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  1. LAHORE: Inspector General of Police, Punjab, Capt (retd) Arif Nawaz Khan said that at least 125,000 officers and officials of Punjab Police have been deployed to provide security in the month of Muharram, The News reported. The officers will provide foolproof four-layered security cover to the sensitive Majalis and processions during Muharram to maintain law and order in all districts of the province. About 124,537 police officers and officials, including police volunteers, special police and Razakars had been deployed for the security of 36,216 Majalis. While a total of 135,370 officers and officials would be deployed for the security of 9,173 Ashura processions. Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif reviewed security arrangements for maintaining law and order during Muharram-ul-Haram during a meeting on Friday. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that foolproof security arrangements should be ensured for maintaining law and order and protection of life and property of people during Muharram. Security arrangements in Sindh Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) have completed the arrangements for Muharram-ul-Harram, according to a press release on Friday. Rangers have also formed Crisis Management Cell Headquarters to deal with any untoward incidents. Moreover, troops are actively conducting snap checking, mobile patrolling in different parts of the province. Rangers have even warned that hate material, hate speeches and other equipment will not be tolerated. Furthermore, strict restrictions have been placed on aerial firing and show of weapons. Strict action will be taken against those who fail to follow the rules, according to the Rangers. Citizens have been advised to contact Rangers on their WhatsApp number 0316-2369996 or helpline 1101 to report any suspicious activity.
  2. College fun, drama, that sarcastic guy, your first crush, the chilled out dude, old memories; these thoughts and more will all be brought back to life, but only if you scroll down. Do you want that? We know you do. If you are still reading this, it means somewhere in your heart you do want to revive and relive all those beautiful but long gone memories. Here is your chance to experience that time again. Have an awesome time, fresher. 1. Go Goa Gone © The Indian Express So you think you know what happens when three friends decide to visit an isolated island for a rave party in Goa? No, you don't. What if the next morning you find yourself not only stranded but also surrounded and hunted by flesh-eating zombies. Yeah, I know that was a quick synopsis, unless you have already watched the movie. Don't read that again. Instead, watch the movie. And before you do that, that listen to this awesome track - BABAJI KI BOOTY. And you know what? Saif is there to rock the party as well. He is the real deal. Watch it, is I am saying. 2. Delhi Belly © Wikipedia It is a black comedy by Aamir Khan Production and if you have already seen the film you know what I am going to talk about. Bhaag D.K. Bose, Switty Tera Pyaar Chaida, and Jaa Chudail are some of the tracks that might have made their way to your eardrums at some point. Long story short, it is the story of three strugglers who are also roommates. They unknowingly become the target of a powerful gangster when they misplace his expensive diamonds. Watch the film to see what happens to thse fools! You won't regret it, so make sure your headphones are plugged in or your family is at least 100 meters away from you. 3. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara © Bollywood Hungama Hrithik, Farhan, and Abhay? What else can you ask for in a single movie? A better storyline, maybe if you are a victim of the age old, love story scam in Bollywood. Yes, the movie's storyline is good enough to keep you on your couch for 2 and ahalf hours, without a doubt. A bachelor's road trip that becomes an opportunity to mend fences, heal wounds, fall in love with life and combat their worst fears. Did we forget to mention Katrina Kaif? Yeah, she is in here too, looking fine AF. 4. Dil Chahta Hai © Gaana Again it is Farhan, but this time he's directing the movie. You can say that this film is one of his masterpieces. It is a story about three friends who share a deep bond but are separated due to their different approaches towards relationships. Sounds boring? Maybe you could blame my style then, but the movie is brilliant, that we can guarantee. And guys, we're heading back to Goa for this film. 5. 3 Idiots © Wikipedia You do not share the same world as we do if you haven't seen this movie. One fact: It is the highest grossing movie in Bollywood and we swear that it is not just some other Bollywood nonsense. It is genuinely good. If we talk about the storyline, it is not something you've never seen before. Although, it may sound quite the opposite when you hear words like college days, passion, drama, essentially the same stuff. But wait, there is so much more than that. You just gotta watch this one if you decide to watch only one today. 6. Pyaar Ka Punchnama © Wikipedia If you are one of those guys who feel like their girlfriend is dominating them, then this is your watch for the day. You won't need a smoke to chill out after you are done watching this movie. You will see all your frustration melt away when you first hear the 15-minute monologue delivered by one of the victims in the movie. Just watch it. Trust us! 7. Kai Po Che © The Asian Cinema Blog Whatever one may say about the writing skills Chetan Bhagat possesses, movies adapted from his books are all Bollywood hits. Writing skills? Really? Don't ask me. I am not asking you to read his novels. I am just suggesting you go and watch 'Kai Po Che', a work based on his novel. It is a good movie. Its storyline is a combination of different subjects like people realizing their goals in a turbulent city, religious disparities, politics, riots, and earthquakes. 8. Hera Pheri © YouTube/Goldmines Hindi This film is a true classic. Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and Paresh Rawal are at their best here. Not much to say about the storyline but if you are smart enough there is a catch in the name and that's all the story is about. Do not miss this one.
  3. Pacer Mohammad Abbas during a practice match at Gaddafi Stadium, Sep 22, 2017/PCB Twitter LAHORE: The national squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka will be announced on Saturday, said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. Fitness concerns continue to loom over Test opener Azhar Ali and leg-spinner Yasir Shah ahead of the two-Test series beginning from September 28. Yasir Shah struggled to impress team management and coaches at the training camp at the Gaddafi Stadium, and is due to undergo a fitness test soon. ?Yasir Shah is an important bowler, that?s why we are waiting for his fitness test,? said Inzamam, adding that the spinner?s test could not be conducted today. About Azhar, who is struggling to overcome a knee injury, the chief selector said the batsman?s fitness has improved. It remains to be seen if the selectors decide to rest him to allow for his complete recovery. Inzamam also said five fast bowlers will be selected in the squad. The Pakistan Cricket Board earlier this month finalised the 16-member squad for the Sri Lanka series, which includes young pacer Mir Hamza but omits spinner Shadab Khan and experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez. The squad consists of: Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Usman Salahuddin, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Abbas, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza and Wahab Riaz.
