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  1. [embed_video1 url= style=center] ISLAMABAD: As the protest at Faizabad Interchange enters the third week, the government has been spending approximately Rs10 million daily on the deployment of security personnel, sources informed Geo News on Thursday. The recurring protests and sit-ins in the federal capital have indebted the Islamabad Police so much so that it has become difficult to feed the personnel deployed for security around Faizabad Interchange. The administration appears unable to maintain security presence around the vicinity after the contractors, who up till now had been supplying food on credit, have declined to facilitate any more requests sans payment, sources added. Routine life in the 'twin cities' remains greatly disrupted as protesters, belonging to a religious group, continue blockade of the Interchange, despite a notice by the Supreme Court. The protest has resulted in severe problems for residents, who face traffic jams and mobility issues on a daily basis. At least two casualties due to ambulances being unable to cross the protesters have also been reported. Islamabad administration decides to close streetlights on Faizabad interchange Administration also discussed the hardships being faced by the citizens of the twin cities Authorities have acquired services of 3000 personnel from the Frontier Constabulary (FC), 4000 from Punjab Police and 1000 Azad Kashmir Police for deployment around Faizabad sit-in, they said. The expense for providing food to these personnel is over Rs2.5 million daily, sources said. The expense for 200 rented containers and vehicles, and fueling remains apart. On the other hand, the Ministry of Finance has also not released an additional grant for the past sit-ins, documents available with Geo News suggest. There had been continuous expenditures on different protests and sit-ins from September 7 to November 22. The security for Jamaat-e-Islami's protest on September 8 cost Rs12.6 million, documents suggest. Similarly, the sit-in by Sunni Tehreek, which began on September 24 and lasted for eight days, coost Rs23.5 million.
  2. France called Wednesday for a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss slave-trading in Libya following video footage showing Africans being auctioned off in the war-torn country. Photo: AFP file PARIS: France called Wednesday for a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss slave-trading in Libya following video footage showing Africans being auctioned off in the war-torn country. ?France decided this morning to ask for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss this issue,? Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament. ?We are doing it as a permanent member of the Security Council. We have this capability and we are using it.?
  3. RAWALPINDI: Security forces on Tuesday rescued 18 hostages, two Pakistanis and 16 foreigners, after conducting an intelligence-based operation in Balochistan (IBO), said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The IBO was conducted in the Tump area of Turbat district and the foreign hostages recovered include Nigerians and Yemenis. ISPR added that a large cache of arms and ammunition, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered from the terrorist hideout. In a separate operation conducted by FC, an IBO was conducted in a village of Makran division. Two terrorists of a proscribed organisation were killed during the operation while a soldier of the Frontier Corps also embraced martyrdom. Two other FC soldiers sustained injuries during the skirmish. The terrorists were involved in the destruction of a bridge on M8, planting IEDs and attacking security forces. Earlier, the army informed on November 17 that a terrorist involved in murdering 15 people in Turbat had been killed during an intelligence-based operation. Fifteen bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from the Buleda area of Kech district in Turbat, Balochistan last week. The victims hailed from various areas of Punjab. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, FC Balochistan conducted an operation near Alandur, Abdul Rehman village, Turbat. "As soon the troops cordoned the area, the terrorists opened fire. During the exchange of fire, terrorist Younas Taukali was killed," the ISPR said in its statement. The army has identified Taukali as one of the top eight commanders of the banned outfit Balochistan Liberation Front. Moreover, the army said Taukali was involved in laying IEDs for ambushing FC convoys and killing civilians. The operations were a part of the nationwide Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, which was launched on February 22, after a string of terrorist attacks across the country. According to the ISPR Director-General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, the operation aims for the elimination of the residual and latent threat of terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made so far and ensuring the security of Pakistan?s borders.
