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Sunday, May 6th, 2018


Kashmir Filled With Anger Following Youth Crushed to Death By Indian Police Vehicle

A PhD professor associated with the University of Kashmir was among those killed by the Indian forces in recent clashes between the freedom fighters and security personnel. May 6, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Tensions are running high in Indian-administered Kashmir, following the release of footage showing a young protester crushed to death by an Indian police vehicle. The Chief minister of Indian-controlled Kashmir Ms. Mehbooba Mufti has blamed security personnel for the death of the youth in Srinagar. IG Police S P Pani has assured that action would be taken againstRead More

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Shot at, Injured During Election Rally in Hometown

“…this is a clear effort to delay the coming elections,” tweeted journalist Hamid Mir, according to the Newsweek. May 6, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal was attacked in Punjab’s Narowal district– his home town on Sunday evening, Express News reported. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader was attacked during the party’s corner meeting in Qasba Kanjrod area of the town. The incident took place when Iqbal, 59, was leaving the corner meeting, being held at MPA Rana Manan’s residence. Police said the minister received two bulletsRead More

Mercedes-Benz Signs MoU With NLC for Assembly of Trucks in Pakistan to Meet CPEC Logistics Needs

It will ensure a healthy competition in the industry as well as will meet the logistics requirements of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). May 6, 2018 (BE2C2) — The National Logistics Cell (NLC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Daimler AG for local assembly and production of Mercedes‐Benz trucks in Pakistan with the aim to become a major player in harnessing logistics and connectivity opportunities of upcoming China Pakistan Economic Corridor.Mercedez In a statement issued on Saturday, NLC said the local assembly of Mercedes‐Benz trucks will mark aRead More

UAE to Provide $200m to Pakistan For Roads, Health, Education, Water, Agriculture Under PAP Program

The agreement will be funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) May 6, 2018 (BE2C2) — The UAE and Pakistan have signed a US$200 million cooperation agreement to execute Phase III of the UAE Pakistan Assistance Program (UAE PAP) covering uplift work in three provinces namely Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal areas (FATA). The Phase 3 of the program includes 40 projects covering roads, health, education, water and agriculture domains. The signing comes in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed AlRead More

Iran Warns It Would Quit The Nuclear Deal If U.S. Withdraws

So far, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.’s nuclear monitoring agency, has said Iran is complying, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agrees. May 6, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that if the United States quits the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers then Washington would regret it “like never before”. Mr Rouhani’s comments come as the US president decides whether to pull out of the international agreement by a 12 May deadline and refuse to extend U.S. sanctions relief for Iran.Read More

‘From Here to There’ Art Show of 33 Emerging Painters Draw Huge Crowd

May 6, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — ArtKaam Gallery recently held a group show of 33 emerging artists from all over Pakistan drawing a huge crowd of art lovers and enthusiasts from the city. The works on display by these Pakistani painters ranged from the figurative to the abstract including calligraphic art. Curator Mehreen Hashmi said, “Transition is essential in every artist’s practice, whether it’s a technique, imagery, context or medium of choice. In every creative process, it’s inevitable or else we call it ‘stagnant’. That emerging process of form and substance,Read More

Meet Syeda Anfas Who’s Running ‘Footpath Schools’ in Karachi, and Loving It

IRSHAD SALIM (May 6, 2018) –Syeda Anfas’ pegged tents under Karachi’s flyovers are attracting the underprivileged street children to become civic and literate at the very least if not educated– that would be crossing the line as it’s state and government responsibility to provide free education up to Grade 10 under the Constitution and the 18th Amendment. The Sindh government has therefore barred Syeda’s ‘footpath-school’ such as in city’s posh Clifton and Defense areas from providing “free education” to the hundreds of underprivileged children the lady has succeeded in bringingRead More

Turkey’s Top Soldier Gen. Akar Meets Pakistan Air Force Chief in Islamabad

Turkey and Pakistan: neighbors without physical borders May 6, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan Air Force Chief Mujahid Anwar Khan met Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar in capital Islamabad on Saturday, during which he vowed to continue cooperation in the field of aviation and military training. In an official statement released by the Pakistani military’s media wing ISPR, Khan, who met Gen. Akar at the Pakistan Air Force headquarters, highlighted that both countries enjoy cordial and brotherly relations, and reiterated the resolve to further boost the existing cooperation.Read More

Punjab Police Bust Two IPL Betting Rackets in Lahore

May 6, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Police Lahore arrested several bookies on Friday for running gambling rackets and betting on the ongoing matches of Indian Premier League (IPL). According to details as reported by local daily Pakistan Today, two suspected betting rackets were busted in separate areas of the Punjab provincial capital. A police spokesperson informed media that one of the betting rackets was located within the vicinity of Sabzazar police station. During the raid, police arrested Zahid, alias Goga Butt, who had the previous record of similar crimes. 20 casesRead More

Quetta Coalmine Explosion: 16 Killed, 9 Injured, More Than a Dozen Trapped

May 5, 2018 (BE2C2) — A coalmine explosion on Saturday killed at least 16 labors and injured several others in Quetta, with over a dozen still trapped, officials said. Sixteen miners were killed and nine others were wounded when a coal mine collapsed due after methane gas triggered underground blast. The accident occurred in Marwaarh, 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Quetta, which is the capital of oil and gas-rich Balochistan province bordering Iran and Afghanistan. “The roof caved in following an explosion triggered by the accumulation of methane gas,Read More

Tripartite Conference in Indonesia Set to Discuss Afghan Stability

May 5, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A tripartite Afghanistan-Pakistan-Indonesia conference of religious scholars scheduled on Friday in Indonesian capital Jakarta will reflect on Afghan peace and stability, report Afghanistan Times citing officials. The tripartite conference will discuss building a consensus and support for possible peace negotiations in Afghanistan. A statement issued by High Peace Council said that the Afghan delegation will consist of 20 clerics, twenty from Pakistan and an unknown number from Indonesia. Asef Seddiqi, deputy head of Afghan senate, called the Jakarta meeting “important”, asking the religious scholars toRead More

OIC Foreign Ministers Meet in Dhaka With Focus On Rohingya Muslims Issue

May 5, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Foreign ministers of OIC member countries are in Bangladesh capital Dhaka and likely to discuss in a meeting sustainable repatriation of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals to their home in Rakhine. The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation is holding the 45th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers — its highest policy making body in the Bangladeshi capital on May 5 and 6. The theme of the meeting is “Islamic Values for Sustainable Peace, Solidarity and Development”. The Ministers will focus on the issue of theRead More