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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 …

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[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 …

Featured, Jammu and Kashmir, NOrthern Areas, PAK-US-INDIA, Pakistan »

[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 …

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[5 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

report in The Nation,May 05, 2017
Islamabad – Pakistan expelled popular Polish presenter, traveller and writer Martyna Wojciechowska on Thursday for violating visa rules, reported Radio Poland.
Martyna Wojciechowska claimed that she was detained by Pakistani military intelligence while filming a TV series in that country.
Poland’s foreign ministry said that Wojciechowska’s crew did not comply with instructions from the Pakistan authorities. It added that Wojciechowska, the former editor-in-chief of National Geographic Poland magazine, on Thursday left Pakistan with her crew on a flight to Poland.
Wojciechowska said in a post on Facebook: “In …

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[11 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: The government will start work on the Pakistani section of Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline once the United States and the UN remove sanctions on Tehran, officials of the Ministry of Petroleum informed the National Assembly Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources here on Monday.
An official of Interstate Gas Systems (ISGS) informed the parliamentary body that Iran was still facing sanctions and work on the section from Gwadar to Iranian border would be started after sanctions were over. The petroleum ministry officials said work had been stopped on the IP …

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[11 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

Islamabad:  Javed Malik, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the PM Office earlier this week and briefed him on the various initiatives to expand and upgrade the bilateral relations between Pakistan and the Kingdom of Bahrain since his appointment, says a press release.
He apprised the prime minister that after the successful organisation of the First Pakistan-Bahrain Business Opportunities Conference, the Bahraini commerce minister and three business delegations are expected to visit Pakistan in the coming year. Similarly, the bilateral relations between …

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[2 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

MARDAN – Former prime minister and senior leader of Pakistan Peoples’ Party Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday called for extending tenure of special military courts to root out militancy and extremism from the country.
He was talking to media persons in Mardan, after expressing condolence with Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Senator Khanzada Khan on the demise of his brother-in-law.
The former prime minister said that security forces had rendered enormous sacrifices in the war against terrorism in the country. However, he said, performance of civilian governments in this regard was questionable. He …