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 […]

Trump’s Charitable Foundation Closes Over Corruption Allegations

NEW YORK (Dec 21, 2018) — President Donald Trump’s troubled charity foundation has agreed to close down amid allegations that he and others illegally misused its funds. The move was announced by the Attorney General of New York State, Barbara Underwood, who will supervise the distribution of its remaining monies. Underwood has accused Trump and […]

Trump Won’t Budge On $5 Billion For Border Wall, Refuses to Sign Funding Bill

NEW YORK (Dec 20, 2018) — President Donald Trump, expressing support for $5 billion wall along the US-Mexico border Thursday, said he won’t sign a stopgap spending bill in its current form because it doesn’t include enough funding for border security. “At this moment there is a debate over funding border security and the wall,” […]

Saudi, Emirati Crown Princes’ Visit to ‘Naya Pakistan’ –in Early 2019

ISLAMABAD (Dec 20, 2018) — Middle East’s two key players eye Pakistan as part of its look East initiative amid emergence of the latter from vistage of terrorism acts and its look southwest policy. All three countries with a common religious and cultural bonding have similar goals in mind–tapping into the dynamics of an emerging […]

PTI-Led Govt, IMF Inch Closer Plugging Gaps In Bailout Program

ISLAMABAD (Dec 20, 2018) — Imran Khan’s newly elected government has offered the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to impose additional taxes to restrict budget deficit and to further increase interest rates and devalue currency to increase foreign exchange reserves–a position both sides have found common grounds but differ on its quantum, timing and policy executions. […]

Court Reserves Verdict On Dr. Shahid Masood’s Bail Plea In ‘Corruption’ Case

ISLAMABAD (Dec 20, 2018) — The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday reserved its verdict against renowned anchorperson Dr Shahid Masood’s bail plea in state-owned Pakistan Television Corruption Case. The media person well known for his independent analyses on current and country affairs remains incarcerated after arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). He is […]

A Rare Diplomatic Victory For Pakistan On Kashmir

ISLAMABAD (Dec 19, 2018) — On Monday, the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued a condemnation for the “wicked terrorist act by Indian forces in Indian-occupied Kashmir” after seven civilians were killed in Pulwama district on Saturday. The OIC condemnation came after Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi wrote to the […]

British Airways Announces Direct Flights From London to Islamabad

ISLAMABAD (Dec 18, 2018) — British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan from June next year, announced the airline on Tuesday. According to a press release on the airline’s website, the route will launch as a three-per-week service, operated on a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with return fares starting from £499 [roughly Rs89,000]. “All of […]

Project For Homeless Takes Off: Over 5,000 Benefit From Shelter Homes in Lahore

ISLAMABAD (Dec 17, 2018) — Over 5,000 homeless people have benefited from makeshift shelter homes set up by the  provincial government of Punjab in its capital Lahore. The provincial capital is a city of over 11 million individuals, including approximately 200,000 homeless people, who have to spend their nights on footpaths, greenbelts and parks – […]

Pakistan Navy Commissions Helicopters For Contemporary Maritime Warfare

ISLAMABAD (Dec 17, 2018) — The Pakistan Navy (PN) has inducted two ex-British Westland Sea King helicopters and the first of two ATR-72 maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) on order for the service. The platforms entered service in a ceremony held on 12 December at naval air station PNS Mehran that was attended by Chief of […]

Afghanistan’s Ban on Trade in Pakistani Rupee May Fail

KHOST CITY; Dec 16, 2018 — Afghan authorities on Sunday, in a bid to increase circulation of local currency, decided to ban trade in Pakistani rupee in southeastern Khost province. The move by provincial governor Hakam Khan Habibi aims to counter the use of Pakistani currency in local markets. Following the move, many young people in Khost […]

Fawad Chaudhry’s Soft Reminder to Media On Dec 16 Related Responsibility, Responsiveness

ISLAMABAD; Dec 16, 2018 — Pakistan’s Minister for Information reminded the country’s electronic media of December 16 being a tragic day in country’s history when back in 2014, six terrorists stormed the Army Public school in Peshawar and martyred around 150 students and teachers–the massacre united the whole nation against a common enemy. After this […]

University Removes Giant Statue of ‘Racist’ Gandhi

ACCRA (Dec 16, 2018) — A statute of India’s national hero, Mahatma Gandhi, has been removed from a university campus in Ghana after it was decided by the institution that the icon of resistance to British colonialism was in fact a “racist.” Lecturers at the University of Ghana began an online campaign after a giant bust of the leader was erected on the campus in 2016. The group of academics […]

These Two High Impact Moves Are Great If Made Sustainable

IRSHAD SALIM (Islamabad, Dec 16, 2018) — Following steps taken this week leave footprints in our society which if  followed up on state-and -government level could really do “the walk the talk” thing. One relates to the homeless and the shelterless, and the other involves dual national Pakistanis working in government positions. Ironically, both I […]

Top Court Orders Probe Against Land Grabbing By 2 PEPs On Overseas Pakistanis Complaints

ISLAMABAD (Dec 15, 2018) — Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday ordered Punjab authorities to investigate claims made against 2 politically exposed persons (PEPs)–brothers MNA Afzal Khokhar and MPA Saiful Mulook Khokhar concerning alleged land grabbing by the duo. The orders against Khokhar brothers were issued after the court took notice of […]

Pak-Afghan Border Fencing Continues Even Nighttime, Completion By Next Year (Video)

ISLAMABAD (Dec 15, 2018) — Work on building forts and fence continues on Pak-Afghan Border—even at nighttime (see video below). Total length of the double fence is 2611 KM. Work on 233 of 843 forts and 802 of 1200 KM priority 1 areas are completed. The military is aiming speedy completion in the priority 1 […]

No Imminent Balance of Payments Crisis, ‘IMF Loan Can Be Delayed Till March’

Irshad Salim (Islamabad; Dec 14, 2018) — On Friday, Pakistan received the second $1 billion tranche from Saudi Arabia. The country’s foreign exchange reserves now stand at 9.24 billion, with the third installment from Riyadh expected in January. Pakistan received the first tranche of $1 billion from KSA in November. The Kingdom has also established […]

Crackdown Against Money Laundering Facilitators Moves Forward

Actions being taken to ensure compliance with protocols of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) ISLAMABAD (Dec 14, 2018) — The PTI-led government has made a major move against money laundering facilitators, by launching a countrywide crackdown against officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Pakistan Customs, Anti-Narcotic Force (ANF) and other relevant departments. The […]

Pakistan Building Fence to Stop Terrorists Incursions, Opium Smuggling From Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (Dec 12,2018) –Pakistan is building a double fence on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border as high as 12 feet in height along the peaks at elevations above 10-12000 ft range. The 840km fence in Waziristan region of the tribal agencies called FATA will be completed by end of 2019 and cost $483 million–with no help from […]

British Pakistani MP in Race to replace PM Theresa May

LONDON: With British Prime Minister Theresa May badly weakened by her decision to delay a key Brexit vote she would have lost, potential leadership contenders for the Conservative Party are waiting to pounce. If she falls, any Conservative MP elected by the party as leader would automatically become prime minister. British Pakistani Sajid Javid is […]