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  • Plastics in oceans to outweigh fish by 2050

    The report, ‘New Plastics Economy’ by World Economic Forum, says that at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean each year...

    Plastics, the report says, cause an annual estimated damage of $13bn to marine ecosystems...

  • EU parliament approves ban on single-use plastics

    STRASBOURG: The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday for an EU-wide ban on single-use plastics such as straws, cutlery, cotton buds and balloon sticks...

    However, it said the parliament missed an opportunity to close a legal loophole on the definition of single-use plastics, adding it allows products to be labelled re-usable when they may not be...

  • Canada to ban single-use plastics from 2021

    MONTREAL: Canada will ban single-use plastics from 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday, declaring it a “global challenge” to phase out the plastic bags, straws and cutlery clogging the world’s oceans...

    “I am very pleased to announce that as early as 2021, Canada will ban harmful, single-use plastics from coast to coast,” Trudeau said, arguing Canada has a unique chance to lead the fight against plastic pollution...

  • A year on: Are we prepared for another Karachi Airport attack?

    It has been one year since the Jinnah International Airport (JIA) of Karachi came under a deadly attack by militants on the night of 8th June, 2014...

    The horrific event tarnished the image of one of the largest cities in the world and in the aftermath of the terrorist attack, some international airlines decided to wrap up their operations in Karachi — crippling the already declining air traffic at the airport...

  • 'Militant' wanted for Karachi airport attack, SP Aslam murder killed in Sukkur shootout

    A 'highly wanted militant' suspected of involvement in several incidents of terrorism including the 2014 Karachi airport attack, the Mehran base attack and the murder of Superintendent Police Chaudhry Aslam was killed in a Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) 'encounter' in Sukkur on Sunday night, police said...

    AIG Abbasi said the encounter took place in Sukkur on leads provided by four militants recently arrested by the CTD in...

  • Karachi airport attack suspects acquitted in shootout case

    KARACHI: A sessions court on Wednesday acquitted three airport attack suspects in a case pertaining to a shootout with police near Saddar...

    The accused persons have also been facing charges before an antiterrorism court for allegedly providing logistical support, funds and weapons to around 10 attackers who stormed Karachi airport in June 2014 and were killed in a swift operation...

  • 27kg heroin recovered from PIA aircraft at Karachi airport

    KARACHI: Pakistan International Airline’s (PIA) maintenance crew on Wednesday discovered 27 kilograms of heroin on board a PIA aircraft...

    The heroin was concealed in lavatory panels, and was discovered while routine maintenance was being carried out at the PIA hangar at Karachi’s international airport...

  • ‘Airport-like terrorism plot foiled’, 11 suspects held in Karachi

    KARACHI: Police on Thursday claimed to have foiled a “major terrorism plan” in Karachi after they arrested nearly a dozen suspected militants associated with the Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) following an encounter that left a policeman wounded...

    They were planning a “deadly assault” like the June 2014 airport attack to occupy “key and sensitive government buildings”, officials said...

  • 105 phones recovered from passenger at Karachi airport

    KARACHI: Customs authorities at Jinnah International Airport caught a passenger on a flight from Dubai to Karachi with 105 cell phones concealed on his body in an apparent attempt to transport them illegally...

    Muhammad Ali Shah who was travelling to Karachi on flight EK-600 had strapped 105 cell phones on his body to hide them, Customs Chief Media Officer Syed Muhammad Irfan Ali said...

  • A leaf from history: The botched Pan Am plane hijacking at Karachi airport

    On the calm, humid early morning of Sept 6, 1986, a division of Pakistani commandoes stormed a hijacked Pan Am aircraft at the Karachi airport...

    The aircraft was a regular Pan American World Airways 747-121, which had left India’s Sahar airport near Mumbai a day earlier for an onwards journey to Frankfurt, Germany and was to culminate at the John F...

  • Small aircraft crashes at Karachi airport

    KARACHI: A small chartered aircraft with 21 people on board crashed from a height of about 25 feet seconds after taking off from the Jinnah Inter­national Airport on Friday mor­ning, leading to the closure of runway for more than five hours...

  • Rangers’ official dies mysteriously near Karachi airport

    KARACHI: An official of Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, died from a bullet wound while performing his duty near Karachi airport on Monday, officials said...

    The paramilitary force official, identified as Jan Khan, was performing his duty near the parking area of the airport when he received a bullet in the chest, said Malir SSP Rao Anwar...

  • Plugging loopholes two years after Karachi airport attack

    KARACHI: “They have removed the old guards around Gate C, also known as Paan Gate, through which paan is brought into the airport,” said Ali Raza, one of the survivors of the airport attack in 2014, adding that five of the 10 militants used the same gate to enter the airport...

    Two years after the incident, “the gate has been barricaded to enhance [airport] security, with younger recruits and a police mobile standing outside,” he...

  • MQM leader Saleem Shahzad arrested at Karachi airport upon return to Pakistan

    Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)-London leader Saleem Shahzad was arrested at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport upon his return to Pakistan on Monday after 24 years away from the country, Senior Superintendent Police Malir Rao Anwar confirmed to DawnNews...

    Arrest warrants were issued for Shahzad in 2016 for the 10th time by an Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi in a case related to providing treatment and shelter to alleged...

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