Bruce Jenner might have rechristened herself Caitlyn after the surgery but family seems more comfortable calling her by former name. Reality TV personality and stepdaughter Khloe Kardashian says she and her sisters still call Caitlyn Jenner, Bruce.

She says that’s “completely fine”.

Everybody has challenges in dealing with life. I'm so happy after such a long struggle and finally living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. It feels so good. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me.

A photo posted by Caitlyn Jenner (@caitlynjenner) on Jun 1, 2015 at 10:34am PDT

“We, my sisters and I, we will call Caitlyn ‘Bruce’ and we’ve been told that’s completely fine. We are allowed to call her any name we want to. Because on the phone, when she calls me, it’s the same voice as Bruce. And if I’m not physically with her, it’s hard to remember in the moment that I’m talking to Caitlyn, if that makes sense,” Khloe said.

Giving @khloekardashian a run for her money, dontcha think?

A video posted by Caitlyn Jenner (@caitlynjenner) on Jul 22, 2015 at 11:43am PDT

She also said that how it “was a hard time for the entire family, what we were all transitioning with her, with an audience” which she thinks is “not really normal”.

Great day yesterday for Father's Day. We had so much fun off-roading. So much love and support! Love my family!

A photo posted by Caitlyn Jenner (@caitlynjenner) on Jun 22, 2015 at 10:48am PDT

“But I think there was a hard time for the entire family, that we were all transitioning with her, but in front of an audience, I think that’s not really the normal way to go about it, you know. There is a lot of raw emotions, that it’s hard to do in front of a camera,” she told a publication The Project, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped two atomic bombs — one on Hiroshima, one on Nagasaki, the first and only time nuclear weapons have been used. Their unprecedented destructive power incinerated buildings and people and left lifelong physical and psychological scars on survivors and on the cities themselves. "Practically all living things, human and animal, were literally seared to death," an AP story reported. A few days later, Japan announced its unconditional surrender. World War II was effectively over.


SHANGHAI: Two Chinese smartphone makers pushed US technology giant Apple into third place in the world’s biggest market in the second quarter, an independent analyst firm said Monday.

Upstart Xiaomi, known for delivering high-performance products at cheap prices, was the largest smartphone vendor in China based on shipments with a 15.9 per cent market share in the April-June period, Canalys said in a press release.

Read: Apple ‘fake factory’ shutdown in China

Telecom equipment maker Huawei was close behind at 15.7 per cent, it said, followed by Apple, South Korea’s Samsung and Chinese firm Vivo, without giving the percentages for those three.

US technology giant Apple had taken top spot in the Canalys rankings for the first three months of 2015, and its third place showing came despite the launch of its large-screen iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last autumn.

“Competition among major brands has never been so intense,” Wang Jingwen, an analyst at Canalys, said in the statement. “Xiaomi is under immense pressure to maintain its top position in the quarters to come.”

China is the world’s largest smartphone market by shipments, Canalys has said previously.

Apple’s iPhone sales surged 85 per cent in Greater China — which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan — with revenue from the region more than doubling to $13 billion for the latest quarter ended June 27, according to the company.

“We remain extremely bullish on China and we are continuing to invest,” Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook said last month when the company announced earnings.

“We would be foolish to change our plans. I think China is a fantastic geography with an incredible, unprecedented level of opportunity,” he said.

Huawei said in July that its global smartphone shipments surged 39 per cent year-on-year in the first half of this year to 48.2 million as it focussed on mid- to high-end models.

But a top Huawei executive said last month that his company and Xiaomi were pitching to different segments of the Chinese market.

“We’re different than Xiaomi. No two companies are alike,” Ken Hu, Huawei deputy chairman and currently rotating chief executive officer, told journalists.

Read: Fiscal year 2015: Internet subscriptions up a whopping 344%

“If you want to compare us to other companies, you can see from the increase in (sales) volume that we have a lot of advantages.”

Industry officials say Huawei has targeted Samsung as it seeks to be the king of Android smartphones in China. Huawei is also investing in 5G technology for future growth.

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NICE/DUBAI: Saudi Arabian King Salman left the south of France for Morocco on Sunday, cutting short a planned three-week stay after a petition from some 150,000 residents over the closure of a public beach outside his villa.

