Warner’s Hyderabad beat Kohli’s Bangalore to lift maiden 2016 IPL trophy ..

BANGALORE: Sunrisers Hyderabad, led by fiery Aussie opener David Warner, defeated one of the tournament’s favourites Royal Challengers Bangalore to lift their first-ever Indian Premier League (IPL) title Sunday night  here at Chinnaswamy Stadium .

Chasing a challenging target of 209 runs, RCB batsmen starring skipper Virat Kohli and West Indian sensation Chris Gayle could only manage  for seven wickets to score 200 in the full 20 overs in the final.

Gayle made 76 off 38 and Kohli 54 in 35 deliveries to set the platform for an excitement finish to the tournament and that’s exactly what fans got. However, rest of the batting order couldn’t capitalize the brilliant start provided by the two classy openers and gave away the match to Sunrisers but only by 8 runs.

Cutting grabbed two wickets for 35 and BB Sran, Mustafizur Rahman and Bipul Sharma sahred one wicket each for Hyderabad.

Earlier, batting first after winning the toss, the Sunrisers batsmen took full advantage of a lovely batting track here scoring 208 runs for seven wickets. Warner made 69 off 38 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes.

Dhawan 28 and Cutting remained unbeaten at 39 off just 15 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes,Yuvraj Singh scored 38 runs.

CJ Jordan grabbed 3 wickets for 25, S Aravind 2 wickets for 30 and YS Chahal 1 for 35 for the RCB.

Reuters adds: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the highest wicket-taker in this year’s competition, conceded only 9 runs in the final over to dash Bangalore’s hopes of being third time lucky in the final of the Twenty20 competition.

Warner and Shikhar Dhawan (28) added 63 runs to give Hyderabad a decent start. They lost Moises Henriques cheaply but Warner joined up with Yuvraj Singh (38) to consolidate the innings.

Warner fell in the 14th over and Yuvraj in the 17th but Ben Cutting´s 15-ball blitz ensured they had enough on the board for their bowlers.

Cutting (39 not out) smacked fellow Australian Shane Watson for three sixes in the final over of the innings as Hyderabad plundered 52 runs off the last three overs to breach the 200-mark.

Watson endured a terrible outing with the ball, conceding 61 runs in his four wicketless overs.

The target was difficult but not beyond a Bangalore team boasting a top order that would send shivers down the spine of any team in the world.

Gayle looked ominous too as the West Indian southpaw smacked eight sixes in his two-run-a-ball blitz, dominating his 114-run opening partnership with Kohli.

The match seemed to be slipping away when Cutting (2-35), whose all-round display earned him the man-of-the-match award, dismissed Gayle to bring much-needed relief to Hyderabad.

Skipper Kohli’s form, however, meant Bangalore were still very much in the contest. Four of the seven centuries in this year’s IPL had come from Kohli’s bat and the tournament’s top scorer needed just 32 balls to race to his fifty.

Barinder Sran bowled the Indian test captain to bring Hyderabad back into the match and Bipul Sharma dismissed the talismanic AB de Villiers (5) cheaply to choke Bangalore who managed 200-7 in their 20 overs.

