Author: Celal Shahwani

ISLAMABAD – A Pakistan court overturned the conviction of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a corruption case on Wednesday, his lawyer said. Sharif was found guilty in 2018 on charges of corrupt practices in a case linked to his family’s purchase of upscale London flats, and was sentenced to 10 years in jail. The Islamabad High Court announced its decision after the national anti-graft body did not contest Sharif’s appeal for his acquittal, lawyer Azam Nazeer Tarar said. “I had left it to the mercy of God,” the former premier said in comments broadcast live on local TV after…

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A Pakistani diplomat said Wednesday that nearly 450,000 Afghan nationals returned to their home country since his government announced two months ago that it would deport all undocumented foreigners. Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s special envoy to Afghanistan, shared the latest data while addressing a seminar in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. He spoke on a day the United Nations renewed its warning that Afghans returning from Pakistan “face a precarious, uncertain future” in their crisis-hit and impoverished nation. The Pakistani government says its crackdown is primarily targeting an estimated 1.7 million Afghans who have overstayed their visas or do not possess any…

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged Swiss entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh to create a mini Switzerland in the South Asian country. Swiss businesses can invest in Bangladesh in the special economic zones (SEZs), she said, adding, “We will provide lands, and they can make a mini Switzerland here.” The premier made the call when Swiss Ambassador to Bangladesh Reto Siegfried Renggli paid a courtesy call on her at the Prime Minister’s Office. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the reporters later. In response, the ambassador said Swiss companies are interested in investing in Bangladesh, said the press secretary. The…

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Larry Ramer, an expert NASDAQ columnist. has selected four of the most promising specialized companies for targeted mergers and acquisitions (SPACs for short), which investors should look at in the near future. ​NASDAQ experts called the project with the investments of Kenges Rakishev and Sergey Ivashkovsky one of the most promising SPAC. At the moment, they are not operating, and their main goal and characteristic is to bring selected private companies to the stock exchange through a merger, rather than a traditional IPO. Stock analysts are holding their breath, waiting for the upcoming deals to be announced, as they predict…

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The embassy of Afghanistan in India, which owed its allegiance to the former West-backed government, has announced its closure, saying it would cease operations starting from October 1. The Afghan embassy’s statement on Saturday said it wanted to reach an agreement with the Indian government to ensure that the interests of Afghans living, working, studying and doing business in India are safeguarded. Afghans account for around one-third of the nearly 40,000 refugees registered in India, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency. But that figure excludes those who are not registered with the UN. “There has been a significant reduction…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is worried that an arms deal with North Korea could put Russia’s sanction-evasion schemes in jeopardy, experts say. According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Putin is likely trying to cast his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vladivostok as “neutral” out of fear that a possible trade deal could trigger a new wave of Western sanctions. Putin met his North Korean counterpart on Tuesday in a likely effort to seek a weapons deal with North Korea, with the Russian army running out of ammunition and other equipment, US officials told The…

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KARACHI: The Saudi Tourism Authority launched the travel planning and booking app Nusuk in Pakistan on Tuesday, a day after Islamabad and Riyadh signed an agreement to increase the number of flights and boost tourism. Nusuk is Saudi Arabia’s first-ever official planning, booking, and experience platform to create Hajj or Umrah itineraries to Makkah, Madinah, and beyond. With Nusuk, travelers from all over the world can easily organize their entire visit to the Kingdom, from applying for an eVisa to booking hotels and flights. The platform was launched in Karachi by the Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah who arrived in…

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An Indian Army court martial awarded a jail sentence of over ten years to a soldier caught passing secret information to a Pakistan embassy staffer in the national capital. The convict was passing information about military activities along the northern borders. The court martial headed by a woman officer awarded a jail sentence for ten years and ten months to the soldier in the proceedings concluded earlier this week, defence officials told India Today. The soldier was nabbed for sharing information with a Pakistani spy named Abid Husain alias Naik Abid- a Pakistani national working at the High Commission of…

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At least 40 people have died over the past three days in disasters unleashed by heavy rainstorms in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to local officials in both countries. Devastating flash floods in Afghanistan struck areas in eight provinces across the country, killing at least 31 people and leaving scores more missing, civil defence officials said. In the Pakistani border province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, thunderstorms and strong winds over the weekend caused landslides that damaged roads and buildings, according to the newspaper Dawn. At least nine people were killed. More than 100 people have died in Pakistan since the monsoon rains began at the end…

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The legend of the famous female spy ‘Mata Hari’ who allegedly spied for the Germans may be from a different century, but even today, modern-day spies resort to honey traps for espionage.  Recently a bizarre case involving Pakistani woman Seema Gulam Haider (27), who entered India illegally via Nepal to marry a Greater Noida man, made headlines. Greater Noida is an extended suburb of India’s capital, New Delhi’s region. Apparently, Seema met Sachin (22), her ‘online’ lover, in 2019 on PUBG-Battlegrounds, and they stayed in contact via Instagram and WhatsApp chat and video calls. In a daring act, the 27-year-old…

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