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  1. Media personnel covering PML-N's GT Road rally on Wednesday. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Legislators of Pakistan Peoples Party in National Assembly have demanded a prompt response from the information minister over attacks on media workers while covering Nawaz Sharif's ongoing 'homecoming' rally. The GT Road rally remained largely peaceful, however, the supporters and activists of Pakistan Muslim League?Nawaz reportedly assaulted the crew of two local TV stations that had been critical of him during the Supreme Court proceedings, a police official Hafeez Khan informed. Calling Attention notice. Photo: Geo News The calling attention notice submitted to the National Assembly Secretariat and signed by PPP legislators Shahida Rehmani, Shazia Marri, Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Imran Zafar Leghari, Dr Nafisha Shah, Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani and Mohammad Ayaz Soomro said: ?We the undersigned would like to draw the attention of the Minister for Information towards the repeated incidents of brutal attacks on media persons?.. Such incidents are highly condemnable and totally unacceptable.? The statement concluded: ?It?s a serious matter which warrants prompt response from the Minister on the floor of the House immediately?. On Wednesday, Nawaz, the chief of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, set out from Punjab House, Islamabad after deciding to go home to Lahore via the GT Road. Nawaz began the second leg of his 'homecoming rally' earlier after leaving in his cavalcade from Punjab House, Rawalpindi.
  2. DUBAI: Iranian security forces have broken up a group linked to Daesh which was planning attacks on religious centers in the country and trying to hide weapons in home appliances, state news agency IRNA reported on Monday, The agency said the operation was conducted jointly with another country's agents and a total of 27 suspects were arrested. The agency did not name the other country. Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack in June in which suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran, killing 18 people. It threatened more attacks against Iran. Intelligence Ministry agents "were able to arrest a terrorist group linked to Daesh that intended to carry out terror operations in religious cities ...," IRNA said. "The terrorists were trying to bring (weapons and ammunition) into the country by concealing them in home appliances," the agency quoted a ministry statement as saying. It said 10 people were arrested at the group's leadership center abroad and 17 people inside Iran. Five of the 17 were due to carry out the attacks in Iran and the other 12 were supporting them, statement said. The statement did not identify the religious centers it said were the targets. On Sunday, Iranian media said Iran's Revolutionary Guards had killed two people in clashes with a group of militants in the northwest of the country, where shootouts with Iranian Kurdish militant groups based in Iraq are common. In June, Iran announced the arrests of the members of a group linked to Daesh which had planned bombings and suicide attacks.
  3. AHMEDABAD: Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi´s car was hit by a stone-throwing mob as he visited a flood-hit region of Gujarat state, with leaders of his party blaming supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A mob carrying black flags tried to stop Gandhi´s convoy Friday and although he was unhurt in the attack, the windows of his car were smashed, television images showed. Police have detained one man and are investigating the incident, the Press Trust of India reported. Scion to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that ruled India for decades through its Congress party, the 47-year-old Gandhi is seeking to revive the party´s fortunes after its ouster in 2014 general elections and a string of defeats in state polls since then. Several senior Congress leaders accused Modi´s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of orchestrating the attack on Gandhi, who is the Congress vice president. Gujarat, Modi´s home state, goes to the polls in December with the BJP seeking to retain power. "Windowpanes of Cong VP´s car broken in an organised attack by goons, security staff injured. BJP must know truth can´t be silenced," tweeted Randeep Surjewla, a Congress spokesman. Ghulam Nabi Azad, another Congress leader, said the attack was carried out deliberately by the BJP to create an atmosphere of fear in Gujarat ahead of the polls. Gandhi himself took to Twitter, saying he was undeterred by the attack. "Narendra Modi ji, slogans, black flags and stones will not deter us... We will put in all our might into the service of people," he wrote. Gandhi later met flood victims in Banaskantha district of Gujarat where severe monsoon flooding has killed more than 200 people so far.
  4. File photo of an attack in Kabul in 2011 KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN: A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into a convoy of foreign forces in Afghanistan´s restive southern province of Kandahar, causing casualties Wednesday, officials said. "At around noon a car bomb targeted a convoy of foreign forces in Daman area of Kandahar," provincial police spokesman Zia Durrani told AFP. NATO confirmed in a statement that a convoy was attacked and did "cause casualties" but did not immediately give further details. At least one witness reported seeing three bodies pulled from one of vehicles. Mohammad Azim, a shopkeeper, told AFP: "I saw a foreign forces vehicle on fire after the attack. A while later helicopters landed in the area, they took three bodies out of the vehicle and flew away. There were three armoured vehicles in the convoy." The Taliban, who have a heavy presence in poppy-growing Kandahar province and have launched repeated attacks there, quickly claimed the attack by text message to AFP. The assault is the latest blow to NATO forces, who ended their more than a decade-long combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014. Since then Afghan troops and police, beset by soaring casualties, have struggled to beat back the resurgent Taliban, while facing the growing menace of the Daesh group. The Taliban have been ramping up their campaign against beleaguered government forces, underscoring rising insecurity in the war-torn country during the summer fighting season when the warmer weather tends to spur an increase in militant attacks. A recent UN report described Kandahar, which lies on the border with Pakistan, as one of the most dangerous places in the country for civilians.
