Pakistan

ECP issues show-cause notice to Bilawal, PPP leaders for Larkana visit ahead of by-election

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued a show-cause notice to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and other party leaders for visiting Larkana's PS-11 constituency ahead of a by-election. Bilawal had visited Larkana on Saturday to spearhead the election campaign of his party’s candidate, Jamil Soomro, in the by-polls in the Sindh Assembly constituency PS-11, scheduled...

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President Alvi promulgates ordinance for formation of CPEC Authority

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has promulgated an ordinance for the establishment of the 'China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority (CPECA)', Radio Pakistan reported on Tuesday. As per the report, it is aimed at "accelerating the pace of CPEC-related activities, find new drives of growth, unlock the potential of interlinked production network and global value chains through regional and global connectivity". In August, Prime...

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PM Khan vows to follow Jinping, wishes to put 500 corrupt people behind bars

BEIJING: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he wished he could follow the example of Chinese President Xi Jinping and send 500 corrupt individuals in Pakistan to jail. Addressing the China Trade Council a few hours after arriving in Beijing, the PM said that one thing he had learned from China was how the country's leadership tackled corruption....

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Chinese military leadership meets COAS Bajwa, backs Pakistan’s stance on IoK

BEIJING: The Chinese military leadership on Tuesday supported the stance of Pakistan on the lingering occupied Kashmir dispute with India, according to a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The affirmation was made when Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa met General Han Weiguo and General Xu Qiliang of the People’s Liberation Army in Beijing....

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Premier Imran Khan arrives in China on two-day visit

BEIJING: Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Beijing on Tuesday to hold meetings with the Chinese leadership. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa is also accompanying the prime minister. Upon arrival in Beijing, the premier was received by the Chinese Minister of Culture and Tourism Luo Shugang, Pakistan's ambassador to China Naghmana Hashmi and other officials. The...

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Govt not afraid of JUI-F march but its timing is not right: FM Qureshi

MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said that the government was "absolutely not afraid" of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl's (JUI-F) upcoming 'Azaadi March'. Talking to reporters in his hometown of Multan, the minister said: "It is their (JUI-F) democratic right but I had said earlier and I repeat that the timing is wrong, the date is not suitable." The...

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PM Khan rules out possibility of talks with India until IoK situation changes

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday talks with India were out of the question in the ongoing situation in occupied Kashmir since India repealed its special status in August. The PM said there would be no talks with India during a meeting with United States Senators Chris Van Hollen and Maggi Hassan, who met to share their observations with...

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Judge Video Scandal: Nawaz Sharif files review petition in SC

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday submitted a review petition in Supreme Court (SC) requesting the apex court to listen to his stance to fulfill requirements of justice in the cases pertaining to the judge Arshad Malik video scandal and Al-Azizia corruption reference. The former PM had moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking suspension of his sentence...

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FO rejects Indian defence minister’s remark FATF can blackmail Pakistan ‘at any time’

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Monday rejected the Indian defence minister's recent remark that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) could "blacklist Pakistan for terror financing at any time". According to a press release issued by the FO spokesperson, Rajnath Singh's statement "reinforces Pakistan’s concerns, repeatedly highlighted to the FATF membership, about India’s attempts to politicise the FATF proceedings to further...

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SC restores Qasim Suri’s National Assembly membership

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday suspended the order of an election tribunal of Balochistan High Court that had de-seated National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri. Suri has challenged his disqualification from the National Assembly seat in Supreme Court. A three-member bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, and comprised of Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, heard the...

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PM Khan to leave for China on three-day visit

Prime Minister Imran Khan will leave for Beijing later today on a three-day visit to China where he is expected to discuss regional and bilateral issues with the Chinese leadership, suggest reports. The premier will hold meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and other important government figures in the Chinese capital. According to a statement...

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PM Khan launches ‘Ehsas Saylani Langar Scheme’ in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched Ehsas Saylani Langar Scheme in Islamabad on Monday to provide free food to the needy and deserving people, Radio Pakistan reports. According to Radio Pakistan, the Langar scheme is an important component of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government's social protection program "Ehsaas." The scheme, currently being launched from the federal capital, will...

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FO rejects Indian comments on Kashmir, Pakistan-related issues

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday rejected Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar remarks on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statements and on other Kashmir and Pakistan-related issues. Kumar in a statement had termed PM Imran’s statements regarding the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution as “provocative”. Foreign Office in a statement said, “Exposing India's egregious behaviour and state-terrorism...

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Fawad seeks apology from Ruet-e-Hilal Committee on wrong moonsighting for Safar

LAHORE: Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday sought an apology from the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee for making a mistake on moonsighting of Safar. Recently, the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced that the moon for the month of Safar was not sighted on Sunday (September 29), meaning the first of Safar would be Tuesday (October 1). However, according to the pakmoonsighting.pk...

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NAB chairman dubs business community’s allegations unjustified

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has said the allegations levelled by traders on the accountability watchdog were unjustified. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday, Iqbal said NAB will never take unfriendly steps against businessmen. “We are struggling to provide a good environment for the businessmen in the country.” He said, “NAB does not...

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One dead after quake jolts Mirpur, adjoining areas

MIRPUR: At least one person was reported dead and two injured after a house collapsed in Mirpur after earthquake tremors hit the city and adjoining areas on Sunday. According to details, Mirpur and adjoining areas were shaken by tremors on Sunday morning at 10:28 am for two to three seconds. The tremors in the area resulted in a house to...

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PM Imran did not meet any representatives of Afghan Taliban, says Firdous Ashiq Awan

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday categorically refuted reports of a meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and the visiting delegation of the Afghan Taliban. A Doha-based Taliban Political Commission (TPC) delegation is in Islamabad on the invitation of the Pakistan government for a discussion on the prospects of...

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