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Supreme Court orders Rao Anwar be put on ECL

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan Tuesday ordered to place Rao Anwar’s name on exit control list (ECL)—hours after the dismissed police was stayed from leaving abroad. The apex court summoned the police officer in his personal capacity and ordered to appear before the apex court’s Karachi Registry on Saturday. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian…

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Here is a fatwa if you plan to marry into family of a bank employee

NEW DELHI: The most prominent religious seminary in India, Darul Uloom Deoband, forbade Muslim women to marry into families that have members working in banks as the income from such jobs is forbidden (Haram) in Islam. The seminary gave the Fatwa (edict) after it was approached by a man who wanted to marry his daughter…

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Turkey steps up assault on Kurdish militia in Syria

NEWS DESK: Turkey on Monday intensified its offensive against Kurdish militia targets in Syria as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed there would be no stepping back in a campaign that has stoked concern among Ankara’s allies and neighbours, reported AFP. The Turkish military announced the death of its first soldier since the launch of operation…

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Omar Shahid: Police should not go to their jobs worried about consequences

NEWS DESK: Omar Shahid Hamid, a writer and SSP District West, took to Twitter to voice his views about the entire Naqeebullah Mehsud episode. According to him, the police should not have to “go to their jobs worried about the consequences of their actions”. Naqeebullah Mehsud was a 27-year-old man hailing from Waziristan, who was…

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Pakistan ‘committed’ to taking over Hafiz Saeed’s charities, says PM Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said his government will push ahead with plans to seize control of charities designated a terrorist by Washington, and warned the United States not to weaken Pakistan. Abbasi brushed off U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent tweet accusing Pakistan of “lies and deception” in its commitment to fighting terrorism,…

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Iranian woman skydiver looks to break down stereotypes

NEWS DESK: For Iranian parachuting enthusiast Bahareh Sassani, skydiving is “a way to prove that women are just as capable as men” — a small step from a big height for women’s equality in her country, reported AFP. The 35-year-old accountant has been skydiving less than two years but already has more than 220 jumps…

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Singer Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, to retire from touring

NEWS DESK: U.S. singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, one of pop music’s all-time best-selling artists, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and plans to retire from touring, his official website said on Monday, reported Reuters. The onset of the disease has made it difficult for him to travel and perform on a large-scale, a statement on the…

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Bacardi to buy high-end tequila maker Patron in $5.1 billion deal

NEWS DESK: Bacardi Ltd said on Monday it would buy high-end tequila maker Patron Spirits International AG in a $5.1 billion deal, hoping to become the second largest spirits company in the United States in market share by value, reported Reuters. The acquisition marks the first major deal under Mahesh Madhavan, who was appointed Bacardi’s…

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Ali Zafar lashes out at cleric who killed child in Karachi

NEWS DESK: A nine-year-old boy died after a severe beating he received from his religious teacher in Karachi. Reacting to the news, pop singer Ali Zafar took to Twitter to lash out at the maulvi. He demanded that the state come up with a “complete and cohesive plan” to protect “our children from this culture…

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Police arrest man who threatened to kill CNN employees

MICHIGAN: Local police arrested a Michigan man after he allegedly threatened to shoot and kill CNN employees, according to local media reports. The intelligence agency interrogated the man who was revealed in a CBS report to have reportedly called up CNN 22 times about a week ago. Talking to CNN operator over phone, the man…

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Rao Anwar stopped from fleeing to Dubai

RAWALPINDI: Rao Anwar who was removed from his position of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir has been prevented from going abroad, Samaa reported Tuesday. Rao Anwar who came under severe criticism over killing of Warizirstan youth Naqeebullah Mehsud in an alleged police encounter, was flying to Dubai on board a private flight EK615 when…

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Nawaz Sharif appears before Accountability Court today

ISLAMABAD: Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday arrived at Federal Judicial Academy where the Accountability Court resumed hearing the corruption references against him and his family. It is Nawaz Sharif’s 14th appearance before the court. Maryam Nawaz is also with him. According to details, this will be 21st hearing of the Avenfield case, 22nd of the…

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Djokovic faces dilemma after injury makes him exit Australian Open

MELBOURNE: It’s back to the drawing board for ailing 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic with his immediate playing future uncertain after an injury-ravaged exit from the Australian Open. The former world No.1 cut a disconsolate figure as he played to the bitter end in a agonising defeat to South Korean young gun Chung Hyeon…

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Tillerson defends strained ‘special relationship’ on UK visit

London:Secretary of State Rex Tiller son defended the “special relationship” between Britain and the United States during a visit to London on Monday, following a series of spats since the election of Donald Trump that have strained ties. Tiller son paid a discreet visit to the new US embassy in London after Trump cancelled plans to…

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Trump to travel to Davos as shutdown deal reached: W.House

Washington:US President Donald Trump will travel to Davos as planned this week for a meeting of elites from the worlds of politics and business, after the Senate reached a compromise deal to end a government shutdown, the White House said Monday. “If all things go as expected this afternoon with the re-opening of the government,…

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Bollywood star urges Davos set to fight sexism

Switzerland :Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Monday urged the economic elite to break down barriers of discrimination against women as they gathered for the Davos forum. The 52-year-old star of Indian blockbuster movies such as “Chennai Express” and “My Name is Khan” appeared at a celebrity gala ahead of the official start on Tuesday…

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Turkish soldier killed in Syria operation

Ankara: A Turkish soldier was killed as the country pressed its offensive against Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria, the army said, confirming the operation’s first Turkish fatality on its third day. “One of our heroic soldiers was martyred during clashes” with Kurdish militants from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia southeast of the Turkish…

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Investigators expose alleged suicide attack on SSP Rao Anwar

KARACHI: Investigators probing the alleged suicide attack on SSP Rao Anwar that took place on January 17 have found faults with the version given by the senior cop.  According to investigators, the alleged suicide bomber was first riddled with bullets by police officers. The police officials had allegedly strapped a suicide vest to the alleged…

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I wasn’t given opportunity to defend myself: Rao Anwar

ISLAMABAD: Controversial police officer Rao Anwar claimed that he wasn’t given the opportunity to defend himself in response to allegations of a fake encounter.  Speaking to a TV channel, Rao Anwar, who was transferred from Malir over his alleged role in the killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud, lamented that he wasn’t trusted by his department. “Four…

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Meet Riffat Shiraz–Pakistan’s first female bike captain

LAHORE: Riffat Shiraz is the first ever Pakistani female motorcycle captain of a transportation network company.  One has to give it up for Riffat Shiraz–considering that she’s the first Pakistani female motorcycle driver (or captains, as they are known) and transports people throughout Lahore to their destinations. So far, the venture has turned out to…

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Imran accuses Sharifs of threatening anti-corruption watchdog

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday alleged that the ruling Sharif family was issuing threats to the country’s anti-corruption watchdog. Khan’s remarks came shortly after Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a press conference and urged the head of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (retd.) Javed Iqbal to stop his team from…

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