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Pakistan to ensure earliest completion of FATF action plan: Hafeez Shaikh

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has said that Pakistan is working to ensure full compliance with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Action Plan at the earliest by increasing the effectiveness of its Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regime. “Out of 27 FATF Action Plan items, Pakistan had already addressed 14...

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Pakistan to ensure earliest completion of FATF action plan: Hafeez Shaikh

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has said that Pakistan is working to ensure full compliance with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Action Plan at the earliest by increasing the effectiveness of its Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regime. “Out of 27 FATF Action Plan items, Pakistan had already addressed 14...

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Pakistan’s enlightened poet, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi remembered on 14th death anniversary

When one thinks of Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, you don’t just think of the journalist. You remember can’t help but remember the man who wrote plays and novels even though his one true love was poetry. Today (July 10), on his 14th death anniversary we remember him and his work. Born on November 20, 1916 in a village near district Khushab...

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UAE vying to become first Arab country to launch Mars probe

DUBAI: The oil-rich United Arab Emirates which has developed its first nuclear power programme and sent a man to space, now plans to join another elite club by sending its first Mars probe. Only the United States, India, the former Soviet Union, and the European Space Agency have successfully sent missions to orbit the Red Planet, while China is preparing...

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Fatima Jinnah’s 53rd death anniversary being observed today

LAHORE: The fifty-third death anniversary of Madre Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah is being observed with reverence and respect today (Thursday). Fatima Jinnah played a vital role in the creation of Pakistan. Mohammad Ali Jinnah was deeply affected after his wife’s death in 1929. Fatima Jinnah worked side by side with Mohammad Ali Jinnah and gathered the women of sub-continent on...

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Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Wani remembered on fourth anniversary of martyrdom

MIRPUR: It has been four years since the young freedom fighter from Kashmir, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, was martyred. Wani was remembered on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) for his struggle against the occupying Indian forces. Wani, a resident of Tral and commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, was martyred along with two associates by the Indian troops in...

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Pakistan’s substantial plantation drive in Changa Manga increases honey production

CHANGA MANGA: Around five years ago, Pakistan's Changa Manga Forest saw a massive plantation drive, with the vision to rejuvenate the forest land that had been destroyed by illegal logging, water scarcity and fires. Now that the trees have matured, they are having an even sweeter side-effect - helping to boost the local bee population and honey production in the...

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Afridi makes astonishing claim about Indian team asking for forgiveness from Pakistan

Former Pakistani cricket team captain Shahid Afridi has made a startling claim that Indian cricketers have asked for forgiveness from the men in green on multiple occasions after losing the cricket match to Pakistani players. Afridi in an interview with Cric Cast on YouTube, said that he has always enjoyed playing against the arch rivals and on some occasions in which Pakistan...

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As much of US dials back July 4 plans, Trump goes big

While public health officials are urging Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation’s capital. Trump is set to hold his “Salute for America” celebration on Saturday with a speech from...

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Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passes away at 71 in Mumbai

Saroj Khan, a top Bollywood choreographer, died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hospital early Friday, her family said. She was 71. The three-time National Award winner was hospitalized last Saturday after she complained of breathlessness. She tested negative for COVID-19, the Press Trust of India news agency said. Khan choreographed more than 2,000 songs in her career spanning more...

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Modi shuts down Sina Weibo account as India bans Chinese apps

Sina Weibo, China's response to Twitter, closed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's account on Tuesday after a request from the Indian embassy following the country's move to boycott Chinese mobile apps following a deadly border clash involving soldiers from both sides. Since posting on Sina Weibo the first time in 2015 during a visit to China, Modi has been an...

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PUBG temporarily banned in Pakistan by PTA citing health concerns

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has temporarily banned the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), an online battle game, for being "addictive" and detrimental to players' health, a notification issued Wednesday read. The "PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, wastage of time and poses serious negative impact on physical and psychological health of...

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Singer Haroon Rashid ties the knot in lockdown wedding ceremony

Notable Pakistani singer Haroon Rashid became the latest celebrity to have a lockdown wedding as he tied the knot in an intimate ceremony earlier this week. Photos from the Mehbooba hit maker’s enchanting wedding ceremony have been making rounds on the internet where the happy groom can be seen beaming alongside his beautiful bride, Farwa. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCBe4mihDD6/?utm_source=ig_embed https://www.instagram.com/p/CCEe9RWBcfl/?utm_source=ig_embed The newly-weds chose subtle white...

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India bans 59 Chinese mobile apps over ‘security’

NEW DELHI: India on Monday banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the wildly popular TikTok and WeChat, over national security and privacy concerns just weeks after a deadly Himalayan border clash between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Relations between the world’s two most populous nations have been strained following the deaths of 20 Indian troops in hand-to-hand fighting with their Chinese counterparts on the...

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Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over killing of Gen Qassem Soleimani: report

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump and 35 others over the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani and has asked Interpol for help, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday, according to the Fars news agency. On January 3, a US Drone strike in Iraq killed Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force. Washington blamed...

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Nepal PM says India hatching plans to oust him for releasing new map

Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has alleged India was hatching plans to oust him from office after his government released a new map for the country which included key Indian territories. Oli while addressing a function on Sunday said, “Plots are being hatched to topple me for releasing the country’s new map and getting it adopted through Parliament.” He...

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Pakistan squad leaves for England tour

LAHORE: A depleted Pakistan squad left for the tour of England on Sunday to play three Tests and as many T20Is after half the players and some members of the support staff tested positive for the coronavirus. Pakistan's T20 captain Babar Azam tweeted a picture of some of the players from the plane. https://twitter.com/babarazam258/status/1277100199471710210 Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive...

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