Imran Khan defends China on rights accusation claims

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has defended China on accusations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region ((XUAR), saying it is not what Western media portrays. Imran Khan in an exclusive interview with Fareed Zakaria for CNN, said that Pakistan's ambassador to China Moinul Haq had visited XUAR and said that the...

Pakistan says is ready to scrap CPEC, if US offers similar assistance

Amid the growing economic woes and international isolation forcing over-reliance on China, Pakistani officials are ready to scrap the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), if the US could offer a similar deal, local media said. Pakistani authorities who remain predisposed to the West have even offered to scrap or sideline the CPEC if Washington could...

Guterres warns of terrorism in Afghanistan

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned of the effects of terrorism in Afghanistan, blaming it on a power vacuum. Guterres who spoke at the Munich Security conference said terrorists were exploiting power vacuums and subverting fragile states. "The risks of terrorism spillover out of Afghanistan, as well as the...

India rejects journalist harassment

India has rejected as “baseless and unwarranted” allegations of judicial harassment of journalist Rana Ayyub, saying that the country upholds the rule of law and “no one is above the law”. Reacting strongly, the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva said in a tweet that India expects Special Rapporteurs of the Office of the...

Study shows Ravi river in Pakistan most polluted in the world

A new research has categorized the Ravi river in Pakistan to be the world's most polluted. The highest mean cumulative concentration was observed in the city of Lahore at 70.8 micrograms per liter, with one sampling site on the Ravi River reaching a maximum cumulative concentration of 189 micrograms per liter, The Express Tribune...

College teacher handed life imprisonment for blasphemy

A college teacher has been sentenced to life imprisonment over blasphemy in Pakistan with a fine of Rs50, 000. Nautan Lal, who is a teacher at the Government Degree College, was arrested in 2019 and he has been in jail since as an under-trial prisoner until this week when he was sentenced by a...

Indian Army’s Chinar Corps warriors evacuate snow-covered woman to hospital

The Indian Army's Chinar Corps warriors have evacuated a woman from Baraub area of Bandipur district of Jammu and Kashmir and carried her to a helipad crossing a long stretch of snow on Saturday. "Chinar warriors along with Civil Helicopter Services and Block Medical Office, Dawar, evacuated Fazali Begum, from Baraub and carried her...

Think tank: religious extremism likely to worsen in Pakistan

A security think tank has warned that religious extremism is likely to worsen in Pakistan unless the state adopts a gradual policy shift toward the separation of religion and politics. This is according to a report published by security think tank Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS). In a report titled "How Youth in Sindh...

Massive inflation in Pakistan could result in demand destruction

The massive rise in inflation in Pakistan could result in demand destruction and may create difficulties for the government to meet its tax targets, according to a media report. "With global oil prices increasing, Pakistan will find it hard to foot the import bill. Pressed hard by the highest inflation in January (13 per...

EU condemns Taliban’s home searches in Afghanistan

The European Union called Taliban's home searches a "crime" and called for an end to the operation that kicked off last week. Taliban security forces have been searching homes, in the guise of mopping up illegally-held guns by civilians and criminals. EU Ambassador to Afghanistan, Von Brant, has said the world is watching the...
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