US condemns Karachi University attack

Washington: The United States denounced the terrorist attack at the University of Karachi that killed four people, including three Chinese subjects. At least four people were killed while four others sustained injuries in a suicide explosion at the premises of the University of Karachi on April 26 outside Confucius Institute. Addressing a press briefing, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price deplored the terrorist attack in Karachi dubbing it “a true affront to mankind.”

Govt to form commission to probe ‘foreign conspiracy’

On Thursday, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb announced that the government had decided to form an “independent” inquiry commission to probe the alleged “foreign conspiracy”. Former prime minister Imran Khan has been claiming that some foreign elements were behind the expulsion of his government. She told a press conference in Islamabad that the commission would “fairly decide that the narrative of foreign conspiracy was all drama and the real character behind it was Imran Khan”.

Masjid-e-Nabawi incident: Court allows two-day remand of Sheikh Rasheed’s nephew

Islamabad: On Monday, a district and sessions court in Attock granted the police a two-day physical remand of MNA Sheikh Rashid Shafiq, nephew of former federal minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed. Shafiq was arrested in a case relating to hooliganism and chanting slogans against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his delegation at Masjid-e-Nabwi in Saudi Arabia. He was arrested at the Islamabad International Airport upon his arrival from Saudi Arabia.

Modi seeks ‘talks’ to stop Ukraine war

On Monday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for dialogue to end the war in Ukraine at the start of a European tour. He steered clear of condemning Russia over the invasion as India imports much of its military hardware from Russia. “We have insisted on a ceasefire and called for talks as the only way to resolve the dispute since the start of the Ukraine crisis,” Modi told reporters after talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.

Pakistan, UAE discuss prospects of increasing bilateral cooperation

Abu Dhabi: In a meeting with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif discussed the prospects of propelling cooperation and a range of bilateral, regional, and international issues. The premier met the crown prince in Abu Dhabi during his brief stay in the state after concluding his three-day visit to Saudi Arabia. During the meeting, the crown prince congratulated PM Shehbaz Sharif on his election as the premier of Pakistan and wished him great success serving the post. He also extended best wishes for the continued progress and prosperity of the people of Pakistan.

Masjid-e-Nabawi incident: PTI challenges cases against leadership in IHC

Islamabad: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) challenged the cases against the party leadership relating to hooliganism at Masjid-e-Nabawi (PBUH) in the Islamabad High Court. The petition was filed by PTI’s legal team comprising Advocate Faisal Fareed and Advocate Ali Bukhari on Fawad Chaudhary’s behalf. The IHC has issued a circular to hear urgent cases even during holidays, under which petitions of urgent nature can be filed during Eid holidays.

Imran Khan calls out Biden administration

Islamabad: on Monday, former prime minister Imran Khan explicitly called out the Biden administration for its involvement in a “regime change conspiracy” in Pakistan. Khan, in a tweet, asked the Biden administration whether its involvement in the “regime change conspiracy” had lessened or increased the anti-American sentiment in Pakistan. “My question for the Biden Administration: By indulging in a regime change conspiracy to remove a democratically elected PM of a country of over 220 mn people to bring in a puppet PM, do you think you have lessened or increased anti-American sentiment in Pakistan?” the PTI chairman said.

Imran Khan calls Farah Khan ‘absolutely innocent’

Islamabad: On Sunday, PTI chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan defended Farah Khan, “absolutely innocent”. Talking about her, a close aide of his wife Bushra Bibi, he said that the corruption quest against her was a “political vendetta” against him. “I want to ask NAB: the case that you have opened against Farah Khan — show it to anyone. Does this even merit a case?” he asked in a response to a question during a press conference.

Maulana Tahir Ashrafi condemns hooliganism in Masajid-e-Nabwi

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council and former special assistant to the prime minister on interfaith harmony Maulana Tahir Ashrafi on Sunday condemned the incident of hooliganism that took place at the Masjid-e-Nabawi in Madinah. He said: “We all are ashamed” since the sanctity of the holy place was violated. “We’re even supposed to recite the durood in a low voice when present in Masjid-e-Nabawi, but unfortunately, gangs were deployed in different parts of the mosque as well as under the shadow of the Green Dome,” he said.

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia to discuss ‘augmenting’ kingdom’s $3bn deposit

According to a joint statement released on Sunday, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would discuss the possibility of “augmenting” the kingdom’s $3 billion deposit in Pakistan’s central bank by extending its term “or through other options.” Last year, Saudi Arabia deposited $3 billion in the State Bank of Pakistan to help support its foreign reserves. Pakistan also welcomed a Saudi decision to extend an agreement to finance exports of crude oil products and oil derivatives.

