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  1. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/47d07b2c2e50386d39fa6c1dc333fb2b.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OC8xOS8yMDE3IDY6MTI6MTIgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT15WGxVTDVnUVp6N28wazNndVJ4MVB3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has written to the Supreme Court to direct members of the Panama Papers case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to record their statements before the bureau, Geo News reported, citing sources. NAB has submitted an application to Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, who has been appointed to oversee the probe by NAB against the Sharifs. According to sources, NAB had written to JIT chief Wajid Zia to ask the team's members to record their statements before NAB, to which Zia replied that since JIT has ceased to exist, therefore the apex court be approached for the purpose. Nawaz Sharif refuses to appear before NAB Legal team advised the Sharif family to not recognise the NAB reference, say sources In its request to the judge, NAB has said that recording statements of the JIT members is important for filing references against Nawaz Sharif and his sons. In its July 28 verdict, the Supreme Court had ruled to send references against Nawaz Sharif, his children Maryam, Hussain and Hasan, son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar and Ishaq Dar to an accountability court. Disqualified by SC, Nawaz Sharif steps down as prime minister Nawaz Sharif disqualified for failing to disclose his un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from UAE-based Capital FZE in his 2013 election nominations papers In its order, the five-member-bench requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan to nominate a judge of the Supreme Court to supervise and monitor implementation of the judgement and oversee proceedings of NAB and the accountability court.
  2. source: NBC News NEW DELHI: Ten people were killed and dozens injured when an express train derailed in north India on Saturday, an official said. Emergency workers were pulling people out of mangled, upended carriages and rushing the wounded to hospital after five coaches derailed early on Saturday evening. "Ten people have died and dozens have been injured. Most of the injured have been taken to the hospital," said P S Mishra, chief medical officer for the area, by phone. Police said the casualties were being rushed to hospital, but they were unable to give numbers. "There are certainly casualties but right now the focus is on evacuation," senior police officer Jitender Kumar told AFP by phone from the accident site. "We are shifting everyone to the hospital. We are trying to take out those trapped inside the coaches." Photographs from the scene in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh showed people climbing onto upended carriages to try to pull passengers out. The accident is the latest disaster to hit India´s most populous state. It comes just a week after dozens of children died at a hospital that had run out of oxygen there. India´s railway network is still the main form of long-distance travel in the vast country, but it is poorly funded and deadly accidents often occur. Less than a year ago 146 people died in a similar disaster in Uttar Pradesh. A 2012 government report said almost 15,000 people were killed every year on India´s railways and described the loss of life as an annual "massacre". Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s government has pledged to invest $137 billion over five years to modernise the crumbling railways, making them safer, faster and more efficient.
  3. RAWALPINDI: A delegation from the United States, led by Commander Central Command (US CENTCOM) General Joseph L. Votel visited North Waziristan Agency on Saturday and appreciated the efforts and sacrifices of Pakistan Army for re-establishing peace in the area, said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The CENTCOM commander also realized the importance of Pak-Afghan bilateral border security cooperation. The delegation was briefed on the Army?s operations in the agency and the security mechanism on the Pak-Afghan border, added ISPR. Votel and his delegation were also apprised of efforts on the socio-economic developments, including the return of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs). The delegation also visited APS Miranshah and interacted with students. Earlier, upon arrival at North Waziristan Agency, the delegation was received by Commander Peshawar Corps, Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmad Butt. Lt Gen Bilal Akbar, Chief of General Staff accompanied the delegation.
  4. Dr Pfau, Pakistan?s ?Mother Teresa?, dedicated a lifetime to fighting leprosy in the country KARACHI: Sindh government has issued a notification renaming Civil Hospital to Dr. Ruth K.M. Pfau ?in recognition of [her] services in medical field rendered". The hospital will be renamed with immediate effect. Dr Pfau, Pakistan?s ?Mother Teresa?, who dedicated a lifetime to fighting leprosy in the country, was laid to rest at Karachi's Gora Qabristan with full state honours on Saturday. Dr Ruth Pfau laid to rest with full state honours in Karachi COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa among dignitaries present at the burial ceremony of Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa' Among the dignitaries who attended the burial of Pakistan's humanitarian hero were President Mamnoon Hussain, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, IG Sindh, Corps Commander Karachi, DG Rangers, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair. German-Pakistani national Dr Ruth breathed her last after prolonged illness on August 10, 2017 at a private hospital in Karachi. She was 87. She is only the second person to be accorded a state funeral in 29 years, with the last one offered for late philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi in 2016. Dr Ruth visited Pakistan in the 1960s and ended up staying, adopting Pakistan as her new home as she dedicated her life to taking care of leprosy patients. It was due to her endless struggle that Pakistan defeated the disease and became leprosy-free in 1996. She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988 and received numerous accolades for her services, including the country's top civilian awards Hilal-i-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Pakistan.
