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  1. Map of National Assembly constituencies for Islamabad Capital territory. ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has launched maps of all the districts of preliminary delimitation of constituencies for public convenience. The maps have been launched for all the National and Provincial Assembly constituencies. Constituency map for Bajaur Agency Two week ago, the electoral body had published the list of preliminary delimitation of constituencies of national and provincial assemblies. The new delimitation of electoral constituencies was carried out under population census that was held recently. According to the notification of the Commission, Islamabad capital territory will have 3 constituencies, Punjab 141, Sindh 61, KPK 39, Balochistan 16 and Federally Administered Tribal Areas will have 12 constituencies in the national assembly. Abbottabad district constituency map As per the list of new constituencies, the number of seats of Sindh and FATA will remain the same while Punjab has lost 7 seats. However, Federal Capital Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan have gained one, four and two seats respectively. As per preliminary list, the first constituency of National Assembly will be NA-1 Chitral instead of Peshawar while last constituency will be Lasbella, Balochistan. The constituencies of NA in KP would be from NA-1 to NA-39 while in FATA the constituencies of NA from 40 to 51. In federal capital Islamabad the constituencies of NA would be NA-52 to NA-54. geo_embedgallery In Punjab the constituencies of NA would be from NA-55 to NA-195. The first constituency of Punjab Assembly would be Attock and last would be Rajanpur. In Sindh, the constituencies of NA would be from NA-196 to NA-256 Karachi. In Balochistan, the constituencies of NA would be from NA-256 Qila Saifullah Sheerani to NA-272 Gwadar.
  2. On March 25, international cricket will return to the city of lights as the final of the Pakistan Super League will be played at the National Stadium. Tickets for the final sold out within hours and renovation work at the stadium is almost complete. Workers busy in renovation work at National Stadium as preparation ahead of the final match of Pakistan Super League (PSL), in Karachi - PPI Work is underway to renovate the National Stadium ahead of the PSL final on March 25 - PPI Tickets for the final sold out within 15 hours - PPI Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah along with others reviews security arrangements and renovation construction work - PPI Cricket fans excited after buying PSL final tickets ? PPI Cricket fans ready for the return of international cricket to Karachi - PPI
  3. Trump and McMaster shake hands after the latter was announced as NSA in Feb last year. Photo: Reuters WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, HR McMaster, but the move is not expected to be made immediately, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Citing five people with knowledge of the plans, the Post said Trump was considering several possible replacements, including former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and Keith Kellogg, the chief of staff of the National Security Council. The White House did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment. Trump fires Tillerson, replaces him with hawkish spy chief Pompeo Gina Haspel will become the CIA director On Tuesday, Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the president has signaled in recent days that a shake-up at the top levels of his administration was not over. ?I?m really at a point where we?re getting very close to having the cabinet and other things that I want,? Trump told reporters after Tillerson was fired. McMaster is not expected to be ousted immediately, the Post reported. Trump is willing to take his time making the change to avoid humiliating McMaster and carefully choose a strong replacement, the Post said. Trump Chooses HR McMaster as National Security Adviser General known for sharp questions will be Trump's new top security adviser Trump never personally gelled with McMaster and the president recently told White House Chief of Staff John Kelly that he wanted McMaster replaced, according to the Post. Trump has complained that McMaster, a three-star army general, is too rigid and that his briefings go on too long and seem irrelevant, the Post reported. McMaster is Trump?s second national security adviser, succeeding Michael Flynn who was dismissed a year ago for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
  4. RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's cabinet on Tuesday approved the national policy of its atomic energy programme, state media said, as the kingdom prepares to award contracts for its first nuclear power plants. The policy insists on limiting nuclear activities to peaceful purposes and calls for enhanced safety measures as well as the use of best practises for radioactive waste management, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, is seeking nuclear power to diversify its energy supply mix in order to free up oil to boost exports. The policy announcement comes ahead of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to the United States on March 19-22, which is likely to see efforts to reach a civilian nuclear cooperation accord with Washington. The kingdom has accelerated plans to build 16 nuclear reactors over the next two decades, officials and analysts say, at a cost of some $80 billion. Negotiations are underway with the United States for its agreement to export technology needed for their construction. Besides the US company Westinghouse, Russian, French, Chinese and South Korean firms have all been seeking the Saudi contracts. Some analysts have voiced concerns that Saudi Arabia seeks to use its atomic programme as a hedge against its arch-rival Iran, which signed a deal with the United States in 2015 to curb its own nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. Saudi Arabia, which insists its intentions are peaceful, has signed cooperation agreements with over a dozen countries in recent years to boost nuclear cooperation, including France, China and Russia.
