Periscope on Pakistan

  • Pakistan participates in week-long military exercise in Russia: ISPR

    Published: September 17, 2019 Pakistan is participating in a week-long multinational military exercise along with military contingents from other Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states. The military exercise, TSENTR (Centre) 2019, is being held near the southwest Russian city of Orenburg, said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The military’s media wing said: “Apart from host Russia, military contingents from all SCO member states including Pakistan are taking part in this international exercise.” Participating countries include India, China, Kazakhstan and others. The opening ceremony of the military drill was attended by senior military offi...Read More

  • PAC panel seeks details of big defaulters from SNGPL

    Published: August 30, 2019 ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) sub-committee has sought details of industrial and commercial defaulters of over Rs10 million from the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL). The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Senator Sherry Rehman at the Parliament House on Thursday. The SNGPL has been directed to submit all details of industrial and commercial consumers who have not paid their bills. The subcommittee also discussed the matter regarding the purchase of 80 Kanal land costing Rs50.25 million at Moza Moharian Islamabad by the Federal Urdu University; however, the land was not handed over to the university. The audit offi...Read More

  • Kashmir suffers under violent Indian army crackdown: BBC

    Published: August 30, 2019 Occupational forces have been accused of violence against civilians in occupied Kashmir in the wake of the Indian government’s decision to revoke the region’s special status, The British broadcaster interviewed several villagers who said that they were brutalised with sticks, cables and given electric shocks as a form of torture, and revealed their injuries. The Indian army claimed that the accusations put forth were “baseless and unsubstantiated”. State-sponsored violence witnessed a spike in occupied Kashmir following the revocation of Article 370 on August 5 – terminating the valley’s autonomous status. Additionally, the Indian government deployed tens ...Read More

  • Will protect rights of minorities: PM Imran

    Published: July 29, 2019 ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday reiterated his government’s resolve to protect the rights of minorities. Addressing a ceremony, PM Imran said that the minorities of Pakistan will be protected and their places of worship will be looked after. “Hindu temples and Sikh Gurdwaras will be restored and protected,” said the premier. The prime minister also spoke against radicals and said Islam does not ask for the forced conversion of minorities. “The mindsets of these radicals should be changed. Islam is a religion of peace, not compulsion. Those who convert others by force do not know Islam at all,” said the premier. He furthered his speech with...Read More

  • Hafiz Saeed's judicial remand extended by 14 days

    Published: July 24, 2019 GUJRANWALA: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday extended Hafiz Saeed’s judicial remand for 14 more days, Express News reported. Chief of the proscribed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) was earlier sent on a seven-day judicial remand after his arrest by security forces in Gujranwala. The court has further ordered the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) to present a challan at the next hearing. The JuD leader was reportedly travelling between Gujranwala and Lahore when he was intercepted by Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) and arrested. The move came after the CTD, in a major crackdown against terror financing, registered 23 cases against Saeed and 12 aide...Read More

  • Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over LoC ceasefire violations

    Published: July 24, 2019 The Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia was summoned by Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal on Wednesday over incidents of unprovoked firing by the Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC). The FO official also stressed upon the Indian diplomat to ensure that New Delhi follows the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement between the two countries in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and Working Boundary. On July 22 – in the Bangsar Sector along the LOC – a 12-year-old boy Mohammad Riaz was martyred and 18-year-old Zabeeullah was critically injured. The next day – in Hotspring, Jandrot and Banchirian Sectors along the LoC – Jan Bibi was ...Read More

  • Flip-side of Imran Khan’s StatueDiplomacy

    The puppet prime minister, Imran Khan, and his Khaki mentors have gone berserk with their new found love for the Sikhs, though the miniscule minority has steadfastly refused to be assimilated into the mainstream of Pakistan society for the past seventy years.A manifestation of the fixation with the Sikhs is inauguration of the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh inside the Lahore Fort. Statues are un-Islamic certainly in a nation that was createdas the home for the Muslims of the sub-continent, where even today, Muslim families refuse to share drinking water with non-Muslims. The Blasphemy case ofAasia Bibi, the Christian labourer, has brought out this truism clearly. Ranjit Singh rule of ...Read More

  • Pakistan to witness partial lunar eclipse today

    Published: July 16, 2019 A partial lunar eclipse, starting on Tuesday night and ending early Wednesday morning, will be visible in Pakistan, according to the Climate Data Processing Centre (CDPC). The CDPC predicts that the lunar eclipse will begin on July 16 at 11:44 pm and end at 1:02 am on July 17. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are exactly or very closely aligned, with Earth between the other two. A lunar eclipse can occur only on the night of a full moon. People in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America and Antarctica will also witness the year’s lunar eclipse. Ea...Read More

