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Imran Khan asks military to refrain from ‘political engineering’ in…

Pakistan's ousted prime minister Imran Khan has asked the powerful establishment to refrain from "political engineering" in the general elections later this year as he asserted that his party is the only party that can pull the cash-strapped country out of the current economic quagmire. Addressing the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)…

Imran Khan alleges former Army chief Gen (retd.) Bajwa wanted…

In a fresh attack on Gen (retd.) Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Imran Khan has alleged that the former army chief wanted to have him murdered and impose a state of emergency in the country. Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, made the startling allegation during…

Former Pak Army chief Bajwa has lot to tell about…

Pakistan's former Army chief Gen (retd.) Qamar Javed Bajwa has a lot to tell about ousted prime minister Imran Khan, his rise in politics, and how he ran his government, a media report said on Monday. Khan, 70, has been targeting Gen Bajwa ever since his ouster from power in…

Pak ex-PM Imran says former Army chief Bajwa was ‘real…

Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Imran Khan said on Friday that he was "completely helpless" as the premier the "real man in power" was former army chief Gen (retd.) Qamar Javed Bajwa, who called all the shots. Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, has been targeting Gen Bajwa and…

Who is Tyrian White, the girl said to be Pakistan’s…

A top court in Pakistan will take up a petition on December 20 seeking the disqualification of former Prime Minister Imran Khan for "concealing" his alleged daughter's name in the nomination papers. The Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Aamer Farooq will hear the petition on December 20 filed by a…

Pakistan’s former premier Imran Khan accuses Gen Bajwa of playing…

Pakistan's ousted prime minister Imran Khan has accused former army chief Gen (retd.) Qamar Javed Bajwa of playing "double game" against his government and said that he committed a "big mistake" by extending the tenure of a then military chief in 2019. Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party,…

Pakistan used like ‘hired gun’ by US in war against…

Former premier Imran Khan has lamented that the US has been using Pakistan like a "hired gun" in the war against terror and America's ties with his country are "very undignified" as compared to a very "civilised relationship" with India. His comments came days after Khan signalled his readiness to…

Gen Bajwa says Pak Army’s patience to ongoing smear campaign…

Just days before his retirement, Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday (23) warned that the army's patience to the ongoing smear campaign against it may not be unlimited and asked all political leaders to set aside their ego, learn from past mistakes and move forward. He also…

Another attempt on Imran Khan’s life possible: Pakistan judge quotes…

There is a possibility of another assassination attempt on Imran Khan, the Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court said on Friday and asserted that it was the government’s responsibility to take cognisance of the looming threat on the former prime minister. Chief Justice Aamer Farooq’s remarks came while hearing a…

No truth to former Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s foreign conspiracy…

The US has once again categorically dismissed former Pakistan premier Imran Khan's allegations that Washington orchestrated a conspiracy to oust him from power and reiterated its resolve not to let "propaganda, misinformation and disinformation" affect the bilateral ties. The sharp response from the US came on Wednesday, days after Khan…

‘It’s behind me’: Imran Khan takes a U-turn on ‘US…

Imran Khan has said he wants to mend relations with the US if re-elected and no longer blames it for his removal as Pakistan's prime minister, apparently taking a U-turn after accusing Washington of engineering his ouster by supporting the then Opposition’s no-confidence motion. Khan, 70, who was ousted in…

Attack on Imran Khan a manifestation of religious extremism in…

  Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Friday that the attack on Imran Khan was a manifestation of the religious extremism in the country and asserted that his party considered the ex-premier as a “political rival and not an enemy”. Khan, 70, suffered a bullet injury in the right…

Watch: Wanted to assassinate former Pakistan PM Imran Khan because…

The man who attacked Imran Khan on Thursday during a political march in Punjab province said he tried to assassinate the former Pakistan prime minister because "he was misleading the public" and could not tolerate it. Khan, 70, was injured when the unidentified gunman opened fire on the container-mounted truck…

