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Erdogan says US seeking to stab Turkey ‘in the back’

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said the United States was seeking to stab Turkey "in the back" over a diplomatic row sparked by the detention of an American pastor that has sent the lira into a tailspin. "You act on one side as a strategic partner but on the other you fire bullets into the foot of your strategic partner," Erdogan told a conference in the capital Ankara. "We are together in NATO and then you seek to stab your strategic partner in the back. Can such a thing be accepted?" Erdogan asked.…

Court to take up Nawaz’s petition seeking deferral of Avenfield reference verdict tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Accountability court Islamabad will hear on Friday the petitions filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, seeking postponement of Avenfield reference verdict. The court had reserved its judgment in the Avenfield reference on Tuesday, declaring the verdict to be announced on Friday. However, Nawaz and his daughter Maryam, who are in London in connection with serious health condition of Kulsoom Nawaz, have requested the court to delay the judgment for few days. Nawaz’s…

Sheikh Rasheed says will not budge on court verdict on petition seeking his disqualification

RAWALPINDI: Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed on Friday said he would not budge on either of the court verdict in the case seeking his disqualification over alleged mis-declaration of his assets. “Neither I hold any Iqama, nor conceal my assets. All the documents of my assets are available, however, whatever the decision comes, Insha Allah, I will give a historic statement,” he said talking to ARY News anchor Iqrar-ul-Hassan when he was asked about the speculations doing rounds on social media that Sheikh had…

Seeking to avert US response, Russia proposes inspection of Syria attack site

BEIRUT/MOSCOW: Russia said on Tuesday it will propose to the United Nations that international inspectors visit the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma, a move which follows US President Donald Trump’s warning of quick, forceful action in response to the incident. At least 60 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured at several sites in the alleged attack on Douma, then still occupied by rebel forces, on Saturday, according to a Syrian relief group. President Bashar al-Assad’s…

Erdogan says Turkey seeking to annul Trump decision on Jerusalem at UN

ANKARA: Turkey is launching an initiative at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Erdogan was speaking two days after a Muslim leaders meeting in Istanbul condemned US President Donald Trump’s decision, calling on the world to respond by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. “We will work for the annulment of this unjust decision firstly at the UN Security Council, and if a veto comes from…

India’s top court rejects plea seeking deletion of certain scenes from ‘Padmavati’

The Supreme Court of India on Monday rejected a petition seeking deletion of "objectionable scenes" from the upcoming movie 'Padmavati', terming it as premature. "Our interference in this writ petition will tantamount to pre-judging, which we are not inclined to do," the bench, which was headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said. The petition was filed by a Advocate M L Sharma, however, the SC junked the plea, saying, “We cannot interfere with Central Board of…

Sindh CM slams mayor Karachi on seeking help from center

KANDHKOT: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Monday lambasted Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar on asking the federal government for delegation of powers to him. “Waseem Akhtar should not interfere in authorities of the Sindh government and refrain from criticizing the province,” he said while inaugurating a road from Kandhkot to Thal in Kandhkot. Murad said the mayor Karachi even did not know what his powers were. He was also oblivious of the fact that the control of Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim was handed over to Bahria Town after…