Lynching Suspect: “Administration Asked Me To Testify Against Mashal”

Lynching Suspect: “Administration Asked Me To Testify Against Mashal”

“Some 15 to 20 people, including university officials were present at the chairman’s office.”

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Erdogan Wins Turkey Referendum As Opposition Cries Foul

Erdogan Wins Turkey Referendum As Opposition Cries Foul

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly won a historic referendum on Sunday that will tighten his grip on power, but the knife-edge result left the country bitterly divided and the opposition crying foul. The sweeping constitutional changes approved in the vote create a presidential system that will grant Erdogan more...

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FIR Registered Against Indian Army In Kashmir ‘Human Shield’ Case

FIR Registered Against Indian Army In Kashmir ‘Human Shield’ Case

A First Investigation Report (FIR) has been registered against the Indian Army after a video of a Kashmiri youth being used as a human shield by the army sparked outrage on social media, the Hindustan Times reported The FIR was registered after Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat met Indian...

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Humaira Arshad Will Make Her Coke Studio Debut In Season 10

Humaira Arshad Will Make Her Coke Studio Debut In Season 10

Popular singer Humaira Arshad is gearing up for the launch of her audio-video album comprising both Urdu and Punjabi songs, she told Dawn in a recent interview. Arshad’s expertise in singing is wide-ranged — from pop to folk and from classical to ghazal. “I am working like a busy bee...

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Saudi Woman’s Plea For Help Exposes Risks Faced By Runaways

Saudi Woman’s Plea For Help Exposes Risks Faced By Runaways

A young Saudi woman’s plea for help after she was stopped at an airport in the Philippines en route to Australia where she planned to seek asylum has triggered a firestorm on social media and drawn attention to the plight of female runaways. For runaway Saudi women, fleeing can be...

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Mardan Lynching: Mashal’s Father Wants Killers Tried In Military Court

Mardan Lynching: Mashal’s Father Wants Killers Tried In Military Court

The attackers, who were in their hundreds, kept pelting stones at him even after he died.

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Despite Jadhav’s Sentence: Nawaz-Modi Meeting Very Much On Cards

Despite Jadhav’s Sentence: Nawaz-Modi Meeting Very Much On Cards

The two leaders would be gathering in Astana, Kazakhstan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

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People Who Cast Blasphemy Accusations Need To Be Educated, Says Imam-e-Kaaba

People Who Cast Blasphemy Accusations Need To Be Educated, Says Imam-e-Kaaba

However, he added that those “whose hearts are plagued with disease misuse Islam intentionally”.

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Sindh Likely To Curtail Rangers’ Powers To Follow ‘Punjab Model’

Sindh Likely To Curtail Rangers’ Powers To Follow ‘Punjab Model’

KARACHI: The provincial government is considering adopting a “Punjab model” for granting special powers to the Rangers after which the paramilitary force will only “assist” the police in action against terrorists and criminals, it emerged on Sunday. Two senior government officials familiar with the development told Dawn that the Sindh...

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Budget To Be Announced On May 26

Budget To Be Announced On May 26

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to announce the budget for financial year 2017-18 on May 26. Talking to Dawn on Sunday, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the announcement of the budget had been pulled earlier because Ramazan was expected to begin on May 28, adding that preparations were being made...

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Chinese Textile Units Interested In Relocating To Pakistan

Chinese Textile Units Interested In Relocating To Pakistan

KARACHI:  Tianjin Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries Vice President Chen Weiming has said that high cost of doing business and environmental challenges in China have made Pakistan an ideal destination for the relocation of Chinese textile industry. “As the world economy is developing in the face of new...

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CM Insists Constitution Empowers Him To First Meet Sindh’s Gas Needs

CM Insists Constitution Empowers Him To First Meet Sindh’s Gas Needs

HYDERABAD: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said the country’s Constitution empowers him to first provide natural gas to Sindh, from where it is extracted, and then share the surplus with other provinces. It was a mistake to think that the Constitution was weak and those who harboured...

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‘We Are Bringing A Bad Name To Islam Ourselves’: Malala

‘We Are Bringing A Bad Name To Islam Ourselves’: Malala

“We ourselves are bringing a bad name to our country and religion,”

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Khawaja Breaks Silence On His Strained Relations With Sindh Govt

Khawaja Breaks Silence On His Strained Relations With Sindh Govt

KARACHI: For the first time since the beginning of a tug of war between the provincial government and the office of the inspector general of police, IGP A.D. Khowaja appeared to speak his mind on Friday when he cited “powers” as the key issue that had brought the situation to...

