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US shares names of 20 terror groups with Pakistan

by Anwar Iqbal WASHINGTON: The White House retains a list of 20 terrorist groups that the Trump administration claims are operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan and is believed to have shared this list with Pakistani officials, diplomatic sources told Dawn. The sources, however, rejected the suggestion as incorrect that US ...

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Pak Army must answer for Sufi shrine attacks

by Manzoor Ahmed Early this month in October, a suicide bomber set himself off outside a Sufi shrine in JhalMagsi town in Balochistan, killing 13 devouts and injuring 27 others who were offering prayers at the dargah. Earlier this year, over 80 people were killed in another suicide attack on ...

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Local businesses lose big under CPEC

by Nasir Jamal For 30 years, Kamal Amjad Mian’s family resisted the temptation to invest heavily in their electricity cable manufacturing business to avoid creating surplus capacity. Instead, they chose to make regular but smaller investments to keep up with growing market demand. But then Nawaz Sharif returned to power ...

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Create more space for peace and tolerance

Dr Shabir Choudhry Topic of the debate is ‘Kashmir Through My Lens’. Before I deliberate on this, I want to ask, are we here to examine issues related to the Kashmir Valley; or are we here to debate on the matters associated with the former Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir?   ...

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Taliban and Peace in Afghanistan

Farooq Ganderbali There is a story of some wise rats deciding to bell the cat for peace.  But the peace remained elusive because no rat dared bell her. This is somewhat the story of international efforts to bring peace in Afghanistan wishfully thinking that the Taliban will join these efforts. ...

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Media in Pakistan: Victim of ISPR

Farooq Ganderbali The media in Pakistan cannot call its soul its own, the myth of it being independent notwithstanding.  It has to operate within the space allowed to it by military’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) or by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).  But the myth of free press in Pakistan is ...

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China Edges Closer to One-Man Rule

By Jeremy Page &  Chun Han Wong (Print Hradline: ‘China’s Xi Gains a Longer Lease on Power) BEIJING—The future of 1.4 billion people, the world’s second-largest economy and an emerging military juggernaut now lies largely in the hands of just one man: China’s President Xi Jinping. In unveiling a new ...

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Not surprising, Pak does a u-turn on Hafiz Saeed

Allabaksh The Punjab government’s recent decision to withdraw terrorism charges against terrorist mastermind and the main accused in the Mumbai terror attack of 2008, Hafiz Saeed, has only exposed* Pakistan’s nefarious alliance and patronage of terrorist groups. This should give the Trump administration some food for thought given its new-found ...

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