Ethics of Journalism not allowed to boom rating with fake story.we worked for the welfare of the underprivileged area. Talha

Islamabad: A VIDEO of SENATOR MUHAMMAD TALHA MAHMOOD distributing money to the locals in Mansehra to encourage their participation in a PML N JALSA are TOTALLY BASELESS and unfounded which is recently reported by MEDIA.

SENATOR MUHAMMAD TALHA MAHMOOD has always worked for the welfare of the underprivileged to which end he has MUHAMMAD TALHA MAHMOOD FOUNDATION in which he and his family members work untiringly for the people specially those in farflung areas.

The video in question is actually from Ramadan 2016 and the distribution point in question is Bisham shangla district where Ramadan food packages were being distributed to the people by a preplanned token system to ensure a fair distribution.

Presnently a person who had not been able to get tokens but still showed up AT ANY VENUE OF THEIR DISTRIBUTION AREA.

Keeping up with the spirit of Ramadan the foundation members did not wish to send them back empty handed so it was decided to give them some small money for the purchase of food items or whatever the people want.

This unfortunate misinterpretation reflects a sensationalize news baseless conclusions and malign the name and reputation of SENATOR MUHAMMAD TALHA MAHMOOD.


Pakistan played important role in eliminating Big Three: PCB chief

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan on Friday said that Pakistan played an important role in eliminating Big Three from the structure of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“Big Three was an undemocratic set-up and Pakistan was the only country which raised its voice against this set-up from the very beginning and made the cricket-playing countries realise that Big Three was not going to truly serve world cricket [with equality] because it was favouring certain member countries of the ICC which was an injustice,” Shaharyar said while talking to reporters.

He was addressing a news conference at the National Cricket Academy after returning from Dubai where he attended the ICC meeting along with PCB executive committee chairman Najam Sethi.

“We [the PCB] were at loss due to the creation of Big Three in the ICC and with its abolition, Pakistan will get the [monetary] benefit of $39 million,” the PCB chief stated.

“We due to Big Three set-up suffered in many ways. For example, we were scheduled to play six [bilateral] series with India; but they backed out of the commitment due to which we suffered huge financial losses,” he added.

“With the abolition of Big Three, now the ICC will be more professional and democratic as its member countries will get equal financial benefits and representation in the Council,” said the PCB chairman.

Answering a question, Shaharyar said the Big Three set-up was adversely affecting world cricket, adding that several promises were made to Pakistan but not fulfilled which caused huge financial losses to the PCB.

“Now with the elimination of Big three from world cricket, we hope that a new era will begin in the ICC, and in Pakistan cricket,” said Shaharyar.

Commenting on the proposed visit of an International XI team to Pakistan in September this year, the PCB chief said that the matches would be staged in Lahore, not Karachi.

“Most of the things relating to the [planned] tour of International XI have been finalised; only players’ selection is to be carried out. And it is not possible to hold their matches in Karachi as during the PSL final [held on March this year] security arrangements were made and reviewed at Lahore,” Shaharyar said.

North Korea fires missile, defying US push for new sanctions

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile Saturday in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ambitions.

The latest launch, which South Korea said was a failure, came just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the UN Security Council of “catastrophic consequences” if the international community — most notably China — failed to pressure the North into abandoning its weapons programme.

Military options for dealing with the North were still “on the table”, Tillerson warned in his first address to the UN body.

The launch ratchets up tensions on the Korean peninsula, with Washington and Pyongyang locked in an ever-tighter spiral of threat, counter-threat, and escalating military preparedness.

US President Donald Trump, who has warned of a “major conflict” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime, said the latest test was a pointed snub to China — the North’s main ally and economic lifeline.

“North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!” Trump tweeted.

The US is deploying a naval strike group led by an aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula, and a missile-defence system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) that officials say will be operational “within days”.

North Korea recently conducted its biggest-ever firing drill and has threatened to “bury at sea” the US aircraft carrier, and there are signs it could be preparing for a sixth nuclear test.

South Korea’s defence ministry said it suspected Saturday’s missile test had failed after a brief flight, while the US military’s Pacific Command confirmed the rocket did not leave North Korean territory.

Japan has lodged a “serious protest and criticism” to the North, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters after a national security council meeting.

Risk of nuclear attack ‘real’

China pushed back at Tillerson’s call at the UN Security Council for it to do more to rein in Pyongyang, arguing that it was unrealistic to expect one country to solve the conflict.

“The use of force does not solve differences and will only lead to bigger disasters,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

His country, he said, should not be “a focal point of the problem on the peninsula” and stressed that “the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side”.

Russia joined China in saying a military response would be disastrous and appealing for a return to talks and de-escalation.

Military action was “completely unacceptable”, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the council, and a miscalculation could have “frightening consequences”.

But Tillerson argued that diplomacy had to be backed with credible muscle.

“Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary,” he said.

“The threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on Seoul or Tokyo is real, and it is likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the US mainland.”

China wants talks

The meeting of the top UN body on Friday laid bare major differences among key powers over the way to address the North Korea crisis.

