• At least 35 killed in Parachinar twin blasts


    Dunya News. Just moments after the terrible terror attack in Quetta, two consecutive blasts were heard in Parachinar market, as confirmed by polytechnic officials. The explosion took place in Akbar Khan Siraye Market and it is presumed to be an act of terrorism.

    Emergency has been enforced in the regional hospitals of the largest city of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). It is believed that the explosions have induced fire in the market. Rescue teams are on their way for help and injured people are being to admitted to local hospitals.

    According to latest reports, at least 35 people have lost their lives in the deadly attack while over 60 injured. Security forces have arrived at the area which also has a bus station nearby. The troops of Balochistan Federal Corps (FC) and police are inspecting the market area of Kurram Agency capital.

    PHOTO: Armed forces conduct rescue operations in Parachinar

    The local residents were busy in Eid-ul-Fitr shopping when the terrorist attack occured. One blast was followed by another after people gathered around with gap of 15 minutes in between, which spread a wave of panic amongst the people. Security forces are conducting a search operation in the market area.

    National Assembly lawmaker Sajid Hussain Turi, who belongs from the same area. had an exlusive talk with Dunya News in which he condemned the incident. He told the army officials were quick to respond to the situation and have started the rescue operations. Turi said ambulances, firefighter vehicles and aerial help was being provided in the affected area.

    He told the hospitals within FATA are not capable to treat those injured. Turi confirmed the casualties in Parachinar market blast. The region is close to the Pak-Afghan border which was opened after a brief gap some days ago after which two consecutive blasts have occured today.

    Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan expressed grief with families of the victims and condemned the explosions. ISPR sources told helicopters had flew from Peshawar to Parachinar in order to conduct rescue operations in the Kurram Agency capital. ISPR DG Major General Asif Ghafoor said, “Two army aviation helicopters taken off from Peshawar to Parachinar for speedy evacuation of injured to peshawer . Security Forces have cordoned off the area. Rescue operation in progress.”

    The incident was condemned by Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

     Parachinar market, again

    Last March, blast in Parachinar market had spread panic the Kurram Agency area. A large number of people at Noor Market were targeted on a Friday morning, in which several casualties were reported.

    Quetta Blast

    At least 13 people including seven policemen lost their lives while 14 others have sustained wounds in a powerful explosion outside Inspector General (IG) office in Quetta. It was later confirmed by the Deputy Commissioner. Those injured were admitted in various hospitals and undergoing medical treatment.

     Security alert ahead of Eid

    Security has been put on high alert following the terrorist attack in Quetta. Strict security measures have been undertaken on the occasion of Juma-tul-Wida across Lahore and other cities. A security high alert has been issued and more than 7000 security personnel are present at major roads, mosques, and sensitive locations in the provincial capital.

    Police have established check posts in various cities to inspect and check the terror threat. The checkpoints are conducting snapchecking while Police Response Units and Dolphin Force have been ordered to perform constant patrolling of sensitive areas.


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  • World should support Pakistan’s counter terrorism efforts: China


    Geo News. Terming Pakistan as important country in South Asia, China asked the international community to acknowledge and support the counter-terrorism efforts made by Pakistan on the basis of respecting its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    “Pakistan is on the forefront of the global fight against terrorism,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Gen Shuang during a press briefing on Thursday.

    Pakistan has been firmly opposing terrorism and has made important sacrifices and contributions to fighting terrorism and maintaining regional security and stability, he added.

    When his attention was drawn about a media report regarding the US administration considerations of beginning a policy review of relations towards Pakistan mainly because of the current security situation in Afghanistan, he said, we have noted the relevant reports.

    Peace stability and economic development in Pakistan serves the interest of regional countries and people, he added.

    Responding to a question about the Chinese foreign minister’s alleged visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan, he said, both Pakistan and Afghanistan are China’s neighbours and China has friendly relations with the two countries as well as close high level exchanges.

    “If we have any information regarding the visit, we will release it in due course of time,” he shared.