  5. UN Resident Coordinator Neil Buhne and UNDP Resident Representative for Pakistan confer the UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan to Samina Baig. -APP ISLAMABAD: Renowned mountaineer Samina Baig was appointed the National Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Monday. The first Pakistani woman to have climbed Mount Everest, Baig will lead efforts to build national awareness and partnerships around Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly those related to climate change, environmental protection and women?s empowerment. ?Pakistan is amongst the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change," said United Nations Resident Coordinator in Pakistan Neil Buhne. "Preparing for its effects, and instituting environmental protection, will safeguard economic development for future generations. Moreover, half of Pakistan?s population, its women, are under-represented in education, the workforce and in decision-making. Empowering women to play their full role in society is not only an ethical imperative, it is essential for sustainable development," added Buhne. ?UNDP?s National Goodwill Ambassadors are leaders in their societies and role models for us all. "As the national goodwill ambassador for Pakistan, Baig will use her profile to highlight issues that shape Pakistan?s future, and build the partnerships required to address them,? said UNDP Pakistan Country Director Ignacio Artaza. Born in Gilgit-Baltistan, at the age of 22, Baig became the first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest. By the time she turned 23, she had climbed the highest mountain on each of the world?s seven continents. Awarded the Pride of Performance award by the government of Pakistan, today she presides over Pakistan Youth Outreach Foundation to encourage youth, especially women, to participate in outdoor activities. As a mountaineer, she bears witness to the critical importance of preserving Pakistan?s fragile ecosystems and preparing for the effects of climate change. ?I am greatly honoured to be part of UNDP," said Baig. "From the remotest village of Pakistan and reaching the summit of the world?s tallest mountain, Mount Everest, and beyond the borders, scaling a peak in Antarctica and the seven highest peaks of the seven continents, in some of the harshest conditions, my entire climbing purpose was to empower women through these adventures and encourage gender equality." With my brother, I have experienced the significant impact of global warming and climate change on our mother earth, added the mountaineer. "UNDP?s national goodwill ambassadors are inspirational women and men who serve as spokespersons to uphold the United Nations Charter and the Sustainable Development Goals," said Baig further.
  6. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has summoned an important meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) on Monday, sources told Geo News. The meeting, which will be attended by provincial and federal ministers as well as NEC members, will hold discussions on a three-point agenda. The meeting is expected to discuss development budget for the upcoming fiscal year, as well as increase in development budget for Azad Jammu and Kashmir and FATA. A five-year economic plan spanning from 2018 to 2023 would also be part of the agenda, sources said. Meanwhile, Sindh minister Manzoor Wasan was inducted in the council, according to a notification issued by the Cabinet Division. President Mamnoon Hussain approved Wasan'a appointment as NEC member. Wasan was appointed in place of Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani.
  7. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has summoned an important meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) on Monday, sources told Geo News. The meeting, which will be attended by provincial and federal ministers as well as NEC members, will hold discussions on a three-point agenda. The meeting is expected to discuss development budget for the upcoming fiscal year, as well as increase in development budget for Azad Jammu and Kashmir and FATA. A five-year economic plan spanning from 2018 to 2023 would also be part of the agenda, sources said. Meanwhile, Sindh minister Manzoor Wasan was inducted in the council, according to a notification issued by the Cabinet Division. President Mamnoon Hussain approved Wasan'a appointment as NEC member. Wasan was appointed in place of Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani.
  8. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been addressing the National Assembly, where he is expected to debate on conduct of judges and higher judiciary in Pakistan. ?We have taken oath to defend the constitution,? the prime minister said in his address.
