Police recover child, arrest kidnapper in Karachi

KARACHI: Police on Saturday claimed to have recovered a seven-year-old abducted boy and detained his kidnapper during a raid in Malilr area of Karachi.

Talking to journalists, Malir SSP Irfan Bahadur said that police, on a tip-off, conducted raid at a house in the area and recovered the abducted child and took the alleged kidnapper into custody. A pistol was also recovered from his possession, said the police officer.

He said the suspect was identified as Murad and added that he revealed in the custody that he sold out the children for Rs10,000 to 15,000 each  to a gang involved in child kidnapping.

The police lodge a case against the suspect and started investigation. The police officer said that they were conducting raids in different areas to arrest his accomplices.

Read More: Children ‘abducted’ from Pakistan recovered in Iran: report

It is pertinent to mention here that at least 15 children “abducted from different areas of Pakistan” were recovered from a LPG container in Kerman province of Iran, sources said on December 3.

According to ARY News’ correspondent Akhtar Gulfam, sources had confirmed that a child trafficking bid was foiled after more than 15 children were rescued from a container coming from Afghanistan into Iran.

Reports say the children were abducted from different areas of Pakistan and were being taken to Iran when the Iranian border guards stopped the container and rescued children.

A video of the incident went viral on social media after which media men contacted Iranian and Pakistani officials but they had refused to comment or confirm the development.

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Kartarpur opening demonstrates Pakistan’s commitment to peace: Russian envoy

KARACHI: Alexey Y Dedov, the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Pakistan, hailed the move of the South Asain giant to open the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims in India.

According to details, the envoy, speaking at Pakistan Institute of International Affairs on the topic of “Russia’s Stabilising Role in South Asia”, stated that Pakistan’s decision of opening Kartarpur border shows the country’s commitment towards peace and stability in the region.

He further appreciated Pakistan’s military crackdown against militants present inside its border under the operations of Radd-ul-Fasaad and Zarb-e-Azb.

Expressing a desire to further cement bilateral ties between Islamabad and Moscow, the Russian ambassador said, Peace Mission 2018 is a testament to strong relations between the two countries.

Responding to a question related to Afghanistan, Dedov said that Russia favors a democratic Afghanistan, but few Afghan territories are still being used for terrorism.

The diplomat told the participants at the insttitue that Russia is also a part of One Belt One Road cooperation, and aspires to establish strengthened trilateral trade with Pakistan and China under the mega project.

Pakistan and Russia have also stepped up cooperation in the defence sector since 2014 when the two countries signed an agreement for boosting bilateral ties.

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Apple to push software update in China as case threatens sales ban

SHANGHAI/SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc, facing a court ban in China on some of its iPhone models over alleged infringement of Qualcomm Inc patents, said on Friday it will push software updates to users in a bid to resolve potential issues.

Apple will carry out the software updates at the start of next week “to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order”, the firm said in a statement sent to Reuters.

Earlier this week, Qualcomm said a Chinese court had ordered a ban on sales of some older iPhone models for violating two of its patents, though intellectual property lawyers said the ban would likely take time to enforce.

“Based on the iPhone models we offer today in China, we believe we are in compliance,” Apple said.

“Early next week we will deliver a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case.”

In a statement, Qualcomm’s general counsel Don Rosenberg said “Apple continues to disregard and violate the Fuzhou court’s orders” despite the planned software changes.

“They are legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sale and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court,” he said in the statement.

The case, brought by Qualcomm, is part of a global patent dispute between the two U.S. companies that includes dozens of lawsuits. It creates uncertainty over Apple’s business in one of its biggest markets at a time when concerns over waning demand for new iPhones are battering its shares.

Qualcomm has said the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China found Apple infringed two patents held by the chipmaker and ordered an immediate ban on sales of older iPhone models, from the 6S through the X.

Apple has filed a request for reconsideration with the court, a copy of which Qualcomm shared with Reuters.

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Qualcomm and Apple disagree about whether the court order means iPhone sales must be halted.

The court’s preliminary injunction, which the chipmaker also shared with Reuters, orders an immediate block, though lawyers say Apple could take steps to stall the process.

All iPhone models were available for purchase on Apple’s China website on Friday.

Qualcomm, the biggest supplier of chips for mobile phones, filed its case against Apple in China in late 2017, saying the iPhone maker infringed patents on features related to resizing photographs and managing apps on a touch screen.

Apple argues the injunction should be lifted as continuing to sell iPhones does not constitute “irreparable harm” to Qualcomm, a key consideration for a preliminary injunction, the copy of its reconsideration request dated Dec. 10 shows.

“That’s one of the reasons why in a very complicated patent litigation case the judge would be reluctant to grant a preliminary injunction,” said Yiqiang Li, a patent lawyer at Faegre Baker Daniels.

