Who is Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan’s new prime minister?
13 April 2022 | 12:52 pm
While supporters praise Sharif's plans for major infrastructure projects, critics accuse him of corruption and cronyism.
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Prime Minister Andrej Babis' Cabinet met on Thursday to tender their resignation. The move follows the coalition agreement between center-right parties after last month's elections.
Religious parties argue the gender change law is promoting homosexuality, dubbing it "un-Islamic." A bill in the Muslim-majority country's Senate seeks to make the sex change procedure more difficult for citizens.
Thousands across Sudan have protested a deal between military and civilian leaders to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was ousted in a coup. The main opposition bloc now rejects any power-sharing with the military.
Burkina Faso's Prime Minister Christophe Joseph Marie Dabire has resigned amid an escalating security crisis that led to street protests calling for his ouster. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore accepted Dabire's letter of resignation on Wednesday.
Pakistan hosted a conference of Muslim countries pledging financial assistance to stave off "chaos" in Afghanistan. They vowed to unlock frozen aid funds and set up a humanitarian trust.
Pakistan is the world's fourth largest producer of milk. Domestic demand is strong and some 90 percent of the population consumes untreated raw milk. This provides an opportunity for corrupt retailers but also for farmers who are trying to survive inflation and falling profits. Some use illegal methods to increase the volume of the precious liquid – diluting milk with tap water is one of the most widespread techniques. Others even create fake milk from chemicals. Faced with this serious threat to public health, the authorities in Punjab province have stepped into action, as our correspondents report.
At least 1,472 people — both non-Muslims and secular Muslims — have been charged under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws since 1987. Despite international pressure, Pakistani authorities are unwilling to amend or repeal the laws.
Speaking to DW, former Afghan MP Mariam Solaimankhil blamed Pakistan, particularly its spy agencies, for the Taliban's seizure of power in Afghanistan. She also stressed that "people around the former president Ghani" brought the country down.
Pakistani authorities imposed new restrictions on online content. Critics and content producers are worried about their negative impacts on the digital economy.
Abdul Hamid Dbeibah was apparently on his way home when his vehicle was reportedly attacked in the early morning. The reports came ahead of a parliament vote to replace him.
The Pakistani government's media watchdog has imposed a ban on "intimate" scenes on television amid growing religious conservativism in the country. Activists have decried the move.
In Pakistan, where 70 percent of the population lives in rural areas, access to education remains a major issue. According to a recent study, 22 million Pakistani children never complete their 10 years of compulsory schooling. They either drop out or never begin school. The telling of tales and legends from older to younger generations has long served as an educational vehicle in rural areas. But storytellers are gradually disappearing in Pakistan, ousted by competition from televisions and smartphones. Our correspondents report.
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