  9. It's safe to say that last week was all about Priya Prakash Varrier. Even if you aren't an active social media user, there is no chance in hell that you missed out on the whole obsession with Priya and her wink. The girl was everywhere- right from your Facebook feed to your Whatsapp and was very quickly labelled as the 'national crush'. And now we have a new woman in town who has taken the country by storm- Himanshi Khurana. Color of the month yellow Ready for next photo shoot ðððð A post shared by Himanshi Khurana (@iamhimanshikhurana) on May 4, 2017 at 8:23am PDT You might have not heard of her before, but she is quite an established Punjabi actress. And we are pretty sure after looking at her; you are wondering why you didn't come across her before. The woman is absolutely breathtaking. Just look at those eyes! ðð A post shared by Himanshi Khurana (@iamhimanshikhurana) on Jun 20, 2017 at 8:27am PDT Honestly, we have never seen someone rocking the 'desi' look like she does. @realartz1 A post shared by Himanshi Khurana (@iamhimanshikhurana) on Apr 15, 2017 at 9:20am PDT And it's not just her desi avatar that has left us in awe. The woman can wear anything and everything and will still manage to turn heads. ðð Photography @sccreationz Mua @passirajan @puneet_makeovers styled by himanshi khurana dress by @zara Footwear @francescorusso_official Jewellery @manimuktaajewels @eypcreations @speed_records A post shared by Himanshi Khurana (@iamhimanshikhurana) on Jun 24, 2017 at 6:34am PDT Also, before you point out the fact that these pictures are all from shoots and she has makeup slapped all over her face, wait till you see her makeup-free. A post shared by Himanshi Khurana (@iamhimanshikhurana) on Feb 11, 2018 at 10:56am PST ðððð Boht hassa aya hasso saare A post shared by Himanshi Khurana (@iamhimanshikhurana) on Oct 6, 2017 at 1:18am PDT This is probably as natural as it can get. ðð A post shared by Himanshi Khurana (@iamhimanshikhurana) on Feb 1, 2018 at 1:56am PST No wonder she has won many beauty contests and was also titled as Miss Ludhiana in 2011. ðð A post shared by Himanshi Khurana (@iamhimanshikhurana) on Oct 29, 2017 at 1:17am PDT Apart from modelling, she made her debut in the Punjabi Music Industry with the song "Jodi - Big Day Party" and has since then, starred in many music videos and has worked with many singers like Jassi Gill, Badshah, J-Starr, Ninja, Hardy Sandhu. Gabru2 with JStar ðð My upcoming video... Coming on 28th Nov. Get ready lovelies ðð #himanshikhurana #JStar #Gabru2 A post shared by Himanshi Khurana (@iamhimanshikhurana) on Nov 26, 2015 at 8:24am PST She also made her debut in Punjabi cinema with the hit movie 'Sadda Haq' and has also made a mark in South Indian cinema. ððð #himanshikhurana A post shared by Himanshi Khurana (@iamhimanshikhurana) on Nov 29, 2016 at 3:54am PST ððð A post shared by Himanshi Khurana (@iamhimanshikhurana) on Oct 29, 2017 at 11:37pm PDT With looks like this, don't be shocked if you see her in a Bollywood movie in the near future.
  10. Fawad Alam receives Man of the Final award for his 149. Photo: Fawad Alam Twitter RAWALPINDI: A dazzling innings of 149 by Fawad Alam steered Karachi Whites to the National One Day Cup on Sunday. Fawad Alam hit 149 off 130 balls with 18 4s as Karachi Whites beat Islamabad by five wickets in the final of the National One Day Cup? Regions 2017-18 at Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi. Batting first after winning the toss, Islamabad Region piled up a total of 347 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 50 overs. Babar Azam scored 105 runs on 95 balls including 8 4s and 2 6s, followed by Shahid Yousaf 96 not out, Shan Masood 51, Abid Ali 37, Faizan Riaz 27 and Saad Ali 26 not out. For Karachi Whites, Asad Shafiq took 1 wicket for 29, Danish Aziz 1 for 31, Zia-ul-Haq 1 for 71 and Muhammad Asghar 1 for 86. In reply, Karachi Region Whites hit 349 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 49.3 overs to clinch the title. Fawad Alam was helped along by Danish Aziz 86 not out, Akbar-ur-Rehman 41 and Asad Shafiq 22. For Islamabad, Raza Hasan took 1 for 49, Nouman Ali 1 for 61, Hamza Nadeem 1 for 70, Ahmed Bashir 1 for 76 and Shahzad Azam 1 for 80. Karachi Whites grabbed a prize money of Rs1,000,000 while Islamabad took away Rs500,000. Man of the Match Fawad Alam got Rs 100,000 while Shan Masood (Islamabad Region, best batsman, 656 runs), Muhammad Imran (Faisalabad Region, best bowler, 14 wickets) and Abid Ali (509 runs & 9 dismissals, outstanding player/all-rounder) were given Rs100,000 each.
