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Wednesday, August 8th, 2018


Foreign Minister Clarifies ‘Exxon Exploration’ of Oil Reserves in Pakistan’s Deep Sea

AUG 8, 2018 (BE2C2 Report): Clarifying media reports regarding exploration of oil reserves in Pakistan’s deep sea continental shelf, Foreign Minister Abdullah Hussain Haroon on Wednesday said the drilling was yet to start. “On my return to Islamabad, a statement in Dawn newspaper dated August 4, was brought to my attention which required elucidation,” the Foreign Minister said in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here. “For information, ExxonMobil has purchased a block of Pakistani deep sea drilling rights off the Indus delta for exploration. Their drillingRead More

Opposition Parties Protest Election 2018 Results

AUG 8, 2018: Opposition parties parliamentarians and supporters of grand opposition alliance on Wednesday staged a sit-in outside the election commission headquarters in capital Islamabad. The opposition alliance says it has rejected the results of July 25 election results as “rigged” and “manipulated” vowing to continue the protest outside the parliament and across the country. “We don’t accept rigged elections,” “Down with rigged elections” and “Fake elections are unacceptable” were among slogans chanted by protesters belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s party (PPP), five-party religious alliance Muttahida MajlisRead More

US Envoy Meets Imran Khan, Congratulates Him on Election 2018 Victory

AUG 8, 2018: The acting Ambassador of US to Pakistan, John Hoover called on prime minister in-waiting and PTI Chairman Imran Khan at latter’s Banigala residence in capital Islamabad. The US Ambassador congratulated Imran Khan over the victory of his party in elections 2018. Khan and Hoover exchanged views on Pak-US relations and matters of mutual interest. The US envoy expressed willingness to improve relations between Pakistan and the United States. Khan said “Tehreek-e-Insaf is adamant to establish good relations with US based on mutual trust and respect. We viewRead More

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Charged With Money Laundering

AUG 8, 2018: Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency has charged former prime minister Najib Razak with three counts of money laundering as part of its investigation into the multi-billion dollar 1MDB scandal. The charges – which Najib denies – relate to three transfers totaling US$10m into his bank accounts from SRC International, a former unit of the 1MDB fund that US investigators say was looted of billions by Najib’s associates. A money laundering offense carries a penalty of a jail term of up to 15 years and a fine of at leastRead More

More Than 600,000 Foreigners Overstayed U.S. Visas in 2017

AUG 8, 2018: More than 600,000 foreign travelers who legally entered the United States in 2017 overstayed their visas and remained in the country by the end of the year, according to Department of Homeland Security data released Tuesday. That figure represents only 1.15 percent of the more than 52 million foreigners who legally entered the U.S. through air and seaports in 2017, and is down from 1.25 percent the year before. But it marked the second straight year that more than 600,000 visitors stayed past the expiration of theirRead More