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7 soldiers martyred in crossfire with militants in North Waziristan, says ISPR


September 22, 2018

The military’s media wing reported on Saturday that seven soldiers including a captain embraced martyrdom in an exchange of fire with militants during an intelligence-based operation in North Waziristan. A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public relations said that a group of “terrorists was reported to have infiltrated from across and was hiding in a compound” in Gharlamai area of North Waziristan. …

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Sattar, MQM-P leaders allege rigging, challenge election results in SHC


September 22, 2018

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar and five other party members filed petitions in the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Saturday, alleging that their defeat in the recent general elections was a result of rigging. Amir Moeen Pirzada from NA-241, Waqar Shah from PS-97, Masood Mehmood from PS-98, Asif Ali Khan from PS-126 and Jamal Ahmed from PS-130 also …

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Islamabad expresses ‘disappointment’ after New Delhi backtracks from talks


September 22, 2018

The Pakistan government on Friday expressed “disappointment” after New Delhi announced to cancel the meeting of foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, to be held on the sidelines of UNGA in New York, and blamed India for “once again wasting an opportunity to change the dynamics of the bilateral relationship”. A statement issued by the Foreign Office said that the reasons …

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‘Pakistan has nothing to lose’ — analysts weigh in on Modi govt’s U-turn on talks


September 22, 2018

The Indian government on Friday cancelled a meeting between the Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers, scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, just a day after confirming the development. The spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Raveesh Kumar, claimed that the meeting has been called off due to “unclean intentions” on Pakistan’s …

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Faisal Raza Abidi booked for ‘defaming SC, judges’


September 22, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Former senator Faisal Raza Abidi was booked by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the capital police for “defaming the Supreme Court and judges”. The FIA and police will conduct separate investigations, police officials said, and that the former senator and others were booked under several charges, including the Anti-Terrorism Act. According to the case registered with the FIA, …

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Hanif Abbasi shifted from Adiala jail to Attock prison after photo leak controversy


September 22, 2018

PML-N leader Mohammad Hanif Abbasi was on Saturday morning shifted from Adiala prison in Rawalpindi to Attock jail, sources told Abbasi, who is serving a life sentence after his conviction in the ephedrine quota case, was shifted to the prison in Attock in the early hours of Saturday on the recommendation of a two-member inquiry committee, a source in Adiala …

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Ashura bombing case awaits trial even after passage of nine years


September 22, 2018

KARACHI: Even after the passage of nine years, formal trial in a case pertaining to the 2009 Ashura bombing has yet to start as the law enforcement agencies remain clueless about the whereabouts of three suspected Jundullah militants, who were allegedly involved in the attack, and had escape from their custody at the city courts, it emerged on Thursday. More …

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350 JPMC house officers remain unpaid for three months


September 22, 2018

KARACHI: More than 300 house officers at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) have been deprived of their monthly stipend for the past three months, it emerged on Thursday. The house officers have also recently held a demonstration outside the hospital for immediate release of their stipends. However, their grievances are yet to be addressed by the relevant authorities. Speaking …

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‘It’s great news for the Sharifs, but it’s temporary’


September 22, 2018

The Islamabad High Court has suspended the prison sentences handed to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar in the Avenfield corruption reference. An IHC division bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb was hearing the appeals by the Sharifs and Capt Safdar against the verdict announced by the accountability court on July …

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From mystics to Marxists: Karbala in South Asian culture


September 22, 2018

There is history and then there is the memory of history. While history is preserved in annals, its memory comes down to generations through the interplay of culture, traditions and oral accounts. Every significant event ever unfolded on the face of the earth is temporal in a sense that it occurs in a particular time-space setting, and at the same …

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