  4. Israeli director Samuel Maoz, whose movie "Foxtrot" is now a candidate for the Oscars, receives the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival on September 9, 2017-AFP Israeli film "Foxtrot," which Culture Minister Miri Regev has castigated as an insult to the military, has won the country's best film award, making it a candidate for the Oscars. The surreal and complex movie by director Samuel Maoz includes what could be seen as a critical view of the Israeli military. It also won the Grand Jury prize at this month's Venice Film Festival, but Regev, who has frequently criticised Israel's cultural elite, is not a fan -- though she reportedly said at the time of the Venice festival that she had not seen it. After having walked out last year, she was not invited to this year's Ophir Awards -- Israel's version of the Oscars -- on Tuesday evening. She instead appeared live on her Facebook page to criticise the movie and members of Israel's Film and Television Academy. She referred to a striking scene in the film and called it a "blood libel." "As a minister and mother who has served in the Israeli army, I am ashamed that such a film has won such a prestigious prize," she posted on Facebook after the award was given. An allegation from the Middle Ages -- that Jews murdered Christian children to use their blood for ritual purposes -- gave rise to the term "blood libel". Academy director Mosh Danon said: "Criticism is meant to strengthen and support. "Some of us choose to do this by means of stories," he said, according to Israeli media. "There is no us and you. There are no enemies. There is only a strong desire to fix and improve, together with the establishment." Winning best picture at the Ophir Awards makes the film eligible for inclusion in the foreign-language category at the Oscars, or Academy Awards, in the United States. Regev, who belongs to what is seen as Israel's most right-wing government ever, has repeatedly taken on the country's largely left-wing Jewish cultural elite. They have accused her of seeking to muzzle them, including by promoting a bill to cut subsidies to cultural institutions deemed not "loyal" to the state. Last year, she was booed on arrival at a cultural conference and hit back from the podium. "As the famous Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu once said: 'Cut the bullshit,'" she said.
  5. Bangladesh´s PM addressing UNGA UNITED NATIONS: Bangladesh´s prime minister on Thursday proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing a military crackdown to seek refuge in her country. "These people must be able to return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the UN General Assembly. The United Nations says more than 420,000 Rohingya have fled for safety to Bangladesh in the face of an army campaign in northern Rakhine state that includes rape and the burning of villages. The military operation was sparked by attacks carried out by Rohingya militants on police posts on August 25. Hasina accused Myanmar authorities of laying landmines on the border to prevent the Rohingyas from returning and said the United Nations must take immediate measures to find a solution to the crisis. The prime minister laid out a five-point plan that called for the protection of the Rohingyas in "safe zones that could be created inside Myanmar under UN supervision." The United Nations has described the military operation as "ethnic cleansing" and French President Emmanuel Macron went further, describing it as a "genocide." Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya Hundreds of protesters were involved in the attempt to stop Red Cross workers loading a boat with relief supplies bound for the north of Rakhine State Myanmar must stop the violence and "the practice of ethnic cleansing", agree to allow a UN fact-finding mission, ensure the return of refugees and abide by a report that recommends citizenship for the Rohingya, said Hasina. They currently lack it. There has been mounting international outrage over the plight of the Rohingya, prompting the UN Security Council this month to call for an end to the violence. The creation of such "safe areas" would require the approval of the Security Council where China, a strong supporter of Myanmar´s former junta, has veto power. The 1.1-million strong Rohingya people have suffered years of discrimination in Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship even though many have longstanding roots in the country. The recent exodus of Rohingya has brought the number of refugees from Rakhine living in Bangladesh to over 800,000, said the prime minister.
  6. Many consider Kuldeep Yadav to be one of the best spinners around, especially among the rising young Indian players and yesterday, the man proved it yet again with an outstanding performance. During the second ODI between India and Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Kuldeep's three magical deliveries dismissed Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins. India managed to comfortably beat the Aussies by reducing their score of 145/5 to 148/8. Set 253 for victory, they lost their last eight wickets thanks to Yadav's hat-trick. After losing the second of five ODIs, Australia now needs to win the third match in Indore to stay in the series. Kuldeep became the first spinner to strike a hat-trick against Australia in ODIs and ony the third Indian to pick up a hat-trick in ODI cricket. With this feat, this ‘chinaman bowler' has joined Kapil Dev (1991) and Chetan Sharma (1987) in the line of those who have picked up the elusive hat-trick. Since folks on Twitter never miss out on an opportunity to troll somebody, they also didn't hold back in appreciating an important achievement. So naturally, the folks on Twitter gushed with pride over Yadav's performance and India's win. Here are some of the best tweets: Kuldeep Yadav is a rare & special talent.Delighted with his progress. Great hat-trick @imkuldeep18 & a wonderful victory for India#INDvAUS — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 21, 2017 .@imkuldeep18 & @yuzi_chahal didn't just bowl well but actually spun the game in India's favour! Superb batting @imVkohli & @ajinkyarahane88 pic.twitter.com/0mUKz4tnlf — sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 21, 2017 You won't see a better hat trick ball than that from Kuldeep Yadav! So happy for the young man.ððð#HatTrick — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 21, 2017 3 in 3 and all of them through different modes of dismissal, that's the way to do it! Shabash, @imkuldeep18 ð Lets do a 5 for ð — Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) September 21, 2017 Great achievement @imkuldeep18 congrats for getting a hattrick which doesn't come often #Hattrick #INDvsAUS — Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 21, 2017 Kuldeep Yadav: wow! Wow! WOW! #HatTrick — Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) September 21, 2017 à¤à¥à¤² à¤à¤¾ दà¥à¤ªà¤ à¤à¤®à¤ à¤à¤¯à¤¾....well bowled, Kuldeep Yadav ðð three balls turned a forgettable outing into one to cherish for the rest of your life! — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 21, 2017 Kuldeep Yadav ððð.... book his 2019 World Cup ticket now! #IndvAus — Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) September 21, 2017 My word we have witnessed history written by @imkuldeep18 . Hattrick for this young brother. History is been created. pic.twitter.com/NNv1SN8yDv — Pawan Yadav (@pawanyashyadav) September 21, 2017 Kuldeep Yadav is hunting Kangaroos on first day of Navratri. Forgive him god! #INDvAUS — Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 21, 2017 Congratulations @imkuldeep18 for taking a sensational hat trick. You are really turning the world around. Proud of you buddy. #INDvsAUS — Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) September 22, 2017 Kuldeep Yadav right now. pic.twitter.com/rowvYC9wJZ — mahaFundit (@Meta_Narrative) September 21, 2017 Colour of ur outfit may hav changed frm @KKRiders purple to @BCCI blue but d mystery around ur bowling remains d same....bravo @imkuldeep18 — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 21, 2017 Yadav was delighted after the match. In a recent interview, he expressed his disbelief over this success, "For the first five overs I struggled to bowl in the right areas. But it happens in the game of cricket. I got hit for three consecutive sixes in the last game (by Maxwell). Here I took three wickets in three deliveries. It's absolutely special," The humble man however, always makes sure to credit his seniors. He revealed that he consulted Dhoni about how to bowl the hat-trick ball. "I asked Mahi what to bowl and he advised me to bowl whatever I felt best with," he said, thanking skipper Kohli for giving him "freedom to bowl as per to his plans." Yadav might have become an indispensable part of the team now but his ride till this point wasn't easy. Back in the day, when he was a part of the ‘Mumbai Indians', the spinner didn't even get a chance to play and had to resort to sitting on the bench during IPL matches while patiently waiting for his chance. However, in 2014, he was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders but he only got to play for them the first time in the 2016 season. Since then, he has come a long way and from what we can see, his future is incredibly bright!
