Monitoring Desk

  • Islamabad -  A ‘ghost’ which haunts Pakistan has led to the ouster of Nawaz Sharif, PML-N leader and Senator Pervaiz Rashid said in an interview with a private TV channel on Friday. Pervaiz Rashid, who was removed after an inquiry into the Dawn story case, said this while ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Twenty-six percent of Pakistani population is suffering from diabetes, according to National Survey 2016-17 on diabetes. According to the survey, 35 million to 37.5 million people above 20 are suffering from this disease in the country. Findings of this survey were made public at ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - PTI Chairman Imran Khan has said that the future of long-term relations with landlocked Afghanistan lies in the two countries having “open borders” and “free trade”. Pakistan is unilaterally fencing the nearly 2,600-kilometre, largely porous Afghan border. ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected the perception that he has had differences with all army chiefs, saying his government has also had cordial relations with certain military leaders. Sharif said this in an interview with the BBC on Thursday. Successive dismissals of ...

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  • New Delhi -  Sohail Mahmood took charge as new Pakistan High Commissioner to India replacing Abdul Basit on Wednesday, at the Pakistan High Commission New Delhi, reported Indian media. “He has taken charge at the High Commission here. He arrived in Delhi early morning,” an official ...

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  • Ballangen-Plans to build the world’s “largest” data centre are being made public. The facility is set to be created at the Norwegian town of Ballangen, which is located inside the Arctic Circle. The firm behind the project, Kolos, says the chilled air and abundant hydropower ...

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  • Karachi - As Pakistan celebrated 70th Independence Day yesterday, an Indian music group gave it a beautiful birthday present by singing the Pakistani national anthem. Indian Acapella Band Voxchord has sung the anthem as a gift for Pakistan’s national day. The video begins with a heart-felt ...

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  •  FLORIDA-With a body measuring just one inch long, the regal jumping spider might not seem like much of a threat. But, researchers have discovered that these tiny creatures can take down frogs and lizards up to three times their own size, allowing them to devour the vertebrates that would ...

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  • Islamabad - Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, on Thursday referred to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan as ‘irrelevant’ in a tweet. Terming the struggle of her father as bigger than any of his opponents, she further said that the ...

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  • Mianwali -  A fighter pilot of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) embraced martyrdom when his plane crashed near Mianwali while on a routine operational flight, said a statement issued by the air force's media wing on Wednesday, reported a private TV channel. Wing Commander Mohammad Shahzad was flying ...

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  • Tehran -  Members of the Iranian parliament have found themselves under fire for "strange" behaviour involving the EU's top diplomat, Federica Mogherini. She was in Iran for President Hassan Rouhani's inauguration on Saturday when she found herself at the centre of attention on the parliament ...

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  • New York City - The Secret Service has moved out of Trump Tower in New York City to a street-level trailer in a dispute with the Trump Organization over a lease. The federal agency which protects US presidents has been renting office space in the Midtown Manhattan skyscraper since 2015. But its ...

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  • Riyadh - Saudi Arabia’s new heir to the throne, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, has unveiled plans for a luxury Red Sea resort where special laws will allow women to wear bikinis instead of covering up their skin. Foreign visitors are unlikely to come to beaches where women are forced to cover up ...

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  • New Delhi - Shortly before demitting office on Wednesday, Pakistan’s envoy Abdul Basit, in an interview with Hindustan Times, accused Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of seeking ‘brownie points’ on Twitter and not being serious about diplomacy. On being asked why the ...

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  • New York -  The interim prime minister of Pakistan said Tuesday that he had no choice but to take the job but that he was no ‘bench warmer’. In an interview with The New York Times an hour before being formally approved by Parliament, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also vowed to fix what he ...

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  • London -  Pakistan must detach itself from American influence and pull out of the so-called war on terror in order to create prosperity and achieve regional peace, Imran Khan has said. Buoyed by last week’s dismissal of prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan is eyeing country’s ...

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  • Lucknow-The Narendra Modi government is planning on introducing a new ministry for cows, said BJP President Amit Shah in Lucknow. The Telegraph quotes Shah saying that “there are many recommendations about a cow ministry. A discussion (about the matter) is on.” According to the report, ...

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  • WAShington - Days after the Pentagon announced it is withholding $50 million intended for Pakistan as part of its Coalition Support Fund, the South Asian country's ambassador hinted at potential retaliation, possibly coaxing Washington to negotiate access to the country's air corridors, which ...

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  • WAShington - Top US Senator John McCain has moved a legislative amendment in the Senate to impose gradual diplomatic, military, and economic costs on Pakistan if it continues to provide support to Taliban and Haqqani network. The move, as an amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act ...

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  • LONDON-An ‘alien boy’ with a weirdly elongated skull found in a tomb in Crimea was in fact a a boy marked out to be an ancient warrior, say Russian archaeologists. The artificially lengthened head was a feature of children being groomed as Sarmatian fighters almost 2,000 years ago, they ...

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  • LONDON - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Thursday that he never wished to gain power through conspiracy with army. In an interview with BBC, Khan said he supported democracy in the country. He said the allegations against him were false, stressing that he could not go ...

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  • Washington - Almost half of Muslims in the US say they have experienced discrimination in the past year, a study by the Pew Research Center suggests, reported BBC on Wednesday. Three quarters say there is "a lot" of discrimination against Muslims, while 74 percent say President Donald Trump is ...

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  • SYDNEY - From sub-sea pyramids to hexagonal clouds, scientists and conspiracy theorist alike have drummed up every imaginable scenario over the years to explain the mysterious disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. The region, which covers a patch of sea between Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda, ...

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  • Peshawar - A defence lawyer says a death-row inmate has requested that a court suspend the “un-Islamic” practice of hanging prisoners because it is “too painful”. Mohammad Khursheed Khan said Saturday his client is instead urging jail authorities to use lethal injections or ...

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  • NEW DELHI - Samajwadi Party leader and former defence minister Mulayam Singh Yadav claimed that China was ready to attack India in collaboration with Pakistan and asked the government to reverse its stand on the Tibet issue and support its independence, Indian news agency PTI reported on ...

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  • MANCHESTER-The size and weight of a T. rex would have prevented it from moving faster than 20km/h (12mph), research suggests. University of Manchester scientists used a new computer simulation to assess the speed of the massive biped. Based on T. rex’s muscles alone, the model came up with a ...

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  • WASHINGTON -  The United States on Wednesday acknowledged that terrorism has reduced in Pakistan in 2016 for the second straight year and the country has taken constructive measures on nuclear safety and weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), reported a private TV channel. However, in its annual ...

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  • Lahore -  A senior aide of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accused ‘anti-democratic’ forces of trying to oust the premier. In an interview with German radio Deutsche Welle broadcast on Tuesday, senior PML-N leader Raja Zafarul Haq said the JIT report about Sharif family’s ...

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  • New Delhi - A young Indian soldier has shot dead a commanding officer in Indian-Held Kashmir after an altercation, the army has confirmed. The army has not given further details. However, some junior officers told the BBC that the argument was over a mobile phone. Media reports say the soldier was ...

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  • BRASILIA - A Brazilian politician has accused left-wing protesters of physically and verbally abusing her wedding guests over her family’s support for President Michel Temer. Maria Victoria Barros, 25, is a member of the state assembly in Parana and daughter of Mr Temer’s health ...

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