NEW YORK: The United Nations voiced alarm Tuesday at reports dozens may have been killed in Iranian demonstrations, as the Islamic republic said it will unblock the internet only once calm has been restored. Iran's shock decision to impose petrol price hikes last Friday sparked the protests in which at least five people are confirmed to have been killed, three...
ISLAMABAD: Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General (DG) Lt Gen Faiz Hammed called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at the PM office on Tuesday. A statement issued by the PM office said that issues of national security were discussed during the meeting. The meeting was held amid reports that the civil-military relationship is under strain. On last Friday, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar...
Their tale of communal love, harmony and peace   By Hassnain Malik   We used to go to whichever village in Chitral, made a list of the earthquake victims, and then visited their homes and examined them, most of which ha0d become piles of rubble. We also had limited funds and medicines, so we thought we would give money to 30 people and...
Doing it now with maps   By Rameez Mahesar   History shows that India has always been flaunting its malevolent behaviour towards Pakistan. Until now, it has left no stone unturned in showing it is inimical to Pakistan. Although a couple of wars have been waged between the two countries. India has always taken negative steps due to which it never gets...
The agony of the Valley continues   Notwithstanding the fact that the world at large has not endorsed the Indian action regarding Indian-Occupied Kashmir, expressed growing concern over the humanitarian crisis building up in the Valley and continued reports in the international media about human rights violations and killing spree by the Indian forces, India is claiming return of normalcy...
PM needs to walk a fine line   One had hoped that a 48-hour respite from a strenuous schedule would cool down the strung-up Prime Minister, leading him to build upon the recent positive developments in Parliament. The PTI had reached a rare understanding with the opposition on bringing back 11 ordinances for debate in the National Assembly. The PM...
Depends on how you look at things   Prime Minister Imran Khan on a regular basis insists that the economy is heading in the right direction and that the worst is over. His chief economic advisor concurs as does the SBP governor. The same narrative has been disseminated throughout the PTI government with everyone who matters peddling the same ‘economy...
KARACHI: Karachi police arrest a man on Tuesday for impersonating a police officer and robbing people in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area. “The suspect, Gul Muhammad, committed several crimes while donning a police uniform,” said a policeman. “We caught him with the help of CCTV footage.” Police apprehended Gul Muhammad and his accomplice, Arif during an operation in Gulshan Town and seized motorcycles,...
--Fazl blasts PM Imran, says his days are numbered  ISLAMABAD: The joint opposition committee has put an end to Maulana Fazlur Rehman's plan of blockading highways across the country and called an all-party conference to discuss the future anti-government strategy. The announcement was made by Rehbar Committee head and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Akram Durrani after a meeting of the opposition...
KARACHI: With an aim to contain the ever-growing cases of dog-bites in the province, the Sindh government would soon launch a neutering programme at a cost of Rs500 million, Pakistan Today learnt on Tuesday. The Sindh’s livestock department has moved a summary to the provincial chief minister for final approval in this regard. The project includes the establishment of animal sanctuary...
KARACHI: Police on Monday arrested a five-member dacoit gang involved in robbing people coming out of banks. Addressing media, senior superintendent of police central said that the arrested suspects confessed to committing over 50 robberies. The suspects were identified as Noor Muhammad, Usman, Saddam, Mewa Khan, and Shabbir Ahmed. Police confirmed that they recovered two motorcycles, arms, ammunition, nine mobile phones,...
JALALABAD: Security forces have “obliterated” Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday, hours after a prisoner swap with Taliban insurgents raised hopes of a lull in violence in the country. More than 600 fighters from IS, locally known as Daesh, have surrendered with their families to the Afghan government in past weeks. Officials say airstrikes...
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday clubbed the petition of Nasir Butt, an accused in the “judge video scandal,” with the main appeal of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, challenging the Al-Azizia Steel Mills verdict. Nasir Butt had filed an intra-court appeal regarding verification of documents from the Pakistan High Commission, London which was heard by a division...
LAHORE: On October 14, a harassment scandal surfaced in Balochistan University in Quetta, when the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested security and surveillance officers for blackmailing students. The FIA had been asked by the Balochistan High Court (BHC) to look into the reports of harassment at the university, which were being increasingly reported. In a highly conservative area, the security...
STOCKHOLM: Prosecutors in Sweden have dropped an investigation into a rape allegation made against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange in 2010. Assange, who denies the accusation, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012. He is currently being held at Belmarsh prison in London. The Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement:...
--Dr Foley Beach says he’s encouraged to see Pakistani Islamic scholars advocating need for interfaith dialogue   LAHORE: Anglican Archbishop of North America Most Reverend Dr Foley Beach on Tuesday emphasised the importance of love and tolerance to overcome the challenges of extremism and discrimination that plague the world. He was speaking at a reception hosted in his honour by the National...
DHAKA: Shahadat Hossain, the Bangladesh fast bowler, has been banned for five years, with two years suspended, following an incident during a National Cricket League game in Khulna when he physically assaulted team-mate Arafat Sunny Jr on the field. The 33-year-old Dhaka Division player was withdrawn from the game against Khulna Division after allegedly hitting Sunny, apparently following an argument about shining the ball....