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Did Pakistani journalist Ahmed Qureshi visit Israel?

A furor has erupted after Israeli President Isaac Herzog confirmed having a meeting with a delegation comprising Pakistani expatriates in Israel. Speaking at World Economic Forum in Davos, the president of Israel said that he received a delegation of Pakistani

The next Vegas: Will Dubai allow gaming casinos?

DUBAI: Dubai has no current plans to allow gaming as a neighbouring emirate gear up to welcome a resort to be built by a US casino operator and plans to license the activity – a first for the region. An

Putin calls West an ‘Empire of Lies’ after sweeping sanctions

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin called the West an “Empire of Lies” as he discussed the economy with top officials on Monday following the imposition of sweeping sanctions against Moscow, the Kremlin said. “(Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin) and I discussed

Three children dead, 5 injured in Lahore house blaze

LAHORE: In an unfortunate incident, three children were burnt to death and five other persons received burn injuries as a fire erupted at a house in Lahore in the wee hours of Friday. The tragic incident was reported in Gulistan

Who is Justice Ayesha Malik – the first woman nominated to Supreme Court?

The Judicial Commission of Pakistan has made history by approving Justice Ayesha Malik’s nomination as the first woman judge to enter the Supreme Court of Pakistan.  Justice Ayesha A. Malik’s nomination was secured by a 5-4 majority. She is currently

Is Sindh govt responsible for higher wheat prices?

The Sindh and federal government has been embroiled in another controversy over the price of wheat after reports that it was being sold at higher rates in the province than the rest of the country. The federal government has blamed

UNDP establishes Command-and-Control Centre to support GB Police

ISLAMABAD: UNDP Pakistan has established a Command and Control Centre for Gilgit Baltistan Police to connect digitally in the region. Inspector General Police Gilgit Baltistan, Mr Saeed Khan Wazir, and UNDP Pakistan Resident Representative Mr Knut Ostby inaugurated the newly

Why are Indian Muslims being forcefully evicted in Assam?

Indian authorities have forcefully evicted 5,000 people, including women, children and elderly, in Assam state in a crackdown against Muslims residents in the area. In 2019, Assam published a list of people considered to be citizens, rendering some 1.9 million

Pakistan is safe for Prince William and Kate but not England’s cricket team?

Cricket fans are devastated after the England cricket teams also announced to withdraw from their upcoming tour of Pakistan over security concerns. The arrival of the high-ranking teams had raised hopes over the complete revival of cricket in Pakistan. However,

What are the reasons for the sudden hike in US dollar price?

The Pakistani currency has been losing ground for two consecutive days, as it fell to Rs168.9 in intra-day trading. The depreciation of the local currency has raised concerns over the state of the economy and could deliver a huge blow

What is PMDA and why are journalists protesting against it?

Ever since Fawad Chaudhry reassumed charge as information minister, the Ministry for Information and Broadcasting has once again started working to establish a new media regulatory authority. The proposal to establish the Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) has met with

Will the Afghan Taliban be able to seize control of Kabul?

The speed by which the Taliban are advancing across Afghanistan has shocked the government and raised fears among Afghan civilians. US President Biden said he doesn’t regret the decision to withdraw US forces and said it is now up to

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 breached 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

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

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