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  1. LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday warned former president Pervez Musharraf of dire consequences upon failure to appear before the court. Addressing the media in Lahore, the federal minister said that the interior ministry could cancel Musharraf's passport and national identity card if he remains absent from the court proceedings of an ongoing high treason case against him. On Friday, Musharraf had requested for foolproof security upon return to Pakistan in relation to his appearance in the ongoing high treason case against him. Treason case appearance: Musharraf requests security upon return In the petition, it was stated that the former president faces security threats "Musharraf is in good health and must appear before the court," said Iqbal. Discussing the upcoming elections during his media address, the minister said that 'failed forces' have kept up their efforts to create hurdles in the democratic process but the fate of democracy lies with the nation of 200 million people. "The people cannot be fooled anymore," he said. "Even in 2013, just before the elections, slogans such as 'first accountability, then elections' and 'first state then elections' were raised but I fail to understand why these slogans surface right before the elections." The federal minister further said that so many games had been played in Pakistan that people had lost faith in some forces. Speaking about the security situation in the country, Iqbal observed that the PML-N led government had curbed terrorism during the course of its rule. "We curbed terrorism during the tenure of our rule. People are trying to get tickets of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi ? a city where extortion chits were a norm till some time back," he told the journalists. The interior minister also spoke about the government's resolve to achieve its target to become one of the world's top 25 economies by 2025. "We have changed the direction of the country in the past five years and we will achieve our target to become one of the world's 25 economies by 2025," said Iqbal.
  2. Every cricket playing nation has been following a simple protocol of hosting domestic tournaments in a bid to unearth new talent. Similarly, India, too, counts on their domestic tournaments like Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to nurture budding cricketers who can eventually make a difference on the international stage. But, while the domestic tournaments serve as a great platform for upcoming stars to prove their mettle and secure a call-up for the senior team, it also helps many players to sustain their livelihoods. And, for someone like the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), you'd expect the richest cricket board in the world to be on their toes in a bid to ensure the domestic cricketers are taken care of. However, contrary to popular perception, the cash-rich BCCI has failed to pay the match fee to over 500 domestic players in the past two years. While most players have received part of their payment from the state authorities, none have been reimbursed by the Indian cricket board, who are supposed to pay the players from 10.6 percent of their total gross revenue. BCCL So, how on earth a board, that claims to provide best-available facilities to its cricketers on the back of an envious revenue, has failed to pay the domestic players? Well, the answer is as sad as the state of our domestic stars. It appears that the ongoing impasse between BCCI and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has cut a sorry figure for the domestic players. CoA, a Supreme Court-appointed panel, has blocked the funds of all defiant states for not implementing the RM Lodha committee's reforms. Almost 26 per cent of BCCI's annual revenue is reserved for players. Out of that, half is given to international cricketers and from the remaining sum, almost 3/4th is distributed among domestic players before the rest being allocated to women and junior cricketers. The BCCI is yet to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) since the CoA took charge. And, the SC-appointed body is also reported to have been working on a so-called new payment plan which has further delayed the payments. “The players have not received money from the Board. I have been told players will receive their full payment once the AGM takes place. BCCL "But we don't know when the AGM will happen. As far as MCA is concerned we have paid our players what we owe them but we are yet to receive the Board's money,” Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) joint secretary Unmesh Khanvilkar told the Indian Express. A country that takes immense pride in its rich cricketing history, the ongoing issue has left players - especially the juniors across India who have no other source of income - in a bad state. The players have reportedly approached their respective states to take the matter up with the BCCI and CoA, but to no avail. On the other hand, the situation is even worse in Jammu and Kashmir whose cricketers have not received money from the state association as well. J&K's senior cricketer Parvez Rasool disclosed that his team has not received money from their home association and BCCI for the past three years. BCCL “We stay in five-star hotels across India for our domestic games. But the players have to spend their own money for food. We haven't even got daily allowance over the last three years. Forget the BCCI revenue money,” Rasool said. Back in August 2017, BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary had revealed that the matter was taken up during meetings and it was decided to bypass the states in a bid to make the payments directly to players. When asked about the deadline, he claimed that the payment "should be made before the next season (2017-18) starts". Sadly, the season is now over, but the domestic cricketers remain unpaid. While the BCCI and CoA continue to remain at loggerheads, it appears that the players - who have been performing with bare minimum motivation - are eventually paying the price.
  3. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Files QUITO: Ecuador?s efforts to negotiate the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from its London embassy have failed, the South American country?s foreign minister admitted Friday. "On the issue of mediation, I have to say very honestly that it has not been successful because two parties are needed to mediate. Ecuador is willing, by not necessarily the other party," said Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa, referring to Britain. But she said her country would "continue looking for mechanisms, ways" to try to solve the standoff. Assange last week lost his legal battle to overturn an English arrest warrant against him and with it his hopes of freely leaving the embassy, where he has been holed up since 2012. A judge at a court in London rejected the argument of Assange?s lawyers that upholding an arrest warrant was no longer in the public interest, saying "arrest is a proportionate response." Assange was awaiting extradition to Sweden over a 2010 investigation into claims of rape and sexual assault when he breached his bail conditions to seek refuge in the embassy. Sweden dropped its investigation last year, but the British warrant for his arrest for jumping bail remains, meaning he would be detained if he stepped outside. The 46-year old Australian only rarely emerges onto the embassy balcony, citing concerns for his personal safety, but he frequently takes part in media conferences and campaigns via video link. Ecuador in December granted citizenship to Assange and asked Britain to recognize him as a diplomat in an unsuccessful attempt to provide him with the immunity that could see him walk free. London swiftly rejected the move.
