2024

Pakistan's Economy and Regional Challenges: A Comprehensive Overview

By: FARAZ AHMED CHANDIO Pakistan, a country of approximately 220 million people, is strategically located at the crossroads of South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. This geographic positioning offers significant strategic advantages but also places Pakistan at the center of complex regional dynamics. These dynamics influence its economic stability and growth prospects. This article delves into the multifaceted economy of Pakistan, highlighting its sectors, the challenges it faces,

Chinese cities cancel Argentina matches after Messi no-show

KARACHI: The sports bosses in China have cancelled two friendly matches featuring Argentina’s Lionel Messi as the soccer star failed to make an appearance for his club Inter Miami in a Hong Kong exhibition match recently. Argentina had scheduled a tour of China from March 18 to 26, during which it was set to clash with Nigeria in Hangzhou and Ivory Coast in Beijing. But last week a high-profile friendly

Noval Djokovic sets eyes on specific target in 2024

KARACHI: Novak Djokovic, a 24-time Grand Slam champion with over 100 career trophies, has set his eyes on one specific target in 2024 to complete his Greatest of All Time (GOAT) legacy. According to a tennis commentator, Nick Lester, the Serbian star will concentrate on winning a gold medal at the Paris Olympics to achieve one of the few remaining milestones in his career. Among the modern greats, such as

Patrick Mahomes leads Chiefs to historic Super Bowl victory over 49ers

KARACHI: The Kansas City Chiefs have secured their second consecutive Super Bowl title, becoming the National Football League’s (NFL) latest dynasty, after defeating the San Francisco 49ers, 25-22, in overtime, USA Today reported. They have won three Super Bowls in five years and are the first repeat champions since the New England Patriots in February 2005. The Chiefs’ victory marks the ninth time in history that a team has won back-to-back Super

Spotify names Annural Khalid Pakistan's first 'RADAR Artist'

KARACHI: Pakistan is a land with a rich music history producing music icons such as Noor Jehan, Mehdi Hassan, Ahmed Rushdi, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and others, and it seems that the younger generation is no different as it is making its mark in the ever-changing music industry. One such emerging artist is Annural Khalid who has been named Pakistan’s first woman RADAR Artist for the year 2024 by the

'People still believe that I'm married to Shoaib Malik'

KARACHI: Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik’s announcement of his marriage to actor Sana Javed took social media by storm with fans and netizens giving mixed reactions to the “hot topic” that has been the talk of the town for the past couple of days. Fans of Shoaib and Sania Mirza, his now-former wife, have been engaged in online banter with the former defending the cricket star against the latter’s criticism. It

Zayn Malik invited to tour Pakistan after featuring in Aur's 'Tu Hai Kahan'

KARACHI: UK High Commissioner to Pakistan Jane Marriott on Monday invited British singer Zayn Malik to tour Pakistan after the latter collaborated with Pakistani band Aur for an Urdu song. “Time to plan your Pakistan tour, Zayn Malik! Loving this UK-Pakistan Urdu collaboration with Aur,” the UK diplomat wrote on her X handle. British heartthrob Zayn Malik, who is known to the world for his melodious vocals in English, tested

Level playing field enabled independent candidates to emerge as single largest group in general elections: PM

ISLAMABAD:Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Monday reiterated that the caretaker set-up had provided a level playing field to all political parties during the currently concluded polls and being a ‘free and fair’ process, a large number of independent candidates backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the largest single group on the national and provincial assemblies seats. He stressed that allegations of rigging were generated through social media which

PML-N, PPP deliberate on 'sharing PM's Office for 3, 2 years each' as both eye coveted slot

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have deliberated on the possibility of appointing prime ministers from their parties for a three- and two-year term under a power-sharing formula, The idea of appointing a prime minister for half the term was discussed during their first huddle on Sunday following the February 8 elections as part of their efforts to form a coalition government in the Centre

Returning officers' non-adherence to laws 'overshadowed' election result process: Fafen

ISLAMABAD: As compilation of vote results underway for four consecutive days after the conduct of the February 8 nationwide polls, the Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take notice of returning officers’ (ROs) non-compliance with the laws which ‘overshadowed an otherwise largely controversy-free voting and counting processes at the polling stations. The non-governmental election watchdog urged the country’s top poll organising authority