  5. Employees of customer support team of the Wnet internet provider work at the company's headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine July 26, 2017. PHOTO: Reuters KIEV: When the chief of Microsoft Ukraine switched jobs to work for President Petro Poroshenko, he found that everyone in the office used the same login password. It wasn't the only symptom of lax IT security in a country suffering crippling cyber attacks. Sometimes pressing the spacebar was enough to open a PC, according to Dmytro Shymkiv, who became Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration with a reform brief in 2014. Today discipline is far tighter in the president's office. But Ukraine - regarded by some, despite Kremlin denials, as a guinea pig for Russian state-sponsored hacks - is fighting an uphill battle in turning pockets of protection into a national strategy to keep state institutions and systemic companies safe. As in many aspects of Ukrainian life, corruption is a problem. Most computers run on pirated software, and even when licensed programs are used, they can be years out of date and lack security patches to help keep the hackers at bay. Three years into the job, Shymkiv is leading the fight back. He has put together a team, led by a former Microsoft colleague, doing drills, sending out email bulletins to educate staff on new viruses and doing practice hacks offsite. In the early days, staff complacency and resistance to change were as much a problem as insecure equipment. "I remember the first weeks when we forced people to do a password change," Shymkiv told Reuters. "My team heard all kind of screams and disrespectful messages ... Over three years, it's a different organization." The team's small office has a screen with dials, charts and a green spider web showing activity on the network. If there is an attack, a voice shouts "major alarm!" in English, a recording the team downloaded from YouTube. Eliminating bad practices and introducing good ones is the reason, Shymkiv believes, why the presidential administration was immune to a June 27 virus that spread from Ukraine to cause disruption in companies as far away as India and Australia. But the country still has a long way to go. Since 2014 repeated cyber attacks have knocked out power supplies, frozen supermarket tills, affected radiation monitoring at the stricken Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and forced the authorities to prop up the hryvnia currency after banks' IT systems crashed. Even Poroshenko's election that year was compromised by a hack on the Central Election Commission's network, trying to proclaim victory for a far-right candidate -- a foretaste of alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Ukraine believes the attacks are part of Russia's "hybrid war" waged since protests in 2014 moved Ukraine away from Moscow's orbit and closer to the West. Moscow has denied running hacks on Ukraine. Shymkiv said the task is to "invest in my team, and upgrade them, and teach them, and connect them with other organizations who are doing the right things". "If you do nothing like this, you probably will be wiped out," he added. The head of Shymkiv's IT team, Roman Borodin, said the administration is hit by denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks around once every two weeks, and by viruses specifically designed to target it. The hackers seem mainly interested in stealing information from the defence and foreign relations departments, Borodin told Reuters in his first ever media interview. Honor at Stake Bruised by past experiences, Ukraine is protecting itself better. Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk told Reuters his ministry overhauled security after a hack in November crashed 90 percent of its network at the height of budget preparations. Officials couldn't log into the system that manages budget transactions for 48 hours, something that played on Danylyuk's mind as he addressed the Verkhovna Rada or parliament. "Imagine that, knowing this, I went to the Verkhovna Rada to present the budget - the main financial document on which 45 million people live - and at the same time I was thinking about how to save not only the document itself but also the honour of the ministry," he said. "I understood that if I showed even the slightest hint of our nervousness, the organizers of the attack would achieve their goal." Consultants uncovered familiar weaknesses: the budget system operated on a platform dating from 2000, and the version of the database management system should have been upgraded in 2006. The ministry is introducing new systems to detect anomalies and to improve data protection. "We're completely revising and restructuring the ministry's IT landscape," Danylyuk said. The ministry emerged unscathed from the June 27 attack. Others weren't so lucky: Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko tweeted a picture of a crashed computer in the cabinet office that same day. Ukraine is also benefiting from help from abroad. A cyber police force was set up in 2015 with British funding and training in a project coordinated by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). While Ukraine is not a NATO member, the Western alliance supplied equipment to help piece together who was behind the June attack and is helping the army set up a cyber defence unit. Ukraine shares intelligence with neighbouring Moldova, another ex-Soviet state that has antagonized Moscow by moving closer to the West and complaints of persistent Russian cyber attacks on its institutions. "At the beginning of this year we had attacks on state-owned enterprises. If it were not for cooperation with the guys from Moldova, we would not have identified these criminals," Serhiy Demedyuk, the head of the Ukrainian cyber police, told Reuters. Demedyuk said the attack had been staged by a Russian citizen using a server in Moldova, but declined to give further details. Laying Down the Law While there has been progress in some areas, Ukraine is still fighting entrenched problems. No less than 82 percent of software is unlicensed, compared with 17 percent in the United States, according to a 2016 survey by the Business Software Alliance, a Washington-based industry group. Experts say pirated software was not the only factor in the June attack, which also hit up-to-date computers, but the use of unlicensed programs means security patches which could limit the rapid spread of such infections cannot be applied. Ukraine ranked 60 out of 63 economies in a 2017 survey on digital competitiveness by the International Institute for Management Development. The low ranking is tied to factors such as a weak regulatory framework. Another problem is that Ukraine has no single agency in charge of ensuring that state bodies and companies of national importance, such as banks, are protected. This surfaced on June 27, when the NotPetya virus penetrated the company that produces M.E.Doc, an accounting software used by around 80 percent of Ukrainian businesses. "Locally, the weak spot is accounting, but more generally it is the lack of cyber defences at a government level. There aren't agencies analysing risks at a government level," said Aleksey Kleschevnikov, the owner of internet provider Wnet, which hosted M.E.Doc's servers. Valentyn Petrov, head of the information security department at the National Security and Defence Council, said the state cannot interfere with companies' security. "It's a total disaster from our perspective," he told Reuters. "All state companies, including state banks, have suffered from attacks, and we really have no influence on them - neither on issuing regulations or checking how they fulfill these regulations." Poroshenko signed a decree in February to improve protection of critical institutions. This proposed legislation to spell out which body was in charge of coordinating cyber security and a unified methodology for assessing threats. The law failed to gather enough votes the day before parliament's summer recess in July, and MPs voted against extending the session. Shymkiv called that a "big disgrace". He added that in many ministries and firms, "we've seen very little attention to the IT infrastructures, and it's something that's been lagging behind for years". Attitudes can be slow to change. Borodin said a policy at the administration to lock computer screens after 15 minutes of inactivity was greeted with indignation. One staffer pointed out that their room was protected by an armed guard. The staffer said "'I have a guy with a weapon in my room. Who can steal information from this computer?'" Borodin recounted.
