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by Imtiaz Ali in Dawn, July 11th, 2017
KARACHI: An inquiry into the recent jailbreak by two high-profile militants of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has revealed that some militants belonging to banned outfits were virtually running the affairs of the Central Prison Karachi by imposing their will on jail staff who follow their instructions due to fear or incompetence, it emerged on Monday.
Sources quoting the report of the inquiry conducted by the Counter-Terrorism Department of police told Dawn that the probe into the escape of LJ militants exposed some “incidents of deliberate and systematic …

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by Shamim Ahamed in bdnews24.com, July 8, 2017
The Awami League started working out strategies two years before the 2019 general election which its general secretary says will not be ‘very easy ‘ to win.
Obaidul Quader says there can be strategic changes in his party but it will never move away from its ‘roots’.
Speaking to a group of reporters at the Setu Bhaban on Friday, Quader hinted at expanding the coalition it leads.
He also spoke about settling infighting in the party, multiple surveys to choose candidates, taking opinions of the …

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by Sartaj Khan in The News, July 11, 2017
The writer is an independent researcher.
In his series, ‘The mullah and the Pakhtun’ published in the News pages on June 29, June 30 and July 2, Zalan Khan has contributed to a very important debate. Unfortunately, his analysis of the mullah and his position in Pakhtun society received less attention than it deserves.
It is a great misconception that the mullah was considered inferior in social organisation, especially in the era of Pakhto, governed by the unwritten code of Pakhtunwal (the way …

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by Khursheed Sardar in The Nation, July 11, 2017
Pinning the burden of responsibility for all of Pakistan’s ills on a certain Gen Zia-ul-Haq has been a Pakistani summer ritual for decades. This, of course, does not mean that it isn’t observed during other seasons. But the 43-day window between July 5 and August 17, allows many of us to reiterate the most lethargic of clichés regarding Zia.
That Zia is still alive is almost as nauseating as Bhutto not being dead. But while the latter is supposed to be a token …

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by Aziz Ali Dad in The News, July 11, 2017
The writer is a freelance columnist based in Gilgit.
The issue of sectarian violence in Gilgit-Baltistan cannot be analysed through an idealised view that tends to paint the region as an idyllic paradise where no violence ever occurred before the advent of modernity.
The reality is that sectarian violence has been a part of the history of Gilgit-Baltistan. Throughout history, Gilgit had been depopulated and devastated various times because of intermittent wars between regional polities and different religions. This region was home to …

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by Frank Tang in South China Morning Post, July 11, 2017
China’s leadership headed by President Xi Jinping is still facing “significant obstacles” in reining in credit growth and reducing financial risks, the government’s top economic priority, according to a report by the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s. where Xi and other leaders are expected to discuss how to prevent any form of financial crisis hitting the world’s second largest economy.
Standard & Poor’s said Beijing was trying hard to “deleverage”, but the government’s intention to maintain relatively fast economic …

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Report on bdnews24.com, July 10, 2017 at 16:36:46.0 BdST
The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the corruption trials of BNP leaders Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain.
The two had petitioned the court to review an appeal verdict from 2014, which ordered the continuation of their trials on charges of illegal earnings and hiding income.
But the three-member appeals bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha dismissed their pleas on Monday.
There are no more obstacles for trying the cases with the Special Judges Court, said Khurshid Alam Khan, the …