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  1. (L) Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Islamabad, Pakistan, November 8, 2013. (R) US Vice President Mike Pence speaks in Florida, US, August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed and Joe Skipper/Files WASHINGTON: US Vice President Mike Pence told Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that Pakistan "must do more" against the Taliban and other militants, the White House said on Saturday. "Vice President Pence reiterated President (Donald) Trump's request that the Government of Pakistan must do more to address the continued presence of the Taliban, Haqqani Network, and other terrorist groups operating in their country," the White House said in a statement on the Friday call. "Pakistan could and should work closer with the United States," Pence said. According to Washington, there is little sign that Islamabad has made a decision to end its support for the Taliban, which the country's powerful security services see as safeguarding its interests and as a bulwark against Indian influence in Kabul. Last month, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani proposed peace talks with the Taliban, which could eventually be recognized as a political party if it observes a ceasefire and officially recognizes the Afghan government and constitution. The Taliban have stopped short of rejecting the proposal, but their response has been muted. Earlier in the day, Abbasi met with Pence at the latter's residence during a private visit to the country, apprising him of Pakistan?s sacrifices and successes in the fight against terrorism. PM Abbasi meets US Vice President Pence in Washington The Pakistani premier was on a one-day visit to Washington The meeting detailed talks on Afghan peace process, sources said, adding that Abbasi termed the meeting positive considering US President Donald Trump?s tough stance against Islamabad. The premier also met high-ups in the US government during his day-long visit to Washington. According to the sources, Abbasi met US officials at a local hotel where diplomats from the Pakistani embassy were also present. The US-Pak relations witnessed a downtrend after US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, wherein he had claimed that Washington had "foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years".
  2. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/ab38132ca9cb621de01efa26ae3501b3.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9My8xNi8yMDE4IDk6NDM6MzkgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1WcExFSkNFT01OckhBNWtkRStnTFpnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: Commissioner Ejaz Ahmed Khan ordered on Friday crackdown against retailers and wholesalers who have refused to sell milk at government-approved price of Rs85 per litre. Karachi commissioner called for immediate action to be taken against those who are selling milk at higher prices. On the other hand, consumers on social media called for a three-day boycott of milk in order to bring down the soaring prices. Commissioner Karachi-led meeting agrees on Rs10 hike in milk prices A notification of the revised-up milk prices is likely to be issued today On Wednesday, a milk crisis emerged in Karachi as the majority of retailers closed their shops. Forced to sell milk at the government-approved price of Rs85 per litre, the retailers complained that they are unable to break even after purchasing milk at Rs95 per litre. ?Wholesalers are selling [milk] at a price nine rupees above what the government has set,? a retailer told Geo News. ?We have stopped purchasing [from the wholesalers] since yesterday.? According to an estimate, the metropolis? daily milk demand of 4.5 million litres is faced with a deficit supply of at least a million litres. Milk prices to be increased by Rs10 A meeting discussing milk prices, chaired by commissioner karachi, decided in favour of an upward revision worth Rs 10 per litre, Geo News reported Thursday. Led by Karachi Commissioner Ejaz Ahmed Khan, the participants of the meeting unanimously agreed to bump up the price of milk from Rs 85 to Rs 95 per litre. However, an official notification regarding the price hike has yet to be issued. In a statement issued late Wednesday night, Shakir Umar Gujjar, the president of the Dairy and Cattle Farms Association (DCFA), confirmed the price of milk for farms has been set at Rs 86 per litre.
  3. France will take legal action against Google and Apple for "abusive business practices", Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday as transatlantic ties threaten to be riven by a trade war. Photo: file PARIS: France will take legal action against Google and Apple for "abusive business practices", Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday as transatlantic ties threaten to be riven by a trade war. "I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices" against French start-ups, Le Maire said on RTL radio. He said start-ups face conditions imposed on them when selling their apps on Google and Apple which "also gather data" and "both can unilaterally modify contracts." The minister said the situation is unacceptable. "I consider that Google and Apple, as powerful as they are, shouldn´t treat our start-ups and our developers in the way they do today," said Le Maire. The action against the firms comes as US President Donald Trump has moved towards imposing a 25-percent tariff on imported steel and a 10-percent tariff on imports of aluminium. It is unclear if European nations will obtain waivers, with Trump having singled out the EU as treating the United States badly in trade ties and threatening to tax cars as well. Le Maire has previously threatened to tax the two firms based on their sales in France, denouncing the legal strategies they use to pay taxes at lower rates in other EU countries. He added the current action could result in penalties reaching several million euros. "My responsibility is to ensure economic law and order," said Le Maire. "There are rules. There is justice. It should be respected." Tech start-ups are a favourite of French President Emmanuel Macron, who has sought to overhaul the nation´s laws and regulations to allow entrepreneurs to flourish.
