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Air Marshal Asim Zaheer appointed Vice Chief of PAF

ISLAMABAD: The government has appointed Air Marshal Asim Zaheer as Vice Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), ARY NEWS reported on Saturday. Air Marshal Asim Zaheer was commissioned in GD (P) Branch of Pakistan Air Force in 1984. He is a qualified flying instructor. Air Marshal Asim Zaheer during his outstanding career has commanded a fighter squadron, an Operational Air Base and PAF Academy, Risalpur and also served as the Chief Project Director (CPD) Falcon. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders’…

Khashoggi killing ordered at Saudi ‘highest levels’, says Erdogan

ANKARA: The order to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the “highest levels” of the Saudi government, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wrote in an opinion column in the Washington Post on Friday and he called for the “puppetmasters” to be unmasked. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul one month ago on Oct. 2. Erdogan, in an op-ed piece in the newspaper, said he did not believe “for a second” that King Salman had…

Life returns to normalcy after end of countrywide protests

KARACHI: Business and other activities resumed in Karachi, Lahore and other big cities of the country after the sit-ins staged by religious parties against a Supreme Court verdict ended on Saturday, ARY News reported. Demonstrations that started on Wednesday, after Supreme Court's verdict to release Asia Bibi, had left major highways, including the motorway connecting Lahore and Islamabad — blocked and routine life paralyzed in major cities, and caused massive traffic jams countrywide. The protest rallies and sit-ins…

Three members of a family shot dead over old enmity in Abbottabad

ABBOTTABAD: Three of a family were shot dead, while another sustained severe bullet injuries in a firing incident in area of Jora Meera in Abbottabad. An old enmity said to be the cause of the incident. According to police, unknown assailants opened indiscriminate fire over a family, resulting in death of three persons on the spot, another member of the family sustained severe wounds. The bodies and injured were shifted to a nearby medical facility, while investigation into the matter was underway, said police,…

Pakistan ready for next hearing in Jadhav case at ICJ: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday (today) told National Assembly that the Attorney General of Pakistan has finalized strategy regarding the next hearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav's case at International Court of Justice (ICJ), ARY News reported. In a written statement submitted in National Assembly, the foreign minister informed the house that (ICJ) will conduct the hearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav's case on February 18, 2019 and the strategy in this regard has been finalized. About the overall…

Afridi rules out use of force against protesters

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Interior Affairs, Shehryar Afridi while ruling out the use of force against the people, protesting countrywide against acquittal of Asia Bibi, said the writ of the state will be ensured. Briefing the newsmen outside the Parliament House on Friday (today), the minister said negotiations were underway with the outraged protesters for fraternal and peaceful solution of the current situation. "Government was striving to meet a peaceful solution of  continuing protests, adding that the sitting…

Three more infants succumb to malnutrition in Thar

THARPARKAR: Infants continue to succumb to malnutrition in Sindh's drought affected district of Tharparkar, as three more toddlers fall prey at Mithi's medical facility to this chronic disease on Friday (today). The recent fatalities rise the number of death toll to 540 during last four months of the current year in the area. Thar's situation fails to improve despite relief measures by the PPP government in Sindh to address food shortage in the region. Earlier this week, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Chairman of PPP…

Dr Yasmin underlines need for concrete and long lasting health policy

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, while underlining the need of concrete and long lasting health policy, has said that the focus on the rural health centers was crucial for attaining the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Addressing the inaugural session of consultative workshop on the development of national health policy and provincial strategic framework, the health minister said that Pakistan is facing lack of health facilities, particularly in rural areas which were badly "neglected…

No differences with Sindh, ready to help in any matter: Shafqat Mehmood

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mehmood said on Friday (today), that "there are no differences with Sindh, federal government is ready to help the province in any matter it can." Talking to the newsmen after paying respects at Quaid-e-Azam's mausoleum, the minister referring the meeting held with Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, as 'positive'. The minister vowed that federal government will closely work with Sindh in field of education and in this context, a conference is…

NAB summons Shehbaz’s sons in corruption case

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned Hamza Shehbaz and Salman Shehbaz in a case pertaining to accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income. According to details, a team of NAB will quiz the sons of Shehbaz Sharif during hearing of the case today. Hamza Shehbaz is facing NAB investigation in Ramzan Sugar Mills and Saaf Pani Scam. "The Bureau has failed to prove charges of financial irregularities in what he thinks are politically motivated cases against him,” Hamza Shehbaz stated to LHC…