  4. Participants hold placards with the names of victims of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, during a candlelight vigil at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, US, February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper PARKLAND: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Friday it had failed to act on a tip warning that the man now accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school possessed a gun, the desire to kill and the potential to commit a school shooting. The disclosure sparked angry disbelief from residents of the Miami suburb of Parkland still reeling from Wednesday?s massacre ? the deadliest shooting ever at a US high school ? and led Florida?s governor to call for the FBI chief to resign. A person described as someone close to accused gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, called an FBI tip line on January 5 ? weeks before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ? to report concerns about him, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. ?The caller provided information about Cruz?s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting,? it said. That information should have been forwarded to the FBI?s Miami field office for further investigation, but ?we have determined that these protocols were not followed?, the agency said. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he has ordered a review of FBI procedures following the shooting, carried out by a gunman armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle and numerous ammunition cartridges. ?We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy,? FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement. The mishandled information followed a tip to the FBI in September about a YouTube comment, in which a person named Nikolas Cruz said, ?I?m going to be a professional school shooter.? The FBI said it investigated that comment but was unable to trace its origins, closing the inquiry until Cruz surfaced in connection with Wednesday?s mass shooting. The FBI?s lapse regarding the January 5 tip was met with anger in Florida after US President Donald Trump made remarks seeming to chastise local residents for failing to alert authorities to Cruz?s sometimes erratic and violent behaviour prior to Wednesday?s shooting rampage. Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Florida Governor Rick Scott said Wray ? appointed to head the FBI by Trump last year after the president fired James Comey ? should step down over the agency?s blunder. ?The FBI?s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable,? Scott, a Republican, said in a statement. ?We constantly promote ?See something, say something,? and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act.? The FBI separately has been criticized by some Republicans over its investigation of issues relating to Russia and the 2016 presidential election. At the funeral on Friday for massacre victim Meadow Pollack, an 18-year-old senior, family friend Jeff Richman expressed dismay at the FBI?s failure. ?The FBI apologized? Tell that to families,? said Richman, 53, an advertising executive who lives in Parkland. Broward County?s chief public defender, Howard Finkelstein, was quoted by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper as saying that Cruz?s legal team planned to meet with prosecutors to offer a guilty plea in exchange for a life prison term. ?There is only one question: ?Should this young man live or die by execution?'? Finkelstein told the Sun Sentinel. ?We believe it?s in nobody?s best interest to go through a circus of a trial.? The public defender?s office could not immediately be reached by Reuters for comment. 'Kids don't need guns' The massacre has raised concerns about potential lapses in school security and stirred the ongoing US debate pitting proponents of tougher restrictions on firearms against advocates for gun rights, which are protected by the US Constitution?s Second Amendment. Authorities acknowledged that the tips to the FBI were not the only indications that Cruz was troubled. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told a news conference his office had received about 20 ?calls for service? in the last few years regarding Cruz and would scrutinize all of them to see if they were handled properly. Israel indicated law enforcement should not be held responsible for Wednesday?s tragedy. ?The only one to blame for this killing is the killer himself,? he said. Some political leaders including Trump have said mental illness prompted the shooting. Cruz had been expelled for undisclosed disciplinary reasons from the school where the attack occurred. Former classmates have described him as a social outcast trouble-maker with a fascination for weaponry. Some relatives and friends of shooting victims blamed Florida?s lenient gun laws, which allow an 18-year-old to buy an assault rifle. Outside a vigil on Friday, a sign read: ?Kids don?t need guns. No guns under 21.? The outpouring of grief was reflected in a multitude of prayer services and vigils on Friday - a total of six at various places of worship in and around Parkland. Funerals for at least two victims were also held. Late in the day, the Republican president and first lady Melania Trump visited a hospital where survivors from the shooting were treated, meeting privately with victims and medical staff. ?The job they?ve done is incredible and I want to congratulate you,? the president said as he shook one doctor?s hand in front of reporters afterwards. Trump did not respond when asked if the nation?s gun laws needed to be changed, then walked into another room. He later appeared at the Broward County Sheriff?s Office, along with the governor and other politicians, offering praise to first responders for the ?great job you?ve done.? The vice mayor of Broward County, a strongly Democratic area, earlier blasted any visit by Trump, saying Republicans had failed to back common-sense gun laws and rolled back measures restricting severely mentally ill people from buying weapons.
