Beijing-friendly minister hired as Islamabad scrambles to revive momentum
Amber Rahim ShamsiAfter Khusro Bakhtiyar, is it likely that Sheikh Rashid and Murad Saeed will go?
“China also has demanded that Pakistan replace its minister for communication and railways. Both of the ministers on China's hit list are close to Prime Minister Imran Khan.”
Amber Rahim ShamsiThe price of tomatoes
“Meanwhile, the macroeconomic stability that Mr Shaikh wants to underscore has actually been earned on the backs of the working and unemployed poor of this country.”
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Out of the release of 2,100 Pakistani prisoners as was agreed between the two states, only 563 could be released
Amber Rahim ShamsiKSA refuses to release Pakistani prisoners involved in drug smuggling
'Out of the release of 2,100 Pakistani prisoners as was agreed between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan earlier this year, only 563 could be released.'
A month before invading Kurdish areas in Syria, Turkey’s president said he “cannot accept” the West’s restrictions that keep him from a bomb.
Amber Rahim Shamsi"There is another element to this ambiguous atomic mix: The presence of roughly 50 American nuclear weapons, stored on Turkish soil. The United States had never openly acknowledged their existence."
The deal doesn't ensure several crucial things, those familiar with the discussions tell TIME
Amber Rahim Shamsi“It is all based on hope. There is no trust. There is no history of trust. There is no evidence of honesty and sincerity from the Taliban,” and intercepted communications “show that they think they have fooled the U.S.”
Three leading universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) are struggling to survive due to a financial crisis. It appears these universities
Amber Rahim ShamsiHow about a bailout for unis instead of stockbrokers?
KP’s Universities Struggling to Survive
"University administrations say the HEC is not giving enough grants to the university to meet raises in salaries, pensions and to grapple with the inflation."
People who cannot prove links to the region to before 1971 face being sent to detention camps
Amber Rahim Shamsi”Human rights experts have raised serious concern over the drive against suspected illegal immigrants, warning it could create a humanitarian crisis that disproportionately affects Muslims and the region’s poorest communities.”
Amber Rahim Shamsi“Of the 140 cases reported in the town of approximately 200,000 people, 54 surfaced from Sept 1 to Dec 31, 2018 while 85 new people tested positive for the virus from Jan 1 to July 27 this year.”
‘HIV/AIDS reaching epidemic level in Shahkot tehsil’
In an open letter to Imran Khan a year after he took office as Pakistan’s prime minister, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on him to recognize the alarming decline in the state of press freedom in his country and to take urgent measures to...
Amber Rahim ShamsiAfter a year of press freedom violations, RSF writes to Pakistan’s premier
Advertising has become spooky. Just imagine, how many times has it happened that you have nonchalantly Googled something – anything – a mattress, or a fridge, or a jacket, only for it to show up o
Amber Rahim Shamsi“The situation was crooked, but ever since PEMRA has come in, it has become shadier,” says the owner of one major media group. He sees a more sinister angle, indicating that the involvement of PEMRA could be another censorship tool."
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan enjoyed a warm visit to Washington this week, an encouraging sign for ties that suffered immensely at the start of the Trump administration. But while the U.S.-Pakistan relationship may have improved, it doesn’t...
Universities allowed to enrol students but will receive no support for development, day-to-day expenses
Amber Rahim Shamsi"the HEC had demanded Rs103 b from the federal government for recurring grants to public universities, but only Rs59 billion has been marked for the non-development grant. “We have asked the VCs of public universities to increase fees."
FIA has repeatedly not complied with ATC order to submit report on illegal transactions
Amber Rahim Shamsi"Adjourning the hearing till July 27, Judge Asghar Khan ordered the FIA to present an explanation on how transactions were taking place from a frozen account.
The ATC has been seeking details of the transactions for months now."