Ahsan Iqbal reminds Trump of Soviet-Afghan War, calls it the root cause of modern conflict

Ahsan Iqbal reminds Trump of Soviet-Afghan War, calls it the root cause of modern conflict

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday lashed out at the incumbent US administration, saying that no one has the right to label Pakistan a ‘liar’ given its sizable contribution to the so-called ‘War on Terror’. In a strongly-worded speech, he also reminded US President Donald Trump how the region’s terrorism-marred...

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Foreign CNG cylinder manufacturers to visit Pakistan this month

Foreign CNG cylinder manufacturers to visit Pakistan this month

KARACHI: Domestic and foreign industrialists and traders associated with compressed natural gas (CNG) and allied industries have started reorganising their businesses in Pakistan after a surge in the price of petrol – a rival of CNG – to a three-year high. The petrol price has been increasing over the past six...

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How Facebook could stop a disease outbreak

How Facebook could stop a disease outbreak

Facebook accounts and telephone records can be used to pinpoint the best individuals to vaccinate to stop a disease outbreak in its tracks, researchers said Wednesday. Such people would be “central” in their social networks, and thus likelier to spread disease-causing germs from one group to another. Assuming there is...

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APTMA seeks policy for revival of industry

APTMA seeks policy for revival of industry

LAHORE: All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) Chairman Aamir Fayyaz has urged the government to announce and lay down the implementation mechanism for the agreed long-term policy for the revival and growth of the textile industry. “An early announcement of the policy will help reverse trade account deficit and thereby contribute...

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US threats will not work on us: Nawaz

US threats will not work on us: Nawaz

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a press conference on Wednesday asserted that the PML-N government does not care for United States (US) threats to cut funding to Islamabad in the war against terrorism. “We should not be taunted ,” he said, speaking to reporters in Islamabad. “I...

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Sarish Khan kicks off 2018 with this initiative to tackle human trafficking

Sarish Khan kicks off 2018 with this initiative to tackle human trafficking

“I expect support from the Pakistani community, particularly from the government and entertainment industry,” she said  Sarish Khan’s plans for the new year are all about tackling social issues, and her first initiative is targetted towards alleviating human trafficking. The Pakistani-American model has launched WeModelUSA with her business partner Patricia Watts. WeModelUSA...

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Muslim man in India beaten to death for asking group to turn off New Year music

Muslim man in India beaten to death for asking group to turn off New Year music

A Muslim man living near the Indian city of Ranchi was beaten to death by a group on New Year’s Day after he allegedly asked them to turn off the loud music they were playing in close proximity of a graveyard, the BBC reported on Tuesday. A senior police officer told the BBC that 19-year-old...

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Faizabad protest was an attack on Muslims by Muslims, says SC

Faizabad protest was an attack on Muslims by Muslims, says SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday resumed hearing the suo motu case on disturbance to public life due to the Faizabad protests, observing that the sit-in staged by the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY) was an “attack on Muslims by Muslims”. A two-member bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Mushir Alam...

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Pak acting against JuD, Hafiz Saeed under Raddul Fasaad, not US pressure: defence minister

Pak acting against JuD, Hafiz Saeed under Raddul Fasaad, not US pressure: defence minister

Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir on Wednesday rejected the notion that Pakistan has acted against Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed due to pressure from the United States, saying that all action against the JuD falls under the ambit of Operation Raddul Fasaad. Dastagir, in an interview with BBC Urdu, said that although...

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Pakistan can review cooperation with US if it is not appreciated, says Maleeha Lodhi

Pakistan can review cooperation with US if it is not appreciated, says Maleeha Lodhi

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi condemned the United States (US) administration’s aggressive remarks against Pakistan and said that Islamabad could “review its cooperation if it is not appreciated”. Referring to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s comments a day earlier where she had accused Pakistan...

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YouTuber Logan Paul says suicide video was ‘huge mistake’

YouTuber Logan Paul says suicide video was ‘huge mistake’

LOS ANGELES – American YouTube star Logan Paul on Tuesday apologized for posting a video of a suicide victim in Japan, saying he had made a “huge mistake” and was ashamed of himself. Paul, 22, whose almost daily video blogs on YouTube have over 15 million followers, apologized for laughing...

