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[12 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD – The government has moved to amend “The Security of Pakistan Act, 1952” and replace the words “federal government” with “prime minister” so as to authorise the latter to make an order with respect to any particular person, that he be detained, to prevent him from acting prejudicial to the defence of the country, it has been learnt.
At present, the “federal government” is competent to exercise such powers under the Security of Pakistan Act, 1952 and take decisions in respect of restrictions on the movements of suspected persons and …

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[30 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Letter criticising envoy ‘comes at a difficult time’: by Anwar Iqbal in Dawn, August 30th, 2017
WASHINGTON: A scathing letter allegedly written by a former Pakistani envoy to the country’s ambassador in Washington comes at a time when the embassy is busy countering a slew of statements, articles and TV talks targeting the country.
“Discrediting [Paki­stan’s] Ambassador [to the United States] Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry at a time when he is dealing with a very difficult situation is no service to Pakistan,” said a senior diplomatic observer in Washington. “It will definitely not …

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[26 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Wadood Mushtaq in The News, July 26, 2017
LONDON: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has submitted 688 pages reply to the apex court in the alleged foreign funding case but it has not shown the bank statements related to the donations sent from the UK over fears that questions will be asked about the unexplained amounts landing into PTI’s account.
In the UK’s Companies House, PTI is registered as a limited company (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf UK, PTI UK, Company number 07381036). It’s managed and handled by two sole directors: Shahid Hussain and Mohammad Iqbal …

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[11 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

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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[11 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

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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[4 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Javaid-ur-Rahman in The Nation, June 04, 2017
ISLAMABAD – There’s something seriously wrong with the Parliament as the disinterest of public representatives in the house proceedings is growing.
As many as 69 lawmakers did not make any contribution in the work of the National Assembly in the fourth parliamentary year, bringing the average attendance per sitting of active participants down to 60 percent from last year’s 65 percent.
The breakup compiled by an independent entity, Fafen, revealed that these lawmakers did not contribute to the parliamentary agenda or debates …

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[26 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by SYED IRFAN RAZA in Dawn, May 26th, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Oppo­sit­ion members of the Parliam­entary Committee on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Thursday registered their strong protest over the role of the committee and termed it a ‘useless’ body.
Interestingly, only six out of 22 members of the committee attended the meeting held under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed.
Leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Shibli Faraz and Asad Umar lodged a protest during the meeting and said the point of view of members of opposition parties were not incorporated …

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[15 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

Earlier this month, vice chancellors from 60 universities of the country huddled at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) head office to discuss ways to end intolerance and radicalisation in higher education institutes. The policy seminar at HEC was held in the wake of the unprecedented lynching incident of a student, Mashal Khan, at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan.
There was consensus among all attendees that universities needed to be made relevant to our social needs and that extremism could be curbed through changes in curriculum. Alongside, more than a dozen attendees …

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[12 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Usman Manzoor in The News, May 12, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Keeping the reports of inquiry commissions secret is a fashion in Pakistan as the governments failed to make public any of the reports; yet many were ‘leaked’ to the media but hardly saw any action upon them. A few reports of the inquiry commissions were released by the Supreme Court but not the government.
Right from Hamoodur Rehman Commission, it has remained a habit of the successive governments not to make public any of the reports complied by the commissions constituted …

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[12 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Imdad Soomro in The News, May 12, 2017
KARACHI: The Sindh Rangers have started an inquiry into alleged life threats to a businessman and attempts to deprive him of assets by a businessman at the behest of the ruling party head in the Sindh province.
Shahzad Riaz, a businessman, in a complaint filed with the DG Rangers on May 4, 2017, application copy available with The News, sought protection for him, family and business.
Riaz blamed that the head of Omni Group of Companies Anwar Majeed and Khawaja Salman Younis had been …