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Syrian civil war witnessed one of the bloodiest week of the fight as over 520 people were dead, including 127 children and 75 women, and thousands more injured in most fierce assaults of Syria’s long civil war. Massive killings were the result of deadly bombing carried out in the Eastern Ghouta, in the...

TAPI gas pipeline

February 26, 2018

The long-awaited mega gas pipeline project of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) connecting the energy-rich Central Asian nation with the South Asian countries was inaugurated on Friday, with leaders of the four countries attending its groundbreaking ceremony in Serhetabat followed by another in Herat. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Turkmenistan...

FATF saga

February 25, 2018

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting which ended in Paris on Friday did not include Pakistan in the list of countries which needed to do more on countering money laundering and combating financing for terrorism. Ethiopia, Iraq, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Vanuatu and Yemen were the countries included in the list issued by the global...

Pakistan is ranked abysmally low on the global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017 and the country is making little or no progress towards tackling the menace of financial misconduct, according to Transparency International (TI). The composite index has ranked Pakistan 117th out of a total of 180 nations worldwide based on the level of perceived public sector corruption....

FATF and Pakistan

February 23, 2018

Saudi Arabia joined Turkey and China this week in a move to block a US-led attempt to place Pakistan on an international terror-financing watch list, top US daily WSJ reported Thursday. A US effort to reverse the decision on the motion was under way Wednesday at a meeting in Paris of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a secretive international body that monitors countries’...

PSL3: Bigger and better

February 22, 2018

The third edition of Pakistan Super League begins in Dubai from today with an opening match between defending champions Pehawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans, new team of the tournament. With inclusion of sixth team in the tournament surely PSL’s third edition will indeed be bigger and better than the previous ones. Addition of Multan Sultans means more matches, more competition...

Troops for Saudi Arabia

February 21, 2018

Taking a major decision, the army Feb 16 announced that it is deploying troops in Saudi Arabia under an existing bilateral security pact. “In continuation of ongoing Pak-KSA bilateral security cooperation, a Pakistan Army contingent is being sent to KSA on training and advice mission,” the Inter-Services Public Relations announced after a meeting between Army Chief...

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Sunday said the mega project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would play an instrumental role in bringing revolutionary change and usher in economic stability and prosperity, not only in the country but also in the whole region. He was confident that Gwadar port would emerge as a busiest port and play a dominating role...

Don’t blame Pakistan

February 19, 2018

While speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa the US to stop blaming Pakistan for its problems in Afghanistan and instead search for the reasons for its failures. The US has time and again blamed Pakistan on one pretext or another despite the immense sacrifices of the country in the war against terror. Highlighting Pakistan’s...

The Director General (SA & SAARC), Dr Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, J.P. Singh on Friday and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday in Battal Sector. The Director General (SA & SAARC) urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement;...

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