A helicopter transporting Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to Shakar Dara, Kohat lost its aerial path and was disconnected from the traffic control tower for an hour on Friday. The aircraft made an emergency landing in Meethakhel, Karak.

Khattak was invited by Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi to Shakar Dara. The CM was also accompanied by K-P Minister for Information Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, Special Assistant to CM Amjad Afridi, MPA Gul Sahib Khan Khattak and other senior bureaucrats.

A government official confirmed the helicopter lost its path and left its destination approximately 70 kilometres behind. He added the chopper made an emergency landing when it reached Meetha Khel in Karak. The helicopter was then refueled and arrived at its destination in Kohat an hour later.

In his address to those present to meet him, Khattak apologised for his late arrival, adding that he had a special consideration for the people of Kohat. He approved many projects to ensure development of the area and improved facilities for locals.

The CM approved the construction of two high schools – one for girls and another for boys. He also announced the construction of a boys degree college in the area of Imtiaz Zahid Qureshi.

Khattak gave the green signal for Rs7 million to conduct a feasibility survey for a drinking water scheme along River Indus. According to Khattak, “We have learnt Shakardara has large gas and oil reserves. We will provide a gas and electricity connection to its residents on a priority basis.” He also approved another 35-kilometre-long road for the area.

He told the audience there was no space for complacent employees in government departments. Action would be taken against all officials who fail to attend to work in a punctual manner, said Khattak.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said on Friday the United States must carry out freedom of navigation patrols throughout the Asia Pacific, but declined to say whether it planned go within 12 nautical miles of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea. Admiral Harry Harris told a Washington seminar one of his responsibilities was to offer options to President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, and added, "I'm comfortable knowing those options are being considered. ...
By Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - The sailors of Russia's Caspian fleet have seen little action over the last 300 years but now the war raging in Syria has thrust them into the forefront of Russia's largest military operation abroad since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Better known for oil drilling and sturgeon smuggling than strategic naval importance, the Caspian Sea bordering Central Asia and the Middle East was an unexpected place for Russia to launch a battery of cruise missile attacks against Islamic State targets in Syria on Wednesday. Obtaining permission to fly missiles through the airspace of NATO-member Turkey was an unlikely prospect and a land-based attack was ruled out by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty which prohibits the use of ground-launched missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 km. "It was simply the only option," said Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies.

RIYADH: A senior Saudi religious leader on Friday denounced “lies” being spread about the kingdom after more than 1,350 people died in tragedies that struck this year’s pilgrimage.

In his first major remarks touching on the September 24 Hajj stampede, Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Sudais urged people to remember the efforts Saudi Arabia has made to take care of Muslim pilgrims.

“The efforts of the kingdom will not be undermined by the talk of the slanderers that only know to spread lies,” Sudais said during weekly prayers at the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site.

The mosque was the scene of a construction crane collapse on September 11 which killed at least 108 people, many of them foreign pilgrims, just before Hajj.

Less than two weeks later, the stampede occurred during a Hajj stoning ritual at Mina, near Makkah.

Data from 29 countries, mostly from official sources, give a total of 1,358 dead in the stampede, far in excess of the Saudi figure of 769 killed.

“It is not the right of anyone or any entity to use these events to blame or spread rumours against the great efforts exerted by the kingdom”, Sudais said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

Iran, Saudi Arabia’s regional rival and the country which reported the highest stampede death toll, has been the most critical.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed “improper measures” and “mismanagement” for the disaster, the worst in 25 years at the Hajj.

Iran said 464 of its citizens were killed.

The pilgrimage — which this year drew about two million faithful — had been largely incident-free for nine years after safety improvements and billions of dollars spent on infrastructure investment.

A formal Saudi inquiry is under way into the stampede.

After the collapse of the crane, which was working on an expansion of the Grand Mosque, King Salman ordered prosecutors to prepare an indictment.

The king, whose official title is “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” in Makkah and Medina, also took immediate steps including suspending the developer from new public contracts.

Between 1975 and 2006, at least 2,972 people died in fires and stampedes related to the Hajj.

In the worst single incident, 1,426 pilgrims were killed during a stampede at Mina in 1990.