  6. KABUL: A suicide bomber attacked a police compound and the nearby Iraqi embassy in Kabul on Monday, security officials in the Afghan capital said. A police spokesman said security forces were at the scene and a gun battle was under way. This is a developing story
  7. Trump has openly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing a federal probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian - File Photo WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions again on Tuesday, calling him "VERY weak" in pursuing intelligence leaks and failure to go after former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over her emails. Trump's latest Twitter salvo followed a report in the Washington Post that the president and his advisers have discussed replacing Sessions, once one of his closest allies. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails &DNC server) & Intel leakers!" Trump tweeted. Trump has openly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing a federal probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian to meddle in the 2016 US presidential elections. Sessions has said he has no plans to resign. With pressure mounting from the investigation led by former FBI director Robert Mueller, Trump has sought to revive a campaign year controversy over Clinton´s use of a private server to send email while secretary of state. During the campaign, former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump later fired over the Russia probe, had declined to recommend Clinton be prosecuted over her handling of classified material on her email server.
  8. Emergency services and delivery drivers came to the aid of an acid attack victim on Queensbridge Road in Hackney. Photo: Twitter/Sarah Cobbold LONDON: British police said on Friday they arrested a teenager after five acid attacks in east London left several people with facial injuries including one with "life-changing" effects. One of the victims had been on a moped when two assailants pulled up alongside him in another moped and threw a corrosive substance in his face, the Metropolitan police said. One of the pair then stole the vehicle. Police were called to the first acid attack at 2125 GMT (5:25 p.m. ET) on Thursday, followed by four other incidents within the following hour and a half all in the east London area, which police said they were treating as linked. Officers said they were continuing to investigate but had arrested a young man. "A male, in his teens has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery. He is currently in custody at an east London police station."
  9. Indian government's quick action helped minimise the impact of the NotPetya attack. India is pressing Microsoft Corp to offer a sharply discounted one-time deal to the more than 50 million Windows users in the country so that they can upgrade to the latest Windows 10 operating system in the wake of ransomware attacks. Microsoft officials in India have ?in principle agreed? to the request, Gulshan Rai, India's cyber security coordinator, told Reuters over the phone on Friday. A spokeswoman for Microsoft in India declined to comment on the matter. Officials at the company's headquarters in the United States and regional headquarters in Asia also declined to comment. If Microsoft agreed to such a discount, it could open up the global software giant to similar requests from around the world. Rai said the government was in talks with Microsoft management in India. It is not immediately clear whether any other countries were seeking similar deals. Rai said India began talks with Microsoft after the WannaCry ransomware attack last month, noting that both WannaCry and this week's attack, dubbed by some cyberexperts ?NotPetya?, exploited vulnerabilities in older iterations of the Windows OS. ?The quantum of the price cut, we expect some detail on in a couple of days,? Rai said, adding the Indian government expected the company to offer the software at ?throw-away prices.? ?It will be a one-time upgrade offer to Windows 10 and it will be a discounted price for the entire country,? said Rai, who was hand-picked by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the country's first cyber security chief. Rai declined to be more specific, but said he was confident that it would be ?less than a quarter of the current price.? Rai, who has over two decades of experience in different IT areas including cyber security, said his team began coordinating with government agencies and regulators to push for OS upgrades soon after the WannaCry attack began on May 12. The government's quick action helped minimise the impact of the NotPetya attack, which affected two of India's container port terminals, he said. The government has also worked with banks to ensure that some 200,000 of the more than 240,000 ATMs in the country, most of which run on older Windows XP systems, have been upgraded with security patches released by Microsoft following the WannaCry attack, Rai said. This is just an interim solution, however, said Rai, because although the patches fix vulnerabilities in older OS versions, they retain the limitations of those versions. ?New OS versions have different architecture, much improved architecture and much more resiliency,? said Rai. Price sensitive Windows 10 Home currently retails for $124 in India, while the Pro version of the software typically used by large companies and institutions costs $232. Roughly 96 percent of an estimated 57 million computers in India currently run on Windows, according to Counterpoint Research. Apple- and Linux-based systems account for the rest. Given that only a small minority of Windows users in India already have Windows 10, Microsoft could be forgoing several billion dollars of potential revenue if they agreed to sell just the more widely used Home version of Windows 10 at a quarter of its current Indian retail price. In the price-sensitive Indian market, people using computers in households or small businesses often do not upgrade their OS given the steep costs. The wide use of pirated Windows OS versions, which would not automatically receive security patches, exacerbate the vulnerabilities. In light of the attacks, Rai said, the government ?wants to incentivise the common man to upgrade their systems?. The WannaCry attack in May affected a state-run power firm in western India, while the NotPetya attack this week crippled operations at two port terminals in India operated by shipping giant AP Moller Maersk, which was affected globally.
