China provides $2.5 billion loan to Pakistan to boost its forex reserves

BEIJING: China has again hitched to bail out Pakistan by providing $2.5 billion in assistance to prop up the fast-depleting foreign exchange reserves of its cash-strapped all-weather ally, months after it rolled over a $4.5 billion loan due to be paid this year. The announcement of the Chinese assistance came after France signed an agreement … Read more

Pakistan jails man linked to Mumbai attacks for terror financing | Courts News

Sajid Majeed Mir’s sentencing appears to be part of Pakistan’s efforts to get off the gray list of the Financial Action Task Force. Pakistan has sentenced one of the men linked to the Mumbai attacks to 15 years in prison for terror financing unrelated to the 2008 assaults, according to court documents viewed by The … Read more

Pakistan orders masks on domestic flights as Covid numbers rise

KARACHI: Pakistan’s aviation regulator has made mandatory masks on domestic flights given a gradual rise in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country, it said a statement. The order comes a day after Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi, reported that its Covid-19 positivity ratio, or the rate of positive cases out of all tests conducted, … Read more

Pakistani army says shootout with militants killed 2 troops

ISLAMABAD:A shootout between Pakistani soldiers and militants in the country’s northwest, near the border with Afghanistan, has killed two soldiers and seven militants, the army said. According to a military statement, the exchange took place on Sunday in Ghulam Khan, a border town in North Waziristan, a district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The area, … Read more

Faith-based schools have implications for persistence of patriarchal norms in society: UNESCO report

NEW DELHI: madrasas and other faith-based schools in Asia can cancel out some of the positive impact of increased education access on gender equality and have implications for persistence of patriarchal norms and attitudes in society, according to the UNESCO-published global education monitoring report. The report, on the theme of “deepening the debate on those … Read more

Pakistan quietly jails 26/11 handler Sajid Mir for 15 years in terror financing case

LAHORE: Sajid Majeed Mir, one of India’s most wanted terrorists on whom the US has placed a bounty of USD 5 million for his role in the 11/26 Mumbai terror attacks, has been jailed for over 15 years in a terror-financing case by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan, which is struggling to exit the gray … Read more

Mastermind Of 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks Sajid Majeed Mir Jailed For 15 Years In Pakistan

Mir reportedly had visited India in 2005 using a fake passport in a fake name. (Filet) Islamabad: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has awarded term over 15 years jail in a terror-financing case to a main handler of deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks. “An anti-terrorism court in Lahore early this month had handed down over 15 … Read more

Pakistan minister says 43% foreign-funded projects in the country are ‘problematic’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s ministry of economic affairs on Thursday stated that 43 percent of the foreign-funded projects were problematic. The ministry said that 43 percent of about $35 billion worth of these projects were problematic – either not progressing well or unable to deliver the desired outcomes, the dawn newspaper reported. Addressing the National Coordination Committee’s … Read more

India, Pakistan send help to Afghanistan after deadly earthquake | Earthquakes News

The two South Asian nations offer humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, where a powerful earthquake has killed more than 1,000 people. India and Pakistan have felt humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan where a powerful earthquake has killed more than 1,000 people. India said it has sent a technical team to the Afghan capital, Kabul, to coordinate the … Read more

Pakistan comes under scrutiny as UK detects poliovirus after four decades

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s vaccination program has come under suspicion after the detection of poliovirus in sewage samples in London for the first time in four decades, according to a media report on Friday. The UK Health Security Agency has noted that the virus detected on Thursday was probably imported from some country, and has asked parents … Read more