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued on Friday a notice to administrator Karachi to appear on October 12 to explain why the court’s directives to remove illegal encroachments from the city’s historic Jahangir Park have not been complied with by his subordinates.

A division bench, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, directed the administrator to appear on October 12 to answer the court’s queries.

Jahangir Park, which was gifted to the residents of Karachi by Parsi philanthropist Khan Behramji in 1893 is no longer a leisure site due to illegal encroachments, according to NGO Rah-e-Raast Trust.

Syed Agha Attaullah Shah, the chairperson of the NGO, had taken up the matter of the encroachments over the land of one of the few big parks in the city, with the high court.

He said that illegal constructions, including town offices and shops, had been established on park’s land by the private sector as well as the municipality’s employees.

Attaullah told the judges that the court had directed the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) authorities to clear the park of unauthorised and illegal constructions but the order has yet to be complied with. Therefore, he pleaded to the court to initiate contempt proceedings.

Further, the SHC bench ordered the KMC authorities to implement the earlier directives by October 12.

Meanwhile, the administrator Karachi was issued a notice to appear to submit a compliance report at the next hearing.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are little changed in midday trading Friday, but the market is still on track to close out its best week this year. Airlines and industrial stocks rose. Markets continue to be driven by confidence that the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low for several more months.

ROME (AP) — If baseball rejoins the Olympics for the 2020 Tokyo Games, just qualifying for the tournament could be a challenge.

By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Italy sent a first group of Eritrean asylum seekers to Sweden on Friday as part of a European Union relocation plan aimed at easing the burden on border states amid the continent's biggest migration crisis since World War Two. The 19 men and women who made a perilous journey across the desert and the sea to seek shelter in Europe lined up on the runway of Rome's Ciampino airport wearing lightweight jackets, smiling and taking selfies before boarding a state plane. European migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano escorted them to the aircraft taking them to an airport near the Arctic Circle where temperatures dipped below freezing overnight.

We are all too familiar with the pain of dealing with food odour lingering in our house and on our clothes. It’s worse when guests enter your abode and are greeted with the irksome smells of desi household staples: garlic, ginger and sautéed onions. Hallelujah! The Huffington Post gives us seven solutions to help banish these smells.

Invest in a good exhaust fan:

This is key to getting rid of kitchen smells; if positioned correctly in your kitchen, it can help reduce and get rid of all food odours.

Light-scented candles:

Candles make pretty decor pieces and some also have therapeutic qualities. Buy them in various scents and place a few in the kitchen. Light one up once you’re done cooking and let the aroma do wonders.

An electric chimney helps too:

A more glorified version of the aforementioned, electric chimneys contain specialised, serviceable filters which collect grease and fumes from cooking. They may be heavy on the pockets, but they’re efficient and will prove worthwhile in the long run.

Buy an air purifier:

Invest in a heavy duty air purifier to get rid of the odours. Place in the kitchen to get rid of the smells.

Clean your refrigerator:

Surprising, but true. All the smell from your food gets absorbed and/or generates in the fridge. The smell can be quite overpowering, so clean out your fridge once a week to curb all smells. 

Prevent oil build-up: 

Besides airborne odours, grease and oil are also culprits when it comes to smelly kitchens. Once they reach boiling point, these cling to surfaces including ceilings, exhaust fans and windows and condense on cooler surfaces in and around the cooking area, wreaking havoc to kitchen surfaces.

The problem with these is that the grease accumulates on surfaces over time, so you have to use strong cleaning agents to counter the grease.

Soak smelly cutting boards:

Yes, especially wooden ones, they tend to absorb cooking smells especially of onions and garlic. Soak your cutting board overnight to get rid of the smells, and don’t forget to dry it out after. The problem with these is that the grease accumulates on surfaces over time, so you have to use strong cleaning agents to counter the grease. 

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SYDNEY: Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee’s debut movie as an actor, a Bollywood-themed romantic comedy unIndian, has held its first premiere in his country. The film has been produced by the Australia India Film Fund and casts Lee as a teacher, who introduces migrant students to the basics of language and Australian culture.

The movie was launched on Wednesday in Lee’s home city, where the cricketer-turned-actor reflected on his career change. The film will be released across Australia on October 15. “The part I thought would be easy and the part I thought would be hard were completely reversed,” the 38-year-old was quoted as saying.

