The Third Gender: Inter-sexuality still a taboo around the world (Rava Special Report)

The Third Gender: Inter-sexuality still a taboo around the world (Rava Special Report)

Not being a woman or a man is a fundamental problem for intersex people. It is necessary to define: intersexuality is a biological variation. And the importance of its recognition has nothing to do with having only a few hundred or tens of thousands of cases per year. The stories of...

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Accountability court endorses NAB request to freeze Ishaq Dar’s assets in Pakistan

Accountability court endorses NAB request to freeze Ishaq Dar’s assets in Pakistan

An accountability court on Thursday rejected a fresh application for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s exemption from court proceedings, upholding his bailable arrest warrants in a corruption reference filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for owning assets beyond his means. The court today also endorsed NAB’s move to...

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From Tom and Jerry to Hamza Bin Laden’s wedding footage: Everything CIA has released about Osama Bin Laden

From Tom and Jerry to Hamza Bin Laden’s wedding footage: Everything CIA has released about Osama Bin Laden

The CIA has released hundreds of thousands of new documents, images, and computer files recovered during the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad. Many videos, documents, footage were recovered from the computers and other devices of Osama Bin Laden who was killed in a raid by American...

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The history of Attacks on Journalists in Pakistan – International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (Rava Special Report)

The history of Attacks on Journalists in Pakistan – International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (Rava Special Report)

The safety of journalists is vital for societies and democracies to have access to diverse and independent information. It is also to promote intercultural dialogue, peace and good governance. However, unfortunately, in the last eleven years, 930 journalists have been killed for carrying out their task of informing the public,...

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Govt plans to build several new nuclear reactors – official

Govt plans to build several new nuclear reactors – official

ABU DHABI: Pakistan plans to build at least three to four big reactors as it targets nuclear power capacity of 8,800 megawatts (MW) by 2030, atomic energy commission chairman said. Pakistan has five small reactors in operation with combined capacity of just over 1300MW. The last one in the four-reactor Chashma...

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Mufti Qavi sent to jail on judicial remand

Mufti Qavi sent to jail on judicial remand

The latest update on Qandeel’s murder case is Mufti Abdul Qavi has been sent for judicial remand on Wednesday in Multan. During the court hearing, Judicial Magistrate Pervaiz Khan, sent Mufto Qavi to jail as his two-day physical remand expired today. The police informed that their investigation is done and...

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SC Summons Nihal Hashmi After Threatening Speech

SC Summons Nihal Hashmi After Threatening Speech

ISLAMABAD: The ‘more royal than the king’ attitude has put another ruling party lawmaker in hot waters: Nihal Hashmi had to quit his Senate seat after a video went viral on Wednesday showing his diatribe against “those investigating” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family. Hashmi’s threatening speech at an event in Karachi...

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PTI Counsel Admits ‘Omission’ On Part Of Imran

PTI Counsel Admits ‘Omission’ On Part Of Imran

ISLAMABAD: The counsel for PTI chairman Imran Khan has admitted before the Supreme Court that it is an omission on the part of his client that he did not disclose his offshore company in his asset details submitted before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the Federal Board of Revenue...

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Opposition Plans To Disrupt President’s Address Today

Opposition Plans To Disrupt President’s Address Today

ISLAMABAD: The opposition in the National Assem­bly is sharpening its knives for a showdown today (Thurs­day), as Presi­dent Mamnoon Hussain prepares to address a joint session of parliament to mark the beginning of the ruling party’s final year in government. With their main bone of contention — the government’s refusal...

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Senate Not Briefed On Mandate Of Saudi-Led Military Alliance

Senate Not Briefed On Mandate Of Saudi-Led Military Alliance

ISLAMABAD: The mandate of the Saudi Arabia-led Islamic military alliance continues to be an enigma, with the government yet to explain its position on the reported statements of Saudi authorities that the coalition will also act against rebel groups posing a threat to the security of a member country. Adviser...

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Pakistan Expresses ICJ For Early Hearing Of Indian Spy Case

Pakistan Expresses ICJ For Early Hearing Of Indian Spy Case

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has requested the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to expedite the hearing of the Indian spy case, whose execution was stayed on May 18. Sources told The Express Tribune that the ministry of foreign affairs sent a letter to the ICJ’s registrar, expressing Pakistan’s desire for a quick hearing,...

