Rangeela’s ‘Gaa Mere Manwa Gata Ja Re’ On New Year Day, His Birthday

(PKONWEB Report) — Every New Year’s Day, comedian Rangeela’s famous song ‘Gaa Mere Manwa Gata Ja Re’ reminds many of us to keep going (not look back) at heart’s desire, as the ride is long but not uncertain. So true. Rangeela’s message through his famous song couldn’t have been more subtly and poignantly told. Rangeela, […]

Fencing At Pak-Afghan Border, a $550 Million Unilateral Undertaking, Is a Reality Now

ISLAMABAD: The year 2018 has been a complete success story of Pakistan’s security forces as through the ongoing countrywide Operation Raddul Fasaad they have not only been able to cleanse the society of the menace of terrorism to a great extent but have also broken the myth that fencing at the 2,611-kilometer long and zigzag […]

Bloody Bangladesh Election Violence: 10 Killed In Polls Day Clashes

DHAKA — At least 10 people were killed in election-day clashes in Bangladesh Sunday, after a bloody campaign overshadowed by a crackdown on the opposition by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who is expected to win a historic but controversial fourth term. Three men were shot by police while six others died in clashes between activists […]

How Overseas Pakistanis Living In West Can Fund the Dams, Take Tax Writeoff

IRSHAD SALIM (Islamabad) — The Supreme Court and the Prime Minister of Pakistan have joined hands to raise funds for building two dams in the country on war-footings. Water crisis has taken an almost emergency-like situation, and power issue is undermining socio-economic growth despite progress made so far. Since dams–though takes longer to build–creates massive […]

Afghanistan Endgame: Vexing Between ‘Impasse’, Opium Rise and Race For Peace

NEW YORK/ISLAMABAD — The latest quarterly report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction describes the military situation in the 17-year war torn country as of Nov. 30 as being at “an impasse.” The arrival of additional U.S. advisers this year helped slow “the momentum of a Taliban march that had capitalized on U.S. […]

Ecotourism Takesoff in Pakistan: Gilgit-Baltistan Hosts First Ever Ice Hockey

ISLAMABAD — The first-ever match of ice hockey in Pakistan was played on Saturday in Naltar, the hilly snow resort of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), which is emerging as center of the country’s growing ecotourism. The match was played between the teams of PAF and GB Scouts. Players from both sides showed […]

Death Of a Migrant in US: Baby Contracted Pneumonia After Five Days In a ‘Freezing’ Holding Cell

NEW YORK — When A. Portillo, a 23-year-old woman from Honduras, was taken into custody by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in California earlier this month, her five-month-old was sick. The woman, who spoke to BuzzFeed News and asked to be identified by only her first initial and last name, was giving her baby an […]

Cheap Hydel Power Poised to Take Lead in Pakistan’s Energy Mix

KARACHI (BE2C2 Report) — Two new power plants – Tarbela 4th extension project and Neelum-Jhelum hydroelectric power project – have added nearly 2,400 megawatts to the system this year. A better flow of water in dams had helped the country produce higher electricity from hydel projects. Since it’s the cheapest (hydroelectric power is not priced […]

PIA Affairs In Supreme Court: Fake Degrees, AGP’s Damning Report On Losses

ISLAMABAD — A day after the country’s top court was told that academic credentials of seven pilots of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had been found to be bogus and five of them had not even done matric, the national carrier on Saturday terminated the contracts of three pilots, including 50 cabin crew members on grounds […]

Sans CPEC Pakistan Would Be Losing 80 to 120 Billion Dollars

SHAKEEL AHMAD RAMAY: Way back in 2010-11 it was calculated that the energy crises was costing Pakistan 2 percent of GDP. Pakistan was energy hungry, thus, the Industry started to relocate out of country. Employment opportunities started to shrink. Export sector suffered due to lack of competitiveness and a higher cost of production. The energy […]

Karachi Killer Assassinated In Afghanistan: RAW False Flag Or Modi’s Blunder?

ANDREW KORYBKO: The Baloch separatist mastermind behind the recent terrorist attack against the Chinese consulate in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi has been assassinated by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan after he was reportedly sent there by India in an effort to distance New Delhi from its proxy after that audacious incident, raising serious questions […]

NY City Street to Be Named “Mohammad Ali Jinnah Way”

NEW YORK: A section of street in Brooklyn, one of the boroughs of New York City, has been named after founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Pakistani-American Youth Organization (PAYO) said. A resolution was adopted on December 26 by the New York City Council, designating a part of Brooklyn’s Coney Island Avenue where […]

$1 Billion Worth Pak Railways Lands In Litigation, Minister Seeks Top Court Intervention

Pakistan Railways owns lands worth estimated $143 billion; lands worth estimated $72 billion remain stranded asset, encumbered, encroached or illegally occupied. ISLAMABAD — The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Friday ordered all high courts and subordinate courts to decide cases related to Pakistan Railways lands (federal asset) within the next two months. The bench, […]

Govt. Planning ‘Largest Operation Ever Against Money Laundering’

ISLAMABAD –Days after a joint investigating team (JIT) submitted its report to the country’s Supreme Court revealing a highly organized white collar crime syndication which laundered as much as Rs54 billion (US$500 million) through as many as 32 fake bank accounts involving hundreds of transactions through front companies and shell outfits, Prime Minister Imran Khan […]

Pak Army Chief, US Commander Agree Political Solution Key to Afghan Peace

ISLAMABAD  — The commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan agreed with Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on the importance of a political solution to the Afghan conflict. They also unanimously agreed that only an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led inclusive process can lead to peace in the war-torn country, said a statement by […]

Zardari, Bilawal and 170 Others Named In JIT Report Placed On No-Fly List

ISLAMABAD — The government has decided to place the name of former president Asif Ali Zardari – accused in the multi-billion rupee fake bank accounts case – including his sister Faryal Talpur, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and all other suspects on the Exit Control List (ECL). Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry […]

Supreme Court Bans Construction on Pakistan Railways Lands–Worth Over $98 Billion

Pakistan Railways owns lands (encumbered and unencumbered) far in excess of US$98 billion (Read below). LAHORE — The Supreme Court on Thursday banned construction of housing societies on Railways’ lands and ordered seizure of all records pertaining to the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club (RPGCC) in Lahore. The gilded country club was developed by […]

Afghan Peace Relay Race and Pakistani FM’s 4-Nation Tour

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday held a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on his trip to Moscow, his last stop on a whirlwind four-nation tour which included Afghanistan, Iran and China. Topping the agenda on Qureshi’s list was taking the four nations into confidence on Pakistani efforts for […]

Forbes Includes Pakistan Among 10 Coolest Places to Go, Here’s Why (PICS)

ISLAMABAD — The 10 Coolest Places to Go in 2019 include Pakistan. As one of the top 10 destination countries, the areas of special mention in Forbes include Hunza, Shigar valley and Khaplu in northern Pakistan. Ever since Pakistan won the war against terrorism, some 2.5 million tourists have visited the region–this year alone, as […]

Farooq Naeek May Not Be Able to Represent Zardari, Talpur In Fake Accounts Case

KARACHI — On Monday, the country’s highest court issued a notice to former president Asif Ali Zardari in a suo motu case pertaining to money laundering of billions of rupees through fake bank accounts. Zardari, the co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), has been directed to submit reply by December 31. The top court also […]