The World Last Week
Updated 23 February 2019
servicemen held for espionage: DG ISPR.
The chief spokesperson of
Pakistan’s armed force revealed on Friday that two senior servicemen had
been arrested and facing investigations for espionage charges.
A Pakistani stoned to
death in India. Indian prisoners stoned to death a Pakistani inmate in a
jail Wednesday amid mounting tensions over a suicide bombing that Delhi has
blamed on its arch-rival neighbour, an official said.
Saudi Crown Prince Salman's
Indian visit agenda. The Saudi Cabinet has authorized Salman to sign an
establish the Saudi-Indian Supreme Coordination Council during his trip – a
that will give fillip to the strategic partnership.
reduces visit visa fees for Pakistanis. Indian nationals favoured by
Saudia as Pakistanis still have to pay SR 355 as compared to SR 305 for
Lahore High Court orders judicial inquiry into Sahiwal incident.
The ordered were given
by LHC Chief Justice Sardar Shamim during hearing on petitions seeking
put on list of banned organizations Pakistan has banned a Yemen
based Welfare Trust ahead of Saudi Crown Prince visit later this week. The
first addition in the list of proscribed organisations made by the Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government has taken the total number of banned
outfits to 67.
CTD man talked on phone before my family’s murder’
The witness categorically
rejected police’s version that someone from inside the unfortunate car or
from a motorcycle fired at the CTD personnel first.
hunting of a rare wildlife species. So far, about 50 wildlife animals
have been hunted by foreigners and national hunters in GB under trophy
hunting season 2018-19.
Helpless mother admits to drowning baby in Karachi sea
Shakila Rashid, a 28-year old woman from Karachi, has admitted
killing her two and half year old daughter by drowning her in sea, a day
after committing the crime.
S&P cuts Pakistan's
credit rating to 'B-' from 'B'; keeps stable outlook S&P Global
Ratings on Monday lowered Pakistan's sovereign credit rating one notch to
'B-' from 'B', citing diminished growth prospects and elevated external and
Pope calls for Yemen
Francis called for the urgent observation of a limited ceasefire reached in
December and for food and medicine to get to Yemen's people, who are
suffering the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Diana Almost Move To Pakistan? It’s known she had moved on from
her marriage to Prince Charles before her death in 1997. However, Princess
Diana reportedly almost opted to move to Pakistan in order to marry the man
of her dreams, Hasnat Khan.
PCB chief questions why ICC punished
Sarfraz despite reconciliation over racist remarks. Pakistan has objected to the disciplinary action against Sarfraz over racist
Aasia Bibi free to
go wherever she wants, says information minister A day after the Supreme
Court rejected a review petition against Aasia Bibi’s acquittal in a
blasphemy case, the government on Wednesday said she was free to go wherever
55 workers of religious parties arrested in Pakistan
Rawalpindi police in a
division-wide crackdown, which was launched on Tuesday night and continued
till Wednesday morning, arrested 55 workers of several religious parties,
including the Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP).
Court to review Asia Bibi's blasphemy acquittal Pakistan's Supreme Court
will on Tuesday begin a review of its own acquittal of a Christian woman
charged with blasphemy, a verdict that sparked days of Islamist protests and
threats and chaos across the country.
approves paternity leave for fathers. Rabiya Javeri Agha, the
ministry of human rights secretary, said that a clause has been added to the
rules of the National Commission on the Status of Women in this regard.
question legal status of black list. Senators on Monday raised
questions over the legal status of the ‘black list’ used to bar individuals
from traveling abroad.
Pakistan collapse as
South Africa completes a clean sweep Duanne
Olivier sparked a Pakistan collapse as South Africa completed a 107-run win
on the fourth day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium
blames PIA, CAA for 2016 air crash
The Safety Investigation
Board (SIB) tasked with a probe into the 2016 crash of a domestic flight
that killed all the 47 people on board, including singer-turned-evangelist
Junaid Jamshed, has found a ‘lapse’ on the part of the Pakistan
International Airlines (PIA).
