140 Soldiers Killed in Taliban Attack on Afghan Base, Official SaysBy MUJIB MASHAL APRIL 22, 2017 The New York Times


KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after a lethal Taliban assault on an army base in northern Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday that at least 140 soldiers had been killed, making it the single deadliest known attack on an Afghan military base in the course of the long war. “Today, there was even a shortage of coffins,” said the official, …

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Sleepy Pakistani Village Rises as China’s Gateway to Middle East By Nafisa Hoodbhoy April 19, 2017 (Published in VOA English News, Editors Picks)


GWADAR, PAKISTAN — Over the last six months, the skyline over the sleepy fishing city of Gwadar has been transformed by machines that dredge the Arabian Sea and cranes that set up shipping berths in what is projected to become Pakistan’s biggest international port. Infrastructure developments have enabled the hammer-shaped Gwadar peninsula to emerge as the centerpiece of China’s determined …

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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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`Riding the Democracy Train’ – Book ReviewBy Ibrahim Buriro (Sindh Express Newspaper) April 15, 2017



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Mardan lynching: Judicial inquiry ordered, police find no evidence of blasphemyThe Express Tribune (April 15, 2017)


PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has ordered judicial inquiry into the Mardan lynching incident and a summary has been signed in this regard, KP government spokesperson Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani said. The spokesperson said the summary has been forwarded to the Peshawar High Court. Meanwhile, the postmortem report of Mashal Khan has confirmed that he died of bullet injury …

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US says ‘mother of all bombs’ hits ISIL in Afghanistan Central Command says largest US non-nuclear bomb used in combat dropped on ISIL caves and bunkers in Afghanistan.Al Jazeera April 13, 2017


The US has dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on a series of caves used by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, the military said. The bomb was dropped on Thursday from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to …

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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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From begging to earning! Chakwal girls break a taboo (When NGOs Make A Difference)Nabeel Anwar Dhakku Dawn Newspaper April 9, 2017

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With all humility, it was elating for me to visit a slum of Chakwal the other day. I saw a young woman of 24 waiting in a pink-white rickshaw for her regular fares, two female teachers, as I reach the makeshift school established beside the dismantled Chakwal-Bhoun railway track in Kazamabad locality under the Jhuggi School Project. JSP, as it …

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After Xi Leaves U.S., Chinese Media Assail Strike on SyriaBy JANE PERLEZ APRIL 8, 2017 The New York Times

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BEIJING — With President Xi Jinping safely out of the United States and no longer President Trump’s guest, China’s state-run media on Saturday was free to denounce the missile strike on Syria, which the American president told Mr. Xi about while they were finishing dinner. Xinhua, the state news agency, on Saturday called the strike the act of a weakened …

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Dozens of U.S. Missiles Hit Air Base in SyriaBy MICHAEL R. GORDON, HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR (APRIL 6, 2017) The New York Times


WASHINGTON — President Trump said Thursday night that the United States had carried out a missile strike in Syria in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack this week, which killed more than 80 civilians. “Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air base in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” Mr. Trump said in …

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Nakedly corrupt – Editorial (Express Tribune)The removal of AD Khawaja will directly impact the ongoing ‘Karachi operation'


Corruption in public life and offices usually has the decency to find itself a fig leaf to hide behind as it goes about its dirty business, but no such modesty on display with the removal of the Inspector General of Police (IG), AD Khawaja. This man is by all accounts an exemplary police officer with a track record of being …

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China Learns How to Get Trump’s Ear: Through Jared KushnerBy MARK LANDLER APRIL 2, 2017 (The New York Times)


WASHINGTON — When President Trump welcomes President Xi Jinping of China to his palm-fringed Florida club for two days of meetings on Thursday, the studied informality of the gathering will bear the handiwork of two people: China’s ambassador to Washington and Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The Chinese ambassador, Cui Tiankai, has established a busy back channel to Mr. Kushner, …

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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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Pakistan blast: Parachinar bomb leaves at least 22 deadbbc.com


At least 22 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in a blast outside a mosque in north-west Pakistan. The explosion happened in the city of Parachinar, a mainly Shia Muslim area on the Afghan border. Reports say a car packed with explosives was left near the women’s entrance of the mosque as people gathered for Friday prayers. …

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Russian military delegation visits North, South WaziristanDawn.com


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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The Art of a Deal With the TalibanBy RICHARD G. OLSON (The New York Times)

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WASHINGTON, March 29 — This year, America’s war in Afghanistan will pass a grim milestone as it surpasses the Civil War in duration, as measured against the final withdrawal of Union forces from the South. Only the conflict in Vietnam lasted longer. United States troops have been in Afghanistan since October 2001 as part of a force that peaked at …

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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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Laptop ban hits Dubai for 1.1 million weekend travelersAgence France-Presse

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DUBAI, March 25: Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the US Saturday, on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. 1.1 million people are expected to pass through the busiest international airport as the city marks UAE spring break, Dubai Airports’ senior vice president …

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US Investigating Mosul Strikes Said to Have Killed Up to 200 CiviliansBy TIM ARANGO and HELENE COOPER (The New York Times)


Baghdad, March 24: The American-led military coalition in Iraq said Friday that it was investigating reports that scores of civilians — perhaps as many as 200, residents said — had been killed in recent American airstrikes in Mosul, the northern Iraqi city at the center of an offensive to drive out the Islamic State. If confirmed, the series of airstrikes …

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Four dead, at least 20 injured in UK parliament “terrorist” attackBy Toby Melville and William James (Reuters)


LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) – Four people were killed and at least 20 injured in London on Wednesday after a car plowed into pedestrians and an attacker stabbed a policeman close to the British parliament in what police called a “marauding terrorist attack.” The dead included the assailant and the policeman he stabbed, while the other two victims were among …

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