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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]