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Al Jazeera says its Arabic channel Twitter account suspended

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 04:44

DUBAI: Pan-Arab satellite network Al  Jazeera said on Saturday the Twitter account for its main Arabic language channel had been suspended and that it was working to get it back.

Twitter declined all Pakistan govt requests for account removal

“The account of al Jazeera on twitter @ajarabic is currently suspended due to what seems to be an organised campaign and we are doing the necessary work to get the service back,” al Jazeera said on another of its Twitter accounts for its breaking news service.

Al Jazeera is the flagship broadcaster for Qatar, which is in a stand-off with fellow Arab states which accuse it of ties to terrorism, in a row that is endangering stability in the region. The network said on June 8 it was combating a large-scale cyber attack but that all its entities remained in operation.

This image of Muslim woman went viral for all the wrong reasons

The Twitter page for Al Jazeera Arabic shows that the account has been suspended.


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Rangers foil terrorist attack on Youm-e-Ali procession in Karachi

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 04:39

KARACHI: Sindh Rangers on Saturday foiled a major terrorist bid in Karachi by arresting four militants of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

Four LeJ militants were arrested from Orangi Town area of the metropolis hours before the Youm-e-Ali procession is set to take place. Rangers claim the captured militants were planning to carry out a suicide attack on the religious gathering.

An explosive vest, 15kg explosives, 18 hand grenades and other arms and ammunition were seized from the terrorists’ possession, a statement released by Rangers said.

Two Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists break out of Karachi jail

A main procession to commemorate the death anniversary of Hazrat Ali has been taken out in Karachi which will pass through its set routes and end at Hussainian Iranian Imambargah in Kharadar around dusk today.

Rangers conducted a raid after two hardcore terrorists of the same outlawed organisation escaped from the city’s Central Jail on June 15.

Former ASWJ leader Maulana Azam Tariq’s suspected murderer arrested from Islamabad airport

On Tuesday night, two hardcore militants of the LeJ – Shaikh Muhammad Mumtaz alias Firon alias Sher Khan alias Shahzad alias Bhai and Muhammad Ahmed Khan alias Munna – escaped from Central Jail, Karachi. Munna had been reportedly serving a 14-year-imprisonment. Both of them belonged to the Hafiz Qasim Rasheed and Sabir Munna groups of the LeJ. These groups are considered the most dangerous of sectarian militant outfits and have been involved in various high profile terrorism cases.

Following their escape, a dozen jail officials, including Prison Superintendent Ghulam Murtaza Shaikh, Deputy Superintendent Fahim Memon and Assistant Superintendent Abdul Rehman Shaikh, were suspended and later arrested for negligence.

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Indian-origin teen dies after being beaten by bullies in Malaysia

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 04:29

An Indian-origin teenager in Malaysia died on Thursday after being brutally attacked by bullies for being effeminate.

T Nhaveen, 18, suffered severe wounds after being beaten by helmets, burnt on the back, and sodomised by five teens believed to be his former schoolmates, according to Huffington Post.

Harassment central: Punjab emerging as hotbed of cyber bullying

The alleged attack took place last Saturday when Nhaveen and his friend, Previin, were buying lunch.  Two youths reportedly known to them started teasing the duo and it soon turned into a brawl with Nhaveen and Previin being bashed with motorcycle helmets. Previin managed to escape with eye injuries but Nhaveen was beaten brutally and he suffered internal bleeding in his head and abdomen, the Strait Times reported. The 18-year-old was admitted in a hospital where he died. His death has been re-classified as murder.

Nhaveen’s mother D Shanti was quoted by The Star newspaper as saying that her son had been bullied by one of the suspects three years ago in school but he kept quiet to avoid more assault.

Another teenager sexually assaulted in capital

Nhaveen’s case drew the attention of many on social media and even of music great AR Rahman. Nhaveen was due to start a music course and aspired to be like Rahman, his family said. Rahman earlier twitted for Nhaveen’s recovery and called for “all acts of savagery end and people come to senses.”

Dear Nhaveen, prayers & love for a speedy recovery. Let all acts of savagery end & people come to senses..Peace!

— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) June 15, 2017

Nhaveen’s death is the second incident in two weeks of death induced by bullying in Malaysia. The Minister of Health has claimed that they need to reassess, and bring an end to “the poisonous culture of school bullies and gangsterism among youth.”

His friends and family have started a petition on called, “Petition for T.Nhaveen and all Bullied Victims“.  which has gained more than 31,000 supporters. The petition has gained more than 31,000 supporters and will be directly sent to the United Nations and their Human Rights Campaign to take action against bullying.

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.

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Can your teeth really fall out due to stress?

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 04:20

Stress is known to cause clumps of hair to fall out increase one’s risk of developing diseases. But few are aware of one other shocking side effect: our teeth falling out. And according to Hollywood veteran Demi Moore, that’s what happened to her, reported Daily Mail.

Moore, 54, revealed that stress can cause teeth to fall out and she experiences that first hand. The Ghost star confessed she lost her two front teeth while appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, saying that she thought it was important to share what happened to her because most people are unaware of the full toll stress can take on their body.

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Although what happened to Moore is extremely rare, dentists and health experts agree that stress really can make your pearly whites come out. While on the late-night show, Moore said, “I sheared off my front teeth. I’d love to say it was skateboarding or something really kind of cool, but I think … I think it’s something that’s important to share because I think literally, probably after heart disease, one of the biggest killers in in America is stress.”

She continued, “Stress sheared off my front tooth. But, in an effort to get ready for you, I wanted to make sure my teeth were in.”

Dr Matthew Messina, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association, confirmed that stress can cause teeth to fall out, but it doesn’t happen overnight. “This is not going to happen in an instant. People shouldn’t think that because they’re stressed it means their teeth are going to fall out immediately,” he said.

“But you have to understand and listen to what your body is telling you. If people’s gums are bleeding, they grind their teeth or if their teeth hurt when they wake up in the morning, they need to listen to that.”

Dead man found in Demi Moore’s pool

Dr Messina said the number one cause for tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease, which studies have linked to stress. A comprehensive review in 2007 found a strong relationship between the two, with a majority of studies confirming it.

Author Dr Daiane Peruzzo said, “More research is needed to determine the definitive relationship between stress and periodontal diseases. However, patients who minimise stress may be at less risk for periodontal diseases.”

Dr Messina added that clenching and grinding teeth, which stems from stress, can play a role in tooth loss. He encourages people to see their dentist if they are concerned about oral health.

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Orient’s smart air conditioners pushing innovation to the forefront

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 04:13

Orient, Pakistan’s well-known electronics company has introduced its collection of smart DC inverter air conditioner to the Pakistani market. The smart variants of Ultron eComfort series bring a range of innovative features unseen in any other smart air conditioner and are touted to take the air conditioning industry by storm.

What set the Smart Ultron Super, Ultron Bold, Ultron Classic and Ultron Plus apart from the other so-called smart air conditioners is the built-in Smart Wi-Fi kit which allows the user to control the air conditioner and monitor its energy consumption and product performance.  Now the user can monitor the air conditioner’s activities from anywhere in the world via the MEVRIS application which is currently available on Play Store but can also be accessed by pointing standard web browser to

The Smart Ultron Super, Ultron Bold, Ultron Classic and Ultron Plus are exclusively launched on Orient’s official website. Orient’s Marketing Manager, Sidra Talat, while talking about the online launch stated, The online release of the Smart variants is the best way to introduce tech-savvy Pakistanis to Smart Inverter ACs. As Orient’s Smart air conditioners can be regulated via online-control thus it was only logical to release them online to form a subtle connection.

Smart air conditioner for innovative living

Orient’s DC inverter air conditioner in itself is a great appliance which provides cooling and helps keep the electricity costs in check, but the smart inverter air conditioner goes beyond the regular inverter air conditioners in terms of being far more energy efficient.

The smart air conditioner has an integrated Energy Meter which gives the user complete information about how power, amperes and energy units have been utilied and how much voltage is available from the grid. This information can be viewed by the user in the form of graphics and the user can choose whether he/she wants to see the consumption in real time or the history of usage. It allows the customer to analyze what is the best time for the air conditioner to run and what is the most comfortable temperature so that the user can cut down the electricity cost to the absolute minimum. It allows the users to control the temperature, fan speed, thermostat mode and consumption hours from anywhere in the world as long as they have the application and a Wi-Fi connection. The user can also schedule the air conditioner to run at a certain time, in a certain way for weeks, months, even years, making living luxuriously convenient.

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Hasan Ali: the hero of the ordinary

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 04:08

Tall, broad-shouldered, strikingly good-looking, charming and eloquent, 100-mile speedster, one-man wrecking machine…wouldn’t it be nice if Hasan Ali was even one of these things?

But instead Pakistan’s newest cricketing hero is a medium-pacer of slight build and average height. He doesn’t have the face of a commercial kingpin, stutters even in Urdu, and has little of the ‘oomph’ that gets you unconditional love in this part of the world.

From a physical or optics perspective, Hasan has got nothing that stands out about him.

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Yet, it is him who’s been Pakistan cricket team’s most impressive performer in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy. Take anyone out of the equation and it may not matter as much during this incredible run to the final. Take Hasan’s 10 wickets (and counting) out, and there is no run to talk about.

This unassuming cricketer may be missing many things, but one thing he has over his more gifted peers is the ability to think, plan, adapt and make use of his limited abilities to the best of his advantage.

And the numbers back him up. Hasan, in 20 ODIs, has 39 wickets at an average of 23.92. For comparison, the great Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis’ career averages of 23.52 and 23.84 respectively are only slightly better than Hasan’s. While he does have a long way to go before being he can be spoken of in the same breath, a start like this never hurts.

A child’s adorable rendition of Hasan Ali’s celebration

Even more interesting is Hasan’s strike rate of 25.7, which is better than Waqar’s (30.5) and significantly better than Wasim’s (36.2), meaning at this stage of his career he is the most lethal bowler Pakistan have ever produced.

If Hasan’s numbers are competitive with the two W’s, they blow the two M’s — Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif — out of the water. Former teen prodigy Amir has a wicket-taking average of 28.69 (almost five inferior than Hasan’s) and a strike rate of 35.2. His former accomplice Asif’s figures (33.13 and 42.1) don’t even stand a chance.

This leaves us with that age-old question; how do you even gauge talent in cricket? Why is a bowler always measured in terms of pace, power, bouncers, swing, reverse swing, yorkers?

Hasan’s numbers certainly say he is every bit as talented as anyone. And the one thing about numbers is: they don’t lie.

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That Hasan has those incredible statistics in an era where the game is quite clearly skewed towards the batsmen is another reason he deserves far more than what’s coming his way.

The cricketing zeitgeist has gone from absolutely adoring the bowlers in the last millennium to absolutely abhorring them in the current one.

For Hasan to emerge as a clever force of nurture in these times is out of the ordinary.

His ascent to national stardom gives hope to the ordinary man. You do not have to be a man-mountain, a biological marvel or a once-in-a-generation talent to accomplish the extraordinary. Just take a leaf out of Hasan’s book, bootstrap with what you have, and be the hero of the ordinary.

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Here’s what Saif Ali Khan thinks of his daughter Sara’s Bollywood debut

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 04:06

Saif Ali Khan’s daughter, Sara Ali Khan is all set to make her Bollywood debut and the actor doesn’t seem to be too happy about it anymore. The 46-year-old feels the profession is too risky and doesn’t want her to enter an unstable profession.

”Why would she want that for herself? Look at where she studied. After having done that, why wouldn’t she want to live and work in New York, rather than do this?” Saif said in an interview with DNA.

Saif Ali Khan wants KJo to launch his daughter in Bollywood

He added he is nervous about his 23-year-old daughter’s Bollywood career. “I am a little nervous. Fear is the most driving factor in the industry. I am not looking down on acting, but it is not the most stable profession. And everyone lives in constant fear. And there is no guarantee that despite doing your best, you will succeed. This is not the life, any parent would want for their children,” he added.

Recently, it was confirmed that Sara will be making her debut opposite Sushant Singh Rajput, in Abhishek Kapoor’s film- Kedarnath. However, as one would expect, no, Saif did not play any role in helping Sara decide her Bollywood debut.

“No, I wasn’t involved in it. Look, I am there if she needs to ask or talk to me about anything. I know what she is doing and we talk about films just like we do about everything else,” he was quoted as saying.

Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara to debut with SRK’s son Aryan?

Previously, it was reported that film-maker Karan Johar will be launching Sara in the sequel of the 2012 hit movie, Student of the Year, and that too with her father’s approval!

“I would love Sara to be launched by Karan Johar. He is one of the best that we have. I keep reading various reports where I am supposedly averse to her getting launched by Karan because she will apparently become another Alia Bhatt,” Saif said earlier in a statement.

“I would just like to say that if Sara becomes as successful as Alia is, then it will be a matter of pride and happiness for all of us.”

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Trump announces he’s being investigated

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 04:00

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump announced Friday he is under investigation in connection with a probe into alleged Russian election meddling that is gnawing away at his administration — and gathering pace.

The Republican leader also lashed out at the Justice Department’s number two, the man tasked with organising the probe. The furious early morning barrage of tweets — his second in as many days — came as the special counsel investigating Russia’s influence over his election pieced together a high-caliber legal team and readied to begin interviews.

Trump considering ‘terminating’ Russia probe leader

Trump is accused of firing FBI director James Comey over his refusal to steer the Russia investigation away from former national security adviser and Trump ally Mike Flynn. The US president has denied trying to influence the investigation, but has acknowledged in an interview that Russia was on his mind when he dismissed Comey.

“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt” he tweeted from the White House shortly before a day trip to Miami.

That appeared to be the first public confirmation that Trump is being investigated for obstruction of justice — and a digital salvo trained at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo criticising Comey.

A source on Trump’s legal team attempted to clarify the missive, claiming he was reacting to media reports about the investigation rather than offering public confirmation.

Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller — a respected former FBI director — has sought to beef up his investigatory firepower.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, told AFP he now has “13 attorneys on board, with several more in the pipeline.”

That will only add to a sense of foreboding that pervades the White House, from the crammed collective workspaces of junior officials all the way to the Oval Office.

