Pakistan’s Two Dominant Political Parties To Field Their Candidate For The PM In Parliament

New Delhi: To challenge former cricket star Imran Khan, whose party won last week’s general election, Pakistan’s two former dominant political parties said on Thursday they would join forces to field their own candidate for prime minister in Parliament.

The alliance with several other smaller parties appeared unlikely to derail Khan’s election as prime minister, but it could leave him with a thin majority that could make enacting his agenda difficult.

Khan’s party, which won 116 of the 272 elected seats in the National Assembly, is believed to have enough would-be coalition partners among smaller parties and independents to win a majority vote to form a government.


Oxford University Social Media Expert Alleges That Russia May Interfere In Elections InIndia

New Delhi:An Oxford University social media expert has alleged before US lawmakers that Russia may target the media in countries like India and Brazil to interfere in their elections. The remarks by Philip N. Howard, a statutory Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College at the University of Oxford came during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Foreign Influence on Social Media platforms.

Howard, however, did not elaborate further about his allegations. The situation could be more dangerous in those countries where the media is not as professional as that of the US, he said. Howard's mention of likely Russian interference in the Indian and Brazilian elections through their media, without any further explanation, came in response to a question from Senator Susan Collins after he gave some examples of such interference in the Hungarian media.


Saudis Take Up Low Status Jobs In A New Age Of Austerity When Gas No Longer Cheaper Than Water

New Delhi: In the once tax-free petro-state, which long offered its citizens cradle-to-grave welfare, blue-collar occupations such as cooking, cleaning and working at gas stations have largely been the preserve of foreign workers, who far outnumber Saudis. But Saudis are increasingly taking on such “low status” jobs in a new age of austerity when gas is no longer cheaper than water, with the government trimming oil-funded subsidies and tackling sluggish economic growth and high unemployment.

Dishing out burgers and fries slathered with melted cheese, “One Way Burger” is like any other trendy food truck in Riyadh. But it offers something rare -- the cook behind the sizzling hot grill is a Saudi.


Modi Likely To Be Invited To The Swearing In Ceremony Of Imran Khan

New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modiis likely to be invited to the swearing in ceremony of Pakistan’s Prime Minister designate Imran Khan. A party official said that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is considering inviting the leaders of the SAARC countries including Modi.

Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is considering inviting the leaders of the SAARC countries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his oath taking ceremony as the premier next month, a party official said on Tuesday.

The PTI, led by 65-year-old Khan, has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the July 25 elections, but it is still short of numbers to form the government on its own. Khan's party yesterday announced that it is trying to reach out to smaller parties and independents to form the next government. Khan said he will take oath as Prime Minister on 11th of next month (August), state-run Radio Pakistan reported.


Trump Willing To Meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Without Any Preconditions

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump has said that he would be willing to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with “no preconditions” as tensions between the two countries risen following the US president’s decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal.

“I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet,” Trump said Monday during a joint press conference at the White House with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. “I don’t know if they’re ready. They’re having a hard time.”

The U.S. leader cited his experience meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last month as a sign of his willingness to help address concerns of war and peace. Trump has said the summit -- the first ever between the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea -- has fostered his goal of denuclearizing North Korea, though its unclear if Kim shares that commitment.