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  1. LAHORE: Inspector General of Police, Punjab, Capt (retd) Arif Nawaz Khan said that at least 125,000 officers and officials of Punjab Police have been deployed to provide security in the month of Muharram, The News reported. The officers will provide foolproof four-layered security cover to the sensitive Majalis and processions during Muharram to maintain law and order in all districts of the province. About 124,537 police officers and officials, including police volunteers, special police and Razakars had been deployed for the security of 36,216 Majalis. While a total of 135,370 officers and officials would be deployed for the security of 9,173 Ashura processions. Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif reviewed security arrangements for maintaining law and order during Muharram-ul-Haram during a meeting on Friday. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that foolproof security arrangements should be ensured for maintaining law and order and protection of life and property of people during Muharram. Security arrangements in Sindh Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) have completed the arrangements for Muharram-ul-Harram, according to a press release on Friday. Rangers have also formed Crisis Management Cell Headquarters to deal with any untoward incidents. Moreover, troops are actively conducting snap checking, mobile patrolling in different parts of the province. Rangers have even warned that hate material, hate speeches and other equipment will not be tolerated. Furthermore, strict restrictions have been placed on aerial firing and show of weapons. Strict action will be taken against those who fail to follow the rules, according to the Rangers. Citizens have been advised to contact Rangers on their WhatsApp number 0316-2369996 or helpline 1101 to report any suspicious activity.
  2. DG KHAN: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif said on Thursday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan never responded to the notices sent to him over his claim that he was offered Rs10 billion for keeping mum on the Panama Leaks case. Sharif was speaking in Dera Ghazi Khan during the inauguration of a development project. He said that when he pursued the issue in court over the PTI chief?s allegations, Imran never turned up for the hearings. Shehbaz Sharif said if Imran can go to address rallies in different cities then he can definitely show up at court hearings as well. ?If I have taken even a penny from public then go to the court and prove it,? he said. A clean water project for Punjab has been inaugurated, he said. The CM Punjab said that he promises to make kidney and cardiac wards in DG Khan. While coming to the subject of 2018 General Elections, he said that DG Khan will prove to be a stronghold for Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz. The CM Punjab will leave soon for London to meet his brother Nawaz Sharif. Sources said that during the meeting, discussion over party?s internal matters and political situation of the country.
  3. LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Tuesday that the people have dismissed the Supreme Court's verdict in the Panama Papers case. He was referring to the victory of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate in Sunday's NA-120 by-election. "Imran Khan dragged the Supreme Court in front of us as a political party," claimed Sanaullah. He was referring to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman's reported statement that Sunday's victory in the NA-120 by-election with a low margin shows the people stand with the Supreme Court. Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Sanaullah claimed scientific means were used to divide the votes of the PML-N [in NA-120 by-election].
  4. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday congratulated Pakistan on winning the third T20 match and clinching Independence Cup against the World XI. In his message of felicitation, the chief minister said that the team won the Independence Cup by playing a marvellous game and accorded the opportunity to the people to celebrate the return of high-profile cricket to the country. He said that the victory in Independence Cup is the conquest of moderate and tolerant Pakistan and, irrespective of win or defeat, it is the peaceful Pakistan that won in the end. Slideshow: Pakistan vs World XI final Great moments of the match, captured through the lens It is the message to the enemies of peace that the nation will never allow their negative designs to succeed, Shehbaz said, adding that the tremendous interest of the people in the event was proof that Pakistanis are a peaceful nation. He further said that the holding of event in a peaceful and congenial environment has paved the way for international cricket to return to Pakistan.
