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[23 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in The News, Oct 23, 2017
ISTANBUL: Pakistan army is evaluating the Turkish T-129 attack helicopter for its defence needs and negotiating the contract and terms, the prime minister said at the end of his Turkey visit.
In a rare gesture, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Sunday took a test-flight of T-129, Turkish attack helicopter and appreciated it as an “impressive and good machine.”
Talking to Pakistani and Turkish media after the test-flight, the prime minister said Turkish Defence production industry was one of the best in the world and second to …

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[25 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in The Times of India, Sept 25, 2017
NEW DELHI: In its zeal to rebuff India’s scathing indictment of Islamabad’s terror policy, Pakistan only managed to embarrass itself at the UN as it displayed a wrong picture of a purported Kashmiri pellet gun victim.
The photograph flashed by Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, turned out to be that of a 17-year-old Palestinian girl, Rawya Abu Joma, who was injured in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza in 2014. Pakistan was attempting to get back at foreign minister Sushma Swaraj …

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[14 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Umair Muhammadzai in the Express Tribune, Sept 14, 2017
PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has already lost hundreds of youngsters to the ‘charm’ of the various Taliban groups and factions. Now, it appears the Khorasan franchise of the ultra-extremist group Islamic State (IS) has moved in to tap into this recruitment pool, security officials told Daily Express.
Muhammad is 22. He went to the country’s most prestigious boys’ school – Aitchison College in Lahore. He eventually got a scholarship to study in the United States.
Then, two-and-a-half years into his degree programme, he started showing …


[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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[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Washington: Pakistan has built a “hardened, secure, underground” complex in a remote mountainous region in the restive Balochistan province that could serve as a storage site for nuclear warheads, an American think tank said.
The Institute for Science and International Security, a nonprofit and non-governmental institution, said its observation is based on satellite imagery and investigation.
It said in a report that the underground complex in the southwestern province “could serve as a ballistic missile and nuclear warhead storage site”.
The purpose of the complex is not yet available publicly.
But, the report authored …

Featured, Pakistan, Trade »

[31 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Khaleeq Kiani in Dawn, July 31st, 2017
Amid political turmoil the country’s internal and external accounts appear to be entering uncertain territory.
The fiscal account, after showing marked stabilisation over the past four years, has started a downhill journey as evident from the 2016-17 budget deficit that was higher than a year before as tax machinery was Rs250 billion behind target.
The external account is on an even more precarious path as all of its three key sources are going down, stagnating or not picking up.
Exports have been falling for a few …

Human Rights, Pakistan, Talibanisation »

[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

By MEHREEN ZAHRA-MALIK in The New York Times online, July 27, 2017
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Dr. Faisal Ranjha was examining a patient in the crowded critical-care unit of his hospital in northeastern Pakistan when a federal officer abruptly walked in, seized his cellphone and told him he was under arrest.
Officers took him home to scoop up his laptop and the tablet computer on which his 8-year-old son was playing games, then drove the doctor more than 150 miles to the Federal Investigation Agency headquarters in Islamabad. Only then was he told …

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[26 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Rana Tanveer in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2017.
LAHORE: The Jain community is left bewildered over where to turn to free their temple from the clutches of illegal occupation by none other than the police.
The Samandhi of Shri Atmaramji Maharaj, reformer of the contemporary Jain community, has been occupied by the force since 1984, or some 33 years. As the property is in police control, no members of the land mafia have been able to establish a foothold—perhaps a blessing in disguise, depending on who the community deems easier …

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[15 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Riazul Haq in The Express Tribune, May 15th, 2017.
ISLAMABAD: Asad Dastagir is a computer science student in 6th semester in one of the sub-campuses in Lahore and is uncertain about the future of his degree as the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has recently banned further admissions in the Global Institute Lahore with which the franchise is affiliated.
Dastagir is not alone in passing through this agonising experience. Hundreds of other students are also running from pillar to post to legitimise their degrees. But there is little the provinces, and for …

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[12 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Michael Kugelman in The Express Tribune blogs, May 11, 2017
The author is the South Asia associate at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.
Today, the trend lines for Jammu and Kashmir are quite troubling, to say the least.
Nearly a year after Indian security forces killed Burhan Wani, a young Kashmiri militant with a large following, anger hasn’t abated. Tension has risen in recent days after a video surfaced on social media that appeared to depict Indian security forces using heavy-handed tactics against a civilian. On …