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Saturday, January 23rd, 2016


‘Facilitators behind BKU attack’ revealed after DG ISPR’s press conference

PESHAWAR: The ‘facilitators behind Bacha Khan University attack’ were revealed before reporters on Saturday, following a press conference held by Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lieutenant-General Asim Bajwa. The director general of the military’s media wing shared details of the probe into the January 20 brutal attack on the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda which had claimed at least 21 lives. The press briefing began with a recorded telephone conversation between the ‘terrorists and a reporter’ with the militants claiming responsibility for the attack. The reporter was receiving the callRead More

Kerry in Riyadh as Saudi-Iran tensions simmer

RIYADH: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday hoping for an easing of tensions between the Sunni power and its predominantly Shia rival Iran. Kerry was to attend a joint meeting with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir and other foreign ministers from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. He will also hold talks with King Salman and his powerful son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the defence minister. Saudi Arabia and some of its allies cut diplomatic ties with Iran this month afterRead More

Cold waves, foggy weather persist in twin-cities

ISLAMABAD, 23 JAN (DNA) – Fog on Saturday continued engulfing Islamabad, Rawalpindi and various parts of Punjab however, the flight operation also got affected due to weather condition. The severe wave of cold coupled with the fog and chilly winds made the conditions even more frigid. Citizens, cooped up in their homes to avoid the single digit temperatures, said a week has passed since they saw the sun. The operation at Benazir Bhutto International Airport has also got affected as at least 35 flights faced delay while eight others wereRead More

India plane makes emergency landing after bomb hoax

NEW DELHI: An Indian passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing in the country’s western city of Nagpur on Saturday after a hoax bomb threat, GoAir airline said. The GoAir plane, carrying 150 passengers, was en route from the eastern city of Bhubaneshwar to Mumbai when authorities received an anonymous call that a bomb had been planted aboard. “Post receiving the bomb threat call, it [the aircraft] was diverted to Nagpur,” GoAir said in an email statement. The passengers were offloaded and airport security searched the aircraft andRead More

Never thought hunting of rare birds to become foreign policy: Khan

ISLAMABAD,  23 JAN (DNA) – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan twitted on Saturday regarding ban on the hunting of rare birds. He said that he never thought that the hunting of endangered Houbara Bustard would become a pillar of our foreign policy, Imran Khan said on Twitter. Imran Khan has also requested the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government not to lift the ban on the hunting of Houbara Bustard. Early, the Supreme Court of Pakistan lifted the ban on the hunting of the Houbara bustard. Balochistan High Court in November 2014Read More

European Dean Ambassador Emilian fetes outgoing envoys

ISLAMABAD, JAN 23(DNA) – Dean of European Diplomatic Corps Emilian ION, Ambassador of Romania has paid glowing tributes to outgoing Ambassadors of Argentina, UK, Sweden, Bangladesh and Japan adding it was indeed a sad moment for him and the diplomatic fraternity to say goodbye to them.European Dean made these remarks on the occasion of a farewell reception hosted in the honour of these ambassadors at his residence. Ambassador of Argentina who is also the Dean of Diplomatic Corps is also leaving the country after spending here over 11 years. AmbassadorRead More