    The spokesperson remarked that China sincerely hopes that Pakistan and Afghanistan can enhance their communication so as to deepen mutual trust and improve relations.

    “They should also work together to improve and ensure regional peace and stability and China would like to play a constructive role towards that end,” he added.

    While brushing aside a question that China has offered Pakistan to build a dam in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and integrate it with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said the CPEC is a new cooperation framework for the two countries to achieve a long term development.

    He said this corridor will not only promote common and bilateral development of the two countries but also contribute the development and prosperity of the region.

    “We know that there are some concerns about this corridor but we keep stressing that this economic corridor is just an economic initiative for cooperation and it targets no third country and does not connect with any sovereign disputes,” he added.

    Shuang hoped that the disputes between India and Pakistan will be resolved properly through consultations and negotiations.

    Regarding a question about an update on the two Chinese nationals kidnapped and reportedly killed in Pakistan, he said the Chinese government attaches high importance to this case, adding, “We are still coordinating with the Pakistani side to verify the situation.


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  • 622 secondary schools to be upgraded, says minister


    The News International. Punjab School Education Minister Rana Mashhood has said the Punjab government has decided to upgrade 622 secondary schools to the level of higher secondary schools. He said subject of technical education would be introduced in these upgraded schools.

    The minister said this while chairing a meeting of a committee formed in this regard by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Ministers Malik Nadeem Kamran, Mansha Ullah Butt, Secretary Schools Education Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik and others attended the meeting.

    The meeting discussed different aspects pertaining to upgrade of 622 high schools to the level of higher education and observed that this innovative plan would benefit the students in a number of ways.

    Rana Mashhood said the purpose of this programme was to provide market oriented education to the youth so that children of low-income families could earn their livelihood in an honourable way. “This programme is part of educational vision of the Punjab government to provide quality education so that students could excel through the ladder of education,” he added. This programme would equally benefit the girls who would learn beneficial technical and vocational courses to provide economic support to their families, he concluded.

    UVAS budget: The Syndicate of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) approved Rs3.81 billion budget for the financial year 2017-18. This was Rs50.57 million deficit budget.

    An amount of Rs2.33 billion has been allocated for development projects. Of the total development allocation, Rs1.84 billion will be spent on ongoing projects while Rs490 million on new projects to be initiated in the financial year 2017-18.

    The meeting was chaired by UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha who told the meeting that work on National Livestock Technology Park at Ravi Campus Pattoki would begin this year for which Rs150 million have been allocated.

    Among the ongoing projects, the VC said Rs200 million had been allocated for “Enhancement of research facilities at Ravi Campus, Pattoki”, Rs1.23 billion for University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Bahawalpur, Rs53.63 million for Para-Veterinary School at Narowal, Rs159.55 million for “New academic block, students hostels and apartments for faculty” at City Campus, Rs113.41 million for training centre for biologics at Ravi Campus, Pattoki, Rs28.75 million for developing ostrich farming in Punjab, Rs22.03 million on propagation of ducks rearing and Rs30.29 million for development of camel milk value chain by adopting modern supply chain mechanism for enhancing farmers profitability in Punjab.”

    Earlier, presenting the budget before the Syndicate, treasurer Dr Zubair Farooq said the university expected non-development income of Rs1.43 billion from different sources during the year while non-development expenditure was expected at Rs1.48 billion, so there was a deficit of Rs50.57 million.

    The VC said Rs692.46 million were expected to be generated by the university from its own sources and added there would be no increase in fees during the financial year.



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  • False promises: NEPRA says loadshedding won’t be eliminated in 2018


    Dunya News. National Electrical Power Regulatory Authority has warned the government that loadshedding won t be eliminated in 2018 and people will have to wait till 2019 for the complete elimination of loadshedding.

    According to NEPRA s State of Industry Report 2016, in the upcoming year of 2018, the menace of loadshedding won t come to an end. As stated in the report, in 2017, the power shortfall would be 3710 MWs (MW), and in 2018 it will be 500 MW. However, according to the report, in 2019, the country will have a power surplus of 224 MW, 1334 MWs in 2020, and in 2021 the country will have a power surplus of 4694 MWs.

