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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021


Taliban takes control of key Afghan district

Dozens of districts have fallen to the Taliban since May 1, when US and NATO troops began their final departure from Afghanistan IP Report KABUL: Taliban fighters have taken control of a key district in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province and encircled the provincial capital as the group added to its recent battlefield victories while peace talks have stalemated. The Taliban’s gains came as the Pentagon reaffirmed the US troop withdrawal was still on pace to conclude by early September. Fighting around Imam Sahib District began late on Sunday and byRead More

Govt to give voting rights to expatriates

Chaudhary Fawad says it seems strange that both the PML-N and the PPP are afraid of giving voting rights to the overseas Pakistanis Special Correspondent ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said the government is determined to give voting rights to overseas Pakistanis and to take steps to hold next general elections through Electronic Voting Machines. He was briefing the media in Islamabad about the decisions taken at the Federal Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday. The Minister said EVM is the best way to ensure transparencyRead More

Facilitating journalists govt top priority

Zubair Ahmad ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain has said that Government is committed to provide facilities to the journalists. In a meeting with a delegation of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists in Islamabad, the information minister said Sehat cards will be provided to the journalists on priority basis. The information minister said special packages will be introduced in Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme and Kamyab Jawwan Programme for journalists. Earlier in the day, Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry stressed the need for the government and opposition to discussRead More

APNS slams govt intention to curtail media freedom

LAHORE: The Executive Committee of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society held its meeting on June 21, 2021 at Lahore chaired by Mr. Sarmad Ali, President, APNS. The Committee considered the recent decision of the Federal Government wherein a Coordination Committee has been formed under the PIO to take over the advertising of Punjab and KPK governments under its control. The APNS rejected notification as the stipulated action is not only a gross contravention of 18th amendment and curbing the provincial autonomy but devastating attempt to curtail the quantum of advertisementsRead More

Russia in favor of cooperation with Europe: Putin

MOSCOW – Russia is in favor of restoring a comprehensive partnership with Europe, Russian president announced on Tuesday. In an article written for the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit on the occasion of Nazi German invasion of Russia, Vladimir Putin said Russia and Europe have “many topics of mutual interest”. “These include security and strategic stability, healthcare and education, digitalization, energy, culture, science and technology, resolution of climate and environmental issues,” he wrote. Putin recalled that after the end of the Cold War, Russia has sought to develop its relations with the Europeans and that “both Russia and the EU haveRead More

Malaysian NGOs urge Muslim members of ASEAN to stand firm against Israel

KUALA LUMPUR – A group of Malaysian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has urged Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam to remain consistent with their stance on Palestinian issues. The call was made by the Consultative Council of Islamic Organizations of Malaysia (MAPIM), the World Mosque for Defending Al-Aqsa (MANAR), the Secretariat of the Association of Asian Regional Scholars (SHURA) and the Palestinian Secretariat of Malaysia in a joint statement released Monday. “We insist that the governments of the three Islamic countries in the region must not compromise in any way with the Israeli Zionist regime,” they said. “Israel‘s statement thatRead More