Bilawal Bhutto re-elected to PPP top slot

Newswire Karachi: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) held its federal level elections at Karachi this week and re-elected Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as the party chairman. The election commissioner Fauzia Habib announced the results. “In accordance with Constitution of Pakistan People’s Party and Election Act 2017, the elections at federal level were held and the following office […]

Read More

Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo eyes peace

Newswire Kabul: The Senior Civilian Representative of NATO Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo reaffirmed the alliance’s support to Afghanistan and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces following the conclusion of a peace agreement. Ambassador Pontecorvo said “Certainly yes, that is certainly our intention. After the peace deal we’ll have to negotiate whatever we do with the […]

Read More

China’s economy to keep recovering with proactive fiscal policy

China Economic Net Beijing: The epidemic-induced lockdowns loomed over China’s economy in the first half of 2020, but with quick emergency response and government-aided stimulus package, the country’s economy roared back.Massive tax cuts and increased government spending have helped the economy recover faster. The market is also closely watching over the country’s fiscal policy in […]

Read More

PPP will fight govt everywhere: Bilawal Bhutto

Staff Writer Karachi: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari this week warned the rulers that his party will fight them everywhere. Earlier, the PPP’s Central Executive Committee endorsed the decision by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to submit resignations to respective party leaders by December 31.Speaking at a news conference, Bilawal Bhutto once […]

Read More

Peace not easy to achieve in Afghanistan: Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo

Kabul: Senior Civilian Representative of NATO to Afghanistan Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo reaching peace was not easy after forty years of conflict in Afghanistan. In an interview, he said big progress had been made towards Intra-Afghan talk negotiations. “NATO has supported ambassador Khalilzad’s efforts to get the two sides to the peace table. I think there […]

Read More

Half of Americans think Trump a ‘failed’ president: New poll

New York: Half of registered American voters say they think history will view Donald Trump as a “failed” president, according to a new poll released here. The poll of 1,000 registered voters, carried out by USA TODAY/Suffolk University from Dec. 16 to 20, found stark partisan divides in attitudes towards Trump’s presidency, with many Republicans […]

Read More

Include women in Afghan peace process: Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo

Newswire Kabul: NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo has said there was a need for inclusion of Afghan women’s views in the peace process. He said the future of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) will be one of the most pressing issues in the peace negotiations with the Taliban, suggesting […]

Read More

Russian lower house approves bill on recognizing political groups as foreign agents

Moscow: The Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) has approved the third reading of the bill regulating the activity of foreign agents developed by Russian parliamentary commissions to avoid foreign interference in Russian affairs. Non-registered public groups involved in political activity and receiving foreign funding will be considered foreign agents, along with individuals involved […]

Read More

Biden will alleviate EU-US strife but issues will remain, says Russian envoy

Moscow: The issues in the relations between the European Union and the United States, which exacerbated under Donald Trump’s presidency, will not be as acute under Joe Biden, but they will still remain there, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told an online briefing. “Some landmark decisions announced by Biden – return to […]

Read More

Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo for eliminating corruption in Afghanistan

Newswire Kabul: NATO Civilian Representative to Afghanistan Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo has stressed the need for anti-corruption efforts in Afghanistan.“Corruption in Afghanistan must be stamped out. The needs of the Afghan people must be put first. NATO’s training mission and Afghan National Army Trust Fund are helping to fight corruption and build strong security institutions,” he […]

Read More

Electoral College confirms Biden win

Washington: The US Electoral College officially confirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory on December 14.The Democrat received 306 votes, while incumbent President Donald Trump secured 232 votes but despite this, incumbent US President Donald Trump still has not conceded the election. It seems that Trump plans to contest the election results further. Experts point out […]

Read More

Ambassador Nong Rong, Senator Rehman Malik discuss Pakistan-China friendship

Newswire Islamabad: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong held a marathon meeting with senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Senator Rehman Malik here this week. During the meeting, the Chinese ambassador said China and Pakistan were true friends through thick and thin and have always stood beside each other in difficult times. He that Pakistan […]

