Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

March, 2020

 

GUAM honors victims of March 31 genocide of Azerbaijanis

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BAKU, MAR 31 – The Organization for Democracy and Economic Development (GUAM) expresses solidarity with Azerbaijan in honoring the memory of the victims of the March 31 genocide, said the organization. GUAM Secretariat condemned any act of genocide and stands in solidarity with Azerbaijan on commemorating the victims of the bloody massacre perpetrated by Armenians against Azerbaijanis in March 1918. As a result of bloody acts, which started from mass shooting of Muslims by Dashnak groups gathered near the Armenian church in Baku on March 30, 1918, and the attacksRead More


Turkish police charge four over coronavirus house party

A Turkish health official checks the temperature of a motorcyclist at a check point, on the Asian side ,entry of Istanbul on March 30, 2020. - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Turks to stay at home and adapt themselves to " voluntary quarantine " conditions. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP)

ISTANBUL, MAR 31 –  Turkish police charged four people, including the organisers and a DJ, after a weekend coronavirus house party in Istanbul where some guests dressed up as doctors, local officials said. The party, thrown at a villa in the Buyukcekmece district on Saturday night, was shared live on social media but received criticism for ignoring social distancing pleas. “These idiots have organised a home party somewhere in Istanbul” one Twitter user posted, adding that “those idiots!!!” would make it difficult to stop the spread of the virus. Turkey’sRead More


Lockdown not a solution to coronavirus pandemic: Sindh governor

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KARACHI, MAR 31 – Sindh Governor Imran Ismail opposed on Tuesday the lockdown in Sindh saying that he didn’t consider it a solution to the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Ismail, who is also a leader of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s PTI, told that the prime minister had already said that they couldn’t afford a lockdown in the country. But, he added, despite reservations over the provincial government’s decision, the federal government assured its full cooperation to Sindh. The Sindh government imposed a lockdown in the province on March 23 after aRead More


Umar Akmal has destiny in his hands, says coach Misbah

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LAHORE, MAR 31 – Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq on Tuesday urged troubled batsman Umar Akmal to discipline himself and focus on his cricket if he wants to revive his derailed career. Regarded as hugely talented, the 29-year-old Umar could face up to a lifetime ban after he was charged for not reporting match fixing offers, which led to his suspension in February. The Pakistan Cricket Board charged him under their anti-corruption code. His 14-day deadline to reply ends later Tuesday. Head coach Misbah said Umar has to decide his ownRead More


Umar urges people not to worry about food items

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ISLAMABAD, MAR 31 – Planning Minister Asad Umar urged on Tuesday the masses not to worry about the availability of food items in the country. Umar was briefing the media in Islamabad. His statement came as the country continued to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. He said there was no shortage of flour in the country. The government would ensure supply of food to far-flung areas, the minister said. “The effectiveness of the lockdown cannot be denied, but taking rash decisions would be counterproductive,” Umar said. He said the governmentRead More


FO accepts responsibility of allowing pilgrims to enter Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, MAR 31 (DNA) – Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui on Tuesday said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was responsible to allow pilgrims from Iran to enter the country. In a statement issued on Tuesday, she said that facilities were being improved by Pakistan at the Taftan border, adding that the thousands of pilgrims were facilitated after the coronavirus outbreak in the Iranian city of Qom. The spokesperson said that the Pak-Iran border is closed, but it is our responsibility to allow our citizens to enter Pakistan, adding thatRead More