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General/Politics:

  • PML-N leaders slam Imran for ‘negative’ politics: ISLAMABAD: Coming down hard on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have alleged if Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has proofs in connection with Panama Leaks case, he should present them before the Supreme Court of Pakistan. (http://epaper.brecorder.com/2017/02/17/3-page/850496-news.html)
  • Panama case verdict will come in next week: Imran:
  • Panama case verdict will come in next week: Imran
    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday claimed that decision in Panama case will come in next week (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-02-17/page-4/detail-6)
  • Shahbaz reviews initiatives for use of smart boards:
    LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz presided over a meeting here Thursday to review the initiatives regarding use of smart boards (LED’s) for educating students and training teachers. While addressing meeting CM said that use of advanced technology in education sector is the need of hour and extolled usage of technology will bring amazing results in this field (http://epaper.brecorder.com/2017/02/17/5-page/850512-news.html)

Law & Order:

  • Another carnage:
  • Another carnage
    Over 150 injured, many of them in critical condition, as suicide bomber blows himself up among crowd of devotees g Islamic State claims responsibility for attack (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-02-17/lahore/9785/68053)
  • India bent upon destroying peace in Pakistan: FO:
  • ISLAMABAD – Pakistan yesterday said India was bent upon destroying peace in Pakistan and threatening regional stability (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-02-17/page-2/detail-3)
  • 3 people killed, 2 injured in a road tragedy:
    KARACHI: Three people including a woman have died and two have become injured when a truck- container (trailer) overturned in Korangi area of city here on Thursday, rescues sources have informed (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-02-17/lahore/9800/68106)

Economy:

Pakistan stocks recoup some losses, index up by 374 points:
Karachi: Pakistan stocks showed a strong recovery spurred by an upbeat FDI report for Jul-Jan’17 and fortnight rise in local POL prices. The main index recovered from the previous fall based on lucrative valuation to gain by 374 points or 0.75 percent to close at the 49,588 level (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-02-17/lahore/9794/68237)
Opinion/Editorial:

  • Realistic view on terrorism:
    The ultimate inhumanity enacted at Lahore on Monday that claimed 17 precious lives including senior police officers and caused serious injuries to ninety people has surely sent a wave of indignation and anxiety among the masses and no words are enough to condemn it. Our security forces, intelligence agencies and law enforcement entities, enjoying an unqualified backing of the government and the people, may have broken the back of the terrorists and sent them on the run, but the recurrence of sporadic incidents of terrorism like the one at Lahore testify to the fact that they are still capable of defying the writ of the state and enacting their heinous crimes. The lamentable reality is that the nation might have to brace for similar attacks till the time the entire cadres of the terrorist entities and Jihadi organisations are decimated and a befitting and effective counter-narrative to their dogma is evolved. It is a long drawn out war as is evident from the history of countries which had to go through similar experiences. There is no quick-fix solution to this scourge (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-02-17/page-6/detail-4)
  • The police use of stop and search: it matters:
    Officers at checkpoints are bound to make impartial decisions based on the facts and liable to explain those decisions (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-02-17/lahore/9786/68038)

Sports:

  • FIFA to encourage co-hosting for 2026 World Cup:
    DOHA: The 2026 soccer World Cup could be split between up to four countries, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday, announcing the organisation would encourage applications to co-host the tournament. “We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup because we need FIFA to show we are reasonable and we have to think about sustainability long-term,” Infantino said. “(We could) …maybe bring together two, three, four countries who can jointly present a project with three, four, five stadiums each. We will certainly encourage it. Ideally the countries will be close to each other.” His remarks could open the way to a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico, which have already said they intend to hold discussions over the possibility. At the end of last year Victor Montagliani, president of the Concacaf federation that the three countries belong to, said he expected formal discussions to start once “all the rules and regulations” related to the bid were announced (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-02-17/lahore/9795/68117)
  • Real Madrid bounce back to beat Napoli:
    MADRID: Real Madrid shrugged off conceding an early away goal to take a huge step towards a seventh straight Champions League quarter-final as goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro sealed a 3-1 win over Napoli on Wednesday. Lorenzo Insigne’s stunning 40-yard strike had the travelling hordes in dream land after just eight minutes of the last 16 first leg. However, Benzema soon headed home an equaliser before Kroos and Casemiro fired home from outside the box early in the second half to give the holders a commanding lead ahead of the second leg on March 7. “We played a great game, above all at the start,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. “The shame was to concede given the start we made, but we equalised quickly to get back in the game and in the end it is a logical result.” Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri lamented his side’s slackness in possession, but believes they still have a chance back at the San Paolo given it had taken what he considered Real’s best performance in three months to beat them (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-02-17/lahore/9795/68116)
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