And this week on Face the Nation: From the Middle East to the Pacific rim, America's influence is being tested around the world. And so, until that is the case, you know, we're not going to lay out all the details in public. And Face the Nation will be back in a minute, so stay with us. MARGARET BRENNAN: OK, we have to take a break, but I want you to stay here with us for more Face the Nation. So, do you both think this was a success just to simply have the two leaders face to face?
November 20, 2023 00:15 UTC
“Is getting acquitted in fake cases after facing long court proceedings the sign of being a ladla [blue-eyed boy of the powers that be? ]” asked Marriyum on Sunday in a press conference held at the party’s headquarters at Model Town neighborhood of Lahore. The PML-N is being tagged by its rivals particularly the PPP as being the new favorite of the establishment. These parties and some analysts point to the relief being offered to PML-N leadership, including PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and the party president, Shehbaz Sharif, by courts. Read More: Shehbaz acquitted in Ashiana housing referenceAn accountability court in Lahore on Saturday acquitted Shehbaz in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in 2018.
November 19, 2023 22:36 UTC
A Palestinian man wounded in an Israeli strike is rushed into Nasser hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 19, 2023. Israeli air strikes, Hamas ambushPalestinians mourn local journalists Hassouna Sleem and Sary Mansour, who were killed in an Israeli strike on a house, at a hospital in the central Gaza Strip November 19, 2023. Another air strike killed a woman and her child overnight in the main southern city of Khan Younis, they said. In Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, dozens of Palestinians marched to a funeral for 15 residents killed in an Israeli strike on an apartment block on Saturday. A Palestinian man sits with a child wounded in an Israeli strike at Nasser hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 18, 2023.
November 19, 2023 21:29 UTC
Broken promises haunt Kashmir’s history and explain its tragedy. “With the lapse of British paramountcy on Aug. 15, 1947, broken promises over Kashmir came not like single spies but in battalions, to borrow from Hamlet. Promises were made by India in 1966, (Tashkent Declaration), 1972, (Shimla Agreement) to negotiate seriously over Kashmiri’s sovereignty. The train of broken promises over Kashmir might be forgiven if the consequences were innocuous or inconsequential. It seems that the UN Security Council has honored India’s indefensible defense of its Kashmir broken promises because of its muscular military, nuclear and economic profile and hegemony in South Asia.
November 19, 2023 19:22 UTC
WILMINGTON: Israel and Hamas have not yet reached a deal on a temporary ceasefire, a White House spokesperson said on Saturday night. The US is continuing to work to get a deal between the two sides, the spokesperson said. The Washington Post reported earlier on Saturday night that a Qatari-brokered deal between Israel and Hamas had been reached for a five-day ceasefire in exchange for 50 or more hostages. “No deal yet but we continue to work hard to get a deal,” Adrienne Watson, spokesperson for the White House’s National Security Council, said in a statement. Israel vowed to destroy Hamas after the group’s Oct. 7 rampage into Israel in which its fighters killed 1,200 people and took 240 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.
November 19, 2023 17:17 UTC
Ali Nawaz Awan announced his decision to join IPP during a meeting with Jahangir Tareen and Aleem Khan in Lahore on Novemeber 19, 2023. The incident prompted several senior PTI leaders to relinquish their basic party memberships and align themselves with the IPP. Read More: IPP unveils populist manifestoAwan, who had a significant role within the PTI, reportedly met with IPP’s patron-in-chief Jahangir Tareen and President Aleem Dar to convey his decision to part ways with the PTI. Oath video of Ali Nawaz Awan. “The inaction of the ECP and caretaker government on the ‘enforced disappearance’ of [PTI] Central Additional Secretary General Ali Nawaz Awan is the worst example of lawlessness,” it continued.
November 19, 2023 16:49 UTC
The following is a transcript of an interview with Deputy National Security Adviser Jon Finer that aired on Nov. 19, 2023. MARGARET BRENNAN: We go now to the Deputy National Security Adviser Jon Finer. The president said the Palestinians Authority needs to be revitalized to govern the West Bank and Gaza after Hamas. And so our view is the Palestinian Authority is the only official institutional representative of the Palestinian people in the West Bank. That it will have to be part of any way forward when it comes to governance, both in Gaza and the West Bank.
November 19, 2023 15:30 UTC
At least 31 Palestinians were killed in separate strikes at the Nuseirat refugee camp and another refugee camp, reported Al Jazeera. Over 12,300 Palestinians, including at least 5,000 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since October 7 by Israel's relentess air and ground military campaign while thousands have been injured and displaced. Read Over 80 dead in Israeli strikes on Gaza campThe UN says some 1.6 million people have been displaced inside the Gaza Strip by six weeks of fighting. AP news agency quoted Medhat Abbas, a spokesperson for the Palestinian health ministry as stating that 30 premature babies were evacuated from the hospital. Describing the horrific situation in Gaza, UNRWA Director of External Relations and Communications Tamara Alrifai said "we were truly outraged".