Ex-Pak PM Imran Khan to file £39.2m lawsuit against election…

Imran Khan on Monday (31) targeted the chief of the Election Commission of Pakistan and announced that he will file a £39.2 million defamation suit against him for destroying his reputation by disqualifying him, as the ousted premier addressed his supporters at the start of the fourth day of his…

From market chaos to ministerial exits, UK leader Truss’s time…

British Prime Minister Liz Truss is fighting for her political survival after only six weeks in the job. Below is a timeline: SEPT. 5 - TRUSS WINS LEADERSHIP CONTEST Truss is elected Conservative Party leader by the party's membership, winning 57% of the vote to succeed Boris Johnson. SEPT. 6…

Explained: How could Liz Truss be removed from office

British Prime Minister Liz Truss is fighting to remain in power after the collapse of her economic programme shattered her authority just over six weeks into the job. The sight of Truss sitting expressionless in parliament on Monday as her new finance minister ripped up the programme of tax cuts…

Pakistan PM Shehbaz calls Imran Khan ‘biggest liar on earth’

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has accused former premier Imran Khan of being the biggest liar on the face of the earth, alleging that the PTI chief has ruined the country's economy. In an interview with the UK newspaper The Guardian, which was cited by Dawn, Shehbaz Sharif spoke about…

Tory leadership race: Britain will get either its first British…

THE final two candidates to become UK prime minister will be decided Wednesday (20), with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Penny Mordaunt battling it out with frontrunner Rishi Sunak. Former finance minister Sunak was only two votes short of securing his place in the final two after Tuesday's (19) voting,…

Sunak widens lead in race to become UK PM after…

FORMER finance minister Rishi Sunak widened his lead in the latest round of voting Monday (18) by Conservative MPs to decide Britain's next prime minister, but the race to get in the final two tightened. Sunak won the support of 115 Tory lawmakers, followed by Penny Mordaunt on 82 votes,…

Ex-finance minister Rishi Sunak tops first vote to be next…

FORMER finance minister Rishi Sunak won the biggest backing from Conservative lawmakers on Wednesday (13) in the first vote to choose who will succeed Boris Johnson as party leader and British prime minister, while two more rivals were eliminated. Sunak, whose resignation as finance minister last week helped precipitate Johnson's…

Contest to replace Boris Johnson begins, opponents demand he goes…

As many as a dozen candidates were on Friday eyeing up replacing Boris Johnson as British prime minister who is quitting after his Conservative Party turned on him, as opponents said they wanted him out of Downing Street immediately. Johnson said on Thursday that he would step down as Conservative…

I want you to know how sad I am to…

Scandal-ridden Boris Johnson announced on Thursday he would quit as British prime minister after he dramatically lost the support of his ministers and most Conservative lawmakers, but said he would stay on until his successor was chosen. Bowing to the inevitable as more than 50 ministers quit and lawmakers said…

The rise and fall of Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson lasted just three years as British prime minister. Weakened by scandals, he refused for months to resign but on Thursday was poised to quit, forced by his own colleagues.July 2019: triumphant victory After Theresa May's resignation, Brexit figurehead Johnson is elected head of the Conservative party in July…

Boris Johnson agrees to resign, will stay UK PM until…

Embattled British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday finally agreed to step down as the Conservative Party leader, triggering a leadership election for a new Tory leader who will go on to become the new premier, according to reports from Downing Street. Johnson, 58, will remain in charge at 10…

Boris Johnson clings on despite clamour for his resignation

A group of Boris Johnson's senior ministers were set to tell him to resign as British prime minister on Wednesday, media reports said, after he insisted he would not quit in the face of a mounting rebellion in his party. With a BBC report that a group of his most…

If UK PM Boris Johnson is ousted, who could replace…

Britain's finance and health ministers resigned in quick succession on Tuesday, in moves that put the future of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in peril after a series of scandals that have damaged his administration.Below is a summary of some of those who could be in the frame to replace him…

UK government proposes VAT cut to ease pain of rising…

Britain has proposed a cut in value-added tax, or VAT, to help households with the cost of living, The Times reported on Thursday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's chief of staff Steve Barclay suggested reducing the 20% headline rate of the tax, the report said, adding a temporary cut would reduce…