  5. Maryam Nawaz of PML-N (left) and Dr Yasmin Rashid of PTI. Photo: Telegraph/Twitter LAHORE: The returning officer of the NA-120 constituency has written a letter to the Punjab chief secretary and inspector general saying that several political parties are holding rallies in the constituency today. The letter states that the parties should be stopped from holding gatherings and be made to ensure adherence to the ECP code of conduct. Meanwhile, the political temperature in Lahore is at an all-time high as Sunday's by-election draws near. Maryam is inexperienced, trying to save family?s ?kingdom?: Yasmeen Rashid ?Maryam says people should vote for her mother [in NA-120 by-poll] so that her father could be saved,? Rasheed said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is expected to lead a rally from Charing Cross to Data Darbar today. Sources said the rally will begin around 4pm, and be joined by the party's women workers at Regal Chowk and the lawyers' wing at GPO Chowk. Similarly, the Pakistan Peoples Party will hold a public gathering in the city's Mazang locality today. It will be addressed by senior party leader Qamar Zaman Kaira, as well as other local leaders. On Wednesday, Maryam Nawaz, who is spearheading the campaign for her mother and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Kulsoom Nawaz, made several visits in the constituency to garner support. In a meeting with JUP President Pir Ijaz Hashmi on Wednesday, who has announced to support the PML-N in the by-poll, Maryam challenged the party?s opponents to come and face her in the field. She said accusations of using state machinery for fear of losing are old. People have not accepted the injustice done to Nawaz: Maryam Wanted to present Nawaz Sharif's case before the public's court, says Nawaz Sharif She also met a delegation of the Shia community on Sandha Road. She also visited Jamia Naeemia and addressed the party?s polling agents. Meanwhile, PTI candidate Dr Yasmin Rashid said on Wednesday the 'Tabdeeli Express' has left the station, and it cannot be stopped now. After inaugurating an election office in Chauburji, she said that on September 17 the people will vote for PTI to ensure a bright future for their children. Last day of campaigning on Friday The Election Commission of Pakistan has restricted public meetings and political campaigning from Friday midnight (night between September 15 and 16) as per the law. Any person who contravenes the law would be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term, which might extend to six months, and a fine, which might extend to Rs1,000, or with both.
  6. CHINIOT: A man in Punjab was duped into marrying a transgender person, who fled shortly after robbing him of money, Geo News reported on Thursday. 52-year-old Gulzar, a resident of Chiniot district, contracted a second marriage with the bride, named Sonia, in court after paying Rs150,000 to the ?fraud? gang comprising Ghulam Nabi and Safdar, who pretended to be relatives of the bride. The gang administered the man?s nikah three days before marrying off their accomplice (a transgender) to Gulzar. It was not until the man brought the bride home when he realized he had been duped into marrying a transgender. According to reports, Gulzar had wanted to marry for the second time as he has no child with his first wife.
  7. ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) ordered on Thursday Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin not to take part in the NA-120 by-election campaign in Lahore. The ECP is hearing the matter of the minister taking part in the election campaign of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate ? a violation of the ECP?s code of conduct. During today?s hearing, the minister?s counsel informed the ECP bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, that Yasin resides in an area which falls under the constituency. The CEC responded that no one is contending that the minister should not go to his own house, but he cannot attend campaign-related events. He informed that a complaint against the minister was received by the ECP?s monitoring cell. Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin The ECP then adjourned the hearing into the case until September 14. A tough contest is expected between the PML-N candidate, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf?s (PTI) Yasmin Rashid. She was defeated by Nawaz in the 2013 General Elections by a margin of around 40,000 votes. The seat fell vacant after then prime minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court on July 28 in its judgment in the Panama Papers case. At present, the PML-N campaign is being spearheaded by Nawaz?s daughter Maryam, as his wife Kulsoom is undergoing treatment for lymphoma in London. Since the ECP?s code of conduct was issued, the PTI has been complaining against the bar on elected members participating in the election campaign. It is in this light that the party is holding a rally in Lahore on Friday (tomorrow), but not in the area which falls under the NA-120 constituency. The by-election is due on September 17. Rules made by ECP only apply to PTI, not others: Yasmin Rashid No matter how much they rig the polls, PTI will win, says PTI candidate Show the world you stand with Nawaz, Maryam urges NA-120 voters Ballot papers to be printed from Sep 10, training course for polling staff to commence from Sep 6
  8. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) candidate for NA-120 Yasmin Rashid. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) candidate for NA-120 Yasmin Rashid on Tuesday threatened the Punjab government to be prepared for grave consequences if it failed to register a First Information Report (FIR) for a firing incident on her party office on Sunday. The police arrested three people on charges of firing in the air in front of the offices of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and PTI NA-120 candidates in Islampura on Sunday. The accused ? identified as Assad, Hamza, and Sher Ali ? drove away after opening indiscriminate fire in front of the offices of PTI and PPP at Neeli Bar Chowk, Islampura, on the second day of Eid. Talking to the media, Rashid said, "Rana Sanaullah should either declare that he is in a mood to fight or control the hooligans firing [at her office]," adding that the PTI would stage protests on all forums if the police failed to register an FIR for the incident. She further said that the public would 'throw stones on the Sharif family's cars' if they get a chance to visit Jati Umra -- which is the Sharif family's residence located in Raiwind. "Maryam shouldn't claim that her father is not guilty of the accusations levelled against him, because if she truly believes in that she should be open to debate about his honesty with me," Rashid lashed at the Sharif family. She also announced her plan to contact the Election Commission of Pakistan for excessive coverage of the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz's (PML-N) election campaign on the state-owned television channel. The three arrested people were not affiliated with any political party, the police claimed, adding their objective was to only disturb peace in the area. The assailants' car was impounded. PPP's candidate for NA-120, Faisal Mir, said an application for the FIR was filed on Sunday, alleging that the objective behind the incident was to harass the candidates.
