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London – The counterterrorism squad of Scotland Yard on Wednesday arrested a 64-year-old man on the suspension of his association with money laundering case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain.

According to a press-release issued by Metropolitan Police, the man was arrested from his residence in North-West London and was shifted to Central Police Station in London for further interrogation.

The Metropolitan Police did not reveal the identity or ethnicity of detained man due to ‘legal reasons’. However, some media reports claimed that he belongs to MQM.

The police also seized some documents and man’s personal computer during the raid.

It was the sixth arrest made by Scotland Yard on the suspicion of money laundering.

On December 5, 2013, London police had arrested two person, aged 73 and 44, who were later released on bail.

On June 3 2014, the London Police had nabbed Altaf Hussain from his residence in North-West London.

The arrest came nearly a year after London Police recovered nearly £250,000 from MQM chief’s residence in North London and MQM International Secretariat during a raid conducted in connection with the murder of party’s leader Imran Farooq.

Farooq, one of the founding members of MQM, was stabbed to death in East London on 16 September 2010.

Hussain had served three days behind the bars before being released on bail.

In January and February this year, two persons aged 44 and 27 arrested after they appeared in police stations after being summoned and were later released on police bail.

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Khawaja Asif

Islamabad – A high-level delegation led by Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif left for Saudi Arabia on through a special flight on Tuesday.

The delegation is comprised of Khawaja Asif, Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and military officials.

The delegation is will hold meetings with high-ranking Saudi officials over the situation of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and its allies had launched airstrikes against Hauthi rebels on last week.

Speaking to reporters at Benazir International Airport prior to departure, the defence minister said that Pakistan seeking an end to unrest in the Muslim world supports a peaceful resolution of Yemen conflict.

He said Pakistan will provide every possible support to Saudi Arabia’s if there is any danger to its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Yesterday, PM Nawaz chaired a high-meeting to review the prevailing situation in the Middle East

The meeting was attended by Khawaja Asif, Sartaj Aziz, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, acting Chief of Naval Staff Hasham Bin Siddiqui and foreign secretary.

The meetings agreed that Pakistan will remain firmly committed to protect Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia in line with the desires of Pakistani people.

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Barrister Sultan

Islamabad/Mirpur – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Barrister Sultan Mahmood has won the by-election on LA-III, Mirpur seat of Azad Jammu & Kashmir legislative assembly held on Sunday.

According to unofficial results, former AJK Prime Minister Barrister Sultan secured 15,691 votes while his Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) rival Chaudhary Ashraf bagged 12,811 votes.

The final result will be announced on Monday (today), AJK Election Commission said.

A total of ten candidates from different political parties as well as two independent candidates were in fray for the seat. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had withdrawn its candidate Ashrad Ghazi in favour of PPP candidate’s favour.

The seat had was vacated himself by Barrister Sultan last month when he quitted PPP to join PTI.

The polling process got underway at 8:00 am which continued till 5:00 pm without any interval. The local administration had made stringent security arraignments across the consistency to avert any untoward incident during polling.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan congratulated Barrister Sultan and said his victory has shown that the people of AJK also want to get rid of both PPP and PML-N and a ‘real change’ in the state.

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Altaf hussain

London/Karachi –Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has yet again taken back his resignation on the request of party workers.

Addressing the party workers at Nine-zero via telephone from London late on Sunday, MQM chief had announced to quit party leadership and asked them to choose a new leader.

He also suggested the workers to dissolve MQM and divert on their attention on ‘severing the mankind’ though Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation.

Hussain said all the allegations leveled on him by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s are false. He said the party workers haven’t responded to the campaign conducted against him in media over which he feels ‘embarrassment’.

MQM chief directed party workers to choose a new chief with consensus by today evening, while suggesting the name of party’s senior member Farooq Sattar for the post.

The party workers requested Hussian to take back his resignation, however, he said he has taken the decision after ‘much deliberation’.

Earlier addressing the party workers via telephone at Lal Qila ground from London yesterday, Hussain there is no room for criminal elements in MQM.

He warned the workers involved in target killing and extortion to either leave their activities or otherwise they’ll be expelled from the party.

Altaf also accused Rangers for shooting Waqas Ali Shah, an outspoken MQM worker killed during Rangers’ raid on party’s headquarter earlier this month. He said during the last two years, nearly 250 MQM workers have fallen prey to ‘extra-judicial killings’ and target killing.

