Kumail Soomro

Kumail Soomro

Who will be the next Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir?

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won the general election in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) by bagging 25 seats of the AJK Legislative Assembly. The PTI is set to form the next government in the region after winning a simple majority.

What is the Lambda variant of coronavirus?

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 has mutated multiple times ever since the pandemic began with some strains being more infectious and deadlier than others. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified four of those mutations as variants of concern: Alpha, Beta,

Why was the Afghan peace conference delayed?

Amid rising violence in Afghanistan as the Taliban rapidly advancing soon after the US forces pull-out, Pakistan was set to host a conference on the crisis in the war-torn country. Several important members of Afghan leadership including former President Karzai

How will the Taliban rule impact Afghan women?

The Taliban have been sweeping across rural Afghanistan, taking control of over a hundred districts across the country. The hardline insurgents now claim controlling over 85 percent of Afghan territory. This has raised concerns that the gains made over women’s

Euro final: Why fans breach security at Wembley?

LONDON: British police made 49 arrests and said 19 of its officers were injured after confronting volatile crowds near Wembley Stadium while policing the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England. Fans clashed with each other and officials, breached security

K-Electric advises caution ahead of monsoon season

KARACHI: K-Electric reiterated the importance of safety during and beyond the expected rains ahead of the monsoon season. The power utility urged its valued customers to adopt necessary precautionary measures to avoid any safety hazards. Karachi was among the most

Who are the candidates in Iran’s presidential election?

Iranians have a choice between seven mostly hardline candidates in a presidential election on Friday, June 18, a contest likely to reinforce the authority of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Clerical officials who vetted the candidates rejected several prominent moderates

Why is Bangladesh richer than Pakistan and India?

In 1971, Bangladesh separated from Pakistan after a bitter civil war and years of deprivations. The impoverished nation was over-populated, faced cyclones, and was labelled a ‘basketcase’ by US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Bangladesh celebrated its 50th anniversary this

What is the new ‘Nepal variant’ of COVID-19?

The United Kingdom has suspended travel from Portugal by saying the threat of the new Nepal variant of the coronavirus is behind their decision. What is the new variant and should we be concerned? What is the new variant? The

Will India’s GDP decline be Modi’s downfall?

The Indian economy received a battering due to the coronavirus pandemic as it released the latest estimates of economic growth for the last financial year ending March 2021. The provisional figures released by National Statistical Office, India’s Gross Domestic Product

‘World No Tobacco Day’ being observed with pledge to quit smoking

‘World No Tobacco Day’ is being observed today (Monday) to highlight the hazards associated with the use of tobacco and receive global pledges from people around the world to quit the menace. This year the theme for the day is

Farzana Shar – a true embodiment of women empowerment in Sindh

A brave young girl, Faraza Shar, has become an embodiment of women empowerment after she also took responsibilities while riding a motorcycle in rural Sindh. 15-year-old Farzana Shar hails from Ibrahim Shar village in Daharki Tesil, Ghotki in Upper Sindh.

Reko Diq case: BVI court judgment hailed as victory for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A spokesperson of Law Ministry has termed British Virgin Islands (BVI) Court’s judgment in Reko Diq case as a great legal victory of Pakistan. In a statement, he said the judgment has saved Pakistan’s assets worth billions of rupees

Media ethics, lies and deception

In 1995, Princess Diana gave an explosive interview to BBC in which exposed Prince Charles’ infidelities and the reason for their unhappy marriage. Two years late in August 1997, the Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in

Media control and global monopolies

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s recently earned the ire on social after he claimed that Israel has “deep pockets” and controls the media. The foreign minister’s appearance on US-based CNN has garnered attention after the anchor accused him of making

Fawad invites opposition to observe EVMs displayed at Parliament House

ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday displayed preliminary model of an electronic voting machine at the Parliament House Islamabad and invited the opposition to observe the facility. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan

Digital postal franchises to be set up under Kamyab Jawan Program

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to PM on Youth Affairs Usman Dar has said that Kamyab Jawan Programme will provide loans to youth for opening digital postal franchises across Pakistan. The special assistant met with Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed who

The significance of Holi: a festival of colours

One of the most popular and major festivals of Hinduism, Holi is being celebrated in Pakistan and other countries around the world, with festivities and enthusiasm. Holi is considered one of the most revered festivals celebrated mostly in India, South

US-India relations and President Trump’s visit

President Donald Trump concluded a two-day state visit to India with plenty of impressive photos and pageantry but without major announcements on trade or security. Trump departed having cemented his friendship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that relations

Cattle, rickshaws, and pushcarts: What is Ehsaas Amdan programme?

Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the Ehsaas Amdan (Income) programme on February 21, one of the several initiatives under the umbrella of the flagship Ehsaas programme. What is the Ehsaas Amdan Programme? The objective of the Ehsaas Amdan programme

Will the Relief Package have any real effect?

The inflation rate has been spiraling out of control affecting all segments of society as the prices of essential items keep on increasing. Daily wage earners, salaried workers, and businessmen are concerned about the rising prices as even basic items

Shopping? Show your NIC!

The new law The government’s relaxation has now lapsed and the condition to submit a copy of the NIC on every purchase above Rs50,000 is now effective from February 1. Shoppers will now have to submit a copy of the

The latest on the fate of Palestine

Trump’s plan: The United States has unveiled the long-awaited Middle East peace plan, billed as the ‘Deal of the Century’, as a blueprint to resolve the decades-old Israel-Palestine conflict The initiative, which is still in draft, has been seen by

Broad penalised for altercation with Faf du Plessis 

JOHANNESBURG: England fast bowler Stuart Broad has become the fifth player to be fined and handed a demerit point during the Test series between South Africa and England. Broad has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching

Pakistan will not become part of any regional conflict: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday has said Pakistan will neither allow its soil to be used against any country nor will it become part of any regional conflict. Giving a policy statement over the evolving situation in

Stock market plummets over regional tensions

KARACHI: The stock market received a battering on Monday amid regional tensions and growing uncertainty as wary investors pulled out before the situation deteriorated. The KSE 100 index plummeted a hefty 1027.06 points or a decrease of 2.43 percent to

New Zealand batsman Leo Carter smashes six sixes in an over

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand batsman Leo Carter has made his name into the record books by hitting consecutive six sixes in an over during a domestic match at the Hagley Oval. Carter representing Canterbury Kings helped his side to win the

Top 10 quotes from Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Pakistan is observing the 92nd birth anniversary of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He was born on January 5, 1928 in Ratodero near Larkana. The founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was hanged by the military regime on

Will Kashmir ever receive the right to self-determination?

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed the Right to Self-Determination Day with the pledge to continue the struggle for settlement of the Kashmir dispute through a free and fair plebiscite under the