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  1. LAHORE: Pakistan People?s Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto on Thursday said that the law is not person-specific, adding that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former military ruler Pervez Musharraf will both have to face accountability. The PPP chairman was addressing workers in Lahore, where he criticised Nawaz's statements following his disqualification as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief. The PPP chairman further said that the decisions of the Supreme Court will have to be considered but added that it reflects poorly if decisions are taken against politicians and not against military dictators. While reflecting on the turmoil ruling PML-N is facing due to back-to-back disqualification of Nawaz, the PPP leader said that the system is in no danger only the ruling party is facing issues. Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified as the head of his party by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, has said that the recent decisions of the apex court are "person-specific". Talking to the media outside the accountability court hearing corruption cases against him and his family on Thursday, Nawaz said yesterday's decision was not an unexpected one for him. "You know they first paralysed the executive and snatched its authority," he said, adding that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the same in Parliament recently. "Now with yesterday's decision, they?ve done the same with Parliament," said the three-time premier. In the aftermath of the apex court's verdict, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) earlier today said the PML-N's nominees can contest the upcoming Senate polls as independent candidates. The apex court announced its verdict on petitions challenging the Elections Act 2017 on Wednesday, ruling that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 cannot serve as the head of a political party.
  2. ISLAMABAD: In a landmark event, PAF in collaboration with Rashidabad Memorial Welfare Organization (RMWO) launched a welfare project by the name of Alamabad near Swabi, on Tuesday. The mega project has been initiated for the welfare of the people of KPK in general and for the local populace of Swabi in particular, The News reported. Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman unveiled the plaque of Alamabad to mark the earth breaking of this magnificent project. The project is in line with the vision of PAF and RMWO, to set up model villages throughout the country by integrating all essential facilities in a well-knit mosaic so as to ensure a positive beneficial outflow to the needy rural folk-all under one roof. One such successful project, by the name of Rashidabad located near Hyderabad, has already created an everlasting impact on the people of Sindh and is serving the local populace with dignity. Located near Swabi Interchange, Alamabad has been named after the legendary fighter pilot of PAF, Air Commodore M M Alam (late). The project will comprise educational, vocational and health care centres in close proximity with an aim of alleviating poverty and eliminating illiteracy from the adjacent rural areas of KPK. PAF and RMWO have also teamed up to launch a similar project at Quetta with the name of Yunusabad. Addressing at the occasion, the Air Chief said, ?Besides providing an impregnable aerial defence of the country, PAF has always shouldered the responsibility of nation-building. In this regard, it has initiated welfare projects for the progress of the country which includes quality educational institutions and state of the art vocational training centres. Rashidabad, a project by retired PAF officers, is a miracle indeed and a living proof of the fact that lighting such candles would soon illuminate the whole country?. Addressing the audience, the Chief Minister KPK acknowledged the sincere efforts and personal interest of the Air Chief in this project. He said, ?I hope this project would usher in a new era of prosperity and progress in this area. It would not only equip the youth of this area with technical expertise but also open new vistas of social development and educational betterment?. He also lauded the selfless contribution of the people of this area for donating one thousand Kanal of land for the project.
  3. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/740ee19a90d4db228ebf9498f0bb1516.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8xOC8yMDE4IDc6MTM6MjcgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1QK0M4YVlBaE84aElIQ2ZmaVNDY09nPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Video: Geo News KARACHI: Preparations for MQM-P's intra-party elections, to be held today, are underway here in Karachi. The polling ? to elect the party's convener, deputy convener, Rabita Committee, and Central Executive Committee ? will start at 1pm and continue until 6pm. The positions fell vacant after the Rabita Committee removed Dr Farooq Sattar as the party's convener, who later dissolved the party's central coordination committee. The infighting between MQM-P's two factions ? Sattar-led PIB and Rabita Committee-led Bahudarabad ? started over the issue of distribution of party tickets for next month's Senate elections. The latter had strongly opposed Sattar's nomination of the relative newcomer Kamran Tessori over seasoned party leaders. Khawaja Izhar, Sardar Ahmed's meeting with Sattar futile The latest efforts of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan'S (MQM-P) leaders Sardar Ahmed and Khawaja Izharul Hassan to reconcile differences with Dr Farooq Sattar remained futile, Geo News reported. Sattar stood by his group's decision to hold intra-party elections today (Sunday). "I'm not from UP, I'm a Gujrat-born," he said. "I don't want to become Altaf Hussain but also want to turn into Mamnoon Hussain." Sattar denies asking Jam Khan Shoro for list of MQM-P workers on govt posts 'Neither did I meet Shoro, nor I had a telephonic conversation with him', Sattar tells newsmen in Karachi MQM-P's deposed convener, on Thursday, had denied reports of meeting Sindh Minister for Local Government Jam Khan Shoro and asking him for a list of MQM-P workers serving on government posts. He insisted that party activists serving in government departments are being misled and called on the "owners and editor" of a private news channel to demand resignation from the reporter behind the story. Commenting on allegations by the Bahadurabad faction of the party, Sattar had said he had clearly instructed his affiliates to abstain from issuing unnecessary statements.