نواز شریف آج کابینہ اجلاس کی صدارت ویڈیو لنک کے ذریعے کریں گے

پاکستان کے وزیراعظم نواز شریف پیر کو ہونے والے وفاقی کابینہ اور قومی اقتصادی کونسل کے اجلاسوں کی صدارت لندن سے ویڈیو لنک کے ذریعے کریں گے۔
نواز شریف اس وقت لندن میں موجود ہیں جہاں منگل کو ان کی اوپن ہارٹ سرجری ہو گی۔
ریڈیو پاکستان کے مطابق پیر کو اسلام آباد میں وفاقی کابینہ کا اجلاس ہوگا جس میں آئندہ مالی سال کے بجٹ پر غور کرنے کے بعد اس کی منظوری دی جائے گی۔
٭ ’وزیرِاعظم وزرا اور سرکاری افسران سے مسلسل رابطے میں ہیں‘
٭ نواز شریف علیل، آئندہ ہفتے لندن میں ہارٹ سرجری ہو گی
اس کے علاوہ قومی اقتصادی کونسل کا اجلاس بھی پیر کے روز ہی ہونا ہے جس میں مجوزہ سالانہ ترقیاتی منصوبے اور سرکاری شعبے کے ترقیاتی پروگرام کا جائزہ لیا جائے گا اور نواز شریف ان دونوں اجلاسوں کی صدارت لندن سے پاکستانی ہائی کمشن سے ویڈیو لنک کے ذریعے کریں گے۔
اس سے قبل بی بی سی سے بات کرتے ہوئے پاکستان کے وفاقی وزیرِ اطلاعات ونشریات پرویز رشید کا کہنا تھا کہ وزیرِاعظم نوازشریف دل کے آپریشن کے لیے لندن میں مقیم ہیں اور وہ لندن سے ہی امورِ مملکت بھی دیکھ رہے ہیں۔
وفاقی وزیر کا کہنا تھا کہ وزیرِاعظم کی معاونت کے لیے سرکاری افسران بھی لندن میں موجود ہیں۔
پرویز رشید کا کہنا تھا کہ منگل کو وزیرِاعظم کا بائی پاس ہوگا اور جیسے ہی ڈاکٹر ان کو اجازت دیں گے میاں نواز شریف پاکستان واپس چلے جائیں گے۔
خیال رہے کہ چند روز قبل ٹوئٹر پر مریم نواز کا کہنا تھا کہ وزیراعظم کی سرجری منگل کو ہوگی جبکہ وہ ہسپتال میں تقریباً ایک ہفتہ قیام کریں گے۔
یہ نواز شریف کا لندن کا دوسرا دورہ ہے۔ اس سے قبل وہ گذشتہ ماہ بھی طبی معائنے کے سلسلے میں لندن گئے تھے۔
سرکاری طور پر تاحال یہ نہیں بتایا گیا کہ وزیرِ اعظم نواز شریف کی اوپن ہارٹ سرجری اور ان کی مکمل صحت یابی کے دوران امورِ حکومت کون چلائے گا؟
وزیراعظم نواز شریف کی سرجری کی خبر سامنے آتے ہی کئی سربراہان مملکت نے ان کے لیے نیک تمناؤں اور جلد صحتیابی کے لیے دعاؤں کا اظہار کیا۔
خبر رساص ادارے اے پی پی کے مطابق ان سربراہان مملکت میں انڈیا کے وزیر اعظم نریندر مودی اور افغان صدر اشرف غنی شامل ہیں۔

PSP to emerge as a big party after elections 2018.

Pak Sarzameen Party leader Syed Mustafa Kamal spoke to media personnel on Sunday and said that his party would emerge as a big player in the country's political scenario after the 2018 general elections.

Mustafa Kamal said that many other members of PML-N's youth wing were also ready to join Pak Sarzameen Party. Kamal also said that after the general elections of 2018, Pak Sarzameen Party would emerge as a large political party.
"PML-N's Youth Wing's Provincial Vice President has also agreed to join Pak Sarzameen Party," said the former Mayor of Karachi during his talk.
Ever since March 3 when Mustafa Kamal and Anees Qaimkhani arrived in Karachi to set up Pak Sarzameen Party, the PSP has repeatedly targeted MQM's senior leadership, including Altaf Hussain.  
Kamal and leadership have often claimed that the party was receiving a tremendous response from the people of Pakistan and that come elections 2018, they would perform well.