Pakistanis now get
visa free access to 33 countries Pakistani passport moved up two
spots, ranking 102, from the previous 104th spot, on the newly unveiled list
of Henley Passport Index 2019.
Rs2.24tr in five months. Total debts of the government
rose to Rs26.452tr during 5MFY19 an increase of Rs2.24tr or 9.25 per cent
over the period.
Hasina sworn in as PM of
Bangladesh. Sheikh Hasina
was sworn in as Bangladesh’s prime minister for a record fourth term on
Monday after a crushing election victory marred by deadly violence and
claims of widespread rigging.
Pakistan gets more
aid, this time from EU.
The Development Through Enhanced Education Programme (DEEP) is a five-year
programme aiming at contributing to the universal access to quality
Crisis in tribal
districts. A very real constitutional crisis has erupted in the
settled tribal districts of KP, the region known as Fata until the 25th
Amendment to the Constitution.
handed 7 years in Al-Azizia.
An accountability court on Monday handed ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif
seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference, but
acquitted him in a second reference related to Flagship Investments.
Pakistan plans to relax visa policy in bid to revive tourism Potentially
restarting tourism has been one of the most talked about parts of new Prime
Minister Imran Khan's push to create an Islamic welfare state in Pakistan
chooses Fawad Khan over SRK!
While, most of the times its Shahrukh Khan who open's the
season, by being the show's debut guest, this time Fawad Khan has taken up
Pakistan to host
disgraced Saudi Crown Prince. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and
UAE's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan will visit
Pakistan in early 2019, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced on
refuses to pay more fine for illegally constructed farmhouse
Former president Pervez
Musharraf refused to pay the regularisation fees of his illegal farmhouse
after a notification was issued by the Capital Development Authority (CDA)
steps to avoid terror finance blacklist Pakistani officials say
the government has approved fresh measures to avoid being blacklisted by an
international group that monitors money laundering and terror financing.
US praises Pakistan
for promoting Afghan talks The US has said that it welcomes
Pakistan's efforts to promote peace talks between the Afghan government and
the Taliban, a media report said on Monday.
Messi sets new
Barcelona record in scintillating Levante performance. As well as
leading Barca to the record-breaking win, Messi sent several individual
records tumbling on a scintillating evening.
students seek uniform syllabus. Holding placards and banners inscribed
with their demands, the students started their protest march from the Grassy
ground and gathered outside the Swat Press Club. They chanted slogans and
said the present system of paramedical education was flawed.
Belgium beat Netherlands in shootout to
win Men's Hockey World Cup 2018.
A gritty Belgium defeated
former champions the Netherlands in sudden death in a thrilling summit clash
to win their maiden men's hockey World Cup title at the Kalinga Stadium in
Sajjan Kumar: Milestone
conviction over 1984 Sikh killings.
Sajjan Kumar, who was an MP at the time, was found guilty of inciting crowds
to kill Sikhs.
disputed prime minister resigns to end impasse
Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned, saying
he wants to end a political impasse over his appointment.
Govt swings into
action over gas crisis in country. Chairing a high-level meeting about
the arising crisis in natural gas supply to the people, the prime minister
instructed the officials concerned to further coordinate planning regarding
demand and supply of gas so that the consumers could not face any hardship
in this regard.
Clinton & John Kerry dance at Ambani wedding
Clinton, who arrived in Udaipur on Saturday, was seen quite excited for the
celebrations as she danced to bhangra beats and Bollywood numbers with John
Kerry, former US Sec Of State, the entire Ambani clan and B-Town stars
including Shah Rukh Khan.
Pakistan fail to
reach quarter finals in World Cup Hockey.
Belgium defeated Pakistan 5-0
in their crossover match to make it to the quarter-final of the ongoing
men's Hockey World Cup here at the Kalinga Stadium on Tuesday.
Modi suffers biggest state
election loss The
ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was set to lose power in three key of states
Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, dealing Prime
Minister Narendra Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014
Pakistan in religious freedom rankings The Trump
administration has placed Pakistan on its list of worst offenders for
nations that infringe on religious freedom.
