Kumail Soomro

Kumail Soomro

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

Iran hoists blood-red ‘flag of revenge’ in holy city of Qom

TEHRAN: A blood-red flag, symbolising the call to avenge the dead, has been hoisted atop the Jamkaran Mosque in the Iranian holy city of Qom. The rare sight comes as people mourn Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and other officials killed

Nearly half billion animals killed in Australian wildfires

SYDNEY: Australia wildfires have taken a heavy toll on animal life. A study by the University of Sydney said close to half a billion animals and plants have been wiped out in the bush fires that erupted since September last

PM inaugurates Model Police Station in Mianwali

ISLAMABAD: Inaugurating a Model Police Station in Mianwali, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday urged police to provide sense of protection and peace to the public. The prime minister said it is responsibility of police stations to facilitate people as

KP education minister turns out to have passed matric

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has reshuffled the provincial cabinet after expressing dissatisfaction over several ministers performances. Mehmood Khan has added two more ministers and eight special assistants to the cabinet. Communication and Works minister Akbar Ayub Khan

Women refused entry at shelter homes in Lahore

LAHORE: The shelter homes scheme launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan is providing facilities to the homeless and downtrodden masses braving the extreme cold weather. However, several reports have emerged that there are no facilties at these shelter homes for

House of PM’s nephew robbed in Lahore

LAHORE: A robbery took place in the wee hours of Saturday at the residence of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s nephew. According the prime minister’s nephew Shershah, three unidentified men entered his house at around 04:00 AM located in Zaman Park

Marvel will soon have first transgender character

Marvel boss Kevin Feige has confirmed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will get its first transgender character in the forthcoming The Eternals. Fans have repeatedly urged Marvel to include more trans representation in the franchise, which has been criticised in

Hafiz-e-Quran thrashed, humiliated in AJK

RAWALPINDI: A Hafiz-e-Quran was severely thrashed and humiliated by local influential men in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). The incident took place in Palandri area of Azad Kashmir, were Hafiz-e-Quran named Muhammad Qasim s/o Muhammad Akhtar was severally thrashed. The

‘Parasite’ named best film by Australia’s AACTA Awards

LOS ANGELES: Parasite film has been named best picture of the year at the annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards on Friday night in Los Angeles. Korean maestro Bong Joon Ho’s film, a front-runner for the

PM, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince discuss bilateral, regional issues

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan who arrived on a brief visit of Islamabad. The prime minister

PSX soars for second day to surpass 42,000 points

KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange soared on Thursday to surpass the 42,000 level over increased investor confidence, positive economic outlook and New Year optimism. The KSE 100 index has increased by 1080.76 (2.61%) points to close at 42,480.76 points. The

John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ sequel trailer released

The trailer for John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place 2” has arrived as the Abbott family venture further afield in the sequel. These past few years have been exceptionally fruitful for horror and John Krasinski was able to leave his mark

Centre willing to work with Sindh govt, says Asad Umar

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the Sindh Infrastructure Development Corporation at the Governor House. Addressing a press conference after the meeting along with Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Maritime Affairs

Govt to take giant steps towards a welfare state in 2020: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday said giant steps would be taken in the year 2020 to put Pakistan on the path leading to realisation of being a welfare state based upon the principles of rule of law, meritocracy and

Naseem Shah withdrawn from U19 World Cup squad

LAHORE: Teenage fast-bowler Naseem Shah has been withdrawn from next month’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup to be played in South Africa from 17 January to 9 February. The National Junior Selector Committee, which is headed by Saleem Jaffar, has

Stock market closes in the green as KSE 100 index gain 664 points

KARACHI: The stock market began the New Year in the green as the benchmark KSE 100 index closed at 41,400 points. The upward trajectory on the first day of the opening month is being attributed to increased euphoria and optimism

Pakistan Super League 5 to kick off from February 20

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday fulfilled one more of its promises to the fans and followers when it announced the schedule of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 with all 34 matches to be played across four international