    As for demand during peak hours, in 2017, the peak hour power demand is 23,816 MW, in 2018 demand during peak hours will be 25,140 MW, in 2019 it will be 26,439 MW, in 2020 it will be 27725 MW, and in 2021 it will be 29082 MW.

    As for power supply, in 2017 it will be 20106 MW, in 2018 it will be 24640 MW, in 2019 it will be 26663 MW, in 2020 it will be 29059 MW, and in 2021, power supply will be 33,776 MW.

    The report also stated that In 2017, power generation capacity would be 24,643 MW and in 2021 it will be 41,950 MW.

    K-Electric’s situation:

    According to NEPRA s report, in the upcoming year, loadshedding will be eliminated from Karachi and in three years K Electric will have a power surplus of 1832 MWs. In 2017, the power demand in Karachi is 231 MWs more than supply. Although the loadshedding occurring in the city says otherwise

    Moreover, this year, supply of electrical power by K electric is 3128 MWs and in peak hours the power demand is 3359 MWs. In 2020, K Electric s demand will rise to 3894 MWs while K Electric s supply will rise to 5726 MWs

    According to the report, in 2018, K-Electric will have a power surplus of 138 MWs, in 2019 447 MWs, and in 2020, it will have a power surplus of 1832 MWs. The report also revealed that between 2010 and 2015, K-electric undertook no major investment,

    In the five years, K electric has only added 3 kilometres of overhead transmission wires. It has added a 220 KV underground line, and 132 KV and 660KV voltage level systems. In the last five years, K-electric has restored 4 grid stations. According to the report, K-electric will till 2027 make an investment of 27 billion rupees.


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  • Drone strikes counterproductive, against sovereignty: Pakistan


    Daily Times. Pakistan on Thursday said the drone strikes were intolerable and against the sovereignty of the country.

    During his weekly media briefing, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan’s policy pertaining to drone strikes had always been clear.

    The statement came days after a Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder jet shot down an Iranian drone in Balochistan’s Panjgur district along the Pak-Iran border.

    The spokesperson said that Pakistan’s position on drone strikes was clear: they are counterproductive and cause collateral damage. To a question about Iranian UAV, he said the drone was hit by PAF as it was unidentified and was flying at around 3-4 kms inside Pakistani territory. “Pakistan has already shared information about striking down of this drone with the Iranian authorities, indicating that the drone was struck down by our security forces as it was unmarked and there was no prior information about its flight,” he said.

    Zakaria maintained that Pakistan wanted to work with the new United States (US) administration as it gave much importance to its relations with the US. He said that Pakistan was taking action against all terrorist groups and would not allow its land to be used against any country.

    On Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, Zakaria said that Pakistan would welcome any delegation from Afghanistan visiting the country. “Two-way visits will help strengthening bilateral ties,” he opined.

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Astana recently and agreed on expanding mutual cooperation in diverse fields. Afghan leader is expected to visit Pakistan shortly to further improve the bilateral relations.

    When asked to comment on expected visits of Chinese and Afghan leaders, the spokesperson said, “We will welcome visits from Afghanistan and China that will help grow the mutual cooperation.”

    Responding to a query, he said China was an important partner in efforts to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan. Both China and Pakistan are working closely under the initiatives like QCG, Heart of Asia Istanbul Process, which aimed at bringing lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. The Chinese foreign minister would be visiting Pakistan over the weekend. Both sides are set to discuss all issues of mutual interest including the regional situation.

    Commenting on missing Pakistani officials in Afghanistan, Zakaria said, “We are in contact with the Afghan government to rescue the consulate officials.” He apprised the media that Afghanistan has already constituted three teams to rescue the two consulate officials who went missing on June 16 on their way to Pakistan.

