Periscope on Pakistan

  • Iranian FM Javad Zarif to visit Pakistan tomorrow

    Published: May 22, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is expected to arrive in Islamabad tomorrow on a two-day official visit. The visit is a first amid rising tensions between Iran and the United States. Diplomatic officials suggested that Zarif is expected to meet his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi. FM Qureshi and his Iranian counterpart are likely to discuss regional stability, border security and bilateral trade. The two foreign ministers will also deliberate on the two-day Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia from May 30 to 31. During the two-day trip, Iranian FM is also expected to meet Prime Mi...Read More

  • Nawaz petitions IHC seeking bail on medical grounds

    Published: May 20, 2019 ISLAMABAD : Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday seeking bail on medical grounds. Opinions of specialist doctors from Switzerland, US and UK have been included in the petition filed at the high court by the former premier’s counsel Khawaja Haris. “According to the medical board Nawaz is suffering from numerous diseases.” According to the reports, doctors recommended that the former premier’s condition is life-threatening. Tension and stress can prove to be threatening to Nawaz’s life, it was stated in the reports. Even Nawaz’s blood and sugar levels have not normalised, the petition went on to add. The peti...Read More

  • Imran Khan-led cabinet denies funds for drought relief

    Published: May 14, 2019 ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet is meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair to discuss the overall political and economic situation of the country, Radio Pakistan reported. The cabinet will deliberate upon the proposed tax amnesty scheme and a discussion on the $6 billion package finalised with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is also expected. The meeting will also be briefed about the prices of essential commodities. On Monday, the federal government refused to contribute funds to the relief operations for drought-hit families in Sindh and Balochistan. Earlier, the provincial disaster management authorities (PDMAs) of...Read More

  • US has not imposed any visa restrictions on Pakistan: FM Qureshi

    Published: May 14, 2019 Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the United States has not imposed any visa restrictions against Pakistan. FM Qureshi briefed a session of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Tuesday. The session was chaired by Ehsanullah Tiwana. The foreign minister said that the United States is going to deport over seventy illegal Pakistanis. “Pakistan has asked the United States to fulfill legal requirements for the Pakistanis being deported.” Expressing concern for tension between Iran and the United States, Qureshi said that the crisis was impacting the region. Pakistan is closely observing the situation and will formul...Read More

  • PM Imran, President Alvi condemn Lahore blast

    Published: May 8, 2019 Shortly after a bomb targeted a police vehicle near Lahore’s Data Darbar on Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly condemned the blast and sought a report on the incident. The prime minister commiserated with the bereaved families and directed the concerned authorities to provide the best possible medical treatment to those injured in the blast. At least five people were martyred and 15 others injured when an Elite Force convoy was targeted. President Arif Alvi also strongly condemned the blast in Lahore, He deplored the loss of precious lives in the incident. “Those involved in such despicable incident in the holy month of Ramazan are misguided element...Read More

  • Pakistan re-elected as member of UN Economic and Social Council

    Published: May 8, 2019 With the highest number of votes in the bag, Pakistan was re-elected as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC) The country’s Representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi said Pakistan secured 48 votes, in the 54-member council in a secret ballot, to retain its seat on the 18-member Commission on Narcotic Drugs for a term of four years. She added that Pakistan has been consistent in assisting the UN in supervising the application of international drug control treaties and has been serving the commission continuously since 2008. Dr Maleeha said that the re-election is the recognition given to the country for its contributio...Read More

  • PM Imran announces poverty alleviation programme for labourers

    Published: May 1, 2019 Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday announced the launch of “Mazdoor-Ka-Ehsaas” initiative in a message he sent to not only Pakistan but the world on Labour Day. In his message, he said that the initiative “is one of the pillars under the government’s priority social protection and poverty alleviation programme.” It will be aimed at developing social protection measures for workers in the informal sector. PM Imran also highlighted the policies undertaken for the welfare of overseas Pakistani workers under the Ehsaas initiative, “such as enhancing the number and quality of institutional arrangements that are responsible for protecting migrant workers, creatin...Read More

  • Karachi’s Northern Bypass to be built on BOT basis, NA told

    Published: April 26, 2019 ISLAMABAD. The National Assembly was informed on Thursday the government would undertake the projects of Karachi Northern Bypass and Sukkur-Hyderabad (M-6) motorway, which would be executed on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis. Replying to a question from Shahida Rehmani during the question hour, Communications Minister Murad Saeed Thursday said at present most part of Karachi Northern Bypass was a single carriageway but the level of service on it was good and the accident ratio was not high. The Northern bypass links the Karachi Port Trust to the National Highway and the Super Highway. “The dualisation of 56-kilometer-long Northern Bypass has been plann...Read More

