Former Pakistan prime minister Jamali, who served after military coup, dies

Pakistan’s former prime minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, who served under military leader Pervez Musharraf, has died, his family announced. The 76-year-old died in the city of Rawalpindi outside Islamabad on Wednesday after recently suffering a heart attack, his son Mir Muhammad Khan Jamali said. Jamali was elected prime minister but with limited powers in […]

Imran Khan, Prince Charles discuss climate change, COVID-19

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan and UK’s prince Charles on Thursday (3) spoke over phone and reaffirmed the close bond between the two commonwealth nations as they discussed various issues, including climate change and COVID-19. The prince of Wales and prime minister Khan agreed on the need for greater global co-operation in dealing with shared […]

Bangladesh begins controversial transfer of Rohingya to island; rights groups raise concerns

BANGLADESH began transferring hundreds of Rohingya refugees on Thursday(3) to a low-lying island in an area prone to cyclones and floods, with rights groups alleging people were being coerced into leaving. Almost a million Rohingya — most of whom fled a military offensive in neighbouring Myanmar in 2017 — live in a vast network of […]

Cyclone Burevi causes little damage in Sri Lanka; heading for southern India

THE Burevi tropical cyclone is headed towards southern India, authorities said on Thursday(3), after it slammed Sri Lanka’s east coast earlier this week but caused little damage. Burevi, the second cyclone in the southern Bay of Bengal in a week, slammed into north-eastern Sri Lanka just before midnight (1830 GMT). Packing winds up to 100 […]

Preparations in full-swing as Cyclone Burevi nears Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA evacuated 75,000 people from homes on the east coast, where tropical cyclone Burevi, packing winds of 80 kph to 90 kph (50 mph to 56 mph) is expected to hit the island nation late on Wednesday(2). The cyclone is likely to damage coastal buildings and power lines and unleash flash floods, the island’s […]

Sri Lanka coronavirus prison riot leaves eight dead, over 50 wounded

At least eight prisoners were killed and more than 50 injured in clashes with guards at a Sri Lankan prison, officials said on Monday, as authorities tried to quell a protest over rising corornavirus infections in the country’s crowded jails. Sri Lanka has witnessed an upsurge in coronavirus cases in the past month and over-congested […]

Appeal opens against acquittal of Briton convicted in Daniel Pearl killing

An appeal against the controversial acquittal of a British-born militant convicted of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl opened at a Pakistani court on Tuesday (1). A Karachi court sparked outrage earlier this year when it overturned the 2002 murder conviction of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, and acquitted three other men connected to the case. Pearl’s […]

Pakistan court opens appeal against acquittal of British-born militant convicted in Daniel Pearl killing

AN appeal against the controversial acquittal of a British-born militant convicted of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl opened at a Pakistani court on Tuesday (1). A Karachi court sparked outrage earlier this year when it overturned the 2002 murder conviction of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, and acquitted three other men connected to the case. Pearl’s […]

UK police probe mercenaries from Sri Lanka’s civil war

London police said on Monday (30) they have launched an investigation into alleged war crimes by British mercenaries who trained a security force accused of brutalising Tamil people during Sri Lanka’s civil war. The war crimes unit of the Metropolitan Police said it was acting on a referral received in March “concerning war crimes alleged […]

Massive crowds attend funeral for Pakistani firebrand cleric

Massive crowds of maskless mourners gathered in Lahore on Saturday for the funeral of hardline Pakistani cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who for years terrorised the country’s religious minorities, incited riots and advocated the destruction of European nations in the name of fighting blasphemy. Vast throngs of men were seen packing the centre of the eastern […]

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