  11. Karachi Whites beat Peshawar Region by five wickets ISLAMABAD: Karachi Region Whites beat Peshawar Region by five wickets on Thursday in the first semifinal of the National One Day Cup ? Regions 2017-18 at Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi. Batting first after winning the toss, Peshawar Region piled up 281 runs, losing all wickets in 49.5 overs. Mohammad Rizwan 72, Akbar Badshah 40, Adil Amin 33 and Zohaib Khan 31 stood out. For Karachi Whites, Mohammad Asghar and Anwar Ali took 3 wickets each for 43 and 49 runs, respectively, while Zia-ul-Haq took 2 wickets giving 66 runs. In reply, Karachi Whites scored 285 runs and achieved the target in 49.1 overs for the loss of five wickets. Khurram Manzoor hit 100 on 102 balls smashing 11 4s while Akbar-ur-Rehman scored 82 runs off 107 balls including 3 4s. Asad Shafiq 36, Fawad Alam 25 and Danish Aziz 20 not out also contributed with the bat. For Peshawar, Israrullah took 1 wicket for 36, Taj Wali 1 for 44 and Zohaib Ahmed 1 for 48.
  12. Pakistan Foreign Office. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Foreign Office on Wednesday strongly condemned the killing of a Chinese citizen in Karachi and vowed to bring the culprits under the fold of law. Chen Zhu, 45, was shot dead in a suspected targeted attack in Karachi?s Defence locality by an unknown assailant on Monday. The Chinese national was in his car when at least 10 shots were fired at him. He suffered bullet wounds to his head, according to police. "We are deeply saddened at the death of Chinese national Mr. Chen Zhu in Karachi on 5 Feb & condemn his killing in strongest possible terms," FO spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted. "Pakistan will take all possible measures to apprehend the culprits and carry out thorough investigation against perpetrators of the crime," he added. Chen Zhu was the Managing Director of Cosco Saeed Karachi Shipping Pvt Ltd. China condemned the apparent targeted-killing following the incident. ?We strongly condemn the extremist and violent action against Chinese citizens and will continue to closely monitor the progress of the case and provide active assistance to the families of the victims in dealing with the aftermath," said spokesperson Geng Shuang of the Chinese Foreign Ministry. China condemns murder of Chinese citizen in Karachi Spokesperson expresses hope that Pakistan will continue to take measures to guarantee the security of Chinese institutions and personnel in Pakistan The spokesperson added that the Chinese consulate general has demanded the police to do their "utmost to solve the case and bring the murderers to justice as soon as possible". China has noticed that in recent years, the Pakistani government has taken a series of anti-terrorism and social security governance actions, said Shuang when asked if the country worries about the safety of Chinese citizens in Pakistan. Chinese national shot dead in Karachi's Defence area Another person was injured in the incident, nine bullet casings recovered ?We support the Pakistani side's continuous efforts to promote relevant actions and safeguard domestic security and stability?. The foreign ministry's spokesperson expressed hope that Pakistan will continue to take measures to guarantee the security of Chinese institutions and personnel in the country.
  13. Modi, who is often spotted in a kurta pajama, took a leap from his everyday fashion and donned Pakistan?s national dress; shalwar kameez. Photo: Government of India1 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become a global style icon by placing considerable attention to his wardrobe and experimenting with different types of clothes and fabrics. However, Modi, who is often spotted in a kurta pajama, took a leap from his everyday fashion and donned Pakistan?s national dress; shalwar kameez. He can be seen wearing a shalwar kameez coupled with a sweater and shawl upon his arrival to New Delhi after attending the World Economic Forum in Davos. Previously, the Indian premier donned a shalwar kameez was upon his arrival to Manila to attend ASEAN and East Asian summits. However, this is what the Indian prime minister looks like the majority of the times: Photo: India Today Photo: India Today Shalwar Kameez is believed to have originated from the costumes of the Mughals, writes Arabinda Biswas in Indian Costumes (1985). Interestingly, the dress which is commonplace for most men in Pakistan is not as common in its neighbouring country, according to an Indian journalist. The dress is called 'Pathani Suit' in India because of its association with the Pathans. Tracing the history of the dress, Pran Neville, who wrote Lahore: A Sentimental Journey (1992), shared that Hindu, Muslim and Sikh men used to wear shalwar kameez in pre-Partition west Punjab, but they also wore other dresses such as shirts and trousers. The Pathans, however, wore only and only the shalwar kameez. That's why the dress came to be identified with Pathans especially in north India, Neville adds. However, Vanit Nalwa in her book Hari Singh Nalwa-champion of the Khalsa (2009) states that the Pathans started to wear shalwar kameez to escape persecution at the hands of Sikh army general was Hari Singh Nalwa (1791-1837). During the time, shalwar kameez was commonly worn by members of Sikh community. The Pathan thought that the best way to escape the wrath of Nalwa was to don the Punjabi dress i.e. Shalwar kameez and escape from the clutches of the Sikhs and Nalwa. However, the dress was eventually adopted by the Pathans became to be known as the ?Pathani suite?.