Lawmakers: Trump Could be Impeached Top Democratic lawmakers have
raised the prospect that Donald Trump may be guilty of criminal offences
that could result in his impeachment.
China summons US
ambassador over Huawei arrest The arrest of Meng Wanzhou,
who faces US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking dealings with Iran,
has infuriated Beijing, threatening to disrupt a trade war truce between
China and the United States.
announces countrywide strike.
The All Pakistan Bar Councils Inter-Provincial Committee has announced the
holding of a countrywide strike on Dec 17 to support the demand of the
Punjab Bar Council for the establishment of the Lahore High Court benches in
five more cities of the province.
Chinese Troops Land
in Pakistan. A special forces
contingent of the People Liberation Army of China Saturday arrived in
Pakistan to participate in the joint military exercise 'Warrior-VI 2018'
CPEC size to stay
at $50 billion for now. Size of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
will remain unchanged at $50 billion, for now, as both the countries have
decided to consolidate the already approved projects amid a hope to also
achieve the financial close of $1.7 billion transmission line project.
Khan among top five on Eastern Eye’s ‘Asian Woman’ list.
One of the superstars of
Pakistan’s entertainment industry, Mahira Khan, is among the top five on
Eastern Eye’s “50 Sexiest Asian Women” list for the fourth year in a row.
Nigerian President Buhari
denies death and body double rumours.
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has denied rumours that he has died and
been replaced by a lookalike.
Trump asks Pakistan
PM for help with Afghan peace talks. Trump asked for
Pakistan’s “support and facilitation” in negotiating an end to the war and
offered to renew the strained relationship, Pakistan’s foreign ministry
and China agree to suspend new trade tariffs US President Donald Trump
and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed to halt new trade tariffs
for 90 days to allow for talks, the US says.
Chinese loans to Pakistan need more transparency-US Officials.
China is lending in many countries where the terms of the loan are simply
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam slams anchor Zainab Abbas. But the
24-year-old Pakistan batsman apparently didn't like word 'sons' in Zainab's
tweet as it suggested he gets special treatment from the Australian coach in
the Pakistan dressing room.
Mars InSight mission: What Nasa's trip to Red Planet aims to discover
Nasa has touched down on Mars for the first time in six years in a mission
designed to mine more information about the Red Planet.
India blamed for
attack in Karachi.
officer Umar Khitab said that authorities are investigating whether Baluch
separatist commander Aslam Achhu, who they believe masterminded the attack,
is in India.
Lion King 2019:
First teaser trailer
The first teaser
trailer for Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King has been released.
against PM put off A Rs10 billion defamation suit filed by
Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif against Prime Minister
Imran Khan was adjourned till December 7 as the additional sessions judge
was on leave.
ICC Dismisses Pakistan Cricket Board's Financial Claim Against Indian
Cricket Board The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Dispute Panel on
Tuesday dismissed the financial claim made by the Pakistan Cricket Board
(PCB) against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Imran Khan lashes out at Trump 'tirade'.
The friction threatens to further worsen already fragile
relations between Islamabad and Washington
Ali and Shah place
Pakistan on the brink
Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah claimed five wickets each against
New Zealand to put Pakistan on the brink of victory on day three of the
first Test in Abu Dhabi
Pakistan can only
store 10% of annual river flows The per capita water availability in
Pakistan has dropped from 5,650 cubic metres in 1951 to an alarmingly low
level of 908 cubic metres at present, pushing the country into the ranks of
nations facing water scarcity.
Moscow Talks on Afghanistan Failed.
The Moscow meetings ended without the sides agreeing on a
path to direct dialogue, the delegations from the Taliban and Kabul's High
Peace Council said.
sentenced to life for family poisonings. A Pakistani court has found a
woman and her friend guilty of poisoning to death 17 family members and
sentenced them each to multiple life sentences in prison.
