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CJ orders probe into ‘police encounter’
KARACHI: Pakistan’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday ordered a probe into the killing of a 27-year-old man after his family and activists blamed police for what they say was his “stage-managed” death. Nisar’s ruling comes about a week after police in Karachi killed Naqeebullah Mehsud, claiming he was linked to Taliban insurgents. Naqeebullah’s relatives deny he was a Taliban member and are
 
 
Police release new CCTV footage of suspect in Zainab’s rape case
ISLAMABAD: The police on Friday released new CCTV footage of the suspect in the eight-year-old Zanaib Ansari’s rape and murder case in Kasur district of Punjab province. In the new footage, the suspect can be seen walking around the home of Zainab’s maternal aunt on Jan.4, the day she went missing while heading toward her aunt’s home. The police have also earlier released multiple CCTV videos as well as sketches of the suspect.
   
Premier assures merger of tribal regions with KP
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday reiterated that the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) would be merged with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province as per the wishes of the tribal people, but said the process would be pursued phase-wise for the sake of smooth resolution of “issues and problems” related to the merger process. Abbasi was in a meeting with ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)
 
 
Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations
Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh to condemn the “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian forces along the International Border in Sialkot Sector, that left one civilian dead and injured nine others. A 24-year-old man Irfan, resident of village Harpal, was killed while the injured included women and elderly persons, a Foreign Office statement said. Director General (SA &
   
Religious rallies banned in capital for two months
ISLAMABAD: The administration Islamabad has banned religious and sectarian processions and demonstration in the capital for the next two months, sources said. The ban was imposed by the administration last month after it was brought to its knowledge that certain segments of the society were planning to organise unlawful assemblies including majalis/processions, and religious and sectarian demonstrations. The district magistrate
 
 
3,000 Britons purchased fake degrees from Axact
ISLAMABAD: More than 3,000 British citizens purchased fake degrees from Pakistan-based IT company Axact in 2013 and 2014. The news comes just months after an in-depthinvestigation by Canada’s national broadcaster uncovered that hundreds of people working in diverse fields across Canada possess bogus degrees issued by Axact. Among the British customers of Axact’s bogus diplomas are medical professionals working for UK’s National
   
Renowned columnist, poet Munnu Bhai passes away
ISLAMABAD: Renowned columnist, playwright and poet Muneer Ahmed Qureshi, popularly known as Munnu Bhai, passed away in Lahore on Friday. He was 84. His family said he was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Lahore. The nature of his illness, however, was not specified. His funeral prayers was offered in Lahore. Munnu Bhai was born in Wazirabad (Punjab) in 1933. He wrote numerous plays for Pakistan Television and was
 
 
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