Zoo kills gorilla cincinnati to protect small child in enclosure

A gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo was shot and killed Saturday after it grabbed and dragged a 4-year-old boy who fell into the animal’s enclosure, an official said.
Authorities said the boy, who fell 10 to 12 feet into the gorilla exhibit moat, is expected to recover after being picked up from the moat and dragged by the gorilla for about 10 minutes. The boy was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Zoo officials said he was alert when he was transported there.
Director Thane Maynard said the zoo’s dangerous animal response unit that practices for such incidents decided the boy was in “a life-threatening situation” and they needed to put down the 400-pound-plus 17-year-old male gorilla name Harambe.
"They made a tough choice and they made the right choice because they saved that little boy's life," Maynard said. "It could have been very bad."
He said the gorilla didn’t appear to be attacking the child, but the animal was “extremely strong” in an agitated situation. Maynard added that tranquilizing the gorilla wouldn’t have knocked it out immediately, leaving the boy in worse danger.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, fire department officials said the boy was in between the gorilla’s legs when it was shot.
Maynard said it was the first time that the team had killed a zoo animal in such an emergency situation, and he called it "a very sad day" at the zoo. The lowland gorilla is an endangered species. He said that no one in the zoo’s 38 years has anyone gotten into the enclosure.
The incident was reported. The area around the gorilla exhibit was closed off Saturday afternoon as zoo visitors reported hearing screaming.
Harambe came to Cincinnati  from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas.
Hospital officials said they couldn't release any information on the child. Authorities hadn't released the child's name.
Cincinnati Police Department spokesman Lt. Steve Saunders said no chargers were being pursued against the child’s parents.
The zoo said Saturday night the Gorilla World area would remain closed until further notice after earlier saying it would be open on Sunday. Maynard said the zoo believed the exhibit remains safe. They are still investigating, but zoo officials believe the boy crawled through a railing barrier, then fell into the moat.
The zoo prides itself for its work in protecting endangered species, and has been part of successful captive breeding efforts in recent years in the effort to save the endangered Sumatran rhino.

Security czar sets six-month deadline for re-verification of CNICs

Khursheed Shah telephones NA Speaker, asks for ending deadlock

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly (NA) Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq here on Saturday telephoned the Opposition leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah and requested him to end deadlock in the parliamentary committee for the terms of references for judicial commission o probe Panama Papers. According to details, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq requested the opposition leader to end their deadlock. He also said that issues should be settled through mutual consensus. Earlier, opposition leaders announced deadlock between government and opposition leaders over ToRs. The opposition leaders said that they have not changed their position of giving any leeway to Prime Minister. The opposition said that PM is the directly complicit in this scandal.

KP officer suffered heart attack in court room in Swabi

ISLAMABAD: Swabi Development Authority Deputy Director Rooh Al-Amin suffered a heart attack in the court room just after he was released on Wednesday. He was earlier accused of corruption and was convicted for five years. The officer was taken to the hospital right after the cardiac arrest. Al-Amin was acquitted by the Supreme Court from five-year sentence. During the hearing, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa remarked that corruption is the biggest issue of the country. 

Chakwal: 4 injured ,2 dead in motorway accident

CHAKWAL: Two people died in an accident and four were injured as a car collided with a trailer.  According to details, the accident took place at Chakwal's motorway near Balkasar Interchange, when a car and a trailer ran into each other. Two people died and as many as four others were inured in the accident.  The injured were shifted to DHQ hospital for treatment, according to rescue sources.  The two people who had died as a result of the accident were those who were sitting in the car. 

Ashish Nehra in London to undergo knee surgery.

Ashish Nehra, who is the player of  Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2016, was ruled out of the tournament due to the injury. India pacer Ashish Nehra will in London for undergo a knee surgery after he suffered a high-grade tendon injury in his right knee, the BCCI said on Tuesday “Nehra was recommended to consult Dr. Andrew Williams, orthopaedic specialist in London and post consultation, Williams advised surgery on his right knee, which will take place shortly,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said.

Three Commander terrorists arrested in Bannu

BANNU: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Special Police Unit arrested on Monday three terrorists of banned terror outfit including commander Maulvi Bahadar Khan during raid in Bannu. According to SPU statement, a raid was conducted in Bakakhel area of Bannu. During the raid key militant commander Maulvi Bahadar Khan along with his two accomplices identified as Muhammad Raghib and Gul Andaz were arrested. All the three terrorists have been shifted to an unidentified location for further interrogations. Meanwhile, a police constable was critically injured when unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate firing on Ring Road near Gul Bahar area of Peshawar. The injured policeman was identified as Murad who was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) for treatment.