  4. The Supreme Court will hear a contempt petition against deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif on March 14, 2018. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court will hear a contempt petition against deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif today. A three-member bench of the apex court had on Tuesday had dismissed contempt petitions against Nawaz, Yousaf Raza Gilani, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and former Senate chairman Nayyar Bukhari. Petitioner Sheikh Ahsanuddin, a member of the Justice and Democratic party, has filed the new petition against the Pakistan Muslime League - Nawaz (PML-N) supremo. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar had said that the Supreme Court was noting remarks being made regarding the judiciary at present and would take up those cases 'at an appropriate time.' Will hear cases of judiciary-related remarks at appropriate time: CJP Supreme Court disposes of several contempt petitions against political leaders, issues contempt notice to Rehman Malik During yesterday's hearing, referring to the contempt petitions, the chief justice had observed that the remarks in question were directed at the joint investigation team and not the apex court. The contempt cases against late former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and Pakistan Peoples Party's Iqbal Haider were also declared ineffective and disposed of, as was the contempt petition against MNA Capt (retd) Safdar ? Nawaz's son-in-law. The court had also wrapped up a petition against the holding of dual offices ?president of Pakistan and army chief ? by Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
  5. Flags of G20 countries are seen outside the G20 venue before the start of the G20 Summit of major world economies in Cannes, France, November 3, 2011. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/Files BRUSSELS: The world?s financial leaders will pledge to fight unfair trade practices and stress the role of global trade rules when they meet on March 20, as the United States raises the threat of a global trade war by imposing import tariffs on steel and aluminium. Finance ministers and central bank governors of the world?s 20 biggest economies will discuss on March 19-20 in Buenos Aires the risks to the improving global economic outlook, including ?a retreat to inward looking policies?. A draft communique prepared for the meeting, seen by Reuters, says the ministers and central bankers ?reiterate the conclusions of our Leaders on trade at the Hamburg Summit, and are working to strengthen its contribution? to their economies. Last week, US President Donald Trump announced he would impose import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent for aluminium to protect domestic metals production that he said was vital to national security. Canada and Mexico are exempt from the tariffs. The European Union has been pushing to be exempted too, but so far without success. The move seems to clash with the declaration signed by G20 leaders, including Trump, in Hamburg last July which said G20 countries would fight protectionism including all unfair trade practices, although it also said they recognise the role of ?legitimate trade defence instruments?. Angela Merkel, who hosted the G20 summit last year, said at the time agreeing the joint position on trade had been ?extraordinarily difficult? because of the United States. The US tariffs essentially go against what is called a ?rules-based international trading system? in which disputes are negotiated through the World Trade Organisation rather than by unilateral action. The G20 leaders' statement from Hamburg stresses that point: ?We underline the crucial role of the rules-based international trading system. We note the importance of bilateral, regional and plurilateral agreements being open, transparent, inclusive and WTO-consistent, and commit to working to ensure they complement the multilateral trade agreements.? The draft communique for Buenos Aires also reiterates the usual phrase that ?excessive volatility or disorderly movements of exchange rates can have adverse implications for economic and financial stability.? The financial leaders are to reiterate their pledge to refrain from competitive devaluations and not target exchange rates for competitive purposes. But the communique also introduces new language on exchange rates, saying that ?strong fundamentals, sound policies and a resilient international monetary system are essential to the stability of exchange rates?, but also that ?flexible exchange rates, where feasible, can serve as a shock absorber?.
  6. SHARJAH: Multan Sultans won the toss and elected to field in their match against Islamabad United tonight. Skipper Malik confirmed that his team has made two changes in their squad as Junaid Khan and Hardus Viljoen have been rested; Ross Whiteley and Umar Gul are in. Meanwhile, United has also made two changes as Alex Hales and Imad Butt have come in for the respective places of Steven Finn and Zafar Gohar Islamabad XI: AD Hales, L Ronchi, JP Duminy, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Misbah-ul-Haq, SR Patel, Shadab Khan, Amad Butt, Mohammad Sami. Multan XI: KC Sangakkara, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, KA Pollard, Saif Badar, RA Whiteley, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan, Umar Gul. Islamabad are in red-hot form, with five wins in seven matches so far. Their victory streak began from a dramatic win against Lahore Qalandars in Super Over thriller, after which the Reds defeated Karachi Kings, Lahore (again) and Peshawar Zalmi to secure 10 points and joint-top position with Quetta Gladiators on the points table. Misbah's side has been further boosted by the inclusion of England batsmen Alex Hales and Sam Billings, who joined the squad in UAE following the end of the series in New Zealand. Multan, however, look shaky at fourth spot. After a flying start to their PSL campaign, the team has been languishing and needs to win tonight to consolidate their place in the top four.
  7. Women walk at a market in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser/Files GENEVA: A UN rights watchdog called on Saudi Arabia on Monday to end discriminatory practices against women, including its pervasive system of male guardianship, and give them full access to justice. After reviewing the deeply conservative kingdom?s record, the independent experts welcomed recent decisions to allow women to launch their own businesses and to lift a de facto ban on them driving a car, set for June. Saudi Arabia is still one of the most restrictive countries for women in the world. It has no women ministers and retains a guardianship system requiring women to have a male relative?s approval for important decisions. In its conclusions, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) urged the Saudi government to ?abolish practices of male guardianship?. It should enforce a recent order that would entitle all women to obtain a passport, travel or study abroad, choose their residency, and access health care ?without having to seek their guardian?s consent?. ?We asked for the abolition of the system because even though they said they had passed a law, we realized that in practice the system still continued,? Hilary Gbedemah, a panel member, told Reuters. A Saudi delegation told the panel last month that it had implemented rules and laws tailored to traditions and religious values that allowed women more independence as they played a growing economic role. Laws concerning justice and child protection had been strengthened. But experts said Saudi Arabia should implement a comprehensive strategy to ?eliminate patriarchal attitudes and stereotypes that discriminate against women?. Rape and all forms of violence against women should be made crimes under Saudi law, they said. Child marriages, forced marriages, and the compulsory dress code for women should be ended, it said. Women should have the right to choose their dress and not face violence or threats by the religious police and their male guardian. Discussion of the guardianship issue had been ?very wide? with the delegation, Gbedemah said. ?We saw it where women were deemed to be disobedient to their guardians, where they needed their consent to marry, where the guardians could enforce dress codes, and in the area of domestic violence,? she said. ?So in a nutshell, these are the four important areas that we asked for follow-up on, within two years,? she said. Gbedemeh, asked about the planned lifting of the ban on driving, said: ?Even if it is symbolic, it is a positive step. ?Because for so long it was taken for granted that women could not and would not drive,? she said. ?I am positive that once this is done, it will open the gates for leverage for removal of other restrictions?.