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Apple’s reconsideration request also says any ban on iPhone sales would impact its Chinese suppliers and consumers as well as the tax revenue it pays to authorities.

The request adds the injunction could force Apple to settle with Qualcomm. But it was not clear whether this referred to the latest case or their broader legal dispute.

Qualcomm has paid a 300 million yuan ($43.54 million) bond to cover potential damages to Apple from a sales ban and Apple is willing to pay a “counter security” of double that to get the ban lifted, the copy of the reconsideration request shows.

Apple did not immediately respond to questions about the reconsideration request and Reuters was not independently able to confirm its authenticity.

Yiqiang Li said the case would undoubtedly ramp up pressure on Apple, especially if a ban was enforced.

“I think that Qualcomm and Apple, they always have those IP litigations to try to force the other side to make concessions. They try to get their inch somewhere. That’s always the game.”

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Fifth generation war imposed on Pakistan: Shehryar Afridi

PESHAWAR: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi on Saturday said that fifth generation and hybrid war has been imposed on Pakistan.

Addressing a ceremony in Peshawar, Shehyar Afridi said that social media is a tool for fifth-generation warfare that affect minds and added that conspiracies are being hatched to divide the nation on the basis of ethnicity, creed and culture.

He said that PM Imran Khan wanted to transform Pakistan into Madina-like state which negate the division of people on the basis of ethnicity and creed. Imran Khan determined to restore the respect and honour of Pakistanis across the world, he added.

The minister stressed upon the need to tackle intolerance in the society and vowed to invest on the youth. Giving the examples of Iraq, Syria and Libya , the minister said that we should not play into the hands of others.

Shehryar Afridi maintained that Pakistan has an invincible army and a great nation and added,” No one is above the law in Pakistan and future of Pakistan is glorious.”

 

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Ambani-Piramal residence dazzles India – ARYNEWS

MUMBAI: As the celebrations from what many in India are calling the wedding of the year wind down, all eyes are now turning to the multi-million dollar mansion that Isha Ambani, the daughter of India’s richest man will move into with husband, Anand Piramal.

The 50,000 square-foot mansion, which stands in the swanky locality of Worli in South Mumbai and has sweeping views of the Arabian Sea and the Sea-Link bridge is still a step down for the bride, given her father’s home is more than eight times that size.

Isha’s father is Mukesh Ambani, a telecom and petroleum magnate whose net worth is pegged at $43 billion, and whose 27-floor, 400,000 square foot Tetris-tower-like residence is a prominent structure on the Mumbai skyline.

It was in that house that Isha got married to Anand Piramal on Wednesday, the culmination of week-long celebrations that included a private concert by U.S. singer Beyonce.

The wedding was described by some as a mini-Davos summit, as it was attended by two former U.S. secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, along with Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih, private equity doyens Stephen Schwarzman and Henry Kravis, CPPIB CEO Mark Machin, and WPP Founder Martin Sorrell, along with dozens of Bollywood celebrities.

After the wedding, Indian media reported that, Isha, 27 and Anand, 33, would move into Gulita, a 50,000 square foot mansion that the groom’s parents gave them as a wedding present.

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The Piramals, who have interests in real estate and pharma, bought the property, previously owned by Hindustan Unilver, at a reported price of $62 million in 2012.

Marked by a stunning glass facade and three glazed steel structures, Gulita has seen hectic remodeling work in the months leading up to the wedding.

The largest of the steel structures is 11 meters tall and it was constructed using 3D modeling tools, according to Eckersley OCallaghan, a London-based architecture firm which handled the project.

The Mumbai Mirror newspaper reported that the house has three basements, multiple dining rooms and an outdoor pool.

Many in India, where tens of millions live in dire poverty, have followed the wedding, for its dazzling display of wealth and influence.

Isha’s twin brother, Akash, is set to marry fiancé Shloka Mehta early next year.

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FMs of Pakistan, China, Afghanistan vow to jointly fight terrorism

KABUL: Foreign Ministers of Pakistan, China and Afghanistan on Saturday resolved to continue their efforts to build mutual political trust, strengthen relations, support reconciliation process and deepen security and development cooperation.

The resolve came at the second round of trilateral ministerial dialogue held in Kabul today. The foreign ministers of the three countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Counter-Terrorism to advance cooperation in this respect at the conclusion of the meeting.

Speaking at a joint press conference alongside his Chinese and Afghan counterparts, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called for ending blame game between Pakistan and Afghanistan and building mutual trust between the two countries.

“I came here to make trust bridge and reach peace and stability. Any improvement in Afghanistan will benefit Pakistan.I am here to boost our bilateral trade,” Qureshi said.

“I am here to engage with Afghanistan and your happiness lies in my happiness. That is my mindset. Let’s not stick to the past and stop putting finger on Pakistan,” he added.

He stressed that only through collective efforts they can wipe out terrorism and achieve the objectives of peace and development.