Education, health facilities make nations rather than motorways: Imran Khan

SWAT: Chiarman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan here on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for promising development through construction of motorways and said that nations are made by providing improved educational and health facilities to masses.
Imran Khan addressed a huge rally in Swat and slammed Nawaz Sharif for promising motorways but no laying emphasis on true development.  "Nawaz Sharif said during his address a couple of days ago in Swat that he couldn't see the new Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from his helicopter. Mian sahib, you won't be able to see our new KP. Our new Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be made in hospitals and schools," he said.
Further criticising Nawaz Sharif's policies, Imran said Pakistan did not require motorways but educational institutes. He also said that countries that do not spend on their children's education could never progress.
He also stated that much was still needed to be done in KP, especially with regard to hospitals. "We have strengthened institutions in Pakistan," said Imran. "Now we are in a position that we can make the hospitals of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa exemplary for the rest to follow."
Imran also said that by the year's end, a significant difference would be noted in hospitals across KP. He lashed out at Nawaz Sharif and placed blame on him for damaging the country's institutions.
"You have been taking turns since 30 years, what have you done to improve hospitals? Mian sahab, you have destroyed the police and bureaucracy," he said. "This was our first term and we have improved KP's police significantly. Today in Pakistan, the least amount of corruption takes place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa," he said.
Imran Khan further said that as many as two-hundred billion Pakistani rupees were lying abroad.
"That is why we have to hold accountable the elite and dacoits," he said. "We have to bring back these two hundred billion Pakistani rupees that are abroad. This amount can be used to repay our loans, which are currently being paid through your taxes," he said.
Nawaz Sharif will have to answer to the nation for the Panama leaks controversy. We are with the joint opposition but if the need arises, will stand against Nawaz Sharif alone, he said.
"Mian sahib, if you allege that me and Jahangir Tarin are corrupt, then why don't you arrest us?" he demanded. "If our government comes, we will not allege that you are corrupt. We will throw you in jails," he said.

Peace committee member, policeman killed in Swat.

SWAT: A member of peace committee was gunned down in armed attack in Kabal Tehsil of Swat on Saturday.
According to DSP Zafar Khan, the incident occurred in Bara Bandai, rural area of Swat district.
Special police personal Bakht Baidar providing security to him was also killed and another injured in the attack.
The injured Bilal Khan taken to Saidu Sharif Hospital for treatment where his condition prescribed as critical.
 Narrating the accident, Zafar Khan said that peace committee member named Muhammad Khan was s en route to bazaar from his home when unknown armed men intercepted him in Bara Bandai and shot him multiple times with a pistol before escaping.
Following  the unpleasant incident, security forces have tightened security while snap checking has been increased in Kabal surrounding checkpoints to arrest attackers.
The target killing attacks were increasing each passing day in the region. In the last four months, a large number of targeted attacks have occurred in Swat. Among the victims, 23 were the members of village peace committees.

Weather turns pleasant as KP, Punjab receive rainfall.

ISLAMABAD: Rainfall in Islamabad, Murree and adjacent areas brought respite from the extreme heat and turned the weather pleasant on Monday.

Rainfall was also recorded in Gujrat, Swat, Azad Kashmir and Peshawar.

In the next 24 hours rainfall is expected in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Upper Punjab, FATA, GB and Azad Kashmir, the Met department forecast said.

Scattered rain is also expected to hit Sukkur, Zhob, Larkana, Multan, D I Khan, Bannu and Multan.

Hot and dry weather is expected in the rest of the country.

Schools break for summer vacations in punjab

LAHORE: A last minute notification by the Punjab Education Department declared Monday (today) as the last school day before summer vacations.

Schools in Punjab will remain closed from May 24 till August 14, the notification said. Earlier it was decided that summer vacations will be start from June 1.

The education department warned private schools from taking fee for three months in one go from parents.

Private schools which violate the notification will risk having their registration cancelled, the notification said.

