Kashmiri leader Mehbooba Mufti denied passport by India over ‘national security concerns’

The Indian government has refused to issue former chief minister of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) Mehbooba Mufti a passport over national security concerns, said the Kashmiri leader on Monday. “[Indian] Passport Office refused to issue my passport based on CID’s report citing it as ‘detrimental to the security of India’,” said Mufti in a tweet … Read more

IMF board agrees to release $500m for Pakistan

The approval revives the $6 billion IMF programme after it remained latent for over a year. The approval followed some tough decisions taken in Islamabad to stabilise the economy. The measures included a steep rise in electricity bills, imposition of Rs140 billion taxes and agreeing to grant unprecedented autonomy for the central bank. The executive … Read more

Gift of 500,000 vaccine doses from China arrives in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Another batch of 500,000 doses of Sinopharm’s coronavirus vaccine from Pakistan’s “iron brother” China landed in Nur Khan Airbase on Tuesday, the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination said. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan — along with officials from the health ministry — were present at the … Read more

India must make first move to normalise ties: PM

We are trying, but India would have to take the first step and unless it does that we cannot move ahead,” Mr Khan said while inaugurating the first edition of the two-day Islamabad Security Dialogue hosted by the National Security Division in collaboration with government-funded think tanks. The prime minister, however, did not elaborate what … Read more

Two arrested in assault on police officer who died after Capitol riot

Two men have been arrested for assaulting Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died after responding to the riots on January 6, the Department of Justice announced Monday. The details surrounding Sicknick’s death remain unclear. Julian Elie Khater, 32, of State College, Pennsylvania, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, of Morgantown, West Virginia, are accused of spraying police officers … Read more

Why it’s wrong to claim that Russia tried to side-line India during the Afghan talks

First, Russia never sought to side-line India on the Afghan talks that it’s hosted over the years. In fact, it always invited India to participate on an equal standing with every other party but New Delhi declined to do so. The Hindustan Times quoted the External Affairs Ministry spokesman in November 2018 to report that “India to … Read more

Knife-edge election for top Senate posts today

Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (PPP) and Maulana Abdul Gha­foor Haideri (JUI-F) have been fielded by the Pakistan Democratic Movement as its joint candidates for the posts of chairman and deputy chairman, respectively. The government had alre­a­dy announced that outgoing Senate Chairman Muha­mmad Sadiq Sanjrani will be its candidate for the office for another … Read more

Google Doodle pays tribute to Sheroes on International Women’s Day

Google, which has a tradition of commemorating important through creative doodles, has paid tribute to women around the world on International Women’s Day. Read more: Karachi gears up for Int’l Women’s Day with events organized across the city International Women’s Day is celebrated all across the globe every year on March 8. Recognizing the importance of … Read more