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Tuesday, May 15th, 2018


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 US to pressurize the PML-N government,” Musharraf said in a video message from Dubai. Musharraf added that Nawaz says he was not taken into confidence over the Kargil issue, which is “false”. He said NawazRead More

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 the lawmakers. The chairman NAB has also been directed to bring along with him concerned officers who were investigating the report. The accountability bureau last week said it was verifying the media reports that claimRead More

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 under the chairmanship of PFC Chief Executive Mian Kashif Ashfaq in Lahore on Monday. He said there is no doubt that Pakistan must explore trade and investment opportunities in South American countries including Mexico, ArgentinaRead More

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 self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, that borders Egypt on the southwest and Israel on the east. Earlier today, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted that “Netanyahu is the PMRead More

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 carpet as L’Oreal ambassadors at the prestigious film festival, but this year marks the first time the official festival sponsor sent a star –and probably one of the most glamorous one, from Pakistan’s re-emerging tinselRead More

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 mission was to develop an overall strategy for how the ILO would ensure that the gains of globalization are more equally shared, and how the global labor market shall deal with challenges such as climateRead More

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 number of people treated in Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) clinics in Gaza is more than were treated in all of 2014, when Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was launched in the Gaza Strip. MSFRead More

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 said. Addressing workers at KMC ground late on Sunday, Dr Sattar said he did not want to remain leader as “charity” when he didn’t enjoy any power. He also expressed fears of being criticized ifRead More

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 have been so many such incidents in the recent past. It comes out that Khawaja Asif has an iqama but he waits for the court to declare him unfit for parliament. Ishaq Dar is declaredRead More