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Sunday, May 27th, 2018

 

Qatar Bans Saudi, UAE Goods From Stores

May 27, 2018 (BE2C2) — Days before embargo anniversary, Qatar has banned goods from 4 nations. A directive from the economy ministry ordered shops to immediately strip shelves of products from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. Inspectors will visit stores to ensure they comply with the order, the ministry said. The government will also try and stop products such as Saudi dairy goods from entering Qatar via a third country. The gas-rich country’s Government Communications Office (GCO) said it was trying to “protect the safety of consumers”. “ProductsRead More


Only Anti-Corruption Drive Can Pull Pakistan Back From Brink of Chaos: Imran Khan Interview

“Extremism is not Pakistan’s problem. Pakistan’s problem is governance”; “Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore and Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia as examples of men who made their countries advance because they cleaned them up” SIMON HEFFER: To many of a certain age, Imran Khan is first and foremost the great all-rounder who captained Pakistan’s cricket team and played the international game from the 1970s to the 1990s. But these days, following an impressive career in philanthropy, Imran leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, and after elections in early July hopes toRead More


Corruption Doesn’t Matter: It’s The Numbers Game in Pakistan Politics

IRFAN HUSAIN — The other day as I was flipping channels, I came across an interesting two-part interview with Dr Ijaz Gilani, founder and chairman of Gallup Pakistan. I was so fascinated by the facts and figures he discussed that I watched the program online the next day so I could take notes. Relying on data from all the elections held in Pakistan from 1970 onward, he made the point that while there had been rigging against the PPP in the 1988 and 1993 polls, it was no longer possibleRead More


Islam and the West: British Royalty’s Inclusiveness

The West and Islam are not two separate entities. Islam has done much to shape Western civilization and given Europe and the world the fabulous example of the era of Convivencia AKBAR AHMED — I was fortunate to be in England during the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. I watched on television with millions of others, Prince Charles extend his hand to the bride and take the place of her absent father. It was symbolic of the inclusiveness of British royalty. It took me back to October 1993Read More


‘No Party Will Hold The Majority In The Next Assembly’: Asif Ali Zardari

May 27, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Former President and Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday predicted no party will hold the majority in the next assembly — a view many observers have been voicing in the print media and on talk shows lately. However, if Gallup Pakistan’s most recent opinion poll is to be considered, PML-N — the ruling party, with Punjab as its bastion of power could swing results in its favor with enough seats to form the next  government also in the Center — other thingsRead More


Islamabad’s Top Envoy to US Will Take Charge From May 29, Amid Challenges Ahead

May 26, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan’s ambassador-designate to the United States Ali Jahangir Siddiqui will take charge of his post on May 29, two days before the end of the current government. Foreign Office spokesperson confirmed the latest development to DawnNewsTV on Saturday. Siddiqui left for Washington on Saturday night, Geo News reported. Considered an investment banking expert, Siddiqui will take over from Aizaz Chaudhry – a career diplomat, who will step down on the same day. The Foreign Office has informed the Pakistan Embassy in Washington regarding Siddiqui takingRead More


Editorial: Nawaz Should Ask For The Nation’s Forgiveness For His Past Mistakes

THE latest allegations are unsurprising and have been made by others before, but the bluntness and detail with which they have now been spelled out are remarkable and potentially dangerous. Former prime minister and under-trial PML-N supremo, Nawaz Sharif, has once again set the cat among the pigeons by claiming that his quest to put former president and military dictator retired Gen Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason was the trigger for a campaign to oust Mr Sharif from public office and front-line politics. Mr Sharif’s further claim that theRead More


Saudi Arabia To Exclude German Firms From Government Tenders

May 27, 2018 (BE2C2) — Saudi Arabia has ordered that no more government contracts be awarded to German companies, in a sign of continued irritation over Berlin’s foreign policy in the Middle East, German magazine Der Spiegel and the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) report. Citing no sources, it said the move was likely to hit major companies such as Siemens, Bayer and Boehringer Ingelheim as well as carmaker Daimler. Relations between Germany and Saudi Arabia have been strained, and Saudi Arabia last year summoned its ambassador in Germany homeRead More


Turkey, Russia Sign Retroactive Deal Granting 10.25 Pct Discount, End Gas Dispute

Turkey has also purchased S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia, a deal that has raised concern among Turkey’s NATO partners May 27, 2018 (BE2C2) — Russian state gas giant Gazprom said on Saturday it had signed a protocol with the Turkish government on a planned gas pipeline and agreed with Turkish firm Botas to end an arbitration dispute over the terms of gas supplies. The protocol concerned the land-based part of the transit leg of the TurkStream gas pipeline, which Gazprom said meant that work to implement it couldRead More


Over 150 Detained in Dhaka’s Camp Geneva Raid Amid Accusations of Extrajudicial Killings

Geneva Camp is a crammed slum home to more than 40,000 Urdu-speaking people called “Stranded Pakistanis”. May 26, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Security forces in Bangladesh raided an area in capital Dhaka on Saturday and detained at least 150 suspects as part of a nationwide anti-drug crackdown, amid accusations that extrajudicial killings have taken place during the drive. Over 60 suspected drug peddlers have been killed and over 3,000 suspects detained across Bangladesh in the crackdown, according to tallies by officials and local media. The campaign was launched earlier this monthRead More


All Eyes On Afghan Sensation Rashid Khan As Hyderabad Face Chennai In IPL Final

May 27, 2018 (AFP) — Sunrisers Hyderabad are banking on Afghan sensation Rashid Khan to fire one more time against the Chennai Super Kings in Sunday’s Indian Premier League final. After a string of brilliant performances in India’s cash-rich Twenty20 league, the 19-year-old will be in the spotlight as the Sunrisers seek a second title — and a $4-million prize — against Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Super Kings. Khan’s spin bowling has made him one of the hottest properties in cricket over the past year. But he has shown in theRead More