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KARACHI: Six terrorists including a key commander of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were arrested after a police encounter in Rizvia Society of Karachi late Thursday night.

According to SSP Central, Muqadas Haider, police conducted the raid on a tip-off at a house in Rizvia society, where exchange of fire took place between police and terrorists.

Police cordoned off the house and arrested the six terrorists including the key TTP commander. The terrorists were identified as Syed Ahmed, Syed Alam, Syed Amin, Nasir Adil, Islamuddin and Muzaffar.

Police also seized a hand grenade and an explosive-laden motorcycle from their possession.

The bomb disposal squad reached the spot and defused the explosives weighing around 5kg. One policeman also sustained injured in exchange of fire.
Saeed Ajmal says ready to play for Pakistan in World Cup

LAHORE  -- In a conversation between Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Qadir on Dunya News  show ‘On the Front’, Abdul Qadir said that Pakistan direly needs the services of Saeed Ajmal.

He further added that even if Ajmal bowls with a fold on his eyes, he would fare better than the current bowlers in the Pakistani lineup. 

The former test cricketer said that had Ajmal been a part of the Pakistan squad, Indian players would have found hard to pile runs against the bowling side. 

He said that Saeed Ajmal should declare his participation in the World Cup at this instance and should he do so, the whole nation will support him.

Saeed Ajmal responded by saying that he is ready to play his part in the World Cup.

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Army Act Amendment Ordinance issued, judges to have discretion on open proceedings
ISLAMABAD– President Mamnoon Hussain has issued ordinance of amendment in Pakistan Army Act, according to which, judges of military courts will have discretion to decide whether the proceeding will be open or not.

The summary of the amendment ordinance was sent by the ministry of defense and the summary included recommendation from the Prime Minister.

Following the amendment, the judges, lawyers and witnesses will be given security and protection. The judge of the court will himself have the discretion to decide whether the proceeding of a particular case will be open or closed.

Sources said that the amendment can be applicable on existing cases; however, the military court’s judge will decide by themselves about proceeding of the case.

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Khan praises govt on positive proposals for Senate elections

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday in a rare move, praised the government’s proposals for the upcoming Senate elections.

Talking to the media at Bani Gala before leaving for an Investment Conference in Dubai, he commended government’s ‘show of hands’ policy for the Senate elections.

He added that democracies do not appreciate horse trading and that people who wrongfully acquire seats in Senate can no way help the people.

Khan, however, went on to say that PTI would not join Parliament until the formation of a Judicial Commission.

The PTI chairman while declaring 2015 as the year of elections, said that if the party’s grievances are not addressed soon, the ‘Azadi bus’ would come out on the streets again.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while chairing a cabinet meeting in Islamabad, directed all concerned authorities to curb horse-trading by use of means including taking support of constitutional amendments.
PM Nawaz meets COAS to review NAP and Operation Zarb-e-Azab

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday to discuss amongst other issues, the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP).

The two also reviewed the progress of Operation Zarb-e-Azab and its outcome on the security situation in the country.

The military operation is a major offensive against the Taliban and other militants in the tribal area of North Waziristan which was stepped up after the APS attack in December 2014.

During the meeting, the settlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from war-ravaged North Waziristan was also discussed in detail.
China Ambassador meets Raheel Sharif, bilateral issues discussed
China Ambassador meets Raheel Sharif, bilateral issues discussed
RAWALPINDI– Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) department on Monday informed that China’s Ambassador Sun Wun Dong met with Pakistan s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Shareef in the General Headquarters (GHQ).

 Bilateral issues and mutual interests were discussed in the meeting.

According to the sources, China’s Ambassador praised Pak army’s successes in Operation Zarb-e-Azb. The Ambassador also assured that China was standing with Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.

Balochistan separatist leaders travel on Indian passports: Khawaja
Balochistan separatist leaders travel on Indian passports: Khawaja

ISLAMABAD: In a startling disclosure on Monday, Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif said some 'separatist leaders’ from Balochistan travel on Indian passports.

“The separatist leaders take trips to India and get directions,” said the Defence Minister while speaking in Geo News program ‘Capital Talk’ hosted by senior anchor Hamid Mir.

He said on the heels of the launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, India suspended contacts with Pakistan on the pretext of meetings with Kashmiri leaders.

“India also escalated pressure at the working boundary and LoC (Line of Control),” he added.

The Defence Minister said India had been trying to increase Pakistan’s engagement at the eastern borders in a bid to directly or indirectly lessen the pressure against the Taliban militants.

He said despite the visit of Pakistan Prime Minister to New Delhi, Indian aggression at Pakistan's eastern border was incomprehensible.

