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‘Onus is on men’: Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s ex-wife Jemima, others hit back after rape comment
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‘Onus is on men’: Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s ex-wife Jemima, others hit back after rape comment

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been on the receiving end over his controversial comments that sexual violence was a product of ‘obscenity’, which he described as a Western import. Khan blamed “fahashi” (vulgarity) for the rise of rape and sexual violence in the country. Khan also spoke of religion and the concept of ‘purdah’ in Islam. It is to remove “temptation” from society because “not everyone has willpower”, he had said. His comments drew sharp reactions from rights campaigners as well as British filmmaker Jemima Goldsmith, who was married to Khan from 1995 to 2004. “Say to the believing men that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts: Quran 24:31. The onus is on men,” she wrote on Twitter. Goldsmith added, “I’m hoping this is a misquote/mistran...
World Bank signs fresh loan agreements worth USD 1.336 billion with Pakistan
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World Bank signs fresh loan agreements worth USD 1.336 billion with Pakistan

Written by Sajjad Hussain The World Bank has signed agreements with Pakistan to provide USD 1.336 billion worth of assistance to boost the cash-strapped country’s foreign exchange reserves and help support social sector programmes. A total of six project agreements, worth USD 1.336 billion in loans, including a USD 128-million grant, were signed on Friday to support the government’s initiatives in social protection, disaster and climate risk management, improving infrastructure for resilience, agriculture, food security, human capital development and governance sectors, the Dawn newspaper reported. Secretary of Ministry of Economic Affairs Noor Ahmad, signed the financing agreements on behalf of the government of Pakistan, while representatives of the provincial governments...
Passenger train derails in Pakistan, killing 1 and injuring 40
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Passenger train derails in Pakistan, killing 1 and injuring 40

Eight coaches of a Lahore-bound train derailed in southern Pakistan on Sunday, killing one passenger and injuring 40 others, according to media reports. The 15-Up Karachi Express was en route to Lahore from Karachi when it met the accident between the Rohri and Sangi stations in southern Sindh province. Eight coaches of the train got derailed. The rescuers are busy in relief activities, aided by the local people. Several people are still trapped inside the ill-fated train, Geo News reported. The train accident, in which one woman was killed and 40 others were injured, has delayed Karachi-Lahore trains by three to 10 hours, the report quoted railway authorities as saying. The railway authorities said the deceased passenger was travelling from Karachi to Sahiwal. Her family h...
PM Imran Khan Welcomes Ceasefire Agreement With India, Says Pak Ready To Resolve ‘All Outstanding Issues’
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PM Imran Khan Welcomes Ceasefire Agreement With India, Says Pak Ready To Resolve ‘All Outstanding Issues’

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan once again extended a hand of friendship and welcomed the ceasefire agreement with India on Saturday.  Khan said that Pakistan is ready to resolve all outstanding issues with India through negotiations and dialogue.Reacting for the first time to the joint statement of Pakistan and Indian militaries on Thursday on strict compliance of all ceasefire agreements along the Line of Control (LoC) and other sectors, Pak PM Imran Khan said, "The onus of creating an enabling environment for further progress rests with India."ALSO WATCH | IAF Carries Out Strike Against Practice Target To Commemorate 2 Years Of Balakot Operation"I welcome restoration of the ceasefire along the LOC. The onus of creating an enabling environment for further progress rests with India....
Imran Khan: Pakistan’s economic indicators improving | World News – Times of India
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Imran Khan: Pakistan’s economic indicators improving | World News – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said Pakistan's economic indicators were slowly improving, banking on foreign reserves and exports, despite the severe challenge posed by the Covid-19 outbreak. Khan was addressing a felicitation meeting, celebrating the Roshan Digital Accounts (RDA) crossing the $500-million (Rs 7,939 crore) mark in deposits. The RDA initiative was launched in September last year by the State Bank of Pakistan, the country's central bank, to provide banking solutions to Non Resident Pakistanis (NRPs). The initiative aims to improve Pakistan's foreign currency reserves. In his address, Khan said the main indicator showing an improvement in the economy was the rise in exports, which grew more than that of regional competitors. He said the textile sector was...
Internet services disrupted in Pakistan as undersea cable develops fault
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Internet services disrupted in Pakistan as undersea cable develops fault

Internet services were hampered in Pakistan on Thursday as the country’s telecom authority said one of its six international undersea cables developed a fault. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said the international submarine cable system near Abu Talat, Egypt, developed the glitch on Wednesday. The authority acknowledged lower internet speeds and frequent outages. The PTA said the fault developed at SEA-ME-WE 5 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5), which is operated by the Trans World Associates (TWA). The Dawn newspaper reported that the TWA had communicated about the service degradation in international connectivity towards Europe and said that repair work was underway through international counterparts in Egypt. “While the work to remove the faul...
Pakistan FATF News: Pakistan unlikely to exit ‘grey’ list of global terror funding watchdog until June | World News – Times of India
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Pakistan FATF News: Pakistan unlikely to exit ‘grey’ list of global terror funding watchdog until June | World News – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is unlikely to exit the Financial Action Task Force's 'grey' list until June, despite its efforts to garner support from the member nations ahead of the plenary meeting of the global terror financing and money laundering watchdog next week, according to a media report on Wednesday. The FATF's Plenary and Working Group meetings, scheduled to be held from February 21 to 26 in Paris, is all set to decide on Pakistan's grey list status. Pakistan was placed on the FATF 'grey' list in June 2018 and given a timeline to address global concerns by implementing 27 action points. The FATF, during its virtual plenary in October last year, concluded that Pakistan will continue in its 'grey' list till February 2021 as it has failed to fulfil six key obligations of the global money...
Will live in Pakistan, won’t go abroad, says Maryam Nawaz
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Will live in Pakistan, won’t go abroad, says Maryam Nawaz