  • Russian expert says Taliban can bring stability in Afghanistan

    Published: April 25, 2019 PESHAWAR: Russia considers that Afghan Taliban have an important role in bringing stability to Afghanistan, Russian geo-strategist and expert on Hybrid Warfare Leonid Savin said at Area Study Centre for Russia, China and Central Asia, University of Peshawar. Speaking on the prospects of Pak-Russia bilateral relations, he said energy is the area where both the countries can cooperate and Pakistan can benefit from the Russian technology and experience in the energy field. On Afghanistan, he said that Russia provided a platform to the Taliban and Afghan government to talk. Savin informed that he is currently writing a book on Pakistan and therefore collecting ...Read More

  • PM Imran's visit of significant importance: Chinese envoy

    Published: April 22, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Beijing’s envoy to Islamabad Yao Jing on Monday said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to China will be of “significant importance for bilateral relations between the two countries”. The premier will be attending the second Belt and Road Forum will take place from April 27 onwards. Jing added that “delegations will be attending the forum all over the world and experts from different fields will also attend”. PM Imran is scheduled to deliver a keynote address, the ambassador informed. As many as 40 heads of state and institutions will also attend the forum and the leaders will engage in dialogue with each other. “PM Imran would also att...Read More

  • PM wants to set up cancer hospital in Afghanistan

    Published: April 20, 2019 PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday expressed the desire to establish a cancer hospital in Afghanistan, saying he would direct the management of Shaukat Khanam Memorial Hospital (SKMH) to look into the possibility of establishing a similar facility there. He expressed these views while addressing a public gathering at Kalaya, headquarters of Orakzai district near Pak-Afghan border. The prime minister said on his way to Orakzai he visited SKMH in Peshawar and met two Afghan patients getting treatment there. Both the Afghan patients belonged to Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan and had come to Peshawar for treatment, he said adding it prompted him to est...Read More

  • PM wants to set up cancer hospital in Afghanistan

    Published: April 20, 2019 PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday expressed the desire to establish a cancer hospital in Afghanistan, saying he would direct the management of Shaukat Khanam Memorial Hospital (SKMH) to look into the possibility of establishing a similar facility there. He expressed these views while addressing a public gathering at Kalaya, headquarters of Orakzai district near Pak-Afghan border. The prime minister said on his way to Orakzai he visited SKMH in Peshawar and met two Afghan patients getting treatment there. Both the Afghan patients belonged to Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan and had come to Peshawar for treatment, he said adding it prompted him to est...Read More

  • K-P governor urges graduating dentists to hold on to humanity

    Published: April 20, 2019 PESHAWAR: Governor Shah Farman has said people associated with medical field should make service to ailing humanity their core aim and contribute to development of the nation and the country. He expressed these views at the 10th convocation of Khyber College of Dentistry (KCD) here in Peshawar on Friday. The governor distributed degree certificates among 154 graduate doctors and awarded gold medals to 56 students in a ceremony. Among the gold medallists was a record breaker, Toba Seddeqi, who got 13 gold medals in the 2017-18 academic session. Talking to The Express Tribune Toba Seddeqi said that she was always studied hard to achieve goals in life. “It is...Read More

  • Pakistan lodges protest with Iran over inaction against Ormara attackers

    Published: April 20, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Islamabad on Saturday lodged a strong protest with Tehran over the country’s inaction against the group allegedly responsible for the attack on Makran Coastal Highway which killed at least 14 people. The protest was lodged through a letter sent to the Iranian embassy in the federal capital and demanded action against banned outfits operating across the south-eastern border. “Several times in the past, demands had been put forward to Iran to take action against the banned outfits,” the letter stated. The letter further alleged that Iran, despite being informed by Islamabad’s intelligence apparatus, took no action against the terrorist entities. A...Read More

  • Pakistan must learn from developed world’s climate mistakes

    Published: April 19, 2019 The traditional capitalist development model of the western world has pushed the world into environmental chaos creating global climate change issues such as global warming and loss of biodiversity loss. Hence, there is a need for a paradigm shift, especially in the advanced capitalist economies to switch to the alternative ‘eco-socialist’ development model. This was stated by Professor Dr Pritam Singh from the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies while delivering a special lecture on ‘Sustainability implications of the spatial shift in global capitalism: An eco-socialist perspective’. The lecture had been organised by the Sustainable Development Policy In...Read More

