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


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


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


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)


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)


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


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)


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)


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


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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‘I’m going to die’: Gunman in high rise kills at least 59 in Las VegasSally Ho and Regina Garcia Cano (Oct 1, 2017) Associated Press


The rapid-fire popping sounded like firecrackers at first, and many in the crowd of 22,000 country music fans didn’t understand what was happening when the band stopped playing and singer Jason Aldean bolted off the stage. “That’s gunshots,” a man could be heard saying emphatically on a cellphone video in the nearly half-minute of silence and confusion that followed. A …

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Turks being picked up for interrogation in PakistanBy Osman Arslanhan (Oct 1, 2017)


In the early hours of Wednesday, September 27, 2017, Mr. Mesut Kacmaz and his family – Mrs Meral Kacmaz (wife), Ms Huda Nur Kacmaz (17) and Ms Fatma Huma Kacmaz (14) – were abducted from their house located in Wapda Town district of Lahore. Mr Fatih Avcu, a fellow educationist, witnessed the incident and he was arrested by the raid …

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Women drivers break cultural barriers in coal-rich TharDawn (Sept 30, 2017)


ISLAMKOT: As Pakistan bets on cheap coal in the Thar desert to resolve its energy crisis, a select group of women is eyeing a road out of poverty by snapping up truck-driving jobs that once only went to men. Such work is seen as life-changing in the dusty region bordering India, where sand dunes cover estimated coal reserves of 175 …

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`India is Mother of Terrorism in South Asia’: Pakistan Responds to Swaraj’s UN SpeechHindustan Times Sept 24, 2017

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India is the mother of terrorism in South Asia and “a racist and fascist ideology is firmly embedded” in the Modi government, Pakistan has said in response to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech at UN. India sponsored and aided terrorism against all its neighbours, reports in the Pakistani media quoted its permanent representative to UN, Maleeha Lodhi, as saying. …

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Pakistan, US agree to remain engaged as Abbasi meets vice president Mike PenceAPP/Dawn (Sept 20, 2017)


Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, with the two sides resolving to remain engaged and carry forward the relationship that has been on a downward trajectory since announcement of the US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia. Abbasi’s meeting with VP Pence is the …

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Pakistan ruling party wins key by-election in Lahore Former Pakistani prime minister’s wife Kulsoom secures vacated seat in poll seen as political barometer.By Asad Hashim Al Jazeera (Sept 17, 2017)

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Lahore, Pakistan – Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom has won a hotly contested by-election seen as the ruling PML-N party’s first key political challenge following the ex-premier’s recent dismissal. Kulsoom, 66, comfortably defeated the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Yasmin Rashid in the by-poll in the eastern city of Lahore, considered the Sharifs’ political heartland, on Sunday, …

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Digging In for Next Decade, U.S. Expands Kabul Security ZoneBy ROD NORDLAND (SEPT. 16, 2017) The New York Times


KABUL, Afghanistan — Soon, American Embassy employees in Kabul will no longer need to take a Chinook helicopter ride to cross the street to a military base less than 100 yards outside the present Green Zone security district. Instead, the boundaries of the Green Zone will be redrawn to include that base, known as the Kabul City Compound, formerly the …

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A disaster in the making’: Pakistan’s population surges to 207.7 millionBy Pamela Constable The Washington Post


RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — For years, Pakistan’s soaring population growth has been evident in increasingly crowded schools, clinics and poor communities across this vast, Muslim-majority nation. But until two weeks ago, no one knew just how serious the problem was. Now they do. Preliminary results from a new national census — the first conducted since 1998 — show that the population …

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Trump’s plan prompts ‘paradigm shift’ in foreign policyKamran Yusuf (The Express Tribune)


ISLAMABAD, Sept 8: Pakistan on Thursday hinted at bringing a ‘paradigm shift’ in its foreign policy in view of the fast-changing situation on regional and international fronts, particularly after the new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, while speaking at a news conference, said the change was necessitated by recent developments “which are perhaps the …

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