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Turkmenistan leader’s son wins presidential election

ASHGABAT: The son of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has won a snap election with 73% of the vote and will succeed his father, establishing a political dynasty in the Central Asian nation. The victory of 40-year-old Serdar Berdymukhamedov was widely

PM Imran Khan meets Chinese President in Beijing

BEIJING: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday (today) before departing from his tour. In a tweet, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said Prime Minister Imran Khan and China’s

Kazakh president declares emergency after failing to quell protests

NUR SULTAN: A Russia-led military alliance said it would send peacekeeping forces to “stabilise” Kazakhstan, blaming mass protests that have plunged the ex-Soviet country into chaos on “outside interference”. Kazakhstan was facing its biggest crisis in decades after protesters angry

President underlines importance of cyber-security in diverse fields

ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has underlined the importance of cyber security in all fields, including defence, industry, politics and culture. Addressing a two-day Annual International Conference on Cyber Warfare at Air University in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said we

President summons joint session of Parliament tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has summoned joint session of the National Assembly and Senate in the Parliament House, Islamabad on Wednesday (tomorrow). According to a news release in this regard, the joint session would be held on November 17

FM Qureshi meets Iranian President Raisi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi paid a courtesy call on the President of Iran Syed Ibrahim Raisi in Tehran. Special Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador Muhammad Sadiq, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Tehran, Rahim Hayat Qureshi and senior officials accompanied the

Egyptian President ends state of emergency for first time in years

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday announced that the state of emergency will be lifted for the first time in years. Egypt imposed a state of emergency in April 2017 after deadly bombings of churches and has since

Barbados elects first-ever president, replaces British monarchy

BRIDGETOWN: Barbados has elected its first-ever president to replace Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as head of state in a decisive step toward shedding the Caribbean island’s colonial past. Sandra Mason was elected late on Wednesday by a two-thirds vote of a

Eid Miladun Nabi: President urges nation to follow in footsteps of Holy Prophet

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvim, on the occasion of Eid Miladun Nabi, urged the nation to follow in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) as the country marked the day with traditional zeal and fervour.  In his message on the

Chinese President vows ‘peaceful reunification’ with Taiwan

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Saturday to achieve “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan, but did not directly mention the use of force after a week of tensions with the island. Taiwan responded to President Xi by calling on Beijing

Former Iranian President Bani-Sadr dies in Paris

PARIS: Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, who became Iran’s first president after the 1979 Islamic revolution before fleeing into exile in France, has died aged 88. He died at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris following a long illness, his wife and children said

National Resilience Day being observed for 2005 earthquake victims

ISLAMABAD: The 16th anniversary of the earthquake on devastating October 8, 2005, that struck Azad Kashmir and several parts of Northern Areas of Pakistan is being observed across the country today. The day started with special prayers in mosques and

President, PM direct coordinated relief efforts in Balochistan earthquake

ISLAMABAD:  Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday condoled over the loss of life and properties due to the earthquake which struck Harnai area of Balochistan. After receiving the initial report on quake-cause losses, the prime

Obama launches presidential centre in Chicago

CHICAGO: Former President Barack Obama presided over a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future Obama Presidential Centre in Chicago, saying he hopes the facility will be a hub of global civic activism. Construction of the $700 million centre, blocks from the

Philippines’ boxer Manny Pacquiao to run for president in 2022

MANILA: Philippine boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao announced he will run for president in 2022, ending months of speculation about whether the fighter would seek the country’s top job. “The time is now … we are ready to rise to the challenge

Mufti Taqi Usmani elected president of Wifaq-ul-Madaris

LAHORE: Renowned Islamic scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani has been unanimously elected as the President of the Wifaq-ul-Madaris Al-Arabia Pakistan. Maulana Fazlur Rehman proposed the name of Mufti Taqi Usmani as president during a meeting in Lahore. The decision was endorsed

Algeria’s former President Bouteflika dies aged 84

ALGIERS: Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died at 84, more than two years after he stepped down under pressure from mass protests and the army. Bouteflika, a veteran of Algeria’s war for independence, had ruled the North African country

Pakistan will never compromise on security and sovereignty: President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has stated that Pakistan was fully cognizant of developments in its neighbourhood was and prepared to thwart any plot hatched to hamper peace in the region. “This brave nation will never compromise on our sovereignty,

President Alvi felicitates country on Independence Day

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has wished fellow countrymen on the auspicious occasion of the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan. In his message on the occasion, the president said that we must pledge to follow the ideals of the Quaid-e-Azam

AJK presidential elections to be held on Aug 17

MUZAFFARABAD: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Election Commission has announced to hold the election for AJK’s president on August 17. According to the schedule, the nomination papers for the presidential candidate are to be submitted on August 12 from 10:00

Hardline cleric Raisi sworn in as Iranian president

TEHRAN: Hardline Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi took the oath of office before parliament with the Islamic Republic’s clerical rulers facing growing crises at home and abroad. The mid-ranking cleric formally started his four-year term on Tuesday when supreme leader Ayatollah

Pakistan stands firm with Kashmir’s struggle: President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan stands solidly by Kashmiris in their just struggle to the right of self-determination and would continue to highlight the Jammu and Kashmir dispute at the international level. “Our ultimate objective remains

PML-N leadership rift

A row between Shehbaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz to gain the reigns of the PML-N is not unexpected. Both have been embroiled in a tussle ever since Nawaz Sharif left for London and placed the party in a quandary from

Facebook refutes Biden’s claim of ‘killing people’ with vaccine misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook defended itself against US President Joe Biden’s assertion that the social media platform is “killing people” by allowing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines to proliferate, saying the facts tell a different story. “The data shows that 85% of

FM Qureshi calls on Tajik president, discusses bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon on Wednesday and expressed Pakistan’s desire to strengthen relations with the Central Asian state in diverse fields. During the meeting along with other foreign ministers from the

Haitian president Moise assassinated at home

PORT-AU-PRINCE: Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shot dead by unidentified attackers in his private residence overnight in an “inhuman and barbaric act” and his wife was injured, Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said on Wednesday. He said the police and

IHC orders immediate removal of NBP President, Chairman

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered the immediate removal of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) Chairman Zubyr Soomro and President/Chief Executive Officer Arif Usmani from their posts. Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani on Tuesday announced the reserved verdict on

EFP President raises concern over uncertainty on CTBCM model

KARACHI: President Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) Ismail Suttar has expressed concerns about the lack of clarity on the specifics of the Competitive Trading Bilateral Contract (CTBCM) model. In a statement, Ismail Suttar said that in 2013 the CTBCM had

Trump joins video platform Rumble after social media ban

WASHINGTON: Former US President Donald Trump joined video platform Rumble as he takes the stage at a campaign-style rally in Ohio, his first such event since the January 6 attack on the US.Capitol. Trump lost his social media megaphone earlier

Gen Bajwa calls on Azerbaijan president, defence minister

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has arrived in Baku on a two days long official visit to Azerbaijan. According to Inter-Services Public Relations, the army chief called on Azerbaijan President Mr Ilham Aliyev. He also