The widened Russia probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump’s presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking even more political oxygen out of the West Wing.

Trump was set to escape the Washington pressure cooker on Saturday. Accompanied by First Lady Melania, he will make his first trip to the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland. A weekend at the rustic mountain getaway is a far cry from the president’s normal routine of jetting off to one of his lavish resorts, mainly Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence took what he later described as a “very routine” step of hiring outside counsel to represent him. Pence tapped far-from-average lawyer Richard Cullen, who litigated the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal, the Watergate affair and the 2000 vote recount in Florida.

As the legal rope has tightened, Trump’s allies have gone on the offensive, questioning Mueller’s credibility and floating the idea he may be fired. Trump’s apparent attack on Rosenstein also raised further questions about whether he will stay in his position or recuse himself from the investigation.

“As the deputy attorney general has said numerous times, if there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will. However, nothing has changed,” said Ian Prior, a Justice Department spokesperson.

Top Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein expressed concern that Trump may try to fire both Mueller and Rosenstein, warning “he’s in for a rude awakening” if he thinks he can shut down the investigation.
“Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law,” Feinstein said.

Trump also lashed out at the media, on a day that aides hoped would be focused on his decision to undo some of Barack Obama’s detente with Cuba. “After 7 months of investigations and committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians,’ nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!” Trump tweeted.

Sessions brands Russia collusion claims a ‘detestable lie’

“The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media – over 100 million people! I can go around them.”

Trump’s young presidency has been battered by allegations — under investigation both by Congress and the FBI — that Russia interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favor, in possible collusion with Trump’s campaign team.

The president has long vehemently denied any collusion with Moscow.

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Nokia 3310 launched in Pakistan

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 03:55

Nokia’s remake of the iconic 3310 ‘brick’ phone has finally launched in Pakistan.

Iconic Nokia 3310 is back

The new 3310, which will go on sale next week, will come at a retail price of Rs6,490. It will be offered in a wide array of colour options, including warm red and yellow (both with a gloss finish) and dark blue and grey (both with a matte finish).

Kamran Khan, Head of Near East, HMD Global said, “Pakistan is one of the top emerging markets when it comes to mobile phones, we have witnessed an overwhelming response in the country ever since we announced our Nokia phones at Mobile World Congress earlier this year.”

The re-imagined 3310 features a 2.4 curved display with 16 MB internal storage along which is expandable via a MicroSD. Powered by a 1,200 mAh battery, the 3310 is capable of delivering 22 hours of talk time with a standby time of 31 days.

The indestructible Nokia 3310 is making a comeback

The new phone also features a 2 megapixel camera this time around and will be available in both single SIM and dual SIM variants. Users will also be able to play a revamped version of the iconic Snake game.

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Champions Trophy final: Arthur reveals formula to beat India

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 03:52

After the June 4 humiliation, Pakistan may not be the favourites while going into the 2017 Champions Trophy final against India but head coach Mickey Arthur has concocted a plan to defeat the defending champions at The Oval on Sunday.

According to Arthur, India’s top-order has done marvellously well for the team and the middle-order wasn’t tested throughout the competition, so if Pakistan want to create a chance for themselves, they’ll have to focus their attack on Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.

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“We have to (attack), we’ve got no option,” Arthur told “We’ve got to try and make that new ball really work for us. We’ve got to try and get into them. That middle-order haven’t had massive hits, they haven’t batted much under pressure of late. So we’ve got to try and put them under extreme pressure particularly by knocking their top order over. If we can do that, we’ve got a real chance of getting to their underbelly.”

‘Attacking during middle overs’

While India’s majority of the runs were scored by the top three, Pakistan relied on their perilous bowling attack to bring oppositions to their knees and their most important strength, according to Arthur has been taking wickets in the middle overs.

Pakistan v India

Old foes meet once again for the final clash of #CT17

Who will you be supporting? #PAKvIND

— ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2017

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“Tactically we’d always spoken about our guys wanting to express themselves with the ball and wanting to attack,” Arthur says. “(The second Power Play) historically has been a bit of a dead period where you’re just trying to squeeze and contain the opposition. But what happens is you just allow the opposition to play, they keep so many wickets in hand that scores are getting too big at the back end. So we decided that we really wanted to attack those overs. That was key for us and we gave our bowlers the freedom to do that. We’ve got the ball to reverse swing, which is good for us because that’s a massive weapon.”

‘Sarfraz is a positive captain’

Everyone had written off Pakistan after they opened their campaign with a loss but captain Sarfraz Ahmed, in the pre and post-match press conferences, kept insisting that they will not give up on playing positive and attacking cricket.

This mantra worked for him when he downed world number one South Africa, and then Sri Lanka in their Group B.

Hasan Ali relishes Champions Trophy ‘dream’

And when they faced hosts and the only unbeaten team of the group stages, England, in the semi-final, it looked like a walk in the park for them as they send Eoin Morgan and his men packing out of the tournament with an astounding eight-wicket defeat.

