FM Qureshi apprises UAE minister of problems in visa issuance

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State Reem Al Hashimi on the sidelines Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting in Niamey, Niger. The foreign minister apprised her of the difficulties being faced by

COVID-19 positivity rate increases over 7%: NCOC

ISLAMABAD: The rate of positive cases of coronavirus in Pakistan has reached 7.20 percent. A briefing by medical experts at the National Command and Operations Center meeting said that the number of critically ill patients due to the coronavirus was

Shoaib Akhtar slams New Zealand Cricket over tour threat

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has hit out at New Zealand Cricket for threatening to cancel his former team’s tour after six Pakistani players tested positive for COVID-19. NZ Cricket was made aware that some members of the Pakistan

Pakistan reports over 3,000 COVID-19 cases for third consecutive day

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan recorded 3,313 new COVID-19 cases and 54 deaths due to the virus in the last 24 hours, making it the third consecutive day that over three thousand cases have been reported. According to the National Command and Operation

FM arrives in Niger to attend OIC foreign minister’s meeting

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has arrived in the African nation of Niger to represent Pakistan at the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers’ meeting. The foreign minister and President Azad Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan will address the meeting and

PM Imran Khan calls for swift climate action

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has called upon the world community to simultaneously take on raising ambition for climate action, building resilience and adapting to the inescapable impacts of climate change.   In an article on the World Economic Forum’s Country

Facing the Kiwis

Despite the rising coronavirus fears, the national cricket team has departed for New Zealand for their T20I and ODI series. PSL hero Babar Azam is leading the Pakistani side to face the Kiwis. Prior to departure, he said there is

UAE visa ban

The UAE has imposed an undeclared ban on issuing visas to countries of 13 Muslim-majority countries including Pakistan. The move is reminiscent of US President Trump’s Muslim ban but has not attracted the attention it requires as it concerns a

Pakistan Customs recovers 820kg ketamine in Karachi

KARACHI: Pakistan Customs continued its operation against drug peddlers and recovered 820 kilograms of ketamine in Maripur area. According to details, the customs officials raided a godown after receiving a tipoff and seized the smuggled chemical. The recovered ketamine is

WHO assures Pakistan cooperation for COVID-19 vaccine

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended Pakistan for the steps taken to deal with the coronavirus and assured cooperation for the forthcoming vaccine. In a letter to the Pakistani government, the WHO said that full cooperation from Pakistan

Singer Cher will visit Pakistan to see elephant ‘Kaavan’

WASHINGTON: American singer-songwriter Cher is reportedly coming to Pakistan to bid farewell to an elephant ‘Kaavan’. The Pakistani court had ordered the freedom of Kaavan, a lonely elephant in May 2020. The singer who supports the rights of wild animals

Pakistan records overs 3,000 COVID-19 cases, 59 deaths

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has recorded fresh 3,009 COVID-19 cases and 59 deaths due to the coronavirus in the last 24 hours. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the total number recorded case has reach 382,892 whereas the number

Pakistan welcomes release of prisoners by Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed a presidential decree that orders the release of Pakistani prisoners languishing in jails in Afghanistan. Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani last week issued the decree for the prisoners who have completed their sentences but remain incarcerated because

India escalated anti-Pakistan campaign after unveiling of dossier: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has said the Indian government has escalated its anti-Pakistan campaign after Islamabad made public a dossier containing “irrefutable proof” of Indian sponsorship of terrorism in the country. The foreign office spokesman was responding to media queries

National squad reaches New Zealand for Test, T20 series

AUCKLAND: The national squad has reached New Zealand tour to play two Test matches and three T20Is. The 54-member squad has reached Auckland via Dubai where they are quarantining at New Zealand’s Lincoln University. The team will also undergo three

Pakistan records 2,954 new COVID-19 cases, 48 deaths

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has recorded fresh 2,954 COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths due to the virus in the last 24 hours amid renewed restrictions and a likely second lockdown. The total number of cases from the contagion has reached 379,883 cases

National squad leaves for New Zealand

LAHORE: The national squad has left for a tour of New Zealand to play three T20s and two Test matches there. For the tour of New Zealand, the national squad will reach the country from Lahore via Dubai and then

Return to IMF programme

The prime minister has expressed satisfaction over the economic stabilisation in the country despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and said the benefit of the improvement in the economy must reach the common man. For the past few months, we have

Vaccine purchasing

The clinical trial results of several potential COVID-19 vaccines have shown promising results and are effective against the disease. This has given hope to countries around the world that it may finally be heading towards normalcy. Pharmaceutical companies including Moderna

US State Dept welcomes PM Imran Khan’s visit to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: The United States has expressed pleasure over Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Afghanistan. In a tweet, the US State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs said it is “pleased to see Prime Minister Imran Khan’s

World Children’s Day: 25 monuments to turn blue across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: More than 25 buildings across Pakistan will turn blue as the country celebrates World Children’s Day. The global day of action aims to raise awareness on the need to help millions of children realise their rights under the Convention

Pakistan, Russia revise North-South gas pipeline project

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Russia have signed a revised deal for laying the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline formerly known as the North-South Gas Pipeline. The two sides on Wednesday agreed to rename the North-South Gas Pipeline as the Pakistan Stream Gas

PM to arrive in Afghanistan today on maiden visit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will pay a day-long visit to Afghanistan today (Thursday) on the invitation of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. According to the Foreign Office, the focus of the visit would be further deepening of the fraternal bilateral

PM’s maiden Afghan visit

Prime Minister Imran Khan will be making his first visit to Afghanistan ever since assuming office. The expectations for the visit would be high as both countries are seeking to improve fraternal ties as Afghanistan prepares for a new future.

England to visit Pakistan for two T20 matches in October 2021

LAHORE: England has confirmed their first visit to Pakistan in 16 years and visit next year for two T20 matches.  England will arrive in Karachi on 12th October and will play two Twenty20 internationals in Karachi on 14th and 15th

US excuses Pakistan for providing COVID-19 vaccine in first phase

WASHINGTON: The United States has excused Pakistan for providing the coronavirus vaccine in the first phase as it will meet the local requirements before exporting the vaccine. According to sources, the Pakistani mission in Washington informed the government about the

FO rejects reports on ‘pressure’ to recognise Israel

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) has rejected reports quoting Prime Minister Imran Khan as saying Pakistan was facing pressure from the United States to recognise Israel. In a statement, Foreign Office spokesman the reports as “fabrication” in certain sections of

Electronic voting to be set up soon: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that he will introduce electronic voting in the next general elections. Commenting on the election process, the prime minister said that the ministers and the committee have worked on electoral reforms. The next

England cricket tour to Pakistan postponed

LAHORE: The England cricket team’s possible tour of Pakistan next year has been postponed. According to sources, the England team may now come to Pakistan in September-October 2021 to play limited edition cricket. It may be recalled that the T20

Turkish companies to set up industrial units in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Turkish companies have expressed their keen interest in setting up industrial units in Pakistan to start production activities and meet the needs of the construction industry. A delegation of Turkish companies visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI)