BIGGEST TROOP CUT: China to downsize army to under a million

BIGGEST TROOP CUT: China to downsize army to under a million

BEIJING: China will downsize its 2.3 million-strong military, the world’s largest, to under one million in the biggest troop reduction in its history as part of a restructuring process, an official Chinese daily said. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will increase the numbers of other services, including navy and missile forces, the PLA Daily, the […]

Sharif meets top aides to deal with consequences of JIT report

Sharif meets top aides to deal with consequences of JIT report

ISLAMABAD: Embattled Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday met his close aides to chalk out a strategy to deal with the legal and political implications of the damning report by a probe panel on the Panamagate scandal that recommended filing of a corruption case against him. The six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that probed […]

China needs to do more on North Korea: Haley

China needs to do more on North Korea: Haley

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has made it clear to China that he will “start looking” at trade relations with the country if it did not help stop North Korea s aggressive behaviour, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Monday. Amidst indication that America may toughen stance against North Korea which recently successfully […]

Rally in UK to commemorate Burhan

Rally in UK to commemorate Burhan

LONDON: A protest rally was organised by non-resident Kashmiris at Birmingham, United Kingdom to mark the first anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Muzzafar Wani. Addressing the gathering, eminent pro-freedom activist Muzzammil Ayyub Thakur said that Burhan Wani has become an everlasting symbol against the “Indian occupation and her tyranny”. “From the town of Tral, […]

British Queen appoints first black household staffer

British Queen appoints first black household staffer

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has appointed her first black equerry, a senior staff member in charge of assisting the royal household. Ghanaian-born Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah from the Household Cavalry will take charge of one of the most important roles in the 91-year-old monarch’s household. The Afghanistan war veteran, known as TA to his […]

UN Security Council sanctions splinter group of Pak Taliban

UN Security Council sanctions splinter group of Pak Taliban

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has sanctioned a splinter group of the Pakistan Taliban, subjecting it to assets freeze and an arms embargo The Security Council’s Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee on Thursday added Jamaat-Ul-Ahrar (JuA) to the ISIL (the Islamic State) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List The outfit is also known as Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan Jamaat […]

Sale of weapons to India would undermine strategic balance: Pak

Sale of weapons to India would undermine strategic balance: Pak

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday expressed concern over the reported sale of advanced weapons to India by some countries, saying it would undermine the strategic balance in the region. “Pakistan will continue to raise its voice at the international fora which should objectively assess its actions and policies towards South Asian region,” Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees […]