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Published 30 Mar, 2024 04:42pm

UNIFIL confirms three UN observers, one translator injured from explosion

The UN peacekeeping mission says it is “investigating the origin of the explosion” that hurt four of its personnel on a patrol mission in southern Lebanon, Al Jazeera reports.

This comes after security sources told Reuters that Israel was behind the strike near the border town of Rmeish, a claim Israel’s military has denied.

UNIFIL, in a statement, said the “safety and security of UN personnel must be granted” and called for an end to the near-daily cross-border attacks by Israel and Hezbollah.

“All actors have a responsibility under international humanitarian law to ensure protection to non-combatants, including peacekeepers, journalists, medical personnel, and civilians,” said the UNIFIL statement.

“We repeat our call for all actors to cease the current heavy exchanges of fire before more people are unnecessarily hurt.”

Published 25 Mar, 2024 05:40pm

Israeli defence minister to hold talks with Pentagon chief

Israeli defence minister Yoav Gallant was headed to Washington for talks with Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin as the United States has also voiced concerns about its ally’s actions.

According to AFP, Gallant said his focus in the United States — which provides Israel with billions of dollars in military aid a year — would include “our ability to obtain platforms and munitions”.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who leads a coalition including ultra-nationalist parties, has vowed to go ahead with a Rafah invasion even without Washington’s support.

US Vice President Kamala Harris stressed on ABC TV that a Rafah invasion would be “a huge mistake” and, when asked whether she would rule out “consequences” for Israel, replied that “I am ruling out nothing”.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 10:40pm

Scrutiny concludes for nomination papers of 48 Senate seats

Scrutiny of nomination papers for 48 Senate seats, including 12 each from Punjab and Sindh, 11 from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and two from the federal capital, has been completed, APP reports.

In the federal capital, National Assembly members will elect representatives for one general seat and one seat for technocrats, including Ulema, in the Senate.

Meanwhile, members of the four provincial assemblies will elect senators, including seven for general seats, two for women seats, and two for technocrats, including Ulema, from each province.

Additionally, one seat for non-Muslims will be elected from both Punjab and Sindh provinces.

Polling for the Senate’s vacant seats from the federal capital will take place at Parliament House on April 2, 2024.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 10:21pm

ECP notifies Mahmood Khan as PTI-P chairman

The Election Commission of Pakistan has notified Mahmood Khan as the chairman and Malik Afzal Din Khan as the vice chairman of the PTI-Parliamentarians following the party’s intraparty elections.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 09:37pm

Senator Humayun Mohmand says does not understand why govt ‘scared’ of PTI rallies

PTI Senator Mohammad Humayun Mohmand has questioned the government as to why it is scared of his party’s processions and rallies.

In a conversation on Geo News show ‘Capital Talk’, Mohmand said the permission sought by the party from Deputy Commissioner (DC) Irfan Nawaz Memon for the rally on March 23 in Islamabad was to understand the situation.

“We are seeing if they will allow us or not,” he said.

While answering about the PTI’s intentions for the rally, he said the party’s objective for the rally was to raise its complaints regarding the injustice being done.

“I don’t understand why they are scared and jealous of PTI rallies,” he said.

“Maybe it is because they cannot carry out such rallies which is why they are not allowing us either,” he said.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 08:08pm

In about-face, PTA chairman says cannot comment on closure of X

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman retired Major General Hafeezur Rehman has said he can not comment on the closure of social media platform X.

In a conversation with Dawn.com later today while answering a question regarding his meeting with the concerned government body on X’s closure, Rehman said that he did attend the meeting, however, he could not say anything regarding the ban.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 07:56pm

Parvez Elahi suffers minor fracture from fall: jail report

PTI leader Parvez Elahi suffered a minor fracture after a fall in the prison toilet in Adiala Jail, according to a report from the prison superintendent presented during a hearing today in the Lahore anti-terrorism court.

The report added that the incident occurred on Sunday.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 06:42pm

PTI leader Sher Afzal Marwat downplays alleged split in party

PTI leader Sher Afzal Marwat has downplayed the alleged split in the party, adding that the decisions by the party are taken through “collective wisdom”.

“We have no differences between us. There is a difference of opinion on the decision or issue but you should not take that as a conflict between the leadership,” he said while speaking to the media outside Islamabad High Court, adding that the party is united for Imran Khan’s mission.

“There can be differences on specific issues,” he said.

Updated 19 Mar, 2024 06:28pm

No written order issued for closure of X: PTA chairman

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) retired Major General Hafeezur Rehman has said that authority had not received any written order from the interior ministry regarding the closure of X.

“There is just confusion for now,” he said.

While answering a question regarding Information Minister Attaullah Tarar’s acknowledgement of the closure, Rehman stated that Tarar should be questioned for any information on X.

Updated 19 Mar, 2024 06:29pm

Internet was shut on election day due to security threats: PTA chairman

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority retired Major General Hafeezur Rehman has said a meeting took place on February 8 at 5am in Interior Secretary Aftab Durrani’s office where it transpired that there were security threats on election day.

