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March, 2018

 

From Russia With Love: Delegation Meets National Security Advisor Janjua

(PKONWEB Report) — A high level Russian delegation called on Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Lt. General (R) Nasser Khan Janjua in the capital Islamabad and offered military and technical cooperation in counterterrorism and cyber security stating these areas provide the strongest impetus to develop political, trade and economic relations between the two countries. Led by Deputy Director General of Presidential Administration, Sergey, the delegation discussed with Janjua defense cooperation and bilateral relations. Speaking on the occasion, the head of Russian delegation said his country considers Pakistan a reliable partner inRead More


Can Saudi Arabia Help Negotiate Peace in Afghanistan? The U.S. Hopes So

(PKONWEB Report) — Saudi Arabia has agreed to play a leading role in starting a new peace process in Afghanistan, part of the latest U.S.-led two-pronged strategy to find a political solution to America’s longest war while militarily scaling up efforts to force the Taliban to the negotiating table. The Department of Defense has said on its website, that “a new U.S. Army formation (brigade) has been deployed to Afghanistan dedicated to focusing the power of the Afghan military and government on taking the fight to the Taliban to convinceRead More


NAB Recovers $2.75 Billion (Rs289B) ‘Embezzled Money’ From the Corrupt

(PKONWEB Report) — Chairman National Accountability Bureau Justice (r) Javed Iqbal said on Thursday the country’s accountability watchdog has deposited Rs 289 billion (US$2.75B equivalent at US$1=Rs105) in the national kitty after recovering embezzled monies from the corrupt. According to a communique issued by NAB, the chairman said a major chunk of the recovered monies has already been returned to the victims who were duped by the corrupt mafia. Justice Javed Iqbal expressed concern that the country has been indebted to a staggering $ 84 billion foreign debt but unfortunatelyRead More


Envoy to U.S. Addresses Pakistan Business Community Group in New Jersey

With around 650,000 Pakistanis gainfully employed in the US, their yearly average individual remittance home has remained the highest. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry addressed a community event in New Jersey Friday evening organized by Pakistani American Business Association of North America (PABANA). Dignitaries from Pakistani American businesses, Pakistani American youth, local government officials and community leaders attended the community event– one of the highest concentrations of Pakistanis are in the New York tri-state region. Following speeches by keynote speakers, question and answer session, and interactions among theRead More


Saudi Aramco Signs $10 Billion in Deals With U.S. Businesses including a Think Tank

(BE2C2) — Oil and gas field services companies and a think tank in the United States were among those involved in $10 billion in deals, the Saudi oil giant Aramco announced. Aramco took part in a bilateral business forum in New York City with chief executive officers from U.S. companies. Saudi Aramco President and CEO Amin Nasser said partnerships with U.S. companies reach back to at least 80 years ago when oil was first discovered in the kingdom. Looking ahead, the Saudi Vision 2030 will take the U.S. relationship toRead More


Pakistan Successfully Test-Fires Indigenously Developed Submarine Launched Cruise Missile

(PKONWEB Report) — Pakistan on Thursday conducted another successful test fire of indigenously developed Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM). Called Babur, the missile has a range of 450 Kilometer and is capable of delivering various types of payloads, employing underwater controlled propulsion, advanced guidance and navigation features. Pakistan conducted another successful test fire of indigenously developed Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) BABUR having a range of 450 KMs. BABUR is capable of delivering various types of payloads. pic.twitter.com/lAEmbHOYg6 — Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) March 29, 2018 The SLCM providesRead More


‘Next War Between Rivals Will Be Cyber War, Country Stronger in Cyber Warfare Will Win’: Pak Experts

(PKONWEB Report) — National Security Adviser (NSA) Nasser Khan Janjua on Thursday emphasized the need to realize the gravity of cyber security threats, Radio Pakistan reported. He called upon experts to help the government secure cyber space. Speaking at a conference organized by the Pakistan Information Security Association (PISA) in Islamabad, Janjua said taking concrete steps to overcome cyber security challenges was the need of the hour. He said pertinent agencies needed to inspect cyber space to secure communications, financial and conventional set-ups from attacks. PISA president Ammar Jaffery saidRead More


Senior U.S. Diplomat Visits Pakistan To Discuss Bilateral Ties, Fight Against Terrorism

A senior U.S. State Department official has arrived in Islamabad to discuss bilateral ties and Pakistan’s fight against terrorism, the State Department said in a statement. The senior official for the bureau of South and Central Asian affairs, Ambassador Alice Wells, who arrived in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on March 28, will meet with several senior Pakistani government officials, international organization leaders, and members of the private sector, the statement said. She will discuss Washington’s South Asia strategy and Pakistan’s stated commitment to eliminate all terrorist groups present inRead More


Wasim Akram Refutes Joining Any Political Party

Pakistan newspapers have reported that legendary left-arm pacer Wasim Akram is joining Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Speaking to Gulf News from Pakistan Akram said: “I do support Imran bhai (brother) but I haven’t joined any political party.” Akram considers Khan as one who helped him a lot in his career and taught him many qualities that is needed to be successful. Speaking about Imran, Akram had once told Gulf News: “Imran was instrumental for my success. But for him I wouldn’t have known how to bowl to someRead More


Nissan to Re-Enter Pakistan Market By Producing Datsuns With Gandhara Motors

(BE2C2) — Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday it will re-enter the Pakistan market in 2020 with a local production of its low-cost Datsun brand vehicles under a tie-up with a local partner. The announcement comes as country’s auto sector is said to be doing well. Auto sector has remained one of the best-performing sectors at the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in recent years. Sales figures grew on the back of low level of inflation, interest rates, higher consumer lending, low oil prices and lifting of vehicles by investors for cabRead More