  • Pakistan ready to respond to any act of aggression: CJCSC

    Published: April 19, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Zubair Mahmood Hayat said on Friday that Pakistan is ready to respond to any act of aggression and misadventure, Addressing the Pakistan Summit, General Hayat said India has been rejecting its brutal act of violence in Kashmir and thousands of innocent Kashmiris have lost their lives due to Indian brutality. The CJCSC highlighted the need for Pakistan to take steps to increase its military exports. “Countries all over the world are engaged in the trade of military equipment and for the sake of its defence, Pakistan also needs to focus on that.” According to CJCSC, Muslim countries continue to face...Read More

  • Hazar Ganji blast: PM Imran postpones condolence trip to Quetta

    Published: April 18, 2019 ISLAMABAD: In a change of plans, Prime Minister Imran Khan will not be flying to Quetta to mourn with the families of victims of the Hazar Ganji market blast. The premier was scheduled to arrive in Quetta today [April 18] to visit bereaved families of the victims. However, Special Assistant to PM on Media Affairs Yousuf Baig Mirza told Express that PM Imran has canceled the trip and ‘might’ visit the Balochistan city tomorrow or day after. It may be mentioned here that the premier is scheduled to leave for an extended trip to Iran and China on Sunday. At least 20 people were martyred and 48 were injured when an explosion went off at a vegetable market in Que...Read More

  • No timeline yet for Nawaz’s treatment: PML-N

    Published: April 15, 2019 LAHORE: With almost three of the six-week bail granted by the Supreme Court for his treatment already passed, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will again be taken to Sharif Medical and Dental College on Monday (today) for yet another check-up. According to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz media cell, Nawaz will be taken to the medical college for the sixth time. Other than five trips to the same medical institute, he has also visited a private hospital in Gulberg, Lahore for multiple tests. However, despite the passage of almost three weeks doctors have not yet given any timeline for Nawaz’s treatment. Former premier’s personal physician Dr Adnan Khan on...Read More

  • IHC declares Sadiq Sanjrani eligible to be acting president

    Published: April 15, 2019 The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday declared Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani eligible to serve as acting president of Pakistan. The decision, reserved by the court on February 14, was announced by IHC judge Justice Aamir Farooq. Petitioner Afzal Shinwari had filed the plea through Advocate Iftikhar Bashir in June 2018, contesting that appointing Sanjrani as acting president would be in violation of Article 49 of the Constitution. “According to the Constitution, a person below the age of 45 years is not eligible to become the acting president of Pakistan,” the petition stated. According to Article 49 of the Constitution, the Senate chairman becomes acting ...Read More

  • At least 16 martyred in Quetta vegetable market attack

    Published: April 12, 2019 QUETTA: At least 16 people including two children were martyred after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at a vegetable market in Quetta on Friday. The death toll was confirmed by DIG Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema. One Frontier Corps soldier was also martyred in the attack while 30 others, including eight security personnel, were injured. The senior police official added that at least eight of those killed in the blast at the Hazarganji area of the provincial capital belonged to Hazara community. “The IED was concealed in a sack of potatoes,” said the DIG. Security forces cordoned the area after the blast and the injured were shifted to nearby hos...Read More

  • CM for timely completion of Quick Impact Projects

    Published: April 12, 2019 PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has stated that Quick Impact Projects in the newly merged districts should be completed within the set timelines adding that no excuses will be entertained in the delay of these projects. The chief minister also took notice of the outbreak of leishmaniasis disease in South Waziristan district directing the health department to submit a report regarding the existing situation in addition to dispatching health units, equipped with all necessary arrangements, on immediate basis to effectively control the outbreak. He furthered that awareness campaign be launched in the affected areas to educate people on the preventive and ...Read More

  • PM Imran asks if Indians, Israelis are outraged at their leaders’ ‘moral bankruptcy’

    Published: April 9, 2019 As India and Israel head to polls, Prime Minister Imran Khan questioned whether citizens of both countries felt outraged at their leaders’ “moral bankruptcy” as they defy international law to gain votes. PM Imran said that Modi and Netanyahu in India and Israel defy international law and resolutions and their own constitutions to annex the occupied West Bank and Indian-occupied Kashmir respectively. He further questioned whether the people of those countries felt a sense of outrage at what their leaders are willing to do, simply to win an election. Israelis began voting in an election on Tuesday that could hand conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a ...Read More