    While congratulating Pakistani nation on the historic victory against India in the final of ICC Champions Trophy, Zakaria said that the Amnesty International has called upon India to release all those arrested on charges of celebrating Pakistan’s victory. He said arresting Kashmiris for celebrating Pakistan’s victory against India is a sad state of affairs. Commenting on the Indian atrocities in Held Kashmir, he said since 1947 Indian occupation forces have killed over a million Kashmiris. “Pakistanis will not forget their Kashmiri brothers on the eve of Eid ul Fitr, especially the children who are facing brutalities of Indian troops in the valley,” he said, and added Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has written a letter to United Nations secretary general, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) president, and other international bodies including OIC to update them on human rights violations in the Held Kashmir.




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    Jadhav files mercy petition to army chief


    Pakistan Today. Commander Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav, the serving Indian Naval Officer who has been sentenced to death on charges of espionage, sabotage and terrorism has made a mercy petition to the Chief of Army Staff Bajwa.

    In his plea, Commander Jadhav has admitted his involvement in espionage, terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan and expressed remorse at the resultant loss of many precious innocent lives and extensive damage to property due to his actions. Seeking forgiveness for his actions, he has requested the COAS to spare his life on compassionate grounds.

    Commander Jhadev had earlier appealed to the military appellate court which was rejected. Under the law he is eligible to appeal for clemency to the COAS (which he has done) and if rejected, subsequently to the president of Pakistan.

    His second confessional video, in which he can be seen accepting his acts of terrorism and espionage is also released so that the world should know what India has done and continues to do against Pakistan.

    Transcript of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s second confessional statement

    “I am Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav. Number 41558 Zulu of the Indian Navy. I am a commissioned officer in the Indian Navy and my alias name was Hussain Mubarak Patel.

    And I was basically… I’d visited Karachi on two occasions in 2005 and 2006 for basic intelligence gathering on Naval installations and subsequent detail.

    Basically gathering information on the landing sites around Karachi and various naval vessels or whatever I could gather about the Navy.

    The RAW officials had started sniffing that the Modi government will be in power by 2014. So I was inducted and my services were handed over to Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

    And the aim was to see that all the activities around the Makran Coast and Karachi and Balochistan interior. Turbat and Quetta were to be organised and nicely coordinated.

    Subsequently, me along with Anil Kumar had a meeting with Alok Joshi, wherein the plans and the finalisation of the activities along the Makran Coast and Karachi were finalised.

    I was stationed in Chahbahar, the Iranian Port City under a fictitious name ‘Hussain Mubarak Patel’ and I was running a business there “Kaminda Trading company”.

    It was a discreet non-embassy based operation exclusively meant to conduct meetings with Baloch insurgents and terrorists.

    The aim of these meetings was always to see that the aims and the targets of RAW to conduct the various terrorist activities within Balochistan are conveyed properly to the insurgents and any kinds of requirements of them are conveyed back to the RAW officials.

    My purpose of this time visit to Pakistan was to establish and meet the basic leadership of Baloch sub-nationals, the BLA or the BRA and establish and Infiltrate around 30 to 40 RAW operatives along the Makran Coast for Operations along with Baloch sub-nationals and miscreants or terrorists.

    The aim was to have RAW operatives on field so that they could facilitate and help the Baloch sub-nationals in carrying out precision targets to be carried out.

    Precision, I would say, sort of a military, sort of a connection to the entire operation.

    Balochistan doesn’t have a movement on the sea, so the aim was to raise within the Baloch sub nationals a sea front, so that the activities could be properly coordinated from the sea side and subsequently taken on further inwards, may be Quetta or Turbat or maybe interiors of various places.

    The subsequent activities which were then handed over by RAW when I subsequently started working for Research and analysis wing, the main aim was focused to Balochistan and the Karachi region. The idea was to see to it that the sub nationals with in this region were facilitated and supported financially and with arms and ammunition, weapons and some kind of maybe man and material movement also across the coast.

    So me being a naval officer I was given the task of seeing that how they could be landed across the Makran coast, between Gwadar, Jewani or whichever suitable points were there across this belt. And the main ideology beyond this was that the economic and the various activities which go along the CPEC region between Gwadar and China had to be distorted and disrupted and some destabilized so that the aim was to just basically raise the level of insurgency within Balochistan and the Karachi region.

