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  1. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/fecf18c5e799e8372df422ad147cf461.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMTMvMjAxNyAxOjQ5OjU0IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9eU85aksyUXFGS1g0YnBsZVZkMThHQT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday assured delegations of Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) that the Pakistan army fully supports mainstreaming of FATA, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Delegations of tribal elders and youth jirga called upon the COAS at the Inter-Services Public Relations office today (Wednesday). A detailed discussion with both delegations was held separately. The delegations acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan army?s sacrifices, efforts, and contributions to their respective views regarding the mainstreaming of FATA and the way forward. The COAS lauded tribal elders and youth for their determination and support to the Pakistan Army in the fight against terrorism, the military?s media wing stated. General Bajwa said he valued the views of the tribal delegations regarding the future of FATA. He said that achievements through sacrifices of brave residents of FATA are being consolidated while the country transitions from relative stability to enduring peace. The COAS also shared his engagement with the Afghan leadership for enhanced cooperation and security measures along the Pak-Afghan border. General Bajwa advised the youth to continue playing their role towards peace and progress of FATA and Pakistan as they are the future leaders. Commander Peshawar Corps, DG ISI, CGS, and other senior army officers were also present. Opposition irked by govt failure to present FATA Reforms Bill in NA Opposition irked by govt failure to present FATA Reforms Bill in NA The government on December 12 failed to table a bill pertaining to FATA's merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, drawing the opposition's ire over the delay. Lawmakers from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and those from FATA tore copies of the assembly agenda in protest over the delay and staged a walkout in the National Assembly. MNA Shahabuddin, who is also a member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from FATA, protested over the change in the assembly agenda. He was joined by other lawmakers from tribal areas. The protesting members said the agenda included the FATA Reforms Bill and questioned why it was changed. Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, minister for parliamentary affairs, said a debate on FATA reforms was temporarily postponed and the matter would soon be made part of the assembly agenda. "There is further consultation required on the bill, which is why it was not tabled," Aftab explained. Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah also criticised the government for putting the matter on hold and referred to the entire episode as a "joke". "Another joke was played today. The matter is under process since the incumbent government came into power and it is beyond comprehension as to why the matter was excluded from the agenda after its inclusion," Shah said. "The entire nation wants FATA to become a constitutional part of the country, but the government is merely passing its time in the parliament." JI threatens to stage sit-in if Fata not merged with KP Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq on Tuesday said his party would stage a sit-in in Islamabad if the government fails to go ahead with the merger of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). "Residents of tribal areas want their rights, they want a merger with KP, and they want the abolition of Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR)," Haq said while addressing attendees of a long march in the federal capital's Faizabad vicinity. He announced a protest in the federal capital on December 31 if the government fails to go ahead with the merger of FATA with KP. "Residents of FATA are participating in a long march toward Islamabad, particularly the National Assembly with the basic objective of love for Pakistan and hatred for a system based on injustice, oppression, and FCR," he said. FATA Reforms Bill The recommendations to bring FATA at par with the rest of the country were approved at the Cabinet meeting on FATA reforms on March 2. Once FATA is made part of KP, the province's share in the National Finance Commission will increase, as three percent will be earmarked for the region. The KP Assembly had adopted a resolution on December 14, 2016, in favour of merging FATA with KP that would help rehabilitate and reconstruct the infrastructure including roads, communications, power lines, water supply, education and health facilities.
  2. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/995bda07e628c938e1d27f1611ee72b9.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMTIvMjAxNyAxMTo0NDozNiBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPUQ0eTlvdnAyWkFVNW5OOXZPRThhbkE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] The mother of 21-year-old Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed Shaheed told Geo News she is proud of her son and the profession he chose. Speaking about her son, who was martyred in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan, she said Moeed "earned respect for himself and us". The eldest of four siblings, Moeed would always get gifts for them and repeatedly ask his mother to tell him what she wanted, the mother recalled. "He took really good care of all of us. He would always serve me and fill my plate before his own," she said further. Earlier today, the army said Moeed and Sepoy Basharat, also 21, were martyred in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan Agency. Two army officials martyred in North Waziristan attack 2nd Lt Abdul Moeed and Sepoy Basharat's vehicle was attacked by terrorists Moeed, who had recently graduated from the Pakistan Military Academy in the 136 Long Course, hailed from Burewala, Vehari. According to a message on Facebook from Moeed's cousin, the deceased hailed from the 4 Northern Light Infantry unit. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa stated that, "Freedom isn't free, it costs sons of the soil. Freedom that we enjoy today is owed to so many such bravehearts. Salute to our Martyrs," said a tweet sent out by DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor.
  3. The martyred officials. Photo: ISPR RAWALPINDI: Two officials of Pakistan Army were martyred in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan Agency, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Monday. The ISPR said that Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed and Sepoy Basharat were martyred after terrorists fired on their vehicle from the surrounding mountains. Sepoy Basharat, 21, is from Danyor village of Gilgit-Baltistan while Majeed, also 21, hailed from Burewala, Vehari. Moeed had recently graduated from the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, while Basharat had three years of military service. North Waziristan was cleared of militants recently after the Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in June 2014. Pakistan Army captain, sepoy martyred in cross-border attack from Afghanistan Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Reham were martyred in the attack on a border post The agency, like others in the mountainous tribal areas, borders the restive provinces of Afghanistan from where cross-border attacks are launched frequently. Frequent attacks On November 13, a cross-border attack in Bajaur Agency led to the martyrdom of Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Raham. Four other army troops were said to have been injured in the attack. Following the attack, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, in a series of tweets, said Pakistan has done its part and has cleared areas on its side of the border from terrorist presence. He referred to the attack as the price Pakistan is paying for the security vacuum on the Afghan side of the border. On Nov 9, sepoy Mohammad Ilyas was martyred during an exchange of fire with terrorists in Khyber Agency. Lt Arsalan Alam Shaheed buried with full military honours in native village The 22-year-old officer was martyred in a cross-border attack in Khyber Agency On October 3, another soldier embraced martyrdom after terrorists fired from across the Afghan border on his post. The incident had occurred at the recently cleared area around Mustil pass, an important passage from Afghanistan into Rajgal, in Khyber Agency. The martyred soldier was identified by ISPR as Naib Subedar Azher Ali. On September 23, another officer embraced martyrdom during firing by terrorists from across the border in Rajgal, Khyber Agency. Lieutenant Arsalan Alam, who was commanding the post when he got hit, was 22 years old.