  5. Oxford graduate Faiz Siddiqui An Oxford graduate who sued the university over his failure to get a top degree has had his claim dismissed by the High Court. Faiz Siddiqui, 39, claimed that "inadequate teaching" contributed to his low mark in a final year history paper in 2000 and cost him a top degree and a lucrative legal career, BBC News reported. He alleged that his 2:1 degree result cost him entry to a top US law college and sought £1m from the university in compensation. A UK High Court judge, however, said he was not convinced that the teaching was "negligently inadequate" and that the graduate?s failure to get a first-class degree was more likely due to a severe bout of hay fever. Although the judge accepted the claimant had suffered severe depression, he felt this could not be attributed to his degree result. The judge also found there were other reasons beyond the graduate?s bouts of depression to explain his failures to hold down the various jobs he had. Oxford University accepted there were fewer teaching staff available in the Autumn Term in 1999 due to staff being granted leave of absence. But the university denied that the teaching was "inadequate".
  6. Protests being held against the incident in Dadu. Photo: Geo News DADU: Protests were held in Dadu on Thursday against police 'reluctance' to involve a serving Pakistan Peoples Party MPA and chief of the Chandio tribe in the investigation into an armed clash that left four people dead last week. Baladai union council chairman Raees Karamullah Chandio, his son Mukhtiar Ahmed Chandio were gunned down in an armed clash between Chandio tribesmen in Mehar town on January 17. Karamullah's associate, district councillor Qabil Chandio, passed away due to his injuries later while Ghulam Qadir Chandio alias Qadu, from the rival party, was killed on the spot. The clash, reportedly the result of a land dispute, had taken place at Karamullah's house in Ahmed Colony. MPA Nawab Sardar Ahmed Chandio, chief of the tribe in Mehar taluka, his brother Nawab Burhan Chandio, a former adviser to the chief minister, and five others, including alleged attacker Qadu, have been nominated in the FIR registered by Pervaiz Ahmed Chandio, another of Karam­ullah's son. Despite being named in the FIR, police are yet to involve the MPA and his brother case, allegedly owing to their political clout with the ruling party. Talking to the media, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said a reputed police officer is investigating the case, adding that action will be taken according to the law. SSP Hyderabad Pir Mohammad Shah is overseeing the investigation. Dadu SSP Qamar Raza Jaskani had said earlier that of the five attackers, one was killed, one apprehended while a search for the three is under way. The arrested suspect has been identified as Sikandar. Sindh Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah told the media on Thursday that Burhan Chandio was not present at the scene of the incident and was in fact somewhere else. However, that claim was refuted by the victims' family. The FIR registered on Karamullah's son's complaint stated that the Chandio chief had recently threatened his father for becoming too influential in the area. Moreover, Qadu's wife also filed a case against Karamullah's family for her husband's murder.
  7. ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir on Monday said that Pakistan should not be made scapegoat for United States' failure in Afghanistan, where the coalition forces have been fighting for the last 16 years. Giving a policy statement in the National Assembly, the minister said the way forward for Pakistan-US relations should not be through threats, notices and suspension of support. He said that Pakistan, being a US ally, had suffered a huge loss in the war against terrorism. "Pakistan had to face economic loss and damage to lives and property of the citizens. "The suffering has been immense and painful and it is unfair by the US to blame Pakistan, when it had not been able to pacify situation in Afghanistan," Dastagir said. He said around 43 per cent of Afghan territory was beyond the control of its government, but Pakistan respects the sovereign state of Afghanistan as a neighboring country. The minister said Pakistan had paid huge price in the war against terrorism and cleared its territory of terrorists. Maintaining that Afghan war could not be fought on Pakistani soil, Dastagir said that Pakistan had paid huge price for the war against terrorism and cleared its territory of terrorists. He informed the National Assembly that Indian forces committed more than 1300 ceasefire violations at Line of Control (LoC) in 2017, which resulted in 52 deaths and injuries to 175 persons. "Just today, our four valiant soldiers embraced martyrdom in unprovoked firing by Indian forces. The nation salutes these martyrs and prays that Almighty Allah may grant fortitude to their families,? the minister said. The minister said that Indian government had accelerated Pakistan bashing as a highly militarised and belligerent neighbour, adding, "The case of Kulbhushan Jadhav was proof of its efforts for unrest in other countries." He also slammed New Delhi for its involvement in grave human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. Dastagir maintained that Pakistan was a responsible nuclear state and it would continue with its policy of full-spectrum deterrence, in line with the policy of credible minimum deterrence and avoidance of armed race. He said the government would meet with vigour and commitment the growing challenges to Pakistan's security and towards maintaining strategic stability in the region. The minister said Pakistan's defence was robust and country?s vigilant and highly trained armed forces continue to protect and defend our land, sea and air borders.
  8. LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday expressed displeasure over failure of police in arresting the suspect of brutal rape-murder of eight-year-old Zainab in Kasur. Presiding over a meeting of provincial cabinet's Committee on Law and Order, the Punjab CM said that he was under extreme agony and stress due to this case and only wanted the arrest of the suspect. The meeting was briefed on the brutal rape and murder case by the Inspector General of Police (IGP). Addressing the participants, the chief minister said that facts should be brought before the public after the arrest of the suspect so that the victim's family could get justice. He said the killer should not escape justice and get exemplary punishment. Shehbaz further said that all requirements of justice would be fulfilled pertaining to the death of two persons in the firing incidents during violent protests in the city. The chief minister directed the IGP to daily visit Kasur to review progress on both cases and that he could use helicopter of the chief minister for this purpose.