  9. LAHORE: Weather turned pleasant after parts of the Punjab province received showers on Monday. Rain occurred at isolated places in Sialkot, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions. According to media reports, Gujranwala and Sialkot faced widespread urban flooding following the rainfall, however, a majority of the areas in both of the cities are without power. A flooded street of Gujranwala. Source: Geo News Meanwhile, rain is expected in Islamabad, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan, and areas of Kashmir today, informed Pakistan Metrological Department. The weather department said that seasonal low lies over north Balochistan. Weak monsoon currents are penetrating upper parts of the country and likely to continue during next few days. A trough of westerly wave is persisting over upper parts of the country.
  10. LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif ordered on Sunday an inquiry into aerial firing outside Pakistan Peoples Party office in NA-120 constituency. Shehbaz also ordered CCPO to submit a report over the matter. In the evening, unidentified gunmen conducted aerial firing outside the PPP office. Responding to this, PPP?s candidate Faisal Mir held the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) responsible for the incident. He also alleged that PML-N is feeling threatened as PPP is gaining popularity in the area. Mir also claimed that he will file an application in Election Commission of Pakistan regarding those who are trying to spread fear in NA-120. On the other hand, PML-N denied the allegations and CM ordered action to be taken against those responsible for the incident. By-election, on the seat left vacant after Sharif?s disqualification by the Supreme Court on July 28, will be held on September 17. A total of 44 candidates will contest the NA-120 by-poll. The Election Commission of Pakistan will establish 220 polling stations and 573 polling booths where the constituency?s 321,786 registered voters can cast their vote. Parties continue campaigning Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf?s candidate Dr Yasmin Rashid continued campaigning on the second day of Eid. The campaign started from Karim Park. Speaking on the occasion, Rashid remarked: ?I am competing against the government, not Kulsoom Nawaz [PML-N?s candidate).? Earlier in the day, PML-N?s Maryam Nawaz, who is campaigning on behalf of her mother Kulsoom Nawaz, said that the party workers will go to each and every house during the election campaign. ?We will work day and night to ensure our victory,? she said.
  11. LAHORE: At least 13 suspects were held in joint intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in Punjab on Saturday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. Punjab Rangers and police conducted the first operation in Dera Ghazi Khan, and apprehended seven key facilitators wanted for extortion and other criminal activities in Punjab and Balochistan, the statement said. In another IBO in Lahore, Rangers, police and intelligence personnel nabbed six suspects, including two unregistered Afghan nationals. Officials also seized weapons and ammunition from the suspects, it added. Following the IBOs, DG Pakistan Rangers Punjab Maj. Gen. Azhar Naveed Hayat visited troops and praised their achievements and morale.
  12. LAHORE: The Punjab government has forwarded a list of most-wanted terrorists to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, sources informed on Sunday. According to officials, the list has been shared with law-enforcing agencies and intelligence agencies as well. A total of 22 most-wanted individuals have been added in the list?s ?first category?. The head money for individuals in the first category is between Rs10 million and Rs5 million. In category two, which comprises 27 terrorists, the head money is Rs2 million, Rs1 million and Rs0.5 million. A total of 20 religious extremists have been placed in category three. Their head money is Rs3 million, Rs2 million, Rs1 million and Rs0.5 million. In the list, 37 terrorists are said to be associated with various other groups. The Punjab government has set prize money for their arrest as well as information leading to their arrest. Sources said security agencies in KP and the tribal areas have formed special teams for the arrest of these most-wanted individuals.