Will Priti Patel succeed Oliver Dowden as Conservatives chair after…

Priti Patel may be moved “sideways” from Home Office to being Conservatives Party chief to replace Oliver Dowden whose resignation has taken the Tories by surprise.Dowden put in his papers as the Conservatives chair earlier this week after the ruling party suffered crushing defeats in the by-elections to two parliamentary…

Tiverton and Honiton by-election: UK PM Johnson faces prospect of…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could this week lose two parliamentary seats that once illustrated his broad appeal, showing his declining popularity that could spur his party to try to find a way to oust him.His Conservative Party are contesting two by-elections on Thursday: one in Tiverton and Honiton, a…

Offered president Zelenskiy a major new military training programme that…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson offered to launch a military training programme for Ukrainian forces on Friday (17) as he met president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv on his second trip to the Ukrainian capital since Russia's invasion. Johnson, who survived a no confidence vote earlier this month, was greeted by…

‘Attack on constitution’: Oppn lashes out at Shehbaz govt over…

Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which is known for having overarching in the politics of Pakistan, has now been granted the power by the Shehbaz Sharif government to screen appointments of bureaucrats, a move which is being termed an "attack on the constitution" by the Opposition parties. The political…

‘Bureaucratic simplifications’, Britain to defy EU with new N.Ireland law

Britain will set out plans on Monday to override some of the post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland, changes that will inflame tensions with the European Union but were dubbed mere "bureaucratic simplifications" by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.Britain has been threatening for months to rip up the Northern Ireland protocol,…

Authority shaken, Boris Johnson pitches new plan for UK economy

ROCKED by a major revolt against his leadership this week, British prime minister Boris Johnson will on Thursday (9) promise to rejuvenate a flagging economy and make it easier for young people to buy homes. Johnson will pledge "fiscal firepower" to help ease a worsening cost-of-living crunch for households, in…

Boris Johnson’s ex-girlfriend Wyatt says he ‘is now seen as…

Boris Johnson’s former girlfriend has predicted that the “people-pleaser” prime minister cannot win the next election.Petronella Wyatt told the Good Morning Britain programme on ITV that Johnson was not tough enough unlike his predecessors Margaret Thatcher and John Major.The journalist, who was in a relationship with Johnson when he was…

Boris Johnson told to cut taxes if he wants to…

There are growing calls for prime minister Boris Johnson to cut taxes to ease the cost of living burden after he managed to sail through a confidence vote.A reduction in levies amid historic inflation levels would help reunify his traditionally low-tax Conservative Party, according to his supporters.Health secretary Sajid Javid…

Tory backbenchers may make Johnson face another confidence vote in…

Britain’s governing Conservative Party backbenchers are mulling over changing party rules to allow another confidence vote against prime minister Boris Johnson within six months.Currently, the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs does not allow such a vote against the party leader within a year of surviving one.Senior Conservative backbencher Tobias Ellwood…

UK PM Johnson vows to ‘get on with the job’…

UK prime minister Boris Johnson convened his cabinet on Tuesday (7), vowing to "get on with the job" after surviving a confidence vote of Conservative MPs that has left him severely weakened. The beleaguered leader has claimed that Monday (6) evening's dramatic ballot, which saw 211 Tory party lawmakers support…

From Brexit highs to ‘Partygate’ lows: Boris Johnson’s woes

Little more than two years after winning a landslide election victory, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a no-confidence vote among Conservative MPs following months of growing pressure. Here are key questions around the crisis confronting the UK leader: Where did it go wrong?  Brexit cheerleader Johnson joined other Tory…

No-confidence vote: How to oust a Conservative leader

If he loses, his successor would take over in Downing Street. If Johnson wins, under the current rules he will be immune from further challenge for a year -- and in all likelihood until the next election, due in 2024. Here is how the process works:  54 letters A vote…

Confidence vote chance for Johnson to ‘draw a line and…

A Conservative Party confidence vote later Monday (6) in UK prime minister Boris Johnson is a chance "to draw a line and move on", a Downing Street spokesperson said. "The PM welcomes the opportunity to make his case to MPs and will remind them that when they’re united and focused…

Didn’t have absolute authority, actual power centre lies elsewhere: Imran…

IN an unusual attack on Pakistan's powerful military, ousted prime minister Imran Khan has admitted that his government was a "weak one" which was "blackmailed from everywhere" as the power was not with him and "everyone knows where that is" Khan was ousted from power in April after losing a…

Explained: How unhappy lawmakers can oust Boris Johnson?

