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Jackson estate turns down child abuse claims in new documentary

LOS ANGELES: Michael Jackson’s estate on Thursday condemned an upcoming documentary about alleged child sexual abuse by the late singer as another “outrageous and pathetic attempt” to cash in on his fame. The documentary “Leaving Neverland” will be screened at the Sundance independent film festival later this month and will be shown on cable channel HBO and Britain’s Channel 4 television network this spring, festival organizers and HBO said. It features interviews with two men, now in their 30s, who say they were…

Zardari rejects JIT’s allegations leveled against him

ISLAMABAD: Former President Asif Ali Zardari has turned down the allegations levelled against him in the report prepared by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the fake bank accounts case and has asked the Supreme Court to reject the 'dubious' report, ARY News reported on Saturday. In a 17-page document that he submitted in the Supreme Court on Saturday through his counsel, the co-chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Zardari has said that he had not committed any wrongdoing, adding that the “allegations” in…

Pakistan denounces Afghan allegations on Kandahar attack as baseless

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday rejected Kabul’s allegations regarding the recent attacks in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar as unfounded and baseless.   In a statement, Foreign Offfice Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said no concrete evidence or intelligence information has been shared till today to substantiate such claims. He said in the presence of Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability (APAPPS), it would have been more appropriate to invoke the relevant arrangement instead of resorting…

Foreign Office rejects Indian allegations, offers joint investigation

ISLAMABAD: Expressing disappointment, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Friday said the reasons cited by the Indian side for the decision to cancel the meeting, slated to be held between foreign ministers of Pakistan and India in New York, were entirely unconvincing, ARY News reported. Dr Faisal said the alleged killing of BSF soldier took place two days prior to the Indian announcement of its agreement to hold the bilateral meeting. "Pakistan takes this opportunity to categorically reject these…

Pope says will not respond to allegations of abuse cover-up

VATICAN: Pope Francis said on Sunday he would not respond to explosive accusations by a former top Vatican official that the pontiff had covered up sexual abuse, saying dismissively that the document containing the allegations “speaks for itself”. Francis, talking to reporters aboard the plane returning to Rome from Dublin, said he would “not say one word” on the 11-page document, in which the former official says Francis should resign. The pontiff said journalists should read the document carefully and decide for…

Accused examiner denies sexual Harassment accusations

KARACHI: Recently a female student took to Facebook to address an alleged incident of sexual harassment that she faced at the hands of an examiner during a biology practical test. In her detailed post, she mentioned how the examiner was responsible for harassing a number of students by passing sleazy comments and by physical contact. The student further said that all of this made her “extremely uncomfortable” and she had “no idea what to do”, adding that none of us said anything to him because he kept threatening to…

Sri Lanka says pitch-fixing allegations hard to believe

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s top cricket administrators say it is difficult to believe allegations of pitch-fixing in a 2016 test match against Australia which have triggered a probe by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC launched an investigation after a documentary aired by news organisation Al Jazeera on Sunday showed a groundsman agreeing to doctor pitches for test matches involving some of the world’s top teams. In the second test in Galle two years ago, Australia were bowled out for 106 and 183 and lost by…

Shehbaz evades Imran’s allegations, says responding to him wastage of time

LAYYAH: Evading the accusations levelled by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, Chief Minister Punjab and President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Monday said responding to the accusations of Imran Khan was a sheer wastage of time for him and a disrespect to honesty, ARY News reported. Counting a number of allegations, he said, "Imran accused him of Rs27 billion embezzlement and said I offered him Rs10 bn to withdraw Panama Leaks case. He also alleged that I had done corruption in Multan Metro Project," he said…

Pakistan rejects Indian media allegations about army camp attack in Occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office on Sunday rejected all the allegations of Indian media regarding any attack on Sunjwan Camp in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said it was an established pattern of Indian officials to issue irresponsible statements and level unfounded allegations before any proper investigation into any incident. "Pakistan is confident that the world community would take due cognizance of India's smear campaign against Pakistan, and the…