Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Pakistan

Pak invites Indian Sikhs for Guru Nanak's 551st birth anniversary

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistan government has sent out invitations to Indian Sikhs to attend celebrations marking the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.

Pak forms committee to ensure SOP implementation at airports

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan's Aviation Division has constituted a seven-member committee to ensure the proper implementation of standard operating procedures (SOP) at airports to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Pak oppn alliance stages 2nd power show

KARACHI:Just two days after its debut power show, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance comprising 11 of the country's opposition parties, held its second rally in Karachi.

Leader of Afghanistan's Hizb-e-Islami to visit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD:Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Afghanistan's Hizb-e-Islami party, is scheduled to embark on a three-day visit to Pakistan on Monday, the Foreign Ministry here said.

16 dead in Pak as landslide hits passenger bus

ISLAMABAD:Sixteen people were killed when a passenger bus was hit by a landslide in Skardu district of Pakistan's northern Gilgit-Baltistan, a senior official said.

Ex-Afghan PM Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to arrive in Pak on 3-day visit

ISLAMABAD:Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, former Afghan Prime Minister and leader of the Hizb-e-Islami party, will arrive in Islamabad on Monday on an important three-day visit amid the Intra-Afghan dialogue which is currently underway in an effort to end the decades-long war in the country.

India asks Pakistan court for return of its 4 convicts

ISLAMABAD:The Indian High Commission has reached out to the Islamabad High Court (IHC), seeking the return of four Indian convicts in Pakistani jails, as they have completed their term.

Days of Imran Khan govt are numbered, warns PDM power show

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing a serious outburst from the opposition parties, who have now joined together and launched an anti-government campaign, aimed at toppling the ruling government.

Pak imposes fine on Qatar Airways for violating SOPs

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistan government has imposed a 100,000 PKR fine on Qatar Airways for violating the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) enforced against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sharif's security ramped up in London

ISLAMABAD:Security for former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in London, has been heightened, a development that came weeks after the PML-N supremo's fiery speech against the incumbent Imran Khan-led government and his criticism of the military establishments alleged interference in political matters.

Republican Hindu group scaling back campaign for Trump

WASHINGTON:During the 2016 election campaign around this time, then-candidate Donald Trump addressed a large, glamorous rally of thousands of cheering Hindus, the first time a US presidential candidate reached out to the followers of the faith.

Nadda hits out at Rahul, Chidambaram, says 'Divide India' dirty tricks

NEW DELHI:With Bihar elections heating up, the war of words between the Congress and the BJP too has spiked. BJP President JP Nadda, on late Friday night, hit out at the top Congress leadership for their recent statements ranging from Pakistan's Covid handling to call for reinstatement of Article 370.

Pak oppn alliance to hold 1st rally on Friday

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance comprising 11 of the country's opposition parties, will hold its first public rally on Friday in Gujranwala city since its formation last month to oust the incumbent government over its "failures in all sectors".

4 more educational institutions sealed in Islamabad over Covid-19 cases

ISLAMABAD:Four more educational institutes in Islamabad were sealed after coronavirus cases were reported among staff and students, it was reported on Friday.

Arrest warrants issued for ex-Pak Prez in fake accounts case

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that arrest warrants for former President Asif Ali Zardari have been issued in connection with the fake bank accounts case.

15 killed in Pak terror attack

ISLAMABAD:Eight soldiers and seven civil security personnel were killed in a terrorist attack in Pakistan'sBalochistan province, police sources said.
The incident took place on Thursday in Ormara area, when a group of militants ambushed and attacked a convoy of the Frontier Corps (FC) and Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), and fled the scene, the sources told Xinhua news agency.

Is Pak planning to gift Sindh islands to China through PIDA ordinance?

NEW DLEHI:The island development ordinance promulgated by Pakistani President Arif Alvi seems to be a plan to sell off Pakistani islands to future investors or maybe China. Controversial sections in the Pakistan Island Development Authority (PIDA) ordinance have triggered massive protests and a major controversy, as people in Sindh feel the Imran Khan government is taking over their land.

UNHRC's credibility hangs in balance as worst human rights abusers China & Pak get re-elected

NEW DELHI:Is the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) becoming totally irrelevant? Has it lost its credibility, much like the World Health Organization? Many heads are nodding in affirmation after both China and Pakistan, the global hotspots for major human rights violations, were last night re-elected to the UNHRC.

Pakistani armed forces recover narcotics

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistan Coast Guard (PCG) and the Army have recovered ice heroin worth millions of dollars during a joint operation in Balochistan province.
In a statement late Wednesday, the PCG said that the armed forces conducted a raid at the mountainous terrain of Pasni district and recovered 99 kg of high-quality ice heroin from camels apparently carrying packaged goods, Xinhua news agency reported.

India warns of 'grave' global threat from countries arming terrorists

UNITED NATIONS: While reiterating its commitment to universal nuclear nonproliferation and no-first use (NFU), India on Wednesday warned against the serious global threat from countries arming terrorists with conventional weapons.

