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Pakistan Under Scrutiny for Planned Troop Deployment in Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD —  Pakistan’s decision to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia has sparked domestic criticism the country is taking sides in the Yemeni conflict in violation of a parliamentary resolution, and it’s a move some say likely will upset neighboring Iran. The Pakistani military announced Thursday it was sending a “contingent” …

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Iranian intellectuals call for referendum amid political unrest

Letter with 15 signatories says Iran’s leaders have failed to deliver on republican ideals A group of prominent Iranian intellectuals have said they have lost hope that the Islamic Republic can reform, and have called for a referendum to establish whether the ruling establishment is still backed by a majority. …

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Pakistan prepares to extend border fence to Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: Security officials in Pakistan have announced that the border fence with Afghanistan will be extended to southwestern Balochistan in a bid to check illegal cross-border movement. The army is already fencing the porous border in the country’s tribal areas with Afghanistan, as part of the border-management system. Pakistan and …

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Bahrain arrests 4 in pipeline blast, laying blame on Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Bahraini authorities say police have arrested four men suspected of being behind a blast that ripped through a state-run oil pipeline in November. A statement by the Interior Ministry says two of those arrested received “intensive training” in Iranian Revolutionary Guard camps in Iran. Iran …

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Cave discovered in Oman 1,300m above sea level

Muscat: Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has announced the discovery of a new cave – Kittat Al Suwairat – approximately 1,300 metres above sea level in Hamra province. “The Speleological Team of Oman [discovered] yet another of the Sultanate’s natural, geological masterpieces,” the ministry said. The new cave will enable long-term …

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Pakistan suspects India may target CPEC installations: Report

HIGHLIGHTS The CPEC is a network of infrastructure projects that are currently under construction throughout Pakistan The ministry has issued directives for making foolproof security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident.   ISLAMABAD: India may target the installations of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in a bid to sabotage the …

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Protests erupt in Kabul over recent attacks, amid allegations of Pakistani involvement

KABUL — Afghan security officials, facing public wrath after a spate of urban terrorist attacks that left more than 130 people dead and hundreds injured, announced Thursday that they had presented Pakistani authorities with “undeniable evidence” that some of the insurgents were trained in Pakistan and that the attacks were …

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Oman Imposes Six Month Ban On Expat Hiring

Omani Minister of Manpower Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Bakri has announced a freeze on expat hiring in ten sectors, a move designed to encourage local companies to hire more local expertise. The sectors affected are information systems, sales, marketing, administration, human resources, insurance, media, airports, engineering and technical professions. …

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China to install coal-based power plant in Gwadar

QUETTA:  China Power Company head Sho has said that his firm will set up a 300 megawatts coal-based power plant at Gwadar for electricity generation. “We will provide free of cost electricity, basic necessities to poor fishermen of coastal areas and gradually uplift their standard of living,” said the Chinese …

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Major exercise in Mekran coast by Iranian navy

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian Army concluded massive military exercises in southeastern parts of the country on Wednesday. In the third and last day of the large-scale war game, code-named “Muhammad Rasulullah-5 (Muhammad, the Messenger of God)”, the Navy’s vessels staged a parade in front of high-ranking officials, including Army …

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