Pakistani authorities bar Musharraf from July polls

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is facing a treason case in Pakistan, lives in self-exile in Dubai and failed to appear before the country’s top court earlier this month. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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Pakistani authorities bar Musharraf from July polls

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s elections oversight body has rejected the nomination of former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf, barring him from running for office in elections to be held next month.
The Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday rejected Musharraf’s candidacy for a National Assembly seat from the northwestern constituency of Chitral.
Musharraf is facing a treason case in Pakistan, lives in self-exile in Dubai and failed to appear before the country’s top court earlier this month. Subsequently, the court last week withdrew permission to allow Musharraf to run for office.
Election authorities also rejected nomination papers of former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, longtime politician Imran Khan, and former lawmakers Aysha Gulalai and Mahtab Abbasi from Islamabad. They can appeal. They are also contesting from other constituencies.


41 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion

Updated 16 December 2018
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41 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion

  • The explosion occurred in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido
  • Police said 41 people were injured, most of them mildly, though one was in serious condition

TOKYO: More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a restaurant in northern Japan, police said.
The explosion occurred in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido.
Police said 41 people were injured, most of them mildly, though one was in serious condition. They were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.
The cause of the explosion, which occurred at a two-story restaurant in Sapporo’s Toyohira district, is under investigation, police said, adding that they had no further details.
TV footage from Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed the restaurant in flames, with debris scattered on the ground.
The footage showed gray smoke billowing from the restaurant as dozens of firefighters poured water onto the building, which was charred and nearly collapsing. Windows on an apartment building next door were broken.
A witness told NHK that he smelled gas after the sound of an explosion.