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20th Sept 2020
Alla Pugacheva, the queen of Soviet pop music, has denounced President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, which she said was killing soldiers for illusory aims, burdening ordinary people and turning Russia into a global pariah. (AP file photo)
20th Sept 2020
Tehran’s police chief says the death of Mahsa Amini, in custody was an “unfortunate” incident he does not want repeated. Amini, 22, fell into a coma last week, hours after morality police held her for allegedly breaking hijab rules. Witnesses accused officers of beating her, but Police Brig-Gen Hossein Rahimi denied such “cowardly accusations”. Her death sparked protests in the capital and western Iran, where two people were reportedly killed in clashes with riot police on Monday.
20th Sept 2020
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif (L) will get a chance to interact with US President Joe Biden this week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York. The official said the prime minister, though will not have any bilateral meeting with Biden, will interact with the US president informally during the reception. This will be the first interaction between the US president and the Pakistani prime minister.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have held a meeting in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand. Their closed-door meeting on Friday took place on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. No further information on the meeting was immediately released.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that pipeline gas supplies to Pakistan were possible and part of the infrastructure was already in place, Russian state-owned news agency RIA reported. The two sides agreed to convene the next meeting of the Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) in Islamabad at an early date, it said. The long-delayed gas pipeline vital to the South Asian country’s economy — the Pakistan Stream gas project, also known as the North-South gas pipeline — is to be built in collaboration with Russian companies.
Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has approved a proposal to restore the capital’s previous name Astana, in a new sign of a break with the legacy of the country’s former longtime leader, President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The skyscraper-filled capital of the Central Asian country was renamed Nur-Sultan in March 2019, in honour of outgoing president Nazarbayev.
Australian indigenous figures have reacted to the death of Queen Elizabeth II by examining the legacy of her 70-year reign over Australia. Some critics have cited the Stolen Generation and erasure of Indigenous cultural identifiers as part of the Queen’s legacy, labelling her a “war criminal”. “Today we mourn all the stolen, violated, and traumatised lives who were affected and destroyed during Queen Elizabeth II (sic) reign,” said an Indigenous art collective in a viral post. Britain’s longest reigning monarch died on Thursday evening in Scotland at the age of 96.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif assured the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday of making all-out efforts for the recovery of missing persons, saying that he will not give any “lame excuse”. The premier made these remarks before IHC Chief Justice (CJ) Athar Minallah during the hearing of identical petitions seeking the recovery of six missing persons, including journalist Mudassar Naaru.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world to help Pakistan after arriving in the country Friday to see climate-induced devastation from months of deadly record floods that have left half a million people living in tents under the open sky. His trip comes less than two weeks after Guterres appealed for $160 million in emergency funding to help those affected by the monsoon rains and floods that have caused at least $10 billion in damages and 1,391 deaths.
The Biden administration in the US has approved the potential sale of sustainment and related equipment for the upgrade of Pakistan’s F-16 fighter aircraft fleet, in a deal valued at up to $450 million, the Pentagon said in a statement.
North Korea has passed a law declaring itself to be a nuclear weapons state, according to state news agency KCNA. The country’s leader Kim Jong-un called the decision “irreversible” and ruled out the possibility of any talks on denuclearisation, it said. The law also enshrines the country’s right to use a pre-emptive nuclear strike to protect itself. Despite crippling sanctions, Pyongyang has conducted six nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017.
Indian PM Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina are set to discuss issues related to trade, connectivity and defence today. India and Bangladesh are likely to sign pacts on water sharing on the Kushiyara river, training and IT cooperation in Railways, science, space and media cooperation. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Delhi for a four-day state visit to India.
Liz Truss is to become the UK’s next prime minister after winning the contest to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader. A former Liberal Democrat activist, who marched against Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, but who now claims to be the keeper of the Thatcherite flame. She may not be a household name like her predecessor at Number 10 – and she was not the first choice of Tory MPs to replace Boris Johnson.
India and Bangladesh are likely to unveil a raft of measures to boost cooperation in areas of defence, trade and river water sharing during Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-day trip to India beginning Monday.
One man was detained Thursday night after he reportedly aimed a handgun at point-blank range toward Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez. Video from the scene broadcast on local television channels shows Fernandez exiting her vehicle surrounded by supporters outside her home when a man can be seen extending his hand with what looks like a pistol and the vice president ducks.
Police in the southern Indian state of Karnataka have arrested an influential Hindu religious leader for allegedly raping two minor schoolgirls. Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru from the Lingayat community, a dominant Hindu sect in the state, is accused of assaulting the girls at his seminary. He was arrested on Thursday night, six days after a complaint filed against him sparked protests in the state. Sharanaru has denied the allegations and called them a conspiracy.
The UK’s former ambassador to Myanmar and her husband have each been sentenced to one year in prison by the country’s military authorities. Vicky Bowman and Htein Lin, a former political prisoner, were charged with breaching immigration laws. The couple were arrested last week in their home in Yangon.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned the country’s first home-built aircraft carrier on Friday, underlining his government’s efforts to boost domestic production to supply a military deployed on two contentious borders.
The chairman of Russia’s Lukoil oil giant, Ravil Maganov, has died after falling from a hospital window in Moscow, reports say. Maganov, 67, was being treated at the city’s Central Clinical Hospital and died from his injuries, sources told Russian media. He is the latest of a number of high-profile business executives to die in mysterious circumstances. Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, Lukoil called for the war to end.