    Research and Analysis Wing through Mr Anil Kumar has been abetting and financing and sponsoring a lot of activities within Balochistan and Sindh. The entire Hundi and Hawala operations are undertaken from Delhi and Mumbai via Dubai into Pakistan and during one such important transaction was the 40,000 dollars which was transferred to Baloch sub Nationals via Dubai. Also the finances which are coming into Balochistan and Sindh for various anti-national activities are coming through consulates in Jalalabad and Kandhar and the Consulate in Zahidan.

    These are very important consulates which are used by Research and Analysis Wing to transfer dollars into the Balochistan movement.

    And one such instance was where I was directly involved and I was observing the transaction was when 40,000 Dollars were recently transferred from India via Dubai to one such Baloch National operative within Pakistan.

    Research and Analysis Wing and Mr Anil Kumar on behalf of RAW had been sponsoring regularly the various terrorist activities within Pakistan. Especially Hazara Muslims, Shia Muslims who move around on pilgrimage between Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan were basically to be targeted and killed. They were already being done, it was being done but the level had to be raised to the very high level so that the movement completely stops.

    Then the targets on various workers of FWO who were conducting construction of various roads within Balochistan and the third major activity was the IED attacks which were being carried out by the Baloch sub nationals within Quetta, Turbat or various other cities of Balochistan.They were being directly sponsored by RAW.

    Mr Anil Kumar has been sponsoring sectarian violence across Sindh and Balochistan and also sponsoring various assassinations across this same region so that instability or some kind of fear is set into the mindsets of the people of Pakistan, and in one such process SSP Chaudhary was assassinated. This was a direct mention by Mr Anil Kumar to me.

    The various financing which subsequently happened for the TTP and various other Afghan anti Pakistani terrorist groups led to the attack by TTP on one of the Mehran Naval Bases in which a lot of damage was cost to the Pakistani Navy. Other sort of radar installation attack, the Sui pipeline gas attack, then attacks on civilian bus Stations where some I suppose Pakistani Nationals were being targeted by Sub Nationals and murdered and massacred so that a sort of disruption in the CPEC is done that was being funded and directly supported by Mr Anil Kumar. He wanted it to be raised to the next level so that complete disruption and complete stoppage of the Economic corridor between Gwadar and China is achieved.

    One of the operations which was being planned by RAW officials along with Baloch insurgents was a military style attack on Zahidan Pakistani consulate. The aim was to either attack it with a grenade or some kind of RPG or IED attack or then try to harm the consulate General or some kind of vicious attack on the Pakistani consulate in Zahidan. It was being militarily planned, the RAW officials were involved in Iran and the Baloch Sub Nationals who were supposed to carry out the attack or facilitate the entire process were being involved and I was well aware of the plan which was being conducted and how it was being planned.

    RAW was sponsoring the setting up of the modern website, a new website which was being already run through Nepal which the Balochistan movement was carrying on, on the Cyber world and the creation of the website, the previous maintenance of the already existing website was being handled by the Research and Analysis wing from Nepal, Kathmandu which was luring people from within Pakistan for various activities to be carried out in the future.

    This time while crossing over into Pakistan I travelled all the way from Chahbahar in a private Taxi along with Rakesh to the Iranian Pakistan border near Sarawan. From wherein I crossed into Pakistan along with Baloch Sub Nationals and after about an hour or so I was apprehended by the Pakistani authorities in Pakistan.

    Basically the movement into Pakistan for me was, I was on a visa and official visa in Iran and I was moving with my passports so I carried my passports with till the border almost so that if Iranian authorities or Iranian people who are about to check me or I am stopped or checked I should have a legitimate reason for movement with in Iran and my subsequent movement into Pakistan and then backwards. While I was not intending to having being caught so on my movement backwards again I would have had a legitimate reason to go about, With that passport with the legitimate visa of Iran.

    During my judicial proceedings which were held under the field General court martial, I was accorded a defense council by the officials here which were conducting the entire proceedings.

