Pakistan

Pentagon report singles out Pakistan as home of future Chinese military base

A Pentagon report released on Tuesday singled out Pakistan as a possible location for a future Chinese military base, as it forecast that Beijing would likely build more bases overseas after establishing a facility in the African nation of Djibouti. The prediction came in a 97-page annual report to Congress that saw advances throughout the Chinese military in 2016, funded ...

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Mashal’s father asks SC to relocate daughters to Islamabad citing ‘security threats’ at home

PESHAWAR: The father of lynched Mardan university student, Mashal Khan, filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking the government’s help for relocation of his daughters and himself to Islamabad in light of alleged security threats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the family’s hometown of Swabi. Muhammad Iqbal Khan in his petition requested the provision of living arrangements and ...

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Pakistan’s ISI behind appointment of new ISIS chief in Afghanistan: Uzbekistani

KABUL: A top leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan has declared his opposition regarding the appointment of a Pakistani national, Sheikh Aslam Farooqi, as the new leader of the terror group in Afghanistan. He has called the appointment of Farooqi as an attempt by the Pakistani military intelligence, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). ...

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ANP questions excluding names of ruling parties from Mashal JIT report

Mian Iftikhar says only name of student wing of his party mentioned in the report PESHAWAR: ANP general secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain has shown resentment over mentioning the name of the student wing of his party in the report of joint investigation team for Mashal murder case. He said that the ruling parties were not named in the report despite ...

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London attacker identified as Pakistani-born British man previously known to police, MI5

An undated handout picture released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on June 5, shows Khuram Shazad Butt (L) and Rachid Redouane from Barking, east London, believed by police to be two of the three attackers in the June 3 terror attack on London Bridge.— AFP British police on Monday named two of the three attackers who killed ...

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Mashal Khan murder: father fears ‘influential adversaries’, wants case transferred outside Mardan

PESHAWAR: Mashal Khan’s father in a press conference on Monday requested that his son’s case be transferred to a court outside Mardan alleging that ‘influential adversaries’ may pose possible hurdles to proceedings. “I told the Supreme Court (SC) that my lawyer and I cannot afford to fight the case in Mardan because our adversaries are very influential and powerful. Therefore, ...

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Mashal murder case: JIT finds group in university incited mob against student on pretext of blasphemy

ISLAMABAD: A report compiled by a 13-member joint investigation team (JIT) investigating the lynching of Mashal Khan stated that a group in the university incited a mob against the Mardan university student on pretext of blasphemy. It added that no proof was found that Khan had committed blasphemy. In April, a vigilante mob, incited by rumours attacked Khan for allegedly ...

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Asfandyar questions budget without NFC award

PESHAWAR – Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali Khan said on Monday that presenting budget without announcing National Finance Commission (NFC) award was a sheer violation of the Constitution. The ANP president while talking to various delegations said that delay in formulation of the new NFC award was questionable. He stressed for coming up with the 8th NFC Award before ...

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Senator Rabbani loses temper over govt’s opacity on Saudi military alliance

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of the Senate Mian Raza Rabbani on Tuesday expressed his anger at the lack of a response from the government regarding the Saudi Arabia-led 41-nation military alliance headed by former army chief retired Gen Raheel Sharif. “Why don’t we just shut down Parliament?” a visibly frustrated Rabbani said, after his attempts to draw attention to the issue did ...

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Fata reforms: Asfandyar slams govt over ‘volte-face’

KARACHI: Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali Khan on Sunday criticised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government for backtracking on its pledge to merge the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. “The federal cabinet has approved the recommendations — that enjoy a broad political consensus — of the FATA Reforms Committee, but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is continuously lying about ...

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