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  1. Photo: Reuters SINGAPORE: Oil prices rose by around one per cent on Friday, pushed up by Saudi plans for OPEC and Russian-led production curbs introduced in 2017 to be extended into 2019 in order to tighten the market. The rise in oil prices defied global stock markets, which slumped on the back of worries about a trade stand-off between the United States and China. But gold XAU, seen as a safehaven in times of economic turmoil, rallied to a two-week high on Friday. US President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Thursday that could impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of imports from China, while China unveiled plans on Friday to impose tariffs on up to $3 billion of US imports. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude future were at $64.97 a barrel at 0549 GMT, up 67 cents, or one per cent, from their previous close. Brent crude futures were at $69.52 per barrel, up 61 cents, or 0.9 per cent. For the week, Brent was set for a gain of about five per cent, its strongest showing since July last year, while WTI was up about 4.2 per cent. The driver for crude futures was a statement by Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, who said on Thursday that OPEC members will need to continue coordinating with Russia and other non-OPEC oil-producing countries on supply curbs in 2019 to reduce global oil inventories. ?Crude oil prices surged today as Saudi Arabia?s energy minister seeks to extend output curbs into 2019,? Singapore-based brokerage Phillip Futures said in a note. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), of which Saudi Arabia is the de-facto leader, as well as a group of non-OPEC countries led by Russia, struck an agreement in January 2017 to remove 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) from markets to end oversupply. ?We still have some time to go before we bring inventories down to the level we consider normal,? Falih told Reuters in Washington. ?We will hopefully by year-end identify the mechanism by which we will work in 2019.? Although analysts said the stand-off between the United States and China could hit oil markets, for now most said demand looked healthy. Morgan Stanley also cited a pick-up in seasonal demand in the coming month and geopolitical risk as potential supports for oil prices, ?We are only 3-4 weeks away from peak refinery maintenance, after which crude and product demand should accelerate ... Global inventories are already at the bottom end of the five-year range. With the inventory cushion largely gone, oil prices will likely be more sensitive to geopolitical risk factors,? the US bank said. ?There are sufficient reasons to expect oil prices to strengthen further from here, and we stick with our (Brent) $75 per barrel call for Q3,? Morgan Stanley said.
  2. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court on March 21, 2018 had taken a suo motu notice of the uprooting of a portion of a park for the construction of a road leading to Senator Ishaq Dar's residence. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: Former finance minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday alleged that Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Director General Zahid Akhtar Zaman had misrepresented facts in the Supreme Court regarding a case pertaining to the uprooting of a park for construction of a road leading to his residence. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Nisar, had summoned the LDA chief at the Lahore Registry today after taking suo motu notice of the case a day before. "DG LDA said he wanted to widen the road in front of my house," Dar said in an interview to a private television channel. "He asked for my permission to widen road and I said I had no objections but suggested that he ask other residents." The senator also denied placing a call to Zaman. "Zaman's statement about me talking to him over the phone is incorrect," Dar said. "The court should collect all the facts." The senator denied having issued any verbal orders to the incumbent DG LDA. "Is the LDA operating on phone calls," Dar lashed out. "I never gave any such instructions to anyone." CJP reprimands DG LDA for uprooting park on Ishaq Dar?s directions DG LDA said Dar had directed him over the phone to make the road Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar had earlier today reprimanded Zaman for allowing a portion of the said park to be uprooted for the construction of a road leading to Dar's residence and ordered the DG LDA to restore the park within 10 days. The apex court had also issued directives to recover the cost of the park's restoration from the senator.
  3. KARACHI: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Thursday that his party would restore peace in the metropolis. Speaking at his party rally at the Bagh-e-Jinnah ground, Rehman said that Karachi is Pakistan's economic jugular vein, and his party won't allow anyone to cut it as it has always stood for ethnic harmony in the city and has always rejected militancy. Rehman said that his party has adopted a democratic struggle under the constitution of Pakistan. The JUI-F leader told his party supporters that they have to politically win Sindh from its oppressors in the coming elections. He added that the religious seminaries must not be looked with suspicion, adding that the religious people are being prevented from acquiring state power. Rehman said that a few apologists want to interpret Islam according to the whims of West so that they can be accepted there. He requested the clergy to shun the sectarianism as it is hurting the image of Islam. The JUI-F leader said that Afghanistan has shifted towards US and India, and has maintained a distance with Pakistan.
  4. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is addressing a press conference at a private hotel. The PTI chief criticised the government over the poor handling of the country's economy. "Nawaz's government took record loans," said Imran, adding that former finance minister Ishaq Dar mis-declared economic statistics to give an impression that the country's economy was improving.
  5. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Thursday that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government took record loans in its tenure. Addressing a press conference at a private hotel on the state of the country's economy, the PTI chief criticised the government's handling of the nation's economic affairs. The PTI chief lamented that the country's imports have been increasing and exports declining since long. "Former finance minister Ishaq Dar mis-declared economic statistics to give an impression that the country's economy was improving," claimed Imran.
