Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

January, 2020


Saudi Arabia to stop funding mosques in foreign countries


RIYADH, JAN 31 — Former Saudi minister of justice, Mohammed Bin Abdul-Karim Issa, has announced that his country will stop funding mosques in foreign countries. According to the Swiss newspaper, Le Matin Dimanche, Saudi Arabia is to establish local administrative councils for each mosque, in cooperation with the local authorities, in order to hand over these mosques to “secure hands”. The minister added: “The time has come to hand over the Geneva Mosque to a Swiss administrative council that represents Muslims in the area. It should have an elected cleric.” He disclosedRead More

Head of PACE observation mission to monitor elections in Azerbaijan appointed


BAKU ,, JAN 31 — Head of Observation Mission to be sent to monitor early parliamentary elections scheduled on February 9 in Azerbaijan has been appointed at a bureau meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Frank Schwabe has been appointed as a head the observation mission. The observation mission representing all 5 political groups represented in PACE is expected to arrive in Azerbaijan to observe the parliamentary elections during February 6-10.

CIS observation mission continues monitoring election process in Azerbaijan


BAKU, JAN 31 – Members of the CIS observation mission have familiarized themselves with the activities of the Constituency Election Commissions in Gabala, Ismayilli, Oghuz, Shamakhi and Shaki districts, the mission told. Members of the election commissions informed the observers of the renewal of voter lists, training of the commission members, as well as sending notifications on the polling station address, the election time and voter’s number on electoral roll on polling day. The mission members had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the protocols of election commissions’ meetings andRead More

PM Imran Khan launches Ehsaas-Kifalat programme


ISLAMABAD, JAN 31 (DNA) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has formally launched Ehsaas Kifalat Programme for the deserving families. PM Imran Khan congratulated the team of Ehsass-Kifalat programme while addressing its launching ceremony held in Islamabad Friday. The premier said that the government was making all-out efforts to provide relief to its citizens by bringing the programme at earliest. He said that the team members of the newly-launched poverty alleviation programme have introduced a transparent system for financially assisting the deserving people. He reiterated that over 800,000 undeserving people hadRead More

Zalmay Khalilzad updates FM Qureshi on ongoing peace talks with Taliban


ISLAMABAD JAN 31 (DNA) :  US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad.   During the meeting, matters pertaining to joint efforts for restoring peace in Afghanistan and current situation in the region came under discussion.   Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad updated Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the ongoing peace talks with Taliban and lauded the reconciliatory role of Pakistan in that regard.   The two sides agreed to continue consultation to make joint efforts for Afghan peace process.   FMRead More

Pompeo visits Ukraine as Trump impeachment trial advances


KIEV, JAN 31 (DNA) : US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Kiev on Friday on his first trip to Ukraine, the country at the heart of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.   The visit, which was scheduled for early January but then delayed because of Middle East tensions, is expected to highlight US support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia-backed separatists, but also in its efforts to root out corruption.   “(I will) talk about the important work that the United States and Ukraine will continue to doRead More