  4. The late Asma Jahangir LAHORE: Prominent lawyer and human rights icon Asma Jahangir's funeral will be held at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore at 2pm today. Jahangir, who co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and came to be known as a fearless voice of the marginalised sections of the society, passed away on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 66. She was known for speaking against human rights violations and her courageous stand against dictatorships. She was also a vocal opponent of judicial overreach and would often confront the superior judiciary when it would extend its jurisdiction in her opinion. Jahangir received several awards and accolades during her life, including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, 2010 Freedom Award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2010 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz, UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights in 2010 and Officier de la Légion d'honneur in 2014 ? France?s highest award. Condolences poured in from all over the country as well as abroad following Jahangir?s demise, as people paid tribute to her services for democracy and efforts in the movement to restore the judiciary. Prime Minister Abbasi expressed grief at Jahangir?s death, praising her contribution to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding human rights. President Mamnoon Hussain expressed grief over her death, saying she rendered unprecedented services for the rule of law. Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar visited the residence of late Asma Jahangir to condole her demise with the bereaved family. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif called Jahangir a staunch supporter of democracy, posting a prayer for the deceased on Twitter. PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz called Jahangir?s death a great loss for humanity. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan has become poorer with her demise. ?People like Asma are anchors of a society,? he said. Also read: CM Sindh seeks state funeral for Asma Jahangir A life of bravery Asma Jahangir was known for taking up court cases of victimised and marginalised sections of society, as well as speaking against human rights violations and her courageous stand against the military rule of General Zia-ul-Haq. Born in Lahore on January 27, 1952, Jahangir completed her bachelors of arts and law from Lahore and then went on to pursue higher legal studies from Switzerland, Canada and US. She taught constitutional law at Quaid-e-Azam Law College, Lahore. geo_embedgallery She also conducted consultancy on judicial reforms in Pakistan and Bangladesh for the Asian Development Bank and World Bank, and remained a member of the Commission of Enquiry for Women from 1994-1997. From 1998-2000, Jahangir served as the special rapporteur of the UN Commission on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions and was the special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief of the UN Commission on Human Rights since 2004. Jahangir was also an executive member at the International Crisis Group and chief economist advisory council member of World Bank since 2001. She was also the founding member of Women?s Action Forum, Pakistan.
  5. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Suk, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, watch North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra's performance in Seoul, South Korea, February 11, 2018. ? Reuters SEOUL: A prim, young woman with a high forehead and hair half swept back quietly gazes at the throngs of people pushing for a glimpse of her, a faint smile on her lips and eyelids low as four bodyguards jostle around her. In her first appearance on the global stage, Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, had her every move closely scrutinized. Crowds applauded as she stood for the South Korean anthem during the opening ceremony for the start of the Winter Olympic Games, while her big smiles and relaxed manner left a largely positive impression on the South Korean public. But her sometimes aloof expression and high-tilted chin also spoke of someone who sees herself ?of royalty? and ?above anyone else?, leadership experts and some critics said. Kim Yo Jong?s visit to South Korea, the first by a member of the North?s ruling bloodline since their 1950-53 war, could hardly have come at a more acute time. US Vice President Mike Pence was also in town, leading international pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program and reminding the world of the Kim family?s brutal regime. When shaking hands or eating meals with officials such as South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Kim Yo Jong was all smiles, even agreeing to give a toast suddenly requested of her by the presidential Blue House?s chief of staff. ?I can?t speak very well in public,? she told guests attending a dinner at the five-star Banyan Tree Club and Spa in Seoul. ?I never thought I would visit (the South) so suddenly and believed much would be strange and different but I saw many things that were similar or the same. I hope the day we become one comes soon and hope to see all your friendly faces in Pyongyang.? Soft power With so little known about her (even her age of 28 is unconfirmed), scrutiny on Kim Yo Jong was intense, dominating local media and internet chatrooms. ?Personally I think she looked very relaxed during her visit to South Korea,? said Kang Mi-jin, a North Korean defector who works at the Seoul-based Daily NK website. ?Her facial expressions were cool and she didn?t seem flustered.? Reportedly schooled in Switzerland, the youngest daughter of former leader Kim Jong Il was promoted by her brother to the country?s top decision-making body in October. Kim Man-heum, head of the Korea Academy of Politics and Leadership, said Kim Yo Jong left a largely positive impression on the South Korean public. ?North Korea used ?soft power? this time to engage the South and her being a woman may have contributed more in that aspect,? Kim told Reuters. Even her elegant, sloping handwriting was parsed in South Korean media. Experts said it conveyed confidence, superiority and reflected a positive attitude. Not everyone was impressed, however. Kim Yo Jong?s aloof expression when she wasn?t meeting with high-ranking South Korean government officials and high-tilted chin prompted scorn from many South Koreans, who said she looked ?too haughty? or ?uppity.? ?Her neck is straight and her head is skewed to the right, automatically sending her gaze down. I think this comes from her thinking she is above everyone else,? said Bae Sang-hoon, professor of police science at Seoul Digital University and a former criminal profiler at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. Brutal regime Critics also highlighted Kim Yo Jong?s senior role in a regime accused by a United Nations inquiry of systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities. Last January, the US Treasury Department blacklisted her along with six other North Korean officials for ?severe human rights abuses? and censorship that concealed the regime?s ?inhumane and oppressive behaviour.? ?Among the upper class in Pyongyang, she is a frightening presence,? because of her relationship with her brother, said An Chan-il, a former North Korean military officer who now runs a think tank in Seoul. ?She has been thought of as royalty since she was born, and she sees herself that way as well.? The body language of the high-ranking North Korean officials who accompanied her was also telling of her status in the North, said analysts. North Korea?s 90-year-old nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam deferred to her upon arrival, asking her to sit down first ahead of tea with the South?s unification minister. It is customary in Korea and some other Asian countries for the highest ranking, usually the eldest, person in the group to sit down first for a meal or meeting. While Kim Yo Jong demurred in front of the cameras, insisting Kim Yong Nam sit first, the impression had been made. ?This showed Kim Yo Jong was the real person in power, and not just because of her lineage,? said Cheong Seong-chang, senior research fellow at the Sejong Institute.