  8. Fielding a fairly new-look side amid the absence of prominent names like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket got off to a worst possible start in the Nidahas Trophy under the tutelage of Rohit Sharma when they lost the tournament opener by five wickets against hosts Sri Lanka. The Men in Blue did stage a comeback in the second match, defeating the likes of Bangladesh by six wickets in Colombo. And, on 12 March, with revenge in their eyes, the Indian team once again locked horns with the Lankans with a desperate need to settle the old score. Source: Twitter - BCCI It's needless to say that Lanka in its own backyard is fairly competitive and hard to overcome. Thus, Team India needed individual brilliance in all facets of the game to overwhelm Thisara Perera's men. Electing to field first in a rain-curtailed tie, India knew they had to bowl and field well in a bid to restrict their opponents and stay in contention of registering a win. However, the start was far from what India needed or their fans expected. The likes of Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar were taken to the cleaners by Lankan openers who amassed 24 runs in the first two overs of the innings. With pressure mounting on them, Team India needed a moment of brilliance to get a breakthrough which eventually came through Suresh Raina. What a catch by Suresh Raina...ð± @ImRaina rocks... Mind blowing, fantastic, superbð¤ð#SLvIND #INDvsSL pic.twitter.com/ZlEdRKU8cO — Vikash Gupta (@DigitalBaniya) March 12, 2018 In the third over, Danushka Gunathilaka was looking to deposit Thakur's delivery deep into the stands when he failed to get enough elevation in his shot. While many believed that the ball would eventually reach the ropes for a boundary, Raina flung himself to the left and plucked the ball out of thin air at midwicket, despite being slighty off balance. For a man who dropped an absolute sitter against Bangladesh in the previous game, Raina seemingly found a way to redeem himself with a pouching stunner. His brilliant effort didn't just attract plaudits on the social media, but also silenced the home fans. Special mention to @ImRaina for pulling off that stunner #respect bro ð #INDvSL #NidhasTrophy2018 — Karun Nair (@karun126) March 12, 2018 The Sri Lankan openers, Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka came out all guns blazing but Suresh Raina has halted the proceedings by taking an absolute blinder at mid-wicket! #SLvIND — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 12, 2018 Suresh Raina working hard for the Team's Victoryâðª Stunning Catchðð Unselfished Innings ð Stable the Team India 's ScoreCard alive with a blistering quick innings of 27 runs of 15 ballsð¥We always Love You Champð @ImRaina ⤠Expecting the Innings for Hatersðð #SLvsIND — Kanish Rana (@kanish_rana) March 12, 2018 Suresh Raina has now taken 38 catches in T20Is - the joint most by an Asian fielder along with Umar Akmal.#SLvIND — Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) March 12, 2018 A glimpse of the acrobatic summer that is just around the corner. Chinna Thala pulls off a blinder and Shar Dhool gets a W after a wd in his first over! @ImRaina @imShard #WhistlePodu #SLvIND ð¦ð — Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 12, 2018 What a stunner from @ImRaina ð¯ð Best fielder for a Reasonâð¯#INDvSL #SLvInd #Raina pic.twitter.com/TlR3y2l5pW — Raina fan club (@ClubRaina) March 12, 2018 Memes about #ChinnaThala for that #Blinder #SafestHands they said.. He proves it..@ImRaina #FieldingLegend @ChennaiIPL #whistlepodu #WhistlePoduArmy pic.twitter.com/Nq44jZV8eA — Raina Barani (@Raina_Barani) March 12, 2018 Thanks to Shardul Thakur's majestic bowling figures of 4-27 and the unbeaten 68-run partnership between Manish Pandey (42*) and Dinesh Karthik (39*), the Indian cricket exacted sweet revenge on the Lankans with an emphatic six-wicket win in Colombo. They will now take on Bangladesh in the fifth match of the tournament on 14 March.
  9. ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau will initiate a probe into the corruption allegations against the Billion Tree Tsunami initiative, an official notification said on Monday. A session of the probe body was held under NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal today, in which various issues came under discussion. According to the official notification, the NAB also decided to inquire the alleged illegal appointment of the Higher Education Commission chairman. The complaint against Nawaz Sharif and Establishment division?s officials will be probed, decided the probe authority. The NAB will also observe the progress on the ongoing inquiries against illegal private cooperative housing societies, mentioned the notification. The Chairman NAB directed that measures will be taken to restore looted hard-earned money of the public. He further gave directions that all the inquiries and investigations should be completed on time, as per the notification. In February, a resolution was submitted in the KP assembly secretariat against the Billion Tree Tsunami project, which has been under scrutiny due to its magnitude and contradicting data. The allegations of corruption erupted after it emerged that the official documents of the KP government failed to correspond with the claims made by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief regarding the project. Imran Khan had claimed that the Billion Tree Tsunami project was completed in the province and 1.12 billion trees were planted during the forestry drive. It is pertinent to mention that in August, an investigation within the government departments revealed that 145 officers of the KP forest division were found involved in corruption. Legal action was taken against those 145 officers, whereas, 44 officials were forcefully retired due to misappropriation of funds and other reasons regarding the project. Billion Tree Tsunami aims to turn around deforestation and increase the province?s forested area by at least two per cent. About 40pc of the country?s remaining forests are in KP province.
