International

UN chief says ‘everything’ must be done to confront N.Korea

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said "everything" must be done to confront the threat from North Korea and ensure that its missile and nuclear programs do not pose an international threat. Guterres said countries "on the frontline" of the crisis -- China, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Russia -- must spare no effort to prevent a military buildup from Pyongyang. "We believe that it is absolutely that everybody is involved in order to make sure that everything is done so that the threat represented by the development in relation to missiles and in relation…
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US Pentagon chief meets Saudi king with Iran in focus

RIYADH (AFP) - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis met Saudi King Salman on Wednesday, beginning a series of talks to reinvigorate the Riyadh-Washington alliance in the face of common adversary Iran. The retired four-star Marine general, accompanied by a US delegation, was welcomed by Salman at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh, telling the monarch: "It s good to be back." Mattis, who commanded troops during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, arrived in the kingdom on Tuesday afternoon to listen to Saudi leaders and learn "what are their priorities", an American defence official said earlier. The United States and Saudi Arabia have…
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Thousands evacuated after deadly Syria bombing

RASHIDIN (AFP) - Thousands of Syrians were evacuated from besieged towns on Wednesday with tight security in place after a weekend bombing against those leaving government-held areas killed dozens, including nearly 70 children. The evacuations are part of a deal between government and opposition representatives to relieve thousands from suffocating sieges imposed by the regime and rebels. A large convoy of buses set out from the government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya in Idlib province on Wednesday morning, carrying 3,000 people to the rebel-held transit point of Rashidin near Aleppo, an AFP correspondent said. At the same time, 11 buses…
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Britain set for snap election in Brexit shadow

LONDON (AFP) - British lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Theresa May s call for a snap election, paving the way for a June vote she hopes will give her a "mandate to complete Brexit". The House of Commons voted by 522 to 13 to hold a general election on June 8 -- plunging Britain back into political uncertainty just weeks before the start of negotiations on leaving the European Union. Addressing MPs beforehand, May said an early vote would strengthen her hand in dealing both with Brussels and domestic critics seeking to "frustrate the process" of Brexit. "I…
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International

Britain set for snap election in Brexit shadow

LONDON (AFP) - British lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a snap election, paving the way for a June vote she hopes will give her a "mandate to complete Brexit". The House of Commons voted by 522 to 13 to hold a general election on June 8 -- plunging Britain back into political uncertainty just weeks before the start of negotiations on leaving the European Union. Addressing MPs beforehand, May said an early vote would strengthen her hand in dealing both with Brussels and domestic critics seeking to "frustrate the process" of Brexit. "I will…
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Pakistan

Punjab CM announces province-wide rallies in support of Nawaz Sharif today

KASUR (Web Desk) - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday has termed Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif as ‘strongman’. Addressing the media after inaugurating Wheat Harvesting Campaign in Kasur, Shehbaz Sharif said that Nawaz is PM and will be on the post till the completion of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) tenure. He announced that PML-N workers would take out rallies in the support of PM Nawaz at 4pm across the Punjab today. Talking on energy crisis, Punjab CM said new energy projects worth billions of rupees are being completed speedily. He said China and its leadership showed confidence over…
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Pakistan

Game of Thrones: A snapshot of Pakistani political history

(Web Desk)- As country’s top court is all set to announce verdict in the much hyped Panama Leaks Case today, here is a brief history of Pakistan’s politics with many twists and turns in its plot. First session of Pakistan’s constituent assembly was held on 10th of August-1947 and the house unanimously approved to form constitutional assembly. This constitutional assembly was later dissolved on 24th of October-1947. Maulvi Tamizuddin, challenged the dismissal of assembly but Sindh High Court retained Governor General’s decision. In 1960s, an ardent movement was launched against former president Ayub Khan on increasing price of sugar by…
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Pakistan

Amazed and humble to see overwhelming support for PM: Maryam Nawaz

The Prime Minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif in a series of tweets has expressed amazement and humbleness on the overwhelming support shown by the people towards the premier ahead of the Panama case verdict. Maryam has termed the public’s support as the ‘most prized possession’ for a leader.
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Pakistan

Imran Khan meets party leaders to prepare post-Panamagate verdict policies

– Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Thursday has met party leaders and prepared strategies and policies to be implemented after the announcement of much-awaited Panama Papers verdict. According to details, Imran Khan had called on the party leaders in Islamabad and directed them to stay in the metropolis for the decision. PTI representative Naeem-ul-Haque assured to accept the decision of Supreme Court (SC). Meanwhile, PTI has also released a video with the name of “Panama ka safarnama”. Earlier, PTI Chairman Imran Khan announced to celebrate ‘Youm-e-Tashakur’ (Thanksgiving Day) on Friday if Panama case verdict comes in its favor.…
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Polling begins for PS-81 constituency of Sindh assembly

Polling has begun for the PS-81 contituency of Sindh assembly, district Sanghar on Thursday and will continue till 5pm. The seat was left vacant after Jam Madad Ali left Pakistan Muslim League-Functional and joined Pakistan Peoples Party. He also resigned from the provincial assembly. PPP has nominated Jam Madad Ali whereas PML-F has appointed Jam Nafees Ali for the election contest. Both the candidates are cousins. A total of 16 candidates are taking part in the elections but the real contest is between PPP and PML-F. The total number of voters in the constituency is 1,39,000 which include 76,461 males…
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