  7. English football club Manchester United said recent signings put it in a strong position on the pitch as it backed itself to match last year?s record revenue off the field. However, United forecast core profit for the current year would dip from a record of almost 200 million pounds ($270 million) in 2016-17 as its wage bill rose because of higher payments on its return to the European Champions League. United, whose top players include Paul Pogba and summer signing Romelu Lukaku, are currently joint top of the English Premier League. They have also qualified for the Champions League after winning the second-tier Europa League last season. ?We believe we have improved the balance and depth of our squad and are well placed to challenge for trophies,? Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward told financial analysts. Controlled by the American Glazer family and with its shares traded in New York, United forecast revenue of between 575 million pounds and 585 million pounds in 2017-18. That would be broadly in line with record revenue of 581 million pounds in the year to June 30. United shares traded 3.7 percent higher at $17.85 in New York at 1500 GMT, valuing the club at around $2.8 billion. FLYING START As well as the Europa League, United won the League Cup last season, their first under manager Jose Mourinho. However, they had to settle for fifth place in the 20-team Premier League. United reported core profit of 199.8 million pounds in the year to the end of June. That figure was likely to slip to between 175-185 million pounds in the current year as higher costs are felt. United have started the season well on the pitch, crushing Basel 3-0 last week in the Champions League and winning four out of five Premier League games so far. The Champions League, Europe?s top soccer tournament, is widely popular around the globe and garners significant revenue for the participating clubs via pooled TV payments and higher matchday receipts. Woodward welcomed signs that groups such as Facebook and Amazon were interested in streaming rights for live sports, a move that could drive values ever higher. ?We will welcome the interest as it is important to digitally engage with fans and we think we can be complementary to partners like these coming in to the mix,? Woodward added. In September, Facebook made a $600 million losing bid to buy the streaming rights to Indian Premier League cricket and analysts believe it could look at soccer next.
  8. Pakistan federal capital, Islamabad, is among the list of popular destinations for British travellers, Telegraph reported. According to Skyscanner, Islamabad is more popular destination among British travellers than Madrid, Ibiza and Berlin. The research is based on bookings made on the website, which is based on flight comparison, this year and bookings up until September 11. The top 10 destinations in the list are Amsterdam, New York, Bangkok, Dublin, Dubai, London, Malaga, Barcelona, Alicante and Paris. Islamabad ranks on number 14 and is followed by Belfast, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Ibiza, Edinburgh, Geneva, Sydney, New Delhi, Istanbul, Lagos and Bali. Surprisingly, Lahore comes on the 41st position on the list of the 50 most popular destinations for UK travellers.
  9. Pakistan Blind Cricket players/file photo ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) on Thursday shortlisted 23 players for the 5th edition of World Cup Cricket of the Blind, scheduled to be held in Pakistan and UAE in January next year. According to Chairman PBCC Syed Sultan Shah, Nisar Ali will led the team in the World Cup while Amir Ishfaq will be the vice captain, said a press release issued here. The players were shortlisted by the PBCC selection committee headed by Syed Muhammad Salman Tariq Bokhari. Other members included Masood Jan and Ibrar Shah. The 23 players were shortlisted among 34 players on basis of their performance and physical fitness in the training camp that took place at Okara from September 9 to 15. The next conditioning camp of the players will take place from October 22 to 29 in Faisalabad. The shortlisted players include; B1: Amir Ishfaq, Zafar Iqbal, Sajid Nawaz, Muhammad Ayyaz, Riasat Khan, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Osama); B2: Haroon Khan, Moeen Ali, Badar Munir, Anees Javed, Nisar Ali, Muhammad Ayub Khan and Zeeshan Abbasi; B3: Muhammad Jamil, Mohsin Khan, Israr Hassan, Muhammad Ejaz, Mateeh Ullah, Muhammad Rashid, Kamran Akhtar, Sana ullah and Rahid Ullah.
