The member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) convened a council of heads of state on November 10. In addition to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s remarks, the attitude of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was most concerned by the outside world.
The World Bank is forecasting an “anemic” economic outlook for Pakistan, with an expected growth rate of only 0.5% in the current fiscal year. “Given anemic growth projections in the near term, poverty is expected to worsen with government estimates of pandemic job losses at 14 million, as poverty is expected to increase for the first time in two decades.”
The death toll from the marble mine collapse in Pakistan’s Ziarat Ghar Mountain has risen to 26. This is after four more people succumbed to their injuries. On Wednesday, the authorities had stated that 22 people had died from the accident. It is alleged that six units of the mine collapsed, killing 12 workers instantly.
Last, week Haaretz published an opinion piece authored by Chuck Freilich titled “Can a Nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia Be Israel’s Partner for Peace?” The article was written by Charles Freilich, a former Israeli deputy national security adviser and long-time senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center.
The federal government of Pakistan has announced that it will take legal steps to repatriate former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from London and has said that the British government will be contacted in this regard while their medical reports will be investigated. Information Adviser Shibli Faraz, at the Friday press conference stated Nawaz Sharif ‘mocked the law, fled the country under the pretext of illness’.
The bodies of eleven members of a displaced family from Pakistan have been found in a mortuary at Dechu police station in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district. Only one member of this family has survived. Police have launched an investigation into the incident. Pesticides have been found at the scene.
The Indian Foreign Ministry has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit India in October, and during his proposed visit, there are likely to be many high-level agreements between India and Russia. News sources said that there is a long list of high-level talks between the two countries in the coming months.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the re-construction of the Ram Temple on the site of the five-century-old Babri Masjid. According to a statement from Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, the Indian Supreme Court’s ruling that the Ram Temple should be built reflects the ongoing attacks on places of worship of religious minorities in India.
First Nepal, and now Pakistan, has released a new political map “drawing the ire of India.” Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday released this new map and described it as a historic day. He took the step a day before the first anniversary of India ending the special status for Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan is currently the world’s 5th largest populated country. It also has a fast growing population with one of the highest levels of global poverty. Pakistan’s current population growth rate is 2.4%, and that is the highest in South Asia. About 40% of the entire Pakistani population is living below world poverty standards. Combine these numbers with the Covid-19 pandemic and the projected GDP is now expected to decline year over year by 3%.
Five policemen and two others were killed in a raid by Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Monday in the Chilas area of Diamer district in Gilgit-Baltistan. The caretaker Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan has also set up a high-level commission to investigate the incident.
India has strongly protested to the High Commission of Pakistan regarding the Gurudwara Shaheed Asthan Bhai Taro Ji, a holy place of Sikhism in Lahore’s Naw Lakha Bazaar. The protest came after a controversial video of a local man went viral, using derogatory language against the Sikh community in Pakistan.
The World Health Organization hosted a virtual meeting of the Technical Working Group in Pakistan. At the meeting, the World Health Organization (WHO) clarified that the number of cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan is gradually declining. However, it continues to rank Pakistan as one of the countries where the virus is spreading rapidly.
Authorities in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, have confirmed that all Pakistani pilots working for various Vietnamese airlines have valid licenses, according to Reuters. No pilot was involved in a crash or safety hazard, according to the government’s official statement.
Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority has validated licenses of pilots working abroad. According to its spokesperson, Abdul Sattar Khokar, the licenses of 166 have been validated as being genuine and certified. He added that the verification of 10 remaining pilots will be concluded by next week.
At least four people were killed and nine others injured after several mortar shells fired by Pakistani troops hit a village at the border in the eastern part of Afghanistan. Pakistani authorities blamed the Afghan forces for initiating the attack a day earlier, adding that it was just retaliating.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the international organization for the protection of journalists, has expressed deep concern over a “secret letter” from Pakistani security officials about six overseas journalists. In a statement issued on Wednesday, RSF said that the “secret memo” of the Interior Ministry was written on June 18.
According to reports received from New Delhi on Thursday, India’s Ministry of Defense agreed to purchase 33 new Russian fighter jets and upgrade 59 others. The military pact between New Delhi and Moscow is worth $2.45 billion, according to the Defense Ministry. India is facing security challenges due to its borders with China and Pakistan.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended its authorization for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to fly to Europe for the next six months, beginning July 1. It is the latest fallout over the fake pilots’ licenses scandal. EASA said it has lost confidence in the airline.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has come under fire for calling former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden a “martyr” in a speech to the country’s parliament on Thursday. Pakistan’s opposition parties have sharply criticized Khan since the remarks, Reuters reported.
Coronavirus transmission in India is not showing any signs of stopping. In the last 24 hours, 10,956 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in India, and 396 people have died. At the same time, India has been ranked fourth in the list of countries most affected by the coronavirus.
At least 22 people have been killed after a multi-storey building collapsed in the southern port city of Karachi, in Pakistan. On Tuesday, Pakistan police said that 13 people had died in the tragedy, but the toll has since risen to 22, after nine more bodies were retrieved from the rubble.
Intelligence services are using geo-fencing and phone monitoring systems to track coronavirus patients and those who come in contact with them. Pakistan’s intelligence agency is using the same surveillance technology used to detect Coronavirus patients and those who come in contact with them, as is commonly used to track militants.
Officials in India say many locations in India and Pakistan are under locust attacks, and locusts entering India from there are destroying crops. At a time when the Coronavirus epidemic has hit India’s economy hard, and the poor are struggling for their lives, locust swarms in India pose another threat to crops.
A passenger plane belonging to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plunged into a residential area in southern Pakistan near the metropolis of Karachi, killing 97 people instantly. The Airbus A320 crashed a few minutes before landing, the country’s authorities reported. The health authorities of the Sindh province said that two people had survived the accident.