  6. The Supreme Court of Pakistan ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday took suo motu notice of funds deposited in foreign bank accounts and foreign assets held by Pakistani citizens. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that many Pakistanis in positions of power hold accounts in foreign banks and have been looting the country?s money and transferring it abroad through illegal channels. The CJP observed that the money looted and deposited in overseas bank accounts is a national asset and has to be brought back to Pakistan. The Supreme Court directed the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the Securities and Exchange Commission to submit details of all such wealth stored abroad by Pakistanis. The SBP, Intelligence Bureau, Inter-Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence and Federal Investigation Agency should share their information with the court, the chief justice instructed.
  7. RIYADH: Saudi Arabian attorney general Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said on Tuesday that 56 corruption suspects were still in custody out of 381 high-profile figures detained on graft allegations. He said he has decided to release all those proven not guilty and others who had agreed to financial settlements with the government after admitting to corruption allegations. Mojeb also said that total settlements with the suspects had topped $107 billion in various forms of assets including property, securities and cash. "The total number of subpoenaed individuals reached 381, a significant number of whom were called to testify or provide evidence," Mojeb said in a statement released by the information ministry. Saudi authorities launched an unprecedented anti-corruption drive in early November and arrested hundreds of royals, businessmen and officials. They included billionaire prince Al-Waleed bin Talal who was freed on Saturday after agreeing to a settlement. Those held were detained at the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. The hotel is due to reopen on February 14, and it was not immediately known if any of the 56 still in custody were kept there. Mojeb said he has also decided to "keep in custody those individuals - 56 in total - where the attorney general has refused to settle with them due to other pending criminal cases". He said he will continue investigating the 56 detainees.
  8. Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples? Party Asif Ali Zardari addressing the press at Taunsa. Photo: Geo News TAUNSA: Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples? Party Asif Ali Zardari said on Tuesday that he hopes the general elections scheduled in the ongoing year are held on time. Speaking to the press here, the former president said that how can the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader claim to be a victim while enjoying official security protocol. ?With six cars ahead, six cars behind his (Nawaz) vehicle, how can he claim himself to be a victim. We were the one who were victimized, we were taken into armed vehicle,? Zardari said. ?How can he be a victim when he has his government today?. The PPP leader claimed that his party will be able to make government in Punjab. Taking a jibe at the government he said; ?Panama issue came from outside, it wasn?t started by former Ehtasaab Commission Chairman Saifur Rehman?. Zardari said that the government has not understood China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Only threat to Pakistan is from Jati Umra: Asif Ali Zardari 'They do not care about Pakistan, they only care about Jati Umra,' the PPP co-chairman says The former president said that there is a big difference between the India of Nehru and President Narendara Modi. ?I cant find secularism in Modi?s India,? he added. Earlier, Zardari while addressing a joint opposition protest rally to seek justice for the Model Town tragedy in Lahore said that the only danger to the country is from Jati Umra ? the residence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. ?They do not care about Pakistan, they only care about Jati Umra," He claimed that only the PPP cares about Pakistan, its soil, and the people of its soil. "They [Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz leaders] know that they can be disqualified anytime I wish to do so, but I just think for [the betterment] of Pakistan,? said Zardari. The PPP co-chairman also thanked the attendees for showing solidarity with the Model Town incident victims and promised to get justice for the families of the deceased.
  9. Senate of Pakistan. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced on Monday the schedule for the Senate elections. According to the ECP, polling to elect senators will be held on March 3 whereas nomination papers can be submitted from February 4-6 and their scrutiny will be completed by February 9. The holding of the elections has been the subject of controversy with government officials alleging that a conspiracy is afoot to deny the ruling party an increase in numbers in the Upper House of Parliament. A total of 52 senators are set to complete their term this year. According to the ECP, four senators will be elected on general seats from FATA, 11 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan each, and 12 each from Sindh and Punjab ? including seven on general seats, two on technocrats' seats, two on women's seats and one on a minorities' seat. Islamabad too will elect two senators ? one general and one technocrat. Raza Rabbani, Ishaq Dar among those retiring Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, Opposition Leader Aitzaz Ahsan, Taj Haider and Farhatullah Babar are among 18 of 26 Pakistan Peoples Party senators who will be retiring. Similarly, from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, nine of its 27 senators will be retiring this year. They include senior party leader and former finance minister Ishaq Dar, who has been in London on medical grounds since October last year while a corruption case is under way against him in the accountability court. The numbers The Senate consists of a total of 104 members ? 23 each from the four provinces, eight from FATA and four from Islamabad Capital Territory. The 23 seats of each province break down into 14 general seats, four each for women and technocrats and one for minorities. While the total term for a senator is six years, half of the Senate retires after every three years.