November 19, 2023 10:30 UTC
1100% hike in gas prices compared to the previous year is news of tough winters ahead. This hike, being a major contributor to over 40% increase in short-term inflation, reflects poorly on the management and mitigation of the adverse effects on millions of households. Policies of increasing prices of essential commodities, fuel, and gas must be deliberated extensively before implementation. A 10% jump in the Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) compared to last week indicates a lack of such thoughtfulness. People should get maximum relief and frequent price hikes must be avoided at all costs.
November 19, 2023 06:45 UTC
The PPP leader also warned against attempts to force a prime minister onto the nation. Addressing a rally here, Bilawal denounced the imposition of leaders on the nation, affirming: "No one should assume that we will remain silent if a prime minister is forcefully installed." Read More: Bilawal asks rivals to give up 'selection' hopesPromising changes once elected to power, he said that the PPP would not waver in its core beliefs and recalled the resilient spirit of his late mother and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. He highlighted the challenges of poverty and inflation, pledging proactive measures to tackle these issues upon assuming power. "Our battle is not against any political party; rather, it is against price hikes, unemployment, and poverty," he said.
November 19, 2023 06:39 UTC
The crisis-ridden steel industry in Pakistan has urged the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to lower interest rates in the upcoming Monetary Policy meeting to help it overcome “existential crisis”. As it stands, the SBP's key interest rate is at a staggering 22%, a level not witnessed since early 2011. This interest rate surpasses those of many other countries, rendering Pakistan's domestic steel industry uncompetitive. While Pakistan's central bank maintains an interest rate of 22% for industries, the other regional countries enjoy significantly lower rates. The harsh reality of these interest rates makes it nearly impossible for the Pakistan’s steel industry to secure credit from financial institutions.
November 19, 2023 01:50 UTC
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday pointed fingers not only at former prime minister Imran Khan but also at military generals for Pakistan's current economic woes, accusing them of backing the "project." The JUI-F emir also expressed willingness to assist the establishment and bureaucracy in preserving Pakistan's ideological identity, securing economic stability, and fostering peace. Fazl emphasised that Pakistan's foundation rests on Islamic ideology and expressed regret that the nation deviated from its ideological principles. Remembering the sacrifices of millions of people for Pakistan, he urged a renewed commitment to stand against global conspiracies against the country. Amidst Pakistan's drive to evict illegal immigrants back to their home country, the JUI-F chief cautioned against emotional decisions, especially regarding the repatriation of illegal Afghans back to their country.
November 18, 2023 20:33 UTC
A significant number of people in Pakistan are choosing to migrate to other countries in search of better opportunities. This trend reflects the country’s shortcomings in providing for its citizens. The prevalent poverty and various challenges drive individuals to seek a more comfortable life abroad. Moreover, around 40 percent of the population in Pakistan grapples with poverty and confronts multiple hardships. The government must address the citizens’ needs adequately to discourage migration and encourage a prosperous life within the country.
November 18, 2023 19:59 UTC
Quoting the post, she shared on the site formerly known as Twitter, "Genocidal rapists. https://t.co/fn8os8R0uF pic.twitter.com/yGGBjZEIDp — Pepperstasia Beaverhausen (@AkaBranstner) November 17, 2023Yet another X user stated, "Fascist Zionists joke about sexually assaulting Mia Khalifa because of her outspoken support for Palestine! This Palestinian woman says Mia Khalifa has more dignity and humanity than all of Israeli society put together! Well they think Genocide is okay so every other form of violence is okay to these Fascists. This Palestinian woman says Mia Khalifa has more dignity & humanity than all… https://t.co/7tDL5Nkxld — Abla Abdelhadi (@AblaAbdelhadi76) November 17, 2023Despite the plethora of negative comments that flooded her replies, Mia stayed resolute in her stance.
November 18, 2023 16:42 UTC
ISLAMABAD - President Dr Arif Alvi on Friday telephoned the family members of the soldiers of the Pakistan Armed Forces who were martyred in different terrorist incidents. The president held telephonic interactions with the families of the soldiers martyred in the attacks that took place on November 6, and October 18 and 29 respectively in different parts of the country. President Alvi phoned the family of Lt Col Muhammad Hassan Haider, who was martyred in an attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on November 6. He also spoke to the family members of Sepoy Farman Ali, who sacrificed his live in an attack on October 18 in South Waziristan. President Alvi sympathised with the families and prayed for patience to them and the elevation of ranks of the martyrs in paradise.
November 18, 2023 13:47 UTC