    Today I genuinely after the time having spent in Pakistan I feel very ashamed and I genuinely seek pardon of the acts and sins and crimes I have committed here against the Nation and the people of Pakistan.”




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  • The world’s population is forecast to reach 9.8 billion by the year 2050


    TIME. India’s population is expected to surpass China’s in about seven years and Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States and become the third most populous country in the world shortly before 2050, a U.N. report said Wednesday.

    The report by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Division forecasts that the current world population of nearly 7.6 billion will increase to 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100.

    It said roughly 83 million people are added to the world’s population every year and the upward trend is expected to continue even with a continuing decline in fertility rates, which have fallen steadily since the 1960s.

    John Wilmoth, director of the Population Division, said at a news conference that the report includes information on the populations of 233 countries or areas of the world.

    “The population in Africa is notable for its rapid rate of growth, and it is anticipated that over half of global population growth between now and 2050 will take place in that region,” he said. “At the other extreme, it is expected that the population of Europe will, in fact, decline somewhat in the coming decades.”

    The U.N. agency forecasts that from now through 2050 half the world’s population growth will be concentrated in just nine countries — India, Nigeria, Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, United States, Uganda and Indonesia. Those nations are listed in the order of their “expected contribution to total growth,” the report said.

    During the same period, it added, the populations of 26 African countries are expected to at least double.

    Nigeria, currently the world’s seventh largest country, has the fastest growing population of the 10 most populous countries worldwide, and the report projects it will surpass the U.S. shortly before mid-century.

    The new projections also forecast that China, which currently has 1.4 billion inhabitants, will be replaced as the world’s most populous country around 2024 by India, which now has 1.3 billion inhabitants.

    The report, titled “The World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision,” said fertility has been declining in nearly all regions in recent years.

    Between 2010 and 2015, Wilmoth said, “the world’s women had 2 1/2 births per woman over a lifetime — but this number varies widely around the world.”

    “Europe has the lowest fertility level, estimated at 1.6 births per woman in the most recent period, while Africa has the highest fertility, with around 4.7 births per woman,” he said.

    The report said birth rates in the 47 least developed countries remain relatively high, with population growth around 2.4% a year. While this rate is expected to slow significantly in the coming decades, the U.N. said the combined population of the 47 countries is projected to increase by 33% from roughly 1 billion now to 1.9 billion in 2050.

    More and more countries now have fertility rates below the level of roughly 2.1 births per woman needed to replace the current generation, the report said. During the 2010-2015 period, fertility was below the replacement level in 83 countries comprising 46% of the world’s population, it said.

    The 10 most populous countries with low fertility levels are China, United States, Brazil, Russia, Japan, Vietnam, Germany, Iran, Thailand and United Kingdom, the report said.

    In addition to slowing population growth, low fertility levels lead to an older population, the report noted. It forecasts that the number of people aged 60 or above will more than double from the current 962 million to 2.1 billion in 2050 and more than triple to 3.1 billion in 2100.

    A quarter of Europe’s population is already aged 60 or over, and that share is projected to reach 35% in 2050 then remain around that level for the rest of the century, the report said.


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    We are oh-so-excited! These Pakistani films are set to release on Eid-ul-Fitr 2017


    Daily Pakistan Global. Eid is the festivity we all await in our monotonous lives, and oh what fun it all is.

    After Ramadan, the joy of Eid is doubled as it feels like a reward to celebrate the washing away of sins and the incredible test of tolerance during the month.

    To cash in on the Eid holidays, film-makers schedule most of their films for Eid, of course.

    The following Pakistani films will be releasing all over Pakistan on Eid:

    Yalghaar (30th June)

    The most anticipated Urdu film this year is Yalghaar. The film was announced 4 years ago after the success of Waar, which was released the same year in October. Hassan Waqas Rana, the producer of Waar, directed Yalghaar, apart from being the producer and writer both!

    Shaan, Humayun Saeed and Sana Bucha will be appearing together for the very first time in a film. Bilal Ashraf, Armeena Rana Khan, Ayub Khoso and Adnan Siddiqui will also be making an appearance in the film.

