Smog crisis

The city of Lahore has been declared the most polluted city in the world, surpassing Indian capital New Delhi. The smog crisis has aggravated and citizens have urged the government to take urgent action. It is, however, preposterous that the

WHO workers found sexually abusing women during Ebola crisis

GENEVA: More than 80 aid workers including some employed by the World Health Organization (WHO) were involved in sexual abuse and exploitation during an Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an independent commission said. The probe was prompted

Pricey LNG and shortages

Pakistan is expected to face massive a severe gas crisis in the coming months as the supply of the natural resource is slowly depleting. We are also relying increasingly on imported LNG being purchased at exorbitant rates and causing massive

Gas shortages in industries

The gas crisis is worsening in Karachi. The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has suspended gas supply to industrial zones amid the shortage in supply. CNG stations will also remain closed for a week across Sindh as supply could be

Afghan stalemate

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Pakistan is pushing for a political settlement in Afghanistan before US troops leave later this year. There are growing concerns that an all-out civil war will erupt in the war-ravaged nation which will also

Housing crisis and recession

The 2008 global financial crisis was a severe economic crisis worldwide. Before the current COVID-19 induced recession, it was considered the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression. There were a wide range of reasons including excessive risk-taking by

Qatar crisis resolved

Diplomatic relations have been restored between Qatar and four other Arab nations that had been boycotting it for over three years. The resolution of the long-running crisis amicably could bring winds of change in the Middle East and reaffirm Arab

Worsening gas crisis

The gas crisis is worsening as winter gets harsher. The gas supply has been stopped for industries till January 2021 and domestic consumers are worried that they will be affected by the gas shortages. The crisis set to worsen as

Karachi to face severe gas crisis in upcoming days

KARACHI: Chairman LPG Distributors Association of Pakistan Irfan Khokhar has warned of a severe gas crisis in Karachi in the coming days. He said Sindh is facing a shortfall of 250 MMCFD gas which will further worsen in the coming

President Alvi expresses satisfaction over PSX’s performance

KARACHI: President Dr Arif Alvi expressed his satisfaction over the performance of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) and stressed on the potential for further growth to attract more investment. The president was addressing media after holding an interactive session with

Provide incentives to overcome economic crisis: Mirza Ikhtiar Baig

Mirza Ikhtiar Baig is a renowned industrialist and businessman with over thirty years of experience in various sectors of Pakistan. He is the Chairman of Baig Group operating in diversified fields in Pakistan, UAE and other countries. He is also

A nation full of crises

Pakistan faces a new crisis every few months. Crises have dominated the country whether they are political, social, and economic. The incumbent government has been facing crises since assuming office. The PTI-led federal government faced a tomato crisis and the

OGRA chairman responsible for petroleum crisis: LHC

LAHORE: Lahore High Court on Wednesday expressed immense disappointment over the performance of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chairman. While hearing a case related to petroleum shortage, Chief Justice Lahore High Court (LHC) Muhammad Qasim Khan remarked that the

Tackling sugar barons

The cat is finally out of the bag. Prime Minister Imran Khan has allowed the release of an inquiry report by a commission formed to probe the sugar crisis that rocked the nation early this year, creating artificial shortages and

KWSB repairs water line at Dhabeji pumping station

KARACHI: Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) has completed the repair work of 72-inch diameter line which exploded due to reported power outage at Dhabeji pumping station. The water supply to the affected areas has been restored, said a spokesperson

Govt declares sugar inquiry report public

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday approved to make public the inquiry report of the sugar crisis inquiry commission after a special meeting of the federal cabinet. The cabinet gave approval after the inquiry commission presented a forensic report

Jahangir Tareen rejects allegations in sugar inquiry report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Jahangir Khan Tareen has rejected the sugar inquiry commission’s report and said that he will prove all allegations against him are false. The PTI stalwart said that he was shocked at the kind of false allegations

90 percent of world’s museums closed amid COVID-19 crisis: UNESCO

GENEVA: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the International Council of Museums (ICM) have confirmed that more than 85,000 museums across the world – about 90 percent of all institutions – have shut because of the coronavirus. UNESCO

Kashmir issue pushed to back burner under COVID: President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday said efforts are being made to push Occupied Kashmir issue on to the back burner under the COVID-19 crisis. In a statement on Twitter, the president said these efforts are in a way

World on brink of ‘hunger pandemic’: UN food agency chief

NEW YORK: The United Nations food agency has warned the world is also “on the brink of a hunger pandemic”  as it deals with the coronavirus pandemic that could lead to “multiple famines of biblical proportions” within a few months

Comic-Con 2020 canceled due to coronavirus crisis

SAN DIEGO: The San Diego Comic-Con has been canceled due to coronavirus-related restrictions around large gatherings, but organisers said they are planning for the festival to return in July 2021. The annual entertainment and comic book convention was scheduled to

Aviation minister, British envoy discuss coronavirus crisis

ISLAMABAD: Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan received the British High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr. Christian Turner on Friday and discussed a range of issues including the coronavirus crisis. The aviation minister highlighted the strong relationship and the long history between

Finally the truth is out

I have been saying this for the past five years that Jehangir Tareen and others surrounding Imran Khan are corrupt, but some people fiercely defended them Even Imran Khan defended them on every forum, despite Supreme Court declaring Tareen as

Leadership skills during crisis

There is an element of fear and uncertainty around the world as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the globe. There is one question on everyone’s mind. When and how will this crisis end? The mental agony, stress, and economic worries

Inquiry reports on wheat, sugar crisis made public

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered the release of the report formed after a high-level inquiry in the wheat flour and sugar crisis that struck the nation earlier this year in January. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general Wajid

Food shortages amid lockdown

While the prime minister continues to face the heat over not implementing a nationwide lockdown, the government has tightened some restrictions amid the coronavirus crisis as the number of cases keeps rising across the country. As several parts of the

ECC mulls increasing wheat support price to Rs.1400 per 40kg

ISLAMABAD: Adviser on Finance Hafeez Sheikh on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) which discussed a four-point agenda. The ECC approved a proposal by power division for a special relief package to further continue provision of

PTI govt behind wheat, sugar crisis: Shehbaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: The opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) called for a thorough check of the inventory and record of the mills owned by Jahangir Tareen and Khusro Bakhtiar, accusing that “powerful PTI government members are engaged in the exploitation of wheat

UN protector of international law in Palestinian-Israeli crisis: Guterres

NEW YORK: Days before US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law would reveal a new Mideast proposal to the Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed on Tuesday the role of the UN as guardian of international law in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

Govt plans to take action against all those behind flour crisis: Firdous

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Saturday that strong action will be taken against those engaged in the wheat flour crisis as a comprehensive briefing was given to Prime