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Friday, April 13th, 2018

 

Anti State Agenda, Engineered Protests Won’t Be Allowed: Army Chief Bajwa

(PKONWEB) — Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that “engineered protests” would not be allowed to reverse the gains of counterterrorism operations and cautioned the nation against forgetting sacrifices of “real heroes”. Gen Bajwa was speaking to notables in Peshawar and at an investiture ceremony at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. At the ceremony, the army chief regretted that no sooner had peace returned to Fata than a “movement was started”. He warned against forgetting the sacrifices of “real heroes”, who laid down their lives forRead More


Annual Qarlasht Festival Kicks Off in Chitral–Pakistan’s Northernmost Tourist Resort (PICS)

In order to encourage youth to take part in healthy activities the DC Chitral personally undertook rock climbing. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A four-day festival kicked off on Thursday in Chitral, the northernmost part of Pakistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Chitral, the largest district of KP, shares border with Gilgit-Baltistan to the east, with Kunar, Badakshan and Nuristan provinces of Afghanistan to the north and west, and with the KP districts of Swat and Dir to the south. A narrow strip of Wakhan Corridor separates the mountain top tourism locale from TajikistanRead More


Turkey Stops Thousands of Human Traffickers, Along With Illegal Immigrants

Europe chose “prevention of migration” while Turkey chose “management of migration.” (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said Thursday that security forces last year captured 4,500 human smugglers profiting from illegal immigrants seeking access to Europe via Turkey. A favorite destination for migrants aspiring to reach EU countries, Turkey–bridge to Europe, has intercepted more than 644,000 migrants in the past seven years–it skyrocketed at the height of the civil war in Turkey’s southern neighbor Syria, latest statistics show. Speaking at a security forum in Ukraine’s capital Kiev, Soylu saidRead More


U.S. Navy Awards Contract To Boeing For Standoff Land Attack Missiles For Saudi Arabia

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Boeing has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for standoff land attack missiles to support Saudi Arabia, a major ally for the US in the Middle East region. The deal, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $64 million under the terms of a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract. The agreement enables Boeing to “restart” the AGM-84 Standoff Land Attack Missile production line and expand the production process to the benefit of Saudi Arabia, said a Pentagon press release. Additionally, the contract calls forRead More


Pakistan Envoy to Saudi Thanks OIC Secy Gen For Statement On Kashmir Violence

(PKONWEB) — The Pakistani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Khan Hasham bin Saddique called on Secretary General Dr. Yousaf A. Al-Othaimeen on Wednesday at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretariat in Jeddah. Amb. Saddique thanked the Secretary General for his statement on recent violence by the Indian forces against innocent Kashmiris and for condemning the acts of aggression. The Ambassador briefed the Secretary General on current situation in Indian-held Kashmir and the atrocities being committed by Indian security forces. He said Kashmir and Palestine are two of the major andRead More


Trump Directs Advisers to Consider Return to 12-Nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

(BE2C2) — President Donald Trump on Thursday called on his advisers to weigh a return to the Trans-Pacific Partnership after scrapping the trade deal when he assumed the presidency. Trump directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and economic adviser Larry Kudlow to determine whether the United States could achieve a better trade deal between the United States and the 11 other TPP countries. “Last year, the president kept his promise to end the TPP deal negotiated by the Obama administration because it was unfair to American workers and farmers,” WhiteRead More


After Maria Sharapova, US Comedian Jeremy McLellan Says He Doesn’t know who Sachin Tendulkar Is

Australian journalist Dennis Freedman got American Comedian Jeremy McLellan on his show to discuss what he says Pakistan, cricket, spy pigeons and make jokes. Jeremy McLellan is a stand up comedian and Freedman is a funny guy who has already won our hearts by incessantly trolling Indian cricket fans though he wouldn’t admit he means to troll them. But we know he always means it. Pakistanis do not need to listen to an hour-long conversation between the two foreigners. All that they want to know is that the American fellaRead More


Amnesty: Chasing “Billions of Hidden Assets” Vs. “Trillion Dollar Net Worth Potential” of Overseas Pakistanis

(BE2C2 Report); IRSHAD SALIM — Some 9 million Pakistanis are now abroad and in two different broad categories: Pakistanis working overseas mostly in the Middle East (NICOP card holders), and those who have switched citizenship or hold dual nationality, and are living and working abroad over the years (Pakistani Diaspora holding POC cards). Almost 99 percent of Pakistanis working in GCC countries are NICOP holders and according to our best estimate do not need an amnesty to bring monies back. They regularly remit most of their disposal income with noRead More


UN Tells Private Enterprise Leaders “Business As Usual Won’t Work”.

WILL HIGGINBOTHAM—As global citizens face an array of issues from unemployment to discrimination, affecting their livelihoods and potential, a UN agency called upon businesses to employ a new, sustainable, and inclusive model that benefits all. Business leaders from around the world convened at the United Nation’s 2018 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) partnership forum to hear how the private sector can work with governments to improve global economic opportunities. “The private sector is an indisputable partner in reducing global inequalities and improving employment opportunities for all” the UN Deputy Secretary-GeneralRead More


Asian Dev Bank Sees Afghan Need For Private Investment to Stimulate Recovery

The Asian Development Bank is supporting electric connections between three central Asian countries, a project that could be a net gain for Afghanistan. (BE2C2) — The Asian Development Bank–a potential energy player in the region, said Wednesday that Afghanistan needs more investments to stimulate recovery. The ADB expects the Afghan economy is stalled out at around 2.5 percent growth for gross domestic production through 2019. A “tenuous” political situation and tough security conditions are limiting growth. Full-year 2016 growth was 2.4 percent. Grants account for about half of the budgetRead More


Happy 8th Wedding Anniversary of Sania Mirza And Shoaib Malik

It has been eight years since Indo-Pak’s favorite couple, Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik tied the knot, and all this time the two have really stood by each other. Mirza, an ace tennis player from India, married Malik, top cricketer from Pakistan, on April 12, 2010. The couple soon became eye-candy of millions of fans who were ecstatic on the union of their two individual favorite sportspersons. In these eight years, the two have not shied away from confessing their love for each other, with both Sania and Shoaib tweetingRead More