MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pledged on Monday to press ahead with a war on drugs that has already killed thousands, and castigated critics of his signature initiative. Duterte opened his annual…
President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday pledged to promote welfare and protection of older persons and assist them in becoming useful citizens of the country as well as productive members of the…
Sri Lankan government has pledged cooperation with Punjab government in its fight against dengue virus as 17 more dengue patients, including a provincial secretary, died of the infection here on Monday. According…
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged “real” economic change Sunday after huge nationwide demonstrations which broke Israeli records, as the media mulled the protest movement’s long-term impact. After an estimated 450,000 people turned…
More than 1,000 Egyptians extended a protest in central Cairo to a fifth day on Tuesday after dismissing the prime minister’s pledge to reshuffle the cabinet as falling short of demands for…
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pledged on Monday political reforms within months to address a wave of protests against his rule, but blamed saboteurs for the unrest and warned that no deal could…
The White House has said that Pakistan was vital to US success against terrorists in the region and pledged to continue cooperative ties with the country, despite complicated nature of the relationship.…
Argentina’s Ambassador to Pakistan Rodolf J Martin Saravia said that his country was ready to extend all necessary technical assistance to Pakistan to overcome the energy crisis. Addressing a gathering of industrialists…
TOKYO – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday urged Japan to remain active on the world stage as it grappled with a nuclear crisis in the wake of a deadly earthquake and tsunami and she pledged support for Washington’s key ally in East Asia.
Her comments came as the operator of the nuclear plant crippled in the March 11 disaster said it hoped to achieve a cold shutdown — effectively making the reactors safe and stable — within six to nine months.
MANAMA – Bahrain’s king pledged to bring reforms and another demonstrator was on Saturday confirmed to have died in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, as international calls mounted for restraint. “I shall not allow a stop in the reform process which I began when I took the reins of power,” King Hamad said in a statement on the official BNA news agency. “The door is open to all subjects that are in the interest of all the citizens,” he said. A protester missing since Wednesday’s
SANAA – The Yemeni opposition has called for an escalation in anti-regime demonstrations to force President Ali Abdullah Saleh to leave after the embattled leader refused to quit, a spokeman said on Sunday. “We have called upon the people to widen demonstrations, and escalate the peaceful struggle in all regions until he (Saleh) is left with one option, that is to leave,” said Mohammed Sabri, a leading member of the Common Forum opposition alliance.
The veteran leader, who has
KARACHI – State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Deputy Governor Yaseen Anwar has said that the central bank is committed to provide a supportive legal, policy and regulatory framework for the cultivation of Islamic banking in the country.
He was delivering an address at an event, ‘Narrowing the gap between philosophical underpinnings of Islamic finance and its practices’, presented by Dr Abbas Mirakhor, a renowned economist and Islamic finance export and former International Monetary Fund
LAHORE – Provincial Minister for Mines and Minerals Dr Tanvir-ul-Islam has said that all necessary steps will be taken for the development of the mineral sector to harness the natural resources of Pakistan.
He was addressing a meeting after assuming office of the department. Secretary Mines and Minerals Shahid Mehmood, Additional Secretary Rao Ghulam Hussain, Chief Inspector Mines Tahzeeb-ul-Hassan Ansari and other senior officers were also present. The minister was given a
WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama on Friday offered to look at new ways to help Pakistan’s troubled economy as he showed support for President Asif Ali Zardari at a White House meeting on Friday, officials said.
Zardari held a closed-door meeting with Obama after flying into Washington for a memorial service for Richard Holbrooke, the late US envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan which has been a top priority for the US administration.
Obama “underscored the importance of
ISLAMABAD – The United States and Pakistan signed on Friday two agreements of $ 66 million to expedite completion of the Gomal Zam and Satpara dam projects.
Mission Director of US Agency for International Development (USAID) Andrew Sisson, Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Shakil Durrani, and Ministry of Water and Power Secretary Javed Iqbal signed the agreements.
US Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Frank Ruggiero was also
BEIJING – Chinese President Hu Jintao said in a New Year’s Eve address on Friday China would adhere to the path of peaceful development and would always seek to cooperate when facing global problems.
Hu’s annual address broadcast by state television appeared to be targeted at rising concern around the world over China’s growing political and military clout which has been fuelled by 30 years of fast-paced economic growth.
“I would like to reiterate, China will continue to
LAHORE: The onset of winter has resulted in a sharp spike in the domestic sector’s consumption of gas. The domestic sector’s gas consumption is estimated to have more than doubled, in marked contrast to consumption in summer, resulting in a widening gap between demand and supply.
According to Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) press release, the distribution system has to be maintained at a certain level for smooth operations of compressor units and to ensure stable gas