Sep 172017

KUWAIT: Kuwait has ordered North Korea’s ambassador to leave within a month as the Gulf country downgraded diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, a North Korean diplomat in the Gulf region said on Sunday. The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea earlier this month, and the United States called on countries to sever diplomatic and financial ties with it. The diplomat, who asked not to be named, told Reuters the move followed Kuwait’s decision to downgrade the North Korean diplomatic representation to charge d‘affaires level. North Korea launches missile over Japan In August, Kuwaiti authorities started taking measures against North Korea, such as cutting direct flights, after the Security Council imposed earlier sanctions on Pyongyang following missile tests. Kuwait’s announcement comes after US President Trump met with the Gulf state’s ruler in Washington earlier this month. The post Kuwait orders North Korea’s ambassador to leave within a month appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jul 172017

CAIRO: Egypt is standing by the list of demands it and three Gulf Arab countries made of Qatar and will keep sanctions against Doha in place, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told his Kuwaiti counterpart on Monday. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar on June 5, cutting diplomatic and transport ties with the tiny Gulf monarchy, after accusing it of financing militant groups and allying with their regional arch-foe Iran. Doha denies the accusations. Kuwait has been leading mediation efforts between Qatar and the four Arab states boycotting it. Its top diplomat Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah met Shoukry and President Abdel Fattah al Sisi in Cairo on Monday. “The Foreign Minister affirmed to his Kuwaiti counterpart Egypt’s commitment to the list of demands presented to the state of Qatar and the continuation of sanctions taken against it,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement. UAE wants international monitoring of Qatar The insistence comes “in light of what the quartet states see as Qatar’s stalling and procrastination, and lack of concern for the concerns of the four states,” he said. Shoukry told Sabah the only way the crisis would be resolved was if Qatar fulfilled the demands, which include curtailing its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, shutting down the pan-Arab al Jazeera satellite TV channel, closing a Turkish military base and downgrading its relations with rival Iran. Sisi told Sabah he appreciated what Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah was doing to [Read More…]

Mar 222017
Balijee Bridge International begins today

KARACHI: Pakistani bridge stars are set to demonstrate their might in the Balijee Bridge International Bridge Championship, which begins on Thursday (today) at Lahore Gymkhana. This Championship is supported by Aijaz Ahmed of the House of Yummy in memory of Muhammad Iqbal, popularly known as Balijee amongst the bridge playing community of Pakistan. Champions from Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Abbottabad and Lahore will vie for the top honours and cash prizes in the pairs’ event over the first one day and a half and the team event on the remaining days.  There is one player from India and a couple from Kuwait in the event.  Pakistan Bridge Federation (PBF) has provided Bridge Mate Technology, which is now in use in all the bridge playing countries. Click for detailed story

Mar 172017
Strengthening ties

The brotherly relations between  Pakistan and Kuwait have been further  cemented following Prime  Minister Nawaz Sharif’s two-day  visit to Kuwait on March 6. The  Pakistani PM and Kuwait Amir  Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabbar  Al-Sabah held a detailed meeting on  matters of mutual interest and decided  to enhance the level of cooperation  between the two countries  in various fields.  According to reports in the  media, Kuwait agreed to waive the  six-year-old restriction on the issuance  of visas to Pakistanis and  the amir of Kuwait issued directives  to the concerned officials, including  the Kuwaiti prime minister, to complete  the process immediately. This  will increase employment opportunities  for many Pakistanis. Moreover,  on the proposal put forward  by Nawaz, the amir of Kuwait also  agreed to set up a ‘joint business  council’ to explore the possibilities  of boosting trade ties. This will  mean Pakistan will receive investments  from Kuwaiti businessmen  and enterprises.  Ibrar Hussain  Lahore     Click for detailed story

