MOGADISHU: MV Salama 1, a Pakistani cargo vessel has been hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Central Somalia a day after they had seized an Indian commercial vessel Al-Kausar, the ministry of interior affairs of Somalia said on Wednesday.
The MV Salama 1 hijacking was the fourth piracy attack in three weeks. The number of crew on the ship remains unknown.
All of the recent attacks, including a hijacked oil tanker last month, are believed to have been carried out by buccaneers from central Somalia or Puntland, a semiautonomous region in northeastern Somalia, the ministry stated.
Pakistan has not yet released an official statement in this regard.
On April 4, pirates had hijacked an Indian commercial vessel off the coast of Somalia, the second attack in weeks after years without such seizures.
It named the vessel as Al-Kausar and said it had been en route from Dubai to the port of Bosasso in northern Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region.
Three terrorists awarded 2 counts life imprisonment, 14 additional years in prison
BAHAWALPUR: Anti-terrorism Court Bahawalpur has awarded two counts of life imprisonment and an additional 14 years in prison to three terrorists here today.
According to the prosecution, judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan in his verdict directed to seize all the properties of three terrorists namely Tariq, Daud, and Sajjad.
These three terrorists were arrested by the Counter Terrorism Department last year near railway crossing of Baghdad-ul-Jadeed Campus of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur.
Two suicide vests, hand grenades, and other arms and ammunition were recovered from their possession. These three terrorism belonged to banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Pak. urges more global coop. to plug illicit fin. flows
UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has called for “more coherent” collaboration at the national and the international levels to prevent and counter illicit financial flows (IFFs) the illegal movements of money or capital from one country to another.
“My Government’s firm resolve against corrupt practices calls for a more proactive role by our partners, in line with international legal instruments, including the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC),” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told a high-level meeting on the growing problem of illicit financial flows that adversely affect economic progress, especially in the developing countries.
“It (IFFs) is a key contributory factor for the economic underperformance of developing countries and a major obstacle to poverty eradication,” the Pakistani envoy said.
According to the estimates of UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC), illicit financial flows, stemming only from criminal proceeds, amount to around 2.1 trillion dollars annually.
That, Ambassador Lodhi said, was almost equivalent to the annual financing gap of 2.5 trillion dollars faced by developing countries in investment in core sustainable development goals-related sectors.
Developing countries are disproportionally affected by the negative consequences of illicit financial flows, Ambassador Lodhi said, pointing to their lack of capacity and resources to prevent and counter these flows.
“Estimates of Pakistan’s stolen financial resources stashed abroad run into millions of dollars, for which we seek international cooperation to complement our intensified domestic efforts.”
Multinational companies using the resources of developing countries for profits should also contribute to their development, she said.
The Pakistani envoy also called for addressing loopholes that impede developing countries’ ability to combat illicit financial flows, as significant challenges and gaps remain.
These include lack of an agreed definition of IFFs; difficulties in reliable measurement of IFFs due to their disguised nature; increasing use of information and communication technologies and crypto-currencies by criminals; inadequate participation of developing countries in multilateral initiatives and their lack of capacity in combating IFFs.
Other major hurdles in efforts against IFFs include lack of sufficient political will and familiarity with procedural requirements, secrecy, different evidentiary standards, differences in legal procedures, and delays in responding to mutual legal assistance requests.
In conclusion, Ambassador Lodhi stressed the need for “more coherent collaboration, both at the national and the international level, to make more concerted efforts against illicit financial flows.”
PTI Aleem Khan released on bail from Kot Lakhpat
LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Aleem Khan released on bail today (May 17) from Kot Lakhpat jail after submission of two Rs1 million surety bonds.
On this occasion, PTI workers and members chanted slogans for Aleem Khan on his release.
On May 16, Lahore High Court issued a written verdict on the acceptance of bail petition filed by PTI leader in assets beyond income and offshore company cases.