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Khan kicks off election campaign, pledges sweeping changes


MIANWALI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan on Sunday kicked off his election campaign by staging a major rally and promising sweeping changes in the country if his party wins. Pakistan will hold a general election on July 25…

Jordan says unable to host new wave of Syria refugees


AMMAN: Jordan said Sunday it would be unable to host a new wave of Syrian refugees, as troops loyal to Damascus prepare an offensive for the war-torn country’s rebel-held south. “The large number of Syrians we’re hosting in terms of…

NATO says ready to help Italy in Libya


ROME: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday the alliance was prepared to help out in troubled Libya as it grapples with a migrant crisis but warned there were no military solutions. Speaking to Italian daily La Repubblica, Stoltenberg…

Wants to return Pakistan after Kalsoom’s recovery: Nawaz Sharif


LONDON: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here on Saturday afternoon said the health condition of his spouse Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was very critical as she was still placed on a ventilator and other life supporting machines but reiterated…

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PML-N to win election on basis of performance: Abbasi


ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has claimed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would win the upcoming general election with majority on the basis of its government’s performance. Talking to a private news…

Kroos hits out at Germany’s World Cup doubters

SOCHI: Germany’s matchwinner Toni Kroos has criticised former internationals and pundits for putting the boot into the defending champions after their shaky World Cup start. Kroos’s stunning free-kick five minutes into added time in Sochi…

Britain’s Prince William heads for historic Middle East tour


AMMAN: Prince William flies to Jordan Sunday on a trip that will see him become the first member of Britain’s royal family to pay an official visit to both Israel and the Palestinian territories. The 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge touches…

Syria forces impose ‘curfew’ in Raqa fearing instability, IS


BEIRUT: Security forces in Syria’s Raqa announced a two-day curfew starting Sunday, citing instability in the northern city and fears of possible Islamic State group attacks. But they also used the curfew to act against a rival rebel group…

Turkey votes in pivotal test for Erdogan


ISTANBUL: Turks were voting Sunday in dual parliamentary and presidential polls seen as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s toughest election test, with the opposition revitalised and his popularity at risk from growing economic troubles.…

China launches $200mn mining venture with largest Tajik smelter


DUSHANBE: China and Tajikistan embarked on a new $200 million gold and antimony mining venture Sunday, the Tajik presidential press service said, as Beijing expands its hold over the impoverished Central Asian country’s mineral resources.…

Nuclear deal collapse would be ‘very dangerous’: Iran minister


TEHRAN: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Sunday that failure to save the nuclear deal after the exit of the United States would be “very dangerous” for Tehran. The United States announced in May that it was withdrawing…


PML-N creating awareness on narrative of sanctity of vote: Musadik


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Dr. Musadik Malik has said the PML-N was creating awareness among masses regrading its narrative of sanctity of vote and supremacy of the law and the constitution in the country.…

Hashmi says he has no interest in contesting polls


MULTAN: Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has said that he wants to do politics of the country instead of a constituency and he has no interest in contesting elections. Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, he…


Rice worth US$ 1.889bn exported in 11 months of FY 2017-18


ISLAMABAD: The rice exports from the country during 11 months of current financial year registered 29.15 percent growth as compared the exports of corresponding period of last year as about 3.842 million metric tons of rice worth US$ 1.889…


PML-N to serve masses again: Saddiqul Farooq


ISLAMABAD: Leader PML-N Siddiq-ul-Farooq said that under the leadership of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif country was going up economically and its GDP has been improved that is admitted by international institutions too. Talking to…


Russia backs OPEC oil output hike


VIENNA: Russia on Saturday joined an OPEC-led pledge to boost oil production in response to growing global demand, capping a week of tense diplomacy for the grouping that averted a damaging rift between arch foes Iran and Saudi Arabia.…


RCCI wants extension in tax amnesty scheme


RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) President Zahid Latif Khan has urged the caretaker government to extend the tax amnesty scheme so that a maximum number of businessmen and general public could avail its…

Online system for LCCI membership starts


LAHORE: Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) President Malik Tahir Javaid Saturday inaugurated modern system for issuance of online membership to the business community. The LCCI Vice President Zeshan Khalil and Executive Committee…

Bio metric verification mandatory for Hajj Pilgrims: Spokesman MoRA


ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) Spokesman on Saturday said that Saudi Government has made bio-metric verification mandatory for the Hajj Pilgrims. In a statement, he said that Hajj Pilgrims will not be able to leave for…


Digital Art Museum


People visit the Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. The digital art museum, which is created together by Mori Building Co. and Japanese art collective teamLab, opened on Thursday. INP

Saturday, Jun 23

Trump likely to meet Putin in ‘not-too-distant-future’


WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is likely to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin “in the not-too-distant future,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a US television interview, after Trump mooted a possible summit. The White House…

Govt approves extension in Rangers’ deployment in Punjab


LAHORE: The Punjab government given approval for extension in deployment of Rangers in the province for 60 days. The summary for extension would be sent to the Interior Ministry for final approval. Under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997,…

Six militants, two soldiers killed in South Waziristan’s gunfight: ISPR


MIRANSHAH: Six militants and two soldiers were killed on Saturday during a fierce gunfight in a northwestern Pakistani tribal district bordering Afghanistan, military and local security officials said. The clash took place in South…

Elections 2018: Court dismisses petition against Imran’s candidacy from NA-243


An appellate tribunal dismissed on Saturday a petition challenging the candidacy of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s from NA-243 Karachi. Abdul Wahab Baloch, a member of Justice and Democratic Party, had filed a petition…

Friday, Jun 22

SBP issues updated foreign exchange manual


KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Friday issued an updated Foreign Exchange Manual for the benefit of stakeholders including authorized dealers (Banks), exporters, importers, travel agents and carriers. This revised manual will…

IHC dismisses Nawaz Sharif’s plea seeking together final arguments in all references


ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday dismissed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s petition seeking together final arguments in graft references, after declaring it as ineffective. A divisional bench of IHC comprising Justice…

PM meets trainee Judicial Officers


ISLAMABAD: A batch of 41 under-training (Pre-Service) Civil Judges/Judicial Magistrates from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy called on Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk here at the Prime Minister Office Friday. The Prime…

Despite rows, EU-US defence ties still strong: NATO chief


London: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday acknowledged “real” disagreements between Europe and the United States but insisted the trans-Atlantic bond on defence and security remained strong. “These disagreements are real.…

Thursday, Jun 21

US’s Kushner meets with Egypt, Qatar leaders about Mideast plan


WASHINGTON: White House adviser Jared Kushner met separately on Thursday with the leaders of Egypt and Qatar, two in a series of meetings Kushner has held in the Middle East over a much-anticipated US plan for peace between Israelis and…

Prime Minister stresses efforts for maximum cooperation with Azerbaijan


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Justice (Retd.) Nasir-ul-Mulk Thursday said Pakistan and Azerbaijan should make efforts to attain the optimum level of economic cooperation in fields of trade, investment, energy and defence. The caretaker prime…

UK PM calls for ‘free elections’ in Thailand


London: British Prime Minister Theresa May called for “free and open elections” in Thailand as she met with the country’s leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha in London on Wednesday. Prayut, a former army chief who seized power from Thailand’s…

Trump signs executive order to keep immigrant families together


WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump, addressing what his administration has characterized as an unwanted side effect of his zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration, signed an executive order on Wednesday to keep families who illegally…

Wednesday, Jun 20

Nawaz asks people to pray for early recovery of Kulsoom


ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday asked the people to pray for early recovery of his wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz getting treatment from London. Talking to media outside the hospital, he said Kulsoom Nawaz was still in…

Trump backs down, signs order to end family separations at US border


WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump backed down on Wednesday on an immigration policy that sparked outrage at home and abroad, signing an executive order to end the separation of children from their parents when immigrant families are…

Prosecution failed to prove its case against Nawaz: Haris


ISLAMABAD: Khawaja Haris, counsel for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in his concluding arguments before the Accountability Court (AC) of Islamabad Wednesday, stated that the prosecution side had failed to prove its case in the…

Dollar reaches Rs125 against PKR in open market


Pak Rupee surged to all-time high of Rs125 against US dollar in the open market on Wednesday, after gaining by a further Rs0.5 from Tuesday. However, in the interbank market dollar weakened by Rs0.33 and was being traded at Rs121.40, after…

Tuesday, Jun 19

Trump, US Republicans to meet amid furor over immigrant children


WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump, facing a blast of criticism for the detention of children separated from their immigrant parents at the US-Mexico border, was slated to meet with Republican lawmakers on Tuesday ahead of votes on…

Khawaja Haris returns to rescue Sharif in corruption references


After a week, Khawaja Haris lead counsel of deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, rejoined his legal team on Tuesday for the corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau against the Sharif family. According to local…

UN chief says migrant children should not be separated from families


United Nations: In a rare criticism of the United States, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday that migrant children should not be separated from their families at the US-Mexico border. “As a matter of principle, the secretary…

Pompeo says he will likely visit Kim soon


WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he expects to meet with Kim Jong Un soon to flesh out details of the North Korean leader’s promise of nuclear disarmament. As Washington’s top diplomat, Pompeo laid much of the…