Blast injures one in Quetta customs intelligence office

Quetta: According to the reports, at least one person was injured after a blast hit the customs intelligence office located at Quetta’s Airport Road. The police said that they had summoned the bomb disposal squad to determine the intensity of the blast. A security guard posted at the office told that three unidentified armed men had entered the office and held the staff hostage. He also said that the explosion took place as soon as the unidentified men left the office.

Shawal moon not sighted in Pakistan

Islamabad: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced Sunday that the moon for the month of Shawwal was not sighted in Pakistan. Subsequently, the country will celebrate the first day of Eid ul Fitr on Tuesday, May 3. The main meeting of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee was held at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony in Islamabad with Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, while the zonal committees met in their respective areas to sight the Shawwal crescent.” It was decided through consensus that Eid will be observed on May 3 across the country,” announced Maulana Azad after the moon was not sighted.

Imran Khan writes letters to President Alvi, CJP Bandial seeking inquiry into ‘threat letter’

  Imran Khan, the PTI chairman, wrote letters to President Dr Arif Alvi and Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial on Saturday, requesting a public inquiry and the formation of a judicial commission to investigate the “threat letter,” which he claims is evidence of a “conspiracy” to destabilise his government. Before his government was ousted by a no-confidence motion brought by the opposition, Imran had claimed that a senior official in the Biden administration told the former Pakistani ambassador to the US that if the no-confidence resolution passed, Pakistan would be forgiven, but otherwise the country would face dire consequences.  

Al Quds Day held in solidarity with Palestine, Kashmir

On the occasion of Youm ul Quds, held on Ramazan 27, the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Pakistan (MWM) organised public protests in many cities across Pakistan, including Karachi, in support of Palestinian and Kashmiri victims. MWM conducted a congregation on Noor Al Emaan Masjid in this regard, which was addressed by MWM’s Central and Provincial officials. Allama Sadiq Abbas Jafferi, Allama Hayat Abbas, Allama Mubashir Hassan, Allama Ali Anwar, Allama Malik Ghulam Abbas, Nasir Al Hussaini, Zain Rizvi, and others were present at this meeting.  

Pakistan Army Chief assures Bill Gates cooperation in eradication of polio

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff, praised Bill Gates, the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, for his efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan, and promised him continued collaboration. In a telephone call, COAS and Gates reviewed Pakistan’s commitment to comprehensive polio eradication as well as COVID-19. The renowned benefactor also praised the Pakistan Army for its support of the national polio campaign, which ensured that it reached and covered the whole country.  

Second case of Wild Poliovirus reported in Pakistan

According to Baaghi TV, Pakistan revealed its second case of wild poliovirus in 2022, when a two-year-old girl from North Waziristan tested positive for new type-1 wild poliovirus (WPV1). The infant became paralysed on April 14th. On April 29, 2022, the Pakistan National Polio Laboratory at the National Institute of Health declared that the poliovirus has been confirmed. On April 22, a 15-month-old boy was diagnosed with the condition. Both children are from North Waziristan in southern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and they are members of Mir Ali’s Union Councils.  

Imran Khan breaks his silence over Masjid-e-Nabawi incident

Imran Khan, the ousted prime minister, described the event of hooliganism at Masjid-e-Nabawi as a “public reaction” and said it was a “consequence” of their actions. On Thursday, when a group of Pakistani protesters entered Masjid-e-Nabawi in Madina to pay their respects at the Roza-e-Rasool, they yelled slogans against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his team, violating the sanctity of the holy mosque (PBUH). Following the occurrence, Pakistan’s political and religious leaders, as well as people from other sectors of society, all condemned it strongly.    

Hamza Shahbaz takes oath as CM Punjab

On Saturday, Hamza Shahbaz was sworn in as the 21st Chief Minister of Punjab, following instructions from the Lahore High Court. On the LHC’s orders, he was sworn in by National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, as the CM-elect had requested the high court’s intervention in the matter. Despite being elected with a huge majority of 197 votes in the Punjab Assembly on April 16, Hamza moved the LHC for the third time on Friday as his oath-taking ceremony was postponed on many grounds.  

