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Ali Abbas

Ali Abbas

Has govt failed to control Balochistan forest fire?

The local authorities continued to battle the forest fire in Balochistan’s Koh-i-Suleman range with the civil administration and the provincial and national disaster management authorities enlisting further help from the security forces and a neighbouring country to douse the blaze.

Rotterdam to host inaugural Netherlands-Pakistan ODI series

LAHORE: Pakistan and Netherlands will play their inaugural bilateral ODI series in August when Rotterdam will host the three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matches on 16, 18 and 21. The two sides have previously met in the

What is Toshakhana scandal?

The word ‘Toshakhana’ has been all over the news cycle lately, after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif alleged that his predecessor, Imran Khan, had sold state gifts in Dubai worth Rs140 million. The items, presented to him by rulers of foreign

ICC rates Babar, Azhar’s knocks among best batting performances in WTC23

LONDON: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rated Babar Azam’s 196 and Azhar Ali’s 185 in the first and second Test against Australia among the best batting performances in the 2021–2023 ICC World Test Championship. The second edition of the

Can Imran Khan prove ‘foreign conspiracy’ against his govt?

In the early hours of April 10, Imran Khan became the first prime minister in the history of Pakistan to lose office through a parliamentary no-confidence vote. The party and its leader, Imran Khan – until recently the country’s prime

Why police have failed to curb street crimes in Karachi?

Street crimes in Karachi have jumped manifold in recent months. As was the case a few years before in Karachi, people are once again terrified of street snatchings, which also result in trigger-happy gunshot fatalities. A journalist associated with Samaa

Can the “reunited” opposition oust PTI-led government?

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Saturday agreed to use all legal, constitutional and parliamentary options to oust the incumbent PTI-led federal government. The understanding was announced by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, who was addressing a

How many Pakistani athletes are participating in Beijing Winter Olympics 2022?

Hailing from Gilgit-Baltistan, 26-year-old Muhammad Karim is the only Pakistani athlete who will compete in the Beijing Winter Olympic Games 2022. The 2022 Winter Olympics have kicked off under a cloud of COVID restrictions, diplomatic boycotts and questions over China’s

Rana Shamim affidavit case: Who is Charles Guthrie?

Charles D. Guthrie — the London-based solicitor who had notarised Shamim’s affidavit — has confirmed that the document was notarised at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif’s office in London. The affidavit, whose contents mention a three-year-old alleged incident,

PTI foreign funding case: ECP directs scrutiny committee report be made public

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday directed authorities to make public the entire report of the scrutiny committee constituted to audit the foreign funds of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The electoral watchdog’s scrutiny committee had compiled a damning

What is Reko Diq case?

Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that the federal government would bear financial burden for the development of the Reko Diq mining project in Balochistan – one of the world’s biggest untapped deposits of copper and gold. The Reko Diq

Late buying helps KSE-100 index close in green

KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) closed a range-bound session on Tuesday with decent gains, as the indices swayed in both directions until finally settling in the green. The benchmark KSE-100 Index started the day on a negative note, shedding

What is ‘Gwadar ko haq do’ movement led by Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rehman?

Tens of thousands of people, including women and children, marched on the main roads and streets of Gwadar in support of their ‘Gwadar ko haq do’ movement led by Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rehman, Balochistan general secretary of Jamaati-Islami. Protestors from Gwadar, Turbat,

Indian defence chief Bipin Rawat laid to rest with full military honours

NEW DELHI: India’s senior-most military official Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat were laid to rest with full state honours on Friday, including a 17-gun salute, two days after he and 12 others died in a helicopter crash in

Moderna CEO warns existing vaccines may be less effective against Omicron

WASHINGTON: The chief executive of the US drugmaker Moderna has warned that existing vaccines will be less effective against Omicron than they have been against the Delta version, sending global stock markets sharply lower. “There is no world, I think,

Why is Pakistan unable to control rape crimes?

It is the height of irony that women who give birth to men are subjected to rape and many other kinds of violence around the world, and Pakistan is no exception.  On November 29 (today), a woman, hailing from Karachi,

‘Omicron’: What is the South African variant of coronavirus?

The novel coronavirus has mutated multiple times ever since the pandemic began with some strains being more infectious and deadlier than others. The new South African variant of coronavirus with a high number of mutations has raised concerns among scientists

Has the PTI government released TTP prisoners?  

Earlier this month, the government confirmed for the first time that a ceasefire has been reached with the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), with Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry saying that talks were underway “in line with the Constitution” and the ceasefire

Nawaz’s speech at Asma Jahangir conference contempt of judiciary: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday asserted that the conclusion of the Asma Jahangir conference with former Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif’s speech was “a contempt of judges and judiciary”. The

Cricket Australia admits mistake not axing Tim Paine earlier

SYDNEY: Cricket Australia has conceded Tim Paine should have been stood down as Australia’s Test captain when he was first investigated over a text message scandal three years ago that “sent the wrong message that this kind of behaviour is

Who is Zia Chishti and what are the allegations against him?

Zia Chishti, Pakistani-American billionaire and founder of software company Afiniti, has stepped down from his senior roles in the wake of sexual assault allegations against him.   “The Board of Directors of Afiniti announces that Mr Zia Chishti has stepped

What is an electronic voting machine and how does it work?

The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) finally succeeded in passing the bills that pave the way for holding the next general elections in the country through the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and giving around nine million overseas Pakistanis the

PSX inches up in range-bound session

KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) witnessed a topsy-turvy trading session on Friday as the KSE-100 index climbed in first half and dipped in the second. The first session kicked-off on a positive note and the index breached 47,500 point

EFP demands to end unnecessary bank holidays

KARACHI:  President, Employers’ Federation Pakistan (EFP), Ismail Suttar has asserted that the concept of perennial bank holidays in Pakistan, was an outdated notion “that should be discontinued in due time”. In a statement, EFP president said that the traditional concept

‘Banana anchor’: Panellist’s comparison of banana size leaves anchor in splits

LAHORE: Pakistani news anchor Alveena Agha burst out laughing during an interview on her show after the guest Khawaja Naveed Ahmed started comparing size of bananas using hand gestures. A short clip from the interview has now gone viral on

‘FM Portal’ launched to resolve issues of overseas Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday launched the ‘FM Portal’ for overseas Pakistanis living in 187 countries as a platform providing them quick solutions to their problems.   Addressing the launching ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

Will another petrol bomb be dropped amid backbreaking inflation?

The federal government is ready to drop another petrol bomb on the inflation-hit public as prices of petroleum products are expected to increase by Rs7 per litre from November 1. While there has been a spike in inflation in recent

How Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) revolutionized the human society?

The auspicious occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (S.A.W.W) is being celebrated with great religious zeal and fervour across the world including Pakistan. Every year the birthday of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W) brings in its train thousands of blessings and mercies

Increasing rape cases: Is Pakistan safe for women?

The increasing number of rape cases across the country has triggered a debate about why there is a precipitous increase in sexual assault and rape. On Thursday, the police have arrested one of the three suspects booked for the alleged

Why are Pakistan-US ties strained?

It is no secret that ties between Pakistan and the United States are going through a difficult phase. The recent visit to Pakistan of the US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman was illustrative of the challenges that bedevil this