US troop pullout from Afghanistan ahead of schedule

The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is considerably ahead of schedule, an official told AFP on Wednesday, as President Donald Trump reiterated calls for the Pentagon to bring troops home. The developments came as questions loomed over the next phase of Afghanistan's long war following a historic, three-day ceasefire that led to a major drop in civilian casualties. The truce, which the...

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US troop pullout from Afghanistan ahead of schedule

The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is considerably ahead of schedule, an official told AFP on Wednesday, as President Donald Trump reiterated calls for the Pentagon to bring troops home. The developments came as questions loomed over the next phase of Afghanistan's long war following a historic, three-day ceasefire that led to a major drop in civilian casualties. The truce, which the...

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China’s parliament approves Hong Kong national security bill

China's parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly approved directly imposing national security legislation on Hong Kong to tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in a city roiled last year by months of anti-government protests. The National People's Congress voted 2,878 to 1 in favour of the decision to empower its standing committee to draft the legislation, with six abstentions. The legislators...

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Shashank Manohar to step down as ICC chairman, governing body confirms

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed that chairman Shashank Manohar will step down when his term ends this year. The ICC is set to discuss the process to elect its new chief at its board meeting on Thursday with media reports saying that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief Colin Graves is favourite to fill the...

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India allows 300 nationals to return from Pakistan amid coronavirus outbreak

India has allowed around 300 of its nationals, currently in Pakistan, to return after both the countries eased lockdown restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The Indian nationals will return via Wagah-Attari border, which will be reopened on Saturday. Around 80 Kashmiri students are also among those leaving for India. These students were studying at different educational institutions in Lahore. Currently,...

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PIA recovers cockpit voice recorder of ill-fated crashed plane from site

The cockpit voice recorder from the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303 plane crash incident in Karachi on May 22 has finally been recovered, a spokesperson for the airline confirmed today. The cockpit voice recorder was recovered from the rubble in the residential area where the plane crashed. The equipment will greatly help the investigation and will provide important clues...

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Locust attacks continue to ruin crops in parts of Pakistan

Swarms of locusts continued to wreak havoc on food crops across Pakistan, with the attacks gaining frequency in several districts of Sindh, Punjab, and Balochistan. Locusts attacked crops in Multan, Muzzaffargarh, Vehari, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur in Punjab and Sanghar, Matiari, and Ghotki in Sindh. The attacks added to the misery of farmers, who tried to beat drums in...

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Met dept forecasts rain, dust storms nation-wide beginning Thursday

After series of heatwaves, the Pakistan Meteorological Department has predicted rainfall and dust storms across the country from Thursday, May 27, till Tuesday, June 2. In a press release issued on Wednesday, the department said there will be rains in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa (KP) and Azad Kashmir, whereas showers are expected in some places of Sindh and East Balochistan. "With...

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IHC issues notice to federal govt related to re-constitution of 10th NFC Awards

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court issued a notice to the federal government on Thursday in relation to the re-constitution of the 10th National Finance Commission. The IHC heard a plea filed by PML-N MNA Khurram Dastgir challenging the new commission, which was earlier finalised by President Arif Alvi. Barrister Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha and lawyer Omer Gilani appeared before the...

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Sindh govt demands PM Khan be held accountable for approving sugar export, freight subsidy

KARACHI: The PPP demanded Prime Minister Imran Khan and the federal cabinet be held accountable for approving the export of sugar and freight subsidy of Rs2bn. Advisor to the Chief Minister on Law Syed Murtaza Wahab and Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah held a press conference on Thursday to answer corruption allegations by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister...

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Youm-e-Takbeer: Pakistan celebrates 22nd anniversary of successful nuclear tests

Pakistan is marking the 22nd anniversary of successfully conducting nuclear tests today. On this day in 1998, responding to Indian nuclear tests, Pakistan carried out five successful tests of its own in Chaghi, Balochistan followed by another one on May 30th in Kharan. Each year, the day, Youm-e-Takbeer is celebrated to commemorate the historic day when the country conducted the nuclear tests...

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PM Khan to address virtual moot hosted by UN chief, prime ministers of Canada, Jamaica today

Prime Minister Imran Khan will participate in a virtual High-Level Event on Financing for Development (FFD) focusing on the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond, today, the Foreign Office said in a statement. The event, which is being hosted by Canadian and Jamaican premiers along with the UN secretary-general, will be attended by a select number of heads of state and governments...

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Usman Malik’s Wife justifies her treatment of actress Uzma Khan

The trending topic of today, the ordeal that actress Uzma Khan went through has stirred a storm on social media. Allegedly, as per Uzma Khan, Malik Riaz’s daughters were responsible for the harsh treatment she and her sister received. Now, the wife of the man at the center of the story, Amna Usman, Usman Malik’s wife, has come out with...

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