The Pakistan Cricket Team returning back to their hotel after finishing off England. Find out what they have to say! #CT17 #AikJeetAur

— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) June 15, 2017

“Our execution has been great and we’ve attacked,” said Arthur. “The captain has kept slips and put catchers in attacking positions and it’s worked for us. He’s very positive. He’s an aggressive captain and he wants to take wickets. That’s how we want to play and I think that’s how you have to play one-day cricket now. He encapsulates all that.”

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Qatar launches new shipping routes to Oman amid food shortage fears

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 06:40

DOHA: Qatar has launched two new shipping services to Omani ports after other Gulf states severed ties with Doha last week, raising concerns over food supplies to import-dependent Qatar.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries cut diplomatic as well as travel and trade ties with Qatar last week, accusing it of supporting Iran and funding militant groups. Doha denies the charges.

The severing of air, sea and land transport links has closed off key import routes for Qatar and its population of around 2.7 million people.

Thousands of shipping containers destined for Qatar are still stuck at Dubai’s Jebel Ali port, according to Qatari importers. Iran and Turkey have flown in food supplies to Qatar as the gas-rich country seeks other sources.

Gulf crisis threatens Qatar Airways transit business: experts

Oman is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council but takes a relatively independent diplomatic approach to the other five states in the bloc, particularly towards Iran.

The two new services will each run three times a week between Qatar’s Hamad Port and Omani ports of Sohar in the north and Salalah in the south, Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani), a Qatari shareholding company established in 2009, announced on Sunday.

Doha has said the severing of trade and transport ties are hurting the country’s inhabitants.

Mani Qatar posted a video on Twitter on Monday of a cargo ship arriving from Sohar port.

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Govt depts tampering with records to help Sharifs, Panamagate JIT tells SC

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 06:40

ISLAMABAD: The joint investigation team (JIT) probing the ruling family’s offshore wealth has alleged that the records related to the Panama Papers case were being tampered with by some government departments to assist the Sharifs.

“The JIT has alleged that certain institutions are altering records. Even forgery has been carried out,” remarked Supreme Court judge Justice Ijazul Ahsen on Monday. “There are serious allegations levelled by the JIT in its application.”

JIT summons PM Nawaz on June 15

The remarks were made after the three-judge bench of the apex court went through an application filed by the investigation body, highlighting impediments being faced by its members during its probe.

Another judge, Justice Azmat Saeed Shaikh, observed that there would be far-reaching consequences in case of forgery. “You are representing the federation, not the government,” the judge told Additional Attorney General Waqar Rana.

The top court directed Rana to submit a reply on the JIT’s application.

Govt fails to convince Qatari prince to appear before JIT

Earlier, Khawaja Haris, the counsel for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz, appeared before the bench to take up the issue of his client’s photo interrogation being leaked and request a ban on the video recording of witnesses during their questioning.

The bench, however, told him that the JIT had submitted an inquiry report on the picture leak that would also be forwarded to the AGP and he could share it with the counsel. Later, the hearing of the case was adjourned till Wednesday.

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Blast kills senior cop in Saudi Shia town

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 06:25

RIYADH: A homemade explosive device has killed a senior Saudi police officer in a Shia town where deadly violence has flared in recent weeks, the interior ministry said on Monday.

Major Tariq al Alaqi was killed and two other policemen were wounded in the blast late Sunday in Awamiya, the ministry said in a statement. They were patrolling the town’s Almosara neighbourhood, where unrest has escalated in recent weeks around a redevelopment project in the old district.

Alaqi is at least the fourth person to have been killed in the violence. The interior ministry has said criminals involved in the drug and arms trade were implicated in the unrest.

Saudi soldier killed by explosion in Qatif province

Last month, gunmen killed two civilians and a rocket-propelled grenade left a policeman dead in the area. The United Nations has urged Saudi Arabia to halt demolition of the 400-year-old Almosara district, which it says has caused “injury, deaths and material losses to the civilians”.

Awamiya, in Eastern Province, has seen repeated security incidents in recent years, following protests that began in 2011 and developed into a call for equality. Most of Saudi Arabia’s Shias live in Eastern Province and have long complained of marginalisation in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

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Iran police kills four Islamic suspects in south – media

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 06:24

ANKARA: Police in Iran killed four Islamic State suspects, two of them foreigners, in the southern province of Hormuzgan and seized explosives, guns and the group’s flag, an Iranian news agency said on Monday.

A major security operation is underway after 17 people were killed last Wednesday in suicide bombings and gun attacks in Tehran, the first to be claimed by the hardline Sunni Islamist group Islamic State inside Iran, a Shia power. “Police forces clashed with the four men and killed them in a mountainous area in southern Iran,” the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted a local police chief as saying.

