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Sharif sacks top aide over info leak, army ‘rejects’ itPakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. — File photo

Sharif sacks top aide over info leak, army ‘rejects’ it

Dawn report spoke of rift over proxy war against India30 Apr 2017 | 2:31 AM

ISLAMABAD:Beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today faced a crisis when Pakistan’s powerful army rejected his move to sack top aide Tariq Fatemi and demanded full implementation of recommendations by a committee which probed a story on a rift between the army and the government.

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Islamabad, April 29

Beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today faced a crisis when Pakistan’s powerful army rejected his move to sack top aide Tariq Fatemi and demanded full implementation of recommendations by a committee which probed a story on a rift between the army and the government.

The Sharif government was quick to go into a damage-control mode after the confrontation with the army over a “notification” and announced that the “real notification” to implement the recommendation of the probe was yet to be issued.

In October, a columnist for Dawn newspaper wrote about a rift between civilian and military leaderships over militant groups that operate from Pakistan but engage in a proxy war against India and Afghanistan.

Dawn had reported how in a “blunt and unprecedented warning”, the civilian government had informed the military leadership of growing international isolation of Pakistan on terrorism.

The army took strong exception and the PML-N government was forced to remove then information minister Pervaiz Rasheed, but a probe was also initiated at the army’s behest to fix responsibility. According to the report, special foreign affairs assistant Fatemi was primarily responsible for leaking the report of the meeting.

Today, in an unusual move, the army rejected the “notification” by the government to sack Fatemi. “Notification on ‘Dawn’ leak is incomplete and not in line with recommendations by the Inquiry Board. Notification is rejected,” army spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted.

Minutes later, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in a veiled criticism of the hasty reaction said, “Twitter reactions were highly dangerous for the country.”

“There are several issues of great importance and it’s unfortunate they are being dealt with through tweets. State institutions don’t communicate with each other through tweets,” Khan said. — Agencies

Top court strikes down law on HPU affiliation

Top court strikes down law on HPU affiliation

30 Apr 2017 | 2:31 AM

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court has declared as unconstitutional a 2006 law enacted by the Himachal Pradesh Assembly that made it mandatory for all private medical institutions in the state to take affiliation from Himachal Pradesh University (HPU).

Digvijay loses charge of Goa, Karnataka

Digvijay loses charge of Goa, Karnataka

30 Apr 2017 | 2:31 AM

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All-party meet on EVMs soon: Zaidi

30 Apr 2017 | 2:31 AM

CHANDIGARH:The Election Commission of India would soon call a meeting of all political parties to assure them that the electronic voting machines were tamper-proof and secured, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said today.

EVM means ‘every vote Modi’: Yogi

EVM means ‘every vote Modi’: Yogi

30 Apr 2017 | 2:31 AM

Gorakhpur: The Delhi MCD results have given a befitting reply to those raising questions about EVMs and people have shown these alphabets stand for ‘every vote Modi’, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Saturday.

Yes, we made mistakes, says Arvind Kejriwal after Delhi MC loss

Yes, we made mistakes, says Arvind Kejriwal after Delhi MC loss

30 Apr 2017 | 2:32 AM

NEW DELHI: Grappling with a crushing defeat in the civic polls, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday admitted that their party made “mistakes”.

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9 lakh companies not filing returns: Revenue Secretary

30 Apr 2017 | 2:30 AM

NEW DELHI:Pointing to the hazard of a large number shell companies being used for money laundering and tax evasion, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia today said close to 9 lakh registered companies were not filing annual returns with the government.

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Lab test confirms dog was rabid

Lab test confirms dog was rabid

30 Apr 2017 | 2:07 AM

CHANDIGARH: The brain sample of the dog that bit 12 residents in Mauli Jagran on Friday was found positive for rabies in a lab test conducted at the Kasauli-based Central Research Institute (CRI) today.

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HC raps police; SIT to probe Rs 3-crore scam

30 Apr 2017 | 2:05 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe a Rs 3-crore scam after observing that all-out efforts were made by cops to favour the accused.

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Amritsar airport set for night flights after runway revamp

30 Apr 2017 | 2:05 AM

AMRITSAR: After a span of one year, night flights from Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport will resume from May 1.

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Nabha jailbreak: Another gangster arrested

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JALANDHAR: The Nawanshahr police today arrested Sulakhan Singh alias Babbar Sultan, one of the main accused in the Nabha jailbreak case.

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BJP may not project CM in state polls

BJP may not project CM in state polls

30 Apr 2017 | 12:54 AM

SHIMLA: Buoyed by the massive response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Parivartan Rally in Shimla, state BJP leaders are confident that “Modi magic” will work in the Assembly poll.

No talks with separatists, says Shah

No talks with separatists, says Shah

30 Apr 2017 | 12:53 AM

JAMMU: A day after the Central government told the Supreme Court that it will not hold talks with separatist leaders in the Kashmir valley, BJP president Amit Shah today directed party leaders to single out anti-India and separatist elements to bring normalcy back in the Valley.

Rajaji tiger park staff put on alert

30 Apr 2017 | 12:52 AM

DEHRADUN:Following intelligence inputs about the presence of members of the nomadic Bavariya gang that is infamous for its involvement in anti-wildlife activities, the Rajaji Tiger Reserve authorities have put its staff on alert and even conducted raids in settlements in close vicinity of the reserve that can be potential safe hideouts for poachers.

EU leaders endorse stiff divorce terms for Britain

EU leaders endorse stiff divorce terms for Britain

30 Apr 2017 | 12:55 AM

BRUSSELS: European Union leaders endorsed a stiff set of divorce terms for Britain at a summit on Saturday, rejoicing in a rare show of unity in adversity but well aware that may start to fray once negotiations begin.

Jaitley asks ED to use penal powers ‘expeditiously’

Jaitley asks ED to use penal powers ‘expeditiously’

29 Apr 2017 | 3:08 PM

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday vowed to make an example of money launderers and tax evaders, saying penalising powers of economic crime-fighting agency ED should be used “expeditiously” in cases of non-compliance.

NoRCB skipper Virat Kohli hit four boundaries and one six in his knock of 55 runs against Rising Pune Supergiant on Saturday. PTI

RCB done and dusted

30 Apr 2017 | 1:59 AM

PUNE:Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) became the first team to be thrown out of contention for the playoffs after a humiliating 61-run defeat to Rising Pune Supergiant in an IPL encounter.

MI win in Super Over

30 Apr 2017 | 1:59 AM

RAJKOT:Jasprit Bumrah produced one of the finest death overs in the history of IPL as Mumbai Indians edged out Gujarat Lions in a Super Over finish.

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Azlan Shah Cup: India squander lead twice as Britain earn a draw

30 Apr 2017 | 1:59 AM

IPOH (MALAYSIA):India squandered the lead twice as Great Britain rallied to earn a 2-2 draw in the rain-delayed opening match at the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here.

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