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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021


US thanks Pakistan for hosting ‘vital’ OIC summit on Afghanistan

US State Secretary Antony Blinken on Wednesday thanked Pakistan for hosting the extraordinary session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers to discuss the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan. “The OIC extraordinary session on Afghanistan is a prime example of our collective determination and action to help those most in need. We thank Pakistan for hosting this vital meeting and inviting the global community to continue cooperating to support the Afghan people,” Blinken said. The OIC session was held in Islamabad on Sunday. Envoys from 57 Islamic nations asRead More

EU starts legal steps against Poland over constitutional court ruling

The European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Poland on Wednesday over rulings by the country’s constitutional tribunal in July and October that challenged the primacy of EU law over national law. “The Commission considers that these rulings of the Constitutional Tribunal are in breach of the general principles of autonomy, primacy, effectiveness and uniform application of Union law and the binding effect of rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union,” the Commission said. The legal action by the Commission, which is the guardian of EU treaties, is an escalation of theRead More

British parliament expresses alarm at human rights abuses, fake encounters in Indian-occupied Kashmir

Britain’s House of Commons on Wednesday expressed alarm at human rights violations, including fake encounters by Indian forces, in Indian-occupied Kashmir and sought a response from the Indian High Commission over the maltreatment of Kashmiri citizens. As many as 28 MPs of the British Parliament have written a joint letter to the Indian High Commission, seeking its response to reports of flagrant abuses of human rights in the occupied territory. The letter questioned the killings of “innocent Kashmiris” at the hands of Indian forces who labelled the unarmed citizens asRead More

Donations, scholarships worth $100,000 raised for Priyantha’s family in Toronto

ISLAMABAD, DEC 22: /DNA/ – Funds and scholarships worth $100,000 USD were raised at a live memorial event arranged by Pakistani expatriates in North America for the Sri Lankan national Priyantha Diyawadan Kumara who was killed at the hands of a mob in Sialkot on December 3. The virtual event was arranged in the Canadian city of Toronto as part of a People-to-People Campaign to honour Mr. Kumara’s life and express support to his family and solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. Consul General of Pakistan Toronto Abdul Hameed attendedRead More

‘We are ashamed’: Maulana Tariq Jamil condemns act of ‘cruelty’ against lynched Sri Lankan national

ISLAMABAD, DEC 22: Renowned religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil on Wednesday met Sri Lankan High Commissioner Mohan Wijewickrama and expressed grief at the lynching of Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumar by a charged mob in Sialkot earlier this month, saying that the nation was “ashamed” at the act of “cruelty”. Kumara, a senior manager at a factory in Sialkot, was tortured to death on Dec 3 by hundreds of protesters, including the factory employees, and his body was later burnt over allegations of blasphemy. The brutal killing drew widespread condemnation from political circles andRead More

Babar Azam takes back top spot, ends 2021 as the No.1 ranked T20I batter

LAHORE, DEC 22: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has again reclaimed the top spot in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 International (T20I) Batting Rankings, a week after slipping to second place behind Englishman David Malan. After the latest update by the ICC, Azam now shares the number one rank with Malan, both having a rating of 805 points. “With scores of 0 and 7 in the first two T20Is against the West Indies, Babar dropped two spots to number three in last week’s rankings update,” the ICC statement said.Read More