  10. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/ff195e9edcd70c575957f0b4a55a3a7a.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9My8xMi8yMDE4IDg6NDc6MTQgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT00R1FCR1RlRmlTalNnR1RKazlVN0hRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: The ruling party, along with its allies, will be contesting today for the top posts of the Upper House of Parliament against the opposition parties and independents from Balochistan. The Senate session began a little after 10am today. The first order of business was the administering of oath to the newly-elected senators by presiding officer Senator Sardar Yaqub Khan. Only one of the total 52, Senator Ishaq Dar, could not take oath as he is in London on medical grounds. The election for chairman and deputy chairman of Senate will be held via secret ballot when the house reconvenes at 4pm. The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and its allies National Party (NP), Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), PML-Functional and Awami National Party have agreed on PML-N's Raja Zafarul Haq as chairman and PkMAP's Usman Kakar as deputy chairman. Who is Senator Sadiq Sanjrani? Sanjrani contested, won Senate elections held earlier this month as an independent candidate A formal announcement was made by PML-N Senator Mushahidullah Khan after a meeting chaired by PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif earlier today. On the other hand, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have rallied behind Sadiq Sanjrani, an independent senator from Balochistan, for chairman. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto confirmed the development on Sunday and added that the party would field Saleem Mandviwalla for the deputy chairman seat. PPP announces support to Balochistan independent Sadiq Sanjrani for Senate chairman slot PTI is also backing Sanjrani for the Senate chairman election scheduled to take place on Monday The PTI also threw its weight behind Sanjrani on Sunday. The development came after Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo held a meeting with PTI Chairman Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence. The PPP and PTI had given Bizenjo the authority to bring forth a joint candidate for the slots with the help of newly-elected independent senators from Balochistan, which he leads. Meanwhile, Bizenjo also met leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Sunday to get the support of their five senators. However, the MQM-P senators, after meeting Bizenjo again on Monday, said they would not vote for PPP's Mandviwala. Sanjrani is also said to have the support of independent senators elected from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Moreover, a meeting between Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Fazlur Rehman and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq in Islamabad today remained inconclusive on their joint support for a candidate. PTI to support Sadiq Sanjrani for Senate chairman after Imran-Bizenjo meeting The election for the chairman and deputy chairman of Upper House of Parliament will be held tomorrow Senate session The nomination papers for Senate chairman and deputy chairman were submitted to the Senate Secretariat around noon. The nomination papers will be reviewed around 2pm after which another session has been summoned at 4pm, when the chairman and deputy chairman will be elected. Following the election, the Senate chairman will take oath, and will then swear in his deputy. After the oath-taking, the session will be adjourned until further notice. Numbers game The PML-N and independents backed by the party have 33 members in the Senate following the March 3 election. If one adds the party?s allies ? five senators of the PkMAP, five of NP, four of JUI-F and one from PML-Functional ? then the count goes up to 48. The PML-N and its allies claim that they are ahead in the numbers game, and are certain of support from five senators of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), two of eight from FATA and one each from the Awami National Party and Balochistan National Party (Mengal). If the PML-N indeed gets support from these nine senators, then the party will have a total of 57 members. However, the PPP also appears confident that it will get votes from the required number of senators to get Sanjrani elected. A total of 53 votes are needed to win the posts.
  11. DUBAI: Lahore Qalandars' dream has ended: Quetta Gladiators' win over Peshawar Zalmi last night threw Lahore out of the race for top four, clean sweeping any hope of a miracle. With six defeats and just one win out of their seven games, Lahore's qualification was still virtually impossible, independent of the outcome of yesterday's match. The team, however, will look to salvage some pride when it goes up against Karachi Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium tonight. Karachi sit at third spot on the points table with 9 points, with four wins and two losses to their name. Lahore Qalandars Head coach: Aqib Javed Captain: Brendon McCullum Squad: Brendon McCullum (c), Fakhar Zaman, Umar Akmal, Dinesh Ramdin, Anton Devcich, Bilal Asif, Cameron Delport, Bilawal Bhatti, Aamer Yamin, Ghulam Mudassar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Sunil Narine, Raza Hasan, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah In the spotlight geo_embedgallery Karachi Kings Head coach: Mickey Arthur Captain: Imad Wasim Squad: Imad Wasim (c), Babar Azam, Joe Denly, Colin Ingram, Khurram Manzoor, Lendl Simmons, Saifullah Bangash, Eoin Morgan, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammed Taha, Tabish Khan, Ravi Bopara, Hasan Mohsin, Shahid Afridi, David Wiese, Usama Mir, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari In the spotlight geo_embedgallery
  12. We often witness protests concerning different kinds of salary woes- not getting enough salary, not enough raises, inequality in pay et al. But have you ever seen a group of people rejecting $700 million worth of raises? Hundreds of doctors in Canada are doing just that because they think they already have too much money. Physicians, specialists, resident doctors, and medical students in Quebec have signed an online petition stating that they don't want the $700 million worth of raises they got last month after negotiations with the provincial government. © Twitter But before you start thinking what kind of a stupid petition is this, you should know that all this is being done for a reason we could have never imagined. Instead of an increase in their own pay, they would like the government to allocate the funds to make the conditions better for patients and over-worked nurses. "We, Quebec doctors, are asking that the salary increases granted to physicians be canceled and that the resources of the system be better distributed for the good of the health-care workers and to provide health services worthy to the people of Quebec," reads their petition. © MQRP The doctors are of the view that other health-care workers have faced drastic cuts in recent years while the doctors have been given massive increases. They further wrote, "These increases are all the more shocking because our nurses, clerks and other professionals face very difficult working conditions, while our patients live with the lack of access to required services because of the drastic cuts in recent years.” While their initiative deserves applause, we and the rest of the internet can't help but wish we were in their situation: 1. Flying Off To Canada Over 500 doctors in Canada are protesting that their salary is too much! Yes too much! God, what did I do wrong? Please forgive me! Take me to Canada or any place that they pay too much. I will not protest! pic.twitter.com/e0FE5GAkpT — Aproko Doctor (@bobbege) March 6, 2018 2. Everyone Right Now I'm moving to Canada where all the kind people live. https://t.co/1kkPMuVR2F — Michelle (@SoSofieFatale) March 8, 2018 3. Should Have Become A Doctor Okay so i heard Doctors in Canada are COMPLAINING about how too much their salaries are, wow! Just wow!! Now for once i wish i didn't skip biology classes ðð¶ð½ð¶ð½ — Has'B From The West (@rappertizer) March 8, 2018 4. Pretty Sure This Won't Happen Anywhere Else So we heard that somewhere in Canada, there was a protest by doctors for being paid too much. Can we ever get to this point in our country? Do you think such can ever happen? — Get a JOB here. Follow bk (@Great_blogging) March 7, 2018 5. LMAO Me catching the next flight to Canada after hearing that Doctors are complaining of being paid too much pic.twitter.com/3ZeuuuSSL8 — hakunamatata (@hakuna_ma_tataa) March 8, 2018 Nevertheless, the petition is reaching more and more people and by now, more than 700 physicians, general practitioners, specialists, residents and medical students have signed it. You can read the full petition here: MQRP Petition