  4. A Turkish F-16 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, July 27, 2015. ? Reuters FILE ISTANBUL: Turkish warplanes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq on Monday and killed 29 of the group?s militants, Turkey?s armed forces said. The PKK fighters were believed to be preparing an attack on Turkish border posts from the Hakurk and Metina regions of northern Iraq, the army said in a written statement. Several caves and shelters used by the militants were destroyed in the air strikes, it said. The PKK, which has been waging an insurgency in southeast Turkey since the 1980s, is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. The conflict has claimed lives of more than 40,000 people.
  5. It's not everyday that you get to read about fascinating tales of people who struggled their way in life and yet triumphed it with their hardwork. Barnana Yadagiri is also one stellar and inspiring example of sheer brilliance. © Facebook His father is a labourer who struggled all his life to make ends meet and earned less than Rs. 160 in a day. But that didn't hinder Barnana's dream to achieve what he wanted in his life. He managed to get admission into the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore and even secured a cushiony job in the United States! You'd think that is everything what a person struggling with finances could wish for, right? But little did his father know that his hero had decided to serve his nation over spilling his bank accounts with big bucks. The most beautiful part is that Barnana's father had no idea that his son was becoming an Amy officer until the day of the passing out parade. © BCCL Barnana Yadagiri was always a hard working soul. He completed his engineering from IIT Hyderabad, managed a stellar score of 93.4 in the CAT exam, got through IIM Indore and even secured a job with the Union Pacific Rail Road, a US-based company. He gave all of this up for his dream to fight for his country. In an interview with TOI, he explained, “I have seen days when my father earned only Rs 60 after a day's hard work and my mother who is afflicted with polio clean office tables to make both ends meet. Despite having seen such financial hardships, he says he was never tempted by money. "I had the option of sticking to the corporate world and making a lot of money but that was not where my heart lay. The kind of mental satisfaction one gets by working for the motherland cannot be replaced by any amount of money." On being asked about his immediate thoughts after joining the armed forces, he said, “the basic character of hard work is already there in my genes. I will ensure that I fulfil my duties in a manner that makes the country proud by working in the defence research and development stream." Here's wishing this hero all the luck in his endeavours! The nation needs more men like him.
  6. An Israeli policeman fires towards Palestinian protesters during clashes at a protest ? against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ? in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Palestine, December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma JERUSALEM: The Israeli military said on Thursday that an aircraft and a tank had targeted two posts belonging to militants in the Gaza Strip after three rockets were launched at Israel. Sirens sounded in Israel at various locations on a day of heightened tension following demonstrations in the coastal enclave and the occupied West Bank as Palestinians protested at US President Donald Trump?s announcement on Wednesday that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel?s capital. Two rockets launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip fell short inside the Palestinian enclave earlier in the evening and a third ? fired later ? landed in an open area in Israel causing no casualties or damage, an army spokeswoman said. Gaza residents said there were no casualties from the Israeli attack and that two unmanned lookout posts were hit. Al-Tawheed Brigades ? an extremist group in Gaza that does not heed the call from the enclave?s dominant force Hamas to desist from firing rockets ? claimed responsibility for the launches. ?In response to... projectiles fired at Israel throughout the day... an IDF tank and an IAF aircraft targeted two military posts in the Gaza Strip. The IDF holds Hamas responsible for the hostile activity perpetrated against Israel from the Gaza Strip,? an army statement said. During the Gaza war in 2014, Israel?s Iron Dome rocket interceptor system largely protected the country?s heartland from thousands of rocket barrages fired by militants.
  7. RAWALPINDI: Indian forces targeted a funeral procession in fresh violation of the ceasefire agreement late Thursday resulting in martyrdom of two Pakistani civilians, the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement. Indian army targeted the funeral procession in Chaffar village in Chirikot sector along the Line of Control (LoC), the ISPR said in a statement. As a consequence, two civilians embraced martyrdom, while a woman was injured. In retaliation, Pakistan Army targeted Indian posts from where the unprovoked fire initiated, the statement read. The retaliatory fire destroyed an Indian post leaving at least one Indian troop dead, and four to five other soldiers wounded, it added.
