China State-Owned Company Bids For Two Railway Projects Under CPEC

The Chinese government is providing loans to Pakistan on CPEC projects at 2.39 percent payable over 25 years, with Chinese state-owned companies bidding and building these projects May 10, 2018 — China’s state-owned railway construction enterprise wants to carry out initial feasibility study on upgrading Main Line (ML-II Kotri-Attock) and ML-III Rohri-Chaman railways tracks, and […]

Eight Ruling Party Lawmakers From Punjab, Balochistan Jump Ship

In a related note, former Chief Minister of Punjab, Dost Muhammad Khosa has decided to join Imran Khan-led PTI. May 10, 2018 — A day after 15 former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders under the banner of “Janubi Punjab Suba Mahaz” (JPSM) shook hands with Imran Khan, eight more ruling party lawmakers defected to the […]

Supreme Court Says Judicial Council May Hold Public Trial of Judges

May 10, 2018 — The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ruled that the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) can hear a case against a judge in an open court — given that the judge on trial waives the right for in-camera proceedings. A five-judge SC bench, while hearing petitions filed by Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice […]

Accountability Court Issues Arrest Warrant Against Ex-Sindh IG In Corruption Case

May 10, 2018 — An accountability court on Thursday issued arrest warrant against former Sindh police chief Ghulam Haider Jamali in a corruption case. Jamali had disappeared on Tuesday after the Sindh High Court canceled his pre-arrest bails and of other police officers accused in the illegal recruitment case. As the trial court began its […]

Former CM Punjab, Lawmaker From Gujranwala Join PTI

May 10, 2018 — The former Chief Minister of Punjab, Dost Muhammad Khosa has decided to join Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf. According to media reports, the veteran politician from Dera Ghazi Khan district of the Punjab province will announce his inclusion in PTI at a meeting with Imran Khan in Bani Gala. Khosa will […]

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad Invited to Form Next Govt.; To Become World’s Oldest Leader

The 92-year-old had a shock victory over his one time protege, Najib Razak. He’s 21 years older than President Donald Trump, a year older than Queen Elizabeth II and twice the age of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Veteran Malaysian politician Mahathir Mohamad is set to become the world’s oldest […]

Fake Degrees, Conflict Of Interest: Supreme Court Summons PM Abbasi as ‘CEO of AirBlue Airline’

The Chief Justice remarked that being prime Minister and President/CEO of Air blue, a private airline, at the same time was a grave conflict of interest. May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday, summoned heads of all Pakistani airlines as well Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to appear […]

‘China Most Likely To Fill the Shoes Of The U.S.’ In Iran Nuclear Deal

May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — After pulling the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration plans to put strong sanctions on Iran “very soon.” “We have terminated a terrible, terrible deal that should have never, ever been made,” he said. “And we will be putting […]

BMW Recalls 312,000 Vehicles in U.K. Due to Electrical Fault

The cars were first recalled after Narayan Gurung died on Christmas Day 2016 while driving with his wife. His Ford Fiesta crashed into a tree to evade a stalled BMW in Surrey May 10, 2018 (BE2C2) — BMW announced an expanded recall Wednesday on 312,000 cars in the United Kingdom due to an electrical flaw […]

Saudi Arabia Will Seek To Develop Its Own Nuclear Weapons If Iran Does: FM Al-Jubeir

May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Saudi Arabia will seek to develop its own nuclear weapons if Iran does, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told CNN on Wednesday. “If Iran acquires nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same.” Jubeir’s renewed vow came after US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out […]

Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan Loses Bid For Release Ahead of Rape Trial

May 9, 2018 (DESPARDES) — The Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who is being held in France over rape allegations by three women, has lost his bid for early release ahead of trial, his lawyer told AFP. Judges had already refused bail for the 55-year-old Ramadan, who is being treated behind bars for multiple sclerosis, as […]