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Putin welcomes World Cup as Russia win

MOSCOW: Russia welcomed the world to the soccer World Cup on Thursday as fans streamed in, the hosts savored a 5-0 victory on the pitch and President Vladimir Putin’s government derided Western efforts to isolate him. The Kremlin leader, greeted by a huge cheer ahead of the hosts’ opening game against Saudi Arabia, spoke of showing the world a hospitable Russia and of sport overcoming differences. Russia is grappling with Western sanctions imposed after its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine four years ago, but a crushing…

Pakistan welcomes UN call for international probe in Indian occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights proposal to establish a commission of inquiry for international investigation into human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal in a statement on Thursday said this. "The proposal is consistent with Pakistan’s several calls to this effect since 2016. The report is a reminder of this internationally recognized dispute and the urgency of its settlement both to protect human lives and promote peace," he…

Pakistan welcomes Chinese cooperation in film production, infrastructure

BEIJING: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has welcomed the proposal of Chinese cooperation with Pakistan in film production and infrastructure. Chinese Vice Minister of State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) Tong Gang made the proposal for working on an agreement between the two countries for cooperation in the area of film production and film infrastructure during a meeting with Marriyum on Monday in Beijing. Marriyum expressed hope that…

Imran welcomes Attock’s Major Tahir group to PTI

ATTOCK: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Monday welcomed Attock's influential political group of Major Tahir on joining the PTI, ARY New reported. "I congratulate and welcome Major Tahir group on joining the PTI," he said while addressing a large public gathering in Attock. He said only those were joining PTI who could serve masses. People only remembered the ones who served and worked for them , he said adding that Pakistanis won’t allow looters to loot anymore. Read More: Imran challenges law…

London mayor welcomes Uber boss’ humility after license loss

LONDON: London Mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed the humility shown by chief executive of Uber after the city stripped the taxi app of its license to operate, but once again criticized the company’s London management on Thursday. Transport for London (TfL) shocked Uber last month by deeming it unfit to run a taxi service and refusing to renew its license, citing the firm’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi met TfL Commissioner Mike Brown on Tuesday for…

Mark Zuckerberg welcomes second daughter in Facebook post

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife welcomed their second daughter - August - to the world on Monday (Aug 28) with a post on the leading social network. As they did with after the birth of their first daughter, Maxima, in late 2015, the couple wrote the girl a letter, but this one spoke of reveling in the wonder of childhood instead of visions of a better world on the horizon. "You only get to be a child once, so don't spend it worrying too much about the future," said the letter signed by…

Pakistan welcomes Russia’s offer to resolve tension between Islamabad, New Delhi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed offer of mediation by Russian President Vladimir Putin to resolve tension between Islamabad and New Delhi. The reaction to the offer of the Russian President came during weekly briefing by Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria in Islamabad on Thursday. He pointed out that showing complete disrespect to the Holy month of Ramazan, Indian forces martyred more than 25 Kashmiris and injured over 200 using pellet guns in Occupied Kashmir. Grand Jamia Masjid was locked down and Kashmiris…

Farooq Sattar welcomes Afaq’s proposal of political reconciliation

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) Chief Farooq Sattar welcomes Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H) Chairman Afaq Ahmed’s proposal of political reconciliation on friday and said MQM-P would shun the politics of violence and not let repeat the politics of 90s, ARY News reported. “Whoever, including Afaq Ahmed, would give positive statement, we will welcome him,” he said talking to ARY News in Karachi. He said the time of violence had gone and the way of reconciliation would have to be adopted now. He…

‘Government welcomes Alibaba Group to Pakistan’

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Commerce Engr Khurram Dastgir Khan on Tuesday said online shopping service provider Alibaba Group can become an important part of the Pakistan’s digital economy and can play a significant role in its growth in decades to come. “Government of Pakistan welcomes Alibaba Group to Pakistan and will extend full support and facilitation,” he said while chairing a meeting with President and Director of Alibaba Michael Evans Alibaba is a Chinese e-commerce company that provides…

Trump welcomes Angela Merkel to White House

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump greeted Germany's Angela Merkel with a handshake at the White House Friday -- a cordial start to difficult talks between long-time allies who now differ on a host of issues from immigration to NATO. The veteran chancellor arrived at a snowy White House, hoping to reverse a chill in relations after Trump's tough election rhetoric. The two leaders shook hands and smiled for the cameras before entering the West Wing, for a meeting that had been delayed three days because of bad weather.…