Israel bombs five Gaza mosques among 70 targets

GAZA:Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, a Gaza police official said, according to the Associated Press.The bombs were among Israeli aircraft attacks on more than 70 targets in the Gaza Strip, Ayman Batniji, the spokesperson of Gaza police told the Associated Press.Batniji said tank shells damaged several houses along the eastern border of the territory and that at least 19 fishing boats were burned by Israeli navy shells fired from the Mediterranean.The unusually intense Israeli strikes came as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Cairo to launch the highest-level push to end two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.Meanwhile, two Israeli soldiers were killed during combat in the Gaza Strip, raising the number of troops killed in the 15-day conflict with Hamas to 27, the army said on Tuesday, according to Agence France-Presse.“Yesterday, Monday, two IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers were killed during battles of Operation Protective Edge,” a statement from the army read.Three  soldiers were seriously wounded over the course of the night and one other soldier was reportedly missing, Israeli media reported according to Reuters news agency.Also on Tuesday, a series of Israeli air strikes killed seven people in Gaza, including five members of the same family, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.The deaths hike the total Palestinian toll to 590 since the Israeli military launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8 in a bid to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza.

PTI invites MWM's Nasir Abbas to participate in Long March

ISLAMABAD – Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Vice Chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) met with the Nasir Abbas, Secretary General of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Pakistan (MWMP) and invited him to join the August 14 Long March on Tuesday,

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SC hears anti-judiciary banners case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday resumed hearing the case regarding the display of posters and banners inscribed with anti-judiciary remarks in the Red Zone of the federal capital during which the deputy attorney general told the court that the mastermind of the incident Muhammad Rashid has been arrested,


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday resumed hearing the case regarding the display of posters and banners inscribed with anti-judiciary remarks in the Red Zone of the federal capital during which the deputy attorney general told the court that the mastermind of the incident Muhammad Rashid has been arrested, . A two-judge bench of the SC comprising Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk and Justice Dost Muhammad Khan was hearing the case.During today’s proceedings, Deputy Attorney General Khuwaja Ahmed Hussain apprised the bench that the mastermind of the crime, Muhammad Rashid, has been apprehended and has admitted his crime in front of the magistrate.On this, CJ Justice Nasirul Mulk questioned if the person who has been caught is the real accused or not. Responding to this, deputy attorney general told that police is investigating the matter and wanted to include Mubashir Lucman in the investigation who is currently abroad.He further stated that the investigators don’t wish to limit the scope of the investigation to the confession statement of the key accused.In the last hearing, the court had ordered Inspector General Islamabad Police Aftab Cheema to respond in seven days over the matter.During today’s hearing, IG Islamabad Police Aftab Cheema appeared before the bench and told that Rashid, the key accused in the case, has been arrested. On this, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja questioned him about how and when the defaming banners were placed.IG Aftab Cheema responded that interrogation is currently underway as the accused have been arrested. He further told that he has visited the places where those banners were displayed.On this, Justice Gulzar Ahmed questioned if those spots were hidden where the banners had been displayed.Replying to this, the IG Islamabad Police told that those banners had been displayed far away from the police check posts. Initially, police had earlier removed the banners that were later displayed again. There were approximately 22 banners, he added.Expressing his wonder, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked that even the judges are stopped and questioned if they step out after dusk but the people who install banners are not questioned.The judges also remarked that every Pakistani is concerned over the matter as the culprits who displayed 22 banners could have planted 22 bombs as well.The court, then, instructed the IG Islamabad Police to detail reasons for such incompetence in seven days.

 

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Karachi: Security forces recover hostage from Sohrab Goth

KARACHI: Police and rangers carried out a joint rescue operation in Sohrab Goth area of the metropolis and recovered a hostage,  According to the Rangers spokesman, the joint action was carried out near Al-Asif Square in Sohrab Goth

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ATC rejects Gullu Butt’s bail plea

LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore dismissed the bail plea of Gullu Butt who was involved in smashing the cars during the clashed between Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers and the police outside the Minhajul Quran International Secretariat on June 17.

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JI to show solidarity with Gazans on Friday

LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Sirajul Haq has announced to observe the coming Friday as a nationwide solidarity day over Gaza issue.In a press release issued here at Mansoora, the headquarter of JI,

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Israel kills over 500 Palestinians in 14 days

GAZA:Israel has killed more than 500 Palestinians since it launched a military offensive on Gaza Strip 14 days ago, as the airstrikes and shelling killed at least 20 people on Monday.An Israeli air strike on a home in the center of Gaza City killed eight people, including four children, Palestinian medics said Monday.

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Netanyahu says Gaza assault has ‘very strong’ international support

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel won “international legitimacy” for its ongoing military assault on Gaza, which has claimed the lives of more than 430 Palestinians over the past 13 days.

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SC orders to appoint acting PCB chairman in seven days

LAHORE: The Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court has declared the decision to restore Zaka Ashraf as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman illegal and ordered that an acting chairman and chief election commissioner be appointment within seven days.

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Ten passengers killed as bus falls into ravine in AJK

AZAD KASHMIR: Ten passengers lost their lives when a bus fell into a ravine in Azad Kashmir,  According to police, a passenger bus enroute to Samahni fell into a ravine near Puna that killed ten passengers while more than 20 got injured.

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Extortion in Karachi decreased during Ramzan: Acting IGP

KARACHI: Extortion in the metropolis decreased during the holy month of Ramzan, Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ghullam Hyder Jamali told reporters on Monday.

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