Friday, January 18, 2019

Russia offers to invest $2 billion in Pakistan


Inter RAO Engineering, a Russian state-run, has offered to invest $2 billion in Pakistan’s water and power sector projects, including Mohmand dam.

Inter RAO Engineering, which is already building a dam in Afghanistan on the Kabul River,  wants a deal on government to government basis between Russia and Pakistan. 





The offer comes in the backdrop of already signed  governmental agreement between Pakistan and Russia to build the north-south LNG pipeline. The two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for an offshore gas pipeline project. 

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Spanish Expedition in Pakistan to summit K2 for first time in winter


K-2, the second highest mountain in the world after Mt. Everest has always been a challenge to the mountaineers as it is more deadlier than the Everest to limb. And that is the reason why no expedition has ever been able to scale it in winters.

These days a Spanish expedition is in Pakistan to attempt the winter accent to this huge pyramid shaped mountain with their base at Skardu in the Gilgit Baltistan province of Pakistan.

The 15 members Spanish team consists mountaineers from climbers, who are from Spain, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Poland.





As per the news available, the team has already left for the K2 base camp from Askole, Skardu. The first team is lead by Alex Txikon from Spain. They have a strong team of eight Sherpas with them.

In an interview with Spanish media Txikon said, they can reach Camp 4 on K2 but from there it’s an open question depending on weather and snow conditions.  Also, he wants to use igloos for shelter, instead the use of the usual tents. “Inside the igloos, we will be able to zero degrees and even positive with the help of a candle values.”

Read details about K2: Fascinating Pakistan: K-2, the Mountain of the Mountains

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

US Faces Taliban to End Afghan Game


After almost two decades of US troops battling the Taliban in Afghanistan, sanity seems to have prevailed upon the US administration that they are fighting a losing battle and have stuck into a quagmire. This realization brings them to negotiating table with once "Enemy" Taliban in UAE recently.

It has now been reported by Business News that United States diplomats and Taliban representatives met in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, 17 December 2018 for talks facilitated by Pakistan on finding a negotiated settlement of the war in Afghanistan.



The meeting in Abu Dhabi was also attended by officials from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Pakistan had arranged the meeting after receiving a request from US President Donald Trump for help in the peace process a fortnight ago. 

Read details at Business News

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Indian hand suspected in attack on Chinese Consulate


It is suspected by LEA (Law Enforcing Agencies) that the plot of the attack was prepared in India - an attempt to sabotage the CPEC land route from Pakistani port at Gwader to China.

Three BLA terrorists tried to storm into the Chinese Consulate in port city of Karachi, Pakistan yesterday but were gunned down by the LEA.

The sources have identified the mastermind of the attack as Aslam Achu, the commander of the banned terrorist group Baloch Liberation Army (BLA). The group claimed the responsibility for the Friday’s attack.






As per sources, Aslam Achu was injured during a face-off with security forces in Balochistan and is currently receiving medical care in New Delhi’s Max hospital.

It may be added that BLA has publicly invited Indian forces to intervene in Balochistan.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Asia Bibi Acquitted in Blasphemy Case


In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has finally decided the long awaited case of blasphemy and has acquitted a Christian woman Asia Bibi today.

"Keeping in mind the evidence produced by the prosecution against the alleged blasphemy committed by the appellant, the prosecution has categorically failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt," concluded the chief justice.

A three bench panel further added that: "Tolerance is the basic principle of Islam and that Islam condemns injustice and oppression.

Asia Bibi was convicted for blasphemy under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code for allegedly defaming Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The offense carries the mandatory death penalty under Pakistani law.





"I can't believe what I am hearing, will I go out now? Will they let me out, really?" Bibi told AFP by phone from prison after the ruling. "I just don't know what to say, I am very happy, I can't believe it."

Commenting on the judgment Asia Bibi's lawyer Saiful Mulook told AFP: "The verdict has shown that the poor, the minorities and the lowest segments of society can get justice in this country despite its shortcomings. This is the biggest and happiest day of my life.

Asia Bibi's husband also hailed the verdict. "I am very happy. My children are very happy. We are grateful to God. We are grateful to the judges for giving us justice. We knew that she is innocent," said Ashiq Masih..

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Turkey to Upgrade Pakistan Navy's Agosta Attack Submarines

In a mutual defence agreement between Pakistan and Turkey, a Turkish defense contractor will upgrade the second of three Agosta 90B submarines in service with the Pakistan Navy.

As reported, Savunma Teknolojileri M├╝hendislik ve Ticaret A.┼×. (STM), a Turkish state-owned defense contractor,  has won a contract for the mid-life upgrade of the second of three Agosta 90B-class (aka Khalid-class) diesel-electric attack submarines equipped with air-independent propulsion systems, currently in service with the Pakistan Navy.





The upgrade also includes installation of a Sharp Eye low probability-of-intercept (LPI) radar system aboard the PNS Saad. Additionally, “under the project, STM will make modifications on the pressure hull, the most critical structure in a submarine.”

It may be added that the three Agosta 90B attack submarines were acquired by Pakistan Navy between 1999 and 2008 from France.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Saudis may admit journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed during interrogation

It has been reported, quoting government insiders, that Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed during interrogation inside Saudi consulate.

