With 60 Of These Drones Pakistan Can Plant A Billion Tree In One Year While Dams Are Built On War-Footing

JUL 2, 2018 (BE2C2): It’s simple maths. We are chopping down about 15 billion trees a year globally and planting about 9 billion. So there’s a net loss of 6 billion trees a year. In the region, the man-made deforestation maths is skewed heavily against Pakistan. Decades of felling and natural disasters have drastically reduced […]

China Defends Pakistan After It Was Put On FATF ‘Grey List’

JUN 30, 2018: China on Friday defended Pakistan saying it must not be vilified and pressured on the front of terror, after global watchdog FATF/APG put the country on “grey list” of countries that have not met its standards against money-laundering and terror finance. The Chinese foreign ministry said it won’t comment on the Financial […]

Govt. Adopts Combined Regulation To Fight Money Laundering, Terror Financing

Financial institutions are required to identify the ultimate beneficial owner, who is a natural person, of all legal persons and legal arrangements before offering their services to them JUN 22, 2018: The government on Wednesday adopted new regulations to fight money laundering and terror financing and to comply with Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) guidelines, […]

Why Outages Still Occur After 5 Yrs, Billions On New Plants & $900M on Transmission Lines

JUN 17, 2018 (BE2C2 Report – updated): Nearly $900 million (Rs94 billion) has been spent over the past five years to complete transmission line projects in an attempt to improve the poor transmission and distribution network that could not bear all electricity load including additional load created by power generation projects completed in all four […]

UPDATE: Asghar Khan Case Verdict On 1990 Polls Rigging: GHQ Willing to Prosecute Named Officers

JUN 13, 2018 — The defense ministry has expressed willingness to prosecute several former army officers for distributing millions of rupees to anti-PPP politicians in the general elections of 1990. The political engineering had led to PML-N Supremo Mian Nawaz Sharif’s obtaining his first victory toward getting elected as the country’s Prime Minister. The military […]

Defense, Foreign Minister Dastgir’s Talking Points On Last Day in Office

Jun 1, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Defense and Foreign minister Khurram Dastgir on the last day (Thursday) of the civilian setup, briefed newsmen along with Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal about foreign policy achievements of the PML-N-led government in Islamabad. Briefly, he highlighted  the following major developments, progress, and Islamabad’s key foreign policy group think […]

Pakistan-India Water Dispute: World Bank Seeks Amicable Solution

May 24, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The World Bank is holding talks with a Pakistani delegation in the US capital for an amicable resolution of its water dispute with India by seeking opportunities and alternative approaches within the Indus Water Treaty framework. A four-member Pakistani delegation, headed by Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali, arrived in Washington […]

Need For Local Expertise, Skills Development To Maximize CPEC

HASAAN KHAWAR: Over the last few months, I have been asked one question repeatedly at multiple forums. What kind of skills should Pakistan invest in to prepare its workforce for CPEC-related projects? While I have not come across any detailed research on the subject, although based on available information it is possible to draw some […]

Three-Month Summer Art Camp For Children To Start In Islamabad From June 26

May 22, 2019 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A three-month long summer art camp for children would be held at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in the capital Islamabad from June 26 to August 9. Summer art camps are a regular feature of PNCA’s programs arranged to facilitate art lovers, students and amateur artists for boosting […]

Maulana Fazlur Rehman Parts Ways With Ruling Party PML-N Over FATA-KP Merger Issue

May 19, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday announced that his party JUI-F had decided to part ways with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over the implementation of reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) straddling Afghanistan’s eastern border. Strongly opposing the 13th Amendment Bill, Rehman termed the reforms a global conspiracy. […]

Nepal Army Chief Calls on Gen. Bajwa, Discuss Regional Security Situation

Earlier in March, Prime Minister Khakan Abbasi paid a rare two-day visit to Khatmandu May 16, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Nepal’s Army Chief, Gen Rajendra Chhetri called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ in Rawalpindi on Wednesday. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), during the meeting matters of mutual […]

2nd Book On Sikh Legacy in Pakistan Launched in Chicago

May 16, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A book that tracks Sikhism’s cultural footprint in Pakistan was launched in Chicago at a ceremony at which Pakistani Consul General Faisal Niaz Tirmizi was the chief guest. Authored by Amardeep Singh, a Singapore national, the book “The Quest Continues: Lost Heritages The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan” also underlines the […]

Democracy As A Behavior Rather Than Politics Only

“The one who are more marginalized were presenting themselves more explicitly and the one who were not facing any identity threat were least participating.” MARIAM HASSAN NAQVI — In the midst of woods where two weathers were colliding to conquer the heat of summers, over the coldness of January but at the end winters won […]

8 Bottled Water Brands Found Unsafe For Drinking, 4 Makeshift Plants Shut Down in Karachi

Rising concerns about quality of the tap water is driving demand for bottled water in the country; The threat from counterfeit and unbranded bottled water continues. May 9, 2018 (BE2C2) — The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) on Tuesday declared eight brands of bottled water unsafe for drinking due to chemical and […]

Quetta Coalmine Explosion: 16 Killed, 9 Injured, More Than a Dozen Trapped

May 5, 2018 (BE2C2) — A coalmine explosion on Saturday killed at least 16 labors and injured several others in Quetta, with over a dozen still trapped, officials said. Sixteen miners were killed and nine others were wounded when a coal mine collapsed due after methane gas triggered underground blast. The accident occurred in Marwaarh, […]

OIC Contact Group on Kashmir Holds Emergency Meeting in Jeddah

Kashmir Women Movement (UK & Europe) launched in London to highlight at international level gross human rights violations by Indian forces in the occupied Himalayan valley. May 2, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir held an emergency meeting in Jeddah on 30th April. The meeting was called in the context […]

Sindh’s Nawabshah Endures Hottest April Temperature Ever Observed On Earth

** Heatstroke caused dozens of people to faint as Nawabshah (Shaheed Benazirabad) district and Larkana sizzled at 50.2 and 49 degrees Celsius, respectively, on Monday. ** As concentrations of heat-trapping gases continue to build in the atmosphere due to human activity, the expectation is for an increase in the intensity, frequency and duration of hot […]

The Longest Straight-Line Sea Journey Without Hitting Land Begins in Balochistan

Computer scientists have found the longest straight line you could sail without hitting land. While they were at it, they found the longest straight path you could drive without hitting water. April 30, 2018 (BE2C2) — Back in 2012, a curious debate emerged on the discussion website Reddit, specifically on a subreddit called /r/MapPorn. Here […]

Saim Ayub’s 161 Helps Pakistan Under-16 Win T20 Against Australia

Saim Ayub struck an unbeaten 161 not out as Pak-U16 beat Aus-U16 by 3 wickets chasing 258nruns. Australia won the series by 3-2. April 28, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan won the last T20 match by seven wickets on Friday. In the last one-day match on Thursday, Pakistan had overpowered Australia by two wickets. In the […]

Russia Keen to Expand Military Ties with Pakistan, Top Military Official Tells Gen Bajwa

“Pakistan would continue to play its part to keep conflicts away from the region and seek approaches which bring regional convergences into play rather than divergences” April 24, 2018 — Russia’s military chief says Pakistan was geostrategically an important country and Moscow is keen to expand its existing military-to-military cooperation– a significant development at a […]