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Taliban Overrun Government Offices and Kill Two Top Officials

By ROD NORDLAND and FAHIM ABED KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents overran a government headquarters in southeastern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing a district governor and the chief of security as well as at least nine others, officials said. Mohammad Arif Noori, a spokesman for the governor of Ghazni Province, said ...

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Former Chinese political star Sun Zhengcai admits taking bribes

by Nectar Gan Former political high-flyer Sun Zhengcai, who was once tipped for high office, pleaded guilty to corruption charges on Thursday at a court northern China. Sun, a former member of China’s Politburo, appeared at the first intermediate people’s court in Tianjin on charges of taking bribes. A statement ...

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Why bypass parliament?

THE tax and economic reforms package that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced last week has many elements and some are undeniably controversial, such as the tax amnesty offered to Pakistanis holding assets abroad or undeclared assets inside the country. Indeed, the amnesty does not inspire confidence that the PML-N ...

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Xi Jingping’s rise revives memories of dread

Farooq Ganderbali Chinese President Xi Jingping’s recent anointment as the `President for Life` has sparked old, buried memories of the horrific days of the Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Those were the days, about 52 years ago, when unruly mobs comprising students and soldiers were unleashed on all those who opposed or ...

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Xi Jingping’s rise revives memories of dread

Farooq Ganderbali Chinese President Xi Jingping’s recent anointment as the `President for Life` has sparked old, buried memories of the horrific days of the Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Those were the days, about 52 years ago, when unruly mobs comprising students and soldiers were unleashed on all those who opposed or ...

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DEVALUATION, TRADE DISPUTES: PAK ECONOMY IN DOLDRUMS

Farooq Ganderbali The Pakistani rupee plunged to about 115.5 per dollar in early trading from 110.5, marking an unacknowledged but a sudden, quiet and sharp devaluation of the Rupee on March 20. Last year, it suffered the greatest devaluation witnessed in the last 10 years. On July 5 2017, the ...

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The Bajwa Doctrine: Old Wine in Old Bottle

By Samuel Baid About two months ago Pakistani military’s public relations wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), produced, as if from a magician’s box, a document it called Bajwa Doctrine.  The authorship of the Doctrine is unclear although an impression is sought to be created that Army Chief Gen Qamar ...

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Murder of Christians

WHILE the level of extremist violence in the rest of Pakistan has fallen sharply over the past couple of years, Balochistan has seen no real reprieve.In Quetta on Monday, four members of a Christian family were killed and one injured by gunmen while they were travelling in a rickshaw.Belonging to ...

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Prime Minister of Pakistan, thank you

Dr Shabir Choudhry While clarifying policy of Pakistan on Kashmir, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi unambiguously stated, and rejected the idea of an “independent Kashmir”. However, in a reply to a question, he further said the idea of an “independent Kashmir is often floated around but has no reality. There ...

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