Pakistan won’t abandon peace efforts despite India’s reluctance: Shah Mehmood QureshiPTI (Sept 24, 2018)

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WASHINGTON: India’s reluctance to hold talks with Pakistan will not stop Islamabad from closing doors on its efforts to promote peace in the region, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said, days after New Delhi cancelled the foreign minister-level meeting in New York. Addressing a news conference at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington on Sunday, Qureshi said India used incidents …

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Saudi Arabia likely to invest in mega oil city in Gwadar under CPEC: sourcesARY News (Sept 20, 2018)

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has invited Saudi Arabia to become a strategic third partner in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the decision is expected to bring huge investments in the country. Pakistan is expected to receive an economic package worth $8 billion from Saudi Arabia which includes investment in the port city of Gwadar under CPEC. The deal was reported agreed …

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Nargis, the Pakistani Hazara making strides in karate (By Saba Aziz) – Al Jazeera Sept 18, 2018Teen karateka from Quetta overcomes security threats and ethnic persecution to make history at the Asian Games

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Nargis Hameedullah has had to fight for her dreams all her life – both on and off the field. The 19-year-old is a Pakistani karateka based in Quetta, capital of the western province of Balochistan. Nargis belongs to the Hazara community, one of Pakistan’s most persecuted ethnic and religious minorities. But that has not stopped her from beating the odds. …

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Storm Florence: Heavy flooding cuts off Wilmingtonbbc.co.uk

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The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, has been cut off from the rest of the state because of heavy floods following Hurricane Florence. Officials say all roads in and out are now impassable and have warned evacuated residents to stay away. About 400 people have been rescued from flood waters in the city, described as an island within the …

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K-P authorities issue arrest warrants for Manzoor Pashteen, Ali WazirThe Express Tribune (September 14, 2018)

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PESHAWAR: Authorities in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ordered the arrest of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) chief Manzoor Pashteen, MNA Ali Wazir and six others. A letter issued by a senior police official in Swabi declared Pashteen, Wazir, Dr Said Alam Masood, Fazal Advocate, Khan Zaman, Mohsin Dawood, Samad Khan and Noorul Salam as proclaimed offenders. Police in Swabi confirmed to The Express Tribune …

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Sharif, Maryam and Safdar released on paroleBy Danish Hussain (The Express Tribune )

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ISLAMABAD, Sept 11: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar were released on parole in the wee hours of Wednesday, after the death of Begum Kulosoom Nawaz. A notification issued by the Punjab Home Department said the three were released for 12 hours to attend the funeral of Kulsoom Nawaz. Television footages …

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— ‘Democratic institutions are quickly becoming more robust and will only get stronger with the passage of time’ – Pak army chiefPT (September 9, 2018)

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ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Sunday that democracy in the country was fostering with time. The army chief was speaking to the media at Arif Alvi’s oath-taking ceremony. “Democratic institutions are quickly becoming more robust and will only get stronger with the passage of time,” Gen Qamar was quoted as saying. “This is …

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US Pakistan talks prompt vow to reset ties after prolonged spat – By Asad Hashim Al Jazeera (Sept 5, 2018)US said the talks covered cooperation over war in Afghanistan and Pakistan's role in regional stability

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Pompeo has held talks with Pakistan’s prime minister and foreign minister, as the two erstwhile strategic allies seek to mend ties that Pakistan has said have become “almost non-existent” in recent months. Pompeo met Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Wednesday, in a set of talks both sides described as …

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From the dentist’s office to President House: Dr Arif Alvi becomes Pakistan’s 13th presidentSAMAA (September 4, 2018)

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PTI’s Dr Arif Alvi was elected the 13th president of Pakistan on Tuesday. The country’s new president is a politician, dentist and parliamentarian. He has been described as the “chief whip of the PTI” in his profile on the party’s website. Born in Karachi on July 29, 1949, Dr Alvi acquired a degree in dentistry from de’Montmonrency College of Dentistry, …

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Why Imran Khan Must Bat for Civil Society in PakistanBy Ahmed Rashid (The New York Times) Sept 2, 2018

