Monday, January 25, 2021


Qureshi urges Biden administration to engage with changed Pak, India

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the new administration of the US under President Joe Biden to engage with a changed Pakistan and India, stating that a lot has changed in the past four years.

Pak, India engage in heated debate at UNGA over minority rights

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India engaged in a heated debate, filled with accusations against each other, over deteriorating minority rights in each other's countries at the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

India starts work on power project despite Pak's objections

ISLAMABAD: Despite Pakistan's repeated objections over India's intentions to construct a power project on the Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi has decided to go ahead with the construction work of the project.

Pak okays Russian vaccine for 'emergency use'

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government has approved Russias Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine for "emergency use authorisation" (EUA) and also gave a go-ahead to a local pharmaceutical company for its import and distribution, an informed official has confirmed.

Barricades to open on Jan 26 as police allow Tractor Rally

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police on Sunday said that after several round of talks with the farmers groups, it has permitted the tractor rally inside Delhi on January 26.

AAP holds motorcycle rallies across state to mobilise people for R-Day 'Kisan Tractor Parade'

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took out motorcycle rallies in several parts of the state on Saturday to mobilise people for 'Kisan Tractor Parade' announced by farmers in Delhi against the centre's agriculture black laws, on January 26. AAP's state president and MP Bhagwant Mann said that the party workers have taken out motorcycle rallies across the state to mobilise people for the 'Kisan Tractor Parade' in the national capital on Republic Day. All the party MLAs organised motorcycle rallies with supporters and volunteers in their respective constituencies.

PIA pays $7mn after plane seizure in Malaysia

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) confirmed that it has paid around $7 million o a jet company after a plane of the flag carrier was seized by Malaysian authorities over the non-payment of aircraft lease dues, the media reported on Saturday.

Former US general Austin will be first African American Def Secy

NEW YORK: The United States Senate on Friday confirmed a former Army general, Austin Lloyd to become the Defence Secretary, making him the first African American to hold the job.

Former US general Austin will be first African American Def Secy

NEW YORK: The United States Senate on Friday confirmed a former Army general, Austin Lloyd to become the Defence Secretary, making him the first African American to hold the job.

Arrest Arnab for 'treason', demands Maha Congress

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Congress on Friday held protests in all the districts and different cities demanding the arrest of Republic TV Editor in Chief Arnab Goswami for "treason" under the Official Secrets Act, 1923, party leaders said here.

Indian soldier killed in Pak firing in J&K's Poonch

JAMMU: An Indian Army NCO was killed in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan on the Line of Control at Krishna Ghati sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch on Thursday, officials said.

92 countries post request for Made-in-India vaccines

NEW DELHI: Ninety-two countries have approached India for Covid-19 vaccines, bolstering New Delhis credentials as the vaccine hub of the world. Highly placed sources said that scores of countries are approaching India, as the word spreads that Indian vaccines are showing negligible side-effects, since the immunization drive in the country began on Saturday.

No US administration can ignore Pakistan: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Ahead of a change in the US administration, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the country cannot be ignored and strongly believes that no administration can ignore the country.

Pak Army recovers American mountaineer's body near K2

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army has recovered the body of an American climber near K2, the second highest peak of the world, making the second death of a foreign mountaineer in the area in less than a week, the media reported on Tuesday.

Leaking national secret to journalist is a criminal act: Rahul

NEW DELHI: New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that leaking sensitive information related to the national secret of a planned attack to a journalist is a "criminal act" and persons behind this should be put in prison.

Pak approves Sinopharm Covid vaccine for emergency use

ISLAMABAD: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has approved a Covid-19 vaccine by China's Sinopharm for emergency use amid an unabated resurgence in the country.

Stranded crew of seized PIA plane to return

ISLAMABAD: Eighteen crew members of a Pakistan International Airlines flight which was seized by Malaysian authorities over the non-payment of aircraft lease dues, are expected to arrive in Islamabad on Monday, a media report said.

Afghanistan launches polio vaccination targeting 9.9mn kids

KABUL: The Afghan Public Health Ministry on Sunday launched a nationwide campaign to administer polio vaccines to 9.9 million children under the age of five.
The five-day drive was launched as 56 polio cases were detected in Afghanistan in 2020, reports Xinhua news agency.

Pak schools to reopen from Jan 18

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood on Friday confirmed that grades 9-12 will resume from January 18 as planned, while primary classes will reopen nationwide from February 1.

Pakistan International Airlines plane seized in Malaysia

ISLAMABAD: Malaysian authorities on Friday seized a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane at the Kuala Lumpur Airport over the non-payment of aircraft lease dues, a media report said.

