Tuesday, October 24, 2017
COLOMBO: The world is dependent on the oceans in a variety of ways. That dependence is bound to increase in the years to come. And yet, very little is being done to preserve this resource and nurture it, says Admiral Dr. Jayanath .. Read More
NEW DELHI: Zeenat Shahzadi, a journalist who went missing in Lahore in 2015, has been recovered by security forces, Pakistani officials said.
Shahzadi was allegedly kidnapped two years ago by unidentified men as she ..
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has extended its support to Pakistan for hosting the 20th SAARC summit in Islamabad, that could impact on immediate relations with India. More so as it indicates a subtle shift in Sri Lanka’s foreign polic ..
COLOMBO: The Maldives is a small country with a population of just 472,000, but it receives 1.2 to 1.4 million tourists a year, mainly from the West, Japan and now China also. The Maldivian Police Service (MPS), therefore, has an ..
COLOMBO: The widening rift between the Bangladesh Supreme Court Chief Justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over the 16 th. Constitutional Amendment (16A) has again brought out the extreme fragility of th ..
COLOMBO: The new multi-purpose Maldives ID card released by President Abdulla Yameen in Male on Wednesday, is unique, and the first of its kind in the South Asian region.
It is a truly multi-purpose card, to the ext ..
NEW DELHI: An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been freed after five years in captivity in Afghanistan, where they were being held by a Taliban-linked militant group.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has ordered the Islamabad Capital Police to arrest Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and present him before it on Sept 25. In a letter written to the Islamabad SSP Operations on Friday, the commission said that Mr Khan was charged with contempt of the ECP under Section 103-A of the Representation of Peoples’ Act (Ropa), 1976. He was issued a show-cause notice to appear before the commission on Sept 14, but did not do so. The commission decided to issue bailable warrants. According to the letter signed by the commission’s additional director general (law) Malik Mujtaba Ahmad, the police were “hereby directed to arrest Mr Imran Khan Niazi” and produce him before the ECP on Sept 25.
A new Pakistani political party controlled by Mohammed Hafiz Saeed with a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head is backing a candidate in a by-election today in what a former senior army officer says is a key step in a military-proposed plan to mainstream militant groups. The Milli Muslim League party loyal to Hafiz Saeed - who the United States and India accuse of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people - has little chance of seeing its favoured candidate win the seat vacated when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court in July. But the foray into politics by Saeed’s Islamist charity is following a blueprint that Sharif himself rejected when the military proposed it last year, retired Lieutenant General Amjad Shuaib told Reuters. Three close Sharif confidants with knowledge of the discussions confirmed that Sharif had opposed the “mainstreaming” plan, which senior military figures and some analysts see as a way of steering ultra-religious groups away from violent jihad. Yaqoob Sheikh, the Lahore candidate for Milli Muslim League, is standing as an independent after the Electoral Commission said the party was not yet legally registered. But Saeed’s lieutenants, JUD workers and Milli Muslim League officials are running his campaign and portraits of Saeed adorn every poster promoting Sheikh. Another Islamist designated a terrorist by the United States, Fazlur Rehman Khalil, has told Reuters he too plans to soon form his own party to advocate strict Islamic law. Both Islamist groups deny their political ambitions were engineered by the military. Both Saeed and Khalil are proponents of a strict interpretation of Islam and have a history of supporting violence - each man was reportedly a signatory to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s 1998 fatwa declaring war on the United States. Analyst Khaled Ahmed, who has researched Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa charity and its connections to the military, says the new political party is clearly an attempt by the generals to pursue an alternative to dismantling its militant proxies. “One thing is the army wants these guys to survive,” Ahmed said. “The other thing is that they want to also balance the politicians who are more and more inclined to normalise relations with India.” The military’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency first began pushing the political mainstreaming plan in April 2016, according to retired general Shuaib, a former director of the army’s military intelligence wing that is separate from the ISI. He said the proposal was shared with him in writing by the then-ISI chief, adding that he himself had spoken with Khalil as well as Saeed in an unofficial capacity about the plan.