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Patriotic Balochs continue to reject foreign sponsored terrorism: DG ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan army’s chief spokesman Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor has said that self-realization by misled Balochs reflects the success of relentless efforts by civil-military leadership towards Khushal Balochistan. In a Twitter message, DG ISPR said that patriotic Balochs were rejecting foreign sponsored terrorism in the province. . “Patriotic Baloch continue to reintegrate voluntarily with mainstream society…

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Corps Commanders’ Conference discusses regional security

RAWALPINDI: 206th Corps Commanders’ Conference was held at GHQ today chaired by General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS). Chief Of Army Staff took the forum on board about his military diplomacy through his recent visits abroad and interaction with foreign dignitaries visiting Pakistan. Forum also discussed regional and internal security situation with…

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Live Updates: Gunmen attack Agriculture Training Institute in Peshawar; nine killed

PESHAWAR: Gunmen stormed Agriculture Training Institute in Peshawar early morning, killing at least nine people, most of them students, and injuring 32 others, Samaa reported Friday. According to our correspondent, the terrorists entered Directorate General Agriculture of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and then moved to the hostel of Agriculture Training Institute where, according to officials, 40 students…

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Zahid Hamid resigned after army chief’s assurance: Khadim Hussain Rizvi

ISLAMABAD: Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi said that Law Minister Zahid Hamid had resigned from his post after Chief Of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa had provided his assurance.  Speaking to SAMAA TV exclusively, Khadim Hussain Rizvi said that once Hamid’s resignation came through only then did talks began. He also…

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Army’s role in focus as protestors end Faizabad blockade

ISLAMABAD: When protestors of a religious party signed an agreement with the government on Monday to end a crippling blockade of Islamabad, the text of their deal concluded by thanking the army chief who it said had “saved the nation from a big catastrophe”. Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid has resigned, acceding to a key…

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Video: Safdar on army-brokered deal with protestors

In a light mood, Captain (retd) Safdar, the son-in-law of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, commented over government’s army-brokered agreement with Faizabad protestors. He was speaking to media persons at Accountability Court. Watch his views…

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Nawaz Sharif advised to remove Zahid Hamid, send him abroad: Sources

ISLAMABAD: Close aides of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif have suggested him to take Law Minister Zahid Hamid’s resignation and send him abroad, according to sources. Reports said PML-N stalwarts have advised Nawaz Sharif to accept the demand of protestors regarding removal of Zahid Hamid in a bid to end the current political turmoil. Sources said…

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Tehreek-e-Labbaik announces countywide wheel-jam strike

LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) has announced countywide wheel-jam strike on Monday against government’s crackdown on the religious party supporters at Faizabad Interchange, Samaa reported. It was announced by senior leader of TLYR, Ashraf Asif Jalali, at a press conference here. On the other hand, thousands more protesters massed in major cities, including Karachi…

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Army cannot use force against its own people: General Bajwa tells PM Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa told Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday that the military cannot use force against its own people, Samaa reported. The assertion came in a meeting between the two high-ups on how to end the three-week-long protest sit-in of religious parties outside Islamabad. According to our correspondent, the…

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PTA restores social media websites

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has restored all social media websites, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. A notification to this effect has been issued. The social media websites were closed by the PTA after operation was launched against the protestors at Faizabad. The protest still goes on outside Islamabad. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)…

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Railways operation affected by ongoing protests

LAHORE: The ongoing protests in different parts of the country have affected Railways operation partially. This was stated by Pakistan Railways spokesperson Ms. Quratul Ain while talking to Radio Pakistan Lahore on Sunday. She said Karachi to Sahiwal and Lahore section is open while sections, including from Lahore to Sheikhupura, Sheikhupura to Faisalabad, Sheikhupura to…

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Transmission of news channels restored: Pemra

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has restored transmission of all News and Current Affairs satellite TV channels. According to a press release issued by the authority, all distribution networks have been directed to restore these channels on their original positions immediately. The federal government has also issued policy directives asking the Authority to…

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Rangers take control as Faizabad sit-in continues

  ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Rangers took control of the sit-in area at Faizabad Interchange in Islamabad on Sunday. Police and the Frontier Corps have been deployed at I-8 Markaz. Rangers have cordoned off the IJP Road, Expressway, Murree Road and the Faisal Avenue. The protestors are gathered at the sit-in site and listening to the speeches…

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Transmission of all news channels restored: Maryam Aurangzeb

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb says transmission of all news channels has been restored under the direction of the Prime Minister. In a statement, she said the transmission of the news channels was suspended after through deliberations in the best interest of the country to keep law and order situation…

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Protests grow after Faizabad Interchange crackdown

Islamabad: Thousands more protesters massed in major cities Sunday after attempts to disperse a rally of religious parties in Islamabad ended in deadly violence. Groups of chanting demonstrators, many armed with sticks, reached to occupy Faizabad Interchange between Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Thousands more were on the streets when police and paramilitaries began a bungled operation…

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Watch: Teargas shelling on protestors near Rana Sana’s residence

Infuriated protestors belonging to a religious party staged sit-in at Faisalabad’s Ghanta Ghar Chowk before heading to the residence of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. They were later stopped by riot police with teargas shelling and baton-charge. The agitation and tension is going on at Rana Sana’s home constituency. Watch this video…

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Video: Faisalabad protestors attempt to reach Rana Sana’s residence

Infuriated protestors belonging to a religious party staged sit-in at Faisalabad’s Ghanta Ghar Chowk before heading to the residence of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. They were later stopped by riot police with teargas shelling and baton-charge. The agitation and tension is going on at Rana Sana’s home constituency. Watch this video…

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LIVE UPDATES: Situation gets worse as protesters clash with police in Karachi

KARACHI: The situation turned tense in Karachi after scores of protesters came out against the crackdown at Faizabad against supporters of religious parties.  Also read: LIVE UPDATES: Police secure Faizabad Interchange, injured toll rises to 75 LIVE UPDATES Cars line up in long queues at Hassan Square as traffic jams ensue due to the protest…

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Myanmar and Bangladesh sign deal over Rohingya repatriation

Yangon: Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a deal on Thursday paving the way for the possible repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Rakhine state, officials said, as global pressure mounts over the refugee crisis. More than 620,000 Rohingya have poured into Bangladesh since August, running from a Myanmar military crackdown that Washington said…

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Army Major martyred in Dera Ismail Khan operation

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A Major of Pakistan Army embraced martyrdom in an operation of the security forces in Dera Ismail Khan on Wednesday. “Security forces conducted search operation in Kulachi, DI Khan, on presence of terrorists in a hide out. In exchange of fire, Major Ishaq embraced shahdat,” according to ISPR. The 28-year-old Shaheed belongs…

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Islamabad protest: Shah urges govt to seek army’s help

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly, Syed Khurshid Shah, on Tuesday urged the federal government to contact military’s leadership to peacefully end sit-in of religious parties in Islamabad. “As a leader of the opposition, I will say that military’s leadership should be contacted, it is legal and constitutional authority [of government] that they…

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