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US Report Highlights Murky World of “Contractors” in PakistanDawn Newspaper (Dec 8, 2018)

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WASHINGTON Dec 8: “The contractor must maintain a constant capability to surge to any location within Afghanistan or Pakistan” within a 30-day period, says an official US announcement released in 2010. The announcement — highlighted by The Nation, the oldest US weekly, in May 2010 — solicits bids from private war contractors to secure and ship US military equipment through …

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Pompeo, meeting Pakistan, calls on Taliban to negotiateFrance 24 (Oct 3, 2018)

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed Afghanistan’s Taliban to come to the table to end the long-running war as he called on Pakistan to play a supportive role, the State Department said Wednesday. Pompeo met in Washington with Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in the latest US outreach to the government of new Prime Minister …

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“If They Can, They Will”: The Ford-Kavanaugh Hearing and the Angry Politics of Now There are two Americas, growing more enraged by the minute, and they are not listening to each otherSusan B. Glasser The New Yorker (Sept 28, 2018)

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How could we have expected anything from Trump’s Washington other than the circus that unfolded on Capitol Hill on Thursday over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh? In the course of eight agonizing hours in a wood-panelled hearing room, tears were shed, tweets were sent, fists were pounded. At the end of the day, as at the beginning, the …

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Americans Were Among 22 Killed in Kabul Hotel Attack, U.S. SaysBy MUJIB MASHAL and JAWAD SUKHANYAR JAN. 23, 2018 The New York Times

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The State Department said on Tuesday that United States citizens were among the victims of the Taliban attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, over the weekend, which killed 22 people. American officials said they were not yet able to publicly identify the citizens who were killed or injured, but Afghan officials said it appeared that at …

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The C.I.A.’s Maddening Relationship with PakistanBy Nicholas Schmidle January 12, 2018 (The New Yorker)

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Thirteen years ago, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Pakistan with a list. He pulled it from his shirt pocket during a meeting with President Pervez Musharraf, and told the general how, during a recent Oval Office gathering, President George W. Bush had expressed bewilderment and annoyance that most of the terrorists on the list were suspected of hiding out …

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Here we go againBy Irfan Hussain Dawn (July 15, 2017)

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When Nawaz Sharif and his cronies brandished photographs of Rockwood Estate — known in Pakistan as ‘Surrey Palace’ — back in 1995, Benazir Bhutto denied knowledge and ownership of the property. But as more details emerged, it became clear that Asif Zardari had indeed bought the 350-acre (141 hectares) estate. He sold it in 2005 for £4 million, but must …

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Is Dawn Leaks notification an attempt to cover up truth?By Ayaz Khan The Express Tribune April 30, 2017

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LAHORE: While it appears that the report of the inquiry committee on Dawn Leaks has been secured somewhere, the notification issued with the signature of Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Fawad Hasan Fawad says the premier has approved the panel’s recommendations. The ink on the notification had not even dried when the military’s top spokesman rejected it as ‘incomplete’. Both the …

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140 Soldiers Killed in Taliban Attack on Afghan Base, Official SaysBy MUJIB MASHAL APRIL 22, 2017 The New York Times

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after a lethal Taliban assault on an army base in northern Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday that at least 140 soldiers had been killed, making it the single deadliest known attack on an Afghan military base in the course of the long war. “Today, there was even a shortage of coffins,” said the official, …

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Nakedly corrupt – Editorial (Express Tribune)The removal of AD Khawaja will directly impact the ongoing ‘Karachi operation'

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Corruption in public life and offices usually has the decency to find itself a fig leaf to hide behind as it goes about its dirty business, but no such modesty on display with the removal of the Inspector General of Police (IG), AD Khawaja. This man is by all accounts an exemplary police officer with a track record of being …

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China Learns How to Get Trump’s Ear: Through Jared KushnerBy MARK LANDLER APRIL 2, 2017 (The New York Times)

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WASHINGTON — When President Trump welcomes President Xi Jinping of China to his palm-fringed Florida club for two days of meetings on Thursday, the studied informality of the gathering will bear the handiwork of two people: China’s ambassador to Washington and Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The Chinese ambassador, Cui Tiankai, has established a busy back channel to Mr. Kushner, …