A growing number of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative lawmakers have withdrawn their support for the British leader after a damning official report detailed a series of illegal parties at his Downing Street office during Covid-19 lockdowns. More than 25 Conservative lawmakers have publicly called for Johnson to quit, with…

UK ‘very unlikely’ to hold early election: Deputy prime minister…

BRITAIN is "very unlikely" to hold an early election, deputy prime minister Dominic Raab said, as speculation swirls about the future of the government following growing criticism of prime minister Boris Johnson. Johnson is facing a mounting threat of a confidence vote from his own lawmakers, prompting some commentators to…

Partygate: 27 MPs now want PM Boris Johnson to resign

There is a gradual build up of members of Parliament from within the UK's ruling Conservative Party who have voiced their concerns over the partygate scandal, calling for party leader Boris Johnson to resign as Prime Minister. The total number of openly critical MPs has risen to 27 since the…

Imran Khan’s supporters were carrying automatic weapons at Azadi rally,…

Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has claimed that protesters in the Azadi March were carrying not only guns but also automatic weapons on the orders of ousted prime minister Imran Khan. Khan led his thousands of supporters of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party to Islamabad last Wednesday in a protest and…

For the good of this and future governments, Boris Johnson…

CONSERVATIVE lawmaker Jeremy Wright, a former British minister and attorney general, said that prime minister Boris Johnson should resign, joining a growing number of MPs who have withdrawn their support over the "partygate" scandal. A damning official report published last week detailed a series of illegal parties at Johnson's Downing…

UK aims to send the first group of asylum seekers…

BRITAIN aims to send a first group of asylum seekers to Rwanda in two weeks' time as part of a policy which the government says is designed to break people-smuggling networks and stem the flow of migrants across the Channel.In April, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government announced plans to send…

Trouble mounts for Boris Johnson: Tory MP Bob Neill submits…

A Conservative lawmaker has submitted a letter of no confidence in Boris Johnson and another quit a role as an assistant to Britain's interior minister, putting new pressure on the prime minister over illegal parties at his Downing Street residence during Covid-19 lockdowns.Bob Neill, the chair of parliament's justice committee,…

Tory lawmaker quits government over ‘partygate’ culture

A Conservative lawmaker quit his role as an assistant to Britain's home secretary on Friday (27), saying his work had been tarnished by the "toxic culture" in Downing Street that was detailed by investigations into lockdown-busting parties. A damning official report on Wednesday (25) documented a series of illegal Covid-19…

Pressure mounts on Boris Johnson: Nearly 20 Tory MPs have…

FOUR lawmakers from Britain's governing Conservatives have pulled their support for Prime Minister Boris Johnson over a damning report that detailed a series of alcohol-fuelled parties at 10 Downing Street that broke Covid-19 lockdown rules. A day after the report was published, describing a boozy culture at his Downing Street…

PM Shehbaz warns Imran Khan, says ‘Your dictation won’t work…’

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Thursday (26) that the National Assembly would decide the date for fresh polls. "I want to clarify to the leader of this group (PTI), your dictation won't work. This house will decide when to hold elections," said the premier while speaking on the…

Local polls: Embattled Johnson faces mid-term test

VOTERS go to the polls in Britain on Thursday (5), in a mid-term test for the Conservative government that could determine beleaguered prime minister Boris Johnson's future.The local election results will be seen as a barometer of support for the Conservatives nationally, as well as an indicator of whether the…

