Pakistan Politics

JIT probe: NAB chairman reveals case against Sharif TrustPakistan Today (July 12, 2017)

Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has revealed to the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that a case against Sharif Trust was under investigation when he took charge of the accountability bureau. Chaudhry in his statement said the first family was accused of laundering millions through the Sharif Trust. “The allegations further proved that the Sharif family’s accounts …

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50 Afghan soldiers killed in Pakistan border clashes Pakistan says that some 50 Afghan soldiers were killed in cross-border fire after days of fighting, but Afghanistan denies the claim.TRT World (May 7, 2017)

At least five Afghan checkpoints near the border with Pakistan were destroyed and 50 security forces killed in fighting in recent days, Pakistan’s military said on Sunday, even as Afghan officials dismissed the claims as “baseless.” The Pakistani and Afghan armies have been clashing at the Chaman border crossing in southwestern Baluchistan province since Friday. The latest round of clashes …

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Pemra cancels channel’s licence after ministry rejects security clearanceThe News International


ISLAMABAD, May 4: Pemra Authority has revoked the satellite TV licences of M/s Labbaik (Pvt) Ltd namely Bol News and Bol Entertainment (Pak News) after Interior Ministry rejected security clearance of the company’s directors Shoaib A Shaikh, Ayesha Shoaib Sheikh, Viqas Atiq and Sarwat Bashir. In its 131st Authority meeting held at Pemra Headquarters Tuesday, the authority took this decision …

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Pakistan’s middle class continues to grow at rapid paceBy Salman Siddiqui May 2, 2017 (The Express Tribune)


KARACHI, May 2: The country’s middle class is experiencing a rapid growth, which is evident from the rising demand for consumer durables, education and health, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The central bank, in its latest report on the state of economy, said that the growth in the consumption pattern in the country is indicative of a …

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Pakistani Taliban leader Ehsanullah Ehsan ‘surrenders’ Pakistan’s military spokesman confirms prominent leader of Jamaat-ur-Ahrar Taliban faction has turned himself inBy Asad Hashim Al Jazeera

Islamabad, Pakistan – A prominent leader of the Pakistani Taliban’s Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (JuA) faction, Ehsanullah Ehsan, has surrendered to security forces, the military said. The announcement was made on Monday by Asif Ghafoor, Pakistan’s military spokesman, at a press briefing in Rawalpindi, near capital Islamabad. Ghafoor offered no further details on the arrest, including when and where it took place. “The …

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Rangers unearth terrorist, RAW, NDS nexusThe Express Tribune

KARACHI, April 12: The Sindh Rangers claim to have unearthed a nexus between terrorists and foreign spy agencies. A senior paramilitary officer on Wednesday said the force has arrested at least five hardcore militants from Da’ish and al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent (AQIS) who were in contact with India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of …

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Gwadar the tigerBy Tariq Khosa Dawn Newspaper (April 1, 2017)


PAKISTAN would be Asia’s and Gwadar Pakistan’s tiger with the completion of projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Nawaz Sharif at a recent public meeting held in Balochistan’s port city. “I am the first prime minister who stayed overnight in Gwadar as earlier the leaders neglected the area,” he remarked. He also claimed that peace had returned to …

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Russian military delegation visits North, South


A Russian military delegation, accompanied by senior officers of the Pakistan Army, visited Miran Shah in North Waziristan Agency and Wanna in South Waziristan Agency, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The delegation of the Russian army, the first ever to visit the conflict-stricken areas, was led by Deputy Chief of General Staff Colonel General Israkov Sergi …

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PML-N looks to make inroads into PPP’s powerbaseBy Hafeez Tunio The Express Tribune


KARACHI, March 19: The ruling PML-N, which has its powerbase in Punjab, is looking to make forays into the stronghold of rival PPP after neglecting its Sindh chapter for almost four years. And as part of the plan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will tour rural Sindh to announce development packages in an effort to garner support for his party. Premier …

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The governments’ fading actionsNaseer Memon March 5, 2017 TNS


The Feb 16 suicide attack on the shrine of Shahbaz Qalandar has sent shockwaves across the country, especially in Sindh which is considered as the last bastion of religious and sectarian harmony in Pakistan. The shrine is revered by millions of devotees. Its characteristic drumbeat and dhamaal is an icon of spiritual ecstasy. Sindh, the land of Sufis, has endured …