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Iran Rejects Allegations Of Its Agencies’ Links To Uzair Baloch

Iran Rejects Allegations Of Its Agencies’ Links To Uzair Baloch

ISLAMABAD: Iran has cautioned against a “vilification campaign” launched against it on the basis of allegations by Lyari gangster Uzair Baloch that its intelligence agencies had links with him. A statement issued by the Iranian embassy in Islamabad on Friday rejected “unfounded rumours being circulated in some media during recent...

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9 ‘Hardcore Terrorists’ Killed In Shootout With Security Personnel In DG Khan: ISPR

9 ‘Hardcore Terrorists’ Killed In Shootout With Security Personnel In DG Khan: ISPR

Three soldiers of Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) lost their lives in an exchange of fire with suspected militants in Dera Ghazi Khan on Friday morning, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. ISPR said “9-10 hardcore terrorists” affiliated with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed during the joint security operation launched by...

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Imran Khan Condemns Lynching Of Mardan Student: ‘Law Of The Jungle Cannot Prevail’

Imran Khan Condemns Lynching Of Mardan Student: ‘Law Of The Jungle Cannot Prevail’

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan on Friday condemned the lynching of a 23-year-old student of Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan by an enraged mob a day earlier. Khan, in a tweet, said: “I am in touch with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General since last night on condemnable lynching of...

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India Planning To ‘Slow Down’ Visa Process For Pakistani Applicants: Report

India Planning To ‘Slow Down’ Visa Process For Pakistani Applicants: Report

New Delhi is planning to slow down the issuance of visas to Pakistani applicants as a form of retaliation for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, a report published by the Indian Express said Friday. The report cites sources within the Secretariat Building in New Delhi as saying that initially ‘high...

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Video Of Kashmiri Youth Tied To Indian Army Jeep Sparks Outrage

Video Of Kashmiri Youth Tied To Indian Army Jeep Sparks Outrage

A video circulating on social media of a man tied to the bonnet of what was believed to be an Indian Army jeep as a human shield once again raised concerns over the violation of human rights by Indian armed forces in held Kashmir. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister...

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Mardan University Student Laid To Rest; FIR Registered Against 20 For Murder

Mardan University Student Laid To Rest; FIR Registered Against 20 For Murder

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered by police on Friday against members of a lynch mob that brutally assaulted two university students ─ killing one and injuring another ─ over alleged blasphemy in Mardan a day earlier. The FIR has been lodged in Sheikh Maltoon police station against 20...

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Indian Minister Threatens To Go Any Extent For Jadhav

Indian Minister Threatens To Go Any Extent For Jadhav

India’s home minister on Thursday once again threatened his country will go to any extent to ‘ensure justice’ for self-confessed RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav. “We will go to any extent to ensure justice to Kulbhushan Jadhav,”Times of India quoted Rajnath Singh as saying on the sidelines of a Central Industrial...

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Trump Presents New Opportunity To Engage With US: Musharraf

Trump Presents New Opportunity To Engage With US: Musharraf

“The Trump administration will show better understanding of our views on these issues, if we project them effectively,”

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Questions Emerge About Fate Of People Who Used Uzair

Questions Emerge About Fate Of People Who Used Uzair

KARACHI: The alleged “espionage” by suspected Lyari gangster Uzair Jan Baloch, which he confessed in a statement before a judicial magistrate and joint interrogation team a year ago, has already taken him to a military court for trial, but if one goes by the same documents questions emerge about the...

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TOR Of Saudi Alliance To Be Unveiled Next Month: Asif

TOR Of Saudi Alliance To Be Unveiled Next Month: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday assured the National Assembly that Pakistan would not become part of any alliance against a Muslim state. Responding to a calling attention notice, he said that the terms of reference (TOR) of the Saudi-led military alliance would be unveiled by Saudi authorities next...

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US Military Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb In Afghanistan

US Military Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb In Afghanistan

US forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck a militant Islamic State (IS) tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with “the mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the US military, Pentagon officials said. The bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast...

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Cannot Rule Out Role Of Foreign Agencies In Disappearance Of Retired Army Officer: FO

Cannot Rule Out Role Of Foreign Agencies In Disappearance Of Retired Army Officer: FO

The Foreign Office said on Thursday that the role of foreign intelligence agencies cannot be ruled out in the disappearance of retired Lt Col Habib Zahir, a former Pakistan Army officer who mysteriously went missing in Nepal earlier this month. Addressing a weekly press briefing in Islamabad, FO spokesman Nafees...

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Man Confesses To Using Children For His Internet Porn Business In Sargodha

Man Confesses To Using Children For His Internet Porn Business In Sargodha

LAHORE: A man arrested for selling child pornography on Internet disclosed to interrogators that he lured some 25 children into the heinous act on the pretext of imparting them computer education. The Federal Investigation Agency’s cyber crime wing on Tuesday arrested Saadat Amin, 45, from Sargodha and took his computer...