Pakistan prime minister Sharif arrives in Saudi for first foreign…

Pakistan's new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif began his maiden foreign trip Thursday, arriving in Saudi Arabia in a bid to enhance financial support from a country where he spent years in exile. The kingdom has long been an intelligence partner for Pakistan as well as a regular source of relief…

Female suicide bomber kills three Chinese nationals in Pakistan

A WOMAN suicide bomber from a Pakistan separatist group killed four people, including three Chinese nationals, in an attack on a minibus carrying staff from the Confucius Institute at Karachi University on Tuesday (26).The Baloch Liberation Army - one of several groups fighting for independence in Pakistan's biggest province -…

Pakistan pitches for ‘meaningful engagement’ with India

PAKISTAN prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has written a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi pitching for "meaningful" engagement between the two countries.Sharif's communication came in response to a letter from Modi congratulating him on becoming the prime minister, people familiar with the development said on Sunday (17).In his letter…

Pakistan Army chief to retire in November ‘no matter what’

PAKISTAN’S Army has said it has "nothing to do with politics" as it asserted that its chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will retire on November 29 "no matter what."Amidst a vicious social media campaign against the powerful "establishment" for not backing former prime minister Imran Khan, military spokesman major general…

Sri Lanka leader trims cabinet of relatives

SRI LANKA'S leader dropped two of his brothers and a nephew from his cabinet Monday (18), following public anger over the ruling family's mismanagement of a crippling economic crisis and calls for his resignation.President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has presided over the island nation's most painful downturn in memory and his government…

Pakistan not to roll back fuel, power subsidies

PAKISTAN'S new government has decided not to roll back billions in fuel subsidies for the time being despite the strain on public funds, citing the possible backlash if it were to raise fuel prices just days after taking power.Former premier Imran Khan, who was ousted in a confidence vote earlier…

Sharif implements ‘Pakistan speed’ policy to fix economy

Pakistan's new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif said Thursday the country's economy had stagnated under his predecessor Imran Khan, setting the tone for possibly months of bitterness before an election that must be held by October next year. Sharif, sworn in Monday after Khan was ousted by a no-confidence vote in…

What’s next for Pakistan after Imran Khan’s ouster?

A PROTRACTED political drama in Pakistan turned a page on April 10, with prime minister Imran Khan being removed from office following a vote of no confidence in the country’s Parliament.He was replaced by opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif. But that is unlikely to be the end of political turmoil in…

US congratulates Pakistan’s new prime minister

THE UNITED STATES on Wednesday (13) congratulated Pakistan prime minister Shehbaz Sharif, newly elected following the weekend ouster of Imran Khan, who accused Washington of involvement in a conspiracy to force him from power.Khan was dismissed on Sunday (10) after losing a no-confidence vote, and Sharif elected by Pakistan lawmakers…

Shehbaz Sharif elected as Pakistan’s new prime minister

PAKISTAN lawmakers on Monday (11) elected Shehbaz Sharif as the country's new prime minister following the weekend ouster of Imran Khan, who resigned from the National Assembly along with most of his party members.Khan was dismissed on Sunday (10) after losing a no-confidence vote, paving the way for an unlikely…

Imran Khan dismissed as Pakistan prime minister after losing no-confidence…

Imran Khan was dismissed on Sunday as Pakistan prime minister after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament following weeks of political turmoil. It was not immediately clear when a new premier will be chosen, but Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Shehbaz Sharif was almost certain to be picked to lead…

Pakistan lawmakers clash as no-trust debate begins

PAKISTAN lawmakers clashed angrily in the National Assembly on Saturday (9) ahead of a no-confidence vote on prime minister Imran Khan that will likely see him booted from office.The speaker adjourned proceedings without giving a reason after just 30 rowdy minutes, ordering lawmakers to return in the afternoon.Khan, who was…

Imran Khan vows to fight on after court rules against…

PAKISTAN'S prime minister Imran Khan is due to address the nation on Friday (8) after the Supreme Court ruled he acted unconstitutionally in blocking an attempt to oust him - a decision that could end his premiership in days.Last Sunday (2), political allies of the former cricket star dissolved parliament…