  4. [embed_video1 url= style=center] Video: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement - Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar on Thursday got into an argument with a member of the prime minister's escort team. After a security officer requested Sattar to make way for Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the Parliament House today, Sattar retorted back and said that the public, not parliamentarians, should be removed for the premier's security. "He [Abbasi] is a prime minister, not a king that you will be fired," Sattar responded to the security official who had told the MQM-P leader that his job was at stake if the former didn't comply. Sattar, along with other parliamentarians, was exiting a parliamentary session when all hallways linked to the chamber were restricted as a part of Abbasi's protocol. Two policemen suspended for assaulting Karachi citizen Superintendent of police (SP) Malik Ehsan said that the officials belonging to Security-I have been suspended for abusive behavior and physical assault Last month, two police officers were suspended for using abusive language and assaulting a citizen who was reportedly taking pictures of a VIP protocol on Shahrah-e-Faisal. The video of the incident was viral on the social media, showing a policeman misbehaving with a citizen over making a video of the security protocol. The police, however, did not give the name of the government official who the said squad was providing security.
  5. National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) head Ciaran Martin. Image Courtesy: The Telegraph via Simon Williams LONDON: Russia has launched cyber attacks on the UK media, telecoms, and energy sectors in the past year, Britain's cybersecurity chief said Wednesday, amid reports of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum. "Russia is seeking to undermine the international system. That much is clear," Ciaran Martin, head of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), said at a technology conference in London, according to his office. "Russian interference, seen by the NCSC over the past year, has included attacks on the UK media, telecommunications and energy sectors," Martin said. The centre has coordinated the government's response to 590 significant incidents since it was created in 2016, though it has not detailed which were linked to Russia. Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday accused Moscow of "seeking to weaponise information" in order to "sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions". Russia's cyber activities include "deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images", she said in a speech. The scathing criticism was rejected by Russia's foreign ministry, which accused May of trying to distract the British public from problems at home. Parliamentary probes Moscow's alleged attempts to influence last year's referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union are part of investigations underway in London. On Wednesday, May told lawmakers that parliament's intelligence and security committee would be looking into Russian interference. Meanwhile, parliament's digital, culture, media, and sports committee has requested data from Twitter and Facebook on Russia-linked accounts and aims to interview social media executives at the British embassy in Washington early next year. Damian Collins, the committee chairman, said it was "beyond doubt" that Russia had interfered in UK politics. He said there was a pattern of behaviour of Russian organisations seeking out opportunities to create division, unrest and instability in the West. "Foreign organisations have the ability to manipulate social media platforms to target voters abroad," Collins told AFP. "This is seriously organised buildings of hundreds of people engaged in propagating every day fake news through social media," he added. "It is one of the biggest threats our democracies face and we have to be serious about combatting it." But May's spokesman emphasised that "There has been no evidence of successful interference in our electoral processes." Pro-Brexit 'bots' Researchers at Swansea University in Wales, working with the University of California, Berkeley, looked at 18,000 Twitter users who had registered in Russian but were tweeting in English around the time of the referendum. Russian-related accounts put out around 45,000 Brexit tweets on June 23 and 24, of which 13,180 were at least six words long, Swansea researcher Tho Pham told AFP. "The massive number of Russian-related tweets were only created a few days before the voting day, reached its peak during the voting and result days then dropped immediately afterwards," the research paper said. They were posted by both "bots" and humans, with the majority of the posts pro-Brexit. Bots spreading misinformation into the echo chambers of social media "might lead to the case that bots could shape public opinions in negative ways", the paper concluded. Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Edinburgh, who examined 2,752 accounts suspended by Twitter in the United States, found that 419 were operating from the Russian Internet Research Agency and attempting to influence British politics, The Guardian reported. Professor Laura Cram, the university's neuro-politics research director, told the newspaper they tweeted about Brexit 3,468 times ? mostly after the June 23 referendum. The content overall was "quite chaotic and it seems to be aimed at wider disruption. There's not an absolutely clear thrust. We pick up a lot on refugees and immigration", she said.
