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The question now is whether the government-TTP talks will succeed. If successful, what will be the outcome? What will be the features

A Sri Lankan national, who was identified as Priyantha Kumara, was tortured to death in Sialkot and his body was set on

Investors lost billions of rupees after the Pakistan Stock Exchange plunged more than 1,800 points on Thursday. The market has been in

Before understanding the terms and background of the negotiations between the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), one has to understand the structure and structure

Ever since online Quran classes have become popular, “love for Nasalization (Ghunna with the letters Noon)” has also been introduced in the

Opinions

Pakistan and Food Insecurity

Salman Rasheed
The level of food security is worsening in Pakistan according to both the Global Hunger…

Investigations

KARACHI: Sindh Education and Literacy Department has started preparations to hand over historical and ancient school structure, located near Dalima area of

KARACHI: It has been revealed that the three big water hydrants are being run on the mainline of the Karachi Sewerage and

KARACHI: Karachi police have created obstacles and started harassing a family bringing investment from abroad to Pakistan in connivance with the smuggling

KARACHI: The Security and Anti-Theft Cell of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) have once again geared up for a false

KARACHI: Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari (BBSUL) Vice-Chancellor Dr Akhtar Baloch, who was illegally posted, has also started preparing for illegal promotions

National

Institutional mechanism needed for Afghan assistance: COAS Bajwa

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday emphasised the urgency for swiftly devising an institutional mechanism for channelling assistance to Afghanistan in order to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the

‘No room for extremism in Islam’: Maulana Tariq Jameel condemns Sialkot lynching

KARACHI: Renowned religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel on Friday strongly condemned Sialkot incident where a Sri Lankan-national manager of a factory was tortured to death over blasphemy allegations before burning his body. “The incident of burning a foreigner under the

Amnesty int’l calls for independent investigation into Sialkot lynching

SIALKOT: Amnesty International has expressed alarm over the “lynching and killing of a Sri Lankan factory manager in Sialkot” and has demanded “independent and impartial” investigation into the incident. Amnesty International South Asia issued a statement shortly after a mob

Politics

Clerics to visit Sri Lankan embassy to offer condolences: Ashrafi on Sialkot lynching  

ISLAMABAD: Special Representative for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi on Friday strongly condemned the Sialkot lynching on “behalf of all religious clerics” and said that it had “defaced Islam”. Speaking to the media hours after the

Azam Swati submits written apology to ECP for acrimonious comments

ISLAMABAD: Railways Minister Azam Swati has submitted his written apology to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday for his statements against the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and the electoral watchdog. However, the minister did not attend the hearing

NAB arrests Sindh Assembly Speaker Durrani after SC orders surrender

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday arrested Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani in assets beyond means case from outside the Supreme Court (SC) premises after Durrani surrendered on apex court’s orders. The orders were given during a

Business and Stock

Tarin blames rising int’l prices for spike in inflation, import bill

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Shaukat Tarin tried to allay fears on the current economic conditions, saying that the country was facing price escalation due to rise in prices of imported commodities. “Inflation and import bill

Rising interest rates are disastrous for trade and industry: PYMA

Saqib Naseem, Central Chairman Pakistan Yarn Merchants Association (PYMA), Junaid Teli, while expressing deep concern over the non-reduction of interest rates by the State Bank of Pakistan despite the demands of the business community, said that it has recently increased

IMF will take away everything from us in 3 years in return for loan: Chaudhry Sarwar

LONDON: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, while expressing concern over the Pakistan IMF agreement, said that the IMF would take away everything from us in three years in return for the loan. Addressing a function




Crime

Prime suspect in Sialkot lynching arrested: Shahbaz Gill

KARACHI: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill on Friday announced that the prime suspect in the murder case of a Sri Lankan national in Sialkot was arrested. Taking to Twitter, the special assistant shared

Man attacks cousin with acid in Karachi for refusing marriage

KARACHI: A man threw acid on his cousin in Karachi’s Akhtar Colony on Friday allegedly after she refused to marry him, police said. The suspect is currently on the run and police are making efforts to apprehend him. The victim

Hindu man killed by mob in Sialkot over alleged blasphemy

Priyantha Kumara, a general manager of a private factory titled Rajco industries has been tortured to death in Sialkot on charges of alleged blasphemy. The incident took place on Friday morning when a mob in Sialkot tortured a Priyantha Kumara

World

Taliban issues ‘special’ decree saying women must consent to marriage

KABUL: The Taliban-led Afghan government on Friday asserted that women should not be considered “property” and must consent to marriage as it released a decree on women’s rights. The Taliban have been under pressure from the international community, who have

International Day of Special Persons being observed today

ISLAMABAD: International Day of Special Persons is being observed all over the world including Pakistan today while 1 out of every 10 people in the world suffers from some form of disability that needs the special attention of friends and

Joe Biden opens winter battle against COVID-19

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden will announce Thursday a winter campaign against Covid-19, with new testing requirements for travelers and a surge in vaccination efforts — but no clear path to defeating the pandemic he was elected to confront. Biden

Sports

PCB announces schedule for HBL PSL 7

LAHORE: The countdown of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) marquee event, the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022, began today when the schedule of the seventh edition of one of the most popular and competitive cricket leagues was announced on Saturday.

Test series: Second match between Pakistan and Bangladesh to be played tomorrow

The national team has reached Dhaka for the second cricket match to play the final match of the Test series against Bangladesh tomorrow.  According to details, Pakistan and Bangladesh will play the second and final five-day match of the Test

Pakistan names squad for ICC U-19 men’s cricket World Cup

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced a 15-player squad for the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup which will be played in January-February 2022 in the West Indies. According to a statement issued by the cricket board,

Health and Food

Vaccination only key to battle Omicron, says WHO  

(REUTERS): The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries to fully vaccinate their people to fight a surge in coronavirus cases driven by the Omicron variant, saying that travel curbs could buy time but alone were not the answer. “Border

Coronavirus claims eight more lives in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: At least 391 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Pakistan while 8 more people have died of the virus in the last 24 hours. According to figures released by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), a

One dies, 155 more infected due to dengue in Punjab

LAHORE: Dengue hemorrhagic fever has claimed one more life while 155 new cases were reported in Punjab during the past 24 hours. Punjab’s Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department confirmed that 155 new cases of dengue fever were reported in a

Science and Technology

Twitter removes over 3,000 accounts related to state-linked information operations

WASHINGTON: Twitter Inc has announced that it has removed more than 3,000 accounts that were operating as foreign state-linked information operations. The Twitter accounts that were removed were linked to operations attributed to six countries, including Mexico, China and Russia,

iPhone 13 demand has decreased, Apple tells suppliers

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has told its parts suppliers that demand for the iPhone 13 lineup has slowed, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter, signaling that some consumers have decided against trying to get the hard-to-find item. The company had

Twitch launches tool to catch ban evaders

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon.com live-streaming site Twitch is launching a tool to detect users who try to access evade bans, a longstanding problem for victims of harassment. The new tool, called Suspicious User Detection, will flag “likely” or “possible” channel ban