  14. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will preside over the meeting, to be held in the Supreme Court-Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The National Judicial Policymaking Committee (NJPC) will hold a meeting on Saturday (today) to overview the performance of the judiciary in the country. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will preside over the meeting, to be held in the Supreme Court. The meeting will discuss various matters pertaining to the judiciary, including recommendations to check delays in court cases. The committee last met on January 13 in the apex court's Karachi registry and will continue in today?s meeting its deliberations on measures being taken to check delays in court cases besides getting rid of the huge backlog, The News reported. Providing justice on time, in accordance with law our responsibility: CJP Justice Nisar says the judicial system in the country needed a major overhaul The chief justice, in his addresses to gatherings as well as in meetings, has vowed to introduce reforms in the sector to ensure speedy justice. Addressing media on January 13, Justice Nisar had said the judiciary needs a major overhaul to ensure provision of inexpensive and speedy justice to the people.
  15. Canadian flag. Photo: File OTTAWA: Canadians will soon be singing a new tune after parliament passed a bill to change the lyrics of the national anthem to make it gender neutral. Only one line in O Canada was amended, from ?True patriot love in all thy sons command? to ?True patriot love in all of us command". But it has caused quite a stir. ?It?s about two words,? Senator Frances Lankin told reporters. ?But it?s huge in terms of one of our major national symbols, the anthem we sing with pride about our country.? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the move ?another positive step towards gender equality,? while feminist author Margaret Atwood, who has been pressing for this since the 1980s, tweeted her thanks to lawmakers. Others decried the new lyrics and vowed to continue to sing the older version. ?Disappointed to hear the Liberals changed our national anthem. Somethings (sic) shouldn?t change,? said MP Bob Saroya in a Twitter message. The late MP Mauril Belanger had proposed the change to the English language version of the anthem. Belanger was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, shortly after his party, under Trudeau, took power in 2015. The proposal was passed by the House two months before Belanger?s death in 2016, and late Wednesday the Senate added its support for the bill. Now it needs only the governor general?s signature to become law, which is a formality, but a date for that has not yet been set. ?It will receive royal ascent in due course,? Sabrina Atwal, spokesperson for government House leader Bardish Chagger, told AFP. The French version of O Canada, which has not been revised, was originally commissioned by Quebec?s lieutenant governor in 1880. The English version followed in 1906. In 1914 the phrase ?thou dost in us command? was changed to ?in all thy sons command?. A verse was added a decade later. There have been several attempts in recent decades to further amend the lyrics of the song ? which only officially became Canada?s anthem in 1980 ? but they all failed largely due to the entrenched opposition of Conservative lawmakers. Today the anthem is sung at the beginning of sporting events and in schools across Canada at the start of classes, often mixing both French and English versions.
  16. File Photo KARACHI: A minor boy whose body was found here near the city's National Stadium Road was killed of asphyxiation, initial investigation reports revealed Thursday night. Police added they suspect the minor boy was sexually abused before being killed. Teacher alleged of inappropriate touching detained On the other hand, in Okara, a teacher accused of inappropriately touching a verbally and aurally challenged girl was taken into police custody. Family of girl who was raped, killed protest in Quetta The bereaved family and relatives of a girl, 13, who was raped and killed in Mastung earlier protested in Quetta here Thursday night, demanding justice for the deceased. Man held for kidnapping daughter in Bahawalnagar A man and his accomplice were detained in Bahawalnagar Thursday night for kidnapping the former's minor daughter in Haroonabad, police said. Authorities believe the father of the girl, eight, planned to kill his daughter in order to frame his rivals and file a case against them.
  17. [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.
  18. AML chief Sheikh Rasheed. Photo: File Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has announced to resign from the National Assembly seat. While addressing the joint opposition rally Wednesday, the AML chief not only announced to resign from the National Assembly seat he was elected on, but also demanded Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan does the same. The joint opposition protest rally was held to seek justice for the Model Town tragedy in Lahore. ?I resign from the assembly, Imran Khan come you also tender your resignation,? the AML chief said. Sheikh Rasheed's decision was flanked by Imran when he was addressing the rally later in the evening. Imran expressed 'complete agreement' with Sheikh Rashid's decision to resign from the lower house of the Parliament. "I will consult my party over it, and it is very likely that we may join you [Sheikh Rashid]," he said, adding that resignations of his party were not accepted when they were submitted for the first time. During the 2014 sit-in, Imran had announced to resign from the National Assembly, after which 31 lawmakers of PTI had submitted their resignation. Out of all the applications, only Javed Hashmi?s resignation was accepted, whereas the others were rejected by the speaker of National Assembly. Back then, Sheikh Rasheed had commented on Imran?s statement, saying he would resign from the National Assembly on the day PTI chief does.