  10. The 18-member Pakistan squad for the 10th Hockey Asia Cup scheduled in Dhaka, Bangladesh from October 11-22, was announced on Thursday. Mohammad Irfan is the captain of the team while Rizwan Senior is the vice captain. The team comprises Mazhar Abbas (goal keeper), Amjad Ali (goal keeper), Muhammad Irfan (captain), Atif Mushtaq, Mubashar Ali, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Abu Bakar Mahmood, Tasawwar Abbas, Rashid Mahmood, Rizwan Jr, Arslan Qadir, Azfar Yaqoob, Umar Bhutta, Rizwan Sr (vice captain), Ali Shan, Muhammad Atiq, Waqas Akbar and Ajaz Ahmad. Standbys: Junaid Kamal, Ali Hassan Faraz, Irfan Jr, Shan Irshad, Saleem Nazim, Qamar Bukhari, Khizar Akhtar, Shajeeh Ahmed and Hassan Anwar. Officials: Farhat Khan (Manager/Head Coach), Malik Shafqat (Coach), Muhmmad Sarwar (Coach), Dr Atif Bashir (Team Doctor) Abuzar Umrao (Video Analyst).
  11. Is Bran Stark actually the Night King? Is he the Three Eyed Raven? Will he tell Jon Snow about his lineage? And what all secrets is his brain housing? Well, you and I, mere mortals and ardent fans of the show can only imagine but guess what? There's a legit place where fans can stalk Bran aka Isaac Hempstead and look for possible clues. © HBO So Isaac has joined Birmingham University and is reportedly studying maths there. So when students spotted him, they obviously freaked out! Bran Stark is a fresher at my uni. Repeat the THREE EYED RAVEN WAS AT FAB. — Emma Hardy (@emmmahardy) September 19, 2017 Hold the bloody Hodor! BRAN STARK IS NOW A FRESHER AT UNI OF BIRMINGHAM IN MY BLOODY COLLEGE!! *hand fan* Right, off to stalk the Maths labs pic.twitter.com/Zp5VXzrcwL — Kate Wright (@Wrightgal80) September 21, 2017 People are even getting him to sign up for a society, like a normal student. Bran Stark goes to my uni and my mate just got him to sign up to a society I'm actually howling — Sophie (@apparentlyIderp) September 20, 2017 People are prepping up to stalk him, and obviously befriend him, duh! Bran Stark is a fresher at my uni... he studies maths..... imagine being wrecked at fab and just bumping into the three eyed raven ello — ðð¼ (@starra_r) September 20, 2017 Also, people believe he has an advantage, because he can see the past and the future. Great - so the three-eyed raven can tell everyone what's coming up on the exam paper https://t.co/AWpfAWta4N — Elizabeth Pears (@BizPears) September 21, 2017 So all those episodes where we missed him; don't be surprised to know that he was probably preparing for Math lab. You can go back to your normal, mundane college life, which sure has awesome friends, but none like THE THREE EYED RAVEN, GODDAMNIT!
  12. Google hardware executive Rick Osterloh (L) shakes hand with HTC CEO Cher Wang during a news conference to announce Google to acquire HTC's Pixel smartphone TAIPEI/SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc?s Google said it would pay $1.1 billion for the division at Taiwan?s HTC Corp that develops the US firm?s Pixel smartphones - its second major foray into phone hardware after an earlier costly failure. The all-cash deal will see Google gain 2,000 HTC employees, roughly equivalent to one fifth of the Taiwanese firm?s total workforce. It will also acquire a non-exclusive license for HTC?s intellectual property and the two firms agreed to look at other areas of collaboration in the future. While Google is not acquiring any manufacturing assets, the transaction underscores a ramping up of its ambitions for Android smartphones at a time when consumer and media attention is largely focused on rival Apple Inc. ?Google has found it necessary to have its own hardware team to help bring innovations to Android devices, making them competitive versus the iPhone series,? said Mia Huang, analyst at research firm TrendForce. The move is part of a broader and still nascent push into hardware that saw Google hire Rick Osterloh, a former Motorola executive, to run its hardware division last year. It also comes ahead of new product launches on Oct. 4 that are expected to include two Pixel phones and a Chromebook. Pixel smartphones, only launched a year ago, have less than 1 percent market share globally with an estimated 2.8 million shipments, according to research firm IDC. Google will be aiming not to repeat mistakes made when it purchased Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2012. It sold it off to China?s Lenovo Group Ltd for less than $3 billion two years later after Motorola failed to produce appealing products that could compete with iPhones. This time around, however, the deal price tag is much smaller and the lack of manufacturing facilities also minimizes risk. HTC?S DECLINE Google?s strategy of licensing Android for free and profiting from embedded services such as search and maps has made Android the dominant mobile operating system with some 89 percent of the global market, according to IDC. But it has long been frustrated by the emergence of many variations of Android and the inconsistent experience that has produced. Pushing its own hardware will likely complicate its relationship with Android licensees, analysts said. Some analysts also questioned the wisdom of the deal given HTC?s long decline. The Taiwanese firm once sold one in 10 smartphones globally but has seen market share dwindle sharply in the face of competition from Apple, Samsung Electronics Co (005930.KS) and Chinese rivals. ?HTC is past its prime in terms of being a leading hardware design house, mainly because of how much it has had to scale back over the years because of declining revenues,? said Ryan Reith, an analyst at IDC. ?Unless Google really wants to control hardware for its other businesses like Home and Chromebooks in addition to smartphones, then I don?t see this as being a bet that pays off.? For HTC, the deal will allow it to concentrate more on its virtual reality headsets while also reducing development costs. ?This will be a sizeable reduction in our R&D expenses. Overall it should be in the ballpark of a 30-40 percent reduction in operating expenses,? HTC Chief Financial Officer Peter Shen told a news conference in Taipei. The Taiwanese firm will continue to run its remaining smartphone business but the sharp downsizing of its mainstay operations has cast some doubt over its longer term future. ?HTC can design and produce innovative products but it lacks the deep pockets of the likes of Samsung for marketing promotions and saturation advertising,? said Jake Saunders, an analyst at ABI Research in Singapore. ?Competitors in the form of Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and ZTE are snapping at HTC?s heels.? HTC?s worldwide smartphone market share declined to 0.9 percent last year from a peak of 8.8 percent in 2011, according to IDC. HTC shares were on a trading halt on Thursday. The stock has fallen around 94 percent from a peak in 2011, giving the company a market value of around $1.9 billion. Evercore served as financial advisor to HTC while Lazard was Google?s financial advisor.
