Pakistan

Man arrested in Lahore for selling sex toys

Lahore: A positive vibration may be going through conservative elements of the country as a day after the Islamabad High Court banned Valentine’s Day, a man has been arrested in Lahore for selling sex toys. People in the bustling Chauburji area were ‘bemused’ to see the man waving about his wares in broad daylight. In his own words, Farmanul Haq, 25, ...

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Suicide bomber strikes Mohmand; 3 Levies men, one civilian killed

At least three personnel of the Levies Force and a civilian were killed, and three people were injured in a suicide attack in Mohmand Agency’s Ghalanai tehsil on Wednesday, sources in the political administration said. A suicide bomber tried to enter a housing colony of the local political administration. When he was stopped in this attempt by Levies personnel, the ...

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Pakistani court issues nationwide ban on Valentine’s Day

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court in Pakistan’s capital issued an order Monday that banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day across the country ‘with immediate effect.’ The order prohibits the display of adverts on electronic and print media that reference Valentine’s Day, bans the sale of associated merchandise and states that the day cannot be celebrated in “any public space or government ...

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Senior police officers among 10 killed as suicide bomber strikes Lahore

LAHORE: At least 10 people were killed and 69 injured on Monday when a suicide bomber struck outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore during a protest, police officials said. Rescue 1122 confirmed that 69 people were injured in the attack, with most of the casualties shifted to Mayo Hospital and Ganga Ram Hospital. The Jamat-ul-Ahrar faction of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan ...

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Haqqani, Taliban leaders enjoy freedom of actions in Pakistan: US commander

KABUL: The top US commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson has said the Taliban and Haqqani network leaders are enjoying freedom of action within Pakistan safe havens. Gen. Nicholson is the commander of the US forces and the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. “The Taliban and Haqqani network are the greatest threats to security in Afghanistan. Their senior leaders ...

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Pashtun leader and ANP chief ´Asfandyar Wali Khan´ wants Fata-KP merger by March 12

CHARSADDA: Awami National Party (ANP) president Asfandyar Wali Khan has warned that his party will stage a sit-in in Islamabad if Fata (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) is not merged with Khyber Pakht­unkhwa province before March 12. Speaking at a public gathering here on Tuesday, he demanded that the federal government announce a decision on the merger of Fata with KP ...

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House arrest of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed a policy decision: DG ISPR

Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor on Tuesday stated that the decision to put Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed under house arrest “is a policy decision”. When questioned about the move during a media briefing, the DG ISPR said, “This is a policy decision that the state took in [the] national interest. Lots of ...

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India’s objection to a Pakistani secretary general may hurt Saarc

ISLAMABAD: The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), beleaguered by internal rifts, is headed for more difficult days ahead as India is attempting to block on ‘procedural grounds’ the appointment of a Pakistani diplomat as the next secretary general of the regional body. The Saarc secretariat can, therefore, potentially remain a headless body for a long time if the ...

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Taliban supreme leader replaces 24 ‘shadow’ officials

KABUL: The supreme leader of the Taliban group Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada has replaced 24 shadow officials in a bid to consolidate his influence over the insurgency, it has been reported. The replacements include 16 shadow governors and eight other provincial-level officials including one whose job will be to offer technical support for major attacks on urban areas, according to a ...

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Activist Salman Haider is ‘fine and safe’, says brother

ISLAMABAD: Prominent academic and human rights activist Salman Haider who went missing earlier this month from Islamabad is “fine and safe”, his brother Zeeshan Haider confirmed to media. Zeeshan Haider provided no details about his brother Salman’s whereabouts. Haider was one of five who disappeared in early January from different cities, including bloggers Waqas Goraya, Aasim Saeed and Ahmed Raza ...

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