Nawaz Sharif Withdrew Forces From Kargil on US Orders, Says Pervez Musharraf

May 15, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Monday said former PM Nawaz Sharif ordered to withdraw forces from Kargil in 1999 on orders of the United States (US). “Pakistan’s forces had the upper hand on five points in Kargil, but Nawaz opted to withdraw forces after New Delhi asked the […]

Parliament Committee Summons NAB Chairman Over “$4.9B Remittance to India”

May 15, 2018 — The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice has summoned Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday May 16, over media reports that claimed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif remitted $4.9 billion to India. The committee has directed Chairman NAB to appear in person and brief […]

Handmade Pakistani Traditional Furniture To Showcase At Mexican Furniture Fair

“Only US furniture demand at the manufacturers’ level is forecast to reach $59 billion in 2021″ May 14, 2018 (BE2C2) — Pakistan Furniture Council (PFC) will display Pakistani handmade world-class traditional furniture products at the Mexican International Furniture Fair to be held from May 23. This was decided at a board of directors meeting held […]

Turkey Expels Israeli Ambassador Over Gaza Deaths

May 15, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Israel’s ambassador to Turkey was summoned on Tuesday to the Foreign Ministry in Ankara and was asked to leave the country after Israeli gunfire claimed lives of 60 Palestinians protesting along the Gaza border on Monday over US embassy move to Jerusalem. The Gaza Strip, or simply Gaza is a […]

Pakistan’s Red Carpet Debut at Cannes Film Festival, Courtesy Mahira Khan

A picture of Mahira with Indian actress Sonam Kapoor also went viral on social media May 15, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Mahira Khan debuted on the Red Carpet at 71st Cannes Film Festival being held in Cannes, France, Monday evening, adding yet another feather to her cap. Stars from around the world have walked the red […]

Ex-President Leaves ILO After Corruption Scandal

MAY 14, 2018 — There is a compact silence surrounding how the corruption scandal affects ILO’s work on developing a plan to change the UN body. In August 2017, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and the then President of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim ​​were appointed to lead the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work. Their […]

Gaza: Avoiding a Greater Blood Bath (NYT Video)

Jason Cone is the executive director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. JASON CONE — The exit wounds are fist-size. Bone is pulverized into dust. This is the reality for half of the injured patients received in my organization’s clinics since the launch of the Great Return March in Gaza. Over the past month, the […]

Farooq Sattar Quits as Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Convener

May 15, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Dr Farooq Sattar has announced he will quit as convener of the Sindh urban-based party calling it a “powerless office”, while adding that he would not contest in the next general elections. “I will remain in the party as a common worker,” he […]

Why Political Parties Silence and Defiance in Times of Crisis Eat Away at Their Legitimacy

ARIFA NOOR — MIAN Nawaz Sharif’s recent remarks have created another storm in the country. While the government has now been forced to react, the PML-N remained relatively quiet until the day after they were reported. But this silence is not surprising; parties in Pakistan tend to remain inactive when hit by a crisis. There […]