  6. The premier met governor and chief minister of Balochistan as well as lawmakers from the province. Photo: Geo News1 ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reached Quetta today on a daylong visit and and met the provincial government's representatives. The premier met Governor Muhammad Achakzai and Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri as well as lawmakers from the province. He will be briefed on development projects and security situation in the province. Schools on the city's Zarghoon Road have been closed due to the VIP movement in the area. Later, chairing a meeting on the province's law and order situation, Abbasi said the sacrifices of the security forces in the war on terror will not go in vain. The meeting was attended by senior civil and military officials, including Southern Command Commander Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa. The premier further said that the centre is ready to assist the province in any way it requires in the fight against terrorism. Zehri said the law and order situation has improved in the province, adding that the back of the terrorists has been broken.
  7. DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor - File Photo RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted on Monday that Pakistan was paying the price for a security vacuum on the Afghan side of the border. In a series of tweets, Major General Ghafoor spoke of a Pakistan Army captain and a soldier being martyred when fired upon by terrorists from across the border in Afghanistan. The DG ISPR asserted that Pakistan had done its part by clearing all areas, fencing, new posts, enhanced presence along the border and establishing crossing points. According to the military spokesman, more effort was required from all stakeholders from the Afghan side. ?Lives of forces and citizens equally precious on both sides.? Major General Ghafoor added that there is a need to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan and for effective border security. On Monday, a cross-border attack by terrorists from Afghanistan in Pakistan's Bajaur Agency led to the martyrdom of two Pakistan Army troops. Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Raham were martyred in the attack on a border post of the Pakistan Army. Four other Army troops were injured in the assault on the border post. At least eight terrorists were also killed in the attack and others were injured in retaliatory fire from the Army
  8. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley comments as she arrives for a Security Council meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York City, US, August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files UNITED NATIONS: The United States hopes that a meeting next week at the United Nations on Venezuela will pave the way to international action to prevent the crisis from turning into a security threat, according to a US document sent to the Security Council on Friday. US Ambassador Nikki Haley will chair the informal council meeting on Monday held as Venezuela, already reeling from political and economic crises, teeters on the brink of default. "The international community needs to work collectively to address the unfolding crisis and its humanitarian impact in Venezuela and beyond before it worsens and potentially develops into a threat to international peace and security," the US mission said in the document obtained by AFP. Venezuela has been in turmoil since anti-government protests in April left more than 100 dead and worsening shortages of food and medicine. On Friday, the country was headed for a formal debt default, owing about $150 billion. Over the past six months, over 500,000 Venezuelans have fled to Colombia and countries in the region, said the US document. Neighboring countries are struggling to take in the Venezuelans who are becoming more vulnerable to human trafficking and sexual exploitation, it said. "As the Venezuelan economy continues to crumble, the situation will likely only worsen especially as the country is at risk of defaulting on its debt," it added. The council will hear from Luis Almagro, the secretary-general of the Organization of American States (OAS) and an outspoken critic of President Nicolas Maduro's government. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein will also address the meeting along with lawyer Julio Henriquez, the coordinator of the Foro Penal human rights organization and Joseph Donnelly of aid group Caritas International. Haley has called on the council to turn its attention to Venezuela after leading a closed-door meeting of the top UN body on the crisis in May. The council has up until now maintained that regional organizations were best placed to address the situation. During a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri said he urged the United Nations to help address the health and food emergency in Venezuela.
  9. Photo: File Processions will be held across the country today to mark the Chehlum of the martyrs of Karbala. Strict security arrangements are in place in the major cities and towns of the country to ensure the religious processions are held peacefully. Mobile services will be suspended in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar, among other cities, during the course of the processions. In Karachi, the main procession will start from Nishtar Park at 1pm and culminate at Hussainia Irania Imambargah in Kharadar. Link roads leading to MA Jinnah Road have been sealed with containers, while snipers have deployed on rooftops along the procession's routes. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have also been installed to closely monitor activities on the procession routes with a dedicated 'Command and Control Centre'. A day earlier, the Sindh government had imposed a two-day ban on pillion riding across the province from November 9 to 10. Aerial surveillance of processions will also be conducted. In Rawalpindi, the procession will end at Imambargah Qadeemi. In Peshawar, 3,500 police personnel have been deployed to secure the route of the processions.
