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Turkey must accept it needs Israel, says Tayyip Erdogan

ISTANBUL: Turkey must accept that it needs Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, as the two countries seek to thrash out a deal on normalising ties. Nato member Turkey was a key regional ally of Israel until the two countries fell out over the deadly storming by Israeli commandos in 2010 of a Turkish aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, bound for Gaza. Erdogan further raised hackles in Israel with his sometimes inflammatory rhetoric towards the Jewish State. But the atmosphere was transformed following the revelation last month theRead More

Saudi FM arriving to discuss Pak’s involvement in 34-nation military alliance

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir will arrive in Islamabad on Sunday to take Pakistani leadership into confidence over the Middle East situation and the recently formed 34-nation military alliance by the kingdom, it has been learnt. Officials at the Foreign Office confirmed that the arriving foreign minister will meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday. The Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister will also hold meetings with prime minister’s adviser Sartaj Aziz. The officials further said that the purpose of the visit is to consult Pakistan’s leadership over joining the anti-terrorismRead More

Progress on 1000 MW RLNG based power projects reviewed

ISLAMABAD, 02 JAN, (DNA) – Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting here Saturday to review progress regarding the 1000 MW (RLNG based) power projects, envisaged to supplement efforts aimed at filling the void in electricity demand and supply in the country. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, as well as senior officers of Ministries of Finance, Water & Power, Petroleum & Natural Resources, PPIB and NTDC participated in the meeting. MD PPIB, gave an update on activities carried out as against the timelinesRead More

ATC issues arrest warrants of Karachi Mayor-designate, 17 others


KARACHI, 02 JAN, (DNA) – An Anti-Terrorism Court Saturday issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Karachi Mayor-designate Waseem Akhtar and 17 others in a case pertaining to Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain’s provocative speech against the security forces. During Saturday’s proceeding, investigation officer told the court that the accused could not be arrested in the case. The ATC issued arrest warrants of 18 MQM leaders, including the party chief, for allegedly facilitating or delivering provocative speech against paramilitary Rangers, which are carrying out targeted operation against criminal elements in KarachiRead More

Lahore gang-rape victim attempts suicide

Three arrested in India over student's alleged gang-rape

LAHORE: A 15-year old rape survivor who was assaulted by at least eight men in a hotel on Mall Road attempted suicide after continuous pressure from police and prosecution, her family said Saturday. The victim’s brother-in-law told media that the family was about to go to sleep at night when she jumped from the terrace. She injured herself and was rushed to the Services Hospital. She is now back at home recovering. He said she had been under duress from the police interrogations, where officials harassed her with “all kindsRead More

Saudi Arabia executes 47 including Shi’ite cleric

RIYADH: Saudi Interior Ministry announced on Saturday the execution of 47 people on terrorist charges, including the prominent Shi’ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimrits. Most of the executed were Saudis and involved in a series of attacks carried out by al-Qaida from 2003-06. The cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, was a driving force behind anti-government protests that broke out in 2011. The ministry said it will continue with its approach to fight any threat to the nation and the public. Saudi Arabia has been badly affected by terrorists and attacks, especially those whoRead More