'successful' China visit, PM Imran to jet off to Malaysia soon. Prime
Minister Imran Khan is set to visit Malaysia in the third week of November
attack on Pakistani banks.
The compromised cards were sold for $100-$160, PakCERT
claims, adding that there was a second dump on Oct. 31 from more than 12,000
cards, 11,000 of them from Pakistani banks. A total of 19,864 cards were
compromised from 22 Pakistani banks, it said.
demands Saudis disclose the location of Khashoggi remains
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
has called on Saudi Arabia to disclose the location of the remains of
slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as it's been claimed his body was cut up
and thrown down a well at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Chief confirms death sentence for miscreants.
Pakistan's army chief has
approved death sentences for 14 "hardcore terrorists" convicted by military
courts for attacks in recent years that killed 19 security forces and three
The poll is seen as a crucial test for next year's presidential election and
an important milestone ahead of a UN meeting in Geneva in November where
Afghanistan is under pressure to show progress on "democratic processes".
Pakistan cricket star
Danish Kaneria admits to match-fixing A former Pakistan
cricket star has confessed to his role in a spot-fixing scandal in England,
after denying it for six years.
Warning shot? China
sells US Treasury bonds amid trade war China has sold $3 billion of
sovereign dollar bonds. This is only the third such move by Beijing in the
last 14 years, and the first involving bonds with a 30-year maturity.
Pakistan Inflation would likely reach double digits, while
gas and oil prices would increase by 15%
Interest rate might further rise by 2.5% to 4%,
Malaysia Set To Abolish
The decision, welcomed by human rights groups, will affect
more than 1,200 people who are on death row for crimes including murder,
kidnapping, and drug trafficking.
Pakistan navy quits
anti-piracy task force amid worsening US ties
Pakistan's navy is no longer part of the counter-piracy Combined Task Force
(CTF) that operates in the western Indian Ocean
overseas housing expertise
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s friend, British Pakistani
businessman Aneel Musarrat, has revealed that the premier will announce the
5mn houses project
Is this just the
beginning of 'belt and road' disputes between China and its partners?
Five years after Beijing rolled out its ambitious plan to
improve regional and transcontinental connectivity, the time is ripe for
disputes to arise as contracts mature
turnover to triple by 2025 The volume of trade between Russia and India
has been growing and exceeded $10 billion last year.
loses to Khabib Nurmagomedov amid ugly scenes.
Seconds after landing a fourth-round submission, the Russian vaulted the
cage and headed towards Irishman McGregor's team, prompting a melee.
Blasphemy Case hearing in SC Asia Bibi
case is being closely watched internationally and nationally as a test of
Pakistan's tolerance for its minorities.
Chinese 'Silk Road' rail project by $2 billion due to debt concerns The
mega project to revamp the colonial-era line stretching 1,872 km (1,163
miles) from Karachi to the northwestern city of Peshawar was initially
priced at $8.2 billion, but wrangling over costs has led to delays.
Why India is furious about a set of
The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan were supposed to meet this week
on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
US 'ready to restart negotiations' with
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is ready to restart negotiations
with Pyongyang, with the aim of denuclearising North Korea "by 2021".
Why Gen Bajwa is
in China. Dawood, in an
interview with the Financial Times, also suggested the CPEC contracts had
been unfairly negotiated by the previous government and were too favorable
to the Chinese. Later he said the comments were taken out of context, but
did not dispute their veracity.
Asia Cup 2018.
ICC grants ODI status to Hong Kong's group fixtures against India and
Criminal Cases . The former military chief was indicted in murder
case in January
but was acquitted by an anti-terrorism court in 2016. He had ordered a
military operation in which Baloch Leader Akbar Bugti was killed.
Pakistan Cricket Coach.
Grant Bradburn will step
down as national coach of Scotland to take up the role of Pakistan assistant
become 5th largest nuclear weapons state by 2025. US' assessment of
Pakistan's nuclear weapons security has changed over the last decade from
confidence to concern after the introduction of tactical nuclear weapons.
