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No more UAE visas for many Arabs, Muslims – rumours rife

The United Arab Emirates has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park. A source briefed on the matter told Reuters the visas had temporarily stopped being issued to Afghans, Pakistanis …

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Taliban going for broke, peace treaty or no peace treaty

A prominent women’s rights advocate who was part of Afghanistan’s government’s team of negotiators at the intra-Afghan talks with the Taliban said that despite the negotiations in Doha, Qatar, the insurgent group believe in regaining power “through military means.” “(Since signing the deal with the US), the Taliban feel they …

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Egypt joins condemnation of Islamophobic cartoons

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday freedom of expression should stop if it offends more than 1.5 billion people, following the display of images in France of the Prophet Mohammad that Muslims see as blasphemous. Sisi also said he firmly rejects any form of violence or terrorism from anyone …

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Defence talks between UAE and Pakistan

Matar Salim Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, this morning received Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of Naval Staff of Pakistan. The meeting, which was held at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Abu Dhabi, touched upon cooperation relations in the defence fields and ways to further …

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Pakistan to get $375 million from UAE

Pakistan signed a $375 million syndicated loan with banks in the United Arab Emirates in June made up of conventional and Islamic banking tranches, the Pakistani government said on Saturday. The tranches were fully subscribed by a syndicate of leading UAE banks, the government statement said. Emirates NBD Capital Limited …

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UAE deposits $3 billion in Pakistan

The UAE’s US$3 billion deposit with the State Bank of Pakistan has contributed to alleviating the country’s financial crisis and easing pressure on foreign exchange reserves, according to Pakistan’s State Minister for Revenues. Hammad Azhar made the remarks today as he presented to the National Assembly Pakistan’s general budget with …

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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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Emirates’ double-decker plane to fly to Pakistan

People travelling from Dubai to Pakistan and back will soon experience what it’s like to fly aboard Emirates’ A380 aircraft, the world’s largest commercial passenger plane. The UAE-based carrier announced on Tuesday that it will operate a one-off A380 flight to Islamabad next week. The first Emirates double-decker plane to …

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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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21 teams compete in the Solar Decathlon Middle East

Some 21 teams from 36 universities across 15 countries have been shortlisted for the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) happening in Dubai in November 2018. The SDME is the world’s largest, most competitive competition where teams will design, build, and operate sustainable, cost- and energy-efficient models of solar-powered homes, with …

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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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