A top Pakistani army general and five senior military officials were killed when their helicopter crashed while on a flood relief operation in troubled Balochistan province. The six individuals on board included the Commander XII Corps Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali, who was supervising the flood relief operations in Balochistan province.
The Biden administration on Tuesday approved two massive arms sales worth more than $5 billion to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help them defend against Iran. Deal includes $3 billion for Patriot missiles for Riyadh, designed specifically to protect against rocket attacks by Houthis in Yemen, and $2.2 billion for UAE missile defense. (Image AP)
United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wanted to make it “unequivocally clear” the US will not abandon Taiwan, after she held talks with the president of the self-ruling island Tsai Lng-wen on Wednesday. Pelosi on her controversial visit said the US would continue standing beside Taiwan. (Image: AP)
His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, met Pujya Brahmavihari Swami, head of the BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi and delegation of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, at Gudaibiya Palace in Manama. During the meeting, they discussed the construction of a BAPS Swaminarayan Hindu temple. Bahrain has become the second country in the Middle East where BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha will construct a traditional temple. It will come up on the land gifted by the leadership of Bahrain.
Supporters of former Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan celebrate in Islamabad on July 26, 2022, after the Supreme Court declared that Khan’s candidate should be the next Chief Minister of Punjab province. Khan hailed the Supreme Court verdict to declare Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari’s contentious ruling on Punjab chief minister’s elections “illegal”.
The Supreme Court resumed hearing on Monday PML-Q leader Chaudhry Parvez Elahi’s petition challenging Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Dost Mohammad Mazari’s decision in the chief minister’s re-election last week, which led to Hamza Shehbaz’s victory. A three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar, had allowed Hamza — who was re-elected on July 22 — to remain “trustee” chief minister till Monday (today) at the last hearing.
Kuwait named the emir’s son Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Sabah as prime minister on Sunday, replacing caretaker premier Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid, Kuwait News Agency reported. Sheikh Ahmad was deputy prime minister and interior minister in the outgoing government, which had submitted its resignation in April.
India got its first tribal President yesterday as NDA choice Droupadi Murmu scooped up over 60 per cent of the total vote value. Opposition’s Yashwant Sinha conceded defeat after three rounds of counting. The President-elect will take oath on July 25
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will battle it out to become Britain’s next prime minister after they won the final lawmaker vote, setting up the last stage of the contest to replace Boris Johnson. Sunak won 137 votes, and Truss received 113.
The Pakistani passport continues to be the fourth-worst in the world, not changing its position from a year ago and providing access to only 32 destinations, according to the Henley Passport index for 2022. The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all the world’s 199 passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
Indian opposition leader Sonia Gandhi (L) was questioned by money laundering investigators on Thursday, prompting her Congress Party to accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of running a “political vendetta.” The complaint against 75-year-old party president and her son Rahul Gandhi was lodged nine years ago by a member of parliament from Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Sri Lankan lawmakers chose six-time Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as president Wednesday to succeed the ousted leader who fled the country in a vote that risks reigniting political turmoil in the troubled South Asian island nation.
Anthony Fauci, who oversaw US COVID response AND US president’s chief medical adviser says he intends to leave his current role before the end of Joe Biden’s first term in 2025.
Ukraine first lady Olena Zelenska’s meetings in Washington this week signal the heightened push by Kyiv to seek more military aid and political backing. Photo: Ken Cedeno/Reuters
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik has decided to undergo an indefinite hunger strike from July 22 in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. Mr Malik has been lodged by the Indian government in solitary confinement since May 2019, following denial of a fair trial and his physical presence in the court in connection with some fake cases.
Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country earlier this week, has formally resigned, the parliamentary speaker confirmed Friday, capping off a chaotic 72-hours in the crisis-hit nation that saw protesters storm the capital.
US President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia is “pivotal” for developing the American-Saudi partnership and ensuring mutual, and global peace and prosperity, according to Princess Reema bint Bandar, the Kingdom’s ambassador to Washington.
A special central court in Lahore declared Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s son, Suleman Shehbaz, a proclaimed offender on Friday in the Rs16 billion money laundering case. Accused Tahir Naqvi was also declared a proclaimed offender after they both failed to appear before the court despite being summoned.
President Joe Biden acknowledged Friday that an independent state for Palestinians “can seem so far away” as he confronted hopelessness about the stagnant peace process during a visit to the West Bank. He stated in a joint statement with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Friday, July 15, 2022.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has died, according to Japan’s national broadcaster. Abe, 67, who remains Japan’s longest serving prime minister, was shot while giving a campaign speech. The suspected attacker – reported to be a man in his 40s – was tackled at the scene and arrested.
Scandal-ridden Boris Johnson announced on Thursday he would quit as British prime minister after he was abandoned by ministers and most of his Conservative lawmakers. Bowing to the inevitable as more than 50 ministers quit and lawmakers said he must go, an isolated and powerless Johnson spoke outside his Downing Street to confirm he would resign.
China’s ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu publicly endorsed doing business with the Taliban on Tuesday in a rare press appearance, after an earthquake devastated the north of the country. He announced $8 million in aid for relief from the June 22 earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people and exposed the adverse effects that cuts to humanitarian aid and western sanctions have had.
