Five Die As Light Plane Crashes Into Mall In Australia

Five Die As Light Plane Crashes Into Mall In Australia

Five people were killed on Tuesday when a small plane crashed into the roof of a shopping mall after taking off from an airfield outside Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, police said. The twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air plane suffered engine failure and crashed into the mall near the end of the...

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Slain Bomb Defusal Expert To Be Honoured, Family Compensated

Slain Bomb Defusal Expert To Be Honoured, Family Compensated

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Tuesday announced official honours for Abdul Razzaq, the Quetta Bomb Disposal Squad official who lost his life while defusing a bomb on Sariab Road. Nisar also announced that monetary compensation would be provided for Razzaq’s family. “Such brave officers of the law bring pride to...

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Three Bombers Killed During Attack On Charsadda Court: Officials

Three Bombers Killed During Attack On Charsadda Court: Officials

Security forces killed three suicide attackers who attempted to wreak havoc at a local court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda district, officials said Tuesday. District Nazim Fahad Khan says at least four people have been killed in the attack, which the proscribed Jamaat-ul-Ahraar has claimed. Provincial government sources say one lawyer...

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SC Grills FBR Chairman Over Panamagate

SC Grills FBR Chairman Over Panamagate

As the Supreme Court’s hearing of the Panamagate case resumed on Tuesday, the bench inquired into the investigative steps that were taken by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Federal Board of Revenue after the matter surfaced last year. Presenting himself before a five-member larger bench of the apex...

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Terrorists Using Public Transport, Says KP Police Chief

Terrorists Using Public Transport, Says KP Police Chief

Revealing terrorists are using public transport vehicles to fulfil ‘their evil designs’, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa inspector general of police Nasir Khan Durrani on Monday asked both transporters to ensure thorough checking of the luggage of commuters. However, the official statement quoting the police chief didn’t elaborate on the revelation. Mr. Durrani...

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Pakistan, Afghanistan Will Fight Terrorism ‘Together’: Army Chief

Pakistan, Afghanistan Will Fight Terrorism ‘Together’: Army Chief

Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Monday that Pakistan and Afghanistan will fight their “common enemy” of terrorism together, a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Chairing a high-level security meeting at the General Headquarters (GHQ), he said enhanced security measures taken along the...

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CTD Report Terms Sindh ‘Fertile Growth Area’ For IS

CTD Report Terms Sindh ‘Fertile Growth Area’ For IS

KARACHI: The deadly bomb attack on the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan on Thursday evening has attracted the attention of law enforcers towards possible intrusion of the militant Islamic State group (IS) into Sindh after the international militant organisation had claimed responsibility for the bombing, it emerged on...

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Record Of Hudaibiya, Raiwind References Submitted To SC

Record Of Hudaibiya, Raiwind References Submitted To SC

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday furnished the Supreme Court with records of two corruption references filed against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other members of his family over a decade ago. The documents, filed on behalf of NAB Prosecutor General Waqas Qadeer Dar, came a day before...

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Lal Masjid Distances Itself From Terror Group’s Statement

Lal Masjid Distances Itself From Terror Group’s Statement

Aiming to disassociate itself from the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan faction Jamaatul Ahrar, Lal Masjid on Saturday decried the group’s statement announcing terror strikes in the name of Abdul Rasheed Ghazi. The group has said the recent bombing in Lahore was carried out as part of ‘Operation Ghazi’ to avenge the...

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Pakistan Super League Final To Be Held In Lahore

Pakistan Super League Final To Be Held In Lahore

In a meeting held in Dubai on Monday between the Pakistan Super League (PSL) management and the owners of the team franchises, it was decided that the final for the tournament will be held in Lahore. Earlier, due to security concerns following the Feb 13 suicide bombing in Lahore which...

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Farida Jalal Shuts Down Death Rumours

Farida Jalal Shuts Down Death Rumours

Farida Jalal wants you to know that she’s alive and kicking. After baseless death rumours of the actor made rounds on social media on Sunday, Farida quickly rebuffed them to assure her fans that she is in fact still alive. “I am hale and hearty. I don’t know from where...

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Rangers Kills Seven Hardcore Terrorists In Karachi Encounter

Rangers Kills Seven Hardcore Terrorists In Karachi Encounter

KARACHI: Seven suspected terrorists were killed in a late night encounter with Rangers in Karachi on Sunday. According to sources, the paramilitary force conducted a targeted raid after receiving intelligence on the presence of a hardcore terrorist in the city’s Shah Latif Town locality. They said the terrorists opened fire...