    Yalghaar will also be releasing in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia-Pacific Region. BIG PROJECT!

    Mehrunissa V Lub You (26th June)

    MVLU is Yasir Nawaz’s second film, produced by his own production house also. The first film (Wrong No.) proved successful at the box office, so YN took another chance with Danish Taimoor and VOILA! MVLU made.

    Danish Taimoor and Javed Sheikh are again a part of YN’s movie and it is also stated to be a ROMCOM. An item song by Amna Ilyas is also rumoured to have been included in the movie. Sana Javed, a well-known TV drama actress, will be making her big-screen debut in MVLU.

    Shot on an expensive set costing around 20 million Rupees, it shows the busy inner city of Karachi.

    Famous Indian film-maker and lyricist Gulzar has penned down the lyrics for this film, while Indian singer Sukhwinder Singh has provided vocals.

    Badmash (26th June)

    Two Punjabi films are also set to release this Eid, one of which is Moamar Rana and Khushboo starrer ‘Badmash’. The film has been directed by Masood Butt and produced by Chaudhary Yaqoob. Babrik Shah and Shafqat Cheema are also part of the cast.

    Malik Bahadur (26th June)

    Moamar Rana is the lead for this one too. Other notable actors alongside Rana are Arbaz Khan, Jahangir Jani, and Wali Bukhari. It has been directed by Maqsood Ahmed.

    Zakhmona (26th June)

    Pashto film ‘Zakhmona’ will be releasing across Pakistan and internationally this Eid. The leading artists are Ajab Gul, Arbaz Khan and Afreen Pari. The film has been directed by Shahid Usman.

    Das Khush Bamani (26th June)

    The cast includes Shahid Khan and Dua Qureshi, and it has been directed by Arshad Khan.

    Sata Muhabbat Mi Zindagi Da (26th June)

    The cast includes Arbaz Khan, Jahangir Jani and Sobia Khan. The movie has been directed by AK Khan.

    Giriftaar (26th June)

    The cast includes Shahid Khan, Sidra Noor and Jahangir Jani. The film has been directed by Nadar Khan.

    Gul Jana (26th June)

    Gul Jana is the last Pushto film set to hit cinemas on Eid. The film stars Aryan Khan and Afreen Pari. The film has been directed by Liaquat Ali Khan.

    Wishing everyone a very joyous Eid ul Fitr!




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  • SC moved to remove ‘biased’ Wajid Zia as JIT head


    The Nation. Supreme Court has been moved to remove Wajid Zia as head of Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

    The JIT was established by Supreme Court to further probe Panama Leaks scandal.

    According to details, the applicant demanded that new JIT head must be appointed in place of Wajid Zia.

    Zia is not capable of heading the JIT, the applicant argued.

    The application claimed that JIT head is biased towards Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and their families.

    Wasjid Zia is not serious in investigation the scandal as despite allegations of record tempering he has not taken any step, the applicant mentioned.

    The applicant also claimed that JIT chief has no interest in accountability.

    On April 20th, Supreme Court of Pakistan issued orders to form a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the Panama Papers evidence, and asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and sons Hassan and Hussain to appear before it.

    The five-judge bench, featuring Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, considered the evidence presented by opposition parties including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), Watan Party and the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).

    In the 540-page verdict, the five-member bench, that was divided 3-2 over the decision, said that the NAB Chairman has failed to cooperate with the investigation, and the FIA has failed to curb white collar crimes, necessitating the formulation of the JIT.


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  • Sarfraz Ahmed to be appointed as Test captain: reports

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    Dunya News. Pakistan ODI captain and triumphant leader of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Sarfraz Ahmed, is now being considered for Test captaincy. He impressed not only the entire nation but cricket pundits all over the world with his skillful decision making during the pressure situations.

    Reports claimed that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials, including the Chairman Shahryar Khan and head of the executive committee Najam Sethi have shared their common opinion of promoting the wicket-keeper batsman as Test skipper. One of the officials told media, “It is now just a formality of the PCB Chairman making an announcement when he returns home. The decision has been taken and is final. Sarfraz will take over as Test captain after being appointed as deputy to Misbah-ul-Haq on the recent tour to the West Indies.”