  9. LAHORE: Pakistan People?s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto said on Saturday that if the government did not complete its tenure then the onus of the failure will be on the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The PPP scion was addressing media in Lahore, where he said that the party has carried out numerous development projects in Sindh and the media should highlight the same. Referring to the political situation in Balochistan, the PPP chairman said that the political situation in the province was worsening. Responding to allegations that the PPP is involved in disrupting the political process in the province, Bilawal said there is not a single MPA of the party in the province's legislature. ?How can I play any negative part then?? he said. On the subject of PTI Chairman Imran Khan?s alleged third marriage, Bilawal said that it is the Imran?s personal matter. ?If Imran Khan has married then congratulations to him,? said the PPP chairman. According to The News, the PTI chairman inaugurated 2018 by tying the knot on the night of January 1 in Lahore and reached from there the next day to appear before the anti-terrorism court in Islamabad which granted him bail. Democracy present, but needs strengthening: Bilawal The PPP chairperson addresses event on Zulfikar Ali Bhutto?s birthday On Jan 5, addressing an event on the birthday of PPP founder, Bilawal said that though democracy is present in Pakistan, it needs to be strengthened. About the next general elections, Bilawal said the time was approaching and added the PPP would contest the 2018 elections with its might.
  10. The Soyuz-2 spacecraft ? with Meteor-M satellite and 18 additional small satellites ? launches from Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome, near the town of Tsiolkovsky in Amur region, Russia, November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer/Files MOSCOW: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday the failed launch of a 2.6 billion-rouble ($44.95 million) satellite last month was due to an embarrassing programming error. Russian space agency Roscosmos said last month it had lost contact with the newly-launched weather satellite - the Meteor-M - after it blasted off from Russia?s new Vostochny cosmodrome in the Far East. Eighteen smaller satellites belonging to scientific, research and commercial companies from Russia, Norway, Sweden, the United States, Japan, Canada and Germany, were on board the same rocket. Speaking to Rossiya 24 state TV channel, Rogozin said the failure had been caused by human error. The rocket carrying the satellites had been programmed with the wrong coordinates, he said, saying it had been given bearings for take-off from a different cosmodrome - Baikonur - which Moscow leases from Kazakhstan. ?The rocket was really programmed as if it was taking off from Baikonur,? said Rogozin. ?They didn?t get the coordinates right.? The Vostochny spaceport, laid out in the thick taiga forest of the Amur Region, is the first civilian rocket launch site in Russia. In April last year, after delays and massive costs overruns, Russia launched its first rocket from Vostochny, a day after a technical glitch forced an embarrassing postponement of the event in the presence of President Vladimir Putin.
  11. LOS ANGELES: Once cast aside as a cringe-worthy mistake, "Colgate Lasagna" has at last found fame... as a top flop at the Museum of Failure. The dental care brand's 1980s culinary foray joins the line-up of epic fails on display in Los Angeles at a roving pop-up museum that has proven an ironic success. geo_embedgallery A model of the Titanic, coffee-based Coca Cola and the flashy but under-powered DeLorean car from "Back to the Future" all have a special place among the more than 100 flops of innovation that make up the show, which first opened in Sweden in June before moving to California this month. The inventions may trigger facepalms, but the show aims to prove that failure is indeed an option. "For technological progress, you need a lot of failures along the way," said clinical psychologist Samuel West. Without the all-but-defunct monoski, for instance, the snowboard may never have seen the light of day. "It is the same for any other social innovation, even us as individuals when we learn new things, we are going to fail. So I think we should accept it more," says West, who came up with the idea for the museum because he was "tired of the success stories." Although the infamous Colgate Lasagna features, West said the packaging is actually a well-researched copy. The company known for toothpaste was not keen to provide a sample from its frozen food -- known as one of the biggest marketing duds ever. Spotlight on Trumpian hiccups Though he prides himself on his business acumen, Donald Trump also made the show's cut, for several ventures from the time when he was known not as president but as simply "The Donald." Donald Trump games, books, water, alcohol and other items are displayed at The Museum of Failure in Los Angeles on December 7, 2017 ? AFP What West calls a "shrine" to the former real estate magnate includes a Monopoly-esque board game named simply "Trump: The Game," a bottle of Trump Vodka and a textbook on entrepreneurship from the for-profit Trump University. The glass case also includes one of the now-iconic red caps emblazoned with his presidential campaign slogan: "Make America Great Again." Trump is "a man who built his image on being a successful businessman, it´s his trademark," curator West told AFP. "But if you look at his business adventures, they are misadventures, he failed over and over and over again," he said, noting that he included the cap to hint at pitfalls the embattled leader may yet hit. The lasting impact of failure West has no sponsors -- as "companies don´t want to be associated" with failure -- but every week he receives packages with donations for his collection, from cappuccino-flavoured chips to the astronomically high-priced -- and just as short-lived -- "Juiceiro" juicer. Today, the museum's exhibits are made up of 40 percent donations, and 60 percent his own finds. The collection, which will move to other cities in the United States early next year, fits in well in Los Angeles: the city houses museums dedicated everything from broken relationships to bunnies, and even an art gallery featuring only works created using velvet. The Power Glove (1989), the first mass marketed wearable video game controller, is displayed at The Museum of Failure in Los Angeles on December 7, 2017 ? AFP 1 The Museum of Failure also encourages visitors to own their own botched efforts, confessing to them on index cards and publicly posting them on a wall. "I liked it because I think it was such an unusual idea," said Chris Whitehead, an IT worker who visited the museum -- and wrote on the wall that he failed his driving test six times. "I think the lesson to take away is even if you fail you might actually have a lasting impact anyway."
