Pakistan

ANP will work for KP-Fata merger, says Asfandyar Wali Khan

MINGORA: Awami National Party (ANP) president Asfandyar Wali Khan said on Sunday that if his party came to power it would work for the merger of Fata (Federally Admi­nistered Tribal Areas) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Addressing a public meeting of his party at Grassy Ground in Swat, he claimed that the people of tribal areas wanted Fata’a merger with KP. ANP’s ...

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Khawaja Asif target of ink attack at PML-N convention

Foreign minister Khawaja Asif had ink thrown at him during a PML-N workers’ convention in Sialkot on Saturday. The veteran politician was addressing his party workers when an unidentified man doused him with black ink from behind. Following the incident, enraged PML-N workers roughed up the ink-thrower before handing him over to the police. Asif, however, pardoned the attacker instantly ...

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Manzoor Pashteen narrates in LUMS how did he start the Pashtun Protection Movement?

When the military operation was launched in Waziristan in 2003, its implications started telling its side effects. In 2005, the situation was if you had spoken against the Taliban your dead body would have been thrown away. And that too, beheaded. Your hands cut off. Your face defaced. Your ears severed. If someone used to dare speak against the military ...

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Pashtun protest sparks debate about Pakistan’s counter-terrorism policies

Last month, the grievances of millions of ethnic Pashtuns echoed in Pakistan’s capital as thousands participated in a 10-day sit-in to demand rights and an end to unlawful killings, impunity, harassment, racial profiling, and landmines. The protest has become a mass mobilization for what its young leaders say is an attempt to change security policies that have turned their homeland in the northwestern Federally ...

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Missing persons’ saga: Assistant Professor has gone missing since 2016

BANNU: Saadullah Shah, a resident of village and post office Bizenkhel, district Bannu Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has gone missing since 2016. He was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Government Post Graduate College Bannu. A letter and more information has been provided by his brother to The Pashtun Times. To The Editor, The Pashtun Times.   Subject:   Mysterious missing ...

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Collision inescapable if Parliament doesn’t end “state within state”: Farhatullah Babar

The upcoming general elections may result in a referendum against the judiciary. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party Senator Farhatullah Babar said on Tuesday a state within the state is running, and there is a perpetual conflict between the two. He said if the parliament didn’t end the state within state then it will lead to a collision. The Senator, who is among ...

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Krishna Kumari becomes first Hindu Dalit woman senator of Pakistan

Ratna Bhagwandas Chawla was first Hindu woman to reach the upper house in Muslim-majority country. Krishna Kumari Kohli has become the first-ever Hindu Dalit woman to be elected to the upper house of Pakistan’s parliament. The election that took place Saturday saw the victory of 39-year-old Kohli who was nominated for a minority Senate seat from the Sindh Assembly by ...

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Pakistan confirms being placed on FATF’s grey list

PESHAWAR: Pakistan has confirmed being placed on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list, escaping the threat of inclusion in the black category. The United States and its allies tabled a motion with the FATF, seeking to place Pakistan on a watchlist of countries considered non-compliant with global anti-terror financing measures. Relations between the US and Pakistan have nosedived in the ...

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Thousands ‘disappear’ amid insurgency in Pakistan

An organization in Pakistan’s insurgency-wreaked regions says its preliminary lists have identified thousands of people who have disappeared over the past 15 years. The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) or Pashtun Protection Movement, is working with the families of those who have disappeared during more than 15 years of unrest in Pakistan’s northwestern Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, ...

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Landmark gas pipeline: Work on Afghan section of TAPI begins

KABUL: Afghanistan hosted leaders from Turkmenistan, Pakistan and India on Friday for the ground-breaking ceremony of the Afghan section of a much-delayed multi-billion dollar pipeline project to transit natural gas from energy rich Turkmenistan to South Asia through Afghanistan. The work on the Afghan section was started after the construction of the Turkmenistan section was completed which was started in ...

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