Trump says North Korea’s Kim is ‘a pretty smart cookie’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump offered some backhanded praise for North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, calling him ‘a pretty smart cookie’ in a television interview that aired on Sunday.

Trump’s almost admiring remarks came amid soaring tensions with North Korea over its missile and nuclear programs, with an alarmed Washington looking to China for help.

Trump said he had ‘no idea’ whether Kim was sane or not, but said the North Korean leader had faced a formidable challenge in taking over the country at a reported age of 27 after his father’s death in 2011.

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“He’s dealing with obviously very tough people, in particular the generals and others. And at a very young age, he was able to assume power,” Trump said in the interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else. And he was able to do it.

“So obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie,” he said.

“But we have a situation that we just cannot let — we cannot let what’s been going on for a long period of years continue,” Trump added.

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North Korea has kept the West on edge for weeks over signs it may conduct a sixth nuclear test, punctuated by a series of missile tests that have aroused US fears that the regime may be close to developing a ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear warhead.

The North, defying mounting US pressure, launched its latest missile test on Saturday, which South Korea said failed.

Trump refused comment on whether the United States had anything to do with the missile test failure.

“It is a chess game. I just don’t want people to know what my thinking is. So eventually, he will have a better delivery system. And if that happens, we can’t allow it to happen.”

North Korea says ready to strike US aircraft carrier

Hours before the North Korean test, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned of “catastrophic consequences” if the international community does not act more forcefully to sanction Pyongyang.

The United States has deployed a naval strike group to the area led by the carrier USS Carl Vinson, which on Saturday began drilling with the South Korean navy to practice procedures for tracking and intercepting enemy ballistic missiles.

On Sunday, the two allies concluded a massive annual military exercise called “Foal Eagle,” which involved around 20,000 South Korean and 10,000 US troops.

If North Korea carries out a nuclear test, Trump told CBS, “I would not be happy.”

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“And I can tell you also, I don’t believe that the president of China, who is a very respected man, will be happy either,” Trump said.

Asked if “not happy” signified “military action,” Trump answered: “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see.”

So far, Trump has placed his biggest bet on getting China to use its leverage to pressure Pyongyang to change its behavior, a strategy that has failed to produce results in the past.

Since meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida April 6-7, Trump has set aside his campaign threats to impose tariffs on Chinese imports and declare Beijing a currency manipulator.

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“I think that, frankly, North Korea is maybe more important than trade. Trade is very important. But massive warfare with millions, potentially millions of people being killed? That, as we would say, trumps trade,” he told CBS.

“Now, if China can help us with North Korea and can solve that problem — that’s worth making not as good a trade deal for the United States,” he said.

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US-led fight on IS have killed 352 civilians, says Pentagon

WASHINGTON: At least 352 civilians have been killed in US-led strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the US military said in a statement on Sunday.

The Combined Joint Task Force, in its monthly assessment of civilian casualties from the US coalition’s operations against the militant group, said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths.

It added that 45 civilians were killed between November 2016 and March 2017. It reported 80 civilian deaths from August 2014 to the present that had not previously been announced.

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The report included 26 deaths from three separate strikes in March. The military’s official tally is far below those of other outside groups.

Monitoring group Airwars said more than 3,000 civilians have been killed by coalition air strikes.

Included in Sunday’s tally were 14 civilians killed by a strike in March that set off a secondary explosion, as well as 10 civilians who were killed in a strike on Islamic State headquarters the same month.

“We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives … and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

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PM consults aides on defusing Dawn Leaks notification controversy

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif summoned a high-level meeting in Lahore on Sunday to discuss the controversy surrounding the Dawn Leaks notification his office issued a day earlier and its rejection by the military.

According to sources the premier has instructed senior government members to defuse the stand-off like situation created between the government and military over to the release of a Dawn Leak Inquiry report to the media.
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Prime minister’s close aide’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Principal Secretary to PM Fawad Hassan Fawad, Hamza Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif were part of the meeting.

The meeting also discussed prevailing political situation in the country.