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Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan has set out an ambitious development and reform agenda. He is determined to reign in elite corruption and increase spending on health, education and women’s welfare. To carry out these important social programs, Mr. Khan needs the support of Pakistan’s battered and bruised civil society. He needs to put an end to the coercion …

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PM Khan wants media to give him three months before criticizing his governmentDawn Newspaper Aug 31, 2018

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked that the media give his government three months before criticising its performance, DawnNewsTV reported on Friday. The statement was made during a meeting with journalists in Islamabad. The PM promised that three months down the road, there will be a marked difference in the way the country is run. He also mentioned that none …

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Imran Khan gives 2-week deadline to recover stashed moneyANI Aug 28, 2018

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Islamabad, Pakistan: Fulfilling his poll promise to clampdown on corruption, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday gave a deadline of two weeks to a task force to chalk out a plan to recover unlawfully acquired foreign assets and stashed wealth. On Monday, the task force chaired its first meeting, where various government departments informed the unit of the current …

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The end of discretionary funds: rhetoric and realityBy Umar Cheema The News International

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ISLAMABAD: In its meeting on Monday evening, the federal cabinet decided to abolish the discretionary funds of the prime minister, federal ministers and development funds for MNAs, a decision which has been widely projected as an unprecedented step by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government. The reality is quite the opposite. Very few observers have cared to check whether these funds …

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Populism and GovernanceZahid Hussain Dawn Newspaper (Aug 22, 2018)

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IMRAN Khan has set ambitious goals for his government. While his priorities seem right the challenges are enormous. His first address to the nation has indeed inspired people giving them some hope. No Pakistani leader in the recent past has spoken so earnestly about the problems faced by the common people and also the difficulties confronting the nation. He believes …

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PTI government lifts political censorship on PTV, Radio PakistanBy Sehrish Wasif The Express Tribune (August 21, 2018)

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government on Tuesday lifted political censorship on the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) and Radio Pakistan by allowing these to air point of views and news of all political parties without any discrimination. Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Fawad Chaudhary spoke out via Twitter saying that, “As per vision of [Prime Minister] Imran Khan ended …

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Parched for a Price: Karachi’s Water CrisisBy Asad Hashim - Al Jazeera (Aug 21, 2018)

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KARACHI, Pakistan – Orangi is a maze, a spider’s web of narrow, winding lanes, broken roads and endless rows of small concrete houses. More than two million people are crammed into what is one of the world’s largest unplanned settlements here in western Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. But Orangi has a problem: it has run out of water. “What water?” …

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Committed to ‘sham’ democracyBy Dr Farzana Bari The Express Tribune (Aug 20, 2018)

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The political history of Pakistan is marred by repeated military coups and a rich tradition of people sacrificing their lives for the restoration of democratic rule in the country. Ironically, successive civilian governments failed to deliver on public goods. One of the main reasons for this failure is the classist nature of our ruling elite. Pakistan failed to dismantle local …

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Imran Khan, Elected as Prime Minister, Offers Little Conciliation to FoesBy Salman Masood The New York Times (Aug 17, 2018)

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Imran Khan, the charismatic cricketer-turned-politician, was elected prime minister on Friday in an acrimonious vote in the lower house of Parliament that was punctuated by partisan shouting. “Those people who have looted the country, I promise that they will be brought to justice,” Mr. Khan said in a brief speech after the vote, repeating an anti-corruption campaign …

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Why the Taliban’s Assault on Ghazni MattersBy Mujib Mashal The New York Times (Aug 15, 2018)

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The American-led invasion of Afghanistan routed Taliban extremists from power after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Nearly 17 years later, after tens of thousands of deaths, hundreds of billions of dollars spent and two White House administrations come and gone, those extremists are not only undefeated but seem as strong as ever. Since Friday, Taliban …

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What will Pakistan’s new leader Imran Khan deliver for China?By Tom Hussain South China Morning Post (Aug 12, 2018)

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As former cricket superstar Imran Khan assumes office as Pakistan’s prime minister vowing to change the way the country is governed, members of his Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) have started to ask embarrassing questions about the perks enjoyed by Chinese companies involved in belt and road projects linking Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea. Fighting the election on an anti-corruption plank for …

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