  13. Awami Muslim League Leader Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned disqualification case against Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rasheed for two weeks. The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan heard the case on the petition of former Member National Assembly and local Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Malik Shakeel Awan. The court accepted the request of Rasheed's lawyer to adjourn the hearing. Shakeel Awan in his petition has maintained that the Awami Muslim League leader did not declare his complete financial assets in his nomination papers to the Election Commission of Pakistan. ECP had earlier rejected Shakil Awan?s petition on disqualifying Rasheed. Awan then submitted an appeal against ECP?s rejection in Supreme Court.
  14. KARACHI: A sessions court issued on Thursday arrest warrants of former MNA Farah Naz Isphani and ex-MPA Nadia Gabol, in relation to dual nationality case. The court heard the case today, in which the two former lawmakers failed to appear despite repeated summons. The court while issuing the arrest warrants due to the lawmakers? repeated absence, ordered that the two should be produced before it on September 23. During the hearing, Naz Ispahani?s advocate said that his client is abroad for medical treatment. Earlier, the court had rejected the acquittal pleas filed by former MPA Gabol and ex-MNA Ispahani. The memberships of Nadia Gabol and Farahnaz Ispahani were suspended by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in July 2012. The ECP had disqualified 11 lawmakers in relation to the dual nationality case under the apex court. According to article 63 (1) (C) of the constitution? no parliamentarian can have dual citizenship, the court had said in 2012 verdict. The petition against dual nationality was filed under Article 184(3) of the Constitution asking for the disqualification of the parliamentarians having dual citizenship in terms of Article 63(1)(c) of the Constitution read with section 14 of the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951. Nadia Gabol earlier served as the provincial minister for human rights after she was elected on a Mutthida Qaumi Movement seat. She later on joined the Pakistan Peoples Party and became advisor to the chief minister.
  15. An aerial view of the Younis Khan cricket stadium in Miranshah. Photo: Peshawar Zalmi UK Media XI won the toss and opted to field against Pakistan XI in Miranshah, a town in the North Waziristan Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The match, being held at the picturesque Younis Khan Stadium in Miranshah, is part of a series titled Peace Cup, organised by the Pakistan Army, Pakistan Cricket Board and PSL franchise Peshawar Zalmi. Prominent players in action include Inzamam ul Haq, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal, Junaid Khan, Umer Gul, Mushtaq Ahmed, Riaz Afridi and Wajhatullah Wasti, according to a press release from Peshawar Zalmi. The UK team, on the other hand, is part of an 18-member group of journalists, lawyers, businessmen and academics aged between 21-62, which is touring Pakistan with the aim to improve the country's image as a sporting nation. Peshawar Zalmi chairman Javed Afridi shared scenes from the venue earlier today. ?Welcome to the Peace Land,? he said in a tweet. ?Say No Terrorism,? he tweeted. Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Director General of ISPR, had announced the match via Twitter on Wednesday. ?Cricket in NWA. Pak XI plays UK Media XI on 21 Sep 17. Live telecast from Miranshah. Peace & prosperity is our destiny,? the DG ISPR had tweeted.
  16. Junaid Khan and Shadab Khan shake hands with Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli, India v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, final, The Oval, London, June 18, 2017/Getty Images MANCHESTER: India great Farokh Engineer would like to see "relations restored" in a "delicate" situation with Pakistan so the arch-rivals can resume bilateral cricket series. Amid the current glut of international cricket, one of the more remarkable statistics is that India and Pakistan have not played a Test against each other since the 2007/08 season. An irony of the present stand-off is that the International Cricket Council (ICC), well aware of the huge global sporting and commercial interest generated by an India-Pakistan fixture, has admitted ´fixing´ the draw to make sure the two nations meet during one of their showpiece events. They got two for the price of one at this year´s Champions Trophy in Britain, with India hammering Pakistan in the group stage of the 50-over event only for Pakistan to turn the tables in stunning style with a 180-run thrashing of their neighbours in a remarkable final at a sold-out Oval in London. There is nothing new in a freeze in India-Pakistan cricket matches. For example, none of outstanding wicketkeeper-batsman Engineer´s 46 Tests in a career that ran from 1961-75 were against Pakistan. Former Indian cricketer Farokh Engineer poses for a photgraph at Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester on September 19, 2017/AFP "It´s a delicate situation there, it´s up to the government really," Engineer told AFP during an interview at Old Trafford -- the Manchester ground he came to call ´home´ during his time with county side Lancashire. ´Same people´ "They are saying we are having border clashes with Pakistan all the time and it just wouldn´t make sense playing cricket until relations are restored. "I am all for relations being restored because basically we are the same people -- it´s the British government in 1947 who created the partition, but who am I to judge that? I like to leave that to the politicians." India and Pakistan went to war in September 1965 over the still disputed territory of Kashmir, with both sides claiming victory when a ceasefire was signed later that month. Hostilities continued to flare up, and Engineer said: "All the years I played India-Pakistan were at war and never actually played a Test series." There were no Indian players involved in the recent World XI T20 internationals in Pakistan, designed to revive top level cricket in the country after an armed attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009 turned the country into a ´no go area´ for leading cricket nations. Dhoni and Misbah shake hands during a match/File photo Engineer played alongside Pakistan stars such as Zaheer Abbas and Intikhab Alam during Rest of the World series against England and Australia in 1970 and 1971/2 respectively caused by the cancellation of South Africa tours. As a result, Engineer had the best view in the house as the ´other batsman´ for a portion of West Indies star all-rounder Garfield Sobers´s blazing 254 for the World XI at Melbourne -- an innings Australia´s Don Bradman, arguably cricket´s greatest batsmen, labelled the best he´d seen on Australian soil. "Sobers was brilliant -- he absolutely smashed Dennis Lillee to smithereens," recalled Engineer. "All I could keep on saying was ´great shot Sobey´ while I was at the other end enjoying it all." ´Fell in love´ But Engineer provided plenty of enjoyment of his own to spectators and team-mates alike during a globe-trotting career chronicled in the aptly-titled "Farokh: The Cricketing Cavalier", an authorised biography written by Colin Evans, a former cricket correspondent of the Manchester Evening News, and due to be published in November. "I fell in love with Lancashire, and I´m pleased to say they fell in love with me," explained Engineer, 79, who went on to settle in the county long after being a key member of the Red Rose side that dominated English county one-day cricket in the early 1970s. Former Lancashire and England batsman David Lloyd, now a well-known television commentator, was in no doubt of Engineer´s value. "Farokh, absolutely terrific," Lloyd told AFP. "A wonderful wicket-keeper, lithe and natural. He had great anticipation, fabulous anticipation. "As a batsman, totally unpredictable. He could play, take the short ball on -- a real entertainer."
