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Zahir Jaffer reportedly confesses to killing Noor Mukadam

ISLAMABAD: Zahir Jaffer, the main suspect in the murder of Noor Mukadam, has reportedly confessed to killing her. According to Islamabad police, Zahir Jaffer admitted to murdering Noor Mukadam before the investigators. However, he kept shuffling his statements regarding the

Pakistan Army provides refuge, safe passage to 46 Afghan troops

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Army has given refuge and secure passage to 46 Afghan troops who fled across the border amid advances by the Taliban. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan Army secured refuge and safe passage on the request of

Pakistan completes year-long UN’s ECOSOC presidency

NEW YORK: Pakistan has completed its presidency of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), after leading the 54-member body amidst the deadly coronavirus pandemic that created the greatest economic and social crisis especially in the developing countries. “It was

Biden approves $100 million emergency funds for Afghan refugees

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has authorised up to $100 million from an emergency fund to meet “unexpected urgent” refugee needs arising from the situation in Afghanistan, including for Afghan special immigration visa applicants, the White House said. Biden also

PM hints at referendum, says Kashmiris will decide their own destiny

TRAR KHAL: Prime Minister Imran Khan has hinted at holding two referendums in Azad Kashmir and said that in the first referendum the Kashmiri will decide to stay with Pakistan or India. Addressing an election rally on Friday, the prime

Japan set to host Tokyo 2020 with a scaled-down ceremony

Japan is all ready to host the Tokyo 2020 with a scaled-down opening ceremony due to the Covid-19 restrictions. According to media reports, only 950 people will be allowed to attend the opening ceremony. The first lady of the United

Rehman Malik holds India accountable for Dasu incident

ISLAMABAD: Former Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that Indian brand ISIS is involved in the Dasu incident and the government should further increase the security of the Chinese people. The former home minister while addressing a press conference said

Rain in parts of country including Islamabad and Karachi turn weather pleasant

Rains in different cities of the country including the federal capital and Karachi have broken the heatwave turning the weather pleasant. According to details, intermittent rains are continuously pouring in Islamabad and Karachi. Drizzle was felt in different cities of

Pakistan reports another 30 deaths due to coronavirus

The global epidemic of coronavirus has caused 30 more deaths in Pakistan and the total number of deaths has reached 22,811. The rate of positive cases of the virus in the country has reached 4.95 percent. According to the latest

UK health minister Sajid Javid tests positive for COVID-19

LONDON: British health minister Sajid Javid said he had tested positive for COVID-19, but added that his symptoms were mild and he was thankful to have had two doses of vaccine against the disease. Javid, who has been health secretary

Death toll rises to 170 in Germany and Belgium floods

MUNICH: The death toll in devastating flooding in western Germany and Belgium rose to at least 170 on Saturday after burst rivers and flash floods this week collapsed houses and ripped up roads and power lines. Some 143 people died

Hajj rituals to start from today

MECCA: Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia will start from today the pilgrims from all over the world will start performing rites. Pilgrims will begin to arrive in the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Saturday for the second downsized hajj

ECC increases prices of flour, ghee and sugar at utilities stores

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has approved increasing the prices of three essential commodities including flour, sugar and ghee to rationalise the provision of subsidies by the Utility Stores Corporation. The ECC approved the revision in prices of three

Afghan Taliban take control of border crossing with Pakistan

KABUL: Taliban fighters in Afghanistan said on Wednesday they had taken control of one of the main border crossings with Pakistan, perhaps the most strategic objective they have captured so far in a rapid advance across the country. A Pakistani

Afghanistan troop pullout a ‘mistake’, says former US president George Bush

WASHINGTON: Former United States president George W. Bush on Wednesday criticised the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan and said civilians were being left to be “slaughtered” by the Taliban. “I’m afraid Afghan women and girls are going to suffer

UAE becomes first Gulf state to open embassy in Israel

TEL AVIV: The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday become the first Gulf state to open an embassy in Israel, as its envoy hailed the trade and investment opportunities that closer ties would bring at a flag-raising ceremony also attended by

Upper Kohistan blast claims 10 lives, 39 injured

A car heading to Dasu in Upper Kohistan exploded, killing two Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel and four Chinese nationals and injuring 33 others. According to details, the blast took place in a vehicle traveling from the Bursin labour camp to

Pakistan reports over 1,900 coronavirus cases in a day

KARACHI: At least 24 more people have died of the coronavirus in Pakistan in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus across the country to 22,642. According to the latest figures released by the

Afghan forces repel Taliban assault on provincial capital

KABUL: Afghan security forces, with the help of airstrikes, repelled an assault by Taliban fighters on the provincial centre of a key northern province bordering Tajikistan. The Taliban assault was the latest in a string of offensives that has seen

India evacuates staff from Kandahar consulate as Taliban advance

NEW DELHI: India has decided to temporarily close its consulate in Kandahar as the Taliban’s claims about taking Afghan territory grow. Indian sent a special Indian Air Force flight to evacuate about 50 diplomats and security back to Delhi in

Indian state proposes two-child policy, bans jobs and subsidies for violators

LUCKNOW: India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, has proposed legislation that aims to discourage couples from having more than two children, becoming the second state ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party to make such a proposal. Under the state

Pakistan to receive 1.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines next week

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is expected to receive a batch of 1.236 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine next week. According to the Ministry of Health, Pakistan will receive AstraZeneca doses under COVAX, making it the fourth batch to be received under

Messi’s Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 to win Copa America

RIO DE JANEIRO: Argentina won their first major title in 28 years when an Angel Di Maria goal gave them a 1-0 win over Brazil and a record-equalling 15th Copa America. Di Maria started for just the second time in

Chinese regulator blocks Tencent-backed Huya-Douyu game-streaming merger

BEIJING: China’s financial regulator has blocked a merger of the nation’s two largest video game live-streaming sites planned by tech giant Tencent over antitrust concerns, as authorities ramp up scrutiny of some of the country’s biggest technology companies. Huya and

Sighting of Zilhaj Moon: Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee to meet today

KARACHI: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is scheduled to meet today for the sighting of the crescent of Zil Haj 1442 AH in the Sindh capital. According to details, the meeting will be chaired by Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Moulana and

After CM Sindh, Bilawal Zardari to leave for US today

ISLAMABAD: After Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will also leave for the United States today. According to details, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will fly to the US from Islamabad today, while

PM Imran Khan to head National Export Development Board

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will lead as chairman of the newly-constituted National Export Development Board (NEDB). The Ministry of Commerce has formed the NEBD to “increase Pakistan’s export competitiveness”. According to the notification, Prime Minister Imran Khan has been

NCOC stresses on vaccination of workers by July 31

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has banned travelling without a vaccination certificate after August 1 as cases rise across the country. According to a statement by the forum, visitors to tourist spots aged 30 and above will

Couple assault incident: PM Khan takes notice of Usman Mirza case

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken notice of a video of violence against a girl and a boy by Usman Mirza and directed that his case can be made an example for other criminals. According to the details, recently

Pakistan demands India to arrest suspect in Johar Town terror attack

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has demanded the Modi-led government to arrest the accused, who is an Indian citizen, responsible for terrorism in the Johar Town area of Lahore, According to details, a Foreign Office spokesman issued a statement yesterday saying that India