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. […]

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 […]

$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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]