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Senators Rue ‘Special Treatment’ To Ex-TTP Spokesperson

Senators Rue ‘Special Treatment’ To Ex-TTP Spokesperson

The members of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics demanded to stop treating Ehsan like a guest.

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Planning Commission Reallocates Funds To Complete 101 Projects

Planning Commission Reallocates Funds To Complete 101 Projects

The commission claimed it requested line ministries and executing agencies throughout the year to speed up the submission of project documents and get them approved.

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PM Wants Accord Among Muslim States To Eliminate Terrorism

PM Wants Accord Among Muslim States To Eliminate Terrorism

MADINA: Prime Minis­ter Nawaz Sharif called on Monday for an accord among Muslim countries to eliminate the menace of terrorism which was affecting world peace. “With a financial cost of around $120 billion and thousands of precious human lives, Pakistan has suffered a lot due to this scourge,” the prime...

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US Envoy Reminds Pakistan Of Pledge In Anti-Terror Fight

US Envoy Reminds Pakistan Of Pledge In Anti-Terror Fight

ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador David Hale on Monday hoped Pakistan would live up to its pledge of not allowing terrorists to use its soil against any other country as he called for greater Pak-US cooperation for peace and stability in the region. Ambassador Hale made this observation during a meeting with...

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US Fugitive Mir M. Ali Khan Sought By Pakistani Securities Regulators For Alleged Stock Pump And Dump Schemes

US Fugitive Mir M. Ali Khan Sought By Pakistani Securities Regulators For Alleged Stock Pump And Dump Schemes

Mir Muhammad Ali Khan has a huge public following on social media and is actively followed,” said the statement issued by the SECP

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Chaman Border: Firing Ends As Afghan Military Admits Mistake

Chaman Border: Firing Ends As Afghan Military Admits Mistake

Analysts believe that the Afghan forces were averse to the people residing in those villages being identified and counted.

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PML-N Follows PPP Path, Looking For Mobile And Rental Power Plants

PML-N Follows PPP Path, Looking For Mobile And Rental Power Plants

Govt also considers other options to make summer bearable as election nears.

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India Rejects Erdogan’s Kashmir Proposal

India Rejects Erdogan’s Kashmir Proposal

While Pakistan welcomed on Monday Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s offer to strengthen the dialogue process for resolving the Kashmir issue, New Delhi asserted that it was an Indo-Pak bilateral matter, “essentially due to cross-border terrorism”. Ahead of his arrival in New Delhi, President Erdogan had remarked that India and...

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ISPR Denies Indian Claim Of Mutilated Dead Indian Soldiers On LoC

ISPR Denies Indian Claim Of Mutilated Dead Indian Soldiers On LoC

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday refuted Indian army claims that Pakistani soldiers had killed two members of an Indian army patrol on the Line of Control (LoC) and mutilated their bodies, saying Pakistani soldiers would never disrespect another soldier, even if they were Indian. “Pakistan Army did not commit...

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Govt Told To Add Punishment For Blasphemy To Cyber Crime Law

Govt Told To Add Punishment For Blasphemy To Cyber Crime Law

The court also directed the government to incorporate punishments in Section 295-B and 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code.

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Operative Part Of Inquiry Report To Be Made Public

Operative Part Of Inquiry Report To Be Made Public

LAHORE: The government has decided to make public, through a notification to be issued by the interior ministry this week, the ‘operative part’ of the recommendations of an inquiry committee set up following arow about a report published in Dawn in October last year. The government believes that the notification...

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Nisar Questions Agencies’ Ability To Protect Sensitive Installations

Nisar Questions Agencies’ Ability To Protect Sensitive Installations

Chaudhry Nisar announced a special financial incentive package for POF employees, including 25 additional allowances and two increments.

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FBR Seizes Millions Of Tax-Evaded Cigarettes

FBR Seizes Millions Of Tax-Evaded Cigarettes

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has recovered millions of cigarettes on which tax was not paid, and unearthed a tax evasion of more than Rs100 million by a tea maker. According to an official statement issued on Friday, the FBR has started conducting raids against tax evasion on...

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PM Bristles At Longer Electricity Cuts

PM Bristles At Longer Electricity Cuts

ISLAMABAD:  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed displeasure over the duration of load-shedding schedule and said it was the responsibility of the government to provide relief to the masses. “Anticipated planning has not been exercised by the relevant ministries and their organisations for which responsibility must be fixed,” said the...