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Piecemeal approach to justiceBy Peter Jacob The News (Feb 18, 2017)

The National Assembly has passed Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2017, a bill that seeks to address the issues of abuse of blasphemy law, sectarian hate speech, forced marriage of non-Muslim women and the crime of lynching. Therefore, the bill now due to be presented in the Senate, introduces changes to sections; 182 (falsification), 298 (hate speech), 498 B (forced marriage) …

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Pakistan Looks toward A Year Of Stability But Little Rights ProgressBy Marvin Weinbaum Gandhara (January 18, 2017)

Pakistan seems on track in 2017 for another year of just getting by. The country seems likely as in the recent past to avoid fully confronting its most challenging problems yet managing to do enough to avoid their becoming seriously worse. Measures to curb domestic violence undertaken by Pakistan’s military and civilian government can be expected to fall short of …

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In Pakistan, Justice for the Killers Among UsMohammed Hanif JAN. 15, 2017 The New York Times

KARACHI, Pakistan — The army chief of Pakistan recently confirmed the death sentence of Saad Aziz, a business-school graduate and restaurant manager who was convicted of killing my friend Sabeen Mahmud. Sabeen, who was 40 then, ran The Second Floor in Karachi, a cafe where many writers and artists, including me, got their first break. It was also a hub …

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Musharraf seeks security as he plans return to PakistanRizwan Shahid The Express Tribune (Jan 13, 2017)


ISLAMABAD, Jan 13: Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has expressed intent to return to Pakistan after requesting an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday to direct concerned authorities to provide foolproof security for his appearance in court in the judges’ detention case. Accepting Musharraf’s application, ATC-II judge Sohail Ikram ordered the Inspector General of Police and the interior ministry secretary …

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Held MPA implicates Sattar in May 12 caseIshaq Tanoli Dawn Newspaper

Farooq Sattar

KARACHI, Jan 1: An interned provincial lawmaker now belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan has not only confessed to his involvement in the May 12, 2007 mayhem but also implicated party chief Dr Farooq Sattar in one of the most violent episodes of the country’s history, it emerged on Saturday. Kamran Farooq, a member of the Sindh Assembly from Karachi, …

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Out and about: Jiyalas throng to welcome ZardariBy Zubair Ashraf The Express Tribune

KARACHI, Dec 24: Like devotees walking to a pilgrimage, a large number of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) workers marched towards the old terminal of the Karachi airport from Star Gate to welcome their co-chairperson, Asif Ali Zardari, on Friday. It appeared like a festival. People from all walks of life – from students and housewives to parliamentarians and corporate bosses …

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No journalist murdered in Pakistan in 2016, says CPJ reportYusra Jabeen The Express Tribune (Dec 19, 2016)

No journalist was murdered in Pakistan “in retaliation for their work” in 2016, a first since 2001, a recent study reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent organisation working to promote press freedom worldwide, in its special report launched on Monday said that it “did not identify anyone singled out for murder in Pakistan because of journalist work” …

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Prime accused in Baldia factory case brought to KarachiF.P. Report


KARACHI, Dec 13: Main accused of the Baldia factory fire was brought to Karachi from Bangkok here on Tuesday. two-member Federal Investigation Agency�s team had gone to Bangkok after Bangkok police and Interpol arrested former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Sector In-charge and main accused in the Baldia factory fire case. According to the charge sheet of Baldia factory case, Abdul …

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Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa chosen as new army Nov 26, 2016

Qamar Javed Bajwa

After weeks of intense speculation and rumours, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has finalised the selection of two senior army officers as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC), reported DawnNews. A career infantry officer belonging to the Baloch Regiment, Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed as the new COAS, while Lt Gen …

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Pakistan Army Chief Raheel Sharif Starts Retirement TourBy Qasim Nauman The Wall St Journal (Nov 21, 2019)

Gen Raheel Sharif

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Pakistan’s army chief began a farewell tour ahead of his scheduled retirement, indicating he will become the first army chief in two decades to step down on time in a country usually fraught with tensions over the role of the powerful military. Gen. Raheel Sharif, 60 years old, is credited with leading counterterrorism operations that significantly reduced militant activity …

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