  12. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks in Washington. ? Reuters FILE WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed confidence Tuesday that Washington is doing all it can to force North Korea to negotiate its nuclear disarmament. And he added that if diplomacy and sanctions fail and the US military is forced to take pre-emptive action, it will have been a personal failure. "You know, we can only do our part in this, and the regime in Pyongyang is going to have to come to some decision about their future," Tillerson said. The United States has mobilised the world community to impose stringent economic and diplomatic sanctions on Kim Jong-un?s regime to halt its nuclear drive. But Pyongyang has continued to test ever more powerful ballistic missiles and boasts it can now target the US mainland with its nuclear arsenal. Washington has pledged to deliver a denuclearised Korean peninsula, but the strategy hinges on China maintaining pressure and Kim agreeing to talk. "We want them to make the right choice, which is to stop and say: ?Let?s sit down to talk about it?," Tillerson said, in a year-end speech to staff. "Because if they keep going, they can cross a point at which there?s nothing left for us in the diplomatic community to do," he warned. "We?ve done everything we can do, as we don?t want to get to that point," he said, stressing that he works closely with US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. "And I?ve said to my partner Secretary Mattis many times: ?If we get there, I?ve failed. And I don?t want to fail?," he promised.
  13. ISLAMABAD: The government on Monday failed to table a bill pertaining to FATA's merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, drawing opposition's ire over the delay. Lawmakers representing Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and those from FATA tore copies of the assembly agenda in protest over the delay. MNA Shahabuddin, who is also a member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from FATA, protested over change in 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 described the entire episode as "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 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." Murtaza Javed Abbasi, the deputy speaker of the assembly, intervened and attempted to defuse the situation. "The minister for parliamentary affairs has given an explanation and the bill would be tabled in the House in the next two to three days," Abbasi said, adding that the bill could not be included in the agenda on "technical basis." At this, the opposition leader warned that they would continue to stage walk-out from the assembly, if the matter was not resolved. A few members of the opposition tore copies of the agenda and staged a sit-in before the speaker's dais, followed by a walk-out by PPP members. PTI's Shah Mehmood Qureshi lamented that all the members of the House were given agenda of Monday's session a night before, which had the FATA Reforms Bill, but it was excluded from the agenda copies distributed today. "They are showing us the way that issues are resolved through sit-ins, not by the parliament," Qureshi said. The opposition members rejected all explanations furnished by the treasury. The opposition leader said the government should clearly state that a few individuals are against this bill. "Or at least tell us why this bill was excluded from the agenda," he demanded. Later, all the opposition members walked out of the assembly hall, after which the session was adjourned until 10:30am on Tuesday.
  14. LAHORE: Minister of Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Sunday criticised Asif Ali Zardari saying that the PPP co-chairman speaks of development in the country despite having failed to dispose of garbage in Karachi. Addressing a rally here, Rafique said it would cause a huge loss if he disclosed everything, adding, "It has been 70 years [since the formation of Pakistan] and now we all have collective responsibility to take forth the country." The minister did not forget to respond to his party's two main opponents - Asif Ali Zardari and Imran Khan - at the rally. "Asif Ali Zardari, who failed to get trash heaps disposed of in Karachi, speaks of development in the country, while Imran Khan, who boasted of making a 'Naya Pakistan', is so coward that he moves to hill stations fearing dengue fever," he said. Rafique noted the incumbent government has only five months left in completion of its term. "If the government was not allowed to complete its term, then no future regime would be able to do so." He also stressed the need to stop religious extremism in the country. "Pakistan needs an active parliament, brave military and honest bureaucracy," the minister said.
  15. National Assembly. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Senior officials of the Interior Ministry earned the ire of National Assembly (NA) Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Friday owing to their failure to furnish responses to lawmakers? questions. As the NA session went under way, the speaker expressed his annoyance at the failure of the ministry to submit responses to queries raised by lawmakers. The speaker removed from the gallery the joint secretary and section officer of the ministry and ordered them to summon the interior secretary within five minutes. NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq. Photo: File He observed that answers to questions have been delayed in several past sessions of the assembly as well. Sadiq also directed to bill the interior secretary for today?s NA session. Speaking in the assembly, State Interior Minister Tallal Chaudhry said some answers are sought from the provinces which is why they were not furnished today. But the speaker responded that most questions have nothing to do with the provinces. "I cannot run the house in these conditions," said Sadiq, regretting that lawmakers prepare questions with hard work yet the ministries fail to respond. The speaker also threatened to write to the prime minister if things continue this way. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Shireen Mazari said the ministers need to be held accountable. Later, owing to less than the required number of lawmakers, the session was adjourned and will now be held on Monday at 4pm.