  5. DHAKA: Bangladesh coastguards Saturday turned back a boat carrying 31 Rohingya Muslim refugees escaping renewed army activity in their neighbouring Myanmar homeland, an official said. The push-back came after at least 500 Rohingya fled their villages in Myanmar´s Rakhine state, crossing the border to take shelter in refugee camps and hills in Bangladesh´s southeastern Cox´s Bazar district. A coastguard patrol boat found the boat on the Naf river, which acts as a border between Bangladesh and Myanmar, as it tried to enter Cox´s Bazar early in the morning. The refugees included women and children who said they were victims of violence, coast guard spokesman Sheikh Fakhr Uddin said quoting the escapees. "We found two injured among 18 men, along with nine women and four children. But we had to send them back," Uddin told AFP. The latest influx follows a months-long bloody military crackdown on the mainly Muslim minority in Myanmar that led tens of thousands to flee across the border. The United Nations has said the violence may amount to ethnic cleansing. "We have beefed up our patrol on the Naf as (Myanmar) army is gathering in the bordering villages, which may prompt them (Rohingya) to try coming to Bangladesh," Uddin said. Dhaka estimates that nearly 400,000 Rohingya refugees are living in squalid refugee camps and makeshift settlements in Cox´s Bazar, which borders Rakhine. Their numbers swelled last October when more than 70,000 Rohingya villagers began arriving, bringing stories of systematic rape, murder and arson at the hands of Myanmar soldiers. Last week, the UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee voiced alarm at reports that a Myanmar army battalion had flown into Rakhine to help local authorities boost security in the region. Buddhist-majority Myanmar has long faced criticism for its treatment of the more than one million Rohingya who live in Rakhine, who are seen as interlopers from Bangladesh, denied citizenship and access to basic rights. But they are also increasingly unwelcome in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, where police often blame them for crimes such as drug trafficking. Dhaka has floated the idea of relocating tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote, flood-prone island off its coast, despite opposition from rights groups.
  6. source: AFP NEW DELHI: Nearly 600 people have died and millions have been affected by monsoon floods in South Asia, officials said Saturday, as relief and rescue operations continued. The latest floods and landslides in the subcontinent began in the second week of August, as the annual monsoon strengthened its grip over the northern and eastern parts of the region. Indian authorities sought military help in two districts of northern Uttar Pradesh state after fresh heavy rains left hundreds of villages marooned. As many as 33 out of 75 districts in the most populated Indian state are reeling from floods that have left 55 people dead. "We have sought army´s help to reach out to the affected people," T P Gupta, a senior official from the state´s disaster management authority, told AFP. Nearly 100,000 people have moved to shelters, with authorities estimating another two million have been hit by the deluge. In India´s worst hit Bihar state the death toll reached 153 following one of the deadliest floods to hit the region since 2008. Nearly 400,000 people have sought shelter in relief camps and an estimated 10 million have been affected by the flood. Anirudh Kumar, a top disaster management agency official in the state, said more than 5,000 emergency workers including 2,000 soldiers were supporting relief and rescue operations. "Nearly 1,300 shelters have been opened to accommodate the affected people," Kumar told AFP. Both Bihar and Uttar Pradesh border Nepal, which was hit by floods at the weekend and where the death toll is 123. At least 20 per cent of the 28 million population is affected in what the United Nations has called the worst flood to hit the country in 15 years. Further east in India, at least 60 people have died in floods that hit Assam state a second time in less than four months and nearly 425,000 remain in relief camps. Railway connectivity between the remote region and mainland remained suspended for the sixth consecutive day following large scale damage to the tracks. Authorities in West Bengal state said the flood waters were receding after a lull in the rains but 52 so far deaths were reported. More than a million people have been affected. ´Humanitarian crisis´ At least a hundred people have died in neighbouring Bangladesh with close to six million affected by the floods. The government has opened nearly a thousand shelters in schools and colleges where nearly 300,000 people have taken shelter, the country´s disaster management department said. But there are still pockets of the country where help has yet to reach. Poresh Mondol, a farmer in the northern district of Kurigram, one of the worst hit areas, has been camping with his family on the roof of his tin-shed house, most of which was submerged. "No one has come to us with any help. We are left with the last fist-full of dry goods," he told AFP by phone. The International Red Cross called it a humanitarian crisis and said urgent action was needed. "Millions of people across Nepal, Bangladesh and India face severe food shortages and disease caused by polluted flood waters," said Martin Faller, deputy regional director for Asia Pacific, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Every year hundreds die in landslides and floods during the monsoon season that hits India´s southern tip in early June and sweeps across the South Asia region for four months. A massive landslide in India´s Himachal Pradesh state swept two passenger buses off a hillside, killing 46 people on Sunday. Eight others, including two soldiers, were killed in Uttarakhand state in landslides on Monday. Nearly 350 people died in the first wave of floods that began mid-July in India´s western Gujarat state and several remote northeastern states.