  • PM Imran takes notice of closure of six HEC programmes

    Published: April 9, 2019 KARACHI : Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday took notice of the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) restrictions on PhD programmes for faculty members, as well as the closure of six major projects of the commission. The premier instructed the Federal Education Ministry to look into revival of the projects. He also consulted former HEC chairman Dr Ataur Rehman in this regard. Rehman sent a letter to PM Imran apprising him on the suspension of HEC projects under HEC chairman Dr Tariq Binory. He also called for a committee to be formed into the matter. Premier Imran has now ordered Secretary Zaid Bin Maqsood to issue a formal directive asking the education mi...Read More

  • Fazl to meet Zardari in a bid to unite opposition against govt

    Published: April 9, 2019 A day after the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Fazlur Rehman met ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, he confirmed on Tuesday that he will be meeting Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in the coming days and hinted towards playing a mediatory role between the two political bigwigs. Addressing the media after meeting Nawaz, Fazl stated that all political parties are on the same page that last year’s elections were rigged, and the incumbent government’s mandate is fake. Maulana Fazl went on to add that the country is bound to fail if it is being governed by those who are not aware of Pakistan’s vision and economic conditions. “There must be unity and consen...Read More

  • Nawaz seeks exemption from court appearance

    Published: April 8, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday filed an application in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking exemption from appearing for the hearing in the appeal against the Al Azizia verdict. The hearing is scheduled for April 9. The application cited the Supreme Court’s verdict granting a suspension of sentence on medical ground for the exemption. “Nawaz is undergoing multiple medical tests and examination for the purpose of treatment of various ailments including chronic kidney disease (CKD) and coronary heart disease (CHD),” it said. The appellant maintained that he could not attend the hearing in the current situation. Advocate Ibrahim Haro...Read More

  • PM Imran, US Centcom chief discuss regional security

    Published: April 8, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Commander US Central Command General Kenneth F McKenzie called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Monday and discussed the regional security situation. Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Secretary Foreign Affairs Tehmina Janjua were also present in the meeting at PM House. Earlier, General McKenzie also held a meeting with Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi at the Naval headquarters in Islamabad. The two discussed matters pertaining to maritime security in the meeting. The Naval Chief informed the US commander about the steps taken by Pakistan to curb maritime terrorism and piracy. General McKenzie also assured Chief Admiral Abb...Read More

  • 12-year-old killed in Karachi police shootout

    Published: April 6, 2019 A 12-year old boy was killed on Friday after being caught in an exchange of fire between police officials and suspected criminals in Karachi’s Quaidabad area, According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Malir Irfan Bahadur, 10-year-old Umer and 12-year-old Sajjad were wounded during a shootout between police and suspected criminals in Muslimabad Colony. Of the two children, Sajjad soon passed away at a hospital while Umer remains under treatment. The father of the deceased minor has demanded government action against those responsible for his son’s death. The SSP, meanwhile, claimed that two police officials and an alleged criminal, Sher Zaman, were als...Read More

  • SHC expresses displeasure with NAB prosecutors’ performance

    SHC expresses displeasure with NAB prosecutors’ performance Published: April 6, 2019 KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has once again expressed its annoyance over the performance of the prosecutors of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) who, in most of the cases, always seek time to get themselves prepared on the facts of the case. A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh and comprising Justice Omar Sial expressed this dissatisfaction while hearing pleas about NAB inquiries against Akhter Parvez Jamali and others. The bench adjourned the hearing of the case as the NAB prosecutors sought time to go through the cases. As the proceedings began, the Chief Justic...Read More

  • Anti-aircraft rounds found near PM Imran's Bani Gala residence

    Published: April 6, 2019 ISLAMABAD : Police in the federal capital recovered over a dozen anti-aircraft rounds from an empty plot located near the Bani Gala residence of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Regularisation of Bani Gala facing delays due to PM Imran’s involvement: CJP The anti-aircraft ammunition – 18 rounds of 30mm calibre – was recovered from Soomro Street of the posh Islamabad suburb. The ammunition had markings in the Cyrillic script, suggesting that it was manufactured in either Russia. An official of the Commissionerate for Afghan Refugee had spotted the ammunition and informed authorities. Bani Gala regularisation: CDA says 75% of structures need to be demolished Repo...Read More

  • Striving to provide shelter for homeless: PM Imran

    Published: April 4, 2019 ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the government is working towards providing shelter to the homeless, Express Newsreported on Wednesday. The premier, during a visit to a shelter home in Pirwadhai area near Rawalpindi, expressed satisfaction over the facilities available. The welfare of the poor is a major promise made by the incumbent government. The state is responsible for the custodianship of the homeless, PM Imran said, adding that providing for them is part of the ruling party’s agenda. The premier also assured that the government shall leave no stone unturned in achieving this goal and that more shelter homes will be established across...Read More

