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Kissan Ittehad's protest continues on second day2017/10/18

Our Correspondent

LAHORE: The Pakistan KissanIttehad (PKI) is staging a protest at Lahore's ThokarNiazBaig on second day yesterday amid announcement to march towards Punjab assembly.
The farmers have blocked the Multan road from both sides affecting the flow of traffic ...

Pakistan wants to cooperate for peace in Afghanistan2017/10/18
NSA Janjua tells British envoy 

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan wants to extend its complete cooperation in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan and no one should be allowed to ruin the cordial relations between the two countries by indulging in the blame game, National Security Adviser (NSA) Nasser Janjua informed Britain's Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Owen Jenkin, yesterday.
Jenkin and High Commissioner Thomas Drew had called on Janjua to discuss the various aspects of the prevailing situation as well as a way forward to bring peace and stability in the country as well as the region, read a statement issued after the meeting. "The army chief's visit to Afghanistan and the reciprocal warmth shown by Afghanistan has opened a new door to reestablish our cooperative framework to proceed further," he said while appreciating Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for presenting a cordial and cooperative outlook of his country.
"We understand that we have a common future with Afghanistan " he added.
"We all should work together to seek the closure of the conflict in Afghanistan by political means," he added.
Earlier, the British envoy briefed Janjua about the situation in Afghanistan.
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HRCP cautions govt on becoming member of UN council2017/10/18
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LAHORE: Human Rights activists have appreciated as well as cautioned Pakistan on becoming a member state of United Nation Human Rights Council as Pakistan needs to improve their human rights facilities promptly at home.
The Geneva-based Council is mandated to promote and protect human rights and prevent human rights violations. Pakistan has been elected fourth time to the 47-member Council as Pakistan was first elected in 2006 when the Council was created by the UN General Assembly. The election in the 193-member Assembly was by secret ballot, with a simple majority required. Pakistan polled 151 votes, when 97 were needed.
Human Rights activist and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Director Najam U Din told The Nation HRCP lauded Pakistan's 'victory' on becoming a member state of UN Human Rights Council. He said a lot of work needs to be done on providing the human rights.
"It is not the first time Pakistan has become the UN Human Rights Council member. A lot of work is needed to improve the rights condition at home. This may be a diplomatic victory and we endorse it but real challenge lies ahead," he said.
Punjab Minister for Human Rights and minorities Affairs Khalil TahirSandhu said in a statement that the entire nation was feel proud that Pakistan had been elected a member of the International Human Rights council.
He said that Pakistan on Monday won a key election by securing a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council when the General Assembly elected 15 countries to serve on the 47-member body. He said that the Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.
Pakistan's Ambassador to United Nations MaleehaLodhi tweeted that the election is ringing endorsement of Pakistan's strong commitment to human rights.
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LHC accepts contempt of court petition against govt2017/10/18
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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has accepted a contempt of court petition against the federal government for deporting a Turkish couple ?which had gone 'missing' late last month ?in violation of the court's previous orders.
The high court had previously ordered the government not to deport the Turkish family ?which was associated with the Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges system in Pakistan ? and to place their names on the Exit Control List.
However, MesutKacmaz and his wife, who were picked up along with their two daughters from their Wapda Town residence on Sept 27, allegedly by a law enforcement agency, were deported back to Turkey on Saturday.
The couple's daughers ? Huda Nur (17) and Fatima Huma ?had informed a former regional director of the Pak-Turk schools of the deportation.
They had said that their parents were handed over to a Turkish police team which came to Islamabad by a special plane. Later, the girls had left for Turkey by a regular flight via Karachi.
During Tuesday's hearing, the petitioner's lead counsel, Asma Jahangir, argued before the court that because deportation had taken place in violation of the court's orders, it amounted to contempt of court.
Subsequently, the court issued notices to the secretary of the Interior Ministry and took up the contempt of court petition.
The court also asked the Civil Aviation Authority to submit details regarding the transfer of the Turkish couple from Islamabad to Turkey.
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COAS, Saudi Crown Prince discuss diverse issues2017/10/18
Monitoring Desk

RIYADH: Army chief General QamarJavedBajwa met Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman here yesterday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The visit is particularly interesting as the military's media wing, the ISPR, has issued no formal statement to the media.
During the Riyadh meeting, Gen Qamar and Prince Salman discussed bilateral issues, with special emphasis on military-to-military relations. Attendees at the meeting included senior Saudi officials, according to the SPA.
On Monday, Gen Qamar arrived in Riyadh where he was received by Commander of the Ground Forces Lieutenant General Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz.
On the occasion, the two exchanged views on bilateral ties, especially on the military relations. Prince Turki also hosted a luncheon in honour of the army chief. A number of officials attended the meeting, the report added.
On October 14, Gen Qamar visited Dubai where he met Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum at the Zabeel Palace, Khaleej Times reported.
Gen Qamar and Sheikh Mohammed discussed recent regional developments. The Dubai ruler praised the Pakistani community for their constructive role in the development of the state. 
The unannounced visits come amid a simmering controversy involving the civil and military leaders at home. Last week, Interior Minister AhsanIqbal advised the military spokesperson to refrain from commenting on the state of the economy.
Pak engineer kidnapped from Afghanistan
From Our Correspondent
PESHAWAR: A Pakistani engineer working on the expansion project of the Jalalabad-Torkham highway has been kidnapped since past two months and his captors have demanded a ransom of $1 million.
A video clip shows the kidnappers subjecting the engineer, Malik Faiz, to severe torture.
The engineer's son, Farhan Ahmad told media that his father had joined a foreign company around 18 months ago. "He [Faiz] was abducted at the project's site," he added.
The kidnappers, he said, had given the family just four days to pay the ransom money. They also sent a video clip of Faiz being tortured to the family.
Ahmad urged Prime Minister ShahidKhaqanAbbasi and Chief of Army Staff General QamarJavedBajwa to assist in securing his father's release.
The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of ten million rupees, and have threatened to kill him if the amount is not paid. No effort has been made by the construction company which employed Malik Faiz to secure his release.
Last week, the Pakistan Army rescued a Canadian-American family from the captivity of the Taliban.
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