  17. UNITED NATIONS: Leaders of France, Italy and the United Kingdom urged social media companies on Wednesday to more swiftly remove ?terrorist content? from the internet, with the aim of stopping it from being uploaded in the first place. ?The tech companies have made significant progress on this issue, but we need to go further and faster to reduce the time it takes to remove terrorist content online,? British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly of world leaders in New York. She said there was a need ?to increase significantly the efforts to stop (extremist content) being uploaded in the first place.? French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni later pushed in a separate event hosted by May for such content to be removed swiftly. ?This is what must be done. In one hour the content must be identified, analyzed and withdrawn to avoid it being broadcast widely. Experience shows that this is possible,? said Macron, speaking through an interpreter. ?We have a real battlefield for hearts and minds and (it) is the web,? Gentiloni said. He said economic and privacy issues were a hurdle in this process, ?but we also have to know, if we are aware of the fact that this battlefield is so relevant, that we can?t reduce our ambition because of the difficulties.? Several websites across the internet list ingredients for making bombs or instructions on how to use vehicles to attack pedestrians. Online retailer Amazon.com said on Wednesday it was reviewing its website after an investigation found it could help users buy the ingredients to make a bomb using its ?Frequently bought together? and ?Customers who bought this also bought? features. The European Union has threatened legislation if internet companies do not better police what is available on the web. ?Removing all of this content within a few hours - or indeed stopping it from appearing on the internet in the first place - poses an enormous technological and scientific challenge,? said Kent Walker, general counsel for Alphabet Inc?s Google. ?The haystacks here are unimaginably large and the needles are both very small and constantly changing.? Walker spoke on behalf of Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp, Google subsidiary YouTube and Twitter Inc, all members of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism created in June under pressure from governments in Europe and the United States after a spate of militant attacks. Its aim is to share technical solutions for removing extremist content and work more closely with counter-terrorism experts. Walker said between August 2015 and June 2017, Twitter had suspended almost a million accounts for the promotion of terrorism, and that the use of technology and artificial intelligence had allowed Facebook to root out ?terrorist clusters.?
  18. Salman Khan is known for going out of his way to give a golden chance to those who are talented enough to become the next Bollywood star. Athiya Shetty, Daisy Shah, Zarine Khan... the list is pretty long. And let's face it, who wouldn't like a superstar like him to be their guiding figure in the otherwise inaccessible Bollywood industry? If you too are a budding actor or actress, then here's some news that will not only make your day, but might even give a much needed boost to your career. Salman Khan took to his Twitter account to make a rather special announcement. He said that his production house, SKF, is looking for a fresh female face for their upcoming venture. His tweet read, "The first talent we r looking for is d female lead for SKF's next venture. All the best jaldi se profile bhejo bit.ly/BeingInTouch (3/3)." The first talent we r looking for is d female lead for SKF's next venture. All the best jaldi se profile bhejo https://t.co/bfKZmyAHox (3/3) — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) September 20, 2017 His tweet managed to make his female fans go into frenzy. But the good news doesn't end here. For his male fans too, ample of opportunities will be coming soon in the near future, thanks to his app -BeingInTouch. Last year, on the occasion of his 51st birthday, Salman released a treat for his fans- his own app ‘BeingInTouch' which has a number of categories, like ‘Being in Touch', ‘Khandaan', ‘Being Human Jobs', ‘Fan Wall', ‘About'- basically all the information about the star in one place. © Twitter/BeingSalmanKhan © Twitter/BeingSalmanKhan © Twitter/BeingSalmanKhan The latest addition to his app is the ‘Audition' section where his fans can see what all roles are available for his upcoming ventures and can apply for the same. The actor made an announcement about this “gift” to his fans in a video that he uploaded on Twitter, with the caption: “A special gift to the #BeingInTouch Family - now I will be scouting for talent on the #BeingInTouch app” A special gift to the #BeingInTouch Family - now I will be scouting for talent on the #BeingInTouch app - https://t.co/bfKZmyAHox .. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/gDHwFW6XbM — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) September 20, 2017 The best part however is that it isn't restricted to citizens of India. It gives a fair chance to everybody from across the world as anybody can upload their audition video on the application, if they meet the requirements of the role. And for all u talented people frm across the globe go to #Audition section, check the requirements & upload your profile video link . (2/3) — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) September 20, 2017 As per a screenshot uploaded by one of his fans on Twitter, SKF is on a hunt for a budding female actress, between the ages of 20 to 25 with fluency in Hindi and English. ðð pic.twitter.com/aNVhSaxPA1 — Salman Khan (@BeingSKSwapnil) September 20, 2017 In case you needed another reason to love him, this must do it. We can't contain our excitement to see who will be the next lucky girl to step into Bollywood.