Pakistan violates LoC ceasefire in 2 sectors of J&K's Poonch

JAMMU: Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing on Wednesday on Indian positions near the Line of Control (LoC) at two sectors of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, a defence official said.

Prime accused of Pak motorway gang rape arrested

LAHORE:The prime accused of a brutal gang rape that took place at a motorway in Pakistan Punjab province last month, has finally been arrested after managing to escape thrice earlier, the media reported.

Pak govt to allow oppn alliance to stage rallies

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistan government has decided to allow an opposition alliance to stage protest rallies anywhere in the country as long as they do not create chaos, a media report said.

Malala joins Prince Harry, Meghan for virtual discussion

ISLAMABAD:Pakistani education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai joined the UK's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle for a discussion, during which they talked about amplifying women's voices and standing up for their rights, it was reported.

Pak govt has no intention to sell NY hotel: Minister

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistan government has no intention of selling the Roosevelt Hotel in New York owned by flag carrier, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said.

Maha Guv, CM in unholy row over temples reopening

MUMBAI:In an unprecedented development, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray were engaged in an ugly ‘letter-war over the issue of reopening of temples in the state.

Delhi records season's worst air day, AQI mounts to 304

NEW DELHI: The air quality index of the national capital turned foul and mounted to 'very poor' category at 304 on Tuesday morning, with northwest district recording the most polluted air, according to the Central pollution Board's data.

Davinder Singh case: NIA arrests man who supplied arms to Hizb terrorists

NEW DELHI:  The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested one accused from Jammu & Kashmir's Budgam, who played a key role in supplying arms and ammunitions to one of the arrested accused in the case of suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Naveed Babu, officials said.

Two bridges on Manali-Leh highway among 44 inaugurated by Rajnath

SHIMLA:Two crucial bridges on the strategic 475-km Manali-Leh highway were among the 44 bridges inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday to facilitate movement of armed forces and logistics in forward areas of Union Territory of Ladakh, officials said.

Despite China-Pak tensions, India ushering in historical changes: Rajnath

ITANAGAR:Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that despite challenging times due to Covid-19 and border tensions and disputes caused by Pakistan and China, India was not only resolutely facing them but also bringing about historical changes in all sectors of development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's able leadership.

Historic day for Punjab; much-needed bridges in Gurdaspur, Fazilka inaugurated: Vijay Inder Singla

CHANDIGARH:It was a historic day for Punjab, when four bridges were jointly inaugurated and dedicated to the nation. It was expressed by PWD Minister Punjab Mr. Vijay Inder Singla after jointly inaugurating the bridges through a virtual inauguration ceremony presided by the Union Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh. Three bridges were in district Gurdaspur and one was in district Fazilka which were much needed with regard to security point of view and the local populace of these border districts.

Top Pak LeT man Saif-ul-lah killed in Kashmir encounter

SRINAGAR:Top Pakistani Lashkar e Taiba militant Saif-ul-lah, involved in a number of fatal attacks on the Central Reserve Police Force troopers, was killed along with one more terrorist, in an encounter in Srinagar on Monday.

Six pilgrims kidnapped near Pak-Iran border

ISLAMABAD:At least six pilgrims were abducted by unidentified armed assailants near the Pakistan-Iran border, the media reported.

Pak hopeful of acquiring Covid-19 vaccine within the next 6 months

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani official from the Ministry of National Health Services has expressed hope that the country would acquire a vaccine against the novel coronavirus in the next six months.

Imran asks 'Tiger Force' to monitor food prices

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has tasked the one million-strong Corona Relief Tiger Force (CRTF) of volunteers to monitor prices of food items, adding that he would discuss the future mechanism at a convention in Islamabad this week.

Asia-Pacific Group keeps Pak on 'Enhanced Follow-Up' list

ISLAMABAD:The Asia-Pacific Group (APG) on money laundering has retained Pakistan on its "Enhanced Follow-Up" list for a meagre progress on technical recommendations of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the media reported on Monday.

Top LeT man among 2 terrorists killed in Srinagar encounter

SRINAGAR:Two terrorists were killed in an encounter at Rambagh in Srinagar district on Monday morning, police said.

Peshawar HC strikes down auction of ancient gurdwara's portion

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court has struck down the auction of a portion of the ancient Gurdwara Bhai Beba Singh in the city.

Islamabad HC asks Sharif to appear by Nov 24

ISLAMABAD:The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has asked former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to appear before it by November 24 to avoid being declared a proclaimed offender.

Infiltration levels down in Kashmir: GoC 15 Corps

SRINAGAR:Army's 15 Corps General Officer Commanding Lt Gen BS Raju on Saturday said that less than 30 infiltrators had managed to enter the Kashmir Valley from across the borders and LoC with Pakistan this year as against 130 during the same period last year.

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