  13. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People?s Party leader Aitzaz Ahsan, while giving his farewell address in the Senate, said on Thursday that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is trying to raise a ruckus against the judiciary. ?The way they are making statements and the kind of rebellion the Punjab bureaucracy is being made to do, it is an invitation for direct intervention,? said Ahsan while heavily criticising the ruling party. While paying tribute to outspoken party leader Farhatullah Babar, Ahsan said that he agrees with the statement of the outgoing senator. Veteran politician and senator Farhatullah Babar, in his speech on Tuesday, lamented that the supremacy of the parliament was ending, saying a state within the state was coming into existence and that there existed a conflict between the two. If the parliament did not end the defacto state then it would lead to a collision between institutions, he added. Babar had said that other institutions impinged the authority of the parliament. He said that the accountability committee tried to hold everyone accountable; however, his own party backed away. Babar was removed as the spokesperson of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday, a day after he criticised his party for backing off from upholding the parliament's supremacy.
  14. Former PM Nawaz Sharif. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) declared a contempt petition against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif maintainable for hearing. Justice Aamer Farooq had reserved the decision on the petition's maintainability on Feb 26. Accepting the petition, the court observed that the law does not permit violation of the code of conduct regarding the judiciary. The IHC issued notices to the information secretary, Press Council of Pakistan and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority and directed them to submit their response on April 19. Petitioner Advocate Makhdoom Niaz Inqalabi has pleaded the court to ban transmission of Nawaz's public speeches and media talks for his "anti-judiciary remarks". The former premier is facing a similar petition in the Lahore High Court. Moreover, recently, the Supreme Court disqualified Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz senator Nehal Hashmi and sentenced him to one month in prison in a contempt case. Similarly, State Interior Minister Tallal Chaudry and Federal Privatisation Minister Daniyal Aziz face contempt cases in the Supreme Court and will be indicted next week.
  15. Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The hearing of the treason case against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf resumed on Thursday after a gap of nine months. Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Yahya Afridi is heading the bench which includes Lahore High Court Chief Justice Yawar Ali and Balochistan High Court Justice Tahira Safdar. The bench, formed in 2013, is hearing the case of imposition of extra-constitutional emergency by Musharraf in November 2007. As the hearing went under way, the Interior Ministry submitted in court a report on Musharraf?s properties, stating that four of seven properties are owned by the former president and army chief. Moreover, senior lawyer Farogh Naseem excused himself from Musharraf's legal representation, after which Faisal Chaudhry appeared to represent the former president. 10 years ago today, Gen (retd) Musharraf imposed emergency On Nov 3, 2007, the-then army cheif and president General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf suspended the constitution Prosecutor Akram Sheikh, presenting arguments, pressed the court to order Musharraf?s arrest and production in court. The court then summoned officials of the Foreign Ministry in 30 minutes. Treason case The former army chief was indicted in the case in March 2014 after he appeared before the court and rejected all charges. On March 18, 2016, the former president left Pakistan for Dubai for medical treatment after his name was removed from the Exit Control List (ECL) on the orders of the Supreme Court. A few months later, the special court had declared him a proclaimed offender and ordered the confiscation of his property owing to his no-show.
  16. Former PM Nawaz Sharif (left) and Federal Privatisation Minister Daniya Aziz. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that the ongoing cases against him are part of a grand design. Talking to the media after appearing before the accountability court hearing the Avenfield properties reference against him and his family today, Nawaz said it has been six months since the corruption references were filed but charges have yet to be proved. "What charge is there against me," questioned Nawaz, adding that had there been any corruption evidence it would have been proved in two months but here they?ve gotten an extension now". He was referring to yesterday's decision of the Supreme Court to extend by two months the original six-month deadline of the corruption cases against him and his family. Referring to Avenfield supplementary reference witness Robert Radley, a forensic expert used by the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) to build its case against Nawaz, Nawaz said "Radley?s statement [regarding the Calibri font] was in our favour. This shows that lies have no basis." Earlier, party leader and federal minister Daniyal Aziz spoke to the media and claimed that the JIT report misled the Supreme Court. 'Personally want Raza Rabbani as Senate chairman' When asked about the party's plans regarding the election of the Senate chairman, Nawaz said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and its allies consulted over the Senate chairman's post yesterday and all agreed on Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) Raza Rabbani, the incumbent chairman. Nawaz backs, Zardari rejects Rabbani as Senate chairman Asif Ali Zardari has rejected Nawaz Sharif's proposal to back Raza Rabbani as Senate chairman "It is also my personal wish to see Rabbani as Senate chairman," said Nawaz, explaining that the veteran PPP leader fills the criteria of who the party wants heading the Senate ? someone who is committed 100 per cent to the Constitution and doesn't have anti-democracy credentials. "There is no point placing someone on the seat who is compromised," Nawaz explained further. When asked about PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari's refusal to appoint Rabbani, Nawaz said, "if his leadership doesn?t want to place him there then we?ll find someone like that in our own fold".