Engr. Amir Muqam say..

EgyptAir Flight Data Suggests'smoke Alert'Went Off Before Crash...

CAIRO: Flight data from EgyptAir Flight MS804 showed smoke alerts went off inside the cabin before the plane, with 66 people on board, plunged in the Mediterranean, according to reports revealed Saturday.

Signals from the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) showed smoke was detected in the toilet and the aircraft’s electrics before the plane crashed, according to the Aviation Herald website, which tracks incidents in the aviation industry.
While the Aviation Herald site said the information came from three independent channels, the report was not officially confirmed.
Reports of the smoke alerts came as search teams continued to scour the area in the Mediterranean where EgyptAir Flight MS804 is believed to have crashed early Thursday.
Debris from the plane -- including human remains, wreckage and personal belongings of the passengers – has been found around 190 miles (306 kilometres) north of the Egyptian city of Alexandria, according to Egyptian authorities.
However the plane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders – also known as “the black box” -- have not yet been retrieved.
‘It’s not black box information’
While the flight data and cockpit voice recorders provide the best clues to the cause of a crash, the ACARS is merely a data link for sending messages between planes and ground facilities.
Experts have warned that the ACARS information has not been verified as yet and that the system merely transmits short condition updates.
“It’s not black box information, it’s not verified at the moment,” said aviation expert David Gleave in an interview , noting that the smoke alerts “may be indicative of electrical problems on the airplane causing these messages to be triggered.”—Agencies..

Afghan Taliban chief Mansour killed in air strike.

ASHINGTON: A US air strike has killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a remote area along the Pak-Afghan border, the Pentagon announced late on Saturday night. “Today, the US Depart­ment of Defence conducted a precision air strike, targeting Mullah Mansour in a remote area in the Pakistan-Afghan border region,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook. He said the president of the United States had autho­rised the air strike and that Pakistan and Afghanistan were both notified of it. “Mullah Mansour was the leader of the Afghan Taliban and presented a continuing threat to our personnel in Afghanistan and to Afghan civilians, Afghan security forces and coalition members across Afghanistan.” The US official noted that Mullah Mansour was an obstacle to reconciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban and was prohibiting the Taliban leaders from participating in peace talks with the government that could lead to an end to the Afghan conflict. The Pentagon said that since the death of Mullah Omar and Mullah Mansour’s assumption of leadership, the Taliban had conducted many attacks that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Afghan civilians and security forces as well as numerous US and coalition personnel.

Imran khan to hold rally Against PM Nawaz Sharif in swat..

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ‘s political campaign against Nawaz Sharif in the backdrop Panama Leaks will go to Swat to manifest its public support on Sunday (today).
All relevant preparations have been completed in Mingora’s grassy ground for today’s rally. Over 20,000 chairs have been set at the venue.
A 70-foot long and 40-foot wide stage has been readied for the leadership. Meantime, DJ Butt will oversee the music for the rally.
Party flags and signboards of the party leaders have been placed on the ground.
The venue has been furnished with stalls where PTI’s caps and badges are being sold.

11 killed in Jhang road accident

      JHANG: At least 11 people including women and children were killed and 19 others wounded when their passenger bus collided with a truck in Jhang near Nasirabad early Saturday morning. The ill-fated bus was en route from Khushab to Jhang, when it was hit by a truck moving from the opposite direction on Khushab Road near Nasirabad bus stand. The injured are in critical condition. The dead and injured were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital.

PM Nawaz visits Gilani House to celebrate Haider Gilani recovery..

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday visited Gillani House and congratulated the former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani on recovery of his son Haider Ali Gilani from the captivity of the militants earlier this month. When the Prime Minister reached at Gillani House he was loaded with flowers, fruits and sweets to share the happiness of Gillani family. Begum Kalsoom Nawaz also accompanied Prime Minister. During the meeting of two political leaders Haider Ali Gillani was also present. Nawaz Sharif also congratulated him on his safe return. A Few days back CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif also visited Yousuf Raza Gillani’s house and congratulated Gillani over recovery of Ali Haider Gillani. On this occasion, other members of Gillani family were also present. 