  8. The iconic Barmy Army/Photo taken from nine.com.au ADELAIDE: England´s Barmy Army of cricket fans had a little bit of local help this week in Adelaide as they tried, fruitlessly as it turned out in the end, to cheer their team to victory in the second Ashes test. The rowdy but good-humoured camp followers have become a fixture on all England cricket tours over the last couple of decades but the tour of Australia is the one that attracts the biggest numbers. When a regular member of the Army band had to return to Britain for personal reasons, though, the call went out for a trumpet or saxophone player to replace him. Dave Zanchetta, as Australian as you like and from the nearby town of Port Elliott, answered the call and it was his saxophone that accompanied the songs of the travelling horde massed in the seating under the Adelaide Oval scoreboard. Zanchetta told Reuters he had been touched by the way the fans had marked the third anniversary of the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes at the first test in Brisbane last week, when they chanted "There´s only one Phillip Hughes!". "They´re a great bunch of guys and it´s been fantastic, because cricket means so much to the guys," Zanchetta said in a break from his playing after five days as an honorary Brit. "I was touched by their tribute to Phillip Hughes so it´s been an opportunity to thank them in my own special way." The atmosphere on Tuesday night was electric as the fans, their throats loosened by plenty of fluid intake, drowned out the subdued home support with their singing and cheeky chants. Their peak moment came with a light-hearted taunting of Australian captain Steve Smith for bungling a couple of video review decisions and leaving his team without any for the final day. Members of the English supporters group known as the 'Barmy Army' cheer during the fourth day of the second Ashes cricket test match. Picture taken December 5, 2017/Reuters Zanchetta was not the only temporary member of the Army this week with three brothers from the Surrey town of Guildford also making a hit-and-run trip Down Under for the Adelaide test. "We´re here in memory of our late father who died three years ago," said Eddy Tipping as he soaked up the sunshine on the first cloud-free day of the test, wearing a "DadAdelaide Ashes 2017" shirt. "He was desperate to come to Adelaide and never made it. This is my first time here and I love it, though it could have been a bit warmer earlier in the week." Things were more subdued among the travelling fans on Wednesday afternoon after England lost two quick wickets on their way to a 120-run defeat. "The General" David Peacock, co-founder of an army he claims is 8,000 strong, remained upbeat as England slid towards defeat, at least taking heart from the team´s fighting performance in the second innings. "We´ll head to Perth for the third test in great spirits," he said. "Before that, the wine region beckons for many. It´s not just about cricket.?
  9. Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa extends his good wishes to Maj Hercharn for his matrimonial life. ? ISPR RAWALPINDI: Major Hercharn Singh, first Sikh officer of Pakistan Army, got married today at Gurdwara Puja Sahib, Hasan Abdal, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Sunday. A number of serving and retired officers of Pakistan Army attended the marriage ceremony, the ISPR said in a statement. In his message, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa also extended his good wishes to Maj Hercharn for his matrimonial life. Maj Harcharn Singh was commissioned in Pakistan Army in 2007, the statement said. Pak Army remains a symbol of national integration and respects rights of religious minorities in Pakistan, it added.
  10. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is not just a brand name for anyone vying to be an engineer; it's supposed to be like a temple of learning. A stepping stone for which lakhs of students give up sleep and food and burn the midnight lamp, just to secure a seat in one of the most prestigious intuitions in the world. Shivansh Joshi was no exception, except, after clearing the exam, he decided to give up his seat to join The National Defence Academy (NDA) and serve the country instead. © Facebook It was a natural step and the fact that he topped his NDA exam speaks volumes about his dedication for the service. "I am inspired by those who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives for our country. I too want to contribute to the development of my country. I can do that better as a man in uniform”, he explained. He took no formal training for preparing for the NDA exam and that kind of speaks volumes about his decision. About the IIT entrance, he managed to score a whopping 97% there as well! It's not just his parents, but the entire nation is proud of him right now. A big salute to the young boy who picked NDA over IIT. India needs more youngsters like Shivansh Joshi who put defending their country above everything else. ð Jai Hind https://t.co/wSqUy2zS40 — Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) November 28, 201 Huge respect for the NDA topper Shivansh Joshi who chose NDA over IIT. — Venom (@quirky_bunny) November 29, 2017 His father works with the LIC and his mother is a primary school teacher. It's a big decision for a 17-year-old, but nevertheless a brave one. Here's wishing him all the success in this new journey.
  11. The arrested Indian army official. -Courtesy Radio Pakistan ISLAMABAD: An Indian army official was arrested in occupied Kashmir for possessing heroin worth Rs400 million, confirmed a top police official. The Kashmir Media Service quoted IG police as saying that the Indian army official was arrested on Sunday and the heroin recovered from his possession had Afghan markings. Around eight kilograms of pure heroin was recovered. ?The consignment, which was headed for Delhi, was the second major haul recovered in the past three days,? said IGP of occupied Kashmir S D Singh Jamwal. Arrested soldier belongs to a light infantry regiment and is attached to army headquarters in New Delhi. Police has booked the Indian army official under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
  12. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/geo/geonews_abr/playlist.m3u8 style=center] Geo News live stream ISLAMABAD: Protesters renewed violence early Sunday morning as they resorted to arson and pelted stones at police, a day after authorities commenced an operation to clear Faizabad Interchange of the sit-in that had paralysed the federal capital for weeks. The protesters began pelting stones at policemen and set fire to five motorcycles and a car belonging to the police near I-8 sector earlier today, police said. On Saturday, a protester was killed while over 250 people including 90 policemen and FC personnel, as protests took a violent turn in the capital. Around 8,000 security officials took part in the operation aimed at dispersing the protesters with the help of tear gas and water cannons. Pakistan Army summoned to control situation The Ministry of Interior issued on Saturday night a statutory regulatory order (SRO) to authorize the deployment of the Pakistan Army to aid civil power to control the law and order situation in the Islamabad Capital Territory. The SRO ? issued in light of the request of the Islamabad Capital Territory Islamabad Administration, dated November 25, issued by the ministry under Article 245 of the Constitution, read along with Sections 4 and 5 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and section 131-A of the Cr.P.C ? authorized "the deployment of sufficient number of troops" as "to be determined by the Commander 111 Brigade" in effect from November 25 until