  13. LAHORE: The government on Friday extended Rangers' special powers in the province for a period of 60 days, according to a notification issued Friday. The powers have been extended on the request of Punjab Home Department for the second time, read the notification issued by the Ministry of Interior. The paramilitary force will be able to discharge functions specified in Section 5 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, against terrorists in areas specified by the Government of Punjab, the notification added. In the past, the request to deploy Rangers was made under Article 147 of the Constitution, which allows the provincial government to entrust its functions to the federation, and the ATA.
  14. LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Wednesday that there is no space for terrorism and extremism in the Pakistani society. In a meeting with French envoy Martine Dorance in Lahore, the Punjab chief minister said the nation has vowed to completely eradicate terrorism, adding that Pakistan has achieved substantial results in the war against terrorism. The visit was a farewell call-on by the French ambassador, who will be leaving the country as her posting tenure here is completed. During the meeting, Shehbaz praised Martine's role during her tenure here in promoting bilateral relations. The Punjab chief minister claimed that the business environment in Punjab is ideal for foreign investors.
  15. 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.
  16. RAWALPINDI: Security forces in Punjab arrested seven terrorists under the ongoing Operation Raddul Fasaad, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday. The terrorists were arrested in search operations conducted by local police, Punjab Rangers and intelligence agencies across Lahore, Dera Ghazi Khan and Attock and were linked to proscribed organisations. Numerous Afghan citizens were also arrested in the sweeps, added ISPR. A sizeable quantity of arms and ammunition was also recovered during the raids. Pakistani security forces launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad', which includes broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country.
  17. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif MULTAN/LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday suspended three employees of the Buildings Department for neglecting duties, during his unannounced visit to the Kidney Center in Multan. "I pointed out some tasks during my last visit in March, which remain incomplete to date," he said. Sharif ordered an inquiry into the absence of medicines for patients and unavailability of water in the bathrooms of the medical facility. In a separate visit to Muzzafargarh, the Punjab CM visited the Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital's extension project and observed the progress in the construction work at the medical facility. Sharif was briefed about the addition of 250 beds in the hospitals, and a tentative completion date of December 25, 2017. A total budget of over Rs 2,360 billion has been approved for the project.
  18. LAHORE: Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif celebrated the spirit of Independence Day by taking out his grandchildren shopping for the occasion. In a Facebook post, the CM Punjab shared his views saying that passing on traditions to children and future generations is an important part of independence day celebrations. In his message he wished everyone a good day. "Passing on the traditions to our children and succeeding generations is an important part of celebrations marking independence day... Took my grandchildren out to buy them flags and badges... This outing revived the memory of my own childhood ... Hope you all had a great day! - Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif," he posted.
  19. MULTAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday slammed the Punjab government for ignoring public issues for the sake of PML-N rally. Speaking to newsmen here, Qureshi said nine people have died in Faisalabad's Allied Hospital, but the provincial government is entirely focused on ousted premier Nawaz Sharif's rally to Lahore via GT Road. The PTI leader also criticised Mohammad Zubair, saying police personnel were martyred in Karachi, but the governor is busy "playing rally-rally in Lahore".
  20. File Photo RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Rangers Punjab have apprehended nine suspects said to be involved in the recent terrorist activities in the province, the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement issued on Thursday. The Rangers, in collaboration with the Punjab police, conducted intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in Lahore, Rawalpindi, and DG Khan, the statement added. During the past 24 hours, nine suspects ? allegedly suspected of having involvement in recent terrorist activities in the province ? were apprehended, it added.
  21. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/809b6535a962db9ecc9370024c83d1ae.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OC80LzIwMTcgNTozNTo1NiBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPXE1S1RwN3BYWnY0M2tqNzJ4cTgzY0E9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] LAHORE: Members of the Young Doctors Association (YDA) continue their boycott of major public hospitals across Punjab on the fourth-day of their strike. Patients seeking medical aid continue to suffer as most government hospitals are without adequate staff. Negotiations between the government and the YDA leaders failed to end the stalemate on Thursday. YDA members have boycotted hospitals in Lahore, Gujrat, Faisalabad and Rahim Yar Khan, among other cities, as part of their strike. On Wednesday, at least four people were reported to have died at Allied Hospital, Faisalabad owing to the YDA strike. Many hospitals without doctors as YDA strike continues on third day Hospitals in Lahore, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Rahim Yar Khan and other cities without doctors Moreover, the strike had caused deaths of two patients in Jinnah and Services hospitals of Lahore, it was reported on the first day of the strike on Tuesday. But the administrations of the hospitals denied the occurrence of any such incident. Besides, it was not ascertained whether the patients were brought dead or died at the medical facilities. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif took notice of the deaths at Allied Hospital, Faisalabad. The strike The doctors are demanding that the provincial health secretary, Najam Ahmad Shah, be removed from his position and the Central Induction Policy, introduced by him, be revoked. They believe that since the health secretary is an engineer he is unable to relate to or understand issues of the health department. According to the protesting doctors, Central Induction Policy discriminates between the ones who have graduated from government institutes and those who have received their education from private ones. Since the majority of the doctors have graduated from private medical colleges, they want the policy to be revoked and an equal system be set for all.