  • Protests against alleged police brutality in Muzaffarabad

    Published: April 3, 2019 MUZAFFARABAD: Protesters on Wednesday gathered in Muzaffarabad’s main market against the alleged killing of a young man at the hands of the police. Protesters blocked main thoroughfares and burned tyres against the alleged police brutality while some also gathered outside Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Farooq Haider’s residence. The mob made it impossible for Haider to leave his house and reach his office. According to Express News, protesters insisted that the police threw the young man off a building and killed him. On the other hand, the police maintained that the young man was a drug addict and had cases registered against him. Cases have also bee...Read More

  • Media should promote a positive image of Pakistan to boost tourism: Fawad

    Published: April 3, 2019 Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday said that the media should promote a positive image of Pakistan in order to boost tourism. While addressing a tourism summit in Islamabad, the information minister urged that sections of the media should represent a positive image of the country to increase the influx of tourists. “We have an idea and we need strong representation of it,” Chaudhry told the media. Chaudhry further said that Pakistan had sustained itself against irregular conflicts, which affected the tourism industry’s growth. However, Prime Minister Imran Khan, he added, was pro-tourism and culture. “The change in visa policy regime under the ...Read More

  • PM Imran's comments on Afghanistan misinterpreted: FO

    Published: March 27, 2019 ISLAMABAD : The Foreign Office on Wednesday clarified that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comments on Afghanistan have been misinterpreted and reported out of context in the media, leading to an unwarranted reaction from various quarters. In his comments, PM Imran had referred to Pakistan’s model where elections are held under an interim government. “The comments should not be misinterpreted to imply interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs,” the statement went on to add. PM Imran, speaking to journalists on Monday, suggested that forming an interim Afghan government would smooth peace talks between US and Taliban officials since the ...Read More

  • SC suspends Nawaz's prison sentence on medical grounds

    SC suspends Nawaz's prison sentence on medical grounds Published: March 26, 2019 ISLAMABAD : The Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted a petition filed by former premier Nawaz Sharif – challenging the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) decision to not grant him bail in the Al-Azizia reference – and suspended the ailing PML-N supremo’s prison sentence by six weeks. The top court had reserved its verdict after hearing a petition filed by the ousted premier. The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa asked Nawaz to deposit two surety bonds of Rs5 million, which will be submitted before the additional registrar. During the next six weeks, Nawaz will be allo...Read More

  • LHC orders removal of Shehbaz’s name from ECL

    Published: March 26, 2019 The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday ordered the removal of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL), reported Express News. Earlier this month, Shehbaz had approached the LHC challenging the decision of the federal government to place his name on the no-fly list. The writ petition, filed through Advocate Azam Nazir Tarar, contended that the ban on Shehbaz’s international travel was in violation of his fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution. The former Punjab chief minister was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in October last year for alleged misuse of authority and i...Read More

  • Special security measures in place for hearing of Nawaz's plea in Supreme Court

    Published: - 25 March 2019 A press statement released by the top court on Monday announced security measures that have been taken ahead of the hearing — that will be held tomorrow — of a petition filed by former premier Nawaz Sharif. Headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, a three-judge Supreme Court bench — also consisting of Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Yahya Afridi — will take up the appeal of Nawaz Sharif against the Feb 25 Islamabad High Court (IHC) order of turning down his bail plea on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia corruption reference. Due to the limited capacity of Court Room No 1, where the hearing will be held, the Superintendent of Police (Security) of the Supre...Read More

  • Christchurch attack: Body of Pakistani victim arrives in Karachi

    Published: March 25, 2019 The body of Syed Areeb Ahmed, a Pakistani who was martyred in the Christchurch massacre, arrived in his hometown Karachi early Monday. Areeb is one of the 50 victims who were martyred when a white supremacist opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand city of Christchurch. His body was flown to Karachi in a private airline. It was received by his father at the airport. Members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) were also present when the body was handed over to the family. The body has been moved to Areeb’s residence in FB Area. His funeral prayers will be held at the Sangam Ground at 3:00pm after Zuhr prayers and he will be laid to rest at a gra...Read More

  • Pakistan's desire for peace should not be misinterpreted as weakness: President Alvi