Sources also revealed that Shehbaz Sharif also held a separate meeting with the premier to discuss the allegations levelled by PTI chief Imran Khan regarding the bribe offered to him to keep mum on the Panamagate case.

The chief minister cancelled three of his engagements for the meeting with the prime minister.
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The meeting, according to a political analyst, was important since it took place a day after the Pakistan Army, in an unprecedented move, rejected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s directives on Dawn Leaks inquiry and termed them ‘incomplete’.

The situation further strained after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said that state institutions should refrain from tweeting regarding important state issues.

He termed such tweets lethal to democracy.

The meeting also discussed matter regarding issuance of a new notification and the implementation of the remaining recommendations of the committee.

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Hafiz Saeed, aides’ house arrest extended for 90 more days

LAHORE: The Punjab government extended on Sunday the detention (house arrest) period of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and four of his aides for another 90 days for their activities that “harmed peace and security”.

Saeed and other JuD office-bearers including Abdullah Ubaid of Faisalabad, Zafar Iqbal and Abdul Rehman Abid of Markaz-e-Tayyaba Muridke and Kashif Niazi of Multan were placed under house arrest on January 30 for 90 days. A government official told The Express Tribune that their detention period had expired on Sunday so it was extended for 90 more days.

Hafiz Saeed placed under house arrest

The JuD and its wing the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) were placed on the watch list and put on the second schedule under Section 11-EEE(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the government was taking steps to fulfil its international obligations.

Saeed is being kept at his residence, 116-E, in Johar Town, Lahore. The interior ministry in its order had stated that the JuD and the FIF, a charity and public welfare arm of the JuD , were taking steps that were harmful to peace and security and involved in activities that violated the UNSC Resolution 1267.

It had also said the two organisations were being put on the watch list as per the UN Security Council sanctions.

Under Section 11-EEE(1) of the ATA, the federal government, after putting a proscribed person in the fourth schedule, can detain him for a period of 12 months by extending this period from time to time. After completion of 12 months, the government should have to present the detainee before a judicial commission if it desires to extend his detention beyond 12 months.

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Saeed and his aides have challenged their detention and their names being added to the fourth schedule in the Lahore High Court.

On February 21, the JuD chief also challenged the interior ministry’s decision of putting his name on the Exit Control List with 37 of his other aides.

A number of JuD and FIF pamphlets were also made part of the petition, which highlighted the organisation’s ‘volunteer work’ in different parts of the country.

 

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Of blood and sweat: The shoulders that bear the economy’s burden

KARACHI: Indifferent to the scorching heat they work in and unaware of the rights they are born with, the labourers of Pakistan’s economic hub feel that with each passing day, their condition worsens.

Labour Day, also known as May Day, is observed as a holiday in honour of labourers and their rights across the world. PHOTO: FAWAD HASAN

Labour Day, also known as May Day, is observed as a holiday in honour of labourers and their rights across the world. PHOTO: FAWAD HASAN

“There is no day off for a poor labourer,” says a worker making steel tools, his smile depicting the sadness he is unable to hide.

Labour Day, also known as May Day, is observed as a holiday in honour of labourers and their rights across the world.

Two labourers indulge in conversation. Labour Day is observed across the world on May 1. PHOTO: FAWAD HASAN

Two labourers indulge in conversation. Labour Day is observed across the world on May 1. PHOTO: FAWAD HASAN

“Every day is Labour Day for us as we feel the miseries of life throughout the year every single day,” says another labourer who runs a puncture shop under the open sky.

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Forced to cope with the ever increasing inflation and afraid of dying in abject poverty, a myriad of these unsung heroes whose shoulders carry the burden of the metropolis’ economy cannot take a day off on Labour Day. “Who would pay us for sitting at home with our family or attending a political conference then?” they ask woefully.

Forced to cope with the ever increasing inflation and afraid of dying in abject poverty, a myriad of these unsung heroes whose shoulders carry the burden of the metropolis’ economy cannot take a day off on Labour Day. PHOTO: FAWAD HASAN

Forced to cope with the ever increasing inflation and afraid of dying in abject poverty, a myriad of these unsung heroes whose shoulders carry the burden of the metropolis’ economy cannot take a day off on Labour Day. PHOTO: FAWAD HASAN

Then there are those who toil in factories, risking their lives in extremely unsafe work environments, and hardly manage to eke out a living. But they wouldn’t bargain for this day. “We are offered overtime,” said one such factory worker. “We decline. We can’t waste this day for a few rupees. We might go starving one night but Labour Day is for us to decide how to fight the problems we face at work through political showdown.”

