Australia to reopen borders for tourists after two years

SYDNEY: Australia will fully reopen its borders to all vaccinated visa holders from February 21, nearly two years after shutting the border to non-citizens to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. “If you’re double-vaccinated, we look forward to welcoming

Pakistan vaccinates over 100,000 people on Afghan border

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has effectively vaccinated over 100,000 people travelling from across Afghan borders against COVID-19 since November last year. This was disclosed during the meeting of Afghan Inter-Ministerial Coordination Cell (AICC) chaired by National Security Adviser Dr Moeed Yusuf. The

Afghan border dispute

The border dispute between Pakistan and Afghanistan continues even with the new Taliban regime. Recently videos surfaced showing Taliban fighters removing the fencing claiming it was built in their territory. This threatens bilateral ties and assistance-related projects with the neighbouring

US expedites removal of Haitian migrants at Mexican border

HOUSTON: US authorities moved some 2,000 people to other immigration processing stations from a Texas border town that has been overwhelmed by an influx of Haitian and other migrants. Such transfers will continue “in order to ensure that irregular migrants

Two army soldiers martyred in cross-border attack from Afghanistan

PESHAWAR: Two security personnel martyred in cross-border firing from Afghanistan and another in an IED (improvised explosive device) attacks in different areas of the merged districts. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), two Pakistan Army soldiers have martyred in

Taliban accused of war crimes, massacring civilians in Afghan border town

KABUL: The US and British embassies in Kabul said the Taliban may have committed war crimes by carrying out revenge murders of civilians in a town in southern Afghanistan recently captured near the Pakistan border. The US mission tweeted a statement

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

COVID-19: Pakistan closes Torkham border along Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday closed the Torkham border with Afghanistan for all kind of traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic. Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has said the decision has been taken keeping in view the directions of National Command

Egypt opens naval base close to border with Libya

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday opened a strategic naval base on the Mediterranean Sea close to the border with Libya. Egypt says the July 3 base will help it protect strategic and economic interests as well as

Two soldiers martyred in cross-border attack from Afghanistan

PESHAWAR: Two soldiers of the Pakistan Army were martyred in a cross-border attack by Afghan militants, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. The terrorists from across the Pak-Afghan border opened fire on a military post in Dwatoi, North Waziristan, military’s

Pakistan rejects Indian allegations of cross-border infiltration

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has categorically rejected Indian allegations of cross-border infiltration, saying the movement against illegal occupation in the Jammu and Kashmir is indigenous. In a statement, the Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said peace and security in the region

Gen Bajwa vows not to let terrorists disturb peace along Western border

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa spent the second day of Eid with troops deployed on the Western border at Timergara Lower Dir in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief vowed

India, China agree to pull back troops from disputed lake

NEW DELHI: India and China have agreed to pull back troops from a bitterly contested lake area high in the Himalayas, the Indian defence minister said on Thursday, in a breakthrough after a months-long standoff on the disputed border. Rajnath

Saudi Arabia to open airspace, borders with Qatar

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will reopen its borders and airspace to Qatar, US and Kuwaiti officials said, a major step towards ending a diplomatic rift that has seen Riyadh lead an alliance isolating Doha. The announcement came on the eve of

India opens Himalayan tunnel route to tense China border

(AFP): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (Saturday) opened the Atal highway tunnel in the Himalaya region, which will drastically reduce the time needed to rush troops to the country’s remote Chinese border. According to details, the tunnel traverses India’s

Pakistan to re-open Iran border tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to re-open four border points with Iran from Sunday, 5th July for trade purposes. A notification issued by Ministry of Interior said that crossings at Gabd, Mand, Katagar and Chedgi will be opened. The decision

USA excluded as European Union reopens borders

BRUSSELS: The European Union has excluded the United States from its initial “safe list” of countries from which the economic bloc will allow non-essential travel from Wednesday. The 27-member bloc gave majority approval for leisure or business travel from fourteen

Pakistan reopens third crossing at Afghan border

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan has decided to open the third border terminal at Ghulam Khan from Monday for bilateral trade. The government has also allow transit trade and import from Afghanistan through Torkham and Chaman border terminals as well

India-China conflict

While India has always had conflicts with Pakistan, the Modi government has worsened relations with other neighbouring countries as well. India is currently embroiled in an intense stand-off with China at the disputed border region in Ladakh. In an unusual

China releases ten Indian soldiers under custody

NEW DELHI: The Chinese army on Thursday evening returned ten Indian soldiers from its custody, including two officers, involved in Monday’s violent face-off in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh region. According to Indian media, the soldiers were returned on the

20 Indian soldiers killed in clashes with Chinese troops

NEW DELHI: At least twenty Indian Army personnel were killed Monday night in violent clashes with Chinese troops in the Galwan valley of Ladakh where disengagement of troops on either side was underway. The Indian Army said there were casualties

Pak-Iran border opened to facilitate mango exporters

ISLAMABAD: The special committee on agricultural products has taken notice of the hurdles to mango exporters in wake of the coronavirus pandemic and rising transport charges. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, who heads the committee, deliberated on the upward revision

Man demands return of ‘spy’ pigeon detained in India

SIALKOT: A man has claimed to be the rightful owner of a pigeon supposedly held by Indian authorities for allegedly being used for spying. The villager named Habibullah is a resident of Bagga-Shakargarh village, situated four kilometres along the Working

‘Friends’ reunion special to be filmed by end of summer

NEW YORK: The cast of ‘Friends’ will resume filming by end of the summer which was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The main cast including Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Matthew Perry

Gen Bajwa discusses border security with Iran’s military chief

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday discussed enhancing border security with Iran’s chief of the armed forces Maj Gen Bagheri as well as measures to tackle the coronavirus. According to a statement issued by

Pakistan closes western borders; cancels March 23 parade

ISLAMABAD: The National Security Committee (NSC) on Friday decided to take a number of steps to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country. This includes closing the Western borders with Iran and Afghanistan for trade and passengers, and canceling

Over 30 Pakistani migrants found in lorry in France

NICE: Around 30 migrants from Pakistan have been found hidden in a lorry in southern France, said prosecutors. They said the driver, who was also from Pakistan, has been detained. This was discovered after 39 people, all believed to be

Syrian Kurds begin forces withdrawal from Turkey’s border

QAMISHLI: Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria have pullout their several positions along the vast border with Turkey. Russian forces have started patrols along the flashpoint frontier, filling part of the vacuum left by a US troop withdrawal that effectively returned

No more invasion in Syria as Kurds leave border: Turkey

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s defence ministry has said that no need to restart its invasion against Kurdish fighters in Syria as its forces have been withdrawn from the border. The defence ministry on Wednesday stated that there was no need to restart

Curbing extortion: PM orders reduction in check posts on highways

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered a reduction in the number of check posts on highways while taking note of reports of money being extorted from transporters. The directive was conveyed to the relevant officials via a letter by