Pakistan wins the Asia Cup Youth Scrabble Championship by defeating India

Defending Pakistani scrabble star Hisham Hadi Khan became the Asian Champion yet again after beating his Indian opponent in the Youth Scrabble Championship held in Delhi, India. Hisham successfully defended the championship by defeating India’s Madhav Gopal Kamath. He took the lead from the second day of play with a two-day score of 1420. In the team championship, Pakistan’s Monis Khan also made the highest individual score of 760 against the Malaysian foe.

In political turmoil, elections are now mandatory: Sheikh Rasheed

On Monday, Chairman of Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rasheed said on a Twitter handle that current political scenario is evidently leading towards early elections. He said, discussions are underway to dissolve provincial assemblies but efforts are meager to save the downtrodden economy, which is the real cause of political instability.

Janwar Dilshad, former Secretary ECP warns of ‘political crisis’

Islamabad: Former Secretary of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Kanwar Dilshad has warned of a ‘political crisis’ after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan announced to quit all assemblies. “The country would suffer a political crisis if a large number of lawmakers resign from all assembles,” the former ECP official said while talking to reporters.

AJK LG polls: PTI takes lead by winning 33 seats

Muzaffarabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has clinched victory on 33 seats followed by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) grabbing 18 seats during the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Local Government (LG) polls, according to unofficial and unconfirmed results. According to reports, PTI candidates won 33 seats while PPP secured victory on 18 seats. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) won 14 seats in the AJK LG polls, whereas, seven independent candidates were declared winners.  

Fire breaks out in Korangi’s marriage hall

Karachi: A fire broke out in a local marriage hall near the coast guard square of Korangi Karachi. According to details, no one was injured and people were evacuated safely. Fire Brigade sources say that a wedding ceremony was ongoing in the hall when the fire broke out. The fire brigade reached the spot timely and evacuated the premises, they added.

UAE issues travel advisory for passengers, sets new condition

A new travel advisory was issued for passengers to the United Arab Emirates as the UAE restricted the entry of travellers with a single name on their passports. Under the new condition, passengers with a single name on their passports will not get clearance at the UAE airports. It was declared mandatory for the passport holders to mention first and sir names including father or husband. The UAE authorities also directed the airlines to issue tickets to travellers with full names.

Heavy gunfire, explosion heard at hotel near Somali presidential palace

Al Shabab terror group says its militants attacked the hotel Villa Rose, which is near the presidential palace in central Mogadishu, where a blast and gunfire were heard. The Al Shabab terrorist group has claimed responsibility for an unfolding armed attack on a hotel in the Somali capital. On Sunday, Al Shabab said that its militants attacked the hotel Villa Rose, which has a restaurant popular with government and security officials, in a broadcast on its own radio frequency.  

Russian attacks on energy grid amount to genocide: Ukraine

Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure amount to genocide, a top Ukrainian official says. Strikes on key facilities targeted “the full Ukrainian nation” and were an effort to force Kyiv to surrender, the prosecutor-general told the media. Millions of people across Ukraine are facing power cuts in freezing weather, following sustained Russian attacks.

Won’t ‘wait a minute’ to dissolve assembly if Imran Khan orders: Pervez Elahi

Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervez Elahi said, he won’t ‘wait for a minute’ to dissolve the provincial assembly if PTI Chairman Imran Khan asks him to. “I owe the Punjab government to Imran Khan. We stand with those whom we support,” the chief minister, whose party, PML-Q, is an ally of the PTI, said in a video statement. The CM Punjab warned the Shehbaz Sharif-led coalition government in the Centre that in case PTI and its allies exit the country’s assemblies, then their “government, which expands over a mere 27kms, won’t last for the next 27 hours.”

Decision to become ‘apolitical’ will enhance army’s prestige: Gen Bajwa

Outgoing army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa believes that the army’s decision to become “apolitical” will help enhance its prestige in the long term. “Pakistan Army has always remained a dominant player in national decision-making. Due to its historic role in country’s politics, the military drew severe criticism from public and politicians alike,” said Gen Bajwa in an interview with UAE-based publication Gulf News.