“I thought the hardest part before I started filming was to do the dialogue. There are about 119 scenes, which is pages and pages of dialogue,” he added. “To try and memorise that, I thought I had absolutely no chance of doing that. I thought the acting part would be easier. But when I looked back after completing the movie, the dialogue came [to me] easier.”

Lee’s love-interest in the $4.5-million movie is Indian actor Tannishtha Chatterjee. The former fast bowler, well known for his love of Indian culture, said it all began more than 20 years ago on his first tour to India. “Well, it goes back to 1994 when I first went to India. I was 17, got sick, hated bowling on the wickets, but I got home after two months and thought I really loved that trip. There was something about India that struck this beautiful chord within me,” he said.

He shared that over the years, his love grew for Indian culture and people and that he got a couple of Bollywood offers but wasn’t ready for them as he was still playing cricket. “Then, this Australian movie came across the desk. I had a look at it and loved the script, loved what it stood for and thought this would be a good chance to do my first movie. So why not?” 

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LAHORE: Named after its late founder Wojciech Inglot, an entrepreneurial chemist, the cosmestic brand Inglot has opened a first-of-its-kind concept store situated next to The Nishat Hotel in Lahore. With 30 years of experience as a recognised brand, Inglot has achieved its fair share of success in the cosmetics industry.

In partnership with the Mansha group who only recently introduced the high-end brand Swarovski in the country, Inglot will soon be opening another outlet in Z Block, DHA and will also extend its reach to other parts of Pakistan. “Inglot was looking to expand in our region because international brands have begun to realise the true potential of the market. Therefore, they touched base with us and we showed equal enthusiasm since it’s a high quality brand whose products are available at reasonable prices,” Nishat Linen CEO Naz Mansha shared at the brand’s launch.

Aleksandra, better known as Ola, is a professional make-up artist who flew in from Poland to train the Inglot staff at the store for a week. She highlighted the importance to the brand’s image for staff members treating walk-in customers correctly. Talking about the features that make Inglot unique, she says, “Our make-up is known for its pigments and the colour comes out extremely well, so it’s often used for experimental photo shoots.”

Offering an extensive range of cosmetics, Inglot manufactures beauty products for the face, eyes, lips, nails and body. A press release stated that the products are available in 1,500 colours, with the colours being extremely pigmented and having a long-lasting effect. Price tags for lipsticks range between Rs1,100 to Rs1,500, while nail colours are priced at Rs1,500. The price range for foundation falls between Rs1,450 to Rs3,650.

Housing all things make-up, the Polish cosmetics brand has become increasingly famous for its ‘Freedom System’ and breathable nail polishes. This features palettes which can be customised according to shades or product codes, depending on the colours customers seek.

Inglot’s stellar product, the breathable or O2M polish stands as one of the greatest achievements of Wojciech who designed the nail colour to create what he billed a healthier alternative to traditional nail enamels.

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NEW DELHI: Within days of Shiv Sena getting ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali’s show cancelled in Mumbai, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has invited him for a show in the Indian capital.

Kejriwal took to Twitter to talk about his conversation with Ali regarding the show. “Thanks for agreeing to do a program in Delhi in December,” he wrote.

The 75-year-old was scheduled to perform in Mumbai and Pune this week as part of the death anniversary tribute to singer Jagjit Singh. But the show in Mumbai was called off on Wednesday after the Shiv Sena threat.

Read: I’m not angry but very hurt. I have always got love in India: Ghulam Ali

The show cancellation has snowballed into a controversy, with celebrities from both countries criticising the development. Distinguished Indian personalities like actor Shabana Azmi, designer Wendell Rodricks and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said music knows no boundaries, while Sindh Board for Film Certification Chief Fakhre Alam hoped the Indian government will handle the issue “responsibly”.

“Are we at war with Pakistan? Have we severed diplomatic relations? Have we closed down our embassies? Then what justification is there to ban Ghulam Ali?” Azmi wrote on Twitter. “Ghulam Ali was to perform in commemoration of India’s beloved Jagjit Singh in gesture of goodwill. Ok to talk tough with Pakistani government not its artists.”

