US urges citizens to ‘reconsider travel plans’ to Pakistan


SC approves Sharif family’s plea against LHC decision of shifting Chaudhry sugar mills


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a plea for hearing filed by the Sharif family against the Lahore High Court (LHC) verdict of the sugar mills’ shifting at earlier location.

A three-judge bench of Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a case pertaining to relocation of the sugar mills in South Punjab when it approved Sharif family’s plea for hearing.

In September 2017, the LHC ruled that all three sugar mills – owned by Sharif family members – be moved back at earlier location within three months time frame.

A three-member bench, headed by LHC Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, had announced the verdict on a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and JDW Sugar Mills owner Jahangir Tareen.

The bench then declared relocation of Sharif family’s sugar mills in South Punjab ‘illegal’ and ordered all three sugar mills – namely Ittefaq Sugar Mills, Haseeb Waqas Sugar Mills and Chaudhry Sugar Mills – be moved back at earlier location.

The verdict in the case was reserved on May 26 this year after the counsels of defendant and plaintiff concluded their arguments.

Petitioner Jahangir Tareen had adopted a stance that the sugar mills were shifted to new locations despite a ban had previously imposed on relocating the mills, violating the government’s own policy.

Previously, the Chief Minister Punjab has been accused to breach the law by establishing three sugar mills despite a ban imposed back in 2006.


Rescuers search for victims as California mudslide toll hits 17


MONTECITO: Rescuers used dogs and helicopters to search for victims on Wednesday of powerful mudslides which left at least 17 people dead in a southern California community that is also home to major celebrities including Oprah Winfrey.

Heavy rains on Tuesday sent rivers of waist-high mud and debris flowing from the hills into Montecito and other towns in Santa Barbara County northwest of Los Angeles, which are still recovering from last month´s ferocious wildfires.

“We are saddened to report that the death toll has now risen to 17,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told reporters, saying it had been “another extremely challenging day.”

At least 28 people were injured, authorities said, while 30,000 remained subject to mandatory evacuation orders.


US urges citizens to ‘reconsider travel plans’ to Pakistan


WASHINGTON: The United States unveiled a way to warn its citizens about the dangers of foreign travel Wednesday, with a four-point safety ranking system for countries and an interactive world map.

Ten war zones and failed states are ranked Level Four, “Do Not Travel”: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Pakistan has been put in Level 3, and the State Department has urged US citizens to reconsider their plans to visit the country.

“Reconsider travel to Pakistan due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Do not travel to Balochistan province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, (FATA) and the Azad Kashmir area due to terrorism and armed conflict,” the State Department said.

North Korea is also Level Four, with the additional restriction that US law prohibits American travelers from using their passports there, effectively banning visits.