  16. ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has criticised the federal government over its failure to remove illegal constructions from and stop deforestation on Margalla Hills. While hearing the suo motu notice on the issue on Wednesday, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed expressed displeasure over the non-removal of illegal structures from the area, saying the elected representatives should resign if they cannot perform their duties properly. A two-member bench, comprising Justice Saeed and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, was hearing the case, during which Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry was also present. During the hearing, Justice Saeed said the reason behind inaction on the issue will come to the fore once it is found out who the owners of illegal plazas at Margalla Hills were. Responding to the judge?s remarks, the counsel for Capital Development Authority, Munir Paracha, said they could not conduct an operation against illegal constructions as police was unavailable due to the Faizabad sit-in. He added a police force was essential for anti-encroachment drive to control the ensuing resistance. However, the minister requested for a week?s time to present an action plan and act on court orders. The court accepted his request, adjourning the hearing till December 7.
  17. KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan has decided to explore legal options after defected member Arshad Vohra?s failure to resign from the office of Deputy Mayor. The party plans to write to the Election Commission of Pakistan after its planned protest on Sunday, sources told Geo News. Sattar tasks key MQM-P leaders to bring Vohra back The MQM-P has also not yet decided whether to bring a new deputy mayor in place of Vohra, sources say The letter will inform the ECP of Vohra?s parting from the party and will point out an act in the local government law which allows a party to approach ECP in case of an elected party member?s defection. The act states that an elected member cannot continue to hold the office in case of a party?s objections or if the member leaves the party. Vohra switched loyalties and joined the Mustafa Kamal-led Pakistan Sarzameen Party on October 29, saying that he was not able to deliver to the people of Karachi [while continuing as a member in the MQM-P]. The decision by MQM comes a day after it was reported MQM-P chief Farooq Sattar has tasked two key members of his party to pacify Vohra and bring him back into the party fold. Arshad Vohra involved in MQM money-laundering case, claims Sarfaraz Merchant Merchant also said senior party leader Farooq Sattar's claims of disassociation were only a 'talk' Sources said on Friday that the party still has sympathy for the defected leader and it has not yet revoked his party membership. The MQM-P has not yet decided whether to bring a new deputy mayor in place of Vohra, sources had said. Following Vohra's announcement of joining the PSP, Sattar had claimed that members of his party who have defected to rival political groups could be brought back. He had claimed that Vohra was worried due to the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) recent case against him, which was one of the reasons that he had defected to the PSP. "Anis Qaimkhani will help Vohra with the FIA case," the MQM-P chief had said, requesting the PSP leader to "take care" of his former political affiliate.
  18. ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Wednesday that it is surprising that Pakistan did not even issue a formal condemnatory statement against the US drone attack in in Kurram Agency on September 15. A suspected US drone strike killed three and injured two in Kurram Agency of the Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on Friday. Kurram Agency Political Agent Baseer Khan Wazir told Geo.tv that the drone strike took place in Pakistani territory, six kilometres from the Afghan border. Speaking in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Nisar, a senior and presently disgruntled leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met with the US ambassador the day of the drone attack and it was surprising to see that he did not issue a statement against it. ?If PM Abbasi was in the house today, I would have raised this issue personally, not in the assembly,? he added. ?Drone attacks are a challenge to Pakistan?s sovereignty and territorial integrity. I am telling the world to respect Pakistan.? Pakistan rejects BRICS statement, defence minister says no terrorist safe havens in country Khurram Dastagir rejected declaration released by member countries at 9th BRICS Summit The former interior minister said that the speaker, on behalf of the government and opposition, should send a letter to British politician and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for standing with Pakistan. Criticising the Pakistan Foreign Office, he said that the recent BRICS resolution was against Pakistan due to India's succesful diplomatic effort. ?This was not a sudden event. India was preparing for it for long and our Foreign Office was sleeping, Our diplomats should be asked about it,? he said. Rohingya Muslims Nisar said that the exodus of 450,000 Rohingya Muslims from their homes in Myanmar and state-sponsored persecutions against them is a matter of shame for humanity. ?Human rights organisations raise a hullabaloo when even a dog is killed but here Muslims are being killed and they are silent,? he said. He demanded that Pakistan should call a special meeting on Rohingya Muslims in the OIC and said that the government should open a fund for the community.
