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EU welcomes Pakistan’s progress on FATF

The European Union (EU) has welcomed the progress made by Pakistan to implement the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Action Plans and also lauded adoption of the ‘Protection of…

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Sajid Khan the hero as Pakistan clinch thrilling series win

The stage was set for Sajid Khan as he returned sensational bowling figures of 8/42 and 4/86, guiding Pakistan to an unforgettable win in the Dhaka Test.The victory keeps Pakistan on the second spot in the ICC World Test Championship standings, taking their win percentage to 75%, while Bangladesh are languishing at the bottom with two in two losses and zero points.No final session on Day 1, only 6.2 overs of action on the second day, not a ball being bowled on the third day, a delayed start on day four and still…

ADB approves $603 mln to support social protection programmes in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Dec 8:The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday approved a $603 million results-based lending program to strengthen and expand social protection programmes in Pakistan.Using conditional cash transfers, the program will support the implementation of Ehsaas, Pakistan’s national social protection and poverty reduction strategy, according to an ADB statement received here Wednesday.

EU welcomes Pakistan’s progress on FATF

The European Union (EU) has welcomed the progress made by Pakistan to implement the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Action Plans and also lauded adoption of the ‘Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill’ by the parliament, that later became an Act with presidential approval.A joint communiqué issued early Wednesday at the conclusion of sixth round of the European Union-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue mentioned that the EU also welcomed the “ongoing efforts to address the remaining FATF actions”.The…

Elephant kills two Sri Lanka cricket stadium staff

Two ground staff at an international cricket stadium in Sri Lanka were killed in an elephant attack, officials said Wednesday. The two workers were heading home on Tuesday evening when they were attacked outside the Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapaksa international stadium in Hambantota. Their bodies were found around 500 metres (550 yards) apart, a Sri Lanka Cricket official told AFP, adding that while there were no witnesses, a single animal was believed to have attacked both men. The venue is near a wildlife sanctuary and in…

Helicopter crashes with India military chief on board

A helicopter carrying India's defence chief General Bipin Rawat crashed in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, the air force said.The 63-year-old chief of defence staff was travelling in a Russian-made Mi-17V5 chopper that "met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu", the Indian Air Force said on Twitter.Rawat is India's first chief of defence staff, a position that the Indian government established in 2019, and is seen as close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.He and his wife were…

Anyone using religion for cruelty not to be spared: PM

ISLAMABAD, Dec 7 : Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday expressed his government’s determination not to spare anyone found involved in cruelty by using religion, especially, the name of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).“The message of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), who was declared by Allah Almighty as Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen, is based humanity and justice,” he said while addressing a condolence reference held here at the PM Office to express solidarity with the family of late Priyantha Kumara, who was killed by a mob in…

Religious scholars meet Sri Lankan envoy over Sialkot lynching

ISLAMABAD, Dec 7 : Special Representative to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Interfaith Harmony and Middle East, Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi along with delegation of ulema from different schools of thought on Tuesday visited Sri Lankan High Commission and conveyed their condolences to express solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka over the tragic Sialkot incident.The religious scholars after meeting with Sri Lankan High Commissioner Vice Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama and other senior officials of the Sri Lankan High…

Pakistan calls on Indian govt to reconstruct Babri Masjid

Pakistan on Monday called upon the government of India to take immediate steps to halt the illegal construction of a temple at the place of Babri Masjid, reconstruct the Babri Masjid at its original site and ensure the safety and protection of mosques and Islamic holy sites in India.The Foreign Office in a statement said today marked another year since the tragic demolition of the historic Babri Masjid by BJP-RSS zealots.This day was a stark reminder of the hysteria and hatred exhibited in India against Muslims and…

Responsible for Sialkot incident will be brought to justice: Interior Minister

Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmad said that those responsible for Sialkot incident will be brought to justice.He was talking to the Srilankan High Commissioner to Pakistan Mohan Wijewickrama  during his visit to the high commission in Islamabad today .The Interior Minister said the entire Pakistani nation is aggrieved over the horrific killing of the Srilankan national in Sialkot.The Srilankan envoy expressed satisfaction over Pakistan's response to the incident and said this will not affect the bilateral…

Nigeria Hits Back Over UK Virus Travel Limits

Nigeria on Monday criticised Britain's decision to tighten travel restrictions over the new Omicron variant, saying the move was "unjust" and "discriminatory".The UK government has added Nigeria to its "red list" countries. Under it, people entering Britain must go into 10-day quarantine, the costs of which must be borne by the individual.Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, last week said it had discovered three cases of the new Omicron variant among passengers who had recently travelled to South Africa."The…

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