  10. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi hold a press conference in the White House. Photo: Reuters WASHINGTON DC: US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries, the White House said in a statement. The two leaders, who held a meeting at the White House on Monday, also "called on all nations to resolve territorial and maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law," the statement said. "Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism, and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them. We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism. Our militaries are working every day to enhance cooperation between our military forces. And next month, they will join together with the Japanese navy to take place in the largest maritime exercise ever conducted in the vast Indian Ocean," said Trump, according to the joint press statement released by the White House. Trump and Modi embraced each other as friends and partners during Modi's first visit after Trump's oath of office, pledging their quest for economic growth would strengthen rather than undermine ties between the world´s two largest democracies. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/1be56ba4aa278b360ed828b82c7ffc76.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yNy8yMDE3IDU6NDI6NTAgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1NTTZCcjh0K3pucHJibXU4Qy92Vm1nPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] While Trump´s relations with some traditional allies had a rocky start, he and Modi appeared to strike up an immediate rapport in their first meeting, exchanging hugs in the White House Rose Garden in front of reporters. Any differences over issues such as immigration and climate change were kept behind closed doors and they instead vowed to work more closely on combatting terrorism, the war in Afghanistan and defence cooperation. While there were no major announcements, Trump´s administration confirmed it had given the green light to the $366 million sale of a transport carrier to India, along with a separate purchase of around 20 drones. "I would say the relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger, has never been better," Trump told a beaming Modi as they made statements. "I look forward to working with you, Mr Prime Minister, to create jobs in our countries, to grow our economies and to create a trading relationship that is fair and reciprocal." After Trump said it was "important that barriers be removed to the export of US goods into your markets and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country," Modi said India was becoming an easier place for American companies to do business. "We consider the United States as our primary partner in India´s socio-economic transformation in all our flagship programs and schemes," he added. "I´m sure that convergence between my vision for a new India and President Trump´s vision for ´Making America Great Again´ will add a new dimension to our cooperation," added Modi, in reference to Trump´s signature campaign slogan. New strength Commentators had predicted that Trump and Modi would find much in common, with both men having won power by portraying themselves as establishment outsiders. Both men are prolific users of social media, something Trump joked about with his guest. "We´re believers, giving the people... the opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials and for us to hear directly from them," said Trump. Modi in turn made Trump smile by hailing the property tycoon´s reputation as dealmaker. "I´m sure that... your vast and successful experience in the business world will lend an aggressive and bold agenda to our relations." Their warm words extended into the evening, when Modi became the first foreign leader to enjoy a White House dinner since Trump came to power. "We enjoy a wonderful relationship, but it´s never been better than it is today," Trump told Modi at the dinner. While ties with some allies have been strained by Trump´s complaints that Washington has been the loser in trade agreements, Modi appears sensitive to his host´s emphasis on transactional diplomacy. India is currently the world´s fastest growing major economy, a status that Modi is hoping to cement by drawing in more foreign investment -- in part by encouraging manufacturers to do business in Asia´s third-largest economy. Busy day of meetings Ahead of his talks with Trump, Modi met with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The State Department also announced that it was slapping sanctions on a senior figure in the Kashmiri group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. Syed Salahuddin (also known as Mohammed Yusuf Shah) was designated as a global terrorist. US-India relations were generally cool until the 1990s, but they warmed under Trump´s predecessor Barack Obama as India sought greater foreign investment and trade ties. Shortly after Trump´s election, obstacles emerged on issues such as trade and visas for Indians wanting to work in the United States. Trump then accused India of seeking to profit from the Paris climate accord as he announced the US withdrawal from the deal this month. A proposed overhaul of H-1B visas -- used by thousands of Indian software engineers to work in the United States -- has caused concern in New Delhi. But Indian officials have downplayed those differences, insisting that Modi was alert to Trump´s concerns over jobs and trade. Afghanistan on agenda Regional security did feature in the talks, including on Afghanistan, as Washington considers deploying up to 5,000 extra troops to help local forces fighting insurgent groups. Trump said he wanted to "thank the Indian people" for their contribution to helping development in Afghanistan. Modi in turn said India "would maintain close consultation and communication with the US" to achieve the joint goal of "peace and stability." Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism, and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them. We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism. Our militaries are working every day to enhance cooperation between our military forces. And next month, they will join together with the Japanese navy to take place in the largest maritime exercise ever conducted in the vast Indian Ocean.
