Pakistan foreign minister tests positive for COVID-19

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. (File/Reuters)
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Updated 03 July 2020

Pakistan foreign minister tests positive for COVID-19

  • Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that he is self-isolating after suffering from a “slight fever” and will continue to work from home

LONDON: Pakistan’s foreign minister confirmed he has tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that he is self-isolating after suffering from a “slight fever” and will continue to work from home.
“By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic... Please keep me in your prayers,” he tweeted.

Pakistan has reported 221,896 cases of the coronavirus and 4,451 deaths. The country has continued to see around 4,000 new cases on a daily basis, despite daily testing numbers falling.
A number of high officials have tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan, including Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed and the speaker of the lower house of parliament, Asad Qaiser. 


Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

Updated 16 January 2021

Bomb kills two policemen in Afghan capital

  • Two policemen were killed and one wounded
  • The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks

KABUL: A roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle in the Afghan capital killed two policemen Saturday, officials said, as violence continues unabated in Afghanistan despite peace talks between the Taliban and government.
The vehicle carrying the policemen was struck by the bomb in the center of the capital on the road to the prestigious Kabul University, police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said.
Two policemen were killed and one wounded, Faramarz said.
Violence has surged across the country in recent months, especially in Kabul which is also rocked by a new trend of targeted killings that has sown fear in the city.
The bloodshed comes even as the Taliban and government negotiators engage in peace talks to end the nearly two decade war in the country.
The two warring sides are currently in the Qatari capital Doha discussing the agenda items of the talks.