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What next for Zimbabwe’s embattled opposition?

What next for Zimbabwe’s embattled opposition?

HARARE: Zimbabwe’s main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has fiercely rejected the result of last week’s elections, the first to be held without long-serving despot Robert Mugabe. Here are some of the questions facing party leader Nelson Chamisa after being declared runner-up in the poll that saw his rival President Emmerson Mnangagwa elected with […]

Being Chinese in Pakistan: between heritage and home

Being Chinese in Pakistan: between heritage and home

It is early evening and Sally’s* beauty parlour in Rawalpindi is teeming with women undergoing their weekly or monthly beauty regimen. Switching between Hakka and Urdu, with occasional interjections in Pothwari, the owner of the salon refers to herself as ‘local Chinese’ or Pakistani-Chinese. These terms point to the profound ambivalence of Chinese ethnic identity […]

Nawaz Sharif to be produced in court for Al-Azizia, Flagship references on Monday

Nawaz Sharif to be produced in court for Al-Azizia, Flagship references on Monday

The accountability court in Islamabad on Thursday resumed the hearing of Al-Azizia and Flagship references against incarcerated former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and directed the authorities to produce Sharif in the court at the next hearing. It was the first hearing of the two cases after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) shifted the references from […]

‘High-profile Afghan-trained suspect’ allegedly involved in Diamer school attacks: police report

‘High-profile Afghan-trained suspect’ allegedly involved in Diamer school attacks: police report

Police in Gilgit-Baltistan on Thursday said that a ‘militant commander’ suspected of involvement in the Diamer school attacks, who was killed during a search operation earlier this week, was a “high-profile Afghan-trained suspect”. Diamer Superintendent Police (SP) Rai Ajmal in a report submitted to the Diamer deputy inspector general (DIG) of police said that the suspect, […]

Equal importance to be given to transgender students for enrolment in institutes: Punjab govt

Equal importance to be given to transgender students for enrolment in institutes: Punjab govt

The Punjab government’s School Education Department has issued special instructions in relation to the enrolment of transgender students “on an equal basis” across educational institutes in the province. The instructions to school administrations for dealing with transgender children have been issued in order to “recognize/protect the rights of transgender children in Pakistan under the Transgender Persons […]

Next CM to be axed if he fails to deliver in six months: Imran

Next CM to be axed if he fails to deliver in six months: Imran

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister-in-waiting and PTI chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday warned that he would replace Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s next chief minister and ministers if they failed to deliver the goods within three to six months of assuming office. Addressing a meeting of the party’s MPAs-elect at a local hotel, he asked lawmakers not to lobby to […]

Supreme Court sets aside LHC decision to stop notification of Imran’s victory in Lahore

Supreme Court sets aside LHC decision to stop notification of Imran’s victory in Lahore

The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside a decision of the Lahore High Court to restrain the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from issuing the victory notification of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan from NA-131, Lahore, and ordering the returning officer to hold a recount of all ballot papers. Hearing an appeal filed by […]

Supreme Court sets aside LHC decision to stop notification of Imran’s victory in Lahore

Supreme Court sets aside LHC decision to stop notification of Imran’s victory in Lahore

The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside a decision of the Lahore High Court to restrain the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from issuing the victory notification of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan from NA-131, Lahore, and ordering the returning officer to hold a recount of all ballot papers. Hearing an appeal filed by […]

Opposition parties hold protest against ‘rigging’ outside ECP in Islamabad

Opposition parties hold protest against ‘rigging’ outside ECP in Islamabad

The opposition parties are holding their first protest demonstration against alleged rigging in the July 25 general elections outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in Islamabad. The decision to hold the protest was made by the newly formed 11-party grand opposition alliance, named ‘Pakistan Alliance for Free and Fair Elections’, at a multi-party conference […]

Saudi students in Canada to be relocated to other countries after diplomatic rift

Saudi students in Canada to be relocated to other countries after diplomatic rift

In apparent escalation of a rift between Saudi Arabia and Canada on Monday evening, Riyadh suspended scholarships for Saudi students in Canada and said it would relocate thousands of students studying there to other countries, state media reported, citing an Education Ministry official. The move followed the Kingdom’s announcement yesterday that it was expelling the Canadian […]

Suicide attack kills three Nato soldiers in Afghanistan: official

Suicide attack kills three Nato soldiers in Afghanistan: official

A suicide bomber killed three foreign soldiers in an attack on a patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, Nato’s mission in the country said. “Three Resolute Support service members were killed by a suicide bomber during a combined, dismounted patrol with Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan,” it said in a statement. A US member of […]