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  • Qatar’s Aleppo fundraiser collects over $650 million in first six hours

    People hold placards reading "Save Syria", during a demonstration in support of the people of the Syrian city of Aleppo, on Piazza Castello on December 18, 2016 in Turin. PHOTO: AFP

     A charity drive for the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo in Qatar has raised over $650 million in its initial six hours.

    Leading charity organisations came together on December 16 in Darb El Saai area to garner support for the people of the besieged city. The event was broadcast live on Qatar TV as well as Al Rayyan.

    The campaign came in the wake of the Persian Gulf state’s decision to cancel national day celebrations in solidarity with the people of Aleppo.


     UN to vote Monday on sending observers to Aleppo

    “We will continue receiving donations as long as people donate. There is no specific time frame”, an official from the organising committee said.

    Organisations taking part in the drive include Qatar Charity, Eid Charity, Qatar Red Crescent Society, Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) and Afif Charity.

    Hundred boxes have been placed in Darb El Saai, with each participating organisation allocating 20 boxes for the purpose. Some of the boxes have started receiving donations, official added.

    On Monday, AFP reported that dozens of buses entered Aleppo to resume evacuations, but plans were called off at the last minute after gunmen attacked vehicles for a similar operation from two rebel-besieged villages.

     Aleppo has seen some of the worst violence of the near six-year Syrian civil war that has left over 310,000 people dead. 



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  • PIA flight PK-661 crashes enroute to Islamabad


    A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 carrying over 40 passengers crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday.

    Chitral airport sources confirm singer-cum-evangelist Junaid Jamshed, his family, and Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama Warraich were on board the flight and are feared to be among the casualties. There are 31 men, 9 women and 2 infants on board the flight, including at least three foreigners.

    PIA's emergency response center can be contacted at 0092-21-99044890, 0092-21-99044376 and 0092-21-99044394.

    A photo of the crash site. ─ DawnNews

    A photo of the crash site. ─ DawnNews


    The ATR reportedly crashed at the Patola village near Pakistan Ordinance Factory, Havelian, and eyewitnesses reported seeing a plane crash hear Havelian, according to district police officer Abbottabad.

    Eyewitnesses said the damage on the ground is "substantial". There is a fire raging in the village where the aircraft crashed.

    Global aviation watchdog Aviation Herald said that PK-661 crashed near Abbottabad due to engine problems.

    The flight departed from Chitral around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm.

    Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan have directed the concerned federal departments to immediately initiate rescue efforts and help provincial government, Press Information Department said.

    Army troops and army helicopters have been mobilised to a site near Havelian, Inter-Services Public Relations said.

    "PIA's ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with the control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago," PIA Spokesman Daniyal Gilani tweeted. "All resources are being mobilised to locate the aircraft."


    urces are being mobilised to locate the aircraft."


    A list of the passengers on board the flight. ─ DawnNews

    A list of the passengers on board the flight. ─ DawnNews



    Map showing the route of the plane, as well as the crash area.

    Map showing the route of the plane, as well as the crash area.



    This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as qualified authorities and our staff reporters.


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  • Pakistani Chaiwala’s Super-Duper Makeover! Girls Will Feel Like Marrying Him Right Away….

    Arshad Chaiwala had become super-duper popular overnight. Yes, this blue-eyed chaiwala was spotted by Jiah Khan on his ‘Tapri’ and soon she shared his pic online and made him a star. Ever since girls have seen his killing looks, they have fallen for him and many of them actually went all the way to his tea stall to take selfies with him. It was definitely a TRANSFORMATION for Arshad Khan.


    Very soon, he secured a modeling contract, thereby reaching pinnacle of success. He might have never imagined that such things are ever going to happen to them. Forget Pakistanis, even Indians started admiring him.

    Now, once again Arshad has got a makeover and after looking at his pics, you will definitely want to marry him. What happened was that the chaiwala had appeared on a Pakistani talk show, wherein they decided to give him a makeover. Want to have a look at his photos? Here you go…

     And he’s here….

    And he’s here….

    Ladies are dying for selfies!

     Feel like marrying him right away!

     Lucky him!


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