  11. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday presided over a high-level security meeting in the backdrop of recent spate of terrorist activities in the country, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The COAS was briefed in detail about the recent incidents and their manifest linkages with terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan operating under the patronage of NDS and Indian covert agency, RAW. The meeting was held a day after three deadly attacks in Karachi, Quetta and Parachinar, killed 85 people, including 11 policemen, and wounded more than hundred others. Seven policemen among 14 killed in suicide car bombing in Quetta Nine policemen said to be among 21 injured; investigations under way Death toll from twin blasts in Parachinar rises to 67 The two back-to-back explosions occurred as people were busy shopping for Iftar and Eid in Turi Bazaar area General Bajwa said that since 9/11, Pakistan is one of the few countries which have borne the brunt of terrorism and made monumental sacrifices to effectively neutralize this menace in its state territories, the ISPR said in a statement. "Unfortunately our sacrifices against terrorism are not well acknowledged and we are often subjected to demand of 'Do More'," the statement quoted the army chief as saying. The meeting concluded that "while counter-terrorism efforts by Pakistan continue, it is time now for the other stake holders particularly Afghanistan to 'Do More'." Recent terrorist attacks linked to sanctuaries in Afghanistan: ISPR Four policemen martyred in Karachi gun attack Policemen had stopped at a local eatery for Iftar when the attack occurred The COAS reiterated that they will continue their efforts to positively contribute towards regional peace & stability, and won't allow use of the Pakistani territory against any other country, the statement said. He appreciated efforts of security forces, intelligence and law enforcement agencies in foiling countless terrorist bids under ongoing operation 'Raddul Fasaad'. General Bajwa further expressed his resolve to eliminate the menace of terrorism to ensure safety & security of Pakistan, and its resilient people, whom he said were the real strength of their valiant forces.
  12. ISLAMABAD: The United States on Saturday condemned the multiple terror attacks that shook the country on June 23 and assured Pakistan of cooperation to combat the threat of terrorism, said a statement released by the US State Department. ?We will continue to work with the Government of Pakistan and our partners across the region to combat the threat of terrorism,? said the statement. The statement also added that the US stands with the people of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism. Condolences were also offered to the victims and their families. At least 55 people were killed on June 23 when multiple terror attacks rocked Pakistan after a period of relative calm. Triple bombings in Quetta and Parachinar and a gun attack on policemen in Karachi shook the nation days before the end of Ramazan.
  13. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/f0811ef8978fdc9d260e1970a12d21ac.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yMi8yMDE3IDg6MDk6MTMgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1XWWpPd3ZWQ3E0eTAwN21OYzBOTDRBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will not tolerate any drone attacks on its territory, said Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday that while referring to an Iranian drone shot down in the country's airspace on Wednesday. The UAV was shot down in Balochistan's Panjgur District along the Pak-Iran border. "The drone was hit by Pakistan Air Force jets as it was unidentified and flying around three to four kilometres inside Pakistani territory," a statement issued by the ministry had stated. Drone attacks are against Pakistan's integrity, remarked Zakaria. During the weekly media briefing, Zakaria also said that Pakistan gives importance to its relation with the United States. Pakistan wants to work with the new US administration, he reiterated. "Pakistan will not let its land be used against other countries.? Operations against terrorists seek to serve our national interest, he explained. On relations with Afghanistan, he said that ?we will welcome any delegation from Afghanistan visiting Pakistan.? Two-way visits will help strengthening Pakistan-Afghanistan ties, he added. He stressed that Pakistan and China are working to restore peace in Afghanistan. "Border management with Afghanistan is essential," he said, adding that border management will help control the movement of terrorists.
  14. Photo: File LAHORE: A woman on Thursday accused her husband for attacking her with knives and chopping off her hair in Lahore?s Subzazar vicinity. The victim?s family lodged a complaint against her husband Babar, following which the police arrested the accused. Tayibba, 28, was shifted to Jinnah Hospital for treatment. Multan: Woman burnt by husband dies MULTAN: A woman, who was burnt by husband and his sister-in-law at MDA Chowk, died at the burns unit of Nishtar Hospital here on Tuesday.SHO Chehlyak police station Malik Tahir told APP that... Domestic violence against women is not an uncommon occurrence in Pakistan. In a similar incident last month, a woman from Multan was set on fire by her in-laws over a domestic issue. The victim eventually succumbed to the burn wounds.
  15. Production at other plants operated by the automaker had not been affected, and regular operations had resumed at the Sayama plant on Tuesday. Photo: AFP/file TOKYO: Honda said Wednesday it had temporarily halted production at a plant in Japan after it suffered a cyberattack from the same ransomware that struck hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide last month. The Japanese automaker said it had shut its plant in Sayama, near Tokyo, on Monday after discovering its computer system was infected with the so-called WannaCry virus. The virus encrypts computer files, making them inaccessible until users pay a ransom. "The malware affected the production of about 1,000 cars," a Honda spokeswoman told AFP, adding that production restarted on Tuesday. "There is a possibility that our overseas facilities were also infected... We´re now investigating that," she added. Honda´s plant produces a number of models including the Accord sedan and Odyssey Minivan. The unprecedented global cyberattacks, which started in mid May, struck banks, hospitals and government agencies in more than 150 countries, exploiting known vulnerabilities in old Microsoft computer operating systems. In May, French auto giant Renault was hit, forcing it to halt production at sites in France, Slovenia and Romania as part of measures to stop the spread of the virus. Nissan´s British unit in Sunderland was also hit in the attack. In Japan, 2,000 computers at 600 companies and organisations had been affected by the May virus, according to media reports. Japanese conglomerate Hitachi was also affected, saying its computer networks were "unstable", crippling its email systems. Authorities across the world have issued public alerts warning computer users to beware of suspicious emails and beef up their computer security measures.
