Author: Muhammad Idrees

ISLAMABAD — The United Nations has urged the Taliban to attend a Taliban Conference later this month. This move aims to bring much-needed global attention back to the crisis in Afghanistan. Malick Ceesay, head of the UNAMA Pakistan-based liaison office, highlighted the shift in international focus due to the Ukraine war and Gaza hostilities. “That’s a concern for the United Nations. We don’t want Afghanistan to be forgotten,” Ceesay stated at a meeting hosted by the Center for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad. The two-day Taliban Conference of special envoys on Afghanistan will start in Doha, Qatar, on June…

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Deprivation of 91 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa projects from the federal budget is causing terrorism resurgence, alleged Asad Qaiser, former National Assembly speaker, on Monday. Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, the PTI leader claimed that these projects included health, education, energy, and other crucial sectors. “We were promised an additional 3% of the NFC award due to the Fata merger, but even that hasn’t been fulfilled. Each year, we are supposed to receive Rs100 billion, but the funds are not released,” Qaiser stated. Flanked by KP Assembly members and other party leaders, Qaiser argued that KP is being deprived of…

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Trade with Afghanistan is crucial for the region, said Awami National Party (ANP) leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain on Friday. He called for opening all trade and travel routes with Afghanistan. In his statement, he urged Islamabad to revisit its foreign policy and take steps to improve relations with neighbors. Hussain emphasized the richness of Pakhtuns’ land in natural resources. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he noted, produces natural gas and generates cheap electricity from water. He demanded that Pakhtuns should have control over these resources, advocating for provincial autonomy. The ANP leader also called for actions to restore lasting peace in Pakhtun regions.…

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PESHAWAR: Ali Amin Gandapur threatens KP Governor Faisal Karim Kundi, reigniting political tensions on Wednesday. Gandapur, addressing the media at the inauguration of a feeder route of the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), launched a fierce attack on Kundi. “The federal government is so incompetent that it cannot even prepare the budget,” he remarked. Gandapur accused Kundi of being a thief, stating, “He cannot be my relative.” He vowed, “Tomorrow I will expel him from the Governor’s House.” Gandapur continued his tirade, labeling both the governor and his leader as thieves. He questioned, “Tell the nation on what basis Bilawal…

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The Federal government of Pakistan has canceled 91 out of 177 ongoing development projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). This move has sparked debate over the future of infrastructure and public services in the region. According to the Department of Planning and Development, completing these projects was estimated to cost PKR 1,361 billion. Many of the canceled projects were already 70% complete. Among the shelved projects are the Swat Motorway Phase II and the Institute of Petroleum in Karak. These were crucial for enhancing transportation and energy education in the province. The Institute of Child Health in Batkhela, including a much-needed…

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Methane gas leak in a coal mine near Quetta resulted in the deaths of 11 people on Monday. The incident occurred in the Sanjdi area, 50km from Quetta. The victims included nine coal miners, a manager from the coal company, and a contractor. “The coal miners were working around 1,500 feet deep in the mine when the gas eruption started and quickly spread to the place. All the coal miners fell unconscious,” said Abdul Ghani Shahwani, Chief Inspector of Mines in Balochistan. These workers, along with the manager and contractor, entered the mine at about 5 pm. After one and…

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Anti-Polio Drive in Balochistan postponed because of the severe heatwave sweeping through the province. Originally set to start today, the campaign will now kick off on June 8th. This delay affects six districts: Nasirabad, Sibi, Jaffar Abad, Ustha Muhammad, Dera Bugti, and Sohbatpur. Private news channels have reported this update. Health officials made the decision after the Met Office warned of extreme temperatures. The safety of the vaccination teams and the public is the top priority. The anti-polio drive in Balochistan aims to protect thousands of children from the disease. The severe heatwave presents a significant risk. Postponing the anti-polio…

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The Gaza crisis was the central topic of a significant phone call on Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Mohammad Ishaq Dar, received a call from Iran’s Acting Foreign Minister, Ali Bagheri. The two leaders discussed the dire situation in Gaza, focusing on the ongoing Israeli atrocities. This critical conversation was detailed in a statement from Pakistan’s Foreign Office. The Gaza crisis continues to escalate, with the humanitarian situation becoming increasingly desperate. During the call, the Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan emphasized the country’s unwavering support for all efforts aimed at ending the genocide in Gaza. Pakistan…

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In a tragic incident highlighting the vulnerability of Punjabi laborers in Gwadar, arrests have been made in connection with the deadly attack on Punjabi Labrores. Balochistan Home Minister Zia Ullah Langau announced the capture of two suspects following a successful raid, shedding light on the dire consequences of terrorism in the region. The assault, which claimed the lives of seven barbershop staffers from Punjab and left another injured, rocked the coastal town earlier this month. Minister Langau, addressing the press in Quetta, commended the collaborative efforts of various institutions in swiftly responding to the heinous act. According to statements obtained…

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly reshaping the world, driving innovations that promise to revolutionize industries, economies, and even geopolitical power balances. At the forefront of this transformation is the fierce rivalry between the United States and China, often referred to as the US-China AI Race. This competition is about more than just who can develop smarter algorithms or more efficient systems; it’s a battle for national security, economic dominance, and ideological influence on a global scale. In this blog, we’ll examine many facets of the US-China AI Race, examining its origins, key players, technological advancements, and broader implications for the…

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