  7. LAHORE: Pervaiz Malik will lead the election campaign as the president of PML-N's Lahore chapter, said the party's spokesperson on Saturday. ?Maryam and Hamza will work alongside Pervaiz Malik, who will lead the election campaign as PML-N Lahore president,? said the spokesperson. The statement from PML-N added that the oppositions' wish of differences within the Sharif family will never be fulfilled. Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Nawaz Sharif, also rubbished rumours of any rift in the Sharif family and said those hoping for a rift will "bite the dust". Earlier it was reported that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has removed his nephew, Hamza Shehbaz, as in-charge of NA-120 election campaign, informed sources told Geo News on Saturday. According to sources, Nawaz had called a meeting on Thursday in Jati Umrah where he asked federal minister Pervaiz Malik to take over as in-charge of the election campaign for his wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. Reportedly, Malik had asked Nawaz to let Hamza run the election campaign but his request was denied by the former prime minister. Sources added that, after his removal, Hamza said that he is a political worker and would continue his political activities. However, later Hamza expressed his displeasure and signaled to his close confidantes that he would leave the country during the election campaign. Earlier today, in what appeared to be a sign of apparent rifts within the Sharif family, Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif asked PML-N leaders to refrain from making statements against state institutions. Sources have claimed that the decision by the Punjab chief minister was taken unilaterally and Nawaz's approval was not sought in this regard. Earlier this week, the returning officer approved nomination papers of Pakistan Muslim League ? Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Begum Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) candidate Yasmin Rashid, and Pakistan People?s Party (PPP) candidate Faisal Mir for the NA-120 (Lahore-III) by-election. The NA-120 seat fell vacant after the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif as prime minister in Panama Papers case. In the 2013 General Elections, Nawaz had won the seat by a substantial margin, defeating PTI?s Yasmin Rashid ? who will be contesting for the seat this time around too. By-election on the seat is scheduled for Sunday, September 17, 2017.
  8. KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Abdul Rashid Godil has decided to "maintain distance" from politics and will not contest next elections owing to security concerns. According to sources, Godil has decided to quit politics after family pressure. MQM leader Abdul Rashid Godil shot in Karachi MQM leader Abdul Rashid Godil shot in Karachi Godil was shot in the Bahadurabad area of the city in 2015. He was shot six times in the chest, jaw and neck. The MQM leader underwent surgery and was placed on a ventilator. Godil?s wife was in the car at the time of the attack but remained unhurt, while his driver who was injured in the attack succumbed to injuries at the hospital.
  9. QUETTA: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday said that there is no clash between the institutions and the government. "There is no clash between the institutions and the government, this news only exists in the media," said the prime minister while addressing the media during his visit to Quetta. The prime minister was on his first visit to Balochistan after assuming office. Referring to earlier statements made by PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, the premier said political parties always maintain dialogue with all political forces in the country. He added that Zardari would be included in dialogue as "dialogues are politics". "This is election year, it is expected all politicians would give more political statements," said Abbasi. 'Solve Balochistan's problems' The prime minister said the incumbent government's objective is to solve the problems of Balochistan and bring it on par to other provinces. "Our objective is to solve Balochistan's problems and remove the feeling of helplessness in the province's population," said the prime minister. Abbasi added that he has had detailed discussions with Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri. "When the government came to power in 2013, we all know what the security situation in the province was and we have worked towards making the situation better," said the premier. Abbasi said as part of development schemes in the province, gas facilities would be built in all districts of the province for the provision of gas to the people. "Another request we received was for solar powered tube wells. The project will be completed in three phases and will ensure the betterment of agricultural facilities in the province," added Abbasi. In regards to provision of water to the people, the prime minister said the water resources ministry will work with the provincial government for building as many water reservoirs in the province as possible. The premier also said that the health card scheme introduced by Nawaz Sharif in six districts of the province will be expanded across Balochistan and similarly, Benazir Income Support Program would also be expanded in the province. Touching upon the topic of exploration activities in the province, Abbasi said that law and order had to be improved first before initiation of such activities. "As the situation has improved, more gas blocks are being explored and the remaining will be explored soon." The prime minister had arrived earlier today in Quetta and was received by the chief minister.