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Dawn Leaks: Fazl says state institutions’ reservations not ‘unwarranted’

PESHAWAR: Commenting on the ongoing furore over the Dawn Leaks investigation, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Sunday that though the reservations of some state institutions on the issue were not unwarranted, tweeting was not the solution to address such matters.

“These issues should be resolved with mutual understanding,” he told reporters at a prize distribution ceremony in Peshawar held in connection with his party’s centenary celebrations.

Rehman pointed out that neither any objections about the investigation into the leaks had been raised “on record”, nor had the government taken any unconstitutional steps.

“The government has already clarified that tweets cannot resolve these issues,” said Rehman, referring to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar’s remarks on Saturday that state institutions should not communicate with each other through tweets.

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“The [government’s] decision cannot be changed either as it was made after a proper legal procedure,” he added.

In a message posted on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor had rejected a “notification” issued by the prime minister’s office saying that it was “not in line with the recommendations by the inquiry board”.

Rehman said the government had addressed the Dawn Leaks issue accordance with the Constitution.

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The JUI-F chief regretted that political leaders were calling each other liars and thieves. “This blame game should stop,” he added.

Speaking about the lynching of a student, Mashal Khan, in Mardan over blasphemy allegations earlier this month, Rehman said his party would not allow anyone to amend or repeal the blasphemy law or any other Islamic law based on a few unsavoury incidents.

He, however, insisted that no one should be allowed to resort to illegal actions in a fit of emotions. “We are peaceful and always want to resolve issues through peaceful means,” he remarked.

Rehman thanked foreign delegations, including the Imam-e-Kaaba, for attending his party’s centenary celebrations.

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Indian Army to build smart fence along LoC

The Indian Army in a bid to control ‘cross border infiltration’ has decided to speed up its work on installing a new smart fence along India’s Line of Control.

“The present fence has high rate of degradation due to snow and has to be repaired after every season which costs about 50-60 crore every year,” a senior officer of the Indian military told The Hindu.

He added that that over time the infiltrators have also started getting used to the existing fence and have come up with ways to breach it.

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The existing fence installed by New Delhi on its sides is called the Anti-Infiltration Obstacle System which is some 700m from the LoC. The fence which is double row consists of concertina wire and was constructed by New Delhi between 2003 and 2005.

The Indian newspaper reported that a proposal to install the smart fence has been in the pipeline for some time as it would allow the Indian authorities round the clock real-time surveillance. It added that installing of the fence has gained momentum after the Pathankot and Uri terror attacks last year, in which India alleged that the attackers had come from the cross border.

The officer also revealed that the fence has already been tested and installed along a 50km stretch. He added that the project will be constructed by the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers.

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“The smart fence stretching about 700 km will have enhanced surveillance features with integrated sensors and also has better survivability,” the officer said, however, he did not dwell into the details due to sensitivity.

The newspaper also claimed that the new fence would be constructed in place of the existing one and is expected to cost around 10 billion Indian rupees. The Indian Army sources also said that they have also received an in-principle approval from the BJP-led government for the project and have been assured that it will receive the required funds.

It has also been reported that the project would be undertaken in phases. Under the first phase, New Delhi will build the fence on the most vulnerable areas and where most damage has occurred. Meanwhile, the rest of the fence will be replaced in the second phase.

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Khursheed Shah still has KESC worker’s mentality: interior ministry

ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry has responded to Khursheed Shah’s demand for Chaudhry Nisar to resign in a somewhat aggressive manner, saying the National Assembly opposition leader had yet to outgrow the ‘mentality of a KESC worker’.

“Some people cannot grow beyond their past origin and mentality. It seems that Khursheed Shah, morally and mentally, remains at the level he was at when he started his job at the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation back in ’70s,” the ministry’s spokesman said in a statement issued on Sunday.