Money heist Korea to release soon

There are new masks, new jumpsuits and a whole new heist in stores on Netflix as the platform has revealed the first look of the Money Heist Korea team in action. Netflix also dropped the teaser for the show and also revealed its release date. The Professor (Yoo Ji-tae) can be heard saying, “a robber who steals petty cash either gets killed after being chased or ends up in jail. But a robber who steals on a massive scale can change the world and even become a hero.” The show is based on the super-hit Spanish series La Casa De Papel and is set to stream on June 24 on Netflix.

Veet Pakistan, TCF to educate underprivileged girls

It emerged that Veet Pakistan, one of Reckitt Pakistan’s most popular brands, partnered with The Citizens Foundation (TCF), a trusted non-profit that works towards educating the underprivileged children of Pakistan. Veet Academy introduced various welfare initiatives to highlight women’s problems and come up with ways to support them. Some of these included breast cancer awareness sessions, building breast cancer treatment facilities, and mentorships with field experts, among others.

Former Wimbledon champion jailed for hiding assets

It emerged on Friday that former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker had been jailed for two and a half years for hiding £2.5m worth of assets and loans to avoid paying debts. The 54-year-old six-time Grand Slam champion was found guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act. The case based on Becker’s bankruptcy in June 2017 resulted from an unpaid loan of more than £3m on his luxury estate in Mallorca, Spain. “You did not heed the warning you were given and the chance you were given by the suspended sentence and that is a significant aggravating factor..,” Judge Deborah Taylor rebuked Becker.

Germany considers sending howitzers to Ukraine: Security source

Berlin: On April 29, it was reported that Germany was considering sending long-ranged howitzers to Ukraine. A security source confirmed a report published by Welt am Sonntag newspaper only days after Berlin first authorized to supply heavy weapons to Kyiv. The move follows warnings by the Kremlin that Western arms supplies to Ukraine posed a threat to the security of the European continent “and provoke instability”.

NATO says it’s ready to back Kyiv

Brussels: On April 28, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO was ready to maintain its support for Ukraine in the war against Russia for years. It also includes help for Kyiv to shift from Soviet-era weapons to modern Western arms and systems. “We need to be prepared for the long term,” Stoltenberg told a youth summit in Brussels. “There is the possibility that this war will drag on and last for months and years, “he added.

Swedish PM rejects referendum on NATO membership

Stockholm: On April 28, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told that Sweden’s government does not plan to hold a referendum if its parliament decides to proceed with an application for NATO membership. “I don’t think it is an issue that is suitable for a referendum,” she told reporters. “There is a lot of information about national security that is confidential, so there are important issues in such a referendum that cannot be discussed and important facts that cannot be put on the table,” she added.

Dutch military police to help Ukraine

Amsterdam: On April 28, it emerged that the Dutch government was likely to send a forensic team from the national military police to Ukraine to help investigate possible war crimes. The team would leave for Ukraine at short notice to help the International Criminal Court (ICC) gather evidence at sites where war crimes may have been committed. The Dutch foreign ministry is yet to comment on the report.

Stopping Hamza from taking oath is high treason: Maryam Nawaz

On Thursday, despite the Lahore High Court orders for the administration of the oath to Chief Minister-elect Hamza Shahbaz, no progress could be made on this issue. Reacting to the development, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz lashed out at the PTI government in Punjab for purposely delaying Hamza’s oath-taking ceremony. “Despite the clear orders of the court, the swearing-in of Hamza Shahbaz is being arrogantly prevented,” she said. “Making fun of the Constitution, law, and courts with such unmitigated effrontery cannot be the work of a normal human being,” she added

IHC orders to probe harassment, disappearances of Baloch students

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed authorities on Thursday to form a commission to investigate the racial profiling and disappearances of Baloch students in the country. The orders came during a hearing into the case of harassment, filed by students of the Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah said that the courts could not turn a blind eye to the human rights violations in Pakistan.

NAB to probe Farah Khan for money laundering

On Thursday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordered an inquiry against Farah Khan, a close friend of former prime minister Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi. The authorization was granted on allegations of amassing “illegal assets beyond known sources of income, money laundering, and maintaining various accounts in the name of businesses”. The corruption watchdog has directed NAB DG Lahore to initiate an inquiry against her as per the law

FIA court to indict PM Shahbaz and CM-elect Hamza Shahbaz

Lahore: The Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) special court Wednesday issued an edict that it would indict Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister-elect Hamza Shahbaz in a money laundering case. “It is being made clear to all the parties that on the next hearing, we will indict them […] all the suspects should ensure their attendance,” the special court’s order said. The court noted that it could not indict the suspects today due to the absence of the prime minister.