  10. LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman (PTI) on Saturday raised reservations over the upcoming NA-120 by-polls and said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is not independent and works under the incumbent government. PTI's candidate for NA-120, Yasmin Rashid, said the party has not been provided with updated voter lists and the lists provided are missing 35 blocks. She also said that the PTI has submitted five petitions in ECP, but have yet to receive a reply after a passage of 10 days. Rashid that the list earlier provided by the ECP had 330,000 voters and a later list had 324,000 voters. "ECP claimed that 6,000 voters had died," said Rashid. PTI leaders also said that they have asked the election commission for an updated voter list and they have yet to receive it. She also said that Kulsoom Nawaz is the deputy chairman of the same company that her husband Nawaz Sharif was and was disqualified from office due to the same reason. "Same clause is applicable Kulsoom Nawaz as it was to her husband," added Rashid.
  11. LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday directed party leaders and officials to refrain from making comments against the country's institutions. In a statement, the chief minister said that the party officials should not engage in speculations which could harm the honour of national institutions. LHC dismisses contempt of court petition against Nawaz A lawyer representing the federal government during the hearing maintained that only the court who has been supposedly targeted can take action on the contempt of court Pakistan cannot afford a clash between institutions, said Sharif.
  12. The incident took place in a city some 2,100 kilometres northeast of Moscow in the oil-rich Khanty-Mansi region. Photo: Reuters MOSCOW: Russian police said Saturday that "terrorism" was not the main angle of the investigation after identifying the attacker who stabbed eight people on the streets of a far northern city of Surgut. A knife attacker stabbed eight people on the street in Russia?s far northern city of Surgut before being shot by police, investigators said today. The male attacker ?carried out attacks on passers-by, causing stab wounds to eight? while ?moving along central streets of the city? at around 11:20am (local time) said Russia?s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes. It said that armed police then arrived and used their weapons on the attacker and ?liquidated? him. The incident took place in a city some 2,100 kilometres northeast of Moscow in the oil-rich Khanty-Mansi region. Two of those stabbed are in a serious condition while five more are in a stable condition, the government of the Khanty-Mansi region said in a statement, calling the attacker so far ?unidentified.? It called for calm over the incident, saying that ?in the interests of public calm and also of the investigation, citizens and media are recommended to use reliable information in assessing the situation until all the circumstances are established. "The version that the attack was a terrorist one is not the main one," the interior ministry´s press service in the Khanty-Mansi region told the Interfax news agency, saying that the attacker had been identified and may have suffered from psychiatric disorders. The attacker "carried out attacks on passersby, causing stab wounds to eight," Russia´s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes said, adding that armed police then "liquidated" the attacker.
  13. ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday issued a show cause notice to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan. The notice was issued to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the PTI chairman. Imran has till August 23 to reply to the notice and the ECP has said that it has jurisdiction to hear contempt proceedings. At the last hearing on July 25, Khan's counsel Babar Awan had argued that only the high court and Supreme Court can take up proceedings for contempt as per the Constitution. He said a legal framework needs to be put in place in order for the ECP to take up contempt proceedings, as the 1976 Contempt of Court ceases to exist. The ECP had issued the contempt notice to Khan on January 24 over his ?scandalous remarks? about the commission.
  14. ISLAMABAD: Former Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar will hold a press conference on Sunday. Nisar, on Saturday, announced that he will talk to the media at 5pm at Punjab House tomorrow. Speculation runs rife that the former interior minister will discuss internal issues of his party, the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) in tommorow's press conference. Sources close to the former minister and senior PML-N leader told Geo News that Nisar is likely to speak about the country's political situation at large and PML-N's internal party matters. Had decided to resign, but changed mind after consultations with friends: Nisar Interior ministry clarifies that Nisar's statement regarding resignation was about his earlier decision On July 27, Nisar held a much-awaited news conference that created confusion regarding his resignation following the Supreme Court verdict in the Panama Papers implementation case. During the presser, Nisar stressed that he was adamant on taking an extreme step last night up till this morning. Nisar said that after meeting friends in a meeting that lasted four-and-a-half hours yesterday, he was left with one solution, not to take that extreme measure. ?I know that taking a decision at this time could hurt the party leadership and government. But the day the decision comes whether it is in favour or against, I will resign from the ministry and membership of the National Assembly," Nisar told reporters. This statement by Nisar created confusion and later, required a clarification.