Morocco’s victory triggers riots in Brussels

Brussels: On Sunday, Belgian police detained a dozen people and made one arrest after Morocco’s victory over Belgium in the World Cup match in Qatar triggered riots in Brussels with a car and some electric scooters set on fire. Police said that 11 people had been arrested with one remaining in custody. Even before the end of the match, “dozens of people, including some wearing hoodies, sought confrontation with the police, which compromised public safety,” Brussels police said in a statement.

PDM ready for its own surprise to counter PTI’s move

In a bid to counter an expected move by PTI to dissolve the Punjab Assembly, the PML-N called a parliamentary party meeting on Monday (today) to finalise a strategy. Meanwhile, PTI Chairman Imran Khan has also summoned a meeting to discuss his plan with party leaders and consult on his announcement of resigning from the assemblies. Sources in the PML-N said the party had not yet decided to bring in a no-confidence motion against Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi because it would be difficult for it to show the required 186 members.

Heavy casualties reported as jeep plunges into nullah in AJK

A jeep carrying voters fell into a nullah in Neelum Valley in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Sunday, killing six women and injuring eight people, according to local police. The incident occurred in the Chhari locality of Dudhnial at around 12:30 pm when the jeep fell into a 300ft-deep dry nullah, District Disaster Management Officer Akhtar Ayoub said. He said the passengers were residents of Thanda Pani village located beside the Neelum River and had come to the nearby polling stations in Beesanwali.

FIFA World Cup: Morocco stuns Belgium with 2-0 defeat

On Sunday, Morocco jeopardized Belgium’s World Cup hopes as Abdelhamid Sabiri and Zakaria Aboukhlal’s late goals secured a surprise 2-0 triumph in Doha. Belgium, third in Russia four years ago, could have qualified for the last 16 with victory but instead produced another insipid display after their fortunate opening win over Canada. Morocco replaced Belgium at the top of Group F. Now, they will qualify for the knockout phase for the first time since 1986 if they can avoid defeat against Canada.

Angry mob lynches suspected muggers in Surjani: Police

On Sunday, two suspected muggers were lynched by an angry mob for allegedly killing a man and injuring his two sons over resistance in Surjani Town, Karachi. Surjani Station House Officer (SHO) Yasin Gujjar said that two armed men snatched mobile phones and cash from a pair of brothers from outside their home. While the mugging was taking place, their father came out of their residence and was shot at by the suspects. The SHO said that the brothers were also shot at and injured as they put up resistance. Later, both suspects were stoned and lynched to death by the public, the SHO added.

Canada launches new Indo-Pacific strategy

On Sunday, Canada launched its long-awaited Indo-Pacific strategy. It vowed more resources to deal with a “disruptive” China while working with the world’s second-biggest economy on climate change and trade issues. The document outlined C$2.6 billion ($1.9 billion) spending, including boosting Canada’s military presence and cyber security in the region and tightening foreign investment rules to protect intellectual property.

Landslide kills at least three in Italy

Casamicciola Terme: On Nov 27, at least three people, including a young girl, were killed on the southern Italian holiday island of Ischia after a landslide devastated the small town, the office of the prefect of Naples indicated. Emergency workers stepped up search efforts a day after a landslide caused by torrential rain devastated Casamicciola Terme. Some 10 people were still missing, according to data provided by the prefect earlier today.

Khamenei’s niece urges world to cut ties with Tehran

Dubai: On Nov 27, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s nice, a well-known rights activist, called on foreign govts to cut all ties with Tehran. The appeal was made over Iran’s violent crackdown on popular unrest provoked by the death in police custody of a young woman. “O free people, be with us and tell your governments to stop supporting this murderous and child-killing regime,” Farideh Moradkhani, Khamenei’s niece, said in the video. “This regime is not loyal to any of its religious principles and does not know any rules except force and maintaining power,” she added.