  19. In 2016, the Supreme Court went ahead with a decision that was bound to create outrage across the country. It declared that it is mandatory for all cinema halls to play the national anthem before the screening of films. The practice would "instill a feeling within one, a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism," the bench had ruled. No points for guessing that the question that loomed in everyone's head was- Do we really need to sing the national anthem in a theatre to prove our patriotism? Despite the widespread outrage, it was being practiced and those who didn't follow it were criticized and some were even beaten up. It was also observed that people “cannot be forced to carry patriotism on their sleeves”. The Centre then decided to ask the Supreme Court to modify its earlier order. © BCCL And finally, the Supreme Court has now modified its order and declared that it is now optional for cinema halls to play the national anthem. It has also directed the government to frame the final guidelines on the order in six months. And of course, this decision was welcomed with open hearts by the Internet: 1. Watching a film now without a compulsory display of patriotism is very, very welcome. Await the order. #NationalAnthem — Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) January 9, 2018 2. This Man Got No Chill. "Supreme Court modifies its order on #NationalAnthem, says it is not mandatory in cinema halls." Finally the logic prevails. Jisko zyada desh bhakti hai Wo movie se pehle ghar pe gaa ke aa sakta hai. — Rahul (@desicovfefe) January 9, 2018 3. Can't Agree More. Please stop with the rhetoric of, "soldiers standing at the border, why can't you stand at the theater". Patriotism is standing up for the #NationalAnthem on their own. Nationalism is forcing someone to stand up for the Anthem. Nationalism will take the country nowhere. — Priyadarshan Kempraj (@priyankemp) January 8, 2018 4. Rejoice! No more forced patriotism.#NationalAnthem — Shivani Shrivastava (@Reelontheheel) January 9, 2018 5. Wish This Was Understood Sooner. दà¥à¤° à¤à¤¯à¥ दà¥à¤°à¥à¤¸à¥à¤¤ à¤à¤¯à¥. There was no need to force anybody to prove gratitude for their country.#NationalAnthem — Deepika Gautam (@IDeepikaGautam) January 9, 2018 6. This Too. Finally I can settle with popcorn,Nachos,Coke at the cinema hall without any interruptions ð¿ ð½#NationalAnthem pic.twitter.com/e19BOzAZTV — Anindya Kar (@DrKarspeaking) January 9, 2018 7. LOL 52 Seconds Of Standing Ovation To The Judges. ððð#NationalAnthem — Anupun Kher (@AnupunKher) January 9, 2018 8. 2018 Is Off To A Good Start. One sensible news coming this year: No more #NationalAnthem in #cinemahalls.#BreakingNews #TuesdayThoughts — Haider Ali Khan (@khanhaider) January 9, 2018 9. He Has Said It. I might get digital tomatoes for saying this. I think #NationalAnthem should be played at less occasions, but when played should be given proper respect. Running it too often isn't democratic. — saket suryesh (@saket71) January 8, 2018 10. It Does Indeed! Democracy exists! #NationalAnthem https://t.co/P7jaLhXAMR — Gopichand kolluri (@Gopichand369) January 9, 2018 While we all love our nation, we do have to agree that forced patriotism won't do any good in the long run and this was definitely not the right way to judge how patriotic a citizen is.
  20. Singer Pink performs at the 2017 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, US, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files Pink will get the Super Bowl party started by singing the national anthem before the championship game in Minneapolis on February 4, the NFL said on Monday. The performance will mark the Grammy award-winning singer?s first appearance on the Super Bowl stage, which has been graced by artists such as Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga, and Idina Menzel in recent years. Performances of the national anthem have been a major talking point during the NFL season as players have used the occasion to take knees, sit or link arms during the song to protest about racial inequality and police brutality in the US. The protests have been criticized by the Trump Administration, which has chosen to interpret the demonstrations as offensive to the US military. Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game in Indianapolis earlier this season when players protested during the anthem. The NFL previously announced that singer Justin Timberlake would headline the halftime show. The NFL also announced on Monday that Alexandria Wailes will perform in American Sign Language both the national anthem and ?America The Beautiful.? The Super Bowl is the most-watched event on US television, drawing more than 100 million viewers.
