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Cartoon — Sabir Nazar

On General Ziaul Haq’s 30th death anniversary, Sabir Nazar illustrates the former dictator’s reaction to politics today.

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A weak democracy is still better than a dictatorship, says Bilawal

Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that a weak democracy is better than dictatorship.

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Honey, I shrunk the kids: social media putting young Pakistani voter off democracy

“Everyone says everybody is corrupt. So I cannot decide who to vote for,” says Anusha Rayani, a student of Social Development and Policy. Anusha is one of the 20 million young people who have become eligible to vote for the first time. Pakistan has the largest generation of young people ever in its history: 43%…

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Chinese democracy activist sentenced to 13 years for ‘subversion’

The veteran activist was last convicted and sentenced to prison in late 1998 after he and other activists sought to officially register the China Democracy Party

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Turkey hands jail sentences to journalists

A Turkish court on Wednesday convicted journalists from the opposition Cumhuriyet daily for helping outlawed “terrorist” organisations but editors remained defiant vowing their “honourable” journalism would not stop. Cumhuriyet — which means simply “Republic” — was set up in 1924 after the Turkish republic was founded in 1923. The daily has been fiercely critical of…

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Trump, Russia and China media attacks ‘threaten democracy’

Press freedom around the world is under threat from a triple whammy of US President Donald Trump, Russia and China’s bid to crush all dissent, a watchdog said Wednesday, reported AFP. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned that a “climate of hatred and animosity” towards journalists combined with growing attempts to control the media pose a…

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PML-N to defeat rivals in elections, says Mushahidullah

PML-N leader Mushahidullah Khan claimed his party will defeat the rivals in the next general elections. “The PML-N will take the war for democracy to its logical end,” he said while talking to Samaa’s current affairs program ‘NewsBeat’. “The history is replete with the exemplary stories of who tried to minus the public.”

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PTI submits bill against tax scheme in Parliament

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf submitted a bill in Parliament against the federal government’s tax amnesty scheme. The party stated that the scheme was introduced to protect money-launderers and thieves. PTI accused the government of attacking democracy by introducing the bill. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi unveiled five-point radical reforms aimed at bringing more people in to…

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Accusations by politicians in Senate elections ‘inappropriate’: Mamnoon

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the reputation of state institutions should not be put at risk due to political differences. He was addressing a function in the honor of retiring senators in Islamabad. He said that the accusations of some politicians in the Senate elections were inappropriate. The president said that the democratic…

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Nation not interested in why Nawaz Sharif was disqualified: Bilawal

SUKKUR: Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that nation is not even concerned about why former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified. He made the statement after inaugurating a medical facility in Sukkur. The PPP Chairman said that the nation does not care about the Panama Papers controversy and Iqama. The…

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Imran Khan advises Nawaz, Maryam to stop fooling the nation

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and her daughter Maryam Nawaz should stop trying to fool the nation. In a series of tweets on Saturday, Khan tweeted that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders should stop trying to fool the nation by declaring repeatedly that they are…

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Senate pays tribute to late Asma Jahangir

ISLAMABAD: Senators on Tuesday eulogized the services rendered by late Asma Jahangir for restoration of democracy, judiciary and human rights and said she would be remembered forever for her great efforts against dictators. They were of the views that she never compromised on principles and stood firmly against un-democratic forces and dictators. The vacuum created…

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KLF 2018: Salman Ahmad stresses on the need to strengthen ‘soft power’; pays tribute to music legends

By: Raza Haidery KARACHI: Junoon guitarist Salman Ahmed recalled the glorious days of Pakistan music in a Karachi Literature Festival 2018 session held at Beach Luxury Hotel on Sunday. The session named “Dil Dil, Boom Boom, JazbaJunoon: The Impact of Pop Culture on Pakistani Society and the World – Amin Hashwani in conversation with Salman…

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COMMENT: The curious case of KP’s “misali police”

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: There’s a province in Pakistan whose people are one of the most resilient in the face of war damages. For decades, they have witnessed their loved ones getting killed by one side or the other. Despite serious challenges in the face of terrorism and the subsequent war on terror, the people…

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Democracy crucial for country and its people: Nawaz Sharif

KARACHI: President, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), Muhammad Nawaz Sharif taking exception to the series of threats posed to democracy said stakeholders must realize its importance for the country at large. Addressing a seminar on “Future of Democracy in Pakistan,” organized by the members of civil society here at a hotel on Friday, the former prime…

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Nawaz Sharif reaches Karachi on two-day visit

KARACHI: Ex-premier Nawaz Sharif has reached Karachi for a two-day visit on Thursday, Samaa reported. This is his first visit to Sindh’s capital since being disqualified as the prime minister by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) in the Panama Papers Case. Upon his arrival, large number of party workers and supporters gathered at Karachi…

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Conflicts, wars benefit none; democracy best way to serve people: Widodo

ISLAMABAD: President of Indonesia Joko Widodo Friday said the conflicts and wars would benefit no one as people become its major victims and called for unity to maintain peace and stability in the region. “Conflicts and wars will benefit no one. I repeat, conflicts and wars will benefit no one. The people, mainly women and children…

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Democracy biggest bulwark against terrorism: Dastgir

ISLAMABAD:Federal Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir Khan who is currently visiting Brussels as the head of four member parliamentary delegation of Pakistan–EU Friendship Group briefed the experts on ‘Pakistan’s Contribution to War against Terrorism’ at the highly prestigious Egmont Institute, the Royal Institute of International Relations of Belgian Foreign Office, on Thursday. The Minister explained…

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Army has nothing to do with Senate’s polls: DG ISPR

ISLAMABAD: Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor on Monday said that continued cease fire violations (CFVs) by India at the Line of Control (LoC) were an attempt by it to divert attention from the ongoing freedom movement in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Talking to SAMAA, he said that Pakistan was giving…

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Nawaz Sharif comments on movement for Model Town martyrs

Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said he is unable to understand the purpose of the movement as there are only four to five months left from the tenure of the incumbent government. Talking to media after appearing before the Accountability Court, he raised question over the arrival of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr….

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Upset Nawaz Sharif terms Balochistan govt situation a joke with democracy  

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday described dethroning of Balochistan Chief Minister and his government as a joke with democracy and resolved to unearth motives behind this conspiracy. “It is beyond perception as to why a member of a minority party in the House who secured just few hundred votes was made the…

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