Pakistan urges world to step up against climate change

Madrid: Shazia Marri, minister for poverty alleviation and social safety and chairperson of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), on Sunday urged the world to take some serious steps for resolving climate change issues. Addressing the 26th Socialist International Congress in Spain’s Madrid, the minister said that 33 million people in Pakistan had been impacted by the devastating floods this year. On the occasion, she expressed hope that some measures would be taken seriously by the international community in the future to curb the destruction caused by climate change.

General Sahir Shamshad Mirza takes charge as CJCSC

On Sunday, General Sahir Shamshad Mirza took charge as the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) in an impressive ceremony held at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi, said the military’s media wing. As per the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a smartly turned-out joint services guard presented a salute to Gen Mirza after he arrived at the venue. He also reviewed the guard of honor and march-past.

Arshad Sharif’s laptop in ‘possession’ of PTI leader

London: According to Geo news, a fact-finding committee formed to investigate the killing of journalist Arshad Sharif believed that former minister of communications and PTI leader Murad Saeed had the journalist’s laptop. Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Director Dr. Athar Waheed and Intelligence Bureau (IB) Deputy Director-General Omar Shahid Hamid are investigating the case. They have asked Saeed to hand over the laptop of the slain journalist to the fact-finding committee.

Khan’s convoy leaves for Noor Khan Airbase and

PTI chief Imran Khan left for Noor Khan Airbase after addressing thousands of supporters at his first public appearance since being shot earlier this month in an assassination attempt. Sources told that Khan would continue his political activities from Zaman Park, Lahore. Convoy of Khan’s vehicles left for Expressway Highway via Murree Road Faizabad. After his convoy passed the area, Islamabad Police once again closed the area by putting containers.

PTI to resign from all assemblies: Khan

On Saturday, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, in a surprise move, announced that his party decided they would not be part of “this system”. He added that party members would quit all the assemblies. Addressing a charged crowd in Rehmanabad, Khan said: “they will not remain a part of the current political system and will instead resign from all the assemblies.” He further added that he would announce the exact date in the next few days.

Azerbaijan announces tax-free imports of rice from Pakistan

Baku: On Saturday, in a bid to stimulate the growth of mutual trade between the two countries, Azerbaijan announced a five-year tax exemption on rice imports from Pakistan. Addressing an international conference, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev said that the decision was the outcome of his meetings with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held in the last couple of months. The president said during these meetings, they discussed the agenda of their bilateral relations.

Lt Gen Faiz Hamid decides early retirement

On Saturday, it emerged that Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid, who is one of the top military officers of Pakistan, decided on early retirement. News of Lt General Hamid’s retirement comes a day after family sources said that Pakistan Army’s Chief of General Staff (CGS) Lt General Azhar Abbas had sought early retirement as well. The two army men were listed among the six army officers nominated by the General Headquarters for the army chief’s post.

Pakistan sees alarming rise in HIV cases

Islamabad: On Saturday, health authorities in the federal capital said that as many as 9,773 people tested positive for HIV in Pakistan during the last 10 months of 2022. “Every month, more or less 1,000 new HIV cases are being reported from all four provinces, capital Islamabad, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan. This clearly indicates that HIV is now spreading to general population from the key populations including people who inject drugs, male, female and transgender sex workers,” an official of the National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination (NHSR&C) told The News.

Hina Rabbani expected to represent Pakistan in FIFA World Cup

Islamabad: It emerged on Saturday that Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar was likely to visit Doha to attend the FIFA World Cup in the first week of December. Invitations had been received by the Foreign Office even before the World Cup started with the inaugural being attended by world leaders. Moreover, Ambassador of Qatar Saoud Abdulrahman Al-Thani called on FM Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to extend an invitation from his Qatari counterpart to watch the World Cup.

FIFA World Cup: Poland stuns Saudi Arabia with 2-0 win

Al Rayyan: On November 26, Robert Lewandowski scored his first-ever World Cup goal as Poland brought Saudi Arabia back down to earth with a 2-0 Group C victory. The win moved Poland to four points, one more than the Saudis, and left them needing a draw in their final game against Argentina next Wednesday to guarantee their spot in the knockouts.