  21. A pedestrian walks through blinding snow across the Brooklyn Bridge during Storm Grayson in New York City, US, January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz BOSTON/NEW YORK: A powerful blizzard battered the US Northeast on Thursday, knocking out power for tens of thousands of people and snarling travel amid a cold snap that has gripped much of the United States for over a week and killed more than a dozen people. Thousands of flights were canceled, firefighters scrambled to rescue motorists from flooded streets in Boston, National Guard troops were mobilized in the Northeast and New York City?s two main airports halted flights because of whiteout conditions. ?Today, I thought Manhattan was going to have the streets cleaned up, but I see not,? said Valentine Williams, who usually operates an electric scooter to deliver food in New York City. The snow forced Williams, 28, to make deliveries on foot. No customers complained that he was slower than usual. ?They?re just surprised that I?m out here,? he added. Officials feared fast-dropping temperatures after the storm passed would turn snow on roadways to ice. Ahead of that threat, snow ploughs and salt trucks were dispatched along streets and highways, and schools were closed through much of the region. In Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh said schools would remain closed on Friday. Blizzard warnings were in effect along the East Coast from North Carolina to Maine. The US National Weather Service measured wind gusts of more than 70 miles per hour (113 kph), which downed power lines. Almost 80,000 homes and businesses in the Northeast and Southeast, where the storm struck on Wednesday, were without power. The Boston area received 12 inches of snow, with more on the way, according to the National Weather Service. Parts of New Jersey were buried under nearly a foot and a half of powder. The storm was powered by a rapid plunge in barometric pressure that some weather forecasters called a bombogenesis or a ?bomb cyclone.? It brought high winds and swift, heavy snowfall. The wintry weather has been blamed for at least 14 deaths in the past few days, including four in North Carolina traffic accidents and three in Texas because of the cold. Nearly 500 members of the National Guard were activated along the East Coast to assist with emergency response, including 200 in New York state, the US Department of Defense said in a statement. Travel woes More than 5,000 US airline flights were cancelled. At New York?s John F. Kennedy (JFK) and LaGuardia airports, all flights were temporarily halted because of whiteout conditions, the Federal Aviation Administration said. LaGuardia on Thursday evening announced on Twitter that the suspension had been lifted. But the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said flights at JFK would not resume until 7 a.m. Friday. Passenger train operator Amtrak ran reduced service in the Northeast. Sporadic delays were reported on transit systems, including New York?s Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North commuter lines, as well as the Boston area?s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority system. ?Years of Band-Aid solutions create nightmare situations when storm damage occurs,? said Joseph Schwieterman, a professor of public policy and specialist in transportation systems at DePaul University in Chicago. ?Replacement parts are tough to find and maintenance process turns into major headache.? In New York?s Fort Greene neighbourhood, Mohammed Farid Khan said his morning commute took three times as long as usual because of train woes. ?There were only local trains, no express,? Khan, 30, said as he hunched with an electric drill trying to fix the handle of his snow shovel inside the convenience store where he works. Icy rescues A 3-foot (0.9-meter) tidal surge flooded the area around Boston?s historic Long Wharf with icy seawater. Firefighters used an inflatable raft to rescue one motorist from a car submerged in water up to its door handles, Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn told reporters. The flooding tied a 40-year record, the National Weather Service said. Boston officials briefly thought they would need to a evacuate a shelter near the flooded areas, Walsh said. Officials reported traffic accidents throughout the Northeast and the storm?s reach extended to eastern Canada. On Wednesday, the same storm brought historic cities in the Southeastern United States their heaviest snowfall in three decades.
  22. State Department Press Briefing Spokesperson Heather Nauert. Photo:File WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday announced that it is suspending the transfer of military equipment and security-related funds to Pakistan. "Today we can confirm that we are suspending security assistance only to Pakistan at this time," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert announced at a press briefing. The spokesperson added that Pakistan could receive the suspended funding if it takes decisive actions against Haqqani Network and Afghan Taliban. Nauert said she could not provide a dollar value for the suspended aid because the administration was still calculating the types of aid affected by the decision. US puts Pakistan on watch list for 'violation of religious freedom' Countries were redesignated on December 22 by the State Department The suspension of security assistance to Islamabad comes after Washington accused Pakistan of playing a ?double game? on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain US aid. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that Washington would withhold $255 million in assistance to Pakistan. Haley's statement followed an angry tweet from Trump that the US had been rewarded with ?nothing but lies and deceit? for giving Pakistan billions in aid. Nauert said the suspension of security assistance was in addition to the earlier announced suspension of $255 million aid. 'No amount of coercion can dictate us' No amount of compulsion can pressurise Pakistan on how to continue, Major General Asif Ghafoor ? the Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) ? said while speaking Wednesday night (Pakistan time) on Geo News' programme Capital Talk about the recent strategic developments. Response to any US aggression will be in line with public's expectations: DG ISPR No amount of coercion can dictate Pakistan on how to continue, says Army spokesman The military spokesperson was responding to the US withholding aid worth $255 million to Pakistan following Trump?s tweet, wherein the latter said the US had foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in financial assistance over the past 15 years. "No amount of coercion can dictate us how to continue," he said. "We wish to move forward through cooperative engagement but will not compromise on self-respect and dignity." "Pakistan had made alternate arrangements in advance," the spokesperson said, adding that the US' decision to stop aid would not affect the nation's financial requirements.
