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 […]

Supreme Court’s Ruling in Zulfi Bukhari’s Favor Opens Door (a Bit) For Dual Nationals

ISLAMABAD — British-Pakistani national Zulfi Bukhari will continue as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis and human resource development but can’t claim the status of a minister after the top court dismissed a petition against him on Wednesday. The decision opens the door–a bit though for dual nationals–the PTI-led government has launched […]

Civil-Military’s Strong Message For Pluralism On Christmas, Jinnah’s Birth Anniversary

ISLAMABAD — As Christians across the country celebrate the festive occasion of Christmas amid tight security on Tuesday, the president, prime minister, army chief and other top government officials extended their felicitations and warmest wishes to members of the community. December 25 is also the 142nd birthday of the founder of Pakistan, who during runup […]

Institutions Are Operating Independently: Info Minister Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD — Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the public had given the PTI government the mandate to carry out accountability and bring those who plundered the nation’s wealth to book. “However, after coming into power we detached ourselves from these matters … we are allowing institutions to operate independently,” he explained. Fawad was addressing a […]

Chief Justice Orders Gourmet Ice Cream Outlets Closure; 47 Brands Test Unfit

LAHORE — The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered all ice cream production units of Gourmet Foods across Punjab sealed and all other edible products of the company be assessed for quality checks. Hearing a petition filed by the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) at the apex court’s Lahore registry, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar issued the […]

Muslim Student Barred From Sitting for Exam In India for Wearing Hijab

Umaiyah Khan, an MBA student, said she was asked to take her hijab off when she reached the center for the UGC-NET exam in Delhi’s Rohini. NEW DELHI — The hijab — a type of veil worn by some Muslim women, is in the news again. This time because a student from Delhi’s Jamia Milia […]

Another Migrant Child From Guatemala Dies in U.S. Border Patrol Custody

NEW YORK –An 8-year-old Guatemalan migrant died in U.S. Border Patrol custody on Christmas Day (Tuesday), the agency announced. In a news release, CBP said the child, whose name was not released, was showing signs of illness on Monday while in custody with his father. Both were taken to the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center […]

President Erdogan Invites Trump to Visit Turkey

WASHINGTON DC — Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has invited US President Donald Trump to visit Turkey in 2019, a White House spokesperson said on Monday. “While nothing definite is being planned, the President is open to a potential meeting in the future,” White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said in a statement a day after Erdogan […]

Queen Elizabeth II Warns of ´Tribalism´ in Christmas Address

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II warned of religious “tribalism” in a Christmas message on Tuesday delivered against a backdrop of Britain bickering over its impending exit from the EU. The tone of the 92-year-old monarch´s annual TV appearances reflected a sombre mood sweeping the island nation as it ponders the perils of leaving the European […]

Ousted Premier Nawaz Sharif Sentenced, Fined $25 Million in Corruption Case

ISLAMABAD (Dec 24, 2018) — An accountability court on Monday sentenced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in jail in Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals corruption references and ordered that his properties be confiscated. The Accountability Judge while reading out the short order, said that Sharif was indicted in the Al-Azizia reference […]

Pakistan Announces Business Visa On Arrival For 55 Nationalities

ISLAMABAD (Dec 23, 2018) — Pakistan is easing visa restrictions for visitors from 55 countries, including most Middle Eastern and European nations, in a bid to revive tourism and trade that was devastated by violence in the fallout from the 9/11 attacks in the United States. “We are reviewing our visa policies. We are trying […]

Remittances Increase Through Banking Channels, But Grey Market Also Expands

KARACHI (Dec 23, 2018) — The country witnessed higher remittances through banking channels over the last few months but the grey market for currency has also expanded its operations locally. According to experts, laws aiming to check money laundering resulted in the uptick in remittances through official channels–remittances through banks increased by almost 13 percent […]

Tale of Two Presidents and “Art for Climate Change” in Islamabad (Video)

His wall aka “Trump Wall” is considered an environmental disaster in the making. And the first casualty might be water. IRSHAD SALIM (Dec 23, 2018) — Last week President Dr. Arif Alvi inaugurated the second “Art for Climate Change 2018” exhibition in the capital saying we have two Presidents: one stands for taking proactive steps […]

Army Chief Calls For New Approach, Superior Narratives, Change of Traditional Mindset

KARACHI (Dec 22, 2018) —  Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bawja cautioned on Saturday that an unannounced hybrid war against Pakistan has been initiated by the country’s enemies, warranting a totally new approach, need for superior narratives and change of traditional mindset. General Bawja said the country’s enemies have initiated the subversive […]

OPINION: Squandering Five Billion Dollars Of Our “Little House On The Prairie”

IRSHAD SALIM (Dec 22, 2018) — The PPP-led Sindh government is ‘missing records of Rs300 billion’, said Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Political Affairs Naeemul Haq on a TV Talk Show Friday. “The Auditor General’s report for 2016-17 says that out of Rs600 billion allocated to the Sindh government, the government does not have expenditure […]

Man Climbs Down From Tower After Being Convinced “By PM Khan”

ISLAMABAD (Dec 22, 2018) — Comedian Shafaat Ali came to the rescue of local authorities as he mimicked Prime Minister Imran Khan to successfully convince a man to climb down from a mobile phone transmission tower. The renowned talented young artist is known to make people laugh with his mimicries and hilarious lampooning of famous […]

Cant’ Compromise On Accountability, But Will Accept Other Opposition Demands: PM Khan

ISLAMABAD (Dec 22, 2018) — Pakistan’s newly elected premier Imran Khan says he will accept opposition’s every demand but won’t back down from accountability–eliminating corruption, establishing rule of law and accountability across the board has been his battle-cry during his runup to power. Khan said on Saturday he has directed his party to agree with […]

PML-N Gearing Up For “Movement” If Nawaz Arrested

Sharif maintains that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) could not present any evidence proving that he had established the two steel businesses in Jeddah while in exile. ISLAMABAD (Dec 22, 2018) — The ac­coun­ta­­bility court on Monday will announce the much-awaited judgement in the Al-Azizia and Hill Metal Establishment related corruption references against former premier […]