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Facebook disables accounts of Saeed's political party ahead of Pak polls: Report
LAHORE, July 15 (Agencies): Ahead of the general election in Pakistan, Facebook has disabled numerous accounts and pages of the Islamist Milli Muslim League (MML), in a setback to the political outfit launched by Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa, according to a media report on Sunday. Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg had said that it was his priority to make sure his social networking website supports positive discourse and prevents interference in the upcoming elections in Pakistan, India, Brazil, Mexico and other countries. Recently, Facebook officials contacted the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and offered help to local authorities to identify and remove fake pages of different political parties ahead of the July 25 general elect...
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Imran Khan 'quietly confident' of becoming Pak PM
LAHORE, July 13 (Agencies): Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan has said that he was "quietly confident" of victory in a general election this month and that as prime minister, he would drive an anti-corruption and anti-poverty campaign in the south Asian nation. The 65-year-old opposition leader, a glamorous part of the London upper crust in his younger days, also dismissed allegations that the powerful military was working behind the scenes to favour his campaign for the July 25 poll. Oxford-educated Khan spoke in an interview on Friday as his arch-foe, ousted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, was due to return to the country and be arrested on a conviction that was handed down by an anti-graft court last week. Much of the eastern city of Lahore, the hometown of both Khan and Sha...
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5 killed, 37 injured in bomb blast targeting Islamist leader in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, July 13 (Agencies): A senior leader of an Islamist party escaped an assassination attempt when a bomb attack targeted his convoy in northwest Pakistan, killing five people and injuring 37 others in the third terror attack on a political rally ahead of the July 25 general elections. Former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) central leader Akram Durrani received minor injuries in the blast in Bannu district bordering the restive north Waziristan tribal district. The bomb was planted in a motorcycle which exploded close to the vehicle of Durrani, who is the candidate of Muttahida Majlis–e–Amal (MMA), a political alliance consisting of conservative, Islamist, religious, and far-right parties of Pakistan. Durrani was heading back from an elect...
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They want to get rid of Sikhs: Pakistan's first-ever Sikh police officer Gulab Singh
ISLAMABAD, July 11 (Agencies): Gulab Singh, Pakistan's first-ever Sikh officer who was manhandled and evicted from his home in Lahore, has alleged step-motherly treatment towards the Sikh community members living in the Islamic country. Speaking to ANI, Gulab Singh claimed that ''Pakistan wants to get rid of the Sikhs from the country.'' Narrating his ordeal, Singh said, ''I was harassed, beaten and my faith was disrespected.'' Gulab Singh, the Pakistani policeman who was forcibly evicted from his house in Lahore, said that his house was sealed with all belongings including his slippers. ''Even this 'patka' on my head is an old rag which I just wrapped,'' Singh said. Singh, however, thanked all those who supported his cause and raised the issue of alleged ill-treatment being meted ou...
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Rahaghi also suggested that a regional dialogue forum should be set up in the Persian Gulf and West Asia to resolve regional crises.
Iran, Jul 11(Agencies): Iran on Tuesday criticised India for not fulfilling its promise of making investments in expansion of the strategically located Chabahar port and said New Delhi will stand to lose "special privileges" if it cuts import of Iranian oil. Iran's Deputy Ambassador and Charge d'Affaires Massoud Rezvanian Rahaghi said Iran will end the privileges being provided to India if tries to source oil from countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iraq, the US and others to offset cuts in Iranian oil. "It is unfortunate that Indian investment promises for expansion of Chabahar port and its connectivity projects have not been accomplished so far. It is expected that India takes immediate necessary measures in this regard if its cooperation and engagement in Chabahar port is of strateg...
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Canada-based Pak Islamist claims role in preparing UN report on Kashmir
TORONTO, Jul 10(Agencies): A Canada-based Pakistani Islamist has claimed that constant assistance from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein was at his disposal while he was preparing a report on the alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. Based in Toronto, the Islamist named Zafar Bangash who is an Imam at the Islamic Society of York Region’s mosque, spoke at a conference on Kashmir in Canada’s Mississauga. He said, “I can say it to you, and I say it with all humility, but with great pride that we ‘The Friends of Kashmir’ also have a role in the production of this report. In fact, I had personal correspondence with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, e-mail correspondence in which he responded to my personal letter and e-mail sayin...
