Curtailed hajj compounds Saudi Arabia economic woes

Curtailed hajj compounds Saudi Arabia economic woes

RIYADH: Vacant religious sites. Abandoned pilgrim tents. Lifeless hotels. A stunning emptiness — and fears of economic ruin — haunt the usually bustling city of Mecca after Saudi authorities curtailed the hajj pilgrimage over coronavirus. Islam’s holiest city usually hosts millions of pilgrims for the annual rite, but the kingdom has barred overseas visitors from […]

China’s actions in Ladakh part of military provocations against neighbours: US Congressman Ted Yoho

China’s actions in Ladakh part of military provocations against neighbours: US Congressman Ted Yoho

WASHINGTON: China’s recent aggression in eastern Ladakh is part of its large-scale military provocations against its neighbours and the US will not stand for unprovoked, premeditated military action for intimidating peaceful nations into submission, an influential American lawmaker has said. Congressman Ted Yoho said that now is the time for the world to come together […]

Pak has conveyed its readiness to India to reopen Kartarpur corridor from Monday: FO

Pak has conveyed its readiness to India to reopen Kartarpur corridor from Monday: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has conveyed its readiness to India to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor on Monday on the occasion of the death anniversary of Sikh guru Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, the Foreign Office said on Saturday, over three months after it was temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. India temporarily suspended the pilgrimage and registration for […]

Pak’s anti-graft body files corruption case against Nawaz Sharif

Pak’s anti-graft body files corruption case against Nawaz Sharif

Lahore: Pakistan’s anti-graft body has filed a corruption case against deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and three others for their alleged involvement in the illegal allotment of land in Punjab province about 34 years ago. An arrest warrant has been issued against the 70-year-old three-time premier who is in London for medical treatment. The National […]

Pakistan summons senior Indian diplomat over ‘ceasefire violations’

Pakistan summons senior Indian diplomat over ‘ceasefire violations’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday summoned a senior diplomat from the Indian High Commission to register its protest over the alleged ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the Line of Control. The Foreign Office claimed that the Indian forces started “indiscriminate and unprovoked firing” in Karela Sector on Thursday, resulting in serious injuries to a […]

US reviewing global force posture to counter China’s threat to India: Pompeo

US reviewing global force posture to counter China’s threat to India: Pompeo

Washington: The US is reviewing its global deployment of forces to ensure it is postured appropriately to counter the People’s Liberation Army, given the increasing threat posed by China to Asian countries like India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday. Pompeo made those remarks in response to a […]

Beijing eases coronavirus lockdown as mass testing gathers pace

Beijing eases coronavirus lockdown as mass testing gathers pace

Beijing: Beijing has partially lifted a weeks-long lockdown imposed in the Chinese capital to head off a feared second wave of coronavirus infections after three million samples were taken in two weeks, officials said. Dozens of residential compounds across the city were shut down, with authorities rolling out a mass testing campaign to root out […]

UK PM terms Sino-India standoff ‘very serious, worrying situation’; calls for dialogue

UK PM terms Sino-India standoff ‘very serious, worrying situation’; calls for dialogue

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on India and China to engage in dialogue to sort out their border issues as he described the escalation in eastern Ladakh as “a very serious and worrying situation” which the UK is closely monitoring. The first official statement of Johnson came during his weekly Prime Minister’s […]

PIA to ground 150 pilots with ‘dubious licences’

PIA to ground 150 pilots with ‘dubious licences’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will be grounding nearly 150 out of its 426 pilots, amid an inquiry that they hold “dubious” licences, a company spokesman said. On Wednesday, Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan said 262 pilots, out of total 860 in the country, have suspicious flying licences and would be grounded immediately, reports […]

Qureshi accuses India of plotting attack on Pakistan to divert attention from dispute with China

Qureshi accuses India of plotting attack on Pakistan to divert attention from dispute with China

Islamabad: A day after Pakistan was asked to reduce its staff at its High Commission in New Delhi by half, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday accused India of plotting an attack on his country to divert its Opposition’s attention from its border dispute with China. Speaking to Geo Pakistan, Qureshi said, “India’s mood […]