Musharraf’s N-technology disclosure embarrassed Pakistan: Foreign OfficeIftikhar A. Khan (Dawn Newspaper) Aug 12, 2017


ISLAMABAD: The disclosure made by retired General Pervez Musharraf in his 2006 autobiography that Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan transferred sensitive nucl¬ear material to North Korea had come as a big embarrassment to the country, an official of the Foreign Office said on Friday at a meeting of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. The disclosure had forced the Foreign Office on …

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Jinnah’s addressDawn Editorial

Seventy years ago today, Mohammad Ali Jinnah took to the floor of the Constituent Assembly as its first elected president and delivered the iconic lines, “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to …

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Pakistan’s ousted Sharif vows to remain active in politicsBy Munir Ahmed, associated press ISLAMABAD — Aug 8, 2017


Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday insisted that his removal from office did not mean his future in politics was over, as he plans to go head with a rally this week and fight a legal battle to reverse his disqualification. “I don’t want reinstatement for myself. I am struggling to ensure the rule of law in Pakistan,” …

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Rights activists condemn ‘enforced disappearance’ of Punhal SarioDawn Report (Aug 5, 2017)


HYDERABAD: Activists of nationalist parties, human rights and civil society organisations have condemned ‘enforced disappearance’ of Punhal Sario, a noted human rights activist and convener of the Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, a day before. Mr Sario was picked up by occupants of a double-cabin vehicle at around 11pm on Thursday night near the Sindhi Language Authority (SLA) building. …

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New Pakistan PM wants probe of harassment charges against Imran KhanSaad Sayeed and Asif Shahzad (Reuters)

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s new prime minister called on Friday for an investigation into allegations that opposition leader Imran Khan harassed a woman lawmaker, charges Khan dismisses as revenge for his role in the ouster of then-premier Nawaz Sharif. A furious social media backlash threatening violence against Khan’s accuser, lawmaker Ayesha Gulalai, has also exposed raw nerves about the treatment of …

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: What You Need to Know About Pakistan’s New Prime MinisterBy SALMAN MASOOD and RUSSELL GOLDMAN AUG. 1, 2017 (The New York Times)


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a politician educated in the United States, was elected prime minister of Pakistan on Tuesday. Parliament held a special election to replace his predecessor and mentor, who was disqualified on corruption charges. Here is what you need to know about Pakistan’s new leader. A Staunch Loyalist A steadfast ally of three-time Prime Minister Nawaz …

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Questions after the judgementDAWN EDITORIAL

OUT of necessary respect for the Supreme Court and abundant caution in a matter where a hasty or premature assessment could trigger controversy, the initial response by sensible and responsible quarters to the Panama Papers judgement was to emphasise the need for immediate political and legal acceptance of the court’s orders. Now that the short but final judgement has been …

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Nawaz Sharif has gone. But Pakistan’s high-level corruption survivesTariq Ali (July 29,2017) The Guardian UK

Since Pakistan’s foundation in 1947, not one prime minister has served his or her full term. Things like assassinations and military takeovers happen. Today it was money rather than force that did for Nawaz Sharif. The Pakistan supreme court surprised itself by voting unanimously to ensure that he was not going to be the exception. The court declared him guilty …

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Human Rights Commission calls for building strong democratic traditionsHRCP press statement

Lahore, July 29. Commenting on the Supreme Court verdict in the Panama papers case and the subsequent developments the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called for a nationwide effort to build strong democratic traditions. In a statement issued here today the Commission said: The highest court in the land has spoken and its command has been duly obeyed. …

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan Is Ordered RemovedBy SALMAN MASOOD (JULY 28, 2017) The New York TImes


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered the removal of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office over accusations of corruption, delivering a ruling that is likely to shift the country’s tumultuous political balance and deal a serious blow to the legacy of a man who helped define the past generation of Pakistani politics. The removal of Mr. Sharif, …

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In coal-focused Pakistan, a wind power breeze is blowingRina Saeed Khan (July 23, 2017) Reuters

ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pakistan is beginning to reap the benefits of Chinese investment in renewable energy infrastructure, with the opening of the first wind power project constructed as part of the huge China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, aimed at overhauling the country’s transport and energy systems. The nearly 50 megawatt wind farm is located on over 680 acres (275 hectares) …

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Fake degree scandal: Umair pleads guilty in US, verdict to be announced on August 21Azeem Mian (July 22, 2017) The News International


NEW YORK, July 22: Accused Umair Hamid has pled guilty for selling fake degrees at high costs under the garb of fake US colleges and universities. Instead of July 21, he will now be given the final sentence on August 21. The accused has also signed an acceptance letter to pay $5 million and part of his wealth as fine …

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Pakistani Opposition Hopes for Leader’s Removal Over Corruption CaseBy SALMAN MASOOD JULY 15, 2017 The New York Times

Panama Papers

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricket star turned politician, believes his moment of political triumph has finally arrived. On Monday, the country’s Supreme Court will begin a series of hearings in a highly anticipated corruption case that could result in the removal of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif from office. “I think he is gone,” Mr. Khan said …

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


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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PM Nawaz says will fight for people till the endThe News International (July 14, 2017)


ISLAMABAD, July 14: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that governments had been toppled in the country on accusations of corruption and being a ‘security risk’ in the past. PM Nawaz was chairing the parliamentary meeting of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz here Friday. During the meeting, the Premier reiterated his decision not to step down from office on the call of …

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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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My Son, the JihadistBy NICOLA BENYAHIA JULY 8, 2017 (The New York TImes)


Birmingham — Britain’s most multicultural city, with a mix of white, Asian, Somali and Arab communities — seemed a good place for our children to feel integrated. Despite the typical challenges of growing up in an inner-city area, Rasheed was a straight-A student. He went to college for a while but then signed up for an apprenticeship in electrical engineering. …

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Tackling unemployment in rural SindhBy Naseer Memon (The News, 9th July 2017)


The government of Sindh has announced creating approx 50,000 new jobs in the next financial year. The budgetary announcement was greeted with cheers by many who still believe that a public sector job is the dream destination in one’s life. Youth in the rural Sindh particularly have great enchantment with public sector jobs. Students grow with prayers of getting a …

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Washington’s stance on Kashmir unchanged, assures McCainBy Kamran Yousaf The Express Tribune July 3, 2017

US Senators

ISLAMABAD, July 3: Former presidential candidate and veteran congressman Senator John McCain on Sunday made it clear that there was no change in the United States policy on the longstanding Kashmir dispute, stressing the need for an end to the current unrest in disputed Himalayan region. McCain, the Chairman Senate Armed Services Committee, is leading a delegation of US senators …

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Eight-day sit-in: Army chief helps end Parachinar protestBy Mehdi Hussain Express Tribune June 30, 2017

PARACHINAR, June 30: Hundreds of protesters in Parachinar on Friday ended their eight-day long sit-in after Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa assured them of better security, according to protest leaders and the military. The protesters had been staging a peaceful sit-in following twin blasts at a market last Friday that left over 70 dead, the latest in a series …

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