Interior minister admits state is aware of Ehsanullah Ehsan’s escape from custody

Interior Minister Ijaz Shah on Monday admitted that former spokesperson of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Ehsanullah Ehsan had indeed escaped custody. This marks the first time the government has officially acknowledged the development. In a conversation with a reporter at Parliament House, the minister — when asked whether reports regarding Ehsan’s escape were true or not — admitted that...

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Quetta: Explosion near Shahra e Iqbal

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8 dead, 14 injured in Quetta blast near Press Club

QUETTA: Eight were killed and 14 injured when a blast took place at the city's Shahra-e-Iqbal Road on Monday. Police confirmed that the blast damaged nearby building and vehicles. Police and security forces cordoned off the area and are conducting an investigation into the incident. The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Five persons are said...

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Arab world’s first nuclear power plant to be opened by UAE after authorities issue reactor licence

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates is set to become the first Arab country to open a nuclear power plant after the authorities on Monday issued a licence for a reactor at its Barakah nuclear power plant. The national nuclear regulator "has approved the issuance" of the operating licence for the first of four reactors at the plant, said Hamad al-Kaabi,...

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Hafeez Sheikh Highlights the Need to adopt technological change in business sector

KARACHI: Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said that increasing exports remain the top priority of the incumbent government and business graduates should play their role in increasing the capacity of the government. Addressing the Deans and Directors Conference 2020, Hafeez Shaikh said that the economy is coming out of the crisis situation and it’s...

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India rejects UN chief’s occupied Kashmir mediation offer

New Delhi on Monday rejected an offer by United Nations Secretary Antonio Guterres for mediation on the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan, pronouncing that the matter will only be discussed bilaterally, reported The Hindu. Guterres, who is on a four-day trip to Pakistan, had last week said in Islamabad that he was “ready to help if both countries agree for mediation”....

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UN chief terms Pakistan’s improved security situation as a ‘remarkable development’

ISLAMABAD: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday termed the improved security situation of Pakistan as "absolutely remarkable", noting that Islamabad, which looked like a "fortress" a few years back had now become a family station for the world body's staff. Guterres was responding to a question regarding "Pakistan's journey from terrorism to tourism" after a seminar at Islamabad's National...

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Neighbouring countries played crucial role in Afghan peace process: US envoy Khalilzad

ISLAMABAD: US special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said on Monday that the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan have played a major role in the Afghan peace process. The US envoy made the remarks while addressing the international conference titled "40 years of Afghan Refugees Presence in Pakistan: A New Partnership for Solidarity" in Islamabad. During his address, Khalilzad said the...

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