further orders. Sources said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi took the decision to summon the Army and the interior ministry issued the notification after the premier's approval. In response, however, the Pakistan Army said while its troops are "fully ready to perform the assigned task in line with its institutional obligations", there are "few aspects meriting deliberation prior to [the deployment". The police force "has not been optimally utilized to its full capability" in "dealing with [the] protesters", the Army noted. In addition, "Pakistan Rangers, backing [?] police as 2nd tier force physically deployed with police in Islamabad, have not been given written instructions as agreed for their employment." The Army added that its troops are "traditionally not just used for dispersal of crowd/protesters but to quell commotion". Therefore, their deployment "needs to be clarified in the context of item 6 of Supreme Court judgment dated November 23, 2017, with regards to civil petition no 2983 of 2016 (Sher Jamal and others vs Wali Sardar and others)". Also, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) "restrains [the] use of 'firearms' during clearance operation", as per Item 8 of its "judgment of writ petition number 3914 of 2017". The operation that had commenced early Saturday morning to clear Faizabad Interchange from protesters staging a sit-in since three weeks, was put on hold later in the day ? suspended at approximately 2:30 PM local time, according to reports. The situation, nevertheless, remains tense in the federal capital. PM, COAS to deliberate on Islamabad situation Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa will hold an important meeting today to discuss the situation in Islamabad, sources said. The two will discuss the sit-in being held on the Faizabad Interchange by a religious group, which has entered its 21st day today despite the commencement of a security forces operation on Saturday. PM, army chief to deliberate on Islamabad situation in meeting today The two will discuss the sit-in being held on the Faizabad Interchange by a religious group The army chief was on a visit to the United Arab Emirates and cut short his trip to reach the country last night, sources said. General Qamar Javed Bajwa also spoke with Prime Minister Abbasi regarding the sit-in in Islamabad on Saturday. ?COAS telephoned PM. Suggested to handle Isb Dharna peacefully avoiding violence from both sides as it is not in national interest and cohesion,? Major General Asif Ghafoor ? the director-general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) ? tweeted on Saturday. Interior minister chairs meeting Minister of Interior Ahsan Iqbal chaired a meeting Saturday night on the situation at Faizabad, sources said. According to sources, the Islamabad administration and police have resisted conducting another operation during the meeting, which lasted more than two hours without a decision being reached. Sources added that Iqbal will consult Abbasi if a decision was not reached during the meeting. The chief commissioner of Islamabad, IG police, district commissioner, and others attended the meeting. Protesters demand more resignations Earlier, the protesters demanded that the entire federal cabinet resign and said no one will present demands on their behalf. They also said their committee will make a decision on negotiations and added that the administration of Islamabad and Rawalpindi will be responsible for their actions. 'Trying to ensure minimum loss' Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said Saturday afternoon the operation was being conducted on the IHC's directives and added that the court had ordered to end the sit-in in three days. Iqbal stated that the government is willing to conduct negotiations at any time and appealed to the people to not cause chaos since it plays into the hand of international conspiracies against the country. The interior minister added that the security forces and administration are trying to ensure minimum loss. Attack on Zahid Hamid's house Protesters attacked and entered the residence of federal Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid in Pasrur. At the time of the attack, the law minister and his family were not in the house. The protesters of the religious parties have demanded the resignation of Hamid and have refused to negotiate till their demand is met. Protesters enter Chaudhry Nisar's residence Demonstrators also entered former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar's residence and set fire to the gate. However, he and his family were not at their residence at the time of the incident. Nisar was subsequently shifted to a secure location in an armoured personnel carrier and police were deployed at his residence to safeguard it from any violence. A building and a mobile satellite van located near Nisar's residence was also set ablaze. Condemning the attack, opposition leader Khursheed Shah said attacking someone's home to force them to agree to demands is not part of Islam's teachings. Whether it be the home of a minister or a civilian, respect is necessary, Shah stated, adding that leaders of religious parties should ask their workers to refrain from extremist measures. MNA Javed Latif injured Javed Latif ? a member of the National Assembly (MNA) ? was injured by protesters after he had gone to negotiate on behalf of the government. Police said there was tension at the time of the negotiations and the lawmaker was safely escorted from the scene of the incident. "We did not want to take action against the protesters and went to negotiate. I ask God to show [the protesters] the right path," said Latif. Latif claimed his dera was also attacked by unidentified men and five of his workers were injured. However, police said the MNA's house was not attacked. Protesters attack media personnel Media personnel covering the protests across the country came under attack in various cities. In Islamabad, a private channel's DSNG van was set on fire, while in Karachi, Geo News' team members were assaulted by protesters. Geo News' correspondents Talha Hashmi and Tariq Abul Hasan were injured. PBA condemns attack on journalists The Pakistan Broadcast Association (PBA) condemned the attacks on members of the media during the coverage of the religious party's protests across the country. In a press release issued Saturday, the association said violence against journalists and attacks on media vehicles will not be tolerated. Protection of journalists is the responsibility of the state, the PBA said, demanding that the government take action against those who are violating laws. The association condemned the burning down of a private channel's DSNG van in Faizabad, attacks on Geo News? reporters in Karachi and two DSNGs in Lahore. PBA also urged journalists to take all necessary safety precautions while performing their duties. High-level huddle in Islamabad The Islamabad administration, police, and Rangers held a meeting to review the situation at Faizabad Interchange on Friday evening, sources said. DH Rangers Punjab, IG Islamabad, and the commissioner of the federal capital were in attendance, as well as some other senior officials. The attendees discussed further course of action with regard to the operation. The operation The operation commenced on court orders following the expiry of the midnight deadline set by the district administration on Saturday. Around 8,000 security officials were part of the operation, including 3,000 FC personnel. At least 250 people, including 90 policemen and FC personnel, were injured in the operation and admitted to different hospitals in the twin cities. geo_embedgallery Of these, 190 of the wounded were brought in to PIMS