Taiwanese president quits as party head

Taipei: On Nov 26, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The decision came after her strategy to frame local elections as showing defiance to China’s rising bellicosity failed to pay off and win public support. “The results failed our expectations. We humbly accept the results and accept the Taiwanese people’s decision,” Tsai told reporters at party headquarters.

China willing to work with N.Korea for world peace

Chinese President Xi Jinping told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that Beijing was willing to work with Pyongyang for world peace, North Korean state media said on Saturday. In his message to Kim, Xi said Beijing was ready to work with the North for “peace, stability, development and prosperity of the region and the world,” Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. The message from Xi came days after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, declaring it would meet perceived US nuclear threats with nukes of its own.

Female fans feel safe at Qatar World Cup

Doha: On Dec 6, many female fans expressed that the ban on alcohol in Qatar had led to a safer experience at the tournament. “I was expecting a very dangerous place for women. I didn’t think I was going to be safe here … from coming here that’s not been the case, as a traveling female fan I can say that I have felt very safe,” stated Ellie Molloson, 19, a fan from England. Mollidon said that the lack of alcohol had contributed to a less bawdy atmosphere around the games at the World Cup, but in her opinion, it was mostly cultural.

FO expresses concern over more ‘Babri mosque tragedies’

The Foreign Office expressed concern on Tuesday about a reprisal of further “tragedies” in India like the Babri mosque incident on the occasion of its 30th demolition anniversary. The demolition had sparked nationwide riots that killed more than 3,000 people in a decades-long dispute that has fueled Hindu-Muslim tension. “There is a persistent assault on the religious freedoms of Indian Muslims. The ruling party in India continues to incite hysteria and hatred against Muslims,” the press release reads.

Talks with IMF in ‘advanced stage’: Finance Division

On Tuesday, the Finance Division said that negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the ninth review of Pakistan’s $7bn Extended Fund Facility (EFF) were at the “advanced stage”. “With the efforts of the current government, the IMF program has come back on track,” it stated in a press release. In a statement issued today, the Finance Division said that the government remained committed to completing the IMF program while meeting all external debt repayments on time.

US, UK, China to support Pakistan in flood rehabilitation

Islamabad: Ambassadors from China, the United States, and the United Kingdom assured Finance Minister Ishaq Dar of their full support to Pakistan in the rehabilitation of flood-hit areas. Islamabad has been trying to shore up the support of the international community to provide all possible relief to the calamity-stricken people. According to the Finance Division, the ambassadors held separate meetings with the finance minister, where matters related to bilateral relations, the economy, and the government’s works in the flood-hit areas came under discussion.

Morocco dumps Spain to reach historic FIFA World Cup quarters

On Tuesday, Achraf Hakimi struck the decisive penalty to send Spain crashing out and Morocco into the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time. Morocco won 3-0 in a shoot-out after a 0-0 draw. Walid Regragui’s side will face Portugal or Switzerland in what is uncharted territory for them, with their previous best being a last-16 exit in 1986.

UAE issues travel advisory for passengers, sets new condition

A new travel advisory was issued for passengers to the United Arab Emirates as the UAE restricted the entry of travellers with a single name on their passports. Under the new condition, passengers with a single name on their passports will not get clearance at the UAE airports. It was declared mandatory for the passport holders to mention first and sir names including father or husband. The UAE authorities also directed the airlines to issue tickets to travellers with full names.

Heavy gunfire, explosion heard at hotel near Somali presidential palace

Al Shabab terror group says its militants attacked the hotel Villa Rose, which is near the presidential palace in central Mogadishu, where a blast and gunfire were heard. The Al Shabab terrorist group has claimed responsibility for an unfolding armed attack on a hotel in the Somali capital. On Sunday, Al Shabab said that its militants attacked the hotel Villa Rose, which has a restaurant popular with government and security officials, in a broadcast on its own radio frequency.  

