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Taliban defeated by the quiet strength of Pakistan’s Buddha

The Buddha of Swat, carved on a cliff in the seventh century, was dynamited by the Pakistani Taliban in 2007. Now it has been restored, a powerful symbol of tolerance in the traumatised Pakistani valley. The holy figure, depicted in a lotus position at the base of a granite cliff in northern Pakistan, was severely…

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Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa caretaker CM raids Peshawar zoo

The caretaker chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Justice (retd) Dost Muhammad Khan, raided the Peshawar zoo and found that the animals are kept in an unfriendly environment. He found that a proper record of food is not being maintained and the staff was not trained, leading to a high mortality rate in the zoo. He ordered that…

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Interim KP govt to ban use of agricultural land for housing scheme

Agricultural land in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa might no longer be used for non-agricultural purposes without the government’s approval. The caretaker cabinet in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa discussed banning the use of agricultural land for housing schemes in its meeting on Monday. KP’s agriculture and food department has sent a summary to the caretaker CM, Justice (retd) Dost Muhammad Khan, requesting…

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NAB initiates inquiries against three KP depts for corruption during PTI tenure

NAB has initiated inquiries against three departments of the previous PTI-led government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. NAB chairperson Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal presided over the board meeting of the corruption watchdog’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) chapter on Monday. KP’s local government department came under fire for the delay in completing the Peshawar Metro Bus project. “Why was the project…

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‘Green gold’: Pakistan plants hundreds of millions of trees

The change is drastic: around the region of Heroshah, previously arid hills are now covered with forest as far as the horizon. In northwestern Pakistan, hundreds of millions of trees have been planted to fight deforestation. In 2015 and 2016 some 16,000 labourers planted more than 900,000 fast-growing eucalyptus trees at regular, geometric intervals in…

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PML-N announces National Assembly candidates from KP

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) announced its candidates contesting the 2018 general election on national seats from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif will be contesting the elections from NA-3 Swat-III. Captain (retd) Safdar, son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, is standing from NA-14 Mansehra-cum-Torghar. PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhawa President Engineer Amir Muqam is…

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Don’t stop the music, says this Khyber Pakhtunkhwa mela

When a Khattak tells you that he can live without food and water but not Attan and music, you know it is a matter of life and death. Perhaps the Taliban knew this too. This is why Karak went into collective shock when the militants said it had to stop. “Music and dance is in…

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Christian to head KP’s religious affairs ministry

A Christian woman has been appointed the interim minister for religious affairs in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa – a first in the province’s history. Earlier, two men from minority groups, Sardar Soran Singh and Bihari Lal, held the minority affairs portfolio in previous governments. Dr Sarah Safdar is the first woman from a minority group to become a…

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Rains in Punjab, KP bring pleasant weather on Eid

Weather in most parts of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa became pleasant after it rained on both Eid days. It rained in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Azad Kashmir on Saturday. According to the Met Office, showers are expected in different parts of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday as well. Strong winds, thunder and lightning…

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The school in the hill: making up for lost time in Jamrud

When Umer Afridi wanted to advertise his makeshift community school in Jamrud, he used an old militant tactic: he got mosques to make the announcement on the loudspeaker. The mosque told people to send their girls. “We also visited every house to inform the parents about the school,” Afridi says. And they came. Because in…

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Two Eids in Pakistan again as Popalzai announces Eid tomorrow

By: Muhammad Irfan The unofficial Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of Masjid Qasim Ali Khan has announced on Thursday that the moon of Shawwal was sighted in several areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and they will celebrate Eid on Friday (June 15). A meeting of unofficial Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chaired by Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai was held at Masjid Qasim Ali…

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The damnation of Chitral’s demon river

It is so beautiful in Chitral—so why does it have a suicide epidemic?  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Chitral and next-door Gilgit’s Ghizer districts hold a terrible secret. Approximately 150 people, mostly young women, have killed themselves in Chitral in the last 10 years, according to lawyer and rights activist Niaz A Niazi. Police data shows that 13 women…

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JI, JUI-F at loggerheads over MMA election tickets

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal has not finalized the names of its candidates for the elections as the two main political parties in the religious parties’ alliance are at loggerheads with each other over the allotment of tickets. The JI and JUI-F−the two main political groups in the MMA−are divided over the allotment of election tickets. The…

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Unofficial moon sighting body likely to stir controversy in KP

By: Sabir Shah The meeting of provincial Ruet-e-Hilal committee will be held on Thursday in Peshawar for the sighting of Shawwal moon. There are reports that an unofficial moon sighting committee will also meet in Peshawar tomorrow. Majority of the people from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas follow the committee’s decisions on moon sighting. Every…

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Hafiz Saeed’s MML to support unknown group in elections

Milli Muslim League, a politico-religious party linked with JuD leader Hafiz Saeed, has decided to support the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek in the elections. AAT, a little known political party led by Dr Ahsan Abdul Bari, was formed some 15 years ago and was registered in the Election Commission of Pakistan in 2013. Saifullah Khalid, the MML…

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SC accepts petition seeking referendum on Kalabagh Dam

The Supreme Court has accepted Watan Party’s petition seeking a referendum on the construction of Kalabagh Dam. Barrister Zafarullah, a leader of little-known Watan Party, submitted a petition in the apex court. A special bench of SC headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will hear the case on Saturday (June 9). The Kalabagh Dam,…

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Peshawar sheds terror’s pall by dusting off the past with heritage trail

This is what Peshawar has been wanting to tell the world for a long time: Come visit. It wants you to see its heritage trail, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Monday. The Archaeology department sighed with relief for accomplishing this in a city that saw some of the worst bomb blasts…

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Justice (retd) Dost Muhammad Khan takes oath as KP caretaker CM

Justice (retd) Dost Muhammad Khan took oath as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s caretaker chief minister on Wednesday. “The election will be free and transparent,” he said at the oath-taking ceremony. The Election Commission appointed him on Tuesday as the interim CM to oversee the province until the elections on July 25. A six-member parliamentary committee was unable to…

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Punjab, KP, Balochistan await their caretaker CMs

The selection process of caretaker CMs has yet to make headway in Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Parliamentary committees will settle the matter in Punjab and Balochistan while the Election Commission will decide on KP’s CM. In Balochistan, the last meeting for negotiations bore no fruit. Former CM Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and former opposition leader in…

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Provinces fail to make headway in picking CM name

The 2018 general elections are nearly upon us but the provincial governments have failed to bring a caretaker setup. There is a deadlock between the government and opposition parties in all four provinces. The matter will be sent to a parliamentary committee if the provinces do not come up with names for the caretaker CM…

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Heatstroke alert issued as hot weather predicted in KP

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority has issued a heatstroke alert after the met department predicted sweltering weather in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for next 10 days. According to heatstroke alert, people are advised to be careful and avoid unnecessary movement as hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country. In the next ten…

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