  17. Author Tariq Ramadan is seen during an interview with Reuters in New York, US, April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files PARIS: A 45-year-old woman filed a new rape case in France on Wednesday against Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan, the third against the Islamic studies professor, judicial sources said on Wednesday. The woman accused Ramadan of violent sexual assault on multiple occasions between early 2013 and June 2014, according to the filing seen by Reuters. Ramadan?s lawyers were not immediately available for comment. Ramadan was ordered last month to remain in custody in France and was notified that he was the target of a full investigation into rape allegations, which he denied. Ramadan is a grandson of Hasan al-Banna, a thinker and activist who founded the Muslim Brotherhood. He enjoys a substantial following among young Muslims and has challenged French restrictions on wearing veils.
  18. Suspended SSP Malir Rao Anwar (left) and Naqeebullah Mehsud (right). Photo: Geo News file KARACHI: A case was registered on Wednesday against absconding police officer Rao Anwar and his police party, wanted in the Naqeebullah Mehsud murder case. Naqeebullah Mehsud, a 27-year-old native of Waziristan, was among three others who were accused of terrorism and killed on the orders of Malir SSP Rao Anwar, in what was later termed a fake encounter. The case, which includes charges of terrorism, possession of unlicensed weapon and explosives, was registered in the Shah Latif Town Police Station on March 4. DSP Sakhan Irfan Zaman will probe the case, registered after the challan of a fake encounter case, in which Naqeeb and three others, was submitted to the court. An anti-terrorism court had earlier sent on judicial remand suspended DSP Qamar Ahmed Sheikh, said to be a close aide of suspended SSP Rao Anwar, who is wanted in the Naqeebullah Mehsud killing case. Sheikh was deployed in Malir City, an area near the site where Waziristan youth Mehsud was killed. Besides Sheikh, nine others have been arrested in the Naqeebullah murder case, including sub-inspector Mohammad Yasin, assistant sub-inspectors Supurd Hussain and Allahyar, head constables Khizar Hayat and Mohammad Iqbal and constables Arshad Ali, Shafiq Ahmed, Abdul Ali and Ghulam Nazak. However, others have been named absconders in the case, including Anwar, Shah Latif Town SHO Amanullah Marwat, SHO of the SITE Superhighway Police Station Annar Khan, Mohammad Shoaib alias Shoaib Shooter and 10 other policemen. A public outcry broke over the extrajudicial murder of the 27-year-old native of Waziristan on social media, leading to a Supreme Court suo motu notice and prolonged protest in Islamabad.
  19. Chasing 175 for victory, SL rode on Kusal Perera´s 37-ball 66 to achieve the target with nine balls to spare. Photo: SL Cricket Twitter COLOMBO: Kusal Perera hit a blazing half-century to power Sri Lanka to a five-wicket win over India in the opening Twenty20 international of the tri-nation tournament on Tuesday. Chasing 175 for victory, the hosts rode on Perera´s 37-ball 66 to achieve their target with nine balls to spare at Colombo´s R Premadasa Stadium. The left-handed Perera, who hit 6 fours and 4 sixes, overshadowed Indian opener Shikar Dhawan´s career-best 90 that saw the visitors post 174-5 after being put into bat first. Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar hurt Sri Lanka´s chase by picking up two wickets each but Perera´s fiery start made sure the hosts stand tall. The islanders lost an early wicket but a 58-run second-wicket partnership between Perera, who notched up his eighth T20 fifty, and Danushka Gunathilaka put their innings back on track. Perera, who hit paceman Shardul Thakur for 27 runs with 5 fours and a six in the third over of the innings, took the steam out of the inexperienced Indian bowling attack. Perera though faltered after getting stumped to Sundar´s off spin as the Sri Lankan chase wobbled with the Indian bowlers coming back with some disciplined effort. Thisara Perera, on 22, and Dasun Shanaka, on 15, then put on an unbeaten 39-run stand to keep up the spirits of a raucous home crowd. Earlier Dhawan´s 49-ball blitz, laced with 6 fours and 6 sixes, lifted India from a precarious 9-2 to put up a respectable total. Dhawan put on a crucial 95-run third-wicket stand with Manish Pandey, who made 37, to test the Sri Lanka bowling but missed out on a ton after falling to Gunathilaka´s off-spin. Pace spearhead Dushmantha Chameera claimed two wickets including the prized scalp of India skipper Rohit Sharma for nought in the first over of the innings. India will take on Bangladesh in the next match of the tournament, which is timed to commemorate Sri Lanka´s 70 years of independence, on Thursday.
