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Supreme Court of Pakistan

Supreme Court asks ISI, IB to be serious on Islamabad sit-in

Supreme Court asks ISI, IB to be serious on Islamabad sit-in PAKISTAN PRESS CLUB ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the officials of top intelligence agencies, IB and ISI , to ensure their presence on the next hearing as they do not want to get secondhand information. A two-member bench hearing a suo motu notice raised vital questions about the sit-in, which had not so far been considered by the government.The bench said they were against bloodshed and wanted peaceful resolution to the problem, but were only concerned about the free movement of citizens, which is enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan. The bench also expressed grief over the death of a child. The Islamabad advocate general said an eight-year-old child died as he could not be taken to hospital for medical treatment on time owing to blockage of roads due to the sit-in. He added 18 FIRs have been registered and 159 protesters arrested so far. Justice Qazi Faez Isa asked the advocate general where the writ of the state was. “Has the protest area been cordoned off well? He said people from sit-in site can come out, but can they be allowed to enter. If the area is seriously cordoned off, how can they join the protesters?” he said. The judge asked the advocate general from where electricity is supplied to the site. “Why is it not disconnected and how are the leaders of Tehreek Labbaak Ya Rasool Allah allowed to use loudspeaker or megaphone and from where is food supplied to them and who is bearing their expenses?” the court questioned. At the outset of the proceedings, the attorney [...]
Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Crown Prince calls Irani leader “New Hitler”

Saudi Crown Prince calls Irani leader “New Hitler” Pakistan Press  Club  DUBAI:  Saudi Arabia´s powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran “the new Hitler of the Middle East” in an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, sharply escalating the war of words between the arch-rivals. The  kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iran back rival sides in wars and political crises throughout the region. Mohammed bin Salman, who is also Saudi defence minister in the U.S. – allied oil giant kingdom, suggested the Islamic Republic´s alleged expansion under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei needed to be confronted.“But we learned from Europe that appeasement doesn´t work. We don´t want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East,” the paper quoted him as saying. Tensions soared this month when Lebanon´s Saudi-allied Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in a television broadcast from  Riyadh, citing the influence of Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon and risks to his life. Hezbollah called the move an act of war engineered by Saudi authorities, an accusation they denied. Hariri has since suspended his resignation. Saudi Arabia has launched thousands of air strikes in a 2-1/2-year-old war in neighbouring Yemen to defeat the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement that seized broad swaths of the country. Salman told the Times that the war was going in its favor and that its allies controlled 85 percent of Yemen´s territory. The Houthis, however, still retain the main population centres despite the war effort [...]
Russia , US

Russia – US Relations ! Flynn Signals Cooperation With Russia Investigators

“Russia – US Relations ! Flynn Signals Cooperation With Russia Investigators” A Split From Trump Indicates That Flynn Is Moving to Cooperate With Mueller Pakistan Press Club – WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, notified the president’s legal team in recent days that they could no longer discuss the special counsel’s investigation, according to four people involved in the case — an indication that Mr. Flynn is cooperating with prosecutors or negotiating a deal. Mr. Flynn’s lawyers had been sharing information with Mr. Trump’s lawyers about the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who is examining whether anyone around Mr. Trump was involved in Russian efforts to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. That agreement has been terminated, the four people said. Defense lawyers frequently share information during investigations, but they must stop when doing so would pose a conflict of interest. It is unethical for lawyers to work together when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation.The notification alone does not prove that Mr. Flynn is cooperating with Mr. Mueller. Some lawyers withdraw from information-sharing arrangements as soon as they begin negotiating with prosecutors. And such negotiations sometimes fall apart. Still, the notification led Mr. Trump’s lawyers to believe that Mr. Flynn — who, along with his son, is seen as having significant criminal exposure — has, at the least, begun discussions [...]
Egypt: at least 155 killed in mosque attack