US condemns Karachi University attack

Washington: The United States denounced the terrorist attack at the University of Karachi that killed four people, including three Chinese subjects. At least four people were killed while four others sustained injuries in a suicide explosion at the premises of the University of Karachi on April 26 outside Confucius Institute. Addressing a press briefing, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price deplored the terrorist attack in Karachi dubbing it “a true affront to mankind.”

Govt to form commission to probe ‘foreign conspiracy’

On Thursday, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb announced that the government had decided to form an “independent” inquiry commission to probe the alleged “foreign conspiracy”. Former prime minister Imran Khan has been claiming that some foreign elements were behind the expulsion of his government. She told a press conference in Islamabad that the commission would “fairly decide that the narrative of foreign conspiracy was all drama and the real character behind it was Imran Khan”.

Masjid-e-Nabawi incident: Court allows two-day remand of Sheikh Rasheed’s nephew

Islamabad: On Monday, a district and sessions court in Attock granted the police a two-day physical remand of MNA Sheikh Rashid Shafiq, nephew of former federal minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed. Shafiq was arrested in a case relating to hooliganism and chanting slogans against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his delegation at Masjid-e-Nabwi in Saudi Arabia. He was arrested at the Islamabad International Airport upon his arrival from Saudi Arabia.

Modi seeks ‘talks’ to stop Ukraine war

On Monday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for dialogue to end the war in Ukraine at the start of a European tour. He steered clear of condemning Russia over the invasion as India imports much of its military hardware from Russia. “We have insisted on a ceasefire and called for talks as the only way to resolve the dispute since the start of the Ukraine crisis,” Modi told reporters after talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.

Pakistan, UAE discuss prospects of increasing bilateral cooperation

Abu Dhabi: In a meeting with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif discussed the prospects of propelling cooperation and a range of bilateral, regional, and international issues. The premier met the crown prince in Abu Dhabi during his brief stay in the state after concluding his three-day visit to Saudi Arabia. During the meeting, the crown prince congratulated PM Shehbaz Sharif on his election as the premier of Pakistan and wished him great success serving the post. He also extended best wishes for the continued progress and prosperity of the people of Pakistan.

Masjid-e-Nabawi incident: PTI challenges cases against leadership in IHC

Islamabad: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) challenged the cases against the party leadership relating to hooliganism at Masjid-e-Nabawi (PBUH) in the Islamabad High Court. The petition was filed by PTI’s legal team comprising Advocate Faisal Fareed and Advocate Ali Bukhari on Fawad Chaudhary’s behalf. The IHC has issued a circular to hear urgent cases even during holidays, under which petitions of urgent nature can be filed during Eid holidays.

Imran Khan calls out Biden administration

Islamabad: on Monday, former prime minister Imran Khan explicitly called out the Biden administration for its involvement in a “regime change conspiracy” in Pakistan. Khan, in a tweet, asked the Biden administration whether its involvement in the “regime change conspiracy” had lessened or increased the anti-American sentiment in Pakistan. “My question for the Biden Administration: By indulging in a regime change conspiracy to remove a democratically elected PM of a country of over 220 mn people to bring in a puppet PM, do you think you have lessened or increased anti-American sentiment in Pakistan?” the PTI chairman said.

Imran Khan calls Farah Khan ‘absolutely innocent’

Islamabad: On Sunday, PTI chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan defended Farah Khan, “absolutely innocent”. Talking about her, a close aide of his wife Bushra Bibi, he said that the corruption quest against her was a “political vendetta” against him. “I want to ask NAB: the case that you have opened against Farah Khan — show it to anyone. Does this even merit a case?” he asked in a response to a question during a press conference.

Maulana Tahir Ashrafi condemns hooliganism in Masajid-e-Nabwi

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council and former special assistant to the prime minister on interfaith harmony Maulana Tahir Ashrafi on Sunday condemned the incident of hooliganism that took place at the Masjid-e-Nabawi in Madinah. He said: “We all are ashamed” since the sanctity of the holy place was violated. “We’re even supposed to recite the durood in a low voice when present in Masjid-e-Nabawi, but unfortunately, gangs were deployed in different parts of the mosque as well as under the shadow of the Green Dome,” he said.

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia to discuss ‘augmenting’ kingdom’s $3bn deposit

According to a joint statement released on Sunday, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would discuss the possibility of “augmenting” the kingdom’s $3 billion deposit in Pakistan’s central bank by extending its term “or through other options.” Last year, Saudi Arabia deposited $3 billion in the State Bank of Pakistan to help support its foreign reserves. Pakistan also welcomed a Saudi decision to extend an agreement to finance exports of crude oil products and oil derivatives.

