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‘I am not a lota’

It can be a tough decision for any politician: either live your life uncomfortably in your own skin or be labelled a lota. The fear of being labelled this excrement cleaning device has kept Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan loyal for years. He has had to clean up after Nawaz Sharif’s mess ...

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The political culture of legal defiance

Malik Asad ISLAMABAD: Defiance of court orders is nothing new for high-profile figures across the political spectrum, and most of them have been declared proclaimed offenders for avoiding proceedings, in one case or another. The issuance of arrest warrants is nothing new for figures such as Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman ...

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ECP orders arrest of Imran

Mumtaz Alvi ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued non-bailable arrest warrant for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in a contempt of court case and asked for his production before the commission on October 26. The arrest warrant was issued following his repeated failures to ...

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Falcon Suing the Falconers

Poor Hafiz Saeed. His mentors are no more keen on keeping him in the protection list. The international community is now against all sort of terrorism. Saeed, a protégé of Pakistan Army and his terrorist group, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) which works under various guises like Jamat-udDawa (JuD), operates freely from Lahore and ...

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Has Pakistan changed tack on the Haqqanis?

Kamran Yousaf ISLAMABAD: The Afghan Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network has been a major source of friction between Pakistan and the United States for years. Washington is far from convinced that Islamabad has abandoned its support to the insurgent group, despite Pakistan taking full control of North Waziristan Agency (NWA), which was once ...

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Three Shia Hazaras among five dead in Quetta gun attack

Saleem Shahid Five people, among them three members of the Shia Hazara community, were killed and another was injured when their vehicle came under fire on Kasi Road here on Monday. Police said two men on a motorbike opened fire on the van carrying vegetable sellers to the Hazar Ganji ...

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Praetorian rule of law

Tariq Khosa The question many are asking these days is: ‘Who is running the country?’ The political headquarters of the federal government in ‘Punjab House’ from where a disqualified former prime minister is calling the shots or GHQ? The answer lies in who said what recently. An annoyed interior minister ...

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Why China Deserts Pakistan at BRICS?

What is Chinese strategy behind the sudden shift in terror policy at BRICS summit? Pakistan is central to China’s global ambitions, but up to a point.  By now China has spun its web around Pakistan so tightly that it fears not its escape. It may therefore, feel free to keep ...

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Pakistan military admits ISI has links to militants

Omer Farooq Khan ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military on Thursday admitted that its Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) has links to “militants”, saying this does not mean it supports terrorist organisations, while also asserting that Milli Muslim League — the political wing of banned Jamaat-ud Dawa — is free to contest elections. Milli ...

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