12 dead in attacks on Iran parliament, Khomenei’s mausoleum in Tehran

Two of those killed were not Iranian, he said, without elaborating. Guns, ammunition, explosives and the flag of Islamic State were seized during the operation, Tasnim reported, citing the police chief. A local official at the port town of Jask, also in Hormuzgan, said five suspects linked to Islamic State were detained on Monday, Iran’s Mizan news agency reported.

Southern Iran is home to a Sunni minority and has seen previous clashes between security forces and Sunni insurgent groups. The authorities say Iranian security forces killed the mastermind of the attacks on Saturday and that more than 50 suspects have been arrested around the country.

NA condemns Iran attack, urges Pak role over Gulf crisis

Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of funding hard line Sunni militants, including Islamic State, and in the wake of last week’s attack pointed the finger at its regional rival. Riyadh has denied involvement in the attacks.

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Ask Asad: My girlfriend has suicidal tendencies. How should I break up with her?

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 06:22

Dear Asad,

Here is a little background for you to understand my current situation. I have been with a girl for more than three years now. We both are almost 20 years old. I am studying in LUMS and she is on a gap year.

Our first year was really good but then things began messing up gradually. We started having bad patches after every three months and then frequently. Neither of us knew what was happening. Now we are at a point that she has lost trust in me. She always accuses me of lying and has placed all sorts of restrictions on me. She even harms herself by taking sleeping pills and gets anxiety attacks at times. 

Ask Asad: How do I overcome low self-esteem?

For at least one and a half hours, I have to talk to her daily, no matter what. I am bound to pick her calls and message her all the time, except when I am taking classes. I cannot talk to other girls and be friends with them.

I used to be very sporty but it is not the case anymore. In my last semester, I merely dodged an academic probation. I want to fix my GPA in the next semesters but I am stuck in my schedule as per her design that I am unable to do so.  I love her and that is why I try to do everything I can to please her. But we fight a lot now on small issues almost every day. We fight if she gets my text a minute late or even if I am sitting with my male friends and their female friends. Our fights ruin her mood and make her cry. Although, I always tell her that I care about her.

The most dreadful part is that she has now become suicidal. One bad day, she took sleeping pills. She even has attempted to hang herself thrice.

Problem is that she is never satisfied with me and my efforts to fix things between us. I hardly give any time to my family. I have to leave when I am with my friends. I do admit that I have broken her trust a couple of times by hiding a few things, for instance, getting high for the first time, only because I did not want her to judge me.

I roam around alone in the university now and prefer to stay alone because my old friends have made new friends and since the new friends’ group also includes girls, I cannot sit with them to avoid a fight with my girlfriend.

During all this time, I kept on trying to fix things instead of breaking up with her because I really love her. I dread if she kills or harms herself because of me. I will not be able to live knowing that I killed someone. 

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We have had real great times together but those times seem too distant now. I feel awful for ruining her life and she too makes me feel bad about myself. I get always taunts from her for responding late, I get taunts from my friends, my parents and even new people I meet at the university for being always busy on the phone.

I feel stuck in life. I cannot make new friends because I am always texting her. I just do not know what to do, how to fix things or how even to break up with her without hurting her feelings.

I am really confused and need your help.

A lost guy



Dear lost guy,

I do not believe the part where you have mentioned in your letter that neither of you knew why things went sour between you two. Nothing happens without a reason.

What reasons does your girlfriend give for not trusting you at all? There must be her explanations. Her suspicions cannot be unfounded unless she suffers from hallucinations. You have said that you hid from her when you got high for the first time. Are there any other secrets that have you hidden from her? Does she have other valid reasons for not trusting you? Is that why she is so insecure?

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If you have been honest to me in your letter and there is actually nothing that you have done to make her doubt you this much, then you should not blame yourself for her anxiety attacks, her suicidal attempts and her insecurities. But if you have done anything wrong that she is behaving like this, then you have a moral duty to try fixing things as much as you can.

With what you have told me about her, she seems to be a person who has serious personality issues. She is suffering from anxiety, depression and panic attacks. She definitely needs therapy and should see a psychiatrist or psychologist. Why? Because it is not normal to act or react the way she has been, as per your letter. She is emotionally blackmailing you. Being an emotionally insecure person, she is also suffering from low self-esteem. There could be many reasons for it. Some might have to do with you, some might not. I can also get from your letter that she does not respect you at all. She treats you according to her mood. When she is in the mood of talking to you, she lets you talk to her and when she is not in that very mood, she asks you to leave. Where is the mutual love and respect between you two?

Basically, you are in a toxic relationship where you are made to feel guilty all the time and are taunted regularly. You have to account for every minute of your time and this way, you are losing your self-respect. You have stated that you ruin her mood and make her cry. This is your guilt speaking which she has cultivated in you meticulously. You have reached a point in your relationship where you are willingly taking the blame for everything negative and are also accepting it.