  6. Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan, the creator of an app that harvested data from millions of Facebook users. Image courtesy: CNN Video/Screenshot LONDON: The academic behind an app that harvested data from millions of Facebook users said Wednesday he was being scapegoated in an online privacy row that has rocked the world's biggest social network. British data firm Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are accused of improperly using the information for US President Donald Trump's election 2016 campaign. The scandal, which has seen the suspension of CA's chief executive, wiped out $60 billion of Facebook's market value since the start of the week, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. However, both firms have denied any wrongdoing and instead blamed the app's inventor, Aleksandr Kogan, for misusing the data. But Kogan hit back Wednesday, saying that CA had assured him his activities were above board. "I'm being basically used as a scapegoat by both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica," he said. "We thought we were acting perfectly appropriately. We thought we were doing something that was really normal. "We were assured by Cambridge Analytica that everything was perfectly legal and within the terms of service" of Facebook. The University of Cambridge psychologist behind the personality survey This Is Your Digital Life told the BBC that around 200,000 people used his app and around 30 million US Facebook users' details were harvested. The app's vast reach beyond its users happened by scooping up data from their friends on Facebook, which says the details were taken without its knowledge. Kogan said CA approached him to do the work but did not know how the firm would use the personal data collected, leaving him "stunned" by the allegations against him. Kogan said he strongly regretted not asking more questions about the work he did for CA. "My motivation was to get a dataset I could do research on; I have never profited from this in any way personally," he added. Pressure on Facebook, CA The scandal erupted over the weekend after a CA whistleblower said the firm was able to create psychological profiles on 50 million Facebook users via a personality prediction app developed by Kogan and downloaded by 270,000 people. Lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic have demanded answers in the scandal, which has ratcheted up the pressure on Facebook -- already under fire for allowing fake news to proliferate on its platform during the US presidential election. Kogan said he would be prepared to appear before British or US lawmakers if requested. A Facebook whistleblower testified Wednesday that the firm turned a blind eye to what happened to its data handed to third parties. "Facebook was allowing developers to access the data of people who hadn't explicitly authorised that," said Sandy Parakilas, who worked in data protection and policy compliance for apps at the company between 2011 and 2012. Facebook "lost sight" of what developers did with the data once it had left the company, and had "relatively little detection of policy violations", he told a scrutiny panel of British MPs. European Union officials have called for an urgent investigation while British, US and EU lawmakers have asked Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to give evidence. The EU unveiled Wednesday proposals for a digital tax that targets US tech giants, heaping more problems on Facebook. The plans are aimed at recovering billions of euros from mainly US multinationals that shift earnings around Europe to pay lower tax rates. 'Delete and forget' US media reported Tuesday evening that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Facebook over the data scandal. Facebook said its top executives were "working around the clock to get all the facts". "The entire company is outraged we were deceived. We are committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people's information," the firm said. Facebook shares fell 2.6 percent on Tuesday to close at $168.15, adding to Monday's big decline. A movement to quit Facebook has gathered momentum, getting a boost Wednesday from a high-profile co-founder of the WhatsApp messaging service. "#deletefacebook," Brian Acton said in a tweet, using the hashtag protesting the site's handling of the crisis. "Delete and forget. It's time to care about privacy," he said. British Prime Minister Theresa May urged Facebook and CA to cooperate with the national information commissioner's probe. "The allegations are clearly very concerning," she told MPs. "People need to have confidence in how their personal data is being used. "I would expect Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and all organisations involved to comply fully with the investigation that is taking place." Britain's Ministry of Defence, the Foreign Office and the Home Office interior ministry have had past contracts with CA's parent SCL Group, a government spokesman said, but there are no current contracts. CA suspended its chief executive Alexander Nix on Tuesday as recordings emerged of him boasting that the firm played an expansive role in Trump's 2016 election campaign, doing all of its research, analytics as well as digital and television campaigns. In undercover filming captured by Channel 4 television, he is also seen boasting about entrapping politicians and secretly operating in elections around the world through shadowy front companies.
