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Heckled Nawaz in Washington at behest of Indian spy agency, claims Baloch activist

A Baloch activist said that he had heckled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his 2015 speech in Washington at the behest of Indian spy agency. He said the Indian spies had asked him to embarrass Nawaz Sharif by bringing up the issue of Balochistan during his appearance at United States Institute for Peace. Ahmer…

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Heavy rain in KP, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir; more forecast

KARACHI: Different areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Balochistan received heavy rain on Wednesday as Punjab and Sindh continued to experience hot weather. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, the fresh wet spell is likely to persist till Friday. Peshawar received light to heavy showers while Nowshera city received hailstorm. In Balochistan, Chaman and adjoining…

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Two killed in wedding party bus accident in Mastung

MASTUNG: At least two people died and 17 others were wounded on Tuesday when a bus carrying wedding party veered off the road in Mastung, medics said. The crash happened at Khad Kucha town of Mastung in Balochistan. According to paramilitary force Levies, an unidentified woman and her daughter were killed in the accident. “Fourteen…

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Three Iranian security personnel killed at Pakistan border: Revolutionary Guards

LONDON: Three Iranian security personnel were killed by militants in a cross-border attack on the frontier with Pakistan on Tuesday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said. An Iranian police officer was killed in an ambush on a border post in the city of Mirjaveh in Sistan-Baluchestan province, and two soldiers died when their vehicle was hit by…

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Two Pakistanis killed in illegal attempt to cross into Iran

Iranian forces opened fire near Gwadar, killing two Pakistani men. According to Pakistan security officials, 15 people tried to enter Iran illegally. The Iranian border force opened fire on the illegal entrants. Two of them were killed on the spot while five others were taken into custody. The remaining managed to enter Iran and fled….

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LeJ disguised as Daesh targeting Christians in Quetta

KARACHI: At least 15 Christians have been killed in a fresh spate of violence in Quetta. No arrest has been announced. In the latest attack on the religious minority, unidentified men sprayed volley of bullets on worshipers who were walking out of a church after attending the Sunday service. Two people died and three others,…

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PM inaugurates Jalalpur Pirwala-Uch Sharif section of National Highway

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the 45km Jalalpur Pirwala-Uch Sharif section of  the National Highway near Bahawalpur, on Saturday.  Located in South Punjab near Bahawalpur, the road is part of the national highway connecting Multan with Shujabad, Jalalpur Pirwala, Uch Sharif and Tranda Muhammad Panah. The project would ease the traffic flow at N-5 besides…

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Six terrorists arrested in Balochistan raids: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad is in progress across the country as security forces arrested six terrorists involved in attacks on polio campaigners from Balochistan areas and recovered firearms in large number, said Pakistan Army’s media wing. Security forces launched intelligence-based operations in Chaman, Sariab and Pishin and arrested terrorists who had launched attacks on polio teams…

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I received death threats on phone many times: CM Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: I received death threats many times on phone but still continued with my work, says Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo.  “Often I received news of my own death,” he said. “I got death threats on phone but continued to work in the most difficult conditions.” Bizenjo said that he responded to death threats…

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Time to put our house in order, says chief justice

QUETTA: Justice Saqib Nisar criticised the judicial system in Pakistan and said that it seemed as if the judiciary was not using its capabilities according to the required standards.  “We’re not dispensing justice in the right manner,” he said. “If this remains the case, what face will we show to future generations?” Justice Saqib Nisar…

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Problems of Hazaras to be addressed as per law: CJP

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Saqib Nisar has told a Hazara delegation that their issues would be addressed according to law. An eight-member delegation headed by Abdul Khaliq Hazara called on the chief justice at the Supreme Court’s Branch Registry in Quetta on Monday. The meeting was held on the request of Hazara leaders, said a press…

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Post-mortem: Punjab big on roads, small on hospitals

Punjab has been so focused on building roads that it forgot about hospitals. “Health has never been a priority,” said SAMAA’s Lahore bureau chief Ahmad Waleed. “The Orange Line and Metro projects got more attention and funds.” He was speaking during a special government post-mortem broadcast on Monday. The PML-N government set up 20 new…

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Post-mortem: Balochistan govt scores very low

QUETTA: People in Balochistan were found to be least satisfied with the performance of the provincial government over the last five years. As part of a special transmission to discuss the performance of provincial governments, SAMAA asked Quetta’s residents how satisfied they were with the Balochistan administration. “How can I give any marks to the…

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Post-mortem: The funds are real, the schools are not

Education departments of various provinces are getting funds but not building schools. Where there are schools, there are no teachers to teach–instead ghost employees who are taking salaries for doing nothing.  There are 900 schools that exist only on paper in Balochistan where 300,000 students have been shown to be enrolled. Adnan Adil said during…

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Patients continue to suffer in Balochistan as world observes Health day

Health Day is being observed across the world. The people in Balochistan continue to face problems at government hospitals across the province as the doctors’ protest entered second day Saturday. OPDs of the government hospitals are closed on the second day in the province posing serious troubles to the patients and their attendants. Doctors and…

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PML-N haemorrhages 5th MNA in 48hrs

ISLAMABAD: Five PML-N MNAs from Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab have parted ways with the ruling party in less than 48 hours. Bilal Virk, a member of National Assembly from Nankana Sahib, announced he was joining the rival PTI Friday. This comes a day after three MNAs from Balochistan walked away from the PML-N. According to…

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Three PML-N MNAs from Balochistan quit party

ISLAMABAD: Three PML-N MNAs from Balochistan announced their decision to leave the party.  Jam Kamal, Mir Dostain Khan Domki and Khalid Magsi are the MNAs from Balochistan who announced they had left the party. The decision was announced in a press conference held at the National Press Club. They said during the presser that Pakistan’s mainstream…

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Quetta: Govt employees rally with garbage trucks

QUETTA: Government employees held a rally and parked garbage trucks outside QMC after receiving news that their demands had been accepted.  “We’ve decided to protest beside garbage trucks after receiving news that our utilities allowances have been approved,” said an employee. The corporation’s employees shouted slogans and parked huge trucks laden with trash outside QMC…

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Quetta’s roads, schools and shops close as President Mamnoon visits city

Schools on Zargoon Road, Jafar Jamali Road, and Spini Road have been shut for two days for the President’s arrival. President Mamnoon Hussain was scheduled to preside over the convocation of Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University on April 3, at the campus. He will be staying in the city for two days. Residents complained they…

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Christian family demands justice after four killed in Quetta

By Zainuddin QUETTA: Family of four Christians, who were gunned down in a militant attack in Quetta, has called for justice. “The killers should be apprehended and made to suffer the same fate,” said Shama Perveen who lost her husband and two brothers in the terrorist assault on Monday evening. Pervez Maseeh’s widow, Shama Parveen,…

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PML-N dissidents, independents branch off into new Balochistan party

BY: Roohan Ahmed QUETTA: PML-N dissidents and independent lawmakers have formed the Balochistan Awami Party—in an apparent move to engineer the province’s political landscape. “The BAP will protect the constitutional rights of Balochistan and emerge as a strong partner of the federation,” said PML-Q’s Saeed Hashmi. “There will be no compromise on the economic and…

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