London Police to Tackle Groups of Youths Gathering on Streets Amid ‘Very Worrying’ Spate of Violence

Just 30 minutes after Tanesha was killed, 16-year-old Amaan Shakoor was shot in Walthamstow and died in hospital the following day. An officer on the front line of London’s knife-crime policing has vowed to stop groups of youths congregating in hotspots and creating trouble. It comes as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the spate […]

American Theater Company Issues License For Cinemas In Saudi With ‘Black Panther’ As The Opening Film

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — During Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s visit to Los Angeles on Wednesday, the American Theater Company (AMC) will issue the first license to operate cinemas in the Kingdom, Okaz reported on Tuesday. In a related note, Black Panther will be the opening film for first Saudi cinema in 35 years– the Kingdom’s […]

Pakistan Has No Intention to Discuss Aid With U.S.: Envoy Aizaz Chaudhry

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Friday addressed Pakistani, American and International media representatives highlighting latest developments in Indian Occupied Himalayan Valley of Kashmir on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day held at the Embassy in Washington. A day earlier the Pakistani envoy addressed a group of students from George […]

White House Approves $1.3 Billion Sale of Howitzers to Saudi Arabia

(PKONWEB/BE2C2) — The U.S. State Department said it has approved a possible foreign military sale to Saudi Arabia of 180 Self-Propelled Howitzers. The proposed foreign military sale “will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States” by strengthening the defensive capabilities of Saudi Arabia, who is a contributing partner to stability […]

Pakistan in Talks With Russia on Buying Air Defense Systems

(PKONWEB) — Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan confirmed to Russian media outlet Sputnik that Islamabad was in talks with Moscow on the issue of purchasing air defense systems, adding that Pakistan was interested in such weapons. “Air defense system is a different kind of weapon we are interested. We are very much interested in a […]

State Bank Declares Cryptocurrencies in Pakistan Illegal

(PKONWEB) — The State Bank of Pakistan has advised the general public that virtual currencies like Bitcoin, Litcoin, Pakcoin, DasCoin, Pay Diamond etc are neither recognized as legal tender nor the central bank has authorized or licensed any individual or entity for the issuance, sale purchase, exchange or investment in any such currency in Pakistan. […]

Pakistani Prime Minister in Afghanistan to Ease Tensions, Reduce ‘Mistrust’, Talk Trade and Connectivity

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will share evidence of cross-border terrorism with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on his visit to Kabul Friday, report The Nation citing diplomatic sources. (PKONWEB) — Pakistan’s prime minister is in Afghanistan for a day-long visit many see as an effort to ease strained relations between the two neighbors and revive […]

“There Will Only be Democracy in This Country”: Chief Justice of Pakistan

(PKONWEB) — The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar Thursday once again dismissed rumors of the possibility of a “judicial martial law” being imposed in the country, saying there is no provision in the Constitution that allows for such a move. Justice Nisar said he could only laugh at the talk of a ‘judicial […]

Govt Mulls Taxing Foreign Remittances Exceeding US$100,000

(BE2C2) — The Pakistan government is considering imposing tax on foreign remittances exceeding $100,000 a year to plug a hole being used for whitening black money in the country. Under Section 111(4)(a) of the Income Tax Ordinance, the government cannot ask the source of foreign remittance. The Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) and the Supreme […]

Turkey, Russia, Iran Vow to Speed Up Efforts For ‘Calm’ In War-Torn Syria

Hedging on US Withdrawal? – Turkey, Russia, Iran Vow To Speed Up Efforts For ‘Calm’ In War-Torn Syria (PKONWEB) — The presidents of Iran, Turkey and Russia met on Wednesday in Ankara for their second tripartite summit in under six months, aiming to speed the peace process for Syria– despite some conflicting interests, the meeting […]

Inspired By Cockroaches Scientists Develop Wall-Climbing Robot

(BE2C2) — Most robots rely on sensors to detect and move around objects in their path, which can take time. But what if they could change direction or climb objects in the blink of an eye. One of the most common household pests could offer a perfect blueprint. Researchers at the University of California in […]

NAB Identifies $22Mln “Irregularities” in Laptop Procurement Under PM Youth Program

(PKONWEB) — The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has reportedly identified major irregularities in Prime Minister Laptop Scheme (PMLS) run under the supervision of Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. Reports say a local company violated contract with HEC by procuring locally manufactured laptops against terms of the agreement set forth in the tender. As a […]

Financial Inclusion Funding In Sub-Saharan Africa Rise 270 Percent to $4.7Bln

OLGA TOMILOVA & EDLIRA DASHI—For the first time in over a decade, Sub-Saharan Africa is a top priority for international funders investing in financial inclusion, with 30 percent of all active projects focused on the region. Ten years ago, the 23 largest international funders who reported to the CGAP Cross-Border Funder Survey committed $1.73 billion […]

Trump Says He Plans to Order Military to Guard Border With Mexico, Build Wall

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — President Trump said on Tuesday that he planned to order the military to guard parts of the southern border until he can build a wall and tighten immigration restrictions, proposing a remarkable escalation of his efforts to crack down on migrants entering the country illegally. He said he was consulting with Jim Mattis, […]

Senior Dubai Police Official Compares ‘Criminal’ Pakistanis to ‘Disciplined’ Indians

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A senior Dubai police official has tweeted that “Indians are disciplined… while sedition, criminality and smuggling in the Pakistani community are rampant.” Head of General Security for Dubai, Dhahi Khalfan, tweeted: “The Pakistanis pose a serious threat to the Gulf communities because they bring drugs to our countries.” The statements were posted on […]

Emergence of 23-Party Grouping Called Pakistan National Alliance (PNA): Party Politics or Pressure Group?

IRSHAD SALIM — Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf is all set to lead a 23-party alliance in the general elections this summer. The alliance would constitute a third force in national politics– it is being considered an equalizer albeit pressure group, several observers say, as the triangular contest between ruling PML-N, PTI and PPP parties […]

Removing Hate from Sermons By Xenophobic Clerics

RAFIA ZAKARIA — It has been nearly 10 years since an angry mob raged through the streets of Gojra in the early morning hours of Aug 1, 2009. The trouble had begun the day before, Friday, when certain xenophobic clerics had incited Muslim villagers, citing rumors about the desecration of religious verses. On that grim […]

Castro’s Successor to Inherit Long-Standing Conflict Between Cuba and the U.S.

PATRICIA GROGG — Cuba’s tense relations with the United States under the administration of Donald Trump reflect a scenario of conflict that is not alien to the generation that will take over the country on April 19, when President Raúl Castro is set to step down. Since the 1960s, Cuba’s nationalist stance has drawn on […]

OIC Condemns New Wave of Violence in Indian Occupied Kashmir (Pics, Videos)

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said heavy weaponry was being used by the Indian forces at the Line of Control (LoC) and continuing ceasefire violations by them could pave way for a major war between the two neighboring countries. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) General Secretariat has condemned indiscriminate use of force […]

Kashmir Bleeds: 20 Youth Killed by Indian Forces in Himalayan Valley

Security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir opened fire on villagers trying to stop the arrest of suspected armed separatists. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB)— Twenty people were killed in India-held Kashmir in some of the fiercest clashes this year in the region, police said on Sunday, as authorities braced for more violence. Thirteen Kashmiris described by Indian authorities as militants […]