Mar 102017
Allowed to enter

Kuwait has lifted its visa ban on Pakistan after six years. The ban was imposed on all kinds of visas in 2011 on the nationals of Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Syria because of security situation in these five countries. Since the security situation has much improved in Pakistan after the launch of Operation Zarb-e- Azb, countries like China, Turkey, Iran and Central Asian Republics are much interested in enhancing bilateral economic, social and defence relations with Pakistan. The successful ECO Summit in Islamabad and the PSL final in Lahore have strengthened Pakistanis to defeat the country’s enemies. The strengthening of bilateral ties with the countries of the Middle East like Kuwait is no doubt another encouraging step and it will further open new economic opportunities between the two countries. Nazia Jabeen Lahore ***** As a result of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Kuwait, six years old visa restriction for Pakistanis has been lifted. This is a heartening relief for the working class of Pakistan who was the most affected because of the visa ban. They were also unable to avail good work opportunities in Kuwait. Pakistan and Kuwait look forward to enhance cooperation in the fields of agriculture, defence, technology and culture. It is hoped that the government will keep up pro active diplomacy to gain positive favours for Pakistan. Maria Rashid Lahore Click for detailed story

Jan 102017

A man from Illinois, United States who stole a television remote has been sentenced to more than two decades behind bars. Kuwait sentences parents to death for killing toddler Eric Bramwell, 35, was found guilty in November and sentenced in January to 22 years imprisonment. He stole the remote in August 2015 from the common area of an apartment complex in Wheaton, Illinois. A DNA sample from the glove that he dropped on his way out matched Bramwell’s DNA stored on the state’s database of convicted felons, Chicago Tribune reported. Iran jails 12 for ‘un-Islamic’ Instagram posts Due to his criminal history, prosecutors said he was eligible for 30 years in prison. He had previously been sentenced to six months in jail for using offensive language in court and had allegedly committed similar thefts of other remote and television sets from other nearby apartment complexes. “Bramwell’s illegal activity and his history have finally caught up with him,” state attorney Robert Berlin said. Danish editor jailed for celebrity credit card snooping He added, “Regardless of what was stolen, Bramwell repeatedly thumbed his nose at the law. He took what he wanted, time and time again, and expected to avoid the consequences. That’s not how it works, as Bramwell has now found out.” The US locks up more people per capita than any other country. There are around 2.3 million people behind bars, in state, local, federal and youth prisons, according to 2016 data from Prison Policy. This article originally appeared on [Read More…]

Sep 082016

A report by InterNations that surveyed over 14,000 respondents found Taiwan to be the friendliest country in the world. Pakistan sixth most dangerous country for Christians The ranking was based on ease of settling in and finding friends. Uganda and Costa Rica took the second and third spot respectively. Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait were found to be the least friendly countries. 15 happiest, richest, healthiest, and safest countries in the world Here is the complete list 1. Taiwan 2. Uganda 3. Costa Rica 4. Mexico 5. Colombia 6. Oman 7. Philippines 8. New Zealand 9.Vietnam 10. Portugal 11. Brazil 12. Spain 13. Ecuador 14. Canada 15. Romania 16. Bahrain 17. Malta 18. Indonesia 19. Ukraine 20. Ireland Top 10 most visited cities in the world 21. Thailand 22. Argentina 23. Australia 24. Cyprus 25. USA 26. Greece 27. Peru 28. Morocco 29. Japan 30. Israel 31. United Arab Emirates 32. Malaysia 33. Tanzania 34. India 35. Kenya 36. Turkey 37. Egypt 38. Kazakhstan 39. Mozambique 40. Poland 41. Luxembourg 42. United Kingdom 43. China 44. Nigeria 45. Netherlands 46. Hungary 47. Italy 48. Panama 49. South Africa 50. South Korea 51. Singapore 52. Hong Kong 53. Belgium 54. Finland 55. Germany 56. France 57. Chile 58. Austria 59. Russia 60. Denmark 61. Qatar 62. Sweden 63. Norway 64. Switzerland 65. Czech Republic 66. Saudi Arabia 67. Kuwait  This article originally appeared on Indy100. The post Kuwait, Saudi Arabia ‘world’s least-friendly countries’ appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for [Read More…]

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