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‘Law of the jungle’: Khan deplores Fawad Chaudhry’s arrest

Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has strongly condemned the arrest of party leader Fawad Chaudhry, regretting that there was no justice, just law of the jungle, ARY News reported on Thursday. “The treatment being meted out to Fawad Chaudhry – being abducted, treated like a terrorist, given physical remand on a sham FIR – shows all that is wrong with Pakistan today,” Khan wrote on Twitter.

11-member Punjab caretaker Cabinet takes oath

An 11-member cabinet was sworn in as Punjab caretaker cabinet, which will serve till general elections. According to details, Governor Baligh Ur Rehman administered the oath to the newly appointed cabinet members held at the Governor’s House. Caretaker chief minister (CM) Mohsin Naqvi was also present in the oath taking ceremony.

Case registered against PTI’s Farrukh Habib, others

A case has been registered against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Farrukh Habib and others for ‘interfering in official affairs’ and ‘tearing uniforms of policemen’. According to details, a first information report (FIR) was registered late night at Ferozewala police station on the complaint of federal police office Adeel Shaukat.

PTI challenges Naqvi’s appointment as caretaker Punjab CM

Islamabad: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday moved Supreme Court (SC) against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to appoint the opposition nominee Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi as the caretaker chief minister of Punjab. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Jan 22 appointed Mohsin Naqvi as the caretaker Punjab Chief Minister.

Biden urges calm over police murder case

President Joe Biden is urging protests in Tennessee to remain peaceful as officials plan to release video of an arrest that led to a motorist's death. Five Memphis police officers have been fired and are facing murder charges after Tyre Nichols, 29, died three days after a traffic stop on 7 January.  

Japan bans exports of robots, semiconductors to Russia

Japan has tightened sanctions against Russia following its latest wave of missile attacks in Ukraine, adding goods to an export ban list and freezing the assets of Russian officials and entities. Russia plays down West's move on advanced battle tanks, saying they will burn "just like any others" as Ukraine suffers a new barrage of attacks in the war, raging on its 338th day.

NASA, Pentagon to test nuclear-powered space rocket

US space agency NASA announced it is partnering with the Pentagon’s DARPA to develop and test a nuclear-powered rocket engine to send astronauts on future missions to Mars. But some experts remain sceptical. NASA is teaming up with the Pentagon’s research and development arm on a new nuclear thermal rocket (NTR), which it hopes will decrease transit time and reduce risks for astronauts in future missions to Mars.

Peru army to unblock roads controlled by protesters

The Peruvian government has said that police and soldiers would soon move to dismantle roadblocks on the nation's highways erected by protesters who have demanded the resignation of President Dina Boluarte. Lima says traffic remains blocked in eight of the Andean country's 25 regions, blaming roadblocks for many deaths and shortages of basic goods.

EU to deport rejected asylum seekers

The European Union is set to deport migrants whose applications for asylum or regularisation have been rejected. The interior ministers of the bloc came together Thursday in Stockholm to work on migration policies. Over 300,000 people entered EU illegally last year, says EU Home Affairs Commissioner.  

Germany apologises for leopard jibe that upset some Africans

Germany has apologised for using a leopard emoji in a jibe at Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Twitter that ended up offending some Africans. The German foreign ministry poked fun at Russia's top diplomat during his tour of Africa when it tweeted that he wasn't there looking for leopards, but using the trip to try and justify Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Fawad Chaudhry remanded in police custody for two days

A local court in Islamabad has remanded Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice President Fawad Chaudhry in police custody for two days in a case related to using threatening language against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) members. Islamabad police produced PTI Vice President Fawad Chaudhry before the judicial magistrate to seek his physical remand. Police sought eight-day physical remand of Chaudhry from the local court.

‘Govt not planning to arrest Khan’: Khawaja Asif

Defence Minister and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) central leader Khawaja Asif has categorically rejected the rumours regarding the government’s plan to arrest Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan. While talking to media, Khawaja Asif clarified the rumoured plan of the federal government to arrest the PTI chief Imran Khan. He criticised Khan is trying to pressurise the judiciary and the national institutions through his moves.

Karachi shivers as mercury drops to 7° Celsius

Cold wave is likely to continue across Sindh including Karachi till January 29 with night temperatures further falling by 2 to 6 degrees Celsius, the Met department said on Thursday. The lowest temperature in Karachi was recorded at 7 degrees Celsius on Thursday morning, according to PMD Karachi Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfraz.

OIC condemns desecration of Holy Quran in Sweden

An Ambassadorial meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States, convened by Pakistan, condemned the recent abhorrent act of desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden and in Netherlands. Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Munir Akram presided the meeting.

Power breakdown: NTDC finalises initial report

The National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has finalised an initial inquiry report, revealing the reasons behind the power breakdown in several parts of Pakistan on Monday, January 23. The report said due to the tripping of 500KV lines, 11,356 MW of electricity disappeared from the NTDC system due to frequency fluctuation.

S. Korean economy shrinks for first time since early 2020

South Korea’s economy shrank in October-December for the first time since the second quarter of 2020, as exports tumbled while consumer spending dipped in reaction to rising interest rates, the country’s central bank said on Thursday. Gross domestic product in the final period of last year contracted 0.4 percent from the previous quarter, the Bank of Korea said.

Narcotics ministry launches PMS system

The Ministry of Narcotics launched its newly automated Precursor Management System (PMS) for importing controlled precursor chemicals by the industry. According to details, Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti chaired the formal launch ceremony of Precursor Management System (PSM) an online portal for registering and applying ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC).’

More graves discovered at Canada school

An investigative team has found 66 more potential unmarked graves at a former residential school in British Columbia, the Williams Lake First Nation (WLFN) said at a press conference. The announcement of the discovery on Wednesday brings the number to 159 found at the former St Joseph's Mission Residential School, 93 were uncovered in May 2021.

Effective cooperation needed amid global challenges: ECO

The 26th meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Uzbekistan's capital saw foreign ministers discuss economic integration mechanisms and other regional issues. This year's meeting was held against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine and the global energy crisis, which was echoed in the remarks of the foreign ministers.

Japan hunts for person who sent bomb threats to schools

Japanese police are on the hunt for a person who sent bomb and death threats to hundreds of schools, prompting hasty closures. The threats were faxed to high schools and universities earlier this week from a Tokyo-registered number. No explosives have been found in school buildings, according to police, and there have been no reports of attacks on pupils and staff so far.

Indian students angry after screenings of Modi documentary blocked

Tensions have flared at two of India's best-known universities over the screening of a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his role in deadly religious riots in 2002. Police detained about a dozen students at Jamia Millia Islamia university in Delhi ahead of a planned screening. While students at another Delhi university said power and internet had been cut to stop them showing the film.

Taliban to set new rules on women’s aid work: UN

Taliban ministers have told a senior UN official they plan to draw up new guidelines to allow Afghan women to work in some humanitarian operations. Martin Griffiths told the media that he had received "encouraging responses" from a wide range of Taliban ministers during talks in Kabul, even if last month's edict banning Afghan women working for NGOs is not reversed.

Zelensky urges speedy delivery of Western tanks

Ukraine's president has thanked Western leaders for sending tanks to support the fight against Russia, but said they needed to be delivered quickly. In his nightly address, Volodymyr Zelensky also urged the West to send long-range missiles and fighter jets. His comments came after the US and Germany announced they would send Abrams and Leopard tanks to Ukraine.