Read More

Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo appeals for end to violence against women

Kabul: NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo has appealed for end to violence against women. “Another tragic crime that deprives #Afghanistan of a leading #woman #journalist …. the culture of #violence must be stopped.A ceasefire is an imperative,” he tweeted after Malalai Maiwand, a journalist at Enikass Radio and TV in Nangarhar, […]

Read More

Attempts to bring high treason charges for public data transfer NONSENSE: Putin

Novo-Ogaryovo: Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected attempts to bring high treason charges for the transfer of public domain data abroad as complete nonsense and a tragicomedy. Journalist Yekaterina Vinokurova who participated in a meeting of the Russian leader with members of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights remarked that […]

Read More

China to sanction top US officials

Chen Qingqing and Fan Lingzhi Beijing: China has announced decisions to impose reciprocal sanctions against US officials in its executive and legislative branches, non-profit organization (NGO) representatives and their family members in response to the latest US sanctions on 14 Chinese deputy state-level officials. Officials in the US executive branch are believed for the first […]

Read More

Nobel winners get prizes at home

Newswire Stockholm: Dressing down, the 2020 Nobel winners got their awards in a broadcast aired this week as, thousands of kilometres away and sitting two metres apart, musicians played classical interludes in an almost empty auditorium. In a disconnected ceremony at the end of a disconcerting year, Swedish television streamed the handovers from Stockholm City […]

Read More

Rehman Malik takes notice of COVID-19 patients’ plight

Newswire Islamabad: Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik has said that the committee has received several complaints from the general public regarding the non-admission of their patients in hospitals of Islamabad. Addressing a press conference this week via video link, Senator A. Rehman Malik said that the ratio of the rapid […]

Read More

Xi stresses military training to raise capability of winning wars

China Economic Net Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered the armed forces to strengthen training under real combat conditions and raise their capability of winning wars. Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), made the remarks at a CMC meeting on […]

Read More

Iran releases Australian-British lecturer in prisoner swap

Tehran: An Australian-British academic jailed for spying by Iran has been released after two years behind bars, in a swap for three Iranians linked to a botched Bangkok bomb plot. Middle East scholar Kylie Moore-Gilbert said that departing Iran was “bittersweet” despite “injustices” endured during more than 800 days detained in the country’s toughest prisons.“I […]

Read More

Bilawal Bhutto fights COVID-19

Newswire Islamabad: Pakistan’s leading opposition politician Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said has been tested positive for the coronavirus.The 32-year-old chief of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and son of former two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto went into isolation after being infected with the virus. “I have tested positive for #COVID-19 & am self-isolating with mild symptoms. I’ll […]

Read More

NTC countering massive cyber-attacks daily: Viqar Rashid Khan

Islamabad: Managing Director National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) Viqar Rashid Khan has said that around 0.8 million attempts of cyber-attacks on internet consumers are successfully countered every day in Pakistan. In an interview, he said NTC successfully countered 250 million cyber-attacks mainly from Israel and India.“Due to deadly virus, it is dangerous and difficult to hold […]

Read More

War on COVID-19

Newswire Islamabad: It has been nearly a year since the first coronavirus case was reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December.In recent weeks, there has been a lot of mention of countries entering a second or third wave. While there is no strict scientific definition to characterise a disease’s wave, plotting current outbreaks […]

Read More

Pakistan, Afghanistan united against violence

Staff Writer Kabul: Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to pace up their joint efforts to reduce recent spate of terrorist incidents in Afghanistan through close coordination and intelligence sharing. Prime Minister Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a joint press stake-out at ARG Presidential Palace this week reaffirmed their commitment towards taking urgent […]

Read More

NATO, EU aim peace in Afghanistan: Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo

Newswire Kabul: NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo has said that NATO and the European Union were working together to establish lasting peace and “long-term stability” in Afghanistan Ambassador Pontecorvo said Pakistan will benefit much from Afghan peace process as the rest of the regional states. “Pakistan has been recognized… actually by […]

Read More