    Published: March 23, 2019 President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday stressed that Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be misconstrued as weakness. Addressing the Pakistan Day Parade, the president reiterated that Pakistan believed in peaceful co-existence. “Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state but it wants peace, not war. Pakistan respects integrity and sovereignty of other states,” Alvi said. The president said that India’s irresponsible attitude jeopardised peace in the region. “India will have to accept Pakistan as a reality, and it must come to the conclusion that dialogue is the only way to resolve issues.” The president said that the demonstration of Pakistan’s defence capabilit...Read More

  • ‘Pakistan’s future depends on youth’s political maturity’

    Published: March 23, 2019 ISLAMABAD: The talent and potential of the youth of the country can be utilised for steering the country out of the current socioeconomic issues it faces while their political maturity can ensure a bright future for Pakistan. This was stated by National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser while addressing the commencement ceremony of the Young Parliament’s Fellowship programme organised by the think tank Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) in Islamabad on Friday. “The inclusion of an intellectual touch for training young politicians is essential for the political maturity of the youth and this is will only possible through semina...Read More

  • Sharifs complain about facing ‘hurdles’ to meet Nawaz

    Published: March 19, 2019 The leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday protested that the Sharif family was not allowed to look after his ailing brother Nawaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat prison as per their desires. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president took to Twitter early morning and claimed, “Despite repeated requests, I have been stopped to meet the [incarcerated] former prime minister.” “My family and I used to meet Nawaz two to three times in a week so that we are aware of his medical condition but now our meetings with him have been reduced to Thursdays only.” Shehbaz insisted “taking the meeting option away from Nawaz’s mother, sister...Read More

  • Pak-Indian experts meet to discuss Kartarpur Corridor alignment

    Published: March 19, 2019 Technical experts from Pakistan and India are set to meet on Tuesday at Kartarpur Zero Line to discuss and finalise the Kartarpur Corridor alignment,. The meeting comes after Islamabad and New Delhi last week agreed to work expeditiously on the opening of the project in a bid to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims to visit their holy sites on both sides of the border. Last time, a Pakistani team went to the Attari Complex, Amritsar and held talks with the Indian side. The meeting gave the two nations an option to sort out modalities for the opening of the corridor between Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan and Gurdwara Baba Nanak in India for the upcoming 550th birth...Read More

  • Aleem Khan's judicial remand extended till April 2

    Published: March 18, 2019 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Aleem Khan’s judicial remand was extended by 15 days on Monday, Express News reported. The PTI leader is in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s custody for allegedly owning offshore companies and assets disproportionate to his declared income. A hearing was held at the accountability court in Lahore presided by judge Syed Najamul Hasan, jail authorities presented Khan before the court amid high security. Khan’s counsel maintained that NAB had detained his client for many days, yet no reference had been registered against him. To which the NAB prosecutor responded that the reference was being prepared, and would be filed ...Read More

  • Next PSL will be held entirely in Pakistan: PM

    Published: March 18, 2019 Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday congratulated the Pakistan Cricker Board (PCB) and the country’s security forces for holding a “successful PSL extravaganza in Pakistan”. “Congratulations to Quetta Gladiators and their manager and my friend Viv Richards on their win,” the premier said in a tweet. “InshaAllah, the next PSL will be held entirely in Pakistan,” PM Imran went on to add. The grand finale to the sports extravaganza – staged in the country on Sunday after a long cricketing drought – signaled a definite triumph of peace. Quetta Gladiators stormed past Peshawar Zalmi with relative ease, courtesy a ruthless team bowling performance led by young pace...Read More

  • Two Pakistanis among 49 killed in New Zealand carnage

    Two Pakistanis among 49 killed in New Zealand carnage Published: March 16, 2019 Two Pakistani citizens have died in the Christchurch terrorist attack, with one of them being hailed as a hero for his courageous attempt to stop the shooter during the attack, Naeem Rashid, succumbed to his wounds while under treatment following the attack and was identified as the individual who rushed at the right-wing terrorist attacking the mosque. At least 49 people were killed and dozens wounded in the deadly attack which New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said was “one of the darkest days in New Zealand” after she referred to it as terrorism. Rashid, hailing from Abbottabad, received bullet...Read More

  • Model town tragedy: JIT to record Nawaz's statement on Monday

    Published: March 16, 2019 LAHORE : The provincial home department granted permission to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Model Town tragedy to record the statement of former premier Nawaz Sharif. The JIT members, led by the JIT head AD Khwaja, will record the statements of the former PM at the Kot Lakhpat jail on Monday, where the former premier is serving a seven-year prison sentence. The investigation team has already recorded the statements of various Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders in the case. An accountability court on Thursday granted permission to Punjab police to record the statement of incarcerated former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Model...Read More