  15. Alastair Cook walks off to an ovation after making 243/Getty Images BIRMINGHAM: Alastair Cook´s double century put England in a commanding position against the West Indies before James Anderson struck in the inaugural day/night Test in Britain at Edgbaston on Friday. West Indies were 44 for one in reply to England´s imposing 514 for eight declared, a deficit of 470 runs, when rain ended the second day´s play early in the third session. Cook´s 243, his fourth Test double century, was the cornerstone of England´s total and the former captain´s dismissal prompted current skipper Joe Root to declare. That left the West Indies with a tricky nine overs to bat in twilight before the tea interval. That was time enough for opener Kraigg Brathwaite to be caught behind for a duck off Anderson. Kieran Powell had made just two when the normally reliable Ben Stokes dropped him in the gully off Stuart Broad. But come the close, Powell was 18 not out while Kyle Hope, in at nought for one on Test debut, had made a heartening 25 not out for the tourists. But by that stage both Cook and Anderson, England´s leading Test run-scorer and wicket-taker respectively, had made telling contributions. England resumed in a strong position of 348 for three in the first of this three-match series and the 50th Test at Edgbaston. Cook was 153 not out, an innings that had already seen him extend his record tally of England Test centuries to 31. Significantly it was also Cook´s first Test hundred in 17 innings and the 32-year-old left-handed opener´s tenth score of 150 or more at this level. Together with Root, who made 136 after winning the toss, he´d put on 248 for the third wicket. Batting masterclass Cook was then joined by Dawid Malan, who extended his overnight 28 not out to 65 -- a maiden Test fifty -- in a fourth-wicket partnership of 162 that strengthened England´s grip on the game. "He gave me a batting masterclass," Malan told reporters of his stand with Cook. "It was the best seat in the house." He added: "To watch how a master goes at his work, to watch him be as disciplined as he can be shows you what you need to do to be successful at this level." James Anderson removed Kraigg Brathwaite early in West Indies' reply/Getty Images Both Malan and Cook were dismissed by off-spinner Roston Chase, whose return of four wickets for 113 runs in 26.2 overs made him the most succesful member of an otherwise seam-dominated West Indies attack. "It´s always good getting wickets," said Chase. "I was lucky enough to get four today but I thought I was a little bit too expensive. My length was a little bit too short to Cooky." Malan´s pull off Miguel Cummins saw the Middlesex left-hander to a 112 ball-fifty in his fifth Test innings. Cook then went to his 200 when a misfield by Kyle Hope on the third man rope allowed the ball to trickle through for the opener´s 30th four in 339 balls. But West Indies did have a success on the stroke of lunch when Chase had Malan caught at slip. Cook was 213 not out at lunch. But his chances of surpassing his highest Test score of 294, made against India at Edgbaston six years ago, were not helped by a rush of wickets at the other end, with Chase the main beneficiary. Cook, with tailender Toby Roland-Jones for company, was lbw on review to Chase when he missed an onside flick as a marathon effort of more than nine hours finally came to an end.
  16. KARACHI: Pakistan?s ?Mother Teresa? Dr Ruth Pfau, who dedicated a lifetime to fighting leprosy in the country, was laid to rest at Karachi's Gora Qabristan with full state honours on Saturday. Her state funeral and burial rites, as captured on camera: geo_embedgallery
  17. ISLAMABAD: Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed on Saturday said the NRO will not happen at any cost in the country. Addressing a press conference, Rasheed lashed out at Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq after the latter was reported to be preparing a reference against SC judge Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.
