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After marked fall in terror incidents, Pakistan becomes top travel destination for 2018

NEWS DESK: As terror incidents in the country have markedly receded, Pakistan has been ranked the world’s top travel destination for 2018 by the British Backpacker Society. The society announced the results, ranking the world’s top 20 adventure travel destinations for 2018, which also include Russia, India, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and China. “Pakistan is the clear…

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Watch: Flags of Da’ish hoisted in Islamabad streets

NEWS DESK: Flags and banners of terror outfit Da’ish were hoisted in the streets of Islamabad, bearing inscriptions that read ‘Khilafat is coming’. Watch here:

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Pakistani actor Hamza Ali Abbasi is an open admirer of a UN-designated terrorist. And Twitterati can’t keep their cool

By Minerwa Tahir Hamza Ali Abbasi is known for his controversial statements. He seems to have an opinion on pretty much everything. Whether his opinions are real or not, there is one thing for sure – he doesn’t hesitate from expressing those opinions. He knows how to keep his name alive in news circles and on…

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Zakir Naik is probably a stateless person now

NEW DELHI: The passport of Zakir Naik, the Indian cleric facing investigations for terror and money laundering charges, has been revoked at the request of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after he failed to respond to a show-cause notice issued to him, officials said. The notice issued to Zakir Naik had asked him to make…

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India using other countries’ soil to sabotage peace in Pakistan: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria says that India is using agents and land of other countries to sabotage peace in Pakistan. In an interview, he said that Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav had confessed his crime and involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan. Full legal procedure had been followed in Kulbhushan trial. He said Pakistan…

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Eerie rendition locations as art in new London show

LONDON: A haunting picture of a forest and photographs of Guantanamo Bay — eerie rendition locations lift the veil in art form on government methods to counteract terror. “Extraordinary rendition involved very ordinary places,” says artist Edmund Clark, pointing at the forest picture, part of a new exhibition, “War of Terror,” which opens in London…

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France to launch smartphone ‘terror alert’ app

PARIS: A new smartphone app designed to alert users to possible terror attacks will be launched by the French government Wednesday, amid growing security concerns over the Euro 2016 football tournament. The application, which will be free to download in both French and English, will send users a warning “in case of a suspected attack,”…

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Three charged with ‘terror’ offences in Britain

LONDON: Two men and a woman were charged with terror offences on Thursday, British police said, following what was described as an “extensive investigation” helped by Belgium and France. The three — 29-year-old Soumaya Boufassil Mohammed Ali Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil, both aged 26 — were all from the central English city of Birmingham, police…

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'The Gallows' hangs hopes on horror guru's record

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood producer Jason Blum has a reputation to keep up: he is famous for micro-budget horror films which make megabucks at the box office. It remains to be seen if his latest spine-tingler, “The Gallows,” will hit the same mark. But it could well do. The movie, out Friday in the United States,…

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Operations to continue for “terror-free” Pakistan: COAS

MIRANSHAH: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif said that security forces would continue their counter-terrorism operations to achieve the end objective of a terror-free Pakistan. Maj-Gen Asim Bajwa, director general of ISPR, said that army chief visited forward most areas close to Pakistan-Afghan border in North and South Waziristan Agencies and got…

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Anti-terror comics released in Pakistan

A 30-year old man from Lahore along with his team published comics and distributed in schools based on social issues and fighting terrorism. Watch this report of Azam Malik.

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Ending NSA spying would boost terror threat: CIA chief

WASHINGTON: CIA chief John Brennan warned Sunday that allowing vital surveillance programs to expire could increase terror threats, as the US Senate convened for a crunch debate on whether to renew the controversial provisions. With key counterterrorism programs set to expire at midnight Sunday, the top intelligence official made a final pitch to senators, arguing…

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Australia to expand anti-terror cowork with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Wednesday said that Australia was one of those friendly countries, which have always valued Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war on terrorism, Samaa reported. Nisar said this during a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who called on him here on Wednesday. According to a statement issued…

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Nisar lauds sacrifices of FC in terror war

PESHAWAR: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Friday paid glowing tributes to the sacrifices of officers and Jawans of Frontier Corps Khyber Pakthunkhwa in the fight against terrorism and extremism. Addressing as Chief-Guest in the passing out parade of the newly inducted Frontier Corps KP at Scouts Training Academy Warsak in Peshawar, he said he…

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Pakistan in touch with Italy over arrest of terror suspects: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office says that it is in contact with the Italian government over arrest of suspected terrorists allegedly involved in financing and carrying out terrorist attacks in Pakistan. In a press statement on Friday, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that “our Embassy in Rome is in contact with the Italian government to get…

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Sindh to curb funding sources of terror outfits

KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to crush funding sources of terrorist outfits by launching comprehensive operations based on solid information and intelligence work.   This decision was taken in the Apex Committee meeting held here on Friday with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali in the chair. Sindh Governor  Dr. Ishrat-ul- Ebad also participated….

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Terror alert issued for Karachi, other cities

KARACHI: Intelligence agencies on Friday warned of possible terrorist attacks on state installations across Pakistan, SAMAA reports. According to a handout written to police authorities, intelligence agencies warned that terrorists could target Jinnah International Airport, Quaid-e-Azam Museum and US consulate in Karachi. It further warned of attack on Allama Iqbal International Airport and Civil Line…

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'Terror owl' trapped in Dutch city

THE HAGUE: A rogue owl that has terrorised a northern Dutch city for the past year, forcing citizens to arm themselves with umbrellas at night, has finally been caught, officials announced Friday. Dubbed the “terror owl” by residents of Purmerend north of Amsterdam, the aggressive European eagle owl is suspected of more than 50 attacks…

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Ooowl, that hurt! Rogue bird sows terror in Dutch city

THE HAGUE: The northern Dutch town of Purmerend has advised residents to arm themselves with an umbrella when going out at night after a mysterious spate of bloody rogue owl attacks. Over the last three weeks, the European eagle owl has silently swooped on dozens of residents of the usually peaceful town, with many victims…

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Military courts to try 12 terror suspects: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army said on Saturday that 12 cases related to terrorism would be heard by military courts initially. In a statement on micro-blogging website, DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa said that 12 cases were sent to army by Interior Ministry after due scrutiny. He said that these cases were forwarded to interior ministry by…

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Nisar says NAP proves Pakistan’s anti-terror resolve

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior & Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Friday said National Action Plan (NAP) was a manifestation of the government’s firm resolve to root out menace of militancy and extremism from the country. “Pakistan will continue to play its role for peace in the region and beyond,” said he while talking…

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