Muhammad Irfan

Up against the MMA heavyweights in Upper Dir this election

As with Lower Dir, Upper Dir is also considered a Jamaat-e-Islami stronghold and it has given tickets to influential people for the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal platform. Upper Dir has: NA-5 PK-10 PK-11 PK-12 From NA-5, expect a neck-in-neck competition between the PTI’s Sahibzada Sibghatullah and JI/MMA’s Sahibzada Tariqullah. But if the vote shifts, it could benefit…

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The big names to watch in Swat this election

Swat is a mixed battlefield. In some places the PML-N and ANP candidates are in strong positions to win but in other constituencies the PTI has put up big names. People say that if senior citizens turn out to vote then the PML-N and ANP have clearer chances of winning. This is perhaps why the…

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In KP’s Shangla, a cool MMA trick for this election

The MMA did the smart thing in Shangla to break its rivals’ votebanks. But first, district Shangla has the following seats: NA-10 PK-23 PK-24 From NA-10, a total of nine candidates are standing in which five men are supposed to be the strongest – PML-N’s Ibadullah Khan, the brother of heavy-weight Amir Muqam and the…

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Kohistan voters don’t vote for outsiders

Religious parties are considered the strongest in Kohistan and the second most important thing to know is that in this area they don’t accept “imported” candidates. Most of the vote bank is distributed among communities and they stand by their candidates rather than candidates running the show. It is also a well-established fact that the…

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PTI’s Ikramullah Khan Gandapur laid to rest, case registered

On Monday, police registered a case on behalf of Ikramullah Khan Gandapur’s son against unidentified men

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JUI-F’s Akram Khan Durrani survives yet another attack in Bannu

On Sunday, unidentified men opened fire on Akram Khan Durrani’s vehicle in Basya Khel

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Glacial lake forms in Gilgit-Baltistan, evoking memories of Attabad

The bodies of the woman and her daughter who were swept along with the floods have yet to be found

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As Fata merges with KP, Parachinar’s Shias tell Sunnis it is time to come home

It was a sweet, awkward moment. The brigadier held out the keys. The Sunni tribesman stood there, surrounded by a nervous yet puffed-up crowd. “Take the key, take the key!” someone prompted him. He hesitated for a moment, unsure and aware of too many people around him. It had taken several rounds of talks and…

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Don’t stop the music, says this Khyber Pakhtunkhwa mela

When a Khattak tells you that he can live without food and water but not Attan and music, you know it is a matter of life and death. Perhaps the Taliban knew this too. This is why Karak went into collective shock when the militants said it had to stop. “Music and dance is in…

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Shangla’s boat taxis weather terror’s storm

As soon as the sun hits the mountains of Thakot and Dandai, villagers from Shangla and Battagram dash to the banks of the mighty Indus River to get on with the unfinished business of the day. Half a dozen passenger boats anchored to boulders bob in the chilled, swirling waters. Women with sacks of maize…

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Dera Ismail Khan ‘buries’ Hindu, Christian, Muslim differences

When you walk into Cha Syed Munawar Shah graveyard in Dera Ismail Khan you are met with an unusual sight: a Peepal tree and an olive tree. The Peepal tree was planted here as the Hindus believe that the goddess Lakshmi comes to dwell in it each week. The olive tree came because it is…

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The dead poets society of Lakki Marwat

Not all jirgas make decisions, some have post-militancy poems On a lonely highway that takes you from Dera Ismail Khan to Karak is a place called Paharkhel where men used to gather to read their verse out aloud. It is a wide open space where these street poets would spar, or inspire each other with…

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Inspector Inayat, Pakistan’s lion-hearted bomb hunter

Mohammad Irfan Inspector Inayat aka Tiger is a living legend of Pakistani police. The brave hero has destroyed over 4,000kgs of explosives despite being injured six times. He heads the bomb disposal squad in DI Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. His right foot was blown off when he was defusing a bomb in 2014. Watch this report:

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