  10. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/d19cc6bf76436779090755b9f1464383.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8yOS8yMDE4IDg6MDc6MzYgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT04SkNyK2ErR3dNaCtoWnorcHduZDJnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: Officials of Pakistan Customs arrested on Monday a Canadian national at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport for attempting to smuggle drugs outside the country. Customs officials said the Canadian national, identified as Brian, had carefully hidden heroin and 'ice' inside shoes and was attempting to smuggle it to Sharjah, UAE. Officials claimed the seized contraband has a value of Rs15 million. A case has been registered against the suspect and investigations are under way. In October last year, the Airport Security Force (ASF) had foiled a smuggling bid after arresting a suspect who was transporting 1kg of heroin outside the country. Man held trying to smuggle 1kg heroin at Islamabad airport Suspect was travelling to Saudi Arabia; had hidden 1kg 'ice' inside the fruits ASF officials said the drugs, ice to be specific, was hidden inside a bag containing oranges. Wahid was heading to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on a private airlines' flight. Crystal methamphetamine, more popularly known by its street names 'Ice and Glass', consists of colourless crystals of varying sizes and shapes that are used by smoking, insufflations and injecting into one?s body. Suspected drug smuggler held at Islamabad airport ASF officials seized 786 grams of heroin from the suspect On October 5, ASF officials seized 786 grams of ice from a passenger at the Islamabad airport. They said Islam Gul, a resident of Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was travelling to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from a private airline.
  11. ISLAMABAD: Officials of Pakistan Customs foiled on Monday a bid to smuggle drugs outside the country at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport. Customs officials said the Pakistani national, identified as Canedy Brayn, a resident of Lahore, had carefully hidden heroin and 'ice' inside shoes and was attempting to smuggle it to Sharjah, UAE. Officials claimed the seized contraband has a value of Rs15 million. A case has been registered against the suspect and investigations are under way. In October last year, the Airport Security Force (ASF) had foiled a smuggling bid after arresting a suspect who was transporting 1kg of heroin outside the country. Man held trying to smuggle 1kg heroin at Islamabad airport Suspect was travelling to Saudi Arabia; had hidden 1kg 'ice' inside the fruits ASF officials said the drugs, ice to be specific, was hidden inside a bag containing oranges. Wahid was heading to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on a private airlines' flight. Crystal methamphetamine, more popularly known by its street names 'Ice and Glass', consists of colourless crystals of varying sizes and shapes that are used by smoking, insufflations and injecting into one?s body. Suspected drug smuggler held at Islamabad airport ASF officials seized 786 grams of heroin from the suspect On October 5, ASF officials seized 786 grams of ice from a passenger at the Islamabad airport. They said Islam Gul, a resident of Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was travelling to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from a private airline. Note: An earlier version of this story had misreported that the arrested individual was a Canadian national. The error is regretted.
  12. KASUR: A man was held for attempted sexual assault of a minor girl in tehsil in Kasur on Sunday, Geo News has learnt. The incident occurred in Baghel Singh village on the suburbs of tehsil Kot Radha Kishan, when a local shopkeeper attempted to sexually assault an eight-year-old girl. Locals, however, foiled the attempt and took hold of the suspect. He was subsequently thrashed by charged individuals. The residents of the village also protested over delay in arrival of police at the spot. Suspect arrested from Jhang for online trading of child pornography The law enforcers whisked to the injured suspect to police station, while further investigations are underway. The incident comes amid a countrywide outpour of anger over brutal rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, Zainab, in Kasur. Zainab was kidnapped on January 4 in Kasur and found five days later from a garbage pile. The post-mortem revealed Zainab had been raped and murdered. Later, the authorities succeeded in nabbing the suspect, Imran, said to be a serial killer involved in several similar cases in Kasur. With the suspect arrested after days of efforts, the father of the victim Sunday demanded legislation to allow the suspect's public hanging. Amin Ansari, Zainab's father, said, "If the Parliament can make laws to allow a disqualified person to head a political party, why can't it do this." The remarks were made during hearing of the Zainab rape and murder suo motu case by the Supreme Court of Pakistan at its Lahore Registry. The court also barred Zainab's father and his counsel from speaking to the media. 11 cases of child *** abuse reported in Pakistan every day: report The brutal rape and subsequent murder of seven-year-old Zainab is not a one-off incident As many as 11 cases of child sexual abuse are reported from across Pakistan every day, according to data compiled by a non-governmental organization, Sahil, which works on child protection. In the first six months of 2017 alone, 1,764 cases of child sexual abuse were reported from across the country, according to Sahil. In 2016, the total number of reported child abuse cases stood at a staggering 4,139, bringing the total number of children being abused in Pakistan per day to 11. The shocking numbers bring to attention the failure of law enforcement agencies in Pakistan, particularly Punjab province, in apprehending criminals and curbing the menace of child sexual abuse.
  13. LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday said elections for the Senate and the assemblies would be held on time. The interior minister also said, alluding to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan, that those who want early elections and are conspiring for prolonged caretaker setup should understand that the step is against the Constitution. Iqbal added that he is not a contender for the office of prime minister, Nawaz Sharif has nominated his brother, Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, and the party has no reservations regarding the elder Sharif's decision. Earlier today, Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani said that it is constitutionally mandated that Senate elections be held on time. ?The Senate election must be held on time as the Constitution states,? Rabbani said, adding that any actions that are against the Constitution should not be taken. ?The Constitution does not say anything regarding the completion of electoral college,? he said in Lahore while addressing the convocation of a private law college. ?The election will be held on time and new members will take oath on March 12,? the Senate chairman said. Imran Khan has repeatedly demanded early elections. The PTI chairman has earlier stated that present circumstances call for early elections as the current government's rule has become questionable.