  19. ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday said the BRICS declaration, which named terrorist groups in the South Asia region, cannot be termed as a failure of the country's foreign policy. Speaking on Geo News programme 'Capital Talk', Asif said the declaration was not against Pakistan, however, he added that a new foreign policy will have to be formed with regards to the regional situation. Asif further said the policy should only be meant to safeguard the interests of the nation and its dignity. Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa condemned "terrorism in all its forms and manifestations" at the 9th BRICS Summit in China on Monday. The member states released the Xiamen declaration expressing concern over the security situation in the region. BRICS leaders condemn 'terrorism in all its manifestations' For the first time, BRICS name Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad while expressing concern at terrorism "We strongly condemn terrorist attacks resulting in death to innocent Afghan nationals....We, in this regard, express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al Qaida and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir," said the declaration. "We deplore all terrorist attacks worldwide, including attacks in BRICS countries, and condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever and stress that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism. We reaffirm that those responsible for committing, organizing, or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable," it added further. Asif also denied reports of China backing India's stance at the BRICS Summit on Monday, reiterating that China was a trustworthy friend of Pakistan. Pakistan rejects BRICS statement, defence minister says no terrorist safe havens in country Khurram Dastagir rejected declaration released by member countries at 9th BRICS Summit Commenting on the conference of Pakistani envoys in Islamabad, he said recommendations put forth at the conference will be conveyed to the Parliament and other forums. Pakistan has rejected the BRICS statement, saying that there are no terrorist safe havens on its soil. ?We reject the declaration [released by member countries] at the BRICS Summit,? Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir said during a meeting of the National Assembly?s Standing Committee on Defence Tuesday. ?Forty per cent of Afghanistan is a safe haven for terrorists,? he said later while talking to the media. "Pakistan has taken action against all groups on its soil and only the remnants of some are left."
  20. ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador David Hale on Thursday called on National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua and shared views with him regarding US President Donald Trump's new policy for South Asia. Hale, at the meeting, said the US president did not blame Pakistan for [US] failure in Afghanistan. "President Trump didn't speak of military solution to Afghan issue; it is a component of the regional policy." The US diplomat said that Pakistan's role toward resolution of Afghan issue has not been ruled out. Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, slams Pakistan over ?terrorist safe havens? Trump warns vital aid could be cut if Pakistan does not stop Earlier this month, Trump cleared the way for the deployment of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan, backtracking from his promise to rapidly end America's longest war while pillorying ally Pakistan for offering safe haven to "agents of chaos." "We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting," he said, warning that vital aid could be cut. ?That will have to change and that will change immediately." "Pakistan will have a key role in Quadrilateral Coordination Group," Hale said.
  21. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday reiterated that US President Donald Trump's newly announced Afghanistan policy will be met with failure. In an interview to a foreign news channel, PM Abbasi said that Pakistan's position has been very clear that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict and the neighbouring state can have peace only through a political solution. ?From day one we have been saying very clearly the military strategy in Afghanistan has not worked and it will not work," he said. There has to be a political settlement. That?s the bottom-line.? PM Abbasi stated that President Trump's Afghan policy will also result in a failure, adding that the government of Pakistan supports the war against terrorism but it won't allow the war to come into the country. He said that to ensure peace in the region Pakistan is ready to have a dialogue with every country including India.
  22. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif spoke exclusively to Geo News on Saturday. Photo: Geo News SIALKOT: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday said the US should refrain from blaming its failures of 16 years in Afghanistan on Pakistan. Talking exclusively to Geo News in Sialkot, Asif said forty percent of Afghanistan is still under Taliban's control. "If the US doesn't trust Pakistan, it should make preparations to send Afghan refugees back," he said. "Pakistan has hosted them [Afghan refugees] for nearly 35 years now." He further said that Pakistan has been the US' trusted ally for the past 70 years, and cut many direct and indirect losses due to this alliance. "We want to clear any misunderstandings with the US through maintaining this relationship," Asif said. The foreign minister stressed that peace in Afghanistan can be restored. "Peace in Afghanistan is important for Pakistan too, and that is why the US is trying to find a solution to the Afghan issue," he said. Asif said that over ninety percent of the attacks on Pakistan are carried out from Afghanistan. "Afghanistan hasn't created a post on the border till 650 kilometres," he said. "We want US assistance in installing fences on the border." He further alleged that Afghan soldiers are selling American arms and ammunition to the Taliban.
  23. If you ask me, the best thing I feel about natural bodybuilding as a coach I would say, it's subjective in nature. And, if you ask me which is the worst part, guess what, my answer remains the same; it's subjective in nature. When it comes to muscle building protocols, of course, there are certain basic hypertrophy principles. However, I would still say that there is no fixed thumb rule to build muscle. There are various practices that allow you to pack on muscle mass. One of the practices which I would be highlighting in this piece is training muscles to failure. Should you train your muscles to failure? Let's understand some science behind this misunderstood concept. Intensity And Muscle Growth I have been mentioning this in most of my articles that muscle hypertrophy depends on the progressive overload principle. Which means, in order to level up your gains, you should keep changing the intensity of your workouts (not frequently). For instance, if you do a 100kg bench press for 8-10 reps, increase the load to 110kg. Or, try to exceed 10 reps and keep performing reps unless your muscles fail to do more reps. Now this training till your muscle fatigues and fails to perform is known as training till failure. Increasing the intensity of your workout allows the body to recruit maximum muscle fibres. This further generates more EPOC (Excess post exercise consumption) which is basically a productive phenomenon during the repair and recovery process of the damaged muscle fibres. Training Till Failure, Yes Or No? As mentioned above, muscle building is very subjective. Therefore, the answer to this question is it ‘depends'. At one point where training to failure can result in better muscle hypertrophy, on the other hand, it can also end up into over training phase. An over training phase can affect your subsequent workouts for the week. For example, if you have trained your back muscles with this principle, chances are your erector spinae group, hamstrings and glutes will remain sore for a couple of days. Now this will hamper your immediate next leg workout, especially if you plan to squat. Therefore, training to failure can be really productive but only if it suits your training split. Pro Tip: If are a crazy fan of this training practice, all that you can do is, instead of performing all sets to failure, prefer doing the last of your workout till failure. Bottom line: Avoid incorporating failure sets in every set of your workout, rather preserve this tool as a finisher for the last set of your workouts.
