Pakistan Church Attacked by 2 Suicide Bombers By SALMAN MASOOD DEC. 17, 2017 (The New York Times)

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Two suicide bombers attacked a church packed with worshipers on Sunday in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least nine people and injuring at least 35 others, several critically, officials said. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attack in Quetta, the capital of the restive Baluchistan Province, in the country’s southwest. The group’s Amaq …

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From Trauma to Inspiration- Three years later APS survivor ready to change the worldSidra Khan (The News International) Dec 16, 2017

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Three years after the Army Public School Peshawar attack that claimed life of 144 students, the world might have moved on but not the families and victims of the massacre. Labelled as the bloodiest attack in the country’s history, it is hard to imagine the struggle of the victims despite moving three years down the memory. On the night of …

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Pakistan Currency Slides in Effective Devaluation: Rupee falls to near four-year low against the dollarBy Saumya Vaishampayan The Wall Street Journal (Dec 13, 2017)

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Pakistan’s rupee slumped to a near four-year low against the U.S. dollar Tuesday, the latest move downward in an effective devaluation of the currency that had been kept steady against the greenback for much of the past two years. The rupee’s slide began Friday and continued after Pakistan’s central bank signaled a drop in its value would help the country’s …

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US seeks to quell global outrage over Jerusalem: ‘The sky hasn’t fallen’The Guardian UK 10 December 2017

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Two days after America’s closest allies denounced it in the United Nations, a day after an Israeli air strike killed two in Gaza and hours after protests erupted near the US embassy in Lebanon, Donald Trump’s ambassador to the UN relayed his message to the world: “The sky’s still up there. It hasn’t fallen.” Nikki Haley echoed that message across …

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‘Rid Karachiites of water tankers’: SC says as CM Murad, Kamal appear in unsafe water caseShafi Baloch December 6, 2017 (Dawn Newspaper)

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Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal and Karachi police chief Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar appeared before the Supreme Court on Wednesday for a hearing on a plea concerning provision of clean drinking water and safe environment in the province. Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, a three-judge bench at the SC Karachi registry …

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Steve Edwards’s Reviews > Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey Through Pakistan’s Last Decade of DemocracySteve Edwards's review Nov 26, 2017 (Goodsreads)

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Light on character development and providing few insights into the why? of deeply ingrained cultural traditions that superficially at least appear discriminatory, running contrary to values held dear by liberal “westernized” elites from democratic societies. Otherwise, for the outsider, an exposition of the defacto politics, current affairs and attitudes of a troubled region in the midst of fracticious change and …

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Pakistan is making concessions to religious extremists. What’s the cost?By Pamela Constable December 3 (The Washington Post)

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ISLAMABAD — In the past 10 days, two dramatic events — the government’s capitulation to a violent protest by radical Muslims and the release from house arrest of an anti-India militia leader — have crystallized the sway that hard line Muslim groups increasingly hold in Pakistan, a nuclear-armed state whose military leaders claim to be fighting extremist violence. The freeing …

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Coal Project Is Latest Sign of Growing Pakistan-China RelationshipBy Nafisa Hoodbhoy (Nov 18, 2017) Published in VOA Central News

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ISLAMKOT, PAKISTAN — As the car speeds along gleaming blacktop highways in Pakistan’s southern desert of Tharparkar, it is clear the new roads were not built to serve the poor herders and nomads who live in cone-shaped straw homes and subsist on herding sheep and cattle. Indeed, a few decades ago, the Tharparkar desert in Sindh province bordering India was …

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The deadly network of human traffickingThe Express Tribune (Nov 22, 2017)

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LAHORE: The notorious gang of human traffickers, involved in an effort to smuggle 20 now deceased people to Europe, has very strong and organised network bases across the country and even outside its borders. The initial investigations conducted by the Federal Investigations Agency (FIA) disclosed that the suspected human traffickers used fake names and whatsapp to communicate. The investigations further …

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Turbat massacre victims were close friends, took selfie in QuettaDawn Newspaper (November 19, 2017)

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All five young men whose bodies were found dumped in Turbat on Saturday were close friends and belonged to Punjab’s Gujrat district. According to Express News, the bodies of all the victims were shifted from Karachi to Lahore through a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight. The victims’ relatives and CCPO received the bodies at the Allama Iqbal International airport where …