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“In their enmity towards the interior minister, some people are victim to such a level of degradation that they are not willing to come out of their past training and mentality—that level is clearly manifested through their statements.”

The spokesman said Nisar “neither has the time for such nonsense and illogical statements nor does he consider it appropriate to respond to such baseless utterances of Khursheed Shah.”

“Linking every irrelevant thing to the interior minister clearly reflects the political, moral and personal bankruptcy of such persons,” he added.

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Nawaz must answer for allegations against the army: Imran

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Sunday said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will have to answer for the allegations levelled at the army in the Dawn Leaks scandal.

“The prime minister of a democratic state should be answerable to the nation if he criticises the country’s armed forces when they are engaged in war,” he said at the PTI’s Huqooq-e-Karachi rally on Sunday.

He lashed out at both Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples Party for laundering money and promoting a culture of corruption in the country.

“The Panamagate case is vital to hold accountable all those leaders who were involved in money laundering. This case will decide the fate of Pakistan … it will decide whether Pakistan will remain a country of plunderers, like Zardari or Nawaz, or whether it will be a democracy,” he said.

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Imran urged participants of the rally to demand Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation because he had no moral ground to remain in power after the Supreme Court’s Panamagate judgement.

“After five judges of the Supreme Court have stated that Nawaz Sharif is a liar and have brushed aside the Qatari prince’s letter, he cannot continue to serve as prime minister of the country,” Imran said.

He accused Nawaz of not only trying to bribe him, but many other politicians, bureaucrats, judges and journalists over the past 30 years.

Hitting back at Nawaz for his remarks about the women who attended the PTI rally in Islamabad on Friday, Imran said the country’s women were also ready to say ‘Go Nawaz Go”.

Imran also lashed out at the Pakistan Peoples Party for ruining the ‘Paris of Pakistan’. He accused the Sindh government of laundering the money that needs to be spent on the people of Karachi.

Rally attacked

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has accused the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of attacking their rally in Karachi on Sunday evening.

According to PTI leader Haleem Adil Sheikh, supporters of their arch-rival party attacked a rally as it was coming from Kemari area to join the announced Huqooq-e-Karachi gathering near Mazar-e-Quaid.

He claimed that two workers were wounded in the incident. Sheikh demanded that the police take action against those involved.

Earlier today, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan arrived in Karachi to lead a protest rally against the issues being faced by the citizens of the metropolitan city.

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Announcing his plans to lead his party’s Huqooq-e-Karachi March against shortages of water and power and other issues, the PTI chief said he wanted to “shake up the rulers of Sindh who are busy remitting provincial development funds to Dubai.”

Political parties have escalated their campaign against the ruling PML-N following the Panamagate verdict on April 20 which ruled that the PM and his sons, Hasan and Hussain will have to appear before a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to record their statements.

The apex court, however, did not disqualify the PM, citing the absence of adequate evidence in the case. The top court has given the JIT two months to complete its probe in the case.

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Qatar upholds rare death sentence in UK teacher’s murder

DOHA, QATAR: A Doha court on Sunday upheld the death penalty in the retrial of a Qatari man convicted of murdering a 24-year-old British female teacher.

Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah al-Jabr was found guilty of stabbing Lauren Patterson and then burning her body in the Qatari desert in October 2013.

“The defendant was fully aware of the consequences of his actions,” Doha’s court of cassation ruled.

It said that Jabr, who was not in court, should face the death penalty, the original verdict handed down in 2014.

Use of capital punishment is rare in Qatar, with the last known case of the death penalty being carried out thought to date back to 2003.

The judge said that any death penalty would be carried out by hanging or shooting.

Lauren’s mother, Alison, who has regularly travelled to the Gulf for hearings, was in court on Sunday.

She wept as details of the crime were read out and afterwards hugged other family members and friends who were present.

Earlier this month, she said before the same court that she did not want to forgive Jabr, although she had told AFP she did not believe in the death penalty.

Jabr had previously been convicted of the murder and sentenced to death, but that ruling was quashed, prompting Sunday’s retrial.