  16. TEHRAN: Iran has targeted militants in Syria with missiles in retaliation for deadly attacks in Tehran. Late Sunday, the elite Revolutionary Guards launched six missiles from western Iran into Syria´s mostly Daesh held Deir Ezzor province, hitting their command base, the Guards said. The strike was "revenge" for twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 that killed 17 people in the first Daesh claimed attacks inside Iran, a Guards spokesman added. As well as punishing "terrorists", it was intended to show that Iran is capable of projecting military power across the region, officials and experts said. Sunday´s strike was the first known missile attack launched from Iran into foreign territory since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88. "The missile attacks were only a small part of Iran´s punitive power against terrorists and enemies," Guards spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said Monday. "International and regional supporters of the terrorists must realise the warning message of the missile operation." Iran has long accused the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia of backing "terrorists". US President Donald Trump meanwhile accuses Iran of backing terrorism, a charge it denies and has threatened to tear up a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.
  17. The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017. Photo: Reuters The US government on Tuesday issued a rare alert squarely blaming the North Korean government for a raft of cyber attacks stretching back to 2009 and warning that more were likely. The joint warning from the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that "cyber actors of the North Korean government," referred to in the report as "Hidden Cobra," had targeted the media, aerospace and financial sectors, as well as critical infrastructure, in the United States and globally. The new level of detail about the US government's analysis of suspected North Korean hacking activity coincides with increasing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang because of North Korea's missile tests. The alert warned that North Korea would continue to rely on cyber operations to advance its military and strategic objectives. North Korea has routinely denied involvement in cyber attacks against other countries. The North Korean mission to the United Nations was not immediately available for comment. Tuesday's alert said Hidden Cobra has been previously referred to by private sector experts as Lazarus Group and Guardians of the Peace, which have been linked to attacks such as the 2014 intrusion into Sony Corp's (6758.T) Sony Pictures Entertainment. Symantec Corp (SYMC.O) and Kaspersky Lab both said last month it was "highly likely" that Lazarus was behind the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide, disrupting operations at hospitals, banks and schools. The alert did not identify specific Hidden Cobra victims. It said the group had compromised a range of victims and that some intrusions had resulted in thefts of data while others were disruptive. The group's capabilities include denial of service attacks, which send reams of junk traffic to a server to knock it offline, keystroke logging, remote access tools and several variants of malware, the alert said. John Hultquist, a cyber intelligence analyst with FireEye Inc (FEYE.O), said that his firm was concerned about increasingly aggressive cyber attacks from North Korea. The hacks include cyber espionage at South Korean finance, energy and transportation firms that appears to be reconnaissance ahead of other attacks that would be disruptive or destructive, he said. "It suggests they are preparing for something fairly significant," he added. Hidden Cobra commonly targets systems that run older versions of Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) operating systems that are no longer patched, the alert said, and also used vulnerabilities in Adobe Systems Inc's (ADBE.O) Flash software to gain access into targeted computers. The report urged organisations to upgrade to current versions of Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight or, when possible, uninstall those applications altogether. Microsoft said it an emailed statement that it had "addressed" the Silverlight issue in a January 2016 software update. Adobe said via email that it patched the vulnerabilities in June 2016. North Korean hacking activity has grown increasingly hostile in recent years, according to Western officials and cyber security experts. The alert arrived on the same day that North Korea released an American university student who had been held captive by Pyongyang for 17 months. Otto Warmbier, 22, was on his way back to the United States on Tuesday but in a coma and in urgent need of medical care, according to Bill Richardson, a veteran former diplomat and politician who has played a role in past negotiations with North Korea. "The US government seeks to arm network defenders with the tools they need to identify, detect and disrupt North Korean government malicious cyber activity that is targeting our country's and our allies? networks," a DHS official said about the alert. The official was not authorised to speak publicly.
  18. TEHRAN: Iran has tracked down and killed several suspected militants including the alleged mastermind of twin attacks in Tehran last week, a security official and a minister have said. Dozens of suspects have been arrested since the attacks on Wednesday killed 17 people in the first assault in Iran to be claimed by the Daesh militant group. Police late Sunday killed four Daesh suspects in the southern province of Hormozgan, the ISNA news agency on Monday reported police chief Azizollah Maleki as saying. "Two of the killed criminals were foreign nationals... while the identity of other members is being investigated," Maleki said, adding that weapons and a Daesh flag were seized during the raid. Iran has said five Iranians, who had joined Daesh and travelled to its Iraq and Syria bastions, carried out Wednesday´s attacks on the parliament and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Late Saturday, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said the alleged mastermind behind the attacks had been tracked down and killed outside the country. "The mastermind who controlled the team... who had fled outside the country... paid the price for his crimes, with the cooperation of intelligence services of allied countries," Alavi told state television, without providing further details. At least 41 Daesh suspects have been arrested since the attacks, according to Alavi, who said Iran has dismantled suspected militant cells with increasing frequency in recent months. In the entire year to March 2017 "we dismantled 45 cells, while in the past two-and-a-half months alone we have dismantled more than 25 terrorist cells," he said. Officials have reported the arrests of suspected Daesh members in and around Tehran, as well as in the country´s centre, southern governorates, and western provinces near the Iraqi border.