Echoing Azmi’s sentiments, Bhatt also criticised the move, saying cultural ties should not be snapped on the basis of any political dialogue between countries. “It’s a familiar nightmare that keeps on recurring in this part of our country… but even if talks are not taking place, let the civil society be given the right to keep their cultural ties intact through performing arts,” said Bhatt.

Meanwhile Alam said, “It is extremely sad and disappointing that art, music and sports are being subjected to politics of hate. I hope the Indian government will act responsibly and the world’s largest secular democracy will raise itself above people’s dietary choices.”

Ace fashion designer Wendell Rodricks said musical notes “should stay beyond the reach of governments”. He even tendered an apology on behalf of a majority of Indians.

“If tomorrow my fashion show gets cancelled by a group in Pakistan, it is their loss. Same here. Actually worse,”  a post on Rodricks’ Facebook page read. The arts should stay beyond the reach of governments and goon groups who cannot hold a musical note. Ghulam Ali, your wonderful voice is beyond all this petty politics. On behalf of a majority of Indians, we apologise. Please forgive them.”

Singer Kailash Kher, who has performed across the globe, said that “music, art and sports should be kept away from politics. An artist can be the biggest messenger of peace and harmony. The kind of respect that artists are given in India is way more than any other country. Love happens from both sides, because if it is one-sided then it is a game.” 

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More than any red-carpet look, street aka pedestrian style is the real indicator of what runway trends have taken off for a fashion season. Some fads established on the ramp don’t graduate to the streets and simply get snubbed. While local fashion week trend-spotting is centered on the red carpet, the runways in Milan, New York, London and Paris attract street-style photographers, who snap attendees as they walk their way to attend a show.

As street style becomes as distinctive a traverser of trends as the red carpet, we take a look at some of fashion’s latest fads that have dominating both platforms this season.

Read: Fashion round-up: Exuding grace in lace


Skirt over pants

Model Kendall Jenner

Winter is approaching and calls for a lot of layering. Take a cue from the Spring/Summer 2016 runways and focus on layering your bottoms. This layering technique riveted our attention when model Kendall Jenner was spotted wearing a dress by The Row over pants. The trend has since been rocked by Emma Watson, who wore a Christian Dior dress over cropped pants to this year’s Golden Globes. This season, pants have been paired with skirts and the way to wear it is to keep it simple, top up and keep the silhouettes contrasting for the bottoms. Sport flared pants with a long pencil skirt or try trousers with a ball-gown skirt. This look has little to do with utility, as the skirt worn over pants is pure ornamentation and mainly adds drama and excitement to the outfit.

Paperbag pants

Stella McCartney AW 2015 collection

The key to sporting this trend is to find pants that appear at least a size bigger and tying them at the waist with a belt or a scarf. This fad was ubiquitous on the SS16 shows by Vivienne Westwood, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Dries Van Noten, particularly in street-style photographs. We also spotted one on-trend paperbag skirt by Saira Shakira on the red carpet at this year’s PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week.


Off-shoulder tops

Designed by Nomi Ansari, Actor Iman Ali

Off-shoulder tops have undoubtedly been the neckline trend of the summer and they even made an appearance at the PLBW (Nomi Ansari’s off-shoulder yellow top, anyone?). Although the flattering silhouette isn’t one we’re ready to let go of yet, it may inevitably fade into the cold of the upcoming winter season. Street-style stars are following the one-shoulder bare look and layering off-shoulder tops with dungarees and sleeveless jackets this fall.

Going backwards

International blogger-Kristina Bazan

Button-down shirts have long been the symbol of effortless style and class. The shirt in itself makes quite a statement but this season, street-style is flipping the staple — quite literally — by wearing the shirts backwards. The key to wearing a shirt like this is to leave only a few buttons open and carefully tied into a bow at the back. The shirt should be a bigger size and soft so that it ties easily.


Back to basics with white trainers

Actor Kristen Stewart, Actor Deepika Padukone

Investing in normcore aka basics will make sure you get full utility out of your purchase. As far as footwear goes, that translates into a pair of simple white sneakers. This back-to-basics trend is here to stay because it doesn’t look sloppy in white as battered Converse shoes tend to look. They can be paired with anything from an evening dress to suit to mom jeans.