A Saudi source said King Salman had arrived in Morocco, saying this was part of his holiday program and had nothing to do with the media coverage that his visit had attracted.

Read: Saudi king hits French beach with a cast of a thousand

Philippe Castanet, a local French government official, added that about half of the king’s 1,000-person entourage had left along with him. He did not specify a reason for the departures nor if the monarch planned to return to France.

The planned three-week visit by the new king and his inner circle at the family’s seafront villa in Vallauris, where US actress Rita Hayworth celebrated her wedding to Prince Aly Khan of Pakistan in 1949, was expected to be a boon for the local economy.

But the closure of the public beach for privacy and security reasons stirred up a local storm. The king’s installation of an elevator from the beach to the villa, approved for temporary use by local government, also provoked anger among some residents who objected to allowing him this privilege.

Castanet said that the elevator would be removed in the coming weeks.

The Saudi source said King Salman’s presence in France had been coordinated with French authorities and strictly followed their procedures and arrangements for high-security visitors.

Read: Saudi king’s French Riviera holiday provokes beach protest

The source said the king respected the French people and hoped his schedule next year would permit a visit to nearby Cannes, where the famous film festival is held annually.

France has been nurturing new links with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries over the last three years due to its tough stance on Iran and similar positions on conflicts across the Middle East. It is beginning to see commercial rewards in terms of contracts for companies in the energy and defense sectors.

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Jubilant UN member states put the finishing touches to a hugely ambitious roadmap aimed at wiping out poverty worldwide by 2030 and taking on climate change. World leaders will attend a Sustainable Development Summit at the UN September 25-27 to adopt a sustainable agenda document, firing the starting gun on efforts to improve the lives of one billion people living on less than $1.25 a day, mainly in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Negotiators set out 17 new sustainable development goals seeking to end poverty, promote wellbeing and safeguard the environment -- all by 2030.


PESHAWAR: 

Two members of the security forces were injured Sunday morning when militants attacked a check post in Shakai tehsil of South Waziristan.

According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, a group of ‘well-equipped’ militants attacked the security forces check post at Ziarat in Shakai tehsil.

Security forces launched a retaliatory action soon after the attack, ISPR said.

Separately, an official of the security forces lost his life and five others were injured when their vehicle fell into a deep gorge near Aisha check post in North Waziristan Agency on Sunday.

An official said that a convoy of security forces was en route from Miramshah to Bannu. When the convoy reached near Aisha check post, eight kilometres from Miranmshah, one of the vehicles swerved off the road and fell into a deep gorge. The injured were rushed to CMH, Bannu, the official said.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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Adcom, one of Pakistan’s largest independent advertising agencies, announces its affiliation with Leo Burnett, a leading global agency network.

With 85 offices and more than 8,000 employees worldwide, Leo Burnett is part of the Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest communications group, a press release said on Sunday.

Although Leo Burnett has been present in Pakistan for a number of years, by partnering with Adcom, it has re-energised its focus in the Pakistani market for its multinational clients.

With over 35 million Internet users, growing in aggressive double digits, Pakistan has become an important market for Leo Burnett in the Asia-Pacific region. Commenting on the newly-signed agreement, Jarek Ziebinski, chairman and CEO of Leo Burnett Asia-Pacific, said that he saw a lot of energy and potential for growth in this relationship. “Leo Burnett’s global expertise in integrated communication combined with Adcom’s deep understanding of the Pakistani consumer can become a powerful force for Pakistan’s communication industry,” Ziebinski added.

Adcom CEO Imran Syed commented that communicating with the increasingly digitally-connected Pakistani consumer requires newer ways of developing integrated solutions. “Through this relationship with Leo Burnett, we look forward to training opportunities, global learning and expertise, especially in the integrated space. It will further strengthen our service proposition,” he added.

Adcom’s current creative portfolio includes Telenor, Samsung, Engro Foods, Atlas Honda, Pak Fan, Qarshi Industries and other local and multi-national brands.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati has appreciated the efforts of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) in running a successful cash transfer scheme targeting the poor through a scientific (PMT-based) method.