He also appointed Waseem Akhtar as the chairman of MQM’s central executive committee and Ameenul Haq and Tariq Javed the joint in-charge of party.

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Karachi/Islamabad – A special Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) jumbo-747 aircraft carrying 502 stranded Pakistanis from Yemen arrived in Karachi on Sunday.

The aircraft landed at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport at 11:29 PM. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Humayun Khan, Shah Mohammad Shah, PIA chairman Nasir Jaffer, Managing Director Shahnawaz Rehman and other officials welcomed the passengers with flowers.

An Islamabad-bound PIA flight carrying 330 of those passengers landed at Benazir International Airport at 3:30am. They were warmly welcomed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on Aviation Shujaat Azeem, Minister of Information Pervez Rashid and PML-N lawmaker Tariq Fazl Chaudhary.

A large number of relatives of the passengers were also present at the airport. Emotional scenes were seen on the occasion. The passengers performed sajdas at the airport and the air was thundered by the echoes of Pakistan Zinadabad and PIA Zinadabad.

The passengers thanked PM Nawaz Sharif for taking emergency measures to bring them back safely to the country and appreciated the efforts of Pakistan’s ambassador in Yemen – Dr. Irfan Shami

According to PIA authorities, another aircraft will fly to Yemen from Karachi and to bring more stranded Pakistanis back to country.

PIA sources said that the air operation will continue until the complete evacuation of Pakistanis from the gulf country.

Saudi Arabia and its allies had launched airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who had taken over the Yemeni capital Sanaa, last week. 45 people have been killed in first five days of operation.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam, in a statement issued yesterday said that up to 250 Pakistanis are yet trapped in Yemen’s southern city of Aden because of intense fighting and it is not possible for them to reach airport.

FO spokesperson said a navy ship has left for Yemen’s port-city of Al Mukalla to bring stranded Pakistanis from Aden.

She said Al Mukalla is relatively peaceful and Pakistanis trapped in Aden will arrive there by road and would be brought back to the country on Tuesday.

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Nawaz sharif

Islamabad – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday ordered immediate evacuation of stranded Pakistanis from Yemen because of the deteriorating situation in the country.

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies had launched airstrikes against Iran-backed Huthi rebels, who had taken over the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on Wednesday. Around 50 people have reportedly been killed in the first two days of operation.

According to media reports, PM Nawaz has directed the concerned authorities to take steps for the safe and early return of Pakistanis stranded in Yemen on war footing.

The premier said that the Pakistanis are facing woes in Yemen because of the collapse of state system and government will leave no stone unturned to ensure their safety.

Around 700 Pakistanis are believed to have been residing in Yemen.

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Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said that Islamabad will strongly respond to any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity.

PM Nawaz chaired a high-level meeting to review Saudi Arabia’s request to send Pakistani troops to Yemen for fighting against Iran-backed Houthi Shia rebels.

The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Advisor to PM on National Security Sartaj Aziz, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Chief of Air Staff Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.

The meeting has decided to send a delegation comprised of Sartaj Aziz, Khawaja Asif and military officials, to Saudi Arabia on Friday. The delegation will assess the situation of the region during the visit.

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies had launched airstrikes on the positions of Houthi rebels in Yemen’s southern city of Aden on Thursday.

During the meeting, PM Nawaz said that Pakistan enjoys close and brotherly ties with Saudi Arabia and other countries of gulf region which are immensely significant.

Saudi Foreign Minister Price Faisal telephoned PM Nawaz yesterday to discuss the situation of Yemen and requested him to join the military operation against rebels in Yemen.

Earlier yesterday, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam, in a weekly press-briefing, said that Pakistani mission in Yemen has been put on the high alert to evocate the Pakistani community residing there in case the situation worsens.

She said no decision has been made to close Pakistani mission in Yemen.

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Lahore/Karachi — Six murder convicts were hanged in different prisons of Punjab and Sindh on Wednesday while the execution of two others was halted in last moments.

According to media reports, two convicts Abdul Razzaq Chohan and Jaleel Jurejo were executed in Sukkur Central Jail in wee hours today. Chohan was found guilty of murdering a person named Iqrar Merani in 2001.

Jerejo was sent to gallows after his family failed to reach a settlement deal with the heirs of the person whom he had killed after a verbal quarrel.