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I Will Reveal Who Made Rs10bn Offer In Court: Imran Khan

I Will Reveal Who Made Rs10bn Offer In Court: Imran Khan

While addressing a rally at Islamabad’s Parade Ground, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday said he will reveal the identity of the individual who offered him Rs10 billion in court. “Take me to court and I will reveal the identity of the individual,” said the PTI chairman, adding...

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Nisar Forwards Dawn Leaks Report To PM Nawaz

Nisar Forwards Dawn Leaks Report To PM Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday forwarded the Dawn leaks Inquiry Committee report to the prime minister. The recommendations of the report have been made unanimously by all the committee members. The report was completed in over six months, during which the committee met six times,...

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Tax Breaks For Chinese Won’t Hit Economy: Govt

Tax Breaks For Chinese Won’t Hit Economy: Govt

ISLAMABAD: Chinese investors in the $56 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are enjoying all sorts of tax breaks from customs, income, sales, federal excise and withholding taxes. But despite all the tax discounts and exemptions, which amount to around Rs150 billion in lost revenue, the government is claiming there will...

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Apex Court Clears Maryam In Panama Papers Case

Apex Court Clears Maryam In Panama Papers Case

ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, may have heaved a sigh of relief after the verdict the apex court issued on Thursday in the Panama Papers case virtually cleared her from the allegations the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and other petitioners had levelled against her. According to the SC...

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Stocks Notch Biggest Ever Intraday Swing On Eve Of Panamagate Verdict

Stocks Notch Biggest Ever Intraday Swing On Eve Of Panamagate Verdict

All of that created something that was never seen before, an enormous swing of 1,668 points between the intra-day high and low.

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Panama Case Verdict: PML-N Camp ‘On Tenterhooks’

Panama Case Verdict: PML-N Camp ‘On Tenterhooks’

LAHORE: As Maryam Nawaz claims her father Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is “not anxious”, the ruling PML-N camp remained tense and spent Wednesday by checking with the party stalwarts about the possible verdict of Supreme Court in Panama case to be announced today (Thursday). From councillor to lawmaker, all those...

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Chinese Firm Keen To Set Up $2b Oil Refinery In Sindh

Chinese Firm Keen To Set Up $2b Oil Refinery In Sindh

KARACHI  :  Pakistan is expected to slash its spending on import of petroleum products as a Chinese company has shown keen interest in setting up a huge oil refinery with an investment of $2 billion in Sindh. “The refinery will have an installed capacity to process 10 million tons crude...

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Panamagate Takes Its Toll On Security Issues

Panamagate Takes Its Toll On Security Issues

ISLAMABAD:  Political pursuits appear to have taken precedence over issues of national importance as is evident from the fact that key initiatives taken in the ongoing counterterrorism drive are awaiting the prime minister’s nod. The federal government seems to be occupied in dealing mainly with the political challenges amidst uncertainty...

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Saudi Minister Terms Military Alliance ‘Victory Of Islam’

Saudi Minister Terms Military Alliance ‘Victory Of Islam’

AZAKHEL (Nowshera): Saudi Religious Affairs Minister Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul Aziz has said that Pakistan-Saudi Arabia military alliance is a “victory of Islam” and its main objective is “renaissance of Islam”. Addressing a well-attended public meeting on the first day of centenary celebrations of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (F) here on...

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Terrorism In Afghanistan, Pakistan Equally Painful: Bajwa

Terrorism In Afghanistan, Pakistan Equally Painful: Bajwa

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa recently told a senior defence official of Afghanistan he grieved for Afghan victims of terrorism as much as he did for such victims from Pakistan, the chief military spokesman told a visiting delegation on Friday. According to a statement issued...

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Lahore Blast Handler Among 10 Killed

Lahore Blast Handler Among 10 Killed

LAHORE: Ten suspected militants of the Jamaatul Ahrar, including Anwarul Haq, the handler of Feb 13 bomb attack on The Mall, were killed in an operation by the Punjab police’s Counter-Terrorism Depart­ment (CTD) on Friday night. According to a spokesman for the CTD, a team from Lahore was taking five...

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Pakistan, Bahrain To Develop Big Projects Under CPEC

Pakistan, Bahrain To Develop Big Projects Under CPEC

We get excellent support and cooperation from Bahrain government. Bahrain is now going through economic reforms envisioned by its leadership.

