Ulema can help end Afghan conflict, says Indonesian President Widodo

Idonesian president

PESHAWAR: The Indonesian president has suggested the formation of a three-nation committee of religious scholars to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Currently on an official visit to Islamabad, Joko Widodo floated the proposal at a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad on Friday night. He said Islamic scholars from Indonesia, Afghanistan and Pakistan could promote a peaceful settlement of ...

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‘Immediately arrest or expel Taliban from your soil,’ says US to Pakistan, after weekend attack in Kabul

Mullah Haibatullah

NEW DELHI: After the weekend terror attack in Kabul that killed at least 22 people, many of them civilians, the US White House today told Pakistan in no uncertain terms that it needs to immediately arrest or expel the Taliban’s leaders who operate from Pakistani territory. “We call on Pakistan to immediately arrest or expel the Taliban’s leaders and prevent ...

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Pakistan: Student kills college principal, accuses him of blasphemy


PAKISTAN: A grade 12 student at a private college in Charsadda shot his college principal dead on Monday after being censured for skipping school to attend the November 2017 sit-in of religio-political parties in Islamabad’s Faizabad area. In a video acquired by DawnNews, the student, while being arrested, appeared to justify the murder saying he believed the college principal had committed blasphemy. ...

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Stop Pashtuns’ Genocide in Pakistan: Pashtun expats in the US condemn Naqeebullah’s extra judicial killing


PHILADELPHIA: Pashtun expats from Swat, Waziristan and Peshawar in the United States held a protest demonstration on Sunday and condemned the brutal and extra-judicial killing of Naseemullah Khan aka Naqeeb Mehsud. The protesters called on the central government and supreme court should constitute a probe committee as the investigation team formed by the Sindh provincial government doesn’t seem willing it ...

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Shame on Pakistan for suffocating media voice: Media supporters react to Radio Mashal closure in Pakistan

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KABUL: The media watchdog organizations reacted to the closure of Radio Mashal/Radio Liberty office in Pakistan, calling it silencing freedom of speech. The South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) claimed that Radio Mashal was closed by Pakistan’s intelligence agency (ISI). It said that freedom of speech in the South Asia should not be victimized by hostile policies. “Freedom of speech ...

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Pakistan: Pir H. Sialvi demands Shariah in seven days


Pir Hameeduddin Sialvi involved in a discussion with other leaders at the stage at Data Darbar before addressing the Khatm-i-Nabuwat conference. — Online LAHORE: Pir Hameeduddin Sialvi on Saturday set yet another deadline for the government, this time for enforcing “Shariah” within seven days or risk protests in every nook and corner of the country. Addressing a Khatm-i-Nabuwat Conference in ...

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US and Pakistan in heated exchange over Afghanistan in UNSC debate

NEW YORK: August 30 - Pakistan’s Ambassador, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi speaking at the debate on UN Peacekeeping Operations. APP

The US and Pakistani officials got into a heated discussion on Friday regarding the circumstances surrounding the fight against terrorism and the sanctuaries of the Afghan militants inside the Pakistani territory. Speaking at the UN Security Council debate on Afghanistan, the US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said the United States can’t work with Pakistan if it continues to ...

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Pakistan orders closure of Mashaal Radio’s bureau in Islamabad

Mashaal Radio

Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has ordered the closure of the offices of RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal in Islamabad after Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) agency accused the broadcaster of airing programs “against the interest of Pakistan” and “in line with [a] hostile intelligence agency’s agenda.” The director of Radio Mashaal, Mohammad Amin Mudaqiq, said Interior Ministry officers arrived at the broadcaster’s Islamabad bureau ...

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Anger on social media as Waziristan man killed in Karachi ‘encounter’ by SSP Rao Anwar

A photo of the deceased Naqeebullah

Social media users and relatives of a man who was killed in an allegedly staged encounter by police in Karachi last week have disputed the police claim that the deceased was a militant affiliated with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Naqeebullah, a 27-year-old man who hailed from South Waziristan, was allegedly among the four suspects who were killed in an ‘encounter’ carried ...

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Mehsud Jirga condemns hike in IED blasts in South Waziristan

Mehsuds jirga

SOUTH WAZIRISTAN: Mehsud tribal elders condemned a steady hike in landmine blasts in the tribal region, the other day. So far 55 landmine blasts have taken place as a result 18 people were killed and 76 sustained injuries. The jirga held in Tank political compounded passed a resolution wherein they called on the government to deploy a bomb disposable squad ...

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