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Pakistan detains Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three others

Pakistani authorities have ordered to detain British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three others, who were acquitted of Daniel Pearl murder. They will be detained for three months despite a lower court’s ruling to overturn their convictions. The US denounced Thursday’s acquittal of the four, with the top American diplomat for south Asia tweeting it […]

Sri Lanka must respect the right of religious minorities: Amnesty International

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL has said that the Sri Lankan authorities must respect the right of religious minorities to carry out the final rites of their relatives in accordance with their own traditions. The statement came following reports that two Muslims, who died due to COVID-19 infection, were forcibly cremated on the instructions of the authorities and […]

Pakistan extends lockdown until April 14; will bring back citizens

IN a move to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan has decided to extend the lockdown until April 14. Reports said that the ongoing lockdown will continue for two more weeks. The country has reported 2,450 cases and 35 deaths so far. The federal minister for planning and development Asad Umar announced the extension after a […]

COVID-19: 56 cases, six deaths in Bangladesh

BANGLADESH has reported two more COVID-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 56. The country has reported six deaths so far from the disease. Meanwhile,a 70-year-old man died while in home quarantine in Lakshmipur Sadar upazila on Wednesday night. He had been put in home quarantine for the last […]

2,286 COVID-19 cases in Pakistan; 32 dead

THE number of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has jumped to 2,286 on Thursday (2), and the death toll stands at 32. Punjab province has the highest number of cases at 845, followed by Sindh (743) and KP (276). The country said that 107 patients have recovered from the disease so far. Punjab’s higher number of […]

Sri Lanka seizes record $65 million worth of drugs

Sri Lanka’s navy has seized $65 million worth of crystal methamphetamine and ketamine in the country’s biggest drugs bust, officials said Wednesday. Acting on a tip-off, authorities raided a flagless vessel in the country’s southern waters and arrested nine Pakistani men suspected of smuggling the drugs. Navy personnel, wearing special protective clothing in case the […]

Pakistan court acquits four in Daniel Pearl murder case

A court in Pakistan on Thursday (4) acquitted all four defendants, including the main accused British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, the lawyers and the court record said. Omar Saeed Sheikh’s death sentence commuted to 7 years in prison, already served. He has been in jail for […]

Pakistani journalist exiled in Sweden missing: rights group

A Pakistani journalist living in exile in Sweden has been missing for nearly a month, stoking fears that his disappearance is tied to his reporting on Balochistan, a press rights group said on Tuesday (31). Sajid Hussain went missing on March 2, according to police. Originally from Pakistan’s Balochistan province, he has been living and […]

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases reach 143; 21 new cases in a day

The total number of the novel coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka reached 143. Ths island-nation reported 21 fresh cases on March 31, the highest single-day increase so far, health officials said. The island nation has recorded only one death due to the novel coronavirus. A 65-year-old diabetic man who died on Sunday had contracted the […]

Khaleda Zia released; hundreds gathered amid concern of COVID-19

THE Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia was released on Wednesday (25, 25 months after she landed in jail in a graft case. Hundreds of leaders and activists of BNP gathered in front of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), despite the risk of spreading coronavirus. They thronged the BSMMU premises since afternoon. […]

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