  18. Five people in the swearing-in photo no longer work in the White House. Photo: NYT Below are the top White House officials who resigned, or were fired, dismissed or reassigned. FBI Director James B. Comey and Obama administration holdover Sally Q. Yates who was serving as his acting attorney general were fired by the . Chief strategist: Stephen K. Bannon Stephen K. Bannon. Trump decided to remove Bannon only seven months after he got on board. The former chief strategist is a right-wing nationalist who clashed with other senior White House advisers and members of Trump's family. A source close to Bannon said that he had submitted his resignation to the president on August 7. Communications director: Mike Dubke Mike Dubke. Dubke resigned just after three months of joining the Trump government as the communications director. He told colleagues that the reasons for his resignation were ?personal.? National security adviser: Michael T. Flynn Michael T. Flynn. Trump demanded Flynn's resignation more than two weeks after he was told that the national security adviser had lied to the vice president and was vulnerable to blackmail by Russians Deputy national security adviser: K. T. McFarland K.T. McFarland. McFarland, who was brought to the White House by Flynn, was named the ambassador to Singapore in mid-May. Her exit was announced just four months after she joined Trump's White House team, the NYT reported. Chief of staff: Reince Priebus Reince Priebus. Priebus was pushed out just six months after he was taken on board. Trump's chief of staff tendered his resignation after the US president told him he wanted to make a change and offered the job to John Kelly. Communications director: Anthony Scaramucci Anthony Scaramucci. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired Scaramucci just a week after he joined as the communications director, after a vulgarity-laced telephone call with a New Yorker reporter was made public. Press secretary, communications director: Sean Spicer Sean Spicer. Spicer resigned, telling Trump that he disagreed with his hiring of Scaramucci as communications director. He lasted on Trump's White House team for six months. Deputy chief of staff: Katie Walsh Katie Walsh. Walsh was forced out by Jared Kushner and other West Wing officials just two months after she joined. She joined the pro-Trump outside group America First Policies. Senior director for intelligence, NSA: Ezra Cohen-Watnick Ezra Cohen-Watnick. More than six months after he was appointed by Flynn, Cohen-Watnick exited Trump's White House team. He was pushed out by Lt Gen H. R. McMaster, who succeeded Flynn. Deputy chief of staff, NSC: Tera Dahl Tera Dahl. A former writer for Breitbart News who was appointed by Flynn, Dahl left the White House for a post at the United States Agency for International Development in less than six months after she was appointed as the deputy chief of staff of NSC. Middle East adviser, NSC: Derek Harvey Derek Harvey. No explanation was given for the exit of Trump's Middle East Adviser for NSC. Harvey was appointed by Flynn and was widely reported to have been at odds with McMaster. His exit came after more than six months of his joining. Director in the strategic planning office, NSC: Rich Higgins Rich Higgins. Higgins was forced out after writing a memo arguing that Trump was being subverted by an array of foreign and domestic enemies, including ?globalists? and officials of the ?deep state.? Senior assistant press secretary: Michael C. Short Michael C. Short. The senior assistant press secretary quit Trump's team just six months after he came on board. Short, who had been close to Spicer, resigned shortly after Scaramucci confirmed to reporters that he was planning to fire Short.
  19. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met United States Central Command Commander General Joseph L Votel on Saturday. During the meeting, the prime minister and US commander spoke about relations between both the countries and discussed the security situation of Pakistan. According to sources, the US commander was apprised on the operations under way against terrorist groups across the country, especially the tribal areas. Others in attendance at the meeting included Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir.
  20. COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa at Dr Ruth Pfau's burial Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Karachi on Saturday to attend the burial of Dr Ruth Pfau, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. COAS General Qamar Bajwa attended the burial ceremony of Pakistan?s ?Mother Teresa? Dr Ruth at the city's Gora Qabristan, where she was laid to rest with full national honours. Among the dignitaries present at Gora Qabristan to attend Dr Ruth?s burial were President Mamnoon Hussain, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, IG Sindh, Corps Commander Karachi, DG Rangers and Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah along with his cabinet was also present at the burial. Dr Ruth passed away earlier this month after dedicating a lifetime to fighting leprosy in the country. Last rites of Dr Ruth Pfau being performed with full state honours State funeral of Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa' under way in Karachi Armed forces carried the casket containing Dr Ruth's body to St Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi?s Saddar area in a gun convoy - the highest military honour at a funeral last accorded to humanitarian icon Abdul Sattar Edhi. The casket was draped in the national flag of Pakistan. A 19-gun salute was also offered during the funeral proceedings. German-Pakistani national Dr Ruth breathed her last after prolonged illness on August 10, 2017 at a private hospital in Karachi. She was 87.