The latest Monmouth University Poll released on Tuesday, describes only 36 per cent of Americans approve of the job President JoeBiden is doing, while 58 per cent disapprove. He is now performing worse than Donald Trump did at this point in his presidency.
The Indian Supreme Court on Friday berated Nupur Sharma, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) suspended official whose derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) last month sparked global protests, saying she should “apologise to the whole country”. Sharma, as the BJP’s spokesperson, and another party leader, Naveen Kumar Jindal, had made disrespectful remarks about Holy Prophet (PBUH) last month, drawing criticism and rebuke from across the world, particularly Muslim countries. (Image ANI)_
Former finance minister of Pakistan and senior PML-N leader Ishaq Dar said that his plans to return to Pakistan were “almost confirmed.” Speaking to a British broadcaster Dar said that he will take oath as a Senator upon his arrival in the country. The former finance minister has been out of the country since October 2017 on account of his medical treatment. He has since been declared a “proclaimed offender” in a corruption case filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has slammed Russia for its “calculated” air strikes on the shopping center in the city of Kremenchuk, saying it was an act of “terrorism.” At least 16 people were reportedly killed and many were injured in the attack.
Three people have been taken into custody after more than 40 bodies of migrants have been found dead in a truck in Texas. Authorities are currently at the scene in San Antonio’s south-west where a truck was found with 46 people dead inside, Fire Chief Charles Hood confirmed. Sixteen people who were found alive, including 12 adults and four children, have been rushed to hospital.
Turkish police on Sunday broke up a banned Pride march in Istanbul, detaining more than 200 demonstrators and an AFP photographer, journalists and organisers reported.
Saudi Arabia Crown Price Mohammed bin Sultan has conferred on Pakistan’s chief of army staff Gen. Qamar Jawed Bajwa the Order of King Abdulaziz, an order of merit named after the Kingdom’s founder, state media said on Sunday. The award was conferred “in appreciation of Gen. Bajwa’s distinguished efforts in strengthening and developing Saudi-Pakistani relations”, the SPA statement said.
US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives, condemning violations of human rights and religious freedom in India and calling for Secretary of State Antony Blinken to designate India as a “country of particular concern”, it emerged on Thursday. (Image: Reuters)
A video showing Indian police beating a group of Muslims in custody has been viewed by millions after it was shared by an elected member of the ruling BJP party. The distressing footage shows two Indian policemen taking aim at a group of Muslim men in custody. Thousands demonstrated over inflammatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed made by Nupur Sharma, a national spokesperson for the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Babar Iftikhar said that the defence budget allocation for the fiscal year 2022-23, contrary to perception, had decreased after factors such as inflation and rupee depreciation were accounted for, and was now 2.2 per cent of the GDP from 2.8pc last year. In the budget presented by Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, defence services were allocated Rs1,523 billion, which makes up 17.5pc of the total current expenditure and is 11.16pc higher than last year.
Security forces in India have demolished the homes of several Muslim figures allegedly linked to riots triggered by derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad. The property owners in Uttar Pradesh were told to vacate their homes beforehand. Muslims have been protesting after anti-Islamic comments made by two leading members of the governing BJP. Police have arrested more than 300 people in connection with the unrest.
A bipartisan group of US Senate negotiators say they have reached a deal on a package of safety and gun-related measures narrowly focused on preventing future shootings similar to the one in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed in their school. The agreement has the support of at least 20 senators to find the areas of common ground that could pass the closely divided Senate. A final bill could potentially garner the 60 votes necessary to overcome a filibuster.
An international diplomatic storm has engulfed India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following the sanctioning of two party spokespersons over insulting remarks the pair are reported to have made towards Prophet Muhammad. BJP national spokeswoman Nupur Sharma was suspended from the party’s primary membership for comments made in a recent television debate, while the BJP’s Delhi media operation head Naveen Kumar Jindal was also expelled, according to BJP documents and media reports.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif warned his predecessor Imran Khan not to cross limits by giving statements about split of the country. “Do your politics, but don’t dare to cross limits and talk about division of Pakistan,” he said in a tweet. Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan Niazi in an interview had said that the country could descend into civil war and divide if the general elections were not announced.
Australia’s new government has appointed a record number of 13 women ministers, including the first female Muslim to serve in the role and the second Indigenous person named Indigenous Affairs minister. Youth Minister Anne Aly is Australia’s first female Muslim minister, while Industry Minister Ed Husic is another Muslim face in the government. (Image AP)
Bolstering economic partnership between Islamabad and Ankara will top Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s agenda when he arrives in Türkiye for a three-day visit from Tuesday. While the annual bilateral trade between the two sides has recently surpassed $1 billion, Sharif believed “immense opportunities exist for both countries” when it comes to the economy.
A team has been constituted to investigate a case registered against rights activist advocate Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir. The case was registered against Ms Mazari-Hazir, daughter of former human rights minister Shireen Mazari, in response to a complaint lodged by Lt Col Syed Humayun. The FIR stated that Ms Mazari-Hazir made a derogatory statement on May 21 against the army and its senior leadership on the premises of the IHC when her mother Shireen Mazari was arrested from outside her residence.
Saudi Arabia announced it had named a senior diplomat as its first climate envoy, as officials vow to ramp up oil production while pursuing ambitious goals for emission cuts. The appointment of Adel al-Jubeir, the minister of state for foreign affairs, to the envoy role was announced as part of a series of royal orders decreed by King Salman. The announcement did not include details about the envoy’s mandate, according to AFP.