Quirk and double-take

Anya Hindmarch’s sticker covered bags

This month saw few bags by the likes of Chanel, Prada, YSL and more edgy quirky carryalls. These included Anya Hindmarch’s sticker-covered bags, telephone Perspex clutches by Charlotte Olympia, Fendi’s Monster Backpack, Lego-block briefcases and milk carton bags. Local versions can be found at Bastay, who make book clutches and bags out of cornflake boxes. Another trend dominant at Milan Fashion Week was people sporting two cross-bodies at a time. This move isn’t just pretty but also practical as you have double the room to carry your essentials.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 10th, 2015.

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WASHINGTON: The Pentagon said on Friday it will halt its troubled program to build Syrian rebel units to fight the Islamic State and focus instead on training and arming vetted leaders already on the ground.

“The model before was we were training infantry-type units. We are now changing to a model that will produce more military combat capability,” a senior US defence official said.

The official declined to say how many leaders would be armed and trained, but noted the new effort would get under way “within days.”

The switch in tactics will be seen as a tacit admission that the Pentagon’s $500 million program to train thousands of “moderate” Syrian rebels has failed.

Two small groups of US-trained fighters have crossed into Syria from Turkey this year, but one broke up after coming under attack and the other surrendered much of its equipment to an al Qaeda front group.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the training program was only part of the US effort, noting that it has also been arming groups already inside Syria, such as the Kurdish forces defending the border town of Kobane.

“I believe the changes we are instituting today will, over time, increase the combat power of counter-ISIL forces in Syria and ultimately help our campaign achieve a lasting defeat of ISIL,” Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said.

Cook said Carter has directed the military “to provide equipment packages and weapons to a select group of vetted leaders and their units so that over time they can make a concerted push into territory still controlled by ISIL.”

Speaking at a news conference in London, Carter admitted he had been dissatisfied with the previous training program, and said: “We have devised a number of different approaches.”

In January, President Barack Obama’s administration unveiled the $500-million program to train up to 15,000 vetted Syrian rebels in neighbouring countries.

Recruitment was slow, in particular because the rebels had to pass stringent background checks to weed out extremists and many objected to being forced to pledge to fight only the IS militant group and not Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Then in July, the first graduating group crossed the border and was promptly attacked by the Al-Nusra Front, an al Qaeda affiliate.

Last month General Lloyd Austin — who heads the US military’s Central Command, which is overseeing efforts against the Islamic State — conceded that only “four or five” Pentagon-trained rebels were engaged in Syria.

The comment attracted derision from US lawmakers, who said the program should be scrapped altogether. Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte said the low number was a “joke.”

Last month, soon after they were reinserted in Syria following training in Turkey or Jordan, a second group of graduates handed over a quarter of their ammunition and other gear to Al-Nusra.

The senior defence official said some training and embedding of rebels would continue to take place, and Carter cited the work US trainers have done with Kurds in northern Syria as an example of how the effort may be focused in the future.

“That’s exactly the kind of example that we would like to pursue with other groups in other parts of Syria going forward,” Carter said.

The training program was supposed to work with the US-led coalition’s aerial fight against IS. For more than a year coalition forces have been flying regular drone and warplane missions against IS in Iraq and Syria.

The effort was further complicated last week when Russia began its own bombardment in Syria, ostensibly to hit “terrorists,” though the Pentagon says Moscow is almost exclusively striking opponents of its ally Assad.

US Senator John McCain said Russia had hit CIA-backed rebels, who were trained under a secret initiative separate from the Pentagon’s effort.

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When Vittorio De Sica was on with his 1948 magnum opus, The Bicycle Thieves, cash wasn’t the only resource the iconic filmmaker was strapped for. Yet when it hit the screens, the rather spectacled Satyajit Ray walked out of the theatre with only one thing on his mind, a career in filmmaking. Such indeed is the power of realist storytelling.

A similar spectacled feeling has been invoked by the first look of the film, Quetta — A City of Forgotten Dreams surfaced on social media. The film poster features a boy pedaling a bicycle on a street that cuts through a graveyard, under the watchful eye of the mountains. Filmmakers Faysal Chaudary and Murtaza Chaudary offer a sneak peek into their project to The Express Tribune, spilling the beans on yet another feather in the newly-acquired hat of contemporary Pakistani cinema.

