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CM Shehbaz opposes expanding NAB’s jurisdiction to superior judiciary, army

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday said that instead of expanding jurisdiction of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), reforms should be introduced to improve its performance in order to eliminate corruption from the country. According to a handout issued here by DGPR, the chief minister said the country had suffered irreparable loss…

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Pakistan army poses no threat to democracy: DG ISPR

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army chief spokesman Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor on Saturday voiced his disappointment over Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal’s remarks regarding latter’s comments on state of economy in the country. Addressing a press conference here, DG ISPR Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor said that there was a lot of debate in media and political parties about his statements…

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Ahsan Iqbal takes U-turn on army chief’s statement

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Friday retracted his earlier statement by saying that he was not referring to the army chief’s statement on the economic situation of the country. Speaking to SAMAA TV, Ahsan Iqbal said that every institution should issue statements within its domain. Iqbal was speaking in response to DG ISPR’s…

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Canada hails family’s release from Taliban captivity

TORONTO: Canada voiced relief Thursday at the release of a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children born in Taliban captivity. The kidnapped couple were taken hostage in Afghanistan while backpacking in Central Asia in 2012. “We are greatly relieved that after being held hostage for five years, Joshua Boyle and his wife…

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Aitzaz condemns Capt Safdar’s hate speech against minorities

Leader of the Opposition in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan on Thursday lashed out at ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Capt Safdar for spewing hate against the country’s minorities. In a chat with SAMAA, Aitzaz Ahsan said that Capt Safdar had chanted hateful slogans against Hindus and Christians. Ahsan quoted Capt Safdar chanting that “Hindu ka…

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Rohingya mother says Burmese soldiers threw her baby into fire, gang-raped her later

NEWS DESK: ​Hundreds of women stood in the river, held at gunpoint, ordered not to move. A pack of soldiers stepped toward a petite young woman with light brown eyes and delicate cheekbones. Her name was Rajuma, and she was standing chest-high in the water, clutching her baby son, while her village in Burma burned…

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Army in ‘systematic’ campaign to drive Rohingya from Myanmar: UN

Myanmar’s “systematic” crackdown on the Rohingya is aimed at permanently expelling the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday.  The UN report, which is based on interviews with refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, details a campaign by Myanmar’s military to terrorise the Rohingya through atrocities that range…

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Former ISI chief Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar announces premature retirement

RAWALPINDI: Former DG ISI Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar announced that he would be retiring prematurely on Saturday, citing personal reasons for the decision.  General Rizwan Akhtar had been serving as the President of the National Defence University. He has previously served as DG Rangers Sindh and DG ISI. “It’s with a heavy heart but with…

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This month is crucial; nation should stay awake: Sheikh Rashid

In his video message, Awami Muslim League (AML) has claimed that after the ‘defeat’ on the issue of Khatm-e-Nabuwat, the government is planning more amendments in the law against judiciary and state institutions while pursuing a ‘foreign agenda’. He has appealed the nation to stay awake

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Naib Subedar, two civilians embrace martyrdom in cross-border India firing: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Two civilians, including a woman, and a junior army soldier embraced martyrdom on Friday when Indian troops resorted to unprovoked cease fire violation along LOC in Rakhchikri, Rawalakot and targeted civil population with heavy weapons. One civilian was also injured in the firing. According to a statement issued by the ISPR, army patrol assisting…

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COAS opens Army Public School and College in Swat

Rawalpindi – September 27, 2017: General Qamar Javed Bajwa Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Swat and  inaugurated Army Public School and College (APS&C) at Kanju Garrison, Swat Cantt. A state of the Art infrastructure with present capacity of 3600 students, computer and  science labs, Auditorium and sports stadium is a gift from Pakistan Army…

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Video: Gulalai angry over ‘criticism’ on army

Estranged MNA of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Ayesha Gulalai, has criticised political parties over their ‘attempts to drag’ military into politics. Watch her views

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COAS vows to bring to book hostile elements operating from abroad

RAWALPINDI: General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited parents of Lieutenant Arsalan Alam Shaheed on Monday at his village near Murree who embraced Shahadat at newly established Pakistani Border post in Rajgal, Khyber Agency on September 23. The Chief Of Army Staff offered fatiah at the grave of the Shaheed and interacted with…

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Fires rage in Rakhine as Myanmar army blames Rohingya for mosque blast

SITTWE, Myanmar: Manmar’s army chief on Saturday blamed Rohinyga militants for an explosion outside a mosque in Rakhine state, as a rights group accused the military of starting fires in the region to prevent refugees from returning. The unrest comes days after Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared troops had ceased “clearance operations” in…

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Syrian army seizes oilfield from Islamic State in east: state TV

DAMASCUS: The Syrian army and its allies recaptured an oilfield from Islamic State near the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday in further advances against the militants, state TV reported. Government forces also seized part of a main highway running from Deir al-Zor down to the city of al-Mayadeen, to which many Islamic State…

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15 Pak Army, Rangers teams assisting civil administration in Karachi

RAWALPINDI: As many as 15 Pakistan Army and Pakistan Rangers Sindh teams along with dewatering equipment are assisting civil administration in different areas of Karachi. According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) issued here on Saturday, the Army and Rangers teams are assisting civil administration in different areas, including Ayesha Manzil, Sohrab Goth, Gharibabad…

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Army chief, Tajik President reiterate support to Afghan-owned initiatives

General Qamar Javed Bajwa Chief of Army Staff (COAS) called on President of Tajikistan, Mr Emomali Rahmon at Dushanbe today. The COAS thanked the President for supporting Pakistan’s membership of the SCO and for hosting the QCCM initiative. President Rahmon offered his sincere wishes for people of Pakistan, appreciating the role Pakistan and Pakistan Army…

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Video: Analysts on US general’s claim about Taliban leadership

Gen John W. Nicholson, the top United States commander in Afghanistan, claims that Afghan Taliban leaders are inside Pakistan. Watch this report

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Radd-ul-Fasaad: FC conducts special operations in Balochistan

QUETTA: In the ongoing Radd-ul-Fasaad operation, FC Balochistan on Sunday conducted intelligence based operations (IBOs) in several remote areas, killing two terrorists and destroying four of their hideouts. According to an FC statement, the operations were conducted in Kahan, Dera Bugti, Chattar, Uch and Turbat areas of Balochistan where the security forces killed two terrorists…

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Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the limits of U.S. influence

By Christopher Clary (Note: This was originally published in War on the Rocks, a U.S.-based digital outlet on strategy, defense and foreign affairs. Christopher Clary is an assistant professor of political science at the University at Albany, State University of New York.) President Donald Trump has announced the results of his “comprehensive review” of U.S….

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Lebanon army declares ceasefire in border offensive against Islamic State

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s army announced a ceasefire on Sunday in its offensive against Islamic State militants at the northeast border with Syria, reported Reuters. The ceasefire takes effect at 7:00 a.m. (12 a.m. ET) to pave the way for negotiations over the fate of Lebanese soldiers who are in Islamic State captivity, the military statement said….

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