Friday, December 9, 2022

Taliban's acting FM meets Ahmad Massoud in Iran
Kabul | Tuesday, 2022 2:45:08 PM IST
Amir Khan Muttaqi, the Taliban's acting Foreign Minister who is currently in Iran with a 26-member delegation, held talks with National Resistance Front leader Ahmad Massoud, during which the latter was given assurance about his safe return to Afghanistan ... read..

Kazakhstan burning, Russian troops are in; India closely following situation
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2022 1:15:08 AM IST
Over 160 persons have reportedly died in several days of unrest in Kazakhstan, Central Asia's largest country, which has been rocked by a week of turmoil. ... read..

Not having economic sovereignty affects foreign policy: Pak NSA
New Delhi | Monday, 2022 8:45:07 PM IST
Pakistan's foreign policy is still not free from the influence of the US, says National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf. ... read..

Nepal govt body suggests curbs on large gatherings, school closures
Kathmandu | Monday, 2022 6:45:08 PM IST
A government body in Nepal has recommended restrictive measures against large gatherings and closing of schools as the latest measures against the latest Covid-19 resurgence. ... read..

Pak national exchequer robbed of billions to benefit private TV channel
New Delhi | Monday, 2022 5:45:07 PM IST
The insider story of the controversial and alleged illegal partnership between Pakistan Television (PTV) and the private ARY channel has come to light, The News International reported. ... read..

Hasina pays tributes on 50th anniversary of Bangabandhu's Homecoming Day
Dhaka | Monday, 2022 5:45:07 PM IST
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday paid tributes on the 50th anniversary of Homecoming Day, which marks Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's return to the country in 1972 after spending months in a Pakistan jail. ... read..

Crisis-hit SL asks China to restructure debt repayments
New Delhi | Monday, 2022 5:15:08 PM IST
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has asked China to restructure the crisis-hit island nation's debt repayments as part of efforts to help the South Asian country navigate its worsening financial situation, the BBC reported. ... read..

Posters across Kabul reminding women to wear hijab
Kabul | Monday, 2022 3:45:07 PM IST
The Taliban-led government's Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice have stuck posters across Kabul to remind women to wear a hijab, the media reported on Monday. ... read..

Afghan female journos fear increased Taliban curbs
Kabul | Monday, 2022 3:15:08 PM IST
A number of female Afghan journalists have confirmed that restrictions imposed against them by the Taliban have increased, saying they were worried about their future in the war-torn nation, the media reported. ... read..

When Indira Gandhi and her cabinet received Sheikh Mujib at Palam
London | Monday, 2022 4:45:07 AM IST
50 years ago on January 10, a British Royal Air Force Comet aircraft flying from London carrying Sheikh Mujibur Rahman landed in Delhi to a remarkable reception at Palam Airport. The entire Indian cabinet led by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was on the tar ... read..

India stresses on Neighborhood First policy with Sri Lanka at 'difficult times'
Colombo | Monday, 2022 4:15:07 AM IST
In line with the priority placed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ties with Sri Lanka in line with the Neighborhood First policy, an intercity train service, using recently given Full AC Diesel Multiple Units (AC DMUs) under Indian loan facility, ... read..

Imran Khan regime in Pakistan may unravel this year
New Delhi | Sunday, 2022 8:45:08 PM IST
During 2022, political crises and economic meltdown in Pakistan are likely to intensify thereby resulting in regime change or mass protests which will pose yet another challenge to the country with serious implications for security and foreign policy choi ... read..

Pak Tableeghi Jamaat preacher slammed for attending gangster's memorial service
New Delhi | Sunday, 2022 8:45:07 PM IST
Photos of renowned Pakistani Islamic preacher Tariq Jamil weeping and praying at a memorial service last week for Taji Khokhar, a Rawalpindi gangster, have created outrage online, the Friday Times reported. ... read..

Nepal PM isolates after close contacts test Covid positive
Kathmandu | Sunday, 2022 6:15:08 PM IST
Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba have gone into isolation after his close contacts tested positive for Covid-19. ... read..

Imran Khan slammed for 'callous' remarks over snow incident
New Delhi | Sunday, 2022 6:15:08 PM IST
The Pakistan Opposition and citizens of the country have slammed Prime Minister Imran Khan for his reaction to the Murree incident, where 22 people froze to death due to heavy show, saying the ruling PTI government has gotten used to blaming others for th ... read..

Afghan university lecturer arrested
Kabul | Sunday, 2022 5:45:07 PM IST
Faizullah Jalal, an Afghan university lecturer known to be an outspoken critic of the Taliban, has been arrested from his home and taken to an unknown place, family members have confirmed. ... read..

Taliban acting FM arrives in Tehran for talks
Tehran/Kabul | Sunday, 2022 4:15:08 PM IST
With a 26-member delegation, the Taliban's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi arrived in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials on political, economic and transit issues, as well as on the Afghan refugees in Iran, media reports said. ... read..

'90% of Afghan healthcare centres on verge of collapse'
Kabul | Sunday, 2022 3:15:08 PM IST
Ninety per cent of Afghanistan's healthcare centres are on the verge of collapse, which in turn is "depriving millions of basic care, threatening the Covid-19 response and creating a major risk of disease outbreaks, malnutrition and preventable deaths", s ... read..

Pak Oppn slams 'incompetent govt which can't even handle traffic situation'
New Delhi | Sunday, 2022 3:15:08 AM IST
Leaders from Pakistans opposition parties, Shehbaz Sharif, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Maryam Nawaz and others, have lambasted the Imran Khan-led government for the Murree disaster, blaming it for what they called "criminal negligence", Samaa TV reported. ... read..

Airbnb under fire over business dealings in China's Xinjiang province
New Delhi | Sunday, 2022 1:45:08 AM IST
Two US Democratic Congressmen have ratcheted up the pressure on Airbnb over its business dealings in China's Xinjiang province and sponsorship of next months Beijing Winter Olympics in a letter to the American property rental companys CEO, Brian Chesky, F ... read..

21 tourists stranded in cars freeze to death in Pak hill station
New Delhi | Saturday, 2022 11:15:08 PM IST
At least 21 people died of cold after they were stranded in their cars during the snowstorm in Murree in Pakistan on Friday night, according to Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed, Samaa TV reported. ... read..

Pak issues notice to cryptocurrency exchange in $100mn scam
Islamabad | Saturday, 2022 7:15:07 PM IST
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said that it had issued a notice to Binance, a cryptocurrency exchange, during the investigation of an alleged cryptocurrency scam involving around $100 million. ... read..

Nawaz Sharif asks party to agitate against Imran Khan
New Delhi | Saturday, 2022 7:15:07 PM IST
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed his opposition PML-N party not to let incumbent premier Imran Khan off the hook on the basis of the Election Commissions damning report on the ruling PTIs foreign funding case, aggressively agitate ... read..

B'desh govt urged to create separate ministry for minorities
Dhaka | Saturday, 2022 6:45:08 PM IST
Different religious and ethnic leaders have demanded the Bangladesh government to create a separate ministry and national commission for the country's minority communities. ... read..

WFP asks for $2.6bn to feed Afghans in 2022
Kabul | Saturday, 2022 3:45:07 PM IST
Amidst the ongoing humanitarian crisis and an economic fallout in Afghanistan, the World Food Program (WFP) has once again expressed concerns over the ongoing situation in the war-torn nation and said that they need up to $2.6 billion to feed the vulnerab ... read..

Top Taliban official urges world to help Afghanistan
Kabul | Saturday, 2022 2:15:08 PM IST
A top official of the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has urged the world to help the war-torn country amidst an ongoing humanitarian crisis without considering the nation's political issues, the media reported. ... read..