Turkish and Israeli foreign ministers said on Wednesday their countries were hoping to expand economic ties as they seek an end to more than a decade of strained relations. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is on the second-day of a two-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories, the first such visit by a senior Turkish official in 15 years.
Senior PTI leader Yasmin Rashid smiles as she drives a car after Punjab police officers break the vehicle’s windshield. —PTI official/Twitter
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has said that the United States has found a way to communicate with India when it deviates from the basic principles of freedom and human rights. Mr Sullivan recalled that President Biden had been clear that “we’ll speak out when we see any form of departure from or deviation from basic principles, fundamental freedoms, human rights, the values of democratic institutions, and the rule of law.”
Loudspeakers at mosques in Uttar Pradesh have either turned down their volume or been removed, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said. “Now, you must have seen for the first time that Eid Namaz was not performed on roads. Now, you must have heard that either the volume of the mosque loudspeaker has gone down or the loudspeaker has been removed completely. Now these loudspeakers are being donated to schools and hospitals for their use,” he added.
Congress leaders Navjot Singh Sidhu, the cricketer-turned-politician, was on Thursday awarded one-year rigorous imprisonment by the Supreme Court in a 1998 road rage case modifying its earlier decision in the case. The apex court had in May 2018, held Sidhu guilty of the offence of “voluntarily causing hurt” but spared hi in jail term and imposed a fine of just Rs 1,000.
President Joe Biden begins his 5-day Asia trip with a visit to a Samsung semiconductor plant Friday, a stop meant to demonstrate the growing cooperation between the U.S. and South Korea on technology and other issues. When South Korea’s previous president, Moon Jae-in, traveled to Washington last year, the nations announced “mutual and complementary investments” in semiconductors and batteries for electric cars. (Image AFP)
President Tayyip Erdogan said Sweden should not expect Turkey to approve its NATO bid without returning “terrorists”, and Swedish and Finnish delegations should not come to Turkey to convince it to back their membership in the alliance. Ankara says Sweden and Finland harbour people linked to groups it deems terrorists, namely the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group and followers of Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016.
Yasin Malik was officially convicted by an NIA court in Delhi after previously pleading guilty in the terror funding case. The decision came after Malik previously pled guilty in the case. The NIA authorities will have to assess his financial situation and arguments on the quantum of sentence will be heard on May 25. Meanwhile, Pakistan has summoned India’s Charge d’Affaires in Islamabad to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and handed over a demarche to him conveying Islamabad’s strong condemnation of the framing of “fabricated charges” against Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik.
The United States has reopened its embassy in Kyiv, the US Department of State announced, nearly three months after withdrawing American diplomats and suspending work in the Ukrainian capital in advance of Russia’s invasion. (Photo AP)
US President Joe Biden would travel to Japan for the second in-person Quad summit during which he would hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his national security advisor said. Formed with Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, Quad was an initiative of the Trump Administration, which Biden has elevated to the leadership level. There have so far been three summits, two of them virtual.
Uncapped wicketkeeper-batter Gull Feroza and leg-spinner Tuba Hassan have been included in the Pakistan women’s T20I squad for the three-match series against Sri Lanka that will be played at the Southend Club, Karachi from Tuesday 24 May.
India’s women pistol shooters made it five golds out of five, after the trio of Manu Bhaker, Esha Singh and Rhythm Sangwan trounced the hosts 16-2 in the 25m Pistol Team final at the International Shooting Sport Federation Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, early Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a divisive figure not only in India but in Nepal. While the government of the country is making all-out efforts to amuse Modi during his two-day “religious and cultural” visit, people in Kathmandu and other parts of the country are up against him. The protesters want PM Modi to apologise for the economic blockade of 2015-16.
Security forces killed two “important and most wanted” terrorists including Rasheed alias Jabir (pictured above) of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in North Waziristan district’s Boya area. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that security forces and terrorists exchanged fire last night in the area during which the two militants were killed.
Iran said on Monday it awaited the US response to “solutions” discussed with the EU envoy for breaking a stalemate in talks aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear deal. The European Union’s coordinator for nuclear talks with Iran, Enrique Mora, held two days of discussions with the Islamic republic’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri in Tehran last week, leading the EU to say talks had been unblocked.
Protests sweeping Iran over surging food prices have left five people dead, according to media reports. Officials in Tehran have provided no confirmation of potential casualties. The unrest follows the government’s decision to cut food import subsidies, as part of an austerity package unveiled by President Ebrahim Raisi earlier this week.
In Melania Trump’s first interview since leaving the White House, the former first lady hinted that there is a chance she could live there again as former President Donald Trump teases a 2024 reelection bid. “I think we achieved a lot in four years of the Trump administration,” Melania Trump told Fox. “Never say never,” when asked if she could be living in the White House again should her husband run for reelection, she added.
Former prime minister Imran Khan asked the people to get justice to him if he is killed as his rivals were only left with the option of assassination to get rid of him. “I got to know a few days ago that a conspiracy was being hatched against me behind closed doors… conspirators are confused now as to how to get rid of me,” the PTI chairman told a charged crowd in Faisalabad.
Greg Norman has sparked worldwide controversy after shocking remarks about the high-profile murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia. When asked about Khashoggi’s murder on Wednesday, Norman said: “Everybody has owned up to it, right?” Take ownership, no matter what it is. Look, we’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them going forward.”