  • Pakistan condemns mosques attack in New Zealand

    Published: March 15, 2019 Pakistan on Friday strongly condemned the act of terrorism in New Zealand that left multiple people dead when a gunman opened fire on two crowded mosques during Friday prayers. Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly condemned the terror attack. The premier, while expressing grief, reaffirmed Pakistan’s stance that “terrorism does not have a religion”. “Prayers go to the victims and their families.” In a post on Twitter, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed condolences over the loss of innocent lives in the heinous attack. According to police, four people including three men and a woman had been tak...Read More

  • Former army officer Asad Munir found dead at Islamabad home

    Published: March 15, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Former army officer and defence analyst, Brigadier (Retd) Asad Munir, was found dead at his apartment in Islamabad on Friday, said police. Asjad Mehmood, the station house officer (SHO) of Secretariat Police Station, said Munir had taken his own life and that his family had decided not to conduct a postmortem. According to family members, the former intelligence operative’s funeral will be held at 5:00pm today and he will be laid to rest at the H-8 graveyard in Islamabad. Doctors at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) confirmed that a postmortem was not conducted before the body was handed over to the aggrieved family. They said su...Read More

  • Judicial reforms necessary for the country: Fawad Chaudhry

    Published: March 14, 2019 Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday underscored the need for judicial reforms and said that it will be the biggest service that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government can provide for the people. Addressing a gathering at the Islamabad High Court Bar Association, Chaudhry said that lawyers are a necessary cog for any reforms in the judiciary and that without them there can be no change. “Law reforms will help the economy and will also create better opportunities for lawyers. A master plan is being concocted and after the approval from Prime Minister Imran Khan, a high rise building will be dedicated to law offices. This will be a new dimension in l...Read More

  • PM Imran Khan to visit Bajaur, Mohmand districts tomorrow

    Published: March 14, 2019 Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to visit Bajaur and Mohmand districts on Friday. During his visit, prime minister will address tribal elders at Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur district, where he will also plant a sapling. The prime minister will inaugurate the newly constructed Cadet College at Ghalanai, headquarters of Mohmand district. He will later also address the tribal elders of Mohmand. The premier is expected to announce a number of development projects for both the districts. This will be Imran’s maiden visit to the two districts after their merger to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in May last year. Last week, the prime minister took to Twitter to expre...Read More

  • Pak envoy highlights Islamabad's restrain amid Indian war-mongering

    Published: March 13, 2019 In a continued effort to engage the United States Congress, Pakistan’s Ambassador the United States Asad Majeed Khan appraised US lawmakers on the restraint demonstrated by Islamabad amid tensions with India. The ambassador met Chairman US Senate Armed Services Committee James Inhofe, Republican Senate Todd Young who serves on the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee and Republican Representative Ted Yoho who is a member of the US House Subcommittee on Asia which is a subcommittee within the US House Foreign Affairs Committee. In the meetings at the Capitol Hill in Washington, Khan conveyed Pakistan’s perspective on the regional situation and noted “the res...Read More

  • Pakistan Day parade: Malaysian PM to be chief guest

    Published: March 13, 2019 Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad will be the chief guest at the Pakistan Day parade on March 23, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor also said that the defence minister Azerbaijan, Bahrain’s army chief and other officials from Oman will be in attendance. The parade will also include flypasts from Turkish F-16s and Chinese J-10 aircraft and paratroop contingents from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Sri Lankan armed forces. Foreign marching contingents from Azerbaijan and KSA will also participate. During the Pakistan Day parade in 2018, senior Indian military official...Read More

  • Pakistan's role pivotal in Afghan endgame: German FM Maas

    Published: March 12, 2019 German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday lauded Pakistan’s commitment to the Afghan peace process. He stated that Pakistan’s role was pivotal in Afghan peace process, adding that Germany was satisfied over the dialogue. The foreign minister said that there are excellent investment opportunities in Pakistan and vowed that Germany will extend co-operation with Pakistan in various sectors, including the economy. Addressing a joint presser with his German counterpart, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi apprised the media that Pakistan had long promoted dialogue in the war-torn region. “Fighting terrorism is a global and regional challenge and Pakistan ha...Read More

  • Pakistan to take up India’s LoC violations at Morocco moot

    Published: March 11, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday decided to take up the issue of violations of the Line of Control (LoC) by India at the forum of the Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States (PUIC), which is holding its preliminary session from March 10 to 14 in Rabat, Morocco. National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has nominated a parliamentary delegation, led by Chairman of Kashmir Committee Syed Fakhar Imam, for participation in the 14th plenary session of the PUIC, according to a handout. The delegation will seize the opportunity to inform the 54-member PUIC forum about the continued violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by India, which has brought t...Read More