Army spent Rs 18,000 cr to add firepower, logistics: COAS

NEW DELHI: Amid active border disputes with both China and Pakistan, the Indian Army spent Rs 18,000 crore last year to add to its firepower and provide logistics to its men, including emergency purchases worth Rs 5,000 crore, COAS General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Friday.

Around 300-400 Pak terrorists trying to infiltrate across LoC: Indian Army Chief

NEW DELHI: Around 300 to 400 Pakistan-based terrorists are waiting in launchpads across the Line of Control to infiltrate into the Indian side, said Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Friday, adding that forces at forward locations are keeping an eye on their activities.

Chinese aggression is a conspiracy to change status quo: Indian Army Chief

NEW DELHI: Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Friday that Chinese aggression is a "conspiracy to change status quo" and stressed that the sacrifices of those killed in Galwan won't go to waste.

Pakistani intruder shot dead in Punjab

Pak madrasa students to be stopped from attending PDM rallies

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmad to ensure that madrasa students do not attend any rallies staged by the PDM opposition alliance in the future, the media reported on Thursday.

Rajnath to attend Veterans Day in Bengaluru on Thursday

BENGALURU: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh would attend the Veterans Day of the armed forces here on Thursday with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, an official said on Wednesday.

Jaishankar calls out China, Pak on terrorism, unveils 8-point plan

NEW YORK: Calling out Pakistan for its support for terrorism and China for providing terrorists cover against sanctions, India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has unveiled an eight-point plan against the global scourge.

Pakistan hosting 2nd trilateral meeting with Turkey, Azerbaijan

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan is hosting the second Pakistan-Turkey-Azerbaijan trilateral meeting here on Wednesday to discuss global and regional issues.The Pakistan Foreign office said "the three sides would also explore possibilities of deepening trilateral cooperation in all areas of common interest, including peace and security, trade and investment, science and technology, education and cultural cooperation".

Army ready for long haul along LAC: Gen Naravane

NEW DELHI: The Indian Army is ready for a long haul along the Line of Actual Control but hopes for an amicable solution in the nine-month-long standoff with the Chinese People's Liberation Army, Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Tuesday.

4 killed in Pak avalanche

ISLAMABAD: Four people were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in was struck by an avalanche in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, local media reported on Tuesday.

Pak FM, Afghan politician discuss peace process

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday held talks with leader of Afghanistan's Hezb-e-Wahdat-e Islami party Karim Khalili in Islamabad on the war-torn country's peace process.

Why is AAP so scared of Akalis, asks Mohindra

CHANDIGARH: Lashing out at the Aam Aadmi Party leaders for their malicious campaign against the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Local Bodies Minister Brahm Mohindra today said that the AAP had become subservient to the Akalis and have started leveling baseless allegations against the Chief Minister.

Pak diplomat makes stunning disclosure

NEW DELHI: News coming out of Pakistan has deeply embarrassed the Imran Khan administration. In a stunning revelation, former Pakistani diplomat Agha Hilaly admitted on a news television show that 300 terrorists had died in the Balakot airstrike on February 26, 2019.

BSF hands over 6 to Pakistan Rangers

CHANDIGARH: The Border Security Force (BSF) deployed in Punjab's Amritsar sector apprehended six Pakistani nationals, who inadvertently crossed the border and entered into Indian territory, and later handed them over to the Pakistan Rangers on Saturday, the BSF said.

Bilawal re-elected as PPP Chairman

ISLAMABAD: Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has been re-elected unopposed as Chairman of the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for another four years, the media reported on Friday.

Ex-serviceman held in UP on charge of spying for Pakistan

LUCKNOW/MEERUT: A retired Armyman was arrested on Friday in Uttar Pradesh on the charge of working for a Pakistani spy agency since 2016, official sources said.

Pak urges Afghanistan to take action against terrorists

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday urged neighbouring Afghanistan to take action against terrorists after a soldier was killed in firing from across the border in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pak soldier killed in firing from across Afghan border: Army

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army said on Thursday that a soldier was killed in firing from across the Afghan border.
In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that terrorists fired on a Pakistani military post from the Afghan side of the border in the Mohmand tribal district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Wednesday night, Xinhua news agency reported.

Pak hails resumption of Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed the resumption of the second round of the Afghan peace talks in Qatar between representatives of the Kabul government and the Taliban, which commenced after a three-week break.

Covid vaccine: Is it Halal or not?

It's not only the Muslims, even Hindus and Jews have raised questions about the use of the Covid vaccine, due to prohibited substances in its composition.
Even before the Covid vaccination process starts in India. The Indian Muslims have courted another controversy. The question is whether they'll be amenable to get vaccinated or not, as there are reports that the proposed vaccines may not be halal as per the Islamic dietary laws.