  7. Figurines are seen in front of the Facebook logo, March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Illustration/Dado Ruvic LONDON: A former Facebook operations manager told a British parliamentary committee on Wednesday that data harvesting of member profiles by outside software developers was once routine and that the company took years to clamp down on the practice. Sandy Parakilas, who was in charge of policing Facebook?s data handling procedures in 2011 and 2012, shed fresh light on business practices that are alleged to have enabled Cambridge Analytica to gain unauthorized access to the personal data of tens of millions of US voters. The social networking giant has been rocked this week after a whistleblower said Cambridge Analytica, which US President Donald Trump hired for his 2016 election campaign, improperly accessed information on Facebook users to build detailed profiles on American voters. ?There was very little detection or enforcement,? Parakilas said in testimony via a video link before the House of Common?s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee. ?During my 16 months (at Facebook), I don?t remember a single physical audit of a developer? who was storing users? data from the social network. Parakilas highlighted vast potential abuses of a little-understood feature known as ?friend permissions?, which enabled software developers to connect their apps up to the friends of users, and even the friends of friends, the so-called ?social graph? at the heart of Facebook?s network of connections. ?You are likely talking about tens of thousands of apps that got ?friend permissions? and some of those apps had tens - it was huge - or hundreds of millions of users, so there was a vast (amount) of data that passed out the door,? Parakilas said. Facebook turned off the friend permissions feature in 2015. Asked by a parliamentary committee member whether there were incidents where this data-sharing feature was misused, Parakilas said: ?There may well have been. However, Facebook did not investigate deeply enough to determine exactly.? Facebook declined to comment directly on the testimony of the ex-employee. In announcing the suspension of Cambridge Analytica and related researchers from Facebook late last week, it said it now requires app developers to justify any data they collect and how they are going to use it: ?In the past five years, we have made significant improvements in our ability to detect and prevent violations by app developers.? Parakilas, who now works as a product manager at Uber, said he had warned senior executives at Facebook. He said in a Guardian interview this week that he left in frustration over the company?s failure to exercise more oversight on privacy issues. One committee member pointedly asked whether Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook?s founder and chief executive, was aware of the issue. Parakilas said he did not know first-hand, but he added: ?I don?t think it was a secret that this was a problem.? ?It was well understood both internally and externally that there were risks with respect to the way the Facebook platform was handling data,? he said.
  8. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the II CEO Summit of the Americas on the sidelines of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, April 10, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Files Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, said Wednesday night the measures to prevent the Cambridge Analytica fiasco were "already taken years ago" but that he is "responsible for what happens on our platform". Cambridge Analytica, the British data analytics firm, is in the middle of a thunderstorm in the US and Britain after two newspapers reported Sunday that the company harvested personal data about Facebook users beginning in 2014. Best known for assisting the 2016 presidential campaign of US President Donald Trump, the company is now facing a government search of its London office, questions from US state authorities, and a demand by Facebook that it submit to a forensic audit as well as a sudden drop in its stock value on the Wall Street. "I want to share an update on the Cambridge Analytica situation -- including the steps we've already taken and our next steps to address this important issue," Zuckerberg said in a statement he posted on his personal Facebook account. The social media giant's tech-nerd head had been silent on the issue till now. He went on to say: "We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you. I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again. [?] But we also made mistakes, there's more to do, and we need to step up and do it." While some media reports said Zuckerberg wanted to wait until Facebook's own audit was complete before issuing any comment, he nevertheless did so, saying there were three key methods he would like to employ. First, users whose data was received and illegally saved by Cambridge Analytica would be notified and apps requiring permission for Facebook data would be probed and those with any "suspicious activity" audited. Second, the developers' access to data would be reduced. Lastly, a button will be added to the News Feed to route users to an already-existing 'privacy settings' option that shows app permissions and gives an option to revoke access. The Facebook chief also provided a timeline of changes the company has made in its privacy and security policy. Repercussions, top executives' 'regret' Subsequently, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said she "deeply regret(ed)" the company's slow-to-non-existent response to the issue. "I deeply regret that we didn't do enough to deal with it," she wrote. "You deserve to have your information protected ? and we'll keep working to make sure you feel safe on Facebook. "Your trust is at the core of our service. We know that and we will work to earn it." Interestingly, however, Wednesday brought a host of other important developments as well. An ex-employee ? a former Facebook operations manager ? told the British House of Common?s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee that "a vast (amount) of data that passed out the door". Sandy Parakilas, who was in charge of policing Facebook?s data handling procedures in 2011 and 2012, said data harvesting of member profiles by outside software developers was once routine and that the company took years to clamp down on the practice. ?There was very little detection or enforcement,? Parakilas said in his testimony, before adding: ?During my 16 months (at Facebook), I don?t remember a single physical audit of a developer? who was storing users? data from the social network. ?You are likely talking about tens of thousands of apps that got ?friend permissions? and some of those apps had tens ? it was huge ? or hundreds of millions of users, so there was a vast (amount) of data that passed out the door,? Parakilas said. Facebook turned off the friend permissions feature in 2015. Then, US resident Lauren Price on Tuesday sued Facebook and a British-based political consultancy for obtaining data from millions of the social media site's users without their permission. The complaint seeks unspecified damages, including possible punitive damages. It marked the first of what may be many lawsuits seeking damages over Facebook's ability to protect user data, and Cambridge Analytica's exploitation of information to help Trump's election campaign. Read Zuckerberg's statement in full here.