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Sindh To Block Gas To Pakistan If SSGC Provision Agreement Not Finalised: CM Murad

Sindh To Block Gas To Pakistan If SSGC Provision Agreement Not Finalised: CM Murad

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Shah in the Sindh Assembly on Thursday threatened to restrict the province’s gas supply to the rest of the country if an agreement with the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) for provision of gas to the province is not finalised by the weekend. Murad, explaining the...

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Opposition Leader’s Sexist Remark Mars National Assembly Session

Opposition Leader’s Sexist Remark Mars National Assembly Session

A sexist remark by the leader of the opposition about his female counterparts soured National Assembly proceedings on Thursday. The issue arose when Speaker Ayaz Sadiq asked women lawmakers to quiet down or step outside to continue their conversation while the house conducted its business. Leader of the Opposition Khursheed...

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Military Alliance Not A Solution To Terrorism, Mazari Tells NA

Military Alliance Not A Solution To Terrorism, Mazari Tells NA

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Shireen Mazari during a National Assembly session on Thursday told lawmakers that a military alliance cannot be a solution to terrorism. The PTI submitted an adjournment motion in the house to discuss Pakistan’s membership of the 41-nation Saudi military alliance, saying that in light of a unanimous...

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PPP Agitates Disappearance Of Zardari’s Aides In Parliament

PPP Agitates Disappearance Of Zardari’s Aides In Parliament

ISLAMABAD:  The government’s cluelessness about the whereabouts of three close aides of Asif Ali Zardari marred the sessions of both houses of parliament on Wednesday leading to a protest and subsequent walk-out by the PPP. Meanwhile Defence Minister Khawaja Asif reiterated in the Senate that the contours of the Saudi-led...

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PML-N Starts Playing It Cool On Panamagate

PML-N Starts Playing It Cool On Panamagate

ISLAMABAD:  In what appears to be a move to realign its priority ahead of the Supreme Court verdict in the Panamagate case, the Nawaz government has decided to shed its ‘aggressive’ posture and deal with its political repercussions ‘moderately’. Lately, the PML-N leadership appears to have switched focus from an...

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Senators Deplore Indian Reaction To Jadhav Conviction

Senators Deplore Indian Reaction To Jadhav Conviction

ISLAMABAD: Senators on Wednesday deplored the Indian reaction to the conviction of its spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and denounced the bellicose threats emanating from New Delhi, with a warning that any misadventure would evoke a befitting response. Speaking on points of public importance, they said Jadhav’s conviction was based on concrete...

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Uzair Admitted To Espionage A Year Ago, Reveal Documents

Uzair Admitted To Espionage A Year Ago, Reveal Documents

KARACHI: The army’s announcement that it had taken the custody of suspected Lyari gangster Uzair Jan Baloch came exactly a year after his confessional statement before a judicial magistrate that he had been passing an Iranian agency “secret information” about the Pakistan Army, its intelligence wings and key installations of...

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India Knows Why Pakistan Sentenced Jadhav To Death, Says Envoy Basit

India Knows Why Pakistan Sentenced Jadhav To Death, Says Envoy Basit

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit defended the death sentence given to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Field General Court Martial, saying he received a fair trial, the details of which could not be made public but the Indian government was aware of “what is talking about”....

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Baby On Plane: Woman Delivers Baby Girl On Turkish Airlines Plane At 42,000ft

Baby On Plane: Woman Delivers Baby Girl On Turkish Airlines Plane At 42,000ft

Cabin crew on a Turkish Airlines flight Friday, Boeing 737 from Guinea to Burkina Faso, helped a woman to deliver her baby girl at 42,000 ft. Passengers also helped with the process, which took place soon after the take-off on the flight, which started its journey from Guinea’s capital Conakry...

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PM Makes Peace Overtures To Neighbours

PM Makes Peace Overtures To Neighbours

ISLAMABAD/NOWSHERA: Amid the prevailing tensions following the disappearance of a former Pakistani military officer in Nepal and the subsequent death sentence awarded to Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday appeared to strike a reconciliatory tone on relations with neighbouring countries, including India. Addressing the passing-out parade...

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Sindh Govt To Bear Repair Cost Of Demolished Heritage Building

Sindh Govt To Bear Repair Cost Of Demolished Heritage Building

The Sindh government will bear the cost of repairing a 100-year-old bungalow that stands inside the Jufelhurst School in Karachi’s Soldier Bazaar area, a spokesperson at the chief minister’s office said on Wednesday. The historic building was demolished last weekend, provoking an uproar from stakeholders and alumni of the school, as well...

