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[31 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Some internal security experts have asked the government to ensure suitable organisational structure for National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) whereby authority would be commensurate with responsibility to fight against terrorism.
After horrifying incident of Bacha Khan University and severe criticism faced by the government, at least the website of Nacta was activated and they also convened meeting of experts in a bid to operationalise Nacta under the National Action Plan (NAP) in recent days.
The gist of discussions held during experts’ meeting found that there was still more talk than they …

PAK US AFGHAN TIES »

[31 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: All those arrested by NAB so far in the DHA-related scams in Rawalpindi  and Lahore have completely denied the involvement of former Army Chief General (retd) Ashfaq Pervez Kayani in the shady dealings of the DHA, including the one that allegedly involving his younger brother Kamran Kayani.
Informed NAB sources told The News that the DHA officials, who are presently in the custody of the Bureau for investigation, have also confirmed that General Kayani had never used his influence on the DHA management to get any deal done in favour …

PAK US AFGHAN TIES »

[31 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a freelance journalist based in Peshawar.
TRIAL balloons from top military commanders suggest an enduring US presence in Afghanistan — a troubled mission that has failed to meet timelines or produce the desired results. It has also belied President Barack Obama’s oft-repeated pledge to bring the conflict to a responsible end.
With America’s longest war getting longer, the latest indication of an open-ended commitment came from Lt-Gen John Nicholson, Obama’s pick for commander of US operations in the war-devastated country. No stranger to Afghanistan, he has called for a …

PAK US AFGHAN TIES »

[31 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Pakistan’s current envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi apparently acted as an informal messenger between the Obama administration and former army chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, some emails of Hillary Clinton indicate.
On Saturday, the US State Department released some 1,000 pages of emails of Hillary when she was the secretary of state and for a while used a private email account and a private server for online communication.
But the entire message delivered by Maleeha, who has also served on the same deputation in the US and Britain, on behalf of …

India Pak Ties »

[31 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

LAHORE: Hearing of two identical petitions seeking reopening of cases of Ghazi Ilamuddin Shaheed and Bhagat Singh has been fixed before a division bench of the Lahore High Court.
The bench comprising Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan and Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan will resume hearing of the petitions on Feb 3.
Imtiaz Rasheed Qureshi of Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation filed an application for early hearing of the petitions.
In one petition, Mr Qureshi said Bhagat Singh was a freedom fighter and fought for independence of sub-continent. He said Singh was hanged by British rulers …

India Pak Ties »

[31 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

UMERKOT: Members of the Hindu community in Samaro town took out a rally on Saturday after police said that one of the two girls allegedly kidnapped about a week ago had actually left her home to contract a freewill marriage with a Muslim man, Nawaz Halepoto.
Outraged over the police claim, men and women belonging to the Kolhi community took to the streets of Samaro and raised slogans against the local police for not taking action against the 10 suspects booked in the alleged kidnapping case.
Shidan Kolhi, the father of Sonari …

India Pak Ties »

[31 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

KARACHI: Protesters belonging to the Hindu community raised slogans outside the Karachi Press Club on Saturday in the hope of bringing attention to their cause of saving the Sita Mandir located at the Karachi Zoological Gardens and letting devotees worship there without fear.
“We are a handful of peaceful people who have had to form the Sita Mandir Bachao Committee after being threatened with dire consequences if we carry on religious activities at our mandir,” committee convener and temple maharaj Hira Lal told Dawn.
“The tiny Sita Mandir that also houses a …

China »

[31 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

BEIJING — It is no secret that fans of Chinese food often find it addictive. They speak longingly of the numbing spice of Sichuan peppercorn or the sour herbs found in Yunnan cooking.
At least 36 restaurants in China tried to take that addictive quality one step further, and now have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. They were investigated in the past week by the authorities for adding poppy capsules and other illegal ingredients to food, according to a report on Friday by Xinhua, the state-run news …

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[31 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

BEIJING — China on Saturday accused the United States Navy of violating its laws by sending a warship within the 12-mile territorial zone of an island it claims in the South China Sea after the Pentagon said a Navy vessel had conducted a freedom of navigation operation.
The United States vessel, the missile destroyer Curtis Wilbur, entered the waters off Triton Island in the Paracel Islands chain on Saturday without giving China notice in an exercise intended to challenge “excessive maritime claims” by China and two other countries, said Mark Wright, …

SAUDI-IRAN STAND OFF »

[31 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a columnist and analyst
The biggest problem is not admitting that you have a problem. The reluctant admission by the head of the country that the National Action Plan (NAP) is not really what it should be is the first step towards damage prevention. During the one year of NAP’s implementation nearly every review has pointed out that there are serious gaps in implementation. The apex committee’s results, defence analysts and the media have been crying out loud on the “non-seriousness” of the government in taking hard action. …