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Who is Zahir Zamir Jaffer?

ISLAMABAD: 27-year-old Noor Muqaddam, daughter of the former ambassador to South Korea, was allegedly killed by Zahir Zamir Jaffer, son of Zakir Jaffer, whose family were the ex-diplomat’s acquaintances. Noor Mukadam, 27, daughter of Shaukat Mukadam, was found murdered at

Israel’s Pegasus spyware: How does it hack into your phone?

At least one number once used by Prime Minister Imran Khan was among the tens of thousands of smartphone numbers, including those of activists, journalists and politicians from around the world that were targeted through Israeli spyware.  According to a

Dasu bus incident: Accident or a terrorist attack?

At least 12 persons, including nine Chinese engineers and two Frontier Corps personnel, died and several others were injured in a bus explosion near the Dasu hydropower plant in the Upper Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.   Pakistani authorities have

Police launch probe into display of Afghan Taliban’s flags in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: The district police have launched an investigation into display of Afghan Taliban’s flags chanting slogans in their favour at a funeral in Peshawar’s Regi area. Footage of mourners not only chanting slogans in favour of the Afghan Taliban but

How to protect yourself from Congo virus this Eidul Adha?

Eidul Azha, is just around the corner and the excitement has begun. Many people have already purchased their sacrificial animals, while those who haven’t aren’t going to leave it too late. However, this year too the festival will be marred

Why is Balochistan plagued by terrorism?

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has asserted that the federal government had started working on a plan to initiate negotiations with the aggrieved people in Balochistan, who are not “linked with India” or “involved in terrorism”. “Of course

US troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan: What are the risks for Pakistan?

In a major development, all US and NATO troops have left the biggest airbase in Afghanistan, signalling the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from the country was imminent after two decades of war. Bagram Air Base served as the linchpin

Why is food security important in Pakistan?

Prime Minister Imran Khan has termed food security as one of the biggest challenges being faced by Pakistan, saying the country must take steps now to protect its population in the future from food shortages. Addressing a farmers’ convention in

Here is a list of countries on FATF’s grey list

The FATF is a global watchdog that was founded to tackle money laundering initially but its role became prominent post the 9/11 terror attacks. Following the attacks, the FATF expanded its operations and included terror financing under its purview. First,

What is the FATF’s new action plan for Pakistan?

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided to keep Pakistan on the watchdog’s “increased monitoring list”, also known as the grey list, till it addresses all items on the original action plan agreed to in June 2018, while it

Will Shoaib Maqsood be a better replacement for Haider Ali?

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have dropped Haider Ali from the tour of England and West Indies after the batsman and his Peshawar Zalmi teammate Umaid Asif admitted to charges of violating the PSL 6 Health and Safety Protocols by meeting

Why has Younis Khan resigned as Pakistan’s batting coach?

Former captain Younis Khan stepped down as Pakistan’s batting coach today (Tuesday) in a surprise decision which the cricket board said was agreed upon “reluctantly but amicably” even though no reasons were specified for it. The Pakistan team is due

What is the Durand Line issue?

The Durand Line – the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan – is in the news again after Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told Afghanistan’s media outlet, in an exclusive interview that it is an “international border”. The Afghan journalist asked

Modi convenes multi-party meeting on IIOK’s status

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened a multi-party moot of Kashmiri leaders on June 24 to discuss the possible restoration of the statehood of the Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir (IIOK) region. According to Indian media, informal invites

Why are we struggling to confront sexual abuse at madrassahs?

Footage of Mufti Azizur Rehman, a 70-year-old religious cleric and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s vice ameer in Lahore, sexually assaulting one of his teenage seminary students went viral on social media. The video spread shockwaves on Pakistani Twitter as netizens not

Why police must be reformed?

In a shocking incident, nineteen employees at a fast-food restaurant in Lahore were detained after refusing to give a group of police officers free burgers. The news was reported by an international news agency – AFP. Workers at the fast-food

What to expect from Budget 2021-22?

All eyes are on ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) as it will be presenting the Annual Budget 2021-22 tomorrow (Friday). The budget has been prepared considering the impact of the pandemic on the people and businesses after the notable pick in

Azam Khan – the right choice or not?

Wicketkeeper-batsman Azam Khan, who has done his reputation of being a power-hitter, has been included in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming T20I series against England and South Africa. Pakistan will play three one-day internationals (ODIs) and as many T20Is

Do we need a COVID-19 test after vaccination?

Do we need a COVID-19 test after vaccination? No, you can skip routine testing, with some exceptions. There have been quite a few reports lately about people testing COVID-19 positive even after vaccination, including Prime Minister Imran Khan.   However, based

What do we know about Australia’s mouse plague?  

“The only good mouse is a dead mouse,” Australia’s deputy prime minister declared this week, as the country stepped up its war on mice with a plan to poison the plague infesting large parts of the state. Millions of mice

Naya Pakistan’s PM is listening and here is how you can reach him

A day earlier, a woman in Lahore, named Aisha Bibi, called Prime Minister Khan during his live call show on the state TV and told him about her predicament regarding her inability to recover her outstanding dues from the previous

Journalist Hamid Mir taken off air days after anti-establishment remarks

ISLAMABAD: Days after giving anti-establishment remarks, senior journalist Hamid Mir has been taken off air indefinitely. Mir will not be able to host Geo TV’s popular program ‘Capital Talk’. According to details, the anchorperson will remain part of the Jang

Five reasons why PSL is better than IPL

There is no doubt about the fact that Indian Premier League (IPL) which started way back in 2008 and is already done with 10 editions is the most merchandisable league in the world right now. IPL is the favourite league

Has Hamid Mir presented a grim scenario of press freedom in Pakistan?

Senior journalist Hamid Mir, while reacting to a statement by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, apparently lashed out at the establishment and armed forces for their influence in country’s political affairs. The story begins when Pakistani journalist and vlogger Asad Ali

Are you also spreading misinformation?

Misleading or false information poses to society has been grimly demonstrated during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There have been significant surges in the use of platforms like Twitter, WhatsApp, Zoom and Facebook. Despite the deadly threat from the virus, many

Expectations from the Budget 2021-22

Keeping the third wave of coronavirus in view, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs along with National Assembly secretariat has started preparation for the upcoming federal budget 2021-22 which is scheduled to be presented by the second week of June. It will

T20 vs Test cricket: The choice that changed the game

Recently, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been criticized for its decision to make way for more Twenty20 International (T20I) matches, during West Indies tour, by reducing Test matches. The PCB, said in a statement that, in consultation with the Cricket

Fact Check: No country has banned the use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine

As the country is battling the third wave of the novel coronavirus, a misinformation anti-vaccine campaign on mythical hazards has been doing the rounds on social media. There is nothing new in Pakistanis, including medical practitioners, entertaining doubts about vaccinations

Iran-Saudi Arabia talks: A positive step for ‘Intersect harmony’

Recently, Saudi Arabia and Iran confirmed that they are engaging in direct negotiations to lower tensions and eventually normalize diplomatic relations. Officials from both sides are sounding cautiously optimistic about the endeavor. “We are seeking to have good relations with

Israel’s discriminative policies against Palestinians

Israel continued to discriminate against Palestinians living under its rule in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). According to the Adalah-The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Israel maintains over 65 laws that discriminate against Palestinians. Israel