Hospital for treatment throughout the day, a spokesperson for the facility revealed. The injured people at PIMS comprised 73 and 64 officers of the police and FC, respectively, as well as 53 civilians, the spokesperson stated, adding that 60 wounded are currently under treatment. On the other hand, 18 injured people were taken to Polyclinic and more than 50 were taken to the Benazir Bhutto Hospital. Security officials conducted the operation against the protesters from five directions: Khanna Pul, GT Road, Islamabad Club Road, Express Highway, and Murree Road. Protesters had blocked Bhara Kahu leading to Murree, Rawalpindi Expressway, and the Motorway. They also set fire to ten police vehicles in the area. Electricity and internet services in and around Faizabad were suspended. Minutes before the operation started, the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) removed the barbed wire fences, which had surrounded the sit-in area, where protestors belonging to a religious party had been demonstrating for 20 days. PEMRA orders news channels off air The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) also ordered to take all news channels off air. Following the directives, news channels were reported to be off the air in parts of the country. News channels, social media remain suspended in Pakistan Access has also been blocked to the live stream pages of major news channels in Pakistan Earlier, PEMRA had barred media from live coverage of Islamabad operation under Media Code of Conduct 2015. The regulatory body had instructed media houses to ensure the security of their staff while the situation persists. Meanwhile, some social media platforms ? including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube ? were blocked on web browsers across the country. Protests seep into other cities Besides Islamabad, protestors and LEAs' officials are facing off in Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, and Sambrial in Sialkot district. In Karachi, the protestors blocked the roads leading to the Numaish Chowrangi, where they were staging their sit-in. Protestors and workers of religious parties continue their protest in Lahore as of early Sunday morning. Enraged protesters stage sit-ins across Pakistan after Islamabad operation Protests held in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa resulted in at least one death and left dozens injured, besides the 250 injuries reported in Islamabad With conditions tense throughout the city, sit-ins persist at more than four locations ? comprising Thokar Niaz Beg, Babu Sabu Interchange (Sadequain Interchange), Begum Kot, and Shahdara Morr ? while Charing Cross and Mall Road remain blocked by the demonstrators. Earlier, protestors had blocked the railway track in Shahdara and roads around Datta Darbar. No injuries were reported and several people were arrested but later released. In Sambrial, protestors set tires alight on the Sialkot-Wazirabad road.
  13. Prime Minister Abbasi and Army chief Bajwa are expected to discuss the protest in Islamabad ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa will hold an important meeting today to discuss the situation in Islamabad, sources said. The two will discuss the sit-in being held on the Faizabad Interchange by a religious group, which has entered its 21st day today despite the commencement of a security forces operation on Saturday. The army chief was on a visit to the United Arab Emirates and cut short his trip to reach the country last night, sources said. Govt orders Army deployment The Ministry of Interior issued Saturday night a statutory regulatory order (SRO) to authorize the deployment of the Pakistan Army to aid civil power to control the law and order situation in the Islamabad Capital Territory. The SRO ? issued in light of the request of the Islamabad Capital Territory Islamabad Administration, dated November 25, issued by the ministry under Article 245 of the Constitution, read along with Sections 4 and 5 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and section 131-A of the Cr.P.C ? authorized "the deployment of sufficient number of troops" as "to be determined by the Commander 111 Brigade" in effect from November 25 until further orders. In response, however, the Pakistan Army said while its troops are "fully ready to perform the assigned task in line with its institutional obligations", there are "few aspects meriting deliberation prior to [the deployment". The police force "has not been optimally utilized to its full capability" in "dealing with [the] protestors", the Army noted. In addition, "Pakistan Rangers, backing [?] police as 2nd tier force physically deployed with police in Islamabad, have not been given written instructions as agreed for their employment." The Army added that its troops are "traditionally not just used for dispersal of crowd/protestors but to quell commotion". Therefore, their deployment "needs to be clarified in the context of item 6 of Supreme Court judgment dated November 23, 2017, with regards to civil petition no 2983 of 2016 (Sher Jamal and others vs Wali Sardar and others)". Also, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) "restrains [the] use of 'firearms' during clearance operation", as per Item 8 of its "judgment of writ petition number 3914 of 2017". Security forces conduct operation early Saturday morning to clear Faizabad Interchange from protestors staging a sit-in Islamabad operation The operation that had commenced early Saturday morning to clear Faizabad Interchange from protestors staging a sit-in was put on hold later in the day ? suspended at approximately 2:30 PM local time, according to reports. The situation, nevertheless, remains tense in the federal capital. Protests in various parts of the country have also erupted after the operation started. The protests are being held against the change in the finality-of-Prophethood oath in the law when the government passed the Elections Act 2017 last month. The change ? dubbed a clerical error by the government ? was immediately fixed as an amendment was passed later.
  14. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/a8aa8390c6267cb477a6cb10cad1a52f.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMjUvMjAxNyA1OjI5OjQ4IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9d01GTldiQUxaWVBud2RZNSs4dUlSZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: A statutory regulatory order (SRO) authorising the deployment of the Pakistan Army in Islamabad by Ministry of Interior on Saturday evening was verified as true. Rumours circulating on social media suggested that the SRO was false on the basis of typographical errors. However, the authenticity of the SRO was confirmed to Geo News by government sources. The first error which was identified in the SRO was the serial number, which ended with 2013, which points towards the year of issue. The second error was made in the section which states which officials are to be sent a copy of the notification. Point three of 'Copy to' is addressed to DG Rangers Punjab, asking to ensure fool-proof security to the participants of the Eco Summit, which was held in 2013. The SRO issued in light of the request of the Islamabad Capital Territory Islamabad Administration dated November 25 issued by the ministry under Article 245 of the Constitution, read along with Sections 4 and 5 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and section 131-A of the Cr.P.C authorized the deployment of a sufficient number of troops as to be determined by the Commander 111 Brigade with effect from November 25 until further orders. The operation to clear Faizabad Interchange from protesters staging a sit-in, which had commenced early morning on Saturday, was put on hold later in the day.