  19. Smoke is seen during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran, Iran. Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS Iran said its security forces on Saturday killed the mastermind of a twin attack on Tehran that left 17 people dead this week, as security was tightened around the country to prevent other possible plots. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, on Wednesday. "The mastermind and main commander of terrorist attacks on the parliament and Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini was killed today by the security forces," intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. Alavi said that in the last month the intelligence ministry had identified and crushed "a terrorist team" almost every day but had not publicised it to avoiding spreading fear among the public. Iranian authorities have also arrested seven people it suspects of helping militants involved in attacks, a judiciary official said on Saturday. Ahmad Fazelian, a provincial judiciary official, said the seven, suspected of "providing support for the terrorist team", were detained in Fardis, about 50 kilometres west of Tehran, the judiciary's online news agency Mizan reported. On Friday, authorities announced the arrests of 41 suspects in connection with the twin Tehran attacks. Separately, the head of the judiciary in Fars province said seven people were detained in the southern Larestan area for possible ties to Daesh, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Saturday. Tehran police said the car the attackers used on Wednesday was discovered on Saturday in the city centre. "The terrorists first went by car to the mausoleum and after dropping two of them off, went to the city centre to attack parliament," the police said in a statement published on state media.
  20. Flanked by party leaders, Imran Khan speaks to newsmen in Bani Gala. ? Geo News screengrab ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday voiced apprehensions that the Nawaz-league may go "beyond verbal attacks on the Supreme Court" and called his party activists to prepare for taking to the streets. Speaking to newsmen in Bani Gala, Khan said he has given a call to his party to be prepared for it is feared that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would do something against the apex court. "If they did something, our workers would take to the streets," he asserted. He alleged that the PML-N has policemen in its ranks, not workers; it is only the PTI which has loyal activists and we would prove our support in public. Mentioning that his party is only awaiting findings of the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT), the PTI chief warned that he was going to be "dangerous for the PML-N and Nawaz Sharif". "Nawaz Sharif had demanded Yousuf Raza Gilani to step down as the PM as long as investigations had been ongoing against him," he said. "We too demand the same from him." "We request the Supreme Court to order Nawaz's removal as prime minister," Khan said, adding that as long as Sharif was heading institutions, he would not let them investigate. He went on to lament that no action was taken on Nehal Hashmi's threats, while Rana Sanaullah was also issuing similar statements. The PTI chief said the (apex court) should take notice of the rhetoric against the JIT.
  21. Iran's foreign minister on Thursday rejected Donald Trump's condolences for the deadly attacks in Tehran. Photo: Reuters/file Iran's foreign minister on Thursday rejected Donald Trump's condolences for deadly attacks in Tehran, calling the US president's words repugnant. Trump had said he prayed for the victims of Wednesday's attacks that were claimed by Daesh, but added that "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote." Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter account: "Repugnant White House statement .... Iranian people reject such US claims of friendship." Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran, killing at least 13 people in an unprecedented assault that Iran's Revolutionary Guards blamed on regional rival Saudi Arabia. However, Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.
  22. LONDON: Britain braces for the final day of general election campaigning on Wednesday, after a turbulent few weeks which have shifted the political ground and been marred by terror attacks. Prime Minister Theresa May was riding high when she called a snap election on April 18, having kicked off Brexit proceedings and boasting a double-digit lead over the rival Labour party. After London attack, May faces election heat over police cuts But in recent weeks, the Conservative leader has seen her popularity wane as the political debate shifted from EU membership to domestic policy and her own record on security. "Give me your backing to lead Britain, give me the authority to speak for Britain, strengthen my hand as I fight for Britain," May urged voters on Tuesday in Stoke-on-Trent, the city that registered the highest vote for leaving the European Union. With formal Brexit talks due to start on June 19, May is hoping to sweep up supporters from the UK Independence Party as well as taking seats from Labour. The Conservatives have run a presidential-style campaign, promoting May as the "strong and stable" leader to fight Britain´s corner in Brussels and warning that Labour´s Jeremy Corbyn is not up to the task. Despite being seen as an unlikely leader -- one who has faced off a rebellion by his own MPs -- Corbyn has gained momentum during the election campaign and regularly attracts big crowds to his rallies. Labour gained a boost following the May 18 release of the Conservatives´ manifesto, outlining elderly care costs which the tabloids dubbed the "dementia tax". The pledge hit the party´s core supporters and May was forced to backtrack on capping the costs, prompting further criticism that she was unreliable. A "Liar, Liar GE2017" election protest song which targeted May and the Conservatives has made waves, reaching number four in the weekly charts on Friday. Terror attacks But even though the prime minister has faced a tougher campaign than expected, the Conservatives are still ahead in the polls. According to a poll published Tuesday by the group Survation, May´s one-time 20-point lead over Labour has shrivelled to just over a single point -- 41.6 percent to 40.4 percent. Bookmakers, meanwhile, forecast May will win an increased majority. Ladbrokes predict the Conservatives´ present majority will rise from 17 to 70 seats, while William Hill suggests a more modest increase to between 40 and 50. Since failing to predict the outcome of the last general election and the Brexit referendum, pollsters have adjusted their methodologies and broadly show the Conservatives ahead despite their lead narrowing. The final day of campaigning comes under the shadow of security concerns, following three terrorist attacks since March all involving assailants who were known to the authorities. In the most recent attack, seven people were killed on Saturday when three men drove into pedestrians and went on a stabbing spree in central London before being shot by police. Attacker Khuram Shazad Butt was known to British intelligence services, while an Italian prosecutor said Britain was notified that one of his accomplices, Youssef Zaghba, was a "possible suspect" back in March 2016. Their rampage followed a similar attack next to British parliament in March, in which assailant Khalid Masood was shot after killing five people. In the most deadly attack, Salman Abedi killed 22 people at a Manchester concert venue on May 22 when he detonated a suicide bomb. The electorate usually favours the Conservatives on security issues, but May has come under fire for her record during the six years she served as interior minister. The devastating terror attacks have also heightened public admiration for the emergency services, which have faced government cuts in recent years.