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Punjab Decides To Seek Rangers Help After Upsurge In Terror Attacks

Punjab Decides To Seek Rangers Help After Upsurge In Terror Attacks

LAHORE: The Punjab government finally decided on Sunday to seek the assistance of Rangers in carrying out joint operations against terrorists in the province. The decision was taken in a meeting of the province’s apex committee after some sensitive information was shared with the participants. According to sources, the information...

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Air Strikes Target Terrorist Hideout In North Waziristan: ISPR

Air Strikes Target Terrorist Hideout In North Waziristan: ISPR

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Sunday carried out air strikes in the border area of North Waziristan Agency on terrorist positions, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The statement said the terrorists tried to regroup in the Wucha Bibi area of the tribal agency and...

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US Ban On Seven States Not Beneficial In Fight Against Terrorism: Khawaja Asif

US Ban On Seven States Not Beneficial In Fight Against Terrorism: Khawaja Asif

The minister said that “there is very much of a link” between terrorism and religion.

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Efforts For Military Courts Revival Gather Steam

Efforts For Military Courts Revival Gather Steam

ISLAMABAD: The government has stepped up its hectic lobbying for the revival of military courts following the deaths of over 100 people in six terrorist attacks across the country last week. On Sunday, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq contacted parliamentary leaders from opposition parties and...

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China Halts North Korea Coal Imports After Missile Test

China Halts North Korea Coal Imports After Missile Test

China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of the year, Beijing said on Saturday, depriving Pyongyang of a crucial source of foreign exchange following its latest missile test. “ will temporarily stop its imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of this...

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People Who Spill Innocent Blood Would Be Brought To Justice: Nisar

People Who Spill Innocent Blood Would Be Brought To Justice: Nisar

Nisar said that in the recent meetings it was decided that no measure will be overlooked in bringing lasting peace to the country.

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Sehwan Attacker Bypassed Security Check In CCTV Footage: Police

Sehwan Attacker Bypassed Security Check In CCTV Footage: Police

Sindh police on Sunday released a video allegedly showing the Sehwan attacker bypassing a security check at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine last week. The suicide attack targeting the shrine on Thursday killed at least 88 people and injured hundreds others. It is one among a deadly series of attacks...

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Govt Wants ‘Prompt Decision’ On Military Courts

Govt Wants ‘Prompt Decision’ On Military Courts

In an effort to break the deadlock over revival of military courts, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar talked to parliamentary leaders of different political parties over the phone on Saturday and stressed the need for a “prompt decision” in the wake of renewed terror attacks in the country. Mr Dar also...

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Shoot-On-Sight Orders Over Illegal Entry From Afghanistan

Shoot-On-Sight Orders Over Illegal Entry From Afghanistan

QUETTA: As Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan at Chaman remains closed on the second consecutive day on Saturday, authorities issued shoot-at-sight orders for those found trying to cross over. The Friendship Gate was closed on Friday as part of tightening security in the wake of the suicide attack on the shrine...

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Army Attacks Suspected Militant Hideouts Near Pak-Afghan Border

Army Attacks Suspected Militant Hideouts Near Pak-Afghan Border

Army on Friday night reportedly attacked suspected militant hideouts close to the Pak-Afghan border, DawnNews reported.

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China Offers Support To Fight Terrorism In Pakistan

China Offers Support To Fight Terrorism In Pakistan

BEIJING: Condemning the Sehwan terrorist attack, China on Friday offered its support to Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and extremism. “We express deep condolences to the victims and sincere sympathies to the injured and the bereaved,” said spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Geng Shuang at a...

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Indian Army Chief’s Threat Against Kashmiris Angers Many

Indian Army Chief’s Threat Against Kashmiris Angers Many

Gen Rawat on Thursday warned that those who were creating “hurdles” during security operations in the valley would face “tough action”.

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Opposition Unhappy With In Camera Briefing On Fresh Wave Of Terror

Opposition Unhappy With In Camera Briefing On Fresh Wave Of Terror

ISLAMABAD: Expressing complete dissatisfaction over an in-camera briefing by Minister of State for Interior Baleeghur Rahman on the fresh wave of terror across the country, the opposition in the Senate on Friday demanded convening of another in-camera session for a detailed and substantive briefing. Informed sources told Dawn that after...

