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Amnesty International demands recovery of missing social activist Raza Khan

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International rights organisation Amnesty International, in a statement issued on Wednesday, has demanded that the Pakistani government immediately ensure the recovery of missing Lahore-based activist Raza Khan. “The Pakistani authorities must take all measures as may be necessary to investigate Raza Khan’s fate immediately,” Amnesty’s Deputy South Asia Director Dinushika Dissanayake said. “Scarcely does a week go by without Amnesty International ...

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Pak army chief reiterates opposition to India’s role in Afghanistan


ISLAMABAD: The Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan General Qamar Javed Bajwa reiterated Islamabad’s opposition to India’s role in Afghanistan, claiming that Pakistan is concerned regarding the threats emanating from Indian use of Afghan soil. “He said that Pakistan has done much more than its due share despite capacity constraints but shall remain committed for peace as a responsible member ...

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Open to forming political alliance with JuD, LeT, says former Pakistani military dictator


Days after declaring himself the greatest supporter of Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT), former president Pervez Musharraf said that he is open to forming a political alliance with the proscribed Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and its chief, Hafiz Saeed. “If it is meant to be, it will be,” Musharraf said during an appearance on Aaj News for an interview on Sunday. “There have been no talks yet, but if they ...

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Peace activist Raza Khan goes missing after debate on Labaik sit-in

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LAHORE: A peace activist, Raza Khan, has gone missing on Sunday following a discussion session on the topic of extremism in context of a recent sit-in staged by religious parties and state’s subsequent “capitulation” to it. According to details available with local media, a discussion session on the said issue was held at a local community space, Low-Key Lokai, in which ...

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Beijing offers tripartite talks between Afghanistan, Pakistan, China


Beijing has offered tripartite talks between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China with main focus being peace and stability and economic cooperation. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said China’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Deng Xijun met with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday. The statement further added Mr. Xijun discussed the ongoing situation in the ...

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US to act against terror safe havens, if Pakistan fails: CIA chief warns


Ahead of the US Defense Secretary James Mattis visit to Pakistan, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo has warned that Washington will launch direct action, if Pakistan fails in shunning terror safe havens in its soil. While televising a new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia in August, President Donald Trump had asked Pakistan to shun terror ...

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A complicit state

Ayesha Siddiqa
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A historical overview of the country where religious groups of one hue or the other have played their role in collusion with the state to turn it into the hybrid-theocracy of today. The recent agreement enforced upon the political government is nothing but a small reminder that Pakistan has turned into a hybrid-theocracy where sharia law is gradually being applied ...

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Purpose of Loya Jirga is not to change current govt, says Karzai


‘I favor US presence, if it brings peace, stability, and put an end to the ongoing Afghan genocide’ KABUL: The Former President Hamid Karzai said that the purpose of Loya Jirga is not to end the wok of the current government or to oppose the election, but complement it. In an exclusive interview with the German News Agency (DW), Karzai ...

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“Speaking truth to Power”: Khan Shaheed Abdul Samad Khan

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One of the most influential trends depicted in the evolution of post-colonial studies has been the discourse around history and historiography. The deconstruction of grand historical narratives and reconstruction of alternative frame of analysis has figure out realities that are made invisible under the auspices of state’s tagging narrative of good, bad and the ugly. The post-colonial studies stemmed in ...

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9 dead, 37 wounded as militants attack student’s hostel in Peshawar

Family members of officials trapped inside the agriculture institute wait outside, during a crackdown operation against militants, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Pakistani police say gunmen have stormed a government complex in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing an unconfirmed number of people. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

Nine people were killed and 37 injured as at least three terrorists stormed the hostel of Peshawar’s Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) on Friday morning. The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. Both police and military officials said the attackers had been coordinating with handlers based in Afghanistan. A rescue operation was launched by security forces soon after the attack ...

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