In their replies to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s congratulatory letters, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar have said New Delhi wished for peace and development in South Asia and beyond. The leaders added that India always prioritises peace and human development and called for special attention on elimination of terrorism.
Major General Nigar Johar Khan, hailing from a Pashtun family, in 2017 became the third woman in Pakistan’s history to hold rank of a major general in Pakistan Army. Apart from being a two-star general in Pakistan Army’s Medical Corps, Nigar is also a sharp shooter. She takes inspiration from her father, who had also served Pakistan Army.
According to United Nations, Pakistan will be among the nine countries where more than half of the world’s population increase by 2050 will be concentrated. Expected to increase from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7bn by 2050, India, Nigeria, Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Egypt and United States will also account for more than half the projected growth of global population.
An independent tribunal investigating “forced organ harvesting” from Chinese prisoners, including Falun Gong practitioners and Uighur Muslims, concluded that despite Chinese government’s claim in 2014 that organ harvesting from executed prisoners will cease, seemingly large numbers of transplants are still taking place. Tribunal also falsified China’s claims that it follows World Health Organization’s guiding principles on human organ transplant.
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is of the opinion that Pakistan captain Sarafraz Ahmed will lose his job. Harbhajan said that emotions with India and Pakistan match are different and it can cost people their jobs. If Pakistan’s performance is not improved during the ongoing 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, Sarfraz will be gone, he said.
Umar Raza, a citizen of Lahore, who was going to a medical store, was reportedly shot and injured in the leg by Lahore’s ‘elite’ Dolphin force after he did not follow the Squad team’s signal to stop. Raza was then taken to a police station instead of hospital and forced to sign a statement that he was a robber.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar has claimed that British authorities have agreed to extradite former finance minister Ishaq Dar to Pakistan under a memorandum of understanding. While the response from the UK government was positive, extradition documents for Dar have yet to be signed. Once signed, Dar will be repatriated to Pakistan.
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani is scheduled to visit Pakistan on June 23 and will confirm details of a $22 billion investment in various sectors of Pakistan. Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed has confirmed visit of the Qatari Emir and the investment as well. Earlier, Pakistan had proposed 30 projects to the Qatar government and investors.
Dozens of financial, non-profit companies have joined hands with Facebook to put forward a new cryptocurrency, Libra that will allow billions of users to make financial transactions globally. With Libra, Facebook aims to free its users of traditional banking methods. The technology will allow users to send money as well as make payments for goods and services. Source: TheGuardian Samman
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Hafeez Sheikh oversaw the signing ceremony of three loan agreements. The first tranche worth $400 million is targeted at raising revenue to contribute to a sustainable increase in domestic income by broadening the tax base and facilitating compliance. Another $400m agreement is a higher education development programme pursuing to nurture academic excellence.