  23. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan continued his tirade against the Sharif family and remarked that their greed is becoming a national security threat for Pakistan. Photo: file ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan continued his tirade against the Sharif family and said that their greed is becoming a national security threat for the country. The PTI leader also mentioned that Pakistan has to suffer ?constant humiliation? due to the greed of the Sharif brothers. He wrote: ?For how long will Pakistan have to suffer the constant humiliation wrought on it by the greedy Sharif brothers dashing abroad seeking help from foreign leaders to save the wealth they plundered from the nation? The Sharifs greed is becoming a national security threat for Pak.? In his tweet, Imran also implied that the visit of Sharif brother to Saudi Arabia is to seek help from "foreign leaders" in order to save their wealth which has been plundered from the nation. On Friday, Imran claimed that former premier Nawaz Sharif is trying to get another National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). While addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the PTI chief further said that the ideology of Nawaz is corruption and alleged that former finance minister Ishaq Dar is Nawaz's frontman. "It is all a mafia. They are all involved [in corruption]," the PTI chief alleged. "Where is Ishaq Dar getting all the money from? They're all interlinked. We are facing a mafia," he said, adding that the "Hudaibiya Paper Mills is the real money trail." Nawaz trying for another NRO, claims Imran Imran Khan addressed media in Islamabad "Nawaz, Shehbaz and Dar are all money launderers," and added that Saaed Shaikh in the United States and Saiful Rehman in Qatar are also frontmen for the Sharif family, Imran alleged while reading documents which he said prove the Sharif family has been looting the public for decades. "Ishaq Dar has 11 companies in Dubai. Hussain Nawaz and Safdar are also employees of these companies," claimed the PTI chairman. He also said the Sharif brothers are also trying to get a new NRO in order to save themselves. "I think they would hold the legs of Saudi monarchs," the PTI chief said, adding, "Whether they go to Saudi Arabia, or touch Trump's feet; it isn't going to save their money." Imran said the reason Nawaz is "raising so much hue and cry over his ouster is that he is afraid the rest of his [ill-gotten] wealth would be disclosed next." The PTI chief further said Nawaz, Maryam and PML-N's ministers are attacking the judiciary and assured the courts that the entire nation stands with the judiciary.
  24. LAHORE: National Security Advisor Lieutenant General (retired) Nasser Khan Janjua called on Pakistan Muslim League ? Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif today, sources informed Geo News. Matters pertaining to national security were discussed in the meeting, which lasted for five hours at Nawaz?s Jati Umra residence, sources said.
  25. KARACHI: The former team captain and President Pakistan Pakistan Disabled Cricket Association (PDCA) Rashid Latif has launched the sixth National Disabled T-20 Cricket Championship, which will start from January 1 (Monday) simultaneously at Rashid Latif Cricket Academy and TMC ground Gulberg. President PDCA Rashid Latif said that it is the first event the under the new management and board of directors and he is hopeful that this will be a memorable and very successful event. He further said hard work should be done and full assistance in each and every department should be given. President PDCA said he is grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Patron PDCA Saleem Karim for the guidance and support to the academy at national and international level. Total eight teams are part of the tournament, including title defender Multan in the first face which has been divided in two groups. The tournament organised is by the PDCA and recognised and supported by the PCB. According to the Secretary PDCA Amiruddin Ansari, the league matches which will continue till January 3. Two times defending champion Multan team will defend the title and aspires for the hat-trick. Group ?A? consist on Karachi, Faisalabad, Quetta and Bahawalpur while group ?B? consist on Multan, Hyderabad, Quetta Bolan and Sargodha. In Group?C? and Group ?D? the eight others regional team will complete on league basis in the month of February 2018 in Rawalpindi and Islamabad and Final will be played in Karachi later.