  14. Waleed al-Ibrahim was among some 350 suspects rounded up since November 4, including billionaire princes and ministers who were detained in Riyadh´s luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Friday released the owner of the influential Arab satellite network MBC nearly three months after his arrest in an anti-corruption drive targeting the kingdom´s elite, sources told AFP. Waleed al-Ibrahim was among some 350 suspects rounded up since November 4, including billionaire princes and ministers who were detained in Riyadh´s luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel. Ibrahim held a family gathering at his residence after his release, three MBC employees told AFP on condition of anonymity. The staff also received an official e-mail congratulating them on his freedom. The terms of his release are unclear but the government has said that most detainees have agreed on financial settlements in exchange for their freedom as the anti-corruption campaign winds down. The Financial Times reported earlier Friday that authorities had ordered Ibrahim to hand over his controlling stake in MBC to secure his release. Authorities have so far not commented on his case. The government on Friday also released a number of other detainees including Khaled Tuwaijri, former chief of the Saudi royal court, and Turki bin Nasser, former head of the country´s meteorology agency, a source close to the government told AFP. The government has released other high-profile detainees in recent weeks such as former National Guard chief Prince Miteb bin Abdullah following his "settlement" with authorities reportedly exceeding $1 billion. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 32-year-old son of the king, has spearheaded the unprecedented crackdown on corruption among members of the government and royal family, as he consolidates his grip on power in the kingdom. The most high-profile target of the crackdown was billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, dubbed the Warren Buffett of Saudi Arabia. His fate remains unknown. Authorities have said most of those detained struck monetary settlements in exchange for their freedom, which could earn state coffers about $100 billion. The windfall settlements will help the government finance a multi-million dollar package announced by King Salman this month to help citizens cope with the rising cost of living, Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan told Al Arabiya television in Davos on Wednesday. Some critics have labelled the campaign a shakedown, but authorities insist the purge was aimed to target endemic corruption as Saudi Arabia seeks to diversify its oil-dependent economy. The Ritz-Carlton is set to re-open for business next month as the campaign draws to an end, sources at the hotel have said. Its website lists rooms as available from February 14.
  15. LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of reports of multiple bank accounts of the accused in Zainab rape and murder case, and directed the joint investigation team (JIT) to probe into the matter. The Punjab government, on the chief minister's directives, has notified addition of a representative of the State Bank of Pakistan and DG Forensic Science Laboratory to the already existing JIT in the case, headed by a deputy inspector general (DIG). Police officials confirmed the addition of the two members to the team. The JIT has been directed to probe reports by a private media house suggesting that the accused, Imran Ali Naqshbandi, has several bank accounts. Imran demands thorough investigation into alleged child pornography ring in Kasur The scale of these crimes against our innocent children shows involvement of powerful people, tweets PTI chairperson Imran Khan The investigation team has been ordered to investigate the matter and report on its findings. On Wednesday, a special anti-terrorism court (ATC) handed Imran to police on a 14-day physical remand. During proceedings, the accused admitted to the rape and murder of Zainab. Responding to the honourable Judge Sajjad Ali?s question about the accused man?s missing beard, the prosecutor said that the man had shaved it off after murdering Zainab. Zainab was kidnapped from near her aunt?s house in Kasur on January 4. Her body was discovered in a garbage heap five days later. On Tuesday, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif in a news conference confirmed that Imran had murdered seven-year-old Zainab, referring to him as a ?serial killer?. ?He [Imran] admitted to all his crimes in a polygraph test that was conducted after his DNA matched the samples,? Sharif said during the news conference. Imran demands investigation into alleged child pornography ring Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan has demanded a thorough probe by a high-powered joint investigation team (JIT) into reports of a child pornography ring allegedly operating in Kasur. "After the arrest of Imran Ali in the Zainab case, a tale of a well-connected operation of child pornography, abuse & murder is unravelling as he is found to have numerous bank accts," the PTI chairperson said in a tweet on Thursday. "Clearly the scale of these crimes against (SIC) our innocent children shows involvement of powerful people," he said, stressing that a 'strong JIT' should thoroughly investigate the reports. "A strong JIT must investigate this thoroughly including the Kasur child pornography case which Rana Sanaullah shamefully dismissed as a land dispute." Accused used sweets to lure victims Investigators have revealed that Imran, was 24 and unmarried. He was a resident of the same neighbourhood as Zainab. Officials in the JIT disclosed that Imran revealed during interrogation that he kidnapped Zainab at 6:45 pm. ?When he couldn?t find an appropriate place [to rape her], he roamed around with her for over 1.5 kilometres and took her to a pile of garbage as he feared being caught if he went to a residential area,? the JIT official revealed, quoting Imran. Imran reportedly said further that he used to kidnap girls from the houses where he was employed. He allegedly confessed to raping eight girls in under-construction houses and two on garbage piles. ATC sends Zainab murder accused on 14-day police remand Accused man was familiar with Zainab?s family, frequented the minor girl's house Sources said Imran would take the girls out on the pretext of buying candy and hair clips, adding that he took Kainat Batool out on the pretext of buying yoghurt and later raped her. She survived and is presently under treatment at a hospital in Lahore. Imran spent hours around Zainab?s house. His DNA matches those of eight girls whereas the samples of two girls raped earlier were wasted leading to an inconclusive DNA result. The jacket that led to the suspect A jacket owned by Imran was among the evidence that helped the police to narrow down on the suspect, revealed a BBC report. The CCTV video which went viral showed the suspect wearing a zip-up jacket having two giant buttons at either side of the jacket top. However, the CCTV footage did not clearly show the jacket's colour. The police nonetheless carried out a raid at the suspect's house where a black jacket with a similar design was found. Imran was eventually arrested as the prime accused after his DNA matched with the sample collected from the site where Zainab's body was dumped. According to the report, the suspect's mother aided the police in tracking him down after his DNA samples matched. After the police arrested Imran, the suspect reportedly confessed to assaulting eight minor girls at an under-construction site and two others in a garbage heap. He also admitted to murdering five minor girls at an under-construction site and throwing away the bodies of three others in a garbage pile, sources said.
