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Iran’s Presidential Election 2021

Dr. Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan Praise and disdain for newly elected president of Iran Ebrahim Raisi have been poured. All other presidential candidates conceded even before official results were announced. The 13th presidential election was contested on the issues of economic survival and political instability.    As per constitution of Iran Raisi will take over from Rouhani in August 2021 as Iran seeks to salvage its tattered nuclear deal with major powers and frees it from punishing US sanctions that have driven a sharp economic downturn. Former Central Bank chiefRead More

Pakistan will ‘absolutely not’ allow bases to US for action in Afghanistan: PM Imran

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has categorically said that Pakistan would “absolutely not” allow any bases and use of its territory to the US for any sort of action inside Afghanistan. “Absolutely not. There is no way we are going to allow any bases, any sort of action from Pakistani territory into Afghanistan. Absolutely not,” the prime minister told Axios on HBO in an interview. In an excerpt of the interview, to be aired on Sunday, on the Axios website, the interviewer Jonathan Swan had questioned, “Would you allow the American government to have CIARead More

Turkey’s presence in Kabul Int’l Airport important, Afghan peace negotiator says

KABUL – The head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation accused the Taliban of trying to “take advantage of relative vacuum after the withdrawal of foreign troops in the country,” and said that Turkey‘s presence in the Kabul International Airport is ‘important.’ In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of Antalya Diplomacy Forum, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said: “Taliban have tried to take advantage of the relative vacuum that the absence of the international troops or departure of the international troops has left behind.” “The Taliban is trying to take advantage of that attacks,” he said, butRead More

No plan of NSA meeting with Indian counterpart on sidelines of SCO meeting

ISLAMABAD, June 19 (DNA): National Security Advisor, Dr. Moeed W. Yusufis going to Dushanbe on Sunday to participate in the 16th meeting of theSecretaries of the Security Council of the Shanghai CooperationOrganization (SCO) member states being held on 22-23 June 2021. During the visit, the National Security Advisor (NSA) will participatein the joint session of the National Security Advisors of the memberstates and also sign the Protocol of the Sixteenth Meeting of theSecurity Council Secretaries, official source in the National SecurityDivision said in a media interview. Last year, the meetingRead More

Speakers term role of local govt vital for sustainable development

ISLAMABAD, JUN 19 (DNA) – Local governments play vital role in the sustainable development with effective participation of the people. However, this tier of the governance must be strengthened and empowered including fiscal resources to perform and deliver effectively. The speakers from diverse background of expertise on governance systems said this while sharing their views with the participants during the webinar ‘Local Government, challenges, strategies, and the way forward’ held by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Saturday. Altaf Baluch, Secretary Local Governments, South Punjab, informed the participants thatRead More

Amendments to Electoral Reform Bill are violative of Constitution: Sherry Rehman

ISLAMABAD, JUN 19 (DNA) – Criticizing the government for bulldozing the Electoral Reforms Bill in the National Assembly, PPP Parliamentary Leader in the Senate, Senator Sherry Rehman said, “The PPP will be placing a number of amendments as the amendments drafted by the government are violative both of the Constitution as well as the Election Act 2017. The amendments made in this Bill are not only controversial in nature but now the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has also expressed their reservations which only goes out to reflect the problematicRead More