  • Bilawal meets Nawaz at Kot Lakhpat jail

    Published: March 11, 2019 Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari reached Kot Lakhpat jail on Monday and met incarcerated former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. Accompanied by Qamar Zaman Kaira, Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokar and political secretary Jameel Soomro, the PPP chairman’s stated objective for the visit is to inquire about Nawaz’s reportedly failing health. Bilawal inquired about the former premier’s health during the meeting, the two leaders also discussed the current political situation in the country, The PPP had sought permission for the the meeting on Saturday and the request was granted by the Punjab Home Department. Amid swirling rumours, PPP leader...Read More

  • India unwilling to de-escalate: experts

    Published: March 3, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has in a very assertive way conveyed to India, through its military response to aerial intrusions earlier this week, that limited scale hostilities cannot be the ‘new normal’ between the arch rival neighbours, but India is unlikely to change its course at least in the near future. This was the consensus among military experts at a roundtable on ‘Escalation Management and Control between India and Pakistan’ organised by Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI), an Islamabad-based think tank. The speakers included former Defence Secretary Lt Gen (Retd) Asif Yasin Malik, Advisor to Strategic Plans Division Ambassador Zamir Akram, former Defence Minis...Read More

  • Indian media makes mountain out of molehill, says IAF pilot in new video

    Published: March 2, 2019 Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the captured Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilot has once again praised the professional treatment he received during his two-day stay with the Pakistani military moments before he was handed over to the Indian authorities on Friday. The Indian pilot also admitted that the Indian media exaggerates a lot when it comes to issues related to Pakistan. “They make a mountain out of a molehill,” he can be heard as saying in a new video surfaced on social media on Friday. The wing commander, who was piloting the Indian Air Force MiG-21 fighter jet downed by the PAF, was captured by villagers in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. They were try...Read More

  • Pakistan will 'surely respond' to any aggression, COAS tells major world powers

    Published: March 2, 2019 Army chief has informed military chiefs and ambassadors of major world powers that Pakistan reserves the right to respond to any aggression displayed against it in “self defence”. General Qamar Bajwa held on Friday separate phone conversations with Commander US CENTCOM General Joseph Votel, Australian Chief of Defence Force General Angus John Campbell, and United Kingdom’s Chief of Defence Staff General Nicholas Patrick Carter. He also spoke to Paul Jones, Thomas Drew and Yao Jing, the ambassadors to Pakistan of the US, UK and China respectively. In the telephonic conversations, the COAS discussed the prevailing standoff between India and Pakistan, and it’s po...Read More

  • Pakistan will not attend OIC moot: FM Qureshi

    Published: March 1, 2019 ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Friday resumed its joint session to discuss Indian warmongering and aggression as the country’s foreign minister urged the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to postpone the Abu Dhabi conference due to the recent escalation between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is invited to the OIC moot as a guest of honour despite strong protest from Pakistan. FM Qureshi informed the lawmakers that did not attend the conference in UAE in protest. “The invitation was sent without consultation. Hence, I have decided to not attend the session,” he told the Parliament. The foreign mi...Read More

  • PIMS employees end protest on minister’s assurances

    Published: February 23, 2019 ISLAMABAD: The federal health minister on Friday assured protesting staffers at the largest tertiary care hospital in the city that they have not passed any law which places the facility under a board of governors. The assurances proved strong enough for the staffers to call off their protest. Federal Health Minister Aamer Mehmood Kiani met with the protesting staff at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and heard their complaints. He said that thus far, no law has been passed on setting up a board of governors for the hospital. Kiani further assured staffers that any such document will only be finalised after consulting with them and by ad...Read More

  • Ex, current MPs trade barbs over cancelled tenders

    Published: February 23, 2019 SHABQADAR: Blame game continues between ex-MNA Bilal Rehman and the sitting MNA Sajjid Mohmand over cancellation of millions of rupees worth developmental work tenders of government contractors in Mohmand tribal districts. The government contractors have been protesting against the provincial government for cancelling tenders awarded earlier for development works. On Friday former MNA and senator Hilal Rehman’s supporters staged protest against the MNA Sajjid Mohmand on third consecutive day in Ghallanai in front of Mohmand Press Club. The protestor accused MNA Sajid Mohmand and K-P Local Government Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai for cancelling their cont...Read More