  16. 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.
  17. MARDAN: As many as six more suspects are held in Aasma rape, murder case by Mardan Police on Friday, authorities informed Geo News. DPO Mardan said that DNA samples will be taken from the suspects, adding that the authorities have geo-fenced the area. Moreover, the district government has called an All Parties Conference on the case today. The District Nazim Hikmayatullah Mayar informed that the APC will give its next course of action if the rape and terror clauses are not added in the case. Four-year-old Aasma went missing on January 13 from the Gujjar Garhi area and was found the next day at 3pm. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector-General of Police Salahuddin Mehsud confirmed on Wednesday that the minor girl found dead in Mardan's Gujar Garhi area was strangled to death, but added that the post-mortem report points towards sexual assault. ?Looks like the culprit?s intention was to sexually assault [the minor],? he told media here while detailing the incident. Post-mortem points to rape before murder of minor in Mardan: IG KP Aasma went missing on Jan 13 from the Gujjar Garhi area of Mardan and was found the next day after efforts by police and family, the IG said The minor?s post-mortem also shows signs of torture, the IG said. The body was reportedly found in sugarcane fields. Police joined the search after being informed of the incident at 9pm on January 13, the IG said. Mardan RPO and DPO subsequently visited Aasma?s family on January 14 to record details about the incident, and an FIR was registered after Aasma?s body was found. The IG said that an investigation team, headed by DPO Mardan, was formed to probe the case, and help from the counter-terrorism department was also utilised. IG Mehsud commenting on the progress in the case said that a daily report is being prepared in the case. ?Police trying to conceal facts? Mardan District Nazim Himayatullah Mayar early today alleged that the police are trying their best to conceal the post-mortem report. Mayar said that according to the post-mortem report it is clear the girl was raped before being strangled to death. The girl belonged to an unprivileged family and her father works as a labourer in a foreign country, he said, adding ?we will ensure justice is dispensed.? He stressed that the district government will extend all help to the victim's family. "The incident highlights the criminal negligence of the KP government," he said, adding "not a single official of the KP government went to condole the victim's parents and no one took notice of the incident." "ANP [Awami National Party] will use its democratic right and stage a protest against the government," he added. However, DPO Mardan Mian Saeed earlier in the day negated the claims and said that the girl was strangled to death, and said the post-mortem report does not point towards rape. There were torture marks on the body, he added.
  18. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/79c9ac3acd9387963d8d207cfbd6deb6.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8xNy8yMDE4IDU6NDg6MTkgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1xellSdkRJUkdrU0t2YU4vNW9ZK2l3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] LAHORE: A man arrested due to his resemblance with the prime suspect appearing on the CCTV footage with late Zainab has been handed over to the Kasur authorities, Lahore police officials informed on Wednesday. The man was held from Bhatta Chowk, Lahore earlier this week. Zainab, 7, was kidnapped on January 4 from near her aunt?s house in Kasur. Her body was discovered five days later from a garbage pile. The post-mortem report revealed that Zainab had been raped and murdered. Moreover, the authorities have informed that the suspect's mobile phone location shows he was in Kasur. The suspect has been handed over to Kasur police for his DNA test. Speaking on the case, DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said that Lahore police is providing its utmost assistance for the Kasur case. Earlier, on Jan 16, a Supreme Court bench expressed its displeasure over the lack of progress by the Punjab government and police on the Zainab case. During proceedings, Punjab additional inspector general (AIG) and advocate general (AG) appeared before the court. Addressing the officials, the chief justice remarked that no significant progress in the case was visible so far, adding that "you can inform us in our chambers if need be". The entire nation is aggrieved by the incident. What has been done in the case so far?" the chief justice inquired. The AIG responded that investigations were underway, whereas the AG informed the bench that around 1,100 suspects have been questioned in the case. "If the issue isn?t solved then it?ll be a failure of the government and police," the chief justice observed, adding that the same mistakes are made in every case after which suspects are exonerated due to shoddy investigations. The AIG informed the court that eight similar cases emerged in Kasur since the last year and a half. "The government cannot give a time of arrest," the AIG informed the court. Chief Justice Nisar observed that millions of rupees are spent on safe city projects, adding that there should be a firm belief that the killer will be caught as the court doesn't "want the suspect caught and killed in an encounter". During the hearing, the chief justice also remarked that the accused in the Zainab case is a serial killer.