Over the past 11 years, the Security Council has imposed six sets of sanctions on Pyongyang — two adopted last year — to significantly ramp up pressure and deny the North Korean regime the hard currency revenue needed for its military programmes.

But UN sanctions experts have repeatedly told the council the measures have had little impact because they have been poorly implemented.

Tillerson called on all countries to downgrade or sever diplomatic relations with North Korea and impose targeted sanctions on entities and individuals supporting its missile and nuclear program.

The US is ready to impose sanctions on third countries where companies or individuals are found to have helped North Korea’s military programmes, he said.

China instead wants Pyongyang to freeze its military programmes in exchange for a halt to US-South Korean annual drills.

“Now is the time to seriously consider talks,” said Wang.

But Tillerson was blunt in saying it was up to North Korea to take the first concrete steps.

“We will not negotiate our way back to the negotiating table,” he said. “We will not reward their bad behaviour with talks.”

The US, Russia and China took part in six-party talks on North Korea’s denuclearisation from 2003 to 2009, along with Japan, South Korea and Pyongyang.

Alliance to counter anti-Nawaz drive formed

KARACHI: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and PML- Functional have decided to form a grand alliance of like-minded parties to counter the “Go Nawaz go” drive launched by the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the leaders of both parties with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan at the Governor’s House on Friday night, informed sources told Dawn. They said a PML-N delegation would soon meet PML-F chief Pir Pagara in this regard.

The meeting reviewed the overall political situation against the backdrop of the anti-government movement and the Supreme Court’s judgement in the Panama Papers case. The PML-N leaders assured the PML-F of addressing their ‘reservations’.

The PML-N decided to activate the party in Sindh to win over its angry leaders and also increase coordination with anti-PPP nationalist party leaders. The party will also organise public meetings in different cities of the province which will be addressed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The sources said details of the alliance would be worked out at a meeting of top party leaders to be held soon.

Earlier, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar met Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair at the Governor’s House.

They reiterated their resolve to continue the operation to maintain law and order in Karachi and provide the law enforcement agencies every possible facility, including legal cover, so that they could continue to operate without any pressure.

They reviewed the law and order situation and the ongoing operation to eliminate terrorism from Sindh.

They expressed the resolve to take the Karachi operation to its logical conclusion.

Lauding the sacrifices made the law enforcement personnel, the governor and the minister said their efforts to restore peace in Karachi would not go in vain.

The governor told the minister that ever since the law and order situation in Karachi had improved, the metropolis had experienced an upswing in economic, social, literary and cultural activities.

Chaudhry Nisar also visited the Pakistan Coasts Guard headquarters where he laid a wreath at the memorial of martyrs and offered prayers.

The minister was briefed on the coast guards’ efforts to check smuggling and human trafficking along the coastal border, their defence capacity and operational affairs.

Two Nadra ‘mega centres’ launched in Karachi

KARACHI: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan inaugurated two National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) mega centres in North Nazimabad and Defence on Friday, and announced that citizens from areas other than these two could also apply for CNICs there, as long they have the required documents.

He denied an allegation levelled earlier in the day by MPA Khawaja Izharul Hasan, Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly, who told reporters that Mr Nisar should take notice of over 500,000 blocked CNICs in Karachi.

Only 350,000 CNICs were blocked across the country, Mr Nisar clarified, adding that 172,000 of those had been cancelled while the remaining were being examined and verified. He said the re-verification process would take two to three months, after which new cards would be issued.

Chaudhry Nisar refutes claim that over 500,000 CNICs were blocked in metropolis

The interior minister, who arrived in the city on a two-day visit, told reporters that the mega centres would operate round-the-clock. The centre in Defence could process 1,600 cards at a time, while the centre in North Nazimabad could process 2,000 cards at a time, he said.

The centre in Defence had 23 counters — two of them had been reserved for senior citizens looking to process their CNICs, he said. The one at North Nazimabad, he added, had 28 counters — four of which would handle senior citizens and people with disabilities.

The minister inspected the facilities at both centres and later said that considering Karachi’s growing population, Nadra should facilitate citizens in obtaining CNICs without much hassle.

A third ‘mega centre’ was in the works, Mr Nisar announced, and added that it would be inaugurated next month in the SITE area. He also announced that Rs370 million was the total cost incurred on the three centres.

Nadra mega centres were being set up in the country in various phases, to facilitate citizens through a one-window operation, he said. The minister urged the Nadra staff to be courteous and cooperative with citizens, and to assist them in obtaining their cards as early as possible within the prescribed rules. He also requested the Nadra chairperson to respond to all complaints brought to him as soon as possible.

The minister directed the Nadra chief to set up complaint cells at all their mega centres. Employees caught misbehaving with citizens would be sacked, he said, while good performance would be rewarded. He recalled that some 600 Nadra employees had been investigated for issuing wrong identity cards and those found involved had been dismissed from service.

Responding to a question, the minister said the reason for setting up the mega centres was to provide citizens a one-window operation facility to obtain their CNICs. However, citizens with incomplete documents will not be issued CNICS, Mr Nisar warned.