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Pakistan blast: Parachinar bomb leaves at least 22 deadbbc.com

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At least 22 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in a blast outside a mosque in north-west Pakistan. The explosion happened in the city of Parachinar, a mainly Shia Muslim area on the Afghan border. Reports say a car packed with explosives was left near the women’s entrance of the mosque as people gathered for Friday prayers. …

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Pakistan says starts fencing Afghanistan in `high threat zones’Reuters

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Pakistan has begun building a fence on its disputed 2,500 km (1,500 mile) border with Afghanistan to prevent incursions by militants, Pakistan’s army chief said, in a move likely to further strain relations between the two countries. Pakistan has blamed Pakistani Taliban militants it says are based on Afghan soil for a spate of attacks at home in recent months, …

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Trump asked for a ‘Muslim ban,’ Giuliani says — and ordered a commission to do it ‘legally’ Amy B Wang The Washington Post Jan 29, 2017

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Former New York mayor Rudy W. Giuliani said President Trump wanted a “Muslim ban” and requested he assemble a commission to show him “the right way to do it legally.” Giuliani, an early Trump supporter who once had been rumored for a cabinet position in the new administration, appeared on Fox News late Saturday night to describe how Trump’s executive …

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World’s 8 Richest Have as Much Wealth as Bottom Half of Global PopulationBy GERRY MULLANY JAN. 16, 2017 New York Times

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How concentrated has wealth become in the globalized modern world? Here’s one answer: Just eight of the richest people on earth own as much combined wealth as half the human race. That’s a notable change from last year, when it was reckoned to take 62 of the superrich to match the assets of the 3.6 billion people in the poorer …

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The night I’ll never forgetBy Shahbaz Taseer The Express Tribune (Dec 16, 2016)

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I remember sitting in the snow all night. We were being bombed. Usually after a few hours it would stop. But not this time. I remember the faces of my kidnappers; how they kept saying, “Ya Rabi, Allah hu Akbar,” as the bombs fell. I remember wondering how someone who celebrated the massacre of innocent children could have the spine …

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Aviation experts suggest pilot error to blame for PK-661 crashBy Qadeer Tanoli The Express Tribune (Dec 9, 2016)

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They believe that engine failure “should not have led to the plane crash as the aircraft was still flyable on the operative engine”. Pakistan International Airlines’ flight PK-661 crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday. Air Marshal (retd) Shahid Lateef insisted that the crash could have been avoided. According to him, the aircraft could still fly if …

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‘No survivors’ after plane crash in northern Pakistan mountainsBy Jibran Ahmed and Asad Hashim REUTERS

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PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Dec 7: There were no survivors after a plane carrying 47 people crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan on Wednesday, the airline’s chairman said, as recovery operations continued late into the night at the remote crash site. The military said 40 bodies had been recovered and rescue efforts involved about 500 soldiers, doctors and paramedics. The bodies were …

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Hitch a Ride on a Rickshaw Via the InternetUber launches uberAUTO rickshaw service in Karachi (Dawn.com)

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Uber on Thursday launched its rickshaw-hailing service, uberAUTO, in Karachi. The service will be giving free rides all week, Uber announced on its Twitter. To avail the free rides, patrons are asked to enter the promo code FREEAUTO. With the aforementioned promo code, patrons can avail five free rickshaw rides up to Rs75 each, today through Nov 27. People can …

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Govt Removes Cyril Almeida’s Name from ECLDawn Newspaper

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The government on Friday removed the name of Dawn staffer Cyril Almeida from the Exit Control List (ECL), confirmed a notification issued from the Ministry of Interior. Earlier today, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan assured the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) that Dawn staffer Cyril Almeida’s name would be removed from …

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Corps commanders view leak from high-level meeting as breach of national security: ISPRDawn.com

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Participants of a Corps Commanders meeting at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Friday expressed serious concern over what they said was a leak from a security meeting which was reported by Dawn earlier this month. In a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), participants of the meeting expressed serious concern over “feeding of false and fabricated story of an …

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