According to CNN, the Saudi Arabian government is preparing a report which will say Khashoggi died in an interrogation that was intended to end with his abduction from Turkey.

CNN says that "One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible."

It may be added that The Washington Post columnist was last seen in public when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in Turkey on October 2. Previously, Saudi authorities had maintained Khashoggi left the consulate the same afternoon of his visit, but provided no evidence to support the claim.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

McGregor and Khabib to be suspended following UFC 229 brawl


The ugly brawl that followed the Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov is likely to result into temporarily suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission pending a full inquiry.

The pair who were involved in a brawl following their lightweight title fight at UFC 229 on Saturday night will be given a 10-day suspension on October 15.

McGregor did receive his $3m after being initially cleared of wrongdoing, but could now be fined and banned after footage showed him throwing a punch.

ESPN reports that the NSAC will then vote on October 24 as to whether the rivals will be suspended indefinitely.

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US military grounds entire F-35 fleet

US military has temporarily grounded the entire fleet of its expensive state of the art F-35 fighter jets. Others using the jet have also suspended their flights.

The decision comes after a crash of F-35 in South Carolina last month. The crash in South Carolina involved an F-35B, which is able to land vertically and costs around $100m (£75m).

The F-35 is the largest and most expensive weapons programme of its type in the world and it is expected that the for many decades in future, F-35s would be the mainstay of the US and its export sales.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Britain bracing for Hurricane Leslie

Hurricane Leslie with winds up to 75 mph and lashing of rain is heading to wards Britain. It is likely to batter the islands next week.

Presently Tropical Storm Leslie which with its mighty force is in the middle of the Atlantic, has been upgraded to a hurricane as it gains speed.





But before it tastes the UK coast, it is projected to strike the US tomorrow before changing course and heading for Europe on Sunday. 

However, it is too early to predict what impact this will have on the UK but say the country should brace for rain and wind.  

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Pakistan Polls 2018: Imran Khan's Party in Majority to form Government in the Center

The general elections for Pakistan's national and provincial assemblies were held on 25th July simultaneously all over the country. As per the provisional results available, cricketer turned politician Imran Khan's party Pakistan Tehreek e  Insaf (TI, The Justice Party) is in lead with a vast margin, followed by PML (N), the party of deposed and jailed ex prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The EU monitoring Committee in its initial report has showed its satisfaction over the conduct of elections and found the conduct better than what they observed in 2013 elections which were marred with allegations of rigging and misconduct.





Imran Khan's party has also showed a major presence in the province of Punjab, following very closely behind the PML(N). Imran's party has also obtained simple majority in the KPK province. In Sind province, former president Asif Zardari's party PPPP has had a dominating edge, though Imran's party has also shown a significant presence.

Detailed results are awaited.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Former PM of Pakistan sentenced in Avenfield Properties Case


A National Accountability Court of Pakistan is Islamabad today sentenced former PM of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif to a 10 years term in jail, while his daughter Mrayam has been sentenced to seven years in Jail.

Both had been facing chances of corruption and money laundering since the publication of the Panama Papers and have failed to disclose the sources of their money trail from which they bought expensive Avenfield Flats in London and many off shore companies.





Both have also been fined to the tune of 8 (Rs. 1.3 billion) and 2 million (Rs. 335 million) pounds respectively beside order to confiscate their Avenfield flats.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Obamas Sign a Massive Netflix Deal


After ruling USA for eight long years, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle  are taking their future to making and producing films with Netflix.

The multi year agreement is said to have included scripted and unscripted series, along with documentaries and features.





Netflix's CCO Ted Sarandos has been quoted as saying, the Obamas "are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better." 

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Campus Terrorism kills Pakistani Student in Texas, USA


A 17-year-old Pakistani student Sabika Sheikh has been shot dead beside others in a campus terrorism in Texas USA.

Sabika Sheikh was on a foreign exchange programme in the United States and was about to return home next month after completion of her studies. She was among at least 10 schoolchildren killed by a gunman at the Sante Fe High School, about 50 km southeast of Houston, on Friday morning.





American universities and schools have always been unsafe as such incidents often occur in the USA. This has been the 22nd such incident in the USA this year. The terrorist has been identified as a 17 years old Dimitrios Pagourtzis who is under police custody now.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Roger Federer tops world tennis ranking


The aging yet energetic and super fit Swiss Roger Federer is showing no signs of decline in his physical fitness and is here to stay for quite sometime now.

As per the latest world tennis ranking, Roger Federer is back to world no 1 position with 8670 points. He pushes back Rafael Nadal to no. 2 position with 7950 points,  fell in the quarterfinals of last week's Mutua Madrid Open.

Nadal, who won the Masters 1000 event in Madrid last year, needed to defend all of his champion’s points to hang onto the ATP tour's top spot, but those hopes were cut short by a 7-5, 6-3 loss to Dominic Thiem.



On the contrary, Federer who hasn't played any match since March this year, climbed up to replace Nadal. it is unfortunate to find Novak Djokovic who is not there even in the first five position. He is at no. 18th position with mere 1905 points - which means he is seemingly done for for any top ranking positions in future.

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