He said there appears to be Indian hand behind the acts of terrorism in Pakistan.

“India is creating propaganda against Pakistan under a well-conceived strategy,” he said, adding, the tragic incidents of Samjhota Express and the boat tragedy prove this conspiracy.

Khawaja Asif said Pakistan can respond to India in the same coin and ‘we can also take up the issue of the recent incidents of Indian aggression at an international forum’.

He said Pakistan is also aware of the Indian attempts aimed at maligning Islamabad internationally.

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CCTV footage helps unfold the  mysterious murder of model Areeba Iqbal

LAHORE: Punjab Police said: A suspect connected to the murder of rookie model Areeba was arrested on Monday as the mystery surrounding the killing unfolded through CCTV footage.

According to SSP Ayaz Salim, Areeba’s body was found in a suitcase at a bus station in Lahore’s Johar Town on January 13. Post-mortem later confirmed that she was raped before being murdered.

The rookie model, who has been identified by her real name Abeera Iqbal, was a student at Punjab University and lived in a hostel.

Areeba reportedly went to meet suspect Tooba, whose original name has been disclosed as Uzma Rao, a day before her ruthless murder as both of the young girls shared the same passion of making a name in the modeling and fashion industry.

In the CCTV footage, Tooba can be seen along with a man dropping off the suitcase at the bus station in Johar Town.

SSP Salim said that the police have arrested Tooba while raids are being carried out in search of the other suspect.
Governor meets Imran Khan, announces IDPs committee
Governor meets Imran Khan, announces IDPs committee
PESHAWAR: Governor KPK Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan on Monday announced constitution of a high level committee for the resolution of problems confronted by the IDPs and tribal people.

The announcement was made during a meeting with Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan and tribal elders at Governor House here.

Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan will head the committee while the other members include high ups of provincial government and FATA administration besides tribal elders.

The committee would serve as coordination between provincial government and FATA secretariat.

Expressing views in the meeting, Imran Khan appreciated the efforts of KP Governor for the development and uplift of FATA besides resolving problems confronted by tribesmen.

Speaking on the occasion, the governor appreciated the role of tribesmen for the country and said that they have left their native land in the greater interest of motherland.

He also stressed formulation of a forum to liaise the efforts of provincial government and FATA secretariat in this regard.

Chief Minister KP Pervaiz Khattak, Speaker Asad Qaiser, Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan and other concerned officials also attended the meeting.

LONDON: Interior Minister Pakistan Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday held a meeting with his British counterpart Theresa May and discussed matters of bilateral and mutual interest.

Talking during the meeting the Interior Minister said the West must do more to stop the spread of Islamophobia.

He said democracy and freedom of speech in no way give a license to anybody to humiliate Muslims distort their religious beliefs and make jest of their religious personalities.

He added: war against extremism can only be won through global unity and those spreading Islamophobia are the biggest divisive factor in stopping the international community from coming together.

The Washington summit has been a huge success but now its resolutions must be implemented, he said.

Theresa May said the UK attached great importance to its relationship with Pakistan and we will do everything to further strengthen these bilateral ties .
Kerry praises PM Nawaz, Gen. Raheel for their efforts against terrorism
Kerry praises PM Nawaz, Gen. Raheel for their efforts against terrorism

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry has praised Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in their efforts against terrorism.

John Kerry and Interior Minister Chaurhdry Nisar Ali Khan held a meeting on the sidelines of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department in Washington.

Addressing a joint press conference after the meeting, Kerry said “Pakistan and US are partners for peace and stability in the region.”

Chaudhry Nisar said, “Both US and Pakistan face common challenges.” He asserted that there was some positive development against terrorism over the past few weeks.

Both the leaders expressed resolve to work jointly to counter terrorism and strengthen democracy.
University student set on fire in Karachi

KARACHI: Unknown miscreants set a university student on fire in Akhtar colony area of Karachi.

According to police, the victim is a student of a private university and was abducted four days back from Baloch colony.

The injured student has been rushed to hospital for medical assistance.
Remembering the fallen; 64th birthday of Rashid Minhas observed

He remains the youngest officer to receive the Nishan-e-Haider award and is the only recipient of the highest honour of gallantry from Pakistan Air Force.

Born on 17th February 1951, this gallant son of soil got his early education from the city of lights, Karachi.

On reaching the age of 17, he joined Pakistan Airforce Academy in Risalpur as a Flying Cadet. He graduated from the academy and passed out as General Duty Pilot in 1971. He was posted to PAF base Masroor to hone his craft as a fighter pilot. He successfully completed his training in August 1971.

These were tense times in the history of the country and times of such magnitude require men of even greater substance. Needless to say Rashid Minhas rose to the occasion when the duty called.

