Qatar invited by KSA to talks over Iran tensions

Qatar said on Sunday that it had received an invitation from Saudi Arabia to attend emergency regional talks to discuss mounting tensions between Iran and the United States. Riyadh had called two gatherings — one for Arab League members, the other for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regional bloc nations — after a spate of attacks. Several tankers in Gulf waters...

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NAB arrives Kot Lakhpat to question Nawaz over illegal use of govt vehicles

LAHORE: A team from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday will question ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif the purchase and illegal use of more than 30 bulletproof government vehicles. A four-member NAB team arrived at the Kot Lakhpat Jail where former premier has been held post-conviction in the Al-Azizia corruption reference. An accountability court on May 21 granted permission to...

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Sushma Swaraj’s overflight request accepted by Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan accepted Indian request to let Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj’s flight go over its airspace, according to The Hindu news. Citing offices in Delhi and Islamabad, the publication said Swaraj’s flight was permitted to go over Pakistani airspace as the Indian minister was due to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) session in Bishkek. The Indian government had...

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Youm-e-Ali: security alert nation-wide, cellular service suspended

KARACHI: Roadblocks and containers have been set up on Karachi’s MA Jinnah Road, Empress Market, Saddar and Preedy Street ahead of the Youm-e-Ali procession. A search operation was also conducted by police and Rangers at Cantt Station, Rizvia Society, Jamshed Quarters, Lasbela and Patel Para neighbourhoods of the metropolis. Youm-e-Ali, observed on the 21st of Ramzan, sees large processions across...

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Petition seeking to prevent Sheikh from presenting budget dismissed by IHC

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday dismissed a petition which had sought to prevent Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue, and Economic Affairs Abdul Hafeez Sheikh from presenting the federal budget in the National Assembly. Chief Justice IHC Justice Athar Minallah heard the proceedings. The petitioner, during the proceedings, maintained that Shaikh could not present the budget,...

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Dollar falls to Rs149.74 in interbank market

KARACHI: The US dollar fell below Rs150 in the interbank market on Monday after witnessing record highs the previous week. Down by Rs1, the dollar was trading at Rs149.74 in the interbank market and was down Rs2.16 in the last three sessions. The rupee fell record low against the US dollar after the announcement of a $6 billion bailout agreement...

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World Cup 2019: Fakhar Zaman, a soldier midst players

Fakhar Zaman was still establishing himself in the Pakistan team when Jasprit Bumrah's no-ball in the Champions Trophy final triggered his unlikely rise from navy sailor to World Cup talisman. India appeared to have made the perfect start in the 2017 Champions Trophy showpiece when Zaman edged to wicketkeeper MS Dhoni off Bumrah. However, the Indian fast bowler had overstepped...

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