Mushtaq Raisani case: NAB recovers Rs5.7m from bakery..

QUETTA: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Saturday recovered millions of rupees during a raid at a bakery in Quetta on Saturday. According to reports, on information provided by one of the facilitators of Mushtaq Raisani, Balochistan finance secretary, the NAB carried out the raid at the bakery on Samungli Road and Rs5.7 million from the bakery. The NAB had recovered Rs630 million from the house of former Balochistan Finance Secretary Mushtaq Raisani.

Four dead, one injured in road accident.

At least four members of a family died in an accident in Timergara, Lower Dir on Thursday.

According to the police, a vehicle was carrying five passengers to Nambati. The driver lost control over the vehicle and could not negotiate a turn.

As a result, the vehicle then plunged into a gorge. The deceased were identified as Sargand Khan, Gul Shareef, Kamran and Hayat Pari while Muhammad Shireen was critically wounded.

The injured was shifted to the hospital while the remains of the deceased were handed over to their family members.

In a separate incident, two brothers were gunned down on Thursday following a land dispute in Lower Dir. Abdul Waheed, Asad and Abdul Ahad opened fire on two brothers, Noorul Ameen and Ejaz Khan, and escaped the site.

The police registered FIR against them and investigation is under way.

PM Nawaz to inaugurate kidney hospital in Swat today.

SWAT: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is set to inaugurate Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital in Swat on Friday (today).
The 116-bed hospital has been completed at a cost of about 600 million rupees. It has an OPD, an operation theater, male and female wards, dialysis units and other necessary facilities.
The hospital is the first of its kind in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).

SWAT: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to inaugurate Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital in Swat today (Friday).

The 116-bed hospital has been completed at a cost of about 600 million rupees.
It has an OPD, an operation theater, male and female wards, dialysis units and other necessary facilities.

The hospital is the first of its kind in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Prime Minister would also address a public meeting at Grassy Ground in Saidu Sharif tehsil of Swat district.

Blistering Heat to hit Pakistan in this week.

                                                                                                                                    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will continue to swelter in the coming days with hot and dry weather conditions expected to prevail across the country, according to the Met Office.
Daytime temperatures in the plains of Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh are likely to hover above normal and cross 45 degree Celsius. Some central parts of the country are expected to witness up to 52 degrees.

Mongora/Saidu Sharif (Swat Valley) – On Monday, May 22, 2016, Imran khan visit swat...

Fazl ur Rehman always defends Nawaz due to Personal Interests Imran Khan

Combat power, allies best way to deter North Korea: U.S. military official..

North Korea is on a quest to develop nuclear-armed ballistic missiles that can strike the United States, and the best way to counter Pyongyang is with combat power and strong alliances, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said on Tuesday.Admiral Harry Harris, the head of U.S. Pacific Command, told a South Korea support group in Washington that no threat in the region was "more dangerous than North Korea" and its leader Kim Jong-un.
"He recently threatened pre-emptive nuclear strikes against the United States and other countries in the region," Harris said. "Folks, make no mistake about it. North Korea is on a quest for nuclear weapons, the means to miniaturize them and the ways to deliver them intercontinentally."
Harris said the threat from Pyongyang was one reason he has been working to boost trilateral cooperation among South Korea, Japan and the United States. Military cooperation among the three "is good, and I'd like to get it better," he said.
Harris said the recent settlement of the Second World War "comfort women" issue between Japan and South Korea would help enable better cooperation.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new defense guidelines allowing Tokyo to play a more robust role in security affairs also will help, he added.
"Working trilaterally, I believe we can bolster our collective defense against North Korean provocations," Harris said.
He said U.S., Japanese and South Korean diplomats plan to expand cooperation due to North Korea's aggressive nuclear and missile testing program this year. They also decided to build on a trilateral information-sharing arrangement aimed at countering Pyongyang's missile threats.
Under the umbrella of that deal, they plan to conduct a missile defense exercise on the sidelines of the Rim of the Pacific naval maneuvers this summer, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said this week.
Harris said the exercise would improve their ability to "operate together in a ballistic missile defense environment."
U.S. and South Korean officials are currently discussing whether to deploy the U.S. THAAD missile defense system on the peninsula. Harris said that decision would be made jointly by the alliance.
Regarding China's island-building in the South China Sea, Harris said Washington had more areas of constructive collaboration with Beijing than it had disputes. But he noted China sometimes engaged in "provocative and aggressive behavior."

