Pakistan

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

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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

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

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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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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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Former military dictator calls himself ‘liberal and greatest supporter of Lashkar-e-Taiba’

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Former president Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday declared that he is the greatest supporter of proscribed militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The declaration of support for LeT, Jamaatud Dawa and its chief Hafiz Saeed, who was recently released from house arrest, was made during a discussion pertaining to Musharraf’s recently announced 23-party ‘grand alliance’ on ARY News programme 11th Hour. During the talk show, the host pointed out ...

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Pakistan caught between mosque and military, again

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Army chief General Qamar Bajwa seems to be against the military’s direct intervention in politics but Khadim Rizvi and his cohorts have been making insinuations that the general might not belong to the right sect. If the history of Pakistan was made into a movie, one scene would be repeated several times albeit with a new cast of characters each ...

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Civilians Frustrated Over Latest Waziristan Displacement

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BANNU: Khozabat Khan, a middle-aged father of six, sees no logic in being forced to leave his village in western Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal district yet again. As a member of the Pashtun Mehsud tribe, the goat farmer has suffered enormously after being forced repeatedly to leave his home during the past decade. After his scenic mountainous homeland became the ...

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A country in denial – Human Rights violation of transgender community in Pakistan

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‘The General Assembly proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, ...

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