In a lengthy verdict read out in court on Sunday, the judge dismissed all aspects of Jabr’s defence.

The defence argued at various times that he had acted in self-defence, was mentally incapable at the time of the murder, was interrogated by police without a lawyer and that the young teacher had committed suicide.

But the judge said “several consequential strands of evidence” pointed to Jabr’s guilt.

He recounted how the Qatari and the British teacher had met at a central Doha hotel.

They then left the hotel and went back to a property owned by Jabr, where they had sex, said the judge.

Previous court evidence had heard the schoolteacher had been sexually assaulted.

It was afterwards that Jabr attacked Patterson, a teacher in Qatar from Kent in southeast England, stabbing her with a knife which had a 20-centimetre blade, the court heard.

Her body was then taken to the desert and burned on charcoal bricks.
Patterson’s remains were discovered several hours later by members of a local tribe, alerted by the smell of the burning, the court was told.

Jabr’s accomplice Mohamed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz, who helped to burn the body, was previously sentenced to three years in jail.

The Briton’s murder was one of two high-profile cases involving Western teachers in Qatar in recent years.

In 2012, Jennifer Brown, a newly-arrived US teacher from Pennsylvania, was murdered by a Kenyan security guard, Alvine Moseti Anyona, who is now serving life in prison.

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COAS visits LoC: ‘Violence in IHK by Indian forces is state-sponsored terrorism’

Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday visited the Line of Control (LoC) in Haji Pir Sector of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and reiterated support for the Kashmiris "rightful political struggle for right to self determination."

After being briefed on the situation along the LoC, ceasefire violatons and operational readiness of the formation, the COAS appreciated the operational preparedness and high morale of troops.

According to a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) ? the military's media affairs wing ? the COAS said India had unleashed its aggression and frustration on the people of India-held Kashmir as well as Pakistani villages along the LoC and Working Boundary.

However, he made it clear that Pakistan Army would keep its response purely in the military domain in accordance with its values.

"The violence perpetuated by the Indian forces in held Kashmir is state-sponsored terrorism by all definitions," he said.

"This violence riles up passions on this side of the LoC, as the people of Pakistan cannot remain indifferent to the barbaric treatment meted out to defenceless Kashmiris, including women and children," he added.

He said the Kashmiris had a right to live without fear and repression.

"We will always stand by their rightful political struggle for the right of self determination and recourse to basic human rights, he said.

Earlier, upon his arrival, COAS was received by Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lt Gen Nadeem Raza and General Officer Commanding Murree.

It was the fourth visit of the COAS to the heavily militarised LoC after taking over the reins of Pakistan army.

During his previous visit to the LoC in March, the COAS had ,dismissed Indian propaganda, about the presence of alleged rogue elements along the unmarked dividing line in Kashmir.

“Indian propaganda regarding presence of miscreants along the Line of Control is aimed at spreading unrest in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, but it will never succeed,” he said during a visit to AJK’s Neelum valley

“People of Azad Jammu and Kashmir are fully aware of Indian atrocities in held Kashmir as well as Indian agendas,” Bajwa had said on the occasion.

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‘Person who offered me Rs10bn bribe lives in Lahore,’ claims Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in Karachi on Sunday told reporters that the person who allegedly bribed him with Rs10 billion to withdraw from the Panamagate case lives in Lahore.

The PTI chief ? who is in Karachi to rally against the shortage of water and power for city residents with his ‘Haqooq-i-Karachi' march ? took the occasion to touch upon ,the incendiary allegations of bribery, which surfaced following the Panamagate verdict.

Later, speaking at the Jail Chowrangi area of the metropolis, Khan said that the city’s police needs to be reformed, and if the provincial government fails to do so, then PTI would take to the streets in a forceful manner.

“The most important pillar of governing Karachi is an empowered local body system. The mayor of Karachi has also asked for a local body system modeled on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” said Khan while adding that situation in the city will not improve unless the local government system is implemented properly.

Criticising the provincial government, Khan said the funds which should be spent on Sindh and its provincial capital, are being “looted and taken out of the country”.