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and top PML-N leaders arrived in London to meet party supremo Nawaz Sharif amid reports of a “big decision” by the government related to subsides on petroleum products, sources said.
Al-Jazeera journalist Shereen Abu Aqleh was shot and killed while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin early on Wednesday, May 11. The Qatar-based news channel said the 51-year-old reporter was shot “deliberately” and “in cold blood” by Israeli troops.
Anti-government demonstrators set fire on the house owned by minister Sanath Nishantha of resigned Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s cabinet after ruling party supporters stormed anti-govt protest camp, amid the country’s economic crisis, in Arachchikattuwa, Sri Lanka, April May 9, 2022. Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia’s intervention in Ukraine had been necessary because the West was “preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea.”Putin was speaking at the annual Victory Day parade on Moscow’s Red Square marking the anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.
Although two major political coalitions led by Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are fiercely contesting the local level elections slated for May 13, altogether 144000 candidates are vying for 35221 posts all over the country.
Saudi Arabia’s ageing King Salman will remain in hospital after undergoing tests including a colonoscopy, state media reported Sunday. The kingdom has for years sought to quell speculation over the health of the 86-year-old monarch, who has ruled the world’s top oil exporter since 2015.
Protests erupted in Shaheen Bagh on Monday with hundreds of people, including women, opposing the SDMC’s anti-encroachment drive as bulldozers rolled into the area in the presence of heavy police personnel.
Elections Commission of Nepal has said that a total of 165,000 security personnel will be deployed for the security pools. There will be additional 100,000 temporary policemen reports The Rising Nepal.
Emmanuel Macron has been re-elected as President of the Republic of France for a second five-year term. He defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the second round of the presidential election, winning about 58.8 per cent of the votes against 41.2 per cent for his opponent. This is perhaps the highest abstention rate at a presidential elections since 1969.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Kyiv late on Sunday and held talks President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an aide to the Ukrainian leader said, as Russia’s invasion entered a third month. Zelenskiy asked them for more powerful weapons to repel a Russian offensive in the south and east, which he has dubbed the Battle of the Donbas.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan broke a global record on Wednesday, as he spoke during a live session on Twitter Space. A relatively new feature of the social media platform, Twitter Space allows live conversations and unfiltered discussions. During the former premier’s session, approximately half a million users interacted with Imran Khan with an average of 165,000 users listening at a given time. The record was previously held by K-POP Lyrical Space with over 44,000 listeners.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his UK counterpart Boris Johnson in New Delhi on Friday. The two leaders held in-depth talks on the UK and India’s strategic defence, diplomatic and economic partnership, aimed at bolstering close partnership and stepping up security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. “UK and Indian businesses are going to confirm more than 1 billion pounds in new investments and export deals today in areas from software engineering to health, creating almost 11,000 jobs across the UK”, the British High Commission said in the statement. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)
India’s Supreme Court stepped in to stop authorities from demolishing illegal shops and walls around a mosque in a predominantly Muslim area of New Delhi, near the site of clashes between Hindus and Muslims over the weekend.
US congresswoman Ilhan Omar meets Former Pak PM Imran Khan at Bani Gala. Shireen Mazari, former human rights minister in Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek (PTI) shared the photo of the meeting and wrote that both sides discussed issues of mutual interest.
For the second time, Hina Rabbani Khar, who got a celebrity treatment during her first official visit to India, will take helm as Pakistan’s junior foreign minister in the new 37-member cabinet unveiled by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Five European countries called Tuesday for an end to clashes in Jerusalem following a weekend of violence surrounding a holy site, in a joint statement issued after an emergency closed-door UN Security Council session. China and the United Arab Emirates did not join the statement, despite being among the countries that called the meeting. The meeting comes after days of violence in and around Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, where 170 people were left wounded at the weekend. (Photo: Xinhua)
Pakistan’s 34-member new cabinet has finally been sworn in after a delay of more than a week. President Arif Alvi had refused to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Beleaguered Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a 17-member cabinet even as protests calling for him to resign grow larger. Mr Rajapaksa had initially dismissed his cabinet of ministers and had called on opposition parties to help form a new government. But they had refused. He has now re-appointed a number of his party members to several post. (Photo: Gallo Images)
Nandalal Weerasinghe Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka urged its citizens overseas to send home money to help pay for desperately needed food and fuel Wednesday after announcing a default on its $51 billion foreign debt. The island nation is in the grip of its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, with severe shortages of essential goods and regular blackouts causing widespread hardship.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of Exchequer Rishi Sunak have rejected calls to resign, despite being fined by police for breaking lockdown rules in Downing Street in June 2020. The prime minister, the chancellor and the PM’s wife all received fixed penalty notices for attending a birthday gathering for the PM in No 10. As a result, Mr Johnson became the UK’s first serving prime minister to be sanctioned for breaking the law.
Newly elected Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif addresses the National Assembly session in Islamabad on Monday. Sharif was elected as the 23rd prime minister of Pakistan after 174 lawmakers voted in his favour after Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MNAs boycotted the election.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States was monitoring what he described as a rise in human rights abuses in India by some officials, in a rare direct rebuke by Washington of the Asian nation’s rights record. Modi’s critics say his Hindu nationalist ruling party has fostered religious polarisation since coming to power in 2014.
