ILO lists Pakistan as world’s third largest contributor of online labour

A report has revealed that Pakistan is the world’s third-largest supplier of technical manpower for online services. A report that was published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) covers a client pool based in developed countries, with the United States

China says power projects will not incur debt burden on Pakistan

BEIJING: Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said that power projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will not incur debt burden on Pakistan since they are investment projects. The spokesman Zhao Lijian was responded to a question that Pakistan had requested China

Ceasefire agreement

In a significant development, Pakistan and India have agreed to strictly observe ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC). The rare move is a thaw in relations between the two countries which have plunged in recent years due to the

US welcomes India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement

NEW YORK: The United States welcomed a joint statement from India and Pakistan that they have agreed to maintain a ceasefire along the disputed border in Kashmir. “This is a positive step towards greater peace and stability in South Asia,

Pakistan, India ceasefire accord a ‘positive step’: UN chief

NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed as a “positive step” the agreement between the militaries of India and Pakistan to observe a ceasefire at the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region, and hoped that it would

Pakistan, India agree to ‘strictly observe’ ceasefire along LoC

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan and India agreed to observe a ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and all other sectors after talks between the senior military officials through a hotline. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the agreement was reached after

Pakistan receives $1.1bn financing from ITFC for oil, LNG imports

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) signed a $1.1bn trade financing facility for the import of oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the current year. The document was signed by Secretary Economic Affairs Division Noor

Pakistan announces $50mn defence credit line facility to Sri Lanka

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has offered $50 million new credit line to Sri Lanka for cooperation in the field of defence and security. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Imran Khan who concluded his two-day official visit to the island nation,

Pakistan ranks low among countries with number of ATMs

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has eleven Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) per 100,000 people as per official statistics released by the World Bank (WB) on the global indicators of growth. Other definitive entries on the global ATM index for 2020 included South Korea

France irked by President Alvi’s criticism of ‘separatism’ bill

PARIS: The French foreign ministry has summoned Pakistan’s envoy to protest against claims by President Arif Alvi that a French bill cracking down on what it terms “Islamist extremism” stigmatises Muslims. Addressing a conference on religion on Saturday, Alvi said:

PM Imran Khan advises Sri Lanka to benefit from CPEC

COLOMBO: Prime Minister Imran Khan had extensive consultations with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa followed by delegation-level talks between the two sides. The two leaders held wide-ranging discussions with a focus on reinforcing a broad-based and enduring partnership between

Pakistan all set to host UN’s World Environment Day 2021 today

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is all set to host the World Environment Day 2021 in partnership with the UN Environment Programme today. The news was announced by the Minister of Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam on the margins of the virtual 5th

Pakistan reports over 1100 new coronavirus cases, 16 deaths

KARACHI: A further 16 deaths and 1,160 new cases have been reported in Pakistan due to the coronavirus. According to the National Command and Control Center, the total number of deaths from coronavirus in the country has reached 12,617 while the total

FO confirms PM Imran Khan’s tour to Sri Lanka

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has confirmed that Prime Minister Imran Khan will undertake a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka from February 23. PM Imran Khan will be visiting on the invitation of Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa.

India stops Sikhs

In an unusual move, India has barred thousands of Sikh pilgrims from visiting Pakistan on the flimsy excuse of safety concerns and the coronavirus pandemic. The decision is not surprising as India has repeatedly denied Sikhs and other minorities their

Economy and IMF agreements

Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) finally reached an agreement to revive the $6 billion programme which was suspended in April last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and policy disagreements. The global financial institution reached a staff-level agreement

Pakistan, Tajikistan sign accord to enhance customs mutual cooperation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Tajikistan have signed a customs cooperation agreement to enhance mutual assistance. According to a statement issued on Friday, the Ambassador of Pakistan to Tajikistan Imran Haider and Tajikistan Customs Service Chairman Karimzoda signed the said agreement in Dushanbe

Oil import bill shrinks by 20.90% to $5.64bn

ISLAMABAD: The oil import bill witnessed a reduction of 20.90 percent during the first seven months of the current fiscal year as compared to the corresponding period of last year. The oil imports during July-January (2020-21) were recorded at $5640.751

Virat Kohli is latest to join ‘Pawri Hori Hai’ bandwagon

India’s cricket team captain Virat Kohli has jumped on the bandwagon after celebrities on both sides of the border recreated the viral video of the Pakistani influencer Dananeer Mobeen on social media. The cricketer posted an advertisement for a shoe

First cricket match played at Gwadar Cricket Stadium

GWADAR: The first-ever cricket match is being played at the scenic Gwadar Cricket stadium in Balochistan. This exhibition match has been organized by singer-actor Fakhr-e-Alam in the lush green stadium of Gwadar amidst the mountains of Balochistan. The match features

Pakistan reports 1,245 new coronavirus cases, 40 deaths

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has recorded 40 more related deaths in the past 24 hours from the coronavirus as the death toll reached 12,527 from the virus. According to the latest statistics of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the coronavirus

Pakistan has strong ties with Arab League states: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said Pakistan enjoyed strong political, trade and bilateral relations with all member countries of the Arab League. In a meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit during his visit to Arab

Textile exports increase 8% from July-Jan FY21

KARACHI: Textile and clothing exports increased over eight percent to $8.76 billion on a year-on-year basis in the seven months of the current fiscal year, according to data released by the Pakistan Bureaus of Statistics. The data revealed that the

Pakistan users face disruption in internet services

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani users faced disruptions in internet services due to a fault in an international submarine cable system near Abu Talat in Egypt. Internet services faced disruptions across the country as one of its six international submarine cables developed a

Pakistan, Egypt agree to strengthen economic, trade ties

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Hassan Shoukry at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo. The two foreign ministers agreed to further strengthen trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Egypt through enhanced cooperation

Pakistan, Thailand agree to boost cultural ties

ISLAMABAD: On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations of two countries, Pakistan and the kingdom of Thailand have reaffirmed their resolve to enhance the Cultural cooperation and museum exchange programme. The Federal Minister for Education, Professional Training

Pakistan receives $500mn through Roshan Digital Accounts in five months

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his gratitude to overseas Pakistanis for sending $500 million to the country through Roshan Digital Accounts in just five months. “I want to thank our overseas Pakistanis for responding so strongly to SBP’s Roshan

FM Qureshi invites Egyptian companies to invest in Pakistan

CAIRO: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi invited Egyptian companies to benefit from ample investment opportunities in Pakistan in various sectors, including construction, energy and health. The foreign minister was talking to a delegation of distinguished Egyptian businessmen and entrepreneurs in

Pakistan among countries with highest visitors to Dubai in 2020

DUBAI: Pakistan has become one of the top countries with the highest number of travellers to Dubai International Airport in 2020. According to a report, Dubai received 25.9 million passengers in 2020 despite the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The

PM launches Japanese-style urban forest in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that urban forestry is the best way to deal with pollution. The prime minister announced the development of 50 urban forests in Lahore based on the Miyawaki method as part of efforts to