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April, 2018

 

Deadliest Day for Afghan Media in 15 Years: 10 Journalists Including BBC Reporter, Famed Photographer Among 42 Killed

“This is the deadliest day for Afghan media in the past 15 years,” the head of Tolo News TV, Lotfullah Najafizada, told the BBC. April 30, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — BBC reporter Ahmed Shah, famed Afghan photographer (AFP chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai) and 8 other journalists were killed among 42 in a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan on Monday. A twin bomb blast in Kabul was the deadliest attack on journalists since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, while in another attack in Kandahar 11 children wereRead More


With 345 Infanticides in 15 Months, Karachi Becoming a ‘Killing Field For Newborn Girls’

Zaitoun, who had moved to Karachi, from the rural northwest in 2011, had a telling-tale that she shared grimly with Aljazeera in 2014: Just days after she gave birth, Zaitoun said, her husband killed the child, their first, because she was a girl. April 30, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — As Pakistan becomes more urbanized, Karachi’s population has grown exponentially. Most of the migrants who move from villages to the country’s largest city on the Arabian Sea in search of better economic opportunities end up living in densely packed, illegal housing settlements.Read More


Two Rallies, Two Cities: PPP, PTI Kick-Start Campaign for Change as Elections 2018 Nears

April 30, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — As of 9:00PM Pakistan Standard Time, over 50,000 people have assembled at PTI’s Minar-e-Pakistan jalsa in Lahore– capital of Punjab province and stronghold of PML-N, the ruling party in the country’s largest province and in the center. At almost the same time, close to similar number of people have thronged the PPP’s Liaqatabad jalsa in Karachi– Pakistan province of Sindh’s capital and the country’s economic powerhouse, still a stronghold of MQM, the party which faces existential threats due to external and internal polemics. The twoRead More


Xi, Modi Summit in China Comes to an End With a Postscript: ‘It Takes Two to Tango’

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to undertake a joint India-China economic project in Afghanistan at their first informal summit, reports Indian news agency PTI citing official sources in Wuhan. IRSHAD SALIM (April 28, 2018) — China and India seek predictability and control in their bilateral relationship– both have major border and regional issues to tackle along with balance of trade on the table–on give and take basis, and therefore are jostling to delink geoeconomy from geostrategy- a lesson we all could possibly learnRead More


Soccer Legend Maradona Quits as Coach of UAE’s Al Fujairah Club

April 28, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Diego Maradona resigned as coach of United Arab Emirates second division soccer club Al Fujairah on Friday after his team failed to gain promotion, his lawyer Matias Morla announced. Argentine legend Maradona, a former World Cup winner and one of football’s most divisive figures, said he was stepping down after a 1-1 draw against Khorfakkan. “After today’s match, and having failed to achieve the objective of promotion, Diego Maradona will no longer be the coach of the team,” tweeted Moria. The lawyer insisted that theRead More


Khawaja Asif’s Disqualification: Trap of Politicians’ Own Making

LIKE a chain reaction, the dominos appear to be beginning to fall. After the Supreme Court’s judgements disqualifying Nawaz Sharif for life from public office on the basis of Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, it was clear that others could be netted in the iqama and undeclared foreign earnings trap. To be sure, it is a trap of the politicians’ own making. Whether done deliberately to conceal certain facts from the voter or out of a lack of care because nomination papers have not been scrutinized carefully in the past,Read More


7 Pakistani Men on Trial For Dh14 Million Robbery in Dubai

Their original plan was to flee the country within two hours from the robbery with the use of fake passports. April 28, 2018: A driver of a money transportation vehicle and his two friends – all Pakistanis – stood trial at a Dubai court on the charge of stealing more than Dh14 million from his workplace. They are accused of stealing 10 ATM boxes containing over Dh14 million. Four other Pakistanis are accused of aiding and abetting them by helping in the transfer of the huge amounts of cash toRead More


SC Seeks Report On Foreign Currency Transactions Above $50K

Hopes dashed for ill-gotten assets and wealth recovery from abroad; Supreme Court seeks details within 7 days of all transactions above $50,000 from Pakistan during 2017-18. April 27, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Supreme Court has sought details of all transactions above $50,000 from Pakistan during the year 2017-18, and instructed the State Bank of Pakistan on Thursday to submit a sealed report on the matter within seven days. Headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, a three-judge bench passed the instructions during a suo motu hearing ofRead More


Karachi Team ‘Retailistan’ Wins 1 Million Rupees in 2017-18 StartUp Cup Finals

April 27, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A team from Karachi, beat 17 other teams to take the top prize—1 million rupees—in the 2017-18 StartUp Competition finals, the fourth edition of the American Embassy-funded event in Islamabad. Retailistan developed a startup plan to change the consumer goods distribution model for small stores through mobile applications and will use the prize to fund its business. The team is now eligible to participate in the Global StartUp Cup 2018, which will be held in the United States. Price Oye, a team from Islamabad, finishedRead More


Fashion Week Comes to the Kingdom–in Modest Style; Princess Noura, the New Face of Saudi Fashion

Great-granddaughter of Saudi Arabia’s founder this month oversaw her country’s first Arab Fashion Week—in modest style April 28, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A young Saudi Arabian princess inspired by her time living in Tokyo is the new face of fashion in the Kingdom. Princess Noura bint Faisal Al-Saud, the great-granddaughter of Saudi Arabia’s founder, was named honorary president of the Arab Fashion Council in December. The royal, who turns 30 on Sunday, this month oversaw her country’s first Arab Fashion Week, headlined by Jean Paul Gaultier and Roberto Cavalli. With aRead More


Saim Ayub’s 161 Helps Pakistan Under-16 Win T20 Against Australia

Saim Ayub struck an unbeaten 161 not out as Pak-U16 beat Aus-U16 by 3 wickets chasing 258nruns. Australia won the series by 3-2. April 28, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan won the last T20 match by seven wickets on Friday. In the last one-day match on Thursday, Pakistan had overpowered Australia by two wickets. In the one-off Twenty20, which followed five one-day matches, Pakistan scored a seven-wicket win with 16 balls to spare. Saim Ayub’s  161 not out and 56 helped Pakistan win the match against Australia in Melbourne. Australia lostRead More


Saudi Stands With Pakistan In Every Ordeal and Crisis: Pak Envoy to U.S.

“Pakistan contributes to the fight against terrorism and is committed to working with America to meet the challenges” April 27, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry to USA was recently interviewed by Ms. Hadeel Oueis of Al-Riyadh daily newspaper in Washington. The detailed interview in Arabic can be retrieved from http://www.alriyadh.com/1677551. During the interview, Ambassador dilated upon matters related to Pakistan-US relations and the regional situation. Hadeel Oueis: “Aizaz Chaudhry, Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington, who chose to face the decisions of the White House realistically and vigorously inRead More


Venezuela’s State-Backed Petro Coin Rakes in $3.3Bln; Iran and Turkey To Launch National Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency Market Rebounds But Faces Resistance to Breach $10K; NASDAQ Might Trade Digital Coins April 27, 2018 (BE2C2): A presale of Venezuela’s state-backed digital currency called Petro coin has raked in $3.3 billion, President Nicolas Maduro said. Maduro said in a statement on Thursday the proceeds would be transferred to the central bank to be auctioned off via foreign exchange platform DICOM, according to the AVN news agency. The cash-strapped South American nation launched the presale of its oil-backed cryptocurrency on February 20. Maduro plans that the central bank willRead More


Gautam Gambhir Wants India to Ban Pakistanis From All Industries

April 27, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has said that India should ban Pakistanis from all industries, including music and film industries instead of just focusing on ending cricketing ties between the two countries. Gambhir said conditional boycott is not enough for improving India-Pakistan relations. “Merely boycotting cricketing ties with Pakistan will not help. If a ban is imposed, it should be in all sectors, be it films, music or any other. Nobody from Pakistan should be provided an opportunity to perform in India unless the relations betweenRead More


US Supreme Court Leans Toward Upholding Trump’s Travel Ban

April 27, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — At least two U.S. Supreme Court justices have  signaled they are likely to uphold President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries, one of the most contentious policies of his presidency. Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote on the conservative-majority, nine-member apex court of the U.S., indicated unwillingness to second-guess the president on the national security justifications offered for the policy. Hearing the last case of its nine-month term Wednesday, the court took its first direct lookRead More


Billionaire Shahid Khan Submits 1 Billion Pound Bid For Wembley Stadium

April 27, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan-born American billionaire Shahid Khan, the owner of NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, has submitted a whopping one billion pound bid to acquire London’s iconic Wembley Stadium. “I promise Wembley WILL still be the cradle of English football,” said Khan after he made an £950 million offer to the UK’s Football Association. Khan, who nursed a long-term project to bring the NFL and his Jaguars football franchise more regularly to Wembley, wants it to become the ‘greatest stadium on the planet’. The English Football Association (FA) hasRead More


Kashmir Solution Lies Not With U.N., But With India, Pakistan and Kashmiris

By MOHAMMED AZHAR ALI KHAN: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that the United Nations is following developments in Kashmir “closely” – presumably the ceasefire violations in Kashmir by Indian and Pakistani forces and the unrest in Indian Kashmir. But the solution lies not with the United Nations – which arranged a cease-fire in 1949 and has largely maintained it – but with India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris. There are subtle signals that the two countries are beginning to realize that the Kashmir dispute is an albatross that is shacklingRead More


Pakistan, India to Participate in Joint Military Exercise, a First Since 1947

April 26, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — In a first, Pakistan and India will participate in a joint military exercise in August this year as part of Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) multi-nation joint counter-terrorism drill. The two neighbors have never participated in any military exercise jointly since partition in 1947– their relations remain tangential over Kashmir dispute. These exercises are part of the SCO Peace Mission 2018. Russia, China, India and Pakistan will take part in the exercise, with the mission’s primary focus being counter-terrorism operations such as preventing terror attacks andRead More


Foreign Affairs Minister Khawaja Asif Disqualified As Parliamentarian For Non-Disclosure Of Gainful Employment With UAE Firm

— Opposition Leader in the Senate and veteran politician Sherry Rehman has demanded Asif resign as the country’s Foreign Minister, following the ruling. — The country’s apex court recently ruled that parliamentarians disqualified over Article 62(1)(f) clause of the Constitution will be ineligible to contest elections or hold party office for life. April 26, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Islamabad High Court on Thursday disqualified Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif as member parliament under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution for not declaring his gainful employment with a UAE firm in nomination papersRead More


Bangladesh Receives First LNG Shipment From Qatar

Liquefied natural gas could allay energy security concerns in the country, but finance issues could leave the country leaning toward coal. April 26, 2018 (BE2C2) — Bangladesh docked its first LNG cargo at a floating terminal less than a year after financing was secured, bolstering energy security, analysis finds. The super-cooled liquid gas was sent from Qatar. Excelerate Energy led a $180 million project with Bangladeshi company Petrobangla to build a floating storage and regasification terminal at the port of Moheshkhali. The International Finance Corporation and Excelerate signed off onRead More