Pakistan court orders Imran Khan to face no-confidence vote

PAKISTAN'S Supreme Court ruled on Thursday (7) that the National Assembly had been illegally dissolved, and ordered parliament to reconvene to hold a no-confidence vote that will likely see prime minister Imran Khan booted from office.Khan asked the president to dissolve the assembly after the deputy speaker refused to allow…

No-trust motion: Verdict on Imran Khan’s actions likely tomorrow

PAKISTAN'S top court could rule on Thursday (7) on prime minister Imran Khan's move to block an opposition attempt to oust him, a step his critics say is unconstitutional and has touched off political turmoil.Khan, a former cricket star, lost his parliamentary majority last week and had faced a no-confidence…

Pakistan president wants election date set as political crisis continues

Pakistan president Arif Alvi told the election commission on Wednesday to fix a date for a new national ballot, as the supreme court sat to decide the legality of political manoeuvres that led to parliament being dissolved. The court must rule if the deputy speaker of the national assembly violated…

Pakistan’s top court resumes hearing on prime minister Khan’s bid…

Pakistan's top court resumed deliberations on Tuesday about the legality of prime minister Imran Khan's attempt to block an opposition bid to oust him, a dispute that has led to political turmoil in the nuclear-armed country. Former cricket star Khan lost his parliamentary majority last week and had been facing…

Pakistan court adjourns no-trust vote hearing

POLITICAL turmoil intensified in Pakistan after the country’s supreme court adjourned on Tuesday (5) without ruling on the legality of political manoeuvres that led prime minister Imran Khan to dissolve the national assembly and call fresh elections.Former cricket star Khan lost his parliamentary majority last week and faced a no-confidence…

Pakistan minister claims ‘plot to kill Imran Khan reported’

PAKISTAN'S information minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday (1) claimed that a plot to assassinate prime minister Imran Khan has been reported by the country's security agencies.Khan's security has been beefed up as per the government's decision after these reports, the Dawn newspaper quoted Chaudhry as saying.His statement came a week…

Imran Khan slams US for ‘meddling in Pakistan politics’

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan has accused the United States of meddling in Islamabad's politics - a claim quickly denied by Washington - as a debate on a no-confidence motion against him in parliament was postponed.No Pakistan premier has ever seen out a full term, and Khan is facing the…

Pakistani Taliban announce Ramadan offensive against security forces

The Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday announced it would launch a Ramadan offensive against security forces, after claiming an attack which the military said killed at least six of its soldiers. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a separate movement that shares common roots with the militants that took power in Afghanistan last…

No-trust motion: Main ally deserts Imran Khan’s government

A MAIN ally of Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan's government has reached a pact with opposition parties seeking to oust him, a party official said on Wednesday (30).The move signalled the prime minister may be running out of options as he tries to stay in power.Former cricket star Khan, 69,…

Imran Khan faces test of his political life

PAKISTAN'S opposition has tabled a no-trust motion against prime minister Imran Khan as defections in his party and cracks in the ruling coalition appeared to have made his position fragile.The National Assembly, the lower house of the bicameral parliament, will begin a debate on the motion on Thursday (31) and…

Imran Khan faces toughest challenge to his rule in four…

FOREIGN ministers of Muslim nations began meeting in Pakistan on Tuesday (22) as the country's leader trumpets his Islamic credentials while at the same time battling the most serious challenge to his rule in four years.The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is meeting in Islamabad with an ambitious agenda that…

Imran Khan praises India’s ‘independent foreign policy’

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan on Sunday (20) lauded India for following an “independent foreign policy”.Addressing a public rally in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, he said India, which is part of the Quad grouping, has imported crude oil from Russia despite American sanctions on Moscow.The Quad grouping has the US, India,…

Imran Khan faces toughest test as no-trust move looms

PAKISTAN'S parliament will convene on Friday (25) to take up a no-confidence motion against prime minister Imran Khan, the lower house speaker's office has said, in what is shaping up to be his toughest test since coming to power in 2018.An alliance of opposition parties filed the motion against Khan…