French President Emmanuel Macron leads far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the first round of France’s elections Sunday by a larger than expected margin, with the rivals now set to battle for the presidency in a run-off later this month, projections showed. Above, a screen shows French President Emmanuel Macron and centrist candidate for reelection and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen at her election day headquarters, in Paris. (AP)
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the general elections on May 21, launching a six-week campaign period, where voter concern over issues like the cost of living and climate change are expected to take center stage. a Newspoll survey conducted for The Australian newspaper showed Morrison gaining a point to 44 percent, while opposition leader Anthony Albanese falling 3 points to 39 percent.
The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside deputy speaker’s ruling to dismiss the no-trust resolution against Prime Minister Imran and the subsequent dissolution of the NA by the president on the PM’s advice, with all five judges unanimously voting 5-0 against it.
France will vote for its new president on Sunday in an election almost entirely overshadowed by Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Far-right Eurosceptic candidate Marine Le Pen has vowed to issue fines to Muslims who wear headscarves in public in a final push to close the narrowing gap between her and the incumbent President Emmanuel Macron.
The White House announced sanctions targeting Russia’s top public and private banks and two daughters of President Vladimir Putin over the invasion of Ukraine. The new sanctions targeted Maria Vorontsova and Ketrina Tikhonova, two adult daughters of Putin’s with his former wife Lyudmila Shkrebneva.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government faces a crisis after a lawmaker Idit Silman quit the ruling coalition, leaving it without a majority in parliament less than a year since coming to power.
President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday dissolved the National Assembly on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s advice under Article 58 of the Constitution. The announcement came moments after National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, who was chairing the session, threw out the no-confidence resolution against Prime Minister Imran Khan before voting could take place.
Prince Hamza bin al-Hussein, a former heir to Jordan’s throne who was placed under house arrest last year, announced on Sunday he was giving up his royal title in protest over Jordan’s current policies. Hamza was accused last April of trying to destabilise the monarchy in a foreign-inspired plot, but was spared punishment after pledging allegiance to King Abdullah, his half-brother.
US administration official has warned that a significant increase in Russian oil imports by India could expose New Delhi to a “great risk” as the United States prepares to step up enforcement of sanctions against Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine. India has purchased at least 13 million barrels of Russian oil since Feb. 24, compared with nearly 16 million barrels in all of 2021.
Pakistan summoned a senior US diplomat in Islamabad and lodged a strong protest over America’s alleged “interference” in its internal affairs, according to media reports on Friday. The step was taken after a decision by Pakistan’s National Security Council (NSC) on Thursday.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed a massive public rally in the capital Islamabad Sunday evening, seeing an outpouring of support from an enormous crowd as he faces increasing backlash from the Opposition for the country’s political crisis. PM Khan has called the rally the “biggest ever jalsa in the capital”.
US President Joe Biden, standing along NATO’s eastern edge in Poland, issued a stern warning to Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Saturday: “Don’t even think about moving on one single inch of NATO territory.” Biden delivered the notice during a speech in Warsaw. He said the US was committed to the collective protection obligations laid out in NATO’s charter “with the full force of our collective power.”
North Korea has confirmed that it tested a new, powerful type of intercontinental ballistic missile, marking an end to a self-imposed moratorium on long-range testing in place since 2017 and drawing international condemnation. State media said that leader Kim Jong-un had directly guided the test of the Hwasong-17 – a “new type” of intercontinental ballistic missile that is North Korea’s biggest to date.
Russia plans to switch its gas sales to “unfriendly” countries to roubles, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. European countries’ dependence on Russian gas and other exports has been thrown into the spotlight since Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24. According to Gazprom, 58% of its sales of natural gas to Europe and other countries as of Jan. 27 were settled in euros. U.S. dollars accounted for about 39% of gross sales and sterling around 3%. Russian gas accounts for some 40% of Europe’s total gas consumption.
Leaders of Egypt, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates have met for a three-way summit, the first of its kind since the UAE normalised relations with Israel with the Iran nuclear deal, on the agenda. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi hosted the talks on Tuesday at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and the UAE’s de facto ruler, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
China and Pakistan share concern about “spill-over effects of unilateral sanctions” on Russia over its war against Ukraine and called for a ceasefire and diplomatic resolution of the crisis, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Old allies China and Pakistan have refrained from condemning Russia over its Feb 24 invasion of Ukraine, unlike Western countries that have imposed unprecedented financial and corporate sanctions.
US President Joe Biden said that India was an exception among Washington’s allies with its “shaky” response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Unlike fellow members of the Quad group – Australia, Japan, and the United States – India continues to purchase Russian oil and has refused to join votes condemning Moscow at the United Nations.
A specially convened meeting of the 57 member states of the OIC Sunday unanimously agreed on establishing a Humanitarian Trust Fund for Afghanistan. The meeting of the 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, held on the initiative of Saudi Arabia and hosted by Pakistan was attended by around 70 delegates from the member states.
Pakistan will host two-day meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad on March 22-23. The 48th summit of the OIC-CFM will be convened under the theme :” Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice and Development”. The session will address many topics and activities pertaining Palestine and Afghanistan.
China and Pakistan share concern about “spill-over effects of unilateral sanctions” on Russia over its war against Ukraine and called for a ceasefire and diplomatic resolution of the crisis, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Old allies China and Pakistan have refrained from condemning Russia over its Feb 24 invasion of Ukraine, unlike Western countries that have imposed unprecedented financial and corporate sanctions.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow had received guarantees from Washington on its ability to trade with Tehran as part of ongoing talks to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.
