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September, 2018

 

UN Speech: Trump Rejects Globalism; Names ‘Good’ and ‘Not So Good’ Places

SEP 25, 2018: US President Donald Trump today spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York and mentioned good places according to him being: India, Saudi Arabia and Poland. Not Good places according to Trump were: Iran, friends of Iran, Nicaragua, Germany, China, OPEC countries, Syria, countries that don’t respect America. Places Trump did not name or speak about was Russia. Trump attacked the Iranian leadership, accusing it of sowing “chaos, death and destruction” across the Middle East and said the Iranian leaders “want to meet,” but he’s notRead More


Opposition Questions PM Khan’s Statement on Citizenship for Afghan, Bengali Refugees

SEP 25, 2018: Some lawmakers on Tuesday sought clarification on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement earlier this month regarding granting citizenship to people of Bengali and Afghan parentage who were born in Pakistan. The issue was raised jointly by opposition party PPP and one of the government allies, the Balochistan National Party (BNP), through a call to attention notice in the assembly session. Criticizing the statement, PPP’s Nafeesa Shah termed the premier’s statement “insensitive” and said that PM Khan had “failed to take the feelings of the locals” of KarachiRead More


Money Whitening Scheme on Property Purchases Documents Black Money Worth $1.9 Billion

SEP 25, 2018: A money whitening scheme allowed on property purchase has documented black money worth Rs230 billion (US$1.9 billion) till end of the last fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. The money has been whitened during December 2016 through June 2018. The government on December 02, 2016 through amendment by inserting a new section 236W to Income Tax Ordinance, 2001, had approved the immunity and allowed investments in immovable property to document their money at the rate of 3 percent. The declarer of concealed income was also granted immunityRead More


Pakistan Congratulates Maldives on Peaceful Presidential Election

SEP 24, 2018: Pakistan has congratulated the people of Maldives on the peaceful conclusion of its Presidential election. The foreign office spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal in a tweet said “Pakistan fully supports the democratic process in Maldives and will work with the new government to further enhance the partnership between the two countries.” Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday conceded defeat in elections and said he would arrange a smooth transition for president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. “I have accepted the results from yesterday,” Yameen said in a televised address toRead More


Enemies Hatching Conspiracies, As Militarily They Can’t Defeat Us: CJP

SEP 22, 2018: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar said on Saturday that enemies of the country are hatching conspiracies. “Our enemies can’t hurt us by using sheer force and [this is] making them resort to plotting conspiracies,” Justice Nisar said. Addressing lawyers at the district bar room in Chitral, he said efforts were needed to pay off the country’s burgeoning foreign debt, which has slowed down its economic development. The CJP said it was a matter of great concern that each Pakistani was in debt amounting to Rs170,000.Read More


Iran Blames Terrorists Trained By a ‘Foreign Regime’ For Military Parade Attack

SEP 22, 2018: Following a deadly attack on a military parade in southern Iran, the country’s foreign minister said that regional sponsors of terrorism and their “US masters” are to be held accountable for such assaults. Top Iranian diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif vowed to respond “swiftly and decisively” after gunmen opened fire in southwestern city of Ahvaz on Saturday leading to multiple casualties — 8 according to media reports and included children and some media persons. The minister claimed that the terrorists were sponsored and trained by “a foreign regime.”Read More


Punjab Govt Shifts Hanif Abbasi to Attock After Adiala ‘VVIP Meeting Photo Leak’

SEP 22, 2018 (Updated): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi was shifted from Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail to Attock jail on Saturday. The incarcerated PML-N leader was shifted to Attock jail on the directives of DIG Rawalpindi. The Punjab government on Thursday had constituted a two-member team to probe breaking of jail rules to let jailed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi pay visit to incarcerated former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on the day of his release. Action was supposed to be taken following the presentation of findings inRead More


Why Sharifs Release On Bail Won’t Disturb the Sanity Restored to Pakistan Politics After Years

ASHA’AR REHMAN: The reactions to the release of Mian Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz, along with that of Capt Safdar, are bewildering to say the least. It was a foregone conclusion that the former prime minister and his daughter, who had been imprisoned while leading the resistance plank of the PML-N, would be bailed out. In the wake of their arrest, it was also deduced, on the authority of legal experts, that they would be freed in the not too distant future while the hearing of the cases against themRead More


We Want Equitable Relationship Based On Mutual Trust With US: Naval Chief

SEP 20, 2018: Pakistan seeks an equitable relationship with the United States based on mutual respect and the financial military assistance provided by the US to its non-Nato ally ‘is of secondary importance’. “We want a good relationship with the US based on mutual respect, an equitable relationship,” said Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi while addressing American and Pakistani media members at an interactive session with the “South Asia Watchers” at the Pakistan embassy in Washington D.C. earlier this week. The Naval Chief is in the US to attendRead More


Saudi Arabia to Become Partner in CPEC, PM Imran Offers Same to UAE

SEP 20, 2018 (BE2C2): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Thursday said Saudi Arabia would be the third partner in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and invest in projects in Pakistan. Addressing a press conference in capital Islamabad, he said Pakistan had invited Saudi Arabia to join CPEC and both the countries would strengthen their strategic partnership by cooperating in areas of trade, economy and security. He said a high level Coordination Committee of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia had been formed, adding two high powered Saudi ArabianRead More


