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January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Qatar rejects normalising ties with ‘criminal’ Assad

DOHA: Qatar’s foreign minister ruled out on Monday the possibility of re-opening an embassy in Damascus, in line with some other Gulf countries, calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a war criminal. "Normalisation (of relations) with the Syrian regime at this stage is the normalisation of a person involved in war crimes, and this should not be acceptable 10

December 18, 2018 12:00 AM BAHL launches new product

KARACHI: Bank Al Habib (BAHL) has launched Al Habib Mahana Munafa Account featuring monthly payment of profit, a statement said on Monday. “The investment is available in five flexible schemes from one- to five-year term with monthly profit payments up to 10.10 percent/annum on a five-year deposit,” the bank said in the announcement. It added that the minimum 22

December 16, 2018 12:00 AM Qatar says Gulf alliance needs replacing

DOHA: Qatar called Saturday for a new regional alliance following the failure of the four-decade-old Gulf Cooperation Council to resolve an 18-month rift between the emirate and its neighbours. Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said that the boycott imposed on the emirate by Saudi Arabia and its allies had irreparably damaged the existing 15

November 30, 2018 12:00 AM KP PDWP approves 37 projects

PESHAWAR: The Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) on Thursday approved 37 projects worth Rs138472.147 million. The forum considered 41 projects pertaining to different sectors, including Energy and Power, Water, Law and Justice, Elementary and Secondary Education, Auqaf, Building, DWSS, Roads & Bridges, Multi-Sectoral Development, Finance, local 16

November 29, 2018 12:00 AM NA speaker forms Parliamentary Friendship Groups

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar has paced up the initiative of parliamentary diplomacy with the formation of Parliamentary Friendship Groups and stressed the need to expand cooperation and contacts with the parliaments across the globe through the platform. The process of enrollment of members for the Parliamentary Friendship Groups 13

November 26, 2018 6:20 PM Qatar Airways to expand Iran flights despite US sanctions

Qatar Airways announced on Monday it is expanding operations in Iran, despite US sanctions on the Islamic republic and a Gulf diplomatic rift over accusations Doha was too close to Tehran. The carrier will begin twice-weekly flights to Isfahan in February 2019 and increase existing services to Shiraz and Tehran in January 2019, it said in a statement 15

November 16, 2018 12:00 AM Kuwait halts flights due to rains

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait on Thursday halted flights at its international airport after heavy rains flooded the Gulf state’s capital, diverting incoming flights to neighbouring countries not affected by deadly storms. "Rains overnight on Wednesday submerged main passages at the airport, resulting in diverting several incoming flights to Dubai, Bahrain and Dammam 11

November 9, 2018 7:52 PM Overseas Pakistanis remit $7.4 billion in first four months of FY19

KARACHI: Overseas Pakistani workers remitted $7419.98 million in the first four months (July to October) of FY19, compared with $6,444.46 million received during the same period in the preceding year. During October 2018, the inflow of worker’s remittances amounted to $2000.47 million, which is 37.7% higher than September 2018 and 20.9% higher than October 12

October 28, 2018 1:54 AM Oman says time to accept Israel in region, offers help for peace

MANAMA: Oman described Israel as an accepted Middle East state on Saturday, a day after hosting a surprise visit by its prime minister that Washington said could help regional peace efforts. Oman is offering ideas to help Israel and the Palestinians to come together but is not acting as mediator, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the sultanates minister 11

October 28, 2018 12:00 AM Hospital MS, accountant booked for defalcation

FAISALABAD: Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Faisalabad Region Saturday registered a case against Dr Asfand Yar (Grade 18), Medical Superintendent of Samanabad General Hospital, and hospital accountant Tahir Khaleeq over embezzlement of Rs1,813,255. ACE director Mehr Shafqatullah Mushtaq said the case against MS and accountant of the General Hospital 8