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Thursday, May 24th, 2018


In a Historic Bipartisan Spirit, Lawmakers Vote For Merger Of Tribal Areas With Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Observers consider the merger move timely and in the best national interest May 24, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The 31st constitutional amendment bill was approved in the National Assembly Thursday regarding the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The historic bill for the much-awaited merger was tabled in the lower house of Parliament after bipartisan agreement between the treasury and the opposition benches — it was thereafter passed with a 229-11 vote in favor. The bill was presented by Law Minister Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk withRead More

NAB Retrieves 10,000 Acres State land Worth $700M Near Karachi From Land Mafia

May 24, 2018 (BE2C2) — The National Accountability Bureau on Thursday said it has retrieved 10,000 acres of state land usurped by land mafia off the Superhighway near Karachi worth Rs75 billion ($700 million) and there where some major housing schemes launched on these land in connivance with revenue officials. “In an investigation against revenue authorities on allegations of fake allotments of lands at Thana Boola Khan, Jamshoro, NAB has been successful in getting thousands of acres of land cancelled by the revenue authorities,” the bureau’s spokesperson told Dawn. ThreeRead More

US “Ditches” Pakistan When It’s Politically Convenient: Musharraf

May 24, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — VOA Contributor Greta Van Susteren recently interviewed former President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who said Pakistan has been a “most loyal ally” of the United States, but the US “ditches” Pakistan when it’s politically convenient and favors Pakistan’s enemy, India. The former military ruler also said the US has to balance out its role in the Gulf vis-a-vis Iran when asked to comment on Trump withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, while maintaining that he absolutely stands for non-proliferation. “Pakistan has all along been balancing itsRead More

Between The Lines, Former ISI Chief Re-Calibrates Sharif’s Kargil Narrative

*** Musharraf had grounds to launch Kargil operation ‘preemptively’ *** Sharif gave the ‘go ahead’ but was not aware of the ‘extent’ of the operation *** Sharif had better options than going to Washington IRSHAD SALIM (May 23, 2018) — In the year 2000 — a year after the Kargil ‘mini war’ between Pakistan and India — one Indian general accepted that India had plans to make a further ingress into Siachin glacier like it did in 1984. Musharraf’s Kargil operation was nothing but a preemptive strike to prevent IndiaRead More

Pakistan-India Water Dispute: World Bank Seeks Amicable Solution

May 24, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The World Bank is holding talks with a Pakistani delegation in the US capital for an amicable resolution of its water dispute with India by seeking opportunities and alternative approaches within the Indus Water Treaty framework. A four-member Pakistani delegation, headed by Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali, arrived in Washington on Sunday, a day after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 330MW dam in India-held Kashmir, which Pakistan fears will reduce its share in the waters of the Indus and its tributaries. The riverRead More

71-Year-Old Mother Rides Bike Across Northern Pakistan With Son

May 24, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A 71-year-old mother, against all odds, is on a cross-country bike ride with son in northern parts of Pakistan — while setting a great example for mothers as well as youngsters. Considered paradise on earth, the northern part of the country is rich in natural beauty and resources — during the last couple of years, it has witnessed uptick in tourists from within and outside. Talking to Pakistan Today, her son Qadeer Gillani said he and his mother crossed Noori Top on the bike last year andRead More

Saudi Arabia To Replace Currency Notes With Coins From Thursday

May 24, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Saudi Arabia will officially start replacing SAR currency notes with coins from Thursday May 24, according to Sabq. The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) had announced the move after Riyadh authorities issued the sixth generation of banknotes and coins in December 2016 to mark the era of the current monarch King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. A SAMA statement issued on Wednesday announced that SAR currency notes would be gradually phased out until they are no longer in circulation in the market. It said thatRead More

Malaysia Uncovers Surprise $250Bn Debt Hidden Under Najib

New fiscal hurdles raise fears of cash exodus, and further revelations could spur foreign players to flee Malaysia May 24, 2018 (BE2C2) — The Malaysian government under Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has revealed that the national debt is far higher than figures published by the previous administration, topping 1 trillion ringgit ($251 billion). The larger debt figure, which was officially 686.8 billion ringgit ($172.4 billion) at the end of 2017, has led to speculation that former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government altered records to hide the extent of corruption. TheRead More

Russia Says U.S. Sanctions Against It Could Be Seen As Treasonous

Sanctions from Washington reach deep into the Russian energy sector, which accounts for about a third of total Russian GDP May 23, 2018 — With its energy sector the target of U.S. sanctions pressure, a Russian legislator on Wednesday proposed making those sanctions synonymous with treason. Andrei Isayev, the head of legislation in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, said discussions were under way to consider counter-sanctions measures against the United States. The measure could criminalize those sanctions. “It was also proposed to make this component equal toRead More

Climate Change To Cause More Migrants than Conflicts And Wars

May 24, 2018 (BE2C2) — Climate change is one of the main drivers of migration and will be increasingly so. It will even have a more significant role in the displacement of people than armed conflicts, which today cause major refugee crises. This was the warning sounded by Ovais Sarmad, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), who was in Buenos Aires to participate in a meeting of international representatives and senior Argentine government officials, on May 16 to analyze the impacts ofRead More

Can The Neo-Dalit Movement Eradicate Emerging Fascism In India?

The vast poor majority remains oppressed to the emerging fascist forces. They are brutalized by the caste system, the ‘culture of impunity’ and the hydra-headed tortures. I show how the Neo-Dalit Movement needs to emerge and eradicate the age-old problem, following the Mandela model. LENIN RAGHUVANSHI – India is one of the world’s oldest living civilizations with a vibrant culture and diversity of its people and languages. Paradoxically, this enormous diversity also hides a dark and sinister side in the shadows of its culture, the caste system. Embedded in theRead More

Two-Thirds Of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage: Gallup

May 23, 2018 — More than two-thirds of Americans now support same-sex marriage — and more are identifying themselves as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, new Gallup research shows. In the highest level ever recorded by Gallup, 67 percent Americans said they support same-sex marriage. Gallup said it’s recorded 3 percent increases in each of its last three annual surveys on the issue. Wednesday’s report showed a 40 percent point increase from Gallup’s first poll on the matter in 1996, when just 27 percent voiced supportRead More

Oman, Yemen Prepare For Hurricane-Strength Cyclone Mekunu

May 23, 2018 (UPI) — Cyclone Mekunu is intensifying to hurricane-level strength in the Arabian Sea and is expected to hit Oman and Yemen later this week, forecasters said Wednesday. The storm is classified as a cyclonic storm, but is predicted to become the equivalent of a Category 2 or Category 3 hurricane. Wednesday, it hit the archipelago of Socotra in the Guardafui Channel, an oceanic strait off the tip of the Horn of Africa, with severe wind gusts. The storm is expected to hits wind speeds of 74 mphRead More