The United States has said that there is no indication that the recent firing of a missile from India which landed in Pakistan was “anything other than accidental. “We have no indication as you also heard from our Indian partners that this incident was anything other than an accident,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price.
Senior leaders of the ruling PTI including President Arif Alvi and federal ministers have been acquitted in the Parliament and PTV attack case. Islamabad Police had filed a case against PTI leaders including PM Imran Khan in 2014 for inciting violence. On September 1, 2014, hundreds of protesters from the PTI and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) camps had allegedly ransacked the office of the state-run TV and Parliament House premises and brutally beaten up a senior police official, less than 24 hours into his first day on the job as SSP Operations.
US Vice President Kamala Harris is jetting to Europe Wednesday for a trip that became more complicated after one of her hosts — Poland — caught the United States by surprise with a proposal to provide its Soviet-era fighter jets to Ukraine.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (C), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (R) attending Russia-Turkey-Ukraine tripartite Foreign Ministers meeting in Antalya, March 10, 2022. (Turkish Foreign Ministry Press Office/AFP)
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khemenei said US policies are to blame for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, calling for an end to the war that broke out last week. He accused Washington of meddling in the “internal affairs of the country, setting up demonstrations against the governments, creating velvet revolutions, creating colour coup d’etats”.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that if a third World War were to take place, it would involve nuclear weapons and be destructive, the RIA news agency reported.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday ordered that the country’s nuclear deterrence forces be put on alert, ratcheting up tensions over the invasion of Ukraine. Putin blamed what he called “aggressive statements” by leading NATO powers. Russia is estimated to have over 1,450 strategic nuclear warheads ready to use.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s meeting in Moscow lasted for more than three hours, during which they discussed Islamophobia, Afghanistan, bilateral, regional, and South Asian issues, among other “important matters”, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
As UN Security Council meets in New York on Ukraine crisis, Russia announces start of “special military operation”
Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks to Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates at the PM Office in Islamabad, on February 17, 2022 (left) and President Arif Alvi confers Hilal-e-Pakistan on the philanthropist at Aiwan-e-Sardaron on February 17, 2022. — PID
Prince Andrew, the disgraced second son of Queen Elizabeth II, has settled a lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, a woman who had accused him of raping her when she was a teenage victim of Andrew’s friend, the notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to a new court filing in Manhattan on Tuesday. The amount that Andrew, 61, will pay Ms. Giuffre is confidential.
The government of Pakistan increased the prices of all petroleum products. The ex-depot price of petrol was fixed at Rs159.86 instead of Rs147.83 per litre at present, up by Rs12.03 per litre or 8.14pc.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday dismissed the “suspicion” of the Western countries about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Gwadar port, saying that both the projects were a great opportunity for regional development.
US President Joe Biden has called on all American citizens remaining in Ukraine to leave the country immediately, citing increased threats of Russian military action. Mr Biden said he would not send troops to rescue Americans if Moscow invades Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said several proposals put forward by his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at talks could form a basis for moving forward on the crisis over Ukraine.
For the first time since the improvement of Gulf relations, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (UAE) Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan meet during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Prime Minister Imran Khan met with President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Beijing. The two leaders reaffirmed their resolve to comprehensively upgrade the Pakistan-Uzbekistan partnership across the broad spectrum and continue taking practical steps for the implementation of the key projects.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday began a four-day official visit to China. Pakistan and China are scheduled to sign a five-year Industrial Cooperation Framework Agreement to re-energise the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that intelligence agencies had intercepted communications between the terrorists who carried out attacks in Balochistan a day earlier and their handlers in Afghanistan and India.
President Arif Alvi administers oath to Justice Umar Ata Bandial as the 28th Chief Justice of Pakistan. Justice Bandial will serve in the top judicial office until Sept 16, 2023.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R). The two leaders are set to meet at the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing on Friday. it will be his first time meeting foreign counterparts face-to-face in more than 400 days.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, expressed his thanks to the Israeli President Issac Herzog for his position and that of his country towards the recent terrorist attacks on civil facilities in the UAE. Israeli President is on his first visit to UAE. Image courtesy: WAM
Pakistan has set its sight on a loan to the tune of $3 billion from China to stabilise its dwindling foreign exchange reserves and also seeks an investment bonanza in half a dozen sectors during the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Beijing next week. File photo
North Korea test-fired two different weapons systems this week, state media has confirmed, part of a record-breaking streak of launches, as leader Kim Jong-un inspected an “important” munitions factory.
The United States, Norway and other key European governments urged Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Thursday to do more to gain international acceptance.
The de facto head of India’s Congress party Rahul Gandhi has complained to Twitter about “strange” activity on his account, accusing the US giant of being an “unwitting” ally of the government in curbing free speech. He told Twitter’s chief executive in a letter that growth in his new Twitter followers “suddenly” stopped last August, falling from a monthly average of hundreds of thousands to nearly zero.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said he wanted to emulate the success of Silicon Valley and make Pakistan a hub for new businesses. He Imran Khan vowed to take stern action against government departments and officials who created hurdles in the setting up of new startups and export-oriented businesses.
German Defence Minister Christine Lambrech says the government will do everything in its power to de-escalate the crisis with Russia but arms transfers to Ukraine are not an option.