  19. The time has come, people. Google is officially acquiring talent from Taiwanese company HTC to amp up their hardware game and further research and development in a $1.1 billion deal. HTC has been Google's longtime partner and were also the manufacturer of the original Pixel phone. Many of the employees who worked in the Pixel division will be joining Google, according to a report. © Youtube Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Hardware at Google, said: “HTC has been a longtime partner and has created some of the most beautiful, high-end devices on the market. We can't wait to welcome members of the HTC team to join us on this journey.” © Youtube Apart from the range of Pixel smartphones, Google and HTC have worked together on various devices i.e. the Nexus One from 2010, the Nexus 9 tablet and the HTC Dream. It needs to be clarified that Google has not acquired HTC and the Taiwanese company will continue to work on their own smartphones and VR headsets. The move has been dubbed as an “acquihire” and will cost Google at least half a million dollars per employee. Google is paying ~$500,000 per HTC staff (2,000 staff). Deal includes licensing of HTC's IP — Tim Culpan (@tculpan) September 21, 2017 © DroidLife Google wants to amp up their hardware game in order to compete with Apple and dethrone Samsung's top position in the market. Google will now have more experience and flexibility in the hardware game and will now look to expand their product portfolio. Google also poached Apple's Manu Gulati to build their own processors. Gulati was responsible for building Apple's A10x chips which gave the iPad Pro an advantage over the competition. Apple's chips are built-in house instead of by companies like Intel or Qualcomm. Qualcomm currently supplies its Snapdragon processor for Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.
  20. A corruption trial against Brazilian President Michel Temer moved one step closer Wednesday when the Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch attempt to have the case suspended. A 7-1 majority on the court voted against Temer's appeal to put the racketeering and obstruction of justice charges on hold, with three more justices still due to vote when the session was suspended. That clears the way for the case to be considered by the lower house of Congress in Latin America's biggest country. "It's up to the chamber of deputies now," said Justice Luis Roberto Barroso on casting his vote. If the chamber of deputies votes by a two thirds majority in favor, Temer -- the first sitting Brazilian president to face criminal charges -- would have to stand down for 180 days and face trial at the Supreme Court. However, the center-right president is confident he has enough support to easily defeat the charges, which are the peak in a mammoth graft scandal shaking the country. A first charge of bribe-taking in June was thrown out overwhelmingly by allied deputies.A first charge of bribe-taking in June was thrown out overwhelmingly by allied deputies.center-right president is confident he has enough support to easily defeat the charges, which are the peak in a mammoth graft scandal shaking the country. A first charge of bribe-taking in June was thrown out overwhelmingly by allied deputies. The latest charges involve Temer's alleged agreement to pay hush money to keep a jailed politician from testifying and his leadership of a group in Congress that took millions of dollars in bribes from companies seeking state contracts. His lawyers attempted to put the case on hold, arguing before the Supreme Court that one of the main pieces of evidence in the prosecution -- plea deal testimony from a meatpacking tycoon -- needs to be reconsidered because of irregularities. His lawyers also argue that some of the alleged crimes took place before he was sworn in as president last year, after replacing impeached president Dilma Rousseff. A review of the case might have suited Temer because the prosecutor general who brought the charges, Rodrigo Janot, stepped down at the end of last week. Janot was replaced by Raquel Dodge, whom analysts say may be less aggressive. At issue now is testimony given by JBS meatpacking magnates Joesley and Wesley Batista, who confessed to conducting wide ranging bribery of politicians and testified against Temer. Alleged kickbacks ring Janot's charge against Temer illustrated the reach of Brazil's powerful prosecutors and judges in a three-year operation codenamed "Car Wash," which has uncovered vast networks of bribery and embezzlement throughout Brazilian politics and business. According to the charges, Temer "acted as leader of a criminal organization" comprising senior officials from his center-right PMDB party. They allegedly took the kickbacks in exchange for contracts at public companies like oil giant Petrobras. The alleged ring operated from May 2016, when Temer first took over as acting president from leftist president Dilma Rousseff following her impeachment, Janot's office said. Temer called Janot's accusations "absurd" and accuses the prosecutor of overreach, -- an argument that has some sympathy in Congress, where scores of legislators are also accused of corruption. Although Temer is expected to survive the congressional vote on a trial, he could still face prosecution after leaving office. His term ends at the start of 2019 and he is not expected to run for another term in October 2018 elections. Also, his reputation is in tatters. Among those charged with him last week were his chief of staff Eliseu Padilha and Moreira Franco, a close confidant who holds a ministerial level administrative post in the presidency. Another was a former minister, Geddel Vieira Lima, who was imprisoned this month after police discovered the equivalent of $16 million in cash stuffed into boxes and suitcases in an apartment he used.
  21. LONDON: British scientists have used genome "editing" technology to reveal the role of a key gene in the early development of human embryos, a potential boost for fertility treatment. They used genome "scissors" called CRISPR-Cas9 to snip out a gene called OCT4 from fertilised eggs. OCT4 is thought to be a major player in embryo formation. "After the egg is fertilised, it divides until at about seven days it forms a ball of around 200 cells called the 'blastocyst'," authors of the study explained in a press release on Wednesday. "The study found that human embryos need OCT4 to correctly form a blastocyst." This was the first use of genome editing to study gene function in human embryos, which could help scientists to better understand early development, said the Francis Crick Institute, whose researchers took part in the study. "This proof of principle lays out a framework for future investigations that could transform our understanding of human biology," said the study published in the science journal Nature. The work boosts the quest for therapeutic use of stem cells and in IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) treatments," it said. On a technical level, the study confirmed CRISPR-Cas9 editing as a "powerful method" for probing the role of individual genes in human development. The technique -- repeatedly mooted as a worthy candidate for a Nobel -- allows scientists to remove and replace a faulty sequence on a strand of DNA with pinpoint precision. The method can theoretically be used to eliminate disease-bearing mutations in embryos, or to engineer more nutritious and resilient plants and healthier livestock. It is controversial because, say critics, it evokes a future in which humans can order "designer" babies with specific features, perhaps even intelligence. "One way to find out what a gene does in the developing embryo is to see what happens when it isnât working. Now we have demonstrated an efficient way of doing this," said Kathy Niakan, one of the Francis Crick Institute authors. "If we knew the key genes that embryos need to develop successfully, we could improve IVF treatments and understand some causes of pregnancy failure. It may take many years to achieve such an understanding, our study is just the first step." The embryos used in the study were donated by couples who had undergone IVF treatment for infertility. Other experts welcomed the study findings. "This landmark study confirms CRISPRâs status as a transformative tool for research," said Andrew Chisholm of the Wellcome research trust. "This work underscores why such studies are key to understanding our own biology." In August, scientists in the United States said they had repaired a disease-causing mutation in the DNA of early-stage human embryos using CRISPR-Cas9 -- although other teams have expressed doubts about their conclusions.
