ISLAMABAD: The representatives of Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan along with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency called on the international community to support refugee-hosting countries and communities and provide development assistance to put an end to future Afghan displacement. The development took place during the 6th Quadripartite Steering Committee Meeting held here with Minister for SAFRON Shehryar Khan Afridi in the chair. Further, Hossein Zolfaghari said that Iran has enhanced services for Afghan refugees, issued driving licenses, regularise parts of the population and has been issuing work visas. He said that Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan needed more international support and the UNHCR needs to step up its efforts to urge the global community to fulfill their commitments made for the humanitarian cause of Afghan refugees. “The need for SSAR continues to exist and I, therefore, call on the extension of the SSAR timeframe,” he said.
June 17, 2019 16:28 UTC
Ghulam Abbas was scheduled to be hanged on TuesdayISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has stayed the execution of a mentally-ill convict, who was scheduled to be hanged tomorrow (Tuesday). The Punjab government’s move resulted in considerable distress for the family and the widowed mother of the convict. The execution of prisoners, who suffer from mental illness or psycho-social disabilities, is prohibited under international law. Abbas’ father, who also suffered from mental illness, attempted suicide by slitting his throat but was fortunately saved. Abbas’s paternal aunt also suffer from mental illness and his sister has a neurological disorder requiring regular drainage of excess fluid from her brain.
June 17, 2019 16:21 UTC
However, their polar differences such as their divergent stand on the freedom of media, human rights, democracy; revolution (‘Tsunami’ in Khan’s language), international relations, pragmatism and much more outshine their similarities. Pakistan’s Imran Khan needs to understand the Russian leader Vladimir Putin as well as the country that the latter has been ruling since 1999, in order to launch meaningful ties with the powerful bear to the north. Ever since Vladimir Putin assumed the reins of power, there has been only one thing on his mind, advancing and stabilizing his country’s economy. Russia is wary of deepening Indo-US economic and defense ties which is why it sometimes plays the Pakistan card. Once this has been accomplished, it will pave the way for stronger military ties as well.
June 17, 2019 16:19 UTC
–Egypt’s first democratically elected president, fainted after court session and died afterwardsEgypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi died on Monday after appearing in court, according to state media. State TV reported that Morsi fainted after a court session and died afterwards. Morsi was democratically elected in 2012 after the 2011 Arab Spring saw the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. He was then deposed following mass protests and a military coup in July 2013. He served just one year of a four-year term, while the organisation to which he belonged, the Muslim Brotherhood, has since been outlawed.
June 17, 2019 16:18 UTC
The system Kaptaan and his ilk came to change has changed them. And, as it turned out and keeps on turning out, they are the latest and true victims of the system. Power has that tendency to show us the true side of our convictions and beliefs and claims. There is only one way to do that; stop playing by the rigged rules of the system. Or else, even if you are heading it, you are not merely just another victim, but a true victim.
June 17, 2019 16:17 UTC
And, that Jinnah had singlehandedly won against a stubborn Hindu majority thoroughly spoilt by the departing British gives further credence to the Divine purpose behind the creation of Pakistan. Since the change of government in Pakistan, the social media is abuzz with prophecies and predictions that evoke mysterious emotions. The Muslim saint spells out various names, with astonishing accuracy that came centuries after his demise. Near at hand he clearly indicated the “Era of the Corrupt Rulers” in Pakistan before the change for the better. For us, the sinners, the selfish and the corrupt, time for asking Divine forgiveness and mercy is running out.
June 17, 2019 16:15 UTC
There is need on the part of the government to accord due respect to Parliament which it is not doing. There was no progress over the brutal Sahiwal killings and the abduction and murder of SP Tahir Dawar. The opposition’s plea for political resolution of the complaints of tribal areas’ residents through the formation of a parliamentary committee was dismissed. The PM has to realize that it is the prerogative of the opposition to criticize the government. Unless they do so, they are likely to find soon that they have upset the apple cart.
