MEXICO CITY: A Mexican journalist was murdered Tuesday in the southern state of Tabasco, the governor said, as the country mourned acclaimed reporter and writer Javier Valdez on the first anniversary of his killing.
Juan Carlos Huerta was shot dead as he left his home in a suburb of the city of Villahermosa, said the state government. He is at least the fourth reporter killed this year in what has become one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the press, according to activists.
“I deeply regret this latest crime,” said Tabasco governor Arturo Nunez. “Juan Carlos was a top journalist … you could also say a friend.” Police have blocked all roads out of the city and are searching for a vehicle apparently used in the attack, Nunez told journalists.
“It was not a robbery. They came to execute him,” he said. Huerta was a 45-year-old radio and television journalist with a wife and two children, according to Mexican media reports.
The theme this year’s World Press Freedom Day was Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law! Issues of media and the transparency of the political process, the independence and media literacy of the judicial system, and the accountability of state institutions towards the public discussed. The Day also examined contemporary challenges of ensuring press freedom online.
3rd of May was proclaimed as World Press Freedom Day, or simply World Press Day, by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. The aim is to raise awareness apropos importance of free Media and remind Govts. of their duties regarding upholding the right to freedom of expression.
On the day people celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence; pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Two cops killed in Quetta!
QUETTA: Unknown motorcyclists, who gunned down two on-duty traffic police personnel here at Capri Cinema area of Sirky Road today at 6pm, had been killed in retaliatory firing by LEAs.
Four passersby, who also received bullet wounds due to cross firing, were rushed to Quetta’s Civil Hospital where the condition of one of the victims was reported to be critical.
Sources have informed that the killed cops, identified as Abdul Rasheed and Bashir Shah, died on the spot. A police party from a nearby post rushed to the crime scene and killed two assailants while the third attacker bolted from the scene in injured condition.
Savants at the helm of affairs are convinced that the attack was an act of target killing.
A piece published earlier: In the second act of terrorism today unidentified gunmen have attacked the FC’s Madadgar Center in Survey 31 area near Chaman Housing Society here injuring at least six people. Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv has informed that five Afghan suicide militants had been gunned down and the compound of the center is being cleared. ISPR stated that an explosive and ammunition-laden vehicle with five would-be suicide bombers (apparently Afghan nationals) tried to enter the FC Madadgar Centre, but security forces retaliated quickly and engaged the attackers: “The failed terrorism attempt was a response to the killing of key terrorists in Kili Almas last night.” Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti too insinuated that the attack was a fallout of a security operation earlier today. He confirmed that the attackers had been killed by FC personnel. Just a few hours ago another act of terrorism was carried out in Noshera KPK. One person was killed and 14 others injured when a suicide bomber, riding a bike, rammed his two-wheeler into the Frontier Constabulary (FC) vehicle here on Mall Road near Kachehri Chowk this afternoon.
According to the initial reports, the suicide bomber blew himself up near a security forces’ vehicle. Rescue teams and security officials rushed to the explosion site. The injured have been shifted to Combined Military Hospital, Nowshera. 12 of the 14 injured have been shifted to CMH Nowshera and two to DHQ Hospital. The condition of four injured was stated to be critical. The DPO told Reporters that the FC vehicle was on the way to Peshawar from Rawalpindi with six personnel including an officer when it was targeted on Mall Road Nowshera. The body of the suicide bomber was taken into custody by the police. The DPO said around five kg explosive was used in the blast. The ISPR told Media that only four soldiers were injured in the blast and there was no casualty. It was a suicide attack, he confirmed. The Nowshera Mall Road has been cordoned off by the police and security forces and a search operation is conducted in the area. The Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and Chief Minister Pervez Khattak have strongly condemned the suicide attack on FC vehicle during the holy month of Ramadan and said it was an attempt to create unrest in the country. (17th of May, 2018).
PCB probes Hasan’s hand in Match-Fixing!
LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a statement has said that its Anti Corruption Unit was in the process of probing the involvement of cricketer Hasan Raza in match-fixing.
“PCB and its Anti Corruption Unit is in the process of reviewing reports regarding the alleged involvement of cricketer Hasan Raza in Corrupt Conduct. Appropriate action, if any, will be taken after collecting and reviewing all relevant evidence. Till such time no further comments are made”, said a spokesman of the PCB here today.
In a footage filmed by means of spy camera, Hasan Raza is seen sitting in the same room where a conversation is going on between Robin Morris, a former first-class cricketer from Mumbai, and the Al-Jazeera undercover reporter.
Hasan Raza is not filmed talking. It is pertinent to mention here that both Hasan and Moris were part of Mumbai Champs team (2007-08) in the Indian Cricket League (now defunct).
Hasan Raza commenting on this development has said that he was being framed wrongfully by means of an old footage.
Piece published earlier: Former skipper of Pakistan cricket team, Javed Miandad on Friday lashed out at corrupt players involved in match-fixing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has so far suspended four players found guilty in the second season of PSL. Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were sent home during the league by the cricket board. Later, fast-bowler Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hassan were handed over the charge sheet. They were accused of remaining in contacts with bookies.
Saying only strong measures can deter players from indulging in match-fixing, Miandad suggested death penalty as a punishment for the same. “Authorities must take measures to stop this,” he said in an interview. “Why don’t you take strong measures? You should give death penalty to such people. We must not tolerate such things, not at all,” Miandad added. Earlier, all-rounder Shahid Afridi also called for strong action against guilty players. “Until an example is set, this issue will continue,” Afridi said. “When a player knows he will be forgiven and brought back into the national fold after four or five years, there isn’t any fear or deterrence,” he added. (18th of March, 2017).
NAB’s top priority is to recover looted money
ISLAMABAD: Justice Javed Iqbal Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said that NAB’s top priority is to recover the looted money of affectees of housing/cooperative housing societies, Mudarba/Musharka, willful loan defaults under 31-D, bank frauds/scams etc and to return all affectees at the earliest with the intention to bring the corrupt into justice.
He said these remarks while addressing at a ceremony at NAB Headquarters adding that today Rs. 110 Million has been returned to 809 affectees, said a press release here Saturday.
He said that similar ceremonies were at NAB Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi where NAB had returned billions of looted money to govt institutions, affectees and private persons.
Chairman said NAB has so far distributed Rs. 296 billion among different departments, affectees after recovering from the corrupt elements. He said NAB is firmly sticking on the policy of Accountability for All.
The chairman soon after assumption of the responsibilities of chairman NAB had ordered apprehending corrupt elements, proclaimed offenders and Absconders.
Resultantly 226 accused were apprehended besides filing corruption references against 217 persons in the last seven months. Special teams were constituted to nab the corrupt persons.
25 proclaimed offenders and Absconders have been arrested in last seven months. Cases have also been filed against the arrested persons in the respective Accountability Courts.
The Chairman NAB said he intends to convene a meeting of CDA,RDA,ICT,LDA, PDA,QDA and KDA officers to chalk out a joint strategy to impede against fake housing societies from looting people’s hard earned money in order to aware people about the illegal Housing/cooperative societies so that they should always invest in Legal Housing societies having NOC and layout plan approved from concerned govt authorities.
He said NAB does not have any concern with pre or post elections as NAB is working as per law and will continue to work as per law which is our main aim and responsibility.
He said that NAB conducts alleged complaint verifications, inquiries and investigations as per law. In case of lack of incriminating evidence, NAB closes the case on merit as NAB does not believe in taking revenge being a transparent and merit-based organisation. NAB believes across the board accountability against corrupt sans caring about their position or status.