Read: Classic movie screening: Film buffs relive sweet 60s

Apart from its picturesque distinctiveness that is eulogised every now and then in the mainstream, Quetta is largely seen as a space devoid of humans, a mechanical lynchpin between the dehumanised and revolting south and the indifferent rest of Pakistan. Yet, the city is very much at the heart of the Pakistani collective conscience. More than once in the recent past did the city roar in agony of harrowing terror attacks and we saw tremors being felt across Pakistan.

The film hints at exactly that: putting up a fight against adversity. The squad that reinvented satire for TV in Pakistan has been on the project for two years. “We carried out reconnaissance in the city’s neighbourhoods and handpicked our actors,” says Murtaza. Drenched fully in the neorealist cinematic order, Quetta’s storyline is shouldered by non-actors: those who have lived and breathed the characters they are essaying. “Their grit is quite unbelievable,” the director concludes after narrating how a twist of fate enmeshed the screen and real lives of one of his lead actors. “The boy had to flee the country in wake of threats from militants. Last we heard from him, he was in a self-imposed exile in Switzerland.”

While its 25-day principal photography ended well before work on Jami’s Moor kicked off, the film is yet another insight on the Balochistan whose pulse is still racing. Penned by Faysal, Quetta’s story revolves around three children who juggle between career prospects as diverse as coalmining and football, to keep both their inner flame and the stove burning.

Over the years, misery has become the currency of our media. Victimhood sells and the line between exploitation and honest narration is indeed very thin. Murtaza says this is the primary reason why his team opted against all established practices of our film scene. “Quetta does not entail any commercial elements. It’s a story that we owed to the hilly streets on which we used to pace our tricycles.” While the background score has been pieced together with care, Quetta is not accompanied by a song album as yet.

Moor and Shah were acid tests for these kinds of narratives and the success of both helped us muster up strength to release Quetta,” adds Faysal. He believes that if a heartfelt story if told the right way, it strikes the right chord with the masses, come what may. Brimming with confidence, both Murtaza and Faysal disclose the film is slated for a 2016 release. The Filmsaaz and Sana Bucha Productions film is currently undergoing post-production.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has called upon his supporters to thwart any attempts to rig the by-elections in Lahore’s NA-122 constituency.

Addressing a gathering at Mozang Chungi in Lahore on Friday, Imran urged his party’s youth to play their part in ensuring no unfair practices are used by opposition candidates on the day of election.

Calling PTI’s candidate Aleem Khan – vying for the seat against PML-N’s Sardar Ayaz Sadiq – his ‘secret weapon’ in the election, Imran said they will defeat their rivals in their bastion, Lahore.

Read: Prosperity linked with justice system: Imran

The PTI chairman also accused the PML-N of using Punjab police as its ‘militant wing’.

Imran also hit back at those questioning the source of funding of the party, saying the PTI is entirely funded by the people, but asked where does funding of ‘others come from’.

PTI candidate for the polls, Abdul Aleem Khan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Sheikh Rashid and others were also present on the occasion.

On the other hand, addressing the PML-N’s supporters, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq asked Imran if he is to bring revolution ‘with the help of the remains of former military dictator Gen (retd) Musharraf’s regime’.

Read: Never promised to end load-shedding in 6 months: PM to Imran

Highlighting development under the incumbent government, Sadiq claimed that it was for the first time in Pakistan’s history that an investment worth $35 billion was pumped into the country’s economy.

“If you want terrorism to end, development investment from China, employment opportunities, smooth economy and country’s uplift, then get rid of those who have been rejected by people for their politics of protests,” former NA speaker told the people gathered at Dongi Ground in Samanabad area of Lahore.

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LOS ANGELES: A student armed with a handgun killed another student in a “confrontation” at an Arizona university early Friday that also left three others with multiple gunshot wounds, police said, in the latest shooting at a US college.

The deadly incident at Northern Arizona University (NAU) came hours before President Barack Obama was to meet families of victims of last week’s shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Oregon that left nine people dead before the gunman killed himself.

The first emergency calls came through to police at 1:20 am Friday, when most NAU students would have been in bed at the sprawling university campus in the city of Flagstaff.

