Review of CPEC projects underway: Imran Khan

Review of CPEC projects underway: Imran Khan

Karachi: Pakistan is reviewing the projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to safeguard the interest of the people in Balochistan province, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said. The USD 50 billion CPEC, launched in 2015, is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking China’s resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan’s […]

5,000 believed missing in two hard-hit Indonesian quake zones

Jakarta: As many as 5,000 people are believed missing from two hard-hit areas in Palu more than a week after the Indonesian city was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami, an official said Sunday. Indonesia’s disaster agency said the figure was based on estimates from local heads in the Petobo and Balaroa areas of the […]

Iran parliament passes counter-terror finance bill

Tehran: Iran’s parliament on Sunday approved a bill to counter terrorist financing that was strongly opposed by conservatives but seen as vital to salvaging the nuclear deal with European and Asian partners. The bill, one of four put forward by the government to meet demands set by the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF), was […]

Malaysia arrests 8 suspected militants, 7 of them foreigners

Malaysia arrests 8 suspected militants, 7 of them foreigners

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police say eight suspected militants, including seven foreigners, have been arrested for allegedly spreading religious extremism that could threaten national security and fan terrorism in the region. National police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun says the suspects are connected with an Islamic religious school in Yemen that promotes teachings that permit the killings […]

Shahbaz Sharif sent to 10-day NAB remand in housing scam case

LAHORE: An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on Saturday granted a 10-day remand of opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif to the country’s top anti-graft body in a Rs 1,400 crore housing scam, the latest setback to the embattled Sharif family. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which arrested the PML-N president on Friday, had sought a 15-day remand […]

Imran Khan to make first official visit to China in November

Imran Khan to make first official visit to China in November

WASHINGTON: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to make his first official trip to China next month, his foreign minister has said. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a game changer for Pakistan and has taken off. Pakistan, he said, wants an early completing […]

Pakistan says Saudi Arabia won’t be part of CPEC

Pakistan says Saudi Arabia won’t be part of CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has announced that its close ally Saudi Arabia would not join the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, days after Islamabad said Riyadh will be the third “strategic partner” of China’s flagship project, the Belt and Road Initiative. The CPEC is the flagship project of the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a […]

Saudi journalist and govt critic ‘missing in Turkey’

WASHINGTON: A veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical of the government has gone missing after visiting the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, the Washington Post reported. Jamal Khashoggi, who writes opinion pieces for the Post, has not been seen since entering the consulate in the afternoon, according to his fiance who accompanied him but waited […]