Lebanon will only survive if Hezbollah disarms: Saudi minister
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday that Lebanon had been “hijacked” by Hezbollah and could only flourish if...
FBR extends tax filing date up to December 15
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has extended the date of filing of returns and statements for the tax...
Political risk on Wall Street? Buy the dip!
An abrupt stock selloff on Friday — sparked by a report that magnified concerns about President Donald Trump’s potential...
Indo-Pak ties: All issues to be raised in foreign secretary talks, says FO
Islamabad: Pakistan will raise all issues of concern in the upcoming foreign secretary level talks between Pakistan and India, said the Foreign Office on Thursday. “We are finalising dates through diplomatic channels for the upcoming foreign secretary level talks,” said Qazi Khailullah, the spokesman for the Foreign Office. The... Read more
City governance: Mayor should head KWSB, says MQM bill
Karachi: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has submitted a private bill in the Sindh Assembly to make the city’s mayor head of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) instead of the provincial local government minister. The bill was submitted by party lawmaker Syed Khalid Ahmed. “The Sindh government can... Read more
Afghan Taliban leader was treated at Shaukat Khanum Hospital: Imran Khan
Islamabad: A senior leader of the Afghan Taliban militant movement was recently treated at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman and SKMCH founder Imran Khan said Thursday. Khan said that the inauguration of the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital in Peshawar was one of his... Read more
Saleem Badar: ‘You need to have a crocodile’s skin to be a cricket umpire’
“A person either lives for money or respect, but an umpire in Pakistan gets neither,” Saleem Badar says. Badar, who made his international umpiring debut in the third Pakistan-Australia Test in Lahore in 1988, did not follow the path of his contemporaries by grinding it out on the First-class... Read more
Russian firms scouting for investment avenues
Faisalabad: More than 50 Russian companies are searching for direct investment opportunities in Pakistan after the inking of agreement for a $2 billion gas pipeline project, said Yury M Kozlov, Trade Representative of the Russian Federation. Speaking to business community at the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI), Kozlov... Read more
US mosque arson suspect says was regular worshipper
Washington, DC: A suspect charged over an arson attack on a Texas mosque told investigators he was a regular worshipper there, praying five times a day seven days a week, according to his charge sheet. Houston resident 37-year-old Gary Nathaniel Moore was arrested on Wednesday and appeared in the Harris... Read more
Bakhtawar casts her first vote amid tight security
Nawabshah: Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari cast her first vote in Nawabshah on Wednesday amid tight security. Accompanied by her younger sister Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari and aunts Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho and Fauzia Zardari, she reached Ward No2, polling station No8 established in the government primary school in LBOD Colony, 500 metres from... Read more
16 dead, 30 wounded in three blasts in northeast Syria
Qamishli: At least 16 people were killed and 30 wounded by explosions in three restaurants in the northeast of Syria on Wednesday, a monitoring group said, in attacks claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group. At least one of the blasts in the city of Qamishli was caused... Read more
Submarine cable fault affects PTCL broadband users
Karachi: Broadband services of Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL) – which serves 80 per cent of the broadband users in Pakistan – are affected as there is a major breakdown in the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) submarine cable, which has impacted the whole region of South Asia. The IMEWE is an... Read more
Pakistani singer Adnan Sami Khan granted Indian citizenship
The Indian government has decided to grant Indian citizenship to Pakistani singer Adnan Sami Khan, Indian media reported on Thursday. Sami’s citizenship will come into effect from January 1, 2016, said the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs in a statement. According to Indian media reports, Sami will be given... Read more
Peshawar: Just 1.5% of the 27,220 square kilometres of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) remains a ‘contested’ space for militants and security forces as the current year comes to an end. More than six years after active military operations in the tribal areas began, the long war against militancy... Read more
‘Protected’ animals being used for public entertainment
Karachi: A number of animals protected under the provincial wildlife law have been on display for ‘public entertainment’ at a family festival in Gulistan-i-Jauhar for the past two weeks, it emerged on Wednesday. Located near Jauhar Chowrangi, the festival held in an open ground also features joyrides and different... Read more
PM launches healthcare program for underprivileged
Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday launched the National Health Programme, a government initiative to provide healthcare and medical treatment to the poorest segment of society. The programme will initially be started in 15 districts of the country in the first phase. Health cards will be distributed to... Read more
Know your way: Traffic diversion plan for DHA, Clifton
Karachi: All major roads leading to Sea View will be closed for traffic from 6pm Thursday. The traffic police have offered the following information to help residents reach their homes: 1. All vehicular traffic coming from Akhtar Colony via Expressway and Korangi will not be allowed to move towards Khayaban-e-Ittehad... Read more