  24. When Karan Arjun shares screen space together, Bollywood buffs are bound to love it. After all, who doesn't want to see the two favourite Khans bromancing each other? Ever since these two biggies have joined hands again, fans just can't get enough of them. It has been almost 15 years since we saw the two sharing screen space together. A lot has happened between the two—from sharing a strong bond to breaking up their ties, the duo has gone through a lot of conflicts. However, when the need arises, these two are there for each other, letting go of their past. Recently, King Khan did a cameo in Salman Khan's ‘Tubelight'. SRK played a magician who plays a very vital part in developing Laxman (Salman). Salman Khan shared that when director Kabir Khan narrated the film, he just knew that Shah Rukh Khan had to play that role. It was just a call and without any discussion, SRK gave a heads-up for the role. Watching the two was indeed a treat and there is a possibility that they might reunite again on the silver screen very soon. Well, if reports are to be believed, Salman Khan will be playing a cameo in Aanand L Rai's next, where Shah Rukh will be seen playing a dwarf. The film also stars Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. Speaking to DNA, SRK said, “There is a guest appearance in Aanand's film that I'd like Salman to consider. We are still working on it. But, I would like him to play the role.” Now isn't that really good news for bhai fans? It is believed that Salman might be playing himself in the film but Badshah is not ready to spill the beans yet and prefers to keep it a secret till the end. Definitely, this is just making us more curious. Well, keeping our fingers crossed!
  25. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the country as her husband looks on after Britain's election at Downing Street in London. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a slew of criticism after a failed election campaign left her short of a parliamentary majority and fighting for survival as the clock ticks down to the start of Brexit talks. May's gamble that she could capitalise on Britons' desire to quit the European Union (EU) and perceived weakness in the opposition Labour Party backfired on Thursday as voters stripped her of her parliamentary majority. The surprising outcome, which sent the pound tumbling, forced May to form a minority government, leaving her reliant on a small group of Northern Irish parliamentarians, just nine days before Britain is due to begin negotiating a deal to leave the EU. Britain's typically right-wing press savaged May over the election outcome, questioning whether she will be able to remain in power after a result that leaves her reliant on uniting rival factions within her party to deliver Brexit. "May stares into the abyss," said The Times' Saturday edition, while the Daily Mail led with "Tories Turn On Theresa". The Telegraph said senior Conservatives, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Interior Minister Amber Rudd, and Brexit minister David Davis, were taking soundings over whether to replace her. "As I reflect on the results, I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward," May said on Friday in a televised statement. Britain's best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of her party had vowed to get rid of May but would wait at least six months because they were worried that a leadership contest now could propel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power. "Theresa May is certainly the strongest leader that we have at the moment," David Jones, a junior Brexit minister, told the BBC. He said it was impossible to predict whether she would still be prime minister at the end of the year. Several lawmakers demanded the resignation of May's top advisers, who have been widely blamed for a disastrous policy to make the elderly pay more for their care and a campaign seen as too insulated from ordinary voters and too focused on attacking her opponent. Reshuffle After confirming on Friday that her top five ministers would keep their jobs, including finance minister Philip Hammond, May is expected to continue appointing the government that will take on one of the most demanding negotiations in British history. May said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament. But the election result meant it was unclear whether her plan to take Britain out of the bloc's single market and customs union could still be pursued. British politicians, including those within May's own party, differ widely on what they want from the Brexit negotiating process. If she is to succeed in delivering the end of Britain's EU membership, which 52 percent of the British public demanded last year, she must find a way to recapture the full support of her party since she will need their votes to pass legislation preparing for and ultimately enacting the departure. May will also need the support of the socially conservative, pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) that won 10 seats in Northern Ireland. The two parties are broadly politically aligned, but it remains to be seen what price the DUP will seek to extract for its support. Several Conservative lawmakers, including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, raised concerns over the DUP's opposition to same-*** marriage. It was not immediately clear what the DUP's demands might be and one DUP lawmaker suggested support might come vote by vote. Any such arrangement would be fraught with political risk for May, fuelling uncertainty among businesses over what the final terms of Britain's departure from the EU would look like, and how it will affect future trade with the bloc.