A Muslim MP from the British Conservative Party says her faith was raised by a government whip as a reason why she was sacked as a minister in 2020. According to the Sunday Times, Tory Nusrat Ghani said that when she asked for an explanation it was stated her “Muslimness was raised as an issue”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday unveiled a digital statue of freedom fighter ‘Netaji’ Subhas Chandra Bose to mark the latter’s 125th birth anniversary. The hologram statue has been installed at the India Gate canopy, which once housed the statue of King George V, the imperial icon of the country that Netaji fought all his life. (Photo via @narendramodi on Twitter)
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson dismissed new allegations that his aides had tried to “blackmail” and threatesn Conservative rebels, in a potentially criminal twist to Downing Street’s “partygate” scandal.
Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, the 58-year-old head of the powerful Dasna Devi temple in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), has been arrested over a vitriolic speech he gave against Muslims last month. He was one of several right-wing Hindu leaders who spoke at an event in Haridwar city, where they openly called for violence against Muslims.
Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Munir Akram has urged the United Nations to brace itself for the revival of major-powers rivalry, new and old conflicts and a new arms race.
Federal Minister for Interior, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed paying respects to Shaheed Constable of Islamabad Police at his funeral at Police Lines in Islamabad on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. The federal capital was put on alert after incidents of terrorism and a warning issued by Interior Minister of more terrorism-related incidents. (Image courtesy PPI)
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he is open to mending Turkey’s frayed ties with Israel following a reported drop in US support for a controversial Mediterranean gas pipeline.
Three Muslim students in India’s Karanataka state were kicked out of the classroom after they went to college wearing headscarves but the girls have maintained a defiant stance. (Image courtesy PTI)
Pakistan on Sunday condemned increasing harassment, illegal arrests and registration of “fake criminal cases” against journalists and civil society activists in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) and called upon the international community to hold New Delhi accountable for its actions.
The provincial social welfare department has informed the Sindh High Court that the legislation about charities registration was enacted on the advice of the interior ministry to fulfil a condition of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to evolve a uniform mechanism of registration, regulation and administration of charities fund collection and utilisation.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is embroiled in a crisis over allegations of numerous parties held in Downing Street while the rest of the UK was in lockdown, sparking national outrage, the timing is particularly tortuous for the governing Conservative party.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian met with officials in Doha, including Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.
Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapa¬ksa asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help restructure debt repayments as part of efforts to help the South Asian country weather a worsening financial crisis.
A Myanmar junta court convicted Aung San Suu Kyi of three criminal charges, sentencing her to four years in prison in the latest in a slew of cases against the ousted civilian leader.
Pakistan on Monday reiterated its invitation to India and other members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for the next summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad, saying New Delhi can join the moot virtually if it does not want to be present in-person.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s shoe points at Saudi envoy. Angry Pakistanis call it ‘unislamic’
Pak-Afghan border fencing issues to be resolved diplomatically, says Qureshi
Ex-wife of Pakistan’s Prime Minister and journalist Reham Khan reportedly escaped an attack unharmed as she was on his way her way back from her nephew’s wedding late Sunday night
PML-N’s Khawaja Asif speaks during Wednesday’s National Assembly session. — Photo courtesy: NA Twitter
Rina Amiri, an Afghan-born US scholar and mediation expert who served at the State Department under former president Barack Obama, will take the role of special envoy for Afghan women, girls and human rights. (Image courtesy: AFP)
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi confirmed on Wednesday the end of the U.S.-led coalition forces’ combat mission in Iraq after the withdrawal of the forces from the country.
An inspiring change of guard ceremony was held at mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to celebrate the 75th Independence Day of Pakistan.
Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi disapproved former president Hamid Karzai’s statement wherein the latter rebuked Prime Minister Imran Khan for attributing the prevalent situation in the war-torn country to years of “corruption” by previous governments. Photo courtesy Tolo News
Pakistan has conducted a successful test of an enhanced range version of the indigenously developed Babur cruise missile 1B
Israel’s former military intelligence chief says the country was involved in the American airstrike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in January 2020
The Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and Josep Borrel, Vice President and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, co-chaired the 6th round of the EU-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue in Brussels.
India’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and his wife died in a helicopter crash in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
Prime Minister Imran Khan awards Malik Adnan a certificate of appreciation. — Photo courtesy: PMO Twitter
US embassy nominates Islamabad Police’s Amna Baig for ‘International Women of Courage’ award
Chinese Consul General Li Bijian on Monday said that most of the projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have been completed while Gwadar has become more important in the region.
A recent poll by the Australian Population Research Institute has revealed 70 per cent of the population does not want a return to pre-pandemic immigration levels.
30 tornadoes across multile US states leave scores dead
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen snatched his first Formula 1 world title by beating Lewis Hamilton in a thrilling finale to the season in Abu Dhabi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Twitter account was hacked with a message saying India had adopted bitcoin as legal tender and would distribute it to all citizens.
Granting Ukraine EU-candidate status is an important “symbolic message” to support Kiev amid the ongoing conflict with Russia, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said on Thursday. Actual admission of the country into the bloc, however, will take “many years” and a “lot of reforms,” he warned. (Image: Belga)
China delivered the second of four powerful Type 054A/P frigates to the Pakistan Navy on Thursday, highlighting the friendship between the two neighboring countries, which serves as a pillar of peace and stability in the region.