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No more flying first class for Pakistan government officials

Islamabad: Pakistan’s newly elected federal government has decided to do away with discretionary funds for the president, prime minister, federal ministers and members of parliament. The government has also approved travel restrictions by withdrawing first-class air travel facilities from top government functionaries — including the president, premier, foreign minister, Senate …

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Pakistan’s opposition rejects election results, urges new poll

Pakistan’s opposition parties have rejected the general election results, calling for what they described as a transparent, and free and fair re-election. Cricket star Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) won 115 seats in Wednesday’s vote, but fell short of the 137 needed to secure an outright majority. The latest …

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Suicide blast kills 128 at Pakistan election rally

A suicide bomber targeting a political rally in southwest Pakistan Friday killed 128 people, an official said, the deadliest in a string of attacks on campaign events that have raised security fears ahead of nationwide polls. The blast – which was claimed by the Daesh extremist group – ripped through …

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Bomb kills 13 at Pakistan election rally

A suicide bombing at an election rally killed at least 13 people, including a politician, in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, police said, amid concerns about security ahead of national polls later this month. The attack targeted a campaign event organised in the city of Peshawar by the Awami National Party, …

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Emirates A380 lands in Pakistan for first time

Emirates’ special one-off A380 flight landed in Islamabad on Sunday with celebrities, officials, diplomats and journalists on board. Arrival of the airline’s iconic double-decker special flight EK2524/EK2525 to Islamabad also made history in Pakistan’s aviation as it was the first A380 to have ever landed in Pakistan. Two Emirates alumni …

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Anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir after deadly fighting

Deadly protests against Indian rule erupted in several parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Sunday following the killings of at least eight rebels in fighting with government forces, officials said. At least two army soldiers were also killed in the fighting. The new round of anti-India protests and clashes, which led …

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US offers $5m reward for Pakistan Taliban leader

The US State Department placed a $5 million (Dh18.4 million) reward for help locating the leader of the Pakistani Taliban on Thursday, linked to bloody attacks in Pakistan and the 2010 attempted Times Square car bombing in New York. The State Department posted the reward for information leading to the …

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U.S. Suspends Most Security Assistance To Pakistan

After a harshly worded New Year’s Day tweet by President Trump accusing Pakistan of “deceit” and of harboring terrorists, State Department spokeswomon Heather Nauert confirmed Thursday that the U.S. will suspend most security assistance to Islamabad. The cutoff is not permanent, Nauert said, and only affects military assistance. Civilian assistance is not …

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Pakistan Church Attacked by 2 Suicide Bombers

Two suicide bombers attacked a church packed with worshipers on Sunday in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least eight people and injuring at least 30 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, …

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Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills at least 123

At least 123 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, local officials say. A crowd had gathered reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in hospital. Unconfirmed reports suggest …

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Exclusive: Trump eyes hardening line toward Pakistan after Afghan war review

President Donald Trump’s administration is exploring hardening its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, two U.S. officials tell Reuters. Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding U.S. drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and perhaps eventually downgrading Pakistan’s …

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Kashmir Needs Political And Not Military Solution

The Levant News — Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General of ‘World Kashmir Awareness Forum’ voiced his continuing belief that the conflict over Kashmir cannot be resolved through military might. Kashmir is a political issue and has to be resolved through political means by involving all parties to the conflict …

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Universality of Human Rights: Myth or Reality

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai* — “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Article 5, Universal Declaration of Human Rights The statement of Mr. Ban Ki-moon – UN Secretary General deserves an appreciation who wants to console people by saying: “On Human …

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The Simla Agreement: Help or Hindrance

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai* — The mass uprising of the people of Kashmir against Indian military occupation has evoked two reactions from the Government of India. One is extreme repression and the second is the threat of war. On September 24, 2016, Mr. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India …

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Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia

THE LEVANT NEWS —  by Ayesha Jalal, Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia, Harvard University Press, Cambridge (Mass.), $29.95. — Reviewed by Geoffrey Cook —   Madison (Wisc.)–With many contemporary books, I find myself merely skimming over the text.  (I think this comes from reading so much information over the …

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