'No helmet, no fuel' for
Bangladesh bikers The move is part of efforts to quell tensions after
the city of nearly 20 million people was rocked by angry protests about poor
Mike Pompeo in
Pakistan US believes that a Pakistani crackdown on the militants could
be pivotal in deciding the outcome of the long-running war in Afghanistan.
Twin bombings at a sports club in Kabul on Wednesday killed at least 20
people and wounded 70 others, the latest in a spate of deadly attacks in the
Migrants in Iran.
Afghans in Iran are undocumented and most are employed in the informal
England Vs India, 2018. As fourth Test Match gets underway problems of English
top order continue to persist.
to help Nepal build rail link to Kathmandu. India will
help Nepal construct a rail link between capital Kathmandu and an Indian
border town for smoother movement of passengers and cargo to the landlocked
Himalayan nation, which neighbouring China is also trying to woo with a
Two Sentenced to
death in Karachi. Ruling
came five years after gunmen killed 60-year-old Zahra Shahid, who was a
provincial vice president of Khan's party at the time.
Juhi Chawla is in
Karachi and she had a 'delightful' time watching JPNA2
The Bollywood star is in Karachi and she's loving her time in
the city. Her first stop was Boat Club for lunch, then she hit the cinema to
watch, you guessed it, Humayun Saeed's
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2.
US Bases in Qatar
Qatar will expand two air bases including Udeid, which hosts the largest US
military facility in the Middle East
Imran Khan claim to lift censor from PTV
announcement comes just a week after Pakistan had sought to ban Twitter
following the refusal to block a few offensive tweets aimed at Pakistani
PPP, PML-N likely to field joint
presidential candidate. The two main opposition
parties in Pakistan, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz (PML-N), have, reportedly, reached an understanding to field a
joint candidate for the upcoming presidential election in the country next
Pakistan visit not political: Navjot
Sidhu Under fire for the Pakistan visit, Navjot Singh
Sidhu asserted it was a personal invite from Imran Khan.
explained that he was unable to attend Vajpayee’s funeral as the news
reached him late.
Pakistan Dialogue Stressed. Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated
his desire for dialogue with India to resolve outstanding differences
between the two countries including the disputed Kashmir.
Donald Trump's administration has quietly started cutting scores of
Pakistani officers from coveted training and educational programs
Indonesian Police Kill
Dozens ahead of Asian Games.
in Jakarta have killed dozens of people as part of an escalating crackdown
against petty criminals ahead of the Asian Games, in a campaign Amnesty
International has described as “unnecessary and excessive”.
Chinese 'internment camps.
Members of the Uighur community and others Muslims in China have been
treated as "enemies of the state" and held in secret camps, a UN
anti-discrimination body has said.
politician takes own life after claiming rape by ‘Muslim gang’
strike on school bus kill at least 40.
The children were travelling on a bus that was hit at a market in Dahyan,
in the northern province of Saada.
China mosque demolition
sparks standoff in Ningxia
Hundreds of Muslims in north-western China are engaged in a standoff with
authorities to prevent their mosque from being demolished.
Good News for CSS
A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui conducted
hearing of the petition and issued notices to the Secretaries Ministry of
Defense, Establishment Division and Federal Public Service Commission (FPC).
writer Shahzahan Bachchu shot dead Bachchu, the
owner of a publishing house 'Bishaka Prokashoni', had received multiple
death threats for his outspoken support to secularism. His publishing
house is located in Dhaka's Banglabazar area.
Pakistan afraid of happy women?
While the stoically suffering woman is embraced, the happy woman can’t
even get a foot in the door.