Russian attacks on energy grid amount to genocide: Ukraine

Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure amount to genocide, a top Ukrainian official says. Strikes on key facilities targeted “the full Ukrainian nation” and were an effort to force Kyiv to surrender, the prosecutor-general told the media. Millions of people across Ukraine are facing power cuts in freezing weather, following sustained Russian attacks.

Won’t ‘wait a minute’ to dissolve assembly if Imran Khan orders: Pervez Elahi

Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervez Elahi said, he won’t ‘wait for a minute’ to dissolve the provincial assembly if PTI Chairman Imran Khan asks him to. “I owe the Punjab government to Imran Khan. We stand with those whom we support,” the chief minister, whose party, PML-Q, is an ally of the PTI, said in a video statement. The CM Punjab warned the Shehbaz Sharif-led coalition government in the Centre that in case PTI and its allies exit the country’s assemblies, then their “government, which expands over a mere 27kms, won’t last for the next 27 hours.”

Decision to become ‘apolitical’ will enhance army’s prestige: Gen Bajwa

Outgoing army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa believes that the army’s decision to become “apolitical” will help enhance its prestige in the long term. “Pakistan Army has always remained a dominant player in national decision-making. Due to its historic role in country’s politics, the military drew severe criticism from public and politicians alike,” said Gen Bajwa in an interview with UAE-based publication Gulf News.

Morocco’s victory triggers riots in Brussels

Brussels: On Sunday, Belgian police detained a dozen people and made one arrest after Morocco’s victory over Belgium in the World Cup match in Qatar triggered riots in Brussels with a car and some electric scooters set on fire. Police said that 11 people had been arrested with one remaining in custody. Even before the end of the match, “dozens of people, including some wearing hoodies, sought confrontation with the police, which compromised public safety,” Brussels police said in a statement.

PDM ready for its own surprise to counter PTI’s move

In a bid to counter an expected move by PTI to dissolve the Punjab Assembly, the PML-N called a parliamentary party meeting on Monday (today) to finalise a strategy. Meanwhile, PTI Chairman Imran Khan has also summoned a meeting to discuss his plan with party leaders and consult on his announcement of resigning from the assemblies. Sources in the PML-N said the party had not yet decided to bring in a no-confidence motion against Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi because it would be difficult for it to show the required 186 members.

Heavy casualties reported as jeep plunges into nullah in AJK

A jeep carrying voters fell into a nullah in Neelum Valley in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Sunday, killing six women and injuring eight people, according to local police. The incident occurred in the Chhari locality of Dudhnial at around 12:30 pm when the jeep fell into a 300ft-deep dry nullah, District Disaster Management Officer Akhtar Ayoub said. He said the passengers were residents of Thanda Pani village located beside the Neelum River and had come to the nearby polling stations in Beesanwali.

FIFA World Cup: Morocco stuns Belgium with 2-0 defeat

On Sunday, Morocco jeopardized Belgium’s World Cup hopes as Abdelhamid Sabiri and Zakaria Aboukhlal’s late goals secured a surprise 2-0 triumph in Doha. Belgium, third in Russia four years ago, could have qualified for the last 16 with victory but instead produced another insipid display after their fortunate opening win over Canada. Morocco replaced Belgium at the top of Group F. Now, they will qualify for the knockout phase for the first time since 1986 if they can avoid defeat against Canada.

Angry mob lynches suspected muggers in Surjani: Police

On Sunday, two suspected muggers were lynched by an angry mob for allegedly killing a man and injuring his two sons over resistance in Surjani Town, Karachi. Surjani Station House Officer (SHO) Yasin Gujjar said that two armed men snatched mobile phones and cash from a pair of brothers from outside their home. While the mugging was taking place, their father came out of their residence and was shot at by the suspects. The SHO said that the brothers were also shot at and injured as they put up resistance. Later, both suspects were stoned and lynched to death by the public, the SHO added.

