Pak-China friendship guarantees regional development, stability: President

ISLAMABAD:  President Mamnoon Hussain says the friendship between China and Pakistan guarantees development and stability of the region.

In his message to the Chinese people on the onset of their New Year starting today, he said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has emerged as a ray of hope for the region.

The President said Pak-China friendship is tied in a strong bond of everlasting strategic cooperation.

He said the goals of Pakistan and China are similar to which both the countries are working jointly to promote those objectives.

Mamnoon Hussain said the great project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is in full swing and heading towards completion.

He expressed his confidence that China would achieve further progress in future under the leadership of President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party of China, besides strengthening Pak-China ties.

Indian Army post on Line of Control destroyed; 5 Indian soldiers killed

RAWALPINDI:  Pakistan Army has destroyed an Indian Army post targeting innocent citizens on the Line of Control in Tatta Pani Sector.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), five Indian soldiers were killed and several others injured.

It said Indian terrorism against innocent citizens shall be responded befittingly. The ISPR also released video of the destroyed post.

Lost opportunity Raw Anwar fails to appear before Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD: Former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar has failed to appear before the Supreme Court of Pakistan despite being granted protective bail in Naqeebullah Mehsood case.
There was no sign of Rao Anwar on Friday morning as the Supreme Court began hearing the Naqeebullah Mehsud extra-judicial killing case. The court, police and family of Naqeebullah Mehsood were hoping the fugitive officer would turn up today after the court orders.
Earlier Supreme Court of Pakistan granted protective bail of suspended SSP Malir Rao Anwar after he pleaded guilty in a letter written to Chief Justice Saqib Nisar.
Rao Anwar claimed that he was not even at the site of ‘fake encounter. A large number of security personnel were deployed outside the Supreme Court ahead of the hearing.
Sindh Police Inspector General Police AD Khowaja and other senior officials were in Islamabad to attend the hearing. The case was being heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. Sindh
IG AD Khawaja appeared before the court and informed the bench that Anwar has not appeared today. Justice Nisar remarked that suspended Malir SSP Rao Anwar has lost a big opportunity by not to appear in court today.
The chief justice said that they will wait for a while before the proceedings started. Justice Nisar had asked Khawaja how the court should proceed in the light of this letter. IGP Sindh acknowledged that Rao Anwar should be given chance to defend himself.
The chief justice had reprimanded A. D. Khowaja for failing to produce Anwar in court. Each and every time, we provide you time for the arrest of Anwar but it seems that we the court ourselves have to arrest him,” the Chief Justice Pakistan had said, The court has issued contempt of court notice and ordered to freeze Anwar,s bank accounts.

Tourists relieved as blocked routes cleared in Galiyat

ISLAMABAD: The blocked routes in Galiyat due to heavy snowfall were cleared after a span of four days.

The tourists were stuck in Ayubia, Nathiagali, Donga Gali and Changla for several days following which Punjab Highway came into action and sent modern machinery to the areas on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The tourists were relieved and took a sigh of relief as they were able to move forward. An unusual number of people paved way towards Galiyat once the closed routes were opened.

A shallow westerly wave is still affecting extreme northern parts of the country. Continental air is prevailing over most plain parts of the country. In the next 24 hours, mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country.