  10. RAWALPINDI: Frontier Corps and intelligence personnel o Thursday conducted an intelligence-based operation in the Zhob district of Balochistan, said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) A prepared improvised explosive device, planted in a motorcycle, was recovered during the operation. The IED was hidden in a storm drain and covered with bushes, added ISPR. Pakistan had launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad' in February 2017, which was based on broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country.
  11. [embed_video1 url= style=center] ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples? Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is compromising national security to protect his family. While speaking to party leaders in a meeting, he said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader is going to play a dangerous game by clashing with the state institutions, adding, in the current situation supporting Nawaz would be an ?anti-state? move. He said that Nawaz is taking the country towards a point where there will be no stability. The former president said that in a bid to save himself, and his family, Nawaz wants to weaken the judiciary, Parliament and other institutions. The PPP leader said countries plunge into civil war when institutions are destroyed. "When the institutions are not functional then there are situations, like in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya at preesnt," he said. "Even US and NATO cant stablise them then" Zardari added that the "PPP won't let Nawaz play the dangerous game as they (Sharif family) plan to run away abroad after destroying the country. But we will remain here".
  12. TEHRAN: The Iranian Minister of Defence Brigadier General Amir Hatami, during a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, said that Iran sees Pakistan's security as its own, reported IRNA. "Respect for territorial integrity, solidarity and national sovereignty of the regional countries is among the fixed principles of the Iranian foreign policies," said Hatami. Speaking in regards to regional and international developments, the Iranian defence minister said the arrival of Gen Bajwa in Iran is a move which will fortify bilateral relations in the areas of security and stability. Hatami also added that relations between Pakistan and Iran "are in line with strengthening defense capabilities of both neighboring countries". Stressing on the development of ties with Iran's neighbours, the defence minister, he said Pakistan has a long border with the country and also a common religion and culture. Hatami also expressed hoped that cooperation between the two countries will lead to the establishment of peace in war-ravaged Afghanistan. The defence minister also reiterated that Iran supports Pakistan's defence and military achievements "within the framework of strengthening regional security and stability". On Monday, Bajwa was welcomed by top Iranian military officials, including Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri. General Bajwa held delegation-level talks with his Iranian counterparts and also held a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) The talks focused on issues related to the geo-strategic environment, the Afghan situation, the growing threat of Daesh in the region and security along the shared border between the two countries. The army chief said during the meetings that Iran and Pakistan are two brotherly neighbours with shared history, culture and religion. The army chief is on an official three-day visit to Iran. The Iranian visit by the army chief was preceded by Iran's Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost calling on General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters.
  13. The United Nations has denounced the violence during the past 10 weeks as a classic example of ethnic cleansing UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council urged the Myanmar government on Monday to ?ensure no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine state,? where violence has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the Buddhist-majority Asian country. The United Nations has denounced the violence during the past 10 weeks as a classic example of ethnic cleansing. The Myanmar government has denied allegations of ethnic cleansing. To appease council veto powers Russia and China, Britain and France dropped a push for the Security Council to adopt a resolution on the situation and the 15-member body instead unanimously agreed on a formal statement. The council expressed ?grave concern over reports of human rights violations and abuses in Rakhine State, including by the Myanmar security forces, in particular against persons belonging to the Rohingya community.? ?The Security Council calls upon the Government of Myanmar to ensure no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine State, to restore civilian administration and apply the rule of law, and to take immediate steps in accordance with their obligations and commitments to respect human rights,? it said. Myanmar has been stung by international criticism for the way its security forces responded to attacks by Rohingya militants on 30 security posts. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25. ?The Security Council stresses the primary responsibility of the Government of Myanmar to protect its population including through respect for the rule of law and the respect, promotion and protection of human rights,? the statement said. It stressed the importance of transparent investigations into allegations of human rights abuses and ?in this regard, the Security Council calls upon the Government of Myanmar to cooperate with all relevant United Nations bodies, mechanisms and instruments.? Myanmar has refused entry to a UN panel that was tasked with investigating allegations of abuses after a smaller military counteroffensive launched in October 2016. Myanmar?s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has pledged accountability for rights abuses and says Myanmar will accept back refugees who can prove they were residents of Myanmar. The Security Council said it was alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Rakhine state and warned that the increasing number of refugees ?has a destabilizing impact in the region.? The council demanded that the Myanmar government allow immediate, safe and unhindered humanitarian aid and media access. It asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report back in 30 days on the situation.
