BARMAL: In a targeted attack in South Waziristan, American drones fired two missiles, killing four people on Thursday morning.
The drones targeted a house in the Barmal area of South Waziristan.
For the first six months of 2014, US had halted drone strikes in Pakistan as the government engaged in ultimately fruitless peace talks with the insurgents.
However, the strikes restarted on June 11, just four days before the military announced Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan along the Afghan border.
There has been at least 14 drone attacks, including today’s, in Pakistan so far this year. More details
Islamabad: Pakistan has condemns the US drone strike that took place at Azam Warsak, South Waziristan Agency on Thursday.
At her weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan has consistently maintained that such strikes are a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Pakistan is itself taking decisive action against terrorist elements and, therefore, believes that such strikes are unnecessary and need to be stopped, she added.
To a question she said that drone strikes and their impact is a subject that is part of talking points in engagements with the US from the head of Government level to the working level. Naturally, the United States has its own position which is not backed by international law and the international public opi More details
Karachi: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said on Thursday that the Nilofar cyclone has started weakening and is unlikely make landfall in coastal areas of Pakistan.
The cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea is expected to move towards Indian coastal belt after reaching at a distance of 250 kilometers from Karachi this evening. It will further die down afterwards, the PMD said.
However, the cyclone will cause rain/thundershowers coupled with gusty winds in Karachi, Thatta, Badin districts and coastal areas of Balochistan from Thursday night to Friday, the weather department said.
According to PMD, the cyclone is presently located about 600 kilometer south-west of Karachi and likely to hit Indian Gujarat state.
Earlier, the PMD had forecasted that the cyclone may hit Pakistan’s coastal belt, prompting authorities to put relevant departments on ‘high alert’, More details
Rawalpindi: Pakistan army continues to be of service to the famine struck lives in Tharparkar, Sindh, military media wing said here on Thursday.
According to statement of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), 12.8 ton ration has been distributed among the affectees in Changra, Rattan Jauter, Islam Kot, Sindhar, Diplo, Mithi, Khinser and Dhunai whereas food packages have been distributed in the far flung areas through two helicopters.
4 medical camps have also been installed for drought struck people at Chachro, Khensar, Diplo and Dhanai facilitating 1,443 patients till now.
“Army troops have been mobilized to the draught hit areas of Tharparkar last night. 4 x companies have been moved from Karachi to help their brethren in distress in Chahro, Dali and Mithi. 4 x ration distribution points have been established at Khinser, Ch More details
Quetta: Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq Thursday said the country was facing threats from ‘political Nilofar’ along with the real tropical cyclone heading towards the country.
Talking to media at Quetta Airport, he said the situation developed in the wake of sit-ins was challenge for both – the government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
He repeated that threat of Martial Law has been diverted as political Jirga has played a positive role in the scenario.
He said that it was not sit-in but bad governance which damaged the economy of the country.
He appealed to both the sides to resolve their differences through dialogue. He also condemned the suicide attack on Maulana Fazl ur Rehman and asked the government to describe why such incidents were occurring.
He regretted that promises made to people of Balochistan by previous governments’ were still not fulfilled. More details
LAHORE: Gullu Butt, the notorious character of Model Town incident, was sentenced to 11 years and three months in jail and fined Rs1.1 million for vandalizing public properties in Lahore.
Contrary to his expectations, a local anti-terrorist court announced its decision after hearing a case pertaining to the June 2014 violence which left at least 14 people dead following a clash between supporters of Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and police.
Gullu Butt, who shot to notoriety overnight after leading a large contingent of rampaging cops, was caught on TV cameras when smashing window panes of cars on the day when Model Town incident occurred.
Butt had pleaded not guilty to the charges. More details
ISLAMABAD: A special meeting of the federal cabinet is being held in Islamabad on Friday (today).
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will chair the meeting. Audit report of the inflated electricity bills will be presented before the cabinet.
It will also review performance of three ministries including Pakistan Railways, Planning and Development and Petroleum. More details
ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Secretariat has informed the Election Commission of Pakistan that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) parliamentarians are avoiding verification of their resignations.
Joint Secretary National Assembly Muhammad Mushtaq issued a circular in the name of Masood Ahmed Malik, Director General Elections of the ECP, informing the commission that the PTI parliamentarians are not verifying their resignations before Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq.
The NA Secretariat said members of the PTI whose resignations were received in the Secretariat have avoided coming forward to verify the genuineness and voluntary nature of their resignations in terms of rule 43 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.
However, the resignations of the PTI parliamentarians were not attached with the letter.
The election commission had sent a More details
PESHAWAR: Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly had to walk away from his seat following remarks of an MPA which led to a pandemonium in the house.
Speaker Asad Qaiser left the assembly hall when MPA Maulana Lutf-ur-Rehman issued derogatory remarks against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) sit-in and the way ‘women were made to dance’ during the demonstrations in Islamabad.
His remarks led to a ruckus in the assembly and the situation almost led to an exchange of blows between fuming MPAs.
PTI MPA Shah Farman traded barbs with Nighat Orakzai after which he stood up in a fit of anger and started walking towards her. Other MPAs immediately jumped to action and stopped Shah Farman from moving ahead.
Witnessing the situation as it unfolded, Speaker KPK chose to stand up and take a walk out of the assembly hall. More details
KARACHI: All arrangements are in place to deal with any eventuality in view of the tropical cyclone “Nilofar” that is moving towards Sindh coast through Arabian sea.
Our Karachi correspondent reports that emergency response centres have been established at Hawksbay, Mubarak Village and old Clifton in Karachi.
Two shelter centres have been established at Manora and Kimari by the Karachi Port Trust to help the needy people.
The federal, provincial as well as district government machinery has been put on high alert. More details