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Long march: Imran Khan caused disorder in capital, police tell SC

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Police on Friday submitted their report to the Supreme Court, declaring Imran Khan responsible for causing disorder in the federal capital during PTI’s “Azadi March”.

The report, regarding the violence during PTI’s long march on May 25, further stated that the party chairman had directed protesters to enter the Red Zone after the culmination of the march against the court’s orders to hold a rally on H-9 ground.

The apex court, over Islamabad High Court Bar Association’s (IHCBA) plea challenging the government’s decision to block the roads to stop the march, had directed the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and other relevant authorities to submit a report explaining whether the judicial orders were violated in the May 25 riots in Islamabad.

The SC has directed that the IGP of Islamabad, the Chief Commissioner of ICT, the Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, the Director-General of Intelligence Bureau, and the Director-General of ISI shall file reports answering, the following questions:

  • At what time did Imran Khan make the announcement for party workers to reach D-Chowk?
  • When, where and how did the crowd cross the barricade to enter a hitherto closed area?
  • Was the crowd entering the Red Zone organised or supervised or did it move randomly?
  • Were there any acts of provocation or breach of assurance by the government?
  • Was any action or treatment meted out by the ICT police against the protesters disproportionate to the actual or perceived wrong committed by the protesters?
  • How many protesters managed to enter the Red Zone? Which security arrangements, if any, were relaxed by the Executive authorities? Whether any security barrier cordons were broken or breached by protesters?
  • Did any protester/party worker reach the G-9/ H-9 ground?
  • How many civilians were injured/killed/ hospitalised/arrested?

In the report, the police stated that 700-800 protesters violated the court’s orders by entering the Red Zone.

The police claimed that a total of 21 citizens were injured while the PTI protesters, equipped with arms and sticks, tried to enter the restricted area. During this, the police used tear gas shelling to disperse the protesters.

“The PTI Chairman Imran Khan told his workers to reach the D-Chowk in a video message. The police and law enforcers made every effort to stop the protesters but they advanced removing all containers and barriers on the night between May 25 and 26,” the report stated, adding that the police didn’t use any type of force when the protesters breached the security cordon.

The report further stated that the police themselves removed some of the barricades, mainly at Faizabad, Zero Point and 26 number Chowrangi, to let the participants of the march move towards the H-9 ground.

“None of the participants, including Imran Khan, reached the H-9 ground despite the judicial orders, while Fawad Chaudhry, Zartaj Gul, Saifullah Niazi and Imran Ismail kept provoking people,” it added.

Islamabad Inspector-General Akbar Nasir Khan has also attached video evidence and tweets of the PTI leaders with the report.

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Train hits dumper at Gojra level crossing

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At an unmanned level crossing in Gojra late on Sunday night, a train carrying two Rehman Baba Express drivers was injured when it struck a dumper.

Rehman Baba Express struck a dumper at Gojra level crossing No. 99 while traveling from Peshawar to Karachi, according to details. Two train drivers were stranded inside the debris, and the train’s engine sustained significant damage in the crash.

When rescue personnel arrived, they broke the engine’s body to free the drivers who were still in critical condition. All of the passengers were safe throughout the collision, according to railway authorities.

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There won’t be a total solar eclipse today in Pakistan.

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This Wednesday will be the first full solar eclipse of the year. But it won’t be visible in Asia.

Around 11:07 am PDT, or 9:07 pm local time in Pakistan, the eclipse will initially be visible near the Pacific Coast of Mexico. After that, the eclipse will pass through a large region of the United States, from Texas to Maine, and into Canada.

The total eclipse will last for four minutes, and the eclipse will continue for five hours and ten minutes.

The eclipse will proceed into Texas, passing through over a dozen states before reaching southern Ontario in Canada, according to NASA. At around 5:16 p.m. NDT, the eclipse will leave mainland North America and go out of Newfoundland, Canada.

According to NASA, there is a path where the eclipse will be visible in its entirety, and outside of this area, spectators may notice a partial eclipse, in which the moon covers part of the sun but not all of it.

In the ensuing two decades, there won’t be another full solar eclipse. On October 2, South America will witness the second solar eclipse of the year. Yet it will just be a portion of it.

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Pakistani stocks are rising, and the KSE-100 breaks the 69,000 barrier.

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The benchmark KSE-100 Index increased 1.76 percent on Monday, passing beyond the 69,000 barrier for the first time in its history. This maintained Pakistani stock market’s record-breaking run, as investors remained upbeat about potential rate cuts by the central bank.

The most recent advances also follow Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s iftar dinner given by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Makkah, at a time when Riyadh is anticipated to announce an approximately $1 billion investment in Reko Diq, one of the world’s greatest reserves of copper and gold.

After reaching a high of 69,720.03, the KSE-100 Index concluded at 69,619.98 with a net gain of 1,203.20 points by the time trading was closed for the day. This was due to international investors, both individual and institutional, making purchases.

The meeting between Shehbaz and the Saudi crown prince, also referred to as MBS, may open doors for investment in a variety of industries, including mining, energy, and agriculture.

With record-high energy and interest rates driving up the cost of conducting business to an unaffordable level, investors are clamoring for foreign investment to prop up the economy.

Any improvement in this area would not only contribute to the rupee’s appreciation but also increase the value of cheap equities due to the anticipated purchasing frenzy, as buyers will not pass up the chance to purchase at the reduced prices.

However, there is a big question mark over the heightened expectations that the State Bank of Pakistan will begin reducing interest rates following the consumer price index (CPI) showing a steady fall in inflation over the past three months, particularly the greater than anticipated decline in March.

The reason is that, given Islamabad’s desperation to secure another package from the Washington-based lender, there is an impending hike in gasoline costs in addition to power and gas charges. This move will further sustain the inflationary pressure under the IMF criteria.

Meanwhile, the most recent US data has reduced expectations for potential rate reduction by the Federal Reserve, which is driving up the price of gold as speculative purchasing occurs.

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