  19. Authorities launched a torture probe and set bail at $9 million for the parents after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house on Sunday and called 911 using a cellphone found inside. LOS ANGELES: A California couple has been arrested after authorities found a dozen of their malnourished children held captive in their home, with one as young as two and some shackled to beds in the dark, officials said Monday. Authorities launched a torture probe and set bail at $9 million for the parents after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house on Sunday and called 911 using a cellphone found inside. She was so "emaciated" that officers said they originally thought she was only 10 years old. The 13 victims who had been held captive at the Perris, California home range in age from two to 29, the Riverside County Sheriff´s Department said in a statement. They were not named. "Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner," the statement added. "Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29. The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty." The sheriff´s office said "the victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving." The parents, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, were booked on torture and child endangerment charges. Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services assisted in the investigation.
  20. The brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab has sent shockwaves throughout the country. Abducted from near her house on the night of January 4, Zainab?s body was found five days later in a garbage pile. #JusticeForZainab is Pakistan?s top trend and protests have been held demanding justice throughout the country. Demonstrators chant slogans to condemn the rape and murder of 7-year-old girl Zainab in Kasur, during a protest in Islamabad - Reuters People chant slogans and hold signs to condemn the rape and killing of 7-year-old girl Zainab Ansari in Kasur, during a protest in Peshawar - Reuters People hold signs to condemn the rape and killing of a 7-year-old girl Zainab Ansari in Kasur, during a protest in Karachi - Reuters People hold signs to condemn the rape and killing of 7-year-old girl Zainab Ansari in Kasur, during a protest in Karachi - Reuters Members of child rights moments hold a protest against the killing of seven years old girl Zainab in Quetta - INP Members of Civil Society are holding protest demonstration against brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur District, held in Multan - Online Members of Civil Society are holding protest demonstration against brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur District, held in Multan - Online Children hold a protest outside Hyderabad Press Club to condemn the killing of seven-years-old girl Zainab in Kasur - Online
  21. A brigade level exercise held at Jalal Pur Jattan for troops ex Jhelum formation. Photo: ISPR A brigade level exercise held at Jalal Pur Jattan for troops ex Jhelum formation, according to Inter Services Public Relations on Wednesday. The exercise was aimed to enhance coordination between various components of the formation during the war, the statement read. Moreover, Commander Rawalpindi Corps visited the exercising troops to see the conduct phase. The commander hailed operational preparedness and professional competence displayed by the participating troops. On December 20, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Bahawalpur to observe winter collective training exercises of the mechanised formation based in the area. The army chief appreciated the high standards of training and professional skills displayed by the Army formation. During the visit, he said that while the Army is committed to the war on terror, no complacency can be shown regarding preparations for responding to a conventional threat, added ISPR. Commander Bahawalpur Corps Lieutenant General Sher Afgun also briefed General Bajwa about the training of the Corps for its assigned operational tasks.
  22. RAWALPINDI: The groundbreaking ceremony of the Air University Aerospace and Aviation campus was held on Tuesday at the Aviation City in Kamra, said a statement from the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi carried out the earth breaking and later unveiled the plaque of Air University Campus. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman was also present on the occasion. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/7bbea9c4894ed7482c791fb6b94303bd.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8yLzIwMTggMTI6NTE6NTggUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1CUTdaOExoYU9jMGMvVG9XQkozenpnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Chairman Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra Air Marshal Ahmer Shehzad, during the ceremony, highlighted the various features of the newly established Aviation City, which is aimed to become an aviation hub in the region. "The realisation of Air University Aerospace and Aviation Campus is, in fact, part of the strategic vision of Pakistan Air Force to develop Industry-Academia linkage in the form of Aviation City. It is heartening to share that this strategic initiative also holds significant potential to attract a large number of international scholars and trainees who, besides providing intellectual exchange, would enhance Pakistan?s image with obvious economic and diplomatic gains," said the chief of air staff. "The campus would also play a significant role in addressing the emergent new geopolitical realities in the region. I am confident that with the government?s patronage, PAF will be able to achieve a wide range of strategic gains linked to aviation technology," added Aman. He also said that the PAF will be able to achieve a wide range of strategic gains linked to aviation technology. Aman, addressing the attendees, said focused research and development of the aviation industry in the recent past have yielded positive results for which the country is proud, added the PAF statement. ?The current challenges facing the country demand greater focus on indigenous efforts. This requires skilled manpower which entails investment in education. As such, developed nations invest heavily in education and their leadership focuses on human resource for re-shaping the destiny of the countries," said the premier. The recently inaugurated Aviation City is a landmark initiative by the PAF, which would house various hi-tech and state of the art academic, research and development institutes for achieving self-reliance in the field of aviation. The Air University Aerospace and Aviation Campus forms the nucleus of the Aviation city and is modelled after the internationally acclaimed aviation universities in the world.
