Pak army rejects PM Sharif firing aide over leak to Dawn newspaper, says directive is ‘incomplete’


The sacking is a setback for the Sharif government at a time the Prime Minister is facing heat over the Panama Papers case. The leaked information was published in Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper and spoke of a rift between the civilian and military leadership. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved the removal of Syed Tariq Fatemi, his special assistant on foreign ...

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ANP stands with Supreme Court decision in Panama Papers case: Asfandyar Wali Khan


PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan asked Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Wednesday to clarify his claim that he was offered Rs10 billion by the government to remain silent on the Panama Papers case. “He [Imran Khan] should share the details of that offer with the public as it will also help the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) ...

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Punjab government launches free wifi in five cities

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Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif termed the service a step towards digitalising the province. LAHORE: The Punjab government has launched free internet service (wifi hotspot) at over 200 points in five cities of the province. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif formally opened the free internet service for Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur and Murree at a ceremony held at Arfa Kareem ...

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Pashtun-Canadian senator Salma Attaullah Jan robbed in Islamabad


ISLAMABAD: Pashtun-Canadian Senator Salma Attaullah Jan was robbed of cash, a black pearl necklace and her ID cards in Islamabad’s F6 area on Tuesday night. The senator was reportedly approached by two men on a motorcycle as she was getting into her car near F6 Markaz. The men grabbed her handbag and fled, prompting Jan to register a First Investigation ...

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Security checks hinder Waziristan displaced Pashtuns

Residents of North Waziristan are required to undergo cumbersome checks while visiting or returning to their homeland.

BANNU, Pakistan — First Al-Qaeda bombs, Taliban suicide attacks, Uzbek assassins, U.S drone missiles, and Pakistani airstrikes and artillery barrages haunted them for more than a decade. Now unwieldy security procedures trouble civilians in a northwestern Pakistani tribal region as they attempt to pick up the pieces following years of exile and harsh extremist rule. Residents of North Waziristan, one ...

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10 killed as landmine blast hits van carrying census workers in Kurram


PESHAWAR: A passenger van hit a landmine in Godar area of Kurram Agency on Tuesday, killing 10 passengers, which included children, and injuring eight others, among them two census workers. The vehicle was on its way from Godar to Sadda, Parachinar when it hit a mine, injuring two census workers on board, security sources told media. The injured were shifted ...

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Neighbours apologise to Mashal’s family for indifference


Local people stage rally in Swabi on Thursday to express solidarity with Mashal Khan. Dawn SWABI: The residents of Mashal Khan’s native town, Zaida, on Thursday gathered at the grave of the Abdul Wali Khan University student lynched by a mob over the alleged blasphemy lately and apologised to the deceased and his family for failing to ‘stand with them ...

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Pakistan: Opposition rattles PML-N, renews calls for PM’s resignation in parliament


ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties on Friday ramped up the pressure against the ruling PML-N and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, demanding the premier’s resignation with one voice and protesting yesterday’s Supreme Court verdict on Panamagate in Parliament. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), PPP and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) each held press conferences following a meeting of opposition parties in Islamabad. PTI Chairman Imran Khan himself ...

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Teacher says Mashal was not given chance to prove his innocence


Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan lecturer and Mashal Khan’s teacher Ziaullah Hamdard apologised to the nation and the deceased’s parents for failing to save the student from the violent mob and said that Mashal was not even given the chance to clear his name. “He [Mashal] was not even given the chance to prove his innocence,” he lamented. “They [mob] were in front of ...

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Pakistan: Change of flags


A journey of nations beyond federalism Mohammad Ali Jinnah (M. A. Jinnah), joined hands of Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi (M.K. Gandhi) in the movement for the provincial autonomy in united India during British Raj. Pakistan was realized formally as a viable idea after 1945. The idea of Pakistan, in fact, is wrongly associated with Dr. Alama Iqbal. Dr. Iqbal basically ...

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