"We should cooperate with China wherever we can, but we have to confront China where we must," Harris said. "Some of their activities in the South China Sea falls into that category."


Maulana Fazl, in his address, assured his party’s support to the prime minister and said a vast majority of people were backing him. He said his party wants peace, stability and strong democracy in Pakistan and the opposition should not go to the extent where democracy is under threat.
He said the prime minister accepted the demand of setting up a commission under chief justice of Pakistan as well as a parliamentary committee to investigate the Panama Leaks but PTI has been backtracking from its demands. He said the cat is now out of the bag as the PTI is being dictated from abroad. He asked Imran Khan why he supported his Jewish ex-brother-in-law against a Muslim of Pakistani origin in London’s mayoral elections.
The JUI-F chief said the opposition is trying to run away because it not the prime minister but the opposition which has thieves in its ranks. He said Imran Khan had requested Nawaz Sharif to allot to him a plot in Lahore to build a house, and wondered how he became so rich that he established an offshore company.

He said he is supporting the prime minister for the cause of democracy. He said it was his dream to make DI Khan a junction of international trade and the implementation of the CPEC will play an important role in this connection.

Nawaz Sharif says Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will slip away from PTI’s hands in 2018 elections, says new KP will be built by PML-N and JUI-F..

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday announced multibillion rupee development projects for Dera Ismail Khan city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Hakla-DI Khan motorway groundbreaking today.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will perform the ground breaking of Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway today at D.I.Khan, said the NHA officials yesterday. This project is an important part of Western Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that stands among the priorities of the government, they said. The 285 km-long Hakla-D.I.Khan Motorway will be completed in two years at a cost of more than Rs142 billion. From D.I. Khan, this motorway will be linked up with Mughalkot in Balochistan.–STAFF REPORTerThe project is divided into 5-packages. Passing through Pindi Ghep, Sawan, Mianwali, Rokhri, Rehmani Khel, the Motorway will terminate at Yarik (D.I.Khan). The alignment of motorway passes through developing areas and its construction will generate new employment opportunities. Availability of high-speed transportation will pave way for improvement of health and education sectors as well, and local produces will easily be taken to the big markets. The objective of the CPEC is to promote trade ties with neighboring countries Central Asian States and South Asian countries, which will ultimately prepare the ground to make Pakistan a trade hub in this whole region, the NHA believes.Published in The Nation newspaper on 17-May-2016.

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TON: The United States says thatkey members of Congress have increased conditions for release of US military aid to Pakistan and are not prepared to support the aid withoutsome specific actions by Islamabad.Replying to questions, State Department’s Director, Press Office Elizabeth Trudeau said theUnited Stateshas spoken about its view on Haqqani Network. She however said that the military aid relates to Department of Defence and the Congress members who have blocked the release of aid.“We’ve spoken about our views on Haqqani quite a bit as well as what we viewPakistanneeds to do.Pakistanhas spoken that they will not discriminate against groups. We could encourage them to continue to live up to that” Elizabeth Trudeau said.“Coalition Support Funds are a Department of Defense matter. For details on that, I’m going to refer you to the Department of Defense. I would direct you to Congress, those specific members, for anything further on their position.”Elizabeth Trudeau however said that as always, we’re committed to working with Congress to deliver security assistance to our partners and allies. It furthersU.S.goals by building capacity to meet shared security challenges.Correspondents say that the Congress members have increased the condition for the release ofU.S.aid toPakistanand the State and Defence Departments don’t seem to be bothered over blockade of the military aid.

