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


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


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


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)


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


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)


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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U.S. blacklists Pakistan nationals on suspicion of money launderingReuters Oct 11, 2016


The United States blacklisted four men and their companies based in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, for purported ties to an organisation accused of laundering money for drug traffickers and Chinese, Colombian and Mexican crime groups. Among them was Pakistani national Obaid Khanani, whose father Altaf Khanani was arrested by U.S. authorities in September 2015 and accused …

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Dawn’s senior columnist Cyril Almeida put on Exit Control List for ‘misleading’ story on national securityDaily Pakistan Hamza Rao

ISLAMABAD, Oct 11 – Senior columnist of Dawn Cyril Almeida has been put on Exit Control List after his ‘misleading’ story regarding purported deliberations in a meeting on the security issues stirred controversy. The writer announced Government’s latest move against the controversial story on Twitter. Dawn’s editor Zaffar Abbas defiantly replied after the Government placed its staffer Cyril Almeida on …

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JIT To Investigate Hazaras Murders in QuettaThe Express Tribune

Quetta launch

QUETTA, Oct 9: A day after gunmen shot dead four women from the Shia Hazara community, the Balochistan administration decided to form a joint investigation team to probe into the grisly violence which officials say violates all tribal norms of the province. A high-level huddle reviewed the security situation following Tuesday’s deadly assault on a bus which was en route …

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PPP Thunders in Parliament: `Why has the Govt been Unable to Defend Pakistan?’Dawn Report

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 7: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) played the role of a vibrant opposition party today when it asked the government some tough question about its handling of the Kashmir issue. On the third day of the joint session of Parliament today when a resolution was passed on Kashmir, PPP lawmakers systematically criticised what they said was the government’s …

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People outraged as Karachi authorities poison at least 700 stray dogsReuters

Poisoned  Dogs (RT.com)

Pakistanis are shaming Karachi authorities over their poisoning of at least 700 stray dogs. City officials counter that the canines bite thousands of people yearly, and there is no other way to curb the problem. The poisoning of dogs got a fierce reaction from social network users, with most of them being outraged at the authorities’ actions. “Just bloody horrible”, …

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‘Pakistan Has Never Had a Functioning Democracy’THE WIRE Akbar Notezai Sept 17, 2016


Nafisa Hoodbhoy, the first female reporter in Pakistan, talks about the country’s ties with China, civil-military relations, terrorism and much more. Nafisa Hoodbhoy is a senior Pakistani journalist and author based in the US. She recently authored Aboard the Democracy Train: Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within, a book about politics and journalism in Pakistan. As the only female reporter working …

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Brothers Among 3 Brussels Suicide AttackersBy ALISSA J. RUBIN, KIMIKO DE FREYTAS-TAMURA & AURELIEN BREEDEN The New York Times

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BRUSSELS, March 23 — The Brussels suicide bombers included two Belgium-born brothers with a violent criminal past and suspected links to plotters of the Islamic State’s Paris attacks last November, the authorities said on Wednesday, raising new alarms about Europe’s leaky defenses against a militant organization that has terrorized two European capitals with seeming impunity. One of the brothers was …

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ATDT Website Completes One Year in September 2012

This website completes one year on September 11, 2012. That coincides with the 11th anniversary of the biggest terrorist attacks on US soil – and which have also turned into America’s longest serving war. The 9/11 attacks fetched me an offer by a US based publishing giant to write a book on Pakistan. For me, the motivation to write a …

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Bhambore – Crossroad of Ancient Trade Route to China & Middle EastDawn.com - March 14

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KUDOS to Sindh’s culture department for holding a series of moots at heritage sites to highlight the latter’s significance. The latest conference held last week at Bhambore with participation from national and international scholars and local citizens was part of the effort to draw public attention to the province’s rich heritage. The ruins at Bhambore date back, arguably, to at …

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NY Literati Attend ATDT Book Launch on Feb 21Listen to Audio of Book Launch

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In busy New York city, throbbing with frenetic commercial activity, the Western literati flocked on a cold Tuesday evening into the independent book store, McNally Jackson. They had come to hear the only woman reporter under Gen. Zia ul Haq, Nafisa Hoodbhoy launch her book, `Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey through Pakistan’s Last Decade of Democracy.’ The event was …

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What Ails Pakistan RailwaysThe Express Tribune

Striking railway workers (Courtesy Kamran Razi)

Oct 17, 2011 (9:49 PM) In Pakistan ISLAMABAD: With train operations coming to a halt across the country on Monday, a high level meeting was summoned to find a way out of the deepening crisis that has pushed Pakistan Railways (PR) to the brink. But the outcome of the meeting, summoned by President Asif Ali Zardari, was far from definite …

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