Read: US crime professor kills woman before shooting other academic

“Two of our student groups got into a confrontation. The confrontation turned physical and one of our students shot the other students. Four of our students were shot,” said Gregory Fowler, chief of NAU police.

“We have one student deceased and three others being treated at the Flagstaff medical center.”

The alleged shooter, named by police as 18-year-old freshman Steven Jones, was taken into custody and did not attempt to escape arrest. All the victims were male students.

It was not immediately clear what the confrontation was about, but Jones was cooperating with police, Fowler said.

NAU spokeswoman Cindy Brown told CNN that the incident occurred in a parking lot next to a residence hall on campus, which is a designated “gun-free” zone with 20,000 students.

Students described how they were awoken by a university text message warning them of the shooting or by calls from worried friends and family.

“You don’t expect that in Flagstaff. I never thought it would happen here,” one student, Megan Aardahl, told CNN, describing how her room was just yards from where the shooting took place.

Aardahl said fellow students frantically contacted one another.

“And we’ve been texting each other in group chats and making sure everyone is safe,” she said.

“There is a huge community here and everyone is reaching out and making sure everyone’s okay.”

University president Rita Hartung Cheng said she was “shocked and deeply saddened.”

“This is not going to be a normal day at NAU. Our hearts are heavy,” she added.

NAU sent out alerts urging residents of Mountain View Hall dormitory to stay indoors.

“Like many people, I was asleep,” said Brown.

“But of course this is a very upsetting thing for anyone to receive in the middle of the night. Honestly, our thoughts are with the families of the victims right now.”

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey called the incident — which comes amid a renewed national debate about gun control after a series of school shootings — “heartbreaking.”

“I join Arizonans from all across our state in praying for the victims of this morning’s tragic shooting, their families and the entire Northern Arizona University community,” he said.

In the wake of the Umpqua killings, Obama angrily called on Congress to do more and warned that failure to act on gun control was a “political decision,” vowing to keep pushing for reform.

However, Obama faces a frosty reception Friday from some in the grieving community of conservative Roseburg, home to the Umpqua college.

The father of one girl who was shot in the back and survived by playing dead told Fox News he had declined an invitation to meet the president, accusing him of politicizing the tragedy.

The post One shot dead, three wounded in US university ‘confrontation’ appeared first on The Express Tribune.

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expressed on Friday grave concern over the cancellation of operation of Samjhota Express a day earlier by the Indian government.

“The Acting Deputy High Commissioner of India Raghuram was summoned to the Foreign Office by Dr Mohammad Faisal, Director General (South Asia), to express concern over the cancellation of operation of Samjhota Express on October 8, 2015,” FO spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said.

Read: Pakistan questions India’s secular credentials

The FO spokesperson claimed that the cancellation caused inconvenience to more than 200 passengers from both the countries. “The government of Pakistan has taken all necessary steps to accommodate the stranded Indian passengers who were not permitted to cross the border yesterday,” he said.

Demanding a timely redressal of the issue, the Foreign Office advised the Indian side to make appropriate efforts to avoid any such incident in the future. “We expect the Indian side to make utmost efforts to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future and facilitate the travellers from Pakistan and India,” the statement said.

The Delhi-bound Samjotha Express was called back from Wagah Border on Thursday after Indian authorities cautioned their Pakistani counterparts of farmers’ protests in the Indian Punjab. The train carrying passengers from both sides of the border was offloaded upon reaching Wagah.

Read: Delhi-bound Samjotha Express called back from Wagah border amid farmers’ protest

Indian authorities had requested the train to be halted amid security concerns as the Delhi-Attari train, ferrying passengers to the border station, could not reach its destination due to the protests.

The Samjhota Express, one of the two active rails links between the two countries, was bombed in February, 2007, resulting in the death of 42 people.

In 2011, Hindu extremist leader Swami Aseemanand had confessed that he was involved in several bombing incidents and also claimed to have been a part of the Samjhota Express train bombing. Earlier, this year Pakistan protested against India’s recent decision not to oppose bail for the prime accused in the case.

The post Pakistan expresses concern over cancellation of Samjhota Express operation appeared first on The Express Tribune.


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