JF-17 to Get Chinese-Developed Radar Upgrade, Expected to Boost Export Prospects

(PKONWEB Report) — The China/Pakistan JF-17 Thunder jet fighter is to get an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar– a world-class radar system that will substantially improve its combat capability and help boost its export prospects. The JF-17 is the mainstay fighter of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and is co-produced by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC). The KLJ-7A AESA radar developed by the Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology (NRIET) will be installed on the single-engined type, which is operated by the Pakistan air force, says NRIET’s head Hu MingchunRead More


Media Overdrive Over PM Abbasi’s Private Visit to U.S. San Protocol

(PKONWEB Report) — Some Pakistani media went on overdrive on reports that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi underwent routine security checks at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport despite his status as a high-level diplomat– he had opted to declare his trip personal. Abbasi was on a private trip to visit his sister who is receiving medical care in the U.S. According to reports, the Prime Minister was frisked during security procedure at the airport, a normal procedure after arrival of passengers on any international flight in the U.S. orRead More


Pakistan High Commissioner to UK Hosts British-Pakistanis to Lunch

Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Syed Ibne Abbas on Wednesday hosted a group of British- Pakistani youth to a lunch at the British Parliament. A detailed exchange of views took place on encouraging a more proactive role of youth in the British society through focus on education and enhanced political and socio-economic participation, a statement of the High Commission issued in London said. In view of their concerns on the situation in Kashmir, the High Commissioner gave them an update on human rights violations in the Indian OccupiedRead More


Islamabad Insight: Why Not Reboot the System?

SHAHEEN SEHBAI — IN today’s technology-driven world, the first solution that is offered, if something stops working, is to reboot: the computer, laptop, the phone, tablet or the operating system. Why not try it with our political, economic and power structure, while we have some little time and the working machine does not completely shut down and goes dead, unable to be recharged or resurrected. Respected and not-so-respected analysts, economic and political, are saying almost the same thing in their writings and TV discourses. One writer says: “One cannot agreeRead More


‘Black Economy Generating Undeclared Assets Home and Abroad’

(BE2C2 Report) — The country’s apex court has tasked a special committee to suggest ways to trace and retrieve assets from abroad in view of a suo motu notice on ill-gotten money of Pakistani citizens in foreign banks. Last year, the then Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had a figure of US$200 billion as an estimated sum that Pakistani citizens hold in Swiss bank accounts. An estimated 4 to times this figure is speculated to be held as assets by Pakistanis abroad– both legally and through inappropriate means. In either case,Read More


UAE’s First of Four Reactors for $24Bln Nuclear Plant to Produce Power in 2018

(BE2C2 Report) — The first of four nuclear reactors being built by KEPCO is part of $24.4 billion Barakah power plant in the UAE. The first reactor should start commercial operations this year, an official from South Korea, whose power company Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) is building it, told Reuters on Tuesday. The Korean official, who declined to be named due to briefing rules, was speaking after sources told Reuters last week the start-up had been pushed back to 2019 due to training delays. The reactor being built byRead More


Drama Serial Visaal Goes On Air From March 28

Karachi- Drama serial Visaal, a signature production of Big Bang Entertainment, spearheaded by Fahad Mustafa and Dr Ali Kazmi, is set to be aired from March 28, with Zahid Ahmed, Hania Aamir and Saboor Aly in leading roles. For sensational Hania Aamir, Visaal is her first ever major serial for ARY Digital. Directed by Ali Hassan, who had previously directed the hit serial Muqabil, Visaal showcases a story of intense love, friendship and betrayal, penned by famous writer Hashim Nadeem. Visaal is said to be an intriguing story with ZahidRead More


The Mary McBride Band Enthralls Karachiites With ‘Sounds of Kolachi’

Powerhouse American singer Mary McBride and her band enthralled music lovers with a pleasant medley of American favorites at the Pakistan-American Cultural Center (PACC) in Karachi on Monday. Mary McBride and her band are visiting Karachi for the third time at the invitation of the United States Consulate General in Karachi. “Tonight we are celebrating music and its power to bring people together,” said acting consul general John Warner. “Music allows us to experience the same emotions, no matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form ofRead More


Afghan Air Force Drops its First Laser-Guided Bomb to Take Out a Taliban Compound

(PKONWEB Report) — Afghan Air Force has dropped its first laser-guided bomb with the A-29 Super Tucano, using the GBU-58 Paveway to take out this Taliban compound in Farah. U.S. now is working to triple the size of the AAF “by 2023,” says Resolute Support’s director of future operations report Aviation Week. The Afghan Air Force has 12 A-29s, but will own a total of 25 by 2019. Afghan Air Force has dropped its first laser-guided bomb with the A-29 Super Tucano, using the GBU-58 Paveway to take out thisRead More


Pakistan Participating in Month-Long 23 Nations Gulf Shield Joint Exercise-1

(PKONWEB Report) — Pakistan Air Force’s JF-17 squadron and military personnel are participating in Gulf Shield Joint Exercise -1, a multinational land, sea and air exercise off the Arabian Gulf on the eastern board of Saudi Arabia that will last for one month– it kicked off on March 18. Comprising defense forces from 23 nations including USA, UK, Turkey and Malaysia, the multilateral exercise aims at maintaining security and stability in the GCC region and the neighboring countries. The exercise has been organized by the Ministry of Defense in theRead More