Today’s News in Digestible Bullets
- After the case was filed on 14 Nov 2014 by Akbar S. Babar, PTI was ordered by the ECP on December 1 of last year to submit its accounts or face ‘legal consequences’-following numerous chances given to the party to submit its financial details. On Monday, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf submitted financial documents and details of funds received from abroad, as well as the party’s accounts of past seven years in five sealed volumes.
- PTI’s Dr. Yasmin Rashid said that her party would not accept the results of the NA-120 election until the ECP dealt with its reservations about the 29,000 votes. These votes have been deemed by the party as ‘unverified’ as the ECP had confirmed that NADRA was missing the biometric data of 29,607 voters in the constituency.
- Pakistan and Afghanistan’s already strained relationship is tested once more as one child is dead and 11 injured by a suspected suicide attack on the Pak-Afghan borden in Chaman, Baluchistan. The blast reportedly aimed to target security forces. However, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet.
- As the UN General Assembly prepared to convene in New York a call from The Human Rights Watch urged the world leaders to impose sanctions on its military, which is accused of driving out more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated “ethnic cleansing” campaign.
- US President Donald Trump claimed that the UN is not living up to its potential in his first speech at the UN headquarters in New York. He is due to deliver a longer speech on Tuesday and is expected to come down hard on North Korea and Iran. Top agendas for the UN General Assembly this month include: sanction placed on North Korea after the latest round of nuclear tests; the 2015 Iran deal made in the Obama-era designed to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons; Trump’s insistence to pull out of the UN-brokered Paris accord on climate change.
- While the Presidents of US and China are bent on maximising the sanctions placed on North Korea through UN resolutions, North Korea warned that more pressure and sanctions would only cause it to accelerate its nuclear programme. Last Friday, North Korea fired its latest missile over Japan, putting the US Pacific territory of Guam-which NK says it intends to target-within reach.
- An issue over river data arises between China and India after the two countries ended a tense stand-off over a disputed Himalayan border area that lasted more than two months. India accuses China of withholding hydrological date-the scientific study of the movement, distribution and quality of water- while Beijing has said that its hydrological stations are being updated therefore the data cannot be shared. However, the dispute arises as it becomes known that China is sharing that very data with Bangladesh.
- First there was Hurricane Harvey, then Hurricane Irma and now Hurricane Maria strengthens to a major category 3 hurricane as it heads towards the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. The Hurricane is likely to hit the Islands previously devastated by Irma.
- Diversity was centre stage and on display at the 69 Annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired on Sunday showing that the small screen is usually more inclusive as compared to the #OscarsSoWhite.