International

France, Germany sign friendship treaty

AACHEN (Germany): The leaders of France and Germany signed a new treaty on Tuesday to update their 1963 post-war reconciliation accord, aiming to reinvigorate the European Union’s main axis as growing euro-sceptic nationalism tests the bloc’s cohesion.At a ceremony in the German border city of Aachen, a historic symbol of European concord, German Chancellor Angela […]

Auto anguish reaches Senate

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Ind­us­­tries and Production on Tuesday decried the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for not considering the fallout of cheap auto spare parts imports.Briefing the committee meeting, which was chaired by Senator Ahmed Ali, representatives of Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (Paapam) said the lopsided government policies […]

Pakistan doubles its wheat contribution to Saarc food bank

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has doubled the quantum of wheat from 40,000 tonnes to 80,000 tonnes as its share for the ‘Regional Food Bank’ maintained by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan made the announcement on Tuesday at the 10th meeting of the Saarc Food Bank […]

Serena topples top seed Halep as Djokovic battles into quarters

MELBOURNE: A fired-up Serena Williams slugged past world number one Simona Halep on Monday as she inches ever closer to a 24th Grand Slam title, while Novak Djokovic survived a battle to stay on course for a record seventh Australian Open crown.In a towering performance, the American great scored her biggest win since having a […]

South Africa beat Pakistan by five wickets to level ODI series

Hendrick ‘Rassie’ van der Dussen and Andile Phehlukwayo guided South Africa to a series-levelling win in a roller-coaster second one-day international against Pakistan at Kingsmead on Tuesday.The pair came together when South Africa were 80 for five in reply to Pakistan’s 203. They put on an unbeaten 127 as South Africa won by five wickets […]

Senate body asks govt not to use blacklist for travel ban

ISLAMABAD: Members of a parliamentary committee from both the government and the opposition have termed the indiscriminate use of the blacklist — an Exit Control List-like record used to restrict movement of people — illegal and urged the Ministry of Interior not to invoke this list to restrict movement of citizens, especially politicians.A meeting of […]

France gives €130m loan for Peshawar bus project

ISLAMABAD: The French government has decided to provide a soft loan of 130 million euros (Rs19.5 billion) for the Peshawar Sustainable Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project.Economic Affairs Divi­sion Secretary Noor Ahmed, Ambassador of France Marc Barety and Country Direc­tor of the French Development Agency (AFD) Jacky Am­prou signed the credit facility agreement here on Tuesday.The […]

ISLAMABAD: Seeking another bailout package, this time from Qatar, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday assured overseas Pakistanis in Doha that he would turn the motherland into a developed and economically strong country.

ISLAMABAD: Seeking another bailout package, this time from Qatar, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday assured overseas Pakistanis in Doha that he would turn the motherland into a developed and economically strong country.During his two-day official visit to Qatar that began on Monday, the prime minister met Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and […]

Money laundering to be made non-bailable offence

ISLAMABAD: The government is set to introduce on Wednesday (today) key amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Act 2010 and the Federal Investigation Act (FIA) 1974 as part of the Finance Supplementary (Second Amendment) Bill 2019 to comply with the requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). According to Dawn sources, Finance Minister Asad Umar will […]

Supreme Court to take up Khadija Siddiqui’s appeal against acquittal of Shah Hussain today

A judicial magistrate had on July 29, 2017, sentenced Hussain to seven-year imprisonment under Section 324 (attempted murder) of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), two years under Section 337A(i) (causing injuries), five years under Section 337A(ii), one year under Section 337F(i), three years under Section 337F(ii) and five years under Section 337F(ivThen chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar had taken […]

India tries to blunt Pakistan’s initiative, sends own invite

ISLAMABAD: Wary of Pakistan’s invitation to negotiations over the agreement on the planned Kartarpur Corridor, India on Tuesday asked Pakistani officials to visit New Delhi for talks on the issue and suggested Feb 26 and March 7 as the two possible dates for the meeting. “India has also proposed two set of dates, 26 February […]