Imran proven a thief and liar, must resign: Pak Oppn
New Delhi | Saturday, 2022 2:45:08 AM IST
Leader of the Opposition in the Pakistan National Assembly, Shahbaz Sharif, on Friday demanded legal action and "daily court proceedings" against Prime Minister Imran Khan after a report of the election commission's scrutiny committee said that PTI hid mi ... read..

Border dispute: India, China 14th round military talks likely next week
New Delhi | Saturday, 2022 1:45:08 AM IST
India and China military delegates are likely to hold talks on January 12 to deliberate over ways to de-escalate the border dispute between the two nations. ... read..

PLA to give out stones taken from Galwan Valley on Chinese social media
New Delhi | Saturday, 2022 1:45:08 AM IST
China is pulling a new stunt as the Western Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) debuted on Chinese social media on Friday. ... read..

Islamabad HC orders demolition of Pakistan Navy's club
New Delhi | Saturday, 2022 1:15:08 AM IST
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered the demolition of the Pakistan Navy's sailing club along Rawal Lake in Islamabad, ruling that the Navy does not have the authority to undertake real estate ventures, Friday Times reported. ... read..

Taliban bans women from coffee shops
New Delhi | Friday, 2022 6:45:08 PM IST
Women and girls without a close male relative accompanying them were banned from entering coffee shops in Afghanistan's Herat province, Raha Press reported. ... read..

Grandson slams Pak's efforts to kill Bangabandhu in jail
Dhaka | Friday, 2022 6:45:08 PM IST
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahmans grandson Sajeeb Wazed Joy has lashed out at the former Pakistani leaders for trying to kill the 'Father of the Nation' while he was a prison in 1971. ... read..

No decision yet on extending Pak Army chief's tenure: Imran
New Delhi | Friday, 2022 6:15:07 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he has not decided about the extension of Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa's tenure, Dawn news reported. ... read..

Dubai firm offers $100mn for world's largest sapphire found in SL
Colombo | Friday, 2022 5:45:08 PM IST
The Sri Lankan government announced that it was in talks with a Dubai-based company which has offered $100 million for the world's largest natural corundum blue sapphire named the "Queen of Asia", which was found in the island nation. ... read..

Heavy snowfall kills 11, injures 23 across Afghanistan
Kabul | Friday, 2022 4:15:08 PM IST
Heavy snow, that started falling across Afghanistan earlier this week triggering avalanches and floods, have so far claimed the lives of 11 people, while injuring 23 others, the media reported. ... read..

Aid not distributed properly: Kabul residents
Kabul | Friday, 2022 3:15:08 PM IST
Amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, residents of the capital Kabul have complained of "unfair distribution" of aid, saying that it was not provided to the vulnerable people who need it the most, the media reported. ... read..

Kabul, Islamabad trade barbs over Durand Line fencing
New Delhi | Friday, 2022 2:45:07 AM IST
Kabul and Islamabad have again traded barbs over the fencing of the Durand Line that forms the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, with both sides sticking to their guns, Pajhwok News reported. ... read..

Imran Khan must resign over illegal foreign funding: Maryam Nawaz
New Delhi | Friday, 2022 2:15:07 AM IST
The Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Maryam Nawaz, has asked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign from his office immediately following the "damning" report of the scrutiny committee of the Election Commission of Pakistan (E ... read..

Sri Lankan tea exports earned $1.3bn in 2021
Colombo | Thursday, 2022 9:15:08 PM IST
Sri Lankan tea exports in 2021 earned $1.3 billion despite lower yields and higher costs of production, state media reported on Thursday. ... read..

2 soldiers, 2 terrorists killed in Pak clashes
Islamabad | Thursday, 2022 8:45:08 PM IST
Two soldiers and two terrorists were killed in clashes in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, an army statement said. ... read..

PTI govt returned favour to donor by awarding luxury hotel contract
New Delhi | Thursday, 2022 7:15:07 PM IST
The incumbent ruling party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) received funding from an individual who owns an offshore company Dreshak Security Solutions Inc, The News reported. ... read..

Taliban announces state of emergency over heavy snow, rainfall
Kabul | Thursday, 2022 4:45:07 PM IST
The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has declared a state of emergency over heavy snow and rainfall lashing majority of the country and also directed provincial officials to prepare for the inclement weather. ... read..

No more fencing allowed on Durand Line, says Taliban
Kabul | Thursday, 2022 3:45:07 PM IST
The Taliban-led government in Kabul said it will not allow any more fencing on the Durand Line that forms the AfghanistanPakistan border, the media reported. ... read..

Has B'desh spotted 'gold mine' in Bay of Bengal?
Dhaka | Thursday, 2022 12:15:07 PM IST
Bangladesh has all the opportunities to tap into a potential "gold mine" in the form of huge gas hydrates, and several hundred species of seaweed discovered in the Bay of Bengal, an official said. ... read..

Talk of deal with Nawaz Sharif 'baseless speculation': Pak ISPR
Islamabad | Thursday, 2022 3:45:08 AM IST
The Director-General of Pakistan Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Babar Iftikhar, has categorically rejected the impression that there is "a deal" in the works with former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Geo News reported. ... read..

Protests continue in Waziristan over killing of 12-yr-old girl by Pak forces
New Delhi | Thursday, 2022 2:15:07 AM IST
Thousands of residents of Khesor continued their protest on the third day in the North Waziristan tribal district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), The Express Tribune reported. ... read..

Pak again raises J&K issue at UN
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2022 8:45:08 PM IST
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi once again raised the Jammu-Kashmir issue on the 73rd anniversary of the United Nations (UN). ... read..

Pak SC rejects govt's plea against demolition of Madina Mosque in Karachi
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2022 2:45:08 AM IST
The Pakistan Supreme Court has rejected the government's plea to stop the demolition of Madina Mosque in Karachi, Express Tribune reported. ... read..

Suicide bombers' battalion to be part of Taliban Army
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2022 1:45:13 AM IST
Officials of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan have said that they will create a special battalion of suicide attackers to be part of their army, Khaama Press reported. ... read..

Concerns over supplies after lockdown of largest port in China
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2022 10:45:08 PM IST
A partial lockdown in Ningbo city in East China's Zhejiang province, home to the world's largest port, has led to problems like fewer drivers and trucks, raising concerns about supplies for international brands such as Nike and Adidas, Global Times report ... read..

B'desh earns nearly $25 from exports in H1 of 2021-22 fiscal
Dhaka | Tuesday, 2022 9:45:09 PM IST
Bangladesh's total exports in the first half of the current 2021-22 fiscal year (July 2021-June 2022) reached nearly $25 billion, up 28.41 per cent year on year, according to the latest official data on Tuesday. ... read..

Heavy snow-triggered traffic accidents in Afghanistan kill 7
Kabul | Tuesday, 2022 9:45:09 PM IST
At least seven people were killed and 26 others in multiple traffic accidents after heavy snowfall in Afghanistan, local officials said on Tuesday. ... read..

Maldives' tourist arrivals increase 138% in 2021
Male | Tuesday, 2022 6:45:08 PM IST
Tourist arrivals in the Maldives increased 138 per cent in 2021 compared with 2020, with Indians accounting for the majority of the holidaymakers, state media citing data from the Ministry of Tourism reported. ... read..

Pak SC warns of summoning Imran Khan if detainee not produced
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2022 6:15:09 PM IST
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed has warned that the Supreme Court will not hesitate to summon rime Minister Imran Khan if Arif Gull, detained at an internment centre in Kohat since 2019, was not produced before it on Tuesday, Dawn new ... read..

Pak legal fraternity threatens boycott on elevation of 1st woman SC judge
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2022 6:15:09 PM IST
Pakistan's legal fraternity has called on Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed to postpone Thursday's meeting of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan to consider the elevation of Justice Ayesha A. Malik of the Lahore High Court (LHC) to the apex court, Dawn news rep ... read..