Egypt: at least 155 killed in mosque attack

Egypt: at least 155 killed in mosque attack Pakistan Press Club – Egypt. At least 85 people have been killed in a mosque attack in Egypt’s northern Sinai province, according to Mena State news agency. Suspected militants set off a bomb and opened fire, targeting supporters of the security forces attending prayers there, Reuters reports. You can follow live updates on this story, below. In summary– Bomb and gun attack at a mosque in Egypt.At least 155 people killed and more than 120 injured.Witnesses have said gunmen were shooting at ambulancesThree days of mourning announced by Egyptian government.It happened in the northern Sinai region where Egypt’s security forces are fighting an ISIL insurgency.  Egypt’s bloody year Militants have mostly targeted security forces in their attacks since bloodshed in the Sinai worsened after 2013 when Sisi, then an armed forces commander, led the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood. But jihadists have also targeted local Sinai tribes that are working with the armed forces, branding them traitors for cooperating with the army and police. In July this year, at least 23 soldiers were killed when suicide car bombs hit two military checkpoints in the Sinai, an attack claimed by Islamic State. Militants have tried to expand beyond the largely barren, desert Sinai Peninsula into Egypt’s heavily populated mainland, hitting Coptic Christian churches and pilgrims. In May, gunmen attacked a Coptic group traveling to a monastery in southern Egypt, killing 29.    
Britain, economy

Britain economy: moderate growth but inflation remains high

Britain economy: moderate growth but inflation remains high Pakistan Press Club – London UK economy: Britain is on course for its longest fall in living standards since records began, with wages not returning to their pre-financial crisis levels until at least 2025. UK economic growth sped up moderately in the July-September period to 0.4 percent from 0.3 percent in the second quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics. This translates into an annual 1.5 percent growth in the third quarter, the joint weakest growth in more than five years.Britain’s economy again relied heavily on spending by squeezed households for growth in the three months to September, as businesses invested only cautiously while they await clarity on Brexit, official data showed. Spending though is getting harder, given the inflation was at its highest in over 5 years in October. “Right now, the British people are already paying money. Every time they go shopping, because prices have gone up, they actually can buy less with their money.” said Dennis Novy, research fellow at the Center for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science. “And that is the cost. It’s very evenly distributed, it affects pretty much every single person in the entire country.” “But it actually adds up to a lot of money, so the British people are already paying for Brexit, even though Brexit hasn’t even happened yet.” The UK is on course for its longest fall in living standards since records began over 60 years ago, the Resolution Foundation think tank said. It also [...]
UNITED NATIONS

UN Secretary General urges global action to end violence against women

UN chief urges global action to end violence against women UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23 (PAKISTAN PRESS): Achieving gender equality and the full empowerment of women is the answer to ending violence against women, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday, calling for collective global action on this cause. “Violence against women is fundamentally about power,” Guterres said in his remarks alongside UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at a special event held at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is annually observed on Nov. 25. “It will only end when gender equality and the full empowerment of women will be a reality,” he stressed, adding that his policy on gender parity in the United Nations is one step towards achieving this goal. The secretary-general noted that every woman and every girl have the right to a life free of violence, but this right is violated in a variety of ways in every community, with more than one in three women worldwide face violence throughout their lifetime.This violence, the most visible sign of pervasive patriarchy and chauvinism, directly impacts women’s physical and psychological health. It affects whole families, communities and societies. While it continues, States will not achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a master plan to end poverty and save the planet, adopted by them in 2015. “There is increasing recognition that violence against women is a major barrier to the fulfilment of human rights, and a [...]
DRAP CEO

DRAP high-up’s willful failure to obey Supreme Court orders is clearly contempt of court

DRAP high-up’s willful failure to obey Supreme Court orders is clearly contempt of court By: Yasir Khan – Health Reporter – Islamabad ISLAMABAD: On the order of the Supreme Court, the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) has started the process of appointments in the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) by advertising 192 posts. DRAP advertised for the posts three times but failed to finalize any appointment except CEO. In the wake of media reports on conflicts of interest in medicine industry, health regulator DRAP is facing increasing pressure from government agencies and non-government watchdog groups to manage, reduce and eliminate conflicts that could lead to bias in patient care and research. This article will review recent efforts to increase transparency in relationships between health regulator DRAP and the pharmaceutical, herbal and device industries, and discuss some of the challenges facing DRAP in identifying and reporting conflicts of interest (COIs). A bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk closed a lengthy suo motu hearing on the tangled affairs of DRAP on April 9, 2015 and directed the authorities to appoint “permanent directors” in its 13 directorates within 15 days. DRAP has 14 directorates and only few permanent directors to run them. Furthermore, most of the directors are appointed against prescribed criteria, which are written in DRAP service rules. One year gone but still Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan’s High-ups are not ready to accept the orders of the honorable Supreme court & DRAP high-up’s [...]