Monday, May 25th, 2015
A joint initiative of Afghanistan and Turkey, the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was established in November 2011 to provide a platform to discuss regional issues, particularly encouraging security, political, and economic cooperation among Afghanistan, its neighbours and regional partners in facing common threats, including counterterrorism, counternarcotics, poverty, and extremism, inter alia, through a set of six Confidence Building Measures (CBMs). Fourteen participating countries, sixteen supporting countries and twelve regional and international organizations are associated with the Process.The meeting was inaugurated by Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security andRead More
HYDERABAD: About 230 people have died since mid-April in a heat wave sweeping two southeast Indian states, officials said Saturday. More than 100 people have died from the brutal heat in Andhra Pradesh state in the last week, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, the state’s top elected official, told reporters. In neighboring Telangana state, around 130 heat-related deaths have been reported since April 15, said Bhambal Ram Meena, a top state official. Day temperatures in Telangana’s Khammam district soared to more than 48 degrees Celsius (118 Fahrenheit) on Saturday. Meena saidRead More
ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said here on Sunday that his Indian counterpart’s recent statement about sponsoring terrorism to counter terrorism had confirmed “our assertions of Indian involvement in terrorist activities on Pakistani soil”. He said the statement of Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was a blatant admission of sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan. The Indian minister, he said, had categorically stated that rules would not be followed to quell terrorist activities; instead terrorism would be promoted for the purpose. “This is the worst kind of declaration by a state functionaryRead More
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court has restored deposed chairman of PEMRA Ch. Rashid Ahmed. Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi annouced verdict on Monday. The President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain had sacked Ch. Rashid after summery from the prime minister. Ch. Rashid was appointed PEMRA chairman during PPPP government but ever since his appointment, a tug of war continued between him and the federal government.