  14. RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday warned Tehran the kingdom would not tolerate "any infringement" on its national security, following a weekend missile attack on Riyadh by rebels in Yemen. "Iranian interventions in the region are detrimental to the security of neighbouring countries and affect international peace and security. We will not allow any infringement on our national security," Jubeir tweeted. "The kingdom reserves the right to respond in a timely manner to the hostile actions of the Iranian regime," he added, echoing earlier warnings by a Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen. Saudi Arabia said the unprecedented missile attack, intercepted near Riyadh international airport on Saturday, "may amount to an act of war". The coalition on Monday sealed off air, sea and land borders in Yemen, where it has been battling rebels in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's internationally recognised government since 2015. Iran dismissed the Saudi accusations, calling the missile attack "an independent action" by the Houthi rebels in response to Saudi aggression. Iranian foreign ministry statement spokesman Bahram Ghassemi rejected the accusations as "unjust, irresponsible, destructive and provocative". He called on Riyadh to halt attacks on "defenceless and innocent people as soon as possible and to pave the way for inter-Yemeni dialogue to bring peace to the country". Critics have accused the coalition of not doing enough to prevent civilian deaths in its air war in Yemen, where more than 8,650 people have been killed since the start of the intervention. Repeated attempts to bring about a negotiated settlement to the conflict have failed, including a series of UN-backed peace talks.
  15. TEHRAN: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa was welcomed by top Iranian military officials on Monday, including Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri. The army chief is on a three-day visit to Iran where he is expected to discuss establishing stability and security in the region, among other topics of mutual interest between the two countries. General Bajwa will also discuss border security and defence relations with his Iranian counterpart and other officials. The army chief earlier on Sunday arrived in Tehran on an official visit, said the Inter-Services Public Relations. On October 31, Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters. The two figures had discussed regional security, Pakistan-Iran border management, visits and exchanges in the defence realm. "The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army?s contributions for peace and stability in the region and pledged to keep working for better relations between two brotherly countries," the ISPR had said in a statement following the meeting.
  16. WASHINGTON: Twitter said it had boosted security measures Friday in response to a rogue employee´s move cutting off Donald Trump´s account, an 11-minute outage which drew mocking praise from the president´s critics but also warnings of a dangerous precedent. The US social network initially said the account had been "inadvertently deactivated due to human error" after the outage late Thursday but subsequently indicated it was done intentionally by a departing worker on his or her final day. Hours later Friday, Twitter said it implemented "safeguards to prevent this from happening again." "We won´t be able to share all details about our internal investigation or updates to our security measures, but we take this seriously and our teams are on it," a tweet from Twitter government said. Trump reacted on Twitter nearly 12 hours after the shutdown. "My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact," he tweeted. The social media platform lit up with reaction to the deactivation -- with some calling the employee a "hero" and others expressing concern. Democratic Representative Ted Lieu, another prolific tweeter, wrote: "Dear Twitter employee who shut down Trump´s Twitter: You made America feel better for 11 minutes. DM me & I will buy you a Pizza Hut pizza." David Jolly, a former member of Congress, tweeted that the employee "could become a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize." But the temporary disappearance of the account -- and the glee this prompted among the president´s detractors -- drew fire from others. "Liberals were celebrating for the 15 minutes that Trump´s Twitter disappeared, proving once again they love censorship and hate free speech," tweeted Makada Duncanson, a conservative writer. Security concerns Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University professor who studies social media, said the deactivation is worrisome. "This is no laughing matter," she said. "This is a serious issue and one of national security." Grygiel wrote an essay earlier this year calling for "pre-moderation" of Trump´s account "to prevent an accidental war" which could be sparked by spoofing or disruption of the presidential account. "We need to make sure that an intern cannot easily compromise that account," she said. Grygiel has said some accounts which could have "systemic" importance for national security or financial markets should be subject to human review with a delay of a few seconds. If something false or incendiary is tweeted, there is no way to take it back, and this could lead to war or a shock to financial markets, Grygiel noted. "It is shocking that some random Twitter employee could shut down the president´s account," Blake Hounshell, the editor-in-chief of Politico Magazine, wrote on Twitter. He added: "Seriously, what if this person had tweeted about a fictional nuclear strike