SL sees tourism boom with highest holidaymakers from India
Colombo | Tuesday, 2022 5:45:08 PM IST
Although the Sri Lankan tourism sector is still struggling due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the island nation received the highest number of foreign tourists in December 2021, with majority of the holidaymakers from India. ... read..

'Taliban didn't plan to assassinate Ashraf Ghani after takeover'
Kabul | Tuesday, 2022 5:15:08 PM IST
After the fall of Kabul in August 2021, the Taliban did not have plans to assassinate former President Ashraf Ghani, a top official of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said here on Tuesday. ... read..

IOM raises alarm over millions of displaced Afghans
Kabul | Tuesday, 2022 3:45:08 PM IST
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has expressed serious concerns over the massive number of displaced people in Afghanistan, saying that there were "664,000 newly displaced by the conflict in 2021" and the ongoing humanitarian crisis. ... read..

Bullets, bombs waiting for me, but won't give up working for people: Hasina
Dhaka | Tuesday, 2022 6:15:09 AM IST
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her commitment to work for the people, despite the threat of "bullets and grenades". ... read..

China's action plan to takeover Latin America
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2022 3:45:08 AM IST
Chinese Communist Party officials have unveiled an "action plan for cooperation" with Latin American countries that amounts to a "comprehensive" plan to influence the region and threaten US interests, following a new summit with the nearest neighbours of ... read..

Pakistan takes NGO route for exporting terror to India
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2022 2:45:09 AM IST
Notwithstanding Pakistans efforts towards manipulating global civil society and human rights organisations into indirectly supporting secessionist movements in India, the financial trails and other digital evidence play spoilsport to its designs. ... read..

Western ads with narrow eyes seen as racist in China
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2022 1:15:08 AM IST
Amid a growing sense of online nationalism and anti-West sentiment in China, some have seized upon advertisements as examples of racism towards Chinese people. ... read..

Imran Khan's ex-wife escapes gun attack in Islamabad
New Delhi | Monday, 2022 11:15:08 PM IST
Reham Khan, the ex-wife of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, narrowly escaped a gun attack in Islamabad late Sunday night, Samaa TV reported. ... read..

SC asks Centre to decide on extradition of IS woman member, daughter from Afghanistan
New Delhi | Monday, 2022 10:45:09 PM IST
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to consider the request of a man from Kerala seeking extradition of his daughter, who left India in 2016 to join terrorist organisation IS, and her daughter from Afghanistan. ... read..

Pak reports highest Covid cases in over 2 months
New Delhi | Monday, 2022 8:15:09 PM IST
Pakistan has recorded its highest number of daily Covid-19 cases since October 30, 2021 as 708 infections were detected during the last 24 hours, official data revealed on Monday. ... read..

Indian Hindu pilgrims perform religious rituals in Pak shrine
New Delhi | Monday, 2022 6:15:09 PM IST
As many as 215 Hindu pilgrims, including 159 from India, performed religious rituals in the Samadhi of Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj at Teri village in Pakistan, Dawn news reported. ... read..

Nearly 340,000 e-IDs distributed to Afghans in 4 months
Kabul | Monday, 2022 4:45:09 PM IST
The Afghan National Statistics and Information Authority said that it has distributed about 340,000 computerized national identity cards from September to December 2021. ... read..

Strained Indo-Maldives relations (Opinion)
New Delhi | Monday, 2022 3:45:09 PM IST
A lot has happened in the bilateral relations between India and Maldives during the last 10 years. The relations which were once described as one of the most vibrant and dynamic, have turned into one in which India has been painted as a villain. Though th ... read..

Afghans protest against freezing of assets
Kabul | Monday, 2022 2:45:08 PM IST
Thousands of Afghans took to the streets of Kabul to protest against freezing of the war-torn country's assets by the US, demanding for its immediate release amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis. ... read..

China claims to have beaten US to develop next gen heat seeking hypersonic missiles
New Delhi | Monday, 2022 1:15:08 AM IST
China claims it has beaten the US to developing heat-seeking hypersonic missiles that could home in on targets including aircraft carriers and moving vehicles, Daily Mail reported. ... read..

Plastic bags with beef hung outside 3 temples in B'desh
Dhaka | Sunday, 2022 6:15:08 PM IST
Plastic bags containing raw beef were hung on the doors of three Hindu temples and a house in Gendukuri village in Bangladesh's Hatibandha Upazila. ... read..

159 Indian Hindu pilgrims arrive in Pak to visit century-old temple
New Delhi | Sunday, 2022 6:15:08 PM IST
The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has flown 159 Indian Hindu pilgrims from Lahore to Peshawar en route to Karak, where they would visit a century-old temple, Samaa TV reported. ... read..

Pakistan central bank subordinated to IMF: Jamaat-e-Islami chief
New Delhi | Sunday, 2022 5:45:09 PM IST
Sirajul Haq, chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), has announced an anti-government movement, saying that the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is no longer in its control, rather it has been subordinated to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), The Express Trib ... read..

The Dragon's long shadow on Sri Lanka (Opinion)
New Delhi | Sunday, 2022 3:15:08 PM IST
For some South Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh, the 'China Nightmare' is no longer just a bad dream. It is a living reality, which continues to threaten the countries' national interests, and eat away at their very sovereignty. ... read..

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits parts of Pakistan
New Delhi | Sunday, 2022 2:45:08 AM IST
A 'moderate' 5.3 magnitude earthquake rattled parts of Pakistan including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit and Islamabad on Saturday, Dunya News reported. ... read..

Imran Khan has surrendered to IMF: Shehbaz Sharif
New Delhi | Saturday, 2022 2:45:08 AM IST
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Opposition leader in National Assembly (NA), Shehbaz Sharif, on Friday lashed out at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and said that he had surrendered to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the eco ... read..

Hasina makes first visit to Padma Bridge after winning challenge with World Bank
Dhaka | Saturday, 2022 2:15:08 AM IST
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, accompanied by her sister Sheikh Rehana, on Friday visited the Padma Bridge for the first time after winning her challenge with the World Bank, where she had vowed that the country would complete the project by its ... read..

5 killed, 19 injured in B'desh road mishap
Dhaka | Saturday, 2022 2:15:08 AM IST
Four persons were killed on the spot while 20 others were injured after a bus overturned and fell on an auto-rickshaw van on a highway under Ullapara Upazila in Sirajganj district on Friday. ... read..

Taliban stop Pakistani military from fencing Durand Line in Nimroz
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 11:45:08 PM IST
Taliban security forces have stopped the Pakistani military from fencing part of the Durand Line in southwestern Nimroz province of Afghanistan, Pajhwok News reported. ... read..

Four Pak soldiers killed in North Waziristan
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 9:15:08 PM IST
At least four Pakistan soldiers were killed and one militant was arrested during an intelligence-based operation in North Waziristan on Friday, the military's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. ... read..

Four dead in remote control explosion in Quetta
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 7:45:08 PM IST
Four people were killed and 14 others injured in a remote controlled blast in Pakistan's Quetta city, Geo News reported. ... read..

Pak flag carrier resumes direct flights to Iran after 5 yrs
Islamabad | Friday, 2021 6:45:09 PM IST
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has resumed direct flights to Iran after a gap of five years, an official said. ... read..

Pak, China resolve to tap potential of Gwadar port
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 5:15:09 PM IST
Pakistan and China have resolved to redouble efforts to tap full potential of the Gwadar port and free zone and to ensure that the local population fully benefits from the projects launched in various sectors, Dawn news reported. ... read..

Russia to host 'Troika Plus' meet on Afghanistan
Moscow | Friday, 2021 2:45:08 PM IST
Russia will host a 'Troika Plus' meeting on Afghanistan next month which will see the participation of the US, China and Pakistan, Moscow's Special Representative to Kabul Zamir Kabulov announced. ... read..

Pak Islamic scholar against court order to demolish Karachi mosque
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 4:15:08 AM IST
Leading Pakistani Islamic scholar and Darul Uloom Karachi head Mufti Taqi Usmani has tweeted against a court order to demolish the Madina Masjid on Karachis Tariq Road, Samaa TV reported. ... read..