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You are trying to make her happy but she is still unhappy and blames you for everything wrong. This is a typical tactic of ‘emotionally abusive’ people who they try to make others feel guilty to control them. She is also using the same tactic on you. She makes you feel guilty and then you try harder to please her. You are being manipulated by her tears and suicide threats and attempt, etc.

She needs professional help and please remember, any responsibility or blame for her suicidal attempts does not lie with you.

At 20, you are studying at one of the leading universities in the country. You must have worked hard to get admitted there for a great career in life. But you are also risking your career because of this girl. Your results are poor; you have no social circle, no time for family, no hobbies and even no time for yourself. Ask yourself if this is what you always wanted in life. I am sure she knows and understands how her demands are spoiling your life too but she is unwilling to sympathise and let you have some time for yourself. She is playing with you through your emotions.

My advice to you is to have a one-on-one serious discussion with her. Be brutally honest with her and tell her how her authoritative and manipulative nature is spoiling your relationship and badly impacting your life. Do not hold anything back. Let her know how you feel. Tell her about the emotional and physical turmoil that you are going through. Tell her how strongly you believe that there is something deeply wrong in your relationship and it is important to correct it. However, do not just talk to her, listen to her also. Encourage her to be open during the discussion and tell you honestly why she does not trust you. If her reasons are valid then see what you both can do as a couple to remove her doubts without any fights. It is important that you be open, fair, impartial, non-judgmental and brave while talking to her.

If she truly loves you and wants to be with you, she will hopefully agree to work with you for making your relationship better. But, if she does not, then you need to decide how long you are going to suffer the abuse in your relationship. Believe me, it is just a matter of time and sooner or later you will give up this relationship and you will not be wrong in doing so.

Because you love her and everyone deserves a second chance, I will advise you to make things work with her but with a condition that you no longer accept to be exploited and disrespected. If this works, it will be awesome for both of you. But, if it does not, then simply walk away and do not feel guilty about it.

All the best!



Asad is a counsellor, life coach, inspirational speaker and a personal-development expert. He advises on social, personal and emotional issues. You can send him your questions for this weekly column at with “Ask Asad” mentioned in the subject line and provide as many details as possible.

Note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Express Tribune.

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Google will now let you find the Qibla on your phone

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 06:12

Google has launched a new service to help Muslims with their prayers during the holy month of Ramazan. The popular search engine will now let users locate the accurate direction of the Holy Kaaba using its Qibla Finder service.

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The web-based service can be used on most smartphones after users have enabled it to identify their location. What’s more interesting is Android users will also get an augmented reality experience that uses the phone camera to draw a clear blue line pointing towards the direction of the Qibla.

iOS users however won’t get the augmented reality feature and will only show a blue line to mark the correct direction.

Users can avail the service simply by searching ‘qibla finder’ on Google and clicking on the featured link at the top or visit the service directly using the link.

It is however the worth mentioning that the service uses a smartphone’s built in compass to function and therefore won’t work with devices that lack the feature.

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The new service follows a series of updates to Google applications to help users mark the month of Ramazan. The updates featured on Google’s Ramazan hub include Ramazan-specific notifications on Google Maps as well as a collection of the month’s most critically acclaimed Ramazan TV series on YouTube, Mosalsalat.

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Grenade attack at DSP Swabi’s residence, no casualties reported

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 06:01

SWABI: Unidentified men hurled grenades at the house of DSP Swabi Izhar Shah in the wee hours of Monday. However, no casualties were reported, police said.

A senior police officer told The Express Tribune that the miscreants went behind the house and tossed two grenades. The grenades exploded inside the house but no one was hurt. However, the house of was partially damaged because of the twin blasts.

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DSP Izhar Shah, known for his anti-terrorism operations in Malikabad, was relocated to a safe place in the district some years ago after receiving death threats on the phone.

The police cordoned off the house and started a search operation in the area to find the attackers. All roads leading to the district office have also been closed for traffic. A few years ago, DSP Izhar Shah had also survived a suicide attack in the police lines area of Shah Mansoor.

Five Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel were injured in 2016 when unidentified armed men had lobbed grenades at their convoy in Swabi.

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Local comedians give Karachi enough reasons to smile till sehri

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 05:58

KARACHI  : One fact I learnt after attending the Smile Till Sehri comedy show is that it’s incredibly difficult to laugh for six hours straight. But the lure of over two dozen performers and the fun-filled Saturday night was too much to pass and luckily, I came out of the show with vocal cords intact. Hosted by Saad Haroon, the show included a marathon divided into two parts with significant performances by Ali Gul Pir, Danish Ali, Faiza Saleem, JD, Akbar Chaudhary, Khawatoons and LOL Waalay.