Koreas Talk Peace The recent
summit held between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean
Chairman Kim Jong Un appears to have done all. (Jahangir
World Time June 2018)
A new start or rerun in Korean Peninsula The
highly choreographed meeting was performed by the two lead actors almost
exactly as scripted.But many impromptu moments
of congeniality, which drew laughs from the audience as well as from the
actors themselves, highlighted the two sides’ eagerness to make the summit a
World Time June 2018)
A Worrying New World Order The EU has been slow to act
in the Caucasus, and too wary of upsetting Russia, concedes one deeply
Atlanticist minister. But the sad reality is that, in Georgia, “the
Americans have been struggling to know what to do.” It is a revealing
North Korea to publicly close nuclear test site
The top Russian diplomat travelled to the North Korean capital last week
to discuss the course of intra-Korean negotiations and de-escalation in
the region with senior officials. After receiving Putin’s personal
letter, Kim reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization of the Korean
US approaches Moscow
The summit would aim at resolving longstanding differences between the
U.S. and Russia on issues including Syria, Ukraine, and nuclear arms
US at War with EU
EU, Canada and other
traditional allies are upset over America First Tariffs
puts humans on trial. Ebola outbreak in DRC. Is it justified to
put humans on trial of a vaccine?
China May Get
World's Largest Gas Field Because of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran
Iran has threatened to give petroleum giant Total's stake in the South Pars
gas fields to China if the French company could not secure protection from
U.S. nuclear-related sanctions.
Results Shock US and Iran.
Result is blow
to US, but Iran will also lose out after Iraq’s protest against rule by
Korea to publicly close nuclear test site
The news follows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s historic meeting with
South Korean President Moon Jae-in earlier this month
Wrestlers Fail to Perform at Commonwealth Games 2018.
Pakistan's wrestlers were tipped to win atleast 3 Gold Medals at Gold
Coast but their performance left them much below the standards.
Western Allies Urged
Investment in Wahabi Mosques, Saudi Arabia Saudi Crown Prince
Mohammed Bin Salman told Washington Post that spread of Wahabism in
overseas countries was done at request from Western Countries.
Facebook Violated Laws Protecting
User Privacy, South Korea.
The Korea Communication Commission (KCC) slapped Facebook with a 396
million won ($370,000) fine for violating a law against damaging the
interests of users.
'Punish a Muslim Day' Game Spreads
Ominous letters are being sent anonymously around the U.K. urging people
to participate in a macabre game called “Punish a Muslim,” which awards
points for doing things like burning down a mosque or throwing acid on a
the most dangerous country.
Analysts believe Turkey as the most dangerous in the Middle East region.
Because Erdogan is a wild card who shifts his allegiances every five
minutes and has so much to prove. Many have equally applied the same
argument toward Israel.
US - Turkey
military clash feared. A
US-backed Kurdish militia has deployed fighters to the front line of
Syria's Manbij to battle Turkey's military after President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan said it would be next after launching the cross-border Afrin
Saudi Arabia to Go Nuclear.
tensions between Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran escalated, the
Gulf monarchy said it would reserve its right to enrich uranium, which
can be used in nuclear weapons.
The Olympic Ban
on Russia Is a Design Triumph. Russians might consider how their
government has let them down.
Countries trying to develop an
effective format for sanctions against President Vladimir Putin's regime
in Russia should look no further than the International Olympic
Committee's decision to ban the Russian Olympic Committee from the
Pyeongchang Winter Games.
Muslim Woman to
Stand Against Putin in Russian Elections. Aina Gamzatova, a
successful journalist and the head of Russia's largest Muslim media
holding, was nominated as a presidential candidate by a local initiative
group in the Russian Republic of Dagestan in late December and is
running as an independent.
UAE Turkey Row over
Madina Manuscript Deepens
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan leapt to the defence of an Ottoman
military commander after the United Arab Emirates foreign minister
retweeted accusations that Ottoman forces looted the holy city of Medina
during World War One.
Who Wants a War in Middle East? Among key players, practically
everyone wants to fight, as long as someone else does the fighting.
US Decides to
Recognise Jerusalem as Capital of Israel.
German pilots refuse to
deport rejected asylum seekers
Pilots in Germany
are refusing to deport rejected asylum seekers, leading to the
cancellation of more than 200 flights.
Catalan politicians struggle
with Spanish prison regime
are under investigation for sedition over a protest in September, in which a
crowd blocked Civil Guard officers inside a building in Barcelona.