  • Imran needs new PR

    Published: July 16, 2019 In August 2018, Imran Khan assumed Office of the Prime Minister, with the promise of creating ‘Naya Pakistan’. Jubilant followers, wishing for a change in Pakistan’s dynastic musical chair politics, termed it as the start of a new era, signifying accountability, good governance and end of corruption. Social media was rife with memes, slandering the politicians of ‘old Pakistan’. Promises made in the PTI manifesto and the ‘100-Days Plan’ were endorsed and taskforces were set up with great enthusiasm. Imran’s maiden speech was widely hailed and hope and optimism ran high. But only eleven months down the road, Imran and his team have become the subject of the very ...Read More

  • Pre-qualification of contractors for NPHS starts

    Published: July 8, 2019 LAHORE: Following successful completion of application registration, the government has initiated process for pre-qualification of contractors for Prime Minister’s Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme, an affordable housing project of five million units. An official of the Punjab Housing and Town Planning Agency (PHATA) told The Express Tribune that tenders have already been floated for pre-qualification of contractors for construction of houses and allied infrastructure. In the first phase, the government has announced to roll out the NPHS in Lodhran, Chishtian, Rena Khurd while the project will be launched in Bhakkar, Layyah and Khushab during the second phase for w...Read More

  • 242 Pakistanis in Saudi jails as they can’t pay fines

    Published: July 5, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Around 114 Pakistanis are languishing in jail in Riyadh and 128 in Jeddah because they are unable to pay fines ranging between Rs8,000 and Rs2.2 million and overall 3,000 are imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for various criminal offences, the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights was told on Thursday. Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Additional Secretary (Middle East) Nadeem Khan informed the committee that Mureed Abbas, a Pakistani who was in a Saudi prison for the last three years over non-payment of fine, went to kingdom to work as a driver and had an accident for which he was imprisoned and fined. His sponsor had made a claim of 27,000 Saudi riyals. ...Read More

  • Pakistan, Russia hold 4th round of bilateral political consultation

    Published: July 5, 2019 The 4th round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Russia was held in Moscow July 2, a press release by Foreign Office (FO) stated. Additional Secretary (Europe) Zaheer A Janjua and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation I V Morgulov led their respective delegations. The two sides held a comprehensive review of the bilateral relations and identified areas for further cooperation in political, economic, trade, investment, defence, energy, agriculture, education, culture and tourism. Janjua also briefed the Russian delegation on the political and economic developments in Pakistan, inviting Russian companies to benefit fr...Read More

  • Hamza Shehbaz sent on 14-day judicial remand

    Published: July 5, 2019 LAHORE : An accountability court on Friday sent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice-president Hamza Shehbaz on a 14-day judicial remand in the Ramzan Sugar Mills corruption case and possessing assets beyond known means of income, Express News reported. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials shall present the PMLN leader in court after the remand expires. In June, the accountability court extended Hamza’s physical remand after an initial 15-day remand following his arrest a day earlier. The PML-N leader has been under NAB investigation in cases involving Ramzan Sugar Mills, Saaf Pani project and assets beyond known means of income. Leader o...Read More

  • Twitterati herald BLA terror listing as 'diplomatic coup' for Islamabad

    Published: July 3, 2019 After Washington branded the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) aterrorist outfit, Twitter users saw the move as a huge win in diplomacy for Islamabad. The announcement comes weeks before Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to the United States. The BLA has been behind a number of terrorist attacks in Balochistan. Pakistan has long considered the outfit as terrorist organisation and repeatedly urged the US to do the same. Suhasini Haidar, the national editor and diplomatic affairs editor of the Indian news publication The Hindu, questioned whether the move is “preparation for Premier Imran’s visit to Washington amid talks with Afghanistan.” Senator Sarfraz...Read More

  • Mohmand tribal elders threaten to boycott provincial elections

    Published: June 18, 2019 SHABQADAR: A jirga of tribal elders in Mohmand has threatened to boycott the upcoming provincial assembly elections in the district, adding that they have already challenged the merger in the court. This was stated by jirga members including Malak Nadar Manan, Malak Ziarat Gul, Malak Sahibdad, Malak Ayaz Khan, Malak Atta Ullah, Malak Nasrat Khan, and tribal elders from other clans who held the jirga at the Mohmand Press Club on Monday. They reiterated claims that the merger of the erstwhile federally administered tribal areas (Fata) with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) was a forced one and that neither were the tribal elders ever consulted nor were the tribesmen tak...Read More