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Panamagate: Imran Wants SC To Ignore Two Qatari Letters

Panamagate: Imran Wants SC To Ignore Two Qatari Letters

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has submitted an affidavit to the Supreme Court seized with the Panama Papers case, asking it to ignore the two Qatari letters produced by the Sharif family as evidence of their stance in the case. In the letters dated Nov 5 and Dec...

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Britain’s Tesco Tests Waters In Pakistan With Alpha Supermarkets Tie-Up

Britain’s Tesco Tests Waters In Pakistan With Alpha Supermarkets Tie-Up

Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco will stock its products at a Pakistani supermarket chain, a Tesco official said on Thursday, dipping its toes in a country of nearly 200 million with rising consumer spending and a growing middle class. Tesco has been expanding rapidly in emerging markets to bolster sluggish growth...

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Undettered, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Devotees Vow To Hold Dhamaal Tonight

Undettered, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Devotees Vow To Hold Dhamaal Tonight

Amidst a nationwide security crackdown launched after a suicide bomber killed at least 80 on Thursday at the crowded shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan, Dr Syed Mehdi Raza Shah, the custodian of the shrine, announced Friday that the evening dhamaal would continue as usual after evening prayers. Police...

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India, China To Discuss Masood Azhar

India, China To Discuss Masood Azhar

NEW DELHI: India and China will hold their first Strategic Dialogue on February 22 in Beijing during which the two sides will discuss key issues of mutual “concern and interest” including “friction points” such as Masood Azhar, Press Trust of India said on Thursday. It said Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar...

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Sartaj Aziz Discusses Recent Terror Incidents With Afghan National Security Adviser

Sartaj Aziz Discusses Recent Terror Incidents With Afghan National Security Adviser

In a telephonic conversation with Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz underlined that the government and the people of Pakistan were in a state of deep anguish and pain at the recent terrorist incidents in various parts of Pakistan, which...

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Govt Seeks Three Years Extension In Tenure Of Military Courts

Govt Seeks Three Years Extension In Tenure Of Military Courts

The government has sought a three-year extension in the term of military courts, read a document obtained by DawnNews on Thursday. The government has formulated a draft to carry out legal amendments that aim to extend the tenure of military courts — they had ceased to function after expiry of...

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Army Chief Bajwa Vows Revenge For Sehwan Attacks: ‘No More Restraint’

Army Chief Bajwa Vows Revenge For Sehwan Attacks: ‘No More Restraint’

Bajwa “Your security forces shall not allow hostile powers to succeed. We stand for our nation”

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London Flats Rested With Maryam For Six Months, SC Told

London Flats Rested With Maryam For Six Months, SC Told

ISLAMABAD: The lawyer for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s sons sprang a new surprise before the Supreme Court on Thursday by claiming that the bearer share certificates of the four London flats remained in the custody of Maryam Nawaz — the PM’s daughter — between February and July 2006. Salman Akram...

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Two FC Personnel Injured In ‘Terrorist Attack’ On Pak-Afghan Border

Two FC Personnel Injured In ‘Terrorist Attack’ On Pak-Afghan Border

Two personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) were injured on Friday when suspected militants attacked a post along the Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Troops “effectively responded” to the attack carried out by militants from the Afghan side of the border, the statement said....

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At Least 70 Dead As Bomb Rips Through Lal Shahbaz Shrine In Sehwan, Sindh

At Least 70 Dead As Bomb Rips Through Lal Shahbaz Shrine In Sehwan, Sindh

At least 70 people were killed and more than 150 injured in a suicide attack on the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

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‘Terrorism Increasing Because Children Are Not Taught Arabic’

‘Terrorism Increasing Because Children Are Not Taught Arabic’

Members of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, while debating the Compulsory Education of Arabic Bill 2015, discussed whether the lack of Arabic as a subject in the curriculum was the cause of terrorism in Pakistan. The bill was moved by MNA Naeema Kishwar Khan, and debate on...

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JUI-F, JI Oppose Mandatory 10pc Women Voting

JUI-F, JI Oppose Mandatory 10pc Women Voting

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the sub-committee of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms held in the Parliament House on Wednesday could not reach a consensus on the issue of 10 per cent mandatory participation of women in elections after the Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam-F (JUI-F) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) opposed the proposal presented by...

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Hold PSL Final In Karachi, Waseem Akhtar Proposes

Hold PSL Final In Karachi, Waseem Akhtar Proposes

Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar on Thursday said he would like the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hold the final match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the metropolis. He said this while speaking to media in Karachi. The PCB had promised to provide top-level security to the PSL finalists...

