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Sharifs planned to kill me twice: Zardari
ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari has gone for a sixer by claiming that the Sharif brothers twice planned his murder in the past. “I would not shake hand with the Sharif brothers this time round,” he was quoted as having told his party men, according to PPP information secretary Chaudhry Manzoor. “The Sharif brothers twice planned my murder in captivity in 1990s but by God’s will they could not succeed.” Zardari held
 
 
Government mulls shutting down PTV World channel
ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan has decided to bail out PTV World — which has caused losses worth more than Rs350 million to the exchequer since its launch in 2013. However, proposals to shut down the channel or merge it with other TV channels on the state-run network are also being considered. In the outgoing week, there were marathon meetings between the bigwigs of the information ministry and the Pakistan Television
   
Ex-PM concerned over abduction of social media activists
ISLAMABAD: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed serious concern over the alleged abduction and harassment of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) social media supporters, terming it an attack on the freedom of the media. In a statement from London, he asked the interior ministry to take immediate notice of the abductions and ensure the recovery of abductees. The former premier said it is the constitutional
 
 
Police find beheaded body of transgender
PESHAWAR: The beheaded body of a transgender person has been found in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials said on Sunday, the latest attack on the community in the deeply conservative country. The decomposed body of a person aged about 25 had been dumped on farmland in the city’s low-income district of Tehkal. It was discovered late on Saturday. The body was not identified and was buried early on Sunday after
   
Eight terrorists killed in Karachi encounter
KARACHI: Eight suspected terrorists, belonging to the Ansar-ul Sharia Pakistan (ASP), were killed during an “encounter” jointly carried out by the Rangers and the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) in Raees Goth Karachi on Saturday night. A statement issued by the Rangers said that the operation was carried out on the basis of technical intelligence and evidence after receiving a tip-off about the presence of ASP terrorists in the
 
 
PTI demands accounts scrutiny of other parties
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) has asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to scrutinise the accounts of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), confiscate their funds, and refuse them poll symbols under the relevant rules. It accused them of receiving funds from prohibited sources. However, the PTI — which is currently facing similar allegations of receiving funds from
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