  9. Naqeebullah's family counsel Faisal Siddiqui speaking to Geo News outside Supreme Court on March 21, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab1 ISLAMABAD: Faisal Siddiqui, who is the counsel of Naqeebullah?s father, said on Wednesday that the Supreme Court's order regarding the formation joint investigation team (JIT) to probe case did not mention any time frame. While speaking to Geo News outside the apex court, he remarked that the "court?s order did not include any mention of time frame for the JIT", adding that maybe the written order will have that information. The legal counsel also shared they had specifically requested to include officers from other institutions in the JIT. However, the request was dismissed by the court. "That court has ordered that the JIT will only include personnel of Sindh police department," he said. ?The court has directed the Sindh police to ensure its [JIT?s] security as well as ensure that elders such as Naqeebullah?s father are not threatened directly or indirectly.? Regarding the case proceedings, Siddiqui said: "for the time being, his [Rao Anwar's] legitimate accounts have been unfrozen and contempt proceedings against him have been dropped.? Suspended Malir SSP Rao Anwar, wanted in the Naqeebullah Mehsud killing case, was arrested from outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday after he appeared in the apex court. Anwar, removed from his post, was wanted in the murder case of Mehsud, a 27-year-old native of Waziristan, who, among three others, was killed in a fake police encounter in Karachi on January 13 on Anwar's orders. Chief Justice Nisar expressed dismay at Anwar's continuous absconding in the case despite repeated summons and safety guarantees by the apex court. During the hearing, the chief justice also ordered the formation of a JIT headed by Sindh Police?s Additional IG Aftab Pathan and comprising four senior officers of the provincial police to probe the case.
  10. Following the massive development of Mark Zuckerberg losing $ 9 Billion in a single day over the privacy scandal, now Whatsapp co-founder, Brian Acton is asking people to delete Facebook. Yes, the co-founder of the company Facebook who had bought in for $ 19 Billion in February 2014, is supporting the movement #DeleteFacebook on Twitter and is asking his followers to do the same. © Reuters So, long story short, Facebook's stock price has been down over ten percent since last Friday, which is the biggest drop it has faced since the day it went public. This fall has been credited to the bad reputation Facebook is suffering at present and questions are being asked regarding the way it is doing business compromising with the privacy of its users. The crash has caused Mark Zuckerberg to lose about $9 billion in a single day and has pushed him from the position of the fourth-richest man in the world to fifth or maybe even the sixth position. The Inception Of The Deception In 2014, a voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica received a $15 million investment from a Republican backer. The firm was tasked with unraveling the personalities of voters and influencing them to support Ted Cruz's White House run in 2016. Now, Cambridge Analytica decided to play smart. The firm succeeded in harvesting data from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users, without any consent, using different online surveys and a personality quizzes. Now, the problem with Facebook is that whatever data you put on the site for your friend to see, any other developer that links to Facebook can also gain some access to the information and that's what Cambridge Analytica took advantage of. For a long time, Facebook could not prove that the firm stole the data as they were acting well within the policies of the platform. © Reuters The London based firm's CEO Alexander Nix pronounced it OCEAN — the five personality trait measurements of Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. Several studies have shown that, by analyzing a person's likes, it's quite possible to predict a person's race with 95 percent accuracy, and political affiliation with 85 percent accuracy as well. After knowing the personality type of a person he or she was fed tailor-made content like neurotic voters could be influenced using “rational and fear-based” arguments, while introverted voters are more likely to respond to “tradition and habits and family and community, as shared by Alexander. The Beginning Of Donald Trump's Campaign In 2016, Donald Trump's campaign hired Cambridge Analytica, allegedly paying them millions and the results are in front of everyone on how well people could be influenced if you know their personality type. So when the reports emerged that Cambridge Analytica and its psycho-profiling were also influential in the pro-Brexit campaign, the entire thing finally came to the attention of the privacy watchdogs, the Information Commissioner's Office in Britain. © 2-Spyware The Eventual Actions Now, four years after it all started, the matter came into the spotlight again. Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform pending further information over the misuse of data. Facebook even suspended the whistleblower Christopher Wylie from the platform. At the moment, Facebook's 2 billion active users around the globe seem really pissed off during the period when the social media giant is facing its greatest existential crisis yet. After all, a company is as good as its ethics and how it values its customers, and not what it says just for sake of saying.
  11. WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday emphasised that while Pakistan is headed in the right direction, "a lot more needs to be done" with regard to wiping out terrorism from South Asia. Heather Nauert, the spokesperson for the US State Department, was responding to a question on the "progress update on that relationship" ? of US-Pakistan ? while addressing the weekly press briefing. She said: "We?ve certainly seen Pakistan take some positive steps in the right direction, but a lot more needs to be done, in terms of Pakistan cracking down not just on the Taliban, but the Haqqani Network and other terror networks as well". Nauert explained that the nation needs to "do more" ? a call that the US has made multiple times over the past few months ? in order to take on and eliminate the banned terrorist outfits, while, alongside, play a more active role in the Afghan peace process. The spokesperson highlighted Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's Saturday meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence wherein the two leaders held talks on US-Pakistan relations as well as the ongoing regional situation. PM Abbasi meets US Vice President Pence in Washington The Pakistani premier was on a one-day visit to Washington Pence and Abbasi had "talked about the overall South Asia strategy, the administration?s South Asia strategy, and that?s one of the things that the Vice President addressed with him", she said. "He said the Government of Pakistan has to do more to address the continued presence of terrorism in Pakistan. "There?s a lot more that they can do, but they can also play a critical role in the ? with the Taliban, in getting the Taliban to come to the table in Pakistan." During his meeting, the premier had apprised the VP of Islamabad's sacrifices and successes in the fight against terrorism, according to sources. Abbasi had then termed the meeting positive considering US President Donald Trump?s tough stance against Pakistan. "One of the things that the President has called for in his South Asia strategy is for Pakistan to take on greater responsibility for cracking down on terror groups," Nauert added. She noted that Washington looks forward to Islamabad's assistance in Afghan peace talks and a greater role in stabilising the South Asian region.
