Prez polls today
Islamabad: Mamnoon Hussain,the India-born nominee of ruling PML-N,is set to become the 12th President of Pakistan Tuesday,succeeding incumbent Asif Ali Zardari. The election,preponed from August 6,will see a one-to-one contest between Hussain and Imran Khans Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed.
Pakistan Peoples Party withdrew its candidate Raza Rabbani and boycotted the election in protest to the date of polls being changed. Over 1,000 members of the national parliament and four provincial assemblies will cast ballots for largely ceremonial head of the state.
US Secretary of State to visit Pakistan tomorrow
Islamabad: US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive here on July 31 on his first trip to hold meetings with the countrys top political and military leadership. Kerry would hold meetings with the Pakistan President and Prime Minister on August 1.
NZ report reignites debate on NSA spying
WELLINGTON: A disputed report that US spy agencies and New Zealands military conspired to spy on a freelance journalist in Afghanistan has opened a new front in the debate over the surveillance programs revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Afghan consulate official goes missing in Quetta
Islamabad: Pakistani authorities are trying to trace an official of the Afghan Consulate in Quetta who
went missing in Balochistan. Mohammad Hashim was working in the passport section of the Consulate. He went missing on July 25.
French diamond heist estimate now $136 mn
PARIS: Wearing a scarf to mask his face,the gunman held up at least three security guards and then fled the Cannes hotel roughly a minute later with $136 million in diamond jewelry,more than twice the initial estimated worth of the loot.