Moody’s highlights Pakistan’s persistent debt issues, says budget to aid IMF negotiations

  • The global credit rating agency points toward additional taxes without significant cost-containment measures
  • It says sustaining economic reforms may become difficult amid risk of social disruption, coalition challenges
By KHURSHID AHMED    ·

Senior Pakistani judge wants judiciary to resist pressure, seeks end to ‘establishment’s interference’

  • The top Lahore High Court judge calls judicial meddling a ‘curse, bad luck and misfortune’ for the country
  • Chief Justice Ahmed expresses happiness over the Pakistani judiciary performing its duties without any fear
By Hasaan Ali Khan ·

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‘This Hajj has united us’: Pakistani pilgrims help elderly parents perform rituals

  • Pilgrims can expect to walk between 5km-15km per day during three-day Hajj
  • Around160,000 Pakistanis expected to perform Hajj this year, officials say 
By Muhammad Ibrahim ·

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Meet Pakistani polio survivor on a mission to plant ‘10 million trees’

  • 33-year-old Khizar Wali Chishti says he has planted over 152,000 saplings across Pakistan since 2014
  • Chishti was recognized this month by Plant 4 Pakistan project of government’s Green Pakistan Initiative
By SAIMA SHABBIR ·

Saudi Arabia receives Asian Physics Olympiad flag, prepares to host event’s 2025 edition

  • Malaysia handed over the symbolic flag after its successful hosting of the 2024 APhO edition last week
By Arab News ·

Crew evacuated from Greek-owned vessel hit by Houthis

  • The attack near the Yemeni port of Hodeidah on Wednesday caused severe flooding and damage to the engine room and left Tutor unable to maneuver
  • Tutor’s 22 crew members are mostly Filipino. A Greek ship has been assigned to tow Tutor, which is carrying 80,000 tons of coal
By Reuters ·

Ukraine fighting ‘intense’ battles in Donetsk region

  • “The Pokrovsk front... is the most intense in terms of enemy attacks,” the Ukrainian military said
  • In the war-battered town of Selydove near the front line in Donetsk, officials said six people were wounded by Russian aerial attacks overnight
By AFP ·

Saudi Arabia’s automotive market surges amid shifting consumer preferences

  • Saudi consumer preferences for new vehicles are increasingly aligned with those in Western markets
By Reem Walid ·

Mavericks humble Celtics 122-84 to stay alive in NBA Finals

  • Luka Doncic scored 25 of his 29 points in the first half and Kyrie Irving added 21 for the Mavs
  • Dallas will try to stop the Celtics from celebrating an 18th title when they travel to Boston for game five
By AFP ·

Barclays suspends UK festival sponsorships after backlash over ties to Israel

  • Mass boycott of acts leads to suspension of relationship between bank, event organizer Live Nation
  • Move comes as protesters target Barclays bank branches across Britain
By Arab News ·