on North Korea?" Jeff Jarvis, a City University of New York journalism professor and longtime Trump critic, said the shutdown "is a serious matter but I count this as an act of protest that made a strong statement, a statement I endorse." The president has 41.8 million followers on his personal Twitter account, which he uses to fire off controversial and attention-grabbing comments. Trump has used the social media site to announce policy. He surprised Pentagon chiefs in July by tweeting that transgender people would be barred from serving "in any capacity" in the US military, a ban that has since been blocked by a US court. Trump´s official White House account, @POTUS, which has 20.9 million followers, was apparently not affected by the outage. Twitter´s rules and regs Trump´s critics have on several occasions called for Twitter to shut down his account, arguing that his tweets may violate Twitter´s terms on hate speech or abuse. Some said Trump´s tweeting about North Korea -- including a comment where he said its leader "won´t be around much longer" violated Twitter´s terms of service banning threats of violence. Twitter responded with a pledge to review its policy while noting that "newsworthiness" and public interest must be considered in deciding whether to take down a tweet. Grygiel said it is problematic that the president is using a private entity to issue important statements on policy. "There are communications risks with the president´s reliance on a public communications company," she said, noting that Twitter has a right to ban Trump at any time. "I would want to know that President Trump has a fallback way to issue a message if the tweets stop flowing."
  17. ISLAMABAD: Security forces in Balochistan, along with intelligence agencies, conducted an intelligence-based operation in Zhob and arrested a TTP facilitator, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Forces also recovered a sizeable amount of ammunition and explosives which was "dumped to carry out terrorist activity in Quetta". In a separate operation carried out in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, security forces recovered a large cache of weapons and ammunition, including guns, mortars, rocket launchers, IEDs, communication equipment and extremist literature, added ISPR. The IBO was carried out in the Mandi Khel area of North Waziristan agency. Pakistan Army had launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad' in February 2017, which was based on broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country.
  18. British High Commissioner Thomas Drew with COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa on Friday. Photo: ISPR RAWALPINDI: British High Commissioner Thomas Drew called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters on Friday. According to a press release by the Inter Services Public Relations, the army's media wing, the two discussed matters of mutual interest and regional security in the meeting. Earlier, on September 22 and August 3, Drew called on the COAS at the General Headquarters. [embed_video1 url= style=center] Matters of mutual interest and regional security were discussed in those meetings as well, according to the army. Moreover, the visiting dignitary had acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan?s continuous efforts for peace and stability in the region. Earlier this week, Drew travelled to Afghanistan where he met the senior political leadership, including President Ashraf Ghani, as well as officials of the US-led Resolute Support Mission. The high commissioner's official Twitter account described his meeting with Ghani as being "about constructive engagement between" the two countries. British HC calls on army chief Thomas Drew and Gen Qamar Bajwa discussed 'matters of mutual interest' British High Commissioner calls on COAS Matters of mutual interest and regional security were discussed in the meeting
  19. Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb speaks to the media. ISLAMABAD: The person who has fought terrorism with determination would have needed security for his safety, said Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb responding to criticism at official protocol given to the former prime minister. While speaking to the media in the federal capital on Thursday, Aurangzeb said the people of Pakistan have understood the difference between protocol and security. She added it was security not protocol given to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif since he has made efforts to eradicate terrorism from Pakistan. About Nawaz?s appearance in the court, Aurangzeb said the former prime minister has set a precedent. She added Nawaz did not need to escape the courts or accountability since he is the person who has brought educational reforms and prosperity to the country. According to State Minister for Interior Affairs Talal Chaudhry, who was also present on the occasion, Nawaz was given security as he is the most important person in Pakistan. He said those who were criticising the security measures may hold issues if they want to. About the former prime minister?s return, Talal said Nawaz has come to Pakistan from London not only to appear before the court, but to also participate in politics. Imran Khan criticises PM Abbasi over Nawaz Sharif's 'official protocol' PTI chief said it was shameful how an under-trial person was sent from airport to Punjab House Earlier in the day, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan posted criticism on official protocol given to Nawaz. While tweeting regarding the matter, Imran stated it was wrong to use taxpayers? money for a ?discredited prime minister?.