LAHORE - Three young women in one family were shot dead by male relatives who suspected them of having ‘illicit relations’ with other men, police in Faisalabad said Wednesday.The women, aged 22, 28 and 29, all lived in the same house in Faisalabad.“The men suspected that the three women had illicit relations with other men and shot them in the chest and face and fled after the murders,” police investigator Mohammad Ayub told AFP.Police have launched a manhunt, he said, added that it appeared to be a case of ‘honour killings’. Officials at the local police station confirmed the account.Last week a teenage girl in Abbottabad district was strangled and her body set ablaze after a Jirga (village council) ruled she must die for helping a friend to elope, sparking anger from rights activists.Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives in country each year on the pretext of defending family “honour”.Pakistan amended its criminal code in 2005 to prevent men who kill female relatives escaping punishment by pardoning themselves as an “heir” of the victim.But it is left to a judge’s discretion to decide whether to impose a prison sentence when other relatives of the victim forgive the killer - a loophole which critics say is still exploited.“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” - a film telling the story of a rare survivor of an attempted honour killing - won the Academy Award for best documentary short in February.Publicity surrounding the film prompted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to vow to eradicate the “evil” of honour killings, but no fresh legislation has been tabled since then.Girl raped, killedStaff Reporter from Burewala adds: A self-claimed exorcist allegedly raped and tortured a girl to death in Chak56/12L here. Locals said a person, impersonated himself a exorcist alias Peer Jindwala, came to the village from Kikrarwala Kho Sandhlianwali about five days ago.A woman named Bhagan Bibi, wife of Muhammad Yaseen, took her 16-years-old sick daughter to him for spiritual remedy. The 'faith healer' claimed some paranormal influences on the girl and easily fooled her mother by asking her to take the girl away to his residence as the exorcism requires four days. He took the girl to his residence where he allegedly raped and tortured the girl for four days. On 9th May, he told girls' parents that she has died during exorcism because the paranormal powers broke her neck.Published in The Nation Newspaper on 12-May-2016
Son of ex-prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Ali Haider Gilani, who was earlier recovered in a joint operation by Afghan-US forces in Afghanistan three years after being kidnapped, has arrived in Lahore on Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier on Wednesday, he was handed over to Pakistan officials in Kabul where he boarded the aircraft for Pakistan.
“I really appreciate Afghan-US forces who fought for my recovery,” Gilani, who was bearded, clad in a white T-shirt and sporting a camouflage baseball cap, said while talking to the media on his arrival.
Senior protocol officials of Foreign Office and brother of Ali Haider Gilani are in Kabul to bring Ali Haider home, said Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria.
He said Ali Haider was handed over to Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Ibrar Hussain at the Ministry of Defence in Kabul, from where he went to Kabul airport to travel to Pakistan.
Kasim Gilani, the twin brother of Ali Haider, posted a picture on Twitter before departing for Kabul to bring his brother home. He captioned the image, “Taking off from Islamabad to bring back our hero.”
The information about the recovery of Ali Haider was conveyed by Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar to Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in a telephonic conversation.

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Kalabagh: Four more dead bodies found from Indus

  1. Four more body bags floating in Indus river found at Jinnah Barrage of Kalabagh.

  2. The four dead bodies included a child. The number of bodies stuffed in bags and found at Jinnah Barrage, have now reached to 32 within around 11 weeks.

  3. The dead bodies are frequently found in the Indus, local people said. These bodies, likely to be of the people murdered in the upstream districts of Swat, Swabi, Mardan, Nowshera and Attock, were ostensibly dumped in the river to get rid of them, sources said.

  4. According to police, the victims mostly bore the marks of torture, which indicate they have been subjected to torture and killed and then thrown in the river to get rid of the dead body.

  5. Police department has constituted a five-member investigation team headed by DPO Sadiq Ali Doggar to inquire into the matter. The dead bodies being found from the river, have become a puzzle for the police, which has yet to make any progress in the matter.
  6. No dead body, found from the river, has been identified yet, police sources said.

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