  21. A message demanding money is seen on a monitor of a payment terminal at a branch of Ukraine's state-owned bank Oschadbank after Ukrainian institutions were hit by a wave of cyber attacks earlier in the day, in Kiev, Ukraine, June 27, 2017. Photo: Reuters file KIEV: The Ukrainian central bank said on Friday it had warned state-owned and private lenders of the appearance of new malware as security services said Ukraine faced cyber attacks like those that knocked out global systems in June. The June 27 attack, dubbed NotPetya, took down many Ukrainian government agencies and businesses, before spreading rapidly through corporate networks of multinationals with operations or suppliers in eastern Europe. Kiev's central bank has since been working with the government-backed Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and police to boost the defenses of the Ukrainian banking sector by quickly sharing information. "Therefore on Aug. 11....the central bank promptly informed banks about the appearance of new malicious code, its features, compromise indicators and the need to implement precautionary measures to prevent infection," the central bank told Reuters in emailed comments. According to its letter to banks, seen by Reuters, the new malware is spread by opening email attachments of word documents. "The nature of this malicious code, its mass distribution, and the fact that at the time of its distribution it was not detected by any anti-virus software, suggest that this attack is preparation for a mass cyber-attack on the corporate networks of Ukrainian businesses," the letter said. Ukraine - regarded by some, despite Kremlin denials, as a guinea pig for Russian state-sponsored hacks - is fighting an uphill battle in turning pockets of protection into a national strategy to keep state institutions and systemic companies safe. The state cyber police and Security and Defence Council have said Ukraine could be targeted on Aug. 24 with a NotPetya-style attack aimed at destabilizing the country as it celebrates its 1991 independence from the Soviet Union.
  22. While Afghanistan's red, black and green tricolour flag adorned many Kabul streets, the day will largely go unobserved by ordinary Afghans, who are frustrated by the deteriorating security situation. Photo: AFP KABUL: Afghan security forces were on high alert Saturday as the war-weary country, reeling from a number of high-profile deadly attacks, marked its independence day with muted celebrations. There was an increased police presence in the capital Kabul where President Ashraf Ghani hosted a private ceremony for Afghan dignitaries. "All of our police units are on the highest state of alert and they are placed everywhere across the city," Kabul police spokesman Abdul Basir Mujahid told AFP. "We have increased the number of police checkpoints in and around the diplomatic quarters (too)," he added, amid fears that the Taliban would mark the anniversary with a large-scale attack. August 19 commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Rawalpindi in 1919, which granted Afghanistan full independence from Britain, although the country was never part of the British empire, after three bloody wars. While Afghanistan´s red, black and green tricolour flag adorned many Kabul streets, the day was largely going unobserved by ordinary Afghans, who are frustrated by the deteriorating security situation and the lack of progress by the US-led international coalition forces. As in recent years there are no public ceremonies planned in the capital. The city has been on edge since a massive truck bomb ripped through its diplomatic quarter during morning rush hour on May 31, killing about 150 and wounding around 400 people, mostly civilians, in an unclaimed attack. Taliban insurgents are currently at the peak of their summer fighting season and have launched several deadly assaults around the country in recent weeks. Ghani welcomed dozens of Afghan officials for a morning ceremony at the presidential palace and laid a wreath at the independence minaret inside the defence ministry compound. "A very happy Independence Day to everyone in AFG," Ghani said on Twitter. "This day was earned with lots of sacrifices. We must pay homage & celebrate this legacy." Trump mulls next step While some Afghans changed their Facebook profile pictures to the Afghan flag or to Amanullah Khan, the king who secured Afghanistan´s independence, others lamented that the fight against the Taliban, now in its 16th year, meant there was little to celebrate. "What independence day are we talking about when we are still at war with terrorism and don´t seem to be winning against it?" one user wrote on the social media site. The day got under way as US President Donald Trump wrapped up a meeting of his national security team at Camp David on Friday as he tries to forge a new strategy for Afghanistan. Trump must decide if he wants to continue on the current course, which relies on a much reduced US-led NATO force to help Afghan partners push back the Taliban, or try a new approach, such as sending more troops or even withdrawing altogether. General John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, offered his congratulations on "98 years of independence". "We look forward to many years of continued friendship and cooperation," he said in a statement. Afghan pop star Aryana Sayeed, who has been likened to Kim Kardashian for her skin-tight clothing and selfies, has said she will stage a concert despite threats from conservatives who oppose women performing in public. "The concert will one hundred percent be held on Saturday evening," she told Tolo News late Friday.
  23. ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq has filed a reference against Justice Asif Saeed Khosa in Supreme Judicial Council for calling him Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's loyalist. As per the reference, the speaker has objected over Justice Khosa's remarks made in the April 20 judgment over the Panama case. Sadiq has stated the remarks reflected the judge's bias as none from the bench passed any such statements. The reference, documents of which are available with Geo News, quotes the April 20 judgment, stating Justice Khosa attributed failure on the part of the speaker to enquire into or investigate the matter or to refer the matter to the Election Commission of Pakistan against Nawaz... Moreover, the reference adds, the speaker was elected by majority vote of the House comprising members from both the treasury and opposition benches. Therefore, it reads, to call the speaker a nominee or loyalist of the prime minister was a misstatement and contrary to the facts. In his reference, Sadiq has written that the comments were only made by Justice Khosa and no one else from the bench. "This clearly smacks of personal grudge or bias of the honourable judge." However, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Talal Chaudhry has said no such complaint has been filed yet.
