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Imran, Siraj lied on BoK issue: Ziaullah2017/08/16
PESHAWAR: Disgruntled Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA and former provincial minister, Ziaullah Afridi, slammed his party chairman Imran Khan as well as Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq for remaining silent on the Bank of Khyber scandal.
He highlighted the illegal appointment of BOK managing director (MD), giving protest call against the claims of accountability in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) ...

Pakistan to continue highlighting Indian brutalities in IoK2017/08/16
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria says Pakistan will continue to highlight grave human rights violations by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir at all international fora.
In his tweets, he strongly condemned continuous killing of innocent and hapless Kashmiris with impunity ...

Sethi's election as PCB chairman challenged in LHC2017/08/16
LAHORE: A petition challenging the election of Najam Sethi as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman was filed in the Lahore High Court on Tuesday.
Advocate Nasir Iqbal petitioned the high court, contending that Najam Sethi was elected as the PCB chairman in flagrant violation of the PCB laws ...

Coward attacks reinforce resolve to fight terrora2017/08/14
QUETTA: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday said that security forces have broken the backbone of terrorists and will soon eliminate the remaining militants who are carrying out cowardly attacks to make their presence felt. 
Accompanied by Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Khan Zehri and Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, the Interior Minister was addressing a press conference in Quetta a day after a powerful bomb blast hit an on-duty army truck at Pishin bus stop in Quetta on Saturday night, leaving at least 15 people including the personnel of the Pakistan Army dead and over 40 others injured.
Ahsan Iqbal said operations against terrorists will continue till the elimination of terrorism from Pakistani soil. "Such cowardly attacks reinforce the nation's resolve in the fight against terrorism. We become more determined with every such attack."
Taking aim at his political opponents, he said, some political elements wanted to weaken the country internally and divide the nation in the face of testing times. They were actually the enemies of the country, he added and asked them to shun their differences to unite in their fight against terrorism.
"We are in a state of war which warranted unity among all stakeholders and political parties", he added. He said that peace and development were interlinked as without peace the country could not progress. 
Operation Zarb-e-Azab and Raddul Fasaad showed the government's resolve to purge the country of terrorists, he added. He assured that the federal government will ensure its cooperation with all provincial institutions. "Without making coordinated efforts, we cannot defeat our enemy," he said.
Ahsan Iqbal, Balochistan chief minister and Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz visited the Civil Hospital in Quetta. They inquired after the health of the people injured in the suicide bomb attack. 
On the occasion, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri directed the health officials to provide all possible medical facilities to the people injured in the incident.
Earlier, a high level emergency meeting was held in Quetta to review law and order situation in Balochistan in the wake of suicide bomb attack on a security force's vehicle at Pishin Stop.
Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri presided over the meeting. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz, Provincial Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti and other high ranking civil and military officials attended the meeting. - NNI
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Iran hikes missile funds to hit out at US sanctions2017/08/14
TEHRAN: Iran's parliament voted Sunday to allocate 520 million U.S. dollars to develop missile program to fight the U.S. "adventurism" and sanctions, state news agency IRNA reported.
A total of 240 lawmakers voted for the bill, out of the 244 parliamentarians present. The vote came after fresh U.S. sanctions in July against Iran, targeting Tehran's missile programme.
The bill mandates the government to allocate an additional 260 million dollars for the "development of the missile programme" and the same amount to the Revolutionary Guards's foreign operations wing, the Quds Force, state news agency IRNA said. 
The move follows a spike in tensions between Tehran and Washington since US President Donald Trump took office in January with a vow to get tough on the Islamic republic.
"The Americans should know that this was our first action," said parliament speaker Ali Larijani, after announcing overwhelming support for a package "to confront terrorist and adventurist actions by the United States in the region".Iran´s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the bill passed on Sunday had the support of the government. The bill is "very smart particularly because it doesn´t violate the nuclear deal and doesn´t allow the other side to make excuses," he added. "Iran boasts potential and actual options to confront hostile US actions".
The United States has had no diplomatic ties with the Iran since 1980, and Trump has halted the direct contacts initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama. A string of close encounters between US ships and Iranian vessels in the Gulf in recent months has added to the tensions between the two countries.
Iran plans to develop research reactors for nuclear power production, Tehran Times daily reported Sunday.
Iran's Nuclear Power Production and Development Company has been tasked to design, construct and utilize research reactors, the daily said.
The project is in compliance with the goals and missions of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), it noted.
The news was announced Saturday in a directive by Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri to the AEOI chief Ali Akbar Salehi.
The AEOI said it will continue research and development plans in all sectors of peaceful nuclear activities, including uranium enrichment, in order to supply fuel for research reactors.
Meanwhile, Iranian Majlis (parliament) on Sunday overwhelmingly approved the generalities of a motion to counter what it called the U.S. "terrorist and adventurous" acts in the region.
The general outlines of the motion were passed with 240 votes in favor and 1 abstention during an open parliamentary session on Sunday morning.
The Majlis ratified the motion which had been prepared by the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Majlis in July.
It also seeks to impose sanctions on U.S. military and intelligence officials in the region.
The U.S. officials should know that the motion by Iranian parliament is the first step to counter U.S. adventurism in the region, the Majlis Speaker, Ali Larijani, said following the parliament meeting on Sunday.
If the United States imposes more sanctions on Iran, the Iranian government is obliged to take further necessary measures to counter Washington, Larijani said.
The legislative move by Iran follows the U.S. President Donald Trump's signing of a sanctions bill on Russia, Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Aug. 2.
Sanctions against Iran is mainly in response to Tehran's growing missile program.
Iranian officials have repeatedly said Iran's missile program is for deterrent purposes.
The lawmakers' motion on Sunday also tasks the government to allocate an additional defense budget of 260 million U.S. dollars for the "development of the missile program."
The motion, once turns into a law, will grant the same amount to the Quds Forces of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
The Quds Force, also known as Qods, is a special unit of Iran's IRGC responsible for "extraterritorial" missions of the Corps.
The parliament will convene again next week to discuss the details of the motion and vote on the bill. - NNI
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