    Misbah-ul-Haq played his last Test against West Indies and retired from the longer format along with star batsman Younis Khan. Both were given a prestigious farewell and have received honour from several analysts. Recognised as the Pakistan’s most successful Test skipper, Misbah remained at the position for seven years.

    The announcement to appoint Sarfraz Ahmed as the new captain will be made after the two leading officials arrive home as they went to London to attend an ICC meeting. The 30-year-old is already serving as captain in both shorter formats, including ODIs and T20s.

    Although he will be appointed as captain in a short span from now, he will play his first series in September-October after assuming the power against Sri Lanka in UAE. The green shirts tour to Bangladesh was called off by Shahryar Khan. He argued that as Pakistan had already completed two tours of Bangladesh, in 2013 and 2015, they are now unwilling to tour for the third time without Bangladesh reciprocating and sending their men s team to Pakistan

    Mickey Arthur will continue as heach coach until next April and, after lifting the CT17 trophy, it is likely that he would get an extension.


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  • There is room for rethink on Jadhav, says envoy to India


    The Express Tribune. Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit, indicating a softening of stance towards RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, has said that there is ‘room for rethink’ in the issue, and confirmed that Pakistan will not carry out his death sentence until the hearing in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is over.

    “We would like this process to be over quickly, but until [it does], we are committed,” he told The Hindu in an interview about India-Pakistan relations during his tenure which is due to end next month.

    The case pertains to the death sentence awarded by a military court in April to Jadhav for his involvement in spying and subversive activities in Pakistan.

    The high commissioner said Jadhav would be able to appeal for clemency first to army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa, and later to President Mamnoon Husain if his appeal was rejected by the Court of Appeals.

    “There is a process that is ongoing, and if Jadhav’s appeal were rejected [by the court], that would be the time for the army chief or the president to reconsider the sentence against him.

    “He has been tried, he has been convicted, and he has the right to appeal. If that is rejected, then he has the right to submit an application for clemency to the army chief, and if he denies it, then to the president,” he said. “So there is room for a rethink there,” Basit added.

    Speaking about the other trial, being watched closely in India, on Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed’s detention, Basit said the government was ‘trying its best’ to keep Saeed under (house) arrest and several organisations he represents were under ‘observation’ for now.

    When asked how Pakistan can resume talks with India, he said, “We in Pakistan strongly feel that talks and preconditions do not go together.”




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  • Military operations to restore peace in Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain


    The Nation. President Mamnoon Hussain has manifested his confidence in the fact that operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasad would bring about positive results soon to make Pakistan a stronghold of peace.

    He was addressing the 17th convocation of the National Security and War Course at the National Defence University (NDU) in Islamabad Wednesday morning.

    The president stated that challenges facing the country increased mostly because of extremism and terrorism but the nation and state institutions came out triumphant in fighting the war of survival.

    He said the government and state institutions are dauntlessly executing the National Action Plan and have taught a biting lesson to the enemy.

    Hussain stated Pakistan was made to play a favorable and beneficial role for regional and global peace and stability.

    He said internally the idea the behind making of the state was to portray to the world an example of a welfare state where citizens could live with respect.

    He stated there have been hurdles in realization of these treasured ideals but the country has moved forward.

    The president referenced the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and said this, together with One Belt, One Road project, would result in a new strategic dimension to the regional and global scenario.

    He said a new strategic principle of government policy would surface and hoped that institutions like NDU would be taking stock of the surfacing alterations.

    The president stated the participation of friendly countries in the war and security course additionally facilitate in promoting Pakistan’s relations with them.

    Acknowledging the role being played by NDU as a think tank , Hussain manifested confidence that the institution will additionally improve its performance in the days to come.

    Previously, the president awarded certificates to the participants of the course.

    Talking on the occasion, NDU President Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar said one hundred and fifty nine participants, including twenty six from amiable countries, attended the course.


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