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16 New JF-17 Thunder Jets Added To PAF 14-Squadron

16 New JF-17 Thunder Jets Added To PAF 14-Squadron

A ceremony held at Kamra Airbase on Thursday saw 16 new JF-17 Thunder fighter jets inducted to the 14-Squadron of the Pakistan Air Force, Radio Pakistan reported. PAF already has over 70 JF-17 Thunder jets in its fleet. Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif attended the ceremony as the chief guest...

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Panamagate: Hussain Nawaz’s Counsel Submits New Documents

Panamagate: Hussain Nawaz’s Counsel Submits New Documents

s the Supreme Court’s hearing of the Panamagate case resumed on Thursday, the judges presiding on the case persisted in their efforts to ascertain whether or not Hussain Nawaz, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s eldest son, is the owner of four flats located in London’s upscale Park Lane neighbourhood. “Where is...

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Top Huddle Backs PSL Final In Lahore

Top Huddle Backs PSL Final In Lahore

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s civilian leadership and security command have categorically put their weight behind hosting the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore but the issue appears to have been marked with serious challenges stemming from the reluctance shown by international players to land in the country after a...

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Musharraf Admits Receiving ‘Assistance’ From King Abdullah To Buy Offshore Property

Musharraf Admits Receiving ‘Assistance’ From King Abdullah To Buy Offshore Property

I was the only one with whom he used to smoke,” said Musharraf while trying to cement his claim.

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Afghan Envoy Summoned Over Terrorist Sanctuaries

Afghan Envoy Summoned Over Terrorist Sanctuaries

ISLAMABAD: A senior Afghan diplomat was summoned to the Foreign Office on Wednesday to receive protest over the use of territory of his country for launching terrorist attacks in Pakistan as civilian and military leaders of the country pledged a forceful response to the recent terror attacks. Afghan Deputy Head...

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Panamagate: No Record For Sharifs’ Past Business Dealings, Counsel Tells Supreme Court

Panamagate: No Record For Sharifs’ Past Business Dealings, Counsel Tells Supreme Court

As the Supreme Court resumed hearing the Panamagate case on Wednesday, Advocate Salman Akram Raja picked up his arguments where he had left them off. After welcoming Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed — whose sudden illness had forced a suspension in the case’s daily hearings — Raja reminded the court that...

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Muslim-Majority Indonesia Votes As Christian Governor Fights Blasphemy Charges

Muslim-Majority Indonesia Votes As Christian Governor Fights Blasphemy Charges

Jakarta’s Christian governor who is standing trial for blasphemy fought to cling on to his job Wednesday in a high-stakes election seen as a test of religious tolerance in Muslim-majority Indonesia. The controversy is a high-profile example of the religious disagreement growing in Indonesia, 90 per cent of whose 255...

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Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Launching Terrorist Attacks From Sanctuaries In Afghanistan: MoFA

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Launching Terrorist Attacks From Sanctuaries In Afghanistan: MoFA

An official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) met Afghan Deputy Head of Mission Syed Abdul Nasir Yousafi in Islamabad on Tuesday to address militant attacks in Pakistan by factions operating in Afghanistan, said a press release from MoFA. United Nations and European Commission (UN&EC) Additional Secretary Tasnim Aslam...

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We Had Reports Of Spot Fixing, But Gave Players ‘Benefit Of The Doubt’: Sethi

We Had Reports Of Spot Fixing, But Gave Players ‘Benefit Of The Doubt’: Sethi

akistan Super League (PSL) Chairman Najam Sethi has said there were reports regarding possible spot-fixing in the league even before the tournament began, but said players were allowed to continue playing as authorities gave them the “benefit of the doubt”. Answering a question during Geo TV’s show ‘Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada...

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Suicide Bomber Targets Peshawar Judges’ Vehicle; Driver Killed

Suicide Bomber Targets Peshawar Judges’ Vehicle; Driver Killed

One person was killed in a suicide blast in Peshawar’s Hayatabad area when the bomber targeted a vehicle carrying civil judges on Wednesday. Civil judge Asif Jadoon and three female judges of the lower judiciary were travelling in a car in Hayatabad’s Phase 5 area when an attacker on a...

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Army Will Support Hosting Of PSL Final In Lahore, Says Bajwa

Army Will Support Hosting Of PSL Final In Lahore, Says Bajwa

Despite the Monday suicide attack in Lahore that claimed at least 13 lives, army chief General Qamar Bajwa has said Pakistan Army will support hosting of the Pakistan Super League final in the Punjab capital. Soon after the attack, social media users were quick to suggest that the blast was...

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