  • After arrests in corruption cases, next step is to recover looted money: Fawad

    Published: June 11, 2019 Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said sending the supremos of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to prison for their alleged corruption was an important chapter of the electoral promises Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) made during its election campaign. The minister took to Twitter on Tuesday and said, “The heads of the parties who embezzled billions of rupees have reached prison. This is not an ordinary thing.” According to Fawad, the next step should be to recover the money that was sent out of the country. Former president Asif Ali Zardari was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on...Read More

  • Shehbaz writes letter to PM Imran over ECP appointments

    Published: June 11, 2019 Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif sent revised names to Prime Minister Imran Khan for appointing the members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), In a letter written to the premier, Shehbaz recommended names of senior lawyer Khalid Javed, Justice (retd) Abdul Rasul Memon and Justice (retd) Noorul Haq Qureshi from Sindh. From Balochistan, Shehbaz recommended Salahuddin Mengal, Shah Muhammad Jatoi and Rauf Atta. “To select members, mutual and detailed consultation is needed over every candidate. To reach a consensus, realistic, sincere and serious consultation should be done. Without realistic consultation, the constituti...Read More

  • Pakistan yet to respond to India's request for airspace access for Modi: FO

    Published: June 11, 2019 Pakistan is yet to respond to the request made by New Delhi to let Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan where he has to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on June 13-14. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said “Pakistan has not yet granted permission to let Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace.” His comments follow reports from Indian media that Islamabad had, in principle, granted permission to let Modi’s aircraft fly over Pakistani airspace. “The Indian government will be conveyed about the decision once t...Read More

  • Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman arrives in Pakistan

    Published: June 10, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman and a high-level Afghan delegation arrived in Pakistan on Monday to be a part of the first review session of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) in Islamabad. Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood will lead the Pakistan delegation while Zaman will lead the Afghan side. The Islamabad session will provide the two sides with an opportunity to review progress made under this framework since the inaugural session and to exchange views on further collaboration in agreed areas of cooperation. The APAPPS was established in May last year to provide a comprehensive and structured fram...Read More

  • Petition seeking Dawar, Wazir's disqualification filed before ECP

    Published: June 10, 2019 ISLAMABAD: A petition seeking disqualification Mohsin Javed Dawar and Ali Wazir was filed before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday. Dawar and Wazir were elected members National Assembly from North Waziristan IX (NA-48) and South Waziristan II (NA-50) respectively. The legislators are also members of the Manzoor Pashteen-led Pashtoon Tahaffuz Movement (PTM). The petitioner also filed a stay application until the disqualification matter is decided. The application demands that the ECP “restrain” Dawar and Wazir from attending their offices, public offices or NA meetings. The petitioner accused the lawmakers of “betraying the mother nation.” ...Read More

  • Pakistan announces five-year visa for US citizens

    Published: June 3, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has announced five-year visa for American businessmen and tourists in a move that is hoped to be reciprocated by the United States that in March this year reduced visa validity for Pakistanis from five years to 12 months. “The five-year visa will benefit the investors and tourists of both countries. The visa policy is according to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to improve tourism and business,” said a Foreign Office official, who wished not to be named. “It may be reciprocated by the US,” he added. The US on March 5 reduced visa validity for Pakistani citizens from five years to one-year. It also announced not to allow journalists and med...Read More

  • Pakistan advised to remain neutral in US-Iran standoff

    Published: June 4, 2019 With tensions between the US and Iran intensifying again amid war drums beating in the Gulf region, Islamabad has been advised to remain neutral to the conflict and avoid jumping into the middle of ‘someone else’s war’. This was advised during a brainstorming session at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS). Foreign policy experts including IPS Executive President Khalid Rahman, Ambassador (retired) Tajammul Altaf, Air Commodore (retired) Khalid Iqbal and Maritime Study Forum (MSF) President Dr Syed Mohammed Anwar among other analysts and researchers. They noted that despite having brotherly ties with Iran since its independence, Pakistan has not been able to pr...Read More

  • Ehsaas programme: PM Imran directs special aide to accommodate those with disabilities

    Published: June 4, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed his special assistant on social protection and poverty eradication to bring present and future policy action under the purview of the Ehsas programme on priority basis in order to streamline the government’s welfare initiatives. The premier, while chairing a cabinet meeting in the federal capital on Monday, also directed the social security division to play a central role in the coordination between federal and provincial institutions on welfare issues. Ehsas, which means compassion, was launched by the prime minister in March this year with the objectives to reduce inequality, invest in people, and lift laggin...Read More

  • 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