At least 30 dead, 100 injured in twin explosions in Parachinar


PESHAWAR: At least 30 people were killed and over 100 injured, with fears of casualties rising, after two subsequent explosions hit a densely populated area of Kurram Agency’s Parachinar city Friday evening. The death toll was confirmed by hospital sources, who warned that the number of casualties may rise. Parachinar District General Hospital Medical Superintendent Sabir Hussain appealed to the ...

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13 killed in suicide attack on Quetta’s Gulistan Road

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BALOCHISTAN: At least 13 people ─ including seven policeman ─ lost their lives, while 19 others were injured in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta’s Gulistan Road area on Friday morning, police said. The injured were moved to Quetta’s Civil Hospital, where an emergency was declared. Security was tightened across the city following the attack. According to ...

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Pakistan: The undeclared Jihad factory


The recent ghastly terror attacks in Kabul and London makes me wonder whether such acts of violence are fast becoming the new normal in our lives. Over the last few years, we, as citizens of this world, have grieved for hundreds of innocent lives lost in Boston, Brussels, Paris, Nice, Ankara and many other cities, and have held numerous international ...

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Pakistan Army commences fencing the Durand Line in trouble zones, says DAWN

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ISLAMABAD/DAWN: Fencing along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border has commenced in an effort to improve the security situation along the international boundary, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Army’s media wing, said Tuesday. The construction of the fence will take place in two phases. In the first phase, the ‘high-infiltration prone’ border areas in Bajaur, Mohmand and Khyber Agencies will be sealed off; ...

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Ex-Taliban commander acknowledges the group’s leadership is in Pakistan


KABUL: An ex-commander of the Taliban militant group who has joined the peace process in eastern Nangarhar province, admitted that Taliban’s leadership is based in various parts of Pakistan. According to a statement issued by the provincial government of Nangarhar, the insurgent militants has embraced the peace and reconciliation process as a result of meaningful efforts carried out by the ...

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Pakistan confirms two diplomats missing in Nangarhar


KABUL: The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Pakistan on Sunday confirmed that two of its Jalalabad-based Consulate General officials have gone missing. According to the statement issued by the Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, the diplomats were on their way to their homeland, Pakistan on Friday, June 16th by car when they went missing. “The matter has been raised with the relevant Afghan ...

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Mashal’s father seeks govt help to shift to Islamabad


SWABI: Mohammad Iqbal, father of the lynched Mardan university student Mashal Khan, said here on Monday that without financial support of the government and provision of security his two daughters won’t be able to continue their education. Talking to this correspondent, he said Mashal’s two younger sisters, Storia Iqbal and Saba Iqbal, were not in a position to attend educational ...

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US airstrike target Haqqani network commander in Pakistan


PESHAWAR: A commander of the Haqqani terrorist network has reportedly been targeted in a US airstrike in tribal regions of Pakistan. According to the local officials, the airstrike was carried out late on Monday night in the vicinity of Hangu district located in northwestern parts of Pakistan. A security official quoted by the Mashal Radio of Radio Liberty has said ...

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First death sentence handed to man for blasphemy on social media


An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday sentenced a man to death for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media, a government prosecutor said. ATC Judge Shabir Ahmed announced the sentence for the 30-year-old accused in Bahawalpur, according to Shafiq Qureshi. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) had arrested the accused, who belongs to the Shia community, last year in Bahawalpur. ...

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China dismisses Pentagon report about military base in Pakistan as ‘irresponsible’


BEIJING: China on Wednesday dismissed as irresponsible the annual US Defence Department report that predicted China would expand its global military presence. The defence ministry in a statement refuted the US assessment, saying “China is not doing any military expansion and does not seek a sphere of influence”. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said during a briefing that China “is ...

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