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Ballistic Missile Race Impacting Deterrence Stability

Ballistic Missile Race Impacting Deterrence Stability

ISLAMABAD:  Instead of fuelling a ballistic missile powered arms race in the region, India and Pakistan should engage in a strategic dialogue with each other. This was stressed during a roundtable discussion on “After Prithvi, Ashvin & Ababeel: Prospects for Missile Stability in South Asia”, organised by the Strategic Studies...

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Dr Asim Released From Prison After 19 Months

Dr Asim Released From Prison After 19 Months

PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain was released from prison after 19 months on Friday after the Sindh High Court issued a release order for the former minister. SHC issued a release order for Dr Asim Hussain. The release order was issued after Dr Asim submitted his Pakistani and Canadian passports...

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Pakistan Valued By Many Countries, Says Army Chief

Pakistan Valued By Many Countries, Says Army Chief

RAWALPINDI: Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Friday the countries making efforts to isolate Pakistan should realise how the country was valued and honoured by its friends in the international community. Gen Bajwa was talking to foreign military contingents taking part in the second Pakistan Army Team Spirit...

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Disclosure About Indian N-Doctrine Confirms Worst Fears

Disclosure About Indian N-Doctrine Confirms Worst Fears

ISLAMABAD: Signs of a rethink in Indian policy circles of its ‘no first use’ (NFU) nuclear doctrine may have confirmed Pakistani fears that declared Indian policy is not credible, and it has left strategic circles here concerned about the implications of a move towards a disarming first strike against Pakistan...

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‘Delay’ In Panamagate Case Verdict Riles PTI

‘Delay’ In Panamagate Case Verdict Riles PTI

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has voiced its concern over the delay in the Supreme Court’s (SC) verdict in the Panamagate case, saying it was creating uncertainty among the general public. “Delay in the announcement of the judgment is giving rise to uncertainty among Pakistanis,” PTI spokesperson Fawad Hussain said...

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Delhi Continues To Harp On Terror Mantra

Delhi Continues To Harp On Terror Mantra

NEW DELHI: While Pakistan continues to reiterate that it desires good relations with India and other neighbours, New Delhi harps on the same string calling on Islamabad to ‘walk away’ from terrorism. “…Terrorism emanating from Pakistan is affecting not merely India but other neighbours of Pakistan as well has been...

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For PM, Offence Is The Best Defence

For PM, Offence Is The Best Defence

In a calculated move, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seems to have acquired a more assertive and politically active role for himself in an effort to dispel an “air of uncertainty” surrounding the fate of the Sharif family’s future once a crucial verdict in the Panamagate case is out. In this...

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China Ready To Take CPEC Forward: Spokesperson

China Ready To Take CPEC Forward: Spokesperson

BEIJING: A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign affairs ministry said on Friday that her country stood ready to work with Pakistan to take forward the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to benefit the people of both countries. “The CPEC is a new cooperation framework set up by China and Pakistan to...

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No Visa Issued Without Consulting Embassy’s Security Wings: Ex-Envoy

No Visa Issued Without Consulting Embassy’s Security Wings: Ex-Envoy

WASHINGTON: Former ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani said on Friday that he had consulted both the civil and military security wings in the embassy before issuing visas to US officials. A document released to the media earlier on Friday showed that former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani had...

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K-Electric Says Tariff Cut Will Not Benefit Consumers

K-Electric Says Tariff Cut Will Not Benefit Consumers

KARACHI: K-Electric has announced that it will ask the power sector regulator to review its decision of reducing the electricity tariff by Rs3.5 per unit and insisted that the price cut will not benefit end-consumers. “This is a wrong impression that the cut in tariff is for the end-consumers. There...

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India Could Launch ‘Preemptive’ Nuclear Strike Against Pakistan, Says Expert

India Could Launch ‘Preemptive’ Nuclear Strike Against Pakistan, Says Expert

India could launch a pre-emptive first strike against Pakistan if it feared a nuclear attack was imminent, a leading nuclear strategist has suggested.

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Visas To Americans: PPP Govt Gave Haqqani Carte Blanche, Says Aziz

Visas To Americans: PPP Govt Gave Haqqani Carte Blanche, Says Aziz

ISLAMABAD: The PM’s top aide on foreign affairs revealed on Tuesday that during the PPP’s last government in 2010, the Ministry of Interior had empowered Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US – Hussain Haqqani – to directly issue visa to Americans by bypassing security clearance. “The Ministry of Interior through...

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