  22. United Nations: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday declared the time for dialogue with North Korea is over and rallied behind a US warning that "all options" are on the table. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Abe said "there is not much time left" to take action on North Korea which in recent weeks has detonated another nuclear bomb and fired a series of missiles over or near Japan. A day after US President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if it attacks, Abe said: "We consistently support the stance of the United States: that 'all options are on the table.'" Abe said that the world has already tried exhaustively to reach a negotiated settlement with North Korea, starting with the US-backed 1994 Agreed Framework which collapsed a decade later. "Again and again, attempts to resolve issues through dialogue have all come to naught. In what hope of success are we now repeating the very same failure a third time?" he said. "What is needed to do that is not dialogue, but pressure," he said. He voiced alarm at North Korea's military progress, which he said had brought the regime to the threshold of mastering hydrogen bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles, which would be able to strike the United States. Abe demanded the strict implementation of UN sanctions on Kim Jong-Un's regime, the latest round of which includes a ban on the country's textile exports and a freeze on work permits to North Korean guest workers. But years of sanctions have had limited effects on North Korea, which follows a "juche" ideology of self-reliance and counts on neighboring China as its economic lifeline. China -- which has grown frustrated by Kim's actions but also fears the consequences of his regime's collapse -- has repeatedly urged dialogue, with Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday urging an end to the "current deepening vicious cycle." Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, responding to Trump's bellicose speech, called for dialogue in tandem with implementation of sanctions. "There is no military solution because that would be a disaster, not only for North Korea but for South Korea, the whole peninsula, Japan," Lofven told reporters. But Abe warned that global credibility was on the line, saying that only North Korea has been "allowed such self-indulgence" in its defiance of the Security Council. "North Korea is attempting to dismiss with a smirk the efforts towards disarmament we have assiduously undertaken over the years," Abe said. Abe, Japan's longest-serving post-World War II prime minister, rose to political prominence on his calls for a tough line on North Korea over its past abductions of Japanese civilians. He has also pressed for a shedding of defense taboos in Japan, whose US-imposed constitution forbids the country from ever again waging war.
  23. Cricket - Sri Lanka v India - Fifth One Day International Match - Colombo, Sri Lanka - September 3, 2017 - Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews plays a shot. Photo: Reuters Sri Lanka all-rounder and former skipper Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the first test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi next week with a calf injury, but the uncapped Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva and Lahiru Gamage are in the squad. Middle-order batsman Silva could be given the chance to make a late test debut for his country at the age of 28, along with fast bowler Gamage, who is a year older. Silva was called up by Sri Lanka last year but did not play. At 22, wicketkeeper-batsman Samarawickrama is the youngest of the trio but has represented his country at the under-19 level. Opener Kaushal Silva is back in the squad for the first time since January. The 31-year-old has not been called up since his first-ball duck against South Africa at the Wanderers on Jan. 14. Lahiru Thirimanne will add experience to Sri Lanka?s batting lineup in the absence of the injured Mathews after being given the nod for the first time since the tour of England in June last year. There was also a recall for seamer Suranga Lakmal, who missed the second and third tests against India last month with a back injury. Sri Lanka will be hoping for a better showing in the two-test series with Pakistan after being whitewashed 3-0 by India at home last month, in what was one of the most one-sided test series of recent times. The first test against Pakistan begins on Sept. 28. The second starts on Oct. 6 in Dubai and will be played in the new day-night format. Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishva Fernando, Lahiru Gamage.
  24. source: UPS Twitter WASHINGTON: US package delivery company United Parcel Service Inc said on Wednesday it expected to hire about 95,000 seasonal employees for the upcoming, crucial peak holiday season. These employees would support the expected increase in package volume that will begin in November and continue through January, UPS said. Peak season begins on Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday in November, and runs through early January when there is a large wave of returns. The number of seasonal workers UPS hires for the holiday season has not changed since 2014. The company has about 355,000 permanent employees in the United States. Up to 35 percent of seasonally hired employees over the last three years have become full-time employees, UPS said. UPS has been working closely with retailers to manage the holiday season surge in demand, since struggling with deliveries in 2013 and 2014. The company had grappled with bad weather and a late surge in e-commerce orders during the 2013 holiday season. On some days during last year?s holiday season, UPS?s average daily volume surpassed 30 million packages, far exceeding its normal daily average of more than 19 million. FedEx Corp, UPS?s main rival, is yet to announce its seasonal hiring plans. But both UPS and FedEx, often considered bellwethers for the US economy, have spent billions of dollars to upgrade their networks to handle rapidly rising e-commerce package volumes, leaving investors chafing over the expense. UPS said in June it would levy surcharges on US residential packages during the holiday season. US retailers, such as Target Corp and Macy?s Inc, also announced holiday hiring to improve customer service on their sales floors and better handle the use of their stores to fulfill online orders.
  25. Pakistan Peoples Party MPA Tariq Masood Arain. Photo: File KARACHI: Police have registered a case against Pakistan Peoples Party MPA Tariq Masood Arain and his 12 armed guards over charges of attempted murder, SSP South said on Wednesday. According to the registered first information report (FIR), the provincial lawmaker's guards allegedly assaulted the security squad of Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen Shahid Baig Mirza's family in Defence. The FIR, registered on a complaint of Havaldaar Fahimullah Jan with Darakhshan police, said that four men in a car tried to obstruct the protocol of the corps commander's family near Saba Avenue, upon which the personnel instructed them to stop in view of checking their vehicle. Jan alleged that two of the four men, Moon and Asad, called a person named Tariq, who sent two vehicles with over a dozen men armed with automatic weapons. According to the FIR, one person, identified as Manzoor, who arrived with the gunmen in a Land Cruiser threatened and beat up members of the VIP security squad. Their accomplice, later identified as Jehangir, and others, assaulted sepoys Arif, Ali Jan and the complainant. The men beat the security staffers and snatched two official weapons and two magazines, the complainant alleged, adding that he and two other members of the security squad were treated at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Complex due to serious injuries.