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India imposes Governor’s Rule in occupied Kashmir

The Indian government has imposed Governor’s rule in occupied Kashmir with immediate Kashmir. Ram Nath Kovind, the Indian president has approved the imposition of Governor’s rule in occupied Kashmir, a day after Modi’s BJP pulled out of its alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP. The state’s chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who hails from the PDP, tendered…

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Israeli planes hit 25 targets in Gaza: army

Israeli fighter jets hit 25 targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian territory, the army said. Around 30 projectiles, including rockets, were fired overnight from Gaza towards Israel, the army claimed in a statement. The fresh hostilities come with tensions high in Gaza after mass protests and…

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ECP decides to conduct July 25 polls under army’s supervision

The Election Commission of Pakistan has decided to conduct July 25 elections under the supervision of the army. The ECP has written a letter to the Defence Ministry seeking deployment of 350,000 military personnel for the elections. The letter said that military personnel would be needed to maintain law and order situation across the country….

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If retired military men don’t win, why do they keep standing for election?

Retired military officers have often ventured into politics, but how well do they perform?  In the past five general elections between 1993 and 2013, 138 National Assembly seats were contested by candidates who declared themselves ex-military officers. Of them, only 16 won. For the past five general elections, retired military officers contested 65 NA seats…

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PTM calls off Razmak rally after talks with govt backed Jirga

The Pakhtun Tahasffuz Movement has called off its rally in Razmak after talks with the government backed Jirga. Mohsin Dawar, a PTM leader, tweeted that they have agreed to postpone Razmak Jalsa with the condition that group’s arrested workers would be released. Talks with Jirga representing the State held today. Details were shared in a…

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Lost and found bag: ISPR DG shows Pakistan the power of Twitter

Army spokesperson Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor showed the country how social media can be used in a “correct, responsible and purposeful” way. It began with a video of Shabbir Hussain that the ISPR director-general tweeted. The young man in the video talks about how he had lost his bag at Chilas. He pleads to anyone…

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“We have nothing to do with it”: DG ISPR denies army’s involvement in Bukhari’s abduction

Pakistan’s army on Saturday denied any involvement in the abduction of a writer and rights activist who was kidnapped for several hours this week. Gul Bukhari, a dual Pakistani-British national, has been a vocal critic of Pakistan’s powerful military and its alleged meddling in politics on social media and in her articles in the run-up…

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Islamabad police arrest 28 PTM activists over anti-army slogans

Islamabad police arrested 28 activists of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement over slogans critical of the army and Pakistan. The Kohsar police registered an FIR against PTM workers for shouting slogans against the army and Pakistan. In March, Qila Saifullah police in Quetta booked PTM representatives Manzoor Pashteen, Moshin Dawar and Ali Wazir in a hate…

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Spy Chronicles: Army orders inquiry against former DG ISI

An inquiry will be held against former spymaster Lt. Gen. (r) Asad Durrani, according to DG ISPR.  According to a tweet by the DG ISPR, competent authorities have been approached to place Durrani’s name on the Exit-Control List. The former ISI chief was summoned to the GHQ where he was asked to give a clarification…

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Army summons Gen Durrani over his book

The Pakistan Army has expressed reservations over the contents of former DG ISI Asad Durrani’s recently launched book. According to sources, Lt Gen Asad Durrani has been summoned to GHQ on May 28 for explaining his position on his book. The sources said Gen (retired) Durrani will have to explain his position over the violation…

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Phishing email has no link to ISPR, says Maj Gen Ghafoor

The ISPR has warned the citizens not to open any email purporting to be from the army’s media wing. DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said that a malicious email was sent from invite@ispr.press using the name of his division. “It is clarified that this is a phishing email which has no link to ISPR.”…

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‘Gen Zaheer should tell people whether he was behind PTI sit-in or not’

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said former DG ISI Gen Zaheer-ul-Islam will have to tell the people whether he was behind PTI’s sit-in or not. He called for formation of a Truth and Reconciliation commission to dig out the facts about PTI’s 2014 sit-in. “The people need to know what happened during PTI’s 2014 sit-in,”…

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Elections 2018: Nawaz confident of PML-N victory in South Punjab

Former PM Nawaz Sharif has lashed out at South Punjab lawmakers for leaving the PML-N and said that defectors can’t win next election without a PML-N ticket. “Only the PML-N ticket-holders will win the election in South Punjab,” Mr. Sharif said, while addressing a public rally in Chishtian on Monday. “Lootas won’t get votes in…

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Syrian army clears south Damascus of Islamic State: State TV

The Syrian army pushed Islamic State militants out of a south Damascus pocket on Monday, effectively clearing all insurgents from around the capital, state television said. Pro-Syrian government forces have been battling for weeks to recover al-Hajar al-Aswad district and the adjacent Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp since driving rebels from eastern Ghouta in April. A…

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Pak Army evacuates critical gastro patients from Awaran

Pakistan Army special relief and rescue operation is in progress in epidemic affected far flung areas of Awaran on the request of Govt of Balochistan. According to the ISPR, special Army medical teams with adequate medicines have reached Awaran and treating the patients. Special helicopters were flown to evacuate large number of critical patients of…

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Imran accuses Nawaz of maligning Pakistan army

PTI Chairman Imran Khan has criticized former PM Nawaz Sharif for ‘maligning’ the Pakistan army. “So it seems to be habitual with Nawaz Sharif to malign the Pakistan Army every time he is out of power. He did the same in 1994,” Mr. Khan said in a tweet. So it seems to be habitual with…

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PML-N divided after Nawaz Sharif’s recent interview

SAMAA anchorpersons Moiz Jafferi and Haider Waheed discussed the current political situation in the country and challenges to PML-N after Nawaz Sharif’s recent interview – Watch their analysis

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Tribesmen end Mir Ali sit-in as authorities assure security

Thousands of protesters in Pakistan’s tribal belt along the Afghan border have ended a days-long protest against a string of recent assassinations, the organizers said Friday. Demonstrators and an AFP reporter in the area said more than 3,000 tribesmen launched the sit-in protest on Sunday in North Waziristan’s Mir Ali after three tribal elders were…

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Explainer: Army’s sacrifices and civil-military tension in Pakistan

Watch analysis of Samaa’s senior anchor Nadeem Malik on the martyrdom of Colonel Sohial Abid in Quetta, and the recent statement by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose remarks about Mumbai attacks have created tension between civil and military leadership.  

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India provided no evidence against Hafiz Saeed: DG ISPR

India has not provided any evidence against Hafiz Saeed, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor told an Indian newspaper. In an interview with the Indian Express, DG ISPR said there is no evidence against JuD leader Hafiz Saeed and he has been discharged by the courts. “Hafiz Saeed, you see, is under custody or confinement…

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Pakistan kills senior Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant in Balochistan raid

Pakistan’s military has killed a senior member of Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) along two suicide bombers in a raid in the southwestern province of Balochistan, the army’s media wing said on Thursday. A military intelligence officer was killed and four other soldiers wounded during the operation targeting Salman Badeni, the Balochistan region chief of…

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