  20. Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost and COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Photo: ISPR RAWALPINDI: Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa today at the General Headquarters. A statement by the army's media relations wing, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the focus of the discussion remained on regional security, Pak-Iran border management, visits and exchanges in the defence realm. "The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army?s contributions for peace and stability in the region and pledged to keep working for better relations between two brotherly countries," the ISPR statement said further.
  21. Security personnel stand guard outside PCB office at Gaddafi Stadium/AFP LAHORE: The visiting Sri Lankan security team spent a busy day on Friday while reviewing all the security arrangements being made for the third and final T20 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on October 29 at the Gaddafi Stadium. Pakistan Cricket Board's security and vigilance head Colonel (retd) Muhammad Azam briefed the two-member team led by De Silve upon their arrival at the Gaddafi Stadium on different tiers of the security being taken for the safety and security of the foreign team. The security team was also given a demonstration of carrying the Lankan team in a bullet-proof bus. "We briefed them on various aspects of the security of the visiting team, right from its arrival at the airport and to the hotel and from there to stadium and back," said a spokesman of the PCB. The security team visited the Gaddafi Stadium and went around it to see the security measures being put in place, he said. Strict security arrangements were made during the visit of the Lankan security delegation. A delegation of the ICC is also expected to visit Gaddafi Stadium today to review the security arrangements for match day. Pakistan welcomes end of isolation from internationals 'By the end of 2020, I think every cricket country would have come and played in Pakistan' Sunday will mark the return of top-flight cricket to Pakistan, as Sri Lanka become the first major cricket team to visit the country since they were targeted in a deadly ambush in 2009 -- with attack survivors among those returning to the scene. The match comes after Lahore also hosted this year´s Pakistan Super League final and the Independence Cup series between Pakistan and World XI last month.
  22. WASHINGTON: US-bound travellers will face security interviews before checking in to flights at a number of global airlines beginning Thursday as anti-terror measures are stepped up around the world. Lufthansa, Emirates, Air France and Norwegian Air confirmed to AFP Wednesday that US authorities had asked for tougher controls at departure airports for non-stop flights to the United States. Other carriers issued statements also confirming the new measures. "In addition to the controls of electronic devices already introduced, travellers to the USA might now also face short interviews at check-in, document check or gate," a Lufthansa spokesperson said. "The implementation will take place on October 26. The security of our passengers and staff is our top priority." Emirates said passengers would be subjected to "pre-screening interviews at the check-in counter" whereas Air France said it expected to apply an additional "security interview." Cathay Pacific said it would halt services allowing passengers to check in luggage from downtown Hong Kong or curbside at the airport, and instead interview them at check-in gates. The airlines suggested that passengers arrive early for their flights to account for any additional delays caused by the new rules. Norwegian said that its passengers would receive instructions by SMS message and that check-in desks would open four hours before departure for flights to the United States. Worries over terrorism The new measures came as President Donald Trump´s administration is working to toughen controls on refugees and immigrants amid worries that militant groups like Daesh and Al-Qaeda are both trying to send potential attackers into the United States and to smuggle bombs on board a US-bound flight. On Tuesday, Trump issued an executive order ending a moratorium on refugee arrivals but re-imposing controls on those coming from 11 countries, most of them with Muslim majorities. Previously, the administration has banned laptops and larger electronics from cabins on flights from certain Middle East hubs, and has attempted to impose a blanket visa ban on some countries - a measure now tied up in court. The White House has insisted the new controls are designed as anti-terror safeguards but Trump's critics have accused him of unfairly targeting Muslims with blanket measures. Last week US lawmakers from the House Homeland Security Committee visited airports in Europe and the Middle East to inspect security conditions and discuss counter-terror cooperation. "The timing of this visit to Europe and the Middle East was critical, as terrorists remain intent on taking down aircraft," said Representative John Katkoin a statement Wednesday. "We must do all that we can to stay ahead of the evolving threat to the global aviation sector."