  15. Turkish Ambassador Sadik Babur Girgin and Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa RAWALPINDI: Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Sadik Babur Girgin called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday to bid farewell at the end of his tenure in Pakistan, the military's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. Matters of mutual interest including regional security issues were discussed during the meeting. The two dignitaries noted the exceptional mutual relations between the brotherly nations and pledged to further improve the ties, the ISPR statement added. On Thursday, General Bajwa visited the Headquarters of the Southern Command in Quetta in connection with the execution of ?Khush Hal Balochistan? (KHB) initiative. The COAS said on the occasion that the army shall provide full support to the federal and provincial governments for the success of the KHB initiative, adding that the program in fact is ?Khush Hal Balochistan- Khush Hal Pakistan,? according to the ISPR.
  16. Murdered journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik/Facebook NEW DELHI: Indian police have arrested a senior army officer for the murder of a journalist shot dead while investigating allegations of financial fraud against him. Reporter Sudip Dutta Bhaumik was allegedly killed by a junior officer when he went to a paramilitary base in the northeastern state of Tripura on Tuesday to investigate a story. Police said Tapan Debbarma, the commandant of the Second Tripura State Rifles, was arrested Wednesday on charges he ordered his bodyguard to shoot the reporter. "He (Debbarma) was arrested yesterday and produced before the magistrate. He has been remanded to 10 days of police custody," local police superintendent Pradeep Dey told AFP on Thursday. "His security guard Nandu Reang was arrested on Tuesday itself." On Wednesday Bhaumik´s editor Subal Kumar Dey said the murder was linked to articles the reporter had written. He was the third journalist to be killed in as many months in India and newspapers in Tripura on Thursday carried blank editorial pages in protest. In September, a reporter in the state was lynched by a mob during clashes between police and warring political factions. His mutilated body was found the next day. Also in September gunmen shot dead renowned journalist Gauri Lankesh in the southern city of Bangalore. No arrests have been made in her killing, but some believe she was targeted for her outspoken criticism of Hindu nationalism. The Committee to Protect Journalists says 41 reporters have been killed in India since the early 1990s, a figure that excludes the two latest deaths in Tripura.
  17. Major Ishaq, the army major martyred during a search operation in Dera Ismail Khan, will be laid to rest with full military honors after funeral prayers at Ayub Stadium in Lahore today. The soldier embraced martyrdom in an exchange of fire during a search operation at a terrorist hideout in Kulachi, Dera Ismail Khan on Wednesday. The 28-year-old martyr belonged to Khushab, Punjab, and has left behind a widow and an infant. The funeral prayer of the deceased was also held at Dera Ismail Khan, and was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other high-ranking officials, including Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Nazir Butt. In his tweet, the ISPR chief said, "We have a sacred duty at hand of cleansing & defending our motherland; WE SHALL DO IT". In a follow-on tweet, Ghafoor reiterated that sacrifices by the martyrs of the motherland will not go in vain or will be compromised upon. The martyred official is the fourth officer to be killed in the line of duty in the past three months. On November 13, Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Raham were martyred in a cross-border attack by terrorists from Afghanistan in Bajaur Agency. Four other troops were injured in the assault on the border post. On Nov 9, sepoy Mohammad Ilyas was martyred during an exchange of fire with terrorists in Khyber Agency. On October 3, another soldier had embraced martyrdom after terrorists fired from across the Afghan border on a post. The incident had occurred at the recently cleared area around Mustil pass, an important passage from Afghanistan into Rajgal, in Khyber Agency. The martyred soldier was identified by ISPR as Naib Subedar Azher Ali. On September 23, another officer embraced martyrdom during firing by terrorists from across the border in Rajgal, Khyber Agency. Lieutenant Arsalan Alam, who was commanding the post when he got hit, was 22 years old. On August 9, a major and three soldiers laid down their lives during a military operation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Major Ali Salman ? who hailed from a 'secret agency' ? was leading a team in an anti-terrorist operation in Timergara, Dir when a suicide bomber attacked them.
  18. KARACHI: The Director General (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Wednesday the army would act upon whatever decision the government makes on the ongoing sit-in in Islamabad. General Ghafoor, however, said it is better to diffuse the situation through mutual understanding, adding that whatever decision the government makes in this regard would be acted upon. Routine life remained greatly disrupted as protesters, belonging to a religious group, continued their sit-in for the 17th consecutive day on Wednesday, blocking Faizabad Interchange despite a notice by the Supreme Court. The protest has resulted in severe issues for residents of the 'twin cities', who face traffic jams and mobility issues on a daily basis. At least two casualties due to ambulances being unable to cross the protesters have also been reported. Tensions rise at Islamabad protest, four security personnel injured Four FC and police personnel, including SP Saddar Aim Niazi, were injured The DG ISPR said it is the duty of the army for whatever task the government calls it. "For the security of Pakistan, the civilian and military leadership are on the same page," he said. Talks between the government and protesters on Saturday and then on Monday failed with no breakthrough in sight as protest leaders continue to demand the resignation of Federal Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid. The government, however, has formed another committee under senior cleric Pir Haseenuddin Shah for negotiations with the protesters and to suggest a comprehensive solution to the problem. Earlier on Wednesday, at least four security personnel were injured when the protesters staging the sit-in resorted to pelting stones at security forces deployed in the area. SP Saddar Amir Niazi was also among the four injured Frontier Corps (FC) and police personnel. Police and FC personnel deployed in the area have been put on alert and extra reinforcements, including armoured personnel carriers, have been summoned to the area and deployed at IJP road.
