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Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

 

Russia Keen to Expand Military Ties with Pakistan, Top Military Official Tells Gen Bajwa

“Pakistan would continue to play its part to keep conflicts away from the region and seek approaches which bring regional convergences into play rather than divergences” April 24, 2018 — Russia’s military chief says Pakistan was geostrategically an important country and Moscow is keen to expand its existing military-to-military cooperation– a significant development at a time when Islamabad’s relationship with Washington continues to deteriorate. In a meeting with Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa who reached Moscow on an official visit Tuesday, the Russian General acknowledged Pakistan’s achievement inRead More


Pakistan Navy Releases Images of Zarb Coastal Defense System

April 24, 2018 — The Pakistan Navy (PN) has released one of the first images of its Zarb land-based anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) system (also known as the Zarb Weapon System) being test-launched. In the April issue of its Navy News magazine, the PN published a photograph of the Zarb ASCM being fired from an 8×8 transport-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle at the Jinnah Naval Base in Ormara, Balochistan Province, as part of the recently conducted naval exercise ‘Sealion III’. The missile, which was fired by the PN’s Naval Missile Regiment underRead More


Sania Mirza, Shoaib Malik Announce First Pregnancy in Real Sporty Fashion

April 24, 2018 — Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik announced on Monday the couple is expecting their first child. The sports couple posted a picture on their Twitter accounts of a baby vest and a feeding bottle between two T-shirts bearing their names. It was accompanied by the hashtag #BabyMirzaMalik. During a panel discussion on ‘gender bias’ at Goa Fest 2018, the 31 year old Sania Mirza said any child she will have would bear ‘Mirza-Malik’ as family name and that Shoaib has always wantedRead More


Careem Admits to Data Breach, Affects 14 million Customers in Pakistan, MENA, Turkey

April 24, 2018 — A cyber-attack on Dubai-based ride sharing platform Careem has resulted in the theft of personal data of up to 14 million people in Pakistan, the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. The company said it detected the attack on January 14 but added that it has “no evidence of fraud or misuse related to the incident”. In a message to customers, Careem added: “It is our responsibility to be open and honest with you, and to reaffirm our commitment to protecting your privacy and data. WeRead More


Poets, Sufis, Laborers Represent Pakistan, Not Extremists: Seminar on Nationalism & Pakistaniat

April 24, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB): Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat Monday said extremists did not represent Pakistan rather poets, Sufis, laborers, workers, and others were its true representatives. Pakistan did not belong to a single person or institution as it was the country of every one, he said while addressing a seminar on “Nationalism and Pakistaniat” organized by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) in Quetta at the Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS). The seminar was attended byRead More


Iran Considers Currency Swaps With Turkey to Ease Trade, Banking Transactions

** Iran’s exports to Turkey during first nine months of 2017 amounted to around $5.84 billion, 75.7% more year over year. In return, Turkey exported $2.31 billion worth of goods, compared to $3.81 billion in the corresponding period of previous year, indicating about 65% decline. ** Iran and Turkey are said to have recognized the innovation of digital currencies; both countries are looking to launch their coins – which will be issued by Central Banks. April 24, 2018 (BE2C2) — With sanctions pressure looming from the United States, the CentralRead More


2018 Elections: Caretaker Govt and Race for Electables

There is a myth that the electables need political parties; but the fact of the matter is that it is the other way round, as to form government, political parties need winning candidates. By MOHAMMAD JAMIL: PRESENT government’s tenure ends on May 31, 2018, and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will ask the President to dissolve the assemblies. Of course, the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition have to agree on the name of the caretaker prime minister; and Syed Khursheed Shah will consult other opposition parties in thisRead More


World War II Navajo Code Talker Dies at 92

April 24, 2018 — A Navajo tribe Code Talker who used his native language to confound the Japanese in World War II has died. The Navajo Nation says Roy Hawthorne Sr. died Saturday. He was 92. Hawthorne enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at 17 and became part of a famed group of Navajos who transmitted hundreds of messages in their language without error. The code was never broken. Hawthorne had been one of the most visible survivors of the group. He appeared at public events and served as viceRead More