Blast injures one in Quetta customs intelligence office

Quetta: According to the reports, at least one person was injured after a blast hit the customs intelligence office located at Quetta’s Airport Road. The police said that they had summoned the bomb disposal squad to determine the intensity of the blast. A security guard posted at the office told that three unidentified armed men had entered the office and held the staff hostage. He also said that the explosion took place as soon as the unidentified men left the office.

Shawal moon not sighted in Pakistan

Islamabad: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced Sunday that the moon for the month of Shawwal was not sighted in Pakistan. Subsequently, the country will celebrate the first day of Eid ul Fitr on Tuesday, May 3. The main meeting of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee was held at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony in Islamabad with Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, while the zonal committees met in their respective areas to sight the Shawwal crescent.” It was decided through consensus that Eid will be observed on May 3 across the country,” announced Maulana Azad after the moon was not sighted.

Imran Khan writes letters to President Alvi, CJP Bandial seeking inquiry into ‘threat letter’

  Imran Khan, the PTI chairman, wrote letters to President Dr Arif Alvi and Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial on Saturday, requesting a public inquiry and the formation of a judicial commission to investigate the “threat letter,” which he claims is evidence of a “conspiracy” to destabilise his government. Before his government was ousted by a no-confidence motion brought by the opposition, Imran had claimed that a senior official in the Biden administration told the former Pakistani ambassador to the US that if the no-confidence resolution passed, Pakistan would be forgiven, but otherwise the country would face dire consequences.  

Al Quds Day held in solidarity with Palestine, Kashmir

On the occasion of Youm ul Quds, held on Ramazan 27, the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Pakistan (MWM) organised public protests in many cities across Pakistan, including Karachi, in support of Palestinian and Kashmiri victims. MWM conducted a congregation on Noor Al Emaan Masjid in this regard, which was addressed by MWM’s Central and Provincial officials. Allama Sadiq Abbas Jafferi, Allama Hayat Abbas, Allama Mubashir Hassan, Allama Ali Anwar, Allama Malik Ghulam Abbas, Nasir Al Hussaini, Zain Rizvi, and others were present at this meeting.  

Pakistan Army Chief assures Bill Gates cooperation in eradication of polio

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff, praised Bill Gates, the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, for his efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan, and promised him continued collaboration. In a telephone call, COAS and Gates reviewed Pakistan’s commitment to comprehensive polio eradication as well as COVID-19. The renowned benefactor also praised the Pakistan Army for its support of the national polio campaign, which ensured that it reached and covered the whole country.  

Second case of Wild Poliovirus reported in Pakistan

According to Baaghi TV, Pakistan revealed its second case of wild poliovirus in 2022, when a two-year-old girl from North Waziristan tested positive for new type-1 wild poliovirus (WPV1). The infant became paralysed on April 14th. On April 29, 2022, the Pakistan National Polio Laboratory at the National Institute of Health declared that the poliovirus has been confirmed. On April 22, a 15-month-old boy was diagnosed with the condition. Both children are from North Waziristan in southern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and they are members of Mir Ali’s Union Councils.  

Imran Khan breaks his silence over Masjid-e-Nabawi incident

Imran Khan, the ousted prime minister, described the event of hooliganism at Masjid-e-Nabawi as a “public reaction” and said it was a “consequence” of their actions. On Thursday, when a group of Pakistani protesters entered Masjid-e-Nabawi in Madina to pay their respects at the Roza-e-Rasool, they yelled slogans against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his team, violating the sanctity of the holy mosque (PBUH). Following the occurrence, Pakistan’s political and religious leaders, as well as people from other sectors of society, all condemned it strongly.    

Hamza Shahbaz takes oath as CM Punjab

On Saturday, Hamza Shahbaz was sworn in as the 21st Chief Minister of Punjab, following instructions from the Lahore High Court. On the LHC’s orders, he was sworn in by National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, as the CM-elect had requested the high court’s intervention in the matter. Despite being elected with a huge majority of 197 votes in the Punjab Assembly on April 16, Hamza moved the LHC for the third time on Friday as his oath-taking ceremony was postponed on many grounds.  