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More often than not, it is difficult to maintain the quality of the show from beginning to end, especially if it’s six hours long. But Smile Till Sehri succeeded in that department, with only a couple of mediocre performances. From Kashif Shahzad in the opening act, the evening started off on a positive note, swiftly sliding through various acts, with Hassan Bin Shaheen’s unsurprisingly entertaining performance and Umar Ahmed delivering a surprisingly on-point, edgy act with great timing. Talking about edgy, it’s funny to think it took the holy month of Ramazan to bring the local comedians’ ‘shaitaan’ out. Or perhaps, it was because of Ramazan that the (subtly delivered) edgy jokes were more effective.

Having not seen most of the comedians perform live before, if there was one that stood out as the star (even in the presence of stars like Pir and Saleem) of the show, it was Tabish Hashmi. The man, with his narrowed eyes, disarming demeanour and guiltless smile warned of the guilt one would feel, listening to his true-to-life anecdotes as he spoke of the misunderstandings with his unpredictable parents. And it made them all the more hilarious when he pointed out his mother in the crowd. His act was as natural and as entertaining it could be. And it would not be an overstatement to say, down the road, he needs his own hour-long Netflix special.

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Another act that stood out was Fatema Shah’s (Auratnaak). Hers was a satire about people suffering from anxiety. Even though it wasn’t laugh-out-loud material as it wasn’t supposed to be, and perhaps didn’t garner a huge reaction from the audience, it was unique. Shah must be commended for attempting it in front of an audience who was there with different expectations. Although a little dark, she owned the performance and made all the “naturally anxious” people feel a little bit home.

Beside Hashmi and Shah, JD impressed us with his no-nonsense nonsense, delivered like only he could. Ali Abdullah brought the house down with his stories of toilet issues during a tableegh tour. The two main events of respective halves of the show were Khawatoon and LOL Waalay. The two troupes played improv scenarios, taking suggestions from the audience. The wacky scenarios created out of bizarre suggestions was more than enough to make the sold-out auditorium echo with laughter.

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But most importantly, it was an absolute pleasure to see female comedians as prominently featured as their male counterparts. Given due time and platform, (most) women exceeded expectations. And lastly, the conversation would be incomplete without mentioning Saleem who once again demonstrated her accurate facial expressions and impeccable comic timing.

The show, was intended for charity, with all the proceedings going to Edhi Foundation.

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Jennifer Lawrence doing fine after emergency plane landing

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 05:55

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence’s private plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to engine failure. She is fine and came out unhurt, according to her representative.

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The incident took place on Saturday when the 26-year-old was flying from her hometown Louisville, Kentucky, where she had been visiting family, when one of the plane’s engines shut down, reports E! Online.

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According to her representative, Lawrence “emerged unscathed from the incident.”

The jet was flying at 31,000 feet when it suffered engine failure, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Buffalo.

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But in the middle of the landing, the plane’s other engine shut down, on what would have been an undoubtedly harrowing flight for The Hunger Games star.

After touching down in Buffalo, the jet was met by emergency vehicles.

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Taliban deputy leader insists no hand in Kabul attacks

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 05:37

KABUL: The head of the Taliban-allied Haqqani network has ruled out any involvement in a wave of deadly bombings in Kabul, reiterating the group’s denial as it faces widespread condemnation.

The Afghan government has blamed the Haqqani network for a catastrophic truck bombing in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter on May 31, the deadliest in the Afghan capital since 2001 which killed more than 150 people. The Taliban disavowed any responsibility soon after the explosion, with Taliban deputy leader Sirajuddin Haqqani repeating the denial in an audio message posted on the group’s website on Sunday.

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“We have already condemned the (attacks). The Islamic Emirate (Taliban) is not behind them,” he said. “The enemy wants to defame Mujahideen and create a distance between the nation and Mujahideen.” The bombing triggered angry protests and street clashes in Kabul on June 2, prompting police to respond with live rounds that left at least four people dead.

A day later, at least seven people were killed when suicide bombers tore through a row of mourners who were attending the funeral of one of the protesters. The statements ruling out any Taliban hand in the bombings have fallen on skeptical ears in Kabul.

“Despite the Taliban’s categorical denial, the attack bears all the hallmarks of the movement,” Borhan Osman of the Afghanistan Analysts Network wrote in a recent assessment of the May 31 bombing. “The movement’s operational capacity and logistical access to plan and execute such a bombing is beyond question.”

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Haqqani also rejected it was behind a bombing near the Grand Mosque in western Herat city on June 3, which left seven people dead and 16 others wounded. “Even if such incidents… have happened in the past, we have apologised and asked people for forgiveness,” Haqqani said.

Since the Kabul truck bombing, protesters have set up sit-in camps in at least six locations around the capital, including one near the bombing site, demanding the resignation of President Ashraf Ghani’s government. In an apparent effort to appease the protesters, the Afghan government on Sunday sacked two top security officials including Kabul police chief over the killing of demonstrators on June 2.

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