  23. [Image: (L-R) Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba] The Met's Counter Terrorism Command has released the name and photograph of the third attacker shot dead by police following the terrorist attacks on London Bridge and at Borough Market on Saturday. The Met police's website says that while formal identification is yet to take place, detectives believe he is 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba, from east London. The deceased's family have been informed. He is believed to be an Italian national of Moroccan dissent. He was not a police or MI5 subject of interest, the police add. All three men involved in the attack were confronted and shot dead by armed officers within eight minutes of the first call. British Police name two London attackers as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane Butt was 27 and a British citizen born in Pakistan, while Redouane was 30 and claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan The other two were named on June 5 as Pakistani-born British citizen Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30, from Barking, had claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan. He also used the name Rachid Elkhdar, with a different date of birth of 31.7.91. The police added that they have also arrested a man at an address in Barking this morning. [M], a 27-year-old man, was arrested under the Terrorism Act earlier today. AFP adds: Italy´s main newspapers said Zaghba´s mother was from Bologna and his father was Moroccan.
  24. A man holds a Union flag as he kneels near flowers layed at Potters Fields Park in London on June 5 Rome: The third suspsect arrested over a deadly attack in central London was Youssef Zaghba, 22, a dual Italian-Moroccan citizen, Italian media reported Tuesday. British Police name two London attackers as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane Butt was 27 and a British citizen born in Pakistan, while Redouane was 30 and claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan British police have confirmed the identity of two of the three attackers but had been retaining the name of the third while investigations into possible accomplices and contacts continued. Italy´s main newspapers said Zaghba´s mother was from Bologna and his father was Moroccan.
  25. After a militant attack on a nightlife district of London this weekend, British Prime Minister Theresa May will resume campaigning on Monday just three days before a national election which polls show is much tighter than previously predicted. May said Britain must be tougher in stamping out Islamist extremism after three knife-wielding assailants rammed a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby, killing seven people and injuring 48. After the third militant attack in Britain in less than three months, May said Thursday's election would go ahead. But she said Britain had been far too tolerant of extremism. "Violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process," May said outside her Downing Street office, where British flags flew at half-staff. Daesh on Sunday night claimed responsibility for the attack via the militant group's agency Amaq. "A detachment of Daesh fighters executed yesterday's London attack," a statement posted on Amaq's media page, monitored in Cairo, said. London police arrested 12 people in the Barking district of east London in connection with the attack and raids were continuing there, the force said. Police have not released the names of the attackers. It was not immediately clear how the attack would impact the election. The campaign was suspended for several days last month when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by Ariana Grande in Manchester. Grande gave an emotional performance on Sunday at a benefit gig in the city for the victims of the attack, singing with a choir of local schoolchildren, including some who had been at her show. Before the London Bridge attack, May's gamble on a June 8 snap election had been thrust into doubt after polls showed her Conservative Party's lead had collapsed in recent weeks. Shadow of attacks While British pollsters all predict May will win the most seats in Thursday's election, they have given an array of different numbers for how big her win will be, ranging from a landslide victory to a much more slender win without a majority. Some polls indicate the election could be close, possibly throwing Britain into political deadlock just days before formal Brexit talks with the European Union are due to begin on June 19. In a sign of how much her campaign has soured just five days before voting begins, May's personal rating turned negative for the first time in one of ComRes's polls since she won the top job in the turmoil following the June 23 Brexit referendum. May called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union, to win more time to deal with the impact of the divorce and to strengthen her grip on the Conservative Party. If she fails to beat handsomely the 12-seat majority her predecessor David Cameron won in 2015, her electoral gamble will have failed and her authority will be undermined both inside the Conservative Party and at talks with 27 other EU leaders. May said the series of attacks were not connected in terms of planning and execution but were inspired by what she called a "single, evil ideology of Islamist extremism" that represented a perversion of Islam and of the truth. Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised May, who was an interior minister from 2010 to 2016, for cutting police numbers during her tenure in charge of the interior ministry. "The mass murderers who brought terror to our streets in London and Manchester want our election to be halted. They want democracy halted," Corbyn said in Carlisle, northern England. "They want their violence to overwhelm our right to vote in a fair and peaceful election and to go about our lives freely." "That is why it would be completely wrong to postpone next Thursday's vote or to suspend our campaigning any longer." When May stunned political opponents and financial markets by calling the snap election, her poll ratings indicated she could be on course to win a landslide majority on a par with the 1983 majority of 144 won by Margaret Thatcher. But since then, May's lead has been eroded, meaning she might no longer score the thumping victory over socialist Corbyn she had hoped for ahead of Brexit negotiations.