  22. SHEIKHUPURA: Police on Wednesday registered a First Information Report (FIR) nominating two underage children for murder and robbery. The two children, accompanied by their parents, reached the local sessions court to attain pre-arrest bail in the case. The FIR states that year and half-old Ayan used an axe in the attack while five year-old Hassan used a stick as a weapon.
  23. LAHORE: As Shehbaz Sharif is likely to the leave his position as the chief minister of Punjab to become the new prime minister, names of four contenders have made rounds to take over the seat he would be vacating soon. According to sources, either of the four will be the new chief minister of Punjab ? Shehbaz?s son Hamza, Rana Sanaullah, Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman or Malik Nadeem Kamran. NA-120 election schedule expected to be announced next week By-election on NA-120 likely to be held in the second week of September On the other hand, by-elections will be held to fill in the provincial assembly seat, PP-159, that would be vacated by Shehbaz to contest in place of his brother Nawaz Sharif for NA-120. The Punjab Assembly constituency, PP-159, covers some areas of Raiwind, including Kahna Town, Kot Chandraye, Nishtar Colony, Haloki, Kahna Kachha and 50 other villages. The by-election that would soon be held for PP-159 will most likely have Talha Burki contesting on a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz ticket and Mansha Sindhu or Imtiaz Warraich from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Shehbaz won PP-159 during the 2013 elections with 60,603 votes. PTI?s candidate Ali Imtiaz stood second with 19,350 votes.
  24. RAWALPINDI: Security forces, with the aid of intelligence agencies, have intensified operations in Punjab and have arrested at least 21 suspects, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations. (ISPR). ?Pakistan Rangers Punjab along with CTD, Punjab Police and intelligence agencies have intensified ops in Punjab,? said the statement. The statement added that the 21 suspects arrested include a Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat terrorist, a gang of kidnappers and unregistered Afghan residents. The operations were intensified further under directions of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. A suicide bomber earlier this week targetted a group of policemen on Ferozepur road and martyred 26 people, including nine policemen.
  25. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar pictured with Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif is holding a meeting with Interior Minister and senior Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhry Nisar in an attempt to 'reconcile differences,' sources said on Wednesday. The Punjab CM is accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Railways Minister Saad Rafique. The PML-N leaders are meeting at Punjab House, sources told Geo News. The meeting ? details of which are yet to be fully disclosed ? comes at a time when the political arena is rife with speculations of Nisar ending his 32-year long association with PML-N. A much-awaited presser on Monday -- in the backdrop of speculations of Nisar's differences with PML-N leadership -- ended with the minister declining to address any political issues in the light of the recent Lahore explosion that left at least 15 dead and 25 injured. "I had planned on discussing many points today, but in light of the Lahore incident it is not possible for me to talk about political issues, I am sure you all will agree," Nisar said. Will not discuss political matters in light of Lahore tragedy, says Nisar Reports said the interior minister, suffering from back pain, was advised by doctors to postpone the press conference on Sunday Hours before Nisar's press conference at Punjab House, the PM's spokesperson Musadik Malik in a statement said the interior minister would neither resign from his post nor would he leave the party. ?Nisar will continue to remain with us? In a series of tweets on Monday, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique affirmed Nisar?s association with the prime minister and the party. Rafique said the interior minister will not back down in testing times and will be at the frontline. ?Two groups have emerged in PML-N? In his media address in Multan on Saturday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said there are now two groups in the PML-N. ?The first group is the bacha (minor) group which wants conflict with institutions. The second group which is represented by Chaudhry Nisar instead of saving personalities wants to save the system.?