“We were ordered to shut down the internet [on the day] and we formally tweeted about it as well,” he told Dawn.com.

He stated that it should be clarified whether X is shut or else someone should take responsibility for it.

Updated 19 Mar, 2024 06:28pm

PTA chairman to raise disruption of X with interior ministry

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman retired Major General Hafeezur Rehman has said he will raise the issue of the closure of social media platform X with the interior ministry.

In a telephonic conversation with Dawn.com, he said: “Either the matter should be cleared or someone should take responsibility for it. The closure of social media forums is always directed by the interior ministry.”

When asked whether any instruction was issued regarding shutting down X in the country, the PTA chairman stated that there is just confusion for now.

“I have asked my staff that my internet is working even though I do not have a VPN,” he said, referring to a virtual private network.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 04:22pm

President Zardari calls for translating Pak-Bahrain relations into ‘mutually rewarding economic partnership’

President Asif Zardari has highlighted the need to translate bilateral relations between Pakistan and Bahrain into a “mutually rewarding economic partnership”.

According to the President’s Secretariat, the head of state expressed these views while talking to Commander of the National Guard of Bahrain General Sheikh Mohammad bin Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr today.

Zardari said Pakistan attached great value to its fraternal ties with Bahrain which were based on shared religion, culture and history.

“Welcoming the visiting commander, the president said Pakistan and Bahrain enjoyed excellent relations, which needed to be further strengthened in the areas of mutual interest,” the statement said.

“During the meeting, the commander of the National Guard of Bahrain felicitated the president on assuming the office for the second time and expressed the hope that Pakistan would move forward under his leadership,” it added.

The statement quoted the Bahrain commander as saying that “both countries enjoyed excellent defence cooperation and expressed his gratitude for the supportive role of the armed forces of Pakistan. “

General Khalifa also extended an invitation to President Zardari to visit Bahrain.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 04:14pm

PTI’s Zaman applauds SHC for issuing notices to CEC on contempt pleas against ECP

PTI leader Khurrum Sher Zaman has applauded the Sindh High Court for issuing a notice to Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Sultan Raja on a plea seeking contempt proceedings against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

PTI-backed candidates had sought contempt proceedings against the electoral watchdog for not deciding their complaints against provisional results of general elections.

“Kudos to SHC for issuing notice to CEC on PTI pleas,” Zaman said in a post on X.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 03:21pm

Interior minister urges review of laws governing social media

Interior and Narcotics Minister Mohsin Naqvi has urged to review laws governing social media in light of the prevailing disruption of X.

Speaking to the media in Lahore today alongside PPP leader Ali Haider Gilani, the security czar gave an example of how the US House passed a bill to ban TikTok.

“In a country like the US where such things (ban) are taking place, we will also need to review our law and make sure that there is ‘no ban’ on the freedom of expression,” Naqvi added.

The interior minister emphasised that the misuse of social media which results in levelling unfounded allegations “needs to be kept in check”.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 02:59pm

Decision to join SIC was absolutely right: PTI’s Gohar

PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan has defended the party’s decision to have winning candidates backed by it join the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC).

Speaking to reporters, he said, “There is no difference with the SIC. The decision to join the SIC was absolutely right and the better decision.”

The PTI MNA emphasised, “ We kept striving for our party symbol and wanted to contest [the elections] on our [electoral] symbol.“

Gohar reiterated that it was the SIC-PTI coalition’s “right” to get reserved seats in the assemblies.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 02:35pm

Pakistan cannot ‘afford’ dynasty politics anymore: MWM chief Nasir

Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) leader Allama Raja Nasir has said that Pakistan cannot “afford” such politics where “power is transferred among generations”.

In a post on X, Nasir said that a “horde of losers from Britain is taking Pakistan towards destruction” — an apparent reference to the PML-N.

“The same people are responsible for this destruction who have occupied power for the past 40 years,” the MWM chief added.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 01:55pm

‘Lights, camera, action’: PTI claims Punjab CM projects only for ‘personal publicity’

The PTI, without naming, has alleged that all projects under Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz were for “personal publicity and gathering false praises on social media”.

In a post on X, the party said, “Lights, camera, action”. It claimed that food packages were “taken back” after photographing people with it and shared a video of a few Punjabi-speaking residents claiming that “photo sessions” were held.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 01:23pm

Putin, Shehbaz ‘selected in same manner’, claims Fawad Chaudhry

Former information minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif “got ‘selected’ in the same manner” as Russian President Vladimir Putin, who recently extended his rule for another six years after winning the elections.

In a statement posted on his X account attributed to him, Fawad also compared the premier to Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina Wajid.

Published 19 Mar, 2024 01:05pm

Iranian consul general congratulates Maryam on election as Punjab CM

Iranian Consul General Mehran Mowahid has met PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz and congratulated her on being elected as the Punjab chief minister, the party said on X.

During the meeting, it was decided that the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore would be decorated on the occasion of Nowruz on March 20.

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