Johnson sorry for ‘partygate’ but vows to stay on

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday (31) apologised after his government was criticised for "failures of leadership and judgment" in allowing lockdown-breaching parties at his offices. Johnson's position has been hanging by a thread because of the steady drip of revelations since late last year, but he has in…

UK ‘partygate’ report slams ‘failures of leadership’

A long-awaited report into claims of lockdown-breaking parties at British prime minister Boris Johnson's offices was published in part on Monday (31), criticising "failures of leadership" that allowed events to go ahead. Political and public anger at the revelations put Johnson's position as leader under threat, but senior civil servant…

Kwasi Kwarteng urges to probe ‘blackmail’ allegations

UK business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said that allegations of blackmail by government whips against Tory rebels need to be investigated, reported the Guardian.  He added that those allegations are 'unlikely to be true'. “Any form of blackmail and intimidation of that kind simply has no place in British politics. We…

Johnson denies blackmailing Tory rebels

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has dismissed new allegations that his aides had tried to "blackmail" and threaten Conservative rebels, in a potentially criminal twist to Downing Street's "partygate" scandal. Senior Tory William Wragg disclosed the alleged intimidation campaign as Downing Street battles to shore up Johnson against calls from…

Imran Khan survives confidence vote boycotted by opposition

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan survived a vote of confidence by the country's parliament on Saturday, days after his party lost a key Senate seat to an opposition candidate. Ruling party and opposition activists clashed briefly outside the parliament ahead of the vote, with local TV channels showing a shoe…

UK opposition agrees plan to prevent no-deal Brexit

IN an important breakthrough, the UK's opposition parties on Tuesday (27) agreed on a strategy to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal in place by the October 31 deadline. After a meeting in London called by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, senior MPs of the country's…

UK to loosen budget purse strings as Brexit nears

THE UK prime minister Boris Johnson's government has made billions of pounds of new spending commitments in its first three weeks in office, even before the potential costs of a disruptive, no-deal Brexit are taken into account. New finance minister Sajid Javid will give more details of the plans next…

India’s ties with the UK to grow post-Brexit, says high…

India's relations with the UK will continue to grow even after Britain's planned exit from the European Union in March, Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam has assured London, amidst the political turmoil here over Brexit. The Indian envoy said this during her first visit to the Midlands on January 18…

Brexit: Labour hints it could support second referendum

  LABOUR could back a second Brexit referendum if its proposals for leaving the EU are shunned by the government and a no-deal scenario looks likely, party leader Jeremy Corbyn said today (17). The opposition leader confirmed this morning he would only hold talks with prime minister Theresa May about…

Breaking the deadlock

by LORD JITESH GADHIA IT IS virtually certain that the prime minister will lose this Tuesday’s (15) Brexit vote in parliament by a large majority. So the question everyone is asking – but which nobody can answer – is where next? What is plan B? The immediate response from opposition…

May faces vote of no confidence: How will it work?

The confidence vote in prime minister Theresa May's government taking place on Wednesday, which she is expected to win, is the first in nearly 26 years. The vote was called by main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn following the government's historic defeat over May's Brexit deal with the European Union.…

Lawmakers defeat Brexit deal 432-202

BRITAIN’S parliament on Tuesday (15) voted against prime minister Theresa May's Brexit deal by a massive margin, triggering a no confidence vote that could bring down her government. The Commons voted 432 to 202 against the plan for taking Britain out of the European Union after nearly five decades, one…

UK India ties moved forward smoothly in 2018

The UK and India pledged to work closely post-Brexit as the bilateral ties moved forward smoothly in 2018, a year in which India scored a major diplomatic victory when a British court ordered the extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya wanted back home for alleged bank fraud. The year 2018…

Prime minister May hit by leadership challenge over Brexit deal

British MPs launched a no-confidence motion against prime minister Theresa May over her Brexit plan on Wednesday (12) but she vowed to fight off the leadership challenge, warning that changing course could derail the whole process. Facing her biggest political crisis since assuming office a month after Britons voted in June 2016…