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Pakistan unveils 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha, evoking diverse heritageReuters

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A reflection of the diverse history and culture of the South Asian country, the ancient Buddhist site in Bhamala province was first discovered in 1929. Eighty-eight years on, excavations resumed and the 14-metre-(48-foot)-high Kanjur stone Buddha image was unearthed, and opposition leader Imran Kahn presided over Wednesday’s presentation. “This is from the 3rd century AD, making it the world’s oldest …

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Opinion | Editorial Choking on Air in New DelhiBy THE EDITORIAL BOARD (NOV. 12, 2017) The New York Times

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One year after a record-breaking toxic haze blanketed New Delhi, prompting school closings, car pileups and flight delays, the smog is back and it’s worse than ever. It has reached levels nearly 30 times what the World Health Organization considers safe, or the equivalent of smoking more than two packs of cigarettes a day. On Tuesday, the Indian Medical Association …

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Musharraf quick to welcome newly formed MQM-PSP allianceDawn.com (November 08, 2017)

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Former president Pervez Musharraf, in a video message on Wednesday, welcomed the formation of a political alliance between Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP), however, Musharraf did so even before it was formally announced. The video message was shared on social media from the official account of Musharraf’s political party — All Pakistan Muslim league (APML). …

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A Mass Shooting in Texas and False Arguments Against Gun ControlBy Adam Gopnik The New Yorker (November 6, 2017)

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The recent mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, raises familiar questions—and myths—about guns in America. Hey, good morning. The Giants looked terrible, didn’t they? One more Russian connection turned up in the Trump Cabinet—Oh, what’s that? A gun massacre in Texas? Oh, was it a terrorist attack? How many dead? Twenty, they’re saying! Now it’s more than …

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8 Dead as Truck Careens Down Bike Path in Manhattan in Terror AttackBy BENJAMIN MUELLER, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM & AL BAKER nytimes.com

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New York, Oct 31: A driver plowed a pickup truck down a crowded bike path along the Hudson River in Manhattan on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring 11 before being shot by a police officer in what officials are calling the deadliest terrorist attack on New York City since Sept. 11, 2001. The rampage ended when the motorist — …

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Troubling Turn in Afghan War: Taliban Profits Soar by Making HeroinBy MUJIB MASHAL (OCT. 29, 2017) The New York Times

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The labs themselves are simple, tucked into nondescript huts or caves: a couple-dozen empty barrels for mixing, sacks or gallon jugs of precursor chemicals, piles of firewood, a press machine, a generator and a water pump with a long hose to draw from a nearby well. They are heroin refining operations, and the Afghan police and American …

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Pakistan vows cooperation in fight against terrorist groupsBy Pamela Constable and Carol Morello By Pamela Constable and Carol Morello (October 24, 2017) Washington Post

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s prime minister pledged his country’s cooperation in fighting Islamist militants during talks here Tuesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has insisted that Pakistan do more to curb support for terrorist groups or face U.S. reprisals. “The U.S. can rest assured that we are strategic partners in the war against terror and that today, Pakistan is …

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Freed Canadian hostage claims Taliban killed infant daughter, raped wife By Reuters (October 14, 2017)

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A US-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan, returned to Canada on Friday where the husband said one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped. American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network. …

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Here’s How Mattis Plans To Win The War In AfghanistanSaagar Enjeti The Daily Caller (Oct 7, 2017)

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Secretary of Defense James Mattis offered the most detailed view of President Donald Trump’s strategy to turn the tide of war in Afghanistan Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Mattis’s prepared testimony laid out an “R4+S” strategy, which stands for “regionalize, realign, reinforce, reconcile, and sustain.” The strategy hits upon larger themes of Trump’s Aug. 21 address to the …

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20 killed in suicide bombing targeting shrine in Jhal Magsi, BalochistanSyed Ali Shah (October 05, 2017) Dawn Newspaper

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At least 20 people, including a police constable, were killed and more than 30 injured in a suicide bombing on Thursday at Dargah Pir Rakhel Shah in Fatehpur, a small town in the Jhal Magsi district of Balochistan, DawnNews reported. District Chairman Jhal Magsi, Aurangzaib Magsi confirmed the death toll late in the night. The deputy commissioner of Jhal Magsi …

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