Pakistan Prime Minister's defence of the political U-turn sparks mirth
Margaret Thatcher was famously not for turning, but Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has declared U-turns to be a "hallmark of great leadership", in comments provoking criticism from opponents and a slew of jokes from Pakistanis.
Afghan leader: Taliban peace deal 'when, not if'
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani voiced confidence Monday on reaching a peace deal to end the Taliban insurgency but warned that Pakistan's alleged meddling risked sparking long-term hostility. "I feel that it is now not a question of if, but when," Ghani said of a peace agreement in a wide-ranging appearance by video at Johns Hopkins…
Next IMF loan will be 'the last': Pakistan finance minister
Pakistan's finance minister promised Saturday to end the country's reliance on International Monetary Fund bailouts to shore up its shaky economy, as officials prepare to negotiate a new loan. Asad Umar's pledge comes days after Pakistan's central bank warned inflation could double in the coming year -- hitting 7.5 percent -- while the country’s growth…
Stakeholders to discuss oil, gas product manufacturing challenges
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and other local and international players in the oil and gas sector will next week discuss solutions to the challenges confronting oil and gas product manufacturing in Nigeria and Africa. The Institute of Oil & Gas Research & Hydrocarbon Studies, which disclosed…
Nigeria named as global destination for illegal waste trafficking
Illegal activities that involve the environment, biodiversity or natural resources are becoming lucrative and involve comparatively low risks for criminals. Among them is illegal waste trafficking, which Nigeria is one of the main destinations A new study has fingered Nigeria and 15 other countries in Africa and Asia as the main destination for Environmental crimes,…
Pakistan invites Saudi to invest in China economic corridor
Islamabad has invited Saudi Arabia to invest in the Beijing-funded, multi-billion dollar infrastructure corridor being constructed in Pakistan, its information minister said Thursday, as concerns grow over the country's debt levels. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an ambitious plan to build energy and transport links connecting the western Chinese region of Xinjiang with the…
Pakistan court orders release of former prime minister Nawaz on bail
A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending their prison sentences for corruption pending an appeal hearing, his lawyer said.
Pakistan lawmakers begin electing new president
Pakistan began voting for a new president Tuesday, with a close ally of Prime Minister Imran Khan seen as the favourite to replace Mamnoon Hussain as the ceremonial head of the world's only nuclear-armed Muslim state.
Pentagon moves to scrap $300 million in aid to Pakistan
The US military plans to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan due to Islamabad's lack of "decisive actions" in support of American strategy in the region, the Pentagon said Saturday.