She was heading a delegation of the bank that called on the BISP Tehsil Officer Saddar in Lahore on Sunday, said a press release.

Indrawati was accompanied by the bank’s vice president for South Asia region Annette Dixon, Adviser to the MD David Warren, Country Director Rachid Benmessaoud and other team members.

The BISP (Punjab) Director General Sarah Saeed briefed the delegation about the functions and operations of the BISP and more specifically on how the BISP beneficiary women were being served at the tehsil level.

The guests were shown the steps of the BISP Debit Card distribution system and the newly launched complaint management system and elaborated the role of BISP partner organisations, ie, banks and National Database Registration Authority (NADRA).

Indrawati took keen interest in the operations of the BISP and personally interviewed a large number of BISP beneficiaries to understand their socio-economic background.

She also asked questions about the frequency and regularity of payments.

Most women apprised her of the significant contribution the cash transfer made to their household budgets especially towards food and education-related expenses and how these payments were making a difference in their and their families’ lives.

The World Bank official was highly impressed by the use of automated processes to issue the card initially and then to deal with subsequent challenges of the cash transfer recipients.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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QUETTA: 

At least five people were killed in two separate incidents of firing in Turbat and Khuzdar districts on Sunday.

At least three people were killed in the Satellite Town area of Turbat, police said. According to Turbat police official Inam Ahmed, unidentified men barged into a house in Satellite Town and opened fire, killing Wasim and Siraj.

Soon after the incident, police carried out a search operation and tracked down one of the killers. However, the suspect was shot dead by police personnel in an encounter.

“A man involved in the murder of two persons in Satellite Town was killed during a search operation in Turbat,” Ahmed said. The alleged murderer was identified as Jameel Ahmed. The motive of the killing is said to be an old enmity. Further investigations are under way, he said.

Meanwhile, two persons were gunned down in the Naal area of Khuzdar district, allegedly over an old feud. According to Balochistan Levies, unidentified intruders barged into a house in the Gahrisha area of Naal and shot dead Sahi Muhammad and Rehmat Khan.

Levies personnel rushed to the spot after the incident and shifted the bodies to the District Headquarters Hospital for legal formalities. “As per initial reports, the motive behind the killing seems to be an old grudge,” a Levies official said.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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ISLAMABAD: 

Authorities in Punjab have claimed that nearly 6,500 unregistered madaris are currently operating in the province. This figure was shared with the Supreme Court, along with the information that the provincial authorities have completed geo-tagging of all registered and unregistered seminaries in the country’s most populous province.

As per a list submitted by the Punjab government before the apex court, in a case related to the regulation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and implementation of the National Action Plan, there are a total of 13,782 madaris in Punjab. Of these, 6,479 are unregistered while 7,303 of them are registered and recognised by the government.

According to the list, the number of proscribed organisations is 63. Jamaat-ud-Dawa led by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Muhammad Azhar led al Akhtar Trust and al Rashid Trust led by Sheikhul Mashaikh Mufti Rasheed are enlisted under the United Nations Resolution (UNSCR 1267).

Sect-wise breakups revealed that Barelvis topped the list with 6,606 madrassas following by Deobandis with 6,106 seminaries across the province. The number of registered Barelvi madaris are 3,656 and 2,950 is the figure of unregistered seminaries. There are 3,092 registered and 3,014 unregistered Deobandi madrassas in the Punjab province. There are 230 Ahle Tashee madaris, including 147 registered and 83 unregistered ones, while Ahle Hadith has 840 seminaries among which 408 are registered and 432 are not.

The report is silent on the monitoring and regulation of these madaris and the provincial government’s efforts to uplift the seminaries’ education.

The report also revealed that for the effective and uniform regulation of 13,782 madrassas, the Punjab authorities have proposed to the federal government for their registration under a uniform legal framework, adding that it may in the line with the Punjab Private Education Institutions Ordinance 1984.

A committee, constituted by the federal government, is presently seized with the matter, the report pointed out.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Sunday stoutly defended some of his party stalwarts against allegations of vote-buying, arguing that he alone would decide who among his party was an ideologue or not.