  12. Former Senate chairman Raza Rabbani on Monday, March 20, 2018 said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) could not intervene in the Parliament's proceedings. Photo: Geo News file KARACHI: PPP leader Raza Rabbani on Monday stressed that the ECP could not intervene in the Parliament's proceedings. The government and opposition, a day earlier, had voiced their objections over the initial delimitation issued by the ECP. On March 5, the body had issued the initial delimitation of national and provincial assemblies on the basis of the population census carried out late last year. "There is no question of transgressing into the domain of the Election Commission of Pakistan," the former Senate chairman said. "But the ECP must have read the terms of reference." "I believe that all institutions working in the country should remain within their constitutional limits and not meddle with one another?s constitutional jurisdiction." Govt, opposition raise objections to delimitation The ECP on March 5 issued the initial delimitation of national and provincial assemblies on the basis of the population census carried out late last year A special parliamentary committee, headed by Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed and formed to mull over the issue, had rejected the initial draft and said delimitation should be according to voter lists. Delimitation in various constituencies have not been done in a clockwise fashion starting from the north, the committee had noted. PML-N?s Daniyal Aziz had earlier termed the delimitation pre-poll rigging and said it is violative of election rules. We will try to gather all information and objections regarding the initial draft by March 25, he added. PTI?s Arif Alvi had said the issue of delimitation without taking into account the constituency?s population could be challenged in court, which would delay the general elections. The ECP secretary, in his briefing to the committee, had said that the delimitation was done according to law. He had admitted that there could be errors and assured the lawmakers that they will be done away with. Final delimitation will be done by May 5 and elections will be held on time, the ECP official added.
  13. Salman Ahmad at a PTI event. Photo: File One of Pakistan's most famous musicians, Salman Ahmad, announced on Monday that he will no longer support Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan. In a post on Twitter, the singer and author, who was a die-hard PTI supporter seen at various party rallies over the years, shared: ?After 35 years of defending, supporting & justifying Imran Khan to the world, I no longer can. I fear that reptiles surround him.? The announcement was made after TV host and former Muttahida Qaumi Movement member Amir Liaquat was formally announced as a member of the PTI by Imran Khan at a press conference in Karachi. Responding to the press conference, Salman had hurled abuse at Liaquat and said that is his "democratic right to warn" Imran Khan against Liaquat. Along with Salman, many other PTI supporters withdrew their support after the news. Adil Ansari, part of PTI?s social media team, also announced that he no longer would be a part of the political party. The announcement of Liaquat's induction into the party, along with actor Abid Ali, was made during a press conference in Karachi on Monday. According to Liaquat, he joined the party to fight corruption in the country.
  14. Former PM Nawaz Sharif. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that if "they" want to conduct his accountability then it should start from 1937, "when God started blessing us", adding that, "they are just after my father?s business". Nawaz was interacting with reporters inside the accountability court hearing the London flats case against him and his family. The former premier questioned why new corruption references were filed when nothing came up in the old references, adding that, "there?s nothing in our case but even then something is being dug up". "Rental power and NICL are cases where corruption was proved," he said, referring to the scams in the previous government of the Pakistan Peoples Party. "These new references are like a Dilip Kumar film," he quipped, referring to the famous Bollywood actor. 'You accused us, now prove it' Maryam Nawaz. Photo: File Adding to her father, Maryam Nawaz said all the documents presented in court have been submitted by them. "There?s no life in the case," she said, adding that, "first they said the flats our mine, then said they are Nawaz?s". She stated that "they ask us how we got all these assets...you have blamed us of corruption, you should prove it too". Taking a jibe at Nawaz's political arch-rival Imran Khan, Maryam said, "he accepted ownership of his offshore company but was told 'no, you have done no wrong. She added that even when Imran submitted false documents, it was said that, "no even this is fine". She was likely referring to the acquittal of Imran in the offshore companies case by the Supreme Court last year and the recent incident wherein it was alleged that Imran's Bani Gala estate was built illegally and he had submitted the falsified documents to the Supreme Court.
  15. DUBAI: Skipper Quetta Gladiators Sarfraz Ahmed reiterated on Monday that the players who miscommunicated with the Pakistan Cricket Board and franchises on playing the league's matches in Pakistan should not be included in the next Pakistan Super League drafts. Just like last year, Quetta Gladiators are again running the risk of a depleted squad as most of their overseas players are unwilling to visit Pakistan. England opener Jason Roy, star batsman Kevin Pietersen, Australian veteran Shane Watson and all-rounder Ben Laughlin have expressed unwillingness to visit Pakistan for the knockout games. Speaking in a press conference, Ahmed said: " I think the players should give importance to Pakistan when they accept huge contract offers." Responding to a question, the Pakistan captain said he won't say Gladiators opener Shane Watson betrayed the franchise as his wife did not allow him to visit Pakistan even though he confirmed that he will play in Pakistan. The skipper expressed his hope that the local Pakistani players will play as per expectations in the upcoming matches. Gladiators will play against Peshawar Zalmi in the eliminator at Gaddafi Stadium today.
