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Govt signs MoU with Swiss authorities to ‘bring back looted money’

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Swiss authorities to obtain information about assets and bank accounts owned by Pakistanis in Switzerland. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar inked the MoU with the Swiss officials. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on its official tweeter handle said: “A step ahead in bringing back looted wealth; Pakistan and Swiss governments have signed an MOU enabling exchange of financial information on…

‘Recovering looted money’: Govt delegation to visit Switzerland today

GENEVA: A government delegation will leave for Switzerland today (Wednesday) to hold talks with the Swiss authorities to bring back money stashed by Pakistanis in the European country, ARY News reported. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability, Shahzad Akbar, talking to ARY News, said over Rs 700 billion from Pakistan were kept in 10 countries, and the government would strive to bring them back. He said the government had acquired details from some of the countries and subsequently talks would be held…

Swiss vote on regional ‘burqa ban’, GMOs

GENEVA: A referendum in Switzerland's northeastern St Gallen region Sunday is expected to usher in a "burqa ban", making it the second Swiss canton to prohibit all face-covering garments in public spaces. At the same time, voters across Switzerland are being asked to cast their ballots on initiatives aimed at boosting local farming and promoting "ethical standards" in food production, including turning a moratorium on genetically modified crops into a full-out ban. St Gallen is expected to follow the example of the…

20,000 march for wage equality in Switzerland

Some 20,000 people marched in Bern Saturday demanding wage equality between the genders, organisers said, warning that women are prepared to go on strike if Swiss parliamentarians do not fix the pay gap. Women "are sick of sexism and discrimination, sick of wage inequality," Switzerland's largest union, Unia, said in a statement. The union, which was among over 40 organisations who called Saturday's demonstration, said more than 20,000 people had showed up to demand that lawmakers do more to shrink the persistent gap…

Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship over handshake refusal

GENEVA: The Swiss city of Lausanne has blocked a Muslim couple's bid to become Swiss nationals over their refusal to shake hands with members of the opposite sex. The municipality said it refused to grant the couple's citizenship application over their lack of respect for gender equality, Lausanne mayor Gregoire Junod told AFP. He said a municipal commission had questioned the couple several months ago to determine if they met the criteria for citizenship, but had determined in the ruling made public Friday that they…

Sweden beat Switzerland 1-0 to reach World Cup quarter-finals

ST PETERSBURG: A deflected shot from Emil Forsberg gave Sweden a 1-0 victory over Switzerland in a scrappy round of 16 match on Tuesday, sending the Swedes through to the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years. A meeting with either Colombia or England awaits Janne Andersson’s side in the next round, and judging by the fare they served up in St Petersburg, neither team will lose much sleep over the prospect of facing the limited Swedish attack. Both teams were wasteful in possession and guilty of…

Switzerland beat Serbia to join Brazil in Group E qualification contention

KALININGRAD: A last-minute Xherdan Shaqiri breakaway goal handed Switzerland victory Friday as they came from behind to defeat Serbia 2-1 in Kaliningrad.  The win puts Switzerland in pole position to make it out of a tough Group E that contains five-times winners Brazil but they were pushed all the way by the Serbs. It was a sweet victory for Shaqiri and fellow Swiss goalscorer Granit Xhaka, who along with team-mate Valon Belrami were booed relentlessly by Serbia's fans throughout. Shaqiri, Xhaka and Belrami trace…

Brazil, Switzerland World Cup match ends in 1-1 draw

MOSCOW: After Argentina failed to beat Iceland and Germany lost to Mexico, Brazil, one of the tournament favorites, drew Switzerland 1-1 on Sunday despite creating chances to secure three points in their Group E match of the Football World Cup here. The South Americans had 20 shots but could only put four on frame, seeing the Swiss hold them in the second half to split one point apiece. Switzerland played physical, fouled plenty to try and slow down Brazilian rhythm, and it earned a surprising result that puts them in…