He also reiterated his earlier call, and urged all Pakistanis to demand the prime minister’s resignation.

Khan, while ,speaking to party members in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa earlier,, had alleged that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had offered him Rs10bn to back off from the case.

During a series of TV appearances last week, he went further, claiming that the proposal came from a close friend of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif two weeks ago, when the judgement in the Panama Papers case had been reserved but not announced.

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Speaking to reporters today, the PTI chief maintained: "He said that Rs10bn was just the starting point, he said it would go even higher."

"I won't give his name, he lives in Lahore," he alleged, adding that the ruling PML-N would take action against the individual if he revealed his identity.

"They torture people through the police," he claimed.

"The day that ,Shahbaz Sharif meets me in court,, I will tell the judge to save the man who made the offer to me," he added.

Speaking about Karachi's problems, the PTI chief maintained that water and power shortages remain the city's most pressing issues, and urged citizens to take to the streets to fight for their rights, whatever their party affiliation.

"I am familiar with the Karachi [of the past] that people would travel to vacations for from Dubai," he said, as opposed to the current state of the polluted city. "There is garbage everywhere," he said, adding, "I am going to [stage a] walk for this today."

"Whatever your party affiliation, you must come out on the streets because this is the kind of pressure that will move them [the provincial government]."

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Turkey’s Erdogan urges Pakistan, India to settle Kashmir issue ‘once and for all’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a dialogue to discuss the Kashmir issue, saying Pakistan and India must settle the dispute "once and for all", ,Radio Pakistan, reported Sunday.

Erdogan's statement comes as the president begins a two-day visit to India. The president is expected to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, ,India Today, reported.

The Turkish premier will hold talks with Modi on key bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

He urged both the countries to settle the dispute via negotiations, said the Turkish president in an interview in Ankara.

He also rejected any similarities between Kurdish rebels and Kashmiris.

To a question about Turkey's move to block New Delhi’s admission to Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), he said Ankara has always been supportive of India’s entry into the group and also that of Pakistan in a similar way.

The two leaders are expected to discuss ,India's NSG membership bid, and methods to further strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism and trade. Turkey is a member of the NSG.

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11 killed, 10 injured in Upper Dir road accident

UPPER DIR: Eleven people were killed and 10 others injured when a passenger coaster fell into a ravine in Upper Dir on Sunday. The people injured in the mishap included three women and two children.

The accident took place near Lowari Top. The ill-fated coaster was travelling from Chitral to Rawalpindi.

Road accident in AJK kills two, injures five

The injured passengers have been shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital Upper Dir where their condition is said to be stable.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak expressed his deep grief over the loss of precious lives in the accident and directed the district and hospital administrations in Upper Dir to provide the best available treatment facilities to the injured passengers.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif too expressed his profound sorrow over the deaths in the accident.

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Style anatomy: Maha Burney

The creative director of NFK Photography breaks down her incredible style. Find out all the challenges she faces in dressing her body type and which rules, from her fashion rulebook, she always abides by

Understanding your body is the key to looking good and a trait found amongst all impeccably dressed fashionistas. While people shy away from talking about their bodies, these brave souls explain how they work their anatomies to their advantage

How would you describe your body type?

Small framed.

Has your body type changed over the last five years?

My body has seen the biggest changes over the last five years; from thin, to pregnant, to a squishy mom-body. My post-baby body is definitely a challenge to dress sometimes. Even though I am close to being back to my pre-baby weight, the pounds are all in different places, which means I have to adjust the way I dress.

In your opinion what is your most troublesome area?

Even at my fittest I have always had a tummy. Now, after a c-section it has definitely become my biggest trouble spot!

How has your style changed over the years?

My style has matured with time. I don’t experiment as much as I used to in terms of colours or prints and know what suits me and what doesn’t. I tend to go for classic, fuss-free, minimal silhouettes, sometimes with a structured edge. Generally I wear a lot of solid colours, but when I do go for prints I like them to either be bold and geometric, or quirky and fun. I like my shoes and bags to be the on-trend statement-making element in my outfit. A statement bag paired with a classic black or white top, skinnies and some beautiful heels is my go-to.