  16. DUBAI: Peshawar Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy said on Monday that as he has been in Pakistan for a few times, the country is no stranger to him. Before leaving for Lahore to play the Eliminator against Quetta Gladiators, The Windies all-rounder in an interview said: "We are going to play a knockout match. Every match is a knockout from now on. I am looking forward to stepping in out Gaddafi Stadium with my team and will try to step further in the competition. I and my overseas boys are coming." Responding to a question, that he has felt 'special and proud' for getting love from Pakistani fans. "We should also mention Chris Jordan, Andrew Fletcher, Riki Wessels, Liam Dawson; we all are making the trip. I am asking all the fans to support good cricket and Yellow Storm," he said. The skipper expressed his hope that his team will play PSL final in Karachi. Zalmi will play against Sarfraz Ahmed-led Gladiators on March 20 at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium. The winner of the match will qualify to play the Eliminator against Karachi Kings to play final against Islamabad United.
  17. Kevin Pietersen has asked fans to respect his decision not to travel to Pakistan DUBAI: Quetta Gladiators? star batsman Kevin Pietersen has apologised to his fans for not travelling to Pakistan for the knockout games of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL). In a video message on Saturday, Pietersen said family considerations are behind his decision not to travel to Pakistan, and requested the fans to respect his decision. ?It?s with a very sorry heart that I have to leave Dubai and go back to London now. I wish I could travel [to Pakistan], but unfortunately [it?s my] family?s decision, and [my family] is important to me. I hope you can respect my decision and my family?s decision not to travel [to Pakistan],? he said. The 37-year-old expressed his best wishes for Quetta Gladiators. ?We have an opportunity to win this [PSL], we really do. We are still in this competition. So please support the Purple Team. I will keep supporting the Purple Team. Third time lucky, remember!? ?The Purple Team will do it, hopefully. Inshallah!? he added. This PSL was also Pietersen?s last stint as a professional cricketer. One of the most explosive batsmen of his generation, Pietersen, popularly known as ?KP?, bid farewell to his cricket career after appearing in his final game for Quetta Gladiators on Thursday night. "BOOTS UP! Thank you!" the former England cricketer tweeted last night. Pietersen leaves the sport as England's second highest run-scorer across all formats of the game combined. In 104 Tests for England, he scored 8,181 runs at an average of 47.28 with 23 centuries and 35 fifties. In 136 ODIs, he hit 4,440 runs with nine centuries and 25 half-centuries. He also appeared in 37 T20Is, scoring 1,176 runs with seven half-centuries.
  18. Pakistan is doing the "bare minimum" to squeeze the Taliban and terror groups, a senior US administration official said Friday, despite Washington?s threat to freeze two billion dollars? worth of aid. Photo: Geo News file WASHINGTON: Pakistan is doing the "bare minimum" to squeeze the Taliban and terror groups, a senior US administration official said Friday, despite Washington?s threat to freeze two billion dollars? worth of aid. The official?s comments come during a time when Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is visiting Washington where he has held meetings with high-ups in the US government including Congressman Ted Yoho ? the chairperson of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Pakistan will never become a US proxy: Foreign Minister Asif Khawaja Asif made the remarks while addressing the National Assembly "The Pakistanis have wanted to appear responsive," the official said on condition of anonymity, sketching out the need for increased pressure. "They have done the bare minimum to appear responsive to our requests," the official added, citing the need to prod the Taliban toward the negotiating table and round-up militants. "We continue to make very specific requests, and when provided with very specific information they have responded, but we have not seen them pro-actively take the steps that we expect and know they are capable of." It is more than 200 days since President Donald Trump announced America?s latest strategy to win the long war in Afghanistan, focusing on pushing the Taliban to the negotiating table. The plan demanded Pakistan move against Taliban leaders who support a continuation of the war, under the threat of cutting US military assistance and Afghanistan coalition funding to Islamabad. So far, the strategy has borne only limited fruit, limiting the Taliban?s march on the battlefield. According to Washington, there is little sign that Islamabad has made a decision to end its support for the group. "We didn?t think this would be easy," the official said. "We need to sustain the pressure." "I don?t think that we can just the efficacy of the strategy right now. We should give it more time, it deserves more time," the official added, suggesting an August anniversary of Trump?s strategy speech may be a good time to reflect. US trying to 'embarrass' Pakistan with terror financing list: Miftah Ismail 'If Americans were interested in working with us they would have taken the offer I was making them', the PM's aide says Members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an anti-money-laundering watchdog based Paris, voted last month to place Pakistan on its grey list of nations which are not doing enough to combat terror financing in June, reportedly under US pressure. That gives Pakistan three months to make enough changes to avoid the listing.
