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Saturday, November 23rd, 2019


FO summons Norwegian envoy over desecration of Quran incident


ISLAMABAD, NOV 23 (DNA) – The Ambassador of Norway was called to the Foreign office today to convey the deep concern of the government and people of Pakistan over the incident of desecration of the Holy Quran in the Norwegian city of Kristiansand. Pakistan’s condemnation of this action was reiterated. It was underscored that such actions hurt the sentiments of 1.3 billion Muslims around the world, including those in Pakistan. Furthermore, such actions could not be justified in the name of freedom of expression. The Norwegian authorities were urged toRead More

SAPM terms political rivals’s stance speculative


ISLAMABAD, NOV 23 (DNA) – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Media Affairs Iftikhar Durrani on Saturday stated that there is no truth to the opposition’s claim regarding foreign funding case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The SAPM took to Twitter and maintained that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi could not prove foreign funding allegations against PTI in the Supreme Court in 2017 either. “The allegation that the PTI is a foreign aided political party can under Article 15 of the PPO be leveled only by theRead More

Book titled “Religious Tourism Destinations in Azerbaijan” published


BAKU (DNA) – A book titled “Religious Tourism Destinations in Azerbaijan” by an employee of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan Bahruz Orujov, has been published. The book provides detailed information about the temples of various religious confessions, which existed in Azerbaijan since ancient times and are considered to be the magnificent pearls of the spiritual and cultural heritage of the country. The first pages of the book give a brief overview of the history of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, the first parliamentaryRead More

Lt Gen (R) Asim Bajwa to be appointed CPEC Authority’s chairperson


ISLAMABAD: Lieutenant General (R) Asim Bajwa is to be appointed the chairperson of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority, sources informed Geo News. A summary pertaining to the appointment of Lt Gen (R) Bajwa as the CPEC Authority’s chairperson has been sent to the Cabinet Division, according to the sources, adding that the summary was prepared by the Prime Minister’s Office. It is expected that the approval of the summary to appoint Lt Gen (R) Bajwa as the CPEC Authority’s head would be given in the cabinet’s upcoming meeting, which is scheduled forRead More

Afghanistan: EU reinforces humanitarian support with €40 million as crisis worsens


BRUSSELS, NOV 23 (DNA) The European Commission has allocated an additional €40 million in emergency assistance for those affected by the worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, as well as for Afghan refugees in neighbouring Pakistan and Iran. This brings total EU humanitarian aid for the Afghan crisis to €77 million in 2019: €61 million in Afghanistan, €9 million in Pakistan and €7 million in Iran. “The humanitarian outlook in Afghanistan is as bleak as ever. Not only has the conflict between the government and non-state armed groups intensified since theRead More

In a first, US directly warns Pakistan against dangers of CPEC, offers a big alternate model to Islamabad: Report

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WASHINGTON: (DNA) – The United States on Thursday warned Pakistan that it faced long-term economic damage with little return if China keeps pursuing its giant infrastructure push. The top US diplomat for South Asia said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) — heralded as a game-changer by both Asian countries — would profit only Beijing, adding that the United States offered a better model. “It’s clear, or it needs to be clear, that CPEC is not about aid,” said Alice Wells, the acting assistant secretary of state for South Asia. She noted thatRead More