  19. Major Ishaq. Photo: ISPR ISLAMABAD: An army major embraced martyrdom in an exchange of fire during a search operation at a terrorist hideout in Kulachi, Dera Ismail Khan on Wednesday, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted. The 28-year-old martyr, Major Ishaq, belonged to Khushab, Punjab, and has left behind a widow and an infant. The martyred major's funeral was held in DI Khan and attended by the army chief and senior officials The funeral prayer of the deceased was held at Dera Ismail Khan, and was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other high-ranking officials, including Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Nazir Butt. In his tweet, the ISPR chief said, "We have a sacred duty at hand of cleansing & defending our motherland; WE SHALL DO IT". The martyred official is the fourth officer to be killed in the line of duty in the past three months. On November 13, Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Raham were martyred in a cross-border attack by terrorists from Afghanistan in Bajaur Agency. Pakistan Army captain, sepoy martyred in cross-border attack from Afghanistan Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Reham were martyred in the attack on a border post Four other troops were injured in the assault on the border post. On Nov 9, sepoy Mohammad Ilyas was martyred during an exchange of fire with terrorists in Khyber Agency. On October 3, another soldier had embraced martyrdom after terrorists fired from across the Afghan border on a post. The incident had occurred at the recently cleared area around Mustil pass, an important passage from Afghanistan into Rajgal, in Khyber Agency. The martyred soldier was identified by ISPR as Naib Subedar Azher Ali. On September 23, another officer embraced martyrdom during firing by terrorists from across the border in Rajgal, Khyber Agency. 22-year-old Army officer martyred in Khyber Agency Terrorists fired from across the border at Pakistani post in Rajgal, martyring Lt Arsalan Alam: ISPR Lieutenant Arsalan Alam, who was commanding the post when he got hit, was 22 years old. On August 9, a major and three soldiers laid down their lives during a military operation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Major Ali Salman ? who hailed from a 'secret agency' ? was leading a team in an anti-terrorist operation in Timergara, Dir when a suicide bomber attacked them.
  20. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday met with China's Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou on Tuesday, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Matters of mutual interest were discussed in the meeting, which was also attended by newly appointed Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing. The visiting dignitaries also acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army?s contributions for peace and stability in the region, added ISPR.
  21. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/f8ca8194124f2939b542e22492ea0691.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMjEvMjAxNyA3OjAwOjM1IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9YVFPUVZ4eFpRSk5KTlpkYXh0NUdSQT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah, has asked the government to contact the military leadership of the country to resolve the ongoing protest by religious parties in the capital. Talking to the media in the National Assembly on Tuesday, the Pakistan Peoples Party said talking to the army and summoning the armed forces (in aid of civil power) is a constitutional right of the government. Shah said further that talks should be held to resolve the protest by religious parties, adding that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is responsible for the present situation. With regards to the Elections Act Amendment Bill, the opposition leader said they will try their best to pass the amendment in the National Assembly today. Numbers' game: Opposition seeks to pass Elections Act Amendment Bill in NA today The bill, already passed in Senate, will disallow disqualified parliamentarians to head political parties "Leaders can be bad but not Parliament," he said, adding that a disqualified person leading a party can never yield positive results. After passing it in the Senate, the opposition parties are attempting to pass the amendment bill in the National Assembly which seeks to reimpose the ban on disqualified parliamentarians from heading political parties.
  22. RAWALPINDI: A group of 400 students and faculty members from various Universities, Schools and Colleges of Rawalpindi spent a day with Pakistan Army on Saturday. According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing of the Pakistan Army, the programme was specifically organized by Rawalpindi Corps to enlighten students about the functioning of Pakistan Army, its organization and defence capabilities. The visitors laid wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada monument Chaklala. Later the visiting students and faulty members were given a demonstration of combat worthiness of the troops through combat riding, unarmed combat and helicopter repelling. The students were shown various military equipment and given an experience of small arms firing. The students applauded the state of morale, commitment and professional competence of Pakistan Army and expressed their gratitude for being provided with an opportunity to interact with Army troops, the statement concluded.
  23. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Friday met the family of martyred Captain Junaid Hafeez in Islamabad, the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement. Captain Junaid Hafeez, along with Sepoy Raham, embraced martyrdom while repulsing a cross-border terrorist attack on a Pakistani border post in Bajaur Agency from Afghanistan. At least eight terrorists were also killed in the attack on Monday. The army chief Friday met with the family of martyred officer in Islamabad. Pakistan Army captain, sepoy martyred in cross-border attack from Afghanistan Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Reham were martyred in the attack on a border post He paid rich tribute to Captain Junaid Hafeez and his family for their great sacrifice for the motherland. General Bajwa also laid a wreath on the grave of the martyred officer. Following the attack, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor had said that Pakistan had done its part and had cleared areas on its side of the border from terrorist presence. In a series of tweets, he had referred to the martyrdom of the soldiers as the price Pakistan is paying for the security vacuum on the Afghan side of the border. The DG ISPR had stressed the need for more efforts and enhanced presence along the border by all stakeholders, to avert such incidents.