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Imran disqualified for using pics of Army chief, Chief justice on posters
ISLAMABAD, July 10 (Agencies): A candidate of Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Nasir Cheema, has been disqualified by the Election Commission of Pakistan for using photographs of country’s Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. According to a report in Pakistan-based Dawn News, the PTI candidate was disqualified on charges of violating the electoral code of conduct issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan. The issue was taken up by the election commission last week itself wherein the body had asked Cheema if the Pakistan Army Chief or the Chief Justice were related to him. The body had also questioned the significance and relation of the two with the general elections in Pakistan, scheduled for July 25. Cheema reportedly submitted his reply ...
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Imran unveils PTI manifesto ‘Road to Naya Pakistan’, says ‘will invite India’
ISLAMABAD, July 10 (Agencies): Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Monday unveiled the manifesto of his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, ahead of general elections in Pakistan. The manifesto has been titled ‘Road to Naya Pakistan’ and promises to make the neighbouring country a welfare state. A report in Pakistan-based Dawn News quoted Imran Khan as saying that the most important point in the manifesto is turning Pakistan into an “Islamic welfare state”. The manifesto comprises seven chapters, explaining details about the vision of Imran Khan’s party. Another major highlight of the manifesto is PTI’s call for curbing proliferation of arms and ammunition. Taking about the issue, Khan said that he would also invite India and hold “strategic discussions” with New Delhi. Imran Khan w...
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All 12 boys and football coach rescued from Thai cave
CHIANG RAI, July 10 (Agencies): All 12 boys and the football coach who had been stranded in the Thai cave have been rescued, Thai Navy SEALS have said. The "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels. Eight of the boys were brought out on stretchers over the first two days - four on Sunday and four on Monday. The rescuers have been learning from experience and were two hours faster in bringing the second batch of survivors out on Monday. The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said. Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from...
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Thai cave rescue
6 of 12 boys trapped rescued by divers
THAILAND, July 8 (Agencies): The final rescue mission to extract 12 schoolboys and their soccer team coach, who have been trapped in a cave for days, began on Sunday. Confirming the same, authorities said that the survivor was expected to emerge out of the Tham Luang cave after at least 11 hours. According to reports, mediapersons camping outside the cave have been asked to vacate the area. They have reportedly been moved to a nearby government office. Here are the live updates: # Donald Trump tweets about Thai cave rescue operations saying that his government is working closely with the Thailand Government to help get the children out of the cave and to safety. # As confirmed by Reuters, four more boys have exited the cave. # Two of the 12 boys have been rescued by the elite divers...
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Iran slams Trump's 'interfering' remarks on OPEC
Tehran, July 8(Agencies): Iran`s Petroleum Minister said US President Donald Trump has recently made "interfering" remarks on the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). "Political issues should not interfere in the crude market, and supply and demand should determine the final oil price," Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said, Press TV reported on Saturday. "But some political measures and instabilities spark concerns in the oil market and increase its price, including Trump`s insulting order to some OPEC members," Zanganeh said. Trump`s order for oil producing countries to raise output "is very insulting to the people of these countries and would undermine their national sovereignty and destabilize the oil market," he said. On June 30, Trump said Saudi Arabia had pledged to i...
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How Africa has become a major buyer of Chinese weapons
China, July 8(Agencies):At a time when the African continent as a whole reduced its imports of arms and ammunitions from foreign countries, China has emerged as a major player - increasing its weapons exports to the continent by 55% between 2013 and 2017 as compared to the previous five years. A report published by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has highlighted that while Africa's arms imports fell 22% in the last five years, the share of weapons imported from China grew exponentially. Previously, Russia was one of the major sources from where African countries purchased arms but the imports fell 32% in the last five years - paving the way for the Chinese to step in and make big bucks. The United States accounts for 11% of all arms and ammunition sold here. Sec...
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