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Constructing the enemy


March 16, 2019

THEY claimed to have invaded the sovereign territory of an enemy country. They had dropped bombs, they said, and hit a terrorist camp that involved no military or civilian targets. In the days that followed, we retaliated: we intruded enemy-controlled territory, chose to strike near enemy targets, and took an enemy combatant prisoner after downing his fighter jet. No truth is more …

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Zardari, Bilawal summoned in Park Lane probe: NAB spokesperson


March 16, 2019

The National Accountability Bureau has summoned former president Asif Ali Zardari and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to appear before the bureau in Rawalpindi in connection with the Park Lane Estate case, the bureau spokesperson told DawnNewsTV on Saturday. NAB had initiated an inquiry against the father-son duo in pursuance of allegations that Park Lane Estate Company (Pvt) Ltd — a Karachi-based real estate firm …

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Foreign Office confirms deaths of 6 Pakistanis in New Zealand terror attacks


March 16, 2019

Six Pakistanis were pronounced dead by New Zealand’s authorities in yesterday’s terror attack on two mosques in the quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal confirmed on Saturday. In a post shared on Twitter, Dr Faisal said Sohail Shahid, Syed Jahandad Ali, Syed Areeb Ahmed, Mahboob Haroon, Naeem Rashid and his son, Talha Naeem, have been pronounced …

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Senate’s legislative output sees drop in 16th year


March 16, 2019

ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s legislative productivity during its 16th parliamentary year has dropped to half of what it was during the preceding year. The house passed only 26 legislative pieces — 20 government and six private — during the outgoing parliamentary year as compared to 50 pieces of legislation — 33 government and 17 private — passed during the previous year. …

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SHOs in Punjab regain ‘judicial powers’ of granting bail


March 16, 2019

LAHORE: In what appears to be a major development, station house officers (SHOs) in Punjab have regained their ‘judicial powers’ of granting bail to accused in both bailable and non-bailable offences under the rules vested in them over a century back during the British era. The Punjab police chief recently issued a circular to all heads of the police to …

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Cabinet body puts travel ban on ex-minister, HR activist


March 16, 2019

ISLAMABAD: A cabinet committee has decided to impose a travel ban on former federal minister for ports and shipping Kamran Michael and human rights activist from the Hazara community Jalila Haider. According to the interior ministry, the committee met on Friday and removed the names of two prominent personalities from the Exit Control List (ECL): former National Database and Registration …

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US to deny visas to ICC members probing US troops in Afghanistan


March 16, 2019

The United States announced on Friday it would deny visas to members of the International Criminal Court involved in investigating the actions of US troops in Afghanistan or other countries. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was prepared to take further steps, including economic sanctions, if the war crimes court goes ahead with any probes of US or allied …

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Students hold rallies across world to draw attention to climate change


March 16, 2019

STOCKHOLM: Tens of thousands of young people skipped school across the globe on Friday to march through the streets for an international day of student protests aimed at pushing world leaders into action on climate change. Classrooms in capitals from Bangkok to Berlin, Lagos to London emptied as ambitious organisers of the student strike hoped to stage 1,000 demos in …

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Pakistan, Iran vow to boost counterterrorism cooperation


March 16, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran on Friday renewed their resolve to intensify their cooperation in counterterrorism and other aspects of bilateral relationship. This was the upshot of a telephonic conversation between Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi. The telephonic contact followed last week’s conversationbetween Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Hassan Rouhani in which the two …

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Washington, Kabul publicly disagree over talks with Taliban


March 16, 2019

WASHINGTON: Differences between the US and Afghan governments over the peace talks became public this week after a senior Afghan official criticised Washington for talking to the Taliban while the Trump administration summoned him to the State Department to convey its displeasure. “Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale summoned Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib today to reject the …

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