UK court orders extradition of Abraaj founder Arif Naqvi to US

LONDON: The Westminster Magistrates Court today (Thursday) has ordered the extradition of renowned Pakistani businessman and Abraaj founder Arif Naqvi to United States to face charges of fraud and money-laundering. Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot said that his safety and

SC summons CEC, attorney general in local bodies election case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has summoned the Chief Election Commissioner and its members, expressing outrage over the issue of local body elections. During the hearing on the issue of local body elections, Justice Qazi Faez Isa asked why

SC orders release of prime suspect in Daniel Pearl murder case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the appeal of the Sindh government against the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) decision to overturn the conviction of the prime suspect in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl. A three-member bench of

PIA plane to airlift 0.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from Beijing

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will fly a plane to Beijing to bring more than 500,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine to Pakistan. A spokesperson for the national flag carrier said a Boeing 777 plane will be used to transport

Transparency International declares Pakistan more corrupt than before

In the latest report published by Transparency International, Pakistan has been declared a more corrupt country than before in its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for the year 2020. While analyzing developments in 2020, Transparency International once again ranked several countries,

Single National Curriculum to be implemented from next academic year

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will implement the Single National Curriculum (SNC) in the next academic year beginning in August 2021, the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training announced on Wednesday. Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood has directed

Pakistan to diversify relations with Kuwait: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire to forge stronger bilateral relations with Kuwait. He was talking to Ambassador Ali Suleman Al-Saeed, Assistant Foreign Minister on Asian Affairs of Kuwait. The foreign minister stressed the importance of

Pakistan’s first ‘Human Rights Information Resource Portal’ launched

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Human Rights (MoHR) in Pakistan has launched the country’s first Human Rights Information Resource Portal with detailed information about Pakistan’s domestic institutional human rights framework and international commitments. According to a press statement issued on Wednesday, the

Senator Afridi announces financial support to Pakistan Sweet Home

ISLAMABAD: Senator Abbas Afridi has announced Rs 500,000 per month as financial support for Pakistan Sweet Home on Wednesday. According to details, during a visit to Pakistan Sweet Home Senator Abbas Afridi announced to give Rs 500, 000 monthly for

Defence ministry resists taking away Asad Durrani’s name from ECL

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Defence has opposed the removal of former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general retired Lt Gen Asad Durrani’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL). The ministry in its written response to a petition filed by Durrani

Will provide all resources to ensure security situation in tribal areas: Rasheed

PESHAWAR: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has said all necessary resources would be provided to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to ensure security situation in tribal districts. The Interior Minister paid a visit to Peshawar to review the overall law and order

HEC allows universities to conduct online exams

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has allowed universities to conduct online exams days after protests caught pace against on-campus examinations. After the announcement, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood expressed his happiness over the HEC’s decision to allow universities

Federal govt forms committee to oversee Karachi Transformation Plan

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has formed a 10-member monitoring committee to remove obstacles and review progress on various initiatives being taken under the Karachi Transformation Plan. According to a notification, the committee will be chaired by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman

Malaysian court releases PIA plane seized over lease dispute

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court on Wednesday ordered the immediate release of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that was held nearly two weeks ago due to a British court case over the jet’s lease. Malaysian authorities seized the Boeing

PIA pilots spot suspected UFO in Karachi

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots have reported seeing a “foo fighter”, commonly known as UFO (Unidentified flying object) in Karachi on Sunday. The term ‘foo fighter’ was a name given by the World War II pilots to explain the unidentified

Pakistan pledges contribution of $25,000 for UNSG’s peacebuilding fund

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced a token contribution of 25,000 dollars to the Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund. The foreign minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to multilateral cooperation for preserving peace, preventing conflict and realizing the Sustainable Development Goals

Govt issues special houbara hunting permits to UAE royal family

ISLAMABAD: At least seven special permits have been given by the federal government to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) President and other members of the royal family to hunt the internationally-protected houbara bustard during the 2020-21 hunting season. As per

Anti encroachment operation along Gujjar Nullah to begin next month

KARACHI: Sindh local government has announced to demolish structures built along Gujjar Nullah in a major anti-encroachment drive to begin next month. According to sources, the operation is set to begin from the early days of next month and it’s

Skinny jeans, t-shirts banned in Bacha Khan University

PESHAWAR: The Bacha Khan University in Peshawar has issued a new dress code for the students, faculty and administration staff working there. According to a local newspaper, female students and staffers have been asked to wear a black abaya, scarf

Govt working on projects in GB as part of tourism strategy: President Alvi 

GILGIT BALTISTAN: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) is the shining face of Pakistan and the federal government was focusing on the development projects in the region as part of its tourism strategy. Addressing the provincial cabinet members

Ijaz Shah urges world community to help make societies drug free

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Narcotics Control, Brig (R) Ijaz Ahmad Shah has urged the world community to come forward and play their active role to rid the societies of the menace of drugs. Ijaz Shah international community could play a vital

PM Imran opposes mortgaging of Islamabad’s biggest park

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has opposed the mortgaging of Islamabad’s biggest park, F-9 Park, for the issuance of Sukuk bonds, asking why such a proposal was tabled which gave the wrong impression. He expressed his views while chairing a

Students protest in Lahore, Faisalabad demanding online exams

LAHORE: A clash erupted between law enforcement agencies and the students of the University of Central Punjab demanding to hold online examinations. The protesting students broke the door of the university and broke into the campus on Khayaban-e-Jinnah and pelted

Kashmiris observing India’s Republic Day as Black Day: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said India’s Republic Day is being observed as a Black Day today by Kashmiris across the world who are protesting against the usurpation of their as their rights. In a statement, the foreign minister

Pakistan Railways’ reservation system crashes countrywide

KARACHI: The ticket reservation system of the Pakistan Railways (PR) has crashed across Pakistan causing immense trouble to passengers. The booking offices of the railways were scheduled to open at 8 AM in the morning but have not opened at

Pakistan opposes creation of new permanent seats in UNSC: Munir Akram

NEW YORK: Pakistan has firmly opposed the creation of new permanent seats in the United Nations Security Council and has warned that attempts by the aspirants – India, Brazil, Germany and Japan – known as G-4 to derail efforts to

Haleem Adil Shaikh notified as new opposition leader in Sindh Assembly

KARACHI: Haleem Adil Shaikh has been notified as new opposition leader in Sindh Assembly Sixty-two members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had filed an application to make Haleem Adil Sheikh the Leader of Opposition in the Sindh Assembly. According to details,

PM Imran, Army chief, DG ISI discuss national security matters

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Imran Khan in Islamabad on Monday. According to a statement released by the Prime Minister Houses, Director General ISI Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed was also present during the meeting.

Strong winds hamper mountaineer Sadpara’s K2 winter expedition

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani climber Muhammad Ali Sadpara along with his team has postponed the expedition to ascend the savage mountain, K2 without oxygen, due to strong snowy winds. According to sources, the expedition has been postponed till January 29 due to

Police to get training from Sindh Forensic DNA lab

KARACHI: Sindh Forensic DNA and Serology Laboratory (SFDL), University of Karachi will arrange training workshops for Sindh police to analysis crime scene, forensic samples collection, transportation, submission, interpretation, and understanding of reports. The workshops would arrange according to international standards