  23. BERLIN: Security guards at Berlin shelters are encouraging refugees to go into prostitution, German public television has reported, sparking outrage with Berlin saying Wednesday it was taking the allegations "very seriously". The explosive claim was made in the programme "Frontal 21" which aired late Tuesday on broadcaster ZDF. Citing security firm employees, social workers and residents, the programme said guards at several shelters in the capital had persuaded refugees to take up *** work, including minors. One security officer responsible for several shelters even spoke of a "prostitution ring", with young men especially sought after. "From the age of 16 upwards, the younger they are, the more expensive," the source told the programme-makers. Another employee said he made 20 euros ($23) for acting as the middleman in setting up the sexual encounters. A 20-year-old Afghan asylum seeker said a security guard had told him he could earn 30 to 40 euros "for *** with a woman", and he was desperate for money. "I am ashamed of what I do but I have no choice," he told ZDF. German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the "very, very serious" accusations of procurement needed to be investigated. "We have to take this very seriously because it is totally unacceptable to exploit the material hardships that many refugees and migrants are in," he told reporters at a regular press briefing. "It would be morally reprehensible if they were forced into prostitution." Elke Breitenbach, a Berlin official responsible for social affairs and integration, told ZDF that local authorities did not yet have any "concrete indications" of such cases. She called on police and prosecutors to probe the allegations.
  24. Paramilitary soldiers stand guard at an entry gate of Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore/AFP file photo LAHORE: A two-member security delegation of Sri Lankan cricket board will arrive in Lahore today to review arrangements for the third and final T20 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, scheduled to be held at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday, October 29. International cricket festivity returns to Lahore after almost a month, as the Gaddafi Stadium gets ready to welcome Sri Lankan team after successful hosting of the three-match Independence Cup series between Pakistan and World XI in September. The arena is being given a fresh look to hold the much-anticipated match. Pitches are being prepared and the grass has been cut in different patterns as the ground gets a makeover. Different enclosures are being washed and plastic chairs are getting their original colour back after dust removal. Broken chairs are being replaced with new ones. "There is nothing much to be done as the entire stadium is in perfect condition as few weeks ago we organised the World XI series", said a spokesman of the Pakistan Cricket Board while talking to APP here on Tuesday. "We are just taking care of the minor things and work, where it is needed and necessary", he said. To a question, he said the stadium will get a beautiful look in a couple of days and they are looking forward to organise the match in a befitting manner. "Another historic moment will be added in Pakistan cricket history with the Sri Lankan team playing with Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium, which is the home of Pakistan cricket; [it has] organised a number of elite cricket events, including the World Cup in the past", he said. The official said PCB authorities, along with law enforcing agencies, are designing a security plan to further beef up security. According to the security plan, the entire Nishtar Park sports complex and the restaurants and businesses located in its vicinity will be closed from October 26 to 29. "Similar measures (closing of the Nishtar Park sports complex) were also taken earlier this year when we organised the final of the Pakistan Super League and the matches of World XI last month", he said. Online tickets for the upcoming match went on sale last week. The tickets are also available at designated courier centres. The first and second T20 of the series will be held on Thursday and Friday at Abu Dhabi.
  25. IG Punjab Arif Nawaz LAHORE: Punjab Inspector General of Police Arif Nawaz has assured foolproof security for the final T20 match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, scheduled to be held at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on October 29. Speaking to Geo News on Saturday, the IG admitted that sluggishness on the part of police had led to the attack on Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009. IG Nawaz pointed out that the provincial police had been providing the best possible security to the visiting cricket teams over the last two years. The Sri Lankan team would also be provided foolproof security, he said. About the recent spate of knife attacks in Karachi, the IG offered to help in every possible way in arresting the culprits involved in the attacks. However, no such criminal group exists in Punjab, he added.