  24. HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attended a university graduation ceremony Friday, making a first public appearance since the military takeover that appeared to signal the end of his 37-year reign. Despite his show of defiance, pressure mounted on the 93-year-old leader to quit as veterans of Zimbabwe's independence war - key players in the country's power structure - called for mass anti-Mugabe demonstrations on Saturday. Mugabe, 93, had been confined to house arrest after the military took over the country. But on Friday, he walked into the ceremony venue in Harare dressed in a blue academic gown and tasselled hat, before listening to speeches with his eyes closed and applauding occasionally, an AFP correspondent reported. The generals took over late on Tuesday after vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa was abruptly sacked and Mugabe´s wife Grace emerged in prime position to succeed her increasingly frail husband. Mnangagwa, who had fled abroad after his firing, returned to the country on Thursday and seems poised to play a central role in shaping developments. Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980 and many citizens were stunned by the military´s intervention, which was sparked by the bitter succession battle between Grace and Mnangagwa. "I'm happy with what the army has done, at least now we've got a future for our kids," Teslin Khumbula, the owner of a security company, told AFP. "We don't want Mugabe anymore... Please - everyone go to the streets." Analysts say the military leadership was strongly opposed to the rise of Mugabe´s ambitious 52-year-old wife, while Mnangagwa has close ties to the defence establishment. 'Finish the job' Mugabe and the army chiefs held talks on Thursday, but no official statement was issued on the status of negotiations that could see him eased out of office. Government television showed Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, at the talks smiling alongside army chief General Constantino Chiwenga. Chris Mutsvangwa, chairman of the independence war veterans' association which is seen as supporting Mnangagwa, said Friday that "the game is up" for Mugabe and called for a protests against the president. "It´s done, it's finished... The generals have done a fantastic job," he said at a press conference in Harare as he called for a mass demonstration on Saturday. "We want to restore our pride and tomorrow is the day... we can finish the job which the army started." Veterans of Zimbabwe's independence war were loyal supporters of Mugabe, but they turned against him as friction grew between the president and the military. Mnangagwa, 75, fled to South Africa following his dismissal and published a scathing rebuke of Mugabe´s leadership and Grace´s presidential ambitions. The military said Friday they had detained some "criminals" in Mugabe´s government in a reference to supporters of Grace´s presidential ambitions. Grace has not been seen since the takeover of the military, which has not overtly called for President Mugabe´s resignation. International concern Morgan Tsvangirai, a former prime minister and long-time opponent of Mugabe, has said Mugabe must resign "in the interest of the people", added that "a transitional mechanism" would be needed to ensure peace. Harare's residents have largely ignored the few soldiers still on the streets with shops, businesses and offices operating as usual. Eldred Masunungure, a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, said the formation of a "pre-election coalition" could be a viable response to the crisis. The international community has been watching the crisis closely. In Paris, the head of the African Union, Guinea's President Alpha Conde, warned Thursday that the continent "will never accept the military coup d´etat" in Zimbabwe and called for a return to the "constitutional order". "(Problems) need to be resolved politically by the ZANU-PF party and not with an intervention by the army," added Conde. Meeting in Botswana, the SADC called for an emergency regional summit to help resolve the crisis, urging Zimbabwe to "settle the political challenges through peaceful means". Britain, Zimbabwe's former colonial ruler, said elections scheduled for 2018 should go ahead. In Ivory Coast, President Alassane Ouattara on Friday saluted Mugabe´s role in the fight against colonialism, saying he "has been the object of respect and even adulation from many Africans and young Africans." "But the world has changed," he said. "Clearly, given his age and the long time he has spent in office, everyone is aware that it is time for him to hand over his seat to a new generation."
  25. Israel's Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Gadi Eizenkot delivers a speech during a Strategic Dialogue Conference in Netanya, Israel March 21, 2017. Photo: Reuters DUBAI: The Israeli army?s chief of staff told an Arabic language online newspaper that Israel was ready to share ?intelligence information? with Saudi Arabia, saying their countries had a common interest in standing up to Iran. Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot told the privately Saudi-owned Elaph in what it said was his first interview with an Arabic newspaper that Israel had no plans to attack Lebanon?s Hezbollah group. Saudi Arabia has ratcheted up pressure on arch-foe Iran, accusing Tehran of trying to expand its influence in Arab countries, often through proxies including the Lebanese Shi?ite Hezbollah group. Increased tension between Tehran and Riyadh has fueled speculation that shared interests may push Saudi Arabia and Israel to working together against what they see as a common Iranian threat. Saudi Arabia maintains that any relations with Israel hinge on Israeli withdrawal from Arab lands occupied in the 1967 Middle East war. Asked if Israel had shared any information with Saudi Arabia, Eizenkot said: ?We are ready to share information if necessary. There are many shared interests between us.? He said US President Donald Trump?s election on a platform that calls for increasing pressure on Iran has provided an opportunity for new alliances in the Middle East. Both Saudi Arabia and Israel view Iran as a main threat to the Middle East. ?A major and general strategic plan must be prepared to stop the Iranian danger, and we are ready to exchange expertise with moderate Arab states and exchange intelligence information to face Iran,? he said, according to Elaph, which said the interview was conducted at Eizenkot?s office in Tel Aviv by an Israeli Arab journalist. Earlier this month, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri announced his resignation in a surprise move that had plunged Lebanon into a new political crisis. Hariri?s resignation thrust Lebanon into the front line of a regional struggle between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi?ite Iran that has also buffeted Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain. It also raised speculation about possible military action against Lebanon by Israel, which sees Hezbollah as a strategic threat. Responding to a question on speculation that Israel may launch a military operation against Hezbollah, Eizenkot said: ?We do not have any intention initiating any offensive against Hezbollah in Lebanon and reaching a (state of) war. But we will not accept a strategic threat against Israel.?