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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National Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly In Favour Of Military Courts

National Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly In Favour Of Military Courts

The National Assembly on Tuesday evening passed the 28th Constitutional Amendment Bill to reinstate military courts with 255 votes in favour and four against, surpassing the two-thirds majority required for the measure. The bill, presented by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid, states on the outset that “an extraordinary...

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Nisar Terms ‘Altaf Issue’ Roadblock In Ties With UK

Nisar Terms ‘Altaf Issue’ Roadblock In Ties With UK

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Tuesday the “issue of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder” had become a roadblock in relations with the United Kingdom. British Home Secretary Amber Rudd holds joint press conference with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Speaking at a press conference with...

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Musharraf Offered Me A Deal In 2007, Says Nawaz

Musharraf Offered Me A Deal In 2007, Says Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif revealed on Tuesday that retired Gen Pervez Musharraf had offered him an “underhanded” deal to form a joint government in 2008. Speaking at a meeting of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) parliamentary committee, the prime minister said: “Musharraf wanted a secret deal with me...

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Farooq Sattar Released By Police After Brief Detention

Farooq Sattar Released By Police After Brief Detention

Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Dr Farooq Sattar was released after being briefly detained on Friday night in Karachi. Sattar was arrested from the Sharae Faisal area of the metropolis while he was returning from a private wedding function. He was traveling with his protocol, which included guards and...

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Pakistan Stock Exchange: Market Noisier Than Ever, But Outlook Still Positive

Pakistan Stock Exchange: Market Noisier Than Ever, But Outlook Still Positive

KARACHI: The KSE-100 Index, a benchmark for market performance and the subject of discussion for a while, has endured a volatile ride in the last few weeks. Since hitting a record high at the end of January this year, the index has retreated close to 3.8%. So what exactly happened...

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Speaker Wants NA Body To Probe Haqqani’s Claims

Speaker Wants NA Body To Probe Haqqani’s Claims

The matter had been raised in the National Assembly on a point of order by Mr Leghari.

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White House Apologises To Downing Street Over Trump Allegation

White House Apologises To Downing Street Over Trump Allegation

WASHINGTON: The White House has apologised to 10 Dow­ning Street after London strongly protested the allegation that a British intelligence agency spied on President Donald Trump, US officials said on Friday. Senior US officials told media outlets that US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster spoke with his British counterpart on...

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Position On Kashmir Not Affected By CPEC: China

Position On Kashmir Not Affected By CPEC: China

KARACHI: The Chinese foreign ministry has called for the settlement of the Kashmir issue through dialogue between Pakistan and India. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chun­ying said this while addressing a regular press conference in Beijing on Friday. Answering a question regarding India’s objection to Pakistan’s plan to declare Gilgit-Baltistan,...

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Turkey-Dutch Relations Shatter After Turkish Visits Banned

The escalating dispute between NATO allies Turkey and the Netherlands hit a new low Sunday, with a Turkish minister escorted out of the country less than a day after Turkey’s foreign minister was denied entry, prompting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call the Dutch “Nazi remnants.” The diplomatic clash was...

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Govt To Boost Investment: Dar

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday said the government has plans to expand investment in various fields through the Pakistan Development Fund (PDF). In a meeting with a delegation of Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), he said the fund would focus on financing commercially viable public sector projects. The PSX delegation,...

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Shah Holds Govt Responsible For Bad Security Situation

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah has held the federal government responsible for bad security situation in the country and said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan should leave office. Talking to media personnel after visiting the Civil Hospital here on Saturday, he said...

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Bilawal ‘Wakes Up To’ Four Demands

LAHORE: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has announced resumption of his party’s drive for acceptance of its four demands after a break of about three months. But the major hurdle, he believes, it faces is non-availability of security in Punjab. “The Shahbaz Sharif administration should reciprocate the Sindh’s government gesture of...

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COAS Vows To Meet CPEC Projects’ Security Challenges

Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa on Saturday said that security forces were “fully prepared” to meet all security challenges to projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Chinese nationals living in the country. He made these remarks during a visit to the headquarters of the 15,000-man newly-created Special Security...

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Stocks Continue To bleed, Index Ends Below 49,200

Stocks Continue To bleed, Index Ends Below 49,200

KARACHI: It was a tumultuous day at the bourse, with the index experiencing a rough ride and ultimately ending negative on the back of falling crude prices. At close, the Pakistan Stock Exchange’s (PSX) benchmark KSE 100-share Index ended with a fall of 200.69 points or 0.41% to end at...

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Army Deserves Credit For Restoring Peace To Balochistan: PPP

Army Deserves Credit For Restoring Peace To Balochistan: PPP

QUETTA: The army and security forces deserve all the credit for restoring peace and order to the province, said leaders of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Balochistan. They added that nationalist parties were trying to take the spotlight by claiming credit for the change, although they played no role...

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Bill For Revival Of Military Courts Introduced In NA

Bill For Revival Of Military Courts Introduced In NA

ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday introduced in the National Assembly a bill for the revival of military courts for two years amid the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) attempt to block it and a walkout by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) over Thursday’s scuffle between one of its members and a ruling...

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Senate Slams Blasphemous Content On Social Media

Senate Slams Blasphemous Content On Social Media

The Sen­ate unanimously adopted on Friday a resolution condemning the blasphemous content circulating on social media.

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Pakistan Did ‘Helpful Things’ Against Haqqanis: US General

Pakistan Did ‘Helpful Things’ Against Haqqanis: US General

WASHINGTON: For the first time ever, a US general informed a congressional panel on Thursday that Pakistan had “done things” against the Haqqani network that have been helpful to the war against terror. Gen Joseph Votel, commander of the US Central Command, also told the Senate Armed Services Committee that...