Canada launches new Indo-Pacific strategy

On Sunday, Canada launched its long-awaited Indo-Pacific strategy. It vowed more resources to deal with a “disruptive” China while working with the world’s second-biggest economy on climate change and trade issues. The document outlined C$2.6 billion ($1.9 billion) spending, including boosting Canada’s military presence and cyber security in the region and tightening foreign investment rules to protect intellectual property.

Landslide kills at least three in Italy

Casamicciola Terme: On Nov 27, at least three people, including a young girl, were killed on the southern Italian holiday island of Ischia after a landslide devastated the small town, the office of the prefect of Naples indicated. Emergency workers stepped up search efforts a day after a landslide caused by torrential rain devastated Casamicciola Terme. Some 10 people were still missing, according to data provided by the prefect earlier today.

Khamenei’s niece urges world to cut ties with Tehran

Dubai: On Nov 27, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s nice, a well-known rights activist, called on foreign govts to cut all ties with Tehran. The appeal was made over Iran’s violent crackdown on popular unrest provoked by the death in police custody of a young woman. “O free people, be with us and tell your governments to stop supporting this murderous and child-killing regime,” Farideh Moradkhani, Khamenei’s niece, said in the video. “This regime is not loyal to any of its religious principles and does not know any rules except force and maintaining power,” she added.

Pakistan urges world to step up against climate change

Madrid: Shazia Marri, minister for poverty alleviation and social safety and chairperson of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), on Sunday urged the world to take some serious steps for resolving climate change issues. Addressing the 26th Socialist International Congress in Spain’s Madrid, the minister said that 33 million people in Pakistan had been impacted by the devastating floods this year. On the occasion, she expressed hope that some measures would be taken seriously by the international community in the future to curb the destruction caused by climate change.

General Sahir Shamshad Mirza takes charge as CJCSC

On Sunday, General Sahir Shamshad Mirza took charge as the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) in an impressive ceremony held at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi, said the military’s media wing. As per the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a smartly turned-out joint services guard presented a salute to Gen Mirza after he arrived at the venue. He also reviewed the guard of honor and march-past.

Arshad Sharif’s laptop in ‘possession’ of PTI leader

London: According to Geo news, a fact-finding committee formed to investigate the killing of journalist Arshad Sharif believed that former minister of communications and PTI leader Murad Saeed had the journalist’s laptop. Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Director Dr. Athar Waheed and Intelligence Bureau (IB) Deputy Director-General Omar Shahid Hamid are investigating the case. They have asked Saeed to hand over the laptop of the slain journalist to the fact-finding committee.

Khan’s convoy leaves for Noor Khan Airbase and

PTI chief Imran Khan left for Noor Khan Airbase after addressing thousands of supporters at his first public appearance since being shot earlier this month in an assassination attempt. Sources told that Khan would continue his political activities from Zaman Park, Lahore. Convoy of Khan’s vehicles left for Expressway Highway via Murree Road Faizabad. After his convoy passed the area, Islamabad Police once again closed the area by putting containers.

PTI to resign from all assemblies: Khan

On Saturday, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, in a surprise move, announced that his party decided they would not be part of “this system”. He added that party members would quit all the assemblies. Addressing a charged crowd in Rehmanabad, Khan said: “they will not remain a part of the current political system and will instead resign from all the assemblies.” He further added that he would announce the exact date in the next few days.

Azerbaijan announces tax-free imports of rice from Pakistan

Baku: On Saturday, in a bid to stimulate the growth of mutual trade between the two countries, Azerbaijan announced a five-year tax exemption on rice imports from Pakistan. Addressing an international conference, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev said that the decision was the outcome of his meetings with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held in the last couple of months. The president said during these meetings, they discussed the agenda of their bilateral relations.

Lt Gen Faiz Hamid decides early retirement

On Saturday, it emerged that Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid, who is one of the top military officers of Pakistan, decided on early retirement. News of Lt General Hamid’s retirement comes a day after family sources said that Pakistan Army’s Chief of General Staff (CGS) Lt General Azhar Abbas had sought early retirement as well. The two army men were listed among the six army officers nominated by the General Headquarters for the army chief’s post.