  19. LONDON: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday that it was overwhelmingly likely that Russian President Vladimir Putin himself made the decision to use a military-grade nerve toxin to strike down a former Russian agent on English soil. ?We have nothing against the Russians themselves. There is to be no Russophobia as a result of what is happening,? Johnson told reporters at the Battle of Britain bunker from which World War Two fighter operations were controlled. ?Our quarrel is with Putin?s Kremlin, and with his decision ? and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision ? to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the UK, on the streets of Europe for the first time since the Second World War,? Johnson said. Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday that the Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, a former double agent who betrayed dozens of spies of Britain?s MI6 foreign intelligence service, and his daughter. May said that it was tragic that Putin, who is likely to coast to a fourth term in a Sunday presidential election, had chosen to act in such a way. Soon after Johnson?s comments were reported, the Kremlin said accusations that President Putin was involved in the nerve agent attack were shocking, TASS news agency reported. ?Any reference or mention of our president in this regard is a shocking and unforgivable breach of diplomatic rules of decent behavior,? Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to the agency. Russia has denied any involvement, cast Britain as a post-colonial power unsettled by Brexit, and even suggested London fabricated the attack in an attempt to whip up anti-Russian hysteria. Relations between Britain and Russia have been strained since the murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006, a killing which a British inquiry said was probably approved by Putin. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any involvement in the killing.
  20. Abid Boxer - File Photo LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday informed the Lahore High Court that Abid Boxer had not been extradited to Pakistan through Interpol. Justice Anwarul Haq of the LHC was hearing a petition seeking protection for Abid Boxer filed by his father-in-law. The petitioner states that several fabricated cases had been registered against Abid who would be killed in a fake encounter. During proceedings, Director FIA informed the court that Abid who had been arrested from Dubai on February 7 had not been brought back to Pakistan. Media had reported that the former police officer accused of various extra-judicial killings and other crimes in Punjab had been brought back to Pakistan on February 20. Earning his nickname because he joined the police force on a sports quota, Abid had a reputation for his ruthless modus operandi and operating above the law. In March 2002, he was also accused of torturing stage actress Nargis, allegedly cutting off her hair and shaving off her eye-brows after demanding Rs10 million and her property documents. He was later charged for various extrajudicial killings and corruption and was sacked from the police force. He had since been a fugitive and one of the country's wanted criminals
  21. Philander has said his Twitter account was hacked after an inflammatory message was posted suggesting Australian captain Steve Smith could have avoided an incident that resulted in Kagiso Rabada being suspended South African seamer Vernon Philander has said his Twitter account was hacked after an inflammatory message was posted suggesting Australian captain Steve Smith could have avoided an incident that resulted in Kagiso Rabada being suspended. Fast bowler Rabada made contact with Smith´s shoulder after dismissing him in the first innings of their six-wicket victory in the second test in Port Elizabeth. He was later found guilty of "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player" by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and will miss the rest of the four-match series. The 22-year-old, who took 11 wickets in the match, has appealed the decision. The tweet, which had a video clip of the incident attached, said Smith was equally guilty and had milked the incident. "Haven´t really seen the footage of this incident but by the looks of this ... Steve Smith gave KG (Rabada) the shoulder," it said. "He could have avoided any contact but to me he is just as guilty. Trying some football skills to get a penalty??? Pity he didn´t dive to top it off." Early on Thursday, however, Philander distanced himself from the comment, saying someone else had posted to his 185,000 followers. "Waking up this morning to a lot of twitter craziness as my acc got hacked and someone posted a nice little article on my behalf," he posted after deleting the original message. "Sorry for all the drama or entertainment caused by the looks of it." The episode is the latest twist in a tempestuous test series that has seen five players punished by the ICC. In the first test in Durban, security cameras captured a heated argument between Warner and South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock after the teams left the field for tea on the fourth day. Warner said the wicketkeeper had made "vile and disgusting" comments about his wife. Warner was fined 75 percent of his match fee, while de Kock was fined 25 percent. Both were given demerit points. Rabada was handed three demerit points for the shoulder bump in Port Elizabeth, taking him to eight within a two-year period, which triggered an automatic two-match suspension. He was also given another demerit point for a send-off of Warner in the second innings. Australians Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Marsh are the other players to receive fines and demerit points in the series. The third match in the series, which is level at 1-1, starts in Cape Town on March 22.
  22. Donatella Versace has said her family's luxury fashion label will no longer use real furs in its products, Photo: Reuters/file LONDON: Donatella Versace has said her family's luxury fashion label will no longer use real furs in its products, according to an interview with a British magazine. The Italian fashion queen and Versace's creative director told The Economist´s 1843 magazine that it would stop the practice, without providing further details on the change. "Fur? I am out of that," Versace said. "I don´t want to kill animals to make fashion. "It doesn´t feel right." Versace´s headquarters in Milan, Italy, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday night. 1843 noted the announcement was such a "volte-face" that at the time of the magazine writing its article, which was published online Wednesday, Versace´s website was still urging customers to buy "fur-embellished coats that turn heads". Versace had previously resisted pressure to join a host of other fashion brands, including Armani, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren which had all already ditched furs from their collections. The luxury label has historically included lots of furs across its ranges, from a variety of species including mink and raccoon dog, according to the Humane Society International (HSI), which campaigns globally for an end to the fur trade. It noted Versace´s autumn / winter 2017 collection included laser cut mink and fox coats. "Versace is a massively influential luxury brand that symbolises excess and glamour, and so its decision to stop using fur shows that compassionate fashion has never been more on trend," said Claire Bass, executive director of HSI´s UK arm. However, the International Fur Federation said it was "disappointed" by the decision. "The majority of top designers will continue to work with fur as they know it is a natural product that is produced responsibly," said its CEO Mark Oaten. "With growing concern about the environment and plastics in fashion, I truly believe fur is the natural and responsible choice for designers and consumers."
