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...
Zika: Carnival opens in Rio as the city defyes virus fears
Rio’s most famous Carnival — a five day festival of dancing, bared flesh and wild costumes — got underway in spite of warnings that the Zika virus might make even kissing dangerous. Mayor Eduardo Paes handed a big golden key to the city to the Carnival’s ceremonial King Momo,... Read more
PSL: Quetta Gladiators thrash Karachi Kings By 8 Wickets
Ahmed Shahzad with his highly impressive innings helped let the Quetta Gladiators to their empethatic win against Karachi Kings by 8 wickets in the fourth match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai earlier yesterday. The Gladiators secured a comfortable win against Karachi by chasing the target of 148... Read more
Sucide attack in Quetta: 9 dead, several wounded
At least nine people died and several others sustained injuries when a suicide bomber hit a vehicle of Frontier Corps (FC) in Quetta. The deadly blast took place near Liaquat Park in the provincial capital of Balochistan. According to police, three FC personnel, four civilians and a woman were... Read more
Twitter cracks down on terrorist content: 125,000 accounts blocked
Twitter earlier yesterday suspended more than 125,000 accounts, most of them linked to the terror outfit called Islamic State (ISIL), as part of its increased efforts to eradicate terrorist content on the popular messaging platform. The accounts frozen since mid-2015 were targeted “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts,” said... Read more
Only a quarter of troops needed available for nationwide census
In the wake of extremely hectic security-related engagements, the military can only free up 100,000 troops for census duties, due to which there are doubts as to whether the exercise can be completed on time. The number of soldiers the General Headquarters (GHQ) is willing to spare will meet... Read more
Flights still suspended: PIA workers’ strike continues on 5th day
All flight operations of the airline remains suspended for the last five days as the PIA workers’s strike still continues. Passengers are suffering badly and they are also staging protests at all airports of the country. All flights, both domestic and international, have been cancelled due to the strike... Read more
6 biggest banks to collectively post record profit of Rs130b
6 of the biggest banks in Pakiatan are expected to collectively post a record profit of Rs130 billion for 2015, analysts say. Consisting of Habib Bank (HBL), National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), United Bank (UBL), MCB Bank, Allied Bank (ABL) and Bank Alfalah (BAFL), the so-called Big Six are... Read more
Thar Famine: 5 more children succumb to malnutrition
 At least five more children died, three of them in government hospitals, across Thar earlier yesterday, effectively raising the total death toll to 167 since Jan 1 when the children’s deaths caused by an outbreak of waterborne diseases and malnutrition hit the headlines. Twelve-month-old Natho Bheel, eight-month-old Hamida and... Read more
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands to visit from February 9
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is all set to visit Pakistan from February 9 to February 11 as part of her global efforts to promote financial inclusion. The queen is the UN secretary-general’s special advocate for inclusive finance for development and her scheduled visit comes in support of Pakistan’s... Read more
Lal masjid strikes back: Complaint against Quaid-e-Jawan Jibran Nasir
The Lal Masjid and the so called  “Shuhada Foundation” (SFP) have lodged a complaint against civil society activists, at the Aabpara police station. The complaint was lodged by SFP spokesperson Hafiz Ehtesham Ahmed earlier yesterday. The complainant stated that the “chief of so-called civil society Jibran Nasir and Khurram... Read more
Abbottabad blast: 1 woman killed, 24 others injured
At least one woman died and 24 persons injured in a blast in a guest house located in Mandian, an area of Abbottabad. According to police, the explosion took place as gas was filled in a room of the guest house. Meanwhile, rescue teams reached the affected place immediately... Read more
Media leaders demand effective steps to protect journalists
The World’s top media executives are demanding governments to stop looking at journalists as the enemy, and to better protect reporters covering wars, crime and corruption. Describing growing impunity for those who arrest or attack journalists, news leaders meeting here on Friday argued for more public outcry and pressure... Read more
LNG fuel: Govt plans medium-sized power projects
The government has decided in principle to invite bids from the private sector for building new medium-sized power plants of 100 to 250 megawatts each, with re-gasified liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel and cumulative production capacity of 1,000MW. The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) took the decision in a... Read more
Intizar Hussain: KLF remembers the father of literature festivals
The 7th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) which kicked off Friday drew large crowds and started  with a special tribute to writer Intizar Hussain, who recently passed away. Oxford University Press (OUP) managing director Ameena Saiyid requested a moment of silence for Hussain, who had been a known face at... Read more