The foreign minister said Pakistan will benefit the most from peace and stability in the neighboring country.

He said Pakistan will extend cooperation to bring all the afghan groups to the table of negotiations. He, however, said it is up to the Afghans themselves as to how they want to achieve the goal of peace.

Qureshi said Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said both Afghanistan and Pakistan are friends of China and his country will extend every possible cooperation to build trust and confidence between the two countries.

He said his country will also assist in establishing connectivity projects including a rail line between Peshawar-Kabul and Kandahar.

The Chinese foreign minister said the afghan reconciliation process can be taken forward by bringing the Taliban to the table of negotiations.

Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said Pakistan has an important role for peace in Afghanistan.  He said peace in his country is vital for peace and security of the entire region.

He said eradication of terrorism will pave the way for economic development and job creation.

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SC orders placement of two PML-N MPs’ names on ECL

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday directed the Ministry of Interior to place the names of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Afzal Khokhar and MPA Saiful Malook on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, who headed a bench of the apex court, gave this direction while hearing a case pertaining to illegal construction.

The bench summoned details of the assets of both the PML-N leaders and directed the authorities to raze illegal structures erected by them.

Afzal Khokhar said the properties they owned were legal and constructed as per maps.

At this, the chief justice remarked he was well aware of such maps, adding that he can order their cancellation.

“You are endangering your membership of the National Assembly by telling a lie,” he warned the lawmaker and added: “We have to get rid of these encroachments.”

Any encroachment on the land owned by overseas Pakistanis, orphans or widows is unacceptable, he asserted.

The chief justice directed the SP Cantt to hold Khuli Kachehri (open public forum) at Township to hear people’s complaints.

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Sindh govt responsible for CNG crisis: Faisal Vawda

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda on Saturday blamed the Sindh government for the ongoing CNG crisis in the province, saying CNG is a provincial subject after the passage of the 18th Amendment. 

Speaking to media here, the minister said he opposed the constitutional amendment because of such crisis.

He said he is trying to serve the public as per vision of his leader, adding that he is an educated person and hence, he can do a lot. He claimed he addressed the issues of the past 62 years in just 62 days.

Mr Vawda said the PTI government has nothing to do with the ongoing anti-encroachment drive in the port city. He alleged the city government was damaging properties of PTI supporters on the pretext of the Supreme Court’s order.

He accused the authorities of indulging in unlawful acts and milking money under the guise of the court order. The anti-encroachment operation is not being carried out in certain areas, he added.

He said those razing public properties were telling the people that they were paying the price of Naya Pakistan.

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Second session to review ministers’ performance to be held today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will preside over a second session of the federal cabinet on Saturday (today) to review the performance of remaining six ministries.

According to details, in the first phase of a special session on December 10, the premier scrutinized the performance of his 26 federal ministers in what could possibly be called the longest-ever cabinet meeting in the country’s history.

The meeting lasted for nearly nine hours to review the 100-day performance of the federal ministries.

During last session, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed was among the federal ministers who earned additional praise from Prime Minister Khan for their good performance in the past three months.

Mr Khan also expressed satisfaction over the performance of Minister for Finance Asad Umar, Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Murad Saeed and Faisal Vawda.

Each minister was asked three questions during the briefing: what measures have so far been taken by his ministry to cut expenditures and save resources, what targets have so far been achieved and what next plans are in pipeline?

The prime minister directed the federal ministers to show extraordinary performance to come up to his expectations and steer the country out of the prevailing situation.

“Those who performed well are safe and will not be removed from their ministries,” prime minister maintained while rejecting rumours of reshuffling in the cabinet.

 

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NA speaker asked not to issue production order for Saad Rafique

ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Activism Panel has written a letter to National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, requesting him not to issue a production order for PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique to enable him to attend the session of the lower house of Parliament.

The lawyers’ panel also forwarded a copy of the letter to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The panel’s head contended in the letter that an accused facing a probe can’t be presented in the National Assembly. He said opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif’s production order too was issued illegally, adding that now efforts are being made to ensure Saad Rafique’s appearance in the NA session by way of production order.

The panel warned if the speaker failed to take any action in this regard, it would go to a relevant court for redressal of the grievance.

Earlier this week, an accountability court in Lahore remanded Mr Rafique in NAB custody in a case related to the Paragon Housing Society scam.

Yesterday, the opposition in the NA staged a walkout from the lower house of Parliament in protest against non-issuance of a production order for the PML-N leader. As a result, the assembly session had to be adjourned till Monday.

Shehbaz Sharif pleaded with the Speaker to issue a production order for the detained leader of his party.

Pakistan Peoples Party lawmaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf also aired concerns over the issue and hoped that the production order for the former railways minister would be issued soon.

To this, NA speaker Asad Qaiser said that he would consult with law experts on the matter.

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