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Govt is not opposing CPEC, Pervez Khattak tells NA

ISLAMABAD: Responding to the points raised by Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif regarding CPEC, Defense Minister Pervez Khattak firmly rejected the impression that the incumbent government is opposing CPEC, the mega corridor project. Speaking on the floor of the house, Khattak said that, he is living in a rented house and satisfied whatever God has blessed him with. "Being the chief minister of KP in the last government, only demanded province’s due share in the CPEC," he said. Mr Khattak rejected the impression that…

NAB files reference against Shaukat Aziz

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday filed a reference against former prime minister Shaukat Aziz for illegal recruitment during his tenure, ARY News reported. According to a NAB notification, code of conduct for recruitments were violated by Aziz by appointing Consultant Basharat Hussain Bashir. The notification said despite the consultant's contract was ended, he was still holding the post. Basharat was appointed as MP-2 scale employee in Alternative Energy Board. This should be noted…

Chief justice refuses to take suo moto notice against Justice Shaukat Siddiqui

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Sunday refused to take suo moto notice on Islamabad High Court Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui's allegation that "certain institutions are meddling in judicial work". Saqib said injustice would not be done with anybody and justice would be served to Justice Siddiqui. This he said while hearing a plea requesting him to take suo moto notice of Shaukat Siddiqui's remarks. The chief justice told the petitioner that he could file petition in this regard if he wanted so, but…

Twitter adapts new strategies against ‘troll’ behavior

Twitter said Tuesday it was stepping up its long-running battle against online trolls, trying to find offenders by looking at "behavioral signals." The new approach looks at behavioral patterns of users in addition to the content of the tweets, allowing Twitter to find and mute online bullies and trolls. Even if the offending tweets are not a violation of Twitter policy, they may be hidden from users if they are deemed to "distort" the conversation, Twitter said. The announcement is the latest "safety" initiative by…

As US, North Korea plan to meet, Iran warns against Trump deals

NEW YORK: A US push to change the Iran nuclear deal was sending a “very dangerous message” that countries should never negotiate with Washington, Iran’s foreign minister warned as US and North Korean leaders prepare to meet for denuclearization talks. Speaking to reporters in New York on Saturday, Mohammad Javad Zarif also said that for French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel “to try to appease the president (Donald Trump) would be an exercise in futility.” Trump will decide by May 12…

Western powers at UN make case for military action against Syria

UNITED NATIONS: The United States, Britain and France made the case at the United Nations on Friday for military action against Syria, saying President Bashar al-Assad's repeated use of chemical weapons posed a threat to the world. US Ambassador Nikki Haley said no decision had been taken to launch strikes and stressed Washington was taking time to assess the implications of possible military action after Russia warned it could lead to a dangerous US-Russian war. "Our president has not yet made a decision about…

Grateful Pakistan aim to cement their top rank against West Indies

KARACHI: Pakistan will take on the West Indies in their home ground after twelve years with aim of sending a positive image of the country to the world and to firm their position at the top of the T20I ranking. The top-ranked Pakistan side will take on a much weakened reigning World T20 Champions without their star players except Marlon Samuels and Samuel Badree at the National Stadium Karachi in the first of three-match T20I series on 1st April. Pakistan are likely to give a go to their latest Pakistan Super League…

Mongolians protest to demand greater action against child abuse

ULAANBAATAR: Thousands of Mongolians protested in front of parliament in Ulaanbaatar on Saturday to demand more action to prevent child abuse, after the widely-reported rape of a male infant shocked the country. After the reported rape earlier this month in Dornogobi province in Mongolia’s southeast, a group of concerned mothers created a Facebook group announcing the Saturday protest last week, and it quickly reached more than 400,000 members. “We want to show child abusers that we are strong in order to protect…

Brunei acknowledges Pakistan’s achievements in fight against terrorism

ISLAMABAD: The political and military leadership of Brunei meetings with Army Cheif and acknowledged Pakistan's achievements in fight against terrorism and efforts for regional peace and stability during meetings with Army Chief. This was expressed during meetings between Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and leaderships of Brunei in Brunei Darussalam during his official visit. The army chief met Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Waddaulah. Matters of mutual interest including bilateral…