On the fateful morning of 20th August, Rashid Minhas got into his aircraft and got clearance for take-off by Air traffic controller. He was readying his aircraft for take-off when his trainer, the traitor-to-be, Matiur Rehman, signalled the young officer’s T-33 Trainer Jet to halt.

This raised a red flag in the young officer’s mind who thought the act to be an irregularity as the protocol dictated otherwise.

But the 20 year old thought nothing of it as his ‘instructor’ climbed abroad his aircraft under the pretense of ‘observation’.

Rashid Minhas’ initial judgement proved right as the backseat member of his 2 crew trainer aircraft transmitted a message via radio to his comrades back in Karachi to take his family to the Indian High Commission and seek refuge there.

On learning the nefarious plot of the Judas clad in the uniform of his beloved country Rashid Minhas notified Maripur Control Tower of the incident.

The traitor, however, overpowered the officer by employing chloroform from behind in an literalc act of backstab and cowardice. The young officer lost consciousness soon as the effect of the drug took its toll.

The spirit of Rashid Minhas was far from broken. As his captive took control and changed the direction of the plane to Indian territory, the young lad fought mind over matter to regain consciousness and sent repeated messages on radio. 

The enemy territory edged closely by the moment and even in the heat of the situation, Rashid Minhas knew that the aircraft could not be maneuvered back to the base.

It is said that God reserves the toughest battles for his best and such was the case when Rashid Minhas decided that he would rather see the aircraft burned to the ground than to be in the hands of the enemy.

As the crossing of the border remained 32 kilometers, Rashid Minhas turned his control yoke downwards to steer his plane to the ground. His plane crashed down in Thatta, Sindh.

The gallant officer braved martyrdom at 11:45 hours 20th August 1971.

Rashid Minhas showed interest in aviation and aircrafts from a young age. Little did anybody know that the young boy, whose family hailed from Jammu Kashmir would achieve a height of greatness beyond any elevation an aircraft could reach.

He was awarded the highest gallantry award, Nishan-e-Haider posthumously.

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Three children die as van catches fire in Jhang

JHANG: Three children lost their lives and four people sustained injuries when a van caught fire in Jhang.

Police said the incident took place in Nikokara area of Maharaja. The injured have been rushed to tehsil hospital for treatment.

The cause of the fire could not be ascertained yet.
Hindu pilgrims celebrate Maha Shivratri

SWAT/KARACHI: Hindus all over the world began celebrations for Shivratri on Tuesday, which is the three-day festival when Hindus remember their deity Lord Shiva and celebrate his marriage to Parvati.

Yatris (pilgrims) from all over the country and abroad made their way to the ancient Shiva temple in Gandhian, Mansehra. To celebrate the occasion pilgrims began a 24-hour-long fast at midnight on the 17th, throughout the night they hold vigils. Pilgrims adorn themselves with henna, sing bhajans (devotional songs), pray for their well-being and bathe the ancient 8-foot tall Shiv Ling – a black stone used as a representation of Shiva – with milk.

Pilgrims who arrived at the Shiva Temple thanked the government of Pakistan for the fool-proof security provided and said they felt comfortable knowing there is security presence for them.

“I thank the Government of Pakistan from the bottom of my heart for providing us security” said Ashok Chand, the Secretary General of the All Pakistan Minority Hindu Rights Movement (APHRM).

The Shiva Mandir in Chitti Gatti a small settlement near Gandhian, Mansehra is one the oldest Hindu temples in Paksitan dating back to the pre-partition era. It is not certain when the temple was first erected on the site but experts believe the Shiva Lingam (black stone) at the temple is 2000 years old. It is also the 3rd largest temple in the world due to the size of the Shiva Lingam. The temple became derelict over time and has seen restoration work done in the past and also after the 2005 earthquake that ravaged Pakistan.

The Hindu pilgrims who visit the temple say, the Muslim community has been very supportive and accommodating towards them.

In Karachi, Hindu pilgrims celebrated Maha Shivaratri at the 150-year-old Shri Ratneshwar Mahadev Mandir. The temple was decorated with flowers and colourful balloons. Thousands of devotees attended the celebrations which will continue for another two days.

 They said they wait all year long preparing to celebrate Shivratri. Explaining the importance of Shivratri for Hindus, Pandit Ravi Ramesh told that devotees all over the world hope to attend Shivratri celebrations.

Pilgrims at the temple prayed for peace to prevail in Pakistan and for Pakistanis of all sects and religious beliefs to live in harmony and peace.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday pledged to continue operations to eliminate terrorists on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The army chief was visiting Kabul to hold talks with the Afghan leadership on boosting security and continuing operations against Taliban militants.