  20. US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director Lieutenant General Robert Ashley testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on threats to national security. Photo: DIA Public Affairs Pakistan's continuing operations in the war against terrorism "have had some success in reducing violence" from militancy and sectarianism, said a report prepared by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and submitted Tuesday to the US Senate's Armed Services Committee. The country desires operations against the anti-state elements present in Afghanistan and, at present, looks towards the United States and Afghanistan for their cooperation in this regard, the Worldwide Threat Assessment update stated. "Islamabad is likely to proceed with its counterinsurgency operations and border management efforts along its western border while sustaining counterterrorism and paramilitary operations throughout the country," the DIA report read. It also said Pakistan intends to continue its operations against border infiltration and will sustain border management at the Western Afghan frontier. "These efforts have had some success in reducing violence from militant, sectarian, terrorist, and separatist groups, but Pakistan will look to the United States and the Afghan government for support against anti-Pakistan fighters in Afghanistan," it added. Afghanistan and Taliban Taliban, as usual, are a threat to the peace and stability in Afghanistan and are increasing their stronghold in the tribal areas, the DIA report claimed. "Rural areas will remain contested between the Taliban and the ANDSF over the next year as the Taliban consolidates control in these areas and attempts to pressure provincial capitals, predominantly in the south and northwest." However, the Afghan security forces are gradually gaining footing by bumping up their defensive capabilities and have, at numerous instances, averted attacks in densely populated areas. "We expect the Taliban to threaten Afghan stability and undermine public confidence by conducting intermittent high-profile attacks in urban areas, increasing influence in rural terrain, threatening district centres, and challenging vulnerable ANDSF locations." It was stressed that the Afghan security forces need to take steps to eliminate corruption. "The ANDSF will almost certainly need to focus on increasing its fighting capability, improving its leadership development and unity of command, and countering corruption to further develop a sustainable security solution in Afghanistan that would compel the Taliban to seek negotiations to end the conflict. "Continued coalition airstrikes as well as train, advise, and assist efforts this year will remain critical enablers to improving the ANDSF?s ability to forestall Taliban advances beyond rural areas and in extending security and governance." The ANDSF stands for Afghan national defence and security forces. India and the LoC The persistent skirmishes between Pakistan and India along the Line of Control (LoC), on the other hand, also pose a threat to the relations between the two countries. Further, it is expected that both states will stick to their positions along the LoC this year. "Continued exchange of heavy fire between Indian and Pakistani forces along the Line of Control poses a risk of inadvertent or gradual escalation of hostilities. ? We expect that both sides will maintain this elevated force posture along disputed border areas through the remainder of 2018. The DIA report also said India wants to prove its mettle as a world power and, therefore, believes its nuclear power is important to this cause. "New Delhi seeks status as a global power and perceives its strategic forces as necessary elements to achieve that goal." India has developed its first nuclear submarine and handed it over to its navy, with a second one soon to be delivered, as per the report. In order to enhance its army, the nation is working tirelessly and is doing so to prove it can manage and safeguard both its internal interests as well as those pertaining to the Indian Ocean. "India has put its first domestically built nuclear submarine, the INS Arihant, into service, and is set to take delivery of its second nuclear submarine, the INS Arighat, in 2018. "India continues to modernize its military to better posture itself to defend its interests at home and in the broader Indian Ocean region while reinforcing its diplomatic and economic outreach across Asia." At the same time, India, the report states, hopes to show that it has well-established diplomatic and economic ties in Asia.
  21. Dale Steyn is three wickets away from becoming South Africa´s leading Test wicket taker CAPE TOWN: South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn is targeting a return to test cricket in the third match of the series against Australia this month, he said on Tuesday. The 34-year-old, plagued by injury over the last two years, is three wickets away from becoming South Africa´s leading test wicket taker. "I´m looking at trying to get into the third test, get back with the boys. It´s been a long time - shoulder, foot, all that kind of stuff. Watching the cricket and seeing some of the things that are happening on the field, I just want to get out there," Steyn told local radio. Steyn made a comeback after 13 months out due to shoulder problems when he opened the bowling in January´s first test victory over India at Newlands, only to hurt his heel. "I´ve had a bit of an unlucky one with my foot. It seems like every injury I get is really bad. I´m probably another two or three weeks away," Steyn said. "I have to play one or two warm-up games. So hopefully everything goes according to plan, and by the end of next week, I should be back on the cricket field," he added. Steyn´s shoulder problems began in December 2015 and about a year later he broke his right shoulder and tore three major muscles during the first test against Australia in Perth. He went home to Cape Town for surgery, followed by lengthy rehabilitation before he was gently eased back in Twenty20 action in November. Steyn was due to return in the one-off test against Zimbabwe in December but on the opening morning of the day-night match he was ruled out with flu. Steyn, whose test average is an impressive 22.32, can point to a prolific record at Newlands with 67 wickets in 14 tests. His tally of 419 test victims is just shy of Shaun Pollock´s record 421 wickets for South Africa. South Africa take on Australia at Newlands from March 22-26.Australia won the opening match of the four-test series in Durban by 118 runs on Monday and the second test starts in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
  22. COAS chairing Corps Commanders conference-Photo: File (ISPR) RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa chaired the Corps Commanders Conference on Tuesday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. During the conference, the military?s top brass reviewed progress in the ongoing operations against terrorism. A decision to continue efforts for maintaining peace and stability in the country was taken during the conference. COAS relates Pakistan's prosperity to Balochistan The army chief has been on a two-day visit to the province to review security Discussions were also held on the internal and external security of Pakistan. Progress on the Khushal Balochistan program was also reviewed during the conference. In a recent trip to Balochistan, COAS Gen Bajwa said people of the province have rights to civic facilities and a peaceful environment, adding that the Khushal Balochistan program was aimed at fulfilling these rights.