June 17, 2019 16:12 UTC
He was toppled by the military in 2013CAIRO: Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi has died in court, state television reported on Monday. It said Mursi had fainted after a court session and died afterwards. Mursi, a top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, was toppled by the military in 2013 after mass protests against this rule. Erdogan pays tribute to ‘martyr’Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid tribute to the former Egyptian president, calling him a “martyr.”“May Allah rest our Mursi brother, our martyr’s soul in peace,” said Erdogan, who had forged close ties with Mursi. “We received with deep sorrow the news of the sudden death of former president Dr Mohamed Mursi.
June 17, 2019 16:08 UTC
The Gates Foundation is supporting the expansion of this work through its local partner Karandaaz. “This would focus largely on health, education and livelihood challenges faced by BISP beneficiaries.”The Gates Foundation is a major supporter of global health and development around the world. In Pakistan, much of the foundation’s work to-date has been focused on eradicating polio, introducing new vaccines and immunisation strengthening. Dr Nishtar and Gates also discussed innovative ways of addressing stunting and malnutrition in young children which is a high priority area for the government. The foundation will share research and best practices with the Pakistan government to support the prime minister’s multi-sectoral nutrition initiative being implemented under the “Ehsaas” poverty alleviation programme.
June 17, 2019 15:35 UTC
Prime minister Imran Khan is making the same mistake like his predecessor Nawaz Sharif in dealing with Modi. The Indian prime minister in a recent interview claimed that he made concerted efforts to improve relations with Pakistan while Nawaz Sharif was prime minister. At the outset, he invited all neighbours except the Pakistani prime minister to his oath taking ceremony late last month. The newly elected Indian prime minister first made a dash to the Maldives offering the island Islamic republic generous economic assistance. But admittedly it takes two to tango.
June 15, 2019 19:07 UTC
This deadlock was largely because of a disagreement on a proposed withdrawal of all non-Afghan (US or NATO) military personnel from Afghanistan. However, significant portions believe such a withdrawal cannot happen until a peace agreement with the Taliban is fully implemented. This is because the Taliban- government conflict is not over the secession of some territory as in Palestine and Kosovo, but over the ethos of Afghanistan. This is not to say that a peace agreement between the two sides is not possible. For a peace agreement socially and politically just, there is no other option.
June 15, 2019 19:06 UTC
A straw in the windThe lawyers sit-in outside the Supreme Court on Friday brought together leaders of the legal profession from all the four provinces regardless of their political orientations and group affiliations. The protest was jointly led by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), the two prestigious national organisations of the legal community. Besides the present SCBA President Amanullah Kanrani, several former SCBA association Presidents also participated in the sit in. There was a consensus among the former presidents of the SCBA that the reference filed against the judges was mala fide as it was prepared at someone’s instigation. Former President Musharraf simply failed to realise the potential of the 2007 lawyers’ movement.
June 15, 2019 18:56 UTC
PTI’s actions are somehow automatically kosherA little over two months are left for Prime Minister Imran Khan to complete a full one year in office. With the appointment of Ali Jehangir Siddiqui as ‘ambassador-at-large’ for investment in an “honorary capacity”, it seems the PTI’s hypocrisy extends to Foreign Office appointments as well. Apart from lack of expertise, the contention was that Siddiqui had business relations with Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who had approved his ambassadorship as PM during the end of the PML-N’s tenure. It is quite difficult to reconcile the PTI’s rejection and endorsement of the same person in such a short period of time. Either way, it is not defendable, but when has that ever stopped the PTI from trying to justify such actions regardless?
June 15, 2019 18:56 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa on Saturday approved the establishment of 57 new model courts in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan. According to reports, 40 model courts will be established in Punjab while 16 in Sindh and one will be established in Balochistan. The new model courts will start working from June 24. According to reports, a federal judicial workshop will be held on June 19 to train new model court judges.
June 15, 2019 17:37 UTC
KARACHI: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of senior journalist and CPNE Vice President Rehmat Ali Raazi on Saturday. In a condolence statement, CPNE President Arif Nizami said that the entire journalist community of Pakistan was deeply grieved by Raazi’s death, who was known for his investigative journalism and leadership qualities. Raazi was the head of the AZM Media Group and chief editor of Urdu daily Taaqat. The CPNE statement said that Raazi’s contributions for press freedom and journalism will always be remembered and the vacuum created by his demise would not be filled. The CPNE leadership prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul and courage and patience for the bereaved family to bear the huge loss.
June 15, 2019 17:26 UTC