“I will decide who is a true nazriati [ideologue]. It will be my decision. I defend the party’s nazria [ideology] and I will continue to do so,” he said while addressing a party convention.

The PTI chief recalled the initial days when he had said: “I sold my plots, my medals and bats to pay the election debts.”

He said, “No one should tell me who is a true nazriati. I can count on my fingertips those who stood by me in [testing] times,” adding, “Nazria is always tested in a crisis. So I know who is a nazriati in the last two to three years that followed. So, let the lid remain on those who now say they are nazriati and the new people joining are not nazriati.”

The statement came following PTI founding member Hamid Khan’s announcement of launching a campaign for implementation of Justice (retd) Wajihuddin-led tribunal’s decision on intra-party elections.

The tribunal had recommended that Jahangir Tareen (party’s central organiser), Pervaiz Khattak (Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister), Abdul Aleem Khan (former Lahore district president) and Nadir Leghari (ex-Sindh president) be removed from the party for buying votes in the intra-party elections.

“About a decade ago, I was informed about Tareen’s organisational skills and I invited him to join my party, and he did,” recalled the PTI chief, dismissing claims that he had chosen him because he was rich and owned a plane.

He lauded the role played by Tareen during the 126-day dharna in the federal capital. “Tareen was seriously ill but he came in-between his treatment to work for the party,”

He said that he could not ever forget those who stood by him in the dharna days. Imran praised Pervaiz Khattak for how he steered the party in K-P in those days. “That is why PTI has been victorious in the K-P LG elections.”

Lauding Aleem Khan, the PTI chief said, “Our party workers used to take donations from him for the party.”

The PTI chairman regretted the distribution of tickets in the K-P LG polls on family basis and said: “We will not allow this in Punjab and Sindh as we are now aware of this.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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PESHAWAR / MULTAN / SUKKUR: After remaining steady at 72,6000 cusecs for twelve hours, the water level at Guddu Barrage started rising on Sunday as rains and floods continued to wreak havoc in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), killing ten more people and injuring at least three others.

High flood was also reported in River Kabul at Nowshera and the people living near the river started evacuating their homes from Saturday night. Flood warnings were also given for River Swat and River Kabul at Charsadda.

Meanwhile, rescue work continued in the flood-swept Chitral. According to sources, 45 assessment teams have been sent to the region to ascertain losses and damage caused by the floods.

Over 300 families in Karak were forced to leave their homes due to rain and flood rampage. Meanwhile, over 200 houses were affected in Khojri union council in Bannu.

In Gamshal Darra area of Upper Dir, a boulder rolled down from a mountain and hit the roof of a house, killing 20 animals. At least eight cattle also died in DI Khan.

Rain water also caused difficulties for inmates at DI Khan Central Prison after the jail barracks were inundated. Flash floods in DG Khan also damaged 150 houses and displaced nearly 2,000 families.

Talking to newsmen, the DG Khan’s DCO Nadeemur Rehman said 132,000 cusecs water was flowing through Wadore torrent after heavy rains that lasted six hours in Sulaiman Range.

The DCO said the Irrigation Department had evacuated villages in the areas in a timely manner and had breached several dykes to prevent flood water from entering the district.

He said that unrelenting rains had raised water flows at Chashma to 600,000 cusecs as 40 mm rain poured down on Sunday. According to the reading taken at 5pm on Sunday, the water flow at Chashma was reported at 612,870 cusecs while the water level decreased at Taunsa to 487,000 cusecs.

The DCO said life vests and boats had been dispatched to Notak, Behl, Majoka, Hassan Shah, Kalor Kot and Panjgaraien. “Five people were injured when the roof of a house collapsed in Kapahi and Haiderabad Thall,” he added.

Sindh CM visit Sukkur Barrage

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah visited Sukkur Barrage late Saturday. Speaking on the condition of protective bunds in Sindh, he said he expected they were strong enough to withstand one million cusecs of water.

“We have made all possible measures regarding rescue and relief at all the bunds and the authorities are monitoring the bunds round the clock to avert any untoward incident,” he said.

Pakistan Navy Rescue teams also continued flood relief operations and evacuated 655 residents from different villages of Khairpur, 135 from Ghotki, 355 from Pano Aqil and 815 from Ranipur and Gambat in the last 24 hours.