  23. Neymar is recovering from a foot operation in Brazil PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain will attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit when they host Real Madrid in their heavyweight Champions League last-16 second leg on Tuesday (1945 GMT), but do so without the injured Neymar. The world´s most expensive player is recovering from a foot operation in Brazil, yet the French club remain hopeful they can overcome the defending European champions and advance to April´s quarter-finals. "I speak with him practically every day, so yes we have agreed between us that we would see each other again later on in this competition," said Paris defender Dani Alves when asked if he had been in touch with his fellow Brazil international. "For sure, we will feel his absence. But between sitting down and crying and getting up and getting on with it, I always opt for the second option." Angel Di Maria, a Champions League winner with Madrid in 2014, is set to replace Neymar in the home line-up before a sell-out crowd of around 47,000 at the Parc des Princes. "He is a spectacular player, who made history with Real Madrid. He can play in any position across the middle, he moves well, has a good shot, and is quick," said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane of Di Maria. PSG took the lead in the first leg in Spain last month through Adrien Rabiot only for Real to hit back with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice to break through the 100-goal barrier for the club in the Champions League. Marcelo also scored for Real, who are aiming to become the first club since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win a third consecutive European Cup. Madrid have not been eliminated from the Champions League this early since Lyon beat them in 2010. However, PSG are relying on their formidable record at home, where they are unbeaten in over 50 games going back two years. They have also overturned a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Real before, winning 4-1 in their UEFA Cup quarter-final return in 1993. George Weah scored for PSG that night. Now the president of Liberia, his son Timothy made his professional debut for the Ligue 1 leaders at the weekend. No margin for error A repeat of that famous comeback would be the biggest result for PSG since the Qatari takeover of the club in 2011, after four straight quarter-final eliminations and then a humiliating loss in Barcelona in the last 16 a year ago. "I think that we need games like this and to beat these teams to take a step forward and so that our opponents really take notice of PSG, and don´t just think we have loads of money," said Alves, who played in two Champions League final victories for Barcelona. "PSG have had their limits in this competition in the past and now we need to go beyond them to keep on progressing as a club." An elimination would surely spell the end for coach Unai Emery, who is out of contract in June. Similarly, an exit would be disastrous for Zidane, with Real currently 15 points behind leaders Barcelona in La Liga and already out of the Copa del Rey. "After the game, it´s going to be difficult for one of the two teams, but that is football," said Zidane. Given their domestic difficulties, Real are throwing everything into their quest to win a record 13th European Cup. "That can mean added pressure or added motivation," said captain Sergio Ramos. "The margin for error is minimal." Toni Kroos (knee) and Luka Modric (thigh) could return for Real after spells on the sidelines. Javier Pastore was named in PSG´s squad despite a calf concern, meaning Neymar is their only notable absentee. There will be a minute´s silence before kick-off of at this and all the midweek European games in honour of Fiorentina and Italy defender Davide Astori, who died suddenly at the weekend aged 31.
  24. Tallal Chaudry (left) and Daniyal Aziz. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed will resume hearing the contempt case against Federal Privatisation Minister Daniyal Aziz. On Monday, Aziz submitted his reply in the court, saying that being a parliamentarian he cannot even think of disrespecting state institutions. Aziz in his reply stated that he believes in the supremacy of the Constitution and respects state institutions, including the judiciary. Daniyal Aziz's reply in contempt case: 'Media ran comments out of context? Aziz was served a contempt of court notice on February 2 over his 'controversial speeches and statements made during television shows' ?Media ran my comments out of context,? the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader added. He also pleaded to the court to take back the show-cause notice issued to him in the case. The show-cause notice to Aziz was issued by the Supreme Court on February 19, after a contempt of court notice was sent to him on February 2 over his ?controversial speeches and statements made during television shows?. Contempt case against Tallal Chaudry Tallal Chaudry contempt case: Hearing adjourned till March 6 Minister of State for Interior Affairs had earlier requested the apex court to withdraw the case In addition to Aziz, PML-N leader and State Interior Minister Tallal Chaudry was also issued a contempt of court notice for his anti-judiciary remarks. A three-judge bench headed by Supreme Court Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan will also hear the contempt case against him today. At the last hearing of the case on Feb 26, the case had been adjourned owing to Chaudry's lawyer's other commitments. Moreover, the interior minister had requested the court on February 24 to withdraw the case, stating that scandalising the court or doing anything that tends to bring the court into ?hatred, ridicule or contempt? is ?not even the last thing on the respondent?s mind.? ?Whatever has been said might have been taken into account without relevance to the context due to media reporting,? Chaudry had written in his initial response. SC disqualifies Nehal Hashmi, orders one-month jail term for contempt Supreme Court had taken notice of PML-N senator's contemptuous remarks on May 31, 2017 Moreover, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar will hear today the appeal by disqualified PML-N senator Nehal Hashmi against his sentencing in a contempt case. Hashmi was jailed for a month and disqualified for five years by the apex court on Feb 1 over his contemptuous remarks made last year.
  25. Daniyal Aziz. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed will resume hearing the contempt case against Federal Privatisation Minister Daniyal Aziz. On Monday, Aziz submitted his reply in the court, saying that being a parliamentarian he cannot even think of disrespecting state institutions. Aziz in his reply stated that he believes in the supremacy of the Constitution and respects state institutions, including the judiciary. Daniyal Aziz's reply in contempt case: 'Media ran comments out of context? Aziz was served a contempt of court notice on February 2 over his 'controversial speeches and statements made during television shows' ?Media ran my comments out of context,? the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader added. He also pleaded to the court to take back the show-cause notice issued to him in the case. The show-cause notice to Aziz was issued by the Supreme Court on February 19, after a contempt of court notice was sent to him on February 2 over his ?controversial speeches and statements made during television shows?. SC disqualifies Nehal Hashmi, orders one-month jail term for contempt Supreme Court had taken notice of PML-N senator's contemptuous remarks on May 31, 2017 Moreover, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar will hear today the appeal by disqualified PML-N senator Nehal Hashmi against his sentencing in a contempt case. Hashmi was jailed for a month and disqualified for five years by the apex court on Feb 1 over his contemptuous remarks made last year.