Written by M Zulqernain Pakistan’s deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz said on Monday that she will not leave the country to join her father in London for her treatment despite the Imran Khan government’s apparent offer to go abroad. “Even if someone (from the government) comes to my home and offers me to go abroad, I will decline it straight away,” she said while talking to reporters at her Jati Umra Raiwind residence here. “I know some ministers are saying that if Maryam is allowed to go abroad the opposition’s movement (against the government) will fizzle out. But let me make it clear that I will not leave my country come what may, and will not seek removal of my name from the no-fly list,” she said. The PML-N vice president further said that she ...
Search underway for 3 climbers on K2 mountain in Pakistan
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Search underway for 3 climbers on K2 mountain in Pakistan

Written by Zarar Khan An aerial search was underway Sunday to find three experienced climbers who lost contact with base camp during their ascent of the world’s second highest mountain in northern Pakistan, officials said. Karrar Haideri, a top official with the Alpine Club of Pakistan, said army helicopters resumed the search that began a day earlier for Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara and his two companions, John Snorri of Iceland and Juan Pablo Mohr of Chile. The three lost contact with base camp late Friday and were reported missing Saturday after their support team stopped receiving reports from them during their ascent of the 8,611-meter (28,250-foot) high K2 mountain. “The base camp received no signals from Sadpara and his foreign companions after 8,000 meters … ....
PIA pays USD 7 mn to Irish company after plane seized in Malaysia over lease dispute
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PIA pays USD 7 mn to Irish company after plane seized in Malaysia over lease dispute

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has informed the London High Court that it has paid USD 7 million to an Irish jet company, a week after a plane of the cash-strapped national flag carrier with 170 passengers on board was seized at the Kuala Lumpur airport over a lease dispute. The PIA informed a judge at the London High Court on Friday that it has paid around USD 7 million to the Peregrine Aviation Charlie Limited in the case pertaining to two jets leased to it by the Dublin-based AerCap, Dunya TV reported. Malaysian authorities last week seized a PIA Boeing-777 at the Kuala Lumpur airport on the orders of a local court over the non-payment of aircraft lease dues owed to the AerCap. Lawyers for both the PIA and the airliner sought adjournment on Friday to a later d...
Bill introduced in US House to terminate designation of Pak as Major non-NATO ally
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Bill introduced in US House to terminate designation of Pak as Major non-NATO ally

On the first day of the 117th Congress, a lawmaker has introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives to terminate the designation of Pakistan as a Major non-NATO Ally. Introduced by Republican Congressman Andy Biggs, the bill removes Pakistan’s designation as a major non-NATO ally, a status that allows for various benefits such as access to excess US defense supplies and participation in cooperative defense research and development projects. The bill also notes that the US President cannot issue a separate designation of Pakistan as a Major NATO ally, unless a presidential certification that Pakistan continues to conduct military operations that are contributing to significantly disrupting the safe haven and freedom of movement of the Haqqani Network in Pakistan. It ...
Ten more arrested over attack on Hindu temple in northwest Pakistan
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Ten more arrested over attack on Hindu temple in northwest Pakistan

Pakistani police have arrested 10 more people in overnight raids for their alleged involvement in the vandalisation of a Hindu temple by a mob led by members of a radical party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. With the latest arrests, the number of accused arrested in the case has risen to 55. Over 350 people have been named in the FIR after the temple in Terri village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak district was vandalised and set on fire on Wednesday by a mob protesting against its expansion work. Search is underway to arrest the others accused named in the FIR. The temple which also had a samadhi of a Hindu religious leader was attacked by the mob after members of the Hindu community received permission from local authorities to renovate its decades-old building. The mob, ...
Pak’s KPK govt approves Rs 2.35 cr to purchase ancestral houses of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor
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Pak’s KPK govt approves Rs 2.35 cr to purchase ancestral houses of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor

Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Saturday approved the release of Rs 2.35 crore to purchase the ancestral houses of legendary Bollywood actors Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor located in the heart of this city and declared as the national heritages. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmud Khan formally approved the proposal, allowing the authorities concerned to purchase the ancestral havelis at a rate determined by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Communication and Works Department a few weeks back. Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar Muhammad Ali Asghar, following a report of the Communication and Works Department, has fixed the price of Dilip Kumar’s four marla (101 square metre) house for Rs 80.56 lakh while that of Raj Kapoor’s six marla house (151.75 square metre) for Rs 1.5...
Four Pakistan Army personnel killed as military chopper crashed in Gilgit-Baltistan during rescue operation
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Four Pakistan Army personnel killed as military chopper crashed in Gilgit-Baltistan during rescue operation