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Islamic State Members Hide Among Public In K-P

Islamic State Members Hide Among Public In K-P

PESHAWAR: Members of the Islamic State or Da’ish hide among the general population, using small businesses as a cover, a police official told The Express Tribune on Wednesday. Their approach differs from the now banned Taliban, whose members used to openly establish camps in parts of Fata and even in...

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Two Soldiers Killed In Exchange Of Fire With Terrorists, Says ISPR

Two Soldiers Killed In Exchange Of Fire With Terrorists, Says ISPR

Two Pakistan Army soldiers, Lieutenant Khawar and Naik Shehzad, were killed in an exchange of fire with terrorists in the Jani Khel area of Frontier Region Bannu on Thursday, Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement. The military’s media wing added that four terrorists were also killed in the intelligence-based...

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LHC Orders Sealing Of Two Sharif-Owned Sugar Mills

LHC Orders Sealing Of Two Sharif-Owned Sugar Mills

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thurs­day ordered immediate sealing of two sugar mills, believed to be owned by the ruling Sharif family and their close relatives, which have been shifted to new locations in violation of stay orders. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah...

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There Won’t Be Curfew Like Situation In Lahore During PSL Final, Says Rana Sanaullah

There Won’t Be Curfew Like Situation In Lahore During PSL Final, Says Rana Sanaullah

He said the government was trying to hoodwink people by holding the PSL final with unknown foreign cricketers and local club players.

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Panamagate Boils Down To Authenticity Of Leaked Documents

Panamagate Boils Down To Authenticity Of Leaked Documents

ISLAMABAD: While members of the five-judge Supreme Court bench that conducted marathon hearings into the Panama Papers scandal are busy authoring what is being billed as one of the most important judgements in the country’s history, speculation is rife about what the outcome of the case may be. Before closing...

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Imran Khan Opposes Holding PSL Final In Lahore

Imran Khan Opposes Holding PSL Final In Lahore

Minutes after Punjab government announced holding the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore on March 5, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan opposed the decision, terming it “madness”. “God forbid, if any blast takes place in Lahore, there will be no cricket in Pakistan in the next 10 years,” he...

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Mamnoon Asks India To Resolve Kashmir Issue

Mamnoon Asks India To Resolve Kashmir Issue

MUZAFFARABAD: India should bow before popular public sentiments in held Kashmir in its own interest and end its unlawful occupation of the territory, said President Mam­noon Hussain on Friday. “The (Indian) occupation forces have employed every brute tactic to suppress the Kashmiris…so much so that the pellet guns meant for...

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No Immunity For PM Under Article 66, PTI Tells SC

No Immunity For PM Under Article 66, PTI Tells SC

ISLAMABAD: In a written rebuttal submitted to the Supreme Court which closed hearing in the Panama Papers case on Thursday, senior counsel Naeem Bokhari has argued that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif cannot claim immunity under Article 66 of the Constitution in respect of his speech on the floor of the...

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China Backs Operation Raddul Fasaad

China Backs Operation Raddul Fasaad

BEIJING: China on Friday extended its support for military operation Raddul Fasaad launched to eliminate the threat of terrorism and extremism across the country besides ensuring security of borders. “China understands and supports necessary measures taken by Pakistan to consolidate its position in counterterrorism operations, maintain domestic security and stability...

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PM Allows Gas Connections To Areas Of Influential Politicians

PM Allows Gas Connections To Areas Of Influential Politicians

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minis­ter Nawaz Sharif has relaxed the moratorium on gas connections for 55 constituencies of influential politicians and federal ministers since May last year. However, 35 more such cases are still in the pipeline while in two cases, the prime minister has turned down proposals for connecting un-served areas...

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Interpol Refuses To Issue Red Warrant Against Altaf

Interpol Refuses To Issue Red Warrant Against Altaf

ISLAMABAD: Interpol has refused to issue a red warrant against MQM founder Altaf Hussain, saying it does not intervene in political and religious matters of a state. A senior official of the interior ministry told Dawn on condition of anonymity on Friday that Interpol had sought a clarification from the...

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Frustrated By Changing Statements, SC Tells Attorney General To ‘Stick To One Story’

Frustrated By Changing Statements, SC Tells Attorney General To ‘Stick To One Story’

Continuing his arguments before the Supreme Court’s (SC) five-member bench hearing the Panamagate case on Wednesday.

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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. “It has been heart-warming to see the dedication of all owners to the cause...

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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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Army To Act Against Terrorists Across Border, Dar Tells Senate

Army To Act Against Terrorists Across Border, Dar Tells Senate

ISLAMABAD: The finance minister informed the Senate on Monday that the Army had been empowered to act against terrorists across the border after obtaining concrete evidence that Afghan soil had been used to launch recent acts of terrorism in the country. Monday’s session focused on several important issues including the...

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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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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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Four Bombers Strike In 24 Hours

Four Bombers Strike In 24 Hours

PESHAWAR / GHALLANAI: It appears terrorists have had enough time to regroup in their ‘safe havens’ in Afghanistan after receiving a drubbing in their erstwhile bastions in Pakistan’s tribal areas. They have come out of their forced hibernation to unleash a reign of terror yet again. Two days after 13...

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US Suggests Working With Pakistan To Beat Terrorists

US Suggests Working With Pakistan To Beat Terrorists

WASHINGTON: The United States would like to maintain close ties with Pakistan and to use those ties to persuade Islamabad to change its policies towards Afghanistan, US lawmakers and a top American general indicated at the latest Congressional hearing on the situation in Afghanistan. Although the hearing focused on Afghanistan,...

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