China Says Military Ties ‘Backbone’ to Relations With Pakistan

SEP 19, 2018: Military ties between China and Pakistan are the “backbone” of relations between the two countries, a senior Chinese general told visiting army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Gen. Bajwa is on his first visit to ally China since the new government of Prime Minister Imran Khan took office in August, and comes a week or so after a senior Chinese diplomat visited Islamabad. During the visit, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with top leadership of the country: President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan, NationalRead More


Bob Woodward´s Trump Book ‘Fear’ Sells 1.1 Million Copies in First Week

“Fear” is currently in its 10th reprint, according to Simon & Schuster, which will bring the total number of sales to 1.2 million SEP 19, 2018: Investigative journalist Bob Woodward´s incendiary “Fear: Trump in the White House” has become the fastest selling book in Simon and Schuster´s 94-year history, the publisher said Tuesday, shifting 1.1 million copies in its first week. The tell-all account of the inner workings of US President Donald Trump´s administration sold a staggering 900,000 on its September 11 release day, according to the company´s figures, whichRead More


Pakistan Flags Adorn Jeddah Roads as PM Khan Visit Kingdom -His First Trip Abroad

SEP 18, 2018: In his first trip abroad after being sworn-in as the Prime Minister, Imran Khan is on a two-day state visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. Pakistan flags were displayed on Jeddah roads as Khan Sahib and his high powered delegation landed in the kingdom today (Tuesday). He is accompanied by key ministers: Shah Mehmood Qureshi, minister for foreign affairs; Asad Umar, minister for finance; Fawad Chaudhry, minister for Information, and adviser to the PM on commerce Mr.Read More


UK Crime Agency Arrests Politically Exposed Pakistani and Wife Over Alleged Money Laundering

SEP 17, 2018: The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency on Monday announced it has “arrested a former Pakistani politically exposed person”, aged 40, along with his 30-year-old wife, “in connection with alleged money laundering in the United Kingdom believed to be the result of corruption in Pakistan”. According to a statement issued by the UK’s agency, the couple, who were arrested in Surrey [county in southeastern England], “control a UK property portfolio worth more than £8 million for which they appear to have no legitimate source of income”. The investigationRead More


New UK-Pakistan Partnership On Justice, Accountability; Agreement Signed on Repatriation of ‘Looted Wealth’

SEP 17, 2018: Law Minister Dr Farogh Naseem and British Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Monday jointly announced a justice and accountability agreement between UK and Pakistan aimed at repatriating “the looted wealth of the country”. The agreement — which the duo insisted will not target individuals, but is a broader agreement between the two governments to collaborate for the elimination of a variety of crimes — was arrived at during the British home secretary’s official visit to Islamabad. “The aim of this agreement is to bring back the lootedRead More


China Using 60,000 Soldiers to Plant a Forest the Size of Ireland

Can Pakistan adopt a similar model –along with the rest of the nation? SEP 16, 2018: China will plant new forests covering an area roughly the size of Ireland this year as it aims to increase forest coverage to 23 percent of its total landmass by the end of the decade, China Daily reported on Friday. Planting trees has become a key part of China’s efforts to improve its environment and tackle climate change, and the government has pledged to raise total coverage from 21.7 percent to 23 percent overRead More


How Important Provinces Role Is In Seeking IMF Bailout Package

IRSHAD SALIM (Sep 16, 2018): Whether Pakistan borrows from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or from Beijing and Riyadh, revenue generation and belt-tightening on federal as well as provincial level have become inevitable. Narrowing the mounting gap between external liabilities and available foreign exchange by the federation by seeking bailouts while provinces continue to spend lavishly is no longer an option going forward — the chickens have come home to roost as a result of 10-year “Russian Roulette” albeit “Casino economy”. Seeking to eliminate corruption and chasing hidden assets ofRead More


Turkey’s S-400 Purchase ‘National Decision’: NATO Chief

SEP 15, 2018: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenburg said Friday that Turkey’s purchase of a missile defense system from Russia was Ankara’s own “national decision.” “It is a challenge and is well known that there is a disagreement between Turkey and especially United States on this issue,” Stoltenburg said at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington D.C. The NATO chief mentioned that for NATO the most important thing is whether “the different systems can work together.” Last month, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Turkey will buy Russia’s highly-sophisticatedRead More


Turkey Recognizes Pakistan’s Role to Defeat Terrorism, Extremism

“We also desire to further deepen our defense relations,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sep 14, 2018: The visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held official talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday and appreciated Pakistan’s “successful and strong action to subdue and defeat the menace of extremism and terrorism,” officials said. Cavusoglu also assured Qureshi of his country’s support in the bid to find a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue. “The (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) group that has been formed over Kashmir in theRead More


Former PM Abbasi’s Disqualification Sustained By Lahore High Court

SEP 14, 2018: The Rawalpindi bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday issued its detailed verdict on barring former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi from contesting elections from his native NA-57 (Murree) constituency in the July 25 polls, ruling that the former prime minister was not honest and sagacious and hence disqualified for life. The judgement declared Abbasi “guilty of concealment of facts and withholding of complete information from his voters.” According to the judgement, Abbasi “is not an honest and ameen person” and thus “not a qualified personRead More