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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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NADRA blocks Pervez Musharraf’s national identity card

NADRA has blocked national identity card of former military dictator General (retired) Pervez Musharraf on the orders of court.  Mr. Musharraf’s passport will also be suspended, SAMAA reported on Thursday. The former president would not be able to sell his assets or buy any property after his national identity card gets blocked. On March 16, a…

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Google retreating from military AI project: reports

Google workers on Friday got word that the internet titan will retreat from a deal to help the US military use artificial intelligence to analyze drone video following an outcry from staff, according to reports. The collaboration with the US Department of Defense was said to have sparked rebellion inside the California-based company. An internal…

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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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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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PM Abbasi, CM Punjab pay tribute to martyred Col Sohail Abid

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif paid glittering tributes to Colonel Sohail Abid who was martyred on Wednesday night in a security operation in Quetta.  “We are grieved at the loss of such a brave army soldier,” said the prime minister. “We will not sit still till the last terrorist…

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‘Dawn Leaks case could be reopened’

Prominent legal experts say the ‘Dawn Leaks’ case could be reopened after former PM Nawaz Sharif apparently confirms content of the controversial news story. “A treason trial could be initiated,” said prominent legal expert, Barrister Farogh Naseem, while speaking to SAMAA on Tuesday. He said the ‘Dawn Leaks’ case could be reopened. Ali Zafar, the…

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Nine aboard US military plane destroyed in fiery crash

An aging US military cargo plane carrying nine troops was destroyed in a fiery crash Wednesday as it made its final scheduled flight before being mothballed, officials said. The C-130 “Hercules” cargo plane from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard crashed around 11:30 am (1530 GMT) near the Savannah airport. Footage of the crash showed…

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Assad still has ‘limited’ chemical capability: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: The Syrian regime remains able to conduct chemical attacks, though only at a limited level, the Pentagon said Thursday following last week’s international cruise missile strikes on chemical weapons-related targets. General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the US military’s Joint Staff, said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime retains a “residual” chemical capability at a variety…

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More than 250 killed in Algerian military plane crash

ALGIERS – More than 250 people were killed when a military plane crashed in a field outside Algeria’s capital on Wednesday, state media said, in the country’s worst air disaster. Television footage showed crowds and emergency vehicles massing around the smoking and flaming wreckage near Boufarik airport southwest of Algiers. A line of white body…

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Terrorists planning attacks from Afghan soil, Pakistan hands over dossier to Kabul

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has handed over a dossier to Afghan authorities containing evidence of the involvement of Afghanistan based terror groups in terrorist activities within Pakistan, Foreign Office said on Thursday. According to the Foreign Office, the dossier contains evidence of the involvement of Afghanistan based TTP in the suicide bombing at a Pakistan Army unit…

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In pictures: Pakistan Day parade

WEB DESK: With spectacular display of military prowess, the nation on Friday celebrated Pakistan Day. The day marks adoption of historic Lahore Resolution this day in 1940 that provided a framework for realization of the goal of a separate homeland for Muslims of South Asia. The spectacular and colorful Pakistan Day Joint Services parade was…

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Nation celebrates Pakistan Day with zeal, fervor

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: The nation celebrated Pakistan Day on Friday with renewed commitment to work hard for progress and prosperity of the country. The day marks adoption of historic Lahore Resolution this day in 1940 that provided a framework for realization of the goal of a separate homeland for Muslims of South Asia. The Day dawned with…

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UAE military contingent to participate in Pakistan Day parade

ISLAMABAD: A military contingent from United Arab Emirates (UAE) will participate in the Pakistan Day parade, to be held at Shakarparian Parade Avenue on Friday. This will be the first time that the UAE military contingent will be taking part in the official ceremony of the Pakistan Day, an official source said on Thursday. The…

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US military helicopter crashes in Iraq: US officials

RAMADI: A U.S. military helicopter crashed in western Iraq with seven people on board, U.S. officials said late on Thursday. Two U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity and citing initial reports, said the aircraft was a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter and it crashed near al-Qaim, a town in Anbar province close to the…

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Top US general in Afghanistan urges ‘tired’ Taliban to talk peace

Bagram: Now is the best time for the Taliban to negotiate for peace, the top US general in Afghanistan said Wednesday, warning that an increased air and ground campaign against the insurgents would only get worse. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last month unveiled a plan to open talks to end the 16-year-old war, offering to…

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Pentagon still backs Iran nuclear deal: general

WASHINGTON: The Iranian nuclear deal is still in the best interests of the United States, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday, going against President Donald Trump’s claim that it’s a “terrible” agreement. US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel told a Senate panel he shared the views of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joe Dunford,…

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US general sees ‘positive indicators’ in Pakistan

WASHINGTON: A top US general said Tuesday he has started to see “positive indicators” from the Pakistan military, weeks after President Donald Trump ordered the suspension of US military aid to Islamabad. Relations between Pakistan and the US have been tense since Trump lashed out at Islamabad last August, upbraiding it for sheltering “agents of…

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Saudi king sacks chief of staff in major military shake-up

Riyadh: Saudi King Salman has sacked the military chief of staff and a host of other commanders in a major shake-up, state media said Monday citing a series of royal decrees. “Termination of the services of General Abdul Rahman bin Saleh al-Bunyan, Chief of Staff,” the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said, adding that Fayyad…

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Nawaz calls out “nexus” of military, judiciary at Karachi seminar

NEWS DESK: Former PM Nawaz Sharif lashed out at what he termed the nexus of the military and judiciary against democracy. He was addressing a seminar in Karachi on ‘The Future of Democracy in Pakistan’ on Friday. According to him, democracy in Pakistan is attacked each time it starts to strengthen in the country. “For…

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