Hijab diversity campaign dropped after French backlash

STRASBOURG: Europe’s top human rights organisation has withdrawn images from a social media campaign promoting diversity among women and their freedom to wear the hijab. Posters featuring young women wearing Islamic headscarves were removed from Twitter just days after the

PM asks youth to gear up for ‘biggest tree plantation campaign’

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked all Pakistanis particularly the youth to prepare for the “biggest tree planting campaign in Pakistan’s history”. The premier shared an infographic on Twitter that showed the number of trees per person in different

Shaukat Khanum launches online qurbani campaign

LAHORE: The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust has launched its online Qurbani campaign for all Muslims around the world.  During the ongoing pandemic, the Online Qurbani Service presents an excellent opportunity for the public on this Eid-ul-Azha to stay safe by

NCOC aims to vaccinate 70 million people by year end

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has decided to initiate mass vaccination campaign to vaccinate 70 million people by the end of this year. Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar chaired two separate NCOC

Another campaign against China  

Consistent efforts are being made to malign China worldwide to stop its economic spread, and rising political goodwill and collaboration under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is considered to be the backbone of the

Anti-polio campaign to start countrywide from today

ISLAMABAD: An anti-polio campaign of various durations will start across the country from today aiming to inoculate over four million children. The SOPs to protect from coronavirus will be strictly implemented during the campaign. In Punjab, 20 million children between

Five-day nationwide polio campaign to start on March 29

ISLAMABAD: A five-day polio vaccination campaign will start from March 29 during which over 40 million children under the age of five will be inoculated. Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health Dr Faisal Sultan launched the national polio immunisation drive

GoT actress Emilia Clarke shares message of support for Syrians

LONDON: Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke shared her support for the “millions of Syrians fighting for peace and dignity” marking the 10th anniversary of the revolution. “It has been 10 years since the Syrian people took a stand for

ECC approves Rs140mn to clear dues for COVID-19 media campaigns

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the federal cabinet has approved funds to clear the due on media campaigns initiated to create awareness among the public during COVID-19 pandemic. The committee meeting chaired by Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez

Europe rolls out mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign

BRUSSELS: Europe launches a cross-border vaccination programme of unprecedented scale on Sunday as part of efforts to end a COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled economies and claimed more than 1.7 million lives around the world. The region of 450 million

Indian disinformation campaign

For years, Pakistan has stated that India is engaging in a fifth-generation hybrid war which relies heavily on a disinformation campaign. Now it seems that much of that is true as a massive network of fake news websites and NGOs

Pakistan rejects India’s attempts to deny disinformation campaign

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has rejected the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)’s attempt to deny responsibility for the elaborate and reprehensible global disinformation campaign against Pakistan exposed by EU DisinfoLab. The independent, non-profit disinformation watchdog’s latest report illustrates the web of

Trump rejects virtual debate, may hold campaign rally

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump pulled out of a debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden on 15 October after it was changed to a virtual event. Trump, who was hospitalized for three days after disclosing last Friday he had tested positive

Nationwide polio eradication campaign begins today

ISLAMABAD: A five-day nationwide polio eradication campaign commenced on Monday during which 45 million children below five years age will be administered anti-polio vaccine across the country. This is the first nationwide campaign in the country after its four-month suspension

PM Imran, Bill Gates discuss COVID-19 response, polio campaign

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke with philanthropist Bill Gates to discuss the latest situation on COVID-19 response and resumption of polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan. During the conversation, the prime minister apprised Bill Gates about the improved COVID-19 situation

PM to inaugurate Monsoon Tree Plantation campaign today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the Monsoon Tree Plantation Campaign 2020 in Kahuta district Rawalpindi on Friday. According to a statement from PM’s Office, all activities related to forestry and wildlife are labour intensive and these two sectors

OIC mobilises resources to tackle impact of coronavirus

JEDDAH: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has pledged to mobilize all their resources to tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. In a press release, the OIC General Secretariat emphasized that it would pursue its response campaign until

Elizabeth Warren ends her US presidential campaign

BOSTON: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, once a favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination, dropped out of the race on Thursday, setting up a two-man duel between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. “I am suspending my campaign for president,” the

Bloomberg ends presidential campaign, endorses Biden

NEW YORK: US media tycoon Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday quit the Democratic presidential race and endorsed front-runner Joe Biden. The billionaire former mayor of New York was snubbed by voters on Super Tuesday despite blowing more than half a billion

Tree plantation campaign

Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated the nationwide spring tree plantation drive for revival and restoration of provinces in the country. Almost 250 million saplings are expected to be planted this year as part of the ambitious reafforestation program. PM

PM set to kick off ‘Plant for Pakistan’ tree plantation drive

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to kick off the national spring tree plantation drive on February 23 by planting a tree sapling in the country’s oldest Kundian forest area in Mianwali district. Advisor on Climate Change Malik Amin

Bernie Sanders releases election campaign poster in Urdu

WASHINGTON: US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders received lots of social media attention from users around the world after sharing a campaign message in the Urdu language on his official Facebook page. The post is expected to gain support from the

UCP’s Ride with Pride campaign holds rally for female bikers

LAHORE: An awareness campaign named, “Ride with Pride” organized by the University of Central Punjab (UCP), held a Rally in Lahore today (Thursday) led by Zenith Irfan, known as the motorcycle girl of Pakistan. According to a press release, Zenith

Pakistani celebrities launch campaign against child abuse

KARACHI: A number of artists have extended their solidarity to the campaign against child abuse and urged the government to implement all applicable child rights legislation. In a press conference at the Karachi Press Club,  several celebrities have demanded the

Polio epidemic

A new anti-polio vaccination campaign is currently underway as the number of cases surged to more than 100 this year. Then  devastating news was received that two policemen guarding polio workers were shot dead in Lower Dir area reaffirming fears

Billionaire Bloomberg announces US presidential candidacy

NEW YORK: Michael Bloomberg confirmed on Sunday that he is running for president, joining the crowded field of Democrats seeking to take on President Donald Trump. The announcement ended weeks of speculation that the former New York mayor was preparing

Democrat Beto O’Rourke quits presidential campaign

HOUSTON: Democrat Beto O’Rourke announced Friday he is dropping out of the crowded race for the 2020 US presidential nomination, after months of stagnant polling numbers and dwindling finances. “Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me

85 civilians killed, 373 wounded during Afghan election campaign: UN

KABUL: Hundreds of people were killed or wounded in violence related to Afghanistan’s recent presidential election season as the Taliban sought to undermine the democratic process, a UN agency said on Tuesday. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

Foreign Office deplores slander campaign against new UN envoy

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has strongly condemned the slander campaign against the appointment of Munir Akram as Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations as ‘reprehensible’. In a weekly briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal was asked

PM Khan marks polio eradication as top priority

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan while chairing a high-level meeting on the rise in polio cases on Wednesday said that eradication of polio is the top-most priority of Pakistan. The prime minister expressed serious concern over the recent spike in