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ISLAMABAD: The National Committee on Sectarian Harmony of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony will soon start working to control sectarianism and promote tolerance among the public. The government has been taking several steps to control sectarianism as the Ministry has regularly been organising a National Seerat Conference on 12th Rabiul Awwal every year at Islamabad, where prominent ulema, mashaikh, scholars and people from all walks of life participate, an official in the Ministry told APP. He said that competitions of seerat books, naat and articles on life, teachings and Seerah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are organized in regional, national and international languages. Maqalat-e-Seerat are published and distributed amongst the libraries, institutions and desiring persons.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015.

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ISLAMABAD: A three-day gems and jewellery show organised by All Pakistan Commercial Exporters Association (APCEA) concluded on Sunday. The event showcased the best of country’s gemstones and mineral specimens displayed by exhibitors from across the country. Commerce Secretary Muhammad Shahzad Arbab appreciated the efforts of the company and acknowledged that such an exhibition will go a long way in developing the gemstone sector of the country. Chairman of the Exhibition Dost Muhammad Khan told APP that APCEA had for the first time organised such an exhibition. He added that the gems and jewellery exhibition was an effort to support the economy of the country, besides highlighting the importance of the gems industry. Dost Muhammad said that Pakistan was home to over 270 varieties of precious stones.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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QUETTA: The Balochistan police chief has accused India and Afghanistan of fuelling religious terrorism in the province through their intelligence networks. Iran is also involved in a few such incidents, according to Inspector General Muhammad Amlish.

“[Afghanistan’s] NDS and [Indian] RAW are involved in terrorist activities in Balochistan while Iran’s involvement is also reported in a few incidents,” he said, adding that no solid evidence of Tehran’s involvement had been found.

In an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune, IGP Amlish said that cooperation between military authorities and Balochistan police was at its optimal level. Such cooperation has never existed in his 30-year career in the force,  he said.

The police chief made a distinction between religious terrorism and separatist insurgency. “The case of religious terrorism is different as many foreign hands are involved in destabilising the country,” he said.

He said terrorism was the major challenge in Balochistan. “All other problems are interlinked as the same terrorists are involved in robberies, highway holdups, kidnappings and targeted killings of police officers,” he added.

Huge vacuum of senior officers

IGP Amlish said the policing structure in Balochistan was running at 50 per cent strength as Police Services of Pakistan (PSP) officers, who were forced to serve the province by former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, have started leaving the province.

“As many as 18 senior police officers have so far been posted outside Balochistan this year while merely six came to the province,” he said.

He said the issue was taken up with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch. “It really makes a huge difference if CSP officers are deputed because they work professionally.”

Counter Terrorism Department

Commenting on the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), the IGP said it has started working in Quetta with 130 trained personnel and will be extended across the province.

“The lack of trained officers and personnel is a big challenge. However, the issue has been properly taken up,” he said. “The target is to recruit 2,000 more soldiers in the CTD while a separate force will be set up for the coastal belt.”

‘Replace B-Area s with A-Areas’

“Around 95 per cent areas of Balochistan are once again declared B-Areas which come under the jurisdiction of the Levies Force, while merely five per cent area is classified A-Area, which comes under police’s domain,” he said.

He criticised the perception that the Balochistan Levies Force is a local and indigenous force aware of the dimensions and culture of the area. “I do not think the force can work capably. We will have to replace all the B-areas into A-areas and hand over the whole province to the police,” he said.

Troubled spots

The IGP said Quetta and Mastung are the most troubled areas in Balochistan. “Sectarian violence and religious terrorism take place primarily in Quetta and Mastung districts while Makran division is disturbed by a nationalist movement,” he said.

The outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (Lej) and Jaish-ul Islam are behind sectarian killings and attacks on polio workers. “Some target killers of police officers, polio workers and Hazara community were arrested recently which has helped control such killings,” he said.

