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Shamshad says amnesty scheme won’t be extended after June 30

KARACHI: Caretaker Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Dr Shamshad Akhtar has directed Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) to form a committee to propose a five year roadmap for the development of Pakistan's capital market. During her visit to Pakistan Stock Exchange, the minister held meeting with representatives of PSX board management, senior market participants and discussed various issues related to capital market development and amnesty scheme announced by government for declaration of assets. She said that…

Amnesty over, ‘illegal expatriates’ await Saudi Arabia crackdown

RIYADH: For four months, texts from the government pinged into every mobile phone in Saudi Arabia ordering "illegal expatriates" to leave the kingdom before the end of an amnesty that expired in late July. The campaign, "a nation without violators," warned of fines, jail time and deportation for anyone caught without valid identity documents after the grace period, in a renewed push to reduce the kingdom's abundant black market in labour. Saudi Arabian authorities estimate more than 600,000 people took the amnesty,…

China remains world’s biggest executioner: Amnesty

BEIJING: China executed more people in 2016 than all other nations combined, Amnesty International said Tuesday, even as death penalties in the world decreased overall.  The human rights organisation estimates the Asian giant alone killed "thousands" of people, a figure based on examinations of court records and news reports. All other countries together executed at least 1,032 people last year -- a decline of 37 percent compared to 2015. Of those, 87 percent took place in just four countries – Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq…

Syria carried out mass hangings at military prison – Amnesty International

DAMASCUS: The Syrian government has executed thousands of prisoners in mass hangings and carried out systematic torture at a military jail near Damascus, rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Amnesty said the executions took place between 2011 and 2015, but were probably still being carried out and amounted to war crimes. It called for a U.N. investigation. Syria's government and President Bashar al-Assad have rejected similar reports in the past of torture and extrajudicial killings in a civil war…