How do you dress according to your body type and which silhouettes suit your body the most?

I think it’s important to balance your proportions when dressing for your body type, therefore I have a couple of personal dos and don’ts when it comes to what I think works for me. I like to wear tops that accentuate the length of my torso and lowers that are more tapered and fitted. Neither crop-tops nor culottes suit me, as they cut my torso or lower half off abruptly, and make me look shorter than I am. Also if I am wearing wide-leg pants, they have to be touching the ground as it gives me more length and creates a balance. However, getting dressed isn’t always about body type for me. A lot has to do with comfort and my mood in that moment.

In your opinion what is the biggest mistake a person can make while dressing here?

I find it jarring when people wear too many statement pieces all at once without thinking about whether they actually work together.

What is the one piece of clothing you shy away from wearing and why?

That’s an easy question, a swimsuit. I definitely need to hit the gym first!

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PEMRA warns TV news channel for its official’s ‘threatening, inappropriate language’

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) warned a private news channel on Sunday for one of its officials using “inappropriate and threatening language” against the media watchdog, a few days after it was barred from airing an interview of former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan.

“In a letter addressed to Chairman Pemra, one Executive Director of M/s. Independent Media Corporation, has used highly inappropriate language, with a threatening tone quoting unnamed lawyers and casting aspersions against a state institution,” the media watchdog  said in a statement.

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“Pemra would take an appropriate action after consulting its legal department on the first working day,” it added.

The authority noted that “under Section 30A, only a high court has the first right of appeal against Pemra’s decision. In the absence of any intervening order by any high court the violation of the authority’s order would be illegal”.

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Pemra further said it was determined to establish its writ and any violation of its lawful order would be taken as a willfully considered defiance and dealt with in accordance with the law.

On April 26, The Pakistan Army had released a confessional video of Ehsan, who gave a rare insight into the working of terrorist groups, including the TTP’s connections with Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies. Soon after, advertisements for the ex-commander’s interview ran on the private TV channel.

A day later, the regulatory authority reminded Geo TV that inviting a representative of an outlawed organisation involved in killing hundreds of innocent people would hurt the sentiments of the victims of terrorism.

According to the authority, only the interview released by the Pakistan Army could be shown on TV in which Ehsan had confessed to having misused religion and taken help from hostile agencies.

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Administrative turmoil unlikely to foil Pakistan’s participation at Solidarity Games

KARACHI: Pakistan is expected to participate at next month’s Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan despite an administrative turmoil that has seen Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) director General Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera getting suspended and Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Minister Mian Riaz Husain Pirzada resigning over bureaucratic intervention from Prime Minister’s secretariat.

According to PSB director Muhammad Azam Dar, Pakistani athletes will most likely be going to the Games, which begin May 12, per the original plan.

Dar feels the situation with Pirzada and Ganjera is unfortunate as it has led to the postponing of the Quaid-e-Azam Inter-Provincial Games, but made it clear that the country’s partaking at the Games in Baku remains important.

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“It is all very unfortunate but we should compete at the Islamic Solidarity Games,” Dar told The Express Tribune. “The matter with Pirzada is also resolvable as he is asking to see the Prime Minister, and some ministers are also planning to pay him a visit. We are hoping the dispute will be resolved amicably.

“As for the postponement of Quaid-e-Azam Games, it was not a good decision but it had to be taken in the current situation.”

Last week, PSB Director General Ganjera was suspended by the government without any reasoning given in the letter of his suspension. Pirzada resigned soon after in protest as he feels his authority was circumvented since PSB operates under his IPC ministry.

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Dar further said that pulling out of the Games is not an option since most of Pakistan’s 200 athletes have made travel arrangements for the event.

Pakistan Weightlifting Federation vice-president Rashed Malik also believes withdrawing from the Games should not even be considered as all arrangements are in place and athletes have been working hard.

He did decry the decision to scrap the local Games where 400 athletes from all over the country were set to partake and which would’ve served as a tune-up for the Games in Baku.

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“Inter-Provincial games are crucial for local players who are not playing for any department, it serves as a great opportunity to prove their talent and acts as a nursery in our sports structure,” he said.

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