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Federal govt focusing on eliminating street crime from Karachi: governor

Federal govt focusing on eliminating street crime from Karachi: governor

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has said the government is now focusing on elimination of street crime from Karachi after bringing terrorism, extortion, targeted killing and kidnapping for ransom under control. He was talking to a group of traders led by All City Tajir Ittehad president Hammad Poonawala. Recalling the...

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Lack of local heroes makes PSL franchises look strangers

Lack of local heroes makes PSL franchises look strangers

LAHORE: Almost all six Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises aren’t in a mood to give maximum representation to players belonging to their respective cities. And apart from a few, the 20-22 inductees in each franchise are mostly cricketers from other regions/cities plus the mandatory quota of overseas stars. For example,...

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Sharapova forced to dig deep by Riske, Ostapenko loses

Sharapova forced to dig deep by Riske, Ostapenko loses

SHENZHEN: Maria Sharapova was made to work hard for a victory at the Shenzhen Open, coming from behind to beat unseeded American Alison Riske 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round on Tuesday. The five-time Grand Slam champion fired 34 winners and saved seven out of 10 break points to...

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FBR drags its feet on key reforms

FBR drags its feet on key reforms

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is back-pedalling on reform measures which were originally designed to block all loopholes in the tax administration system leading to revenue losses. The reform measures were evolved as part of the Tax Reforms Commission’s recommendations and were tasked to the Tax Implementation Reform...

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U.S. puts Pakistan on notice: Do more to stop terrorism

U.S. puts Pakistan on notice: Do more to stop terrorism

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD  – The United States accused Pakistan on Tuesday of playing a “double game” on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain U.S. aid. “They can do more to stop terrorism and we want them to do that,” White House spokeswoman...

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Republican Senator Hatch to retire, opening door for bid by Romney

Republican Senator Hatch to retire, opening door for bid by Romney

WASHINGTON – U.S. Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said on Tuesday he will not seek re-election in November, opening the door to a potential Senate bid by Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and one of the party’s harshest critics of President Donald Trump. “Every good fighter knows when to...

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U.S. threatens to withhold aid cash to Palestinians

U.S. threatens to withhold aid cash to Palestinians

UNITED NATIONS  – U.S. President Donald Trump said in tweets on Tuesday that the United States may withhold future aid payments to Palestinians, accusing them of being “no longer willing to talk peace” with Israel. Trump said that Washington gives Palestinians “HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get...

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Iran’s leader blames enemies for deadly unrest, U.S. calls that ‘nonsense’

Iran’s leader blames enemies for deadly unrest, U.S. calls that ‘nonsense’

LONDON – Iran’s supreme leader accused the country’s enemies on Tuesday of being behind days of street unrest, as the death toll from anti-government demonstrations rose to 21. Riot police were out in force in several cities on the sixth day of protests, which spread to the northwestern city of...

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Nawaz, Maryam appear before accountability court in Islamabad

Nawaz, Maryam appear before accountability court in Islamabad

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad on Wednesday as a hearing into three corruption references filed against the Sharifs by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) went underway. Strict security arrangments were made in the areas surrounding the accountability court...

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Former Taliban hostage Boyle arrested for 15 charges including assault

Former Taliban hostage Boyle arrested for 15 charges including assault

A Canadian man who was held captive by a faction of the Afghan Taliban for five years has been arrested on 15 charges including sexual assault, illegal confinement and issuing death threats, according to reports on Tuesday. Joshua Boyle was freed by the Pakistan Army in October along with his...

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White House says US policy regarding Pakistan to be announced in next 48 hours

White House says US policy regarding Pakistan to be announced in next 48 hours

In a follow up to the United States (US) President Donald Trump’s tweet accusing Islamabad of being a liar, the White House on Wednesday said that details of the super power’s policy regarding Pakistan will be announced in the next 24-48 hours. “In terms of specific actions, I think you’ll see...

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