  23. Photo: File Hollywood actor Pierce Brosnan has told Indian authorities that he was ?cheated? by a paan masala company that had employed him to promote its brand. Brosnan had been asked to explain why he was in an ad for Pan Bahar which is linked with an addictive form of tobacco. According to a senior official, the actor said the company, Ashok & Co, did not disclose the hazardous nature of the product. "In a written reply to the Delhi State Tobacco Control Cell, the actor stated that he was cheated by the company as the latter did not disclose the hazardous nature of the product and other terms and conditions of the contract of advertisement," Additional Director (Health) SK Arora told the Press Trust of India. In his reply to the legal notice, Brosnan also said that his agreement with the company was over and he was ready to extend all kinds of support and cooperation to our department against such campaigns, the official further added. "He has given an undertaking in writing that he would never assist any company with regard to promotion of such products or other such harmful products in future," Arora said. The firm has not yet commented on the actor's statement, but told the BBC in 2016 there was no tobacco in the product. Indian law prohibits all advertisements of tobacco products. Earlier, the former Bond actor had condemned the ?unauthorised? use of his image in the ad for Pan Bahar in 2016, soon after it first appeared. His appearance in the advertisement had outraged many Indians who questioned why he was endorsing a product associated with cancer. Brosnan had told People magazine that the contract was to advertise a single product - a "breath freshener/tooth whitener" that contained no " tobacco" or any "harmful ingredient."
  24. Former PM Nawaz Sharif entering the accountability court earlier today. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that the country's judicial system requires reforms as delayed and lack of justice are the major issues faced by the public. He made the remarks while talking to journalists inside the accountability court hearing corruption cases against him and his family. With regards to the recent Senate elections and the dissolution of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government in Balochistan at the start of the year, Nawaz said the statement of Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Achakzai deserves to be inquired into. Achakzai had claimed that an officer was behind the provincial government's dissolution, Nawaz explained. Referring to allegations of horse-trading during the Senate polls on March 3 and election of the chairman and deputy chairman on March 12, the three-time premier said the entire country witnessed what happened. "Someone should explain who gave Imran Khan and Asif Zardari the address of Sanjrani's house. It was said that everyone should reach Sanjrani's house, there?s a Sadiq named person there who should be voted for," claimed the PML-N supremo, referring to Sadiq Sanjrani, the opposition-backed independent senator from Balochistan who was elected Senate chairman this week. Addressing reporters, Nawaz said he is not in favour of conflict and only desires that the country is run according to the law and constitution, adding that, "is it wrong to wish this?" In response to a question regarding opposition leader Aitizaz Ahsan?s claim that he would stand with Nawaz if he names the conspirators against him, Nawaz said the allegations against other politicians include charges of kickbacks and corruption but the charges against him are of a new kind as they do not contain these allegations. "I should write a book on my experiences," said Nawaz, when asked if he?s authoring a book.
  25. TEHRAN: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's sacking shows that Washington is set on quitting the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, Iran's deputy foreign minister said Wednesday. "The United States is determined to leave the nuclear deal, and changes at the State Department were made with that goal in mind - or at least it was one of the reasons," Abbas Araghchi said in comments carried by state new agency ISNA. US President Donald Trump announced Tillerson's departure in a tweet on Tuesday, saying he would be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo, who takes a much harder line on Iran than his predecessor. Trump has repeatedly slammed the 2015 nuclear deal, under which Iran agreed to freeze its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of crippling international sanctions. Despite Tillerson's determination to stick with the deal, Trump has threatened to scrap what he has dubbed a "terrible" agreement unless tough new restrictions were placed on Iran by May 12. A US exit could kill the pact between Iran, Germany and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. The deal's backers have presented it as a victory for diplomacy and nuclear non-proliferation efforts. Tehran has repeatedly ruled out changing a single comma of the text. The UN's nuclear energy agency, the IAEA, confirmed in February that Tehran had met its obligations under the agreement. "If the US quits the nuclear deal, we will also quit it," Araghchi said Wednesday. "We have told the Europeans that if they can't keep the US in the deal, Iran will also leave it." His comments contrast with those of Iranian officials including President Hassan Rouhani, who has said Iran will stick with the agreement as long as it is beneficial for the country - even if the United States leaves. While Iran has reaped massive economic benefits from the accord, notably by being able to resume oil exports, it is still constrained by US sanctions in other areas.