Money heist Korea to release soon

There are new masks, new jumpsuits and a whole new heist in stores on Netflix as the platform has revealed the first look of the Money Heist Korea team in action. Netflix also dropped the teaser for the show and also revealed its release date. The Professor (Yoo Ji-tae) can be heard saying, “a robber who steals petty cash either gets killed after being chased or ends up in jail. But a robber who steals on a massive scale can change the world and even become a hero.” The show is based on the super-hit Spanish series La Casa De Papel and is set to stream on June 24 on Netflix.

Veet Pakistan, TCF to educate underprivileged girls

It emerged that Veet Pakistan, one of Reckitt Pakistan’s most popular brands, partnered with The Citizens Foundation (TCF), a trusted non-profit that works towards educating the underprivileged children of Pakistan. Veet Academy introduced various welfare initiatives to highlight women’s problems and come up with ways to support them. Some of these included breast cancer awareness sessions, building breast cancer treatment facilities, and mentorships with field experts, among others.

Former Wimbledon champion jailed for hiding assets

It emerged on Friday that former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker had been jailed for two and a half years for hiding £2.5m worth of assets and loans to avoid paying debts. The 54-year-old six-time Grand Slam champion was found guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act. The case based on Becker’s bankruptcy in June 2017 resulted from an unpaid loan of more than £3m on his luxury estate in Mallorca, Spain. “You did not heed the warning you were given and the chance you were given by the suspended sentence and that is a significant aggravating factor..,” Judge Deborah Taylor rebuked Becker.

Germany considers sending howitzers to Ukraine: Security source

Berlin: On April 29, it was reported that Germany was considering sending long-ranged howitzers to Ukraine. A security source confirmed a report published by Welt am Sonntag newspaper only days after Berlin first authorized to supply heavy weapons to Kyiv. The move follows warnings by the Kremlin that Western arms supplies to Ukraine posed a threat to the security of the European continent “and provoke instability”.

NATO says it’s ready to back Kyiv

Brussels: On April 28, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO was ready to maintain its support for Ukraine in the war against Russia for years. It also includes help for Kyiv to shift from Soviet-era weapons to modern Western arms and systems. “We need to be prepared for the long term,” Stoltenberg told a youth summit in Brussels. “There is the possibility that this war will drag on and last for months and years, “he added.

Swedish PM rejects referendum on NATO membership

Stockholm: On April 28, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told that Sweden’s government does not plan to hold a referendum if its parliament decides to proceed with an application for NATO membership. “I don’t think it is an issue that is suitable for a referendum,” she told reporters. “There is a lot of information about national security that is confidential, so there are important issues in such a referendum that cannot be discussed and important facts that cannot be put on the table,” she added.

Dutch military police to help Ukraine

Amsterdam: On April 28, it emerged that the Dutch government was likely to send a forensic team from the national military police to Ukraine to help investigate possible war crimes. The team would leave for Ukraine at short notice to help the International Criminal Court (ICC) gather evidence at sites where war crimes may have been committed. The Dutch foreign ministry is yet to comment on the report.

Stopping Hamza from taking oath is high treason: Maryam Nawaz

On Thursday, despite the Lahore High Court orders for the administration of the oath to Chief Minister-elect Hamza Shahbaz, no progress could be made on this issue. Reacting to the development, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz lashed out at the PTI government in Punjab for purposely delaying Hamza’s oath-taking ceremony. “Despite the clear orders of the court, the swearing-in of Hamza Shahbaz is being arrogantly prevented,” she said. “Making fun of the Constitution, law, and courts with such unmitigated effrontery cannot be the work of a normal human being,” she added

IHC orders to probe harassment, disappearances of Baloch students

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed authorities on Thursday to form a commission to investigate the racial profiling and disappearances of Baloch students in the country. The orders came during a hearing into the case of harassment, filed by students of the Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah said that the courts could not turn a blind eye to the human rights violations in Pakistan.

NAB to probe Farah Khan for money laundering

On Thursday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordered an inquiry against Farah Khan, a close friend of former prime minister Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi. The authorization was granted on allegations of amassing “illegal assets beyond known sources of income, money laundering, and maintaining various accounts in the name of businesses”. The corruption watchdog has directed NAB DG Lahore to initiate an inquiry against her as per the law

FIA court to indict PM Shahbaz and CM-elect Hamza Shahbaz

Lahore: The Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) special court Wednesday issued an edict that it would indict Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister-elect Hamza Shahbaz in a money laundering case. “It is being made clear to all the parties that on the next hearing, we will indict them […] all the suspects should ensure their attendance,” the special court’s order said. The court noted that it could not indict the suspects today due to the absence of the prime minister.