National & World

Maryam Nawaz and her spouse acquitted in Avenfield case

The Islamabad High Court on Thursday set aside the conviction of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz and her spouse Capt (retd) Mohammad Safdar handed down by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference four years ago and acquitted the couple. In July 2018, the accountability court had sentenced Maryam to seven years in prison and imposed a fine of two million pounds on her.

Pakistani women chefs stand out at Saudi culinary competition

Pakistani women chefs fared impressively at a culinary competition in Saudi Arabia held earlier this month, bagging four medals after cooking up scrumptious Pakistani dishes in Riyadh. The Kingdom Chef Competition is an international contest that is part of the Foodex Saudi exhibition. Pakistani women highlighted local cuisine among competitors from more than 40 different countries prepared by over 140 global chefs.

Audio of Imran Khan’s conversation regarding controversial ‘US letter’ leaks online

Following the release of a set of audio clippings between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and other key decision-makers in the government only three days ago, another controversial audio leak surfaced on Wednesday, this time purportedly featuring former premier Imran Khan. The clip making rounds on social media seemingly features a conversation between Imran and his former principal secretary, Azam Khan.


Business & Tech

HBL dismisses allegations in Bloomberg report as ‘meritless’

Pakistan’s largest commercial bank in the private sector, HBL, faces allegations of facilitating terror financing during the 2010-19 period, a charge that the bank said it is contesting “fully and vigorously” in a US court. Media reports suggested that some 370 individual complainants had demanded compensation from HBL. This subsequently triggered a big fall in the bank’s share price on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) on Thursday.

IMF confirms Pakistan has met all preconditions for resumption of loan program

The top International Monetary Fund (IMF) official in Islamabad has confirmed Pakistan had met the final precondition for the seventh and eighth review under a $6 billion loan program. Pakistan met the last condition by increasing the petroleum development levy (PDL) on July 31. The PDL was raised by Rs10 on petrol and by Rs5 each on HSD, kerosene and light diesel oil (LDO).

Toyota, Suzuki to partially shut Pakistan output over forex, shortage issues

Pakistan’s two leading car assemblers, Toyota and Suzuki, plan partial plant shutdowns next month due to unavailability of raw material amid import restrictions and exchange rate volatility. The freefalling of rupee has had a cascading effect on industries that rely on imports to complete finished goods as the central bank delayed clearance of letters of credit with banks facing a shortage of dollars, affecting their ability to import materials.


Latest News

How to make money online – Five quickest ways to make money online

The world is full of lucrative money-making opportunities ranging from online gaming to the selling and reselling of products. However, what counts is how much money will one make? Working a 9 to 5 job is the most sought-after way as there’s always a paycheck to look forward to. But now working online makes money for millions every day.

11 most successful young Pakistani entrepreneurs of 2021

Pakistan’s youth has proven itself to be highly talented and creative time and time again. In every field, we have seen youngsters of our country outshine with their ingenuity. Despite the lack of sufficient support and funds from the government, the young generation of Pakistan has been able to start lucrative businesses.

Top 16 Fastest Acceleration Cars Commercially Sold In Pakistan

popular feature among many manufacturers. The goal of automakers is to have the fastest accelerating cars that can outrun their peers in straight drag races. Typically, the ‘0-100 KM/H’ method is used to determine how fast a vehicle accelerates.

Maryam Nawaz and her spouse acquitted in Avenfield case

The Islamabad High Court on Thursday set aside the conviction of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz and her spouse Capt (retd) Mohammad Safdar handed down by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference four years ago and acquitted the couple. In July 2018, the accountability court had sentenced Maryam to seven years in prison and imposed a fine of two million pounds on her.

HBL dismisses allegations in Bloomberg report as ‘meritless’

Pakistan’s largest commercial bank in the private sector, HBL, faces allegations of facilitating terror financing during the 2010-19 period, a charge that the bank said it is contesting “fully and vigorously” in a US court. Media reports suggested that some 370 individual complainants had demanded compensation from HBL. This subsequently triggered a big fall in the bank’s share price on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) on Thursday.

Pakistani women chefs stand out at Saudi culinary competition

Pakistani women chefs fared impressively at a culinary competition in Saudi Arabia held earlier this month, bagging four medals after cooking up scrumptious Pakistani dishes in Riyadh. The Kingdom Chef Competition is an international contest that is part of the Foodex Saudi exhibition. Pakistani women highlighted local cuisine among competitors from more than 40 different countries prepared by over 140 global chefs.

Audio of Imran Khan’s conversation regarding controversial ‘US letter’ leaks online

Following the release of a set of audio clippings between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and other key decision-makers in the government only three days ago, another controversial audio leak surfaced on Wednesday, this time purportedly featuring former premier Imran Khan. The clip making rounds on social media seemingly features a conversation between Imran and his former principal secretary, Azam Khan.

#justiceforSara: Accused Shahnawaz Amir tried tampering with evidence, claims Police

Developments in the Sara Inam murder case have been reported by the police on Sunday revealing that the accused, Shahnawaz Amir — son of senior journalist Ayaz Amir — tried tampering with the evidence. The police said they recovered six mobile phones from the crime scene, out of which five of them belonged to Shahnawaz, while one of them was registered in the victim’s name.

Miftah Ismail resigns as Finance Minister paving way for Dar to take helm of economy

Finance Minister Miftah Ismail has stepped down from his post as senior PML-N leader Ishaq Dar is all set to become the country’s new finance czar. The development came on Sunday after an important PML-N meeting was held under the chairmanship of party supremo and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in London, along with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Marriyum Aurangzeb.


Sports

Pakistani artist designs World Cup kit featuring Thunder and Markhor

Several fans equated Pakistan cricket team’s design with a watermelon after the Pakistan Cricket Board unveiled Pakistan’s T20 World Cup kit themed ‘Thunder’. In addition to the Kit design launch, several local artists also unveiled their designs, including Ahmed Arts who combined the existing theme ‘Thunder’ with the new theme ‘Markhor’. Ahmed’s kit became an instant hit with cricket fans.

‘I think it is time to get rid of Kaptaan and Rizwan’: Shaheen trolls critics after big win

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan took part in a record-breaking double-century opening stand as Pakistan defeated England by 10 wickets on Thursday. Shaheen Shah Afridi took a veiled jab at the critics of Babar and Rizwan by posting a rather cheeky tweet where he said, “I think it is time to get rid of Kaptaan @babarazam258 and @iMRizwanPak.’

Entertainment

Israeli ‘superhero’ starring in next Marvel movie does not tick the right boxes

Palestinians have condemned Marvel’s latest Israeli superheroine character, dubbing the country an “apartheid state”. Israeli actress Shira Haas will play the Israeli superhero Sabra in the forthcoming new Marvel movie. Not only is the character an agent of Israeli secret service Mossad, but her name is also a dark reminder of the gruesome 1982 massacre in the Palestinian camp of the same name.

Love and hate pour on social media over Ahad Raza Mir’s bold scenes in Netflix series

Pakistan’s heartthrob, Ahad Raza Mir’s most awaited Netflix debut with Resident Evil has landed the actor in hot waters. Mir who was featured as Arjun Batra, an Indian refugee of the global T-virus pandemic, can be seen in a seemingly bold avatar for Pakistani audience. Netizens have criticized the actor for forgetting his roots and could not help but compare the fate of his female counterparts for opting to do such scenes.