Gen Raheel Sharif was flanked by a high-level military delegation which included DG ISI Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar.

The COAS and the Afghan president appreciated improving relations between the two countries, DG ISPR Maj Gen Asim Bajwa said in messages posted on Twitter.

He also said:Both leaders also agreed not to allow the use of one country's soil against the other neighbouring country.

Gen Raheel Sharif also met Afghan CEO Dr Abdullah Abdullah, who acknowledged positive trajectory in bilateral relations, concrete progress in operations, border management and intelligence sharing, said the DG ISPR.

“The enemies of Afghanistan are the enemies of Pakistan. We are there to stand by you and to fight this war and to fight this war to the end,” Gen Sharif told Abdullah.

He said:This menace of terrorism which has hurt both Afghanistan and Pakistan needs to be tackled boldly.

Zardari, Fazl discuss prevailing political situation
Zardari, Fazl discuss prevailing political situation
KARACHI: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman and former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari held a meeting on Wednesday and discussed prevailing political situation in the country.

JUI-F spokesman said both the leaders discussed prevailing political situation besides law and order in the port city. They also exchanged views on extending support in the upcoming Senate elections.
All but one truck return from Indian-held Kashmir
MUZAFFARABAD: Authorities in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) arrived at some sort of consensus regarding resumption of the stalled intra-Kashmir trade, as all but one of the stranded trucks were allowed to return to their respective sides late on Wednesday night.

“Yes, I confirm that all except one of the 72 trucks, which were stuck up here and across the LoC since Friday, have returned to their respective sides a few minutes ago,” retired Brigadier Imtiaz Wyne, director general AJK Travel and Trade Authority (TATA) told Dawn from Chakothi terminal at 10:35pm.

On Friday, 50 trucks from IHK and 22 trucks from AJK were stuck up on the opposite sides, after IHK authorities alleged they had recovered suspected contraband items from an orange-laden vehicle from here.

Also on Tuesday, Mr Wyne submitted an application in Chinari police station for formal inquiry into the incident.

The application, he told Dawn, was aimed at investigating that whether any contraband item had been smuggled from here or not, and whether the laid down procedure (for scanning and certification of trucks to be sent across the LoC) had been followed at Chakothi Terminal or not.

In the light of the application, the police registered a case against TFO Iqbal, trader Mir and driver Inayat Shah under sections 121-A, 221, 222, 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 of the Penal Code.

Driver Inayat Shah of that truck and trader Zahoor Ahmed Malla, in whose name the consignment was booked, were also taken into custody.

When asked whether it meant that the IHK authorities would prosecute the driver according to their law, he replied in the affirmative.

“On our side the case will be pursued according to our law.”

Mr Wyne also claimed that trade would resume from Thursday (today).

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Pakistan discovers 'huge' reserves of iron ore

LAHORE: Pakistan on Wednesday said it has discovered major reserves of iron ore as well as copper, silver and gold in its central province of Punjab.

The reserves were found in Chiniot, around 160 kilometres northwest of Lahore, by Chinese group the Metallurgical Cooperation of China.

A senior provincial administrative official told AFP that initial estimates indicated 500 million tonnes of iron ore, a primary ingredient in steelmaking, had been discovered.

He said the Chinese company has expressed interest in setting up a steel mill on the site, adding that the extracted iron had been tested in Swiss and Canadian laboratories, which found 60-65 per cent of it to be high grade.

Speaking at the site on Wednesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the discovery could help Pakistan's stuttering economy turn a corner and end its “begging bowl” culture.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif saidK“It is Allah's blessing that under the lush green fields rich deposits of copper, iron and gold have been found, which will help the country get rid of the 'begging bowl' for good.

Conflict, instability, corruption and a chronic energy shortage have hampered Pakistan's economy for years. The IMF granted a $6.6-billion loan to Pakistan in September 2013 on the condition that it carry out extensive economic reforms, particularly in the energy and taxation sectors.

Multan: Open display of weapons at PTI's workers convention

MULTAN:Arms were openly displayed on Friday at a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers  convention held in Naag Shah Chowk of Multan. 

Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived with bodyguards armed with modern weapons displaying them openly. 

The police acted as silent bystanders to the event.

According to the details, Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s address was overpowered by Biryani.

 PTI workers charged towards Biryani during Qureshi’s address, completely ignoring their leader’s speech.

 Unfortunate PTI workers who were not able to secure the delicious morsel chanted “Go Nawaz Go” in protest.

Some workers were seen piling heaps of rice on their plates and some stood with an empty plate in their hands.

PTI had organized the workers convention for reorganization the party for local elections.
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