524 police officials slain

IGP Amlish said as many as 524 police officers have so far been killed in targeted attacks in Balochistan since 2006. “It is very sad that all the police officers who went after terrorists were targeted,” he said. “Many officers were investigating cases of terrorism.” However, he said police also arrested or killed the majority of the killers.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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ISLAMABAD: 

Mullah Abdul Manan, brother of deceased Taliban supremo Mullah Omar, on Sunday rejected the election of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new chief of the orthodox militia and refused to pledge allegiance to him.

In a related development, senior Taliban cadres formally launched their own Shura, or council, saying Mansoor has been “elected by a few people in a haste.”

Blow to Mullah Mansoor

The audio statement by Mullah Manan, who was speaking on behalf of his family, could be a serious blow to Mullah Mansoor as the Taliban believe thousands of foot soldiers and senior cadres have sympathies for the family of their former spiritual leader. The statement came a day after Mullah Mansoor, in an audio message, called for unity within Taliban ranks to ‘defeat the enemy’.

“We have not pledged allegiance to anyone and will not do so because of differences over the new leader,” Mullah Manan said in the audio also emailed to The Express Tribune. Former Taliban minister Mutasim Agha Jan, who had been close to Mullah Omar, confirmed it was Mullah Manan’s voice.

“We also want Islamic scholars to resolve the differences rather than siding with anyone or declaring allegiance to any side,” Mullah Omar’s brother said. He said his brother had kept the Taliban movement united and always insisted on unity in the ranks of the Taliban. “We want the Ulema to resolve the internal differences instead of taking sides or pledging allegiance to anyone,” he went on to say.

Mullah Manan said his family would only ‘serve the new chief’ if he was elected in consultation with the founding fathers of the Taliban, Islamic scholars and all those influential personalities who had played a key role in strengthening the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’.

Dissidents launch own group

Senior Taliban members, who are opposed to Mullah Mansoor’s ascendency, on Sunday launched a parallel Shura and declared themselves as ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’.

“A few people announced Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new leader at a meeting where neither majority of the Shura members nor Ulema were invited,” the council said in a statement. “They imposed Mullah Mansoor’s leadership on the Islamic Emirate for vested interests.”

The dissidents said they would convene a meeting of the council members, Islamic scholars and national figures to elect a new chief.

Mutasim Agha Jan, the former finance minister and a close confidant of Mullah Omar, has also refused to submit to the leadership of Mullah Mansoor, an official close to Mutasim told The Express Tribune. Similarly, Mansoor Dadullah, who leads the Dadullah Front, has also refused to endorse Mullah Mansoor’s election.

The controversial Taliban supremo, Mullah Mansoor, has said that he has been elected by the leadership council and Islamic scholars, dispelling the impression that he was imposed on the movement. “The leadership is not a privilege but a sensitive responsibility. I would consult the Shura members and everyone as decisions will not be taken by an individual,” he told a gathering which had elected him.

Haqqani endorses Mullah Mansoor

The Taliban issued a written statement purportedly quoting Jalaluddin Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani network, in an effort to quell rumours about his death and further support Mullah Mansoor.

The statement, posted to the Taliban’s website, quoted Haqqani mourning the loss of Mullah Omar. It said Haqqani backed Mullah Mansoor as the Taliban’s leader. “My particular recommendation to all members of the Islamic Emirate is to maintain their internal unity and discipline,” the statement quotes Haqqani as saying. The statement added that Haqqani said followers should not be deceived by enemy propaganda.

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ISLAMABAD: 

In a bid to give legal cover to the local government (LG) system in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and cantonment areas, Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari will introduce a constitutional amendment in the Senate on Monday.

He had proposed that Article 140A(1) be substituted by the following: “Each province shall, by law, establish a local government system and devolve political, administrative and financial responsibility and authority to the elected representatives of the local governments.”

The proposed amendment in Article 140A of the Constitution by the senator says: “The federal government and each province shall, by law, establish a local government system and devolve political, administrative and financial responsibility and authority to elected representatives of the local governments in Islamabad Capital Territory and cantonments, and each of the provinces respectively.”

According to the statement of objectives and reasons, the bill is aimed giving constitutional cover to the LG system in the ICT and cantonment areas just like the provinces, and to enable the residents of the ICT  and cantonments to enjoy their constitutional rights of devolution of political, administrative and financial authority from their local elected representatives just like the residents of the provinces and to end the discrimination against the inhabitants of ICT and cantonments.