Pak women's rights group condemns Imran's 'misogynistic, racist' remarks
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 3:45:08 AM IST
The Womens Action Forum (WAF), one of the oldest womens rights groups in Pakistan, has condemned Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khans remarks on women, human rights and the Pashtun culture at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit earlier thi ... read..

'Try and demolish mosque if you can': Pak Chief Justice gets a warning
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 2:15:08 AM IST
Warning Pakistan Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmad and Sindh province Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah of dire consequences, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Secretary General for Singh, Rashid Mahmood Soomro, has said that the party wont allow implementation of t ... read..

Text message and a call from Pak heralded Ashraf Ghani's exit from Afghanistan
Kabul | Friday, 2021 1:45:08 AM IST
The New Yorker magazine, a reputed publication, has claimed that it was in fact a text message, followed by a telephone call from a Pakistani number that persuaded then Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohi ... read..

Protesting Afghan women injured in stampede in Kabul
Kabul | Friday, 2021 1:15:08 AM IST
Afghan women took to the streets of Kabul to protest against the discriminatory restrictions being imposed against them, including the recent travel restrictions on women. But shots fired in the air by Taliban security personnel led to a stampede that lef ... read..

Taliban supreme leader asks officials to respect amnesty
New Delhi | Thursday, 2021 11:45:08 PM IST
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has directed government officials to respect the general amnesty announced by him, Pajhwok News reported. ... read..

The hunger story of every household in Afghanistan
Bamiyan (Afghanistan) | Thursday, 2021 11:15:08 PM IST
Chilling winters bring new challenges for Afghans, and life continues to go from bad to worse for many families who are unsure about their next meal. ... read..

I have been made a scapegoat: Ex-Af President Ashraf Ghani
New Delhi | Thursday, 2021 10:45:09 PM IST
Afghanistan's former president Ashraf Ghani has defended his decision to flee the country as the Taliban closed in earlier this year, saying he did it to prevent the destruction of Kabul, BBC reported. ... read..

US to appoint 2 female diplomats to represent Washington in Kabul (Ld)
Washington | Thursday, 2021 9:45:08 PM IST
The deteriorating situation in reference to the rights for women in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule has prompted US President Joe Biden's administration to appoint two senior female diplomats, assigned to represent Washington in Kabul. ... read..

Pakistan forms Hindu Temple Management Committee
New Delhi | Thursday, 2021 8:45:08 PM IST
The Pakistan Ministry of Religious Affairs has formed a Hindu Temple Management Committee, The Express Tribune reported. ... read..

4 killed, 3 injured in Pakistan clash
Islamabad | Thursday, 2021 7:45:08 PM IST
Four people were killed and three others injured in a clash in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, local reports said on Thursday. ... read..

Disputed Chinese fertiliser firm threatens tough action against SL
Colombo | Thursday, 2021 6:45:09 PM IST
A Chinese company which had exported a disputed organic fertilizer that was rejected by Sri Lanka is said to be pushing for tough sanctions, including restrictions on tea export from the island nation. ... read..

Pak Hindu Council invites pilgrims to encourage 'faith tourism'
New Delhi | Thursday, 2021 6:15:09 PM IST
The Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) has invited a group of 250 pilgrims, including from India, to visit the country in an attempt to encourage "faith tourism", Dawn news reported. ... read..

Poverty forces Afghan kids out of school
Kabul | Thursday, 2021 4:45:08 PM IST
Driven by extreme poverty amid the economic collapse of Afghanistan, the number of children employed in hazardous jobs instead of going to schools has increased, a media report said. ... read..

Afghanistan lacks equipment to detect Omicron variant
Kabul | Thursday, 2021 3:45:08 PM IST
The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan said that the country does not have equipment to detect Omicron, adding that it has asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide testing machines for the new fast-spreading Covid-19 variant. ... read..

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