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[7 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

Karachi: Clouds of dread are gathering over the Pashtun-dominated settlement near Manghopir – renowned for the Sufi saint Pir Mangho’s shrine, with a huge pond of crocodiles – as pro-Taliban graffiti has appeared in the locality.
The wall-chalking, which appeared in the wee hours of December 8, mentions the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) Waziristan chapter. It reads: “Taliban Zindabad! Sab par nazar hai. [Long live the Taliban! We have an eye on everyone.]”
Until the end of 2014, the impoverished, lower-income neighbourhoods – Sultanabad, Pashtunabad and Afridi Goth – were considered the most …

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[2 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leader Saeed Ghani has alleged that party leader Samina Khalid Ghurki is being politically victimized by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led Punjab government.
In a statement issued here on Saturday, Saeed Ghani said that the Punjab government was using police force to terrorize PPP leader Samina Ghurki which was worst example of political victimization and against the democratic norms.
He alleged that hands of Punjab government were stained with bloods of poor masses and one who dares to raise voice for his/her rights had to …

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[27 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The author is a reporter with the Global Times
“In a surprise move, a top Pakistani General has invited India to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” Indian news agency PTI reported recently. Surprise aside, New Delhi should consider accepting the olive branch Pakistan has extended in a bid to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Such an opportunity could be transient. There is a possibility that the open attitude toward India joining the CPEC will quickly be overwhelmed by opposition voices from Pakistan if New Delhi does not respond in a …

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[26 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

THE government has been going around in circles where madressah reform is concerned. Its weak attempt at getting these religious schools to agree to uniform control by the state bore little fruit, and the emphasis is now on another old favourite of the authorities: curriculum reform. On Friday, the federal minister for religious affairs stressed the necessity of educational standards at seminaries matching mainstream trends, but there has been little discussion on how to implement such recommendations. This, more or less, sums up the government’s indecision regarding the subject of …

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[26 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is an Islamabad-based journalist specialising in diplomatic and security issue
The meeting of Pakistan, China and Russia over the growing threat of militancy in Afghanistan could prove highly effective if a strategy for convincing regional and international players for changing and amending their policies is chalked out.
The third trilateral gathering would be held on December 27 in Moscow at a time when controversies among regional countries, as well as international players are on the rise, with Afghanistan’s internal situation turning more dangerous for the region.
The situation in Afghanistan has …

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[26 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Afghan police forces suffered casualties in a coordinated attack by the Taliban militants in western Farah province of Afghanistan.
According to an official in Farah, at least 10 policemen lost their lives in the attack and another policeman sustained injuries.
The official further added that the attack was carried out in the early hours of Saturday morning targeting a security check post in Farah city.
The provincial police chief Toryalai Abdali confirmed the attack took place on a security check post located in Shamalgah area.
However, he said only three policemen lost their …

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[26 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The group leader of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Alami group has survived an insider attack involving a member of the group in southern Afghanistan, it has been reported.
According to the spokesman of the group Ali Bin Sufyan the incident took place in southern Zabul province after a member of the group opened fire on Yousuf Mansoor Khurasani.
Sufyan told The Associated Press that  the attacker was killed by the retaliatory fire of Khurasani’s bodyguard.
According to reports, the group is involved in some of the deadly attacks in Pakistan, including an attack on Quetta …

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[20 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

What, after all, made Nawaz reach out to Donald Trump just when he’s in an intense huddle to finalise his team? And that too in such a fashion – sending Tariq Fatemi to meet with future officials (who haven’t even been appointed yet)? Surely he was not too encouraged by that mysterious phone call. Or perhaps he thought if Trump could make time for India’s IT behemoths there’s no reason his team wouldn’t accommodate, even be eager to talk to, Fatemi. But while India’s entrepreneurial royalty would talk commerce – …

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[19 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON – Pakistan said it would be “willing” to discuss with President-elect Donald Trump’s administration freedom for a jailed Pakistani doctor who helped the United States track down Osama bin Laden.
A top Pakistani diplomat said Islamabad is open to a “sustained dialogue” with India and would be open to offers of assistance regarding talks with New Delhi, including from the incoming Trump administration.
Tariq Fatemi, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs, told VOA on Thursday that the entire region wants Pakistan and India to “end this state of acrimony and …

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[17 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

RAWALPINDI: The Punjab home department has warned of a serious threat from the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), specifically six militants who were trained abroad and could act anytime before the end of 2016.
The department instructed the province’s divisional police chiefs to heighten security at places of worship and hold regular search operation. The provincial authorities, citing intelligence, said police across the province were told in November than an attack by the TTP using six militants was likely to occur soon, and preparation for the attack and special training abroad had been …