2024

Pakistan rolls out red carpet for Azeri President Ilham Aliyev

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday received Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, who touched down in Islamabad on a two-day official visit on the premier’s invitation. President Aliyev landed at Pakistan Air Force’s Nur Khan base where he was greeted with a red carpet welcome as PM Shehbaz along with Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi received him. The foreign dignitary was also presented with a 21-gun salute. During his visit, President Aliev will

FAO and CIMMYT Partner to Strengthen Resilient Agrifood Systems

Rome/Texcoco, Mexico  (Press Release) – In a significant move towards building resilient agrifood systems, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), a CGIAR Research Center, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Partnership for the Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils (VACS) initiative. The joint partnership aims to spearhead efforts to coordinate, grow, and strengthen the

Tauqeer Nasir claims SRK admires him, 'copied' his character

Veteran Pakistani actor Tauqeer Nasir recently disclosed intriguing anecdotes from his illustrious career, shedding light on his interactions with Bollywood and a notable admiration from none other than Shah Rukh Khan. Speaking as a guest in a program on TV, Tauqeer Nasir revealed that SRK, often referred to as the ‘Bollywood King’, expressed admiration for his work on multiple occasions, sending greetings in acknowledgment of his talent and contributions. Nasir

Kenyan court orders its govt to pay compensation to Arshad Sharif's family

LONDON/NAIROBI: A court in Kenya has awarded 10 million shillings ($78,000 or Rs21.7 million) in compensation to the widow of prominent Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif who was shot dead by the police at a roadblock in the Kenyan town of Kajiado nearly two years ago. The Kenya police had argued Arshad Sharif’s killing was a case of mistaken identity but Sharif’s widow and journalist Javeria Siddique had launched a petition

Fight against terrorism instead of becoming facilitators, Bilawal tells KP govt

After the federal government announced hosting an all-parties conference (APC) to discuss the newly-launched anti-terror operation, Azm-e-Istehkam, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has blamed the former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government for making grave mistakes in past which led to the resurgence of terrorism in the country. “Terrorism is rising in KP and Balochistan provinces, once again,” Bilawal said in a press conference in Peshawar on Monday. He added that

President Zardari signs into law bill amending Elections Act

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday approved the Election (Amendment) Bill 2024, which empowers the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to appoint retired judges of high courts to election tribunals. Under the amendment to the Elections Act, 2017, the ECP would not need consultation with the respective chief justices for the appointment of retired judges as election tribunals. Through the Election Amendment Bill, the amendments were made in the

PM says it would be a shame to go back to IMF again after 3 years

QUETTA: Lamenting that the burden of debt has mortgaged the future of nation’s generations, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said it will be a matter of great shame if Pakistan has to once again return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for another loan after three years. “To free ourselves from this cycle of debt, the federal and provincial governments, along with the relevant institutions, must work together,” the premier

PTI to take part in All Parties Conference for country’s sake: Imran

PTI founder Imran Khan on Friday said that his party would participate in the government’s All Parties Conference (APC) to discuss Operation Azm-i-Istehkam. The reinvigorated and re-energised national counter-terrorism campaign was announced by the Central Apex Committee on the National Action Plan last month. The government vowed to unleash the full force of the country’s military, diplomatic, legislative, and socio-economic arsenal to decisively defeat terrorism and extremism. Azm-i-Istehkam is the latest

Challenges ahead for UK’s next prime minister Keir Starmer

Britain’s next prime minister, Keir Starmer, wants to focus on long-term growth, but as he gets to grips with that challenge his first few months are packed with tough decisions. Foreign affairs US Relations: Starmer has said he will “deal with whoever is the president”, saying the relationship between Britain and the US is “above the individuals”. Starmer is expected to attend a Nato Summit in the US on July 9-11. Relations

Azm-i-Istehkam: Army brass concerned at ‘unwarranted criticism, deliberate misrepresentation’

The military’s top brass on Friday expressed concern at what it said was “unwarranted criticism by some quarters and deliberate misrepresentation” of Operation Azm-i-Istehkam. The government announced the operation last month after a meeting of the Central Apex Committee of National Action Plan, vowing to unleash the full force of the country’s military, diplomatic, legislative, and socio-economic arsenal to decisively defeat terrorism and extremism. Pakistan has witnessed an uptick in terror