Pakistan sees alarming rise in HIV cases

Islamabad: On Saturday, health authorities in the federal capital said that as many as 9,773 people tested positive for HIV in Pakistan during the last 10 months of 2022. “Every month, more or less 1,000 new HIV cases are being reported from all four provinces, capital Islamabad, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan. This clearly indicates that HIV is now spreading to general population from the key populations including people who inject drugs, male, female and transgender sex workers,” an official of the National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination (NHSR&C) told The News.

Hina Rabbani expected to represent Pakistan in FIFA World Cup

Islamabad: It emerged on Saturday that Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar was likely to visit Doha to attend the FIFA World Cup in the first week of December. Invitations had been received by the Foreign Office even before the World Cup started with the inaugural being attended by world leaders. Moreover, Ambassador of Qatar Saoud Abdulrahman Al-Thani called on FM Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to extend an invitation from his Qatari counterpart to watch the World Cup.

FIFA World Cup: Poland stuns Saudi Arabia with 2-0 win

Al Rayyan: On November 26, Robert Lewandowski scored his first-ever World Cup goal as Poland brought Saudi Arabia back down to earth with a 2-0 Group C victory. The win moved Poland to four points, one more than the Saudis, and left them needing a draw in their final game against Argentina next Wednesday to guarantee their spot in the knockouts.

Taiwanese president quits as party head

Taipei: On Nov 26, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The decision came after her strategy to frame local elections as showing defiance to China’s rising bellicosity failed to pay off and win public support. “The results failed our expectations. We humbly accept the results and accept the Taiwanese people’s decision,” Tsai told reporters at party headquarters.

China willing to work with N.Korea for world peace

Chinese President Xi Jinping told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that Beijing was willing to work with Pyongyang for world peace, North Korean state media said on Saturday. In his message to Kim, Xi said Beijing was ready to work with the North for “peace, stability, development and prosperity of the region and the world,” Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. The message from Xi came days after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, declaring it would meet perceived US nuclear threats with nukes of its own.

Court grants exemption to Rana Sanaullah in drug case

Lahore: On Saturday, a special court for narcotics control on Saturday granted exemption of one day to Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah from drug case hearing. The Court for Control of Narcotics Substances exempted Rana Sanaullah from attending the court hearing of a drug case filed against him and others. The interior minister in his plea said that he was busy with regard to the law and order situation after long march in Rawalpindi today.

Deadly fire in Xinjiang stirs anger over China’s zero-Covid policy

A deadly fire in China’s northwest Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region has spurred an outpouring of anger at the country’s zero-Covid policy, as Beijing fights growing public fatigue over its hardline approach to containing the coronavirus. Anger has spread in regional capital Urumqi, where protesters blame a strict zero-Covid policy for a blaze that ripped through a residential building, killing ten people.

Türkiye developing trilateral ties with Pakistan, Azerbaijan: Erdogan

Hailing Ankara’s longstanding ties with Islamabad, the Turkish president said his country is rapidly developing trilateral cooperation with Pakistan and Azerbaijan. “In addition to our bilateral cooperation, we also exchanged views on important regional and international issues on our common agenda,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a joint news conference with Pakistan’s PM Shehbaz Sharif. PM Sharif proposes extending the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), inviting Türkiye to join the multi-billion-dollar project.

Ghana plans to buy oil with gold instead of dollars

Ghana’s government is working on a new policy to buy oil products with gold rather than US dollar reserves, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia told on Facebook. The move is meant to tackle dwindling foreign currency reserves coupled with demand for dollars by oil importers, which is weakening the local cedi and increasing living costs.

Amber Heard becomes Google’s most-searched celebrity

Famed Hollywood actor and model Amber Heard becomes the most searched celebrity on Google in 2022. An analyzed report by CelebTattler stated that Amber Heard had a per month average search of 5.6 million. Her former husband Johnny Depp was second on the list with 5.5 million. The “Aquaman” actor topped Google’s celebrities search list apparently because of her high profile $50 million defamation trial with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star which the latter won.