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Interior Ministry blacklists Ishaq Dar, blocks his passport

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry on Thursday blacklisted former finance minister Ishaq Dar and blocked his passport, on request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Sources in the NAB said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader’s name was put in the blacklist on the anti-corruption watchdog’s request. Over his perpetual absence from the corruption trial proceeding, the ex-minister was declared fugitive in case pertaining to accumulating wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income. Efforts…

Tiny Singapore has world’s most powerful passport: ranking

Tiny Singapore now has the world's most powerful passport, according to a new ranking, with its citizens able to travel to the greatest number of countries visa free. Passport Index, which keeps track of how usable such documents are, said the city-state grabbed the top spot after Paraguay removed restrictions for Singaporeans. That means the approximately 3.4 million holders of Singaporean passports can now travel to 159 countries either without a visa at all, or can have one issued on arrival. Germany came in…

British actor Ralph Fiennes given Serbian passport

BELGRADE:  Award-winning British actor and director Ralph Fiennes, who portrayed Lord Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" series, was given a Serbian passport on Sunday for "promoting" the Balkan country. The decision to grant honorary citizenship to the 54-year-old English star was reached earlier this month by the government of Prime Minister Ana Brnabic. "I never thought I would become a Serb and now it seems that I am one," Fiennes said in Serbian during a brief ceremony after President Aleksandar Vucic presented him…

Pakistan issues first third-gender passport for transgender activist

PESHAWAR: Pakistan's transgender community has welcomed the government's decision to issue its first passport with a transgender category as an important milestone in the struggle against discrimination. The conservative South Asian nation, where homosexuality is a crime, last week issued a passport to prominent transgender activist Farzana Jan with an X to symbolize the third sex printed under the gender category of travel document. Jan, who is president of the charity Trans Action Pakistan, said the introduction of…

Pakistan issues first passport with a transgender category

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan joined a handful of countries around the world after introducing a third gender category on passports and issuing a passport to a transgender person.  Albeit, no official announcement was made with regard to this latest development but an alliance of transgender communities from 25 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) – Trans Action Pakistan – on its social media account divulged the move. Farzana Jan, president of the alliance, has become the first transgender person in KP issued a passport…

Putin hands Russian passport to action star Seagal

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Friday personally handed a new Russian passport to US action star Steven Seagal and said he hoped the gesture showed a "normalisation" of strained relations with Washington. Sitting at a round table in the Kremlin at a televised meeting, Putin showed the Hollywood actor where to sign the passport. They then rose and shook hands with Putin saying briefly: "I congratulate you," and Seagal answering in Russian: "Spasibo bolshoye," or thank you very much. The Kremlin released a…

Pakistani passports can now be renewed online

ISLAMABAD: Applications to renew Pakistani passports abroad will now take a little over 16 minutes and the renewed document will be delivered at your doorstep. Acting Consul General of Pakistan to UAE Rana Samar Javed, UAE-based Pakistanis can avail this 24-hour service as of now. Those with a passport validity of seven months can also apply for online renewal, he told the Khaleej Times. Phase-one of the system launched by the Ministry of Interior for Overseas Pakistanis went live last week. Officials said that…

Maradona grounded after passport mix-up

BUENOS AIRES: Diego Maradona was not able to leave Argentina on the weekend because his passport had been reported “stolen”, preventing him from travelling to Dubai, according to his lawyer.