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Getting Involved In Others’ Wars Not In Pakistan’s National Interest: PTI

Getting Involved In Others’ Wars Not In Pakistan’s National Interest: PTI

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday submitted a resolution in the National Assembly urging the government to ‘immediately’ call a joint session of the parliament to discuss the issue of Pakistan’s agreement to join a Saudi-led military alliance of 41 nations. Submitted by PTI MNAs Shireen Mazari, Asad Umar and...

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Dr Asim Approaches SHC For Removal Of Name From ECL

Dr Asim Approaches SHC For Removal Of Name From ECL

PPP leader Asim Hussain on Wednesday petitioned the Sindh High Court for removal of his name from the Exit Control List in order to allow for his travel abroad for medical treatment. Hussain’s petition said a medical board had recommended that he undergo spinal surgery abroad. The petition will be...

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Rangers Arrest Five Suspected Terrorists In Karachi Raid

Rangers Arrest Five Suspected Terrorists In Karachi Raid

The Rangers arrested five suspected terrorists and recovered a cache of arms and explosives during a raid conducted in Keamari Town, Colonel Qaiser Khan of the paramilitary force stated in a press conference on Wednesday. The apprehended suspects include: Bilal Ahmed: Allegedly a close accomplice of Safoora Goth massacre mastermind...

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Opposition Demands K-P Speaker’s Resignation

Opposition Demands K-P Speaker’s Resignation

PESHAWAR:  Lawmakers of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) demanded on Tuesday that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser resign following a probe initiated by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against him. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s own lawmaker and former minister for mines and minerals Ziaullah Afridi was also in favour of Qaiser’s resignation...

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US Recognises Pakistan’s Sacrifices In Fight Against Terrorism: Pentagon

US Recognises Pakistan’s Sacrifices In Fight Against Terrorism: Pentagon

The US Department of Defence said on Tuesday that it authorised the disbursement of $550 million to Pakistan this year as recognition of the significant sacrifices the Pakistani military has made in the fight against terrorism. The money comes from the Coalition Support Funds (CSF), which reimburses Pakistan for providing...

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Our Verdict Will Be Law For Centuries: SC Judge

Our Verdict Will Be Law For Centuries: SC Judge

ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court judge observed on Tuesday that any pronouncement by the court would set a precedent that would be remembered for centuries. “Our pronouncement will be a law and will for centuries,” observed Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, who heads a five-judge larger bench hearing the Orange Line...

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Minister Rules Out Immediate Execution Of Indian Spy

Minister Rules Out Immediate Execution Of Indian Spy

ISLAMABAD: Defence Min­ister Khawaja Mohammad Asif has ruled out immediate execution of a convicted Indian spy and said three appellate forums are available to Kulbhushan Jadhav under the law. He said that the trial of the Indian Navy officer — who was working for India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)...

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Uzair Baloch Taken Into Military Custody: ISPR

Uzair Baloch Taken Into Military Custody: ISPR

The Pakistan Army early Wednesday morning said it had taken Uzair Baloch, a notorious leader of the Lyari gang war, into custody in accordance with the Pakistan Army ActUzair was arrested by Rangers personnel outside Karachi last year in January in what the paramilitary force said was a raid. The...

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Pakistan Desires Good Relations With All Its Neighbours: PM

Pakistan Desires Good Relations With All Its Neighbours: PM

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday that Pakistan is a peace-loving country and desires good relations with all countries, particularly its neighbours. Addressing the passing out parade of graduating cadets at Pakistan Air Force Academy (PAF) Asghar Khan in Risalpur, the prime minister said Pakistan, despite its desire for peaceful...

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India Will Go Out Of Its Way To Save Jadhav From Death Row: Swaraj

India Will Go Out Of Its Way To Save Jadhav From Death Row: Swaraj

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday assured lawmakers that New Delhi would go “out of its way” to save sentenced spy Kulbhushan Jadhav from death row in Pakistan, according to Indian media reports. Calling Jadhav “a son of India”, Swaraj issued a warning to Pakistan saying, “I would caution the...

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Demolished Building At Jufelhurst School ‘Not Protected Heritage’, Owners Claim

Demolished Building At Jufelhurst School ‘Not Protected Heritage’, Owners Claim

After a top level inquiry was ordered into the demolition of an old bungalow building inside Jufelhurst School in Karachi’s Soldier Bazaar on Monday, the owners of the plot upon which the structure rested have claimed it was never declared “protected heritage.” The owners of the plot in a letter addressed...

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State Executions In Pakistan Decreased By 73pc In 2016: Amnesty International

State Executions In Pakistan Decreased By 73pc In 2016: Amnesty International

State executions in Pakistan dropped by 73 per cent in 2016 as compared to the previous year, with over 360 convicts put on death row and more than 87 hanged, rights group Amnesty International said in its latest report released on Tuesday. According to the report, Pakistan was joined by Iran, Saudi...

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