January, 2020


Update in U.S. Travel Advisory

Islamabad: Pakistan has noted the update in the U.S. Travel Advisory, which has acknowledged that “Pakistan’s security environment has improved.” This is a step in the right direction. Pakistan has made resolute efforts to enhance security throughout the country. Significant improvement in the security environment has led the United Nations to re-designate Islamabad as a family station for its personnel. Recently, the United Kingdom, while acknowledging the measures taken by Pakistan, has revised its Travel Advisory which is a welcome development. The positive decisions by Portugal and Norway with regardRead More

Pakistan Army will continue to surprise Indians, says DG ISPR

Islamabad: DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Thursday that the Pakistan Army will continue to surprise Indians, dismissing Indian Prime Minister Modi’s remarks. “Indian leadership says it will destroy Pakistan in 7-10 days,” he said while speaking to reporters. “Pakistan Army will always continue to give you [Indians] their surprises,” he added. Maj Gen Ghafoor said that he considered it an honour if Indians were happy over his transfer from the post of DG ISPR. The DG ISPR said that no power on earth could defeat a unitedRead More

Pakistan reschedules Khunjerab Pass opening in April after China’s Coronavirus outbreak.Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday announced to open Khunjerab Pass with China in April, instead of its previous decision for an early opening, following outbreak of Novel Coronavirus. Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui at a weekly press briefing, said the opening of the crossing point at Pak-China border would now take place according to routine plan. As per agreement between Pakistan and China, the Khunjerab Pass is closed in November due to heavy snowfall and reopens in April. The spokesperson said the change of decision for an early opening of borderRead More

Nine million children could die in next decade unless world acts on pneumonia, UN warns

NEW YORK: Boosting efforts to fight pneumonia could avert nearly 9 million child deaths from the disease, a new analysis has found as the first-ever global forum on childhood pneumonia got underway in Barcelona, Spain. According to a new scientific model produced by Johns Hopkins University, in the United States, improving pneumonia treatment and prevention services could prevent up to 3.2 million children under the age of five from dying. At the same time, it would create ‘a ripple effect’ that would prevent the deaths of an additional 5.7 millionRead More

Pakistani gets top post in New York police’s volunteer force

NEW YORK: A Pakistani-American police officer has been picked to head the New York Police Department’s volunteer force, and he immediately dedicated this singular achievement to his motherland– Pakistan. Nasir Saleem, a 30-year veteran of New York police, became the first Pakistani and a Muslim to be appointed as Auxiliary Deputy Chief of the nearly 5,000-strong force which serves in the city’s neigbourhoods as the “eyes and ears” of the regular police through foot, vehicle, and bicycle patrols. “It’s a great honour … I am speechless,” Saleem said in anRead More

Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of women’s barracks for Anti-Narcotics Force takes place in Islamabad

Islamabad:  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Embassy Pakistan (INL-P), has begun construction of barracks for women personnel of Anti-Narcotic Force (ANF). A groundbreaking plaque was jointly unveiled today at the Regional Directorate-North, ANF, Islamabad by:  Major General Muhammad Arif Malik, HI (M), Director General, ANF, Pakistan; Ms. Kate Riche, Director (A) (INL-P); and Mr. Ignacio Artaza Zuriarrain, Resident Representative a.i., UNDP.  The  barracks will contribute to the empowerment of ANF women personnel by providing dedicated facilities. The five-story buildingRead More


Islamabad: Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr Geoffrey Shaw met the Pakistan National Women’s Cricket team today in Karachi and wished them good luck ahead of the ICC T20 Women’s Cricket World Cup in Australia. Starting on Friday 21 February, reigning champions Australia will host 10 teams and 23 matches across six cities. Speaking at the event, the High Commissioner said, ‘It is a great privilege to meet the Pakistan National Women’s Cricket Team today. I wish the team a fantastic stay in Australia. The players will receive a very warmRead More

UNDP Pakistan launches the 22nd issue of its quarterly policy magazine, the Development Advocate Pakistan under the theme ‘Nudging for Development’

Islamabad: UNDP Pakistan, along with Ministry of Planning Development and Reform and Swiss Development Cooperation launched the 22nd issue of the Development Advocate Pakistan (DAP) under the theme ‘Nudging for Development’. DAP is a quarterly policy magazine of UNDP Pakistan and Swiss Development Cooperation. The latest issue of DAP on Nudging for Development features a combination of analysis and public opinion articles by national and international experts— including Dr. Fadi Makki, Mr. Raheel Waqar, Mr. Nathan Maddix, Mr. Saugato Datta, Ms. Huma Khan, and Mr. Tom De Bruyne. Nudges are small ‘push’ in the direction that leads people to imperceptibly opt for choices that benefit them. TheRead More

Indian RD marked as Black Day;  Pakistanis, Kashmiris, Sikhs protest outside Indian Consulate New York 

New York : Thousands of American Pakistani, Kashmiri and Sikh community held a big demonstration outside Indian Consulate in New York  on Sunday afternoon to mark January 26, Indian Republic day as “Black day”. They on the occasion expressed solidarity with the defenseless people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, facing illegal occupation of their motherland by India and gross violation of human rights for the last 72 years. A well know Kashmiri Leader in US Raja Mukhtar ,Sardar Sarwar Khan , Raja Muhmood Khan, sheikh Tuqeer and different  HumanRead More

Australia join Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia and Japan as Asia’s contenders at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

  Australia became the final Asian team to book their place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after defeating Uzbekistan 1-0, courtesy of Nicholas D’Agostino’s effort two minutes into the second half, to finish third in the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 on Saturday at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok. The Olyroos join Japan who qualify as hosts as well as Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia who sealed their Olympic berths after reaching the AFC U23 Championship final, which will be played on Sunday in the Thai capital at 7:30pmRead More