  23. An X-ray revealed more than 60 small packages in her stomach, filled with 1.2 kilogrammes (2.6 pounds) of cocaine-AFP (Photo: File) BANGKOK: A 27-year-old woman from the Ivory Coast has been arrested on the Thai island of Phuket after an airport X-ray found more than one kilogramme of cocaine in her stomach wrapped in scores of small packets. The woman was stopped by officials late Wednesday night at Phuket´s international airport after landing on a flight from Doha. An X-ray revealed more than 60 small packages in her stomach, filled with 1.2 kilogrammes (2.6 pounds) of cocaine, according to Sirinya Sitdhichai, secretary-general of Thailand´s Office of Narcotics Control Board. The drugs were likely bound for wealthy clients in Bangkok, he added. "Unlike methamphetamine, cocaine and ice (crystal meth) are for a very niche group of rich customers," he told AFP. He said drug traffickers based in West Africa routinely hire African or Asian woman as "mules" to smuggle narcotics into Thailand, a country whose porous borders and air links make it a popular transit stop for all kinds of contraband. Smugglers often fly into smaller airports outside Bangkok and then travel by road to sell the drugs in the capital, he added. Thailand, a country of roughly 68 million, has the world´s sixth largest prison population thanks to harsh drug laws that were enacted more than a decade ago but have failed to dismantle the narcotics trade or dent addiction rates. More than 70 percent of the kingdom´s convicts are jailed on drug-related offences. The proportion is even higher among the 39,000 female prisoners in Thailand, which jails more women per capita than any other nation. Yet while couriers and other low-level smugglers are routinely arrested, authorities have struggled to take down kingpins and dismantle their trafficking networks. The most popular drug in the kingdom is meth consumed in the form of caffeine-laced tablets known as "yaba", which means "crazy medicine". The pill, and a more potent and pure version known as "ice", are churned out in drug labs in the Golden Triangle Zone where northern Thailand meets Myanmar and Laos.
  24. A view of the recovered weapons. Photo: ISPR RAWALPINDI: An Afghan national, suspected of being a facilitator of the National Directorate of Security ? Afghanistan's premier intelligence agency ? was apprehended, the army said on Friday. According to the Inter Services Public Relations, the Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan, along with intelligence agencies, conducted intelligence-based operations in Musa Colony and Sangan areas of the province. In Sangan, the FC recovered weapons and ammunition, including explosives and communication equipment, according to the ISPR statement. Pakistan launches nationwide 'Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad' Efforts to include broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations by Rangers in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations "In a de-weaponising campaign, residents of Sibbi, Talli and Dera Murad Jamali voluntarily deposited their illegal weapons with the FC," the statement added. The actions were held under Operation Raddul Fasaad, which was launched by the Pakistan Army earlier this year in collaboration with paramilitary and civilian law enforcement agencies to eliminate terrorism from the country.
  25. The Coit Tower & Transamerica Pyramid as seen from Pier 39 at San Francisco Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco, US, October 18, 2017. AFP/Daniel Slim/Files LOS ANGELES: Federal agents arrested a former US Marine on Friday for allegedly plotting a Christmas attack in San Francisco inspired by Daesh, according to court documents. Tow truck driver Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, was planning to target the city's busy Pier 39 tourist spot, according to an affidavit submitted by FBI Special Agent Christopher McKinney. The suspect is said to have outlined to undercover agents how he wanted to use explosives to target crowds at the pier between December 18 and 25 because "Christmas was the perfect day to commit the attack." Jameson professed not to need an escape plan as he was "ready to die," according to the document. The suspect's home in Modesto, California, was raided by FBI agents on Wednesday, where they allegedly found his last will and testament along with weapons and ammunition. Jameson attended basic training with the Marine Corps in 2009 and graduated with a "sharpshooter" rifle qualification, according to the FBI, but was discharged after failing to disclose a history of asthma. According to McKinney, Jameson selected Pier 39 ? which gets around 10 million visitors a year ? because "he had been there before and knew it was a heavily crowded area." 'Radical' beliefs "Jameson explained that he also desired to use explosives and described a plan in which explosives could 'tunnel' or 'funnel' people into a location where Jameson could inflict casualties," McKinney stated. The suspect inadvertently revealed his plans to an undercover FBI agent he believed to be a senior leader of Daesh, according to the court document. Jameson said the US needed "another attack like New York or San Bernardino," adding that he wanted to use vehicles and firearms to carry out an attack. "Today, our incredible law enforcement officers have once again helped thwart an alleged plot to kill Americans," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. "The threat from [terrorism] is real ? and it is serious ? but the American people can be assured that the Department of Justice remains vigilant in protecting our homeland," he added. According to the criminal complaint, Jameson "has espoused radical [?] beliefs, including authoring social media posts that are supportive of terrorism." He had voiced support for the October 31 attack in New York in which an extremist drove a pick-up truck into a crowded bike path, killing eight people, said the FBI, and was active on Facebook, "liking" pro-IS posts. He "loved" a post on November 29 of a propaganda image of Santa Claus standing in New York with a box of dynamite. 'Gentle, kind' He was charged in the Eastern District Court of California with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. "He was under surveillance by law enforcement, and the public was never in imminent danger," the FBI said in a statement. Local newspaper the Merced Sun Star published a video interview with a man it identified as the suspect's father, Gordon Jameson, who described his son as a "the gentle, kind type of Muslim person" and said the FBI had got its facts wrong. "I don't know too much about the case because the FBI isn't saying much to me but I know my son wouldn't harm nobody. He wouldn't do that to innocent people," he said. "I love him to death and I can't wait to see him again and hold him in my arms." The Sacramento Bee quoted the grandfather of Jameson's ex-wife Ashley Monett Jameson, who told the paper the couple have two young children. Ashley Jameson is in prison, according to the paper, which added that the children were in foster care, citing a restraining order that it said had been filed by the suspect. Hours after his arrest it emerged that Jameson had written to his local newspaper, the Modesto Bee, when he was 16, offering his backing for US troops remaining in Iraq following the conflict that began in 2003. "I don't know what you were taught, but I was raised to finish something you start, and guess what? It's not finished yet," he wrote.