In addition, the Senate will have a discussion on the situation arising out of intrusion of the Frontier Corps (FC) in the affairs/authority of the provincial government and interference in the provincial autonomy of Balochistan with particular reference to the agreement/contract made by the FC with illegal lease owners of coalmines in Harnai and imposition of taxes on the same on their own.

Senator Usman Khan Kakar from Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) moved a motion seeking discussion on the FC role in Balochistan.

Pakistan Peoples Party’s Senator Farhatullah Babar will move a resolution which says: “This house recommends to the government to enact appropriate legislation to provide right to appeal in all suo motu cases.”

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SANAA: The leader of Yemen’s Houthis urged his militia on Sunday to fight on against Yemen’s Gulf Arab-backed government, dismissing its recapture of Aden last month as a ‘limited’ achievement made possible by Ramazan.

In a speech live on television apparently aimed at shoring up the morale of his men, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi accused his foes of resorting to alliances with both the Islamic State militant group and Israel in their assault on the southern port city.

Houthi said Aden’s fall occurred only because some Houthis and allied fighters had returned home to be with their families at the end of the holy month of Ramazan. He said a political solution to the country’s war was still possible.

“Continue and move in your resistance. You are in a strong position. And you are on the way to win,” he said. “We are in a battle, a great battle, in which we must use all our efforts.”

The government retook much of Aden in July, supported by air strikes waged since late March by Saudi Arabia and its regional allies who are trying to end Houthi control over much of the country and return President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from exile.

“The enemy, when it threw all its weight and carried out thousands of raids, succeeded in limited achievements. They took advantage of an opportunity,” Houthi said, referring to Ramazan.  “A political solution is still possible, internally,” he said of the four-month-old war, without elaborating.

A Saudi citizen was killed in shelling fired across the border from Yemen into the southwest of Saudi Arabia on Sunday, the official SPA news agency reported. A shell fell on a house around dawn in Najran province, civil defence department spokesman Ali bin Omair al-Shahran was quoted as saying.

The Houthi-controlled Saba news agency reported that Houthis and allies among army units loyal to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh fired artillery shells at al Radeef Saudi military site in Jizan, a southwest region of the kingdom.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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ISTANBUL: Two Turkish soldiers were killed and dozens wounded Sunday evening in a suicide attack claimed by Kurdish militants, as Ankara kept up its air campaign against the rebels’ bases in northern Iraq.

The attack in the Dogubayazit district of the eastern Agri province is the first time Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants have been accused of staging a suicide attack in the current crisis, amid an escalating cycle of violence.

Ankara has launched a two-pronged “anti-terror” offensive against Islamic State militants in Syria and PKK militants based in northern Iraq after a series of attacks inside Turkey including a devastating suicide bombing blamed on the IS group.

The suspected PKK suicide bomber drove a tractor laden with two tonnes of explosives up to the military station in the Dogubayazit district, the official Anatolia news agency reported, quoting the local governor’s office.

Two soldiers were killed and 31 were wounded, four seriously, the army said. In a statement, the PKK claimed the attack as a “sabotage event”.

The soldiers were deployed with the local Jandarma (Gendarmerie), a branch of the army that looks after internal security in Turkey.

Such was the power of the blast that houses in a village several hundred metres away were hit by debris and several villagers slightly injured, the Dogan news agency said.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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QUETTA: The voluminous Balochi Dictionary was launched formally at the Balochi Academy in Quetta at a gathering of top intellectuals of the province on Sunday. Vice-Chancellor of the University of Makran Dr Abdul Razak Sabir, performed the launching ceremony. Chief editor of the dictionary Mir Jan Mohammad Dashti, Dr Abdul Saboor Baloch, Prof Yusuf Mengal, Ulfat Nasim, Rehim Bakhsh Mehar, and Hamid Ali spoke on the occasion. It took 15 years and efforts of dozens of prominent intellectuals, writers and poets to publish the dictionary. It was considered the biggest achievement of the Balochi Academy. Even before formal launching of the Balochi dictionary, almost all of its copies were sold out forcing the publishers to plan its second edition at the earliest.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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