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Criticism against Mohmand Dam award causing loss to Pakistan: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Friday said criticising the government's decision to award contract of Mohmand Dam to Descon company was causing loss to the country. “Razak Dawood has no links with Descon consortium,” Fawad said while talking to a local news channel. He said Razak Dawood had resigned from Descon company before assuming the charge of advisor to the prime minister on commerce. To a question about statement by Dr Farrukh Saleem, the information minister…

Iran’s Khamenei slams ‘criminals’ Trump, Macron, May

TEHRAN: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced US President Donald Trump, France's Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Theresa May after they launched strikes Saturday against the Syrian regime, branding them "criminals". "The attack this morning against Syria is a crime," Khamenei said in remarks published on his Telegram channel. "The American president, the French president and the British prime minister are criminals, they will gain nothing from it," he said. Speaking during a meeting with high-ranking…

New LHC bench formed to hear contempt petitions against Sharifs

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Chief Justice on Wednesday constituted a third larger bench to hear petitions seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and other PML-N leaders for criticizing the judiciary. The three-judge bench, headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi and comprising Justice Shahid Jameel Khan and Justice Atir Mehmood, will hear the petitions on April 05. A day earlier, a larger bench formed to hear and decide the petitions…

CJP Nisar says he doesn’t have any political agenda

ISLAMABAD: Staving off the criticism of him for allegedly impinging on the domain of the executive, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday made it clear that he doesn’t have any political agenda. The chief justice, who was hearing a case pertaining to prices of medicines, observed, “I don’t have any political agenda.” He stressed that he didn’t even want to touch political cases, but the situation warranted so. "Our intentions are clear, anybody can test us in any way," he said in what appears to be…

Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook criticism

CALIFORNIA: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg fired back at US President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he accused the leading social network of being "always anti-Trump." Zuckerberg rejected the notion, countering that Facebook is working to ensure "free and fair elections" with an online platform that does not favor one side over another. Zuckerberg's post at Facebook came after Trump accused the social network of bias in a morning tweet that read: "Facebook was always anti-Trump.The Networks were always…

Suu Kyi rejects criticism over Rohingya, UN chief urges army pullback

NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi pledged Tuesday to hold rights violators to account over the Rohingya crisis but refused to blame Myanmar's army, as the UN chief demanded an end to the military campaign and a better deal for the Muslim minority. In an address timed to pre-empt censure at the UN General Assembly in New York -- delivered entirely in English and aimed squarely at an international audience -- she called for patience and understanding of the crisis which has driven some 421,000 Rohingya out of her…

Pakistan rejects ‘disappointing’ Trump criticism over alleged terror support

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Wednesday said blistering criticism by US President Donald Trump was "disappointing" and denied accusations that it supported terrorist groups. In a firm rebuttal to Trump's claims that Pakistan had harboured "agents of chaos", the country's Foreign Ministry issued a statement asserting its commitment to fighting terrorism. "No country in the world has suffered more than Pakistan from the scourge of terrorism, often perpetrated from outside our borders. It is, therefore disappointing…

‘You are irrelevant’ Maryam Nawaz tells Imran Khan

Amid all the arguments, counter arguments and celebrations on social media during former PM Nawaz Sharif's GT Road rally, an interesting encounter took place between the former premier's daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif and the ruling party's top rival Imran Khan. As Imran Khan criticised Nawaz Sharif for "speaking from a bulletproof car" and said that Nawaz is fearful of death, a number of PML-N supporters replied Imran Khan with all sorts of GIFs, pictures and counter arguments but none thought that Maryam Nawaz herself…