Four Pakistan Army personnel were killed when a military helicopter crashed during a casualty evacuation due to technical reasons in Gilgit-Baltistan, the army said on Sunday. The chopper crashed in Minimarg area of Astore district on Saturday evening, the army said in a statement. It was transporting the body of a soldier to the military hospital in Skardu. The pilot, co-pilot and two soldiers were killed in the accident, the statement said, adding that the crash occurred due to technical reasons. Gilgit-Baltistan Information Minister Fatullah Khan has expressed deep sorrow over the tragedy. Source link
Pakistan News: Pak to form new national intel body to coordinate country’s spy agencies under ISI chief | World News – Times of India
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Pakistan News: Pak to form new national intel body to coordinate country’s spy agencies under ISI chief | World News – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the setting up of the National Intelligence Coordination Committee, a mechanism to coordinate over two dozen intelligence organisations in the country, to be headed by the ISI chief, according to a media report on Tuesday. Although there have been discussions about the establishment of the coordination forum, its terms of reference and modus operandi would be decided once it formally takes shape, Dawn newspaper quoted a senior security source as saying. The new body would be led by the director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), who would function as its chairman, it said. The intelligence agencies have had at least two rounds of discussions on the issue after which the proposal was submitted to the prime minister...
12 billionaires among Pakistan’s National Assembly members
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12 billionaires among Pakistan’s National Assembly members

There are 12 billionaires in Pakistan’s National Assembly while most of the other lawmakers were also wealthy, possessing large properties in the country and abroad and massive investments in stocks, according to a media report on Wednesday.The lawmakers who are rolling in money and are holding precious assets include top politicians from almost all the mainstream parties, the Dawn News reported. Landlords and capitalists dominate Pakistan’s 342-member National Assembly -- the lower legislative house -- with the majority of members possessing huge pieces of land and massive investments in stocks, shares and industrial units, it said, citing the statement of assets of the lawmakers for year 2019 released by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).As many as 12 out of th...
ICC ODI Rankings: Babar Azam closes in on Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma after heroics against Zimbabwe
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ICC ODI Rankings: Babar Azam closes in on Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma after heroics against Zimbabwe

Pakistan captain Babar Azam showcased a dominant performance in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. Azam scored 221 runs in the series in 3 games including a sensational knock of 125 in the 2nd ODI. Because of his batting efforts, the batsman gained 8 points to reach a total of 837 points. While Babar remained at the third position in the rankings behind Virat Kohli (871) and Rohit Sharma (855), he managed to close the gap with the two Indian stars.Allrounder Imad Wasim, who also looked impressive in the series, gained three spots to break out into top 50. Wasim reached 49th position in the rankings. Also read: Luke Ronchi appointed New Zealand batting coachZimbabwe batting duo Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams, who scored centuries each in the series, saw themselv...
Pakistan move on Gilgit-Baltistan bid to camouflage its illegal occupation: MEA
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Pakistan move on Gilgit-Baltistan bid to camouflage its illegal occupation: MEA

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2020 8:29:09 pm Last month too India had strongly objected to Islamabad’s move to alter the status of the Gilgit-Baltistan regionThe Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday said Pakistan’s decision to grant “provisional provincial status” to Gilgit-Baltistan was an attempt to camouflage its illegal occupation. MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the Union Territories of J&K, Ladakh, including Gilgit-Baltistan, were an integral part of India. “The government of India firmly rejects attempt by Pakistan to bring material changes to a part of Indian territory, under its illegal and forcible occupation. I ...
Pakistan fails to fulfil 6 key mandates of FATF; no action against Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed
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Pakistan fails to fulfil 6 key mandates of FATF; no action against Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: October 18, 2020 8:53:13 pm Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar (File)Pakistan’s failure to fulfil six key obligations of the FATF, including action against two of India’s most wanted terrorists Maulana Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed, and the sudden disappearance of more than 4,000 terrorists from its official list will most likely lead to its continuation in the ‘grey list’ of the Global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, officials said on Sunday. The virtual plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), to be held on October 21-23, will take the final call on Pakistan’s continuation on its grey list after a thorough r...
Pakistan News: Pakistan opposition starts countrywide protests to oust government | World News – Times of India
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Pakistan News: Pakistan opposition starts countrywide protests to oust government | World News – Times of India

LAHORE: Supporters of Pakistan opposition parties were converging on a stadium in the city of Gujranwala on Friday to begin a countrywide protest campaign to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan, who they accuse of being installed by the military in a rigged 2018 election. Nine major opposition parties formed a joint platform called the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) last month to begin a nationwide agitation against the government. Khan, who came to power on an anti-graft platform and denies the army helped him win, said on Friday he wasn't afraid of the opposition's campaign, which was aimed at blackmailing him to drop corruption cases against their leaders. "We have come out for the supremacy of the law," said Maryam Nawaz, the daughter and political heir of former Prime Minister Nawaz...