Mutasim confirmed to be missing in the UAE. PHOTO: FILE ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan on Monday officially confirmed that a senior Taliban leader, Mullah Agha Jan Mutasim, who had started dialogue with Kabul-backed negotiators in Dubai, has been missing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). After a mysterious silence for nearly two weeks, the Afghan Foreign Ministry on Monday confirmed that Mutasim is missing. “The Afghan government confirms that Agha Jan Mutasim has disappeared in the UAE and we are talking to UAE senior officials to determine his fate,” the Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Ahmed Shakaib Mustaghni said in Kabul. “The talks, unfortunately, have … Continue reading Taliban leader goes missing in UAE
Retiring Pakistan army chief set for key role By Syed Fazl-e-Haider KARACHI – General Ashfaq Parvez Kiani, one of Pakistan’s most powerful men, has announced his retirement from the post of Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) on November 29. With one stroke on Sunday, General Kiani put to rest speculation in the media that he would try to extend his three-year term for a third time. Some reports, however, claim that Kiani is lobbying to keep a key defense role. Kiani is prepared to accept a position as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC), currently a largely ceremonial … Continue reading General Ashfaq Parvez Kiani – Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC)
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the Ministry of Privatisation and Civil Aviation Division to initiate the process of privatisation of 26% shares of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). The prime minister directed the management of the PIA to cut down on their losses in the short term in order to make the airline a viable entity for privatisation. Nawaz gave these directions while chairing a meeting on PIA at the Prime Minister’s Office. He also directed that the transaction be completed with transparency, adherence to all relevant codal formalities and guidelines of the superior courts, so that not only … Continue reading Should PIA be privatised?