A Pakistan International Airlines plane has crashed in a residential area of Karachi. The PIA jet A-320 was en route from Lahore to Karachi with 91 passengers and eight crew members. Government officials have so far confirmed that at least 29 people have been killed and two are still alive.
After Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa‘s contact with Iranian Army Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hussain Bagheri, a debate has erupted in many parts of the country over whether the two countries will cooperate on terrorism. The contact comes at a time when there is a growing perception in Pakistan that separatists who attack the army seek refuge within the Iranian border.
The Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association has warned the government that if raw materials from India are banned, there could be a shortage of medicines in the country. In a statement on Monday, the organization said any such move would hurt efforts to deal with Coronavirus.
Pakistan citizens flocked to the markets on Monday after the country eased lockdown restrictions imposed a month ago to help curb the spread of coronavirus. Heavy traffic was seen in areas around wholesale markets in the country’s largest city, Karachi. There were big crowds in commercial centers in the provincial capitals of Quetta and Lahore.
Tensions continued to flare in Indian-administered Kashmir. Riyaz Naikoo, commander of the militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed in in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district Tuesday. As news of Naikoo’s death spread, many people took to the streets in his home villages of Begpura and Gulzarpura to protest.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced the easing of coronavirus restrictions in the country after May 9. Khan made the announcement on national media on Wednesday. Medical experts in Pakistan are deeply concerned that government measures could exacerbate the Coronavirus crisis in the country.
There is a severe heatwave in Karachi and other cities of Sindh. In Jacobabad, Dadu, and Larkana, the mercury has gone above 40 degrees Celsius. At the same time, it is hot in Balochistan. Turbat recorded a high of 43 degrees Celsius. It reached 42 in Sibi, Chhor, and Lasbela, while rain and hail are expected in Upper Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a $1.386 billion loan to Pakistan to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak. This loan was granted under the IMF’s Rapid Financing Instrument, and is equivalent to SDR 1,015.5 million. This is about half of Pakistan’s quota.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a two-week extension of the government’s lockdown of the country on Tuesday, after consulting all the provinces and experts. Leading business organizations in Karachi and Lahore announced that they would open their shops from April 15 without waiting for government policy.
Indian-administered Kashmir, which had been under a security lockdown implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in August 2019, is now under a second lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. After several months of the security lockdown, when the government in New Delhi decided to ease it, the outbreak of the coronavirus began to spread.
Dozens of prisoners in Pakistan have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. The authorities have confirmed this, saying most infections are in the country’s worst-hit province of Punjab. “The total number of prisoners infected with coronavirus in Punjab has reached 50 so far,” said Shahid Baig, Inspector General of Prisons.
The Sindh provincial government in Pakistan has said that it will file an appeal to the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling that overturned the death sentence of a British-Pakistan national. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was the alleged mastermind of the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl.
Kashmiris and those in solidarity with the residents of the Indian-administered region have called a new domicile policy by New Delhi “obnoxious” and “insulting.” Critics have also accused India of using oppressive measures against Kashmiris. New Delhi has recently announced new rules regarding Indian citizens living in Kashmir.
According to experts in Pakistan, the global Coronavirus crisis is causing serious threats to Pakistan’s impoverished economy. If not improved, the government’s economic data will be shattered. Business activity in the country has shrunk in the past two years, and the government was running a difficult country with borrowings from friendly countries and the IMF.
A court in Pakistan has overturned a death sentence for a British terrorist who was convicted of killing a Wall Street Journal reporter. Omar Saeed Sheikh was sentenced to death in 2002 for the abduction and murder of the journalist Daniel Pearl. An appeal was filed after his conviction but has taken 18 years to be heard by the High Court.
At least three doctors in the Philippines have lost their lives in the line of duty, fighting against the coronavirus pandemic, officials in Manilla said on Monday. Thousands of health care workers have bravely confronted the disease in the Philippines, treating COVID-19 patients despite a lack of protective equipment.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called for the lifting of “unfair” US sanctions against Iran. “I would stress and insist to the international community to lift the sanctions on Iran,” Khan said. “It is very unjust they are dealing with such a large outbreak on one side, and on the other, they are facing international sanctions.”
Thousands of Muslim worshipers gathered in Raiwind for a five-day publicity meeting, ignoring the government’s precautionary measures to prevent the Coronavirus outbreak. Events like this can spread the coronavirus further. Organizers of this annual big gathering announced Thursday that the Coronavirus spread had been reduced due to heavy rain.
A Pakistani F-16 aircraft crashed in the Shakirian area in Islamabad, killing the pilot onboard. The dead pilot, Wing Commander Norman Akram, belonged to the Nine Squadron, which is stationed in Sargodha. A Pakistani Air Force spokesman, Waseem Ahad Khan, confirmed the news and said that the plane crashed shortly after the flight and fall in the forested area of Islamabad.
Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in China. In the last 24 hours, 17 more people died there due to this virus. With this, the total number of deaths has increased to 3,136. Amidst the havoc of COVID-19, President Xi Jinping has made a big announcement. He said that the deadly virus has been controlled in Hubei Province, the main center of coronavirus, and its capital, Wuhan.
Amanullah Khan, widely regarded as one of Pakistan’s greatest comedians, passed away Friday at the age of 70. He had been suffering from kidney and lung disease for some time. Amanullah, as he was simply known, was regarded as a legend in Pakistan’s showbiz industry, and called the “King of Comedy” in his country.
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The World Health Organization on Coronaviruses:
“Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.”
Iran became the country with the second-highest number of deaths caused by the new coronavirus Sunday. Iran currently has eight recorded deaths, the most outside China. The situation has led some of its neighboring countries to close their borders, or ban travel to Iran altogether, in fear of the spread of the deadly disease.