rural districts of Union Council Noraja along with 25 rural districts of Union Council Sadoja are inundated in flood water. Nothing yet has been done in order to facilitate the transfer of flood victims neither could any relief activity be witnessed. A Non-Government Organization (NGO) has set up a medical camp at Somra Bacha dyke, which is without any doctor. No relief activity by the government has been initiated near the dykes so the people have started to migrate on their own. Harvest including crops of rice, sugarcane and...

Policemen attack case: ATC grants bail to PML-N MPA Shoaib Idrees

FAISALABAD, Sept 19 (INP): An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Faisalabad on Friday approved Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MPA Rana Shoaib Idrees’ bail against surety bonds worth Rs300,000 in policemen attack case. ATC Judge Ishtiaq Ahmad was hearing the case. During the hearing, Idrees was produced before the court and PML-N MPA’s lawyer requested the court to grant bail to his client. The Khurarianwala police on July 19 had registered a case against Idrees for attacking three police officials. Sub inspector of Jaranwala police station, Riyasat Ali was injured when Idrees and his men had barged into the police station and attacked the policemen. His men had freed three men from the police station, damaged furniture and demanded weapons from the police. Despite denying allegations,...

Election tribunal orders re-poll on NA-267

QUETTA, Sept 19 (INP): The Balochistan Election Tribunal on Friday ordered re-election in NA-267 after finding evidence of poll rigging. During May 11, 2013 general elections, the tribunal had rejected the victory of Nawabzada Khalid Magsi as an independent Member of...

Former President pays homage to Murtaza Bhutto on his death anniversary

ISLAMABAD, Sept 19 (NNI): Mir Murtaza Bhutto will be remembered as the scion of Bhutto family who endured the rigours of exile, witnessed the tormenting of his mother and sister, the assassination of his father and his younger brother but who refused to compromise...

Encroachments outside Benazir Hospital causing trouble to patients

RAWALPINDI, Sept 19 (DNA): The illegal parking and encroachments outside Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) Rawalpindi are badly hampering patients’ daily movements towards the hospital. Relatives of patients told DNA that due to encroachments outside Benazir Hospital they faced great difficulty while going towards Benazir Hospital along with their patients. It is seen that fruit vendors’ pushcarts and illegal parking of taxis, Suzukis and rickshaws outside the Benazir Hospital cause great trouble to patients and their relatives in their movements. Traffic wardens who are seen seldom there have also failed to get citizens rid of this situation as it has become order of the day for the patients...

PARC signs MoU with NTS to facilitate recruitment of manpower

ISLAMABAD, Sept 19 (INP): Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and National Testing Services (NTS) Pakistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday here at PARC (HQs). Under this MoU, the NTS will facilitate PARC in recruitment of manpower of various categories as and when required by PARC on the terms and conditions agreed between the parties. Both the organizations have declared Mr. Munib-ur-Rehman, Manager (Coordination and Marketing) NTS and Mr. Muhammad Mansha Akhtar, Deputy Director (HR) PARC as focal persons / liaison officers to implement the MoU. Dr. Munir Ahmed, Secretary PARC and Dr. Tahir Hameed Ullah Khan, Sr. Manager NTS signed the MoU whereas Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman PARC was present on the occasion. INP ...

EOBI playing vital role for workers’ welfare: minister

ISLAMABAD, Sept 19 (DNA): Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashid said that Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) is playing a crucial role for the welfare of industrious and diligent workers...

PEW lauds govt efforts to reduce energy poverty despite political crisis

ISLAMABAD, Sep 19 (INP): The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Friday lauded the government for keeping energy high on agenda despite political crisis so that energy poverty can be reduced in the country. Well-being of large numbers of people in developing countries...

Kashmir leaders hail British lead, demand Scots-style vote

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SRINAGAR: A top Kashmiri leader Friday urged New Delhi to follow Britain’s lead in allowing Scotland’s independence referendum and let the Himalayan region hold a similar vote. While violence...

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Scottish voters reject independence from UK

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England.

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England. EDINBURGH (AP) - Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political...

Modi ‘expresses concern’ to Xi on disputed border issues

NEW DELHI: India’s prime minister expressed concern to China’s visiting President Xi Jinping Thursday about “incidents” on the two countries’ disputed border, as a stand-off between troops at the frontier overshadowed...

UK Muslim leaders call for release of Briton held by IS

LONDON: Muslim groups across Britain called on Thursday for the release of British hostage Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker captured in Syria whose life was threatened in a recent video released by Islamic State militants. Henning...

Clashes in Bangladesh after top Islamist spared death sentence

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s highest court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence on a top Jamaat leader, triggering angry protests by both his Islamist supporters and secular opponents and clashes with police. In a surprise ruling, the...

Britain needs more devolution and true local autonomy

Francis Matthew Today Scotland votes and tomorrow we will know if the United Kingdom will survive or will have to change. The vote will be close and there is a real danger that the passion on both sides that have come to the fore in the last few weeks will merge into bitter recrimination and hatred....

Russia a greater danger than Isil

Martin Wolf   Russia is both a tragedy and a menace. In an article in the Financial Times on Sunday (republished by Gulf News on Wednesday), Sergey Karaganov offered an arresting insight into the blend of self-pity and braggadocio currently at work in Moscow. It is as depressing as it is disturbing....

A bold gesture by 43 Israelis against injustice

George S. Hishmeh It was gratifying to learn this week that 43 veterans of an elite and secretive Israeli intelligence unit of the Israeli military have gone on record declaring that they would no longer...

Yan Vaslavskiy

Russia sanctions: Policy of provocation? After more than 20 years of US investment in Ukrainian “democracy”, which, according to Victoria Nuland, a US assistant secretary of state, has cost...

Scottish referendum: Some lessons to learn

  After a historic referendum Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided to remain a part of the United Kingdom. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout. Scotland enjoying 307-year union with England but in the recent past...

Dr Aafia; Daughter of Pakistan left at the mercy of circumstances

Country has entered in to very crucial phase as the political arena representing total chaotic scenario, IDPs remained confined to their camps, seeking more help, thousands of villages, major cities lay submerged with floodwaters that left thousands people drowned. There are also very important issues...

Handling calamity and character assassination

Islamabad police on Wednesday requested the acting Chief Commissioner to form a joint investigation team to probe murder case against the eleven accused including PM, CM Punjab and others. Though nominating...

Rule of law, patience hold the key to political impasse

  PTI Chairman Imran Khan Tuesday urged the judiciary and Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasirul Mulk to safeguard fundamental rights of ordinary Pakistanis and the democracy. Imran Khan has said...