  24. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/563d09b6ca289edbe13b3c8155fb6c7d.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OC8xOS8yMDE3IDg6MDY6MjggQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1NWnJaQmZWU3JLRlhleVM2UEo2NkdRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] LAHORE: A man who was seriously injured after a policeman allegedly pushed him off of a road adjacent to an underpass succumbed to his wounds on Saturday, Geo News reported. According to the injured man?s family, Zohaib was travelling with his friends on Tuesday when a policeman allegedly stopped the car in Lahore?s Garden Town vicinity and demanded a bribe. Upon refusal, he pushed the man off the road ? seriously injuring him in the process. The family of the deceased man, who was then under treatment at Jinnah Hospital, made an appeal for justice to the Punjab chief minister and senior police officials. ?An investigation into the incident is under way,? SP Model Town Division Hunain Haider told Geo News on Tuesday.
  25. Trump made no decision on whether he would commit more troops to America's longest war US President Donald Trump reviewed an array of options for a strategy on Afghanistan with his top national security aides, but made no decision on whether he would commit more troops to America's longest war. Friday's meeting was the latest in a series of high-level discussions on Afghanistan and a broader security strategy for the South Asia region that has been bogged down by internal differences. Trump was briefed extensively "on a new strategy to protect America's interests in South Asia", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters, after the meeting at the Camp David Maryland retreat. "The president is studying and considering his options and will make an announcement to the American people, to our allies and partners, and to the world at the appropriate time," Sanders said. National security adviser H.R. McMaster and other top national security officials went into the meeting backing a modest increase in troops. At a mid-July meeting, they had thrown their weight behind 3,000 to 5,000 additional US and coalition soldiers. ?Anti-globalists,? who were led by Steve Bannon before he was fired on Friday as Trump's chief strategist, backed withdrawing US forces, U.S. officials said. Other options which were to be discussed included keeping the status quo of some 8,400 US troops, a modest hike, or a small reduction that would focus on counter-terrorism operations enhanced by drone strikes and intelligence-gathering, they said. A US official said that during a trip to Afghanistan earlier this year, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that the United States would have a sustained commitment to Afghanistan. More than 15 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban government for giving al Qaeda a sanctuary where it plotted the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, there is no sign to an end in fighting. US intelligence agencies assessed in May that the conditions in Afghanistan will almost certainly deteriorate through next year, even with a modest increase in military assistance from America and its allies. Senator Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican and advocate of a stronger US role in Afghanistan, urged Trump in a statement to "listen to his generals. At the end of the day, Afghanistan is about American homeland security - not building empires." Pakistan factor The Camp David discussions have also been complicated by differences over taking a harder line on Pakistan for failing to close Afghan Taliban sanctuaries and arrest Afghan extremist leaders. US military and intelligence officials are concerned that a Taliban victory would allow al Qaeda and Daesh?s regional affiliate to establish bases in Afghanistan from which to plot attacks against the United States and its allies Finalizing a regional security strategy has been held up by Trump's frustration with a lack of options for defeating the Taliban and ending the longest foreign conflict in US history. At the meeting in mid-July, Trump said Mattis and Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, should consider firing Army General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, for not winning the war. The delay for a decision left an opening for Erik Prince, the founder of the former Blackwater military contracting firm and the brother of Trump?s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, to propose replacing US forces in Afghanistan with mercenaries. The plan made its way into the White House, according to a senior administration official. There is no indication, however, that the proposal ? promoted by Prince in media interviews ? garnered serious attention and it was not among the options prepared for consideration at Camp David, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. McMaster, Mattis, Dunford and retired Marine General John Kelly, the president?s chief of staff, are opposed to this plan, according to US officials. It was not known whether Prince's proposal was brought up at the meeting. With Afghan security forces struggling to prevent Taliban advances and the country?s political leadership all but paralyzed by infighting, Nicholson in February requested thousands of additional US troops to bolster US military trainers, advisers and special forces. US military and intelligence officials are concerned that a Taliban victory would allow al Qaeda and Daesh?s regional affiliate to establish bases in Afghanistan from which to plot attacks against the United States and its allies.