Sri Lankan Parliament Cuts Prime Minister’s Budget As Political Crisis…

Sri Lanka's parliament cut the budget of the prime minister's office on Thursday (29), a move designed to hinder disputed premier Mahinda Rajapaksa whose supporters boycotted the vote in the latest twist in a weeks-long political standoff. Lawmakers opposed to Rajapaksa, who has lost two no-confidence votes in parliament, regard…

Sri Lanka president suffers latest setback in parliament

Sri Lanka's deposed prime minister secured control of a key committee in parliament on Friday (23), dealing a blow to the country's president in the latest twist in a month-long political crisis. Sri Lanka has been politically paralysed since October 26 when president Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as premier and replaced him…

Indian IT professionals in UK to get fair post-Brexit chance:…

British prime minister Theresa May on Monday (19) vowed that Brexit would level the playing field for migrant workers in the UK, with migrants from the European Union (EU) no longer be able to jump the queue ahead of those from countries like India. Addressing the Confederation of British Industry…

British Prime Minister Battles To Sell Brexit Deal Amid Rumours…

British prime minister Theresa May was fighting for survival on Friday (16) after a draft divorce deal with the European Union provoked the resignations of senior ministers and calls for a vote of no confidence in her leadership. More than two years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the…

Sri Lanka, Without Prime Minister And Cabinet, Grinds To Political…

Sri Lanka appeared to be politically rudderless on Thursday (15) as the speaker of parliament declared there was no functioning prime minister or cabinet after a no-confidence vote the previous day. His comments came after weeks of political turmoil in the island, off the southeast coast of India, leading to…

UK Prime Minister Battles To Save Brexit Deal As Ministers…

British prime minister Theresa May battled on Thursday (15) to save a draft divorce deal with the European Union after her Brexit secretary and other ministers quit in protest at an agreement they say will trap Britain in the bloc's orbit for years. Just over 12 hours after May announced…

British Prime Minister Suffers Severe Blow Over Brexit As Ministers…

British prime minister Theresa May's Brexit secretary and other ministers quit one by one on Thursday (15), striking at the heart of a draft divorce deal with the European Union she is struggling to save. Just over 12 hours after May announced that her team of top ministers had agreed…

Political Crisis In Sri Lanka Deepens As New PM Loses…

Sri Lanka's parliament passed a no-confidence motion against newly appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday (14), presenting a standoff with the opposition and throwing the country deeper into turmoil. Deputies from Rajapaksa's party rejected the voice vote as illegal, saying it wasn't scheduled and that the pro-China former strongman…

Cricket hero Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan prime minister

Pakistan's new prime minister Imran Khan was sworn in at a ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday, ushering in a new political era as the World Cup cricket hero officially took the reins of power in the nuclear-armed country. The ceremony at the President's House in the capital marks the end…

India court orders disputed Karnataka state government to face confidence…

India's Supreme Court ordered prime minister Narendra Modi's party to hold a vote of confidence on Saturday (19) in a key state where it has been allowed to form a government despite its lack of a majority. The order heightened political tensions in Karnataka and the opposition Congress party moved…

Sri Lanka prime minister wins no-confidence vote

Sri Lanka's prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe defeated a no-confidence motion in parliament late Wednesday but political tensions rose after 13 MPs from an allied party voted against him. Wickremesinghe said he would hold talks with president Maithripala Sirisena after coming through the battle by 122 votes to 76. Sirisena has…

Voting opens in Labour leadership battle

Voting has opened to determine whether Jeremy Corbyn will remain the leader of the Labour party. Almost 650,000 members of the party are eligible to vote in the election which has pitted current leader Corbyn against Owen Smith after Corbyn lost a no-confidence vote moved by his party’s MPs in…

Sadiq Khan calls on Labour to ditch leader Corbyn

London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan on Sunday (21) urged party members to unseat boss Jeremy Corbyn in the upcoming leadership election, saying he had “failed to win the respect of the British people.” “Jeremy’s personal ratings are the worst of any opposition leader on record and the Labour party is…