Pakistan Defence Minister termed Hafiz Saeed a serious threat to Pakistan

Lahore: Pakistan’s defence minister khwaja Asif has said Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed a “serious threat” to the nation, and was thus placed under house arrest in the country’s “larger interest”. Saeed was “arrested in the larger interest of the country”, he added, according to the report. Saeed was placed under house arrest under the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) on January 30 in Lahore, provoking an uproar from his party and allies. Saeed’s inclusion in the list shows he is linked with militancy in some way. Saeed wasRead More

Shahid Afridi retires from international cricket

New Delhi: Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing to an end his illustrious 21-year career, as per local Pakistan media reports. Nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’, the 36-year-old all-rounder was currently active in the International Twenty20 format after having quit Test cricket in 2010 and One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in 2015. Afridi had been a fan favourite since he burst onto the scene in 1996, striking a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka in only his second match to set a world record that was unbeaten forRead More

Bar tainted players from all cricket: Afridi to PCB

Karachi: Shahid Afridi on Monday hit out at Pakistan Cricket Board’s approach towards corruption and towards those players who involved in match-fixing. The all-rounder said that unless and until PCB “makes an example of such players it will be difficult to stop this menace”. Afridi told the Geo Super channel in Dubai during the Pakistan Super League that he was very sad and disappointed after the latest scandal in which Pakistani batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were flown back under the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code. The PCB said that theRead More

Pakistan: India has built ‘secret nuclear city’

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said India was raising a “covert nuclear city” and had conducted inter-continental tests of missiles. Addressing a weekly news briefing here, foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said a huge cache of atomic weapons had been stored in a “covert nuclear city” in South India and inter-continental missiles were being manufactured. He asserted that India was in possession of substantial amount of nuclear material. Mr Zakaria voiced Pakistan’s reservations by saying that Indian aggression will disturb regional balance. He said that India has been making efforts toRead More

Pakistan lifts ban on Bollywood films, Kaabil to be first film

Mumbai: ‘Kaabil’ is finally releasing in Pakistan. Jubilant producer, Rakesh Roshan took to Twitter to announce the exciting news on Tuesday evening. He posted, “Yes it’s true! Kaabil releasing tonight in Karachi at 11pm & shows starting tomorrow across Pakistan.” The makers of the film, ‘Kaabil’ have been vocal about the biased distribution of screens as 40 percent was allotted to their film, while 60 percent was given to Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’. Hence, they couldn’t churn out enough box-office collection as per their estimation. But in a recent turnRead More

Pakistan violence drops significantly in 2016: report

Islamabad: Deaths linked to violence in Pakistan decreased significantly in 2016, dropping 45 percent compared with the previous year, a report released Tuesday said. Some 2,610 people lost their lives due to violence during the period compared with 4,647 in 2015, according to research by the Islamabad-based think tank, the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS). “There was nearly a 45 percent reduction in the number of violence-related fatalities in 2016, which continued the trend of reduction from 2014,” the report said. In fact, since 2014, there has beenRead More

Bilawal Bhutto set to contest by-election

Islamabad: A Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) legislator on Monday resigned paving way for by-elections that will see PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto in the parliament. A week after former President Asif Ali Zardari’s ‘surprise announcement’, PPP’s lawmaker Ayaz Soomro sent his resignation to the party leadership to pave way for Bilawal Bhutto to enter the National Assembly. Ayaz Somroo stepped down from NA-204 (Larkana) seat, whereas, Azra Fazal Pechuho is expected to resign from NA-213 (Larkana), within two days, from where Asif Ali Zardari will contest by-elections. Soon after returning fromRead More

India not against talks, says Vikas Swarup

New Delhi: Reiterating its opposition to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the grounds that it passes through “sovereign Indian territory” (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir), India on Friday said it was ready for talks with Pakistan on any issue provided that country creates an atmosphere for fruitful dialogue and stops taking recourse to violence and terrorism. Amid stiff Chinese opposition to banning of Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM chief Masood Azhar by the UN, India also said it does not want to “prejudge” the outcome at the expiry of the current “hold” byRead More

No deal on Musharraf exit, says Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has clarified that he did not strike any deal with former Army chief Raheel Sharif to remove a travel ban on ex-dictator Pervez Musharraf. A prime ministerial spokesman denied any kind of deal with Raheel Sharif and claimed that “nothing of the sort” happened to allow Musharraf to leave the country. Mr Musharraf earlier alleged that Raheel Sharif had helped him in leaving Pakistan. He said the Army influenced the civilian government to drop the charges against him. The former military ruler also saidRead More

Let China keep drone, says Donald Trump

New Delhi: After denying reports that it had shown any interest in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Russia has not only fully backed the project, but also plans to link it with its own Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) project. According to a report, the U-turn made by Russia has alarmed Indian policymakers, who have sought to isolate Pakistan on the issue of terrorism. CPEC, which will link Gwadar in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province to Xinjiang in China, remains a major problem for Indian foreign policy as it passes through theRead More