In Mianwali Central Jail, a convict, Mohammad Khan, was executed. Khan had killed a person Mohammad Nawaz in 2002. The execution of another convict Jhamdar Khan was halted in last moments after a settlement deal was struck between him and the family of deceased.

A convict Ghulam Yaseen, who had murdered a woman after raping her, was hanged in Bahawalpur Central Jail.

A convict Mohammad Ayub was hanged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail. He had received death sentence from a session court in Shiekhupura.

In Sahiwal Central Jail, a convict Mohammad Shahbaz, who had killed a child over a property dispute, was executed. Another murder convict in the same jail, Jaffer Kali, got last-minute lifeline after his family reached a settlement deal with the heirs of deceased.

More than 50 murder convicts have been executed across the country after Prime Minsiter Nawaz Sharif lifted moratorium on death penalty in the wake of December 16’s Taliban attack on Army Public School in Peshawar, which left 150 people dead, most of them schoolchildren.

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Islamabad – All the parliamentary parties barring Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have endorsed the formation of a judicial commission to probe the allegations of rigging in May 2013’s general elections.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting of parliamentary leaders of the political parties at his chamber in National Assembly on Tuesday and took them into confidence over the process of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The meeting was attended by Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah, MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar, Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) leaders Rehman Malik and Aitizaz Ahsan, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Kalsoom Parveen, Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) leader Pir Sadruddin Shah, Pakistan Muslim League-Zia (PML-Z) leader Ijazul Haq, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party’s (PkMAP) leader Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Jamat-e-Islami leaders Siraj-ul-Haq and Sahibzada Tariqullah, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, Information Technology Minister Anusha Rehman and Minister for Housing Akram Durrani and others.

Despite raising legal and constitutional reservations, PPP and ANP backed government to go ahead with the formation of commission in the interest of democracy and political stability.

On the occasion, PM Nawaz appreciated PTI’s agreement on the formation of commission and said all the political forces should work together for the welfare of people and development of country.

“We want to remove misgivings among the political parties through dialogue and fully concentrate on resolving the challenges being faced by Pakistan,” he said.

The participants of meeting congratulated PM Nawaz and PML-N’s negotiation committee over success in dialogue with PTI.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, MQM leader Farooq Sattar said that the any important legislation couldn’t be the in contradiction and the formation of judicial commission will be the violation of its Articles 189 and 225. He said all the political parties are bound to obey the constitution and its supremacy should preserve at all costs.

He said if any ordinance or legislation is introduced for the formation of commission, it is highly likely that it will be challenged in the Supreme Court. He said the parliament will be guilty of committing illegal act if it approved the formation of commission.

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F-17

Islamabad – The 75th Pakistan Day was observed across the country, Azad Jammu Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and tribal areas with national zeal and enthusiasm on Monday.

A striking joint military parade by armed forces took place at the new Parade Ground near Shakarparian after a hiatus to seven years on the auspicious occasion.

President Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest at the parade ceremony, which was attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmood, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah, federal and provincial ministers, parliamentarians, foreign diplomats as well as a large number of citizens.

The event begun formally begun with the arrival of President Mamnoon in the parade square. He was warmly welcomed by PM Nawaz and chiefs of all three forces.

President Mamoon, along with Parade Commander Brigadier Khurram Sarfraz, inspected the parade.

The PAF flew over the dais to present salute to President Mamnoon. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman led the formation of F-16 fighter jets while the formations of J-F Thunder, Mirage, F-17, Karakorum Eagle, P-3C Orion and SAAB 2000 AEW&C aircrafts also presented fly-past demonstration.

Spreading different colours on the horizon and performing spectacular aerobatics, the aircrafts left the audience spellbound.

Army Aviation’s Cobra helicopter and other aircrafts also presented stunning aerobatics on the dais.

The contingents of Punjab Rangers, the female soldiers of Pakistan Army, Girls Guide and boy scouts also presented salute to the president.

The commanders of Pakistan Army’s Special Services Group, Pakistan Navy and PAF, under the leadership of Major General Abid Rafique also performed a stunning freefall aerobatic while holding the national flag.

Later, latest missiles, drones, tanks and radar systems were also exhibited in during the parade. Pakistan’s first indigenously-developed armed drone – Burraq –and laser-guided missile – Barq – and unmanned aircraft Shehpar particularly drew the public attention.